Sunday, May 29, 1960 – Richard Petty earns his first career pole in the NASCAR premier series prior to the running of a 110-lap race at Orange Speedway in Hillsborough, N.C. The future NASCAR Hall of Fame driver was joined by his father, Lee, in the all-Petty front row. Richard would go on to finish sixth in the race; Lee Petty won the event.
• Petty’s previous best start was second, which also came at Hillsborough, a .9-mile dirt track, the previous year. Once again, Lee Petty was the race winner.
• By the end of his career, Richard Petty had won 123 poles, tops for the series. Among active drivers, closest to the record is Ryan Newman with 51 career poles.