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Richard Petty’s ‘Famed’ No. 43 Car Lost Its Luster Long Ago

It's rampant. Whenever the No. 43 car is mentioned, there has to be some superlative thrown in there, a reminder this isn't some mere hunk of aluminium and steel with a pushrod V-8 in the front. No, this race car is "famed ... iconic ...legendary." This is Richard Petty's car, the winningest car ever. Decades have passed. Victory lanes haven't been found. Organizational flux has changed the name of the race team, and the make of that pushrod under the hood.It's 2012. What remains of the No. 43's relevance is limping by on the fumes of a sepia-toned yesteryear. The media and fans need to stop fooling themselves, quit perpetuating the myth. The No. 43 today isn't Richard Petty's No. 43. It's not the STP-spon...

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