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Fire contained at Richard Petty Museum, Petty’s Garage

Fire contained at Richard Petty Museum, Petty’s Garage

A fire earlier Saturday at the longtime location of Petty Enterprises in Level Cross, North Carolina, did only minimal damage to the historical site, according to officials with the organization.

The former race shop compound now houses the Richard Petty Museum and Petty’s Garage, a high-performance speed and restoration shop.

Richard Petty is NASCAR’s all-time leader in premier series wins with 200 victories and is one of only two drivers to win seven championships.

According to information from the team, the fire was contained to a portion of the building and was quickly under control by local fire responders.

TV station WFMY reported on its web site that a call came in at approximately 12:40 p.m. ET.

No injuries were reported at the facility, and no cause of the fire was provided.

Three-time series champion Lee Petty started Petty Enterprises, originally Petty Engineering, as NASCAR, incorporated in 1948, was just appearing on the scene. As the family-owned Petty organization flourished, what was once nothing more than a single 800-square-foot structure grew as well.

Before the organization stopped running its race teams out of the Level Cross location to move closer to Charlotte, North Carolina, the one-room shop had expanded to include 16 additions.



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