• Jul 8th 2009 at 8:29AM
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Richard Petty – quite possibly the best NASCAR racer of all time and the man in charge of Richard Petty Motorsports – says that Chrysler stopped paying his team after filing for bankruptcy last month. No surprise there. The lack of funds prompted RPM to lay off nine workers, although Petty is now saying there is hope that the automaker will soon work out some sort of deal to begin making payments once again now that it's clear of court proceedings.

It isn't clear at this moment if Petty's team, which is in the final year of its current contract with Chrysler, will soldier on using Dodge Chargers Challengers next year. Earlier this month, The King said his team would be willing to talk to any and all manufacturers regarding the 2010 NASCAR season, including Dodge. We'll surely know soon enough, but internet message boards are awash with rumors the team has been in talks with *gasp* Toyota.

[Source: ESPN via MLive.com | Image: Jason Smith/Getty]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey, Dodge's loss! Petty could always go back to Ponti--

      ...oh, right.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I see what you did there
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wouldn,t it be nice if the Nat'l assn of STOCK car racers went back to racing the real thing? The last race I ever attended had real cars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      BFD. Put a sow's ear on a NASCAR 'newcar' frame and call it a Palin.
      She needs the viz.
      Could probably get the GOP national party to pay/sponsor it!

      Obviously, the point is that these cars are no more stock cars than an F1 barge...they can put any skin on them and just because Chrysler chooses to break a contract shouldn't be any skin (pun intended) off of the King's car!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Actually, the Challengers are only for the 2nd-tier series, and I'm not even sure they'll be running the ponycar based cars in that series as early as 2010... the top-tier Sprint Cup series will still be running Chargers, Fusions, Camrys, and Impalas for the forseeable future.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Assass1n: Your boy doesn't even make this list, judging talent from diffrent eras just doesn't work in any sports. There is no difinative answer to the question, who is the greatest?
      We all have vaid opinions... nothing more. I'm a life long Petty fan and I would still pick Pearson myself.
      And of course Jeff Gordon is the greatest driver of the modern era, its just all the hillbillies that can only see #3, (#8) #88 don't want to see that.

      Overall all-time winnning percentage: [drivers with over 100 starts]:
      1. Herb Thomas -- 21.05% (48 wins, 228 starts)
      2. Tim Flock -- 20.86% (38/187)
      3. David Pearson -- 18.26% (105/574)
      4. Richard Petty -- 16.89% (200/1184)
      5. Fred Lorenzen -- 16.46% (26/158)
      6. Fireball Roberts -- 16.02% (33/206)
      7. Junior Johnson -- 15.97% (50/313)
      8. Jimmie Johnson -- 15.59% (42/272)
      9. Cale Yarborough -- 14.75% (83/560)
      10. Jeff Gordon -- 14.44% (82/562)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why are people so surprised when bankrupt companies fail to pay their bills?

      What part of bankruptcy do people not understand?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Okay. This is old news. And honestly, big corporations like Chrysler or GM, they don't care who's who, just who will play for them and be their puppet. Yeah, it might have hurt a little, but with how Chrysler is viewed anymore, it was barely a prick of the finger.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ...rumors the team has been in talks with *gasp* Toyota.

      Duh, if he said he was willing to talk with ALL manufacturers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      He didn't get the memo?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Autoblog didn't get the memo either... this story is at least 3 weeks old!!!
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