We look at the legacy of Richard Petty’s famed No. 43 car. Petty captured a record 200 wins in the 43, including seven Daytona 500s. While Petty himself has long stepped out from behind the wheel, the car remains in action and still wears Petty Blue, but with a new sponsor in Smithfield Foods on the hood, and with a new team in the pits and garage.
The piece includes interviews with driver Aric Almirola, who won the 2014 Coke Zero 400 in the No. 43, 30 years to the weekend of “The King’s” fabled 200th win on the same track. Petty’s nephew, crew chief Trent Owens, is also interviewed.