‘Petty North’

NASCAR leg­end re­turns to Ridgely Car Show

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Petty’s trip to Ridgely was his fourth, and he was joined by other rac­ing leg­ends Roy Hill and Linda Vaughn for a crowd of more than 12,000. The car show saw about 800 cars par­tic­i­pate in the event.

“It is great to be back,” Petty said. “I en­joy com­ing here. Ev­ery­one is so nice and wel­com­ing.”

The car show was held on Belle and Rail­road streets. Petty vis­ited with fans and signed au­to­graphs for about two hours in front of the Ridgely Phar­macy and Ice Cream Par­lor on Belle Street.

The op­por­tu­nity to bring Petty to the show came about when or­ga­niz­ers se­lected the Petty Fam­ily Foun­da­tion as the event’s char­ity in 2013. The foun­da­tion serves the Vic­tory Junc­tion Gang Camp in Ran­dle­man, N.C., a haven for chil­dren stricken with se­ri­ous ill­ness and in­jury.

Since the car show be­gan six years ago, the event has raised more than $250,000 for char­ity, with the Petty Fam­ily Foun­da­tion be­com­ing the car show’s pri­mary char­ity five years ago.

Bunky Luff­man, a mem­ber of Gov. Larry Ho­gan’s staff, was joined by Del. Jeff Ghrist, R-36-Caro­line; Ridgely Town Com­mis­sion­ers An­thony Casey and John Hur­ley; Caro­line County Com­mis­sion­ers Wil­bur Le­ven­good, Dan Franklin and Larry Porter; and other lo­cal dig­ni­taries to greet Petty.

Casey pre­sented Petty with a Ridgely Chal­lenge Coin and thanked him for sup­port­ing Ridgely and Caro­line County.

“There are so many char­i­ties that get helped out here with the Ridgely Car Show Foun­da­tion, but also the lo­cal non­prof­its that bring in money here to help the com­mu­nity,” Casey said.

Car show or­ga­niz­ers also hon­ored Petty by ded­i­cat­ing the road be­tween the Ridgely Phar­macy and Prov­i­dent State Bank as “Petty North.”

More than 100 tro­phies, in­clud­ing some unique tro­phies for spe­cific classes, were awarded. Ridgely Po­lice Officer Gor­don Geesey re­ceived the Petty Choice Award from Petty for best car. The tro­phy was signed by Petty and fea­tured a gear shifter.

“It was an­other great day to­day,” said Ridgely Car Show or­ga­nizer Brenda Walls. “Thank you to all of our team mem­bers, vol­un­teers, law en­force­ment and com­mu­nity mem­bers for help­ing to make this car show suc­cess­ful.

“We are so hon­ored to have Richard Petty come to our car show. He is such an icon and a great per­son. It is great to have him here with two other rac­ing icons, Roy Hill and Linda Vaughn. Thank you to them and ev­ery­one for join­ing us for the car show.”


The Ridgely Car Show un­veils the Petty North sign next to the Ridgely Phar­macy Sun­day, Oct. 15, in honor of NASCAR leg­end Richard Petty.

Sierra and Stacy Brooksby meet NASCAR leg­end Richard Petty at the Ridgely Car Show.

Ridgely Po­lice Officer Gor­don Geesey re­ceives the Petty Choice Award from NASCAR leg­end Richard Petty for best car at the Ridgely Car Show Oct. 15.

Dar­rin Crowlser meets NASCAR leg­end Richard Petty at the Ridgely Car Show Oct. 15.

Joe MacCar­roll and his son, Bray­den, meet Richard Petty at the Ridgely Car Show. Bray­den came in a full Petty fire­suit and cow­boy hat.

Rac­ing leg­ends, from left, Roy Hill, Linda Vaughn and Richard Petty visit the Ridgely Car Show.

NASCAR leg­end Richard Petty meets Del­marva Soap Box Derby cham­pion car builder Wil­liam Greenage at the Ridgely Car Show Sun­day, Oct. 15.

Jor­dan Korell of Den­ton meets NASCAR leg­end Richard Petty at the Ridgely Car Show Sun­day, Oct. 15.

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