NASCAR Hall of Fame profile: Maurice Petty

On Wednesday, the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte will induct its 2014 class, including Tim Flock, Jack Ingram, Dale Jarrett, Maurice Petty and Fireball Roberts. The induction ceremony is scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m. ET and may be seen live on FOX Sports 1. Below, is the second in a series of Hall of Fame profiles, this one featuring Maurice Petty:

Maurice Petty will become the fourth member of the Petty family to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame with his 2014 induction on Wednesday evening, joining brother Richard, father Lee and cousin Dale Inman. Maurice Petty was the engine builder of the family and its business, Petty Enterprises.

Petty overcame polio as a child and went on to work on Lee Petty’s pit crew as a teenager, along with his brother.

Petty competed as a driver, but only briefly, running in 26 races at NASCAR’s top level between 1960 and 1964, but where he was really a force was under the hood. Petty could be called one of NASCAR’s best-ever engine builders. His engines powered his brother Richard Petty to most of his Cup Series-leading 200-career wins (including seven in the Daytona 500) and seven Winston (now-Sprint) Cup championships. And Richard Petty wasn’t the only driver two win races with a Maurice Petty-built engine under his hood. Other drivers Pett helped get to victory lane included Lee Petty, Buddy Baker, Jim Paschal and Pete Hamilton.

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