No. 43 gets seventh win at Daytona
Feb. 15, 1981 - "The King" took a gamble on a pit stop at the Daytona 500 and it paid off royally. Richard Petty, in fourth place, stopped only for fuel with 25 laps left and didn't change tires. The three leaders got gas and new tires.
With his crew taking only seven seconds to fill his tank, Petty charged to the front. Running on the worn tires, he held off Bobby Allison, who probably had the faster car, by four seconds to win an unprecedented seventh Daytona 500.
He credited the victory to Dale Inman, his second cousin and crew chief, and Maurice Petty, his brother and engine builder, for their decision not to change tires. "Dale and Maurice put their heads together and figured that was the way we could win the race, so we took the gamble," Petty said.
"Right off hand, I'd say we had the seventh or eighth fastest car out there. If it came down to three or four running for the lead, we probably wouldn't have been in the show. If it had been one on one, Bobby would have had the advantage."
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