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Petty's talent and charisma helped NASCAR boom

Updated: March 17, 2006, 9:34 AM ET
By Ron Flatter | Special to ESPN.com

"Richard was not arrogant -- outwardly. But he was very arrogant inwardly. You know that with that big smile he had, there were two big fangs hanging down. So you want to go after that guy. You want to beat him more than anybody else," says Darrell Waltrip about Richard Petty on ESPN Classic's SportsCentury series.

He has not won a race since 1984. His last championship came in 1979. But Richard Petty's big sunglasses, cowboy hat and that No. 43 still loom large over stock-car racing.

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