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Changing times forced Pettys to uproot from beloved Level Cross, N.C.

Abandoning the shop that daddy Lee built in Level Cross, N.C., was not an easy decision for Richard Petty. But it was necessary, writes David Newton.

Updated: January 11, 2008, 4:54 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Jerry Freeze's voice reverberated through the walls of the showroom, once filled with the No. 88 and 38 show cars of Robert Yates Racing, now barren except for a Coke machine in the corner.

"Step into the other room where you can hear me without the echoes," Freeze, the team manager at Petty Enterprises, said last week.

Freeze has been coordinating the move of NASCAR's most storied organization from remote Level Cross, N.C., to the ...

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