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Pay your respects to Petty Enterprises

Please don't mourn the passing of Petty Enterprises as we know it. The decades-long suffering is finally over, writes Ed Hinton.

Updated: January 15, 2009, 6:03 PM ET
By Ed Hinton | ESPN.com

LEVEL CROSS, N.C. -- Petty Enterprises is better off now, past its suffering of the past few dismal decades.

It is in a better place -- the memories of those who knew it in all its glory, unequaled in NASCAR to this day, with 268 wins and 10 championships.

Petty Enterprises ceased to exist last week when, no longer financially viable, it was merged with Gillett Evernham Motorsports.

But all of that was aftermath that occurred 70 miles away from here ...

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