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An alliance more sad than fascinating

Updated: April 9, 2009, 1:27 PM ET
By Ed Hinton | ESPN.com

This is about the confluence of three sad sagas: Richard Petty, the Indianapolis 500 and the hard-knocks branch of the Andretti family.

All three having fallen on tough times, they have bonded what is left of their "brands," as marketing moguls call household names nowadays.

Petty is the official entrant of a car to be driven by John Andretti in this year's 500.

With verbal sleight of hand, publicists have tried to leave the impression that Petty is more ...

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