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Joe Gibbs is NASCAR royalty now

Updated: November 16, 2010, 2:27 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Joe Gibbs vividly remembers his first conversation with Richard Petty, how he had to look up to NASCAR's all-time winningest driver because "The King" was sitting in a much higher chair in the Randleman, N.C., shop known as Petty Enterprises.

"I go, 'Richard, I'm thinking about getting into this sport,'" recalled Gibbs, then the head coach of the Redskins talking with a huge Redskins fan. "He looked at me and goes, 'Why?'"

Almost 20 years later, ...

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