There’s a certain kind of irony in what you come across when you’re looking up something else.
As I was researching information for another story I’m working on, I happened upon some statistics that gave me pause.
Granted, NASCAR is a cyclical sport. One year you’re way up, the next year you’re potentially way down (if you don’t believe that, just ask Carl Edwards about the difference for him between 2011 and 2012).
But perhaps more than any other full-time Sprint Cup organization, no other group has suffered such a cataclysmic fall over the years than Petty Enterprises/Richard Petty Motorsports.
Team owner and patriarch Richard Petty was indeed The King of NASCAR during much of his own racing career. Not only did he win an incredible 200 races, a mark likely to never be broken, he also was the first driver to win seven Sprint Cup championships in his career (a feat later tied by the late Dale Earnhardt).
He also drove a car with the most famous number in NASCAR history (No. 43) before it was overtaken by the No. 3 driven by Earnhardt.
Penske Racing‘s switch from Dodge to Ford in the offseason has been well-documented and should provide championship driver Brad Keselowski with an entirely new set of tools for 2013.
But there’s another change which Keselowski said might have an even bigger impact on Penske next season: The addition of driver Joey Logano as Keselowski’s teammate.
“I think that Joey is an elite talent in this sport and if we can work together, we will both be better,” Keselowski said during a two-day test this week at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “I would rather finish second to him next year in every race and even the championship than to rest on my laurels, not get any better (while) the whole field does and run fifth, 10th, 15th, 17th – whatever it might be – and beat him.