LOCKHART — With almost three years of racing under his belt, a young Lockhart native continues to improve on the racetrack.
Earl Petty — son of Mike and Kim Petty — grew up around racing.
“My dad was racing, and I helped Petey Ivey for a long time before I got my car,” Earl said.
Earl said like most new endeavors, it was more difficult than he expected in the beginning.
“It was a lot different than I expected, financially and with racetrack knowledge,” he said.
As a rookie racer, Earl did not have much financial support, but he raced to gain the experience needed to become a better driver.
“I learn a lot of stuff every time I go,” Earl said. “If you’re there every week, you really learn a lot. If you’re not there every week, you don’t.”
As Earl continued his racing career, he gained support and financial sponsorships, which has helped him keep his car updated, acquiring better equipment and motors.
Earl currently races at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney and Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, N.C., driving the No. 5 Monte Carlo sponsored by Broad River Materials, The Tire Shop of Jonesville, Bailey’s Grill in Lockhart, Denton’s Gas, Mitchell Graphics and Mulls Starter and Alternator.
Earl has had six races this year, with his first win coming April 16 at Cherokee Speedway. During his first race of this year, he encountered a problem with his carburetor, and the next week, his motor blew out. Last Saturday, he finished at a close second, breaking the track’s record with a time of 19.042.
Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or email@example.com.