TDIH: February 1, 1969


Richard Petty wins the Motor Trend 500, the third race of the 1969 season. After 409 consecutive appearances in a Plymouth, he would pilot a Ford for the first time, and do so for the next 47 races. The 1969 season actually began in 1968, with two events being held late in the year. Petty, still driving a Plymouth Roadrunner, would record a win at Macon, and a 2nd place finish at Montgomery after starting from the pole. Having requested – and being refused – a switch to the more aerodynamic Dodge Charger, Petty opted instead to drive a Ford Torino for the remainder of the season. Here at Riverside, Ford’s would sweep the podium, with polesitter AJ Foyt finishing second, and eventual champion David Pearson placing third. Petty would win a total of 9 races and capture 5 poles in the Torino, finishing second behind Pearson in the final standings. He would return to the Plymouth stable for 1970, driving a winged Superbird to 18 victories and 4th in the points.


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