Big Time In A Small Town

Yesterday, as I was writing today’s post, I thought for sure that I had scheduled it to publish this morning. Somehow (I’m not at all sure how), it published while I was smack dab in the middle of a sentence.

My stats show me that I have 72 followers who receive an email each time one of my posts is published.  So, 72 of you were left wondering what in the world happened.

Even more interesting, I had just about decided to trash that entire post. And now I feel that I must finish it. So here goes:

If you’re a Nascar fan, you know that Smithfield Foods is a sponsor of Richard Petty Motorsports.  And most of you probably know that Smithfield Foods headquarters is in our little town of ….Smithfield.

Last Thursday, Richard, himself, came to town as part of an event on the “Foods” headquarters campus.

Although Motor Man had met Richard many years ago and spent time with him at a drag race in Richmond, we decided to join the crowd and take a couple of items to be autographed by “King Richard”.

The first was a model of his race car from 1992, the year that Richard retired from racing.

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And the second was a collage print  from that same year. (For those of you not familiar, Gwaltney Packing Company was a sponsor of Petty’s at that time.  Gwaltney was later purchased by Smithfield Foods.)

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Someone had given this collage to Motor Man during that time period.

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The thought crossed my mind:  I wonder just how many autographs Richard Petty has given?  Does he ever tire of signing his name?

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Apparently not.  He graciously greeted every person in line, signed whatever item(s) they had and wished them a nice day.

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And, now, you know the rest of the story.

~These Days Of Mine~



11 responses to “Big Time In A Small Town

  1. Glad to hear the REST of the story! I’ve always thought Richard Petty was just a real down to earth guy and this proves it to be so…………..


  2. Hey, he still looks pretty good and I know you are glad you went! You didn’t mention (hope I didn’t miss), how long you had to wait.I wondered if y’all went. My hand cramps from writing a long letter, a day of autographing would have to be rough!

  3. What a gracious man he is.

  4. Yes, Gracious, because he doesn’t NEED to still be signing autographs, etc. Just shows that he’s a class act – remembering folks who know he is the King!. My Grandma would be smiling – probably would have been in line to meet and greet.

  5. Really cool to see the two of them discussing memorabilia !
    & also cool that he gave out so many autographs …..

  6. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    I am sure JR enjoyed seeing him again. Nice pictures!!

  7. sounds exciting, lucky you to meet him!

  8. He sounds like a gentleman. Anyone who is so gracious and polite to his fans is a true star. I’m glad you and MM got to see him and get autographs, that’s a wonderful way to update and keep memories special. 🙂

  9. He does sound like a very gracious (and probably patient too) man. Nice!

  10. Pretty cool! And I would have to agree with the other people that commented that he must be a very gracious and kind man.

  11. How cool! He always has a great-looking hat.

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