When Richard Petty casts his ballot for the NASCAR Hall of Fame's next class, the seven-time champion driver knows one name that will certainly be on his - Maurice Petty, his brother and chief engine builder.
Maurice Petty is one of five new nominees on the list of 25 announced this week for the next Hall of Fame class. He could become the third Petty in the hall.
Richard Petty was a member of the inaugural class in 2010 and father, Lee, was elected the next year. Dale Inman, his cousin, also was the first crew chief inducted.
''If it hadn't been for (Maurice), us three might have made it, or we would have made it at a different level,'' Richard Petty said this week at Texas, where the Sprint Cup Series ran Saturday night. ''It was a four-person team, and he was a big part of it.''
Maurice Petty, referred to by his brother as others as ''Chief,'' supplied the horsepower that propelled Richard Petty to most of his 200 NASCAR wins.
A 54-member voting panel next month will chose t...