NASCAR legend Richard Petty shared one fact about his racing career that shows how far the sport has gone down the drain

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Nothing resembles the good old days in NASCAR more than Richard Petty.

What he just shared will make you long for the days we once had in sports.

And NASCAR legend Richard Petty shared one fact about his racing career that shows how far the sport has gone down the drain.

NASCAR was made for America

Most Americans have a need for speed.

Just look at how the average American drives on the interstate.

Anytime there is a straight away you will find at least one car speeding and thinking they are in Talladega.

Nearly every Olympics is marked by the United States winning almost every track medal available.

And the fastest plane in the world is the United States X-15 from the mid 1960s.

This need for speed by Americans also produced one of the best sports leagues in the world with NASCAR.

From the 1970s into the 2000s, no other sport in the United States matched the experience of a NASCAR race.

The stands were always packed and the tailgating was second to none with the dedicated fan base.

The level of characters who raced around the track made NASCAR the gold standard sports league in America.

But something went wrong with the racing league.

NASCAR still has a following and good quality racing, but it is a morsel of what it used to be.

Most of the old fan base looks at the current crop of racers and just sees a bunch of bush leaguers.

When they think of the past glory days of NASCAR, fans think of names like Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty.

The King of NASCAR himself just went on Dale Jr.’s podcast and shared one story that will bring you back to the good old days of the racing league.

Richard Petty remembers his best car

While on the Download podcast with Dale Earnhardt Jr., Richard Petty told the story about the best car he ever had in NASCAR.

And it was a Dodge Charger from the mid-1970s.

The King of NASCAR claimed that “we won a bunch of races with the Charger. We had a lot of experience with it and we got to run it for like four or five years. Of all the race cars I’ve ever had, it was the most natural race car that was before all the wind tunnel testing and all this kind of stuff.”

Richard Petty continued by adding that, “the car was so sensitive, you could change a spoiler a quarter-inch and go from dead push to dead loose. But we had worked with it so much, we learned that. It was just a pleasure to drive it. It worked on short tracks, road courses, superspeedways, it was just a good all-around best race car I ever had.”

If NASCAR really wants to get back, it should consider taking away the stock car and all of the conformities between the teams.

An element of custom-built and well-maintained cars will bring back some of the glory that NASCAR used to have.

Patriot Political will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.