NASCAR has always been a family affair for the Petty family, and so has the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
On Wednesday night Maurice Petty was formally inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, joining the likes of his father Lee Petty, one of the pioneers of NASCAR, his brother Richard Petty, and his cousin, crew chief, Dan Inman.
Known as “The Chief,” Maurice Petty was an engine builder for Petty Enterprises and is the first engine builder to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The Chief’s engines have won more than 200 races, including seven Daytona 500s, as well as seven titles.
What made this moment even more special for Maurice Petty is that he was inducted by his brother, seven-time NASCAR champion and member of the inaugural Hall of Fame class, Richard Petty.
“The big deal is that it’s really the end of Petty Enterprises because we started in 1949, and now that my brother is in the Hall of Fame, then that pretty well closes the book on it,” said Richard Petty.
During his speech Maurice Petty recalled his family roots in Level Cross, North Carolina, saying, “Who would have thought growing up that there would be guys, four of us, out of a small, rural country community that would be in a North Carolina Hall of Fame?”
Many took to Twitter to congratulate Maurice Petty for being inducted, including his nephew Kyle Petty.
Congrats! To my Uncle Maurice "Chief" Petty! He's always been a Hall of Famer, Tonight it's official! Love you…
— Kyle Petty (@kylepetty) January 30, 2014
Congratulations to my friend they call the CHIEF Maurice Petty and Patricia #NASCARHOF
— Brad Parrott (@BradParrott) January 30, 2014
Both Richard and Maurice showed off their Hall of Fame rings at the induction ceremony.
— SiriusXM NASCAR (@SiriusXMNASCAR) January 30, 2014
Also inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Wednesday night were Fireball Roberts, Jack Ingram, and Tim Flock.
If you’re unfamiliar with Maurice Petty, watch the video below for a short biography.