Pete Hamilton's #40 Petty Enterprises Plymouth Superbird
Started racing in the Northeast in 1962 and finally winning the NASCAR National Sportsman division in 1967. In 68 he entered the Grand National Division (Winston/Nextel/Sprint Cup) and was the series Rookie of the Year recipient. In the 69 season Pete won 12 of 26 races in the Grand American (Busch/Nationwide) Series and took the series' Championship.
Shortly before the start of the 1970 season Pete signed on to drive for Petty Enterprises two car team. The first race being the Daytona 500, Pete qualified 9th. Ford and Dodge swapped the lead throughout the race with David Pearson's Mercury leading the most laps, 82
With 18 laps to go and Pearson leading, Richard Brooks's #32 Superbird spins out from a blown engine. Pearson pitted taking on two tires with Hamilton doing the same. Petty, who blown his engine in the early stages of the race and was in Hamilton's Pit, calls Pete in the next lap around to take on two more tires. Pearson takes charge with the drop of the Green flag and with nine laps to go, Hamilton's four tires hold for the pass of Pearson's Mercury and on for the Checkered Flag.
Of the 15 races for PE, Hamilton racked up 3 victories, 9 top 5's and 11 top 10's. Of the 3 wins, Pete was the first to win Talledega twice in one season ( Dale Earnhardt was next in 1999). Due to a neck injury suffered early on in his racing career, Pete retired from NASCAR's top series.