Richard Petty Leaves NASCAR Fans Scratching Their Heads Amidst Curious Ty Dillon Announcement

Published 07/16/2022, 6:05 AM EDT

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“The King” of NASCAR, Richard Petty, took the entire internet by strong with an ambiguous Tweet. And now all the fans are questioning what the team owner means. Naturally, people have their own conclusions. Some think Ty Dillon’s announcement has to do something with it. But what really happened?

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Petty Tweeted a very interesting Tweet talking about him being “Done”.


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Naturally, everyone was curious about what he meant? So, the fans drew their own conclusions. And many thought it was because of the announcement Ty Dillon made.

Some fans even thought it was because of the sponsorship deal with Hardee’s, especially since Hardee’s responded to the Tweet, too.

But that makes you question even more. So, let’s take a better look at both the conclusions the fans drew.

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What Did Ty Dillon Announce?

Dillon has been racing the #42 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Petty GMS Racing since the start of the 2022 season. However, less than an hour before Petty’s questionable Tweet, Dillon announced on Twitter that he will part ways with the team at the end of the year.

Moreover, he hasn’t announced any future plans. The timing of the two Tweets really makes you wonder.

On the other hand, Petty’s tweet ended with “I’m giving you The Bird.” Now, this sounds more like a Catchphrase that Petty GMS’s latest sponsor, Hardee’s, might use. So, could they be the reason behind the Tweet? Let’s dive a little deeper.

Hardee’s Sponsorship With Richard Petty And His Team


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On July 11, Richard Petty announced their sponsorship deal with the Chicken Sandwich giant, Hardee’s.


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The sponsorship deal adds a whole new facet to Petty’s latest, ambiguous Tweet. And this is because of what The King said in a statement, “I have been a true fan of Hardee’s for years, so teaming up to celebrate this delicious Hand-Breaded Chicken Sandwich is a real treat for me!

Petty highlighted the most important detail as he adds, “Plus, I’m looking forward to joining Hardee’s in giving ‘The Bird’ a whole new meaning and surprising some deserving fans here in North Carolina this summer.”

So, the Tweet could be related to the sponsorship deal.


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In the end, we can only wonder and draw our own conclusions until Petty himself says something. So, what do you think is the meaning behind the Tweet?


Written by:

Hetul Katyal


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Hetul Katyal is an F1-NASCAR web stories creator at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his degree in Journalism from the Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, he is an avid supporter of Carlos Sainz and Scuderia Ferrari. Hetul always looks forward to the paddock going to Baku, but the part of F1 that excites him the most, is seeing the drivers tackle the 'Raidillon' at Spa.
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Edited by:

Ranvijay Singh