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Richard Petty fulfills dream for 98-year-old

By George Diaz Orlando Sentinel (MCT) • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:57 PM

Richard Petty remains one of the classiest athletes on the planet.

As an active driver and now as a retired one, he always has found time to pay it forward and show his appreciation for his fans.

Including 98-year-olds like Henry Jakes of Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Jakes’ bucket list contained one simple wish: Meet the King.

And so, with a little help from the Petty Family Foundation, it became a done deal.

Recently, Jakes hopped on a plane for the first time in his life to fly to Level Cross, N.C. to spend a day and evening with Petty. They first met at Petty’s Museum in Level Cross, for what would be the ride of his life.

Jakes then joined Petty for a tour of the museum before spending the afternoon together. The day ended with a dinner with Petty, who most certainly enjoyed helping making Jakes’ dream come true.

“It’s not too hard taking time to show someone around and making something possible that they didn’t know if it was or not,” Petty said. “We just sort of talked and showed him everything we had here. He smiled the entire time. I think he felt my age when he left!”

For the record, Petty is 77.

And still the King of Generosity and Graciousness.

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