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Richard Petty: 'We have a better foundation'

Richard Petty received the Bruton Smith Legends Award at the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame induction banquet on Thursday night. Tom Pennington/Getty Images

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Richard Petty, a popular figure here at the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame banquet, will receive the Bruton Smith Legends Award.

Before the banquet, Petty talked to a few media members and mentioned that things are more "relaxed" around his team than they have been the last few years.

"We have a better foundation," Petty said. "There's confidence from the folks on the track to those in the office. It's a better start than last year, but we have a long way to go."

Richard Petty Motorsports driver A.J. Allmendinger was in the top-10 of the standings the first few weeks of the season, but is no 14th. Marcos Ambrose is 22nd.