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Richard Lee Petty, nicknamed "The King" of NASCAR, waits to sign autographs and talk to fans during the 2009 Speed Street festival in downtown Charlotte, NC. Event organizers shut down sections of the Charlotte Center City for the 15th annual family-friendly event, which includes music, NASCAR show car appearances, autographs from NASCAR drivers, games, food and fun. Key sponsors include Food Lion, Coca-Cola, Miller Lite and Chevrolet. Photos by Charlotte photographer Patrick Schneider of Patrick Schneider Photography. Food Lion Speed Street runs in conjunction with the Coca-Cola Classic 600 NASCAR race at the Lowe's Motor Speedway in nearby Concord, NC.