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Richard Petty

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Birthdate: 2 July 1937
Hometown: Level Cross, North Carolina, United States
Nicknames: The King, King Richard

Accomplishments include:
1964 NASCAR Grand National Champion
1967 NASCAR Grand National Champion
1971 NASCAR Grand National Champion
1972 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion
1973 Daytona 500 Winner
1974 Daytona 500 Winner
1974 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion
1975 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion
1979 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion
200 total Grand National/Winston Cup wins

Legendary NASCAR Grand National and Winston Cup driver, owner and record-tying seven-time champion. In his stock car career he won 200 Grand National/Winston Cup races, the 200th win coming in the first race attended by a sitting United States President (Ronald Reagan at the 1984 Pepsi FireCracker 400).

After his driving career he stayed in NASCAR as owner of racing team Petty Enterprises, which would eventually become Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) through a merger.

In the 2006 film Cars he voiced a "Petty Blue" #43 Plymouth Superbird named Strip Weathers but usually referred to as The King.

Biography

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Richard Petty page on 14 September 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Richard Lee Petty, nicknamed The King, is a former NASCAR driver who raced in the Strictly Stock/Grand National Era and the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. He won the NASCAR Championship seven times (Dale Earnhardt and Jimmie Johnson are the only other drivers to accomplish this feat), winning a record 200 races during his career, winning the Daytona 500 a record seven times, and winning a record 27 races (10 of them consecutively) in the 1967 season alone. Statistically, he is the most accomplished driver in the history of the sport and is one of the most respected figures in motorsports as a whole. He also collected a record number of poles (127) and over 700 Top 10 finishes in his 1,184 starts, including 513 consecutive starts from 1971–1989. Petty was the only driver to ever win in his 500th race start, until Matt Kenseth joined him in 2013. He was inducted into the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010.

Petty is a second generation driver. His father, Lee Petty, won the first Daytona 500 in 1959 and was also a three-time NASCAR champion. His son Kyle was also a NASCAR driver. His grandson, Adam (Kyle's son), was killed in a practice crash at New Hampshire International Speedway on May 12, 2000, five weeks after Lee's death. Adam's brother Austin works on day-to-day operations of the Victory Junction Gang Camp, a Hole in the Wall Gang Camp established by the Pettys after Adam's death. Petty married Lynda Owens in 1958. She died on March 25, 2014 at her home in Level Cross, North Carolina at age 72, after a long battle with cancer. They had four children—Kyle Petty, Sharon Petty-Farlow, Lisa Petty-Luck, and Rebecca Petty-Moffit. The family resides in Petty's home town of Level Cross, North Carolina and operates Richard Petty Motorsports. The Richard Petty Museum was formerly in nearby Randleman, North Carolina but moved back to its original location in March 2014.


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2008 Sound & Speed Press Conference
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Richard Petty 1973 Dodge Charger Model Car 1973 Dodge Charger
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Richard Petty at the 1983 Van Scoy 500 1983 Van Scoy 500
The Petty Enterprises STP Pontiac of The King Richard Petty. Richard had a good run in the 1983 Van Scoy 500, leading 21 laps and finished 3rd.
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1985 Richard Petty Pontiac at the 1985 Champion Spark Plug 400 1985 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1986 Richard Petty Car at the 1986 Goody's 500 1986 Goody's 500
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Richard Petty 1986 Pontiac 2+2 NASCAR Race Car 1986 Pontiac 2+2
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1987 Richard Petty Pontiac at the 1987 Champion Spark Plug 400 1987 Champion Spark Plug 400
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Richard Petty 1992 Miller 400 1992 Miller 400
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Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
7 June 1968Petty Prepared for VictorySt. Petersburg Independent
24 January 2005NASCAR Media Conference: A Look Back & a Look AheadKurt Busch
Brian France
Kasey Kahne
Mark Martin
Richard Petty
Darrell Waltrip
8 July 2008NASCAR Media ConferenceRichard Petty
11 October 2008NASCAR Legend Richard Petty Endorses John McCainSenator John McCain
24 March 2009Richard Petty and the Quarter MileJeremy T. Sellers
6 April 2009Indy Racing League Media ConferenceJohn Andretti
Richard Petty
Dennis Reinbold
Todd Whitworth
23 June 2009NASCAR Media ConferenceRichard Petty
21 June 2009NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Toyota/Save Mart 350Kenny Francis
Kasey Kahne
Richard Petty
6 September 2009NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Pep Boys Auto 500Kenny Francis
Kasey Kahne
Richard Petty
31 March 2010Indy Racing League Media ConferenceMichael Andretti
John Andretti
Blair Ingle
Richard Petty
23 May 2010NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: Richard Petty (Part 3/6)Dale Inman
Kyle Petty
Richard Petty
23 May 2010NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction CeremonyDale Inman
Junior Johnson
Robert Johnson
Richard Petty
23 May 2011NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: Lee PettyKyle Petty
Mark Petty
Maurice Petty
Richard Petty
Ritchie Petty
Tim Petty
20 January 2012NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: Dale InmanDale Inman
Richard Petty
12 August 2012NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Finger Lakes 355 at The GlenMarcos Ambrose
Sammy Johns
Todd Parrott
Richard Petty


Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Collector Card - 1992 Maxx 43Richard Petty#43 STP Pontiac
Collector Card - 1996 Upper Deck Road to the Cup RC148Role Models: Ricky Craven (Richard Petty)
Collector Card - 1996 Upper Deck Road to the Cup RC148Role Models: Jeff Gordon (Richard Petty)
Die Cast - Cars L5258-0910KingCars Supercharged, small scale, Light Blue #43 Dinoco


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