Richard Petty

  • Birth Name: Richard Lee Petty
  • Birth Place: Level Cross, North Carolina, United States
  • Profession: Former NASCAR driver
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Fast Facts

  • Nicknamed "The King."
  • As a teenager, he worked as a mechanic for his father, Lee Petty, also a NASCAR driver and winner of the first Daytona 500.
  • Recorded 200 wins during his NASCAR career, including seven Daytona 500 victories.
  • Won the NASCAR Rookie of the Year award in 1959.
  • Apart from Dale Earnhardt, he's the only driver to have won seven NASCAR Championships.
  • One of the founders of the Victory Junction Gang Camp for terminally and chronically ill children; he donated land and money for the camp. The camp was the brainchild of his grandson, Adam Petty, who was also a NASCAR driver and was killed in a crash on May 12, 2000.
  • Owns Richard Petty Motorsports.
  • Was inducted into the first class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010.


  • Maurice Petty — Brother
  • Lee Petty — Father
  • Sharon Petty Farlow — Daughter
  • Lisa Petty Luck — Daughter
  • Rebecca Petty Moffit — Daughter
  • Elizabeth Toomes — Mother
  • Kyle Petty — Son
  • Lynda Petty — Wife

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