Richard Petty (born July 2, 1937 in Level Cross, North Carolina is a renowned former NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver and is now a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series owner.
Driving his famous No.43, Petty won the NASCAR Championship 7 times; Dale Earnhardt was the only other driver to accomplish this feat. Petty also won an unprecedented 200 races during his career and in the 1967 season alone won a record 27 races, including ten races in a row. His 200th win came in the Firecracker 400 on July 4, 1984 at Daytona International Speedway. President Ronald Reagan was in attendance, and celebrated the milestone with Petty and his family in victory lane. He also collected a record number of poles (127) and over 700 top-ten finishes in his 1,185 starts, including 513 consecutive starts from 1971-1989. He Won 7 Daytona 500s and 9 Most Popular Driver Awards.
Petty is known to NASCAR fans as "The King."His entire family has been involved in racing. His father, Lee Petty won the first Daytona 500 in 1959 and was also a NASCAR champion. His son Kyle Petty is also a well-known NASCAR driver. Richard's grandson Adam Petty was killed in an accident at New Hampshire International Speedway on May 12, 2000.
Aric Almirola emerges as season's biggest surprise for Richard Petty Motorsports
Aric Almirola enjoyed a career highlight a year ago when he won the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Showing that Richard Petty Motorsports could build fast cars and that he could put Petty's iconic No. 43 out front was a big ...
Motorsports Hall of Fame: Dale Inman helped make cousin Richard Petty a legend
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This is one in a four-part series on the International Motorsports Hall of Fame Class of 2013 to be enshrined May 2. Joining Dale Inman are Rick Hendrick, Don Schumacher and Rusty Wallace. inman with petty.jpg Dale Inman, left, with Richard Petty and ...
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