Richard Lee Petty (born July 2, 1937) is an American former stock car racing driver who competed in the previous NASCAR Grand National and Winston Cup Series (now known as the NASCAR Cup Series) from 1958 to 1992, most notably for Petty Enterprises in the No. 43 Plymouth/Pontiac.
He was the first driver to win the Cup Series championship seven times (tying Dale Earnhardt and Jimmie Johnson), and he also set a record by winning 200 races in his career. This included seven Daytona 500 victories and a season in which he won a total of 27 races (10 of them consecutively) (1967).
He is statistically the most accomplished driver in the sport’s history, as well as one of the most respected individuals in all of motorsports. Petty is still involved in the sport as the owner of a Cup Series NASCAR team (Petty GMS Motorsports) and the proprietor of Petty’s Garage (a car restoration and modification company) in Level Cross, North Carolina.
Petty set a record for pole positions (123) and top ten finishes (nearly 700) in his 35-year career, which included 513 consecutive starts from 1971 to 1989. Matt Kenseth joined Petty as the first driver to win in his 500th race start in 2013.
In 2010, he was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s inaugural class. Petty comes from a family of drivers. Lee Petty, his father, was a three-time NASCAR champion and won the first Daytona 500 in 1959.
Kyle, his son, was a NASCAR driver as well. Five weeks after Lee’s death, his grandson, Adam (Kyle’s son), was killed in a practice crash at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Austin, Adam’s brother, is in charge of the Victory Junction Gang Camp, a Hole in the Wall Gang Camp set up by the Pettys following Adam’s death.
In 1958, Petty married Lynda Owens. She died in her home in Level Cross, North Carolina, on March 25, 2014, at the age of 72, after a long fight with cancer. Kyle Petty, Sharon Petty-Farlow, Lisa Petty-Luck, and Rebecca Petty-Moffit are their four children. Petty’s family lives in Level Cross, North Carolina, where he was born.
The Richard Petty Museum was once located in Randleman, North Carolina, but in March 2014, it returned to its original location in Level Cross. He also appeared in Cars (as well as Cars 3) as The King, a character modeled on himself who is looking forward to winning his final race before retiring.
Net Worth And Related Stuffs
Richard Petty is a retired American race car racer with a fortune of $65 million. From 1958 to 1992, Richard competed in the former NASCAR Grand National and Winston Cup Series. He won a record 200 races during his illustrious career and was the first driver to win the Cup Series championship seven times. Petty also set a record with 127 pole positions and almost 700 top 10 finishes in a record 1,184 starts.
Beginnings of Life and Career
Richard Petty was born in Level Cross, North Carolina, in 1937, to Elizabeth and Lee Petty, a NASCAR racer. He attended Randleman High School as a child, where he was an All-Conference guard on the football team.
Petty attended Greensboro Junior College after graduation and then went to work for his father’s racing organization. He began his NASCAR career in a race at CNE Stadium in Toronto shortly after his 21st birthday in 1958. He was an instant success, winning the NASCAR Rookie of the Year award in 1959.
Petty was elected as a Republican to the Randolph County Commission in 1978. He endorsed John Connally for the Republican presidential nomination in 1980. It was, according to Petty, a “Connally and Ronald Reagan were a “tossup,” but he chose Connally “essentially on personality.” And Connally has spent a lot of time in Washington, doing a lot of things. He is more knowledgeable about the system.”
In 1982, 1986, and 1990, he was re-elected to the county commission. With the exception of the Southern 500, where Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton acted as grand marshal, Petty took a parade lap before every race during his 1992 retirement tour. Petty started a political action committee in 1993 to help Republican candidates.
He ran for North Carolina Secretary of State as a Republican candidate in 1996, but was defeated in the main election by State Senator Elaine Marshall. Petty was incorrectly thought to be a shoe-in, and his campaigning was inconsistent. “If I had known I wasn’t going to win, I wouldn’t have run,” Petty said after his loss. He shared the stage with Donald Trump in June of 2016.
Life after racing
Petty is presently a spokesperson for the Nicorette and Goody’s Headache Powder products from Liberty Medical, Cheerios, and GlaxoSmithKline. He was also on Brawny paper towels for a brief period when the firm updated their image with that of numerous “actual Brawny men.”
Petty and his son Kyle are hosting “Lifting It Right,” an automotive lift safety training DVD created and distributed by the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI), which is utilized in high school vocational programs and community colleges.
He has taped public service announcements for Civitan International, a charitable organization he used to be a part of. He normally sports his signature sunglasses and a Charlie 1 Horse cowboy hat with a huge snakeskin hat band and a front plume of rooster feathers.
Petty has founded “Victory Junction,” a summer camp aimed at giving chronically ill children an outdoor experience as well as the experience of summer camp. It is manned by round-the-clock medical staff to be on hand in case of emergencies.
Petty information was included on the packaging of a cereal called “43’s.” Petty also appeared in the 2008 film Swing Vote, in which he commends the protagonist by allowing him to drive his legendary “43” Plymouth for a short time.
Petty was named Grand Marshal of the 2011 STP 400 in the Sprint Cup Series in May 2011. Petty bought a 90-acre (36 ha) ranch south of Jackson, Wyoming, after retiring.