Richard Lee Petty (born July 2, 1937) is a former NASCAR driver who raced within the Strictly Stock/Grand National Era and the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. "The King", as he's nicknamed, is most well-known for profitable the NASCAR Championship seven occasions (Dale Earnhardt is the one other driver to accomplish this feat), successful a record 200 races during his career, profitable the Daytona 500 a report seven occasions, and successful a file 27 races (ten of them consecutively) within the 1967 season alone. (A 1972 rule change eradicated races below 250 miles (four hundred km) in length, lowering the schedule to 30 [now 36] races.) Petty is extensively thought-about one of the biggest NASCAR drivers of all time. He also collected a file number of poles (127) and over seven hundred prime-ten finishes in his 1,185 begins, together with 513 consecutive starts from 1971-1989.
Petty is a second technology driver. His father, Lee Petty, received the first Daytona 500 in 1959 and was also a three time NASCAR champion. Richard's son, Kyle Petty, is also a well-known NASCAR driver. Richard's grandson, Adam Petty, was killed in an accident at New Hampshire Worldwide Speedway on Could 12, 2000, five weeks after the loss of life of Lee. Meanwhile, Adam's brother Austin works on day-to-day operations of the Victory Junction Gang Camp, a Hole within the Wall Gang camp established by the Pettys after Adam's death. Petty married his wife Lynda in 1958 and so they have 4 youngsters - Kyle Petty, Sharon Petty Farlow, Lisa Petty Luck and Rebecca Petty Moffit - and 12 grandchildren.The family still resides in Petty's house town of Stage Cross, North Carolina and operates Richard Petty Motorsports. The Richard Petty Museum is in close by Randleman, North Carolina. Since January 7, 2008, Petty Enterprises has been the newest resident of Race City, U.S.A., transferring their race staff into the vacated Yates Racing one hundred fifteen,000-sq.-foot (10,seven-hundred m2) facility in Mooresville, N.C. Throughout Petty's profession, however particularly throughout his prime, Petty was identified to stand for hours - backed in opposition to a fence, signing autographs to everybody who asked.