Richard Petty, known by the nickname “The King”, is a former NASCAR driver internationally celebrated for being a seven-time NASCAR champion. He is regarded as one of the greatest racing drivers motorsports has ever known. In 2010, he was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
He was born to Elizabeth and Lee Petty, who was also a professional race car driver. He was married to Lynda Petty from 1959 until her death in 2014. Lynda bore him four children, including Kyle Petty, who also grew up to become a popular NASCAR driver.
In 1992, he was honored with the most prestigious civilian award in the United States, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
In 2000, five weeks after his father died, his 19-year-old grandson Adam Petty, who was also a professional racing driver, was killed in a car accident while practicing for the Busch 200 race.
Cotton Owens was leading and daddy was second. They came up on me and I moved over to let them pass. Cotton went on, but daddy bumped me in the rear and my car went right into the wall.Richard Petty
If guys don't respect themselves, they don't respect other people. That's times and personalities. And all of them are not that way. But it don't take but one or two to screw up the whole crowd.Richard Petty
is a famous American race car driver,
who was born on
July 2, 1937. As a person born on this date, Richard Petty is listed in our database as the 16th
most popular celebrity for the day (July 2) and the 35th most popular for the year (1937).
People born on July 2
fall under the Zodiac sign of Cancer, the Crab.
Richard Petty is the 580th most popular Cancer.
Aside from information specific to Richard Petty's birthday, Richard Petty is the 3691st most famous American.
In general, Richard Petty ranks as the 6783rd
most popular famous person, and the 16th most popular race driver of all time.
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