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Richard Petty    

Former NASCAR Race Car Driver

Known to many simply as "The King," NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty is the most decorated driver in the history of NASCAR racing, winning a record number 200 career races and seven NASCAR Cup championships during his career. Additionally he won the Daytona 500 seven times and 27 races in a single season.

He also collected a record number of poles (127) and over 700 Top 10 finishes in his 1,184 starts, including 513 consecutive starts from 1971–1989. Petty was the only driver to ever win in his 500th race start, until Matt Kenseth joined him in 2013. He was inducted into the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010.

Petty took the sole role of car owner after retiring from behind the wheel in 1992. Although not behind the wheel, over the next two decades Petty continued to be the driving edge behind Petty Enterprises. Leading a two-car Sprint Cup team, “The King” once again proved to be a winner when the No. 43 visited victory lane with driver Bobby Hamilton in 1996 in Phoenix, Ariz. The following year the No. 43 won again with Hamilton, this time in Rockingham, N.C. All the while, the organization continued to grow with the expansion into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

A winner at the grassroots levels, Petty's grandson Adam reached the Nationwide Series under the Petty banner. Tragically, Adam was killed in a racing accident in May of 2000. The accident sent Petty and the family-run business through heartbreak and transition. However, Petty was able to move the team forward and keep Adam’s spirit alive forever by donating 84 acres of his own land for the formation of Victory Junction Gang Camp. The camp gives chronically ill children the chance to experience life-changing camping experiences in a safe and medically-sound environment.


Richard Petty turns 80, still in NASCAR's fast lane
Racing icon Richard Petty is celebrating his 80th birthday today, after NASCAR's annual Fourth of July stop at Daytona International Speedway.
Richard Petty and Jimmie Johnson talk about reaching 7 ...
Richard Petty and Jimmie Johnson talk about reaching 7 championships.

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