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Richard Petty 
Richard Petty
Richard Petty

Born: July 2, 1937 (age 80) in Level Cross

Richard Petty

Racecar driver

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Richard Lee Petty, nicknamed The King, is a former NASCAR driver who raced in the Strictly Stock/Grand National Era and the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

He is most well known for winning the NASCAR Championship seven times, winning a record 200 races during his career, winning the Daytona 500 a record seven times, and winning a record 27 races in the 1967 season alone.

Statistically he is the most accomplished driver in the history of the sport and is one of the most respected figures in motorsports as a whole.

He also collected a record number of poles and over 700 top-ten 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.

Petty is a member of the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

He was inducted into the Hall in 2010.

Petty is a second generation driver.

His father, Lee Petty, won the first Daytona 500 in 1959 and was also a 3 time NASCAR champion.

Richard's son Kyle was also a well-known NASCAR driver.


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Aric Almirola praises Richard Petty, downplays future, confirms ambulance snafu

Aric Almirola, who will depart Richard Petty Motorsports at the end this season, refused to engage in speculation about his 2018 plans.
USATODAY.com

James: Jimmie Johnson embracing pressure in pursuit of record-eighth NASCAR title

Seeded fifth entering the playoffs, Johnson can surpass Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for most championships in NASCAR history.
USATODAY.com

Videos for Richard Petty

News video: Drive Like a NASCAR Pro

Drive Like a NASCAR Pro 02:00

Sarah Elder gets behind the wheel of a professional race car, racing around the track like Richard Petty and living to describe the experience.
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News video: VIR gets ready for a big race weekend

VIR gets ready for a big race weekend

Do you have the need for speed? If so, you can get your fix this weekend at the Virginia International Raceway Grand Prix Racing.
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Wallace faces uncertain future with Petty race team

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) Darrell Wallace Jr. said Friday he remains hopeful sponsorship could be found so he can drive the No. 43 car for Richard Petty Motorsports in 2018.
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