Richard Petty Celebrity Life
Richard Petty was born in Level Cross, North Carolina on the 2nd of July 1937. Richard is best known to be the former NASCAR driver who was nicknamed as “The King” between the years of 1958 and 1992.
One of the greatest achievements of Richard Petty is that he is the first racecar driver who won seven times in a row the NASCAR Cup Championship.
Richard Petty also has the record of winning 200 races throughout his career including winning a total of 27 races in the 1963 season alone.
As compared to other retired NASCAR drivers, Richard Petty is quite actively involved with the sport as he owns a NASCAR team in the Cup Series. He is also the owner of Petty’s Garage that is located in his hometown.
Richard Petty got into the career of being a NASCAR driver as he was inspired by his father, Lee Petty. Lee Petty was a three-time NASCAR champion and won his first Daytona 500 in the year 1959. Richard Petty’s son, Kyle Petty was also a former NASCAR driver and is currently a racing commentator.
Kyle’s son and Richard’s grandson Adam was also a NASCAR driver who was killed in a crash during a practice at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the year 2000.
Richard Petty began his career as a NASCAR driver on the 18th of July 1958. He was recognized by the public by his older brother Maurice Petty who was also following the same profession at that time. Richard Petty was only 21 years old when he started his professional career in this business.
His first race was in Toronto, Canada at the CNE stadium. He was given the NASCAR Rookie of the Year award in the following year of his debut due to his amazing performance of finishing nine times in the top ten and six times in the top five in several of his races.
It was also in the year 1959 that Petty won his first NASCAR race, though his father Lee protested and was later declared as the winner due to faulty scoring.
Some of the different awards that Richard Petty received throughout his career as a racing driver include:
- The 1959 Grand National Series Rookie of the Year award
- The NASCAR Most Popular Driver Award in the year 1962, 1964, 1968, 1974 – 1978
- The Motorsports Hall of Fame America Inductee in the year 1989
- He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the year 1992
- The International Motorsports Hall of Fame America Inductee in the year 1997
- Declared to be one of NASCAR’s top 50 Greatest Drivers in the year 1998
- The NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee in the year 2010
- The Diecast Hall of Fame in the year 2011
It was on the 1st of October, 1991 that Richard Petty announced that he was going to retire from professional racecar driving from the 1992 season that was about to take place in the following year. This year was also the time when he was touring across the country, was attending award ceremonies, participating in events, and gathering for fan meetings.
Petty named this tour to be his ‘Fan Appreciation Tour’. Though a lot of events kept Petty occupied throughout the year, he still managed to get into 29 races in the year 1992.
The final race that Richard Petty participate in was the season-ending Hooters 500 that took place on the Atlanta Speedway. Since his retirement, he has taken part only for a short period in test rides and races as a NASCAR driver.
After completing his career as a professional racecar driver, Richard Petty went on to own one train NASCAR teams and drivers.
He invested most of his time and money in developing Petty Enterprises that was founded by his father, his brother, and him. Richard also took part in television as a color commentator for CBS.
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