Johnson takes 5th straight Sprint title

HOMESTEAD, Fla., Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Jimmie Johnson won his fifth straight NASCAR Sprint Cup title Sunday thanks to his second-place finish in the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

NASCAR names five Hall of Fame inductees

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Five auto racing greats will be inducted into NASCAR's Hall of Fame as part of the institution's second round of honorees, officials said Wednesday.

People supremely confident in their views

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- People with a strong opinion on an issue they say matters, who then learn most disagree, become doubly sure they are right, U.S. and Spanish researchers say.

Leno, Iacocca, Petty honored by Chrysler

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., July 25 (UPI) -- Car buff Jay Leno, racer Richard Petty and former Chrysler chief Lee Iacocca were honored before 570 gala guests at the Auburn Hills (Mich.) Chrysler Museum.

NASCAR opens racing Hall of Fame

CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 11 (UPI) -- NASCAR opened its new Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday with Richard Petty and Junior Johnson driving race cars onto its ceremonial plaza.

Allmendinger wins first NASCAR pole

AVONDALE, Ariz., April 9 (UPI) -- A.J. Allmendinger won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup pole of his career Friday and will start out front in Saturday's Subway Fresh Fit 600.

Earnhardt leads NASCAR Hall inductees

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 14 (UPI) -- The late Dale Earnhardt was among five people inducted Wednesday to NASCAR's inaugural Hall of Fame class in Charlotte, N.C.

Posture affects how one thinks of oneself

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Body posture can affect not only what others think about someone but also how individuals think about themselves, U.S. researchers found.
Obama honors NASCAR heroes

Obama honors NASCAR heroes

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Sprint Cup stars Jimmie Johnson and Richard Petty were among several NASCAR drivers honored at the White House Wednesday by U.S. President Barack Obama.

Report: Petty exec denies merger

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 4 (UPI) -- The chief operating officer of Petty Enterprises disputes reports that the Sprint Cup auto racing operation will merge with Gillett Evernham Motorsports.

Petty sells controlling interest

MOORESVILLE, N.C., June 11 (UPI) -- Mooresville, N.C.-based NASCAR Spring Cup team Petty Enterprises announced it has sold a controlling interest to private investment firm Boston Ventures.
Veteran NASCAR promoter to retire

Veteran NASCAR promoter to retire

CONCORD, N.C., May 21 (UPI) -- Long-time NASCAR promoter H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler will retire after Sunday's Coca Cola 600 Sprint Cup auto race in Concord, N.C.

Study: Powerful people don't listen

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Some bosses like to say the "the door is always open," but U.S. researchers say don't bother talking because powerful people don't listen.

Tourist killed in Florida stock car crash

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Florida officials are looking into the chance a driver killed at the Richard Petty Driving Experience suffered some sort of medical problem.

School names center for Richard Petty

ASHEBORO, N.C., Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Randolph Community College in North Carolina has founded the "Richard Petty Education Center."
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Richard Petty
NASCAR legend Richard Petty answers questions during a media tour stop at Petty Enterprises in Mooresville, North Carolina on January 23, 2008. (UPI Photo/Nell Redmond)

Richard Lee Petty (born July 2, 1937) is a former NASCAR driver who raced in the Strictly Stock/Grand National Era and the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. "The King", as he is nicknamed, is most well known for winning the NASCAR Championship seven times (Dale Earnhardt is the only other driver to accomplish this feat), winning a record 200 races during his career, winning the Daytona 500 a record seven times, and winning a record 27 races (ten of them consecutively) in the 1967 season alone. (A 1972 rule change eliminated races under 250 miles (400 km) in length, reducing the schedule to 30 races.) Petty is widely considered one of the greatest NASCAR drivers of all time and is one of the most respected figures in motorsports as a whole. He also collected a record number of poles (127) and over 700 top-ten finishes in his 1,185 starts, including 513 consecutive starts from 1971–1989.

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 Petty, is also a well-known NASCAR driver. Richard's grandson, Adam Petty, was killed in an accident at New Hampshire International Speedway on May 12, 2000, five weeks after the death of Lee. Meanwhile, Adam's brother Austin works on day-to-day operations of the Victory Junction Gang Camp, a Hole in the Wall Gang camp established by the Pettys after Adam's death. Petty married his wife Lynda in 1958 and they have four children – Kyle Petty, Sharon Petty Farlow, Lisa Petty Luck and Rebecca Petty Moffit – and 12 grandchildren. The family still resides in Petty's home town of Level Cross, North Carolina and operates Richard Petty Motorsports. The Richard Petty Museum is in nearby Randleman, North Carolina. Since January 7, 2008, Petty Enterprises has been the newest resident of Race City, U.S.A., moving their race team into the vacated Yates Racing 115,000-square-foot (10,700 m2) facility in Mooresville, N.C. Throughout Petty's career, but especially during his prime, Petty was known to stand for hours – backed against a fence, signing autographs to everyone who asked.

Petty was born in Level Cross, North Carolina, the son of Elizabeth (née Toomes) and Lee Arnold Petty, also a NASCAR driver. He began his NASCAR career on July 18, 1958, 16 days after his 21st birthday. His first race was at CNE Stadium, Exhibition Place in Toronto, Canada, and he finished 17th having completed 55 of 100 laps in an Oldsmobile. In 1959, Richard was named NASCAR Rookie of the Year, after he produced 9 top 10 finishes, including six Top 5 finishes.

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