Petty to move Petty Enterprises

LEVEL CROSS, N.C., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Richard Petty Wednesday announced he is moving Petty Enterprises from Level Cross, N.C., to Charlotte, about 75 miles away.

Ricky Rudd to retire from NASCAR

BROOKLYN, Mich., Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Ricky Rudd, second only to Richard Petty in career NASCAR starts, plans to retire at the end of this racing season.

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Monday. July 2, 2007.

Jeff Gordon claims pole at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn., March 23 (UPI) -- Jeff Gordon captured the pole Friday for Sunday's running of the Food City 500 at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee. This race will be the first Nextel Cup event in which the so-called Car of Tomorrow will be raced. The cars have new features mandat

Ground broken for NASCAR Hall of Fame

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A $160 million Hall of Fame is being constructed in Charlotte, N.C., for the Nextel Cup auto racing circuit.

NASCAR's Bobby Hamilton dies of cancer

NASHVILLE, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- NASCAR race driver Bobby Hamilton has died in his Nashville-area home of complications of head and neck cancer at the age of 49.

Aerospace, auto leader Anderson dies

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Robert Anderson, who turned California's Rockwell International Corp. into a driving force in the aerospace industry, has died from cancer.

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, July 2, the 183rd day of 2006 with 182 to follow.
By United Press International

Bobby Labonte goes to Petty Enterprises

PHOENIX, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Bobby Labonte and Petty Enterprises announced Friday that he will join Petty Enterprises in 2006.

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, July 2, the 183rd day of 2005 with 182 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

The UPI almanac for July 2, 2004
By United Press International

Joint Chiefs general father of the year

WASHINGTON, June 16 (UPI) -- The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Richard Myers has been selected as "father of the year."

NASCAR to bypass historic Rockingham

ROCKINGHAM, N.C., May 21 (UPI) -- The North Carolina Speedway, for decades one of the foremost stops on the NASCAR circuit, may be in its final season of major stock car racing.

Spike TV ranks 52 best stock-car drivers

NEW YORK, May 1 (UPI) -- Spike TV will rank the 52 greatest U.S. stock-car drivers of all-time during five one-hour episodes premiering Sunday.

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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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