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Richard Lee Petty¬†(born July 2, 1937), nicknamed¬†The King, is a former¬†NASCAR¬†driver who raced in the Strictly Stock/Grand National Era and the¬†NASCAR Winston Cup Series. He won the NASCAR Championship seven times (Dale Earnhardt¬†and¬†Jimmie Johnson¬†are the only other drivers to accomplish this feat),[1]¬†winning a record 200 races during his career,[1]¬†winning the¬†Daytona 500¬†a record seven times, and winning a record 27 races[1]¬†(10 of them consecutively) in the 1967 season alone.[2]¬†Statistically, he is the most accomplished driver in the history¬†[3]of the sport 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 10 finishes in his 1,184 starts, including 513 consecutive starts from 1971‚Äď1989. 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.[4]

Petty is a second generation driver. His father,¬†Lee Petty, won the first¬†Daytona 500¬†in¬†1959¬†and was also a three-time NASCAR champion. His son¬†Kyle¬†is also a well-known NASCAR driver. His grandson,¬†Adam¬†(Kyle's son), was killed in a practice crash at¬†New Hampshire International Speedway¬†on May 12, 2000, five weeks after Lee's death. 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 Lynda Owens in 1958. She died on March 25, 2014 at her home in¬†Level Cross, North Carolina¬†at age 72, after a long battle with cancer.[5][6]¬†They had four children‚ÄĒKyle Petty, Sharon Petty-Farlow, Lisa Petty-Luck, and Rebecca Petty-Moffit.[7]¬†The family resides in Petty's home town of Level Cross, North Carolina and operates¬†Richard Petty Motorsports. The¬†Richard Petty Museum¬†was formerly in nearby¬†Randleman, North Carolina¬†but moved back to its original location in March 2014

He performed the voice of The King in Cars. He was married to Lynda Petty (who died on March 25, 2014 at her home in Level Cross, North Carolina after a long battle with cancer, at age 72), who had performed the voice of The King's wife Lynda Weathers.

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