Biography: Richard Petty

September 9, 2018
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Real Name: Richard Lee Petty

Occupation: Racing driver

Date of Birth: July 2, 1937

How Old is Richard Petty: 80 years

Birthplace: Level Cross, Randolph County, North Carolina, U.S.

How Tall is Richard Petty: 6 feet 2 inches

Weight: 82 kg

Nationality: American

Family: Lee Petty (Father); Elizabeth Petty (Mother); Maurice Petty (Brother).

Wife: Lynda Petty (1959–2014).

Children: Kyle Petty (Son), Sharon Farlow (Daughter), Lisa Petty Luck (Daughter), Rebecca Petty Moffit (Daughter).


Richard Petty Facts:

Richard Petty is a champion NASCAR driver who was nicknamed “The King” for his record setting Daytona 500 and NASCAR championship wins.

With over 200 victories, he started more races, won more races, and made more money than any stock-car driver in history.

In 1995, Petty moved to the television broadcast booth joining CBS as a color commentator immediately following his retirement, but his career in television did not last long.

Petty promised his mother not to accept alcohol sponsorship.

After retirement, Petty purchased a 90 acres (36 ha) ranch south of Jackson, Wyoming.


Richard Petty Quotes:

There is no doubt about precisely when folks began racing each other in automobiles. It was the day they built the second automobile.


Richard Petty Filmography:

Cars 3 (voice) (2017)

Swing Vote (2008)

Cars (voice) (2006)

43: The Richard Petty Story (1972)

Speedway (1968)

Richard Petty Television:

Jay Leno’s Garage (2017)

Building 43 (2016)

In Depth with Graham Bensinger (2016)

Masters of the Clock: The Legend of Martinsville (2015)

A Perfect Storm: 1979 Daytona 500 (2015)

CMT Hot 20 Countdown (2010-2014)

Fox and Friends (2014)

The Day; 1992 Hooters 500 (2011)

The Day: 1984 Firecracker 400 (2011)

30 for 30 (2010)

Petty Blue (2010)

2010 CMT Music Awards (2010)

NASCAR Hall of Fame Biography: Richard Petty (2010)

Hannity (2009)

NASCAR: The Ride of Their Lives (2008)

The Inspiration for ‘Cars’ (2006)

The Southern Sports Awards 2005 (2005)

60 Minutes (2005)


NASCAR: The IMAX Experience (2004)

Monster Garage (2002-2003)

ESPN SportsCentury (2000-2001)

The Fifty (1998)

Arli$$ (1998)

Car and Driver Presents: Richard Petty (1998)

Late Night with David Letterman (1988-1992)

ESPN Speedworld (1992)

Days of Thunder (1990)

Hee Haw (1989)

Cannonball Fever (1989)

Stroker Ace (1983)

Greatest Sports Legends (1979)

Daytona 500 (1979)

ABC’s Wide World of Sports (1964-1978)

Stockcar! (1977)

Country Music (1972)

Corky (1972)

The David Frost Show (1971)

Off to See the Wizard (1967)

Tiny Lund: Hard Charger! (1967)

Thunder in Dixie (1964)


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