Originally created 07/18/02

Spotlight on Richard Petty



RICHARD PETTY

HOMETOWN: Newton, N.C.

LIVES: Level Cross, N.C.

JOB: Former driver and current car owner at Petty Enterprises

CAREER NOTES: Holds NASCAR record with 200 career victories, 127 pole positions and 1,177 starts. Also shares record of seven series championships with Dale Earnhardt. ... The son of three-time series champion Lee Petty and the father of Winston Cup Series driver Kyle Petty.

PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS: His final race was the 1992 season finale at Atlanta Motor Speedway - the same race Jeff Gordon where made his Winston Cup Series debut. ... Favorite sandwich is two slices of bread, mayonnaise, salt and pepper. ... His last win came at the 1984 Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway, with President Reagan in attendance. ... Holds record with seven victories in the Daytona 500, stock car racing's biggest race. ... His bid to become the North Carolina Secretary of State failed in 1996.