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Name: Richard Lee Petty                                                               
Born: 2 July 1937 Level Cross, North Carolina                                         
Richard Lee Petty (born July 2, 1937) is a former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series             
driver. "The King", as he is nicknamed, is most well-known for winning the             
Sprint Cup 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 [now 36] races.) Petty is widely           
considered the greatest NASCAR driver of all time. 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. Tragically, Richard's grandson, Adam       
Petty, was killed in an accident at New Hampshire International Speedway on May       
12, 2000, only 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 Katie 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 Level Cross; They operate Petty Enterprises 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. Since       
then the organization has been operating completely out of their newly built,         
115,000-square-foot (10,700 mē) facility in Mooresville, N.C. King Richard Petty       
frequently signs autographs for people and he remains a popular figure in the         
garage area.