|Real Name/Full Name||Richard Lee Petty|
|Nick Name/Celebrated Name:||Richard Petty|
|Birth Place:||Level Cross, North Carolina, United States|
|Date Of Birth/Birthday:||2 July 1937|
|Age/How Old:||85 years old|
|Height/How Tall:||In Centimetres – 188 cm
In Feet and Inches – 6′ 1″
|Weight:||In Kilograms – 74 Kg
In Pounds – 163 lbs
|Eye Color:||Dark brown|
|Hair Color:||Dark brown|
|Parents Name:||Father – Lee Petty
Mother – Elizabeth petty
|School:||Randelman High School|
|Wife/Spouse Name:||Lynda Petty (m. 1959–2014)|
|Kids/Children Name:||Kyle Petty, Lisa Petty Luck, Sharon Farlow, Rebecca Petty Moffit|
|Net Worth:||$70 million|
|Last Updated:||May 2023|
The popular NASCAR driver Richard Petty is titled “The King.” Richard Lee Petty is his born name. He is widely famous for his racing skills in the Strictly Stock/Grand National Era and NASCAR Winston Cup series. He raced between 1958 and 1992. He was the only one in the world to win the world cup championship title for a streak of seven years. He has won a total of 200 races as per the count in his entire racing career. In motorsport’s history, he is considered to be one of the most accomplished drivers to date.
Well, how well do you know about Richard Petty? If not much, here is what we know about Richard Petty to date.
Biography and Early Life
The legend took birth in 1937 in Level Cross, North Carolina. His mother’s name was Elizabeth Lee. He was inspired to be a NASCAR driver by his father, Lee Petty, who was also a NASCAR driver. His father has won the NASCAR championship a total of three times. He has passed his skills into his son, who also became a legend in racing history. Richard’s son, named Kyle Petty, is also a NASCAR driver by profession. Kyle’s son could also have been a NASCAR driver, but unfortunately, he died in a crash.
Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement
So, how old is Richard Petty in 2023 and what is his height and weight? Well, Richard Petty’s age is 85 years old as of today’s date 29th May 2023 having been born on 2 July 1937. Though, he is 6′ 1″ in feet and inches and 188 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 163 lbs in Pound and 74kg in Kilograms.
Richard Petty initially started his schooling in Randleman High School in his own town, Level Cross. He has not studied after that as he gave his full attention and focused towards improving his driving skills and getting into a racing career, which he did eventually and earned a lot of name and fame through his career in racing.
Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids
In 1958, Richard married his love Lynda Owens who was his girlfriend for long years back then. They tied their bond together and lived a happy life till the detection of cancer in Lynda. Due to Lynda’s frequent unwealthy figures, he took him to the doctor, and she was diagnosed with cancer. She struggled to get her way through it, but she could not. So, she had her last breath at the age of 72. Together they had four children named Kyle Petty, Lisa Petty Luck, Sharon Farlow, Rebecca Petty Moffit. Now the whole family resides in level Cross, North Carolina.
Is Richard Petty Gay?
In 1958, Richard married his love Lynda Owens who was his girlfriend for long years back then. Together they had four children named Kyle Petty, Lisa Petty Luck, Sharon Farlow, Rebecca Petty Moffit. So, we can say that he is straight by his sexual orientation.
In July 1958, Richard stepped his foot into the career of racing. Toronto was the place where he first raced his car. He has won the NASCAR championship for a long list of seven years, i.e., from 1964 to 1981. He has also been titled as the champion of the Daytona 500.
This is the reason why he is being called “The King.” He has won many titles and championships during his career, and according to a source, the total count of his total championships and titles is 200. The calendar year 1967 was his year as he won 27 races this year. He has ended his career in 1992, where he raced for the last time, and President George Bush has come to witness the legend for the last time.
- Winston Cup Champion for seven years.
- Daytona 500 for seven times.
- NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver for nine years.
- NASCAR Rookie Of The Year.
- Hall of Fame Of Motorsports of America.
- NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers of the D
Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Richard Petty in 2023
As of 2023, Richard’s net worth is around $70 million. He is also the owner of Petty Enterprises. He was the organizer of the year until his son took over this. He appeared himself in many movies like Days of Thunder, Stroker Ace. He was one of the wealthiest racers; he earned a lot.
Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know
- His nickname was “The King.”
- He worked as a mechanic in his father’s garage.
- He owns Richard Petty Motorsports.
Richard Petty is considered one of the most powerful and one of the most excellent drivers in the history of racing. He gave his total dedication and focus towards his driving skills, and at last, his hard work paid off, and today, he is considered as a legend.