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Richard Petty

Auto Racer Richard Petty

Profession: Auto Racer

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Winner of 7 NASCAR Championships and 7 Daytona 500 races.

Born: July 2, 1937
Birthplace: Level Cross, North Carolina, USA
Age: 84 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Cancer

Historical Events

  • 1963-11-03 Joe Weatherly finishes 7th in the season ending Golden State 400 at Riverside International Raceway; retains NASCAR Sprint Cup by 2,228 points from 14-time winner Richard Petty
  • 1964-02-23 6th Daytona 500: Race winner Richard Petty leads for record 184 of the 200 laps
  • 1966-02-27 8th Daytona 500: Polesitter Richard Petty comes from 2 laps down to win the event after 198 laps were completed because of rain
  • 1967-10-01 Richard Petty continues phenomenal NASCAR winning streak by taking the Wilkes 400 at North Wilkesboro Speedway; unprecedented 10th consecutive victory
  • 1969-02-01 In his first start in a Ford, legendary driver Richard Petty wins the Motor Trend 500 at Riverside, California; previous 92 NASCAR victories were in Plymouths
  • 1971-02-14 13th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins his 3rd Great American Race; goes on to win the inaugural Winston Cup title
  • 1971-08-01 Richard Petty wins the Dixie 500 in Atlanta, Georgia to become the first NASCAR driver to win $1m in career earnings
  • 1971-11-20 21st NASCAR Sprint Cup: Richard Petty wins
  • 1972-11-12 22nd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Richard Petty wins
  • 1973-02-18 15th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins his 4th Great American Race by more than 2 laps from Bobby Isaac
  • 1974-02-17 16th Daytona 500: Richard Petty first driver to win back-to-back titles at Daytona; his 5th Great American race
  • 1974-11-24 24th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Richard Petty wins
  • 1975-11-12 25th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Richard Petty wins
  • 1976-02-15 18th Daytona 500: David Pearson makes contact with Richard Petty just yards from finish line into a wall and to infield; Petty stalls whilst Pearson restarts to win
  • 1976-02-29 American driver Richard Petty wins the only Winston Cup race run on Leap Day, taking the Carolina 500 at Rockingham by 2 laps over Darrell Waltrip
  • 1979-02-18 21st Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins after race leaders Cale Yarborough and Donnie Allison collide with each other on final lap; first 500 mile race broadcast from start to finish
  • 1979-11-18 29th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Richard Petty wins
  • 1981-02-15 23rd Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins record 7th title at Daytona, beating Bobby Allison to the line by 3.5 seconds
  • 1981-11-01 Darrell Waltrip wins his 4th straight NASCAR Cup race, the American 500 at North Carolina Motor Speedway; ties Richard Petty record 1967; 12th win of season; goes on to win Winston Cup crown
  • 1988-02-14 30th Daytona 500: Bobby Allison beats his son, Davey, to the finish line; remembered for Richard Petty's rollover crash in the tri-oval on lap 106, rolls over 8 times and hit by Brett Bodine; walks away unhurt
  • 1992-02-16 34th Daytona 500: Davey Allison joins father Bobby as a race winner; Richard Petty and A.J. Foyt's final drives in the event
  • 1995-02-19 37th Daytona 500: Sterling Marlin wins for 2nd straight year; 3rd driver to achieve back-to-back titles (Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough)
  • 2002-02-17 44th Daytona 500: Ward Burton's win first for Dodge since Richard Petty's victory in the 1974 race
  • 2016-11-20 Jimmie Johnson driving for Hendrick Motorsports, wins Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Florida to claim record equalling 7th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series; Richard Petty & Dale Earnhardt, 7 titles

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