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Richard Petty: Career, Net Worth & Career Earnings

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Richard Petty
Richard Petty

Richard Petty: Career, Net Worth & Career Earnings

Richard Petty, otherwise recognized as Richard Lee Petty, was born in Level Cross, North Carolina, on July 2, 1937. He is an American stock car racer who owns the title of the most successful rider in the annals of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR).

Petty set records by winning 200 NASCAR races and winning seven Winston Cups (known as the Grand National Cup prior to 1970). Petty grew up in a racing clan, since his father, Lee Petty, was a stock car racer. Petty’s father was a three-time Grand National Cup champion and the owner and head of the Petty Enterprises racing squad.

Richard Petty | Career

Richard began driving in NASCAR in 1958, and in 1959, he finished nine times in the top ten, earning him the title of Rookie of the Year. He won his 1st race in Charlotte, North Carolina, in February 1960. In 1964, he captured the Daytona 500 (NASCAR’s most important race) and the Grand National Cup for the first time. The next year, NASCAR ruled Petty’s Plymouth 426-inch hemispherical-head engine illegal. After becoming disillusioned with stock car racing, Petty moved on to drag racing for a year.

He reappeared to NASCAR in 1966 and had the finest single-stock achievement of any stock-car driver the next year, winning his second Grand National Cup with a record 27 first-place results. In the 1970s, Petty proceeded to dominate races in his classic number 43 blue-and-red car with the STP insignia, winning the Winston Cup in 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, and 1979.

Richard Petty
Richard Petty

His achievement may be ascribed to his astute handling and the whole Petty squad’s mechanical skill (brother Maurice built the engines; cousin Dale Inman built the cars). The team was also noted for being pioneers, as they were the first to introduce roll bars, nylon window screens, chilled headgear, and two-way communicators to stock car racing.

Petty resigned from NASCAR in 1992 after competing in 1,184 races and won 200 of those. In the Daytona 500, he won in 1964, 1966, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1979, and 1981. In 1997, he was nominated into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, and in 2010, he was elected into the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s debut group. Kyle, his son, and Adam, his grandson, both competed in the NASCAR championship.

Richard’s Net Worth & Career Earnings

Richard Petty has a net worth of $65 million and is a retired American racecar racer. From 1958 to 1992, Richard competed in the former NASCAR Grand National and Winston Cup Championships. He accomplished a remarkable 200 races throughout his illustrious career, and he was the first racer to win the Cup Series title seven times. Petty also set a mark with 127 pole positions and almost 700 top 10 finishes in a whopping 1,184 starts.

 

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