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Encyclopedia > Lee Petty
Lee Petty
Born: March 14, 1914
Birthplace: Flag of United States Randleman, North Carolina
Died: April 5, 2000 (aged 86)
Cause of Death: stomach aneurysm
Awards: 1954 Grand National Champion

1958 Grand National Champion is the 73rd day of the year (74th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1914 (MCMXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Randleman is a city located in Randolph County, North Carolina. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (901 km)  - % water 9. ... April 5 is the 95th day of the year (96th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... NASCAR Nextel Cup logo NEXTEL Cup trophy, adopted in 2004 4-time champion Jeff Gordon poses with the Winston Cup trophy (used prior to 2004) The NASCAR Championship is the championship held in NASCARs top stock car racing series. ... NASCAR Nextel Cup logo NEXTEL Cup trophy, adopted in 2004 4-time champion Jeff Gordon poses with the Winston Cup trophy (used prior to 2004) The NASCAR Championship is the championship held in NASCARs top stock car racing series. ...


1959 Grand National Champion NASCAR Nextel Cup logo NEXTEL Cup trophy, adopted in 2004 4-time champion Jeff Gordon poses with the Winston Cup trophy (used prior to 2004) The NASCAR Championship is the championship held in NASCARs top stock car racing series. ...


inducted in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame (1990) The International Motorsports Hall of Fame is a Hall of Fame dedicated to enshrining those who have contributed the most to auto racing either as a driver, owner, developer or engineer. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ...


inducted in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (1996) The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America is a Hall of Fame and museum in Novi, Michigan for American motorsports legends. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ...


North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame was established in February 1963, with the support of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, to honor those persons who by excellence of their activities in or connected with the world of sports have brought recognition and esteem to themselves and to the State...

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Statistics
427 races run over 16 years.
Best Cup Position: 1st - 1954, 1958, 1959 (Grand National)
First Race: 1949 Charlotte Speedway
Last Race: 1964 Watkins Glen International
First Win: 1949 Heidelberg Raceway (Pittsburgh)
Last Win: 1961 Speedway Park (Jacksonville)
Wins Top Tens Poles
54 332 18

Lee Petty (March 14, 1914 (near Randleman, North Carolina) - April 5, 2000) was an American stock car driver in the 1950s and 60s. He was one of the pioneers of NASCAR, and one of its first superstars. Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series is NASCARs top racing series. ... The inaugural NASCAR Strictly Stock season began on June 19 and ended on October 16 in the year 1949. ... for the current NASCAR track, see Lowes Motor Speedway. ... Watkins Glen International (nicknamed The Glen) is an auto race track located near Watkins Glen, New York at the southern tip of Seneca Lake. ... The inaugural NASCAR Strictly Stock season began on June 19 and ended on October 16 in the year 1949. ... is the 73rd day of the year (74th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1914 (MCMXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Randleman is a city located in Randolph County, North Carolina. ... April 5 is the 95th day of the year (96th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the sport of stock car racing. ... Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ...

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Career

Lee Petty was thirty-five years old before he began racing. He began his NASCAR career at NASCAR's first race at Charlotte Speedway (not Charlotte Motor Speedway). He finished in the Top 5 in season points for NASCAR's first eleven seasons. He won the NASCAR Championship on three occasions and the inaugural Daytona 500 in 1959. for the current NASCAR track, see Lowes Motor Speedway. ... Lowes Motor Speedway (formerly Charlotte Motor Speedway) is a superspeedway in Concord, North Carolina, a few miles north of Charlotte. ... NASCAR Nextel Cup logo NEXTEL Cup trophy, adopted in 2004 4-time champion Jeff Gordon poses with the Winston Cup trophy (used prior to 2004) The NASCAR Championship is the championship held in NASCARs top stock car racing series. ... The Daytona 500 is a 200-lap, 500 mile (805 km) NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. ...


1959 Daytona 500

In that inaugural race, Petty locked horns with Johnny Beauchamp during the final laps of the race. The finish was so close that even though Johnny was declared the unofficial winner, it took 3 days to decide the winner. In the end, with the help of the national newsreel, Petty was officially declared the winner and cemented his place as one of stock-car racing's all time greats. A newsreel is a documentary film that is regularly released in a public presentation place containing filmed news stories. ...


Petty Enterprises

He is the father of Richard Petty, who would become NASCAR's all-time race winner. With sons Richard and Maurice, he founded Petty Enterprises, which became NASCAR's most successful racing team. He was the grandfather of Kyle Petty, and great grandfather of Adam Petty. Richard Lee Petty (born July 2, 1937) is an American former NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Kyle Eugene Petty (Born June 2, 1960 in Randleman, North Carolina) is an American NASCAR driver, the son and grandson of racing legends Richard Petty and Lee Petty, respectively. ... Adam Kyler Petty (July 10, 1980 - May 12, 2000) was the first fourth-generation driver in NASCAR history. ...


Awards

The International Motorsports Hall of Fame is a Hall of Fame dedicated to enshrining those who have contributed the most to auto racing either as a driver, owner, developer or engineer. ... The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America is a Hall of Fame and museum in Novi, Michigan for American motorsports legends. ... The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame was established in February 1963, with the support of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, to honor those persons who by excellence of their activities in or connected with the world of sports have brought recognition and esteem to themselves and to the State...

Teams

Petty Enterprises 1949-1964 This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Gary Drake 1954


Carl Krueger 1955


Death

Lee Petty died at 4:50 a.m. on April 5, 2000 at Moses Cones Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina, at the age of 86, several weeks after undergoing surgery for a stomach aneurysm. He was buried at the Level Cross United Methodist Church Cemetery in Randleman, North Carolina. April 5 is the 95th day of the year (96th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Greensboro Skyline Greensboro redirects here. ... Post surgical photo of brain aneurysm survivor. ... Randleman is a city located in Randolph County, North Carolina. ...


External links

  • Lee Petty article from the International Motor Sports Hall of Fame
  • Lee Petty's statistics at racing-reference.info
Preceded by
Herb Thomas
NASCAR Grand National Champion
1954
Succeeded by
Tim Flock
Preceded by
Buck Baker
NASCAR Grand National Champion
1958, 1959
Succeeded by
Rex White
Preceded by
None
Daytona 500 Winner
1959
Succeeded by
Junior Johnson

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Lee Petty passed away in 2000 and was interred in the Level Cross United Methodist Church Cemetery in Randleman, North Carolina.
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Lee Petty won the very first prestigious Dayton 500, finishing so close to Johnny Beauchamp and Joe Weatherly that it took NASCAR officials three days before determining Lee to be the winner.
Much respected Lee was the back-bone in what would come to be known as “The First Family of NASCAR.” To this man known as Lee Petty, the NASCAR world owes a debt of gratitude.
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