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Kyle Petty

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Born: 2 June 1960
Hometown: Randleman, North Carolina, USA

Son of Richard Petty, father of driver Adam Petty, former NASCAR driver, and longtime NASCAR commentator following his driving career.

Biography

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Kyle Petty page on 25 September 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Kyle Eugene Petty is an American former stock car racing driver, and current racing commentator. He is the son of racer Richard Petty, grandson of racer Lee Petty, and father of racer Adam Petty, who was killed in a crash during a practice in May 2000. Petty last drove the No. 45 Dodge Charger for Petty Enterprises, where he formerly served as CEO, his last race was in 2008. Petty has been married twice. Pattie Petty (1979-2002) and to Morgan Petty in 2015. Kyle has four children. Adam Petty (1980-2000), Austin Petty (b. 1982) Montgomery Petty (b. 1985) and Overton Owens Petty (b. 2018).

Petty was born in Randleman, North Carolina. He began racing at a young age and made his major-league stock car debut at the age of 18. He won the very first race he entered: the 1979 Daytona ARCA 200, in one of his father's mothballed 1978 Dodge Magnum race cars; at the time becoming the youngest driver to win a major-league stock car race. Later in the season, he made his Winston Cup Series debut; again driving a passed down STP Dodge Magnum numbered No. 42 (a number used by his grandfather Lee Petty) for his family's team. He ran five races and had a ninth-place finish in his first series race at Talladega. In 1980, he made a total of fifteen starts in the No. 42 (after crashing the last of his father's Dodge Magnums in one of the Daytona 125 qualifying races) and had six top-ten finishes (using what ever hand-me-down race car his father could spare), garnering a twenty-eighth-place points finish. He began the 1981 season driving his father's No. 43 for one race, before running a full schedule in his regular No. 42, finishing in the top-ten ten times and finishing twelfth in points.


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Indianapolis Motor Speedway NASCAR Tire Test
June 23, 1992
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Kyle Petty at the 1983 Van Scoy 500 1983 Van Scoy 500
The Petty Enterprises Pontiac #7 of Kyle Petty. Kyle finished 13th in the 1983 Van Scoy 500.
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Kyle Petty at the 1983 Like Cola 500 1983 Like Cola 500
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Kyle Petty at Pocono in 1984 1984
The fate of Petty Enterprises was lefy solely in the hands of Kyle Petty in 1984 with this good looking T-Bird. Hopefully someday, Petty Enterprises will have some better success than in recent years.
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1986 Kyle Petty Car at the 1986 Champion Spark Plug 400 1986 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1986 Kyle Petty Car at the 1986 Champion Spark Plug 400 1986 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1986 Kyle Petty Car at the 1986 Goody's 500 1986 Goody's 500
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1986 Kyle Petty Car at the 1986 Goody's 500 1986 Goody's 500
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1986 Kyle Petty Car at the 1986 Goody's 500 1986 Goody's 500
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1986 Kyle Petty Car at the 1986 Goody's 500 1986 Goody's 500
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1987 Kyle Petty Car at the 1987 Champion Spark Plug 400 1987 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1988 Kyle Petty Car at the 1988 Champion Spark Plug 400 1988 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1988 Kyle Petty Car at the 1988 Champion Spark Plug 400 1988 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1989 Kyle Petty Car at the 1989 Champion Spark Plug 400 1989 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1989 Kyle Petty Car at the 1989 Champion Spark Plug 400 1989 Champion Spark Plug 400
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Kyle Petty Model Car Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
February 2008 Meeting of C.A.R.S. in Miniature
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Kyle Petty Model Car Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
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Kyle Petty 1992 Indianapolis Motor Speedway NASCAR Tire Test
June 23, 1992
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Kyle Petty 1992 Indianapolis Motor Speedway NASCAR Tire Test
June 23, 1992
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Kyle Petty 1992 Indianapolis Motor Speedway NASCAR Tire Test
June 23, 1992
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Kyle Petty 1992 Indianapolis Motor Speedway NASCAR Tire Test
June 23, 1992
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Kyle Petty 1992 Indianapolis Motor Speedway NASCAR Tire Test
June 23, 1992
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Kyle Petty 1992 Indianapolis Motor Speedway NASCAR Tire Test
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Kyle Petty 1992 Indianapolis Motor Speedway NASCAR Tire Test
June 23, 1992
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Kyle Petty at the 1997 Pocono 500 1997 Pocono 500
I really liked this paint scheme of the Hot Wheels car in 1997.
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Kyle Petty at the 1997 Pocono 500 1997 Pocono 500
The #44 in 1997.
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Kyle Petty Wells Fargo/Marathon Car 1994 Car, Dodge Charger body
Show Car for Victory Junction Gang Camp

Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
Reserve not met ($4,000 high bid) at the Mecum 2012 Fall Premier Auction
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Kyle Petty Wells Fargo/Marathon Car 1994 Car, Dodge Charger body
Show Car for Victory Junction Gang Camp

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Kyle Petty Wells Fargo Car 1996 Car, Dodge Charger body
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Kyle Petty Wells Fargo Car 1996 Car, Dodge Charger body
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Kyle Petty Wells Fargo Car 1996 Car, Dodge Charger body
"LAST PLACE" written in the dust on hood

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Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
9 May 2006NASCAR Media ConferenceBobby Labonte
Kyle Petty
18 July 2006NASCAR Media ConferenceCarl Edwards
Kyle Petty
9 January 2010NASCAR Sprint Sound & Speed presented by SunTrustBrian Bandas
Stephen Barker Liles
Jason Michael Carroll
Carl Edwards
Eric Gunderson
Kyle Petty
23 May 2010NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: Richard Petty (Part 3/6)Dale Inman
Kyle Petty
Richard Petty
23 May 2011NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: Lee PettyKyle Petty
Mark Petty
Maurice Petty
Richard Petty
Ritchie Petty
Tim Petty
5 June 2012NASCAR Media ConferenceAdam Alexander
Kyle Petty


Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Model Kit - AMT 8047Kyle Petty Grand Prix Stock Car1:25 scale, #7 7-11
Collector Card - 1992 Maxx 42Kyle Petty#42 Mello Yello Pontiac
Collector Card - 1992 Maxx 1921991 Memorable MomentsKyle Petty at the Winston 500
Collector Card - 1992 Maxx 266Race 3: RockinghamGM Goodwrench 500, Kyle Petty #42 Mello Yello Pontiac
Collector Card - 1996 Upper Deck Road to the Cup RC28Kyle Petty#42 Coors Light Pontiac Grand Prix
Collector Card - 1996 Upper Deck Road to the Cup RC110Changin' Gears: Kyle Petty#42 Coors Light Pontiac Grand Prix


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