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Lee Petty
Birthplace: near Randleman, North Carolina
Born: March 14, 1914
Died: April 5, 2000
Cause of Death: stomach aneurysm
Awards: 1954 Grand National Champion

1958 Grand National Champion

1959 Grand National Champion

inducted in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame (1990)

inducted in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (1996)

North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame

NASCAR Cup statistics
427 races run over 16 years.
Best Cup Position: 1st - 1954, 1958, 1959 (Grand National)
First Race: 1949 Charlotte Speedway (NASCAR's first race)
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.


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.

Petty EnterprisesEdit

He was 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.



Petty Enterprises 1949-1964

Gary Drake 1954

Carl Krueger 1955


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.

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Petty Family
Adam Petty | Kyle Petty | Lee Petty

Mark Petty | Maurice Petty | Richard Petty