March 27, 1939
Born in Randleman, North Carolina, USA.
He is the son of Lee Petty, the brother of Richard Petty. He is a former NASCAR crew chief and engine builder for Petty Enterprises, of which he was part owner. In 2011, he was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega, Alabama, in recognition of his career as a team owner, engine builder, crew chief, and driver. In 2013, Petty was nominated for the NASCAR Hall of Fame.