Friday, June 2, 2017

Kyle Petty Born In Randleman, North Carolina - June 2, 1960

June 2, 1960
Kyle Petty
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Born in Randleman, North Carolina, USA.
Now retired, he formerly competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as both a driver and team owner. He is currently a television analyst for NBC's pre- and post-race shows. He formerly was a color commentator for TNT's NASCAR coverage from 2006 through 2014. He is the son of racer Richard Petty, grandson of racer Lee Petty, and father of Adam Petty.

Petty 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 #42 for his family's team. He ran five races and had a ninth-place finish in his first series race at Talladega.

Kyle had a NASCAR Cup Series career consisting of 829 races run over 31 years. He finished with 8 wins, 173 top tens and 8 poles.

Kyle Petty co-drove the No. 45 Porsche/Fabcar Daytona Prototype in the 2004 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race along with Paul Newman, Gunnar Jeannette, and Mike Brockman.
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Petty's 2004 - 24 Hours of Daytona Porsche

Any time he appears on television on Speed he wears a hat with a number 45 with a black line across the number in memory of his son Adam. He appears on NASCAR Trackside, NASCAR Victory Lane and NASCAR RaceDay as a television personality.

Petty is active in many charitable causes, such as the Victory Junction Gang Camp for terminally-ill children, which he established to honor his late son, as well as an annual charity motorcycle ride across the country called the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America.
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