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Richard Petty
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Richard Petty in 2006
Born July 2, 1937 (1937-07-02) (ageĀ 82)
Level Cross, Randolph County, North Carolina, U.S.
Achievements

1964, 1967,

Grand National Series Champion
1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1979 Winston Cup Series Champion
Tied with Dale Earnhardt and Jimmie Johnson for most Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championships (7)
1964, 1966, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1979, 1981 Daytona 500 Winner
1967 Southern 500 Winner
1975, 1977 World 600 Winner
All-Time Wins Leader in Monster Energy Cup Series (200)
All-Time Poles Leader in Monster Energy Cup Series (123)
Holds record for most Monster Energy Cup Series wins in a season (27 in 1967)
Holds record for most consecutive Monster Energy Cup Series wins (10 in 1967)
Most all time wins at Daytona International Speedway (10)
Awards 1959 Grand National Series Rookie of the Year
NASCAR's Most Popular Driver (1962, 1964, 1968, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978)
Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Inductee (1989)
International Motorsports Hall of Fame Inductee (1997)
NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee (2010), Diecast Hall of Fame (2011)
Named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers (1998)
Presidential Medal of Freedom (1992) PresMedalFreedom.jpg
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series statistics
1,184 races run over 35 years
Best Cup position 1st (1964, 1967, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1979)
First race 1958 Jim Mideon 500 (Toronto)
Last race 1992 Hooters 500 (Atlanta)
First win 1960 untitled race (Southern States)
Last win 1984 Firecracker 400 (Daytona)
Wins Top tens Poles
200 712 123

Richard Lee Petty (born July 2, 1937) is a former NASCAR Sprint Cup Race car driver. Richard has 200 Sprint Cup wins, more than any other driver in the Sprint Cup Series. Richard has also won the Winston Cup (now Sprint Cup) seven times. Only Dale Earnhardt and Petty have this championship seven times. Richard is often called "The King" of NASCAR.

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