Richard Petty popularly known as The King is a famous NASCAR driver. His full name was Richard Lee Petty. He is famous for racing in Strictly Stock/Grand National Era and NASCAR Winston Cup series. Keep reading to know more about Richard Petty’s net worth in 2018.
Richard Petty Early Life:
The legend was born in 1937 on 2nd July in Level Cross, North Carolina. His mother’s name was Elizabeth and father Lee Arnold Petty was also a NASCAR driver. He is a three-time NASCAR champion. He passed his torch to his son. Richard’s son Kyle is also a NASCAR driver. Kyle’s son Adam could have been a well-known driver, but he died in a crash while practicing in New Hampshire International Speedway.
Richard Petty Career:
Petty started his professional car racing career in July 1958. He raced for the first time in Toronto. He was a seven-time NASCAR Champion. From the year of 1964 to 1981 he won NASCAR national championship seven times. He also won Daytona 500. This is the reason everybody calls him The King. In all, Richard accumulated 200 victories in different tournaments. In the year 1967 alone he won 27 races.
He was made the holder of different National Associations for his records in Stock Car Auto Racing. In 1992 he ended his career as a racer, in his final race president George Bush was present there. After the retirement, he tried in the field of Television broadcasting, but it was not that successful.
Awards & achievements:
This famous driver in stock car won Winston Cup championship seven times, Daytona 500 seven times. In nine different years he was selected as NASCAR’s most popular driver ( 1962,1964,1968,1974,1975,1976,1977,1978) . In the second year of his career, he was given the name NASCAR Rookie of the year in 1959. He has the record for 9 top 10 finishes.
He holds the record for most wins in spirit cup series. In the year of 1997, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Motorsports of America. In 2010 and 2011 he was inducted into NASCAR Hall of Fame and Diecast Hall of Fame respectively. In 1998 his name was included in NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers. The King got the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1992.
Net worth of Richard Petty:
Petty’s net worth is $65 million. Richard was the owner of Petty Enterprises. Robbie Loomis was the wheel of Petty Enterprises. He was the head of the organization until Kyle took over a decade later. Immediately after retirement, he started his career as a television broadcaster in 1995 joining CBS. He never accepted any alcohol sponsorships. In 2011 he was selected to be the Grand Marshal for the 2011 STP 400.
In the same year, he appeared in the show Modern HotrodZ. Petty has a garage that builds limited edition cars for the general public. He was featured in the major movie Swing Vote where he drove his famous blue no.43 car. He appeared himself in many movies like Days of Thunder, Stroker Ace. He was one of the richest racers; he earned a lot.
Richard married Lynda Owens in the year 1958. However, she died of cancer at the age of 72. They had four children. The Petty family now resides in Richard’s hometown Level cross.