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‘First Lady of NASCAR’ Lynda Petty Dies at 72

Richard and Lynda Petty celebrate The King's win at the 1974 Daytona 500. Image courtesy of

Richard and Lynda Petty celebrate The King’s win at the 1974 Daytona 500. Image courtesy of

Lynda Petty, wife of racing legend and seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty, died Tuesday.

She was 72.

Lynda Petty was diagnosed with central nervous system lymphoma four years ago. She was lovingly referred to as “The First Lady of NASCAR.”

“On behalf of the France family and everyone at NASCAR, I want to offer sincere condolences to the Petty family regarding the loss of their beloved matriarch, Lynda Petty,” said NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France. “Through the years, Lynda became an integral part of the NASCAR landscape. We have lost a true friend, who will be missed each and every day. Our thoughts and prayers will be with the Pettys throughout this difficult time.”

You can read more about Lynda Petty’s passing from Richard Petty Motorsports here.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Petty and NASCAR families and everyone touched by Lynda’s passing.


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