Lynda Petty, wife of NASCAR legend Richard Petty passed away at her home in Level Cross, North Carolina Tuesday morning after a long battle with cancer. She was 72.
Known as “Mrs. Lynda” to many in the NASCAR community, Mrs. Petty set the benchmark for being a leader in her local community while raising a family in the then fast-growing sport of stock car racing. She was one of the first NASCAR wives to come to prominence in a sport dominated by males in the early years. She was known as the “First Lady” of NASCAR by many fans.
Mrs. Petty was a Red Cross volunteer, a school volunteer, the president of the athletic booster club and a Girl and Boy Scout leader in her lifetime. She also served on the Randolph County School Board for 16 years and was on the board of the Randolph County Hospice. She also helped start the Racing Wives Auxiliary and supported husband Richard in a marriage that lasted over 50 years. MORE>>>