Lynda Petty, the wife of seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty, died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. She was 72.
She was diagnosed with central nervous system lymphoma four years ago.
Richard and Lynda Petty were married in 1959, and she played an instrumental role in her husband's early racing career. Richard Petty, who holds the Sprint Cup record with 200 victories, told USA TODAY Sports in 2008 that Lynda would feed their four children and the pit crew from the back of a 1960 Chrysler sedan parked in the infield.
finally got a station wagon in 1969," Richard Petty said. "She said she
thought she'd died and gone to heaven because it had all that room for
the kids and the food."
Our prayers are with the Petty family and know God will grant them strength through this difficult time.