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Lee Petty

Born: 1914-03-14 - Died: 2000-04-05
Cause of Death:
Stomach Aneurysm


Death Summary: Lee Arnold Petty died at 4:50 a.m. several weeks after he underwent surgery for a stomach aneurysm. He is buried at the Level Cross United Methodist Cemetery in Randleman, North Carolina.

Who was Lee Petty : Petty was a stock car driver in the 1950s and 1960s. He was a pioneering member of NASCAR.

He began his NASCAR career when he was thirty-five years old. His first race was also the first ever NASCAR race, which was held at Charlotte Speedway. Petty went on to finish in the top 5 in total points in the first eleven seasons. He won three NASCAR championships and the inaugural Daytona 500 in 1959.

With his two sons, Richard and Maurice, they founded Petty Enterprises, which became NASCARs most successful racing team.

Petty’s son Richard would go on to become the all-time race winner in NASCAR history.
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