Lynda Petty, the wife of seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty, died last year after a long battle with cancer. She had just turned seventy-two and had been diagnosed with central nervous system lymphoma four years earlier.
The King, Richard made Lynda his queen in 1959. Lynda played an instrumental role in her husband's early racing career. She would feed their four children and the pit crew from the back of a 1960 Chrysler sedan parked in the infield.
"We 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."
Lynda Petty is survived by her husband, son Kyle (a TV analyst and six-time winner in Cup); daughters Sharon, Lisa and Rebecca; and 11 grandchildren.
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