Kyle Petty

Nationality
usa United States
Full Name
Kyle Eugene Petty
Hometown
Randleman, NC
Date of Birth
06/02/1960
Height
6'2
Weight
190
First Year
1979
Last Year
2008

Career Overview

Being the son of Richard Petty put a lot of pressure on Kyle Petty to carve out his own career in NASCAR. While certainly not as successful as his father, the younger Petty made his own way over the course of his 30 year career on the track and continues to be associated with NASCAR doing television now that his driving days are done.

He started out running for his family’s Petty Enterprises, running primarily there for the first six seasons of his career. Even after his father left for Mike Curb’s team, Kyle tried keeping the Petty team afloat.

When that became a futile endeavor, he joined up with the Wood Brothers, where he captured his first win in spectacular fashion at the old Richmond Fairgrounds in 1986. He rolled the dice when he left the legendary Wood Brothers in favor of an eccentric entrepreneur named Felix Sabates.

The pairing of Sabates and Petty struck gold early. After running a partial schedule in 1989, the duo ran the full 1990 season picking up a win at Rockingham. In 1991 looked to be their year, as they won again at Rockingham early in the season, but an accident at Talladega caused a broken leg to Petty. Missing most of the season to recover, all focus was put on the 1992 season.

While it was a Ford dominated year, the Team SABCO Pontiac stayed in the title fight all the way to the last race, with Petty winning twice that year. In 1993, again Petty was a title contender for most of the season. After that season, the magic seemed to wear off and by 1996 Petty left SABCO.

For the 1997 season Petty came home to Petty Enterprises, although he ran under the PE2 banner (Petty Enterprises 2). There were decent runs to be had, but nothing quite like what he experienced earlier in the decade. It was at this time too he began grooming his son, Adam Petty, for NASCAR stardom.

Sadly that all ended in 2000 when a practice crash too the life of the 20-year old fourth generation driver. Kyle took time to grieve and only attempted 22 races that season. He continued to run full seasons until 2007 when he took a mid-season break to provide commentary on the handful of races seen on TNT. In 2008, the last year of Petty Enterprises, Petty only ran 17 times before being replaced and never driving again.

Teams Driven For

  • Petty Enterprises 1979-1984, 1997-2008
  • RahMoc Enterprises 1980
  • Ellington Racing 1982
  • Wood Brothers Racing 1985-1988
  • Team SABCO 1989-1996
  • Team Penske 2000

Milestones

  • Career start 1 – 1979 race 20 Talladega
  • Career start 100 – 1983 race 20 Michigan
  • Career start 200 – 1987 race 3 Richmond
  • Career start 300 – 1990 race 26 Charlotte
  • Career start 400 – 1994 race 20 Watkins Glen
  • Career start 500 – 1997 race 31 Phoenix
  • Career start 600 – 2001 race 23 Michigan
  • Career start 700 – 2004 race 22 Watkins Glen
  • Career start 800 – 2007 race 20 Indianapolis
  • Career start 829 – 2008 race 35 Phoenix (Last)
  • Career pole 1 – 1990 race 3 Rockingham
  • Career pole 8 – 1993 race 1 Daytona (Last)
  • Career win 1 – 1986 race 2 Richmond
  • Career win 8 – 1995 race 12 Dover (Last)

Highlights

  • 1987 Coca-Cola 600 Winner

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