Richard Petty was born July 2, 1937 in Level Cross, North Carolina. Richard started racing at the age of 21. Petty is a second generation driver. His father Lee Petty won the first Daytona 500. Richard is the age 78 as of 2016. Richard's last race was in 1992. Richard's son Kyle is now a NASCAR driver. Richard's kids are Kyle, Sharon, Lisa, and Rebecca. Richard's wife Lynda Petty died in 2014. Richard was so famous that by 1980 his fame has spread threw Europe and Asia. Richard's last win was July 4, 1984, 2 day's after his birthday.