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Adam Petty

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Adam Kyler Petty July 10, 1980 – May 12, 2000 was a professional racing driver He was the first fourth-generation driver in NASCAR history


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Racing career
  • 3 Death
  • 4 Legacy
  • 5 Motorsports career results
    • 51 NASCAR
      • 511 Winston Cup Series
      • 512 Busch Series
      • 513 Craftsman Truck Series
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Early lifeedit

Petty was raised in High Point, North Carolina into stock car racing "royalty" The son of Kyle Petty, he was widely expected to become the next great Petty, following in the footsteps of his father, grandfather Richard, and great-grandfather Lee He was the first known fourth-generation athlete in all of modern American motor sports to participate in the chosen profession of his generations

Racing careeredit

Petty began his career in 1998, shortly after he turned 18, in the ARCA RE/MAX Series Like his father Kyle, he won his first ARCA race, driving the #45 Pontiac at Lowe's Motor Speedway

Petty moved to NASCAR Busch Series full-time in 1999, driving the #45 Chevrolet Petty finished sixth in his first Busch Series race at Daytona and had a best finish of fourth place, though he also failed to qualify for three of the Busch races Petty finished the 1999 season 20th overall in points

Petty Enterprises planned to have Petty run a second Busch season in 2000, while giving him seven starts in the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series, in preparation for a full Winston Cup campaign in 2001 He struggled early in the Busch season, but managed to qualify in his first attempt at Winston Cup during the DirecTV 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 2 He qualified 33rd and ran in the middle of the pack most of the day before his engine expired, forcing him to finish 40th Adam never got to race alongside his father Kyle failed to qualify and eventually relieved an ill Elliott Sadler, but Adam was already out of the race Lee Petty, Adam's great-grandfather, and 3-time NASCAR Champion, lived to see his Winston debut, but died just three days later


In a practice session for the Busch 200 race1 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Petty's throttle stuck wide open at turn three, causing the car to hit the outside wall virtually head on Petty was killed instantly when he suffered a basilar skull fracture2 He was 19 years old

Petty's death, along with 1998 Winston Cup Rookie of the Year Kenny Irwin Jr's in the same corner at the same track eight weeks later,3 led NASCAR to mandate the use of a kill switch on the steering wheel and the adoption of the Whelen Modified Tour restrictor plate for the September Cup race; the plate was abandoned after that race These two adjustments addressed the cause of the deadly accidents, but did not address the basilar skull fractures suffered by both drivers The HANS or Hutchens devices, designed to prevent the rapid-deceleration head-and-neck movements associated with the injury that Petty and Irwin Jr suffered, was not mandated by NASCAR until 2001, after the similar injuries and deaths of Tony Roper, Dale Earnhardt and ARCA driver Blaise Alexander

Kyle Petty, who drove the No 44 car at the time of the crash, drove Adam's No 45 car in the Busch Series for the remainder of 2000 He then used the No 45 in the Cup Series throughout the rest of his driving career4


President George W Bush is joined at Adam's Race Shop on the grounds of Victory Junction Gang Camp, Inc, in Randleman, NC, by Kyle and Richard Petty, Michael Waltrip and Jimmie Johnson

In October 2000, five months after Petty's death, his family partnered with Paul Newman and the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp to begin the Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman, North Carolina as a memorial to Petty The camp has received support from many NASCAR drivers, teams, and sponsors, including Cup Series sponsor Sprint, which has placed a replica of Petty's 1998 car in the camp The camp began operation in 2004 and is an official charity of NASCAR

Petty also appears as a special guest driver in the video games NASCAR 2000, NASCAR Rumble, NASCAR 2001 and NASCAR Arcade

In December 2013, his brother Austin named his newborn son after Adam in tribute5

Motorsports career resultsedit


key Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time  – Most laps led

Winston Cup Seriesedit


Busch Seriesedit


Craftsman Truck Seriesedit



  1. ^ "Archived copy" Archived from the original on 2011-08-14 Retrieved 2011-08-21 
  2. ^ "CNNSIcom - Motor Sports - Adam Petty killed in practice crash at NHIS - Friday July 07, 2000 02:33 PM" Sportsillustratedcnncom 2000-07-07 Retrieved 2013-07-20 
  3. ^ "ESPNcom - Auto Racing - Irwin killed in same turn as Adam Petty" Espngocom Retrieved 2013-07-20 
  4. ^ "Kyle Petty Career Statistics" Racing-Referenceinfo 1960-06-02 Retrieved 2013-07-20 
  5. ^ Richter, Josh 2013-12-16 "Gen-5 Petty: "The King" meets his great-grandson Adam" Fox Sports Retrieved 2013-12-16 

External linksedit

  • Biography portal
  • Adam Petty driver statistics at Racing-Reference

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