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Lynda Petty was accompanied by Richard Petty all her life. She married him in the late 1950s, but was not as known as her husband Richard (a 7-time Daytona 500 champion and 7-time Cup series title driver holding a possibly unbeatable record of 200 Cup series wins).
Her son Kyle Petty is the most famous of her 5 children, as he became a NASCAR driver with 8 wins.
In 2010, Lynda Petty was diagnosed with backbone cancer. She drifted in and out of illness until she finally succumbed to the cancer on March 25, 2014 at the age of 72.