Richard Petty turns 80, still in NASCAR’s fast lane
LEVEL CROSS, N.C. – Fireworks always have been a part of Richard Petty’s birthday.
This year will be no exception, as NASCAR runs its traditional Cup series summer date at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, with the sky over the track lighting up after the race.
But instead of being at the track for his birthday this year, Petty probably will be at home in North Carolina, surrounded by family. This year’s celebration, which probably will be in a large picnic shelter near Petty’s house in Level Cross, will be special: The King turns 80 on Sunday.
“I think health will dictate what I do and where I go and when I do it. As long as I am healthy and can afford to do all this stuff, I’m going to go as long as I can.”