Richard Petty, "King" of NASCAR, Gets a Win and His Own Special Day

Mary Jo BuchananSenior Writer IJune 21, 2009

FORT WORTH, TX - APRIL 04:  Former NASCAR driver Richard Petty stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 4, 2009 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Every fan of NASCAR knows the name Richard Petty. He is the "King" of the sport, arguably one of the best ambassadors for stock car racing.

Petty will be honored with his own day on Friday, June 26 in Connecticut. The state's Governor Jodi Rell has already proclaimed that date to be "Richard Petty Day" throughout Connecticut.

Petty will also be celebrating the first win for his team Richard Petty Motorsports. Kasey Kahne in the No. 9 Budweiser race car held Tony Stewart and the rest of the field at bay for multiple double-file restarts to take the checkered flag in Sonoma this Father's Day.

The "King" will headline the Warner Theatre in Torrington, Conn. Petty will address the crowd, sharing his racing history, as well as his lessons for racing and life success.

There will also be a special Question and Answer session, moderated by racing school notable Skip Barber. Lime Rock Park, where Barber has his driving school, is the promotional sponsor for the event.

Because Lime Rock is an integral partner for this special event, they are offering some special access for their race fans. Lime Rock Park fans will receive a 10 percent discount off the tickets to the event.

If fans buy their tickets today on Father's Day, they get one ticket free for every ticket they purchase. Fans have to visit the Warner Theatre Box Office or order tickets by phone in order to take advantage of this promotion, as no online sales are available.

Richard Petty is one of NASCAR's heroes, having won a record 200 races, as well as seven Cup championships. He has run over 1,184 races, a record that most NASCAR drivers today will never achieve in their careers.

Richard Petty is a second generation driver, following in the footsteps of his father Lee Petty. Richard's son Kyle drove as the third generation representative until changes at the company forced him out of the seat of the car and behind the microphone as a color commentator for the sport.

Richard Petty's grandson Adam would have been the fourth generation driver in the family. Adam, however, was killed in a practice crash at Loudon, New Hampshire in 2000.

After the "King" concluded his amazing career behind the wheel, he continued his involvement with racing through his team ownership. 

Although his team has been through several mergers and some challenging economic times, Richard Petty Motorsports is still by far and away one of the most recognizable racing names in the garage area. 

RPM currently fields four drivers, including Kahne, Reed Sorenson, Elliott Sadler, and A.J. Allmendinger.

The "King" is one of the most decorated figures in NASCAR, having been elected to the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame, the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, and several Halls of Fame in North Carolina.

Petty also bears the moniker of being NASCAR's best ambassadors. With his signature cowboy hat and sunglasses, Petty can most often be found moving through the garage area, signing autographs and reminiscing with race fans about past glories.

Petty is so well known that he has often been featured in commercial ventures. In 2006, Petty "starred" in Pixar's animated adventure Cars.

But this weekend, Richard Petty will star on the stage of the Warner Theatre in the great state of Connecticut. There will be a special VIP pre-event beginning at 7:00 PM, which includes premium reserved seating and a private meet and greet and autograph session with the "King" himself.

Fans interested in attending this most special event can visit the box office of the Warner Theatre or call (860) 489-7180 for tickets. Fans can also log onto Lime Rock Park's website for more information at