Kyle Petty Announces Devastating News

Published 11/30/2021, 5:17 AM EST


Kyle Petty recently shared the unfortunate news of his aunt Lea passing away. Petty is the son of the greatest driver in the history of NASCAR, Richard Petty. In fact, their family has seen four generations of race car drivers.

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The Pettys are legends in their own right: a dynasty in NASCAR. Sadly, one of them has passed away.

Petty posted a heartfelt tribute on his Twitter account. He updated his followers with the news of his aunt’s passing, how she almost made it to 100, and how she was always supportive of his music.

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Kyle Petty, the race car driver and the musician

Although Kyle couldn’t replicate the successes of his father, Richard, he still managed to have a decent race career. Petty’s career spanned almost three decades in which he won 8 races and finished 173 times in the top 10.

Currently, Petty works as a commentator for NBC Sports.

However, Kyle always had the talent of a country singer that came into prominence ever since he opened for Janie Fricke in 1986. It was after his retirement that Petty truly found his own voice. The musician who used to cover songs had started to sing his own heartfelt lyrics with a blend of country-folk music.

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They say music soothes the soul. Hopefully, Petty will be singing a song or two in the memory of his aunt and his son.

Kyle Petty also lost his son, Adam, during a practice session in 2000. At the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the first fourth-generation athlete in all the sports and a promising driver, Adam’s car crashed head-on into the wall and resulted in his tragic death.

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We hope Kyle Petty and his family have strength in this difficult time.

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Shaharyar

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Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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