Info
Category:
Richest AthletesRace Car Drivers
Net Worth:
$20 Million
Birthdate:
Jun 2, 1960 (64 years old)
Birthplace:
Level Cross
Gender:
Male
Profession:
Race car driver, Commentator, Presenter, Actor
Nationality:
United States of America
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Kyle Petty is an American former NASCAR driver who has a net worth of $20 million. Kyle Petty earned an estimated $32 million during his racing career. This includes his winnings from races, sponsorships, and other earnings. He is the son of NASCAR legend Richard Petty and grandson of Lee Petty, both of whom were also successful NASCAR drivers.

Born into a racing family, he was around cars from a very young age. He made his major league debut just after graduating from high school, winning his first race. Throughout his early career, he raced in his father and grandfather's hand-me-down cars, amassing a series of respectable finishes. In 1985, he secured sponsorship from 7-Eleven and began racing for Wood Brothers Racing. He immediately began to climb the stock car ranks. Over the next 30 years, Kyle had 8 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins, 173 Top Tens, and 8 poles. He finished fifth in the nation in 1992 and 1993. After officially retiring in 2008, he began a career as a color commentator, and currently serves as a co-host for "NASCAR RaceDay" and "NASCAR Trackside" on SPEED.

Early Life

Petty was born on June 2, 1960 in Randleman, North Carolina to parents Richard Petty and Lynda Owens. He grew up with his three brothers and sisters in North Carolina. He was around racing all of his life, as his father was a professional NASCAR racer, as was his grandfather, Lee Petty. As a child, he grew up racing and made his major-league stock car debut at the age of 18.

Career

Petty won the 1979 Daytona ARCA 200, the first professional race he entered in 1979. He became the youngest driver to win a major-league stock car race. Later in the season, he made his Winston Cup Series debut. At the 1979 Talladega 500, he finished in ninth. In 1980, he made a total of fifteen starts in the Dodge Magnum number 42 car, the same number used by his grandfather, Lee Petty. He began the 1981 season driving his father's number 43 car but ultimately returned to racing in the number 42. However, he switched to the number 7 in 1983 after he picked up funding from 7-Eleven.

By 1985, he had taken his sponsorship to Wood Brothers Racing. There, he had seven top-five finishes and his first top-ten points finish. In 1986, he won his first career race in the 1986 Miller High Life 400. Throughout the rest of the 1980s, he continued picking up various sponsorships but then had a scare when he broke his leg in a crash in the 1991 Winston 500. He then missed the next eleven races while he healed.

By 1992, Petty rebounded to a career-best fifth place finish in points and won two separate races – Watkins Glen and Rockingham. He came very close to winning the championship in 1992 but suffered a flat tire at Phoenix, the second to last race, and broke an engine during the season's last race. In 1993, he won the Champion Spark Plug at Pocono and duplicated his high-points finish. However, the following year, he failed to finish higher than fourth in any race and lost some sponsorships as a result.

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Coors Light became his new sponsor in 1995 and Petty won his final career cup race in the Miller Genuine Draft 500 at Dover. However, he continued falling down the points ranking after only finishing in the top-ten five times and then failing to qualify for the fall race at the Bristol Motor Speedway.

Beginning in the 1997 season, Petty formed his own team, PE2. He had two top-five finishes and nine top-ten finishes. He returned to this family's company in 1998 and ran his team from their headquarters. He also became the Petty Enterprises' new CEO. Around this time, he had begun providing guest commentary for races at ESPN. Over the next few years, he continued racing but did not achieve the success he had once experienced. At the 2007 Coca-Cola 600, he had his first top-five finish in ten years.

He then took a few races off in order to work as a commentator for TNT. Early in 2008, Petty Enterprises was purchased by Boston Ventures and Petty stepped aside as the team's CEO. He continued broadcasting and participated in fewer and fewer races. His final race came in 2008 at the Phoenix International Raceway where he was caught in a multi-car crash.

Throughout the 2010s, Petty appeared on various Fox Sports shows. Since 2015, he has worked for NBC Sports, appearing on all of their NASCAR related shows and broadcasts.

Outside of racing, Petty also briefly attempted a career as a professional country musician. He signed a record contract with RCA Records in 1986 and began to work on an album with Don Light. During this period, he released a single called "The Other Guy" and performed as an opening act for musicians like Randy Travis and The Oak Ridge Boys. However, due to disagreements with his record company and management, he abandoned the idea to produce an album. In 1995, he recorded a track called "Oh King Richard" that was a tribute to his father, Richard, and released as part of a NASCAR-themed country music compilation album. A music video for the song was also released that featured Perry playing an acoustic guitar in front of his father's former racecar. In 2017, Petty also provided the voice for a character in "Cars 3."

Personal Life

Petty has been married twice. He married Pattie Petty in 1979. They divorced in 2012.

In 2015, he married Morgan Petty.

He has seven children – Adam, Austin, Montgomery, Overton, Cotton, and Davent.

Petty is active in a number of charitable causes. He has been involved with Victory Junction, a facility that serves serious illness and chronic medical conditions in children. He established Victory Junction to honor his late son, Adam, who had also been a professional racer. Adam had died during a practice racing session in 2000 when his car hit a wall and killed him instantly at the age of 19.

Real Estate

In March 2016, Kyle and his ex-wife Pattie listed a 380-acre estate they co-owned in Trinity, North Carolina called Adaumont Farm. They listed the property for $5.5 million. In addition to a lakefront mansion, the property features a 25,000 square foot barn/event/equestrian center. They sold the property in June 2016 for $5.3 million. Today the farm is also rented out as a wedding venue.

In 2001 Kyle built a beachfront home in Isle of Palms, South Carolina. He listed this home for sale about a decade later for $4.5 million, ultimately accepting $3.85 million.

Kyle Petty Career Earnings

  • 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup
    $1.4 Million
  • 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup
    $2.8 Million
  • 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup
    $3.5 Million
  • 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup
    $3.4 Million
  • 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup
    $2.7 Million
  • 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup
    $2.3 Million
  • 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup
    $2 Million
  • 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup
    $994.1 Thousand
  • 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup
    $879.9 Thousand
  • 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup
    $1.3 Million
  • 1998 NASCAR Winston Cup
    $1.3 Million
  • 1997 NASCAR Winston Cup
    $808.2 Thousand
  • 1996 NASCAR Winston Cup
    $670 Thousand
  • 1995 NASCAR Winston Cup
    $697.4 Thousand
  • 1994 NASCAR Winston Cup
    $693.8 Thousand
  • 1993 NASCAR Winston Cup
    $659.1 Thousand
  • 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup
    $767.9 Thousand
  • 1991 NASCAR Winston Cup
    $383.6 Thousand
  • 1990 NASCAR Winston Cup
    $677.8 Thousand
  • 1989 NASCAR Winston Cup
    $98.9 Thousand
  • 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup
    $327.3 Thousand
  • 1987 NASCAR Winston Cup
    $431 Thousand
  • 1986 NASCAR Winston Cup
    $352.4 Thousand
  • 1985 NASCAR Winston Cup
    $248.6 Thousand
  • 1984 NASCAR Winston Cup
    $313.2 Thousand
  • 1983 NASCAR Winston Cup
    $141.3 Thousand
  • 1982 NASCAR Winston Cup
    $110.4 Thousand
  • 1981 NASCAR Winston Cup
    $100.7 Thousand
  • 1980 NASCAR Winston Cup
    $36 Thousand
  • 1979 NASCAR Winston Cup
    $10.8 Thousand
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