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Lynda Petty, wife of Richard Petty, dies at 72

Lynda Petty, wife of NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty, died Tuesday at her home in Level Cross. She was 72.

"We wish to sincerely thank everyone who has supported us and our family throughout the years and at this time," the family said in a statement released by Richard Petty Motorsports. "We will forever love and miss a wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend."

According to a Sporting News report, Petty was diagnosed with central nervous system lymphoma in 2010 and underwent treatments at Duke University Medical Center.

Her death was announced Tuesday afternoon by Richard Petty Motorsports.

Petty, known as 'Mrs. Lynda' to many, was married in 1958 to Richard, who became a seven-time Cup champion and winner of a NASCAR-record 200 Cup races. She was a leader in both her community, as a 16-year member of the Randolph County School Board, and at the racetrack, where she helped start the Racing Wives Auxillary.

She played a role in the original “Cars” movie, where she was the voice of the car married to the car voiced by Richard Petty.

She is survived by her four children — former NASCAR driver Kyle Petty and daughters Sharon, Lisa and Rebecca — in addition to several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family will have a private memorial service and asks that instead of flowers, donations be sent to the Petty Family Foundation, 311 Brandson Mill Road, Randleman, NC 27317.

The family offered the following statement: "We wish to sincerely thank everyone who has supported us and our family throughout the years and at this time. We will forever love and miss a wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend."

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