North Carolina's iconic homegrown NASCAR driver Richard Petty has a new honor to add to his list — Gov. Pat McCrory declared March 31 "Richard Petty Day."
On Tuesday, McCrory spoke about Petty’s success as a NASCAR driver, including being the most decorated driver of all time.
Petty was named NASCAR Rookie of the Year when he began in 1959, and he raced until 1992. During this time, Petty received more than 200 medals for his victories, including seven NASCAR Cup championships.
Petty, nicknamed “the King,” was not just honored for being skilled at driving around a track. McCrory explained how he and his family had made many contributions to the state outside of racing.
“One such contribution is Victory Junction,” said McCrory. “A camp which has brought joy to thousands of families of children with serious illnesses and medical conditions.”