Randleman, NC

New Richard Petty statue to be unveiled in Randleman on April 15th

The Planking Traveler

An image of what the statue will look likePhoto byRichard Petty Tribute Park Facebook page

In 1992, Randleman unveiled its first statue of Richard Petty which depicts him holding a racing helmet in one hand and is fondly referred to by locals as "Stumpy" due to the short legs (it is a smaller than life size status).

The Petty family has been actively involved in the local community for years, most notably with the creation of Victory Junction camp to honor Adam Petty who sadly died in a racing accident at age 19. Per their website:

"To honor Adam’s memory, the Petty family gathered their strength and challenged themselves, their friends and the NASCAR community to build his inspired dream— a place where children with serious illness would be able to experience the joys of childhood and forget about being sick for a while. With land donated by Richard and Lynda Petty, the Petty family spearheaded a capital campaign in 2002 and dollar by dollar received donations from corporations, individuals and foundations to build what would become Victory Junction, a NASCAR-themed camp located in Randleman, N.C. Adam’s legacy of love was realized when we opened our gates to our first campers in June of 2004."

Now, just over 30 years after the first statue was installed, NASCAR Legend Richard Petty’s Hometown of Randleman, N.C. will unveil a new statue of Petty and Wife Lynda.

WHEN: 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 15, 2023                       

WHO: Friends and fans of Richard Petty, the City of Randleman, N.C.                                               

WHERE:  102 Hilliary Street, Randleman, N.C. site of the new Richard Petty Tribute Park (street name not a typo)        

After years of fundraising and planning, the City of Randleman, N.C. will come together to show its gratitude and enduring affection to Richard Petty and his family. They will install a statue of Richard Petty and his wife Lynda Petty at the new Richard Petty Tribute Park. The statue was made and cast by international foundry, Carolina Bronze Sculpture, Seagrove N.C.                                                                                                                                                   

The Petty family serves this small town of around 4,600 people through their service to community organizations, philanthropy through the Petty Family Foundation, leadership on the school and tourism boards, and much more. The Petty Museum and Petty’s Garage draw visitors from around the globe to Randolph County. Petty and his family will attend the event. He’ll speak at the end of the event and depart for the Martinsville Speedway.                                                                                                   

Richard Petty is known as “The King” of racing. With 200 wins, he has the most NASCAR wins in history, the most poles (123), tied for the most championships (seven), the most wins in a season (27), the most Daytona 500 wins (seven), including 10 consecutive wins and the most starts (1,185).                                                                                                                                   

Petty could have lived anywhere in the world and chose to live in Randleman, N.C. The family’s commitment to this area and their economic impact continue to shape and support this tight-knit community. April 3 will be observed as Richard Petty Day annually.                                                                                         

Release shared via The Heart of North Carolina Visitors Bureau/Randolph County Tourism Development Authority in concert with Richard Petty Tribute Park Planning Committee.

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