YEAR-BY-YEAR NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES RECAP
2006 Finished 32nd in series standings. … Earned two top 10 finishes in 2006, an eighth-place finish at Atlanta and
a 10th-place finish at Martinsville.
2005 Finished 27th in series standings. … Eight-place finish at Bristol was his first top 10 since 2002. … Added
another top-10 finish at Dover in September.… Led at least one lap in 12 different races. … Two top-10 finishes was
best mark since 1999.
2004 Finished 33rd in series points. … Recorded season-best finish, 12th, at Las Vegas in March. … Opened Victory
Junction Gang Camp for chronically ill children, with wife Pattie, in June.
2003 Finished 37th in series points. … Finished 13th in the Daytona 500. … Best finish of the season was 11th at
Talladega in April. … Started eighth and 10th, respectively, at Richmond in his two top-10 starts of the season.
2002 Finished 22nd in series points in resurgent season. … Best finish 10th at Talladega. … Seventh consecutive
season without a victory. …Still, tremendously consistent; completed 97.4% of laps. … Won the 2002 USG “Person
of the Year” award for the second time. … Continued extensive off-track charity efforts including the Visa Fun Walk
for Charity and broke ground at the Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman, N.C.
2001 Finished 43rd in series points. … Best finish 16th, at Daytona 500 and Homestead-Miami. ... Collected more
than $1 million in race winnings for the fourth time in his career. ... Made 600th career start in June.
2000 Finished 41st in series points. … Competed in 19 races before moving from his No. 44 team to drive his late
son Adam’s No. 45 car in the NASCAR Busch Series. … Best finish ninth at Talladega. … Awarded the Myers Brothers
Award by the National Motorsports Press Association, for his contributions to racing.
1999 Finished 26th in series points. … His best finish was seventh, but he did that five times. … Named NASCAR
Illustrated’s “Person of the Year” as a result of his charitable work.
1998 Finished 30th in series points. … Best finish sixth, at Watkins Glen. … Career-high $1,287,731 in race winnings.
…Named NASCAR USG “Man of the Year.”
1997 Finished 15th in series points in first year of pe2 team operation. … Best finish a third place at Dover.
1996 Finished 27th in series points in final season with Felix Sabates’ Team Sabco. … Best finish eighth, at Dover
and Martinsville. … Sustained an injury in Brickyard 400 which caused him to miss Watkins Glen, Michigan and
1995 Finished 30th in series points. … Earned eighth career victory, at Dover.… Had five top-five finishes.…Founded
Kyle Petty Charity Ride to benefit children’s charities across the nation.
1994 Finished 15th in series points. … Best finish fourth, at North Wilkesboro. … Other top finishes were fifth at the
spring Richmond race and sixth-place finishes at Dover, Phoenix and Michigan.
1993 Finished fifth in series points, matching career-best finish from ’92. … Opened the 1993 season by winning the
pole at the Daytona 500. … Had one victory, at Pocono.
1992 Finished fifth in series points. … Had two victories, at Watkins Glen and Rockingham. … Rockingham win was
his third there in three consecutive seasons. … Made a late bid for the championship with seven top-five finishes in
the last 10 races.
1991 Finished 31st in series points. … Won at Rockingham, and recorded three poles. … Sat out 11 races after being
involved in an accident at Talladega that left him with a broken thigh.
1990 Finished 11th in series points. … Season’s sole victory, at Rockingham, achieved in dominating style, leading
433 of 492 laps. … Car owner Felix Sabates was so elated by the Rockingham victory he presented Petty with a Rolls
Royce. … Won career-first pole at Rockingham in March. … Recorded second career-pole four races later at North
1989 Finished 30th in series points. … First year driving for team owner Felix Sabates. … Best finish a fourth, at
Atlanta. … Finished in the top 10 twice in the final three races.
1988 Finished 13th in series points in final season driving for Wood Brothers Racing. … Best finish fifth, at Atlanta
and North Wilkesboro.
1987 Finished seventh in series points. … Won two races, including prestigious Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor
Speedway in Charlotte.
1986 Finished 10th in series points. … Earned career-first series victory, at Richmond, becoming the first third-generation
driver to win a series race, following grandfather Lee and father Richard.
1985 Finished ninth in series points. … Joined the Wood Brothers Racing team… Exceeded $1 million in career winnings.
… Won the 1985 “Comeback Driver of the Year” Award.
1984 Finished 16th in series points. … Only one top-five finish. … Marked his last season driving for Petty Enterprises
until rejoining the operation in 1999.
1983 Finished 13th in series points. … Made 30 starts, posting two top-five efforts.
1982 Finished 15th in series points. … Best finish a second place, at Dover. … Drove the Petty Enterprises STP
Pontiac but also made a few starts in the Hoss Ellington /UNO Buick.
1981 Finished 12th in series points. … Best finish fifth, at Charlotte …First year Petty attempted to compete in every
event on the schedule.
1980 Finished 28th in series points after competing in 15 events. …Finished third in the Rookie of the Year standings
behind Jody Ridley and Lake Speed. … Had six top-10 finishes.
1979 Finished 37th in series points. … Made NASCAR NEXTEL Cup debut, running five races for Petty Enterprises.…
First race was at Talladega Superspeedway, where he finished ninth. … Also competed in local Late Model Sportsman
events and served on his father’s pit crew.
PREVIOUS RACING HISTORY
In February 1979, won the ARCA 200 at Daytona International Speedway, his first race on a closed course, leading to
the beginning of his career in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series that same season.
Son of NASCAR legend Richard Petty.… As a winning athlete in high school, Petty was recruited by several colleges
as a scholarship quarterback, while others talked to him about baseball scholarships. … Kyle Petty’s Charity Ride
Across America was founded in 1995 and has raised over $1.5 million dollars to date. Petty also works with the Make-
A-Wish Foundation, the Boy Scouts of America, and the Racing Wives Auxiliary. …In 2000, the Petty family was named
“persons of the year” by NASCAR Illustrated, for their charitable work. … In June 2004, Kyle and wife, Pattie, opened
the Victory Junction Gang Camp, for terminally and chronically ill children from across the country. … Along with driver
Tony Stewart, named USA Weekend Magazine’s 2004 Most Caring Athletes.