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NASCAR world reacts to loss of Lynda Petty

Mar 25, 2014, 5:44 PM EST

Tributes are pouring in from across the NASCAR world following the sad loss of Lynda Petty, the wife of seven-time Sprint Cup champion Richard Petty.

Mrs. Petty passed away at her home in Level Cross, North Carolina earlier today at the age of 72. In addition to serving as the rock of the entire Petty family, she is remembered as the founder of the Racing Wives Auxiliary.

During her life, she also was a Red Cross volunteer, a member of the Randolph County (N.C.) School Board for a 16-year period, and as a board member for Randolph County Hospice.

Here are some reactions on social media from NASCAR figures on the loss of the sport’s “First Lady”:

Austin Petty

Three-time Cup champion Darrell Waltrip

Kyle Petty Charity Ride organization

NASCAR play-by-play announcer Mike Joy

NASCAR publisher Steve Waid

Reigning Cup champion Jimmie Johnson

Clint Bowyer, Michael Waltrip Racing

Joey Logano, Team Penske

Regan Smith, JR Motorsports (NASCAR Nationwide Series)

DeLana Harvick, wife of Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kevin Harvick

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