The late Lynda Petty is named first quarter winner of National Motorsports Press Association’s ‘Spirit Award’
Jun 11, 2014, 1:02 PM EDT
Lynda Petty, who passed away March 25 after a long illness, has been named the first quarter recipient of the National Motorsports Press Association’s Spirit award.
Lynda Petty was 72 when she passed away at home. She and NASCAR Hall of Famer and husband Richard Petty were married for 55 years.
In addition to being the matriarch of the Petty family, Lynda Petty was involved in a number of civic, social and charitable activities.
A mother of four, Lynda Petty was one of the founding members of the Racing Wives Auxiliary (now known as the Women’s Auxiliary of Motorsports), a charity that provides assistance to those in need in the racing community. She also was very involved in
“The NMPA Spirit Award is designed to recognize character and achievement in the face of adversity, sportsmanship and contributions to motorsports,” a media release from the organization read. “Each year, quarterly winners are chosen, and an overall annual winner is selected by a vote of the NMPA membership.”
Follow me @JerryBonkowski.
Disclosure: Jerry Bonkowski is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Motorsports Press Association.
Video from NASCAR America
- NASCAR AMERICA: Assessing Tony Stewart’s return at Atlanta (VIDEO) 0
- Feelin’ free: Frustrations end for Chase-bound Kahne, IndyCar champ Power 1
- Honda preps for first simulations, expresses confidence it can match Mercedes 4
- Kenseth clinches Chase berth; Bowyer falls out of Grid with one race to go 1
- Kasey Kahne rallies in last 2 laps to win at Atlanta, makes Chase 1
- Tony Stewart’s comeback hopes end with rough 41st-place finish at Atlanta 2
- Tony Stewart the obvious fan favorite during pre-race introductions at Atlanta 3