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The late Lynda Petty is named first quarter winner of National Motorsports Press Association’s ‘Spirit Award’

Jun 11, 2014, 1:02 PM EDT

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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

Also receiving votes were defending and six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and fellow driver Denny Hamlin.

“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.”

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Disclosure: Jerry Bonkowski is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Motorsports Press Association.

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