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Randleman Honors Petty Family with Statue and Park

RANDLEMAN N.C. – Hundreds of residents and fans gathered in Randleman this past Saturday afternoon to see the unveiling of a statue of the ‘King of NASCAR’ himself, Richard Petty at the new Richard Petty Tribute Park.

The City of Randleman dedicated the park to the Petty Family “in honor of their service to community organizations, philanthropy through the Petty Family Foundation, leadership on the school and tourism boards and more,” according to a statement.

Randleman Mayor Gary B. Betts, Sr. and the Board of Alderman also declared April 3rd as Richard Petty Day.

The statue of Richard and Lynda Petty was cast by Carolina Bronze Sculpture Inc. in Seagrove. The Tourism Development Authority for Randolph County helped raise money for the statue and park.

Thankfully, the statue unveiled was life size, an excellent choice given that the first statue of Richard Petty back in 1992 was given the nickname “Stumpy” due to its short appearance.


Read more about the event, the statue, and the Petty family’s local contributions in the upcoming edition of the Randolph Record.

Photos From the Event

Arriving in downtown Randleman, Richard Petty, and his extended family, walk from the police station to the statue ahead of the start of the unveiling. [Scott Pelkey | North State Journal]
The Randleman High School JROTC presents the colors as the band plays the national anthem at the start of the Petty Statute dedication. [Scott Pelkey | North State Journal]
Randleman Mayor Gary B. Betts, Sr. reads a Proclamation passed by the city’s Board of Alderman declaring April 3rd as Richard Petty Day. [Scott Pelkey | North State Journal]
Richard Petty holds up a framed copy of a Proclamation passed by Randleman’s Board of Alderman declaring April 3rd as Richard Petty Day. [Scott Pelkey | North State Journal]
Everyone finally got a chance to see the statue of Richard and Lynda Petty in person for the first time as it was unveiled at a ceremony on Saturday April 15th, 2023. [Scott Pelkey | North State Journal]
With family members and the newly unveiled statue behind him Richard Petty speaks to the crowd. [Scott Pelkey | North State Journal]
Richard Petty stands with his family next to the newly unveiled statue of himself and his wife Lynda in Randleman on April 15th, 2023, following the ceremony. [Scott Pelkey | North State Journal]
Richard Petty and extended family pose for photos after the ceremony on April 15th, 2023. [Scott Pelkey | North State Journal]