Kyle Petty’s Divorce: Why Did He Get Divorced?

Kyle Petty, a retired great NASCAR race car driver and co-host for “NASCAR America,” and his wife Pattie divorced in 2012, owing to the hardship caused by the death of their 19-year-old son Adam in 2000. They have no plans to divorce, according to Pattie Petty.

Kyle Petty won the Talladega 500 at the age of 19, making him the youngest driver ever to do so. The Pettys married on Feb. 4, 1979, only days before Kyle won the race. Austin Kemp, born in 1982, and Montgomery Lee, born in 1985, are the couple’s other two grown children. Pattie revealed in 2011 that she suffers from Parkinson’s disease. Kyle is the son of seven-time Daytona 500 winner Richard Petty and grandson of three-time NASCAR champion Lee Petty, and hails from a family of notable NASCAR race drivers.

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Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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