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  • Monument Name

    Richard Petty Statue, Randleman

  • Type


  • Subjects

    Historic Cultural Figures

    Historic Sports Figures

  • City


  • County


  • Description

    This bronze statue depicts a smaller-than-life Richard Petty holding a racing helmet in one hand and resting his other hand on his hip. He wears the real-life Petty's trademark cowboy hat and sunglasses. The statue stands on a platform with a plaque and inscription on the front.

    Images: Plaque

  • Inscription

    On behalf of the Randleman / Chamber of Commerce, the / City of Randleman and the / people of our community, we / dedicate the scaled down / replica of Richard Petty in / honor of over 35 years of / dedication to NASCAR racing / and our community. Richard / is not only our hometown / hero, but our friend and / neighbor. / October 17, 1992

  • Dedication Date

    October 17, 1992

  • Decade


  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.817070 , -79.803190 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Richard Petty "The King" Nascar Legend - Living Statues,", (accessed January 20, 2014) Link

      "Richard Petty Bronze Statue,", (accessed June 24, 2012) Link

      "Richard Petty," Wikipedia, (accessed June 25, 2012) Link

      Case, Steven. 2010. "Petty Family,", (accessed November 14, 2013) Link

      Mazzocchi, Jay. 2006. "Auto Racing,", (accessed November 14, 2013) Link

      Richard Petty Museum,, (accessed January 20, 2014) Link

  • Public Site


  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze, granite

  • Nickname

    The figure has somewhat short legs which has earned it the nickname "Stumpy."

  • Subject Notes

    A North Carolina native, Richard Petty is a former NASCAR driver nicknamed "The King" for his accomplishment of winning the NASCAR championship seven times. Throughout his career, he won over 200 NASCAR races.

  • Location

    The statue is located next to the sidewalk at 117 South Main Street.

  • Landscape

    The statue is located between two commercial parking lots and the sidewalk. The Richard Petty Racing Museum is located around the corner at 142 West Academy Street.

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