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Lynda Petty was more than just wife to NASCAR’s King, Richard Petty—she was his partner.

"I lived with her for 55 years, that's a big, big hole that will never be filled."

Bobby Allison, Petty’s long-time rival, knows the sting of losing something that no race can ever compare to.

In 1992, his son Clifford died after an accident at Michigan International Speedway. His death came as Allison was recovering from an accident that nearly cost him his own life.

Shortly afterwards, his oldest son Davey, a rising star in the Sprint Cup Series, was killed in a helicopter crash.

"They both were incredible losses,” Allison said. “Both of them physically hurt worse than the worst injury I ever got in a racing crash."

To make matters worse, he and his wife, Judy, split up shortly afterwards.

The Petty family then experienced a tragedy of its own. Richard’s grandson Adam, was killed in a race in 2000. A day later, the Allisons began to reunite at a family wedding. The couple eventually reconciled.

"We should put our differences aside and go try to help the Pettys,” Judy told Bobby.

"They understood our hurt,” Petty said. “Then we really understood their hurt that much more too."


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