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Richard Petty's wife Lynda diagnosed with lymphoma

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP)

Lynda Petty, the wife of seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty, has been diagnosed with central nervous system lymphoma.

In a statement Thursday, the Petty family said she will be treated at Duke University Medical Center. Richard Petty said in the statement that his wife is in ``good hands'' and the family is ``very optimistic'' that her treatment will be successful.

The family thanked friends and fans for their support, and asked to have their privacy respected during her illness.

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