Petty steps back from racing to be with ill wife

Seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty has essentially taken a

leave of absence from his race team since his wife was diagnosed

with cancer.

Petty says he hasn’t been around the shop much since November

and hasn’t done many sponsorship appearances while his wife, Lynda

Petty, undergoes treatment for central nervous system lymphoma.

Petty says his wife is feeling better after having surgery on

both eyes and calls her cancer “very treatable.” He left her

briefly this weekend to travel to Daytona International

Speedway.

Petty has a record seven wins in the season-opening Daytona

500.

Lynda Petty is being treated at Duke University Medical Center,

where Richard Petty says she has “the best people in the world

looking after the deal.”