Richard Petty’s wife Lynda diagnosed with lymphoma

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.