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Adam Petty Mourned by Family and Friends

May 16, 2000|Associated Press

HIGH POINT, N.C. — As her devastated parents, stunned stock car racers and more than 1,000 other mourners looked on Monday, 14-year-old Montgomery Lee Petty bade a final farewell to her brother Adam.

"We not only lost a fourth-generation driver, we lost a great friend, and my brother," she said tearfully.

Adam Petty, the rising star in NASCAR's most famous family, was killed Friday when his Chevrolet crashed into the wall during practice for the Busch 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway.

The 19-year-old driver's death came less than six weeks after he made his Winston Cup debut and followed the death of his great-grandfather, NASCAR pioneer Lee Petty, who died April 5 at age 86 of complications from a stomach aneurysm.

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