RANDLEMAN, N.C. (AP) — -

Lynda Petty, the wife of NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty, has died after battling cancer. She was 72.

Jeff Dennison of Petty Motorsports says in a statement that Petty was surrounded by her family when she died at her home in Level Cross on Tuesday. Dennison says Petty had been fighting cancer for the past several years.

Lynda Petty helped start the Racing Wives Auxiliary, a benevolent fund for injured members of the NASCAR community. The group was formed by the wives of drivers, crews and sponsors.

Besides her husband, Lynda Petty is survived by son Kyle, two daughters, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A private memorial service is scheduled for Reverie Place in Randleman. No date or time was given.

Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell issued the following statement about the death of Lynda Petty:

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Richard and the entire Petty family in their time of loss. Lynda is such a huge part of the Petty success story here at Martinsville Speedway. While Richard was winning races here in the early years, she was keeping tabs on their children while keeping one eye on Richard. For every one of those 15 races Richard won here, she was a driving force behind him.
 
“She leaves behind such a huge legacy here at Martinsville Speedway and in our sport. Her smile and her spirit will be missed by us all.”