NASCAR Hall of Famer Maurice “Chief” Petty passed away Saturday morning at the age of 81, Richard Petty Motorsports announced. Maurice was the chief engine builder for Petty Enterprises and was the first engine builder to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Jim France, NASCAR Chairman, and CEO released this statement in regard to Petty’s passing.
“The ‘Chief’ was one of the most talented mechanics in NASCAR history. He provided the power that helped Petty Enterprises define dominance in sports. While he was known for his work under the hood, Maurice played multiple “behind-the-scenes” roles, doing whatever it took to help deliver his cars to Victory Lane. On behalf of the France family, I offer my condolences to the friends and family of Maurice Petty, a true NASCAR giant.”