Richard Petty made his return to the track at Richmond on Friday.
The seven time NASCAR Cup Series champion had been away following the death of his wife Lynda.
While speaking to reporters Petty spoke about how life was different without his wife of 55 years.
“I am surviving. It is going to be different I guess. After 55 years I have to start all over again. I was fortunate that all the kids came home for Easter. We had all the kids and grand kids home and that really made things work good.”
“I just felt like I needed to sort of had a little time on our own so I have been gone for two or three weeks but I am back in the saddle again now. I am just learning to live all over again.”
“It is great that so many people knew Lynda so well. Of course she had been around a long time too. She never met a stranger. Every once in awhile I would come in the house and see people I didn’t even know. She would invite them in the house to spend the night or whatever. Again, it is just going to be different.”
Petty spoke about how being at the track would help him adjust.
“Yeah, doing the things we were supposed to do the last few weeks have been put off so starting Monday we were in Georgia and Tuesday we were in Tennessee and Wednesday in Wyoming and now here on Thursday. The busier they keep me the better off I will be.”
The Richard Petty Motorsports cars of Marcos Ambrose and Aric Almirola currently are 19th and 25th in the Sprint Cup Series standings.