We wish the whole family and team a lot of strength to cope with this terrible loss.
Here is a nice article about the career of Randy Petro from the NTPA:
Visitation for Mr. Petro's family and friends is scheduled for Sunday, July 26 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Bales Funeral Home, 249 North Main Street in Camden, Ohio 45311. After a viewing from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, his funeral will be held at Fairhaven Community Church, 6585 Israel Somers Road in Camden.
For the very next campaign, he exchanged the pickup look of "Challenger" for the iconic T-bucket he christened "Kathy's Komplaint." It was an alliterative term of endearment toward his devoted wife, who initially feared for Mr. Petro's safety, exposed as he was in the open cab of the wheelstander. Mr. Petro would proceed to pilot various editions of that truck for the next 28 years.
In 1995, Mr. Petro was the Grand National champion with "Kathy's Komplaint" as he debuted "Buckeye Hauler: Next Generation" in sixth. The pair of roadsters were fourth and sixth in 1996 as Randy undertook yet another challenge: The multi-engine Modified division. There, he took second in both the 7,200-lb. Limited Mod and 7,600-lb. Unlimited with the four- to five-engine "Multi Chaos," winning once at each weight. With "Chaos" second in MOD and fourth in UNL, the trucks likewise moved up to second and fourth in 1997.
A 2004 Bowling Green ring turned out to be Mr. Petro's last hurrah in the Unlimited division, as Petro Motorsports downsized to just single-engine vehicles beginning in 2005. But over time, they attained quite a collection of them. "2 Timin'" joined the squad in 2007, and after a three-year stretch running Region II that resulted in titles for Randy and "Komplaint" in 2007 and 2008, the Ford Ranger won Jessie his first GN title in 2009. Meanwhile, Randy was voted GN Rookie of the Year thanks to his entry into yet another division with a Modified Mini---eventually named "Freak on a Leash"---that made effective use of the team's spare engine.
A new "Kathy's Komplaint" debuted in 2016, but the old chassis, rebadged "Vintage KK," continued its title-claiming ways in Region II for three additional seasons and matched its successor as Mr. Petro was twice victorious at the Enderle Pull-Off. The next season, "Kathy's" two "Komplaint"s combined to win nine of the Western subregion's 14 hooks. And in 2018, competing everywhere it could across several national circuits, Petro Motorsports deployed seven vehicles and four drivers: "Buckeye Hauler, "Kathy's Komplaint," "2 Timin'," "Runnin' Block," "Vintage Kathy's Komplaint," "P5," and "2 Timin' 2," variously piloted by Randy, Jessie, Joey, and Chad Mayhill.
2019 proved to be a difficult season, as the elder slipped to third with "Kathy's Komplaint" and neither "Runnin' Block" nor "Buckeye Hauler" found consistency. And the offseason took a tragic turn, as an ailing Randy was diagnosed with lung cancer that rapidly metastasized. Piloting "KK" in Randy's place at the legendary National Farm Machinery Show Championship Tractor Pull in Louisville, Kentucky, Jessie dominated the proceedings, first with a Friday night heat win and then with an emotional Saturday night Finals victory.
WPI/NTPA expresses our sincere condolences to Kathy, Jessie and Jessica, Joey, and the entire Petro family and team who were on hand on Friday, July 10 to see Randy take his place among the greats of all time in the Pulling Hall of Fame. Mr. Petro will be deeply missed by the patrons, participants, and presenters of a grateful motorsport.