DALE EARNHARDT SR4/29/1951 - 2/18/2001 - was an American race car driver, best known for his career driving stock cars in NASCAR's top division.  Earnhardt is notable for his success in the NASCAR Cup Series, winning seventy-six races (including one Daytona 500 victory in 1998).  Earnhardt's seven championships are tied for most all-time with Richard Petty and Jimmie Johnson.  His aggressive driving style led to controversy and earned him the nickname "The Intimidator".  Earnhardt was born in Kannapolis, North Carolina, on April 29, 1951, to Martha Coleman and Ralph Earnhardt, who was then one of the best short-track drivers in North Carolina.  Ralph won his one and only NASCAR Sportsman Championship in 1956 at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Greenville, South Carolina.  Although Ralph did not want his son to follow in his footsteps, Earnhardt would not be persuaded to give up his dream of racing, dropping out of school to race.  Ralph was a hard teacher for Earnhardt, and after Ralph died of a heart attack at his home in 1973, it took many years before Earnhardt felt as though he had finally "proven" himself to his father.  Earnhardt began his 

NASCAR Cup career in 1975, making his first start at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina in the longest race on the Cup circuit, the World 600.  Earnhardt drove an Ed Negre RPM Dodge Charger(#8) started 33rd and dove his way up to 22nd at the finish, one place ahead of his future car owner, Richard Childress.  In 1976 Earnhardt would make his second Cup start in the #30 Army sponsored car; a paint job that Josh wise would run in 2016 at Darlington in the tracks annual "throw back paint scheme" weekend.  Earnhardt competed in 8 more races until 1979, when he joined Rod Osterlund Racing and would drive the #2 car, in a season that included a rookie class of future stars – Earnhardt, Harry Gant and Terry Labonte.  In his rookie season, Earnhardt 

won one race at Bristol wheeling his Osterland owned Chevy, captured four poles, had 11 Top 5 finishes, 17 Top 10 finishes, and finished 7th in the points standings, in spite of missing four races because of a broken collarbone, winning Rookie of the Year honors.  His win at Bristol would see him start in seventh position but pole sitter Buddy Baker would dominate the race for the first 138 laps but have issues and crash out.  At that time Earnhardt was there to take the lead; but after only a couple laps Donnie Allison and Cale Yarborough would muscle their way by.  Darrell Waltrip stepped up to take the lead for 70 laps before Allison would take the points for 

the next 40.  Earnhardt's car came to life and he would take the lead from Allison and lead the next 134 circuits.  Waltrip would take away the lead on lap 389; but Earnhardt would work his way by Waltrip 27 laps from the end and hold on to get the win by three seconds over Bobby Allison.  In his sophomore season, Earnhardt won his first Cup championship winning five races at the controls of the #2 Mike Curb sponsored car.  1981 saw him go winless and at the end of the season, and he left Osterland to go drive the #15 Bud Moore owned; Wrangler sponsored Ford.  He won in his sixth start with Moore beating out Cale Yarborough to post a win at Darlington.  About mid-season he had a hard crash at Pocono in July.  He crashed hard into the outside wall and flipped his car.  He would break his leg; but never tell NASCAR and continue to race the rest of the season.  The pairing produced another pair of wins in 1983.  1984 saw him once 

again go to another team as he would leave Moore and go to drive for Richard Childress; the team he would remain with until his untimely death.  That first season the due produced a pair of wins, and added an additional four wins the following season.  1986 saw Earnhardt claim his second Cup Championship and the first for car owner Richard Childress.  Earnhardt dominated the season beating Darrell Waltrip by over 280 points.  1987 he posted 11 wins and again claimed the Championship.  He had one stretch where he won four races in a row; and then later in the season won an additional three in a row including the Southern 500.  1988 saw Earnhardt win three times but could finish no better than third in the points behind a strong Bill Elliott machine who won the Cup title that year.  The next year Rusty Wallace would be the man to beat; and Earnhardt 

would claim five wins; including a second southern 500; but come up just short in the championship chase, finishing second.  In 1990 Earnhardt and Childress returned to Championship form.  The duo visited victory lane nine times and edged out Mark Martin by a scaant 26 points.  He began to show his dominance on the restrictor plate tracks of Daytona and Talladega winning the July race at Daytona and both Talladega races.  Earnhardt always joked he "could sniff the air"; and now with all the advancements and understandings of aerodynamics of racing it is figured that he was able to feel the side forces and caused by the other cars and understand how side drafting worked.  Once again he won back to back titles added another Championship in 1991.  Earnhardt had an off year in 1992 winning only once.  Earnhardt rebounded in 1993 to claim his sixth Cup Championship beating out Rusty Wallace; again winning two of the four restrictor plate races.  In 1994, Earnhardt scored his seventh Cup championship, tying the legendary Richard Petty.  Even thought Earnhardt only won four times, he beat out Mark Martin by almost 450 points to win the Championship on the strength of 20 top 5 finishes.  Since that time Jimmie Johnson has 

also joined this duo with seven Cup Championships.  1995 saw Earhnardt win five times but not be able to win the Championship finishing second in points; beaten out by an up and coming Jeff Gordon.  In 1996, at Talladega, he was in the points lead and looking for his eighth title despite the departure of crew chief Andy Petree.  Late in the race, Ernie Irvan lost control of his #28 Havoline Ford Thunderbird, igniting a frightening crash that saw Earnhardt's #3 Chevrolet hit the tri-oval wall nearly head-on at almost 200 miles per hour.  After hitting the wall, Earnhardt's car flipped and slid across the track, in front of race-traffic.  His car was hit in the roof and windshield, and the accident led NASCAR to 

mandate the "Earnhardt Bar", a metal brace located in the center of the windshield that reinforces the roof in case of a similar crash.  1997 would see Earnhardt go win-less; the first year since 1981 he hadn't posted at least one win; and only the second full time season he was win-less in his career.  1998 he got back into victory lane finally claiming that elusive win in the Daytona 500.  Earnhardt had won about everything there was to win at Daytona up until this time.  He had claimed seven Xfinity series wins, won six times in the IROC series; claimed a win in the Daytona Qualifying races on 12 occasions (including 10 years in a row); and won the Busch Clash six times.  Every menber of every rival team came out on pit 

road to congradulate Dale sr on finally accomplishing the hard won task as he came to pit road headed for vistory lane.  This would be the only win for him this season.  Earnhardt would only post five top 5 finishes this season as he finished a disappointing eighth in the points.  1999 wasn't much better as he won on three occasions, but would end up seventh in the points standings.  He did claim two of his wins at Talladega.  He won twice in 2000 and his final win came at (of course) Talladega.  The fianl green flag flew with 15 laps to go and with five laps to go Earnhardt found himself sitting buried in the field in 18th place.  Good friend Kenny Wallace hooked up with Earnhardt and pushed him into the lead just as the field got the 

two to go signal.  Wallace would hang right with Earnhardt the final two laps and push him to the win.  On the morning of the 2001 Daytona 500, Earnhardt appeared confident and relaxed.  When the race started, Earnhardt showed early promise, leading the race and maintaining a front-running position for most of the event.  Heading into Turn 3 on the last lap, Earnhardt was racing three wide with Sterlin Marlin to his left and Ken Schrader to his right.  For reasons unknown, Earnhardt's car veered down.  The left rear quarter of Earnhardt's car made slight contact with Marlin's front bumper, and then turned sharply up the track toward the outside retaining wall.  Although it briefly looked as though Earnhardt was going to avoid hitting the wall, the #3 car collided with the #36 Pontiac driven by Ken Schrader.  Schrader's car hit Earnhardt's car just behind the passenger door, causing Earnhardt's car to snap.  Both cars hit the wall nose-first. Earnhardt's car hit at a critical angle at nearly 160 

miles per hour.  The right-rear wheel assembly broke off the car on impact.  The passenger window broke out of the car.  The hood pins severed and the hood opened, slamming back against the windshield.  Earnhardt’s car slid off the track's steep banking, onto the flat apron along with Schrader's.  Schrader got out of his car to go check on his friend and immediately started motioning frantically for assistance.  Despite heavy damage to the car, to outside observers, the crash looked relatively minor compared to other NASCAR related crashes.  Earnhardt was taken to Halifax Medical Center by ambulance after being removed from his car.  Hours later, at a press conference, NASCAR President Mike Helton made the formal announcement to the world saying, "Undoubtedly this is one of the toughest announcements I've personally had to make.  But...after the accident in Turn 4 at the end of the Daytona 500, uh, we've lost Dale Earnhardt".  Earnhardt's death was the catalyst for a number of changes in NASCAR.  NASCAR also made the use of the HANS device mandatory in all cars following Earnhardt's death.  Until that point, use of the HANS device was optional, at the discretion of the drivers or teams.  Earnhardt had refused to wear the device, arguing it was uncomfortable and ineffective.  He was not using a HANS device on the day he died of a Basilar skull fracture.  The HANS device is designed to prevent such injuries.  Earnhardt drove the #3 car for most of his career, spanning the early 1980s until his death in 2001.  Although he had other sponsors during his career, his #3 is associated in fans' minds with his last sponsor, GM Goodwrench, and his last color scheme — a predominantly black car with bold red and silver trim.  For the first three weeks after Earnhardt's death, on-track incidents brought out the caution flag on lap three.  Three weeks after Earnhardt's death, Kevin Harvick scored his first career Cup win at Atlanta driving a car that had been prepared for Earnhardt.  For his career Earnhardt ran in 676 Cup races winning 76 times; and claimed seven Cup Championships.  He also ran 136 Xfinity series events and won 21 times.  He had 11 IROC series wins, 12 Daytona qualifying wins and three times claimed victory in NASCAR's All Star race.  He won  ten times at Talladega; and twice at Daytona in the July race.  He won the Daytona 500 in 1998; Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis in 1995; World 600 in 1986, 1992, and 1993; and also won the Southern 500 in 1987, 1989, 1990 and 1993.  Some info from WikiPedia

 

DALE EARNHARDT JR - 10/10/1974 - a professional American race car driver and team owner who drives the No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet Monte carlo in the NASCAR Cup Series for Hendrick Motorsports.  In 1996 Earnhardt would make his first start in the NASCAR Xfinity Seres.  He drove the #31 Mom 'n' Pop's Chevy from a seventh place start to a 14th place finish at Myrtle Beach Speedway.  This would be his only start in this year.  1997 would see Dale Jr make just eight starts and would post a best finish of seventh at Michigan in a car owned by Dale Earnhardt Inc (DEI).  In 1998 Dale Jr would run the full Xfinity series schedule and the rookie would post an incredible seven wins and win the Series Championship by a sacant 48 points over Matt Kenseth.  1999 saw Earnhardt again win the Xfinity Series Championship 1999 on the strength of six wins including a stretch of three in a row in the middle of the season.  He wheeled the #3 Ac Delco Chevy to the Championship by a whopping 280 points over runner up Jeff Green.  1999 also saw Earnhardt Jr make his first Cup start in the #8 Budweiser Chevy.  Earnhardt would move up to race the Cup level in 2000 full time.  The rookie would win twice in his DEI Chevy; Earnhardt Jr. competed for the Raybestos NASCAR Rookie of the Year Award in 2000.  His 

primary competitor for the award was Matt Kenseth.  Kenseth ultimately scored a 42-point victory in the rookie race. Earnhardt's #8 rookie car is shown here racing next to his Dad in the #3. Earnhardt Jr. came into the 2001 season hoping to avoid a sophomore slump, but the year proved to be one of the most tumultuous and memorable seasons the young driver would experience.  The major event of the season occurred on February 18, 2001 in the final corner of the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500.  As Earnhardt Jr. finished second, to his teammate Michael Waltrip, his father had crashed in turn four.  Dale Earnhardt Sr. did not survive the wreck.  He was pronounced

dead at 5:15 p.m. that Sunday.  Junior raced at Rockingham the following weekend, but finished in 43rd-place after a wreck that looked eerily similar to his father's wreck just one week earlier.  Dale Jt would return to race at Daytona in July and pull off an emotional win beating his DEI team mate Michael Waltrip to the checkered flag; the first Daytona race since his father's death there.  In 2002 and 2003 Dale Jr would win twice each season.  Like his father before him it seemed Dale Jr had a sense of how to 'sniff' the air and work his car in the draft.  He won four races in a row at Talladega.  2003 would see Earnhardt post his best career finish in the points to that time ending up third.  In 2004 while at the controls of the #8 Budweiser Chevy, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won the Daytona 500, six years to the date after his father won his only title in the "Great American Race".  Teresa Earnhardt had inherited DEI upon

Dale sr's. death; Immediately trouble started brewing as she inherited ownership of DEI.  Problems brewed for several years.  Dale Jr had asked Teresa to release the #8 he had driven all his Cup career so he could take it with him as he left to go drive for Hendrick Motorsports.  Ralph Earnhardt (Dale Jr's grandfather) and also Dale Sr has raced using the #8 in the Cup series and he wanted to keep using the family number.  Teresa even filed laws suits tring to deny Dale Jr the rights to his own name.... She refused and make rediculous request demanding revenue from the licensing and such things.  Teresa wanted complete control over Dale Jr and the team.  Being Dale Sr's son; Dale Jr wanted a majority ownership of DEI; and being a racer himself felt he knew how a race team should be ran.  All Teresa had ever done was be married to a race driver and she knew nothing about the racing business; but she wanted complete control over everything simply because of the mass amount of financial

 

income DEI produced.  People on the inside complained about Teresa's "absentee ownership".  She never attended the races; and would spend weeks four to five weeks at a time on her yacht with no contact.  With help from his fellow drivers and his sister Kelley; Dale Jr was shown that "he" was the face of DEI and that he controlled what DEI was worth.  Several drivers even stepping in to make public comments on behalf of Dale Jr. "He deserves the respect of being a grown man and not being treated like he's 15 and somebody's stepson," said Kevin Harvick, who called Teresa Earnhardt "a deadbeat owner."  So after much speculation, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. announced on May 10, 2007, that he would leave

Dale Earnhardt Inc., the company founded by his father, to drive for another team in 2008.  He went to Rick Hendrick Motorsports.  Earnhardt expressed that his decision was based entirely on his desires to achieve his career goal of a Cup Championship, and his apparent belief that he would not be able to attain that objective while driving for DEI. Earnhardt started the season by winning the 2008 Budweiser Shootout (a non-points paying exhibition race). It was his first race for Hendrick.  He led for a total of 47 of 70 laps, a Budweiser Shootout record.  He followed that up five days later with a win in the Gatorade Duel.  Earnhardt 

finished 9th in the Daytona 500. He later won a points paying race at Michigan. From 2008-2011 was a dry spell for Earnhardt. He didn't post a win, and only posted 19 top 5 finishes. Steve LeTart was made Earnhardt's crew chief at the beginning of 2011, moving LeTart from being Jeff Gordons crew chief in a move to see if his performance and results can be improved. Ten top five finishes was a step in the right direction, and in 2012 the pair broke through again to win at Michigan and snap the four year win streak in the #88 Dark Knigkt ride; 2013 saw another win-less season; but in 2014 the duo went to victory lane four times, and started off the season winning the Daytona 500. The pair won an additional three times in 2015 but LeTart announced he would retire from racing at the end of the 2015; and Greg Ives was brought in to be 

Earnhardt's new crew chief for 2016. Ives had just led Chase Elliott to the Xfinity Championship the season before. After a fairly successful 2015 season, Earnhardt was geared up for a competitive 2016 season; but had a couple early season crashes. He began having headache and dizzy spells and pulled himself out of the car. The doctors diagnosed him with concussion symptoms and advised he not race and put him into a program to rehabilitate himself. After discussion with his doctors, Earnhardt decided to sit out the remainder of the 2016 season and the seat was filled by Alex Bowman and Jeff Gordon. Earnhardt was only able to race in 18 of the races before he sat out the rest of the season. Before moving 

up to full time in the Cup series. Earnhardt Jr did win the Nationwide Series championship in 1998 and 1999. Much like his father before him; Dale Jr has interest in being a NASCAR car owner. He started JR Motorsports in 2005 and the team ran just some events the first several years. In 2008 Earnhardt teamed up with car owner Rick Hendrick and created a two car team. Up-and-comer Brad Keselowski was tabbed to drive one of the cars full time and wound up third in the points that season. Keselowski again drove full time in 2009 and again finished third in points. 2010 and 2011 saw the rides shared among many drivers including Kasey Kahne, Jimmie Johnson, Jamie McMurray Dale Jr, and a young gal 

named Danica Patrick. In 2012 the team expanded to three teams with Patrick racing full time. 2013 saw Jr Motorsports become a force in the Xfinity series. Driver Regan Smith finished third in the points championship while 2014 saw Chase Elliott win the Xfinity Championship and Smith finish second. 2015 Again has Elliott and Smith finish in the top four in points. As 2017 is set to kick off Dale Jr will once again take on the Cup competition with Greg Ives as his crew chief. Chase Elliott will be yet another of the drivers that have graduated from the Xfinity series into the CUP series having driven for JR motorsports (along with Keselowski, Patrick and Aric Almirola). Info from WikiPedia For more information about Dale Earnhatdt Jr as a car owner check in the Car Owner Bios under JR Motorsports.

 

RALPH EARNHARDT - 2/23/1928 - 9/26/1973 - was a NASCAR racing legend.  He was the father of Dale Earnhardt, the grandfather of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Kerry Earnhardt, and great grandfather of Jeffrey Earnhardt.  Earnhardt helped get Bobby Isaac his start in racing.  He spent many years working in a cotton mill in North Carolina.  One of the only ways out of this poor living conditions was racing.  Earnhardt began racing in 1949, and in 1953 it became his full-time occupation.  Ralph started his racing career on dirt tracks where he was famous for keeping his car in top condition throughout each race.  In 1956, he won the NASCAR Sportsman Championship, and was runner-up in 1955 and third in 1957.  In 1967, he was the reigning South Carolina state champion, and track champion at Columbia Speedway and Greenville-Pickens Speedway.  He won the pole 

and finished second in his first NASCAR Cup race in 1956 at Hickory Speedway.  1957 Ralph raced in nine Cup events.  All but one of those races he drove the Petty Enterprises #188 Oldsmobile.  He had three top 10 finishes with a best of seventh at Charlotte and eight of his starts he would finish inside the top 14.  1958 Earnhardt just attempted one Cup start; and it would come at Martinsville VA.  47 cars would start the event and Ralph would just miss making the field.  He skipped racing the Cup series in 1959 and 1960.  He returned to run eight races in 1961 and would run eight events.  He finished second at Charlotte in a World 600 qualifying race and would go on to finish 11th in the 600 itself.  1962 saw Earnhardt run in his most races in one season.  He would start 

17 races and finish third at Concord Speedway in Concord NC.  He also would post six top 10 results.  Earnhardt didn't have a very good season the following year as he only had a best finish of 18th; the only race he actually completed.  He'd run 11 races in 1964 and this would be his final season.  Eleven times he'd take the green flag; and only on four occasions would his car last the entire distance to see the checkered flag fly.  His best finish was at Hillsboro NC where he started 26th and would work his way all the way up to fourth.  His final start would come at Concord NC where he started fifth.  But a blown motor on lap 55 saw his day ended 145 laps short of the finish in 13th place.  Ralph never ran more than a hand full of race each year.  This is why he had his highest points finish by finishing 17th in the Cup point standings.  Even though 

Earnhardt only ran a few races each season he was a fierce competitor.  He only ran 51 races in his 6 year career.  1961 saw Ralph fill in as a relief driver for Cotton Owens in the Daytona 500, running more than 300 miles and finishing 5th.  He is often credited with the first use of tire stagger.  He talked about "bite" in his race cars before anyone knew what it was, and installed crash bars in the driver door for safety, probably saving many lives.  Ralph Earnhardt died at the age of 45 on September 26, 1973 from a heart attack and was found on the kitchen floor by his wife Martha.  It has been a long standing 'urban legend' that he died in his garage and was found by his son Dale.  Info from WikiPedia

 

CARL EDWARDS - 8/15/1979 - a retired American NASCAR Cup Series driver.  He last competed in the NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 19 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing.  Edwards' big break came in 2001, when he competed in seven NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events for Mittler Brothers Motorsports #63.  His best finish in the seven races was 8th at Kansas Speedway.  He also ran one Xfinity Series race for Bost Motorsports, finishing 38th at Gateway International Raceway.  However, it was enough to impress Jack Roush, and Edwards became a full-time Truck Series competitor in 2003 driving the #99 Ford.  He won Rookie-of-the-Year honors in addition, to three race wins, eventually finishing 8th in the points standings at the end of the season.  In August 2004, he made his Cup Series debut, replacing Jeff Burton, who left the team, in the No. 99 Ford Taurus for Roush Racing, at the Michigan International 

Speedway.  He finished 10th.  He drove the #99 Ford for the remainder of the 2004 NASCAR Cup season.  In 2005, Edwards became a full-time driver in both the Cup and Xfinity Series and he made history in the process of winning. On March 19, 2005, Edwards won the Aaron's 312 driving his #60 Charter sponsored Ford, at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia, recording his first Xfinity Series win.  The next day, he beat Jimmie Johnson by 2-hundredths of a second to win the Golden Corral 500 at the same track for his first Cup Series win driving the #99 Scott's sponsored Ford; and he did the trademark back-flip that he had done after ever race he won all his race career. For his entire Cup career with Roush he would drive a #99 car.  Edwards became the first driver in NASCAR history to pick up his first 

career Xfinity and Cup Series wins in the same weekend.  2006 saw Edwards go win-less and finish 12th in the points.  Meanwhile in the Xfinity series he started a string of good season of runs.  He finished second in the points race in 2006; and won the Championship in 2007.  The next three season in the Xfinity series Edwards captured 16 checked flags; and finished second in the points each season.  He captured three wins in 2007 in the Cup series and improved to 9th in the points.  Edwards won nine times in 2008 winning three of the season's last four races and finishing second in points.  Edwards again went win-less in 2009 and fell to 11th in the points standings before 

rebounding to garner two wins and a fourth place points finish in 2010.  2011 saw Edwards only win once, but the end of the season points chase end in a tie with Tony Stewart.  Tony Stewart would win in a tie-breaker.  In 2012 the Roush program began to slip in performance. Edwards didn't post any wins and only three top 5 finishes; slipping to 15th in the points.  While he did win twice in 2013; he couldn't finish any better than 13th in the points that season.  It was much the same in 2014.  In 2015 Edwards left the #99 car of Roush Racing, to go and drive for team owner Joe Gibbs (as Edward's teammate Matt Kenseth had done the previous season).  Edwards posted two wins the first season with Gibbs and made a good run at the 

championship title; being eliminated from the Chase just before the final race.  In 2016 Edwards had a strong season running up front in many races and claiming three wins and advancing to the final race to run for the Chase Championship.  He ran up front early in that race; but had an accident in the event and finished fourth in the points.  As the 2017 season was set to kick off; Edwards was signed to return to Joe Gibbs racing wheeling the #19 Arris Toyota.  But on January 10th just six weeks before the Daytona 500 was set be ran; he announced that he was retiring effective immediately to pursue other interest outside of driving.  At a press conference the following day he started by thanking his owners; Mittler Brothers; Roush; Gibbs; also the other drivers; the fans; the media.  His reason he was retiring he said that he was personally satisfied with his career.  Also racing was an all 

encompassing thing and he needs to take “that” time right now and devote it to people that’s important to him.  And that he said his health and it’s importance to him, and he wants to minimize any possibilities of future injuries.  Carl stated he is a very private person (and as I considered it I realize I know NOTHING about his kids and never see them on TV).  He said he considered 2017 being his final year; but couldn’t come up with a good reason why “NOW” wasn’t a good time.  He stated that no one defining thing that led him to this decision. Timing for this is now.  When he was asked as to “what comes next” he readily admitted “there’s no life raft – I’m not jumping from one place to another and doing something else.  To be honest I don’t have it all 

figured out yet”.  At times it became very personal for Edwards and he almost broke down in tears.  So as it appears at this time edwards final Cup start was at Homestead Miami Speedway.  He started 10th with a chance at winning the Cup Championship once again.  He had issues and got caught up in a multi-car accident on lap 257; but nine laps from the end.  Also caught up in the accident was Joey Logano, Martin Turex, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Newman, and Chase Elliott among others; ending his chances winning the Championship.  For his NASCAR career Edwards ran in 60 Truck series races winning on six occasions; Drove 245 Xfinity races with 38 wins and in the 

Cup series raced 445 races collecting 28 wins; including the 2015 Coke 600 and 2015 Southern 500 and finished second in the points in 2008 and 2011.  He won the NASCAR All Star race in 2011.  He was also the Xfinity Series Champion in 2007 and finished second in 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010.  He was the 2005 XFinity Rookie of the Year; 2007 Xfinity Most Popular Driver, as well as the 2003 NASCAR Truck series Rookie of the Year.  Info from WikiPedia

 

WILLIAM CLYDE "BILL" ELLIOTT - 10/8/1955 - also known as Awesome Bill from Dawsonville or Million Dollar Bill, is a former champion of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.  Elliott's father George Elliott owned a Ford Dealership outside Dahlonega, GA. so the team naturally always raced Fords.  Most NASCAR Cup teams were located in the Charlotte, NC area, but the Elliott's kept their race team in the North Georgia Mountains.  In years to come this would prove to be a benefit as they were away from all the other race shops, without all the other teams looking over their shoulder.  Elliott made his first NASCAR Cup Series start at Rockingham in 1976, qualifying 34th in a field of 36 cars.  Elliott only lasted 32 laps that day before the oil pump failed in his #9 Ford Torino, earning him $640.  He ran in eight Cup races in 1976 with a 

best finish of 19th in the Fire Crackers 400 at Daytona.  Elliott toiled for five years in the Winston Cup Series without corporate sponsorship, and along the way showed flashes that he could compete with the established veterans of the sport.  Elliott bought a Mercury Montego to replace the inferior Torino, and the move paid off.  He would pick up his first top 10 finish at Darlington in 1977's Southern 500.  1979 saw more improvement as he would get his first top 5 finish (again at Darlington) almost pulling off the upset win finishing second to race winner David Pearson.  He would post five top 10 finishes in 13 starts.  In the fall of 1980, Elliott gained his first major sponsor in the 

form of $500 from Harry Melling of Melling Racing in the 1980 National 500 at Charlotte.  Melling would extend his contract and gave the team enough sponsorship to run a 12 race schedule in 1981.  After a 1981 season Melling bought the team from Elliott's father George on December 1, 1981.  1982 saw more improvement as Elliott was able to post eight top 5 finishes; including three second place results.  They 

would come at Charlotte in the World 600; Daytona in the Fire Cracker 400 and Charlotte in the National 500.  Twice just getting edged out of the win by a couple car lengths.  In 1983 Elliott earned his first Cup win in the Winston Western 500 at Riverside in the final race of the 1983 season.  He would start tenth; have a competitive car and keep it up inside the top five all day long.  Elliott would take the lead late in the race and be in the right place at the right time as rain began to fall.  He would lead the final five laps to take his first

win; after finishing second eight times.  He gained full sponsorship from Coors in 1984 to the tune of $400,000 and won three races.  In 1985, Elliott earned 11 wins and 11 poles out of 28 races.  The season dawned bright and Elliott had one of the best Fords on the NASCAR circuit.  Having stayed to themselves in the mountains of north Georgia the team had learned how to squeeze ever ounce of power out of their motors; and the new sleek Thunder-bird bodies showcased that.  Elliott won the pole for the Daytona 500 at then record 

speed.  He would dominate the race leading 136 of the 200 laps and edge Lake speed for his first win in "the Great American Race".  This also was one leg of their efforts to win "The Winston Million".  This was a new program offered by RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company that if any drivers could win three of four selected races they would get a One Million Dollar bonus.  Elliott would

post wins at Atlanta and Darlington before coming to Talladega to race in the Winston 500.  Talladega was the second leg of the Winston Million.  It looked like RJ Reynolds million dollars would stay safely tucked away in their checking account when on lap 36 while leading the race; Elliott's car erupted in smoke.  He coasted to the pits; appearently done for the day.  A quick look under the hood showed that a power steering line had blown off and the motor was fine.  The crew quickly clamped off the line and Elliott roared back onto the track.  No yellow had flown and as he pulled onto the track the leaders were just coming up to put him two laps down.  Elliott stayed out front and as the 

race went on Elliott and his stout T-Bird started pulling away from the pack.  Unbelieveable; a single car out running the whole drafting pack.  The race was clean and fast.  Pit stops were made over and over still without a yellow flag flying.  The lead swapped hands over and again.  There would be 25 lead changes in the first 135 laps and no yellow flags.  All the while Elliott would get as much draft as he could off of each car he caught up with.  It took about 50 laps; but Elliott was able to run a full lap faster than the entire field and get back onto the lead lap.  Still no yellow flew and on lap 145 Elliott motored by leader Cale Yarborough to Retake the lead.  Amazingly he had caught up five miles all under green.  It wasn't until lap 160 the first yellow of the day would fly.  Whole sale pit stops ensued and Yarborough beat Elliott out of the pits.  Yarborugh led for nine laps; but with 20 laps to go Elliott would move his car to the point and lead until the checkered flag flew; beating Kyle Petty by almost two seconds.  Elliott won the following week at Dover and rolled into Charlotte the following week on an impressive streak.  This race, The Worlds 600 was the third leg of the Winston Million and Elliott certainly had a great shot at wrapping up the million dollar bonus without even having to go to the final leg at Darlington.  Elliott won the pole and looked like the man to beat.  He led 81 of the first 155 laps; but he would have mechanical problems forcing him to have to go to the garage for repairs.  He finished 18th.  Over the next eight race Elliott would post a worst finish of sixth; and claim four more wins.  They headed into Darling determined to make sure they won that Million Dollar Bonus offered by Winston.  The crew secluded themselves as much as possible; including having some security officers provided to avoid any distractions.  Once again he would win the pole.  Dale Earnhardt dominated with Elliott close behind; but Earnhardt spun out on lap 318 and slid across the nose of Bill's car; Elliott just missed being collected.  Elliott's competition still proved stout as Cale Yarborough was as fast as Elliott.  At one point on the race Yarborough's car puked out a huge plume of smoke and Elliott was right in his tire tracks.  Elliott was just barely able to get by Yarborough as he strggled to keep it pointed in the right direction.  Turns out Yarborough had suffered the same misfortune as Elliott had at Talladega; and had blow off a power steering line.  Elliott would

 
 

lead all but one lap from 319 until the checkers flew on lap 367.  The crowd was wildly rooting for the most popular driver on the NASCAR circuit; as their cheers drowned out the roar of the motors.  He had won the first Winston Million in the Southern 500 at Darlington.  This earned him the nickname "Million Dollar Bill", and "Awesome Bill From Dawsonville."  After Darlington the team had a let-down and had finishes of 12th, 20th, 17th and 30th over the next four races and saw his poinst lead plumit to where he now trailed Darrell Waltrip by 30 points.  Elliott would rebound 

and finish second; fourth and first the next three races; but still trail Waltrip by 20 points.  The show down would come at the final race at Riverside; the place Elliott had collected his very first race win two years before.  Elliott qualified fifth for the race while Waltrip would start fourth.  With 40 laps to go Elliott broke a two dollar part in his transmission and would be relegated to a 31st place finish.  This handed Waltrip his third and final Cup Championship and the last one for owner Junior Johnson.  In 1986, Elliott won both Michigan races, four poles and finished fourth in the championship standings.  He also won The Winston II (All Star Race), held at Atlanta, the only year the race was 

run somewhere other than Charlotte.  He won six races in 1987, including his second Daytona 500.  Elliott's most lasting accomplishment that year was setting two NASCAR qualifying records, which stand to this day.  At Daytona, he set the NASCAR speed record with an average speed of 210.364 miles per hour.  after a lot of whining from General Motors teams; NASCAR made rules changes to try and slow down Elliott's Ford.  But the changes were to no avail as Elliott break his own record at Talladega with an average speed of 212.809 miles per hour.  In 1988 Elliott won another six races, including the Southern 500 and the Pepsi Firecracker 400, six poles, and his only NASCAR Cup 

Championship.  Rusty Wallace would finish second; 24 points behind.  Dale Earnhardt Sr. was a distance 232 points back.  In the 1990 race at Atlanta, Elliott's rear tire changer Mike Rich was killed when Ricky Rudd lost control of his car, spun, and slammed the crew member between his car and Elliott's.  This resulted in NASCAR restricting the speed of cars on pit road.  Elliott left Melling to join Junior Johnson and Associates in 1992.  With the move Elliott went from racing for one beer sponsored car to another, as Johnson's team at the time was sponsored by Coors rival Budweiser.  He did win the season finale at his home track in Atlanta, but lost the championship by 10 points to Alan Kulwicki.  The difference was that Kulwicki gained the 5 bonus points for leading the most laps in the race.  Kulwicki led one more lap (103 vs 102) than Elliott.  The 10 point difference was the closest point differential until NASCAR changed to the Chase for the Cup points format 12 years later.  1995 saw Elliott leave Junior Johnson Racing to form his own team.  Elliott has very little success as an owner / driver.  He went win-less all six years; posting only one second place finish (Michigan) and only managed 13 top 5 finishes in that period.  In 2001, Elliott started driving for Ray Evernham and began driving the #9 Dodge.  He would wheel the Dodge to his first win since 1994 in a race at Homestead; breaking a 226 race win-less streak.  2002 would see Elliott and Evernham pair up to win twice.  It 

would come on bac-to-back weekends at Pocono and Indianapolis.  He would also post nine top 5 finishes.  2003 would see Elliott claim his final career win.  The event was held at Rockingham NC.  Elliott would start fifth and lead 140 laps in route to a hard fought victory over Jimmie Johnson.  The next week was the season finale' held at Homestead.  Elliott had a stout car and in the race he looked like the Bill Elliott of old.  He qualified poorly starting 20th; but it didn't take him but 47 laps to get to the point.  He would lead 189 of the final 220 laps and have a comporatable lead as he took the white flag.  Half way down the back straight he ran over a piece of debris schredding his left rear tire.  Before he could limp back 

around to the checkered flag Bobby Labonte would bypass Elliott to grab the win and Elliott would finish eighth.  Elliott would finish the season ninth in points this season.  He raced part time In 2012 he made his final Cup start at Daytona in the Coke Zero 400.  He would sign up to drive a single event for owner Steve Turner driving the #50 Wal-Mart sponsored Chevy.  The number 50 was significant because it was Wal-Mart's 50th anniversary and they requested a high profile talented driver to wheel their car.  So Bill was tabbed as the guy.  The next several years Elliott took time away from full time NASCAR driving to help his son Chase with his racing career.  In 2011 Chase signed a development contract with Rick Hendrick Motorsports, driving the #9 his father made famous.  Bill Elliott was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America on August 15, 2007, and was voted as one of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers.  He had 44 career wins, winning on all types of tracks.  He won his first race on a road course; and won at Bristol in his Championship season.  His major wins included the Daytona 500 (1985 & 1987), Southern 500 (1985, 1988 & 1994), Brickyard 400 (2002), The Winston (1986).  Bill Elliott won the "Most Popular Driver" award a record 16 times, and the Award will be renamed for Elliott when he officially retires from the sport.  He was leading in the Most Popular Driver balloting by a large margin in 2001 when he had his name removed from the ballot so that Dale Earnhardt Sr would win the award that season (the year of his death at Daytona).  Bill was elected into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Jan. 30th, 2015; just as his son Chase Elliott is making in-roads into the Cup series - Chase started driving full time in the Cup series for Hendrick Motorsports in 2016.

 
 
 

 

WILLIAM CLYDE "CHASE" ELLIOTT II - 11/28/1995 - an American professional stock car racing driver, and is the son of 1988 Winston Cup Series champion Bill Elliott.  Elliott raced in 40 races in various series in 2010, winning twelve events over the course of the year and finishing in the top ten 38 times.  It was the third season of his racing career, and he won the Blizzard Series, Miller Lite and Gulf Coast championship en route to being named the Georgia Asphalt Pro Late Model Series Rookie of the Year.  He ended the season by winning the Winchester 400.  Sports Illustrated named Elliott as the high school player of the week in April 2011.  Later that year, just after his sixteenth birthday, he won the Snowball Derby and became the race's youngest winner.  Father Bill was his son's spotter and is shown here in victory lane with him.  In 2012, he won the Alan Turner Snowflake 100, prelude to the Snowball Derby, for the second time in three years.  In November 2013, Elliott won the All American 400, becoming the first driver to win all four of the country's largest short-track races: the All American 400, the Snowball Derby, the World Crown 300 and the Winchester 400.  Elliott again won the Snowball Derby in 2015 after initial winner Christopher Bell was disqualified.  In January 2013, it was announced that Elliott would compete in nine NASCAR Truck Series events for Hendrick Motorsports during the 2013 racing season, using trucks prepared by Turner Scott Motorsports.  In qualifying for the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway, Elliott won his first career NASCAR pole 

position with a lap speed of 125.183 miles per hour, and became the youngest pole-sitter in Truck Series history.  Elliott would win his first race in the Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, in the first road course truck race outside the US; he was at the time the youngest winner in Truck Series history, at the age of 17 years, 9 months, and 4 days.  The win was however controversial as Elliott made contact with leader Ty Dillon in the last corner.  Dillon hit the tire barrier while Elliott went into the grass though recovered enough to be able to coast to the finish line ahead of Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Chad Hackenbracht.  In January 2014, it was announced that Elliott would be competing full-time in the Xfinity Series in 2014, driving the No. 9 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports, with sponsorship from NAPA Auto Parts.  On April 4, 2014, Elliott won the 

O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, holding Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch off after taking the lead with 16 laps to go.  On April 11, 2014, Elliott won the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway by passing Elliott Sadler on the last lap after restarting sixth with two laps to go.  Elliott won the EnjoyIllinois.com 300 at Chicagoland Speedway after holding off Trevor Bayne.  At Phoenix, Elliott clinched the Xfinity Series championship with a 53-point lead over teammate Regan Smith, becoming the first rookie and youngest driver to win a NASCAR national series title.  Later in the year, he was named the Xfinity Series' Most Popular Driver.  In 2015, Elliott received his first DNF in

his career after being involved in the second big one at Daytona, finishing 28th. On September 11, Elliott won his first race of the season at Richmond, snapping his 36-race win-less streak.  He battled with Chris Buescher for the championship, but was unable to catch up and finished 2nd in points.  On January 29, 2015, Hendrick Motorsports announced Elliott would make his NASCAR Cup Series debut in 2015, driving the No. 25 with Kenny Francis as crew chief.  He was scheduled to race in five races at Martinsville, Richmond, Charlotte, Indianapolis, and Darlington.  The team also announced that he will take over Jeff Gordon's No. 24 starting in 2016 as Gordon enters retirement.  Elliott's Cup debut in the STP 500 was threatened by potential rain; due to a lack of owner's points and race attempts, had qualifying been rained out, he would have failed to qualify.  Elliott eventually recorded a lap speed of 96.919 mph, 

qualifying 27th.  During the race, contact with Brett Moffitt on lap 75 forced his car to drop debris onto the track and damage to hang from its rear, while his power steering was damaged.  Elliott would ultimately finish 38th, 73 laps down.  On November 23, 2015, Elliott was named the 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series Most Popular Driver for the second year in a row.  Elliott joined the Cup Series full-time in 2016, driving the No. 24 with Alan Gustafson as crew chief.  Elliott carried primary sponsorship from NAPA (twenty-four 

races), 3M (five races), SunEnergy1 (four races), Kelley Blue Book (two races), and Mountain Dew (two races).  He won the 2016 Rookie of the Year over Ryan Blaney, Chris Buescher, Jeffrey Earnhardt, and Brian Scott.  In his Daytona 500 debut, Elliott won the pole with a speed of 196.314 miles per hour.  At the age of 20, he became the youngest pole-sitter in 500 history.  Elliott led three laps in the race, but on lap 18, spun exiting turn four and slid into the grass, damaging the front of the car.  Elliott returned to the race on lap 59, 40 laps down, and finished 37th.  The next week he finished 8th at Atlanta for his first Sprint Cup top ten finish.  The following week, at Las Vegas, Elliott showed a strong car all day 

and even had his car inside the top 5 with 40 laps to go, but crashed and finished 38th.  Elliott picked up more top tens during the spring, finishing 5th at Texas for his first career Top-5, 4th at Bristol, 5th at Talladega, 9th at Kansas, 3rd at Dover, 8th in the Coca-Cola 600, and a career best second at Michigan.  At Pocono for the running of the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400, Elliott would have his breakout race of his Sprint Cup career, Elliott would start 13th and later get the lead in the race and he would lead a race high of 51 laps, leading the most laps in a Cup race for the first time in his career.  On a restart Elliott would lose the lead and then race came down close to fuel but the fuel would hold and he would finish 4th.  At Michigan in June, Elliott finished second after he missed a shift in the lead.  He won the fan vote to advance into the All-Star Race along with Danica Patrick where he finished a respectable 7th after nearly winning the final segment of the Sprint 

Showdown, losing to Kyle Larson in a photo finish.  Fifteen races into his rookie season he sat 6th in the standings, the highest without a victory, with two poles for the Daytona 500 and at Talladega, six Top-5's and eleven Top-10's.  Two weeks later at Sonoma, Elliott started 16th, but would ultimately finish 21st.  He was one of the first rookies to qualify for the Chase along with Chris Buescher since Denny Hamlin in 2006.  On September 18 at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400, he had a chance at his first win but a late caution wiped out his 3 second lead over Martin Truex Jr. who would go on to win the race while Elliott would finish in 3rd.  For the year Elliott posted ten top five finishes with best of second at Michigan (twice).  He posted 17 top ten finishes and finished tenth in the championship points standings.  As 2017 approaches Elliott is scheduled to return to Rick Hendrick Motorsports in the #24 with Gustafson as crew chief.  Elliott's contract with HMS runs through 2018.

 

TOMMY ELLIS - 8/8/1947 - was a NASCAR short track ace of the 1970s and 1980s.  Often referred to as "Terrible" Tommy Ellis for his rough tactics.  His first start in NASCAR came in the Cup series in 1976.  It would come at Dover DE as he would drive the Sunny Kind Ford owned by Bill Champion.  He would start 31st and at the checkers he had a 21st place finish.  His next Cup start wouldn't come until 1981 when he would make four starts.  All would come in car #55 in a self owned car with sponsorship from Industrial Boiler.  He would make an impressive run at Charlotte and after starting 22nd would finish in fourth spot.  This would be Ellis' only career top 5 Cup finish.  He won the National Late Model Sportsman championship in 1981 and was one of six drivers enrolled in the Winner's Circle plan at the formation of the Xfinity Series in 1982.  He posted a win that season in the Xfinity Series; as he would start on the pole and cross the finish line first at Langley Speedway in Hampton VA. He ran two Cup races in 1982 and finish 11th in both events.  Both starts would come at Richmond VA.  He only made one start in the Cup series in 1983; but it was a nice consistent run and he brought home his car in 15th position.  In the Xfinity Series he had a great season.  He won seven times running all 35 starts in the series; and 

posted 16 top 5 finishes.  However impressive these results were; he only finished fourth in the points as Sam Ard would win 10 times and post 23 top 5 finishes.  1984 saw Ellis run 20 of the 30 events in the Cup series.  He would drive the #4 Morgan-McClure Chevy and post a best finish of 9th at Talladega.  Running so many Cup events cut into his Xfinity race schedule as he only ran 14 of 29 races.  He did claim one win at Richmond; starting on the pole; leading all 150 laps and just edged out Geoff Bodine by a couple car lengths.  Once 

again 1985 Elliss would run about half of the Cup Series races.  His best finish would be a 10th place finish at Richmond driving the #18 Freedlander Chevy.  Ellis also ran about half of the Xfinity races.  He posted five wins in just 15 starts; but since he ran such a limited schedule he was only able to finish 16th in the points.  Ellis ran most of the Cup series the following year starting 24 of 29 Cup events.  He piloted his #18 Freedlander Chevy to a season's best eighth place finish at Dover in Spetember.  From this points on Ellis would make no more than four Cup starts in any sason the rest of his career,  He went to concentrating on his Xfinity Series career.  1987 he ran just 15 of 27 Xfinity series events and get one win.  From 

1988-1990 Ellis ran every race in the Xfinity Series chasing the Championship.  He was successful in 1988 claiming three wins and 12 top five finishes.  When the season closed; he had beaten Rob Moroso by 295 points to claim his first Championship.  1989 saw car owner John Jackson get GooGoo Clusters as a sponsor for his #99 Buick; and Ellis would once again claim three wins.  This season Moroso would come out on top in the points with Ellis third.  1990 would be Ellis' final full season of competition.  He would claim a win at Loudon NH; but Chuck Bown would have a phenominal season claiming six wins and beat Jimmy Hensley by 200 points to claim the title.  Ellis would finish sixth in the points.  This season would be the last 

one that Ellis was able to visit victory lane.  For the rest of his career (1991-1995) Ellis would only run 35 total races and post two top 5 finishes.  His final race came at Michigan when he would start 40th and finish 34th.  He was also considered an ace sub-driver in Cup, filling in for Neil Bonnett in 1989 and replacing a suspended Geoff Bodine at Junior Johnson Motorsports two years later.  His Xfinity Series career totals are 28 poles and 22 wins.  In 2010 pleaded guilty to a tax-evasion charge in a Richmond, Va., federal court.  His wife, Brenda Ellis, also pled guilty to a tax-evasion charge in a Richmond, Va., federal court.  Reports say the Ellis' maintained two sets of books for their automated car-wash business, according to court documents, and paid taxes on only part of their income.  The discrepancy was discovered, documents said, when the couple put the business up for sale in 2008 and -- to justify the asking price -- showed the second set of books to an undercover Internal Revenue Service agent posing as a potential buyer.  The government charged the Ellises with understating their income by $386,397 between 2003 and 2007, and underpaying their taxes by $133,163.  Tommy was sentenced on 7/31/2010 to 18 months in prison for tax evasion and money laundering.  The 63-year-old Richmond, Va., native pleaded guilty in May and was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson of Richmond.  The judge also sentenced Ellis’s wife, Brenda, to 12 months for her role. Info from WikiPedia

 

 

JOE EUBANKS - 8/9/1925 - 6/21/1971 - was a NASCAR Cup Series driver from Spartanburg, S.C.  Eubanks made his first Cup start in the 1950 Southern 500 at Darlington, SC.  He would start 21st in his 1950 Mercury and finish 19th; 41 laps off the lead.  From 1951-1956 he did the majority of his racing.  He ran about half of the Cup series events each of these seasons.  1951 saw him start 12 races; but he would post three top 5 finishes with a best finish of second at Michigan state Fairgrounds in Detroit.  He started 13th but Tommy Thompson would out distance Eubanks by about 1/2 lap to claim the win.  Already in these times it would seem that Detroit would understand the importance of having their cars compete as there were 15 different makes of cars in the race. Including: Chrysler, Oldsmobile, Nash, Ford, Plymouth, Chevy, Mercury, Hudson, Lincoln, Studebaker, Packard, Henry J, Cadillac and Buick.  In 1952 Eubanks would start in 19 of the 34 races and post four top 5 finsihes and finish seventh in points.  The following season he would end up eighth in points and have seven top 5 finishes; including driving his Oates Motor Company #82 to a second place finish at Hickory NC.  1954 was the year he ran 34 of the 37 races and he would have his best points season; finishing fifth in the Cup points. He would claim 11 top 5 finishes and 24 top 10's with a second place finish at the road course on from the airport converted into a road course at Linden Airport 

in Linden NJ.  This race is famous for being the first time a foreign make car ever won a NASCAR race as Al Keller drove his Jaguar to the win.  The following two season Eubanks only ran a portion of the Cup events; and he added a couple NASCAR Convertible Series starts to the mix also.  He didn't post any top 5 finishes in 1955; but was able to claim seven top 5 results in 1956.  His best finish would be a third on three occasions and his lone start in the Convertible Series he would also finish third.  Eubanks would only sit behind the wheel twice in a NASCAR race.  Once in the Cup series (Concord) and once in the 

Convertible series (Jacksonville).  In both races he placed ninth.  He started only seven races in 1958; but this season would be the highlight of Eubanks career as he would get his lone win at Hillsboro NC.  He would start seventh and would be running second behind Junior Johnson when he crashed out with just 12 laps to go.  Eubacks would lead the final laps in his #6 Pontiac to grab the win.  His final seasons were 1959-1961 and he would only start a total of 22 Cup events and 11 Convertible races.  He would have only three more top 5 finishes over this span; and have a second at Piedmont Interstate Fairgrounds in Spartanburg SC.  His final start would come in 1961 in the World 600.  He would pull off the starting grid in 33rd; and run a great final race finishing in 13th.  This would be the first win for David Pearson.  For his career he would run in 159 Cup events and 14 Convertible races.  He would claim the lone win and have 38 total top 5 finishes.

 

RICHIE EVANS - 7/23/1941 - 10/24/1985 - Evans left his family's farm in Westernville, New York at age 16 to work at a local garage in Rome, New York.  After he found early success in street racing, then became a winner in drag racing, an associate suggested he try building a car to race at the nearby Utica-Rome Speedway.  He ran his first oval-track car, a 1954 Ford Hobby Stock numbered PT-109 (after John F. Kennedy's torpedo boat in World War II), in 1962.  He advanced to the Modifieds, the premier division, in 1965, winning his first feature in the season's final night.  In 1973, Evans became the NASCAR National Modified Champion.  In 1978, the "Rapid 

Roman" won a second title and did not relinquish his crown during the next seven years.  Evans took over four hundred feature race wins at racetracks from Quebec to Florida. He won nine NASCAR National Modified Championships, including eight in a row from 1978 to 1985.  The International Motorsports Hall of Fame lists this achievement as "one of the supreme accomplishments in motorsports".  Evans won virtually every major race for asphalt modifieds, most of them more than once, including winning the Race of Champions three times.  On October 24,1985, Evans, who had clinched the 1985 National Modified title the week before at Thompson, was practicing for the Dogwood 500 event at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia,when he crashed heavily in turn 3.  The 

 

44-year-old perished in the accident.  The racing world was devastated by the loss of Richie, but his devoted fans have done much to keep his memory alive.  Years later other deaths came in the Whelen Modifieds including Charlie Jarzombek at Martinsville in 1987, Corky Cookman at Thompson in 1987, Don Pratt at the Pocono R.o.C. in 1989, Tony Jankowiak at Stafford in 1990, Tom Baldwin, Sr. at Thompson in 2004, and John Blewett III at Thompson in 2007.  As a result, officials made more safety features.  Evans' crash, along with other fatal crashes in the late 1980s, led to questions about excessive frame rigidity of the Tour Modifieds, and safety changes resulted.  In particular, straight frame rails were phased out, with new chassis required to have a step-up which could bend in hard impacts rather than transmitting all its impact force to the driver.  Though not recognized at the time, many racing safety experts have concluded that Evans' death resulted from the same type of "head-whip" injury and resultant Basilar skull fracture, which also claimed the life of Dale Earnhardt in 2001.  On June 14, 2011, Evans was elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.  He is the first driver who competed primarily in Modified-type cars to be elected to the Hall Of Fame.

 

RED FARMER10/15/1932 ?? - His first race was at Opa-locka Speedway near Miami, Florida in a 1934 Ford in 1948.  Bobby and Donnie Allison also lived in the south Florida area and in 1959 Bobby went looking to run races that had a higher paying purse.  He found them in Alabama; and Bobby convinced his brother Donnie and their buddy Red to move to Alabama and thus was formed "the Alabama Gang".  From that point on Farmer considered his hometown to be Hueytown, Alabama.  Estimates of Farmer's career victories range from 700 to 900 victories, most occurring in the late 1950s and early 60's.  He raced 36 NASCAR races from 1953 to 1975.  He won numerous championships at local tracks.  He was the NASCAR National Late Model Sportsman champion (now Xfinity Series) for three consecutive years from 1969 to 1971.  His first NASCAR start came in the Cup Series in 1953 just a few years after the formation of NASCAR.  He only made one start that year and it would be at Daytona on the Beach and Road course.  Farmer would start 41st; and would fall out after only 12 laps with over heating issues finishing 45th.  His next start would not come until 1956 when he ran three events.  Farmer only ran 36 Cup events in his 

career; with the most Cup races he ran in one season being seven.  In 1960 he only raced at Daytona Speedway.  He ran the first 100 mile qualifier where his #88 Ford would finish 20th; advancing him into the Daytona 500.  In the 500 itself, Farmer started 39th in the 68 car field.  He would only complete 65 laps and finish 56th.  He did not race in Cup in 1961, and 1962 would be a repeat of 1960 where he only made two starts, both at Daytona.  He finished 11th in the 100 mile qualifier; but would break a spindle in the 500 and finish 40th.  Farmer did not compete again in NASCAR until 1965 when he run one event and again it was the Daytona 500.  Farmer started 36th and would be out after only three laps.  1967 and 1968 saw the same thing at Daytona for Farmer; poor finishes of 40th or worse.  1968 did see Farmer run the most starts in 

one Cup season.  He started seven races and finished fourth at Macon GA.  This was the only race he finished the whole season.  1972 saw Red tie his career best finish in a Cup race at Talladega.  He would start 27th in the Talladega 500; and finish fourth driving his #97 Long Lewis Ford.  His final Cup start came in the 1975 Talladega 500.  He qualified in 26th; but after only six laps his motor would expire and leave him with a 44th place finish.  He had so few Cup races because he was content to run races primarily in the Late Model Sportsman and ARCA Series.  He was named NASCAR's most popular driver 4 times.  He also served as Davey Allison's crew chief in the Xfinity Series.  His accolades are numerous.  He's a member of 

5 halls of fame.  Red was named one of the 50 Greatest Drivers in NASCAR history in 1998.  He was a member of the first Class of Inductees into the Talladega-Texaco Walk Of Fame.  When the International Motorsports Hall of Fame inducted Red, they had to waive their rule of 5 years of retirement - they figured that he never would retire.  On July 12, 1993 Farmer was a passenger in the helicopter crash at Talladega Superspeedway that took the life of Davey Allison, when the two were arriving at the track to assist young driver David Bonnett (Neil Bonnett's son) around the track.  He escaped with only broken bones.  Red has retained his skills as a driver in spite of his age.  On June 2005, Farmer, at that time over 70 years old, turned heads in winning a heat over current NASCAR Sprint Cup stars, and finished 8th in the feature during the Sprint Prelude to the Dream at Eldora Speedway, owned by Tony Stewart.  The International Motorsports Hall of Fame lists his birthyear as 1928, but other sources list his birthdate as October 15, 1932.  He was asked by stockcarracing.com: "You've been coy about your age over the years.  I've read that you were born in 1928, 1929, or maybe even 1930 or 1931.  What year was it?"  Farmer replied: "Hey, I ain't sure.  When I was born I was too young to read the birth certificate."  The interviewer followed up with "We'll just go with 1928, how's that?" Farmer replied: "There is so many that I can't even figure it out.  I ain't even sure myself anymore."  As of 2016, at 84(??) years of age, Farmer is still a regular at Talladega Short Track, an oval-shaped dirt track in Alabama, only a short distance from Talladega Superspeedway.  He finished third in points his division in 2016.

 

 

LOU FIGARO10/12/1920 – 10/25/1954 - During the early years of late model stock car racing on the west coast, no name was more well known than that of the South Gate, California driver Lou Figaro.  Figaro started his racing career in the early 1930’s and drove everything he could get his hands on. He liked stock cars, and by the end of WWII had decided to direct most of his energy to that type of racing.  He was always a Hudson man and when the Hudson Hornet came out in 1951, was there driving one of Jimmy Dane’s cars.

He was especially fast on the high bands of Oakland, and the ½ mile dirt at Carrell Speedway.  He competed in 17 NASCAR Grand National (now Monster Cup Series) races in 1951 and 1954.  His first Cup start would come at Phoenix AZ State Fairgrounds.  He would drive a 1951 Hudson to a 21st place finish. His first career win would come in his eighth start at Carrell Speedway in Gardena CA.  He would win the pole and lead all 200 laps just edging out Chuck Meekins by 1/4 of a lap.  He ran a total of 14 races in 1951 posting three top 5 finishes.  Along with his win he also finished fourth at Toldeo  OH and also in a second race in Gardenia. After being

 

out of racing for three years, Figaro came back to run the last three races of the 1954 season. He was killed in an accident during the 1954 Wilkes 160 at North Wilkesboro Speedway on October 24, 1954, when his vehicle smashed through the guardrail and overturned with three laps left crushing in the roof. The race was called due to the accident, just three laps from the end. He died in the hospital the following day from a skull fracture.

 

BOB FLOCK4/16/1918 – 5/16/1964 - was an early NASCAR Cup driver. He qualified on the pole position for NASCAR's first ever Strictly Stock (now Monster Cup Series) race.  He was the brother of NASCAR pioneers Tim Flock and Fonty Flock, and the second female NASCAR driver Ethel (Flock) Mobley. The siblings were known as "The Flying Flocks".  The four raced at the July 10, 1949 race at the Daytona Beach Road Course, which was the first event to feature a brother and a sister, and the only NASCAR event to feature four siblings.  Ethel beat Fonty and Bob by finishing in eleventh.  He was a well established driver before NASCAR was formed.  He took over NASCAR founder Bill France's ride in 1946 and he won both events at the Daytona Beach Road Course in 1947.  Bob's first Cup start came on 6/19/1949; as would every driver who started this event since it was the first ever Cup Series race.  Bob would start on the pole, but had motor issues and finished 32nd.  Bob's first Cup win would come in the third race of the year.  He started on the pole again; and this time would lead all 200 laps in his #7 Bob Flock's Garage sponsored 1948 Oldsmobile.  Sara Christian took a wild ride on lap 38 as she looped he car after losing a right front tire.  As she 

tried to make it to the pits she was hit by Felix Wilkes.  Christian had to be cut out of the car with an acetylene torch and received surgery putting four pins in her knee and 50 stitches.  Flock would win a second race in 1949 and it would come at North Wilkesboro.  Bill BLair led the first 180 laps; but blew his motor and Flock was waiting in the wings to assume the lead.  He led the final 20 laps to get the win.  Even with two wins; Flock would finish third in the points while Red Byron took the first ever Cup Championship.  Bob Flock only ran four events in 1950 and almost won on one occasion; finishing second to his brother Tim Flock.  In 1951 Bob raced in 17 of the 41 Cup races that year.  He would claim his third career Cup win at Greenville SC at Air Base Speedway driving his #7; 1951 Oldsmobile "Gray Ghost".  Brothers Tim and Flonty would start on the front row while Bob stated seventh.  Bob would go 

 

on to claim the win, while Tim would finish second and Fonty fourth.  Bob's final win came in 1952 at Asheville-Weaverville Speedway in Weaverville NC.  He would again beat out brother Tim for the win, out distancing him by two laps.  Bob Flock's final Cup start would come in 1956 at Memphis-Arkansas Speedway in Lehi AR.  He would start 15th; but a failed fuel pump would put him out of the race on lap 154 relegating him to a 11th place finish.  Bob ran one career Convertible Series race.  It would be at Montgomery AL. He won the pole; but after only 54 laps his motor gave up and he ended up in 20th position.  He won four Cup races in his career in only 36 starts.  Bob Flock retired from driving when he broke his back in an on track accident.  Flock then became a track promoter in Atlanta.  He hired three women (Sara Christian, and Mildred Williams, and his sister Ethel Mobley) to race at his new track.  He was inducted in the Georgia Automobile Racing Hall of Fame in 2003.

 

ETHEL FLOCK-MOBLEY - 3/8/1914 – 6/26/1984 - was tied for the 'second' ever female to drive in NASCAR history. Her brother Tim Flock said she was named after the gasoline her father used in his car.  Part of the racing Flock family, three of her brothers are considered to be NASCAR pioneers: Tim Flock, Fonty Flock and Bob Flock.  She was married to Charlie Mobley, who fielded Tim's car in NASCAR's modified series.  She raced in over 100 NASCAR Modified events in her career.  She had two Strictly Stock (now Monster Cup) starts. She raced against her brothers at NASCAR's second event ever on July 10, 1949 at the Daytona Beach Road Course. The event was the first to feature a brother and a sister, and the only NASCAR event to feature four siblings. Ethel beat Fonty and Bob by finishing eleventh (her career high), and Tim finished second.  She made her only other career Cup start at Langley Speedway and finished 44th.  Both events featured three female drivers (Sara Christian and Louise Smith).  In June, 1949, she entered a racing competition in Florida, competing against 57 men drivers.  She finished in 8th place.  On August 7, 1949, Ethel Mobley became the first female race car driver to compete against men in the state of Georgia when she entered a race at Central City Park Speedway in Macon, Georgia.  She was rated as the top woman driver in the southeastern United States, having won many competitions in all-women races.

 

TRUMAN FONTELLO "FONTY" FLOCK3/31/1920 – 7/5/1972 - He was the brother of NASCAR pioneers Tim Flock and Bob Flock, and of the second female NASCAR driver Ethel (Flock) Mobley.  Like many early NASCAR drivers, (and his brother Bob) Fonty's career began by delivering illegal moonshine.  He started delivering on his bicycle as a teenager.  He used his car to deliver moonshine as he got older. "I used to deliberately seek out the sheriff and get him to chase me," he later recalled.  "It was fun, and besides we could send to California to get special parts to modify our cars, and the sheriff couldn't afford to do that.  He won a 100 mile race Lakewood Speedway Park in Atlanta, Georgia in 1940, as he raced on dirt tracks in Georgia.  He qualified in the pole position for the July 27, 1941 race at the Daytona Beach Road Course beside Roy Hall.  Flock took the early lead, before Flock and Hall got together in the south turn.  Flock rolled and landed upside down in bushes. The seat belt broke during the rolling, and Flock was tossed around.  He was rushed by ambulance to the hospital. Fonty suffered a crushed chest, broken pelvis, head and back injuries, and severe shock.  He served in the United States Army Air Corps for four years during World War II.  His brother convinced car owner Ed Schenck to put Flock in his car at the first race at the North Wilkesboro Speedway on May 5, 1947.  Flock won the pole and his heat race.  He won the 30 lap feature after not racing in 4½ years.  He took over his brother 

Bob's ride later in the season after Bob broke his back.  He won seven of 47 races that season, and beat Ed Samples and Red Byron to win the National Championship Stock Car Circuit championship.  He won eleven features and won the NASCAR National Modified championship in 1949.  He raced in six of eight Strictly Stock (now Monster Cup) events, and finished fifth in the points that season.  He raced in his first Cup event at the 1/2 mile Charlotte Speedway where he started fifth.  This was the first "official" NASCAR race ever held.  13,000 people showed up to watch the event.  Fonty would bring his 1949 Hudson home to a second place finish.  Fonty's first win would come at Langhorne Speedway in Langhorne PA in September 1950.  48 cars would start the event on the one mile dirt track.  Flock would lead 132 of the 200 laps beating Bill Blair for the win by 1/2 lap.  He raced his first full-time season in the NASCAR Cup series in 1951.  He

had 8 wins, 22 Top-10s, and 13 poles to finish second in the points.  This would be his best carer CUP points finish; winning eight races that season. Herb Thomas was the champ that season with 12 victories.  Flock ran 29 of 34 races in 1952 and won on two occasions.  One of the wins would come at Hillsboro NC; leading 144 of the races 150 laps.  Fonty also won the 1952 Southern 500 at Darlington wearing Bermuda shorts, and argyle socks. (see picture).  66 cars would start the event and Fonty would start from the pole; lead 341 of 400 laps beating Johnny Patterson by over a lap.  He would finish fourth in the points this season.  In 1953 Flock would claim four wins and finish fifth in the points.  He opened an insurance agency in 1954, and only ran five races that year, and his

best finish came at Jacksonville FL when he finished second behind Herb Thomas.  1955 would be the last season that Fonty ran a majority of the Cup races.  He would visit victory lane on three occasions; post 12 top fives, and finish 11th in the points.  He claimed his final win at Charlotte starting from the pole; leading all 134 laps and beat out brother Tim by 1/2 car length.  1957 would see Fonty only run in two races - Daytona Beach course and Darlington Southern 500.  Herb Thomas was severly injured in the Charlotte 1956 race, so he asked Fonty to drive the car in the Southern 500.  Fonty accepted.  At Darlington Fonty would start 15th but crash the #92 Pontiac in the early laps.  Bobby Myers had started second and had jumped into the lead at the time that Flock crashed.  Myers and Paul Goldsmith were battling for the lead and is it assumed that Myers was watching Goldsmith in the mirror and didnt see the spun out car of Fonty Flock sitting in the groove entering turn 3.  Also the car of Flocks was black and it blended in with the sealer that they used in the groove at Darlington.  Myers never saw Flock and plowed into him at almost full speed;  and was killed in the accident.  From the hospital bed, Fonty announced his retirement, and laid low until his 1972 death of cancer.  For his career, Flock ran in 153 Cup races, and claimed 19 wins.  He had 72 top fives finishes; and finished in the top five in points four seasons.  Info From WikiPedia

 

TIM FLOCK 5/11/1924 – 3/31/1998 - was one of NASCAR's early pioneers, and a two time NASCAR Cup Series Champion.  He was a brother to NASCAR's second female driver Ethel Mobley and NASCAR pioneers Bob Flock and Fonty Flock.  He finished 5th in NASCAR’s inaugural Strictly Stock race at Charlotte, North Carolina in 1949. NASCAR's first official season ended with Tim in eighth in the points standings, with Tim's brother Fonty Flock in fifth, and his brother Bob Flock in third.  Tim would claim his first win in 1950 at Charlotte Speedway.  He would start fifth and lead 153 of the 200 laps around the 3/4 mile dirt track.  His brother Bob would finish second; the only two cars on the lead lap.  It would be his lone win for the season.  The following year Tim ran 30 of the 41 races that season and posted seven wins and finish third in the points.  1952 brought eight wins and four poles and he ran all but one race this season.  He would kick off the season with a win at West Palm Beach where he started on the pole; and led 194 of the 200 laps to beat Lee Petty for the win.  At the end of the 1952 NASCAR season, Tim Flock had 106 more points than Herb Thomas, earning Flock his first NASCAR Cup Series Championship title. In 1953 Flock only won one race; but it would be memorable.  Tim had a Rhesus monkey co-driver named "Jocko Flocko" with him in his May 16, 1953 Cup win at Hickory Motor Speedway.  Jocko Flocko became the only winning monkey ever.  Jocko was not approved by NASCAR, 

and was smuggled into the car at the start of his first race.  It apparently caused quite a stir when Tim would pass someone and they would look over and see a monkey waving back, clad in tiny driver's suit and helmet!  Since he had run in one race, NASCAR decided they would let him run again.  Two weekslater, racing at Raleigh speedway in Raleigh, NC, Tim Flock’s monkey co-pilot Jocko Flocko would chew through his seat belts on his specially designed seat and ended up on the floor of the car and opened the tire inspection panel (at the time, a hole was cut into the floor so the driver could pull a cord and look at the tire to see if it was wearing).  A rock came 

in, pelted Jocko upside his head, and he went crazy, apparently attacking Tim Flock.  He had to pit and make an extra pit stop to give the monkey to his pit crew,.... costing him a second place finish.  Tim commented after the race "The pit stop cost me second place and a $600.00 difference in my paycheck. I had to get that monkey off my back!"  Jocko had run his last race and was retired immediately.  1954 would see a seeming good start to the season cause Tim to quit NASCAR racing.  Tim skipped the season opening race at West Palm Beach; but came to race 

at the Daytona Beach and road course and would start fourth.  He would cross the finish line first but after the race he was disqualified.  In post-race inspection, Tim Flock's carburetor screws were found to be soldered into place, which was deemed an illegal modification.  He was so angry about the DQ ruling, he quit NASCAR and didn't return to run a Cup race again until the 32nd race of the season.  1955 was a record setting year for Flock as well as NASCAR.  On the way to Flock's second NASCAR Cup Championship title, Flock had 19 poles and 18 victories in 45 races.  His first race of the season was again at the Daytona beach course and he won beating out Lee Petty by nine seconds.  He ripped off a string of events where he won five out of seven races; and finished second in the other two.  Later he would win seven of 11 starts with a second and two thirds in that span - his worst finish during that streak was 11th.  He would cap off the season winning the closing event of the season held at Orange Speedway in Hillsborough NC.  He started on the pole; led all 100 laps on the way to the win.  Tim would scale back his racing the following year; only competiting in 22 of 56 events.  He would win four times but still finish in the top ten in points despite skipping so many races.  His final Cup win came in this season and it would come at 

the road course of Elkhart Lake WI.  He would start sixth and take the lead on lap six.  Buck Baker; Marvin Panch and Speedy Thompson would all also have stout cars on this day.  Panch had a rear end failure 37 laps into the race;  Thompson had motor failue on lap 53;  and Baker blew a motor two laps from the end;  Flock assumed the lead with 10 laps to go to claim his final victory.  The next four years Flock never ran more than three races in a season.  His final year (1961) he ran seven races of the 52 events.  His final start would come at Charlotte in the World 600.  55 cars took the green flag with Flock pulling off 24th.  He would run 255 laps before he engine billowed smoke and he was done for the day; finishing 37th.  After retiring, Flock was then employed by the Ford Motor Company to entertain customers at track events.  For his career Tim had 39 wins in his 187 CUP starts, 

and was the Cup champion in 1952 and 1955.  Tim also ran in four NASCAR Convertible series races.  His first start saw him in victory lane.  He would win in the 1957 Daytona Beach and Road Course race after leading 18 of the 39 laps.  In his only other Convertible start in 1957 he finished second to Fireball Roberts.  He ran two convertible races in 1957 also.  He would finish seventh at Atlanta's Lakewood Speedway.  He qualify second; and lead 58 laps.  He would take the lead on lap 74 and looked to be headed for the win; but he run out of gas with four laps to go and fell to seventh place.  He died of lung and liver cancer on March 31, 1998 at the age of 73 which was during NASCAR's 50th Anniversary.  A month before his death, Flock was honored as one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers.  He was inducted into the 2014 NASCAR Hall of Fame class

 

 

ANTHONY JOSEPH "A.J." FOYT1/6/1935 - is a retired American automobile racing driver.  He raced in numerous genres of motorsports.  His open wheel racing includes USAC Champ cars and midget cars.  He raced stock cars in NASCAR and USAC.  He won several major sports car racing events.  He holds the all-time USAC career wins record with 159 victories, and the all-time American championship racing career wins record with 67.  He is the only driver to win the Indianapolis 500 (which he won four times), the Daytona 500, the 24 Hours of Daytona, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.  Foyt won the International Race of Champions all-star racing series in 1976 and 1977.  Foyt's success has led to induction in numerous motorsports halls of fame.  He started his USAC career in a midget car at the 1956 Night before the 500 in Anderson, Indiana.  His first midget car win was at a 100 lap event at Kansas City in 1957, and finished seventh in the season points 

standings.  He left full time racing in midget cars after the 1957 season to drive in sprint cars and Championship Car.  A picture here shows him in his #83 midget car waiting to be pushed off.  Check out the scarf over his nose and mouth to help prevent breathing in so much dirt and dust.  The next picture is of Foyt in his #14 sprint car.  He did occasionally compete in midget car events.  He won the 1960 and 1961 Turkey Night Grand Prix, the first two years that it was held at Ascot Park.  He won the 1961 Hut Hundred after starting last, and finished seventh in National Midget points that year.  In 1961, he became the first driver to successfully defend his points championship and win the Indianapolis 500 race.  Late in the 500, Foyt stopped for fuel, but a refueling malfunction meant that 

he returned to the race without enough fuel to finish.  Eddie Sachs, unaware that Foyt's now-quicker car was light on fuel, pushed hard to keep up—and Sachs had to pit with just three laps remaining to replace a shredded right-rear tire.  Foyt took over the lead and beat Sachs by just 8.28 seconds.  The picture below is of Foyt's 1964 Indy 500 winning car.  Ford-powered entries were widely expected to dominate the 1964 Indianapolis 500.  When the two fastest Lotus-Fords, driven by Jim Clark and Bobby Marshman, fell out of the race with mechanical problems, and Parnelli Jones was knocked out when his fuel tank exploded during a pit stop, Foyt was left alone at the front of the field, and cruised home to win his second Indianapolis 

500.  The race is remembered for the fiery second-lap crash that claimed the lives of Dave MacDonald and Eddie Sachs.  In the 1967 Indianapolis 500, Parnelli Jones' turbine car was expected to easily defeat the field of piston engines.  Jones lapped the field, but his car expired with three laps remaining, and Foyt inherited the lead (1967 winning car below).  But as he drove down the back straightaway on the last lap, Foyt suddenly remembered an odd premonition that had struck him the night before, when he wondered aloud what would happen in the event of a big last-lap accident.  As Foyt moved through Turn 3 on the 200th lap, he slowed down.  A few hundred yards ahead of him, Carl Williams spun out as he exited Turn 4, triggering a five-car front-stretch 

accident right in front of Foyt.  Traveling at no more than 100 mph, Foyt threaded his way through the wreckage and safely took the checkered flag.  In the 1977 Indianapolis 500, Foyt ran out of fuel, and had to make up around 32 seconds on Gordon Johncock.  Foyt made up 1.5 to 2 seconds per lap by turning up his turbo boost, which risks destroying the engine.  Johncock's own engine expired just as Foyt had closed to within eight seconds back after both drivers' final pit stops, and Foyt passed for the win.  His record 

breaking fourth Indy 500 car is pictured at right.  Foyt only needed 10 races to get his first NASCAR victory.  Richard Petty dominated the 1964 Firecracker 400 until he went out with engine problems.  Foyt swapped the lead with Bobby Isaac for the final 50 laps of the summer event at the Daytona International Speedway.  Foyt passed Isaac on the final lap to win the race.  Foyt ran out of gas near the end of the 1971 Daytona 500, and Petty passed him for the win.  Foyt again had the car to beat in the 1972 Daytona 500, but this time succeeded in a dominating performance wheeling the famed Wood Brothers #21 machine.  Only three drivers led during the race.  In January 1965, Foyt qualified and ran in the front of the pack most of the day with Dan Gurney and Parnelli Jones in the 

Motor Trend 500 at Riverside.  Parnelli retired with mechanical issues, leaving Gurney and Foyt to contest the lead.  Late in the race, dueling with Gurney, Foyt spun.  His car refired, and he charged through the field in an attempt to regain lost positions.  Late in the race, after running hard to catch leader Gurney, Foyt's brakes failed entering Turn 9 at the end of Riverside's mile-long, downhill back straight.  Foyt turned the car into the infield at more than 100 mph, and the car tumbled violently end-over-end several times.  The track doctor at Riverside International Raceway 

pronounced Foyt dead at the scene of the severe crash, but fellow driver Parnelli Jones revived him after seeing movement.  Foyt suffered severe chest injuries, a broken back, and a fractured ankle.  He made a full recovery to go on and set many records.  Foyt is famous for winning the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans race in his first and only attempt, in 1967;  Foyt drove a Ford GT40 Mk IV (pictured here), partnered with Dan Gurney and entered by Carroll Shelby's team.  Foyt also later won the 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Daytona during the 1980s driving Porsches, making him one of only 12 drivers to complete the "triple crown" of endurance racing.  He was the champion in USAC's stock car in 1968, 1978, and 1979.  He finished second in 1963 and 1969, and third in 1970.  Among his wins in USAC stock car racing was his 1964 win at the 

pronounced Foyt dead at the scene of the severe crash, but fellow driver Parnelli Jones revived him after seeing movement.  Foyt suffered severe chest injuries, a broken back, and a fractured ankle.  He made a full recovery to go on and set many records.  Foyt is famous for winning the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans race in his first and only attempt, in 1967;  Foyt drove a Ford GT40 Mk IV (pictured here), partnered with Dan Gurney and entered by Carroll Shelby's team.  Foyt also later won the 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Daytona during the 1980s driving Porsches, making him one of only 12 drivers to complete the "triple crown" of endurance racing.  He was the champion in USAC's stock car in 1968, 1978, and 1979.  He finished second in 1963 and 1969, and third in 1970.  Among his wins in USAC stock car racing was his 1964 win at the Billy Vukovich Memorial 200 at Hanford Speedway in California.  He also was a multiple winner in USAC

stock cars at Milwaukee, Texas World Speedway, and Michigan International Speedway.  Foyt didn't race in NASCAR much, but holds many other incredible records.  They include: Drove in Indy 500 in 35 consecutive years;  Only driver to win Indy 500 in both front and rear engine cars;  Only Driver to win the Daytona 500, the 24 hours of Lemans, and Indy 500; also claimed wins in the 24 hours of Daytona  (twice) and the 12 Hours of Sebring.  He won 12 NASCAR races; won the 1976 and 1977 IROC Championships; won 12 major driving championships in various categories; and holds the closed course speed record driving a Oldsmobile Aerotech at an average speed of over 250 MPH.  He was also inducted into NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers list in 1998.  AJ had one adopted son, Larry Foyt who tried his hand at NASCAR and INDY car racing, and

has a grandson AJ Foyt IV who also tried his hand racing in the INDY car and NASCAR series.  After several unsuccessful season Foyt IV took as position with the Indianapolis Colts as a scouting assistant.  Tony Stewart who races in the NASCAR series recently switched car numbers to the #14, and stated AJ has always been his hero, and it is an honor to drive his car number.  Current Cup driver A.J. Almendinger is named after A.J. Foyt.  Foyt has quit and extensive list of accomplishments.  They include being voted Driver of the Century by a panel of expects and the Associated Press.  He won: USAC Sprint Car Series Champion (1960); USAC National Champion (1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1967 & 1975) USAC Stock Car Champion (1968, 1978 & 1979); USAC Silver Crown Series

Champion (1972); IROC Champion (1976 & 1977); and USAC Gold Crown Champion (1979). In addition he was voted into the first Sprint Car Hall of Fame (1990); first class of Motorsports Hall of Fame (1989) and National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame (1988)

 
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