HARRY GANT - 1/10/1940 - was known as 'Handsome Harry' due to his Hollywood-style good looks, 'The Bandit' after his longtime sponsor Skoal Bandit, 'Mr. September', and 'High Groove Harry' after the high line he often took through the corner.  A humble man, Gant often stated that he was a good race car driver, but a great carpenter.  Prior to his wins, Gant was sometimes referred to as the "bridesmaid" for always coming in second. Another nickname that was given to him by Darrell Waltrip was "The Answer To Every Trivia Question", because he holds many Xfinity Series records. Gant made his first Cup start in 1973 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, finishing eleventh after starting 17th in the #90 Truxmore Industries Ford.  His first full season in Winston Cup was in 1979. He competed for the Rookie of the Year against Dale Earnhardt and Terry Labonte.  After starting out the 1981 season driving for various teams, he moved to the #33 Skoal Bandit Pontiac, which was owned by Hal Needham and Burt Reynolds; and even though he didn't get a win he finished third in the points on the strength of 13 top five finishes.  Gant finished second 10 times before winning his first NASCAR Cup

race at Martinsville April 25, 1982.  He would start third and lead 167 laps on his way to a convincing win beating Butch Lindley by over a lap.  He finished fourth in the points this season.  In 1984 Gant posted three win and finish second to Terry Labonte in the points chase.  He also won the Southern 500. Gant won the IROC (International Race of Champions) championship in 1985 along with winning three Cup races and finishing third in the points.  1986-1888 Gants teams had it's struggles and went winless.  Gant won one race in each of 1989 and 1990.  Gant earned the nickname "Mr. September" in 1991 after winning all four September Cup races 

(Darlington, Richmond, Dover and Martinsville) and two XFinity races (Richmond and Dover) at age 51.  Dominating at the next race, Harry might have won his fifth straight race if his brakes had not faded with 9 laps left to go at North Wilkesboro Speedway.  Gant got his last Cup victory on August 16, 1992 at Michigan.  He started 24th and struggled all day but and with 100 miles to go he moved into the lead during green flag pit stops.  Gant stretched his fuel on this series of stops; and paced himself the remainder of the ran to claiim the victory on fuel mileage.  This would also be the last win for the Oldsmobile model and would also be the last win for a car with tobacco spoonsorship.  Shortly afterward

tobacco sponsorship and advertising was prohibited.  Gant holds the record as the oldest driver ever to win a NASCAR Cup race 52 years,219 days) and as the oldest driver ever to collect his first career Cup victory (42 years and 105 days).  He is the second oldest driver to win in the Xfinity Series after Dick Trickle.  In his career he has collected 18 Cup wins in 474 starts.  He finished second in the Cup points in 1984 and 3rd in 1981 & 1985.  Gant was a very successful Xfinity Series racer.  He ran in 128 races; but posted 21 wins and 52 top 5 finishes. Info from WikiPedia

 

BRENDAN GAUGHAN - 7/10/1975 - is the grandson of Vegas gaming pioneer Jackie Gaughan and son of Michael Gaughan, a hotel and casino magnate.  Gaughan made his NASCAR debut in a Truck Series race in 1997 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Driving the #20 Orleans Hotel & Casino Dodge for Evans, he qualified 18th and finished 24th.  He then decided to move to stock car racing. He ran in the Winston West Series in 1999, and was the 2000 and 2001 champion on the circuit.  In 2001, he made his Xfinity Series debut at Fontana starting 43rd and finishing 41st after electrical issues.  In 2002, Gaughan and his father fielded a team for himself in the Truck Series full-time. He drove the #62 NAPA Auto Parts to two victories on his way to the Rookie of the Year title.  The following year Gaughan posted six wins, but could only manage a fourth place finish in the points.  In 2004, Gaughan moved up to the NASCAR Cup, driving the #77 Eastman Kodak Dodge for Penske-Jasper 

Racing.  He finished second in the Rookie of the Year standings and was only able to post one top five finish, and was 28th in the final points standings.  He finished the season with 4 Top 10's including a career best fourth place finish at Talladega Superspeedway.  In 2005, he moved back to the Truck Series, behind the wheel of the Jasper Engines & Transmissions/Orleans Racing #77 Dodge Ram.  He finished 19th in the final points standings, with two Top 5 and seven Top 10 finishes.  Starting with the September 23 race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the team began sport a new livery of the South Point Casino in which his father, Michael, is the owner.  He remained in the Truck series full time through 2008; in that span in posted nine top five 

finishes; but no wins in 2009 and 2010, Gaughan drove the #62 Chevy for Rusty Wallace Racing in the Xfinity Series.  For 2011 Gaughan returned to the Camping World Truck Series, driving the #62 South Point Toyota for Germain Racing where he posted one win.  2012 saw him bounce around between all three of NASCAR's major series; before hooking up with Richard Childress and running full time in the Truck series in 2013.  In 2014 the duo moved up to the Xfinity series and saw Gaughan visit victory lane twice and in 2015 they remained together, and posted a second place finish early in the season; but never was able to find victory lane.  In 2016 he posted four top five finishes and qualified for the new Chase format the Xfinity series had implemented. He had issues in the first couple races of the elimination round and ended up 12th in the points.  Info From WikiPedia

 

DAVID GILLILAND - 4/1/1976 - is a NASCAR driver and previously drove the Taco Bell Ford Fusion for Front Row Motorsports.  He is the son of former Cup and West Coast driver Butch Gilliland.  2003 saw Gilliland make his first NASCAR start.  It would come in the Truck Series in 2005 at Las Vegas.  He started 30th and finished 22nd completing the entire event. Gilliland made his first start in the Cup Division in 2006 running 15 races but only posting a best finish of 15th at Atlanta and Talladega.  In August 2006, Gilliland replaced Elliott Sadler as the driver of the M&M's Ford in the 

NASCAR Cup Series.  On October 7, he qualified on the pole for the UAW Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, the first pole of his career.  He also won the Toyota All-Star Showdown in 2005 when apparent winner Mike Olson was disqualified for light wheels wider than regulation.  The win was his biggest of date because it allowed him to be noticed by Busch and Cup owners.  The highlight of his year came in the Xfinity Series as he would have an impressive run and bypassing JJ Yeley with 11 laps to go to score the upset win.  He also beat out such Cup stars as Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Kevin harvick, and Clint Bowyer. He parlayed that 

 

win into a full time Cup ride in 2007 driving for Yates Racing in the #38 M&M Ford.  He started the season on the pole and finished eighth.  His only top five would be a fouth place run at Talladega.  Since that time Gilliland has struggled. His only two top five finished through 2016 came at Daytona in 2011 (3rd) and in 2013 at Talladega (2nd).  In 2015 Gilliland drove the #38 Love's Travel Stops Ford for owner Bob Jenkins; but was replaced by Landon Cassill.  Headed into 2017 Gilliland again finds himself without a ride.

 

CHARLIE GLOTZBACH - 6/19/1938 - is a former ARCA and was a NASCAR Sprint Cup driver.  Charlie holds one of the oldest race records in NASCAR.  In 1971 Charlie won the caution-free Volunteer 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway in a record pace that still stands.  The race was completed with an average speed of 101.074 mph.  He was also known as "The Chargin' Comet" and "Chargin' Charlie".  His first NASCAR Winston Cup race was in 1960.  It would come at Charlotte Motorspeedway in the National 400.  He would start 38th but break an A-frame after 192 laps and finish 28th.  While never running a full Cup schedule, he ran races part-time every year from 1967 to 1975.  The most Cup races he ran in a single year was in 1968, when he race in 22 of 48 events.  Along with Charlie's first start being at Charlotte; his first win would also come there also.  It would be in 1968 in the National 500.  Chargin' Charlie would start on the pole and lead 92 laps winning by seven seconds over Paul Goldsmith and David Pearson.  For the 

last 100 laps only Glotzbach and Pearson would lead; but Charlie would take control with 33 laps to go and lead until the Checkers.  In 1969 he finished second in the Daytona 500 after being passed on the last lap by LeeRoy Yarbrough.  In late 1969, Glotzbach received broken ribs and was shot twice after firing an employee of his trucking company and would only run 12 races.  He returned the next season and continued to run competitively with one of the bullets still in his upper arm.  He won twice in 1970; one of those being a qualifying race for the Daytona 500.  Back 

in that time wins in the qualifying races counted as 'official' wins.  His final win would come in Bristol in the race mentioned above as the fastest race.  His last NASCAR Cup race was in 1992 at Talladega in the DieHard 500.  He would start start 19th driving the #90 car for Junie Dunleavy.  But Junie's under-funded team was no match for the 'modern' NASCAR teams with their high dollar budgets and Gloctzbach was only able to post a 30th place finish.  Glotzbach was named the 1964 ARCA series Rookie of the Year.  He also attempted to qualify for the 1969 and 1970 Indianapolis 500 races, but failed to qualify for both.  19 drivers failed to qualify

for Indy in 1969; and in 1970 28 drivers are shown as failing to qualify for the big race.  For his career, Glotzbach ran 124 CUP races racing in 15 season from 1960 to 1992.  He won four times, with 38 top five finishes. Info From WikiPedia.  If you look closely The picture at right is of Glotzbach (left) and Buddy Baker (right) sitting in the rear wing of a Dodge Daytona.

 

PAUL GOLDSMITH - 10/2/1927 - is a motorcycle Hall of Famer, Motorsports Hall of Fame of America inductee and former USAC and NASCAR driver.  Goldsmith was a famous A.M.A. Grand National Championship motorcycle racer during the late 1940s through the mid-1950s.  His first victory came in 1952 aboard a Harley Davidson at the Milwaukee Mile in Harley's hometown.  Paul's first Cup start would come in 1956 at atlanta where he would start seventh in his 1956 Chevy but crash out on lap 36 and finish 23rd.  His first win would come later that same year at Langhorne Speedway in PA.  He started second and led 182 of the races 300 laps. Beating second place finisher Lee Petty by seven laps.  He was the winner of the final race at the famous Daytona Beach Road Course in 1958 driving the Smokey Yunick owned, "Best Damn Garage In Town" sponsored Ford. His final win came in 1966

at Bristol where he would start fourth and lead 84 laps.  Goldsmith would bypass Jim Paschal (who had to step in as a relief driver for Richard Petty) and lead the last five laps to get the win.  These were the only two cars on the lead lap as third place finisher David pearson was four laps back.  Goldsmiths final start would come at Michigan in 1969 driving the #99 Nichols Engineering Dodge where he would start 11th and have engines problems and finish 39th.  This was the only NASCAR 600 mile race not held at Charlotte; however the race was rained out just past half way.  He was also the only driver to win the Daytona Beach Road course both in a stock car and on a motorcycle.  Goldsmith was the 1961 

USAC Stock Car champion, with 7 poles, 10 wins, 16 top-five finishes in 19 races. Goldsmith won his second consecutive USAC championship in 1962 with 6 poles, 8 wins, and 15 top-five finishes in 20 races.  Goldsmith competed in 8 races in the USAC Championship Car series, between 1958 and 1963 with 6 of those starts in the Indianapolis 500.  He finished in the top five twice at Indy, following up a 5th place finish in 1959 with a 3rd in 1960.  In his Cup career, Goldsmith ran 127 races over an 11 year span.  He only ran a few races per year, and posted nine wins, and 44 top five finishes.  He also raced in NASCAR's Convertable Series in seven races.  He won at North Wilkesboro Speedway driving for Slim Rominger beating out Lee Petty.  In 1966 he

finishedfifth in the Cup series points chase, and only ran 21 of 49 events. Info from WikiPedia

 

CECIL GORDON - 6/21/1941 - was a NASCAR driver from Horse shoe, NC.  He was the first "Gordon" to regularly race the #24 car.  He began in the NASCAR Cup series in 1968 and raced until 1985.  His first start came at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in 1968.  He started 15th and finished 19th after having break issues just before half way.  His first top 5 finish came in 1969 at Bristol where he started 24th and worked his way up to a fifth place finish.  His best finish was second and that would only occur once.  It happened at Dover International Speedway in the Mason-Dixon 500. Gordon would start 11th; but David Pearson was the class of the field leading 348 of the 500 laps.  Cecil finished second 

seven laps behind.  1985 saw Gordon race the final time in his career at Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway.  Gordon started 30th but only ran seven laps before retiring with steering issues.  He started racing in Henley Gray's and Bill Seifert's cars.  He generally raced in his own equipment beginning in 1970.  He had a few other drivers make an occasional start for him.  He raced GM products (mostly Chevrolet vehicles) until the end of 1982 when he crashed out his Buick Regal.  He purchased a Chrysler Imperial at the beginning of 1983 

 

from the defunct Negre Brothers Racing team and managed to qualify for eight races during that season, though he only finished five of them.  His best finish was 15th that year in the Imperial.  He also had Jim VanDiver drive the car in two races.  At the end 1983 he sold the Imperial to Buddy Arrington and drove a few races for other owners in 1984 and 1985.  Cecil drove for 17 years and drove in a total of 449 races.  He never won and never got a pole, but got 29 top fives, 111 top tens.  He finished third in points in 1971 and 1973.  Info from WikiPedia

 

JEFF GORDON - 8/4/1971 - began racing at the age of five, racing quarter midgets.  By the Age of six Gordon had won 35 main events and set 5 track records.  By the age of 13 Gordon took an interest in the 650 horsepower sprint cars.  Supporting his career choice, Gordon's family moved from Vallejo, California to Pittsboro, Indiana, where there were more opportunities for younger racers.  Before the age of 18, Gordon had already won three short-track races and was awarded USAC Midget Car Racing Rookie of the Year in 1989.  His first Xfinity race came on October 20, 1990 at Rockingham in the AC-Delco 200. Gordon drove the #67 Outback Steakhouse Pontiac for Hugh Connerty.  Gordon ran the second fastest lap during qualifying and started on the outside of the front row of the field.  Gordon would however, get involved in a wreck on lap 33.  He ended up with a 39th place finish.  In 1991 and 1992, Gordon went on to the Xfinity Series driving Ford Thunderbirds for Bill Davis Racing.  In his first year as a Busch driver he won rookie of the year.  In 1992, Gordon set a NASCAR record by capturing 11 poles in one season.  His time with Bill Davis racing introduced Gordon to Ray Evernham as his crew chief.  He was sponsored by Carolina Ford Dealers in 1991 and Baby Ruth in 1992.  Gordon made his NASCAR Cup debut in the history-making 1992 Hooters 500 at Atlanta in the last race of that season; in addition to the race being Richard Petty's final race in NASCAR.  This was Gordon's first start in the #24 DuPont Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports that he has driven for his entire Cup Series career.  In 1994, Gordon

collected his first career victory at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Coca Cola 600, NASCAR's longest and most demanding race.  Additionally, Gordon scored a popular hometown victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the inaugural Brickyard 400, passing Ernie Irvan for the lead late in the race when Irvan cut down a tire.  Gordon finished eighth in the Cup point standings for the '94 season.  1995 saw Gordon win his first NASCAR Cup Championship.  He won it by battling 7-time and defending champ, Dale Earnhardt into the final race of the season.  Many see this as a symbolic passing of the torch, as Gordon collected his first championship the year after Earnhardt won his final championship.  Gordon got off to a rocky start in 1996, but rebounded to win ten races, the series high.  He finished 2nd to teammate Terry Labonte for the championship, losing by 37 points.  Jeff Gordon won his first Daytona 500 in 1997, becoming the youngest driver in history to win the race; (until Trevor Bayne won the 500 in 2011 at the age of 20 years and one day.)  He won the second race of the season at Rockingham the following week.  That year for the Winston All-Star race they brought a radical new design to Charlotte to compete in the race. Hendrick Motorsports kept in close contact with NASCAR during the production of the car, keeping NASCAR up to date with the design.  NASCAR approved the car for competition for the All Star event, and Gordon won easily.  After post-race inspection, NASCAR told them "Don't ever bring 

this car to a race again".  Hence the newly designed car was only allowed to compete in one event.  They called the car "T-Rex" as Hendrick has signed a one race deal with deal to have it sponsor the new upcoming movie "Jurassic Park".  A very complete and interesting story can be found at this link.  The following weekend in a completely different car, Gordon went on to win the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte.  Jeff Gordon claimed his second Cup championship in 1997.  In 1998 Gordon set a modern era record with 13 victories, easily winning the Cup for the third time.  In 2001 by winning 6 races (including a third Brickyard 400 win, and the inaugural event at Kansas Speedway) en route to his 4th 

Winston Cup championship.  Jeff Gordon became the third driver to win four Cup championships in NASCAR history only second to Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.  In 2009, Gordon became the first driver to reach $100 Million in career winnings for the Cup series.  He is tied for fifth with Cale Yarborough on the all-time victory list.  He has won a total of 83 career races, second in the modern era behind Darrell Waltrip and was the fastest to reach 50 wins, requiring 232 starts, 46 fewer starts than second place Darrell Waltrip.  Gordon, along with Rick Hendrick, are the co-owners of the #48 Lowe's sponsored team, driven by Jimmie Johnson, who won the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, and 2016 Sprint Cup series championships.  Gordon also has an equity 

stake in his own #24 team.  Gordon retired at the end of 2015.  But he returned to the drivers seat briefly in 2016.  While Dale Earnhardt Jr sat out with a concussion; owner Rick Hendrick convinced Gordon to come back and drive some of the 18 races that Earnhardt missed in 2016.  Gordon ran eight races that season and posted a best finish of sixth; with all but one of the finished being inside the top 15.  In his career he started 805 CUP races.  797 of them consecutively, from his first start in 1992 to his last (full season) start at the end of 2015 season (a record that will probably never be broken).  Following his retirement Rick Hendrick came to him and asked him to fill in for several races.  Dale Earnhardt Jr had a couple wrecks and was having side effects from a concussion. Earnhardt ran the first 18 races of the season and Gordon ran eight more.  Alex Bowman drove the 

other ten.  Gordon was able to knock off the rust and seven of his eight races he finished in the top 16.  Twice in the top 10.  For his career Gordon accumulated 93 wins (behind only Richard Petty and David Pearson), he has 325 top fives, and 477 top tens; with earnings of almost 154 million dollars.  Gordon has always driven the #24 since he first started racing in the CUP series and has always had the same sponsor (Dupont).  The only time he didn't drive the #24 was after he retired and came back to fill in for Earnhardt.  So all the pics here are the same number, but show some of the more famous paint jobs.  He has ran many years with the 'flames' paint scheme, but you also see the T-Rex paint scheme, along 

with a Pepsi Paint scheme, and the old yellow and white "throw-back" Pepsi scheme that was made famous by Darrell Waltrip.  Since the car only hit the track one time, I added this short video via YouTube so you can get a look at the car.  In 2017 Gordon once again crawled behind the wheel of a race car to run in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.  Owner Wayne Taylor had contacted Gordon in late 2016 to see if he would be interested in being part of his four driver team to try and capture the win.  The other drivers driving the #10 Minolta sponsoredCadillac DPi were Taylors sons Ricky and Jordan taylor and Max Angelelli.  Angellie was making his final start.  It was the only win for Gordon in the 24 Hour race as he joined AJ Foyt, Mario Andretti

and Jamie McMurray as the only drivers to win both the Rolex 24 and the Daytona 500. Video of Brickyard 400 win here via YouTube, and a video via YouTube of Jeff at 15 years of age racing his sprint car. Info from WikiPedia.

 

ROBBY GORDON - 1/2/1967 - was an American race car driver who competed in the NASCAR Cup Series from 1991-2012; many years as owner/driver.  He has also raced in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Champ Car, Indycar, Trans-Am, IMSA, IROC and Dakar Rally.  Gordon was regarded as one of the best road course drivers in NASCAR.  Along with Tony Stewart, Joe Nemechek and Michael Waltrip, Gordon participated in the NASCAR Cup Series as an owner/driver.  He is not related to fellow Cup drivers, Jeff Gordon or Cecil Gordon.  Robby started racing by competing in off road racing.  He won 5 consecutive SCORE International off-road class championships from 1986–1990, a sixth championship in 1996, and a seventh championship in 2009.  Gordon also won two championships in the Mickey Thompson stadium series, and in three Baja 1000’s in 1987, 1989, and 2006.  Robby Gordon finished 3rd in the 2009 Dakar Rally in South America.  He 

finished 8th in the 2010 Dakar Rally in South America with his Monster Energy truck.  Gordon’s first start in the CART IndyCar series came in 1992.  His first full season and Indy 500 start would come in 1993.  He raced for Derrick Walker from 1994–1996.  With Walker, he captured his first career pole in 1994 (Toronto), and both his CART career wins in 1995 (Phoenix and Detroit). Gordon raced 10 times in the Indy 500 from 1993 to 2004 fielding his own team in 1999, 2000 and 2004.  He, along with John Andretti and Tony Stewart, are the only three drivers to race in the Coca-Cola 600 and Indy 500 in the same day.  In 1999, Gordon came within one lap of winning.  He inherited the lead by virtue of not stopping for a final pit stop and tried to conserve enough fuel to last until the end of the race.  He ran out on lap 199 (of 200) and had to give up the lead to Sweden's Kenny Bräck.  In his 10 Indy 500 starts, he finished third twice, and fourth twice.  Gordon's NASCAR Cup debut

came in 1991, driving two races, including the Daytona 500 for Junie Donlavey in the #90 Ford.  In 1993, Gordon drove the #28 Texaco Ford for Robert Yates Racing at Talladega in the team's first race after the death of driver Davey Allison.  In 1997 Gordon raced most of the Cup series racing for Felix Sebates posting a best finish of fourth at Watkins Glen.  Gordon joined Richard Childress Racing as a replacement for the injured Mike Skinner in 2001.  Gordon won the final race of the season at New Hampshire after a controversial incident resulting in the race leader, Jeff Gordon spinning after contact in the closing stages of the race. (Jeff, who thought Robby had spun him and had been running second at the time), rammed him during the caution flag and got a black flag, clinching the win for Robby Gordon.  Robby started 31st and took the lead 

for the first time on lap 281 of the 300 lap race.  Jeff Gordon then led for three laps before the bump that spun Jeff out.  The race, which had originally been scheduled for September, was postponed after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and after the event Robby announced he would donate all his winnings to the victims of the 9/11 attacks.  2002 saw Gordon run his first full series in Cup and in 2003, he earned his first road course win at Sears Point.  In a race that saw him start second; he would lead 81 of the 110 laps and edge out Jeff Gordon by 1/2 second.  Robby took his third and final career win later in the year at Watkins Glen when he started 14th but would find himself in the lead with 30 laps to go.  He held on for those 30 laps to grab the checkered hankie and go to victory lane for the final time.  Gordon would run full time through 2011; but 

never had much success.  He did post seven top five finishes during that span; with four of those coming on road courses.  His final Cup start came at Sonoma Raceway In California.  He started 34th with high hopes of a good finish; but he had steering problems and would park his #7 Dodge after 73 laps finishing 39th.  In all he visited victory lane three times and posted 16 top five finishes. Robby Gordon race compilation video via YouTube Gordon's first CUP win via YouTube. Info from WikiPedia

 

KEVIN GRUBB - 4/19/1978 - 5/6/2009 - was an American race car driver from Mechanicsville, Virginia.  He was the younger brother of former race car driver Wayne Grubb.  He was under suspension from NASCAR competition due to two violations in NASCAR's substance abuse policy at the time of his death. Grubb's only attempt in the NASCAR Sprint Cup came in 2002 when he attempted the Pontiac Excitement 400 at Richmond.  He drove the #54 Toys "R" Us Chevy for Team Bristol Motorsports, but was unable to get into the race. During his qualifying attempt he spun out on his second lap and without any owner points was the only car not to make the race.  The team was supposed to attempt the 2003 season full time, with Grubb running for rookie of the year, but the plans fell through.  Grubb began his career in the NASCAR Truck Series running for the family owned Grubb Motorsports.  In 1996, he had two starts in the #55 Virginia is for Lovers Chevy, finishing his first start on the lead lap in 18th after starting the race in the 8th position.  Kevin's stint in NASCAR's junior 

series begin in 1997 with four starts with his father's team Grubb Motorsports. His first start came in the #82 Virginia is for Lovers Chevy where he finished 38th at New Hampshire.  In 1998, he ran 16 Xfinity series races for Grubb Motorsports.  He ran well in many of those races with a top finish of second at Dover after getting his first pole.  His teammate was his brother Wayne Grubb who also raced for his father's team.  While heading into the 2004 season, he was scheduled to compete in a handful of races for Team Rensi Motorsports, but failed a substance abuse test in March 2004.  Following reinstatement in June 2006, he appeared on an entry list for a Xfinity Series race at Nashville Speedway as the driver of the #56 Mac Hill Motorsports Chevy.  One of the conditions of his reinstatement was random, unannounced drug tests, a condition to which he agreed.  He participated in five Xfinity events before being suspended indefinitely on September 11, 2006, when he refused to take a drug test following a second-lap crash at 

Richmond.  Failure to take the test resulted in automatic suspension.  Grubb was found dead at Alpine Motel on May 6, 2009 at 11:30a.m. according to Henrico County authorities.  The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported the cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.  Info from WikiPedia

 

DAN GURNEY - 4/13/1931 - an American racing driver, race car constructor, and team owner.  The son of a Metropolitan Opera star, he was born in Port Jefferson, New York, but moved to California as a teenager.  He has been a driver, a car manufacturer, and a team owner at racing's highest levels since 1958.  Gurney's first major break occurred in the fall of 1957, when he was invited to test a 4.9-liter Ferrari owned by Frank Arciero.  This ill-handling brute of a car was very fast, but even top drivers like Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles had found it difficult to handle.  Gurney was particularly noted for an exceptionally fluid driving style, but on rare occasions, as when his car fell behind with minor mechanical troubles and he felt he had nothing to lose, he would abandon his classic technique and adopt a more aggressive (and riskier) style.  On June 18, 1967, Gurney took a historic victory in the Belgian Grand Prix.  Starting in the middle of the first row, Gurney initially followed Jim Clark's Lotus and the BRM of Jackie Stewart.  A muffed start left Gurney deep in the field at the end of the first lap.  Clark encountered problems on Lap 12 that dropped him down to ninth position.  Having moved up to second spot, Gurney set the fastest lap of the race on Lap 19.  Two laps later, he and his Eagle took the lead and came home over a minute ahead of Stewart.  This win came just a week after his surprise victory 

with A.J. Foyt at 24 hours of Le Mans, where Gurney spontaneously began the now-familiar winner's tradition of spraying champagne from the podium to celebrate the unexpected win against the Ferraris and the other Ford GT40 teams.  Gurney had wins in the 1962 and 1964 French Grand Prix.  He also won the 1964 Mexican Grand Prix, and the 1967 Belgian Grand Prix.  Among American drivers, his 86 Grand Prix starts ranks third, and his total of four GP wins is second only to Mario Andretti.  Perhaps the greatest tribute to Gurney's driving ability, however, was paid by the father of Scottish World Champion Jim Clark when the elder Clark 

took Gurney aside at his son's funeral in 1968 and confided that he was the only driver Clark had ever feared on the track.  While competing in Formula One, Gurney also raced each year in the Indianapolis 500 from 1962-1970.  The last 3 years, he finished 2nd, 2nd, and 3rd, respectively.  In 1969, he did not race in Formula One, instead racing in the USAC Championship Car series and also in CanAm.  He started a total of 28 Champ Car races, winning 7 times among his 18 top tens.  Gurney's first career Cup start was in 1962.  He finished fourth in the 100 mile qualifying race for the Daytona 500; but blew a motor about 300 miles into 500 mile the race 

finishing 27th.  Gurney was nearly unbeatable in his next race.  It would come the following year at Riverside International Raceway in Riverside, California.  He would start 11th and move into the lead on lap 43.  He would lead 120 of the next 143 laps to claim his first Cup win.  AJ Foyt was the only driver able to stay on the lead lap with Gurney.  Gurney ran 16 races in his Cup career; nine of them at Riverside.  He won every year from 1963 to 1968 except for 1967 when he blew a motor.  NASCAR penalized Gurney a lap during that race and he ran the car so hard he blew it up.  His final win would come at Riverside in 1968.  He started on the pole and led 124 of the 186 laps to get the 

win.  Four of his five victories came with the famed Wood Brothers, including a dominating win in 1965 by over a minute in a car numbered 121.  For his career Gurney ran in 16 CUP events, and posted five wins. He had eight top fives, and ten top tens. Due to his road racing prowess gained from racing in Formula 1 it helped him at road courses like Riverside.  1980 would see Gurney make his final career start in a car owned by Rod Osterland.  Gurney started seventh but would fall out with a broken transmission after 79 laps.  This video is posted on YouTube showing Dan Gurney as "The Original Ringer".  It has great pictures, footage, and interviews. Info from WikiPedia

 

JANET GUTHRIE - 3/7/1938 - is a retired professional race car driver and the first woman to qualify and compete in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500.  Janet Guthrie was born in Iowa City, Iowa, on March 7, 1938. Her family moved to Miami, Florida when she was three.  She attended Miss Harris' Florida School for Girls for all but one of her elementary through high-school years.  Guthrie was originally an aerospace engineer and after graduating from the University of Michigan, she worked with Republic Aviation as a research and development engineer, working on programs that were precursors to Project Apollo.  In 1964, she applied for the first Scientist-Astronaut program, and got through the first round of eliminations.  She began racing in 1963 on the SCCA circuit in a Jaguar XK 140. Her career in physics slowly yielded to the allure of sports car racing, and by 1972 she was involved in racing on a full-time basis.  Along the way, she posted two class victories in the 12 Hours of Sebring (Sebring cxar below).  Her big break at the top level of the sport came in 1976, when long-time team owner and car builder Rolla Vollstedt invited her to test a car for the Indianapolis 500.  That year, she also became the first woman to compete in a NASCAR Cup super 

speedway stock car race.  Guthrie would made her first Cup start in the 1976 World 600; becoming the first woman to compete in a NASCAR Cup super speedway race.  Many looked at it as a publicity stunt; with her racing just to increase attendance.  But Guthrie came to race.  She qualified 27th in the #68 Chevy and finished a respectable 15th in the grueling 600 mile race.  After she showed her talents in that race; some of the Cup owners decided to help her with technology and better equipment.  Guthrie would go on to compete in four more races that season.  Guthrie qualified for and competed in the 1977 Indianapolis 500, but

finished 29th with engine troubles.  She would compete in two more Indy 500s, finishing as high as ninth in the 1978 race.  Overall, she competed in 11 Indy Car events finishing as high as fifth (Milwaukee 1979).  Also in 1977, she competed in her first Daytona 500, finishing 12th when her car's engine blew two cylinders with ten laps to go.  For the race, though, she still earned the honor of Top Rookie.  She ran 19 of the 30 Cup that season and posted four top 10 finishes.  He had a best finish of sixth at the tough old track of Bristol.  Janet only competed in seven races in 1979 and posted a best finish of 10th in the Atlanta 500.  In 1980 she ran her final two Cup 

races; the last being at Pocono in the Coca-Cola 500.  After starting 21st her motor with give out after 134 laps, relegating her to a 28th place finish.  Overall, Guthrie went on to compete in 33 races in NASCAR over four seasons, finishing as high as sixth place.  Since Janet Guthrie became the first female to qualify for the Indy 500, this opened the door not only for Danica Patrick but Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Milka Duno, Pippa Mann, Simona DeSilvestro, Ana Beatriz and Desire Wilson.  Sex discrimination was not the only obstacle for Janet, there were legal issues, tons of criticism and then there were the protestors.  Men did not want her in the Indy 500 and it was not that they did not 

want Janet, they just refused to have a woman racer and were making statements such as: “Women can’t do it. Women don’t have the strength. Women don’t have endurance. Women don’t have the emotional stability.”  Perhaps the most jaw dropping, ignorant statement repeated from a protest, “Women will endanger our lives.”  In a sport which requires endurance, skill, tenacity and courage Janet Guthrie overcame the ignorance of others to achieve her dream.  Her handling of the discrimination and protests directed towards her should have given a clue to the nerves of steel in which Janet was made.  Thereby earning her a much deserved place in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame on April 27, 2006.  Janet not only was a very capabile competitive driver, but also was strong mentally.  She paved the way for the female race competitors of today.  Janet Guthrie's helmet and driver's suit are in the Smithsonian Institution, and she was one of the first athletes named to the Women's Sports Hall of Fame.  Her autobiography, "Janet Guthrie: A Life at Full Throttle" (Sport Classic Books), was published in 2005.  This is a great little video with footage, and interviews on YouTube video called "Paving The Way" Info from WikiPedia