BOBBY HAMILTON Sr. - 5/19/1957 - 1/7/2007 - was a driver and owner in the NASCAR Truck Series circuit and the winner of the 2004 NASCAR Truck Series championship. Hamilton owned Bobby Hamilton Racing, which fielded three entries in each Truck Series event. Hamilton's son, Bobby Hamilton, Jr., was also a driver in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Hamilton may be best remembered for two of his NASCAR Cup wins. Bobby ran his first NASCAR race in the xfinity Series; making two starts in 1988; finishing 14th and 20th. He ran the full Xfinity season in 1989. He started 29th and pulled off the win at Richmond in September. Rick Wilson was leading at the lap 170 mark when he crashed and Hamilton assumed the lead; He held on the last 30 laps to claim his only Xfinity series win. He got his first Cup start at Phoenix in late 1989. Hamilton broke into the Winston Cup ranks in a very unusual way. He was asked to drive one of the "movie cars" for the 1990 film Days of Thunder, qualifying fifth in a movie car at the 1989 Autoworks 500 in Phoenix, in a car that was not intended to be competitive. The car was the #51 Exxon-sponsored machine, portrayed in the movie as being driven by the character Rowdy Burns. At this time Hamilton was a relative unknown, but he performed outstandingly and took the lead on lap 81 and then again from Geoff Bodine on lap 209.
Shortly afterwards his motor billowed smoke and scattered part and pieces all over the track; and his day was done. Greg Sacks was also driving a "movie car" - the one of "Cole Trickle". Hamilton returned to running full time in the Xfinity Series in 1990 and posted seven top five finishes. His great showing in the Cup race at Phoenix and a good Xfinity season opened the eyes of a few Cup owners and Mark Smith hired Hamilton to drive his Country Time sponsored Oldsmobile for 1991. He posted four top 10 finishes in his rookie season. He drove for Smith through the 1993 season; when he was Hired by Felix Sebates hired him to wheel the #40 Kendall Oil Pontiac. He only was able to get one top 10 finish that season; and was released. He was hired by Petty Enterprises to drive the #43 STP machine, where he remained through 1997. In
1995 he posted ten top-tens and moved up to fourteenth in the final standings. His first career victory at the 1996 Dura Lube 500 at Phoenix was the first win for the #43 Petty car since Richard Petty's last win in 1984. Oddly enough his first win would come at the site of his first start (Phoenix). He qualified 17th and by lap 81 he had taken the lead. He would lead on a couple other occasions and took the lead for good with 30 laps to go to take the victory. He finished a career best of ninth in the points that season. The following season he would score another win for Petty Enterprises taking the checkers at Rockingham NC. This win would come exactly one year to the day after his first win. Petty and Hamilton split after the 1997 season and Bobby went to drive the Kodak Chevy for Larry McClure. The duo posted a win in only their eighth start as
they would claim the victory at Martinsville VA. It would be a convincing win as he would win the pole and lead 378 of the 500 laps. He stayed with McClure through 2000 when he went to drive for owner Andy Petree in the #55 Square D Chevy. He had a memorable win at the Talladega 500 in April 2001. The entire 500-mile race was run caution-free and was under intense scrutiny from both NASCAR and the media at large, being the first superspeedway race run since the death of Dale Earnhardt at the 2001 Daytona 500 two months earlier. A physically and mentally exhausted Hamilton slumped to the ground after exiting his car and was given oxygen from a tank before giving the standard post-race Victory Lane interview while sitting on the ground, leaning against the drivers door. He posted three top-tens in 2002, but suffered a broken shoulder late in the season, causing him to miss several races.
Due to the injury, Hamilton left the Winston Cup Series for the Truck Series driving for his own team, taking the Square D sponsorship with him. Driving the #4 Dana Dodge Ram Hamilton picked up two wins in his first full year on the Truck circuit (2003) and finished sixth in points. The following season, he picked up four wins and clinched the championship, marking the first time since Alan Kulwicki's championship in 1992 that an owner-driver won a NASCAR championship. He switched to the #04 in 2005 and won an additional two races on his way to another sixth-place points finish. He drove the #18 Fastenal Dodge for three races in 2006, but was diagnosed with cancer and never raced again, with his son finishing out the season.
On March 17, 2006, Hamilton announced that he had been diagnosed with neck cancer. He took part in the Truck Series race that night, before starting therapy the following Monday. Kyle Busch paid tribute to Hamilton two months later for the Truck race at Lowe's Motor Speedway by driving a truck painted to resemble the Rowdy Burns car in Days of Thunder, complete with the #51 and "Rowdy" decals, a tribute that Busch continues today in late model and truck racing. Hamilton returned to the track for the race at Kentucky Speedway, overseeing his team's operations. Knowing he would not be well enough to drive in 2007, he hired Ken Schrader to drive his #18 Fastenal Dodge for the full 2007 schedule while Hamilton was to continue his cancer treatment. Hamilton died of neck cancer on January 7, 2007. For his career Hamilton competed in 371 CUP events, and won four times. Racing in the Xfinity Series he won once out of 86 races. The Truck Series saw him compete in 102 events, and won 10 times. Info from WikiPedia
PETE HAMILTON - 7/20/1942 - a retired American NASCAR racer. Hamilton began racing in the street division in 1962 at Norwood Arena. In 1965 he was the Thompson World Series Twin 50s champion. He won the NASCAR National Sportsman division in 1967. After that season he moved south to race in NASCAR. He started racing in the NASCAR Cup division in 1968, and was the series Rookie of the Year. His first Cup start would come at Asheville-Weaverville Sppedway in Weaverville NC. It was 300 laps around a 1/2 mile paved bull ring. Driving the #5 owned by Rocky Hinton; Hamilton would start 11th in his 1968 Ford and finish 12th after a wheel failed. He ran in 16 events that year with a best finish of second at Smokey Mountain Raceway in Maryville TN. In that race he started sixth and was able to outrun everyone except Richard Petty. He only raced in three Cup races because in 1969 he competed in NASCAR's Grand American division, a division of smaller pony cars. He won 12 of 26 races that year and won the series championship. He had three wins in 1970 for Petty Enterprises in the #40 Superbird while only running in 16 races. He won the 1970 Daytona 500 and both races at Talladega Superspeedway. At Daytona he started ninth in the 40 car starting
field. 23 additional cars did not make the field. Hamilton would pass David Pearson with nine laps to go and used fresher tires to propel him to a three car length victory. At the next super speedway race in Talladega, Hamilton would again pass the leader late in the race to get the win. Returning to Daytona for the July race; everyone was wondering if Hamilton could make it three in a row on the big tracks. He would qualify fourth; but be out front when the first lap ended. The 160 lap race saw 32 "official" lead changes; with many more happening during the race laps. Hamilton had an ignition issue and fell out on lap 46 finishing 30th. The return trip to Talladega would be a better result. He would once again start fourth and the
early part of the race was very competitive. It saw 16 lead changes in the first 36 laps; however Hamilton would take control and lead 143 of the remaining 152 laps winnig by 10 seconds over Bobby Isaac. In 16 races he posted three wins and 10 top 5's and 12 top 10's. In 1974 he ran 22 events and would have a great run at Talladega in May - The race saw 46 lead changes and only three times would anyone lead over eight consecutive laps. Hamilton finished fourth. He won his fourth and final career race at the Daytona in Cotton Owens' car. Hamilton won his Twin 125 mile qualifying race for the 1971 Daytona 500; but was only able to muster a 28th place finish in the 500 after his engine expired with 40 laps to go. He retired from full-time racing in 1971 because of a neck injury suffered in a Grand American race in 1969. His final career start would come at Atlanta in 1973. He qualified 10th but the motor in his 1972
Plymouth would blow up after only 38 laps leaving him with a 39th place finish. For his career, Hamilton ran in 64 Cup events, had four wins, 26 top fives, and 33 top tens. Hamilton ran most all of his Cup events after he sustained his neck injury in 1969. Info from WikiPedia
DENNY HAMLIN - 11/18/1980 - an American race car driver. Hamlin began his racing career in 1988, at the age of 7 years old, racing go-karts. In 2002, he won ten Late Model races, and surpassed that in 2003 with 25 wins, and 30 poles, out of 36 races. In 2004, while competing full time in Late Model Stock Cars, Hamlin was signed to a driver development contract with Joe Gibbs Racing. He made his Xfinity Series debut at Darlington in 2004. He started twenty-seventh when qualifying was rained out, but finished eighth in the #18 Joe Gibbs Driven Performance Oil Chevrolet. Hamlin ran the full season in 2005 after he replaced Mike Bliss in the #20 Rockwell Automation Chevrolet in the Xfinity Series. He ended up finishing 5th in the final championship points standings as a rookie in that series, with 11 top 10's. Hamlin also ran his first NASCAR Cup Series races in 2005, making his Cup debut at Kansas Speedway as driver of the #11 FedEx Chevrolet, after Jason Leffler was released, and made
seven starts in in the Cup series in 2005. In his first start he would have a great qualifying run and pull off from seventh place. But finished 32nd two laps down. He finished the Cup season with three top 10 finishes in those seven starts and one pole. In 2006, Hamlin ran his first full season in the NASCAR Cup Series, and during the year he drove in both the Monster Cup and Xfinity Series full-time. In Hamlin's first restrictor plate race as a Cup driver, he beat all the previous year's (2005 season) pole winners in the 70-lap 2006 Budweiser Shootout. Hamlin became the first Rookie of the Year
candidate to take home the Shootout victory. On June 11, Hamlin scored his first career Cup Series win at the Pocono 500, where he also won his second career pole. He achieved his second career win on July 23, in the Pennsylvania 500 also at Pocono Raceway becoming only the 2nd rookie in Cup history to sweep both races at a track during the same season. He continued driving the #11 car in Sprint Cup in 2009, as well as sharing the #20 car for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Xfinity Series. Hamlin won his fifth career race at Pocono Raceway on August 3, 2009. Hamlin boldly stated at the final restart "I'm going to win this race." He followed through on the statement,
moving from sixth to first and snapping a 50 race win-less streak. The win was Hamlin's third at Pocono. On January 22, 2010, Hamlin tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while playing basketball. The decision was made to postpone his surgery until after the season. Hamlin announced on March 27, 2010 to have surgery on his left knee the following Monday. On March 29, 2010, Hamlin won the rain-postponed race at Martinsville Speedway in wild fashion. He beat his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Joey Logano, and Jeff Gordon to the finish line. Two days later, Hamlin had knee surgery to repair the torn ligament in his left knee. On April 19, 2010, just three weeks after his surgery, Hamlin worked his way from a 28th starting spot to restart 2nd with 13 laps to go at Texas Motor Speedway. Hamlin was later able to pass Jeff Burton on the outside and hold off Jimmie Johnson to get his 10th career win and his second win in three races. He was also able to claim a Southern 500 victory at Darlington. Hamlin made the "Chase" in the 2010 season, and coming into the final race he was leading Jimmy Johnson by 15 points. Hamlin finished 14th in the final event, while Johnson finished second, and won the championship. Hamlin only posted one win in 2011; but put his car in victory lane a whopping five times in 2012. 2013 Saw a rough start for Hamlin as he and Joey Logano crashed each other coming to the checkered flag in the fifth race of the season. Hamlin broke his back and would miss four races. 2014 saw the new Chase format when the top four who advance race heads up for the Championship. Denny advanced to the final race; but he didn't have anything for Harvick and Newman who finished first and second in the race. Hamlin finished seventh in the race; and thus third in the Cup Championship. 2015 was another successful season and Hamlin posted two wins and 14 top five finishes. He but he only managed a ninth place finish in the points. 2016 was even better as he got three wins, including the season opening Daytona 500. He ended up sixth in the points. To date he has ran 398 races with 29 wins, 117 top fives and 196 top ten finishes in 12 seasons. He also has 15 wins in the Xfinity series in 155 starts and two wins in the Truck series in 16 starts.
KEVIN HARVICK - 12/8/1975 - an American stock car auto racing driver and car owner competing in the NASCAR MONSTER Cup Series for Stewart-Haas Racing, driving the No. 4 Budweiser/Jimmy John's Ford Fusion. Harvick made his NASCAR Truck Series debut in 1995 at Mesa Marin Raceway, in his hometown of Bakersfield, CA. where he started and finished 27th in his family-owned #72. On October 23, 1999, Harvick made his first NASCAR Xfinity Series start in the Kmart 200 at the Rockingham Speedway in the #2 Invica Chevrolet. He would start 24th and finish 42nd due to engine failure. The race would be his only start in 1999. In 2000, Harvick would sign with Richard Childress Racing to drive the #2 AC Delco Chevrolet for his first full Xfinity Series season. Despite failing to qualify the second race of the season at Rockingham, Harvick would go on to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series Rookie of the Year with 3 wins, 8 top-five finishes and 16 top-tens as well as garnering a third place points finish. For 2001, Childress planned to run Harvick in the #2 Chevy in the Xfinity Series full-time again, while developing him into the NASCAR Cup Series with up to seven races in the #30 AOL Chevy. He planned to race Harvick for a full schedule in 2002. Chidress' plans changed when Dale Earnhardt was killed during the 2001 Daytona 500 and Childress tapped Harvick to be Earnhardt's replacement. For Harvick's first two races the car ran an inverted color scheme, the number changed from 3 to 29, and the pit crew wore generic uniforms. In the third race of the season, the car was painted white and red, while Harvick wore a white-and-red uniform. His pit crew continued to wear
the traditional GM Goodwrench Service Plus uniforms. On March 11, 2001 at the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500, only three weeks after Earnhardt's death, Harvick won his first career NASCAR Cup victory in just his third start by narrowly edging Jeff Gordon at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He won the race by only six one-thousandths of a second (.006), proving to be one of the closest finishes in NASCAR history since the introduction of electronic scoring in 1993. After the win, Harvick performed a tire-smoking burnout on the front stretch with three fingers held aloft outside the driver's window. Harvick began the 2002 season with a fine for a post race incident with Greg Biffle at Bristol Motor Speedway. Later, he was suspended for rough driving following a Truck race at Martinsville, Virginia. In 2007, his Cup team split primary sponsors, with Hershey's being joined by new primary sponsor Shell Oil Company and their Pennzoil brand. On Sunday, February 18, 2007 in the season-opening
Daytona 500, Harvick claimed his first NASCAR Cup Series victory in a restrictor plate race with a dramatic final lap pass over Mark Martin by .020 seconds in a green-white-checkered finish, the closest margin at the 500 since electronic scoring started in 1993. The race was on the sixth anniversary of the death of his predecessor at Richard Childress Racing, Dale Earnhardt. With the departure of Shell at the end of 2010 announced in the spring, the #29 team was searching for a new sponsor. In August, it was announced that, for 2011, the car's primary sponsor will be with Budweiser. The next three years would be good ones for Harvick and Richard Childress Racing. The duo posted nine wins; 23 top five finishes, and finished third in the points twice. But in 2014 Harvick moved to Stewart-Haas Racing thinking he might do even better. And he did. In his first year
with the new team Harvick would edge out Ryan Newman in the final race of the season to win the Cup Championship; while getting five wins. In 2015 Harvick finished second in the final race; but Kyle Busch won the race and the Championship. 2016 saw Harvick post four wins, but for the first time since the new Chase format had be implemented Harvick did not advance to the Championship race. He finished eighth in the points in 2016. Stewart-Hass Racing has announced they are switching to Fords for the 2017 season. To date in his 16 year career; Harvick has ran 574 races; posted 35 wins; gotten 154 top five finishes, and 284 top tens.
RAYMOND "FRIDAY" HASSLER - 7/29/1935 - 2/17/1972 - was a NASCAR Moster Cup Series driver. He made his debut in 1960 but only drove a hand full of races per year until 1967 when he drove 21 of the 49 races for Red Sharp and finished 32nd in points. His first start would come in the National 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October of 1960. He would start 22nd and also finish 22nd in the race. He had a career best finish of second at Islep Speedway in NY. It came in July of 1961. He would start fourth but Richard Petty would claim the win in the 250 lap race. Hassler drove to victory at the 1971 Volunteer 500 at Bristol in 1971; but as a relief driver for Charlie Glotzbach. It was not an official win for Hassler since the driver that starts the race gets credit for the finish position; and its only one of three instances where two drivers drove the winning car in a NASCAR premier series race. Hassler had started his own car that day and fell out on lap 104 when a wheel bearing failed. The race ran caution free; yet the team was able to make the
driver change under green; get Hassler back out and he would win by over three laps. Of course back in those days a pit stop often took over 30 second so a drivers changed wouldn’t of added much extra time to the stop. As of 2017 this race still stands as the fastest Bristol race ever. It is said Hassler, an independent driver, helped develop the modern NASCAR race car. Because he was unable to buy the "factory" new equipment as an independent driver, he simply put the improved parts where they would go on the older cars. Thus began the modern race car. His final career Cup start would come at Riverside Ca in the 1972 season opening race. He would start seventh and drive to a respectable ninth place
finish. Hassler lost his life in a crash the next event in Qualifying race #1 for the Daytona 500; at the age of 36 and the peak of his career. The accident happened on Lap 19 and was started when the car of DavidRay Boggs cut a tire on a restart, resulting in a 13 car pile-up. Hassler got turned sideway on the back straight; and as it was slowing to nearly a stop; it was rammed in the passengers side door by another racer at nearly full speed. For his career Friday raced in 135 Cup events; he posted a career best of second along with 12 top five finishes and 48 top tens.
JOSEPH RIDDICK "RICK" HENDRICK III - 7/12/1949 - see under "car owners"
JOSEPH RIDDICK "RICKY" HENDRICK IV - 4/12/1980 - 10/24/2004 - was an American NASCAR stock car driver and partial owner at Hendrick Motorsports, a team that his father Rick Hendrick founded. He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina on April 2, 1980, and began his career in racing at the age of fifteen. He competed in both the XFinity Series and Truck Series before his death from an airplane accident on October 24, 2004. In 1999, he entered his first NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Myrtle Beach Speedway, where he qualified fifth and finished 20th. He continued to run the series in 2000, with the addition of competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. His first Truck series start would come at Pikes Peak where he started 11th and came home with a
nice 6th place finish. He would run six races in the Truck Series during this season with all but one of his finishes being 12th or better. In 2001, he started to compete in all the Truck races. He recorded his first NASCAR career win on July 7, becoming the youngest rookie to win a race at the time. Hendrick was also able to accomplish 19 top ten finishes, the most by a rookie at that time. In 2002, he moved to the Xfinity Series with team mate Jack Sprague. During the season he was involved in an accident at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, sustaining a shoulder injury. He required surgery and two months of healing before he could race again. He ran 22 of the 34 events and had a best finish of fifth on two occasions before his injury. However, whenever he was healthy enough to return to racing; he decided to retire and take an management role at Hendrick Motorsports. He continued to be employed by Hendrick Motorsports, as the owner of two teams:
Brian Vickers in the NASCAR Cup Series and Kyle Busch in the Xfinity Series. On October 24, 2004, around 12:30 p.m. ET, Hendrick died in a plane crash near Martinsville, Virginia. With him were nine others who also lost their lives. The plane, on its way to the Martinsville Speedway, crashed on Bull Mountain due to pilot error in heavy fog. The Hendrick plane was headed to Martinsville to attend the Cup event held there that day. At the time of the crash Ricky's fiance' Emily Maynard with pregnant with their first child. They had been together for four years, and had just gotten engaged six months before the crash. She found out she was pregnant just days before Ricky's memorial. She gave birth to Josephine Riddick "Ricki" on June 29th, 2005; eight months after the fatal crash. Ricky's full name was Joseph Riddick Hendrick IV. Emily informed Rick Hendrick and his wife Linda she was pregnant. The Hendricks were delighted. Rick stated
"At the lowest time of our life, it was like a miracle that happened for us because we get a chance to have a piece of Ricky left. I can’t describe how happy and how excited we are. When she told us, it was hard to even believe. It was like God had given us back something. We had lost so much." In January of 2011 Emily was chosen to be a contestant on ABC's reality TV show "The Bachelor". She was picked by the Bachelor on the show, and he proposed to her. They split up in June 2011. In 2012 Emily got a second chance at love on the TV show "The Bachelorette". She picked Jef Holm and he proposed. They later ended their relationship in October 2012.
JIMMY HENSLEY - 10/11/1945 - is a former NASCAR driver. With a career spanning 27 seasons in all three of NASCAR's elite divisions, Hensley may be best remembered for his Rookie of the Year award won in 1992, his 15th season in the series, and for his nine career XFinity Series wins. He spent most of his career working as an oil truck driver in addition to racing. He was best known as being a substitute driver for many teams. Hensley's NASCAR Cup career began in 1972, driving for famous owner Junie Donlavey in the #90 Ford. Both of his starts that season came at Martinsville Speedway, the track being just ten miles from Hensley's hometown of Ridgeway, VA. Though an engine failure in his first start relegated Hensley to a 33rd place finish, he completed all but seven laps of the fall event, the Old Dominion 500, to finish fifth. This would end up being Hensley's best finish in his 98 career Winston Cup Series races. Hensley competed again for Donlavey in the 1973 and 1974 Virginia 500 events, coming home in seventh and sixth places, respectively. For the 1974 Old Dominion 500, Hensley drove the #02 Chevrolet owned by Russell Large, finishing 19th. Beginning in 1975, Hensley drove the #63 Chevrolet for part-time owner Billy Moyer, competing in both Martinsville races each year until 1977 and registering a top ten each season. It would be last Cup race for several years. In 1981, Hensley returned to the Cup Series, driving in the fall Martinsville event for Cecil Gordon in the #24 Buick and bringing home a seventh
place result. For the next eight seasons, Hensley competed on-and-off in the Cup Series and raced full-time in the Xfinity ranks. His first Xfinity series start would be at Martinsville; he would start 15th and finish 7th. He ran 11 events that season and had a best finish of second at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro NC. In 1983 he posted five top five finishes and finished fourth in the points. Behind the wheel of the #00 Oldsmobile in 1985, Hensley came home second in points, just 29 points behind champion Jack Ingram, after a season with three wins at Hickory, South Boston, and IRP. His first career win came at Hichory Speedway in NC; where he started fourth and led the final 30 laps to get the win. Hensley again finished second in points in 1987 driving the #5 Advance Auto Parts Buick for Sam Ard, starting and finishing first in the
season finale at Martinsville for his only win of the season. In 1990 he was once again second in the points after posting one win and nine top five finishes. His final Xfinity series win would come in 1991; a year in which he claimed three victories. At Orange County Speedway in Rougemont NC; Hensley would start second' lead 103 laps and beat out Robert Pressley by eight seconds to claim his last Xfinity Series win. Beginning in 1995, Hensley began to compete in the newly-formed Craftsman Truck Series, driving in his first two seasons for owner Grier Lackey. His first full season was in the #30 Mopar Performance Dodge Ram in
1996, where he had five top-fives and a pole position. In 1997, however, Hensley joined Petty Enterprises, piloting the #43 Cummins Dodge in the next three seasons. At age 52 in 1998, Hensley found victory lane at Nashville and finished sixth in the final points standings. The next year, he finished first at Martinsville, recording what would be the last win of his career. That year, he made his final run in the Xfinity Series, filling in for Wayne Grubb. For his career Hensley ran 146 Truck series races, winning two. He ran 255 Xfinity Series races posting nine wins; and he raced in 98 CUP races without posting a victory.
RON HORNADAY Jr. - 6/20/1958 - was a NASCAR racer is all three of NASCAR's elite divisions. He is the father of former NASCAR driver Ronnie Hornaday, and son of the late Ron Hornaday, Sr., a two time Winston West Champion. Adding on to the family legacy, Ron is a four time champion in the Truck Series, his most recent coming in 2009. Hornaday began racing in go-karts and motorcycles early in his career. Eventually, he moved up to race stock cars at Saugus Speedway. He made his NASCAR Cup debut in 1992 at the Save Mart 300K, where he started seventeenth but finished 32nd in Bob Fisher's #92 Chevrolet. He made another start later that year at Phoenix International Raceway, where he finished 25th. He made sporadic Cup starts from 1993-2000 never running more than two races in any one season. Hornaday signed to drive the #16 RCCA Products/Papa John's Pizza Chevrolet Silverado owned by Dale Earnhardt, Inc. for the then-start-up Craftsman Truck Series in 1995. He won the pole in the Truck Series first ever race; and went on to finish ninth. The next week he would start sixth and go on to claim his first win. He would win six times in 1995; but finish third in the points. The next year, with sponsorship from NAPA Auto Parts, Hornaday won four races and the
series championship. He followed that up with seven wins in 1997; and followed that up with six additional wins in 1998; along with his second Truck series Championship. He had two additional wins in 1999 before moving to the Xfinity Series to race full time in 2000; still driving for Dale Earnhardt Inc. He picked up wins at Nazareth Speedway and Indianapolis Raceway Park and finished fifth in points, runner-up to Kevin Harvick for Rookie of the Year honors. Hornaday signed with A.J. Foyt Racing in the Cup series for 2001, driving the #14 Conseco Pontiac Grand Prix. Despite posting a ninth-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Hornaday struggled throughout the year and finished 38th
in points, causing him to lose his job at the end of the year. Hornaday raced 32 races in the 36 race season. 2002-2004 found Hornaday running full time in the Xfinity series; now driving for Richard Childress. During those three years he won two races, and finished third in the points in 2003, and fourth in 2004. Starting in 2005 Hornaday went back to racing full time in the Truck series in a vehicle owned by Kevin Harvick. In that period he has won 21 truck races, and posted 72 top five finishes; also winning the championship in 2007, and 2009. His final Truck Series race came at Texas where he would start 16th and finish 12th.
His final career start would come in the Cup series in March of 2015 driving the #30 Chevy owned by The Motorsports group. He would start 34th but have rear end problems after 187 laps and finish 42nd. For his NASCAR career, Hornaday has won 51 Truck series races, and has 158 top five finishes, and won the championship four times (1996, 1998, 2007, 2009). He raced in 184 Xfinity events collecting four wins, and raced 46 times in the Cup division without a win and a best finish of ninth at Las Vegas in 2001.
JIM HURTUBISE - 12/5/1932 - 1/6/1989 - was an American race car driver who raced in USAC Champ Cars (including the Indianapolis 500), as well as sprint cars and stock cars (USAC and NASCAR). Despite his limited success, he was a fan favorite throughout much of his career as many characterized him as an "old style" race car driver. Hurtubise raced in the USAC Championship Car series in the 1959–1968 and 1970–1974 seasons, with 97 career starts. He finished in the top ten 38 times, with 4 victories, in 1959 at Sacramento, 1960 at Langhorne, and 1961 and 1962 at Springfield, IL. In 1964, after suffering serious burns in an accident during the Rex Mays Classic, in Milwaukee, doctors asked Hurtubise how he wanted his hands shaped permanently. "Just make 'em so I can hold a steering wheel," he replied. Hurtubise ran in ten Indianapolis 500 races between 1960 and 1974. His best finish was a 13th in 1962. In 1972 he ran out fuel, but was towed through the infield, which resulted in his disqualification. In the 1968 INDY 500 race, he ran the last front engined car to date in the race. He attempted to qualify a
front engined car for the Indy 500 every year from 1975 to 1981 but failed to do so in each of those years. On May 21, 1972, on "bump day", he put his Miller Beer sponsored car in line to make a qualification attempt shortly before the closing deadline of 6:00 PM. The time expired before it was his turn to qualify. He then removed the engine cover to reveal that the car had no engine, but five chilled cases of his sponsor's product, which he shared with the other pit crews and race officials. In 1978, he did not meet the certified speed and was denied an attempt to make the race. He sat in Bob Harkey’s car and locked the brakes. He then ran on the track until he was apprehended by the police. But by 1979, was back in
USAC's good graces. In 1957, Hurtubise started his NASCAR career running two races. His first start came at Ascot Stadium in Los Angels CA. He would start seventh and finish 13th in his 1956 Chevy. This was also the first race at Ascot Stadium. His lone NASCAR win would come at Atlanta in 1966 in the Atlanta 500. He would start fifth after a great qualifying run, and lead 139 laps in route to the win. His final NASCAR Cup start would come in Dover DE in 1977 in the Delaware 500. He started 29th but crash out after only 12 laps and finish 39th. He would race 36 Cup races, winning at Atlanta, and amassing
eleven top ten finishes. He raced for 22 seasons in the USAC and Champ Car Series making 96 starts and had the four vioctories mentioned above. Hurtubise died January 6, 1989 after suffering a heart attack near his home in Port Arthur, Texas. He was 56 years old.
DICK HUTCHERSON - 11/30/1931 - 11/6/2005 - was an American businessman and a former stock car racer. Hutcherson drove in NASCAR competition from 1964 to 1967. As he was racing in the Midwest, he kept hearing about the great racing and the big purses in NASCAR, so he moved south and started on the NASCAR Cup circuit. He made his first Cup start in March of 1964 in Greenville SC. He would win the pole in his first ever start; but end up 15th after leading 60 laps and shearing off his lug bolts causing him to fall out of the race. In 1965; again at Greenville, Hutcherson would claim his first ever Cup win. He would start second and lead 191 of the 200 laps beating Ned Jarrett by a car length. He would go on to win nine times in 1965 and finish second in the points. In 1966 he only ran in 14 of 49 races but still won on three occasions and
posted nine top 10 results. 1967 would be the final year Hutcherson would race in the Cup Series. He would run in only 33 of the 49 events; but post two wins and finish third in the points standings on the strength of 20 top 5 finishes;... despite running only 33 times compared to Richard Petty's 48 and James Hylton's 46. His final race win would come at at Atlanta in the Dixie 500. He would
take the green flag in eighth spot and lead 94 laps. Richard Petty led 127 of the first 261 laps; then he blew a motor and Hutcherson was there to assume the lead and drive to the victory. His final Cup start would come in the Western North Carolina 500 at Asheville-Weaverville Speedway in NC. He started fourth and would lead three laps in a race dominated by Bobby Allison. Hutcherson would take his final checkered flag in the fourth position. He won 14 NASCAR races in 103 starts in the #29 Holman Moody car from 1965 to 1967. Hutcherson retired at the end of the season to concentrate on his
chassis-building business in Charlotte. After four years of top-level racing he became crew chief for his friend and fellow driver David Pearson in 1968. The combination won the championship in 1968 and 1969. In 1968 he also appeared in the Elvis Presley stock car racing movie Speedway. Another step in his career became a reality after his tenure with Pearson when he was named general manager of Holman-Moody, a position he held until December 1971 when he and West Coast driver Eddie Pagan formed Hutcherson-Pagan Inc, a business to build and repair race cars. The two were very successful as they built cars for A.J. Foyt, Darrell Waltrip, Rick Wilson, and others. Dick become sole owner of the firm after the death of Eddie Pagan in 1984. It was one of the sport’s most
successful car building operations over the last 30 years. Hutcherson-Pagan parts trucks are still a familiar site around the nation’s race tracks. After being a former owner, President, and one of the founders of Hutcherson-Pagan, Dick retired. He died on November 6, 2005 on his way home from Florida. For his career, Hutcherson ran in 103 CUP events, and won 14 races in four seasons. He had 64 top five finishes, and 73 top tens. He finished second in the CUP points chase in 1965, and third in 1967.
JAMES HYLTON - 8/26/1934 - is a retired American race car driver. He is a two-time winner in NASCAR and competes in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, finishing 16th in points in 2006. He made headlines while attempting to qualify for the 2007 Daytona 500 at age 72. He also attempted to qualify for the 2009 Daytona 500 at age 74. Hylton's career in auto racing began in the late fifties when he began working as a mechanic for the legendary Rex White. James, Rex and Louis Clements teamed to win 26 races and most importantly the 1960 NASCAR Cup championship. On July 8, 1964, Hylton made his first Cup start at the Old Dominion 400 at Old Dominion Speedway at Manassas, Virginia. James finished 19th and collected $100 for his efforts. Things improved dramatically in 1966, as Hylton finished second in the points chase; posted 20 top five finishes and won the
coveted NASCAR Rookie of the Year award. Hylton again finished second in points during the 1967 season and had 26 top five finishes and 39 top ten finishes in 46 starts; while driving Dodges for owner Bud Hartje. James was a model of consistency during this two year period as he had 46 top five finishes in 87 races. Hylton's first career win came at Richmond in 1970. He would start third in his 1969 Ford and lead the final 160 laps to grab his first win by beating Richard Petty by over 1/2 lap. In the 1972 Talladega 500, Hylton won under interesting circumstances, when Goodyear supplied teams with a special tire for super speedways. However the tire shredded after a while, and because
Hylton's team could not afford the new tires they ran with the old ones. Hylton and Ramo Stott, another under-funded driver who also could not afford the tires used the old tires to out run the other cars, and Hylton beat Stott by less than a second. James moved to the ARCA circuit during the 1990s, and ran in 16 of 23 ARCA REMAX Series schedule in 2006. He finished 18th in the final points standings. Hylton final Cup start came in 1993 at Darlington. He would qualify 37th but have to retire after 62 laps with handling problems; relegating him to a 34th place finish. He has attempted to make Cup starts as late as 2009 at the age of 74. He did make an Xfinity Series start in 2011 at the age of 76. It would come at Darlington in the Royal Purple 200. He
started 43rd and would drop out after only two laps. His career stats show him running in 602 CUP events, and posting two wins. He also amassed 140 top fives, and 301 top tens. Between 1985 and 2013 Hylton made 175 ARCA starts. It appears that his final stock car start came at age 78 in the ARCA Series in a race at Kansas. He started 24th and finished 18th. But with James; you just never know if this was his last start or not....
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