JACK INGRAM - 12/28/1936 - is a former NASCAR Xfinity Series race car driver and champion. Nicknamed the "Iron Man", during eight seasons in the Xfinity Series, he won 31 races and 5 poles, as well as the 1982 and 1985 championships. Unlike most younger competitors, Ingram won his 31 races between the age of 45 and age 50. During most of his time in the series he drove the Skoal Bandit car (1984 to 1991). Throughout his Xfinity Series career he almost always raced in the #11 car. At age 75, he was still competing in the Late Model Sportsman Division at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Greenville,
South Carolina. His first Xfinity series start didn't come until 1982 when he was 45 years old. He won an astounding seven times in his first season and claimed the Championship. His first start came at Daytona where he finished a disappointing 31st; but he rebounded and only five races later he would be in victory lane at Hickory Speedway. From race #3 of the schedule until race # 28 he only had two finishes worse than 6th; and posted 23 top five finishes. IN 1983 he won on five occasions; but would finish second in the points getting beat by Sam Ard. 1984 was a repeat of 1983 and even though Ingram won eight times; Ard was far dominant and beat Ingram for the championship by over 400 points. Although Ard won eight times also; he posted 24 top five finishes in the 28 race schedule; 19 times in the top three. In 1985 Ingram again found himself back on top as he beat Jimmy Hensley by 29 points to again claim the Championship. In 1987 he claimed his final Xfinity win; it also came at Hickory speedway where he started fifth; led 185 of the 200 laps to beat Mike alexander for the win. His final Xfinity start came on August 3rd 1991. He would start 26th and drive his way through the field to finish ninth. After his NASCAR Xfinity retirement in 1991, he held the record for the most wins in the Xfinity Series, until it was broken by Mark Martin in 1997.... most of who's records was later broken by Kyle Busch. In 2007, Ingram was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. For his career, Ingram ran in 275 Xfinity races, and claimed 31 wins, with 122 top fives, and 164 top ten finishes. He also ran in the Cup series infrequently. He ran 10 Cup events from 1965-1969. His first Cup start came at Hickory Speedway in NC. It wasn't a very memorable start as he would start 26th; and be out after only four laps finishing 26th. His best Cup finish also came at Hickory Speedway. It came on June 2, 1967; where he would start sixth and finish second behind a dominant Richard Petty Plymouth. He ran only four races in 1967; and had four more starts in 1968. He did not race in Cup again until he ran four races in 1979 but could only muster a best finish of 25th. He did not race Cup in 1980 and he raced his final 5 Cup events in 1981. His final career start would be his best finish of 1981. It would come at Charlotte in the National 500. He started 18; ran a very competitive race and finished ninth. He ran a total of 19 Cup races with a best finish of second at Hickory Speedway in 1967.
VIRGIL EARNEST "ERNIE" IRVAN - 1/13/1959 - is best remembered for his comeback after a serious head injury at Michigan International Speedway which earned him numerous awards and respect from his fellow drivers. He is inducted in numerous halls of fame and was named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998. Irvan began his racing career driving karts in California in 1968 at the age of nine. He won the California Championship at the age of 15. From then until 1981 Ernie raced every weekend at Madera and Stockton, CA, winning numerous feature events. He missed his high school graduation ceremony to race at Riverside, CA. In 1982, Irvan left California with $700 in his pocket and everything he owned loaded into his pickup truck and a homemade trailer, and he headed east to North Carolina. Irvan supported himself in Charlotte, NC. by welding grandstand seats at Charlotte Motor Speedway, unloaded Ken Schrader's moving van, built race cars, and other odd jobs. Before long, Irvan made his nascar Cup debut on September 13 at Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway driving the #56 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The car, built and prepared by Irvan and Reno, was sponsored by Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet. Irvan qualified 20th but was sidelined after 35 laps after the car's engine overheated. In 1988, Irvan made a bid at NASCAR Rookie of the Year, driving DK Ulrich's #2 Kroger Chevrolets and Pontiacs. Irvan competed in 25 of the 29 Cup Series events, losing Rookie-of-the-Year honors to Ken Bouchard by three points. He moved over to Morgan-McClure Motorsports' (MMM) #4
Kodak Oldsmobile, filling the vacancy left by Phil Parsons. After starting 30th in his first race for the new team (Atlanta in March), Irvan charged to the front and grabbed a 3rd place finish - the first Top-5 of his career. He won his first nascar Cup race in the Busch 500 at Bristol on August 25. Ernie wrapped up the season with three poles, one victory, six Top-5's and 13 Top-10's, winning $535,280 and finishing ninth in the final standings. Irvan continued his tenure with Morgan-McClure in 1993. Irvan's friend Davey Allison died in a helicopter crash on July 12. Irvan wanted to take his place at Robert Yates Racing (RYR) in the #28 Texaco/Havoline Ford. MMM did not want him to, and the result was a nasty lawsuit. Irvan was fired from the ride in the fall, he took over the car at Darlington (September) where he started 10th and finished 5th. Ernie's first victory with RYR came in his 4th start with the
team when he won at Martinsville later that same month. Irvan dedicated his victory that day to Allison and then followed that victory two weeks later with one at Charlotte in which he led all but six laps. In 1994, Irvan was a contender for the NASCAR Cup Series Championship throughout the first 20 races of the season. His chase for the championship ended on an early morning Friday practice session at Michigan. According to drivers on the track, a right front tire deflated, sending Irvan's car into the turn two wall at over 170 miles per hour. Emergency workers at the track extricated him from the car, and he was immediately airlifted to Saint Joseph's Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was diagnosed with critical brain and lung injuries and given only a 10% chance of surviving the night. Irvan clung to life for the first two days. By early
September, Irvan was listed in "fair" condition and was removed from ventilator support. A few weeks later he was deemed well enough to be transferred to the Charlotte Institute of Rehabilitation in Charlotte. Less than two months later, at the gala NASCAR Awards Banquet in New York, Irvan walked on stage at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel's Grand Ballroom to receive the True Value Hard Charger Award. Despite missing the final 11 races at the end of the season, Ernie had still ranked among the top five for the most miles driven. In addition, Ernie tied Geoff Bodine for the most poles won
during the season. Throughout the first eight months of 1995, Irvan remained focused on returning to Cup racing. He went through rehabilitation and strength training to regain his physical strength. On September 16, NASCAR cleared Irvan for competition. October 1, he made his return to Winston Cup racing in the 88 Texaco-Havoline Ford of RYR (he could not assume his old ride, as Dale Jarrett had taken it over). After starting in seventh position, he advanced to third by Lap 47 and took the lead on Lap 125. He held the lead for 31 laps and finished on the lead lap in sixth position. 1997 marked his final season driving the Robert Yates Racing Texaco-Havoline Ford. Irvan notched his 15th career win. The victory came in June at Michigan Speedway, the track that nearly claimed his life three years earlier. In 1998, Irvan joined MB2 Motorsports to drive the #36 Skittles Pontiac. During the year he scored 11 Top-10 finishes with three pole positions despite missing the final three races while recovering from injuries suffered at Talladega in October. Irvan finished the season 19th in the Cup points standings, earning $1,476,141. He made his final career Cup start at Watkins Glen. He would start 36th; run a good clean race; but blew a motor after 60 laps and finished 41st. The next race weekend; on August 20, exactly 5 years after his near fatal accident there, Irvan crashed again at Michigan while driving his own #84 Irvan-Simo Federated Auto Parts Pontiac in a practice session for the Xfinity Series race. Ernie was again airlifted from the track and was diagnosed with a mild head injury and a bruised lung as a result of the accident. Less than two weeks later, on September 3, 1999, surrounded by his wife and two children, Irvan announced his retirement from driving at a tearful press conference in Darlington, SC. While he would fully recover before the end of the 1999 season, the reasoning for the retirement was to prevent future incidents and he had a family to support. For his career, Irvan ran in 313 CUP events, winning 15 times. He had 68 top five and 124 top ten finishes. He finished fifth in the 1991 points chase.
KENNETH DALE "KENNY" IRWIN - 8/5/1969 - 7/7/2000 - was a NASCAR stock car driver. He had driven in all three major of forms of NASCAR and had two total victories. Before that, he raced in the United States Auto Club against Tony Stewart, who was one of his fiercest rivals. He died as a result of injuries suffered in a crash during a practice session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Irwin began his NASCAR career in the Truck Series. He made his debut in that series in 1996 at Phoenix International Raceway, driving the #26 Ford F-150 for MB Motorsports. He started and finished 32nd after an engine failure. In his second start at Richmond International Raceway, he won the pole in the #62 Raybestos Ford and finished fifth. He moved up to drive full-time in 1997, driving the #98 Ford for Liberty Racing. He had 2 wins, 7 Top 5, and 10 Top 10 finishes that season, on his way to a 10th place finish in the final point standings. He also won Rookie of the Year honors that season. Irwin also made his debut in the NASCAR Cup Series in 1997 with David Blair Motorsports at Richmond. He qualified on the outside pole and led for twelve laps, finishing in eighth place. He ran three more races with Blair that season, qualifying
no worse than eleventh. He won the 1998 Rookie of the Year award in the Cup Series driving the Robert Yates Racing #28 Texaco car, replacing Ernie Irvan. Irwin remained with Yates for 1999 and opened the season with a third place finish in the Daytona 500. He also posted a top five finish at Richmond that season. at the end of the year the pair parted ways as Irwin moved over to drive for Felix sebates wheeling the #42 Bellwouth Chevy. He had a best finish of fourth that season before the race at New Hampshite when during practice for the New England 300, he slammed head on into the wall, causing his car to flip onto its side. According to fellow driver Brett Bodine speaking to CNN, the car slid along
its side for a long time before rolling on its roof. Irwin likely died instantly of a basilar skull fracture. Irwin's accident was blamed on a stuck throttle, which was the same cause of the accident that had killed Adam Petty at nearly that exact spot on the track just one month prior.
ROBERT "BOBBY" ISAAC - 8/1/1932 - 8/14/1977 - began racing full-time in 1956, but it took him seven years to break into the NASCAR Cup division full time. His first Cup start would come at Charlotte. He would run in the first qualifying race for the World 600 and finish 18th falling out after only two laps. Appearantly he missed the race as he made no other starts until 1963. That year he ran 27 of the 55 events and posted three top five finishes. He had a best finish of third at Columbis (SC) Speedway. 1964-1968 Isaac raced part time in the Cup series. 1964 saw him claim his first Cup Series win. It would come in the second qualifying race for the Daytona 500. On the final lap Richard Petty had a 27 second lead; Petty ran out of gas on the back stretch and had to coast all the way back to the finish line. Meanwhile Isaac and Pardue were battling side by side for second. They came up on Ralph Earnhardt's lapped car entering the tri-oval, split around him and came up on Petty who was coasting at around 30 mph on the apron. The three crossed the finish line side-by-side, all thinking they had won. 4 hours later, television
footage showed Issac won but it took another day to decide who finished second. In 1967 Isaac took over the K&K Insurance Dodge and in 1968 he would win his first first full length race. It would come at Columbia SC. He would start sixth; lead 186 of the 200 laps beating out Charlie Glotzbach to get the win. This would also be Isaac's first full time season in NASCAR. He would claim three wins and finish second in the points chase. 1969 was an awesome year for Bobby as he would win 17 times and post 29 top five finishes in 54 events. He finished sixth in the points however due to only running 50 of the 54 events. Bobby would win at the race track where I used to be a race official - (Peach State Speedway in Jefferson GA.). 1970 saw Isaac take the checkered flag first on eleven occasions. In this season he ran 47 of 48 events and won the Cup Championship. Isaac
won the championship in 1970 driving the #71 Dodge Charger Daytona sponsored by K&K Insurance with his crew chief the legendary Harry Hyde. Isaac & Hyde took the car to Talladega in November of that year and set a closed-course speed record. After winning the Championship he cut way back on his racing as he only ran 25 of 48 races; and he still managed to win four times; including the Fire Cracker 400. His final win would come in 1972 at Rockingham. He would start first lead 210 of the 492 laps and beat Richard Petty by over a lap. From this points through 1976 Bobby only ran a hand full of races. His final start came at Charlotte in the World 600. He started 34th but blew a motor on lap 39 and finished 38th. Isaac won 37 races in NASCAR's top series during his career, including 11 in his championship season, and started from the pole position 50 times. He took 20 poles in a single season in 1969. This NASCAR record will be hard to beat since there are currently 36 races on the schedule. According to Isaac a strange "voice" in the car told him to retire from the Talladega race in 1973 because it threatened he would be killed. (Earlier in the race, another driver named Larry Smith died in an accident.). Bobby Isaac was inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame in 1979, and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1996. In 1998 NASCAR honored Isaac as one of its NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers of all time. Unfortunately, Bobby did not live to enjoy any of the accolades. He pulled out of a 1977 Late Model Sportsman race at Hickory Motor Speedway with 25 laps left, and called for a relief driver, collapsing on pit road. Though he was revived briefly at the hospital, a heart attack in the early morning hours proved fatal to the 45-year-old.
BRUCE JACOBI - 6/23/1935 - 2/4/1987 - was NASCAR driver, from Salem, Indiana. Jacobi made his first Cup start in 1975. It would come at Daytona in the 500. Bruce would start 39th; have a great run and finish 12th in the race. A very promising start for the rookie. He ran 15 of the 30 races is that season. He posted three top 10 finishes with a best of eighth at Talladega. He only ran three races in 1976; and only attempted one race in 1977 (a race in which he did not qualify). 1979 saw him once again qualify to race in the Daytona 500; but he gave up his ride so that Gary Balough could run the race. In 1980 and 1981 Bruce only attempted one race and finished outside the top 20 in both events. He took off the 1982 season but came back to Daytona the following year. Jacobi came to the 1983 Daytona Speedweeks without a ride but picked one up with a smaller independent teams in time for the Twin 125 Qualifiers. During the first
Twin 125 qualifying race, he lost control of his car at the exit of Turn 2 and flipped upon entering the grass infield, eventually coming to a stop near the inside dirt bank. The car flipped end over end and it is speculated that his roll cage failed during the crash. Jacobi suffered extensive head injuries from the crash and was in a coma for almost four years before passing away at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. In 1987, he died at age 51 because of head injuries from that crash in 1983. He had 37 USAC Champ Car starts between 1960 and 1970, with a best finish of fourth at Springfield in 1970.
DALE JARRETT - 11/26/1956 - is a former American race car driver and sports commentator known for his 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Championship win. He is the son of two-time NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Ned Jarrett. In 1980 Jarrett made his Cup debut. Driving the #02 Chevrolet for Emanuel Zervakis at Martinsville Speedway, he qualified 24th and finished fourteenth. He made two more Cup starts that season. In 1987, Jarrett replaced Tommy Ellis in the #18 Chevrolet owned by Eric Freelander early in the season. Running a primarily-unsponsored car, he had two tenth-place finishes and ended the season 26th in points, second to Davey Allison for Rookie of the Year honors. He ran every race of the 1988 and 1989 season driving for Cale Yarborough in the hardee's Chevy. In 1990; he switched to the Wood Brothers where he posted seven top 10 finishes and a season best finish of fourth at the year ending Atlanta Journal 500. In 1991 Jarrett won his first career Cup race at Michigan International Speedway, and finished a then career-best 17th in the final standings. 1992 saw Jarret move from the Wood Brothers team; to new car owner Joe Gibbs
where he posted two top 5 finishes. Jarrett won the 1993 Daytona 500 over Dale Earnhardt (commonly referred to as "The Dale and Dale Show" video via YouTube) in a race called by his father Ned Jarrett. Dale's Mom Martha was sitting in a van and couldn't bare to watch the finish. He won again for Gibbs in 1994 at Charlotte. Jarrett signed to drive for Robert Yates in 1995, piloting the #28 Texaco Ford in place of an injured Ernie Irvan. He would remain with Yates through 2006. He would win at least one time every year driving for Yates through 2003. He won his first race for Yates at Pocono Raceway and finished 13th in the final standings. In 1996, Jarrett won the Daytona 500 for a second time, and finished in the top-2 in each of the first three races of the season. He also won the Coca-Cola 600 and the Brickyard 400 and finished third in the final standings behind his Hendrick Motorsports
teammates Terry Labonte and Jeff Gordon. Jarrett's kissing of the bricks at Indianapolis started a tradition that has been used by every NASCAR team at the race since then, and at the Indianapolis 500 since 2003. The following season, he won a career-best seven races but lost the championship to Jeff Gordon by fourteen points. In 1998, Jarrett won three races, and finished second in the last two races of the year, ending up third in the final standings to Jeff Gordon, despite suffering gallbladder problems. After an off season surgery, Jarrett returned in 1999 and took the points lead after his first win of the season
in the Pontiac Excitement 400, and held it for the rest of the year, when he won his first career Winston Cup title by 201 points over Bobby Labonte. Following his title in 1999, Jarrett won the Daytona 500 for the third time in 2000, but after winning only one other race and dropping to fourth in the standings, Ford elected to withdraw as a primary sponsor. United Parcel Service was signed as the primary sponsor for Jarrett's car, and shortly thereafter UPS began a multi-year promotional campaign involving UPS, and made TV commercials that had executives trying to convince him to drive their trademark "Big Brown Truck" in a race. UPS would be Jarrett's only sponsor from this point until the time he retired in 2008. In 2005, Jarrett got his last career win at Talladega Superspeedway, in the 2006 season, Jarrett had four top-ten finishes, with a best finish of fourth at Kansas. His best starting position was second and he finished 23rd in
points. It was his last year racing for Yates, as he and sponsor UPS left for Michael Waltrip Racing's new #44 Toyota team. Since Jarrett's team was a brand new team and had no owner points, and due to a rule change, he was only eligible to use the Past Champion's Provisional five times. Jarrett was forced to use all five of his provisionals at the start of the season, starting at Daytona. He started 43rd in the Daytona 500 and finished 22nd. Dale used his last champion's provisional at the Spring Talladega race, Aaron's 499. For the rest of 2007, Jarrett had to get into that weekend's race on time. Jarrett missed eleven races in 2007 as a result. During an interview on Speed, Dale said after his contract is up with MWR (which was expected to be in the 2009 season), he would retire, but the timetablewas pushed up in October 2007 prior to the 2007 Bank of America 500. Jarrett retired from points racing after the 2008 Food City 500, turning the #44 Toyota ride to David Reutimann. His final race was the All-Star race in May, 2008 after which he joined ESPN's NASCAR coverage full-time as a booth announcer. For his career Jarrett competed in 668 CUP events. He posted 22 wins, with 163 top five finishes. He was the points champion in 1999, and finished in the top five in points seven times. He won the Daytona 500 three times (1993, 1996, & 2000), the BrickYard 400 twice (1996 & 1999) and the Coke 600 in 1996. He was also voted one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest drivers in 1998. Jarrett was also a accomplished Xfinity driver. He ran in 329 races and won on 11 occasions. He finished in the top five in points in that division five times and had 105 top 5 finishes.
NED JARRETT - 10/12/1932 - - is a retired race car driver and two-time NASCAR champion. Jarrett was best known for his calm demeanor, and he became known as "Gentleman Ned Jarrett". Yet he was an intense competitor when he put his two hands on the steering wheel of a NASCAR stock car. Jarrett raced in his first national race at the 1953 Southern 500 at Darlington Speedway. He was out after 10 laps after the engine developed an oil leak. He made only two or three starts per year 1954-1957; and did not race in 1958. In 1959, he was looking to pursue a career in NASCAR Grand National (now Monster Cup) Series. He purchased a Junior Johnson Ford for $2,000. He did not have enough money to cover the check, so he waited until the bank closed to write the check, entered two races, and won them both to cover the cost of his car. In 1960, he won five races finishing
fifth in the Championship chase. 1961 saw him only win once, but and the championship over Rex White that season. 1962 saw him win six times; but finish third in the points. 1963 was even better as he claimed eight wins; but again the championship eluded him as he finished fourth in the points. Both years he was beat out by Joe Weatherly. In 1964, Jarrett joined team owner Bondy Long and with the support of Ford won 15 times; on five occasions he won back to back races. Still the Championship eluded him again as this season the title went to Richard Petty. Jarrett picked up his first superspeedway win at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In 1965, Jarrett became a super star when he won 13 races and another NASCAR Cup championship. He placed among the top
five in 42 of the 54 races that he ran. The 1965 Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway was one of the wildest races in NASCAR history. Rookie driver Buren Skeen died after two cars ran into the side of his car in the early laps. Sam McQuagg was leading the race, when Cale Yarborough tried to muscle past McQuagg for the lead. Yarborough flew over the guardrail, rolled around six times, and ended up at the end of the parking lot by a light post. Yarborough waved to the crowd as he walked back to the pits. A video clip of the wreck was used on ABC's Wide World of Sports for several years. With 44 laps left, Fred Lorenzen and Darel Dieringer were fighting for the lead far ahead of Jarrett.
Lorenzen's motor expired, and even before he could get into the pits Dieringer's motor started smoking too . Dieringer continued at a slower pace to finish third. The race was won by Ned Jarrett by 14 laps, which is the farthest margin of victory in NASCAR history. In 1966, Jarrett was in the run for another championship when Ford announced that they were withdrawing from NASCAR. With that, Jarrett decided that it was time to retire at the young age of 34. Jarrett is the only driver to retire as the NASCAR champion. His final win would come at Dog Track Speedway in Moyock NC. He would start second; lead 56 laps and beat Bobby Isaac by over a lap to get the win. It is speculated that the death of his good friend and fellow comeptitor Fireball Roberts hastened Jarrett's early retirement. His final race came at Rockingham NC in the American 500. Jarrett started 18th and drove through a strong field of competitors to finish third in the event. This strong finish showed that Jarrett was still at the top of his game when he hung up his helmet for the final time. In 1978, Jarrett became a radio broadcaster on MRN Radio. He interviewed United States President Ronald
Reagan live at the 1984 Firecracker 400 at Daytona, the race famous as Richard Petty's 200th win. Ned also hosted a daily radio program about racing on MRN Radio called "Ned Jarrett's World of Racing" until May 15, 2009, when he announced he would retire from the program. Jarrett also has been a television broadcaster on The Nashville Network, CBS, ESPN, and Fox. He called several of NASCAR's more memorable television moments. Ned called his son Dale's first victory (in his 129th race) in the 1991 Champion 400 at the Michigan International Speedway. Dale banged fenders with Davey Allison's coming to the finish line in what was then the closest finish in NASCAR history. Another famous moment was when he called Dale's victory at the 1993 Daytona 500, openly siding with his son on the last lap and coaching him home to victory over Dale Earnhardt. Embarrassed by his loss of objectivity, he tried to apologize to Earnhardt after the race, but Earnhardt merely smiled and said, "I'm a father, too". For his career Jarrett posted 352 starts, and had 50 wins, He also got 185 top fives, and 239 top ten finishes. He was voted one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers, and was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame during the 2011 induction ceremony on May 23, 2011.
GORDON JOHNCOCK - 8/5/1936 - is a former racing driver, best known as a two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 and the 1976 USAC Marlboro Championship Trail champion, and also competed in selected CUP events. Johncock was most often simply referred to as "Gordy." Johncock's first USAC victory was scored at the Milwaukee Mile in August 1965. He won six further races before winning the Indy 500 in 1973. At the 1973 Indianapolis 500, Johncock was racing for the STP/Pat Patrick team. A major accident at the start involving Salt Walther, coupled with two days of rain, postponed the race until late Wednesday afternoon. When the race was held, Johncock's teammate Swede Savage was severely injured in a fiery crash on lap 58. A moment later, Armando Teran, a pit crew member on the same STP/Patrick team, was struck by a fire truck going northbound in the pits rushing to the accident, and was fatally injured at the scene . When the race resumed, Johncock who had led the most laps, was leading when rain fell again on the 133rd lap and the race was declared official. After a short and muted victory lane celebration, Johncock
went to visit Savage at the hospital. Afterward, the celebratory victory banquet was canceled. About a month later, Savage died from his injuries. In the 1975 Indianapolis 500, he started the race on the front row but retired with ignition problems on the 11th lap. Johncock won the USAC national title in 1976, snatching the title from Johnny Rutherford in the final race of the season at Phoenix International Raceway. In 1976 and 1978 he finished third at Indianapolis, and in 1977 he ws leading AJ Foyt when the cars crankshaft broke with sixteen laps to go. Foyt went on to claim the win. Johncock had the distinction of winning the first CART sanctioned Indycar race at Phoenix in March 1979, and he
won one further race until May 1982. Johncock took a second Indianapolis 500 victory in 1982, winning by 0.16 second over Rick Mears. Mears was rapidly closing on Johncock in the final laps. In Mears' final pit stop, Mears' team made a miscalculation and filled his car with more fuel than it needed to finish the race. As a consequence Mears had to catch up a significant distance on Johncock, and on the 197th and 198th laps came from 3 seconds back to within car lengths. On the final lap, Mears tried to pass Johncock for the win, with Johncock making a decisive defense of first place in Turn One. Johncock competed in 21 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events in his career. He earned three top-fives and four top-tens in his limited schedules. The best of those finishes were a pair of fourths in 1973 at Daytona and 1966 at Rockingham. For his
career Johncock race 273 Indy car events collecting 25 wins, and 111 top five finishes. He claimed the two Indy 500 wins, the 1976 series championship, and finished in the top five in points 13 times out of 24 seasons.
BOBBY JOHNS - 5/22/1932 - 3/7/2016 - is a retired American race car driver. Johns raced in the NASCAR series in the 1956-1969 seasons, with 141 career starts. He had 2 wins among his 36 top ten finishes and finished the 1960 season 3rd in the points. His wins came at Atlanta in 1960, and at Bristol in 1962. He also attempted to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 seven times, and succeeded in both 1965 and 1969, where he finished 7th and 10th, respectively. Bobby Jones was able to race in NASCAR regardless of being conscripted into the United States Army.
JIMMY JOHNSON - 9/17/1975 - - is an American NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race car driver. He currently drives the number 48 Lowe's Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. Johnson began racing motorcycles at the age of five. After graduating from Granite Hills High School he competed in off-road series. He raced in Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group (MTEG), Short-course Off-road Drivers Association (SODA) and SCORE International, winning rookie of the year in each series. In 1998, Johnson and his team began stock car racing. In 2000, he moved up to the NASCAR Nationwide Series. He raced two full seasons in that series driving for William and stanley Herzog; posting only one win and five top 5 finishes. Johhnson won his only Xfinity Series race driving the #92 Excedrin car at Chicagoland Speedway in July of 2001. To be honest it was a big surprise when Rick Hendrick tabbed Johnson to move up and drive a CUP car for him. But Hendrick must have saw something in Johnson that everyone else was missing; as he put Johnson in a full time ride in the Sprint Cup Series in 2002. After finishing fifth in the points in his first full season, he was second in 2003 and 2004 and fifth in 2005. Johnson won his first Cup series championship in 2006 and with further wins CUP Championships in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, he became the only driver in NASCAR history to win five consecutive
championships. Johnson began racing full time in the Winston Cup Series during the 2002 season. During the season, he became the first rookie driver to lead the point standings, and the first rookie to win twice at the same track during a season. He recorded three wins (Auto Club 500, MBNA 400, MBNA America 400), as well as 6 top-fives and 21 top-tens. In 2006, Johnson began the season with a victory in the Daytona 500. He finished second at the next race at California Speedway and won the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Johnson was also able to win the Brickyard 400, as well as two other victories at Martinsville Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway in the season. During the season, he became the only driver in the modern era to win at least three races in each of his first five seasons. He also won the
championship title, which was his first in his NASCAR career. During the 2007 season, he recorded ten wins, four pole positions, 20 top-five, and 24 top-10 finishes. He won his second consecutive title, as well as being named 2007 Driver of the Year. Johnson also had the best average finish in the Chase with a 5.0. At seasons end, he had a total of 33 wins, which was 18th at the time on the all time list. In 2008, Johnson became the second driver to win three consecutive Sprint Cup Series championships, with the other being Cale Yarborough. He became the only driver to record three wins in each of their first seven seasons. In the Chase for the Sprint Cup, he had recorded 14 wins, eight more than any other
driver. Also in the season, he was named 2008 Driver of the Year, and won an ESPY as the Best Driver. also in the 2008 season Johnson made his one and only Truck series driving for owner Randy Moss. He led 29 laps before being crashed out. After the season, he also moved to third on the active winners list at the time. In the 2009 season, Johnson recorded his fourth consecutive championship, becoming the only driver to do so. During the season he became second on the active winners list, while 13th on the all time winners list. After the season concluded, he was awarded an ESPY for the second consecutive year, and won the Driver of the Year title for the third time, tying Jeff Gordon, Mario Andretti, and Darrell Waltrip as the only three time winners of the award. He also became the first auto racing driver to win the Associated Press's Athlete of the Year award. During 2010, Johnson managed to win his fifth consecutive championship. He also remained the only driver to
qualify for the Chase every year since its inception in 2004, and became tenth on the all time NASCAR win list with 53 wins. He also is the only driver to record three wins in each of their first nine seasons. Johnson received his first win of the 2011 season during the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway, edging Clint Bowyer by 0.002 seconds, tying with the closest finish in series history. His only other win of that season came at Kansas. 2012 saw him back on track with five wins, but only finishing third in points. 2013 was the final year before NASCAR switched to the 'elimination" format in the Chase; and he claiimed his sixth CUP Championship along with six more wins. 2014 saw Johnson claim four wins; but struggle in NASCAR's new Chase format. He didn't advance out of the first round finishing outside the top ten in the final standings, and suffered the same fate in 2015; a year in which he posted five
more wins. 2016 saw him win five times and finally get past the first round of the eliminations. The first race of round number two: he won, assuring himself he'd advance to round three. The first race of round number three was at Martinsville and he won again making sure he'd race at the season finale at Homestead for the Championship. At homestead his car wasn't competitive all day long. He never even led a lap and was rarely inside the top ten in the running order. A yellow with just a couple laps remaining flew and crew Chief Chad Knaus took a gamble and only put on two tires and got out of the pits first. When the green hankie flew for the final time Johnson got a good restart and managed to grab the win garnering himself his seventh CUP Championship; tying him with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr. To date Johnson has raced in 16 seasons; has 80 wins; 218 top five finishes and 330 top tens
Joe Lee Johnson - 9/11/1929 - 5/26/2005 - was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver who won the inaugural World 600 in 1960. Johnson only competed in a hand full of CUP events over seven years. He won two events, and posted ten top fives in 55 races. The other race he won was at Nashville in 1959. He was also the 1959 NASCAR Convertible Division champion, and made his final CUP start at Nashville in 1962. He is no relation to any of the other 'Johnsons' listed here.
SLICK JOHNSON - 2/13/1948 - 2/14/1990 - was a NASCAR race car driver from Florence, South Carolina. He was killed due to a skull fracture suffered during a crash at the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) race at Daytona International Speedway in 1990. He competed in 68 NASCAR Winston Cup (now Monster Cup Series) races between 1979 to 1987. The accident in which he was killed, in which a paramedic was also injured one lap later, was aired on Rescue 911 on November 13, 1990 Here are two links via YouTube thats shows the airing from TV. Part #1 & Part #2 Bob Keselowski was the driver take struck the stopped wrecked car the paramedic was attending, and Keselowski's car ended up partly on top of the paramedic. What little info that can be found on Slick Johnson is here on WikiPedia
JUNIOR JOHNSON - 6/28/1931 - - is a retired moonshiner in the rural South who became one of the early superstars of NASCAR in the 1950s and 1960s. He won 50 NASCAR races in his career before retiring in 1966. In the 1970s and 1980s, he became a NASCAR racing team owner; he sponsored such NASCAR champions as Cale Yarborough and Darrell Waltrip. He grew up on a farm and, like many of the pioneers of stock car racing, developed his driving skills running moonshine as a young man. He consistently outran and outwitted local police and federal agents in auto chases, and he was never caught while delivering moonshine to customers. Johnson became something of a legend in the rural South, where his driving expertise and "outlaw" image was much admired. In 1955, Johnson decided to give up delivering moonshine for the more lucrative (and legal) career of being a NASCAR driver. He found that he was able to easily translate his "moonshiner" driving skills—hard-won on
mountain roads—to the highly-pitched racing tracks of NASCAR. In his first full season, he won five races and finished sixth in the 1955 NASCAR Grand National points standings. In 1956, federal tax agents found Johnson working at his father's moonshine still in Wilkes County and arrested him. Johnson was convicted of moonshineing and was sent to the federal prison in Chillicothe, Ohio. He served 11 months of a two-year sentence. Johnson returned to the NASCAR scene in 1958 and picked up where he left off, winning six races. In 1959, he won five more NASCAR Grand National races; by this time he was regarded as one of the best short-track racers in the sport. His first win at a "superspeedway" came at the Daytona 500 in 1960. Johnson and his crew chief Ray Fox were practicing for the race, trying to figure out how to increase their speed, which was 22 miles per hour slower than the top cars in the race. During a test run a faster car passed Johnson. He noticed that when he moved behind the faster car his
own speed increased due to the faster car's slipstream. Johnson was then able to stay close behind the faster car until the final lap of the test run, when he used the "slipstream" effect to slingshot past the other car. By using this technique Johnson went on to win the 1960 Daytona 500 in his #27 Daytona Kennel Chevy; despite the fact that his car was slower than others in the field. Johnson's technique was quickly adopted by other drivers, and his practice of "drafting" has become a common tactic in NASCAR races. In 1963 he had a two-lap lead in the World 600 at Charlotte before a spectator threw a bottle onto the track and caused Junior to crash; he suffered only minor injuries. He retired in 1966. In his career, he claimed 50 victories as a driver, and 11 of these wins were at major speedway races. He retired as the winningest driver never to
His best points finish was 6th in 1961. As a team owner, he worked with some of the most legendary drivers in NASCAR history, including Darel Dieringer, LeeRoy Yarbrough, Cale Yarborough, Bobby Allison, Darrell Waltrip, Neil Bonnett, Terry Labonte, Geoffrey Bodine, Sterling Marlin, Jimmy Spencer, and Bill Elliott. In all, his drivers won 139 races, which is third only to Petty Enterprises and Hendrick Motorsports. His drivers won six Winston Cup Championships—three each with Yarborough (1976–1978) and Waltrip (1981–82, 1985). On December 26, 1986, President Ronald Reagan granted Johnson, a lifelong Democrat, a presidential pardon for his 1956 moonshineing conviction. Johnson called the pardon, which restored his right to vote and hold a passport, "one of the greatest things in my life". Johnson was named one of the 50 Greatest drivers of all time in 1998, and was
elected into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010, at the age of 79. In 2011, Johnson announced that he would restart a race team with 17 year old son Robert as driver. Robert and Junior ended up putting his race career on hold however as Robert was accepted into Duke University in 2012. Lastest plans were for Robert to resume driving after he graduates college.
ERIK JONES - 5/30/1996 - - an American professional stock car racing driver from Byron, Michigan. Jones received his high school diploma at Texas Motor Speedway before the WinStar World Casino 400K Camping World Truck Series race on June 6, 2014 because he had to miss his HS Graduation due to having a truck race that night. Jones began his racing career at the age of seven, in quarter-midget racing; he began racing stock cars at age 13 competing in the ASA Series. Moving to the Champion Racing Association's CRA All-Star Tour in 2011, he won the series championship in his rookie year; Jones also was the winner of that year's Governor's Cup 200 late model race at New Smyrna Speedway, leading every lap of the event; he was the first driver not born in the state of Florida to achieve that feat in over thirty years. Jones moved to the ARCA Racing Series for the 2012 season, becoming the first-ever driver to compete in the series at the age of 15; competing in 10 of the series' 19 races (he was not eligible at tracks longer than one mile), he posted a best finish of third at Winchester Speedway and Berlin Raceway. In December of that year, Jones held off NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch to win the prestigious Snowball Derby. On
March 2013, Kyle Busch Motorsports announced that it had signed Jones to drive in five age-eligible Camping World Truck Series races in the team's No. 51 Toyota Tundra, driving at Martinsville Speedway, Rockingham Speedway and Iowa Speedway, as NASCAR relaxed the "Kyle Busch Rule" in that series where the minimum age was reduced from 18 to 16 at ovals shorter than 2,000 meters and road courses. Jones finished second in his third career start in the series at Iowa. In October, Jones added another prestigious late model trophy to his collection, winning the Winchester 400. On November 8, 2013, Jones became the youngest driver ever to win in the history of NASCAR's top-level competition to that time, winning the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix
International Raceway over Ross Chastain at the age of 17 years, five months and eight days. In January 2014 it was announced that Jones would return to KBM in the Truck Series for 2014, competing in all age-eligible events and selected longer track events after he turned 18. On July 11, at Iowa Speedway, Jones dueled Ryan Blaney and ultimately held him off for the win. On September 27, Jones won at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for his first longer track win. On November 7, Jones picked up his 4th career Truck Series win under the red flag at Phoenix, due to a power outage. On June 19, 2014, Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Jones will run three races with the team's No. 20 in the
Nationwide Series after he became age-eligible. On November 6, 2014, it was announced that Jones would run the full 2015 season in the Trucks for KBM, his first age-eligible season racing for a championship, as well as running an increased slate of races for JGR in the Xfinity Series. Jones picked up his first win of the 2015 season at Iowa Speedway. Jones' second win of 2015 came at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park at the end of August, after which he assumed the points lead for the first time in his career following a wreck by Tyler Reddick in the race. Jones picked up win number three on the season at Texas Motor Speedway extending his point lead over Crafton.
Jones battled with defending champion Matt Crafton and Reddick during the course of the 2015 season and beat them to win the Championship. On April 10, 2015, Jones won his first Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway driving the #20 GameStop Toyota. Later in the year, Jones completed a weekend sweep, winning at Iowa in the Truck Series for the first time in 2015 and at Chicagoland in the Xfinity Series, battling Ryan Blaney for his second career Xfinity Series win. Jones started racing full-time in the Xfinity Series for JGR in 2016, driving the No. 20. Jones won his first race of the season at Bristol in April, holding off Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch on a late restart. He also won the
$100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus by being the highest finishing Xfinity Series regular out of the four who qualified through the heat races. Jones won for the second time in 2016 at Dover in May, again winning the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus. Jones then set the fastest time in qualifying for the Hisense 4K TV 300, winning the 9th straight pole for JGR. At Iowa in July, Jones scored his third win of the season, leading the most laps and passing Ty Dillon for the lead with 15 laps to go. Jones won for the fourth time at Chicagoland in September, taking the lead with 10 laps to go. With this win, Jones entered the Chase as the number one seed. Jones advanced through the Chase to the championship round at Homestead, where he would finish 4th in
in points behind Daniel Suárez, Elliott Sadler, and Justin Allgaier. Jones unofficially debuted in the Sprint Cup Series during the 2015 Food City 500, when he relieved Denny Hamlin in the No. 11 due to Hamlin's neck spasms. After taking over the car, which had been in fifth, he dropped to 37th for the restart, and despite falling to the point where he was two laps down, Jones managed to finish the race in 26th. Since Hamlin started the race, he was credited with the 26th-place finish. It was then announced that he would drive the No. 18 Toyota Camry for Kyle Busch, who was recovering from a leg injury, at Kansas in the Sprint Cup Series. In his official debut, Jones qualified 12th and ran as high as first before crashing while
running fourth. Jones ended up finishing 40th, 25 laps down. Jones made his first career "triple duty" by running all three national series at the November Texas and Phoenix races. On November 4, he was announced as the driver of JGR's No. 20 car following the suspension of Matt Kenseth because of his incident with Joey Logano at Martinsville race the previous week. Jones finished 12th after blowing a tire late at Texas Motor Speedway. He drove the car again at Phoenix International Raceway to a 19th-place finish. On August 7, 2016, it was announced that Jones had signed a deal with Furniture Row Racing to drive in their new No. 77 car sponsored by 5-hour Energy for the 2017 Sprint Cup season. Joe Gibbs gives technical support to Furniture Row and agree to help Furniture Row field a second team so Gibbs could move Jones career forward and get him CUP experience as soon as possible.
PARNELLI JONES - 8/12/1933 - - is a retired American racing driver and race car owner. He is most remembered for his 1963 Indianapolis 500 win, and almost winning the 1967 Indy 500 in a turbine car. He is also remembered for bringing the stock block engine to USAC Sprint car racing as one of the "Chevy Twins" with Jim Hurtubise. He also had much success racing in the NASCAR series. In his career, Parnelli Jones won races in many types of vehicles: sports cars, IndyCars, sprint cars, midget cars, off-road vehicles, and stock cars. His first major championship was the Midwest region Sprint car title in 1960. The title caught the attention of promoter J. C. Agajanian, who became his sponsor. He began racing at Indianapolis in 1961. In 1962, he was the first driver to qualify over 150 mph at the Indianapolis 500, winning the pole position at a speed of 150.370 mph . In the 1963 Indianapolis 500, he started on the pole and had a clearly superior car. He went on to win the 500. Also that year, legendary vehicle fabricator Bill Stroppe built a Mercury Marauder USAC Stock car for Jones. Jones won the 1963 Pikes
Peak International Hill Climb in the car, and broke the stock car speed record. In 1968, Jones headed a super-roster of seven drivers signed by Andy Granatelli to drive STP Lotus 56 turbine cars in an unprecedented single-team assault on the Indianapolis 500. The deaths of Jim Clark and Mike Spence, plus a serious injury to Jackie Stewart, whittled the entry to four. Jones, testing his reworked 1967 car in practice, was dissatisfied with the car's performance compared to the newer "wedge"-shaped Lotus 56 turbines, and had concluded the car was unsafe. He stepped out of the car, which was subsequently assigned to Joe Leonard, who promptly wrecked the car in practice. Jones retired from driving IndyCars, but later admitted, "If I hadn't already won Indy, they could never
they could never have kept me out of that car". Jones entered the 1968 Baja 1000. Jones led until the 150-mile marker. The Off-road Motorsports Hall of Fame describes Jones' racing style: "Jones and Stroppe had to find a way to keep their vehicles in one piece. During races Jones would push the vehicles at maximum speeds until they gave way, with Stroppe telling him at top volume the entire time to take it easier on the vehicle." Jones had a special car fabricated that looked like a Bronco, but had racing parts that could withstand rigorous jarring that off-road vehicles endure. Jones named the vehicle "Big Oly" after his sponsor Olympia Beer. Jones used the vehicle to lead the Mexican 1000 from
start to finish in a new record time of 14 hours and 59 minutes. Jones had major wins in the 1973 season. He won his second Mexican 1000 in 16 hours and 42 minutes. He also won the 1973 Baja 500 and Mint 400 off-road events. Jones had a major accident at SCORE International's 1974 Baja 500, and stepped away from full-time off-road racing to become a race car owner. For his career Jones competed in 34 CUP events, and won four times. Two of those wins came at Riverside on the road course, with another being the final CUP race at Ascot Park in Los Angeles. In his Indy car races he ran 59 times, and won six events. He also won 25 midget car feature events in occasional races between 1960 and 1967, and had 25 career sprint car wins.