JOHNNY MANTZ - 8/18/1918 - 10/25/1972 - made 12 NASCAR Grand National starts from 1950–1951 and 1955-1956. He won in his third NASCAR race, the first Southern 500 held at Darlington Raceway. Mantz' Plymouth was the race's slowest qualifier, but because he qualified on the 9th of 15 days of time trials, he started 43rd in the 75 car field. Mantz fitted truck tires which did not wear quickly or blow out, while his competitors had to stop often to pit for new tires. It was his only NASCAR win.  As of 2010, the speedway presents the Johnny Mantz trophy to the winner of the Southern 500, now held each May on the evening before Mother's Day.  He was the first USAC Stock Car national champ in 1956.  He made 17 starts in the AAA Championship Car series from 1948 to 1952, capturing a victory in his rookie season at the Milwaukee Mile as well as winning the Indianapolis Sweepstakes at Williams Grove Speedway.  He ran two Indy 500's and completed all 200 laps, finishing 7th in 1949  He died at 54 years old in a fatal car accident near Ojai, California.  Info from WikiPedia.


DAVE MARCIS - 3/1/1941 - is a retired driver on the NASCAR Winston Cup (now known as the NASCAR Sprint Cup) circuit whose career spanned five decades. Marcis won five times over this tenure, twice at Richmond, including his final win in 1982. He was most famous for two things: racing for his own team and racing while wearing wingtip shoes to absorb the heat in the car.  He made the Daytona 500 every year from 1968 until 1999.  The 2002 Daytona 500 was the last time Marcis raced in NASCAR.  Marcis finished as high as second in the season standing in 1975 driving Nord Krauskopf's K & K Dodge Charger in the first year for NASCAR's modern standard of calculating points.  Despite driving for some of the top teams of the day, Marcis opted to field his own teams following his sudden departure from Osterland Racing after the 1978 season.  Marcis was replaced by seven time champion Dale Earnhardt, who would begin his rookie campaign the following year.  Former crew Harry Hyde once said of Marcis, "he had the talent to be a champion, if only he weren't so stubborn".  Marcis experienced moderate success as an owner driver during the 1980s. The highlight of Marcis' career as an owner-driver was winning at the old Richmond Fairgrounds in 1982 driving a very un-racable looking 81 Chevy Malibu.  Marcis was a lap down, but made up the lap when the race leader Joe Ruttman spun out and Marcis passed him.  All three drivers that were ahead of Marcis pitted and he assumed the lead as it began to rain.  The race was called complete as darkness set in, and Marcis was declared the winner.  Marcis described the win, "I wasn't  praying for rain, but I told the guys when I got out of the car (during the break before the race was canceled) that if the good Lord wanted to help an independent, this was his chance."  "It was one of my greatest moments in racing," Marcis said. "I had even built my own engine for that race."  From that point Marcis' team gradually became less competitive as more well-funded teams found their way into the series.  During the twilight of his career Marcis landed the first major internet sponsor in Winston Cup, Prodigy Internet. This company would sponsor Marcis as an associate and primary sponsor between 1994 and 1996.  Marcis was frequently the test driver for the Richard Childress GM Goodwrench #3 of his friend Dale Earnhardt during the prime of his career.  This agreement with Childress was made by Marcis to help fund his own race team, but backfired because he rarely had the time to test his own equipment.  Marcis finished out his career in the 2002 Daytona 500, a race he has competed in more than any other driver in history.  For his career Marcis ran in 883 races, and posted five wins and 94 top five finishes.  Info from WikiPedia






COOCOO MARLIN - 1/3/1932 - 8/14/2005 - was a NASCAR Winston Cup driver who spent 14 years in the series.  Marlin earned a name for himself at the short tracks in Tennessee and Alabama, running against Red Farmer, Bobby Allison, and Donnie Allison.  He was a four-time track champion at Nashville Speedway USA (now Music City Motorplex).  Coo Coo was a speedway favorite with a lot of kids during the 1960s.  He drove a fire-engine red 1964 Chevy Impala, #711, and was the first real "hero" to many youngsters.  Marlin advanced to part-time rides on the NASCAR Grand National circuit, starting with one race in 1966 and three in 1967.  Coo Coo ran more of the schedule as the series changed from Grand National to Winston Cup, but he never competed in more than 23 races in any season. He never won a race in his 165 Winston Cup starts from 1966 to 1980, but he had nine Top 5 and 51 Top 10 finishes, with many of those starts in a car numbered 14.  However, in 1973, Marlin won a non points race, with one of the Duel races at Daytona that year.  Marlin died in his hometown of Columbia, Tennessee on August 14, 2005 of lung cancer at the age of 73.  Sterlin Marlin; also a CUP competitor was the son of CooCoo Marlin.  Shortly after his death, Sterling was in negotiations with MB2 Motorsports to drive the team's second car for 2006.  The team was unable to retain the #10 (which was to be used by Evernham Motorsports for 2006), so MB2 was looking for a new number.  A still-grieving Sterling found the #14 available and had MB2 request the #14, which was granted.  It was run to honor his father during his year and a half with the team until his unexpected release from Ginn Racing mid-way through the 2007 season, after the team merged with Dale Earnhardt, Inc.  After the merger, the #14 went to Stewart-Haas Racing which owner/driver Tony Stewart used the number in honor of childhood hero A.J. Foyt.  For his career, Marlin competed in 165 CUP events, with the lone non-points win.  Info from WikiPedia.



STERLING MARLIN - 6/30/1957 - is a retired NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver. He is the son of late NASCAR driver Coo Coo Marlin.  He is married to Paula and has a daughter, Sutherlin, and a son, Steadman, who sometimes races in the Nationwide Series.  While he attended Spring Hill High School, Marlin played high school basketball and football, earning the captain status his senior year while he played quarterback and linebacker.  In 1976, he made his NASCAR debut at Nashville Speedway, filling in for his injured father in the #14 H.B. Cunningham Chevrolet.  He started 30th and finished 29th after suffering oil pump failure early in the race.  He made two more starts in 1978, finishing ninth at World 600 and twenty-fifth at Nashville for Cunningham.  He ran Nashville again in 1979, finishing seventeenth. In 1980, he posted two top-tens, eighth in the Daytona 500 for Cunningham, and seventh at Nashville for D.K. Ulrich. From 1980 to 1982,Marlin was a three time track champion at the historic Nashville Speedway USA.  In 1983, Marlin was hired by Roger Hamby to drive his #17 Hesco Exhaust Chevrolet.  He posted a tenth-place finish at Dover International Speedway and finished 19th in the standings, clinching the Rookie of the Year award.   Marlin moved over to the #1 Bull's Eye Barbecue Sauce car owned by Hoss Ellington in 1986.  His best finish that season came at the Firecracker 400, where he finished second.  Marlin received a full-time ride in 1987, when he was hired by Billy Hagan to drive the #44 Piedmont Airlines Oldsmobile.  He had four top-fives and finished 11th in points.  The following season, he had seven finishes of eighth or better in the first ten races and finished tenth in the standings.  Marlin signed to drive the #22 Maxwell House Ford Thunderbird for Junior Johnson in 1991.  He had a second-place finish at Daytona to start the season and won two poles at Talladega Superspeedway and the Firecracker 400, finishing seventh in the standings.  The next season, he won an additional five poles and had six top-five finishes.  Despite his career-high pole total, Marlin departed to drive the #8 Raybestos Ford for Stavola Brothers Racing.  He had just one top-five finish and fell to fourteenth in the standings.   Marlin's first career win came in his 279th career start at the 1994 Daytona 500 driving for Morgan-McClure Motorsports in the #4 Kodak car.  He went on to win the 500 again in the following year, becoming only one of three drivers to win consecutive Daytona 500s.  The other two men that have accomplished that feat were Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough. He also became the only driver to have his first two career wins at the Daytona 500.  Marlin won two more times during the 1995 season.  In 2001, SABCO's majority ownership stake was purchased by CART (now IRL) championship owner Chip Ganassi and the team switched to Dodge Intrepids.  In his first race with the new team, Marlin won the Gatorade 125 qualifying race at Daytona.  Three days later at the Daytona 500, Marlin appeared to make contact with Dale Earnhardt, causing Earnhardt to crash into the Turn 4 wall, an impact that would kill him.  In the following days, Marlin and his family received hate mail and death threats from angry fans who wrongly felt that Marlin was responsible for Earnhardt's death.  He was eventually publicly defended by two of Earnhardt's drivers, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Michael Waltrip, and was also cleared of any wrongdoing by NASCAR's investigation into the accident.  He won Dodge's first race in its return to NASCAR at Michigan International Speedway, as well as winning the UAW-GM Quality 500.  He tied his career best points finish of third that season.  Sterling Marlin's last win was the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 at Darlington Raceway back in 2002.  Sterling Marlin failed to win races the rest of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career.  Sterling Marlin's last NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was the 2009 Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway.  In 2002, Marlin took the points lead after the second race of the season and did not let it go for the following 24 weeks.  For most of that time he held a comfortable lead, which reached triple digits several times and was still 91 points ahead of second place entering the Chevy Monte Carlo 400 in September.  However, Marlin finished that race in last place after an early accident and saw his points lead all but evaporate as Mark Martin, who had entered the race 125 points behind Marlin, gained 116 points and moved into second place in the points as Marlin's lead shrunk to nine points (Jeff Gordon, who had leapfrogged Martin for second place in the standings with a win the week before, also gained on Marlin but dropped to fourth due to the strong finishes from both Martin and rookie Jimmie Johnson, who gained 95 points on Marlin to move into third).  At the New Hampshire 300 the next week Marlin lost the points lead as Martin finished four places ahead of him, gaining 15 points.  One week later, at the Protection One 400 at Kansas, Marlin crashed hard after 147 laps and finished 33rd.  Due to the crash, he was later diagnosed with a cracked vertebra in his neck and would be forced to miss the remaining seven races.  Marlin was replaced by Busch Series driver Jamie McMurray, who had recently been signed by Chip Ganassi Racing to drive for the team in the 2003 season.  McMurray won the UAW-GM Quality 500 in his second start in Marlin's car, and Marlin telephoned McMurray during the post-race festivities to congratulate him.  Marlin joined MB2 Motorsports for 2006 to drive the Waste Management Chevy, running with the #14 in tribute to his father, Coo Coo Marlin, who died during the 2005 season.  Marlin's only Top 10 finish in 2006 was ninth place finish at Richmond.  His 2006 season was shadowed by bad luck and #14 finished 36th in owner points.  For his career Marlin ran 748 CUP events.  He posted 10 wins five of them being at the huge fast superspeedways of Daytona or Talladega.  He posted 83 top five finishes, and had over 43 million dollars in earnings.  Info from WikiPedia.  Video of Marlin's Daytona 500 win in 1994.



MARK MARTIN - 1/9/1959 -  is an American stock car driver.  He currently drives the #55 Aaron's Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on a part time basis.  He has the second most wins in the Nationwide Series with 49. He has finished second in the Sprint Cup Series standings five times and has been described by ESPN as "The best driver to never win a championship".  Martin began his racing career as a young man on the dirt tracks of Arkansas.  He moved on to asphalt racing and joined the ASA racing series. During his ASA career, Mark raced against Dick Trickle, Jim Sauter, Joe Shear and Bobby Allison.  Mark went on to earn Rookie of the Year in 1977.  Mark rounded out his ASA career winning twenty-two races and four championships (1978, 1979, 1980, and 1986).  Martin had a tumultuous beginning in NASCAR, driving for six different teams from 1981 to 1987. Unable to secure a ride for 1984, Martin went back to driving in the American Speed Association.  Jimmy Fennig came aboard as crew chief in 1985 and the two would go on to win the ASA championship the next season, Martin's fourth series championship.   Martin's ASA success landed him a full-time ride driving for Bruce Lawmaster in the Nationwide Series. The season started strong as he posted two wins, three poles, nine top tens, and was fourth in the standings after 15 races.  After just one DNF in the first 15 races, Martin had seven DNFs in the final 12 races, including six due to mechanical failure and four blown engines.  Though the late season collapse ended Martin's chance at winning the championship, the success he had in 1987 caught the eye of Jack Roush, who tapped Martin to drive for him in the Sprint Cup Series for 1988.  Martin came aboard newly-formed Roush Racing for the first of 19 seasons in 1988 driving the number 6 Ford Thunderbird with sponsorship from Stroh's Light.  The pairing showed both signs of struggle and potential in its inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.  Martin's 1989 season began a lot like his 1988 season with a DNF in the Daytona 500.  With three races to go, he won his first Sprint Cup race at Rockingham, beating eventual series champion Rusty Wallace by three seconds.  Martin entered the 1990 season with a new sponsor in Folgers and was a favorite to winning the Sprint Cup championship.  He started the season with a 21st place finish in the Daytona 500, his first finish in the big race in six attempts.  His team was met with controversy following his second career win at Richmond.  During post-race inspection it was determined he had raced with an illegal carburetor spacer, which may have helped him gain an edge over the rest of the field in terms of fuel mileage.  As a result, Martin was penalized 46 championship points and crew chief Robin Pemberton was fined $40,000.  Following a DNF the next race, Martin finished no worse than 14th over the final 26 races.  He gained the championship points lead one-third into the season and held onto it for 16 races before dropping it to Dale Earnhardt with two races to go.  Despite having three wins, 16 top fives, 23 top tens, and three poles, Martin lost to Earnhardt by 26 points in the final standings.  Had he not been penalized 46 points early in the season, he theoretically would have won the championship by 20 points instead.  Martin entered 1992 with a new crew chief and sponsor in Steve Hmiel and Valvoline, respectively.  He entered the season's final race, the Hooters 500 in Atlanta, as one of six drivers in contention to winning the championship; but an engine failure on lap 160 ended his championship hopes.  He finished the season with wins at Martinsville and Charlotte, along with 10 top fives, 17 top tens, one pole, and a second consecutive sixth place finish in the standings.  Martin began 1993 with a sixth place finish in the Daytona 500, his first top 20 finish in the big race. In the second half of the season, he became the sixth driver in NASCAR's modern era to win four consecutive races, winning at Watkins Glen, Michigan, Bristol, and Darlington.  Along with a win at Phoenix, Martin finished with five wins.  Martin has also won five IROC titles (1994, 1996, 1997 1998 and 2005) in addition to 13 races, both records for that series.  Martin announced he would cut back from Sprint Cup Series racing after the 2005 season, dubbing the season the "Salute to You" tour as a thank you to his fans.  In June 2005, it was announced that Jamie McMurray would replace Martin in the #6 car in 2007.  This, however, left Roush without a driver for the #6 car in 2006.  Martin later agreed to come back and drive for the 2006 season. Martin won the Sprint All-Star race in 2005, and right after Martin took the checkered flag, while still on the cool down lap, Roush asked Martin if he'd come back to race for him again in 2006.  Martin said yes on the spot, before even reaching victory lane.  Ultimately, it was announced that McMurray would be released from his contract at Chip Ganassi Racing one year early and would take over for Kurt Busch, who was dismissed from the Roush organization prior to the end of the 2005 season.  David Ragan was announced as Martin's replacement in the #6 for 2007.  On October 6, 2006, it was announced that Martin would instead split time with current Busch Series driver Regan Smith in the Ginn Racing #01 U.S. Army Chevrolet in 2007.  Roush Racing announced that due to team limits imposed by NASCAR, they could not field a team for Martin for all 20 races he wanted to run in 2007, forcing Martin to move on.  On July 25, 2007, Dale Earnhardt, Inc. announced it had acquired Ginn Racing.  Mark Martin would join Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Martin Truex, Jr., and Paul Menard as a driver for DEI starting at the 2007 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. He would share the #01 car with Regan Smith for the rest of the season.  On July 4, 2008, Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick and Martin announced that he would replace Casey Mears in the #5 car for the 2009 season, running a full-time schedule for the first time since 2006.  On April 18, 2009, Martin became the fourth driver to win a Cup race in NASCAR after turning 50, winning the 2009 Subway Fresh Fit 500 from the pole position.  The other three were Bobby Allison, Morgan Shepherd (twice), and Harry Gant (8 times, last in 1992).[10] His win snapped a 97-race winless streak going back to 2005. After the victory, he did a Polish Victory Lap as a tribute to his late friend Alan Kulwicki, at the place where Kulwicki did his first Polish Victory Lap.  At Darlington, it was announced after the Richmond race that Martin would drive full time again in 2010; Martin would go on to win the Southern 500.  After being on the Chase bubble for most of the season, Martin qualified for the 2009 Chase, as he was in sixth place in the standings following the Chevy Rock & Roll 400. Because he led the Chase drivers in wins, with four, the Chase reseeding process moved him up five places and made him the points leader.  On September 18, 2009, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Hendrick Motorsports announced that Go Daddy would sponsor Martin's No. 5 Chevrolet for 20 races in 2010 and 2011, and that Martin had signed to drive full-time for Hendrick Motorsports in the Sprint Cup Series through 2011.  Two days later, he won his fifth race of the year by taking the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire in the first race of the Chase.  The win broke Martin's tie with Kyle Busch for the series wins lead and marked the third time in his career that he had won at least five times in a season.  Mark Martin had a season best finish of second at the 2010 TUMS Fast Relief 500.  Martin crashed with 275 laps to go, but managed to work his way up 15 spots with bent fenders and no rear end. Martin will not ride for Hendrick Motorsports in the 2012, because driver Kasey Kahne will take his ride in the 2012 season.  In 2011, he began the season with an accident in the Budweiser Shootout.  During the following race, he was involved in a multiple-car accident.  In the Subway Fresh Fit 500, he managed to finish in the 13th position.  One week later, Martin participated in the Nationwide Series Sam's Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where he was able to win his 49th race in the series. The victory was also the first for his team, Turner Motorsports.  On November 4, 2011, it was announced that Martin would replace David Reutimann in the then #00 for MWR in 2012, a deal lasting through 2013 in the #55. He will drive 25 races in both seasons, sharing the car with Michael Waltrip and Brian Vickers.   At this point in his career, Martin has ran in 842 CUP races, and posted 40 wins.  He has finished second in the CUP final points five times, and finished in the top five in points a whopping 13 times, earning over 86 million dollars.  In his other racing endevors Martin has ran 236 races in the Nationwide series, posting 49 wins, and 112 top fives.  He's ran 25 races in the NASCAR truck series, and got seven wins.  He has also has succes in the IROC series.  He was invited to race in the series twelve seasons.  The IROC series was short for the International Race of Champions.  Drivers raced identically-prepared stock cars set up by a single team of mechanics in an effort to make the race purely a test of driver ability.  It was run with a small field of invited drivers.  It was created and developed in 1972 by David Lockton, the developer of the Ontario Motor Speedway, and launched in 1973 with Mark Donohue being the first driver to win the championship, in 1974.  The cars used that year were Porsche Carrera RSRs. Donohue's win in the fourth and last race of that season was his last win as he died in a Formula One practice the next season.  The series was not run in 1981, 1982, or 1983.  The drivers invited were from a broad range of racing disciplines: Indy cars, NASCAR, sports car racing, and on occasion, WoO, and drag racing.  Criteria for invitation was very loose, but typically consisted of recent season champions of the respective series, and individual winners of big events (Indy, Daytona, etc.).  Through 2003, IROC was also known for its rainbow of car colors being easily recognized from all other closed wheel racing series.  Car numbers were utilized for scoring purposes, but were not the primary means of identification.  From 1975 - 1989 the series utilized Chevy Comaro's for the competition.  Dodge's were used from 1190 - 1995, and the Pontiac Trans Am was used for the conclusion of the series in 2006.  Martin ran 47 races win 13 wins.  He was the IROC Champion five times.  Info from WikiPediaMark Martin's big mistake in a Bristol Nationwide race can be seen here via YouTube. 




JD MCDUFFIE - 12/5/1938 - 8/11/1991 - was a NASCAR Winston Cup (now Sprint Cup) driver.   He raced in the top division of NASCAR from 1963 to 1991. McDuffie had 106 top-tens in his Cup Series career. His death was a result of a crash at Watkins Glen International in 1991.  After attending his first race in Bowman Gray Stadium at the age of ten, McDuffie was inspired by racers Curtis Turner, Glenn Wood, Billy Myers, and others to become a race car driver.  He won several small races throughout the Carolinas including a track championship at a small dirt track near Rockingham, North Carolina.  McDuffie made his NASCAR Winston (Sprint) Cup debut in 1963 at the Rambi Speedway near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina driving Curtis Turner’s old 1961 Ford.  Though McDuffie was an expert dirt track racer, he never met with much success on asphalt tracks. His best NASCAR finish came at Albany-Saratoga Speedway in 1971 where he managed to finish 3rd.  In 1978 McDuffie won the pole position for the Delaware 500.  The 1978 pole came on McCreary tires, the only time in NASCAR this happened.  In the 1988 Daytona 500 qualifying race, McDuffie received second and third-degree burns in an accident after he raced without fireproof gloves because they were stolen before the race.  One day before his fatal accident at Watkins Glen International Speedway, McDuffie won a celebrity race in Owego, New York at Shangri-La Speedway, not far from Watkins Glen.  McDuffie was involved in an accident on the fifth lap of the 1991 Budweiser At The Glen race at Watkins Glen International.  On the straight between the Esses and the Loop-Chute, at 170 mph, McDuffie and Jimmy Means touched wheels. McDuffie's driver's side outer tie rod end dropped from the front wheel spindle, which caused him to lose control of the position of the right side tire/wheel.  Further, the impact caused the front wheel assembly to completely fall off the car, starting a chain reaction that resulted in all of McDuffie's brakes failing.  This left him no way of stopping the car or steering it away, and to further complicate matters there was no gravel trap in the corner that McDuffie was headed toward.  As a result, McDuffie skidded across the grass and hit the outside retaining wall and tire barrier with such force that the car shot into the air, rotated in mid-air, and then came to rest upside down.  Means also crashed into the same corner but was able to slow his vehicle down before the impact; his car went under McDuffie's as it was in mid-air.  Means, a fellow independent racer, suffered only minor cuts and bruises in the accident, and got out of his car to check on JD. After peering into McDuffie's car, he began frantically signaling for assistance, and a host of medical personnel and track workers rushed to the scene.  The race was delayed for an hour as McDuffie was removed from his car and his car was removed from the infield.  Also, the wall that McDuffie and Means struck had to be repaired. As the cars got back on the track and cruised under yellow flag conditions, the media attention turned to Chip Williams, NASCAR's PR director, who disclosed that McDuffie had lost his life in the accident.  The 52-year-old was survived by wife Ima Jean, son Jeff (who himself drove in five Winston Cup events), and daughter Linda.  McDuffie's death led to changes at Watkins Glen.  Six weeks earlier, Camel GT Prototype driver Tommy Kendall had a hard crash in the same section during the Camel Continental VIII, when a wheel failed on his Pratt & Miller Intrepid-Chevrolet prototype, sliding into the barrier, breaking both ankles and sidelining him for the rest of the 1991 season, including the Cup race, where he was set to substitute for Kyle Petty, injured at Talladega in May with a leg injury. (Kendall had substituted for Petty at Sears Point earlier in the year.)  The track then responded with a bus stop chicane placed slightly before the entrance of Turn 5, the section of track in question, and a gravel trap, for the 1992 season.  Info from WikiPedia.  Here is the fatal crash video at Watkins Glen.  Here is a tribute to JD McDuffie.



JAMIE MCMURRAY - 6/3/1976 - is a NASCAR driver. He is best known for winning the 2002 UAW-GM Quality 500 as a substitute driver in his second Cup start, and is one of only three drivers to win both the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 in the same year. He currently drives the #1 Bass Pro Shops/McDonald's Chevrolet Impala in the Sprint Cup Series for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with crew chief Kevin Manion.  In 1999, McMurray made four starts in the Craftsman Truck Series. In 2000, he ran 15 Truck races and posted one top-five and four top-ten finishes. During 2001 and 2002, he competed full-time in the Busch Series; driving the #27 Williams Travel Centers Chevrolet Monte Carlo for Brewco Motorsports.  The latter year was better for McMurray, as he won two races and finished sixth in the overall points standings.  McMurray substituted for an injured Sterling Marlin, who fractured a vertebra at the Winston Cup race at Kansas Speedway.  He made his Cup debut, filling in the #40 Coors Light Dodge at Talladega.  One week later, in just his second career NASCAR Winston Cup start, McMurray outraced Bobby Labonte to win the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.  McMurray had been consistent the entire night, and led 96 of the final 100 laps to score the win.  It is considered one of the biggest upsets in NASCAR history.  This win set a modern era record for fewest starts before a win (which has since been recently tied by Trevor Bayne in the 2011 Daytona 500).  In 2003, McMurray joined the Cup Series full-time.  He won Rookie of the Year honors by 37 points over Greg Biffle.  McMurray had five top-5 finishes for the year and finished 13th overall.  In 2004 He had 23 top-10s during the season, including 12 in the last 14 races, and finished eleventh in the points standings, which earned him a $1 million bonus.  In the same year, he won a Truck Series race; joining 20 other drivers that have won a race in all three of NASCAR's top touring series.  In April 2006, Jack Roush moved Jimmy Fennig from crew chief of the #26 Ford to head Roush's Busch operations.  Bob Osbourne, who had been crew chief for Carl Edwards, moved to head the crew for McMurray. 2006 was a hard season for McMurray.  McMurray's best finish of the 2006 season came at Dover International Speedway, where he finished second after leading the most laps.  On July 7, 2007, in the Pepsi 400 at Daytona,  McMurray led the final stages but battled Kyle Busch for five laps.  On the last lap Busch was the leader next to McMurray and charged to the finish, but at the last second McMurray charged one last time and barely beat Busch to win the Pepsi 400 for his second career Cup win.  On November 1, 2009, McMurray won the AMP Energy 500 at Talladega after leading over 20 laps and passing David Stremme with 8 laps to go.  He then survived a green-white checkered finish to earn his second restrictor-plate win.  Roush released him and the #26 team at the end of the season due to NASCAR's four team limit and the expiration of Roush Fenway Racing's exemption that allowed a 5th team.  Jamie McMurray decided to ask former boss Chip Ganassi for another chance following his disastrous era on Roush-Fenway Racing and Ganassi granted him a contract to let him drive for his merged team with Dale Earnhardt Inc.  In 2010 In May McMurray ended up second to good friend Kurt Busch in the Coca-Cola 600 and had several more top ten finishes before in July, McMurray held off Kevin Harvick again to win the Brickyard 400, which made him one of only three drivers to win the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 in the same year.  Since 2010 it's been slim-pickings for Jamie. He hasn't been to victory lane but once (Talladega, 2013); and hasn't finished any better than 13th in the points (2015 and also 2016).  Plans call for him to continue on with Ganassi Racing in 2017.  In 2013 Juan Pablo Montoya decided to leave NASCAR racing and return to Indy cars; Up-start Kyle Larson took his place as McMurry's team mate taking over the #42 car.  McMurray was born in Joplin, Missouri.  He grew up racing go-karts and competed in nearly every form of karting around the country before moving to late-model stock cars. In 2007, McMurray still competes in World Karting Association races on many of his open weekends. He races annually at the World Karting Association's Daytona KartWeek in late December.  Info from WikiPedia.  Here is YouTube video of McMurrays win when he filled in for Marlin.  Here is video of McMurrays Daytona 500 win from YouTube


SAM MCQUAGG - 11/11/1935 - 1/3/2009 - was an American former NASCAR Rookie of the Year driver. He died of cancer on January 3, 2009 at the age of 73. He and his wife Joy had recently celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary.  Born in Columbus, Georgia, McQuagg was named NASCAR Rookie of the Year in 1965 after achieving 5 top-10 finishes in 16 races. McQuagg was a major player in an incident in one of the wildest NASCAR races ever. McQuagg was leading the 1965 Southern 500, 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. The race was eventually won by 14 laps by Ned Jarrett.  Dodge noticed his accomplishments in his small Ford team, and Dodge hired him to their factory team. He was the first driver to use a spoiler. He used the spoiler to win the Firecracker 400 at Daytona International Speedway; the flag from the Firecracker 400 now hangs on his grandson's wall. His Dodge Charger was sponsored by a newlywed Georgia couple. McQuagg was also the first driver to bring a motorhome into the Daytona garage area.  In 1967 he was hired to drive Cotton Owens' Dodge. He ran 14 races, and had 3 top-5 finishes. On lap 81, he tangled with another driver at Darlington, went over the guardrail, and flipped numerous times before coming to a rest. The wrecks frustrated McQuagg, and he scaled back his schedule to mainly local tracks. He retired from racing to become a commercial pilot, which was a skill he had learned to travel quickly between races. His last start came in World 600 in 1974.



JIMMY MEANS - 5/29/1950 - is a former Winston Cup/Nextel Cup owner/driver. Currently, he is an adviser for Front Row Motorsports and owns his own team, Means Racing.  He competed in NASCAR for eighteen years in mostly his own equipment, posting seventeen career top-tens.  He made three career Busch Series starts in 1989, finishing 10th at Darlington Raceway.  Following his retirement, Means worked as a crew chief in NASCAR, working for Bud Moore Engineering and Moy Racing.  Means was part the Alabama Gang which included Bobby Allison, Davey Allison, Red Farmer, and Donnie Allison and later Steve Grissom and Mike Alexander.  Means made his Cup debut in 1976 at the Daytona 500, driving the #5 Chevy for Bill Gray.  He led one lap but finished 40th after an engine failure.  He ran an additional eighteen races for Gray in the #52 car with sponsorship from WIXC, finishing in eleventh place twice.  The following season, Means drove twenty-six races and had a career-best six top-ten finishes, but due to twelve DNFs, he only finished nineteenth in points.  Means had the highest finish of his career in 1983, when he had a seventh-place run at Talladega.  Combined with two other top-tens, he dropped seven spots in the standings.  During the 1984, Means suffered injuries in a crash at Talladega Superspeedway, forcing him to miss several races.  He did not have a top-ten finish over the next two years, and he lost his Broadway sponsorship, picking up funding from Voyles Auto Savage in late 1986 NASCAR Winston Cup Series.  He also switched his manufacturer to Pontiac.  In 1987, Eureka Vacuum Cleaners became Means' new sponsor, and he had the last top-ten of his career at Richmond International Raceway.  He dropped to what was at the time the lowest points finish of his career (30th) in 1988, and continued to struggle in 1989, failing to qualify for several races and dropping another spot in the standings despite a new sponsor in Alka-Seltzer.  Means had already chosen to skip two races in favor of Bobby Hillin, Jr. in 1991 after being involved with J. D. McDuffie's fatal crash; he continued to relinquish the ride to Mike Wallace at the end of the season.  After losing the Alka-Seltzer sponsorship, Means continued to drive a part-time schedule, posting only one top-ten finish. After getting part-time funding from NAPA and Hurley Limo, Means ran eighteen races before retiring from driving in late 1993.  Info from WikiPedia.



CASEY MEARS - 3/12/1978 - an American profession stock car racer.  Mears is the nephew of four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rick Mears and the son of Indy Car and off-road veteran Roger Mears.  In 1996, Mears made his Dayton Indy Lights debut at the Cleveland Grand Prix and finished eighth. The following year, he competed full-time in the Indy Lights championship and in 1999 finished second, losing by 14 points.  Mears continued to compete in the Indy Lights in 2000 and won his first race at the Grand Prix of Houston meeting in October.  After testing Indy Cars for multiple teams in 2000, Mears was offered a chance to drive a third entry for Team Rahal at California Speedway in October. After qualifying 15th and leading 10 laps, he posted a career-best fourth finish in his CART Series debut. He ran three IRL events at the start of the 2001 season, and attempted to qualify for the 2001 Indianapolis 500, but ultimately did not make it. He ended the season by filling in for injured Champ Car driver Alex Zanardi, posting one top-10 finish in four starts.  Mears made his NASCAR debut in the Xfinity Series in 2001 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, driving the 66 car for Cicci-Welliver Racing. He started 21st and finished 28th. When the team was sold to Wayne Jesel the next season, Mears drove for them full-time, finishing 21st in points with two top-ten finishes. To the surprise of many, he was selected by Chip Ganassi Racing to drive the No. 41 Target Dodge in 2003. In his rookie season, he finished 35th after failing to finish in the top-ten in any race. Throughout 2003, Mears drove a number of ARCA races for Ganassi, winning three times, once at Michigan, and sweeping both Pocono races. He drove the No. 41 Cup car for two additional seasons, and won two poles in 2004.  Mears came close to quite a lot of victories during this period. He led late in the 2004 Sirius at the Glen but got passed with 12 laps to go and finished 4th. At Homestead in 2005, Mears controlled the final 100 laps of the Ford 400, but after a yellow flag (with 19 laps to go) erased his 28-second lead, Mears had to make a pit stop thus forfeiting the lead and with it, the win.  During the 2005 season, it was announced Mears would move to a separate car for Ganassi with Home123 sponsorship, with the No. 41 to be piloted by Reed Sorenson. The Home123 sponsorship fell through and he instead moved to the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge for Ganassi, replacing the departing Jamie McMurray.  Mears started off 2006 with a then-best career finish of second, holding off Ryan Newman as Mears' future teammate Jimmie Johnson won the 2006 Daytona 500.  On June 6, 2006, Mears announced that he was leaving Chip Ganassi Racing at the end of the season to join Hendrick Motorsports for the 2007 season, to replace the departing Brian Vickers. On July 8, he finally won his first NASCAR race, a Busch Series race at Chicagoland Speedway, coasting to the finish after running out of fuel.  For the 2007 season, Mears assumed driving duties for the No. 25 Hendrick Chevrolet, with co-primary sponsorship from the National Guard of the United States and GMAC.  On May 27, he won the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte for his first career Sprint Cup victory, behind the wheel of the #25 Chevy owned by Rick Hendrick.  Once again, Mears secured the win with a fuel gamble, taking the lead with five laps remaining when most of the other lead lap cars stopped for fuel. Mears stretched his fuel to the finish, running out moments after his first checkered flag. In 2008 Mears moved to the Alan Gustafson-led No. 5 Kellogg's/Carquest Chevrolet Impala formerly driven by Kyle Busch. After going winless, Mears was released by Hendrick and replaced by veteran Mark Martin.  On August 23, 2008, Mears was announced as the driver of Richard Childress Racing's No. 07 Jack Daniel's Chevrolet Impala SS. The previous driver of the car, Clint Bowyer, would drive the team's new No. 33 General Mills Chevrolet Impala SS. In his first season at RCR, Mears notched 2 top ten finishes. After Mears struggled during the first seven races of the year, Richard Childress switched the crew chiefs for Harvick and Mears' cars, hoping for a better performance from the two drivers. The switch seemed to work for both parties.  On October 21, 2009, it was announced Mears would be getting his 3rd crew chief of the season starting at Talladega. Todd Berrier would be moving to the No. 31 team in place of Scott Miller. Doug Randolph took over as the crew chief on the No. 07. This move was made primarily because the future of the 07 was uncertain and Childress wanted to keep Berrier in the family. After the switch, Mears struggled with his new crew chief and had a best finish of 19th at Homestead. Mears was released by Richard Childress Racing following the 2009 season.  It was announced on January 20, 2010 that Mears would drive the No. 90 Key Motorsports Chevrolet.  Mears failed to qualify for the 2010 Daytona 500, ending a starting streak of 252 consecutive races; this was Mears' first DNQ of his career. Mears also failed to qualify for Fontana, Las Vegas, and Atlanta.  After qualifying for Martinsville was rained out and the team did not qualify, Mears was released by the team.  Following his release from Key Motorsports, Joe Gibbs announced that Mears would be on standby status while JGR driver, Denny Hamlin, recovered from ACL surgery; however, Hamlin did not require a replacement and therefore Mears did not drive in either of the two races.  Beginning on April 27, 2010, Mears briefly became the driver for Tommy Baldwin's No. 36 team.  On May 13, Mears was announced as the temporary replacement driver for the No. 83 Red Bull Racing Team at Dover, replacing a sick Brian Vickers.  During the June race at Michigan International Speedway, while racing near the back of the field, Mears wrecked his Red Bull Racing teammate, Scott Speed.  Speed went on to finish 28th and Mears finished 36th.  Following the race, Speed was critical of the incident, and Mears was soon replaced by Reed Sorenson. Mears returned to TBR beginning with the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on June 27, 2010, where he finished 29th, two laps down.  Mears stepped into his fourth car of the season at Atlanta in September, driving the No. 13 GEICO Toyota for Germain Racing.  It was also announced in August 2010 that Mears would continue to drive this car for the remainder of the 2010 season and all of the 2011 season.  Mears attempted to qualify for his initial Sprint Cup appearance with the team at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the September 5 Emory Healthcare 500.  The 2011 season started off with his 2nd DNQ at the Daytona 500.  Due to 2 engines failing him during Speedweeks, Mears was unable to secure a position on the starting grid.  Germain Racing secured sponsorship from GEICO and Hard Rock Vodka for a combined 29 races. Mears finished 31st in driver points.  GEICO announced on January 6, 2012 that they signed a two-year deal with Mears and Germain.  Germain also announced that the team was switching to Ford from Toyota for the 2012 season, gaining technical support from Roush Fenway Racing and engines from Roush-Yates.  On August 24, Mears won the pole for the Irwin Tools Night Race due to the Friday qualifying session being rained out.  Mears finished 30th in the final point standings.  On February 21, 2013, GEICO announced that they were sponsoring Mears and Germain full-time for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.  Valvoline Next-Gen also sponsored Mears for two races.  In the 2013 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, Mears recorded the team's best finish at an oval track, 9th.  Mears finished 24th in points, his best since driving for RCR in 2009.  For 2014, Germain Racing partnered with Richard Childress Racing to field Chevrolets.  Mears began the season on a high note with a tenth-place finish at the Daytona 500.  At Richmond, Mears ran in the top ten for part of the race, but got into a fist-fight with Marcos Ambrose who was furious over a late racing incident.  Two days later, Mears was fined $15,000 and put on probation for one month.  During the 2014 season, Mears recorded fourteen top-20 finishes, including three top-10s and a top-5.  He finished 26th in points.  For 2015, Mears returned to Germain for what was to be the final year of both his and GEICO's contracts with the team.  Mears finished sixth at Daytona and fifteenth at Atlanta to open the season.  On July 14, 2015, it was announced that Mears had signed a contract extension with Germain and GEICO for 2016.  On November 12, 2015, GEICO announced that it had extended its partnership with Mears and Germain Racing through the 2018 season.  Team owner Bob Germain confirmed that Mears had extended his contract with the team through 2018 as well.  Mears had a rough 2016 season, finishing 32nd at Daytona after caught speeding in the late of the race.  Mears would finish better next week at Atlanta, finishing 14th. He was unlucky after being involved in a small accident which ended Mears in contention for the win at Talladega. On November 28, Germain announced Ty Dillon would replace Mears in the No. 13 starting in 2017.  To date, Mears has only the one win in 488 career starts.  he also has 13 top 5 finishes and a best finish of 14th in the points.


PAUL MENARD - 8/21/1980 - an american professional stock car driver.  He is the son of Midwestern home improvement tycoon John Menard Jr., founder of the Menards chain.  Menard's racing career began at the age of eight when he won the Briggs Junior Karting Class Championship in his native Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  He later won the Briggs Medium Class Champion before working his way up to higher level racing.  In 2003, Menard joined Andy Petree Racing to compete in NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Craftsman Truck Series events while still competing in ARCA.  A picture of the #55 car he drove in his first Xfinity start is below.  In his first ARCA start at Salem Speedway, he qualified second and finished fourth.  Later that year, he started on the pole at Winchester, Indiana, and then scored his first ARCA victory at Talladega Superspeedway.  He also had top finishes of ninth in the Busch race at Indianapolis Raceway Park and eighth in the Truck race at the Kansas Speedway.  In 2004, Menard began the NASCAR Busch Series season driving the No. 33 Chevrolet. Midway through the season, he moved to Dale Earnhardt, Inc. in the #11 Chevy.  Ten races later, Menard won his first career pole position at Kansas Speedway and finished 23rd in points despite no top-tens and missing seven races.  With Dan Stillman as crew chief beginning in 2005, they started out by leading 57 laps at Daytona.  Winning the Bud Pole Award at Talladega also had them running up front until getting caught up in a wreck.  He got his first top-10 and top-five by placing fifth at the Kentucky Speedway.  From there, the team went from 20th to the top-10 in points before finishing sixth on the season.   In 2006, driving the #15 car part-time for DEI, Menard scored his first top-10 finish in the NASCAR Cup Series by coming in seventh place at the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.  Menard also won his first Xfinity Series race on June 24 at his home track of the Milwaukee Mile by holding off a late race charge and bump from Cup regular Kevin Harvick.  Harvick eventually caused a multi-car wreck attempting to bump him out of the way; and Menard drove his #11 Chevy to the checkered flag.  Menard finished off 2006 with a sixth-place finish in the standings, tying his best finish in the standings last year (2005).  He scored 16 top-10 finishes and 7 top-5 finishes in the Busch Series.  In 2007, Menard ran his first full-time Cup season. He failed to qualify for six races that season, but after DEI's merger with Ginn Racing, the owner's points were transferred from Sterling Marlin's #14 car to Menard, who was then locked into the rest of the races. His best finish of 2007 was in the Citizens Bank 400 where he finished 12th.  In the Busch Series, he picked up 5 top-5 finishes.  In 2008, Menard won his first Sprint Cup Series pole at Daytona International Speedway in early July and remained in the top 35 in owner's points for the entire season.  At Talladega in the fall, Menard had the best run of his career leading laps and coming home with a strong second-place finish.   For the 2009 season, Menard moved over to the No. 98 Ford Fusion operated by Yates Racing.  Paul Menard showed limited improvement in 2009, running in the top 10 many times, only to later have problems.  For example, he crashed at Las Vegas Motor Speedway while running very well, and was involved in a wreck with only 40 laps to go, while running 7th.  These issues lead to the team being in danger of falling out of the top 35 in points standings for much of the year.  Paul's best finishes include two 13th-place finishes in the Aarons 499 at Talladega Superspeedway as well as the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, and a 15th-place finish in the Southern 500. At the second Dover race, Paul showed his "skills" by starting 10th and running in the top 10 for most of the day, only to find his car tighten up near the end of the race and come home 19th.  At the end of the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Menard was the only driver to not score a top 10 finish who ran all of the races.  Paul ended up finishing 31st in the final point standings.  For the 2010 season, his #98 team moved over to Richard Petty Motorsports, due to its merger with Yates Racing.  In his first start with RPM he finished 13th in the 2010 Daytona 500. He then went on to have Top 20's at Las Vegas and Fontana.  The following race at Atlanta Motor Speedway Paul posted his second highest career Cup series finish with a fifth place showing followed by a few more top 20's.  After that he fell from the Top 12 in points.  At Charlotte, he finished eighth after running in the top 10 all race long.  Menard also posted another top 10 in the circuit's 19th race at Chicagoland Speedway.  At Dover International Speedway in September he ended up with a 7th-place finish.   Menard moved to Richard Childress Racing in 2011, driving the No. 27. On July 31, 2011, Menard won his first Sprint Cup race in his 167th start, in the Brickyard 400 at the prestigious Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  He did so by making his last pit stop with 36 laps to go. He led late, but with 9 laps to go he was passed by Jamie McMurray.  With four to go he regained the lead and held off Jeff Gordon, the winner of the inaugural Brickyard 400 in the final laps, having enough fuel to do so.  He is the first member of the Menard family to win at Indianapolis, in any event held at the track.  He also joins Trevor Bayne, Regan Smith, David Ragan, and Marcos Ambrose as first-time winners in the 2011 season.  In September 2011 at Richmond, Menard and RCR became the center of controversy when Menard spun in the waning laps.  It was believed that his accident was intentional, intended to assist his teammate Kevin Harvick who later won the race against Jeff Gordon who would have won if the caution did not come out.  In 2012, Menard did not perform well.  He crashed during the Aaron's 499 at Talladega and went win-less for 2012.  In 2013, he slightly improved when he was briefly in Chase for the Sprint Cup contention.  A blown engine early in the Coke Zero 400 caused him to be knocked out of the Chase with a few races left before the Chase began.  In the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400, Menard's tire exploded upon stopping in his pit box; Menard stated, "About a lap later, they told me I was on fire.  I lost my brakes, and the damned wheel blew right off."  Menard won the Nationwide race at Michigan for his first NNS win since 2006 in June 2014.  He won after Joey Logano blew a tire with 4 laps to go.  In the 2015 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona, Menard won the pole for the race by drawing.  He led the first 7 laps until he was involved in a big wreck, finishing 21st.  The race was later won by Matt Kenseth. Menard later finished in the top 5 in Auto Club and in Talladega, and got 5 top 10s and 22 top 15s.  He made the Chase for the first time in his career mostly because he had only one DNF (a blown engine in Texas), grabbing the final spot by 17 points over Aric Almirola.  He was eliminated in the first round, but with Matt Kenseth's two-race suspension, Menard passed him and finished in a career-best of 14th in the standings.  Also in August 2015, Menard took the checkers at Road America, holding off Blake Koch and Ryan Blaney for his third Xfinity Series win.  Aside from the 2011 Brickyard 400, the win was Menard's biggest of his career, as Menard had grown up a few miles from the track.  2016 saw Menards CUP results decline even more than the previous year.  He was only able to post three top 10 results with a best of eighth at Martinsville.  He finished 25th in the points.  During the past three years Richard Childress has seemed to be on a down swing not being able to claim a win since 2013.  From 2013-2016 Menard and his team mates Austin Dillon and Ryan Newman only posted a total of 25 top 5 finishes.  The trio have plans to continue on in 2017 at RCR.




PATTY MOISE - 12/19/1960 -  is a former NASCAR driver.  She drove in five Winston Cup races from 1987 to 1989, and 133 Busch Series races from 1986 to 1998.  She is the wife of former fellow NASCAR driver Elton Sawyer.  Moise began racing at the age of 16, when she drove road course races in the IMSA series.  She made her Busch Series debut in 1986 at Road Atlanta, driving the #47 Citgo/Red Roof Inns Buick Regal for Randy Hope.  She qualified third and finished 30th due to engine problems on the first lap.  She ran another Busch race that season at North Carolina Speedway, finishing 34th.  She also became the first woman to lead a Busch Series event.  In 1987 she also made her Cup debut at Watkins Glen in the #89 Butter-flavored Crisco Chevrolet owned by Marc Reno and Ernie Irvan.  She finished 33rd after a crash.  In 1988 she also ran two Cup races for Hope that year, the Pepsi 400 and at Watkins Glen, with her best finish being a 26th. In 1989, she switched to the #45 Buick with sponsorship from Amway/Freedom Fuel Additive.  She posted two sixteenth-place runs and finished 35th in points.  She also made her final two Cup starts, at Daytona and Talladega in her own car. Her best finish was 33rd.  In 1990, she sold her team to Mike Laughlin and made the most starts of her career, 24. Despite not finishing in the top-ten, she finished a career-high 22nd in points at season's end.  During the season, she married her husband Elton, whom she joined as a teammate part-time the following season at Dilliard Racing, where her best finish was a 15th at Dover.  She only made one race the next season, finishing 14th in her own #42 at Watkins Glen.  In 1994, she ran six races for Doug Taylor, who signed her to drive the next season. With sponsorship from Dial/Purex, she had a seventh-place run at Talladega in the #40 Ford and finished 25th in points.  Unfortunately, she was released, and Sawyer started a team for her, the #14. Moise ran 18 races and finished 37th in points.  She ran one race the next year in the car at Dover, but wrecked early in the race.  In 1998, her team was purchased by Michael Waltrip Racing, and she signed to drive the car with sponsorship from Rhodes Furniture.  Despite a top-ten at Bristol, she had trouble making races and finished 37th in points.  She has not raced in NASCAR since.  For her CUP career she made five CUP starts, with a best finish of 26th.  In her Nationwide career she had 133 starts with a best finish of 7th at Talladega in 1995.  In that race she led four laps.  The first laps ever led by a woman in a NASCAR event.  She had career earnings of almost $439,000.  Info from WikiPedia.


JUAN PABLO MONTOYA - 9/20/1975 - is a Colombian race car driver known internationally for participating in and winning Formula One and CART race competitions. Currently, he competes in NASCAR, driving the #42 Target Chevrolet Impala for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing in the Sprint Cup Series.  The highlights of his career include winning the International F3000 championship in 1998, and the CART Championship Series in 1999, as well as victories in some of the most prestigious races in the world.  He is the only driver to have won the premier North American open-wheel CART title, the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Daytona, all at the first attempt.  Montoya is one of two drivers to have won the CART title in his rookie year, the first being Formula One World Champion Nigel Mansell in 1993.  He has also equaled Graham Hill's feat of being a Monaco Grand Prix and Indianapolis 500 race winner; Montoya is currently one of only two active drivers (along with Jacques Villeneuve) who has won two legs of the Triple Crown of Motorsport.  Montoya has also become a crossover race winner by winning races (starting in each case in his rookie year) in Formula One, CART, IndyCar, Grand-AM and NASCAR equaling in that respect Mario Andretti's caliber of success (except for the F1 World Championship);  And shares honors as well with Dan Gurney in being IndyCar/F1/NASCAR race winner. Montoya is also the only driver to have competed in all three major events at Indianapolis, finishing fourth or better in each event. He finished 1st in the Indianapolis 500, 2nd in the Brickyard 400, and 4th in the US Grand Prix.  On July 9, 2006, Montoya announced his plans to compete in the NASCAR Nextel Cup series beginning with the 2007 season, racing for Chip Ganassi and Felix Sabates' NASCAR operation, Chip Ganassi Racing, in the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Car. "I'm looking forward to racing in the Nextel Cup Series for Chip Ganassi in the Big Red Car.  I think I will learn a lot from my teammates and other drivers around me. It will be tough though to get used to the difference in the cars." Montoya made his stock car debut in an Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) event at the Talladega Superspeedway on October 6, 2006.  He qualified second, led the first nine laps, and finished third when the race was called after 79 of 92 laps.  Montoya visited victory lane three times across three different racing series in 2007.  He kicked off 2007 with a win in his first Rolex 24 At Daytona race in the Grand American Road Racing Association. Then, in just his seventh-career Nationwide Series race, Montoya took the checkered flag in Mexico City to earn his first win in a stock car.  His abilities on the road course were evident to his competitors when he captured his first Sprint Cup victory after qualifying 32nd at Infineon Raceway. Montoya and his No. 42 crew went on to amass one win, three top-five and six top-10 finishes during the 2007 Sprint Cup season.  Montoya also earned the honor of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2007 Rookie of the Year and finished 20th in series points.  Juan Pablo Montoya started the 2010 edition of the Watkins Glen race in 3rd place and led 74 of the 90 laps to win his 2nd career Sprint Cup Series race.  This made him the first foreign-born driver to have multiple wins in NASCAR Sprint Cup history. Montoya did not make the Chase for the Sprint Cup and ended up 17th in points with six top-fives and fourteen top-tens.  Montoya also won the pole for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301, the Brickyard 400, and the AMP Energy Juice 500.  Montoya has re-signed with Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing to remain in the #42 car in the Sprint Cup Series in 2012.  During the 2012 Daytona 500, during a caution on lap 160, Montoya's car spun out and collided with a track support vehicle with a jet dryer in tow due to a rear suspension mechanical malfunction, causing leaking vapors from the dryer to catch fire, leading to a lengthy red flag. The driver of the support vehicle and Montoya were both cleared medically after the accident.  To this point in his career, Montoya has competed in 94 Formula 1 races, winning 7 times.  As noted he also won the first two Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona he entered (2007 & 2008) and finished second in two other starts.  He ran in the Indy 500 one time, and claimed the win.  He also rac 40 CART races, and won 10 times.  He has one Nationwide win in 23 starts. and has two CUP wins.  Currently he has over 30 million dollars in NASCAR earnings.  Info from WikiPedia.  YouTube video of Montoya winning Indy 500.  Here is Montoya getting his first CUP win.  Finally here is the video of Montoya crashing into the track dryer in the Daytona 500.  At the end of the 2013 season, Montoya left Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing to go back to the Indy car series, and will be driving for Roger Penske.


RALPH MOODY - 9/10/1947 - 6/9/2004 - was one of early drivers of NASCAR.  However, he eventually became the most famous as team co-owner of Holman Moody.  He built his first Model T Ford race car in 1935, and ran it on nights and weekends. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II, and drove a tank under the command of General George S. Patton.  He married his wife Mitzi in 1949, and they moved to Florida so that he could race all year.  Moody won four races in 1956 for owner Pete DePaolo.  He finished eighth in the final points, with 21 Top-10 finishes in 35 races.  He raced the first third of 1957, until Ford and the other American automobile manufacturers pulled out of racing.   Mr. Moody immediately took out a loan against an airplane he owned, and he and John Holman paid $12,000 to buy the shop and equipment that had been Ford's Charlotte-based racing operation.  Holman Moody began as a racecar owner operation, but became more famous for their race car building operation.  Holman Moody chassis featured improvements such as tube shocks, square tubing frames, and rear ends with floater housings.  They built around 50 race cars a year until Moody sold his portion of the company after the 1971 season. They had won 92 NASCAR Grand National races.  Holman died in 1975 after suffering a heart attack while testing an intercooler.  The team was owned by a trust for several years, until Lee Holman took over the operations in 1978.  Holman-Moody entered two cars in the final two races at the Daytona Beach Road Course in 1958.  The cars were raced by Curtis Turner and Joe Weatherly. The cars finished first and third in one race, and second and fourth in the second.  The team became more focused on building cars for other teams as the season went on.  Ford slowly began increasing support for racing as the season went on.  Ford stopped the assembly line to allow Holman-Moody to buy bare bodies and parts for construction of 1959 Thunderbirds.  The cars came without needed parts.  Turner won races at Champion Speedway, Lakewood Speedway, and the Southern States Fairgrounds.  Holman-Moody-built Fords won 48 of 55 NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup) Races in 1965, a record that has never been broken.  David Pearson won the 1968 and 1969 NASCAR championships. Dan Gurney won five races at Riverside International Raceway.  Pearson drove a Wood Brothers Ford to victory in the 1976 Daytona 500.  In 1966 Holman-Moody's Ford GT40 Mark II's finished 1–2–3 at the 24 Hours of Daytona and at the 12 Hours of Sebring.  Their 1–2–3 finish at 24 Hours of Le Mans is one of the most famous victories of all-time.  Fred Lorenzen was one of the nation's highest paid athletes at $122,558 while driving a Holman-Moody car in 1963.  Holman-Moody fielded cars for many of the sports most notible and successful drivers.  Among the: Bobby Allison, Donnie Allison, Mario Andretti, Johnny Beauchamp, Jim Clark, Mark Donahue, AJ Foyt, Dan Gurney, Dick Hutcherson, Ned Jarrett, Bobby Johns, Junior Johnson, Parnelli Jones, Fred Lorenzen, Tiny Lund, Marvic Panch, David Pearson, Fireball Roberts, Curtis Turner, Al Unser, Bobby Unser, Joe Waetherly, and Cale Yarborough.  Moody's has several Hall of Fame inductions including North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame, National Motorports Press Association Stock car Racing Hall of Fame, Motorsports Hall of fame, and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.  Info from WikiPedia.

BUD MOORE - 5/25/1925 - see under 'owners'







ROB MOROSO - 9/26/1968 - 9/30/1990 - was a NASCAR racing driver who was champion of the NASCAR Busch Series (now Nationwide Series) in 1989, was posthumously awarded the 1990 NASCAR Winston Cup (now Sprint Cup Series) Rookie of the Year award. He was killed in a traffic accident on roads near his hometown of Terrell, North Carolina.  Born in Greenwich, Connecticut, he was the son of Dick Moroso, founder of Moroso Performance, suppliers of aftermarket automotive parts, and former owner of Moroso Motorsports Park in Jupiter, Florida.  He made his debut in the Busch series at age 17, driving the #23 Old Milwaukee Chevrolet, and later the #15 for Rick Hendrick. He won his first race in 1988, when he was 19. He finished second in the final Busch series points in 1988. Moroso won a total of six races from 1988 to 1989, including 3 consecutive at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and was voted the most popular driver on the circuit.  In 1989 Moroso, was vying with veteran driver Tommy Houston for the championship in the final race of the year, at Martinsville Speedway. Houston's engine failed during the race, while Moroso finished third and won the title by 55 points from Houston.  At the time Moroso was the youngest champion in the history of NASCAR.  Moroso made his debut in Winston Cup in 1988 at Charlotte with Peak Antifreeze sponsorship, finishing 14th in his debut. He would race one more time in 1988 and ran two races in 1989 as a warm up for the following season. Moroso declared he was running for Rookie of the Year in the 1990 season with sponsorship from Crown Petroleum, driving the #20 Oldsmobile for his father. The highlight of the season was a ninth place finish in the Pepsi Firecracker 400 at Daytona.  On September 30, 1990, Moroso was killed in an automobile crash near Mooresville, North Carolina only hours after finishing 21st in the Holly Farms 400 at North Wilkesboro Speedway.  Traveling at an estimated 75 mph Moroso lost control of his vehicle in a curve with a 35 mph posted speed limit. The resulting collision killed both Moroso and Tammy Williams, the driver of the vehicle in the opposite lane.  Investigations revealed that he had been driving under the influence of alcohol.  His blood alcohol level was 0.22, over twice the then legal level of 0.10.[4] He also had been convicted of speeding four times.  Judges could have revoked his license at least twice but the charges were reduced.  Moroso earned enough points after completing just 25 of 29 races that he was posthumously awarded the Raybestos NASCAR Rookie of the Year Award in 1990.  For his brief career Moroso competed in 86 Nationwide races, winning 6 times.  He finished second in the Nationwide points in 1988, and won in 1989.  IN the CUP series, he only ran in 29 races, and posted one top 10 finish.



FRANK MUNDY - 6/18/1918 - 5/15/2009 was an American stock car racer. He competed in the American Automobile Association (AAA) stock cars, winning the 1955 national championship, before the series changed to United States Auto Club (USAC) sanction.  He also raced in NASCAR's Grand National (now Sprint Cup Series) and won three races under that sanction.  Mundy started at the pole position only to find himself finishing the race in 82nd place at the 1951 running of the Southern 500.  His career spanned from 1949 to 1956.  One of his accomplishments was winning the 1955 running of the Southern Illinois 100.  Frequently seen in rides owned by Carl Kiekhaefer, Mundy's seven-year career would involve him racing in classic races like the 1956 Southern 500 where he finished in 38th place out of 70 competitors.  He would also be seen racing at Lakeview Speedway in Mobile, Alabama.  As a personal driver for General George S. Patton during World War II, Mundy would gain valuable driving experience for NASCAR.  Mundy also competed in American Automobile Association (AAA) and USAC Stock Car races. He won the 1955 AAA national stock car championship.  Studebaker and Oldsmobile were Frank Mundy's preferred manufacturers for NASCAR rides.  Mundy was one of the original founder of NASCAR.  For his racing career he ran in 52 CUP races, winning three time.  All of them in 1951, when he finished fifth in the points.  He also ran in the NASCAR convertible series where he had much success.  He ran in 13 races in 1956 winning six times, and never finished worse than 14th.  Info from WikiPedia.





TED MUSGRAVE - 12/18/1955 -  is a retired American race car driver.  He began racing in 1977 at age 18 at Waukegan in a 1967 Ford Galaxy that he inherited from his brother.   He immediately rebuilt the car into a 1967 Ford Torino and won the track's Rookie of the Year title.  He and his father built a Ford Mustang using some tips from Dick Trickle to race the next season.  Originally from Illinois, Ted moved across the nearby state line so that he could race five nights per week in the CWRA.  In 1981, he finished second in the points at Wisconsin International Raceway (WIR), two points behind Alan Kulwicki.  In 1987 he moved to Franklin and went national in the ASA series in Terry Baker's ride that Bobby Dotter vacated.  Musgrave finished 21 of 25 events, winning at the Milwaukee Mile, Birmingham, and Huntsville.  He earned Rookie of the Year honors by finishing fifth in points.  In 1990, Musgrave was called upon by Winston Cup team owner Ray DeWitt to replace Rich Vogler,  who had been killed at a wreck at Salem Speedway.  Musgrave had four starts in Cup that year, his best finish being a 22nd at the Checker Auto Parts 500.  From 1991 to 1993 he raced the #55 for the DeWitt/Ulrich team.  He was runner-up to Bobby Hamilton for Rookie of the Year in 1991 and had twelve top-ten finishes.  In 1992, driving for Dewitt/Ulrich, he led all Winston Cup drivers in laps completed.  In 1994, he was hired by Jack Roush to race for Roush Racing in the #16 Family Channel Ford Thunderbird as a teammate with Mark Martin.  In his first season, Musgrave had three poles, and finished fifteenth in points. In 1995, Musgrave had a breakout year of sorts, posting 7 top-five finishes (including two second-place finishes) and 13 top-tens.  At one point in the season, he was third in Winston Cup points.  In 1997 NASCAR Winston Cup Series, Roush vowed to give Musgrave whatever he needed to win his first race.  The #16 car now had dual sponsorship from The Family Channel and Primestar. Once again, he started off well, and came very close to his first win at Darlington Raceway.  Musgrave was running second late in the race and clearly had a faster car than leader Dale Jarrett in the closing laps.  At one point, he was side by side with Jarrett, but Jarrett held him off for the win.  Critics of Musgrave would say after the race that he should have been more aggressive and bumped Jarrett out of the way to get his first win.  In 1998, Musgrave got full sponsorship from Primestar, and was 18th in points when he was suddenly replaced by rookie Kevin Lepage, to the shock of many.  In 1999, Musgrave was signed by Butch Mock Motorsports to run the #75 Remington Arms Ford. Musgrave struggled mightily however, and only put together two top-ten finishes before finally quitting the team after the Pennzoil 400.  He began 2000 without a ride, but soon caught on with Joe Bessey Motorsports filling in for the injured Geoffrey Bodine, and ran five races with that team. After a one-race return to the #15, Musgrave finished the year with Team SABCO, driving the #01 for Kenny Irwin Jr., who had died in a practice accident at New Hampshire International Speedway. Musgrave has run seven Cup races since then, six of them with Ultra Motorsports and one for Petty Enterprises, Musgrave's last Cup race came at the 20-caution Sharpie 500 at Bristol in 2003, when he replaced Jimmy Spencer while he served his one race suspension.  Musgrave made his name driving in the NASCAR Truck series.  Musgrave made his Craftsman Truck Series debut in 1995 at the GM Goodwrench/Delco Battery 200, driving the #61 Ford F-150 for Jack Roush.  He started and finished in fourth place. He ran two more races the next year for Roush's #99 truck, and finished fifth at Phoenix.  He did not run trucks again until 2001, when he signed to drive the #1 Mopar Dodge Ram for Ultra Motorsports.  He won three of out the first five races that year and seven races overall, and had eighteen top-ten finishes, but was unable to catch Jack Sprague for the title.  The next two seasons, he had three wins apiece and finished third in both season's points.  During the 2003 season, Musgrave announced he had been battling bladder cancer while racing.  Ironically, his wife Debi has been diagnosed with leukemia since 2000.  Musgrave appeared to be in position to win the Truck championship that year, but in the season-ending Ford 200, Musgrave was penalized for attempting to pass a slower truck low on the final restart past the start/finish line, and surrendered the championship to fellow Wisconsinite Travis Kvapil. "All I can say is next year you're going to see a whole new Ted Musgrave.  He's going to be the dirtiest son of a gun going out there on the racetrack and you might as well throw that rulebook away. I ain't going by it no more", Musgrave said in reaction to the penalty.   In 2005, Musgrave won just one race, winning from the pole position at Gateway International Raceway as he did also in 2001, but he was able to claim the Craftsman Truck Series title.  After the conclusion of the 2007 season, Germain Racing announced that they would not renew Musgrave's contract for 2008 season. Musgrave was replaced in the #9 by rookie Justin Marks.  He moved to HT Motorsports for 2008, bringing his ASE sponsorship with him to the #59 truck. 18 races into the 2008 season, Musgrave and HT parted ways after a practice wreck at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  He was 13th in points at the time of his release.  Musgrave will serve as Ron Hornaday Jr.'s spotter for eight races during the 2012 Camping World Truck Series season.  The March 2012 press release states that Ted is "now retired" from driving.  For his career Musgrave competed in 192 Truck series races, and won 17 times, winning the championship in 2005, winning over 5 million dollars.  He raced 22 events in the Nationwide series with one top five finish.  In the CUP series he ran 305 races, with no wins and 20 top five finishes.  He had CUP winnings of 8.8 million dollars.  Info from WikiPedia.  YouTube has a video of the Final race of 2003 that decided the Truck Series Championship




BOBBY MYERS - 6/27/1927 - 9/2/1957 - was an American NASCAR driver from 1951-1957.  Myers began competing in the NASCAR Grand National Division in 1951 at the age of 24.  He made 2 starts in 1951, in his first outing in the 200-lap event at the ½-mile dirt Asheville-Weaverville Speedway at Weaverville, North Carolina, Myers finished 16th driving a 1949 Ford.  Myers then drove the #2 Hudson in the Motor City 250 on the 1-mile dirt track at Michigan State Fairgrounds in Detroit where he started 34th and finished 25th.  Myers returned to NASCAR Grand National Division competition in 1952 driving George Hutchens’ #6 Ford in the Southern 500 at Darlington.  The Ford’s engine came apart on lap 145 and relegated him to a 52nd finishing position in a field of 66 cars.  In 1953, Myers drove the #18 Oldsmobile in two NASCAR Grand National events.  In the Southern 500, he started 50th and worked his way to a 20th finishing position.  At the 1-mile circle Langhorne Speedway in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, Myers finished 10th.  Myers did not compete in the Grand National Division again until 1956.  He drove Ansel Rakestraw’s #1 Chevrolet at the ½-mile asphalt Palm Beach Speedway at West Palm Beach, Florida.  He started the event in 10th and finished it in 10th. At the Daytona Beach and Road Course, Myers started 63rd of 76 cars and finished 46th failing to collect a single cent of the purse money.  At the ½-mile dirt Wilson Speedway at Wilson, North Carolina, Myers started 24th and finished 7th.  In 1957, Myers started 6th at the ½-mile dirt Southern States Fairgrounds track at Charlotte, North Carolina driving Whitey Norman’s #1A Ford, but a blown engine on lap 26 dropped him to a 19th finishing spot.  At the Southern 500 on September 2, 1957, Myers qualified the #4 Petty Enterprises Oldsmobile in the second spot.  Myers led his first lap in NASCAR Grand National Division competition during the race.  Myers was involved in a violent crash on lap 27. Fonty Flock was driving Herb Thomas’ #92 Pontiac and spun on the backstretch, stopping sideways in turn 3. Paul Goldsmith and Myers both struck the stopped car at full speed.  Flock and Goldsmith both received serious injuries in the crash.  Myers died from his injuries due to an end-over-end flip, making the roof slam hard onto the racetrack.  Bobby Myers son, Danny "Chocolate" Myers would later become involved in NASCAR serving as the gasman on the famous "Flying Aces" pit crew of Richard Childress Racing and seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series Champion Dale Earnhardt.  For his career Myers ran 15 CUP events over a five year span.  He collect three top 10 finishes.  He had better luck running in the NASCAR Convertible series.  In 1957 before his fatal accident, he had ran in eight events with four top five finishes.  The pic above is one taken right before his fatal race at Darlington.  Info from WikiPedia.  Here is a YouTube video of Myers fatal crash.

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