March 27, 1939 |
Timmonsville, South Carolina, U.S.
|Achievements||1976, 1977, 1978 Winston Cup Series Champion
1984 IROC Champion
1968, 1977, 1983, 1984 Daytona 500 Winner
1968, 1973, 1974, 1978, 1982 Southern 500 Winner
1978, 1984 Winston 500 Winner
Holds Sprint Cup Series modern era record for most poles in a season (14 poles in 1980)
|Awards||1967 Grand National Series Most Popular Driver
International Motorsports Hall of Fame Inductee (1993)
National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame Inductee (1994)
Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Inductee (1994)
Court of Legends Inductee at Charlotte Motor Speedway (1996)
3-Time National Motorsports Press Association Driver of the Year (1977, 1978, 1979)
1977 American Driver of the Year
South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame inductee (1978)
Talladega Walk of Fame inductee (1996)
Named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers (1998)
NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee (2012)
|Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career|
|560 races run over 31 years|
|Best finish||1st (1976, 1977, 1978)|
|First race||1957 Southern 500 (Darlington)|
|Last race||1988 Atlanta Journal 500 (Atlanta)|
|First win||1965 untitled race (Valdosta)|
|Last win||1985 Miller High Life 500 (Charlotte)|
I think it turned the whole sport around. It got everybody's attention. People who were watching TV live were jumping up and down in their living rooms.
I knew Childress was going to help me because my crew told me on the radio. I really appreciate what Richard did, but that is typical of people in this sport.
If he'd just crowded me down to the side of the asphalt, I'd have been OK. But when he ran me completely off the racetrack, I lost it.