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Neil Bonnett (More Info)
Neil was born July 30,1946 and died February 11, 1994. He hailed from Bessemer, Alabama. A member of the "Alabama Gang" that also included three Allisons and veteran short-track star Red Farmer.....won 20 poles and 18 races in 363 career starts from 1974 thru the 1993 season....among his major victories: three each at Rockingham and Atlanta, two each at Dover and Charlotte and one each at Darlington,Daytona Beach, Pocono, Talladega, and Ontario.....also won short-track races at Richmond and North Wilkesboro.....drove for such noted owners as Butch Mock, Junior Johnson, and the Wood brothers.....was one of tours most popular and quotable drivers.....died while practicing for the Daytona 500.
Red was born March 12, 1915 and died November 11, 1960.....He hailed from Anniston, Alabama. Nascar's very first Winston Cup champion drove in six of the eight races contested in 1949.....he was third in the season-opener in Charlotte, won three weeks later on the highway/beach course in Daytona Beach, was 22nd. at Hillsborough, third at Langhorne, skipped the race at Hamburg, won at Martinsville in September, skipped the October 2 race at Pittsburgh, then was 16th in the season finale at North Wilkesboro.....he beat Lee Petty by 117.5 points for the championship....a B-29 flight engineer in World War 2, he was critically wounded when his plane was shot down and spent 27 months in a hospital....he returned to racing in 1946 and promptly won his first race on the highway/beach course.....later,he'd win three more on that same course.
Darel was born June 1,1926 and died October 28,1989....he hailed from Indianapolis, Indiana....Darel won 11 poles and seven races, among them Riverside in 1963, Augusta in 1964, a Daytona qualifier in 1965, Monroe, Weaverville, the Southern 500 of 1966 and at North Wilkesboro in 1967.... was seventh in points in 1963 and third in 1965....beat Richard Petty, David Pearson, Marvin Panch, and Fred Lorenzen at Darlington.
Fonty was born March 21, 1921 and died July 15, 1972 ...he hailed from Decatur, Georgia....One of four siblings to race in the late '40s, throughout the '50s and into the '60s....others were brothers Bob and Tim, and sister Ethel.....won 30 poles and 19 races in 154 career starts between 1949 and 1957....he briefely quit Nascar in 1954, but returned for two more full seasons....among his most impressive triumphs: Langhorne, the 1952 Southern 500 at Darlington, a 100-miler at the 1.5-mile track at LeHi, Arkansas.....finished second in the very first Winston Cup race, held in Charlotte, in 1949.
Tim was born May 11, 1924 and hails from Atlanta, Georgia...Two-time ('52 and '55) series champion won 37 poles and 40 races in 187 starts between 1949 and 1961...best season was 55 when he won 18 races and had 15 other top-10 finishes in 38 starts....was fifth in the first Winston Cup race at Charlotte in 1949....won 18 races between 1950 and 1953, then sat out the '54 season after being disqualified from an apparent victory at Daytona Beach in February of that year...returned the next season and won 18 races and the championship for owner Carl Kiekhaefer....won back to back races an incredible 11 times in his career...
Foyt born January 16, 1935 and hails from Houston, Texas...the four time Indy 500 winner's last Winston Cup attempt was at the inaugural Brickyard 400 in 1994...made it a habit in the late '60s and early '70s to win a major NASCAR superspeedway race with some degree of regularity...among his seven victories are three at Daytona Beach, two at Ontario, and one each at Atlanta and Riverside....three of his victories came with the Wood brothers, the others with Ray Nichels, Banjo Matthews, and Jack Bowser...went from fifth to third on the last lap of the 1979 Daytona 500 when Cale Yarborough and Donnie Allison wrecked on the backstreach.