Rex White: Small Stature, Giant Legend

at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 25, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina.1960 NASCAR Premier Series Champion Earns Sport’s Top Honor

(Note: This release is part of a series in advance of the 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Jan. 30, broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, Motor Racing Network Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Bill Elliott, Fred Lorenzen, Wendell Scott, Joe Weatherly and Rex White are the five 2015 inductees.)

Over the years, NASCAR premier series champions have come in all shapes and sizes – tall, short, muscular and lean.  The single constant? It’s impossible to judge a book by its cover.

Based upon first impressions, Rex White – at 5 feet 4 inches, weighing just 135 pounds and with his right leg withered by childhood polio – might have seemed the unlikeliest championship contender of all. Continue reading “Rex White: Small Stature, Giant Legend”

No Joke: Weatherly Earns NASCAR’s Highest Honor

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Brief Yet Prolific Career Lands ‘Clown Prince of Racing’ In Hall

(Note: This release is part of a series in advance of the 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Jan. 30, broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, Motor Racing Network Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Bill Elliott, Fred Lorenzen, Wendell Scott, Joe Weatherly and Rex White are the five 2015 inductees.)

Joe Weatherly’s time in NASCAR’s premier series was short, just two fulltime seasons.

But what an impact the Norfolk, Virginia, native had on NASCAR racing in those brief, 24 months.

Weatherly, previously a winner of American Motorcyclist Association and NASCAR modified titles, claimed back-to-back premier series championships in 1962-63. He posted 25 victories in 229 starts before his untimely death in January 1964 at Riverside (California) International Raceway. Continue reading “No Joke: Weatherly Earns NASCAR’s Highest Honor”

Wendell Scott: Legend, Trailblazer, and NASCAR Hall of Famer

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Scott’s Legacy a Story of Perseverance, Excellence

(Note: This release is part of a series in advance of the 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Jan. 30, broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, Motor Racing Network Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Bill Elliott, Fred Lorenzen, Wendell Scott, Joe Weatherly and Rex White are the five 2015 inductees.)

During a 13-year premier series career, Wendell Scott likely never considered he was making NASCAR history. The Virginian’s sole concern was getting to the next race on a miniscule budget.

Scott wasn’t the only driver to struggle financially. The odds of making a good living racing stock cars were long in the 1960s and early 1970s when purses were small, large sponsors unheard of and manufacturer support came and went with the turning of the calendar’s pages. Continue reading “Wendell Scott: Legend, Trailblazer, and NASCAR Hall of Famer”

“Golden Boy” Lorenzen Reaches NASCAR Pinnacle

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Winning Percentage Ranks Fifth All-Time

(Note: This release is part of a series in advance of the 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Jan. 30, broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, Motor Racing Network Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Bill Elliott, Fred Lorenzen, Wendell Scott, Joe Weatherly and Rex White are the five 2015 inductees.)

Fred Lorenzen’s NASCAR career was brief, just 158 premier series starts over slightly more than a decade.

The Elmhurst, Illinois, native never ran a complete season, his Holman-Moody Ford team choosing only to compete in the schedule’s most prestigious events.

But when Lorenzen did buckle into his white, No. 28 Ford, it could be argued the rest of the field was running for second place. He was the “Golden Boy.” Continue reading ““Golden Boy” Lorenzen Reaches NASCAR Pinnacle”

Legend Of ‘Awesome Bill’ Started From Meager Beginnings

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Elliott’s NASCAR Hall of Fame Career a Story of Perseverance

(Note: This release is part of a series in advance of the 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Jan. 30, broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, Motor Racing Network Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Bill Elliott, Fred Lorenzen, Wendell Scott, Joe Weatherly and Rex White are the five 2015 inductees.)

When Bill Elliott climbed into his Ford on a late-winter afternoon in 1976, little did fans at North Carolina Motor Speedway know they were witnessing the birth of a NASCAR Hall of Fame career.

The 20-year-old Elliott, whose car was fielded by his father George and crewed by brothers Ernie and Dan, didn’t last long in his NASCAR premier series debut. Engine problems sidelined the Elliotts early for a finish of 33rd in the 36-car field.

In fact, Elliott’s first campaign of eight races – four for his father and four with Bill Champion, another independent owner-driver – produced six DNFs. Continue reading “Legend Of ‘Awesome Bill’ Started From Meager Beginnings”

Dale Jarrett’s NASCAR Hall of Fame Credentials Earned As Late Bloomer

hofdjDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 28, 2014) – Success often comes for those who wait.

That certainly can be said of Dale Jarrett, who didn’t reach the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series until age 30 and waited another four years for his first victory. Continue reading “Dale Jarrett’s NASCAR Hall of Fame Credentials Earned As Late Bloomer”

Maurice Petty Created Horsepower That Powered A NASCAR Dynasty

hofmpDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 27, 2014) – Maurice “Chief” Petty has been proclaimed as the “silent” figure at Petty Enterprises.

Yet his value as the team’s engine builder cannot be overstated. Petty, a self-taught mechanical magician, squeezed horsepower – and longevity – out of engines designed not for high-speed competition but daily use on America’s highways. Continue reading “Maurice Petty Created Horsepower That Powered A NASCAR Dynasty”