Harry Gant

 


Harry Gant, born January 10, 1940, was known throughout the NASCAR community as "Handsome Harry" or to some as "Mr. September".  He earned the name "Mr. September" in 1991 for winning four consecutive NASCAR Winston Cup races that month at Darlington, Richmond, Dover Downs and Martinsville tying the modern era (1972-present) record.  He also recorded two Busch Series races during that time frame.  Gant's best season had to be 1991, finishing a career-high fourth in the points standing, winning five races, one pole, fifteen top-5 finishes and 17 top-10 finishes.  He also led in most laps led with 1,684.

Gant finished his career with 18 Winston Cup victories with 13 of those on superspeedways and he had 17 Winston Cup poles.  Gant's first win came in his 107th start on April 25, 1982 in the Virginia National Bank 500 at Martinsville Speedway.  His first superspeedway win came in his 125th start on October 10, 1982 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the National 500.  Gant earned his first pole on July 30, 1979 in his 25th race which was at Pocono Raceway in the Coca-Cola 500.

Gant finished second in 1984 Winston Cup points race; third in 1981 and 1985; fourth in 1982, 1991 and 1992; seventh in 1983 and 1989; eleventh in 1980, 1986 and 1993; seventeenth in 1990; twenty-first in 1979; twenty-second in 1987 and twenty-seventh in 1988.  He ran a total of 444 races in the Winston Series and earned $7,882,084.00.

Gant was inducted into the Charlotte (NC) Motor Speedway Court of Legends in '95.  He was the National Motorsports Press Association Driver of the Year in 1991 and Copenhagen/Skoal All Pro First Team in 1992, and second team in 1991.  Gant also made first team in 1984 and 1991 for the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association All American Team.  He was named to the second team in '81,'82,'85 and '92.

Gant competed in four IROC series' and won one of the fifteen races anf the '85 championship.  Gant is the oldest driver to win a Winston Cup race at ( 52 years and 219 days); Champion 400 on August 16,1992 at Michigan.  He won the Budweiser 500 on May 31, 1992 at Dover Downs to make him the oldest driver to win a 500 mile race, he was 52 years and 142 days.

Gant competed in 128 Busch races between 1982-1994 and had 21 wins, 52 top-five finishes, 71 top-ten finishes and 14 poles.  He was runner-up three times (69-76-77) for the NASCAR Late Model Sportsman (now Grand National) championship.

 

Lifetime EVENTS POLES WINS TOP 10 MONEY
Totals 444 17 18 208 $7,882.084.

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