Legend Profiles G-J

Legend Profiles G-J


Harry Gant

Harry was born January 10,1940 and hails from Taylorsville, North Carolina...Became a fan favorite in 1982 with win at Martinsville after nine runner-up finishes....ran 474 Winston Cup races and earned 17 poles and 18 victories, including four straight ( Darlington, Richmond, Dover, and Martinsville) before a second-place finish at North Wilkesboro in the fall of 1991....won three other races at both Dover and Darlington, two others at Martinsville, plus two at Pocono, and one each at Michigan, Talladega, North Wilkesboro, and Charlotte...was an accomplished weekly short-track and Busch series racer before he went to Cup, and did some truck racing after leaving Cup racing in 1994...was the '91 NASCAR driver of the year.

Totals 474 17 18 208 $8,524,844.

Dick Hutcherson

Dick was born November 30, 1931 and hails from Keokuk, Iowa....One of several successful NASCAR drivers from the state of Iowa....(his brother, Ron, was another along with Tiny Lund and Ramo Stott)..."Hutch" was an outstanding short-track racer in the mid '60s, winning 22 poles and 14 races between 1964 and 1968...he was part of the Ford factory team that dominated the '65 season, then battled the Chrysler products the next few seasons....retired from full-schedule racing in the late '60s to concentrate on his chassis-building business in Charlotte; retired after the 1967 season.

Totals 103 22 14 73 $167,581.

James Hylton  (More Info.)

James was born August 26, 1935 and hails from Inman, South Carolina...never won a championship and won only two races ( Richmond in '70 and Talladega in '72), but was always near the top in points....the '66 rookie of the year was second in points in '66,'67,and '71, and was top-5 in six other seasons....became a driver after being chief mechanic for rex white and Ned Jarrett....never had the solid financial backing to win races, but always seemed to find a way to finish in the top-10; continues to try to run every now and then, with very little success.

Totals 601 4 2 301 $1,489,806..

Bobby Isaac

Bobby was born August 1, 1934 and died August 14, 1977 he hailed from Catawba, North Carolina....Drove the No.71 Dodges owned by Nord Krauskopf and prepared by Harry Hyde to the 1970 NASCAR championship and driver of the year award; won 13 poles and 11 races that year, proving his 20-pole, 17-win ( and most popular driver) season of 1969 was no fluke; once retired in the middle of a 500- miler at Talladega when ( according to him) he heard voices warning him to quit....stayed out of racing for a few years, then died of a heart attack during a Saturday night short-track race at Hickory, North Carolina in the summer of 1977.


Totals 308 50 37 170 $778,053.

Ned Jarrett

Ned was born October 12, 1932 and hails from Neton, North Carolina....Two-time ('61 and '65) series champion, but is probably better known to latter-day fans as Dale's father and outstanding radio/TV commentator....graduated to Winston Cup after outstanding career in short-track and Sportsman racing....ran the Cup circuit for only 13 years, beginning as a part-timer in 1953 and quitting after the 1966 season...won 35 poles and 50 races, including 15 wins in '64 and 13 (with 13 runnerup finishes) the next year....his first two career victory came back-to-back, on August 1, 1959, at Myrtle Beach and the next day at Charlotte....remains one of the most popular and well-respected of the drivers who helped NASCAR become what it is....retired after the 1966 season.

Totals 352 35 50 239 $348,967.


Junior Johnson

Junior was born June 28, 1931 and hails from Ronda, North Carolina... One of NASCARS most successful, most popular, best-known, most beloved, and most controversial figures..... did hard time in an Ohio proson for moonshining in his native Wilkes County, North Carolina....became a racer after going to early-'50s event at nearby North Wilkesboro Speedway...started 313 races between 1953 and 1966, winning 47 poles and 50 features....one of the sports most successful team-owners, he fielded cars that won for LeeRoy Yarbrough, Cale Yarborough, Bobby Allison, Darrell Waltrip, Charlie Glotzbach, Terry Labonte, Geoff Bodine, Bill Elliott, Jimmy Spencer, and Neil Bonnett ...helped Yarborough win three Winston Cup titles and was owner of record for Waltrip's '81, '82, and '85 championships....sold his team in the mid-'90s to spend more time with family....retired from driving after the 1966 season, then retired as an owner after the 1995 season.

Totals 313 47 50 148 $301,871.

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