Fred Lorenzen got started early in racing’s golden era as well, having built his first car when he was 13 years old.
Greg Sacks was a successful driver in the early ’80s, having won 17 events, including the 1982 Stafford Motor Speedway track championship.
Ricky Craven began his career at Unity Raceway in Unity, Maine, where he won Rookie of the Year in 1982.
Buddy Arrington was born in Martinsville, Va. No photographic evidence exists, but it’s a fair assumption that there was a Chrysler Pentastar on his crib.
Ernie Irvan was born in Salinas, Calif. on Jan. 13, 1959. He is the son of Vic and Jo Irvan, whose family moved to California following the Dust Bowls.
Geoff Bodine was born April 18th, 1949 in Chemung, N.Y. He began his career racing in a midget class at the Chemung Speedrome.
The 2000 edition of the Great American Race wasn’t very good, but come 2001 NASCAR thought they’d developed a solution to ensure good racing at Daytona.
When the Winston Cup crews arrived at Daytona for the kick off event of the 1994 season, one of the track’s favorite sons had been lost.
Dale Earnhardt must have felt his blood pressure rise whenever he recalled the Daytona 500 of 1990, and who can blame him?
Buddy Baker was born Jan. 25, 1941, in Florence, S.C., the son of the late Buck Baker, himself a Hall of Fame NASCAR driver.
For Dale Earnhardt fans, the 1986 Daytona 500 is one of the “big ones that got away.”
The 1981 Daytona 500 marked the debut of the “little” cars, with a 110-inch wheelbase as opposed to the 115 inches on the reliable Monte Carlos and Cutlasses.