Born: 5/11/1924 Died: 3/31/1998 Birthplace: Ft. Payne, AL.
Born May 11, 1924 in Ft. Payne, AL. A NASCAR pioneer had 40 victories in 13 years. He won the Grand National points title in 1952 and '55. In '55 won 18 races in 39 starts, had 32 top five finishes and 33 top ten's. He won 19 poles in one season. He is the only driver to win at Daytona in all three NASCAR divisions (Grand National, Modified and Convertible). In 1952 was selected Driver of the Year by Speed Age Magazine. He was inducted into the Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame in ‘77 and the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in‘78. His 21.2 career winning percentage (40 wins in 189 starts) is NASCAR's all-time best. He held five world records for the Daytona Measured Mile. He passed away on March 31, 1998.