Waddell Wilson is a former NASCAR Winston Cup crew chief and engine builder. He was the winning crew chief for the Daytona 500 in 1980, 1983, 1984, he was crew chief or engine builder for Holman Moody, Harry Ranier, Hendrick Motorsports. Drivers included Bobby Allison, Mario Andretti, Buddy Baker, Geoff Bodine, A. J. Foyt, Junior Johnson, Fred Lorenzen, Cale Yarborough and Ricky Rudd. Wilson grew up North Carolina. After graduating from the Nashville Auto and Diesel College in Tennessee, he worked for Cummins Diesel in Miami, he started driving jalopies, street stocks, modifieds at the Hialeah and Hollywood short tracks in Florida. "I won a few," Waddell said, "but before long I figured building engines was my niche."Wilson began as an engine builder for Holman Moody in the early 1960s and he worked for them into the 1970s. He became recognized after building the engine that Fireball Roberts used to win the 1963 Southern 500. Engines built by Wilson had 109 wins, earned 123 pole positions, won three championships.
Parsons set the record for the first 200-mile-per-hour qualifying lap at Talladega using an engine built by Wilson. Wilson took over as a crew chief, his driver Buddy Baker won the 1980 Daytona 500. Cale Yarborough drove a Wilson-prepared car to victory in the 1983 Daytona 500, the combination repeated their win in 1984 Daytona 500. Yarborough and Wilson worked together for Harry Ranier in the early to mid-1980s. Between 1983 and 1986, Yarborough/Wilson won nine races in only 60 starts, including four of sixteen in 1983. Wilson prepared an engine for Hendrick Motorsports that Darrell Waltrip used in a practice session to set an unofficial track record at Daytona that exceeded Bill Elliott's 1985 mark. Rick Hendrick named Wilson to be the crew chief for his new third Hendrick Motorsports team in 1988. Wilson worked with driver Darrell Waltrip; the friends didn't mesh well together as teammates, earning only one win, Wilson was named the team manager after one season. He was replaced by Jeff Hammond.
Wilson became Ricky Rudd's crew chief in 1990 after Hendrick reduced to a two car team. Hendrick had Wilson be the crew chief for IndyCar driver Al Unser Jr.'s only NASCAR start at the 1993 Daytona 500. Unser finished 36th after crashing out. Between 1979 and 1993, Wilson was the crew chief for 22 NASCAR Winston Cup race wins. Yarborough became a car owner. After working for Jim Mattei at Mattei Motorsports in 1998, Wayne Burdette, purchasing Yarborough Motorsports hired Wilson to be his team's general manager for the 1999 season with driver Rick Mast. Wilson retired from racing in 2000 and he became a consultant for Jerico Performance Products. Wilson received the "Golden Wrench Award" by the North Carolina Stock Car Racing Hall Of Fame in 2006, the same year that Waltrip was inducted in the hall of Fame. Wilson was selected to be one of three retired crew chiefs to vote for the inaugural class for the NASCAR Hall of Fame, he was featured on the April 9, 2003 episode of the Speed television channel's show Men Behind the Wrenches.
Wilson is married to Barbara Wilson. They have two sons and one daughter, they all work in motorsports. In 1990, Wilson released a book on preparing. Race Engine Preparation Waddell Wilson, ISBN 0-936834-06-4
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is the top racing series of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing. Since 2017, it has been named for its sponsor, Monster Energy, but has been known by other names in the past; the series began in 1949 as the Strictly Stock Division, from 1950 to 1970 it was known as the Grand National Division. In 1971, when the series began leasing its naming rights to the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, it was referred to as the Winston Cup Series. A similar deal was made with Nextel in 2003, it became the Nextel Cup Series. Sprint acquired Nextel in 2005, in 2008 the series was renamed the Sprint Cup Series, which lasted until 2016. In December 2016, it was announced that Monster Energy would become the new title sponsor starting in 2017; the championship is determined by a points system, with points being awarded according to finish placement and number of laps led. The season is divided into two segments. After the first 26 races, 16 drivers, selected on the basis of wins during the first 26 races, are seeded based on their total number of wins.
They compete in the last ten races, where the difference in points is minimized. This is called the NASCAR playoffs; the series holds strong roots in the Southeastern United States, with half of the races in the 36-race season being held in that region. The current schedule includes tracks from around the United States. Regular season races were held in Canada, exhibition races were held in Japan and Australia; the Daytona 500, the most prestigious race, had a television audience of about 9.17 million U. S. viewers in 2019. Cup Series cars are unique in automobile racing; the engines are powerful enough to reach speeds of over 200 mph, but their weight coupled with a simple aerodynamic package make for poor handling. The bodies and chassis of the cars are regulated to ensure parity, electronics are traditionally spartan in nature. In 1949, NASCAR introduced the Strictly Stock division, after sanctioning Modified and Roadster division races in 1948. Eight races were run on the Daytona Beach beach/street course.
The first NASCAR "Strictly Stock" race was held at Charlotte Speedway on June 19, 1949. Jim Roper was declared the winner of that race after Glenn Dunaway was disqualified for having altered the rear springs on his car; the division was renamed "Grand National" for the 1950 season, reflecting NASCAR's intent to make the sport more professional and prestigious. It retained this name until 1971; the 1949 Strictly Stock season is regarded in NASCAR's record books as the first season of GN/Cup history. Martinsville Speedway is the only track on the 1949 schedule. Rather than having a fixed schedule of one race per weekend with most entrants appearing at every event, the Grand National schedule has included over sixty events in some years. There are two or three races on the same weekend and two races on the same day in different states. In the early years, most Grand National races were held on dirt-surfaced short oval tracks that ranged in lap length from under a quarter-mile to over a half-mile, or on dirt fairgrounds ovals ranging from a half-mile to a mile in lap length.
One hundred ninety-eight of the first 221 Grand National races were run on dirt tracks. Darlington Raceway, opened in 1950, was the first paved track on the circuit over one mile long. In 1959, when Daytona International Speedway was opened, the schedule still had more races on dirt racetracks than on paved ones. In the 1960s as superspeedways were built and old dirt tracks were paved, the number of races run on dirt tracks was reduced; the last NASCAR race on a dirt track was held on September 30, 1970 at the half-mile State Fairgrounds Speedway in Raleigh, North Carolina. Richard Petty won that race in a Plymouth, sold by Petty Enterprises to Don Robertson and rented back by Petty Enterprises for the race. Between 1971 and 2003, NASCAR's premier series was called the Winston Cup Series, it was sponsored by R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company cigarette brand Winston. In 1971, the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act banned television advertising of cigarettes; as a result, tobacco companies began to sponsor sporting events as a way to spend their excess advertising dollars and to circumvent the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act's ban on television advertising.
RJR's sponsorship became more controversial in the wake of the 1998 Tobacco Industry Settlement that restricted avenues for tobacco advertising, including sports sponsorships. The changes that resulted from RJR's involvement in the series as well as from the reduction in schedule from 48 to 31 races per year established 1972 as the beginning of NASCAR's "modern era"; the season was made shorter, the points system was modified several times during the next four years. Races on dirt tracks and on oval tracks shorter than 250 miles were removed from the schedule, transferred to the short-lived NASCAR Grand National East Series. NASCAR's founder, Bill France Sr. turned over control of NASCAR to Bill France Jr.. In August 1974, France Jr. asked series publicist Bob Latford to design a points system with equal points being awarded for all races regardless of length or prize money. This system ensured that the top drivers would have to compete in all the races in order to become the series champion.
This system remained unchanged from 1975 until the Chase for the Championship was instituted in 2004. Since 1982, the Daytona 500 has been the first non-exhib
Geoffrey Edmond Bodine is a retired American motorsport driver and bobsled builder. He is the oldest of the three Bodine brothers. Bodine lives in West Melbourne, Florida. Bodine's racing career seemed to be on track right from the start as his father and grandfather, Eli Bodine Jr. and Sr. built Chemung Speedrome just a year after he was born. He began learning his racing skills at this track in the micro-midget division when he was only five years old, he had such an itch to race that he disguised himself as a lady and entered a Powderpuff Division Race when he was 15. Bodine was quite an accomplished driver before he hit the big-time in NASCAR's premier division, the Winston Cup series with his first start in 1979. By this time, Bodine was well known as a Modified driver in the Northeast, racing against popular drivers like Richie Evans, Jerry Cook, Jimmy Spencer, Ron Bouchard, others. Bodine earned Modified championships at Stafford Speedway, Shangri-La Speedway, Spencer/Williamson Speedway, Utica-Rome Speedway.
He has won many of the big races in Modifieds including the Lancaster 200, Race of Champions, the Stafford 200, the Trenton Dogleg 200, the Thompson 300, the Spring Sizzler, Oswego Classic, Cardinal Classic, Oxford 250, other modified events. In 1978, Bodine won more races than any other Modified driver in recorded history. Driving cars owned by Dick Armstrong with Billy Taylor and Ralph Hop Harrington as crew chief, Bodine started 84 feature events and won 55 of them. Among the most prestigious of these victories were the Race of Champions at Pocono, the Spring Sizzler at Stafford, the Budweiser 200 at Oswego, both major events at Martinsville, the Thompson 300, a sweep of the six-race Yankee All-Star League series. For these fifty-five victories, Bodine is credited in the Guinness Book of World Records with "Most wins in one season". Bodine's racing background included wins in the Late Model division, Nationwide Series division, others, he has six Busch Grand National wins to his credit. Geoff is best known for his NASCAR Winston Cup career.
His first full season in Winston Cup came in 1982. He earned his first Winston Cup pole that year on his 19th start and scored his first Winston Cup victory two years on his 69th start at Martinsville in 1984. Geoff's biggest win came at the 1986 Daytona 500 season opener. NASCAR's most prestigious single event. Other career highlights include the 1987 International Race of Champions championship, the 1992 Busch Clash, the 1994 Winston Select, the 1994 Busch Pole Award. Geoff's final win in NASCAR's highest division came in the "Bud At The Glen" in August 1996 when fortuitous pit stop timing led to Geoff taking the lead in his QVC Thunderbird while the other drivers pitted. Bodine managed to hold off the field the rest of the way beating Terry Labonte to the line by 0.44 seconds to claim the checkers. Bodine has driven for some of the best car owners in NASCAR, including Junior Johnson, Bud Moore and Rick Hendrick as well as owning his own cars, which he ran for several seasons after buying the assets of Alan Kulwicki's race team after his death in 1993.
He has 565 starts, 37 poles, 18 wins, nearly $16 million in winnings during his Winston Cup/Nextel Cup career. He was honored as one of "NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers" during NASCAR's 50th anniversary celebration. Bodine brought many ideas to Winston Cup, he introduced power steering and full-faced helmets to Winston Cup. He was the last driver to win a race and lap the field, in the fall 1994 race at North Wilkesboro Speedway, he holds the track record at Atlanta Motor Speedway from his polesitting run after the track was repaved in 1997, with a speed of over 197 mph. While participating the inaugural Daytona 250 Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway, on February 18, 2000, Bodine was involved in a vicious, fiery accident on the 57th lap of the race while driving the No. 15 Line-X-sponsored Ford F-150 for Billy Ballew. The crash started when rookie Kurt Busch, Rob Morgan and Lyndon Amick were racing three-wide through the tri-oval front straightaway. In the exact moment Bodine moved to get around the outside of the trio, Morgan was turned across Busch's nose into the side of Amick's truck, at the bottom.
Amick's truck was damaged in the contact, which caused it to veer hard right, pushing Morgan into Bodine, on the outside. The contact between Morgan's front right tire and Bodine's front left tire caused the front of Bodine's truck to vault upwards over the outside retaining wall, sending his truck into the catch fencing nose first, at a speed of nearly 190 mph; the force of the impact tore the front of the truck into pieces and ruptured the fuel cell, leaving only small parts of the roll cage intact. Just as Bodine was coming back down to the track, it was hit driver's side by Lonnie Rush, Jr. which caused it to roll down the frontstretch. As it tumbled, it got hit yet again, this time by Jimmy Kitchens, which ignited the fuel, spilling out of the tank. Bodine rolled nine times before coming to rest on his roof; the accident was so severe, the announcers, crew members and fans all believed. Thirteen other trucks were involved, making it one of the largest wrecks in NASCAR Truck Series history.
As a result of the col
Kyle Eugene Petty is an American former stock car racing driver, current racing commentator. He is the son of racer Richard Petty, grandson of racer Lee Petty, father of racer Adam Petty, killed in a crash during a practice in May 2000. Petty last drove the No. 45 Dodge Charger for Petty Enterprises, where he served as CEO. Petty was born in Randleman, North Carolina, he began racing at a young age and made his major-league stock car debut at the age of 18. He won the first race he entered: the 1979 Daytona ARCA 200, in one of his father's mothballed 1978 Dodge Magnum race cars. In the season, he made his Winston Cup Series debut, he ran five races and had a ninth-place finish in his first series race at Talladega. In 1980, he made a total of fifteen starts in the No. 42 and had six top-ten finishes, garnering a twenty-eighth-place points finish. He began the 1981 season driving his father's No. 43 for one race, before running a full schedule in his regular No. 42, finishing in the top-ten ten times and finishing twelfth in points.
He began the 1982 season with two top-ten finishes, but began splitting time between his No. 42 and the No. 1 UNO/STP car owned by Hoss Ellington, ended the season fifteenth in points. In 1983, he picked up funding from 7-Eleven and switched his number to No. 7 accordingly. He had only two top-ten finishes but improved to thirteenth in the standings, he followed that season up with six top-tens the following year, but fell three spots in points. Petty took his number and sponsorship to Wood Brothers Racing in 1985, where he had a career-high seven top-fives and his first top-ten points finish; the next season, he won his first career race at Richmond and finished tenth in the final standings. In 1987, he switched to the #21 and received new sponsorship from Citgo, as well as picking up a win at Charlotte, he failed to pick up a win in 1988, fell to thirteenth in points, causing him to be released from the ride. He signed on to a part-time schedule in 1989 for the new SABCO Racing team. Beginning the season unsponsored, he and SABCO picked up sponsorship from Peak Antifreeze after he drove their car to a top-ten finish at the Daytona 500, filling in for Eddie Bierschwale, as well as Ames Department Stores.
Petty and the #42 Pontiac team competed in nineteen races that season, his best finish being a 4th at Atlanta. Peak became the team's full-time sponsor in 1990, Petty finished eleventh in points after winning the spring race at North Carolina Speedway with a 26-second margin of victory. Mello Yello would replace Peak as sponsor of the #42 in 1991, Petty was running eleventh in points when he suffered a broken leg at a crash at Talladega, causing him to miss the next eleven races, his abbreviated schedule combined with only one top-ten in the second half of the season caused him to finish the season 30th in points. In 1992, Petty rebounded to a career-best fifth-place finish in points, as well winning two separate races that season; the 1992 season would be the only year that he would win multiple races in a season. Kyle came close to winning the championship in 1992, he had a flat tire at Phoenix and broke an engine in the last race otherwise he would have been neck and neck with Elliott and Kulwicki for the title.
He duplicated his points finish in 1993 as well as picking up a win at Pocono Raceway. He dropped ten spots in points in 1994 after he failed to finish higher than fourth, lost the Mello Yello sponsorship at the end of the season. Coors Light became his new sponsor beginning in 1995, he won his most recent race at Dover, he fell further down to 30th in points after only finishing in the top-ten five times and failing to qualify for the fall race at Bristol Motor Speedway. He improved to a 27th-place points finish the next season despite missing two races due to injury and failing to qualify for the season-ending race at Atlanta, he parted way with SABCO at the end of the season. In 1996, the popular rock group Soundgarden recorded a tune called "Kyle Petty, Son of Richard." For the 1997 season, Petty formed his own team, PE2 Motorsports, fielded the No. 44 Hot Wheels Pontiac Grand Prix for himself. He had two top-five finishes and finished 15th in points, the highest points placement of all the new teams to run during the 1997 season.
He only had two top-tens in 1998, fell back to 30th in points, causing him to return to Petty Enterprises and run his team from their shop, became Petty Enterprises' new CEO. He began the 1999 season with two early DNQs, finished 26th in points despite finishing in the top-ten nine times. Petty made guest appearances on ESPN to provide commentary during Busch Series races, he had one top-ten early in 2000, the same year in which his son Adam died while practicing for a Busch Series race at New Hampshire International Speedway. He missed the next two races and returned to drive the No. 44 for the rest of the summer, before moving to the Busch Series full-time to finish out the season in Adam's No. 45 Sprint Chevrolet. He had four top-tens in the car over a span of fourteen races, attempted two Cup races with the No. 45 Sprint PCS Chevrolet in 2000, finishing 31st at Martinsville. He filled in at the Brickyard 400 for Penske Racing after their regular driver, Jeremy Mayfield had to miss the race due to a concussion.
Steve Grissom drove the No. 44 H
Bristol is a city in Sullivan County, United States. The population was 26,702 at the 2010 census, it is the twin city of Bristol, which lies directly across the state line between Tennessee and Virginia. The boundary between the two cities is the state line, which runs along State Street in their common downtown district. Bristol is a principal city of the Kingsport−Bristol−Bristol, TN-VA Metropolitan Statistical Area, a component of the Johnson City−Kingsport−Bristol, TN-VA Combined Statistical Area − known as the "Tri-Cities" region. Bristol is best known for being the site of some of the first commercial recordings of country music, showcasing Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family, a favorite venue of the mountain musician Uncle Charlie Osborne; the U. S. Congress recognized Bristol as the "Birthplace of Country Music" in 1998, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum is located in Bristol. Bristol is the birthplace of Tennessee Ernie Ford. Bristol is the site of Bristol Motor Speedway, a NASCAR short track, one of the most well-known motorsports facilities in the country.
The U. S. Congress declared Bristol to be the "Birthplace of Country Music", according to a resolution passed in 1998, recognizing its contributions to early country music recordings and influence, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum is located in Bristol. In 1927 record producer Ralph Peer of Victor Records began recording local musicians in Bristol, to attempt to capture the local sound of traditional "folk" music of the region. One of these local sounds was created by the Carter Family, which got its start on July 31, 1927, when A. P. Carter and his family journeyed from Maces Spring, Virginia, to Bristol to audition for Ralph Peer, seeking new talent for the embryonic recording industry, they received $50 for each song. That same visit by Peer to Bristol resulted in the first recordings by Jimmie Rodgers. Since 1994, the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance has promoted the city as a destination to learn about country music and the city's role in the creation of an entire music genre; the Alliance is organizing the building of a new Cultural Heritage Center to help educate the public about the history of country music in the region.
On August 1, 2014, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum opened in Bristol, Virginia to commemorate the historical significance of the Bristol Sessions. The museum features a 24,000 sq. ft. building that houses core exhibits, space for special exhibits, a performance theater, a radio station. Every year, during the third weekend in September, a music festival called the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion takes place; the festival is held downtown, where Tennessee and Virginia meet, it celebrates Bristol's heritage as the Birthplace of Country Music. Bristol is located in the northeast corner of Tennessee, at 36°34′9″N 82°11′51″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 29.5 square miles, of which 29.4 square miles is land and 0.1 square miles is water. Like much of the rest of the state, Bristol has a humid subtropical climate, although with cooler temperatures in the summer, due to elevation; the normal monthly mean temperature ranges from 35.2 °F in January to 74.6 °F in July, while, on average, there are 8.8 days where the temperature stays at or below freezing and 17 days with a high at or above 90 °F per year.
The all-time record low is −21 °F, set on January 21, 1985, while the all-time record high is 103 °F, set on June 30, 2012. Precipitation is low compared to much of East Tennessee, averaging 41.0 inches annually, reaches a low during autumn. The rainiest calendar day on record is October 1964 when 3.65 inches of rain fell. Bristol's normal winter snowfall stands at 13.3 inches more than what most of Tennessee receives. The most snow in one calendar day was 16.2 inches on November 21, 1952, while the most in one month is 27.9 inches during March 1960, which contributed to the winter of 1959–60, with a total of 51.0 inches, finishing as the snowiest on record. As of the census of 2000, there were 24,821 people, 10,648 households, 6,825 families residing in the city; the population density in 2000 was 846 people per square mile. There were 11,511 housing units at an average density of 392.2 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 95.15% White, 2.97% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.64% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, 0.70% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.68% of the population. There were 10,648 households out of which 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 35.9% were non-families. Nearly 32% of all households were made up of individuals, 14.1% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26, the average family size was 2.84. In the city, the population was spread out, with 21.1% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, 17.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.3 males. The median income for a household in the city was $30,03
Cerry Ezra "Jabe" Thomas was a NASCAR Grand National and Winston Cup Series driver who competed from the mid-1960s through the late 1970s. His son Ronnie was a NASCAR Cup Series driver. Thomas earned $295,497 in total career money. All of the laps that Thomas raced were the equivalent of 65,631.9 miles or circumnavigating the world at least once. Three finishes in the top five, 77 finishes in the top ten, an average finish of 18th in his career were a part of his total statistics in the motorsport. Thomas ended it when he was 48 years old. Thomas competed in a total of 322 NASCAR Winston Cup events, he was a competitor at least three major races of that era along with the other important racing events of that era. Thomas is best known, for his performance during the 1971 and the 1974 NASCAR Cup Series seasons
D. K. Ulrich
Donald Keith Ulrich is a former driver/owner in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. As a driver, he had sixteen top ten finishes in 273 starts, his last race came in 1992. As car owner, he fielded cars for many years for young drivers such as Mark Martin, Sterling Marlin, Rick Mast, Greg Sacks, Davy Jones, Parnelli Jones III, Morgan Shepherd, Tim Richmond, Ernie Irvan, Richard Petty after his number 43 crashed in practice and the team's backup car was not allowed by NASCAR, the Petty team bought Ulrich's No. 6 Chevy and placed STP decals on the unsponsored car. Petty would finish 38th after an engine failure, he sold the team to Jasper Motorsports in 1994. He has two children Tammy Ulrich Langdon & Daniel Keith Ulrich, two grandchildren Truett and Patrick Langdon, is the stepfather of actor Skeet Ulrich and his brother Geoff Ulrich