Bill Champion (racing driver)

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Bill Champion
Born (1921-10-21)October 21, 1921
Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Died May 20, 1991(1991-05-20) (aged 69)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
289 race(s) run over 18 year(s)
Best champ.
finish
7th - 1971
First race 1951 Wilson 200 (Wilson)
Last race 1976 Gwyn Staley 400 (North Wilkesboro)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 43 0
Statistics current as of December 25, 2012.

Bill Champion (October 21, 1921 - May 20, 1991) was an American stock car racing driver, who competed in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series from 1951 to 1976.

He was the uncle of Ricky Rudd; a retired NASCAR Cup Series driver. When he wasn't racing on the NASCAR circuit, Champion had a shop in Newport News, Virginia. Bill's most iconic ride of his NASCAR career was driving the 1969 Ford Torino.

Career[edit]

Champion managed to drive 55,262.2 miles or 88,935.9 kilometres in his professional stock car racing career; starting and finishing an average of 20th place.[1] At the end of his career, Bill's total earnings was $234,268 ($970,910.71 when adjusted for inflation).[1] Champion's experience in NASCAR added up to 57,214 laps of professional stock car racing experience.[1] In addition to his 43 finishes in the "top ten," Champion has also accumulated four finishes in the "top five" and never failed to qualify for a race.[1]

During the 1955 Southern 500, he managed to avoid Duckworth by swerving past his vehicle in a rapid manner.[2][3] However, Arden Mounts didn't get to see the stalled vehicle in time and prepared himself for a hard collision into Don Duckworth's vehicle.[2][3]

One of Bill Champion's best races was at the November running of the 1969 Georgia 500. Other spectacular finishes occurred at the 1971 Asheville 300, the 1971 Kingsport 300 and the 1971 Georgia 500. He performed the best on dirt tracks; finishing an average of 15th place. However, Champion wasn't a good performer on restrictor plate tracks where he averaged a meager finish of 25th place.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Career statistics of Bill Champion at Racing Reference
  2. ^ a b Stock Cars of 50s & 60s – Stock Car Memories: Darlington-Southern 500 (DVD). Topics Entertainment. 
  3. ^ a b "Don Duckworth 1955 Crash". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-01-20. 
  4. ^ NASCAR Statistics of Bill Champion at Driver Averages

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