Billy Hagan

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Billy Hagan
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Billy Hagan
Born (1932-03-22)March 22, 1932
Lillie, Louisiana
Died November 16, 2007(2007-11-16) (aged 75)
Cause of death Natural causes
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
3 race(s) run over 3 year(s)
Best finish 84th - 1975 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
First race 1969 Talladega 500 (Talladega)
Last race 1979 Texas 400 (Texas)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0

Billy Joe Hagan (March 22, 1932 – November 16, 2007) was a NASCAR driver/owner from Lillie, Louisiana, USA.

Career[edit]

He made three starts in NASCAR's Grand National/Winston Cup division, finishing eighth in his first start, the inaugural Talladega 500 in a self-owned 1968 Mercury Cyclone. He did not field another car until 1975, finishing 19th once again at Talladega. He also fielded a car for five races for Skip Manning.

In 1976, he fielded the #92 Stratagraph Chevrolet Chevelle Laguna for Manning, and he won Rookie of the Year honors. Manning was released in 1978, and replaced by Terry Labonte. Hagan hired Petty Enterprises crew chief Dale Inman for the 1984 season.[1] Labonte won the Southern 500, and won the 1984 championship. Labonte left the team in 1986, and was replaced by Sterling Marlin. Labonte returned to the team in 1991, but was unable to continue their success. 1994, marked Hagan's last season as a single car owner, fielding cars for John Andretti and Randy MacDonald. In 1996, his shop was purchased by Triad Motorsports. Hagan continued to serve as a co-owner of the operation until the team's demise in 1999.

In 1981 Hagan entered a Chevrolet Camaro stock car under the Stratagraph team name in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Powered by a modified 350 cubic inch Chevrolet small block, the car qualified well enough in the IMSA GT class, but was sidelined by a crash caused by brake failure.[2] Drivers were Billy Hagan, Cale Yarborugh, and Bill Cooper, also listed by some sources was Bobby Mitchell. The following year, he came 17th at 1982 24 Hours of Le Mans, always on Camaro V8 350 inch Chevrolet small block (#81 team Stratagraph inc.), paired with Gene Felton. The other team car (#80 Camaro V8, Stratagraph inc.) arrives 19th.

Death[edit]

Hagan died on November 16, 2007, at the age of 75. The result of his death was natural causes. His death was on the same day of Terry Labonte's 51st birthday.

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Winston Cup Series[edit]

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

(key)

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1981 United States Stratagraph Inc. United States Cale Yarborough
United States Bill Cooper
Chevrolet Camaro IMSA GTO 13 DNF DNF
1982 United States Stratagraph Inc. United States Gene Felton
United States Tom Williams
Chevrolet Camaro IMSA GTO 269 17th 2nd

References[edit]

  1. ^ Houston, Rick (June 1, 2007). "Where is ... Dale Inman?". NASCAR. Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  2. ^ Sports Illustrated July 13, 1981

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