Billy Wade (racing driver)

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Billy Wade
Born Billy Drew Wade
(1930-02-28)February 28, 1930
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Died January 5, 1965(1965-01-05) (aged 34)
Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.
Cause of death Injuries from racing accident
Awards 1963 NASCAR Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
70 races run over 3 years
Best finish 4th - 1964 Grand National season
First race 1962 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
Last race 1964 Jaycee 300 (Augusta Speedway)
First win 1964 Fireball Roberts 200 (Old Bridge Stadium)
Last win 1964 The Glen 151.8 (Watkins Glen)
Wins Top tens Poles
4 41 5

Billy Drew Wade (February 28, 1930 in Houston, Texas, USA - January 5, 1965) had a brief yet successful stint in the NASCAR Grand National Series.


Billy was the 1963 NASCAR Rookie of the Year for car owner Cotton Owens. He finished the season with 14 Top 10 finishes in 31 races. He won four consecutive races the following year for Bud Moore Engineering between July 10 and July 19, 1964. The four wins gives Wade the sole distinction of being the only driver to accomplish this feat with his victories at Old Bridge Stadium 10th, a road course at Bridgehampton, N.Y on the 12th, a July 15 win at Islip Speedway in New York, and fourth win at Watkins Glen. Dick Linder also followed his first victory at Dayton with a win Hamburg; but Wade is the only driver to string four victories in a row once he got his first.[1] He also accumulated five poles and 25 Top 10 finishes in his 35 starts.

He died during a tire test at Daytona International Speedway in 1965 when his car, which had blown a tire approaching the west turn, crashed into the wall.[2]


  1. ^ Jayski. "All Time NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Winners". ESPN. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Kahn, Bernard (January 6, 1965). "Wade Killed In Test Run". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. 

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