July 20, 1942 |
Newton, Massachusetts, United States
|Achievements||1967 NASCAR Sportsman Division Champion
1970 Daytona 500 Winner
1974 Snowball Derby Winner
|Awards||1968 Grand National Series Rookie of the Year
New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame (1998)
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career|
|64 race(s) run over 6 year(s)|
|Best finish||21st (1970)|
|First race||1968 Fireball 300 (Weaverville)|
|Last race||1973 Atlanta 500 (Atlanta)|
|First win||1970 Daytona 500 (Daytona)|
|Last win||1971 Daytona 500 Qualifier #1 (Daytona)|
|Statistics current as of October 29, 2013.|
Pete Hamilton (born July 20, 1942 in Newton, Massachusetts) is a retired American NASCAR racer. He won four times in his career (including the 1970 Daytona 500), three times driving for Petty Enterprises. His father held a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
After that season he moved south to race in NASCAR. He started racing in the NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup) division in 1968, and was the series Rookie of the Year. In 1969 he competed in NASCAR's Grand American division, a division of smaller pony cars. He won 12 of 26 races that year.
He had three wins in 1970 for Petty Enterprises in the #40 Superbird with Maurice Petty as his crew-chief. He won the 1970 Daytona 500 and both races at Talladega Superspeedway. He won his fourth race of the season at the July Daytona race in Cotton Owens' car. Hamilton won his Twin 125 mile qualifying race for the 1971 Daytona 500. He retired from full-time racing in 1971 because of a neck injury suffered in a Grand American race in 1969.
After he retired, he became a successful car builder.
Daytona 500 Results
|Daytona 500 Winner
|Snowball Derby Winner