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
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
70 races run over 3 years
Best finish 4th (1964)
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 – January 5, 1965) was an American stock car racing driver.


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 give Wade the sole distinction of being the only driver to accomplish this feat with victories at Old Bridge Stadium on July 10th, the road course at Bridgehampton, N.Y on the 12th, a July 15 win at Islip Speedway in New York, and his fourth (and final) win at Watkins Glen. Dick Linder also followed his first victory at Dayton with a win at 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. As of 2017, he is the most recent driver in NASCAR to get his first pole and win in the same weekend.

On January 5, 1965, Wade was performing a tire test at Daytona International Speedway, when a tire blowout caused his car to crash in the west turn, killing the 34-year-old Texan. [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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