Bob Burcham

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Robert Wayne "Bob" Burcham, Sr.
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Bob Burcham
Born (1935-08-22)August 22, 1935
Rossville, Georgia, United States
Died April 10, 2009(2009-04-10) (aged 73)
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
36 races run over 8 years
Best finish 24th – 1974 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
First race 1968 Volunteer 500 (Bristol International Speedway)
Last race 1979 Talladega 500 (Alabama International Motor Speedway)
Wins Top tens Poles
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Robert Wayne "Bob" Burcham, Sr. (August 22, 1935 – April 10, 2009) was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver whose career spanned from 1968 to 1979.[1] His primary ride was the No. 19 Belden Asphalt-sponsored Chevrolet of Henley Gray.[2] Jack White was Burcham's other employer in NASCAR.[3]

Career[edit]

His parents were Robert "Bobby" and Opal Burcham; they lived near the interstate border that divided Georgia and Tennessee.[4] Burcham's father was an automobile repair shop operator and Bob learned the secrets of the trade from him.[5] He managed to lead two laps out of 7,548 that he raced - for a grand total of 10,955.3 miles (17,630.8 km).[1] Amazingly enough, Burcham's first Winston Cup Series ride was with a 1973 Chevrolet Chevelle; which saw some action at Daytona International Speedway and a few other race tracks.[6] Most of his "top ten" finishes were in the 1974 Winston Cup Series season.[1] A fourth-place finish in Nashville during the 1974 season was his best finish.[1] After NASCAR, Burcham was self-employed in real estate.[7] A total amount of $65,578 in total earnings ($216,398.38 when adjusted for inflation) was earned by Burcham after starting an average of 25th place and finishing an average of 20th place in his NASCAR Cup Series career.[1]

He has a widow named Jean Knight Burcham in addition to his married daughter Vickie Jean and his son Bobby Burcham, Jr.[7] In 2009, Burcham was elected into the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Bob Burcham racing information at Racing Reference
  2. ^ Bob Burcham primary ride information at Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet
  3. ^ a b Rossville's Bob Burcham to be inducted into Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Archived March 31, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. at Catoosa News
  4. ^ Remembering Bon Burcham at Georgia Racing History
  5. ^ Bob Burcham's childhood and adolescence at Georgia Racing History
  6. ^ GN Racing at Georgia Racing
  7. ^ a b The Life of Bob Burcham after NASCAR at Georgia Racing History