Ervin Pruitt

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Ervin Pruitt
Born (1940-05-11) May 11, 1940 (age 79)
Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
9 races run over 2 years
Best finish64th – 1969 NASCAR Grand National Series season
First race1968 Volunteer 500 (Bristol International Speedway)
Last race1969 Pickens 200 (Greenville-Pickens Speedway)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 2 0

Ervin Pruitt (born May 11, 1940) is a retired NASCAR Grand National Series driver who competed in 1968 and 1969 exclusively.


As a driver[edit]

He has completely 1,941 laps without leading a single one of them; the equivalent of 1,136.6 miles or 1,829.2 kilometres of racing constantly on a paved highway. While starting an average of 23rd place, Pruitt has generally improved his performance in the races by finishing an average of 18th place.[1] Pruitt has raced primarily on short tracks; only racing on intermediate tracks and restrictor plate tracks only once apiece.[2]

His primary stock car vehicle is the #57 Dodge machine owned by himself and without a permanent sponsor. During his career, Pruitt brought home $2,780 in total career winnings ($18,993.3 when adjusted for inflation).[3]

As an owner[edit]

As a NASCAR team owner, Pruitt has employed legendary NASCAR superstars like Neil Castles, Charlie Glotzbach, James Hylton, Roy Tyner, and Frank Warren. His record while managing a NASCAR team includes two finishes in the "top five" and five finishes in the "top ten." Stock car racing vehicles under Pruitt's command received an average start of 24th place leading up to an average finish of 21st place. These vehicles also raced 9778 laps of top-level stock car racing; while leading only 16 of them.[4]