Jimmy Pardue

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James Pardue
Born (1930-10-26)October 26, 1930
North Wilkesboro, North Carolina
Died September 22, 1964(1964-09-22) (aged 33)
Cause of death Race car crash
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
217[1] races run over 8[1] years
Best finish 5th - 1964 Grand National season[1]
First race 1955-42 (Martinsville)
Last race 1964-55 (Hillsboro)
First win 1962-18 (Southside)
Last win 1963-32 (Dog Track)
Wins Top tens Poles
2[1] 88[1] 3[1]

Jimmy Pardue was a race car driver who lived in North Wilkesboro, North America, USA.[1]


He made his debut in 1955 at Martinsville, where he finished 28th after suffering hub problems in his Chevrolet Bel Air vehicle. He made his first full-time attempt in 1960 where he had eleven top-tens. In 1963, he won his first race at Richmond, followed up by another win the following year at Dog Track Speedway.

Pardue's car number was 54. A part of his career was during the same time that the popular television show, "Car 54, Where Are You" was running on network television. On the door of his car, he added a small "Car" above the number, and "Here I Am" below it.

In 1964, he was doing a tire test for Goodyear at Charlotte Motor Speedway, when a tire blew and caused him to lose control. The car went through the guardrail in Turns 3 and 4 and came to rest outside the track. The 33-year-old Pardue did not survive the wreck. Despite his season being cut short, he still finished 5th in points.

Items from Pardue's career, including a door from his car and Burton & Robinson Racing Team apparel, are on display at the Wilkes Heritage Museum in Wilkesboro.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Jimmy Pardue career statistics at Racing Reference