Pete Hamilton

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Pete Hamilton
Pete Hamilton with his Petty Enterprises 1970 Plymouth Superbird..jpg
Pete Hamilton squatting next to the 1970 Plymouth Superbird he drove to victory in 3 of the 1970 season SuperSpeedway races.
Born Peter Goodwill Hamilton
(1942-07-20)July 20, 1942
Dedham, Massachusetts, United States
Died March 21, 2017(2017-03-21) (aged 74)
Duluth, Georgia, 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)
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
64 races run over 6 years
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)
Wins Top tens Poles
4 33 3
Statistics current as of October 29, 2013.

Peter "Pete" Hamilton (July 20, 1942 – March 21, 2017) was an American professional stock car racing driver. He competed in NASCAR for six years, where he won four times in his career (including the 1970 Daytona 500), three times driving for Petty Enterprises.

Racing career[edit]

A street replica of Pete Hamilton´s Plymouth Superbird, with which he won the 1970 Daytona 500.

Hamilton began racing in the street division in 1962 at Norwood Arena Speedway, where he quickly earned the nickname... "The Dedham Flash".[1] In 1965, he was the Thompson World Series Twin 50s champion. He won the 1967 NASCAR national Sportsman division championship.[1]

After that season he moved south to race in NASCAR. He started racing in the NASCAR Grand National (now Monster Energy Cup) division in 1968, and was the series Rookie of the Year.[1] In 1969, he competed in NASCAR's Grand American division, a division of smaller pony cars.[1] He won 12 of 26 races that year.[1]

He had 3 wins in 1970 for Petty Enterprises in the #40 Plymouth Superbird with Maurice Petty as his crew-chief. He won the 1970 Daytona 500 and both races at Talladega Superspeedway.[1] Hamilton won his Twin 125 mile qualifying race for the 1971 Daytona 500 driving Cotton Owens' #6 Plymouth.,[1] finishing the season with one pole and 11 top five finishes. He retired from full-time NASCAR racing after 1973 because of complications from a neck injury in a 1969 Grand American race.[1]

Hamilton continued to compete in short track races, and won the 1974 Snowball Derby in his late model racecar.

Car builder[edit]

Pete helped Chrysler's Larry Rathgeb develop their "Kit-Car", a weld-it-yourself Volare or Aspen late model stock car that any racer could order from Plymouth and Dodge dealers.[2] He moved to Norcross, Ga. becoming a successful car builder and mentor to many drivers on the 1980's southern dirt tracks, launching successful racing careers for the likes of Marvin Oliver and James Shepherd.

Career award[edit]

He was inducted into the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame in 1998 in its inaugural class.[1] Pete was named to the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame in 2012.[3]

Death[edit]

Hamliton died on March 21, 2017 at the age of 74.[4]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Grand National Series[edit]

Winston Cup Series[edit]

Daytona 500[edit]
Year Manufacturer Start Finish Team
1969 Dodge 17 44 King Enterprises
1970 Plymouth 9 1 Petty Enterprises
1971 Plymouth 3 28 Cotton Owens
1973 Plymouth 2 40 Housby Racing

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Biography at the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame, Retrieved October 3, 2007
  2. ^ Stock Car Racing magazine cover story
  3. ^ http://the-dispatch.com/sports/20170327/late-pete-hamilton-was-one-of-nascars-nice-guys
  4. ^ Pockrass, Bob (March 22, 2017). "Pete Hamilton, who won four NASCAR Cup races, dies at 74". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 22, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
LeeRoy Yarbrough
Daytona 500 Winner
1970
Succeeded by
Richard Petty
Preceded by
Dickie Davis
Snowball Derby Winner
1974
Succeeded by
Donnie Allison