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.
BornPeter Goodwill Hamilton
(1942-07-20)July 20, 1942
Dedham, Massachusetts, United States
DiedMarch 21, 2017(2017-03-21) (aged 74)
Duluth, Georgia, United States
Achievements1967 NASCAR Sportsman Division Champion
1970 Daytona 500 Winner
1974 Snowball Derby Winner
Awards1968 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 finish21st (1970)
First race1968 Fireball 300 (Weaverville)
Last race1973 Atlanta 500 (Atlanta)
First win1970 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
Last win1971 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 No. 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' No. 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. and worked as a car builder and mentor to many drivers on the 1980s southern dirt tracks, launching successful racing careers for 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]

Hamilton 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]

NASCAR Grand National Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 NGNC Pts
1968 Rocky Hinton 5 Ford MGR MGY RSD DAY BRI RCH ATL HCY GPS CLB NWS MAR AUG AWS
12
DAR BLV
19
LGY
5
CLT ASH MGR SMR
2
BIR CAR
25
GPS DAY ISP OXF
7
FDA TRN
5
BRI
21
SMR
23
NSV ATL
28
CLB BGS 32nd 919
King Enterprises 1 Dodge AWS
10
SBO LGY DAR
32
HCY RCH BLV HBO MAR
34
NWS
12
AUG CLT
7
CAR
34
JFC
1969 MGR MGY RSD DAY
8
DAY DAY
44
CAR AUG BRI NA -
Banjo Matthews 27 Ford ATL
5
CLB HCY GPS RCH NWS MAR AWS DAR BLV LGY CLT MGR SMR MCH KPT GPS NCF DAY DOV TPN TRN BLV BRI NSV SMR ATL MCH SBO BGS AWS DAR HCY RCH TAL CLB MAR NWS CLT SVH AUG CAR JFC MGR TWS
1970 Petty Enterprises 40 Plymouth RSD DAY
5
DAY DAY
1
RCH CAR
5
SVH ATL
3
BRI TAL
1
NWS CLB DAR
19
BLV LGY CLT
8
SMR MAR MCH
2
RSD HCY KPT GPS DAY
30
AST TPN TRN BRI SMR NSV ATL
6
CLB ONA MCH
5
TAL
1*
BGS SBO DAR
3
HCY RCH DOV NCF NWS CLT
24*
MAR MGR CAR
15
21st 1819
Dick Brooks Racing 32 Plymouth LGY
3
1971 Cotton Owens 6 Plymouth RSD DAY
1
DAY DAY
28
ONT
31
RCH CAR
24
HCY BRI ATL
3
CLB GPS SMR NWS MAR DAR
35
SBO TAL
4
ASH KPT CLT
3
DOV
26
MCH
3
RSD HOU GPS DAY
4
BRI TRN
5
NSV ATL
24
BGS ONA MCH
31
TAL
3
CLB HCY DAR
30
MAR CLT
7
DOV CAR
4
MGR RCH
3
NWS TWS
4
24th 1739
Junior Fields 91 Chevy AST
27
ISP
23

Winston Cup Series[edit]

NASCAR Winston Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 NWCC Pts
1972 Housby Racing 9 Plymouth RSD DAY RCH ONT CAR ATL BRI DAR NWS MAR TAL CLT DOV MCH
22
RSD TWS DAY
33
BRI TRN ATL TAL
19
MCH NSV DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT
32
CAR
5
TWS 48th 1083.25
1973 RSD DAY
40
RCH CAR BRI 114th -
Crawford Brothers Racing 22 Plymouth ATL
39
NWS DAR MAR TAL NSV CLT DOV TWS RSD MCH DAY BRI ATL TAL NSV DAR RCH DOV NWS MAR CLT CAR
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 Archived 2007-10-07 at the Wayback Machine. 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