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Fred Lorenzen

, NASCAR.com

Fred Lorenzen was one of NASCAR’s first true superstars even though he was a “part-time” driver never running more than 29 of the season’s 50-plus races.

Lorenzen got his start in NASCAR as a mechanic with the famed Holman-Moody team in 1960, but was elevated to lead driver by the end of the year. Lorenzen won three races in only 15 starts the following season.

Lorenzen’s best overall season came in 1963 as he finished with six wins, 21 top-fives and 23 top-10s in 29 starts. Despite missing 26 races that season, he finished third in the standings.

(b. 12/30/1934)

Hometown: Elmhurst, Ill.

Competed: 1956-72

Starts: 158

Wins: 26

Poles: 32

In 1964, he entered 16 of the scheduled 62 races but won eight, including five consecutive starts. During that stretch, Lorenzen led 1,679 of the possible 1,953 laps, one of the most dominant runs in NASCAR history. In 1965, he won two of NASCAR’s major events -- the Daytona 500 and the World 600. 

Lorenzen retired in 1967 but made a brief comeback from 1970-72.

Lorenzen was an extremely popular driver with fans, to the point that he had several nicknames -- “Golden Boy,” “Fearless Freddie” and “The Elmhurst Express.”

In 1998, he was named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers.

 
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Statistics
Year Age Races Win Top 5 Top 10 Pole Laps Led AvSt AvFn RAF Miles LLF
1956 22 7 of 56 0 0 0 0 778 0 16.0 21.9 3 424.6 0
1960 26 10 of 44 0 3 5 0 2086 93 12.5 17.8 6 2563.5 1
1961 27 15 of 52 3 6 6 4 2657 781 5.9 17.3 7 3078.9 5
1962 28 19 of 53 2 11 12 3 4435 439 6.8 10.9 11 4491.2 4
1963 29 29 of 55 6 21 23 8 7484 2419 3.8 7.2 22 6679.3 15
1964 30 16 of 62 8 10 10 7 4426 2375 4.4 10.0 11 4237.8 9
1965 31 17 of 55 4 5 6 6 3677 981 3.5 15.1 6 4042.1 5
1966 32 11 of 49 2 6 6 2 3066 782 4.1 12.5 6 3473.5 3
1967 33 5 of 49 1 2 2 0 895 23 4.0 12.2 2 1417.6 2
1970 36 7 of 48 0 1 1 1 1165 50 9.6 27.1 1 1724.9 0
1971 37 14 of 48 0 7 9 1 3239 152 7.4 12.7 8 5047.5 1
1972 38 8 of 31 0 3 4 0 1801 4 9.0 14.0 4 2839.0 1
12 years   158 26 75 84 32 35709 8099 6.3 13.4 87 40019.9 46