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Bobby Isaac

February 21, 2014, NASCAR.com

Bobby Isaac
Nominee for NASCAR Hall of Fame 2015 class

Bobby Isaac knew one speed: Fast.

His uncanny skill at qualifying a race car proves that. His 49 career poles ranks tied for ninth all-time. Maybe more impressive: Isaac captured 19 poles in 1969, which still stands as the record for poles in a single season. Only 37 drivers have 19 or more poles in their entire career.

(b. 8/1/1932 - d. 8/14/1977)

Hometown: Catawba, N.C.

Competed: 1967-77

Championships: Premier — 1970

Starts: 309

Wins: 37

Poles: 49

Isaac began racing in NASCAR’s premier series in 1961. He finished runner-up in the series standings in 1968 behind NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson. In 1969 he finished sixth in the standings after posting 17 wins and those 19 poles.

In his breakthrough season, 1970, Isaac won the championship posting 11 victories, 32 top-fives and 38 top-10s in 47 starts.

A year later, in September 1971, he set 28 world-class records on the Bonneville Salt Flats in his Dodge. Many of his records exist to this day.

Isaac won 37 races in NASCAR's top series during his career, which ranks 19th on the all-time wins list.

In 1998, Isaac was named one NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers.

 

 
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Statistics
Year Age Races Win Top 5 Top 10 Pole Laps Led Rank AvSt AvFn RAF Miles LLF
1961 29 1 of 52 0 0 0 0 2 0   15.0 18.0 0 3.0 0
1963 31 27 of 55 0 3 7 0 4991 30   11.3 14.6 12 4352.8 1
1964 32 20 of 62 1 5 7 0 3163 134   8.5 14.5 7 3411.6 3
1965 33 4 of 55 0 1 1 1 699 183   5.5 22.3 1 478.8 0
1966 34 9 of 49 0 2 3 0 1387 21   10.8 20.1 3 1386.9 2
1967 35 12 of 49 0 3 5 0 2625 65   11.6 15.3 7 3931.3 0
1968 36 49 of 49 3 27 36 3 12947 1384   5.7 8.1 38 9459.8 10
1969 37 50 of 54 17 29 33 19 12308 5053   3.6 10.0 31 9530.6 22
1970 38 47 of 48 11 32 38 13 12726 3179   3.3 6.8 38 11458.6 17
1971 39 25 of 48 4 16 17 4 6856 1753   4.1 10.8 17 7710.6 7
1972 40 27 of 31 1 10 10 9 5636 1325   3.4 19.3 11 6975.0 5
1973 41 19 of 28 0 5 6 0 4177 62   6.7 20.2 8 4648.2 0
1974 42 11 of 30 0 1 5 0 1907 11   11.7 20.4 5 2490.1 0
1975 43 6 of 30 0 0 1 0 1101 0 51 12.7 26.8 1 1213.6 0
1976 44 2 of 30 0 0 1 0 512 0 116 23.5 22.0 1 539.5 0
15 years   309 37 134 170 49 71037 13200   6.3 12.9 180 67590.4 67