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Joe Weatherly

February 21, 2014, NASCAR.com

Joe Weatherly

Inductee for 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame class

Joe Weatherly won two championships (1962-63) and 25 races in NASCAR’s premier series.

But that’s only part of his story, which is long on versatility.

(b. 5/29/1922 — d. 1/19/1964)

Hometown: Norfolk, Va.

Championships: Premier – 1962, ‘63

Modified – 1953

Competed: 1952-64

Starts: 229

Wins: 25

Poles: 18

A decade earlier in 1952-53, he won 101 races in the NASCAR Modified division, capturing that championship in 1953. He even tried his hand in NASCAR’s short-lived Convertible Division from 1956-59 winning 12 times.

Weatherly was one of the first drivers who attracted fans to NASCAR as much for his personality as his racing ability, thus his nickname the “Clown Prince of Stock Car Racing.”

When he won his first NASCAR premier series championship, in 1962, he drove for legendary owner Bud Moore. When he repeated as champion a year later, he drove for nine different teams. Those were the only two years Weatherly competed in the premier series full-time.

Weatherly was named one of the NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998.

 
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Statistics
Year Age Races Win Top 5 Top 10 Pole Laps Led AvSt AvFn RAF Miles LLF
1952 30 1 of 34 0 0 0 0 376 0 38.0 16.0 1 513.6 0
1954 32 1 of 37 0 0 1 0 196 0   7.0 1 98.0 0
1955 33 6 of 45 0 1 4 0 994 141 11.3 14.8 3 865.5 1
1956 34 17 of 56 0 6 12 1 2743 0 11.5 11.4 12 2000.9 2
1957 35 14 of 53 0 5 7 0 2059 3 11.2 13.2 8 1353.4 1
1958 36 14 of 51 1 5 7 1 2692 104 14.8 14.7 9 2403.0 3
1959 37 17 of 44 0 6 10 0 2776 189 10.2 13.7 10 2164.0 2
1960 38 24 of 44 3 7 11 0 4294 246 8.7 15.9 11 3875.7 6
1961 39 25 of 52 9 14 18 3 5790 609 4.0 7.4 20 5456.2 10
1962 40 52 of 53 9 39 45 7 12431 665 5.8 5.0 47 8240.7 21
1963 41 53 of 55 3 20 35 6 11344 878 7.9 9.1 36 8691.1 7
1964 42 5 of 62 0 2 3 0 768 84 13.6 11.8 4 908.8 1
12 years   229 25 105 153 18 46463 2919 11.4 11.7 162 36570.9 54