Another North Carolina native and in our opinion the most underrated stock car racer on this list, Jim Paschal had a career that spanned for 23 years. During this time, he took home 25 wins and in 1977 received the title “Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame.” He also had twelve poles over his career.
In 1964 and 1967, he won the World 600 and in 1967 he held a race record for 335 laps led. This record wouldn’t be broken for another 49 years until 2016 when Martin Truex Jr. would lead with 392 laps. Paschal was strong in the short tracks, which could possibly be a reason for why he retired. After he retired, he worked as a farmer and owned a trucking company.
Glen Wood – One of the Brothers
With almost 100 years under his belt when he passed away, Glen Wood is a big part of NASCAR history. He ran 62 races over eleven years as part of the NASCAR Cup Series, netting four wins and 34 top tens. Along with his brothers Leonard and Delano Wood, he founded Wood Brothers Racing.
He was named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers, he’s in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2000, became part of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2002, and made it into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2012. After a lengthy battle with several illnesses, Wood died in 2019. His favorite place to race and win was near his Virginia home, at Bowman-Gray Stadium.
Bob Welborn – The Convertible Champ
As a member of NASCAR’s fifty greatest drivers list, Bob Welborn has to have something to offer. And his driving CV is as good as they come, with 183 races in the NASCAR Cup Series, earning nine wins and more than 100 top 10 finishes. He was far more successful in the NASCAR Convertible Division, running 111 races over four years and earning 19 wins and almost 90 top-10 finishes.
He was also the Convertible Division champ in 1956, 1957, and 1958. In addition, he was the pole winner of the first annual Daytona 500. The National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame added his name to the ranks in 1982. Welborn died in 1997, at the age of 69.
Francesca Linossi The Speedy Italian
At age 27, Francesca Linossi is one of the more promising female NASCAR drivers and has amassed four wins from her 120 races recorded. She's arguably the most famous Italian female NASCAR driver in the world right now and lives quite an extraordinary life. This beautiful Italian racer was the youngest race driver in Italian history to drive four rounds of the Citroen C1 Cup and currently focuses mostly on GT racing.
After racing with a Lamborghini Huracan for a while she got her signature track car, a tweaked out Mercedes AMG GT3, one of the most intimidating pair of wheels currently used in NASCAR. Linossi also loves hiking and often enjoys traveling anywhere from deserts to beaches. Francesca Linossi is a keen dirt bike rider.
The Canadian Isabelle Tremblay was born in 1972 in St. Hippolyte, Quebec, and became a female racing driver at the mature age of 35. This makes her very unique in the racing world, as most drivers, especially the female ones, end up retiring at around this age. Before transitioning into racing, she worked as a real estate agent, but couldn’t help herself from dipping her feet into the racing driver world.
At the end of 2008, Isabelle Tremblay made her debut in a 200-lap endurance race alongside another 97 drivers. While she competed mostly for the fun of it, the expert and the seemingly gifted driver actually ended up winning the race.