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.
Richie Evans – The King of the Modified Series
After leaving his family at the age of 16 to work at a local garage, Richie Evans became a street racer and drag racer (the car kind). After that, a friend suggested that he try racing at the Utica-Rome Speedway, which he did in 1962 at the age of 21. At that time the Modifieds was the premiere NASCAR division, and Evans started making waves when he joined in 1965.
He earned the nickname “The Rapid Roman,” while winning the NASCAR National Modified Championship in 1973, and then in 1978 he went on a seven-year tear. Holding a crown for so long in NASCAR is pretty much unheard of, but Evans never let up. He died in 1985 at the age of 44 while practicing for the Winn-Dixie 500.
Red Farmer – Too Many Wins to Count
The Alabama Gang was chock full of incredible racers, and the famous Red Farmer might be the most successful of them all. He was so good at racing that people aren’t exactly sure how many times he’s won. You read that right – people aren’t sure how many wins he has. However, the smallest estimation is more than 700.
At the most, we’re looking at more than 900. He was mostly content to race in the NASCAR National Late Model Sportsman Series (which is now known as the Xfinity Series), so he didn’t enter into too many Cup races. He was named as NASCAR’s most popular driver four times. He’s so good that he was able to beat current races at almost 80 years old in 2005.
LeeRoy Yarbrough – The First Triple Crown
When asked about racing, LeeRoy Yarbrough said that it was his life. He had almost 200 races, earning 14 wins, 65 finishes in the top five, and 92 finishes in the top ten. He was also the first driver to win NASCAR’s “Triple Crown” in 1969, which is when a driver wins Daytona, Charlotte, and Darlington.
Had the Talladega event, Winston 500, been established he might have won that, too, earning himself the first grand slams in NASCAR history. LeeRoy eventually had to be placed in a mental institution in 1980. He would stay in mental institutions until his death in 1984 from a fall. In 1990 he was inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association’s Hall of Fame.
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.