Bobby Isaac

Bobby Isaac

Infobox NASCAR driver
Name = Robert Isaac
Birthdate = birth date|1932|8|1|mf=y
Died = death date and age|1977|8|14|1932|8|1|mf=y
Birthplace = flagicon|USA Catawba, North Carolina
Cause of Death = Heart attack
Best_Cup_Pos = 1st - 1970 (Grand National)
Cup_Wins = 37
Cup_Top_Tens = 170
Cup_Poles = 49
First_Cup_Race = 1963 Piedmont Interstate Fairgrounds
First_Cup_Win = 1968 Columbia 200 (Columbia Speedway, SC)
Last_Cup_Win = 1972 Carolina 500 (Rockingham)
Last_Cup_Race = 1976 World 600 (Charlotte)
Awards = 1970 Grand National Champion

1979 - Inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame

1996- Inducted in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame

1998 - Named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers
Years_In_Cup = 14
Total_Cup_Races = 308

Bobby Isaac (August 1, 1932August 14, 1977) is a former NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup) Series champion.

Isaac grew up on a farm near Catawba, North Carolina, the second-youngest of nine children. He finished school after the sixth grade, which led to the incorrect rumor that he could neither read nor write [] .

NASCAR career

He began racing full-time in 1956, but it took him seven years to break into the Grand National division. Isaac won the championship in 1970 driving the #71 Dodge Charger Daytona sponsored by K&K Insurance. His crew chief was legendary Harry Hyde. Isaac & Hyde took the car to Talladega in November and set a closed-course speed record.

Isaac won 37 races in NASCAR's top series during his career, including 11 in his championship season, and started from the pole position 50 times. He took 20 poles in a single season in 1969. This NASCAR record will be hard to beat since there are currently 36 races on the schedule. According to Isaac a strange "voice" in the car told him to retire from driving because it threatened he would be killed.

Land Speed Records

Isaac also made his mark outside of NASCAR. In September 1971, he went to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah and set 28 world speed records, some of which still stand to this day.


Bobby Isaac was inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame in 1979, and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1996. In 1998 NASCAR honored Isaac as one of its NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers of all time.


Unfortunately, Bobby did not live to enjoy any of the accolades. He pulled out of a 1977 Late Model Sportsman race at Hickory Motor Speedway with 25 laps left, and died of a heart attack.

External links

* [ International Motorsports Hall of Fame page]
* [ Driver's statistics at]
* [ Biography, part 1]
* [ Biography, part 2]
* [ First hand account of Bonneville Salt Flats land speed record attempts]

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