- 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,
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
Last_Cup_Race = 1976
Awards = 1970 Grand National Champion
1979 - Inducted into the
National Motorsports Press AssociationHall 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, 1932– August 14, 1977) is a former NASCARGrand 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 [http://www.decadesofracing.net/BobbyIsaac.htm] .
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 Daytonasponsored 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 position50 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 Flatsin Utahand set 28 world speed records, some of which still stand to this day.
Bobby Isaac was inducted into the
National Motorsports Press AssociationHall of Fame in 1979, and the International Motorsports Hall of Famein 1996. In 1998 NASCAR honored Isaac as one of its NASCAR's 50 Greatest Driversof 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 Speedwaywith 25 laps left, and died of a heart attack.
* [http://www.motorsportshalloffame.com/halloffame/1996/Bobby_Isaac_main.htm International Motorsports Hall of Fame page]
* [http://www.racing-reference.info/driver?id=isaacbo01 Driver's statistics at racing-reference.info]
* [http://www.decadesofracing.net/BobbyIsaac.htm Biography, part 1]
* [http://www.yourfunshop.com/home/archive3/index14.html Biography, part 2]
* [http://aerowarriors.com/bv.html First hand account of Bonneville Salt Flats land speed record attempts]
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