Another visit from the past…Bill Wimble
The staff at the NASCAR Hall of Fame was pleasantly surprised on August 30 when two-time NASCAR Sportsman Division (now Nationwide Series) champion Bill Wimble and his lovely wife Nancy stopped by for a visit. A New York dairy farmer, Wimble became intrigued with stock car racing in 1951 and felt he had to try his hand at the sport. It seemed that he immediately “got the hang of things” and began winning races.
Wimble won literally hundreds of races before his retirement in the late 1960s, but in the meantime he took the 1960 NASCAR Sportsman Division (now Nationwide Series) championship. Wimble was part of the most unusual championship in NASCAR history when he tied with fellow New Yorker Dick Nephew for the 1961 NASCAR Sportsman Division title. It is the only time NASCAR has ever had co-champions.
Wimble raced on the sands of Daytona Beach and also on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway. He also competed in both the NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup) Series and the NASCAR Convertible Division of the late 1950s. One of his proudest moments in racing came when he and several other members of the racing community were awarded the Carnegie Medal for Heroism for pulling driver Marvin Panch for a flaming sports car in 1963.
Bill Wimble has been a successful businessman since leaving the racing world. He and Nancy enjoy a comfortable life in Valrico, Fl.