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NASCAR Legend Visit at the Hall – Bill Wimble

NASCAR legend Bill Wimble and NASCAR Hall of Fame Historian Buz McKim in front of Richie Evans' #61 Chevy Cavalier on Glory Road.

NASCAR legend Bill Wimble and NASCAR Hall of Fame Historian Buz McKim in front of Richie Evans’ #61 Chevy Cavalier on Glory Road.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame welcomed Bill Wimble as a visitor this past Tuesday, July 30. Of course, our favorite historian Buz McKim was on hand to welcome the NASCAR legend and take a quick pic on Glory Road.

Bill Wimble began his racing career in the early 1950’s in upstate New York and quickly became a star on the local dirt tracks. He also raced on the sands of Daytona Beach and the high-banks of Daytona International Speedway. Wimble scored two consecutive NASCAR Sportsman (now Nationwide) championships in 1960 and another in 1961, a title he shared with fellow driver Dick Nephew. The two drivers scored a tie in national points to become the only co-champions in NASCAR history. Wimble was speaking one day with car-owner Gene DeWitt who was looking for a driver for his powerful modified. Wimble suggested an up and coming driver he had been watching, a neighbor of his named Richie Evans. DeWitt took Wimble’s advice and the Evans-DeWitt team went on to make NASCAR history by scoring nine NASCAR Modified championships, a record that helped put Evans in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

NASCAR legend Bill Wimble, his wife Nancy Wimble and NASCAR Hall Historian Buz McKim.

NASCAR legend Bill Wimble, his wife Nancy WImble and NASCAR Hall Historian Buz McKim.

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