NASCAR Legend Visit at the Hall – Bill Wimble
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.