Isaac began racing in NASCAR’s premier series in 1961.
- Inducted: 2016
Bobby Isaac knew one speed: Fast.
His uncanny skill at qualifying a race car proves that. His 49 career poles ranks tied for ninth all-time. Maybe more impressive: Isaac captured 19 poles in 1969, which still stands as the record for poles in a single season.
Only 37 drivers have 19 or more poles in their entire career. Isaac began racing in NASCAR’s premier series in 1961. He finished runner-up in the series standings in 1968 behind NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson. In 1969 he finished sixth in the standings after posting 17 wins and those 19 poles. In his breakthrough season, 1970, Isaac won the championship posting 11 victories, 32 top fives and 38 top 10s in 47 starts. A year later, in September 1971, he set 28 world-class records on the Bonneville Salt Flats in his Dodge. Many of his records exist to this day. Isaac won 37 races in NASCAR's top series during his career, which ranks 19th on the all-time wins list. In 1998, Isaac was named one NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers.
Here, Bobby Isaac (left) is pictured with fellow inductee Ned Jarrett (right) at the start of both of their racing careers. They both hailed from the same area of North Carolina and began in the NASCAR Modified Division, racing on dirt tracks near their hometowns. Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images.
Bobby Isaac ran partial schedules for six years from 1961 to 1967. In 1966, he drove eight races for fellow inductee Junior Johnson, as seen here, and one race for fellow inductee Cotton Owens. Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images.
Pictured are the Dodge NASCAR racecars of the K&K Insurance racing team, owned by Nord Krauskopf. It was with this team and paired with Crew Chief Harry Hyde that Isaac saw his greatest success, which included the 1970 NASCAR premier series championship. Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images.