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Harry Hyde

Harry Hyde was so good, they made a movie about him.

  • Position:Crew Chief

Vitals

Hometown

Brownsville, KY

Born

01/17/1925

Died

05/13/1996

PREMIER SERIES STATS

Competed

1966-1993

Wins / Poles

56 / 88

Inspiring Days of Thunder

Hyde, who inspired Robert Duvall’s character Harry Hogge in Days of Thunder, enjoyed a nearly three-decade career in NASCAR's premier series.

During that tenure, his incredible leadership skills translated to immense success—even to the greenest of drivers. Prior to guiding Dave Marcis, Neil Bonnett and Geoff Bodine to their first career wins and harnessing the talent of Tim Richmond, Hyde laid a championship foundation with fellow NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Bobby Isaac.

In 1969, Hyde called the shots for Isaac’s 17-win season, which ranks among the most prolific seasons in the history of the sport. That year, Isaac also won 19 poles, which still stands as a NASCAR premier series record. Hyde’s crowning achievement came in 1970, when he won the NASCAR premier series championship with Isaac, winning 11 times and capturing 32 top fives in 47 starts.