You’ve found a new special fan today me and your family will be forever grateful. Active from to , he won the Daytona Lorenzen went on to win three of his 15 starts in ’61, then won twice in 19 races in ‘ Kurt Busch captures inaugural pole at Char His children, who live in Chicago, are grateful memories of his racing days remain clear. In Lorenzen won:

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Lorenzen hit stride, winning six races in 29 starts and finishing third in the final points standings, despite starting a shade more than half lorenzej races. Although Richard Petty broke the streak by winning 10 init should be noted he did so while running a mixture of minor and major tracks.

Lorenzen started just 16 races in but won eight times including five consecutive starts. His charisma was unparalleled. Robert’s number is often disputed as records were not as accurately kept in those days. The letter made it to the media. The car was owned and prepared by Junior Johnson. Fred Lorenzen was 15 years old, he had his first experience in a beefed-up stock lroenzen. When Fireball died, it turned my whole racing career around. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption lorenzej fair use of copyrighted works.

We brought him in and he wanted to go out and make another lap and frde out of shape real bad out of turn four, climbed up the wall and went flying through the air. Lorenzen recorded 26 wins in his career. Lorenzen did it in six years. Lorenzen was born in in Elmhurst, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.


NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2015: Fred Lorenzen ran up front in the ’60s

Crowds of Southern fans often cheered the loudest for Lorenzen, Wilson said. In addition to posting 26 wins he finished in the top ten 65 times, and won 31 pole positions. He left that team lofenzen way through the season, and was badly injured in a practice crash while trying to drive for the Wood Brothers prior to the Southern That there is the best driver.

The maneuver frustrated Turner so much that he slammed his car into Lorenzen during the victory lap. Of the laps during that five-race stretch, Lorenzen led of them.

But Lorenzen still has vivid memories of his days racing. I wanted to win at every superspeedway. He built a miniature car out of spare parts at age 13, a washing machine motor-powered contraption that was confiscated by police for being too fast.

Fred Lorenzen – Wikipedia

That same year, Bernie Nasfar was an eighth-grader in Aurora who spotted a story about a Lorenzen race in the newspaper. Perhaps his most loyal followers however, were the thousands of kids who idolized the cool driver of the number 28 Ford.

One pit crew member said after the incident “No wonder” he said, “I ain’t never seen anybody who could drive a banana at mile an hour. One can only imagine what he might have accomplished if he had competed full time. On the super speedways, Lorenzen defeated all of his competition to compile an unprecedented streak of wins in major races.


InLorenzen won the Atlanta and a race at Augusta Speedway. His big break came in when he received a phone call that would propel him into the big leagues. At his initial retirement in he would later come out of retirement to race two and a half years in uncompetitive cars the Golden Boy had won an even dozen super speedway events.

Mechanical problems kept him out of the hunt in the first four races of his abbreviated season. He made only five starts inbut after compiling a career record of naacar victories in starts, he suddenly retired from competition, citing ulcers and a loss of weight as reasons for the spur-of-the-moment decision.

And besides, it was generally understood in those days that top drivers did not enter the low pay races. Lorehzen think he may have given Richard Petty a run for his money.