Rex White

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Rex White
Born (1929-08-17) August 17, 1929 (age 92)[1][2]
Taylorsville, North Carolina, United States
Height5 ft 4 in (163 cm)
Weight135 lb (61 kg)
Achievements1960 Grand National Series Champion
Led Grand National Series in wins (1960 – 6)
69% Career Top 10 rate
Smallest champion in NASCAR history (5'4", 135 lbs)
AwardsNMPA Hall of Fame Inductee

Georgia Racing Hall of Fame inductee
Named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers (1998)

NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee (2015)
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
233 races run over 9 years
Best finish1st (1960)
First race1956 Race 6 (Daytona Beach)
Last race1964 Dixie 400 (Atlanta)
First win1958 Race 1 (Fayetteville)
Last win1962 Dixie 400 (Atlanta)
Wins Top tens Poles
28 163 36
NASCAR Convertible Division career
5 races run over 1 year
Best finish51st (1959)
First race1959 Catawba 250 (Hickory)
Last race1959 Old Dominion 500 (Martinsville)
First win1959 Race #5 (Marlboro)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 3 1
Statistics current as of February 21, 2013.

Rex White (born August 17, 1929) is a retired American auto racer and NASCAR champion. White was one of the drivers who competed for the original Ford racing team.[3]

Early life[change | change source]

White was born and raised in Taylorsville, North Carolina.

Career[change | change source]

White began racing in 1956, grabbing fourteen top-ten finishes. After a part-time run in 1957, White won twice in 1958. His most notable year came in 1960, when he won six races, and the NASCAR Grand National (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) championship. When he retired in 1964, he had acquired 73 career victories. Throughout most of White's NASCAR career, he drove General Motors brand cars, typically painted gold and white, sporting the number "4" on the side.[1]

After he retired, White was inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) Hall of Fame in 1974, and was named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998.[4]

Legacy[change | change source]

In January 2015 White was selected as an inductee to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. At the time, White was NASCAR's "oldest living champion at 85 years of age".[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Via, Roland (March 12, 2008). "Rex White". Legends Of NASCAR. Archived from the original on 2019-01-04. Retrieved 2009-03-12.
  2. "Racing Reference: Rex White". racing-reference.info. Archived from the original on 2009-03-11. Retrieved 2009-03-15.
  3. Jones, Anne. "Chevrolet Brings Back Its Champion". Rex White Racing (rexwhiteracing.com). Archived from the original on 2008-07-09. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
  4. Samples, Steve (March 12, 2008). "NASCAR Honors Top 50 Drivers". Legends Of NASCAR. Archived from the original on 2009-03-27. Retrieved 2009-03-20.
  5. Pennell, Jay. "Standing tall: Rex White, NASCAR's oldest living champion, gets his due". Fox News. Retrieved 1 February 2015.

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