- United States
- Full Name
- Curtis Turner
- Roanoke, VA
- Date of Birth
- Date of Death
- First Year
- Last Year
Curtis Turner was an American stock car racer. In addition to bring a driver, Turner helped build the Charlotte Motor Speedway with Bruton Smith.<br><br>He was the first recipient of the Most Popular Driver award in 1949 and won it again in 1956. The most notable of his 17 career wins was the 1956 Southern 500.
Turner drew the ire of NASCAR president (and founder) Bill France when he helped organize a drivers union in 1961. Turner, along with Tim Flock, were banned by NASCAR from competing for four season. He returned for the 1965 season, running seven times and winning at Rockingham Speedway, his final career victory.
After the 1968 season, Turner retired from NASCAR after making 184 starts over a 17 year career. On October 4, 1970, he died when the private plane he was piloting crashed outside of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
He was posthumously named as one of NASCAR’s 50 Great Drivers in 1998, inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1992, inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2006, and inducted in the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2016.
10/04/1970 – Turner perishes in a private plane crash over Pennsylvania
07/31/1965 – The lifetime ban on Turner and fellow driver Tim Flock has been overturned and both can resume their racing careers.
08/15/1961 – For remaining as a member of the Teamsters Union, Turner and fellow driver Tim Flock are handed lifetime bans from NASCAR.
07/29/1959 – Construction begins for Charlotte Motor Speedway, led by Turner and businessman O. Brurton Smith.
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|1949||No Team Data||6||0||1||1||4||564||78||2||0||0||0|
|1950||No Team Data||16||4||4||7||7||1626||1110||12||4||0||0|
|1951||No Team Data||12||0||3||3||5||1164||513||6||7||0||0|
|1952||No Team Data||7||0||0||1||1||523||12||1||6||0||0|
|1953||No Team Data||19||3||1||3||5||1396||191||4||6||0||0|
|1954||No Team Data||10||1||1||7||8||1678||277||3||1||0||0|
|1955||No Team Data||9||0||0||4||4||928||14||1||4||0||0|
|1956||No Team Data||13||0||1||4||5||1967||466||3||7||0||0|
|1957||No Team Data||7||1||0||2||3||963||53||2||2||0||0|
|1958||No Team Data||3||0||0||0||0||574||88||1||3||0||0|
|1958||Wood Brothers Racing||1||0||0||0||0||26||0||0||1||0||0|
|1959||No Team Data||10||1||2||4||4||1293||438||5||5||0||0|
|1960||No Team Data||2||0||0||0||0||195||0||0||1||0||0|
|1960||Wood Brothers Racing||1||0||0||0||0||78||0||0||1||0||0|
|1961||Wood Brothers Racing||7||0||0||1||1||949||159||5||5||0||0|
|1961||No Team Data||1||0||0||0||1||233||3||1||0||0||0|
|1965||Wood Brothers Racing||4||0||1||3||3||1208||256||2||1||0||0|
|1965||Junior Johnson & Associates||2||0||0||0||0||101||0||0||2||0||0|
|1965||No Team Data||1||0||0||0||0||51||0||0||1||0||0|
|1966||No Team Data||12||2||0||2||3||1760||151||4||9||0||0|
|1966||Wood Brothers Racing||6||0||0||2||2||1276||80||4||3||0||0|
|1966||Junior Johnson & Associates||3||0||0||1||1||662||154||3||2||0||0|
|1967||No Team Data||4||2||0||0||0||241||6||1||4||1||0|
|1968||No Team Data||6||0||0||1||4||1448||0||0||2||0||0|