Curtis Turner

Nationality
usa United States
Full Name
Curtis Turner
Hometown
Roanoke, VA
Date of Birth
4/12/1924
Date of Death
10/4/1970
First Year
1949
Last Year
1968

Curtis Turner was an American stock car racer. In addition to bring a driver, Turner helped build the Charlotte Motor Speedway with Bruton Smith.

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 racing. On October 4, 1970, he died when the private plane he was piloting crashed outside of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 1956 Southern 500 Winner

OTHER ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • 1949, 1956 Cup Series Most Popular Driver
  • 1992 International Motorsports Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 1998 Named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers
  • 2006 Motorsports Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 2016 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee
Curtis Turner NEWS

Cup Series

SeasonTeamStartPoleWinTop-5Top-10DNFLaps CompLead Lap FinLaps LedRaces LedDNQWD
1949No Data601140564178200
1950No Data16447741626511101200
1951No Data120335711643513600
1952No Data700116523012100
1953No Data193135613961191400
1954No Data101178116783277300
1955No Data900444928214100
1956No Data130145719672466300
1957No Data101024313971109400
1958No Data1713810630686827600
1959No Data101244512934438500
1960No Data91001710900106200
1961No Data80012511821162600
1965No Data70133413602256210
1966No Data21205614369833851100
1967No Data42000424106110
1968No Data600142144800000
Total-1841617547385246233449506920