Rex White To Be Inducted Into Georgia Racing Hall of Fame
Friday, March 7, 2003
Rex White, the 1960 NASCAR Grand National (now Winston Cup) Champion, has been named by Thunder Road USA to the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame. The official announcement will be made by Thunder Road USA officials Tom French and Dan Elliott during the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 weekend at a 9:00 a.m. press conference on Friday, March 7, 2003, at Atlanta Motor Speedway¿s media center.
White becomes the fourth NASCAR champion from Georgia to be so honored, joining Red Byron, Tim Flock, and Bill Elliott, who were members of the initial class of inductees in 2002.
In addition to winning the 1960 NASCAR Championship, White also was named one of the top 50 drivers of NASCAR¿s first 50 years. During his career of only 8-plus years, White finished in the top-10 in points in six of those years.
Driving a Chevrolet painted gold and white with a red no. 4 on the side, White won 28 races, finished in the top 5 110 times, and in the top 10 163 times. He won 36 pole positions and led 66 races for a total of 4,583 laps. White finished in the Top 10 in 70 percent of his starts. During his championship season, he scored six wins and 35 top-10 finishes. Although Rex White has not raced in nearly 40 years, he is still ranked 21st on the all-time NASCAR wins list.
White was the 1962 winner of the Dixie 400 at Atlanta International Raceway (now Atlanta Motor Speedway) in a Nalley Chevrolet-sponsored car. It was his only superspeedway victory and the only superspeedway victory for the under-powered 409-cubic inch engine.
Rex White will sign autographs on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Thunder Road USA-Georgia Hall of Fame booth at Atlanta Motor Speedway.