Pete Hamilton 1970

Career Chronology: Pete Hamilton Pete Hamilton

  • 1962: Pete Hamilton started racing street division at Norwood Arena.
  • 1965: Pete Hamilton wins the Thompson World Series.
  • 1967: Pete Hamilton begins racing in NASCAR, and wins the National Sportsman division.
  • 1968: Pete Hamilton makes Rookie of the Year after racing the Grand National.
  • 1970: Wins three events: the Daytona 500 and both Talladega events.
  • 1971: Officially retires from full-time racing.
  • 1998: Inducted into the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame.

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Career Highlights: Pete Hamilton

  • His early career entailed racing street division at Norwood Arena in 1962, and he went on to win the Thompson World Series in 1965.
  • After winning the National Sportsman division, he moved down south to race and win at the Grand National in 1968, making him Rookie of the Year.
  • 1970 was the year he really shined, with three wins at the Daytona 500 and both Talladega Superspeedways.
  • After sustaining injuries at a 1969 race, he retired from full-time racing in 1971, and went on to make a career as a car builder.

Biography: Pete Hamilton

Pete Hamilton was born in Dedham, Massachusetts on July 20, 1942. He began his career racing in the 1962 Norwood Arena street division. After he won the National Sportsman division in 1967, he started racing in NASCAR events. He went on to race the 1968 Grand National and take the title of Rookie of the Year. His career started to take off from there, putting 12 wins under his belt in 1969, and winning the Daytona 500 and both of the Talladega Superspeedways in 1970 while driving the #40 Plymouth Superbird for Petty Enterprises. Though he went on racing in various events in the time after, he retired from full-time racing in 1971 due to a neck injury he had sustained from the Grand American race two years prior. Though his racing career faded, he also turned towards a successful car-building career. In 1998, he was inducted into the first New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame.

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