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Robert "Bob" Joe Welborn (May 5, 1928 – August 10, 1997) of Denton, North Carolina, USA is a former NASCAR Grand National (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) driver. He was named to NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers list in 1998. He won the final three NASCAR Convertible Division championships in 1956, 1957, and 1958.

Bob Welborn
Bob Welborn's image on a NASCAR sports card
BornRobert Joe Welborn
(1928-05-05)May 5, 1928
Denton, North Carolina, United States
DiedAugust 10, 1997(1997-08-10) (aged 69)
Achievements1956 NASCAR Convertible Division Champion

1957 NASCAR Convertible Division Champion
1958 NASCAR Convertible Division Champion

Led NASCAR Convertible Division in wins two times (1958, 1959)
1959 Daytona 500 pole winner (first annual)
AwardsNamed one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers (1998)
National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame (1982)
NASCAR Cup Series career
183 races run over 13 years
Best finish4th (1955)
First race1952 (Martinsville)
Last race1964 Pennsylvania 200 (New Oxford)
First win1957 Sweepstakes 500 (Martinsville)
Last win1959 Western North Carolina 500 (Weaverville)
Wins Top tens Poles
9 102 7
NASCAR Convertible Division career
111 races run over 4 years
Best finish1st (1956, 1957, 1958)
First race1956 Charlotte 100 (Charlotte)
Last race1959 Charlotte 100 (Charlotte)
First win1956 Fayetteville 50 (Fayetteville)
Last win1959 Weaverville 100 (Asheville-Weaverville)
Wins Top tens Poles
19 87 18
Statistics current as of February 23, 2013.

NASCAR careerEdit

Welborn drove in 11 Grand National events in 1953 for Julian Petty and J.O. Goode’s. He had 2 Top-5 finishes and 6 Top-10 finishes.

He drove in 9 events in 1954 for owners Julian Petty, Bob Griffin, and George Hutchens. Welborn had 1 Top-5 and 3 Top-10 finishes.

Welborn drove in 32 of 45 events in Julian Petty and his own cars. He won the pole at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. Welborn finished fourth in the 1955 points.

Welborn raced in 6 events in 1956. He also won the NASCAR Convertible Division championship.

Welborn won his first race at Martinsville in 1957, but did not cross the finish line. Lewis "Possum" Jones relieved Welborn half way through the race, but NASCAR always credits the driver who started the car. He had 1 win and 3 Top-10 finished in 5 events. Welborn also won the NASCAR Convertible series championship.

Welborn had four straight wins (and five total), 1 pole, 10 Top-5, and 15 Top-10 finishes in 1958. He raced in 18 of 51 events, all for Petty Enterprises. He only finished 149th in series points that year because he only participated in 18 of 51 races. He won his third straight NASCAR Convertible championship.

Welborn won the pole position for the 1959 Daytona 500 by winning his qualifying race. He had 5 poles and 3 wins during the season.

Welborn amassed 9 total wins in the 1950s and early 1960s driving his own car and one owned by Julian Petty. He made his last NASCAR start in 1964 while driving for Holman-Moody.

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