Peter Goodwill "Pete" Hamilton (July 20, 1942 – March 21, 2017) was an American professional stock car racing driver. He competed in NASCAR for six years, where he won four times in his career (including the 1970 Daytona 500), three times driving for Petty Enterprises.
Hamilton and his 1970 Plymouth racecar
|Born||Peter Goodwill Hamilton|
July 20, 1942
Dedham, Massachusetts, United States
|Died||March 21, 2017 (aged 74)|
Johns Creek, Georgia, United States
|Achievements||1967 NASCAR Sportsman Division Champion|
1970 Daytona 500 Winner
1974 Snowball Derby Winner
|Awards||1968 Grand National Series Rookie of the Year|
New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame (1998)
|Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career|
|64 races run over 6 years|
|Best finish||21st (1970)|
|First race||1968 Fireball 300 (Weaverville)|
|Last race||1973 Atlanta 500 (Atlanta)|
|First win||1970 Daytona 500 (Daytona)|
|Last win||1971 Daytona 500 Qualifier #1 (Daytona)|
|Statistics current as of October 29, 2013.|
Hamilton began racing in the street division in 1962 at Norwood Arena Speedway, where he quickly earned the nickname... "The Dedham Flash". In 1965, he was the Thompson World Series Twin 50s champion. He won the 1967 NASCAR national Sportsman division championship.
After that season he moved south to race in NASCAR. He started racing in the NASCAR Grand National (now Monster Energy Cup) division in 1968, and was the series Rookie of the Year. In 1969, he competed in NASCAR's Grand American division, a division of smaller pony cars. He won 12 of 26 races that year.
He had 3 wins in 1970 for Petty Enterprises in the No. 40 Plymouth Superbird with Maurice Petty as his crew-chief. He won the 1970 Daytona 500 and both races at Talladega Superspeedway. Hamilton won his Twin 125 mile qualifying race for the 1971 Daytona 500 driving Cotton Owens' No. 6 Plymouth, finishing the season with one pole and 11 top five finishes. He retired from full-time NASCAR racing after 1973 because of complications from a neck injury in a 1969 Grand American race.
Pete helped Chrysler's Larry Rathgeb develop their "Kit-Car", a weld-it-yourself Volare or Aspen late model stock car that any racer could order from Plymouth and Dodge dealers. He moved to Norcross, Ga. and worked as a car builder and mentor to many drivers on the 1980s southern dirt tracks, launching successful racing careers for Marvin Oliver and James Shepherd.
Hamilton was born in Dedham, Massachusetts, and raised in nearby Newton. He was the son of Roger S. Hamilton, once the Dean of Northeastern University. He graduated from Newton High School in 1960. He married his wife, Susan Huckstorf in 1970. After racing, he owned a warehouse in Atlanta. He spent his time between Duluth, Georgia and Acton, Maine.
Hamilton died on March 21, 2017 at the age of 74 due to complications of a stroke. He was buried at Peachtree Memorial Park in Norcross, Georgia. He was survived by his wife of forty-seven years and a daughter.
Motorsports career resultsEdit
(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
Grand National SeriesEdit
Winston Cup SeriesEdit
|NASCAR Winston Cup Series results|
|Crawford Brothers Racing||22||Plymouth||ATL
- Biography Archived 2007-10-07 at the Wayback Machine at the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame, Retrieved October 3, 2007
- Stock Car Racing magazine cover story
- Pockrass, Bob (March 22, 2017). "Pete Hamilton, who won four NASCAR Cup races, dies at 74". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 22, 2017.