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Walker Evans (racing driver)

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Roger Walker Evans (born December 3, 1938) is an American former professional off road racing driver and member of the Off-road Motorsports Hall of Fame. He was also a driver and owner in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Nicknamed "The Legend", he is the father of off-road racer Evan Evans.[1] He resides in Riverside, California.

Walker Evans
WalkerEvans2008.jpg
Evans in 2008
Born (1938-12-03) December 3, 1938 (age 80)
Cedar Lake, Michigan
Awardsinducted in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2015
inducted in the Off-road Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2004
21 offroad racing championships, including SODA and CORR
5 Baja 1000 wins
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
41 races run over 2 years
First race1995 Skoal Bandit Copper World Classic (Phoenix)
Last race1996 GM Goodwrench / AC Delco 300 (Phoenix)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 4 0

Racing careerEdit

Off-roadEdit

 
Evans in 2019

Born in Cedar Lake, Michigan, Evans began his off-road career in cross-country events in SCORE International events, including the premier event: the Baja 500. His first sample of racing was in 1969, when he drove a Rambler American for the American Motors and actor James Garner sponsored team to a third-place finish in the Baja 500.[1] His first purpose built race truck was Ford F-100 donated by Marion Beaver at Parker Motor Company and built by Bill Stroppe. The truck won 16 of 17 races.[citation needed] He won the Baja 1000 five times.

He has 142 total victories and 21 championship titles in off-road desert and short course racing.[1] He has multiple overall wins in the Baja 500, Baja 1000, Fireworks 250, Mint 400, and Parker 400.

He added the Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group Stadium Series events to his schedule to enhance his horizons. The series featured indoor races inside a stadium. The Walker Evans Racing Team won the MTEG Grand National Championship in 1999. He won his first SODA race in 1986 at the Lake Geneva Raceway in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. He won the 1994 and 1995 Class-8 (two-wheel drive) championships in SODA. He met fellow competitor Brendan Gaughan during his SODA days. He moved to CORR when most of the SODA drivers switched series. He finished with his SODA career with three overall victories and 31 class wins. He was champion of CORR's highest division, Pro-4, in 1999.[2] He won three races and the CORR Pro-4 championship in 2000 in his final full-time season in CORR before retirement from short-track off-road racing.

Around 1999 he began entering rock crawling events after a promotional trip to Moab.

NASCAREdit

RacingEdit

Evans decided to try his hand as a driver/owner in the newly formed NASCAR SuperTruck Series in 1995. He had one Top 10 finish in 18 races, and he finished 14th in the final points standings. He had three Top 10 finishes in 23 events in 1996, and he finished 17th in the overall points standings.[3]

Team ownershipEdit

He continued his Walker Evans Racing team after his retirement. He hired former SODA and CORR competitor Brendan Gaughan to race for him in 2002. Gaughan won twice, on his way to the Rookie of the Year title. In 2003, Gaughan was the CTS points leader going into the final race, but was crashed out.

Halls of FameEdit

Evans was inducted in the Off-road Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2004.[1] In 2015, he was inducted in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.[4]

Motorsports career resultsEdit

NASCAREdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Craftsman Truck SeriesEdit

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 NCTS Pts
1995 Walker Evans Racing 20 Dodge PHO
29
TUS
18
SGS
21
MMR
27
POR
23
EVG
28
I70
22
LVL BRI
12
MLW
16
CNS
10
HPT
17
IRP
16
FLM RCH
37
MAR
34
NWS
28
SON
13
MMR
23
PHO
23
14th 1744
1996 HOM
28
PHO
36
POR
18
EVG
23
TUS
18
CNS
18
HPT
16
BRI
10
NZH
32
MLW
30
LVL
26
I70
24
IRP
27
FLM
20
GLN
10
NSV
17
RCH
30
NHA
14
MAR
30
NWS
26
SON
24
MMR
9
PHO
31
LVS
DNQ
17th 2224

1 Ineligible for series points

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Biography at the Off-road Motorsports Hall of Fame
  2. ^ Chevy Adds to Win Tally in '99, December 22, 1999; motorsport.com; Retrieved February 15, 2008
  3. ^ NASCAR drivers statistics at racing-reference.info
  4. ^ "Mark Martin, Ricky Carmichael among 2015 inductees into Motorsports Hall of Fame of America". Fox News. Retrieved January 24, 2015.

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