Walter Ballard (born January 12, 1933) is a former NASCAR driver from Houston, Texas. In 1971, he won the Rookie of the Year Award in the NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National Series (known as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series as of 2018), in its first year under Winston's sponsorship.
|Born||January 12, 1933|
|Awards||1971 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Rookie of the Year|
|NASCAR Cup Series career|
|176 races run over 9 years|
|Best finish||6th (1972)|
|First race||1966 Rebel 400 (Darlington)|
|Last race||1977 Wilkes 400 (North Wilkesboro)|
NASCAR Winston Cup SeriesEdit
Ballard made his first start in the Winston Cup Series (then known as the Grand National Series) in 1966, but did not race in the series again until 1971.
In 1972, Ballard had an even better season, collecting 7 top-tens and a sixth-place finish in points. He continued to race full-time with his family-owned team until 1975, and competed part-time in the 1976 and 1977 seasons before retiring from the series after 1977.
Other NASCAR seriesEdit
Ballard also drove six races in the NASCAR Grand National East Series from 1972-1973, collecting one top-ten in 1972, and attempted two races in the NASCAR Winston West Series in 1971 and 1976, failing to qualify for both.
In 1979, Ballard started an automotive repair business with his sons Daniel, Stoney and Clint, retiring in November 2005. As of 2007, he resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife Katie.
- "Walter Ballard Named Top NASCAR Rookie". Lakeland Ledger. October 21, 1971. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
- "Driver Walter Ballard's Grand National East Series races - Racing-Reference.info". www.racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
- "Driver Walter Ballard NASCAR K&N Pro Series West DNQs or WDs - Racing-Reference.info". www.racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2018-10-03.