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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.

Walter Ballard
Born (1933-01-12) January 12, 1933 (age 86)
Awards1971 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Cup Series career
176 races run over 9 years
Best finish6th (1972)
First race1966 Rebel 400 (Darlington)
Last race1977 Wilkes 400 (North Wilkesboro)
Wins Top tens Poles
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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 1971, Ballard ran a nearly-full season in a car owned by his father[citation needed] Vic, capturing 11 top-tens, a tenth-place finish in points, and the Rookie of the Year Award.[1]

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.

Ballard's best result in the Winston Cup Series was a third-place finish in the 1971 Space City 300 at Meyer Speedway in Houston, Texas.

Other NASCAR seriesEdit

Ballard also drove six races in the NASCAR Grand National East Series from 1972-1973, collecting one top-ten in 1972[2], and attempted two races in the NASCAR Winston West Series in 1971 and 1976, failing to qualify for both[3].

Personal lifeEdit

In 1979, Ballard started an automotive repair business with his sons Daniel, Stoney and Clint, retiring in November 2005.[citation needed] As of 2007, he resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife Katie.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Walter Ballard Named Top NASCAR Rookie". Lakeland Ledger. October 21, 1971. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Driver Walter Ballard's Grand National East Series races -". Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  3. ^ "Driver Walter Ballard NASCAR K&N Pro Series West DNQs or WDs -". Retrieved 2018-10-03.

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