His career ended when he crashed in the first qualifier for the Daytona , Wawak suffering a fractured vertebra and detached retinas. From there, he fielded his own Chevrolets, running 74 and soon adopting a distinctive bright yellow paint scheme. His Cup debut came in the Southern at Darlington, driving a 4 Mercury he prepared himself. At age 64, Wawak died on April 17, By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Wawak started 27th in the car field, but came home 36th after early engine troubles. When the team closed, Wawak later worked for Hendrick Motorsports, handling show car duties for the team.

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When the team closed, Wawak later worked for Hendrick Motorsports, handling show car duties for the team. He finished 18 th in the final USAC standings that year. Retrieved from ” https: Wawak turned his car hard to the left, slowing down as best he could, and climbed out while the car was still rolling. Wawak jumped from the car while it was still moving and slammed into the inside wall moments laterheld up his burnt hands, and ran to the infield care center.

Heading into the third wawwak, Wawak lost control and slammed hard into the wall. But just three laps into the race, the caution fell for trouble in Turn 4.

His first start was in the Southern at Darlington Speedway. At age 64, Wawak passed away on April 17, Starting 17 th in the car field for the DaytonaWawak suffered serious burns to his hands when a fuel line came apart on his Encyclopedia Britannica-sponsored Chevrolet with a fire resulting inside the cockpit on lap 3.


Curiously, it was during these same Twin s that J. He competed at the track in andwinning 14 features at that half mile asphalt track in his Ford Torino.

The next year, he nadcar his first Nasca Series laps, pacing the field for Laps and of the Southern Gray, who made the field with a sterling 9th-place finish in Race 1, was by Sunday swapped out for Wawak. The fuel line on his car came loose on the third lap of the Daytonaand the fire came into the car’s cockpit. The accident all but ended the practice of racing without gloves in NASCAR, which veterans claimed prevented them from having a good feel over the steering wheel.

Driver Bobby Wawak NASCAR Grand National Results –

Fortunately, the Gwinn team had a backup plan: Over a two-year periodWawak was a dominant force at the half-mile paved Hoosier speed plant, winning a total of 14 features during those years.

Webarchive template wayback links. He returned at Martinsville, just two months later, but again finished last with rear end trouble. Ulrich and his unsponsored 40 Chevrolet. Recovering from his bonby, Wawak would make only six more starts that year.

Wawak competed on the USAC stock car circuit in He also won a lap qualifying race that at Rockingham that October, starting from pole nawcar edging Wadak Castles by two carlengths. Competing in the SouthernWawak would start 27 th and finish in 36 th after engine woes sidelined him. Getting into drag racing during his teenage years, Wawak began racing stock cars at Mance Park Speedway in Hodgkins, Ill.


Wawak would be credited with 22 nd place in the final points after the race season. He competed in both the cadet sportsman and late model divisions.

He won 21 total races including preliminary events in His career ended when he crashed in the first qualifier for the DaytonaWawak suffering a fractured vertebra and detached retinas. Posted by Brock Beard at He made six races with a sixth-place finish in one event during his rookie season.

Jumping out of the car before it came to a halt, Wawak, holding up his burnt hands, ran to the infield care center.

His most successful year waswhen he finished 22nd in the points. Wawak did not wawal to USAC racing until and would compete on a limited basis into the early s.