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Encyclopedia > Neil Bonnett
Lawrence Neil Bonnett
Born: July 30, 1946(1946-07-30)
Hometown: Bessemer, Alabama
Died: February 11, 1994 (aged 47)
Cause of Death: Race car crash during practice for the 1994 Daytona 500
Achievements:
Awards: Named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers (1998)

inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association's Hall of Fame (1997) is the 211th day of the year (212th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bessemer is an American city and southwest suburb of Birmingham located in southwestern Jefferson County, Alabama. ... is the 42nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... The 1994 NASCAR Winston Cup Season began on Sunday February 20 and ended on Sunday November 13. ... The Daytona 500 is a 200-lap, 500 mile (805 km) NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. ... NASCARs 50 Greatest Drivers is a list of NASCAR drivers. ...


inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame (2001) The International Motorsports Hall of Fame is a Hall of Fame dedicated to enshrining those who have contributed the most to auto racing either as a driver, owner, developer or engineer. ...

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Statistics
362 races run over 18 years.
Best Cup Position: 4th - 1985 (Winston Cup)
First Race: 1974 Nashville 420 (Nashville)
Last Race: 1993 Hooters 500 (Atlanta)
First Win: 1977 Capital City 400 (Richmond)
Last Win: 1988 Goodwrench 500 (Rockingham)
Wins Top Tens Poles
18 156 20

Lawrence Neil Bonnett (July 30, 1946 - February 11, 1994) was a NASCAR driver who compiled 18 victories and 20 poles over his 18-year career. The Hueytown, Alabama native currently ranks 35th in all time NASCAR Cup wins.[1] Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... This article is about the year. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Music City Motorplex is a NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series racetrack located at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds near downtown Nashville, Tennessee. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... The Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 is a NASCAR Nextel Cup stock car race held at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. ... Atlanta Motor Speedway is a superspeedway in Hampton, Georgia, USA, 20 miles (32 km) south of Atlanta. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Richmond International Raceway (RIR) is a A 3/4 mile, D shaped, asphalt race track located outside Richmond, Virginia. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Rockingham Speedway is a racetrack located in Rockingham, North Carolina. ... is the 211th day of the year (212th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 42nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Hueytown is a city in Jefferson County, Alabama, United States. ...

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NASCAR career

Neil Bonnett began his NASCAR career as a protégé of the great Bobby Allison, working on the team's cars. He later became part of the famous "Alabama Gang" that included himself, Red Farmer and the Allison family: father Bobby, brother Donnie and, later, son Davey. He began driving in NASCAR in 1974 and earned his first victory in 1977 at the Capital City 400 in Richmond, Virginia. He later successfully won back-to-back World 600s (NASCAR's longest race, now the Coca-Cola 600) and back-to-back Busch Clash (now Bud Shootout) victories. Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... Bobby Allison (born December 3, 1937) was one of the first NASCAR drivers and was named one of NASCARs 50 greatest drivers. ... The Alabama Gang was the nickname for a group of NASCAR drivers who set up shop and operated out of Hueytown, Alabama, near Birmingham, Alabama. ... Charles Red Farmer (October 15, 1931 or [[October 15}}, 1932- was a racecar driver. ... Allison, which may come from a medieval Norman nickname for Alice, meaning noble type, or from the Irish name Iseult, meaning fair lady. Look up Allison in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Bobby Allison (born December 3, 1937) was one of the first NASCAR drivers and was named one of NASCARs 50 greatest drivers. ... Donnie Allison is a former driver on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit, who won ten times during his racing career, which spanned the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s. ... David Carl Davey Allison (February 25, 1961 - July 13, 1993) was a NASCAR race car driver, best known as the driver of the Robert Yates Racing #28 Texaco-Havoline Ford. ... Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Nickname: Motto: Sic Itur Ad Astra (Thus do we reach the stars) Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia Coordinates: , Country State Government  - Mayor L. Douglas Wilder (I) Area  - City 62. ... The Coca-Cola 600 (formerly World 600) is a six hundred mile stock car race held annually at Lowes Motor Speedway (formerly Charlotte Motor Speedway) in Charlotte, North Carolina on Memorial Day weekend. ... The Coca-Cola 600 (formerly the World 600) is a six hundred mile (966 km) stock car race held annually at Lowes Motor Speedway (formerly Charlotte Motor Speedway) in Charlotte, North Carolina on Memorial Day weekend. ... The Budweiser Shootout is an annual NASCAR Nextel Cup Series event held at Daytona International Speedway in February, the week before the Daytona 500. ... The Budweiser Shootout is an annual NASCAR Nextel Cup Series event held at Daytona International Speedway in February, the week before the Daytona 500. ...


He appeared in the 1983 Burt Reynolds movie Stroker Ace. He also appeared in the film Days of Thunder. Also his no.12 Budweiser Chevy is in a flashback. For the Jimi Hendrix song, see 1983. ... Burton Leon Reynolds, Jr. ... Stroker Ace is a 1983 action/comedy movie about a NASCAR driver played by Burt Reynolds. ... Days of Thunder is an auto racing drama film released in 1990 by producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and director Tony Scott. ... Budweiser, sometimes referred to as Bud, is a global pale lager brand owned by the St. ...


In 1984, Bonnett joined the powerful Junior Johnson team, becoming a teammate to Darrell Waltrip. In 1985, Bonnett had one of his best seasons, finishing fourth in the points standings while Waltrip went on to win his third championship. This article is about the year. ... Robert Glen Johnson, Jr. ... Darrell Lee Waltrip (born February 5, 1947 in Owensboro, Kentucky) is a three-time former NASCAR Winston Cup champion, the 1989 Daytona 500 winner, and current television race commentator with Fox Broadcasting Company. ... This article is about the year. ...


Bonnett participated in International Race of Champions (IROC) during three seasons (1979, 1980, and 1984), and finished second twice. Sam Hornish, Jr. ...


On April 1, 1990, Neil Bonnett suffered a life-threatening crash during the TranSouth 500 at Darlington, South Carolina. Left with amnesia and dizziness, Bonnett retired from racing and turned to television, becoming a race color commentator for TNN, CBS Sports, and TBS Sports, and hosting the TV show Winners for TNN. is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 was the name given to the annual spring NASCAR Nextel Cup race held at Darlington Raceway. ... Darlington is a city in Darlington County, in northeastern South Carolina. ... For other uses, see Amnesia (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... CBS Sports is a division of CBS which airs many of the sports telecasts in the United States. ... TNN may be: TNN Networks, a telecommunications company in Israel TNN Radio, a radio network in Bulgaria The Nashville Network, a television network today called Spike TV The New Naphtilians, a webcomic by Geppers Creepers This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise...


However, Bonnett still desired to continue racing. In 1992, he began testing cars for good friends Dale Earnhardt and car owner Richard Childress. Cleared to race again in 1993 and upon Earnhardt's suggestion, Childress gave Bonnett a ride for the 1993 DieHard 500 at Talladega Superspeedway which was numbered 31 and sponsored by Mom and Pop's one of Earnhardt's associate sponsors. But Bonnett's comeback race was marred by a crash in which his car spun, became airborne, and crashed into the specator fence. Bonnett was uninjured and actually called the rest of the race from the CBS broadcast booth. He would also start the final race of the 1993 season in Atlanta, but he dropped out after just three laps. The reason the team gave for removing the car from the race was a blown engine, however Bonnett was teamed with points leader Dale Earnhardt, and the car was retired to assist Earnhardt in winning the season's championship. Earnhardt needed to maximize his finishing position, and by Bonnett quitting the race he was assured of those three championship points. Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the elder Dale Earnhardt. ... Richard Childress (born September 21, 1945 in Winston-Salem, NC) is a former NASCAR driver and successful team owner in NASCAR Nextel Cup competition. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... At one time, two different NASCAR races were known as the DieHard 500: For the race at Talladega Superspeedway from 1990 to 1997, see UAW Ford 500 For the race at Talladega Superspeedway from 1998 to 2000, see Aarons 499 This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles... Talladega Superspeedway is a motorsports complex located in Talladega, Alabama. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Atlanta Motor Speedway is a superspeedway in Hampton, Georgia, USA, 20 miles (32 km) south of Atlanta. ... This article is about the elder Dale Earnhardt. ...


Death

Despite the setbacks, Bonnett was encouraged because he had secured a ride and sponsorship for at least six races in the 1994 season with car owner James Finch, including the season opening Daytona 500. But on February 11, 1994, during the first practice session for the 1994 Daytona 500, Bonnett's car suffered a right front tire failure in the track's fourth turn. Bonnett's car hit the outside wall nearly head-on. Bonnett was taken to nearby Halifax Medical Center, but he had died on impact. He was survived by his wife, Susan, and their two children, son David Bonnett (had 19 Busch Series starts), and daughter, Kristen. In a tragic twist, Bonnett's close friend Dale Earnhardt would be killed in an almost identical crash in the same location on the same track a little over seven years later. Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... James Finch is the owner of the Phoenix Racing team in NASCAR. They field the #1 Miccosukee Chevrolet driven by J. J. Yeley in the Busch Series and the #09 Dodge driven by Mike Wallace part-time in the NEXTEL Cup series. ... The Daytona 500 is a 200-lap, 500 mile (805 km) NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. ... is the 42nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... The Daytona 500 is a 200-lap, 500 mile (805 km) NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. ... Halifax Medical Center (HMC) is a 764-bed hospital located in Daytona Beach, Florida. ... Most recent champion(s) Kevin Harvick The NASCAR Busch Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR. It is NASCARs minor league circuit (often compared to Triple-A baseball), and is a proving ground for drivers who wish to step up to the organizations... This article is about the elder Dale Earnhardt. ...


Awards

The International Motorsports Hall of Fame is a Hall of Fame dedicated to enshrining those who have contributed the most to auto racing either as a driver, owner, developer or engineer. ... NASCARs 50 Greatest Drivers is a list of NASCAR drivers. ...

See also

The following is a list of famous NASCAR drivers. ...

References

External links

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