Nascar Hall of Fame 5th Class Finalist - Jack Ingram - Driver


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(b.12/28/36)
Hometown: Asheville, N.C.
Competed: 1982-91
NASCAR Busch Series Starts: 275
NASCAR Busch Series Wins: 31
NASCAR Busch Series Poles: 5
 
The NASCAR Nationwide Series has had a variety of incarnations through the years but when considered collectively, an argument can be made that Jack Ingram is the series’ all-time greatest driver.

Before the formation of the series, Ingram won three consecutive championships, from 1972-74, in its precursor - the Late Model Sportsman Division. When the NASCAR Busch Series was formed, he won the inaugural title in 1982 and again in ’85.

The last two championships more or less cemented Ingram’s legendary status. In 1982, he edged another legend, two-time series titlist Sam Ard, by 49 points in the final standings. In ’85, his championship points margin was 29, over Jimmy Hensley. In ’86 Ingram nearly won another title, but those hopes were derailed by a late-season two-race suspension for a controversial rough driving incident.

In his 10 years of competition in what was called the NASCAR Busch Series, Ingram had 31 wins, a record that stood until Mark Martin broke it in 1997. All but two of Ingram’s 31 wins came on short tracks. No wonder that Ingram has called himself, only half-jokingly, "the best short-track racer ever."

Ingram was named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998.

 

 

 
NASCAR Nationwide Series Statistics
Year Age Races Win Top 5 Top 10 Pole Laps Led Earnings Rank AvSt AvFn RAF Miles LLF
1982 46 29 of 29 7 23 24 1 3788 45 $43,495 1 2.3 6.2 25 2577.3 12
1983 47 35 of 35 5 23 29 1 6295 634 $103,805 2 3.6 6.4 31 3628.0 22
1984 48 29 of 29 8 17 19 0 4654 745 $101,055 2 7.0 10.0 20 2940.6 18
1985 49 27 of 27 5 17 22 2 4673 673 $115,898 1 8.5 6.7 23 3476.5 17
1986 50 29 of 31 5 16 22 1 5010 705 $152,229 3 10.0 7.9 25 3663.2 17
1987 51 27 of 27 1 6 14 0 4731 189 $105,630 4 15.1 11.7 22 3552.9 10
1988 52 30 of 30 0 10 12 0 4778 126 $92,725 10 16.6 15.7 19 3507.4 10
1989 53 29 of 29 0 7 14 0 5322 81 $124,795 5 18.6 11.7 25 3947.0 11
1990 54 28 of 31 0 2 6 0 4549 1 $60,155 18 24.8 20.1 19 3216.7 6
1991 55 12 of 31 0 1 2 0 1440 0 $19,978 36 22.8 24.6 3 752.9 1
10 years   275 31 122 164 5 45240 3199 $919,765   13.9 11.2 212 31262.5 124


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