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Bill Blair
Born (1911-07-14)July 14, 1911
High Point, North Carolina
Died November 2, 1995(1995-11-02) (aged 84)
NASCAR Cup Series career
123 races run over 10 years
Best finish 4th (1949)
First race 1949 Race No. 1 (Charlotte)
Last race 1958 Lakewood Speedway (Atlanta)
First win 1950 Vernon Fairgrounds (Vernon, NY)
Last win 1953 Daytona Beach
Wins Top tens Poles
3 54 1

Bill Blair (July 14, 1911 in High Point, North Carolina, US – November 2, 1995) was an American stock car racing driver in the 1940's and the 1950's, and he was one of the pioneers of NASCAR.


Blair won three NASCAR Strictly Stock/Grand National races:

  • June 18, 1950 – Blair piloted a 1950 Mercury owned by Sam Rice to victory in a race at Vernon Faigrounds in Vernon, NY.
  • April 20, 1952 – Blair drove a 1952 Oldsmobile owned by George Hutchens to his second win at Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta, GA.
  • February 15, 1953 – In his final series victory, Blair drove his 1953 Oldsmobile to victory lane at the Beach & Road Course in Daytona Beach, FL.


Blair, Jimmie Lewallen, and Fred Harb are the subject of the independent movie "Red Dirt Rising", which is based on the book "Red Dirt Tracks: The Forgotten Heroes of Early Stockcar Racing" by Gail Cauble Gurley.

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