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Bob Welborn
Birthplace: Denton, North Carolina
Born: May 5, 1928
Died: August 10, 1997
Cause of Death:
Awards: named on of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998

inducted in the National Motorsports Press Association's Hall of Fame in 1982

1955, 1956, 1957 NASCAR Convertible series champion

NASCAR Cup statistics
183 races run over 13 years.
Best Cup Position: 4th - 1955 (Grand National)
First Race: 1952 Martinsville Speedway race
Last Race: 1964 Pennsylvania 200 (Lincoln Speedway)
First Win: 1957 Old Dominion 500 (Martinsville)
Last Win: 1959 Western North Carolina 500 (Weaverville)
Wins Top Tens Poles
9 102 7

Robert "Bob" Joe Welborn (May 5, 1928 - August 10, 1997) of Denton, North Carolina is a former NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup) driver. He was named to NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers list in 1998. He won the final three NASCAR Convertible series championships in 1955, 1956, and 1957.

NASCAR careerEdit

Welborn drove in 11 Grand National events in 1953 for Julian Petty and J.O. Goode’s. He had 2 Top-5 finishes and 6 Top-10 finishes.

He drove in 9 events in 1954 for owners Julian Petty, Bob Griffin, and George Hutchens. Welborn had 1 Top-5 and 3 Top-10 finishes.

Welborn drove in 32 of 45 events in Julian Petty and his own cars. He won the pole at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. Welborn finished fourth in the 1955 points. He also won the NASCAR Convertible series championship.

Welborn raced in 6 events in 1956. He also won the NASCAR Convertible series championship.

Welborn won his first race at Martinsville in 1957, but didn't cross the finish line. Lewis "Possum" Jones relieved Welborn half way through the race, but NASCAR always credits the driver who started the car. He had 1 win and 3 Top-10 finished in 5 events. Welborn also won the final NASCAR Convertible series championship.

Welborn had four straight wins (and five total), 1 pole, 10 Top-5, and 15 Top-10 finishes in 1958. He raced in 18 of 51 events, all for Petty Enterprises. He only finished 149th in series points that year because he only participated in 18 of 51 races.

Welborn won the pole for the 1959 Daytona 500, and won his qualifying race. He had 5 poles and 3 wins during the season.

Welborn amassed 9 total wins in the 1950's and early 1960's driving his own car and one owned by Julian Petty. He made his last NASCAR start in 1964 while driving for Holman-Moody.

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