Pete Hamilton
Date of birth: July 20, 1942(1942-07-20)
Place of birth: U.S Flag Dedham, Massachusetts, U.S.
Date of death: March 21, 2017 (aged 74)
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Statistics
Best pts finish 21st - (1970)
First race 1968 Fireball 300 (Weaverville)
Last race 1973 Atlanta 500 (Atlanta)
First win 1970 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
Last win 1971 Daytona 500 Qualifier #1 (Daytona)
  • 1968 Grand National Series Rookie of the Year
  • New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame (1998)

Pete Hamilton (born July 20, 1942 – March 21, 2017) was an American NASCAR racer. He won four times in his career (including the 1970 Daytona 500), 3 times driving for Petty Enterprises. His father was a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Racing careerEdit

Hamilton began racing in the street division in 1962 at Norwood Arena.[1] In 1965 he was the Thompson World Series Twin 50s champion. He won the 1967 NASCAR National Sportsman division in 1967.[1]

After that season he moved south to race in NASCAR. He started racing in the NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup) division in 1968, and was the series Rookie of the Year.[1] In 1969 he competed in NASCAR's Grand American division, a division of smaller pony cars.[1] He won 12 of 26 races that year and won the series championship.[1]

He had 3 wins in 1970 for Petty Enterprises in the #40 Superbird. He won the 1970 Daytona 500 and both races at Talladega Superspeedway.[1] He won his fourth race of the season at the July Daytona race in Cotton Owens' car.[1] Hamilton won his Twin 125 mile qualifying race for the 1971 Daytona 500.[1] He retired from full-time racing in 1971 because of a neck injury suffered in a Grand American race in 1969.[1]

Hamilton won the 1974 Snowball Derby in his late model racecar.

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Car builderEdit

After he retired, he became a successful car builder. [1]

Career awardEdit

He was inducted in the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame in 1998, its first class.[1]


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