Rob Moroso (September 28, 1968 - September 30, 1990) was a NASCAR racing driver who was champion of the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 1989. He was killed in a traffic accident on the roads of North Carolina.
NASCAR Nationwide careerEdit
He made his debut in the Nationwide series at age 17 and won his first race in 1988, when he was 19. He finished second in the final Nationwide series points in 1988. Moroso won a total of six races from 1988 to 1989, including 3 consecutive at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and was voted the most popular driver on the circuit.
In 1989 Moroso was vying with veteran driver Tommy Houston for the championship in the final race of the year, at Martinsville Speedway. Houston's engine failed during the race, while Moroso finished third and won the title by 55 points from Houston. At the time Moroso was the youngest champion in the history of NASCAR.
NASCAR Cup careerEdit
In 1990 Moroso made his debut in the premiere Winston Cup division, scoring a top-ten finish (ninth) in the Pepsi 400 at the Daytona International Speedway. Leading in rookie points, and thought by many to be the sports next big star, Moroso would not have a chance to finish the season.
On September 30, 1990, Moroso was killed in an automobile crash near Mooresville, North Carolina only hours after finishing 21st in the Holly Farms 400 at North Wilkesboro Speedway. Investigation revealed that Moroso had been driving under the influence of alcohol. The driver he hit, Tammy Williams, was killed. He was posthumously awarded the Raybestos NASCAR Rookie of the Year Award in 1990 after completing 25 of 29 races. |NASCARGNCareer=Y |EastCareer=Y |NASCARDefunctCareer=Y |DashCareer=Y }}