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NASCAR 167 2360 Bobby Isaac has NASCAR Hall of Fame credentials 29895265 Grassroots racer Grassroots+racer NASCAR

Born in 1932, Bobby Isaac was a hard-working racer who went from working in a sawmill to a NASCAR title. Here are five reasons Isaac could be a NASCAR Hall of Famer.

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NASCAR 167 2360 Bobby Isaac has NASCAR Hall of Fame credentials 29895262 Hard charger Hard+charger NASCAR

Isaac earned the 1970 NASCAR Sprint Cup title in a hard-fought season. One of NASCAR’s 50 greatest drivers, he battled current Hall of Famer Bobby Allison for the title, winning by 51 points.

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NASCAR 167 2360 Bobby Isaac has NASCAR Hall of Fame credentials 29895261 Rocket man Rocket+man NASCAR

Isaac set and holds the record for most pole positions earned in a season, with 20. He hit that mark in 1969. It’s made more amazing by the fact he tallied 49 poles for his entire career.

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NASCAR 167 2360 Bobby Isaac has NASCAR Hall of Fame credentials 29895258 Winner, winner Winner%2C+winner NASCAR

Racing from 1964 to '77, when he died of a heart attack in a Late Model Sportsman race at Hickory Motor Speedway, Isaac earned 37 Cup wins. That ranks 19th on the all-time NASCAR list but netted him only $778,052 in purses.

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NASCAR 167 2360 Bobby Isaac has NASCAR Hall of Fame credentials 29895260 Intimidating choice Intimidating+choice NASCAR

Isaac, a favorite of the late Dale Earnhardt, was one to watch from the start. In his first full season of competition, in 1964, he led every Cup race that he entered.

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NASCAR 167 2360 Bobby Isaac has NASCAR Hall of Fame credentials 29895259 Speed racer Speed+racer NASCAR

Isaac clearly was comfortable with speed. He set a then-record for speed with a lap of 201.104 mph in a closed-course test at Talladega Superspeedway in 1970.

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