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NASCAR 167 43 Curtis Turner has NASCAR Hall of Fame credentials 29895405 Significant impact Significant+impact NASCAR

Curtis Turner was a pivotal figure in NASCAR racing from the beginning, winning races and gaining acclaim. He earned a series of unique firsts in NASCAR and continues to be one of its most recognizable names when fans discuss the sport’s history. Here are five reasons Turner could be a Hall of Famer.

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NASCAR 167 43 Curtis Turner has NASCAR Hall of Fame credentials 29889887 Lasting impression Lasting+impression NASCAR

Turner is 14th on the all-time wins list in what is now the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with his 17 victories.

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NASCAR 167 43 Curtis Turner has NASCAR Hall of Fame credentials 29889885 One of the first greats One+of+the+first+greats NASCAR

One of the founding drivers in the sport, Turner earned a win in NASCAR’s first season, taking the victory in the fourth race of the year.

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NASCAR 167 43 Curtis Turner has NASCAR Hall of Fame credentials 29889886 Watch out! Watch+out%21 NASCAR

Turner was potent in NASCAR’s Convertible Series. He won a total of 38 races in the division, including winning 22 wins in 42 starts in 1956. Amazingly, he still finished runner-up in the series that season.

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NASCAR 167 43 Curtis Turner has NASCAR Hall of Fame credentials 29889883 Public figure Public+figure NASCAR

Turner was the first NASCAR driver to be featured on the cover of a national magazine when he was on Sports Illustrated, which dubbed him the “Babe Ruth of Stock Car Racing.” He went on to earn a unique series of firsts, including being the first two win two consecutive Grand National races from the pole by leading every lap and earning the only win in a Nash in NASCAR.

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