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NASCAR 167 43 Larry Phillips' Hall of Fame credentials 31760051 Magic man Magic+man NASCAR

Larry Phillips is one of those drivers that everyone knows won a lot, but no one knows for sure just how much. He’s a legend in short-track circles who won titles in NASCAR’s Weekly Series. Here are five reasons he could be a Hall of Famer.

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NASCAR 167 43 Larry Phillips' Hall of Fame credentials 31760052 What a champ What+a+champ NASCAR

Phillips is the only driver to win five NASCAR Weekly Series national championships. He won 220 of 289 NASCAR-sanctioned starts during his championship tenure, as well as 13 track championships in three states.
 

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NASCAR 167 43 Larry Phillips' Hall of Fame credentials 31769572 NASCAR wins NASCAR+wins NASCAR

NASCAR, in naming him a nominee, credited Phillips with 226 wins in 308 starts in its ranks. That’s a winning percentage of 73.4 percent. From 1989 through 1996, that win percentage was 78 percent. Try finding many drivers who could match that.
 

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NASCAR 167 43 Larry Phillips' Hall of Fame credentials 31769573 Hard to figure Hard+to+figure NASCAR

In dirt and asphalt races, Phillips was known for winning or threatening to do so every week. According to NASCAR, crew chief James Ince estimated Phillips won 1,000, maybe even 2,000, races overall. When his No. 75 rolled into a track, most of the field knew it faced a battle for second. Racing with Ince in 1991, he won in 32 of 40 starts.
 

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NASCAR 167 43 Larry Phillips' Hall of Fame credentials 31760054 Deep impact Deep+impact NASCAR

Phillips, a native of Springfield, Mo., competed in the NASCAR ranks from 1989-2001. While he is officially credited with 308 starts, it’s difficult to tell how many races he ran in all circuits. He served as an inspiration and mentor for others trying to break into the sport, including NASCAR regular Mark Martin.
 

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NASCAR 167 43 Larry Phillips' Hall of Fame credentials 31769574 Earning respect Earning+respect NASCAR

Not only is Phillips spoken of highly by men who knew him in his competitive days, but his career has been recognized by NASCAR as well. In 2006, he was named one of the 25 top drivers in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

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