Pete Hamilton

Pete Hamilton

Pete Hamilton
The 1970 Plymouth Superbird driven to victory by Pete Hamilton in 3 of the 1970 season SuperSpeedway races.
Born (1942-07-20) July 20, 1942
Newton, Massachusetts, United States
Achievements 1967 NASCAR Sportsman Division Champion
1970 Daytona 500 Winner
1974 Snowball Derby Winner
Awards 1968 Grand National Series Rookie of the Year
New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame (1998)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
64 races run over 6 years
Best 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)
Wins Top tens Poles
4 33 3
Statistics current as of October 29, 2013.

Peter "Pete" Hamilton (born July 20, 1942 in Newton, Massachusetts) is an American retired NASCAR racer. He won four times in his career (including the 1970 Daytona 500), three times driving for Petty Enterprises.


  • Racing career 1
  • Car builder 2
  • Career award 3
  • Daytona 500 results 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Racing career

A street replica of Pete Hamilton´s Plymouth Superbird, with which he won the 1970 Daytona 500.

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.[1]

He had 3 wins in 1970 for Petty Enterprises in the #40 Plymouth Superbird with Maurice Petty as his crew-chief. 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.

Car builder

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

Career award

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

Daytona 500 results

Year Manufacturer Start Finish Team
1969 Dodge 17 44 A.J. King
1970 Plymouth 9 1 Petty
1971 Plymouth 3 28 Owens
1973 Plymouth 2 40 Jack Housby


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Biography at the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame, Retrieved October 3, 2007

External links

  • Pete Hamilton driver statistics at Racing-Reference
  • "2 Minutes With.." Interview Video
Preceded by
LeeRoy Yarbrough
Daytona 500 Winner
Succeeded by
Richard Petty
Preceded by
Dickie Davis
Snowball Derby Winner
Succeeded by
Donnie Allison