Oldest Martinsville Race Winner:
Harry Gant, 51 years, 8 months, 12 days,
Harry Gant led 226 of 500 laps in his No. 33 Oldsmobile, winning for the fourth consecutive race. That tied Gant for the fourth-longest streak in Cup history, although it would end the next week at North Wilkesboro when Gant finished second. The driver was 51 years old when he took the checkered flag at Martinsville.
|NRM and Harry Gant|
Mr. Gant never did like that nickname and even refused to appear should an announcer continue to introduce him as such!
It wasn't until 1980 -- the year he turned 40 -- that he ran the first of his fifteen full seasons at NASCAR's top level. He can boost of eighteen sprint cup wins!!!
Harry Gant regularly participates in the Annual Kyle Petty Charity Ride (#KPCHARITYRIDE)
“I have done all the rides since it started twenty-one years ago. In fact we were riding to Phoenix several years before that.” Harry remembered. “The first official ride had about fourteen riders . . . . then it grew to forty-five and gradually picked up over the years.”