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NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Jack Ingram, unlike many other drivers who have been inducted into the Hall, made his name in NASCAR’s Busch Grand National division – what is today known as the Nationwide Series. Learn more about the driver known as the “Iron Man,” who joins the Hall of Fame along with Tim Flock, Dale Jarrett, Maurice Petty and Fireball Roberts, in this Hall of Fame edition of Fast Facts.
- Jack Ingram was born Dec. 28, 1936 in Asheville, North Carolina. In his early days in NASCAR, he competed in 10 races in what is now the Sprint Cup Series from 1965-1968, before making the move to NASCAR’s Late Model Sportsman division; Ingram won three consecutive Sportsman titles (1972-1974).
- What set Ingram apart from many of his competitors was his age and longevity – after his Sportsman titles, he returned to the Cup Series for nine more starts in 1979 (four) and 1981 (five) – at the time, in his early 40s. In 1982, at age 45, Ingram captured the inaugural Busch Series title, winning seven races and finishing in the top 10 24 times in 29 races. He repeated as champion in 1985, with five wins and 22 top 10 finishes in 27 races.
- From 1982-1987, Ingram tallied 31 wins – upon his retirement in 1991 at age 54, he held the record for most Busch Series wins; he is currently fifth on the all-time wins list for the series. He placed in the top 10 in points in all eight of his full-time seasons in the Busch Series.
- Ingram was named the Most Popular Driver in the Busch Series in 1982.
- In 2007, Ingram was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.
- Learn more about the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the inductees at www.nascarhall.com.