Isaac Outraced Hard Times En Route To The Hall
Bobby Isaac poses with Nord Krauskoph’s Dodge Charger Daytona at Daytona International Speedway. Isaac was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in January. (Photo by ISC Images and Archives via Getty Images)
By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Stock car racing’s early years weren’t financially lucrative when compared to today, but for NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Isaac, the sport provided a means to escape poverty and become a champion.
“He loved to win, but he hated to lose, and he used this passion to drive his success,” said Patsy Isaac, who was married to the Catawba County, N.C., native during his glory years in NASCAR’s premier series.
Isaac’s passion led to a single-season record 19 poles in 1969 and a career 37 victories. In 1970 when he captured the series championship, he won 11 of the 47 races in which he competed, posted 32 top-five and 38-top 10 finishes and earned 13 poles.
In the famous No. 71 K&K Insurance Dodge owned by Nord Krauskopf and overseen by crew chief Harry Hyde, Isaac also set speed records at Talladega and the Bonneville Salt Flats. His world closed course record of 201.104 mph set at the 2.66-mile Talladega track stood for 13 years. In September 1971, the team conquered the Bonneville Salt Flats with the sleek Dodge Daytona, setting 28 world speed records, many of which remain. Read the full story »