Harry Gant
Harry Gant Motorsports Hall of Fame Member

Class of 2006

For more than three decades Harry Gant served the sport of racing by working hard, winning, and asking for very little fanfare.  A product of his small-town North Carolina roots, Gant had an old-school, no-nonsense approach to working and racing.

His strong work ethic helped him to dominate the NASCAR Sportsman (now Busch Series) series during the 70’s while still building housing to make a living.  He won more than 300 short track races, including 21 in the Busch Series.

In the early 80’s, he teamed with co-owners Burt Reynolds and Hal Needham, crew chief Travis Carter, Mach One Racing and Skoal to create the “Bandit” car.  This new partnership took Gant’s career to a higher level.   He was chosen to compete in the IROC Series several times, and won it all in 1985.

Gant left Winston Cup in 1994 with a record of 18 wins, 35 second place finishes, 17 poles, and 123 top fives out of 474 starts.  He also raced in a limited number of Craftsman Truck Series races in 1996.

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