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Bill Dennis

William Dennis
Born (1935-12-09) December 9, 1935
Awards 1970 Grand National Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
83 races run over 12 years
Best finish 18th - 1971 Winston Cup Series season
First race 1962 Capital City 300 (Richmond)
Last race 1981 World 600 (Charlotte)
Wins Top tens Poles
21 1

Bill Dennis (born December 9, 1935) is a former NASCAR driver and rookie of the year in the Grand National Series (now Sprint Cup Series).


  • Racing career 1
  • Accomplishments 2
  • Personal life 3
  • References 4

Racing career

Dennis made his debut at age 26 at the 1962 Capital City 300 in the #98 and finished 15th.[1] After three part-time seasons, he attempted a full-time schedule in 1970 and he had five Top 10 finishes for Donlavey Racing.[1] He was given the NASCAR Rookie of the Year award in 1970. He competed full-time for the last time during the following season for Donlavey and had ten Top 10 finishes and a pole position.[1] In 1972 he competed for three teams and earned two Top 5 finishes.[1] He competed in a few races until his last start came in the 1981 World 600.


Dennis won the Permatex 300 at Daytona three consecutive years (1972–1974), a feat matched only by Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt, Jr, and later surpassed by Tony Stewart, who won four consecutive from 2008-2011.

Personal life

Bill's son Ricky Dennis is the founder of Arena Racing USA and also a former stock car driver.


  1. ^ a b c d "NASCAR driving statistics". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 

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