One of the most pleasant drivers to have ever sat behind a wheel of a Stock car would easily be Neil Bonnett. In 18 years at the top level, he won 18 races and had consecutive wins in the Coca-Cola 600 as well as in the Busch Clash races at the Daytona International Speedway.
He only got to fourth place as his highest ever finish in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and this was in 1985 when his teammate, Darrell Waltrip won the championship. Neil was also a member of the original Alabama Gang that included the Allisons and Red Farmer. With his personality, it came as no surprise that outside of the tracks, Neil was developing a career as a television commentator for race broadcasts. This eventually led to him hosting his own show called Neil Bonnett’s Winners on TNN.
Bonnett died in a crash during practice for the 1994 Daytona 50 and was inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association’s Hall of Fame in 1997.