Rex White and NASCAR'S HOF: Snubbed Again!

William CorleyCorrespondent IOctober 14, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - JULY 25:  A caution light denotes a yellow flag prior to the start of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Kroger 200 benefitting Riley Hospital for Children at O'Reilly Raceway Park on July 25, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

I just watched the Induction Ceremonies for the Nascar Hall Of Fame and the First requirement for drivers was that they HAD to have at least 10 Years of driving in the sport!

Poor ole Rex White, SCREWED again. Rex retired before he had TEN years in the sport!

I will put Rex White's career stats against ANY driver from 1959 to 1963 because in that short span, Rex White won MORE races than Lee Petty, Richard Petty, Fireball Roberts, Fred Lorenzen, Joe Weatherly or Junior Johnson!

In fact, Rex helped Chevrolet develop the 427 "MYSTERY MOTOR" and then Chevrolet gave the motor's to Junior Johnson and left him with the BOAT ANCHOR "409".

Rex came out to Arizona in late 1962 and tested his 1962 Impala at the General Motors Proving Grounds in Mesa. He had a "427 Mystery Motor" in his Chevy and reached speeds of over 188 miles per hour.

This was on a track that had NO guard rails and not much banking.

Chevrolet flew Junior Johnson out to Meas, AZ so that he could test the "427 Mystery Motor".

When Johnson saw that the track had no GUARD RAILS, he refused to drive the car!

Rex White is a VERY humble man and BACK IN THE DAY, Rex was a racer and NOT a talker.

Had Chevrolet rewarded the MAN who won them a Grand National Championship in 1960, Rex would have probably stayed in Nascar and added to his 28 Nascar win total.

Rex won his Championship by over 4000 points. Richard Petty finished second that year.

In 1961, Rex won six races, but lost the Championship to Ned Jarret, who ONLY won one race.

The points system was as screwed up then as it is NOW! The winning driver gets a meager 5 points over the SECOND place driver.

Congratulations to Junior Johnson for getting in the Nascar Hall Of Fame, but had Chevrolet given Rex White the "427 MYSTERY MOTOR" that he helped Chevrolet develop, maybe Rex would have a chance one day to be voted into THE NASCAR HALL OF FAME!

William Corley