This has been one of the most painful years in NASCAR history. Since May, we have lost Wayne Smith, Worth McMillion, Jabe Thomas, Jim Vandiver, Royce Hagerty, Buddy Baker, and now Jimmy Massey. Those drivers combine for 21 Grand National wins and 3 Convertible wins.
It is the McMillion's of the world that this piece is for, however. The ones who are the unheralded heroes. The names Yarborough, Petty, Baker, Flock, Thomas, and Roberts are almost cliché with how they are so commonly referenced, and they are well-deserving of the accolades. Even folks like Bobby Hillin get the occasional mention because of the relative recent time in which their accomplishments occurred.