The Inspiring Journey of Jack Roush From Drag Racing to the NASCAR Hall of Fame


The owner and founder of RFK Racing, Jack Roush, has one of the most inspiring stories. He started his career in drag racing and finally became a NASCAR Hall of Famer. 

We will take a look at his journey and how he achieved all the success in NASCAR. 

Roush’s Early days 

In 1971, Roush partnered with Wayne Gapp to compete in major-league drag racing, where he won Pro Stock titles in the National Hot Rod Association. 

Roush’s horrible crash

At the beginning of his career, Roush suffered a big crash as his Ford Pinto got flipped. He suffered a concussion and multiple injuries. Although he was rushed to the hospital, he could not find a bed. Hence, he had to stay in the psychiatric ward. Speaking about it, he said, “When my father came to see me, they had to unlock two doors to get him to me.”

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Roush’s jump into road racing

In 1984, he formed Jack Roush Performance Engineering, to show his prowess in the business world. With drivers, like Tommy Kendall, Scott Pruett and Willy T. Ribbs, he achieved massive success in both the Sports Car Club of America and the International Motor Sports Association series.

His experience in NASCAR

He picked Mark Martin, who failed in NASCAR previously, to become one of his drivers. In 1989, Martin won his first race at North Carolina Motor Speedway. Together, they had 35 Cup Series wins. Later, he brought drivers, such as Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, and Kurt Busch. Kenseth and Busch won the Cup Championship in 2003 and 2004, respectively. Apart from that, his team also won 5 Xfinity Series titles. 

NASCAR Hall of Fame

In 2006, he was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. In 2019, he finally earned his spot in the NASCAR Hall of Fame. 

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