NASCAR Hall of Fame driver James Ingram died June 25, 2021 in Ashville, North Carolina at the age of 84.  No details of the death were given, but the Hall of Fame noted that Ingram had been hospitalized in May.

The five time NASCAR champion, including three in a row, won over 300 total races during his racing career; earning him the title of Iron Man.  Ingram raced primarily in what is now the Xfinity Series.  When he won what was then the inaugural Busch Series title in 1982, Ingram had 24 top 10 finishes in 29 starts.  He earned his fifth title in 1985.

Ingram also ran Late Model cars where he also won the championship twice.

NASCAR Chariman and CEO Jim France spoke on Ingram via a statement saying, “there is no better way to describe Jack Ingram than ‘Iron Man’.  Jack was a fixture at short tracks across the Southeast most days of the week, racing anywhere and everywhere. He dominated the Late Model Sportsman division like few others.  He set the bar for excellence in the Xfinity Series as its Most Popular Driver in 1982 and champion in 1985. Jack was an ‘old school racer’ and his work on his own car helped propel him to Victory Lane hundreds of times.”

Ingram set the record for wins in the Xfintiy Series at 31; a record that was broken by Mark Martin with 49 in 1997 and has since been broken by current driver Kyle Busch who holds the record at 100 Xfinity Series wins.  Ingram’s Busch/Xfinity Series record also includes 122 top five and 164 top 10 finishes.

Ingram was known for much more than his race wins and finishes; he was the car owner, crew chief, and whatever else needed to be done.

He earned his first and his last Busch/Xfinity Series win at Hickory Speedway.

Along with the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Ingram is a member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.

James Ingram retired from racing in 1991 with a total of 317 NASCAR sanctioned race wins.  He made 19 starts in what is now the Cup Series where his best finish was a runner up to Richard Petty.

Trained to be a plumber and pipe fitter, Ingram saw his first race when he was 14 – a late model race.  He noted that it “was the most fascinating thing I’d ever seen.”

No list of survivors was given.

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