The Rocky Hill, CT. native was a monster in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Series. Ruggiero had 44 wins in 419 starts over his 24 year career. He was one of the best Modified drivers to never win a championship. Despite not winning a title Ruggiero makes the list based on his fame and success in the NASCAR Modified Series. Ruggiero was also one of the most popular guys in the series.
DeSarro was the 1970 NASCAR National Modified Champion and died from injuries suffered in a practice crash at Thompson International Speedway in 1978. His death brought about safety advances in the Modified Series much the same way the Dale Earnhardt’s passing evoked change in NASCAR some 23 years later . DeSarro was inducted in 1999 to the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame.
The youngest of the three racing Bodine brothers won the Camping World Truck Series Championship in 2006 and 2010. Bodine has 22 wins in the Truck series and 15 wins in the Xfinity Series. He has captured five poles and scored 21 top-10’s in the Sprint Cup series over his 22-year career. Bodine’s success across three of NASCAR’s four major series is impressive.
Rexford was one of the early NASCAR champions. He won the 1950 Grand National Championship and only had one career win. He was the only non-southerner to win the title until 1989 when Rusty Wallace captured the championship. Rexford was the only series champion not included in NASCAR’s 50 greatest drivers in 1998, as you can see we were sure to make sure that he made our list.
Check out these highlights of the MARC 1955 Dayton, won by Rexford.
The Australian native came to America and started with JTD Daugherty racing before moving to Richard Petty Motorsports. Ambrose has two Cup wins and five Xfinity wins all coming on road courses during his NASCAR career. Following the 2014 NASCAR season Ambrose made the decision to leave the sport and return to racing in Australia. Although he didn’t achieve the success he was hoping on the ovals in NASCAR, Ambrose certainly proved that he was a talented driver.
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