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Harry Gant

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Born: 10 January 1940
Hometown: Taylorsville, North Carolina, United States
Nickname: Handsome Harry, Mr. September

A former NASCAR Winston Cup driver.

Biography

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Harry Gant page on 26 September 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Harold Phil Gant, better known as "Handsome Harry", is a retired American racecar driver best known for driving the No. 33 Skoal Bandit car on the NASCAR Winston Cup (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) circuit during the 1980s and 1990s and his 4-race win streak in 1991.

Gant gained a lot of nicknames throughout his racing career. He was known as "Handsome Harry Gant" due to his Hollywood-style good looks, the "Bandit" after his longtime sponsor Skoal Bandit, "Mr. September" after winning four consecutive Winston Cup races and two Busch Series races in September 1991, and "High Groove Harry" after the high line he often took through the corner.

The North Carolina native began his racing career at the old dirt track in Hickory. He built a hobby class car with his friends, and took turns behind the wheel. Gant became the full-time driver and won the track championship. Hickory Speedway was paved in 1967 after Ned Jarrett became the promoter. Gant excelled on the asphalt, and won his first race in the sportsman division.

He won over 300 races with the car builder and crew chief Kenneth H. Sigmon, in the NASCAR Sportsman on his way to winning three national championships, in 1972, 1973, and 1974. He finished second three times in the NASCAR Late Model Sportsman (now Nationwide Series) in 1969, 1976, and 1977. He finished in the top 10 of the final points standing in several other years.

He sold half of his construction business in 1979 upon deciding to race full-time in the Winston Cup Series.


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Harry Gant at the 1983 Van Scoy 500 1983 Van Scoy 500
The Hal Needham owned Skoal Bandit Buick #33 of Harry Gant. Harry finished 18th in the 1983 Van Scoy 500.
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Harry Gant at the 1983 Like Cola 500 1983 Like Cola 500
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1985 Harry Gant Car at the 1985 Champion Spark Plug 400 1985 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1985 Harry Gant Car at the 1985 Champion Spark Plug 400 1985 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1986 Harry Gant Car at the 1986 Champion Spark Plug 400 1986 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1986 Harry Gant Car at the 1986 Champion Spark Plug 400 1986 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1986 Harry Gant Car at the 1986 Goody's 500 1986 Goody's 500
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Harry Gant at the 1986 Goody's 500 1986 Goody's 500
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1986 Harry Gant Car at the 1986 Nationwise 150 1986 Nationwise 150
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1986 Harry Gant Car at the 1986 Nationwise 150 1986 Nationwise 150
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1987 Harry Gant Car at the 1987 Champion Spark Plug 400 1987 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1987 Harry Gant Car at the 1987 Champion Spark Plug 400 1987 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1987 Harry Gant Car at the 1987 Champion Spark Plug 400 1987 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1987 Harry Gant Car at the 1987 Champion Spark Plug 400 1987 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1988 Harry Gant Car at the 1988 Champion Spark Plug 400 1988 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1988 Harry Gant Car at the 1988 Champion Spark Plug 400 1988 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1988 Harry Gant Car at the 1988 Champion Spark Plug 400 1988 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1989 Harry Gant Car at the 1989 Champion Spark Plug 400 1989 Champion Spark Plug 400
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Harry Gant Model Car Model Car
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2009 Milwuakee NNL
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Harry Gant 1994 Miller Genuine Draft 400 1994 Miller Genuine Draft 400
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Notice the Hoosier tires on Gant’s car, at the time there was a tire “war” between Goodyear and Hoosier.
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Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
18 January 2003NASCAR Winston Cup PreviewHarry Gant


Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Collector Card - 1992 Maxx 33Harry Gant#33 Skoal Bandit Oldsmobile
Collector Card - 1992 Maxx 2011991 Memorable MomentsHarry Gant wins 4 in a row
Collector Card - 1992 Maxx 232All Pro: Harry Gant (Driver)#33 Skoal Bandit Oldsmobile
Collector Card - 1992 Maxx 272Race 9: TalladegaWinston 500, Harry Gant #33 Skoal Bandit Oldsmobile
Collector Card - 1992 Maxx 285Race 21: DarlingtonHeinz Southern 500, Harry Gant #33 Skoal Bandit Oldsmobile
Collector Card - 1992 Maxx 286Race 22: RichmondMiller Genuine Draft 400, Harry Gant #33 Skoal Bandit Oldsmobile
Collector Card - 1992 Maxx 287Race 23: DoverPeak Antifreeze 500, Harry Gant #33 Skoal Bandit Oldsmobile
Collector Card - 1992 Maxx 288Race 24: MartinsvilleGoody's 500, Harry Gant #33 Skoal Bandit Oldsmobile
Model Kits - Monogram HG12419937 Mac Tools1:24 scale, Harry Gant #7 Chevrolet Lumina


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