DAYTONA BEACH, FL – 1973: Buddy Baker (R) stands with crew chief Harry Hyde as he kicks off the 1973 NASCAR Cup Series season for the K&K Insurance team, owned by Nord Krauskoph. (Photo by ISC Archives / CQ-Roll Call Group via Getty Images)
Harry Hyde has been named the 2021 Recipient of the Wood Brothers Award for Excellence by the National Motorsports Press Association.
Hyde is the third recipient of the award, which is voted on by a special committee that includes members of the famous Wood family. The award was created to honor crew members, crew chiefs, engine builders and racing engineers for their outstanding contributions to NASCAR.
Hyde was the crew chief who led some of NASCAR’s biggest stars to their first career victories during a career that spanned nearly three decades. Dave Marcis, Neil Bonnett and Geoff Bodine included.
But the pairing of Hyde and Bobby Isaac will come down to the history books. Hyde and Isaac won 17 times in 1969 to go along with a record of 19 poles. A year later, Hyde Isaac led to the NASCAR Premier Series title on strength of 11 wins. In three consecutive seasons (1969-1971), Hyde and Isaac won 32 races.
Although Hyde never won a championship again, he continued to win with a large number of riders. Buddy Baker and Ken Schrader won with Hyde, as well as the extremely talented Tim Richmond.
Hyde worked with Richmond in 1986 and won seven races. Among those victories was a whip from Pocono Raceway
Hyde, a NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee,’s resume is impressive. A winner of 56 races and 88 poles in 659 starts, he was also the inspiration for Robert Duvall’s character Harry Hogge in the hit movie Days of thunderstorms.
Previous winners of the Wood Brothers Award for Excellence are Dale Inman (2019) and Leonard Wood (2020).
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