Wally Campbell (born July 16, 1926) of Trenton, New Jersey was a stock car, midget, and sprint car racer. He was the 1951 Nascar Modified Champion and the 1953 AAA Eastern Division Sprint car rookie of the year. Wally was killed practicing for a AAA Midwestern Division sprint car race at Salem Indiana on July 17, 1954. He was one day past his 28th birthday.
Career Highlights[edit | edit source]
Campbell began his stock car career at Flemington Fairgrounds in New Jersey in 1947 where he promptly rolled the car over. By the end of 1947 he was the champion of the newly formed American Stock Car Racing Association (ASCRA). He finished 6th in points in 1948, then won the title in both 1949 and 1950. 1951 brought the Nascar Modified title and in 1952 he finished 2nd in points to Buck Baker in the Nascar Speedway division. He also ran in eleven Sprint Cup Series events in his career, failing to earn a top-ten. He did finish a career-best 14th at Grand Rapids and one pole at Langhorne.
In 1953 he won five AAA sprint car races after getting a late start in August. He attempted qualifying at Indianapolis in 1954 but was sent home to get "more experience". He was leading the AAA Eastern Division in points at the time of his death.