Barry Wright was born in Shelby, North Carolina and was a 1969 Shelby High School Graduate and 1971 Graduate of Nashville Auto/Diesel College in Nashville, Tennessee.
Barry worked for several years as an automobile mechanic with always a dream in the back of his mind to some day have a race car of his own.
had loved going to the races as a child with his
By 1971, he
had built his
first race car.
It was a car for what they then called the "Rookie" Division.
was the crew chief and his
childhood friend, Butch Bowen, was the driver.
They won several races that first year.
But in the second year of racing, they won races everywhere they went.
had started his
own automotive repair business in Shelby.
was very successful in that venture, but he
longed to build race cars for a living.
success with his
own car had other racers asking him to work on their cars.
In 1976, his
dream came true.
wife Judy moved to Spartanburg, South Carolina where Barry
had some financial backing to build cars for a race team.
own race car manufacturing business in April 1977.
built cars for many of the top dirt late model drivers in the country.
By 1980, he
had built a new shop in Cowpens, South Carolina where he
still does the race car manufacturing.
In 1987, he
added on to his
In 1997 he
started a powder coating business.
has had many years of racing success and is considered one of the premier dirt late model pioneers.
has designed many pieces that go onto the cars as well as designing the chassis itself.
also has many top-notch drivers in his
cars all over the country.
Now in his
34th year of race car design and manufacturing, his
cars continue to win as he
researches, tests and develops new and improved components for all of his
One of the most satisfying things he
has accomplished was his
induction into the "Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame
" in 2002.
induction was for "Lifetime contributions to the sport.
It was so pleasing and humbling for him to be recognized in this way.
Some other honors and awards he
has received include:
* Who's Who Among Rising Young Americans in Business and Society
has also won some prestigious races in his
One of the most outstanding races was in 1995 when his
"House Car" won the $100,000 to win 'Dream 100' at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.
In 2010, Barry
and the House car team won the Southern Nationals Championship title with driver Jonathan Davenport behind the wheel.
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