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Herb Nab Tribute

Herbert "Herb" Nab was born  April 1st, 1927 in Frueto, CO., and died October 29th,  1988 in Concord, NC. He was buried in Carolina Memorial Park.

Nab came from Portland, Oregon and moved east with with NASCAR west coast driver Bill Amick when Amick got a ride with Ford.

A squat figure, who usually was hanging over the fender of a stock car, Herb Nab helped several of NASCAR’s top teams find success.

Nab’s first measure of fame was to come in Ford Motor Company’s factory-backed Holman-Moody team of the 1960s. Nab led driver Fred Lorenzen to NASCAR’s first $100,000 season in 1963.

He later moved to Junior Johnson’s operation where Nab’s expertise helped Cale Yarborough win two of his three consecutive NASCAR championships in 1976 and 1977, plus the Daytona 500 in 1977.

Nab was the winning Crew Chief for the 1969 Daytona 500 with Leeroy Yarborough and the 1977 Daytona 500 with Cale Yarbrough.

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Comment by Bro.Bill Frazier on December 21, 2012 at 6:36pm

I quoted herbs wedding vows in jr johnsons living room, i think it WAS 1973

Herb and i were good friends

Comment by Dennis Andrews on February 23, 2012 at 11:52am

From the Aug. 15,1969 NASCAR Newsletter

First GN Car Rides Talladega

The first lap at the new Alabama International Motor Speedway in a Grand National stock car was taken August 6. The event marked the opening of the new 2.66-mile speedway for testing by tire and automobile companies.

 Taking the place of honor was the victor of 18 major speedway events - Herb Nab. He's the same Herb Nab who is Junior Johnson's chief mechanic on LeeRoy Yarbrough's No. 98 Ford Talladega, and he's the same Herb Nab who was recently quoted, "You'll never get me into one of those things."

 Experienced trackside observors estimated Nab's speed around the new trioval as "pretty slow."

 Actually, Nab was warming up the Talladega for LeeRoy who was scheduled to test the new track and the car.

Comment by Robert Turner on February 16, 2012 at 11:08am

I had the pleasure of meeting Herb Nab at AIR back in '64.  I had built a model of Lorenzens #28 and had sneaked into the garage area to give it to him but he was gone so I gave it to Nab.  Lorenzen was my hero so Nab was my hero too.  I remember the sign on the car saying Chief Mechanic - Herb Nab.

Comment by Jim Seay on February 16, 2012 at 7:55am

It's about time to salute this great competitor...Why hasn't someone doen this be3fore. Good you did this JC

 

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