"Ronnie thanks for all the memories and oppportunity to be part of the Nascar family, You and Jabe, I consider you family..just wish I had lived closer so I could have helped you more. Although we worked for free, the fun we had was priceless from…"
Ronnie Thomas, born March 8, 1955 and calling Christiansburg, Virginia his hometown, is an accomplished stock car driver. Son of Jabe Thomas, a long time favorite and successful legends Grand National competitor in his own right, started his career in 1974 in the 4 cylinder Baby Grand Nationals. Moving to Winston Cup in 1977, he and his independent team competed in 197 races until 1989. Overall, he earned 9 top ten finishes and $523,767.00. In 1978, Ronnie was named NASCAR’s prestigious Winston Cup Rookie of the Year. On October 14, 1979, his best career finish of 7th was completed in The Holly Farms 400 @ North Wilkesboro, N.C. The 1980 season was a banner year, gaining a 14th place national championship ranking. During the 1986 season, at The Winston 500 held on May 4th @ Talladega, AL., Ronnie qualified along with the entire field of 41 other cars at over 200 M.P.H. ( a NASCAR first ) and finished 14th.
When limited finances forced a reduction in Cup racing, he directed his efforts to a very successful late model career. Becoming a constant winner at such speedways as Martinsville, North Wilkesboro, Lonesome Pine and Pulaski County, Ronnie earned nearly 100 Winston Racing Series victories. In 1990, he was crowned track champion at Pulaski County ( now Motor Mile ). At that track, during the 1993 season, winning in a Thunderbird, marked the first time that a driver had won in all three major makes of manufacturer; Ford, Chevrolet and Chrysler. Winning his last race, a 200 lapper on September 9, 1999 @ Pulaski County, Ronnie retired having accumulated a record 60 wins at that track. Of special note, Ronnie gives thanks to his family, fans, sponsors and especially his crew members for all the support provided during his illustrious career !
In 1999, Greenville, South Carolina’s Louise Smith ( who sponsored Ronnie in his 1978 rookie year ) was the first woman ever to be inducted into The International Motorsports Hall of Fame @ Talladega, AL.
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Ronnie thanks for all the memories and oppportunity to be part of the Nascar family, You and Jabe, I consider you family..just wish I had lived closer so I could have helped you more. Although we worked for free, the fun we had was priceless from the trips togather across country to the crowded motel rooms and endless stories. You were extremely talented and I wished you had landed that big ride, but I remember you wanted success for all of us and did not want to leave us the crew behind. I had many opportunity to work for other more popular teams, but you were a true freind and always will be to me. Thanks again.......Randy Quesenberry
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hello ronnie still my favorite late model driver at the motor mile speedway still wish you drove so my son could see you race still remember your dads race car sitting up the street on the truck at don robertsons house ah the memories that brings back still remember the gulf gas station in christiansburg and dad taking me by clyde lynn auto parts to see his race car hope to see you around somewhere steve