Jeff Purvis
American racing driver
Jeff Purvis
Jeffery Purvis is a former race car driver in NASCAR's Nationwide Series. He is a 15-year veteran with four wins and 25 top-five finishes. Purvis is still recovering from a massive brain injury suffered in 2002. He races "Late Model Crates" at Golden Isles Speedway.
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RIR tough sledding for Nationwide-only regulars - Nascar
Google News - over 5 years
Even more telling is this statistical tidbit: Only two of those 45 races were won by drivers who were never Cup Series regulars, namely Jeff Purvis in 1996 and Jason Keller in 2002. Cup standout Harry Gant won the configuration's debut, in the fall of
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2011 NHRA: Eighth Win Puts Dillon In High Company - PaddockTalk
Google News - over 5 years
Jimmy Horton and Jeff Purvis also scored eight victories in ARCA. With his eighth win, Dillon is tied for second on the all-time win list among active drivers. Gerhart's (No. 5 Lucas Oil Chevrolet) eighth victory came at Daytona International Speedway
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Phoenix Racing changes look -
Google News - over 5 years
... Cup Series during the 2010 Daytona 500 by Michael Waltrip. Prior to that, Phoenix Racing used the number in four events in 2001 with driver Jeff Purvis. The number has been used in 336 Sprint Cup events with two wins by Gober Sosebee in 1952 and 1954
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Eastman courthouse flies rebel flag - Atlanta Journal Constitution
Google News - almost 6 years
Resident Jeff Purvis said the issue has been the talk of the town. “Some say its racist, but I think it's heritage,” said Purvis, a correctional officer who is white. “I guess it depends on what color you are.” Cheryl Wood said she was angered by the
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Mixed meet benefits Bulldogs - Waseca County News
Google News - almost 6 years
There, Ian Jewison, Tristen Greff, Jeff Purvis, and Sara Manthey ran the race in 14:19.28 for the silver medal. The 800-meter sprint medley followed suit as Walter, Vogelsang, Southwick and Joe Weber ran it in 1:52.36. The mixed crew of Tanner Schweer,
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PLUS: AUTO RACING; Keller's Victory Marred by Accident
NYTimes - almost 15 years
Jason Keller won the Stacker 2 200 at Nazareth, Pa., for his fourth Busch Series victory of the year, easily pulling away in a race marred by injuries to Jeff Purvis. Purvis was in serious but stable condition after sustaining a contusion of the left base of the brain and a fracture of the first and second vertebrae in his neck and back. He was in
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PLUS: AUTO RACING; LaJoie Wins Again In Busch Race
NYTimes - about 16 years
Randy LaJoie knew a third trip to the Daytona winner's circle would not be easy. Then Joe Nemechek handed him an unexpected bonus: a free pass to victory in the season-opening Busch Series race yesterday. With LaJoie in the lead on the next-to-last lap, Nemechek wrecked on the backstretch, eliminating the rest of the contenders. The race finished
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SPORTS PEOPLE: AUTO RACING; Purvis to Succeed Bonnett in Winston Cup
NYTimes - almost 23 years
JEFF PURVIS got the bittersweet opportunity yesterday to take over the Winston Cup ride of his late friend, Neil Bonnett, who died in a crash last month at Daytona International Speedway. "Neil always had a lot of faith in me," said Purvis, who will enter eight races in 1994 in Bonnett's Chevrolet Lumina. "I believe he would be glad for me."
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SPORTS PEOPLE: AUTO RACING; Irvan to Drive Allison's No. 28 Ford in Race
NYTimes - over 23 years
ERNIE IRVAN has been selected to drive the No. 28 Ford of the late Davey Allison on the Nascar Winston Cup circuit, three television stations reported yesterday. Irvan was released from his contract with MORGAN McCLURE and will drive at Darlington, S.C., WSOC-TV in Charlotte, N.C., reported. WBTV in Charlotte reported that Irvan still had to
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jeff Purvis
  • 2002
    Age 43
    Brewco Motorsports hired Purvis to drive the #37 Timber Wolf Chevy in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details In twelve starts for the team, Purvis struggled. He only finished in the top-20 in five of those twelve starts. However, one of those came at Texas. Jack Sprague had dominated all day, but with rain in the area, Purvis stayed out while everyone else came in. It paid off 4 laps later, the skies opened and Purvis collected his 4th career win when the race could not restart. Six races later, at Nazareth Speedway, Purvis was running solidly in the top-15, when he blew his engine and spun in his own oil on in the backstraightaway. Six seconds later, Greg Biffle slid in Purvis's oil and plowed into the car, causing Purvis severe head trauma. key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
    He suffered massive brain injury after a 2002 crash and has not run a NASCAR-sanctioned race since 2004.
    More Details Hide Details He currently races crate late models at Golden Isles Speedway.
  • 2001
    Age 42
    He was inducted in the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame in the inaugural 2001 class.
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    In 2001, Gibbs decided to team Purvis up with Mike McLaughlin and Purvis would drive the #18 MBNA Pontiac.
    More Details Hide Details In 17 races with the team, Purvis managed a 2nd at Fontana and 4 other top-10s. After Milwaukee race, Purvis was running 7th in points. However, Mike McLaughlin's team had to fold and with two drivers and one spot open, Purvis was released from JGR. Purvis did not run in the next two races, but Richard Childress had his #21 Rockwell Automation Chevy open for most of the summer. After finishing 15th at Gateway, Purvis headed to Pikes Peak International Raceway. After starting 7th, Purvis dominated, leading half of the laps, and easily cruised to his 3rd career Busch Series win. It was his first win in nearly 5 years. Despite the win, Purvis only made one start with the team after that at IRP, and was sent searching for a win again. Purvis was able to gain the #59 Kingsford (charcoal) Chevy ride at ST Motorsports. He made three starts with the team, finishing 5th at Memphis and also had finishes of 14th and 17th.
    After a 3-year absence from the elite division of NASCAR, Purvis returned for his final season in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details Purvis was able to make 4 races in the #51 owned by Finch, who bought Fords from Bill Elliott Racing. He started in the top-20 for three of the four races, but his best finish of the year was a 34th in the #51 Subway Ford at Talladega. While racing with Finch's Phoenix Racing many years in the Cup series, Purvis also competed in the Busch Series for Finch.
  • 1999
    Age 40
    Even with the solid 1999, Purvis's job was in jeopardy.
    More Details Hide Details However, Joe Gibbs Racing merged with Diamond Ridge, and picked up the #4 team for 2000. They switched the car to Pontiacs and gained sponsor Porter-Cable after Lance left. Purvis finished 2nd three times at Milwaukee Mile, Gateway and IRP. He also finished 3rd at Talladega. However, Purvis's new team could not qualify at Charlotte and Darlington. Unfortunately, Purvis was injured at Myrtle Beach and could not race at Watkins Glen. Curtis Markham replaced him for that race. Despite not making 3 races, Purvis finished a respectable 11th in points, with 4 top-5s and 11 top-10s
    A 3rd place at Talladega was his best finish of 1999, but the consistency allowed for Purvis to finish 6th in points, bettering his 1996 standing.
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  • 1998
    Age 39
    He had two less top-5s than in 1998, but two more top-10s, as well as being able to run every race.
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    Lance Snacks was on board with Purvis and Finch for a full 1998, and the season started off well.
    More Details Hide Details Purvis started 4th, and finished 2nd at Daytona. He had 5 other top-5s, including the Milwaukee, where he started on the pole and finished 3rd. An incident at South Boston cost Purvis any chance of finishing in the top 10 in points. Mark Green and Purvis had been racing hard, making contact several times. After Green spun Purvis out, Purvis rammed Green's car on pit road. That forced him out of the race and out of 4 races due to suspension. Matt Hutter and Nathan Buttke took his place. Following his return, Purvis finished in the top 10 four straight times, allowing him to finish 15th in points despite missing 5 races. In 1999, Purvis moved to Diamond Ridge Motorsports.
  • 1997
    Age 38
    Purvis and Finch looked toward 1997 with high hopes, but Finch informed Purvis that the team could not run a full season without solid sponsorship.
    More Details Hide Details After running the first four races, and only a 9th at Daytona to show for it, Finch and Purvis parted. Purvis went and teamed with Larry Lockamy to drive the #28 Opryland Chevy for a handful of races. At Nashville Speedway USA, Purvis made his first start in the #28 and showed off with a 4th-place finish. Back at Myrtle Beach, Purvis started 2nd and finished 8th. Meanwhile, Finch was finalizing his deal to get Purvis back. At Homestead-Miami, Purvis debuted the #4 Lance Snacks Chevy, but finished 38th in the race. Despite only running ten races, the three top-10s allowed Purvis to finish 44th in points.
  • 1996
    Age 37
    Even without sponsorship for the other 21 races, Purvis got a shot from Finch to do the whole 1996 schedule.
    More Details Hide Details Immediately, he won the pole for 2 of the first 3 races, at Daytona and Richmond. He finished 3rd at Rockingham in the 2nd race of the season. Then after winning the pole at Richmond, Purvis led 38 laps and shot by Joe Nemechek for his first career Busch Series win. Despite a disappointing mid-season, Purvis rebounded with a 2nd-place finish at Myrtle Beach, 6th at Talladega, and a 7th at IRP. After the 7th at IRP, Purvis rolled onto Michigan, where after blowing past a fading Mark Martin, and held off Terry Labonte for his 2nd win of his career. By season's end, Purvis had 7 top-10s in 26 starts, earning 7th place in the final standings.
    In 1996, Purvis and Finch got a new sponsorship deal with MCA Records for 5 races in 1996.
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    He also won the pole at Talladega once again, setting his sights on a full 1996.
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    He also earned two top-10 qualifying efforts in 1996, the better being his best career start of 6th at the Pepsi 400.
    More Details Hide Details In 1997, with Purvis driving for himself in the Busch Series, he drove his #12 self-owned Chevy into 3 races. He mustered only a 37th, 38th and 39th in those efforts, but did start 8th for the fall race at Charlotte.
    In the 1996 Daytona 500, Purvis increased his best career finish to 12th place, where it stands today.
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  • 1995
    Age 36
    Purvis raced 6 races again for Finch in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details They struggled, and the best finish for Finch and Purvis was a 29th at Talladega, though once again he set a personal best qualifying effort of 12th. In the fall Atlanta race, Purvis drove for Rick Hendrick and the #58 Leukemia Society Chevy at Atlanta, finishing 26th, his best finish of the year. Despite only racing 4 races for Finch in 1996, the #44 MCA Records Chevy had their best season effort.
  • 1994
    Age 35
    His best finish of the year came in his first start of 1994.
    More Details Hide Details At Atlanta, Purvis finished 21st. However, at Michigan, Purvis was able to break his best start record, with a 13th place start in the race. In the fall race at Michigan, Purvis made the race with T.W. Taylor's #02 Ford. He started that race in 23rd and finished 28th. Finch once again found sponsorship from Jackaroo BBQ Sauces for the newly renumbered #44 Chevy.
    In 1994, Finch picked up sponsorship for the #51 from Country Time, and Purvis raced in the Chevy for 6 races, replacing original driver Neil Bonnett, who was killed in a practice accident for the Daytona 500.
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  • 1993
    Age 34
    In 1993, Purvis ran the most races in a season for his career.
    More Details Hide Details Making 8 starts, Purvis ran 3 races for Finch and 5 races for Morgan-McClure Motorsports in their #4 Eastman Kodak Chevy. At Talladega in July, Purvis was able to top his previous best starts with a 21st, as well as enjoying the best runs of his career. He earned his best qualifying effort of 18th at Richmond and quickly followed it up with his career-best 16th-place finish. The next week, he broke his best finish again with a 13th-place finish at Dover and also added a 17th at Martinsville.
  • 1992
    Age 33
    Once again, Purvis would race 6 times in 1992.
    More Details Hide Details He ran two races for Finch finishing 27th at Michigan and 36th at Phoenix. He ran 4 more races for the #12 Raybestos Brakes Chevy for Bobby Allison. His highlight was his career-best finish of 22nd at Richmond.
  • 1991
    Age 32
    Purvis would run 6 races for Finch in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details His best start of that year at 22nd. He set his career best finish to that date at Atlanta. After starting 29th, Purvis completed many laps and finished in the 24th position. Unfortunately, he only finished two races that season.
  • 1990
    Age 31
    He also set his best start of 1990 there: a 24th.
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    After that, Purvis raced four more times in 1990 in the #51 Plasti-Kote Chevrolet owned by James Finch, who once owned his cars when he raced late model dirt races.
    More Details Hide Details His best finish among those was a 31st at North Wilkesboro.
    Purvis made his NASCAR debut in 1990.
    More Details Hide Details He was hired to drive Bobby Allison's #12 Raybestos Buick at Martinsville Speedway. He started in 31st position for that race, but crashed out and finished 28th.
  • 1989
    Age 30
    In 1989, Purvis made his debut at Charlotte driving the #49 Phoenix Racing Buick.
    More Details Hide Details He made the field at 14th position. However, engine problems forced him to 40th place in the 42 car field, ending his debut. In 1990, Phoenix Racing and Purvis once again teamed up, with Purvis driving the #15 Buick. In four races, he finished 26th twice (Bristol and Charlotte) and had a best qualifying effort of 22nd at Richmond. The next year, Purvis added four more races to his Busch career, driving Finch's #23 Seal-Tech Buick. At Charlotte, he set his career best finish with a 17th-place finish. However, he did not finish in any of his four starts. For the third straight season, Purvis competed in four Busch events in 1992. At Talladega, he drove Finch's #51 to his first NASCAR top-10, a 7th place after a 27th place start. Then, Robert Yates Racing offered Purvis a ride in the #28 Texaco Ford for 3 races, finishing 12th, 20th, and 21st, respectively. Also, at Darlington, Purvis matched his career best qualifying effort of 14th.
  • 1959
    Age 0
    Born on February 19, 1959.
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