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“This list may document goals I achieved and races I’ve won, but it fails to show my biggest most prideful personal accomplishment, my beautiful wife Lisa, and my miracle child Katie…I over achieved.”

 

 

 

 

 

RACE WINS

As a Driver:

1981      

Top/Alcohol Dragster     Sportsnationals

 

1981

Top/Alcohol Dragster     Summernationals

 

1981

Top/Alcohol Dragster    

Golden Gate Nationals

 

1982      

Top/Alcohol Dragster     Sportsnationals

 

1982      

Top/Alcohol Dragster    

Northstar Nationals

 

1983      

Top/Alcohol Dragster     Grandnationals

 

1983      

Top/Alcohol Dragster    

US Nationals

 

1984      

Top/Alcohol Dragster     Gatornationals

 

1984      

Top/Alcohol Dragster     Sportsnationals

 

1984      

Top/Alcohol Dragster    

Northstar Nationals

 

1986      

Top/Fuel Dragster           Winternationals

 

1986      

Top/Fuel Dragster           Grandnationals

 

1986      

Top/Fuel Dragster 

Summer nationals

 

1986      

Top/Fuel Dragster 

World Finals

 

1987      

Top/Fuel Dragster 

Southern Nationals

 

1987      

Top/Fuel Dragster 

Northstar Nationals

 

1987      

Top/Fuel Dragster 

Chief Auto Parts Nationals

 

1987      

Top/Fuel Dragster

World Finals

 

1988      

Top/Fuel Dragster

MidSouth Nationals

 

1988      

Top/Fuel Dragster 

Cajun Nationals

 

1988      

Top/Fuel Dragster  Springnationals

 

1988      

Top/Fuel Dragster

SeaFair Nationals

 

1988      

Top/Fuel Dragster 

Keystone Nationals

 

1988      

Top/Fuel Dragster

Winston Finals

 

1989      

Top/Fuel Dragster

Gatornationals

 

1989      

Top/Fuel Dragster

US Nationals

 

1989      

Top/Fuel Dragster

Keystone Nationals

 

1990      

Top/Fuel Dragster           Gatornationals

 

As an Owner:

 

1990      

Top/Fuel Dragster           Springnationals

 

1990      

Top/Fuel Dragster          

Chief Auto Parts Nationals

 

1992      

Top/Fuel Dragster           Northwest Nationals

 

1993      

Top/Fuel Dragster          

Mile High Nationals

 

1993      

Top/Fuel Dragster 

Chief Nationals

 

1995      

Top/Fuel Dragster

Autolite Nationals

 

1995      

Top/Fuel Dragster

Champion Auto Stores Nationals

 

1995      

Top/Fuel Dragster

Slick 50 Nationals

 

1996      

Top/Fuel Dragster 

Pennzoil Nationals

 

1999      

Top/Fuel Dragster Winternationals

 

1999      

Top/Fuel Dragster 

Gatornationals

 

1999      

Top/Fuel Dragster

Route 66 Nationals

 

1999      

Top/Fuel Dragster

NHRA Finals   

   

2001      

Top/Fuel Dragster

Southern Nationals

 

2001      

Top/Fuel Dragster  

NHRA Finals

  

28 NHRA National Event wins - 18 in Top Fuel and 10 in Top Alcohol Dragster

(Interesting and impressive stat, it took Ed McCulloch 179 races to get 18 wins, it took Mark Oswald 221 races to get 18 wins, it took Matt Hagan 155 races to get 18 wins and it only took Darrell Gwynn an AMAZING 79 races to get 18 wins!

Finished in Top 10 every year since 1982

Two IHRA National Event wins
1980 Rookie of the Year - Southeast Division II
1981 Most Improved Driver - Southeast Division II
Became the first second generation NHRA National event winner (81 Sportsnationals)

1982, 1983, 1984

Southeast Division II Champion Top Alcohol Dragster

1983 Became first second generation NHRA World Champion - Top Alcohol Dragster
1983 Sportsman Driver of the Year - Southeast Division II - Top Alcohol Dragster
1982,  1983,
1984,
1987,
1990
Car Craft Magazine All-Star Driver of the Year
1986 Inducted into the "Sons of Danger" by Big Daddy Don Garlits
1987,
1988,
1989
Professional Driver of the Year - Southeast Division II
1988 Member Touchdown Club of Columbus
1989 13th Member - Cragar 4 second club (4.981)
1990 Hot Rod Magazine - Person of the Year
1990 September 13, Reading, PA, Darrell Gwynn Day
1991 NHRA Good Hand Award
1991 April 23, Florida Senate Resolution #1950
1994 Inducted into the NHRA Southeast Division Hall of Fame
1997 Great Sports Legend - Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
1999 Gwynn Family - Ollie Award Winners, Car Craft Magazine
2001 Voted NHRA Top 50 Drivers of All Time (#32)

2002

Inducted in to the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame

2002

 

 

2009

 

2009

Golden Pioneer Award - North Miami Sr. High School Class of 1979

 

Grand Marshall,  NHRA Hot Rod Reunion

 

NHRA Lifetime Achievement Award

         
NHRA Official Records
Class MPH ET Date Place
TAD 213.77 6.53 5/9/82 Edgewater Sports Park
TF 5.342 9/1/86 Indianapolis, IN
TF 278.55 5.261 9/25/86 Ennis, Texas
TF 5.220 3/22/87 Gainesville, FL
TF 5.204 4/25/87 Commerce, GA
TF 5.084 10/2/87 Ennis, TX
TF 5.052 8/6/88 Seattle, WA
TF 4.981 9/2/89 Indianapolis, IN
TF 4.951 9/17/89 Maple Grove, PA
TF 4.909 3/30/90 Houston, TX
         
IHRA Official Records
Class MPH ET Date Place
TF 261.62 5.396 5/3/87 Rockingham, NC
 
Career wins as an owner
15 (Through November 2002)
  • Mike Dunn - 12
  • Michael Brotherton - 1
  • Frank Hawley - 2
 
Business affiliations
  • Vice President, Gwynn Enterprises
  • Director, Darrell Gwynn Quality of Life Chapter of The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis
  • President, Darrell Gwynn Racing Collectables
 
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