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The Scene Vault: Cliff Champion, Rock Bottom and Redemption


By Rick Houston

Cliff Champion had been to the mountaintop many times in his racing career.

He’d worked his way up the ladder, beginning with independent drivers like James Hylton and (at the time) Ricky Rudd and Richard Childress. He’d won the Daytona 500, the biggest race of them all, with Buddy Baker.

There came a point, however, when Champion was going through not only a divorce, but he was also between jobs in the sport. Thinking he had no other options, Champion attempted suicide on three separate occasions in late 1990. He survived, but was still struggling.

And then he went to work for Phil Parsons.

This is Cliff Champion’s story.

Join hosts Rick Houston and Steve Waid each week on The Scene Vault Podcast Presented by Q Ware as they take a look back at the extraordinary people, places and events woven into the rich tapestry that is our sport.

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