|Born||January 12, 1933|
|Awards||1971 NASCAR Rookie of the Year|
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career|
|176 race(s) run over 9 year(s)|
|6th - 1972 Winston Cup Series season|
|First race||1966 Rebel 400 (Darlington)|
|Last race||1977 Wilkes 400 (North Wilkesboro)|
He made a single Grand National start in 1966 and did not return to the series until 1971 when he ran a nearly full season in a car owned by his father Vic capturing 11 top tens on his way to Rookie of the Year honors and a tenth place finish in points. The next season was even better, capturing 7 top tens to a 6th place finish in points. He continued full-time with the team until 1975. He then participated part-time in the 1976 and 1977 seasons and then retired from NASCAR. His best Cup finish was a 3rd at Meyer Speedway in Houston Speedway in 1971. In 1979 Ballard started an automotive repair business with his sons Daniel, Stoney and Clint.
In November 2005 he retired and currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife Katie.
- "Walter Ballard Named Top NASCAR Rookie". Lakeland Ledger. October 21, 1971. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
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