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1949 NASCAR Strictly Stock Series

1st season of NASCAR stock-car racing

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1949 NASCAR Strictly Stock
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The 1949 NASCAR Strictly Stock season was the inaugural season of professional stock car racing in the United States. Beginning at Charlotte Speedway on June 19, 1949, the season included eight races and two exhibition races. The season concluded with the Wilkes 200 at North Wilkesboro Speedway on October 16. Raymond Parks won the Owners' Championship, while Red Byron won the Drivers' Championship with a 16th-place finish at the final race of the season.

1949 NASCAR Strictly Stock Series Intro articles: 5

Season recap

No. Date Race Circuit Pole position Most laps led Winning driver Manufacturer
1 June 19, 1949 1949–01 Charlotte Speedway Bob Flock Bill Blair Jim Roper[N 1] Lincoln
2 July 10, 1949 1949–02 Daytona Beach Road Course Gober Sosebee Gober Sosebee Red Byron Oldsmobile
3 August 7, 1949 1949–03 Occoneechee Speedway Bob Flock Bob Flock Bob Flock Oldsmobile
4 September 11, 1949 1949–04 Langhorne Speedway Red Byron Gober Sosebee Curtis Turner Oldsmobile
5 September 18, 1949 1949–05 Hamburg Speedway Glenn Dunaway Glenn Dunaway Jack White Lincoln
6 September 25, 1949 1949–06 Martinsville Speedway Curtis Turner Red Byron Red Byron Oldsmobile
7 October 2, 1949 1949–07 Heidelberg Raceway Al Bonnell Lee Petty Lee Petty Plymouth
8 October 16, 1949 Wilkes 200 North Wilkesboro Speedway Kenneth Wagner Bill Blair Bob Flock Oldsmobile
  1. ^ Jim Roper initially finished second behind Glenn Dunaway, but NASCAR later disqualified Dunaway for failing post-race inspection.

Race summaries

1949–01

The very first NASCAR Strictly Stock race was held June 19 at Charlotte Speedway, a 3/4 mile dirt track in Charlotte, North Carolina owned by Carl C. Allison on Little Rock Rd.. Bob Flock won the pole. Glenn Dunaway was declared the original winner, although a post-race inspection revealed that his car was fitted with illegal springs, causing NASCAR to disqualify him.

Top Ten Results
  1. 34 - Jim Roper
  2. 47 - Fonty Flock
  3. 22 - Red Byron
  4. 2 - Sam Rice
  5. 90 - Tim Flock
  6. 37 - Archie Smith
  7. 31 - Sterling Long
  8. 28 - Slick Smith
  9. 41 - Curtis Turner
  10. 36 - Jimmy Thompson

1949–02

The second race of the Strictly Stock season was held July 10 at the Daytona Beach Road Course. Gober Sosebee won the pole. Sosebee led the first 34 laps and was passed by Red Byron after he got sideways in the north turn with six laps remaining. Byron won the 166-mile NASCAR Strictly Stock race on the sands of the 4.15-mile Daytona Beach and Road Course. There were 21 of the 28 starters running at the finish. Byron won the caution free race with an average speed of 80.883 mph and won with a gap of 1:51 lead over second-place finisher Tim Flock.

Three female drivers, Sara Christian, Louise Smith, and Ethel Mobley, started the race. Mobley was the highest finishers of the female drivers, finishing in 11th place with her Cadillac. Christian in her Ford finished 18th, while Smith finished 20th after flipping her car early in the race. Pre-race favorites Curtis Turner, Bob Flock and Glenn Dunaway all failed to make it to the finish.

This race took two hours, three minutes and 15 seconds to complete 40 laps. The lead was swapped twice by Sosebee and Byron. Dunaway finished last in this race, which, along with his disqualification at Charlotte, means that Dunaway finished last in the first two races in the season.[1][2]

Top Ten Results
  1. 22 - Red Byron
  2. 90 - Tim Flock
  3. 5 - Frank Mundy
  4. 7 - Joe Littlejohn
  5. 44 - Bill Blair
  6. 37 - Frank Christian
  7. 16 - Bill Snowden
  8. 50 - Gober Sosebee
  9. 36 - Jimmy Thompson
  10. 15 - Jack Etheridge

1949–03

The third race of the Strictly Stock season was held August 7 at Occoneechee Speedway. Jimmy Thompson won the pole. Bob Flock scored his first win of the season in the 200-mile Strictly Stock race at Hillsboro's Occoneechee Speedway, giving Oldsmobile its second straight victory. Flock won the race with a gap of 42 seconds from runner-up Gober Sosebee to collect the $2,000.00 first prize. Third place went to Glenn Dunnaway, Fonty Flock took fourth, and Bill Snowden fifth.

Tim Flock was pressuring brother Bob in the late stages, but a broken right-front spindle sent his Oldsmobile to the sidelines with ten laps to go. The younger Flock got credit for seventh in the final rundown. The race was marred by a five-car crash triggered by Sara Christian. Christian spun her Ford after losing the right front wheel in the 38th lap and as she tried to steer her car toward the pit area on the next lap, Felix Wilkes' Lincoln collided with her. Red Byron, the point leader in the Strictly Stock series, collided with Wilkes's car as he exited turn four. Bob Smith's Olds also crashed in a solo crash. There were no drivers injured in the crash. A crowd of 18,000 watched as Flock averaged 76.8 mph on the low-banked, one-mile dirt oval.[3]

Top Ten Results
  1. 7 - Bob Flock
  2. 50 - Gober Sosebee
  3. 55 - Glenn Dunaway
  4. 47 - Fonty Flock
  5. 3 - Bill Snowden
  6. 44 - Bill Blair
  7. 90 - Tim Flock
  8. 19 - Otis Martin
  9. 42 - Lee Petty
  10. 28 - Buddy Helms

1949–04

The fourth race of the Strictly Stock season was held September 11 at Langhorne Speedway. Red Byron won the pole. Curtis Turner, the "Blond Blizzard" out of Roanoke, Virginia, out dueled Bob Flock and came home first in the celebrated 200-mile Strictly Stock race at the famed circular Langhorne Speedway before 20,000 spectators. Sara Christian, leading female driver out of Atlanta, finished sixth in a sterling performance. Her effort in the grueling 200-lapper prompted race officials to escort her to victory lane to join winner Turner in the ceremonies. Turner drove his Oldsmobile into the lead in the 141st lap when Bob Flock went to the pits for a tire change. Turner led the rest of the way to pocket the $2,250.00 first prize. Flock scampered out of the pits and finished second, 20 seconds behind the winner. Third place went to point leader Red Byron as Oldsmobiles finished 1–2–3. Frank Mundy and Bill Blair rounded out the top five, both driving Cadillacs. Forty-five new Strictly Stock automobiles went to the starting post, the most cars to start a race in the 1949 season. Turner averaged 69.403 mph. Byron and Sosebee earned the front row starting positions in qualifying. Fonty Flock, however, registered the fastest time in "Speed Trials" with an 80.140 fast lap. Fonty challenged Byron and Sosebee at the start, but the engine in his Buick blew after three laps. Sosebee struggled with tire problems and wound up 19th. Len Brown drove a 1947 Ford Convertible in the 200-mile championship chase—the first person to drive an open-top vehicle on the premier NASCAR Stock car tour. Brown managed to come home 28th—earning $25.00 for his day of work. Accidents took out Pepper Cunningham, Walter Minx and Chick DiNatale. Tim Flock was a contender for victory until sidelined by a lost wheel.[2]

Top Ten Results
  1. 41 - Curtis Turner
  2. 7 - Bob Flock
  3. 22 - Red Byron
  4. 44 - Frank Mundy
  5. 46 - Bill Blair
  6. 71 - Sara Christian
  7. 42 - Lee Petty
  8. 89 - Al Keller
  9. 6 - Al Bonnell
  10. 52 - Lou Volk

1949–05

The fifth race of the Strictly Stock season was held September 18 at Hamburg Speedway. Young Jack White drove a Lincoln to victory in the 100-mile Strictly Stock race at Hamburg Speedway in an event dominated by Northern drivers. White sailed into the lead when erstwhile leader Glenn Dunaway lost a wheel on his Olds, forcing him out of the race in the 134th lap. With Dunaway out of the way, White was able to hold off Ray Erickson to take the $1,500.00 top prize. Billy Rafter wound up third, Mike Eagen was fourth and Bill Rexford took fifth. Dunaway, disqualified from victory in the season opener at Charlotte in June, appeared to be headed for an easy win until his misfortune. His 134 laps completed gave him ninth in the final rundown in the field of sixteen cars. A sell-out crowd of 11,733 jammed the wooden grandstands to watch the fifth event of the year in NASCAR's new Strictly Stock division.

Top Ten Results
  1. 25 - Jack White
  2. 5 - Ray Erickson
  3. ?? - Billy Rafter
  4. ?? - Mike Eagen
  5. 59 - Bill Rexford
  6. ?? - Frankie Schneider
  7. 43 - Jack Russell
  8. ?? - Charles Muscatel
  9. 55 - Glenn Dunaway
  10. ?? - Ellis Pearce

1949–06

The sixth race of the Strictly Stock season was held September 25 at Martinsville Speedway. Curtis Turner won the pole. Red Byron all but wrapped up the 1949 Strictly Stock championship with an overwhelming triumph in the 100-miler at Martinsville Speedway. The 33-year-old veteran out of Atlanta, drove his Oldsmobile into the lead on lap 104 and led the rest of the way. Finishing second, three laps behind Byron, was Lee Petty's Plymouth. Ray Erickson finished third, Clyde Minter fourth, and Bill Blair fifth. Pole sitter Curtis Turner led the opening 18 laps, but gave way to the hard-charging Fonty Flock, who started fourth. Flock was pacing the field when his Buick lost a right front wheel and crashed into Slick Smith's Hudson. Byron took the lead when Flock departed and was never seriously challenged the rest of the way. Turner faded after leading early and wound up ninth, 29 laps off the pace.

This race, as of 2020, has remained on the NASCAR championship calendar, although it was changed in 1956 from 200 to 500 laps after the track was paved. It was known as the Old Dominion 500 until 1982 and has since undergone numerous name changes. The race is now called the First Data 500.

Top Ten Results
  1. 22 - Red Byron
  2. 42 - Lee Petty
  3. 5 - Ray Erickson
  4. 19 - Clyde Minter
  5. 2 - Bill Blair
  6. 16 - Bill Snowden
  7. 55 - Glenn Dunaway
  8. 3 - Al Wagoner
  9. 41 - Curtis Turner
  10. 36 - Archie Smith

1949–07

The seventh race of the Strictly Stock season was held October 2 at Heidelberg Raceway, near Pittsburgh, PA. In the first Strictly Stock event in Charlotte in June, Lee Petty entered a bulky Buick Roadmaster. The enormous automobile was fast on the straights, but it wobbled like a tank through the turns. Just past the halfway point, Petty rolled the Buick a number of times. After dismounting the mangled mass of metal, the North Carolina speedster vowed never to drive a heavy vehicle in competition again. In the 100-mile event at Heidelberg Speedway, Petty driving his number 42 lightweight Plymouth, was five full laps ahead of his nearest competitor. "We figured the lighter car would get through the turns better," said Petty. "It would also be easier on the suspension parts.We knew we could win one with the Plymouth." The big triumph at Heidelberg was the largest winning margin of any NASCAR Strictly Stock race in 1949. Dick Linder's Kaiser finished second, but was in no position to challenge the fleet Petty. Bill Rexford finished third, Sam Rice's Chevrolet was fourth with relief driver Glenn Dunanway at the helm.

Despite finishing 10 laps down from Petty, Sara Christian managed to finish the race in fifth place, the first time a female driver has cracked the top five in a premier NASCAR event and still to this day remains as the highest ever finish recorded by a female driver in the NASCAR Cup Series. Al Bonnell, a driver of open wheel fame, qualified for the pole with a speed of 61.475 mph. However, Bonnell's Olds was the first car out of the race, and was placed at the end of the 23 car field in the final rundown. Bonnell then relieved Don Rogalla and carried his Ford to 10th and the finish. Petty averaged 57.458 mph.[2]

Top Ten Results
  1. 42 - Lee Petty
  2. 8 - Dick Linder
  3. 4 - Bill Rexford
  4. 2 - Sam Rice
  5. 1 - Sara Christian
  6. 21 - Lloyd Moore
  7. 18 - John Wright
  8. 43 - Jack Russell
  9. 23 - Skip Lewis
  10. 20 - Don Rogala

Wilkes 200

The Wilkes 200, the eighth and final race of the Strictly Stock season, was held October 16 at North Wilkesboro Speedway. Kenneth Wagner won the pole. Bob Flock took the lead in the closing stages when mechanical problems kayoed Bill Blair and edged Lee Petty to win the season finale at North Wilkesboro Speedway. It was the eighth and final point race of the year, although two additional non-point events were staged by Sam Nunis at Atlanta's Lakewood Speedway. Red Byron, finishing 16th, was crowned Strictly Stock champion in 1949 by a margin of 117.5 points over Petty. Blair, wheeling Sam Rice's Cadallic, started second on the grid and jumped out to lead at the drop of the green flag. The diminutive High Point, NC star led the first 180 laps, but a souring engine robbed him once again of certain victory. Flock's Oldsmobile nipped Petty's Plymouth by a mere 100 yards in the finish. Fonty Flock, Clyde Minter and Herb Thomas rounded out the top five.

Top Ten Results
  1. 7 - Bob Flock
  2. 42 - Lee Petty
  3. 47 - Fonty Flock
  4. 19 - Clyde Minter
  5. 92 - Herb Thomas
  6. 14 - Roy Hall
  7. 5 - Ray Erickson
  8. 9 - Raymond Lewis
  9. 41 - Curtis Turner
  10. 44 - Bill Blair

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Final points standings

Pos. Driver Races Points
CLT DAB OCC LAN HAM MAR HEI NWS
1 Red Byron 3 1 22 3 1* 16 842.5
2 Lee Petty 17 9 7 2 1* 2 725
3 Bob Flock 32 22 1* 2 14 1 704
4 Bill Blair 12* 5 6 5 5 10* 567.5
5 Fonty Flock 2 19 4 45 12 3 554.5
6 Curtis Turner 9 25 20 1* 9 9 430
7 Ray Erickson 2 3 15 7 422
8 Tim Flock 5 2 7 31 19 421
9 Glenn Dunaway 33 28 3 9* 7 18 384
10 Frank Mundy 30 3 4 22 370
11 Bill Snowden 22 7 5 6 315
12 Bill Rexford 14 5 3 286
13 Sara Christian 14 18 23 6 5 12 282
14 Clyde Minter 4 4 280
15 Gober Sosebee 8* 2 19 265
16 Jim Roper 1 15 253
17 Sam Rice 4 4 231
18 Jack White 1 200
19 Dick Linder 27 2 20 180.5
20 Billy Rafter 3 160
21 Archie Smith 6 6 145
22 Jack Russell 42 7 8 140
23 Mike Eagan 4 140
24 Joe Littlejohn 4 140
25 Herb Thomas 29 12 26 5 132
26 Sterling Long 7 28 100
27 Frank Christian 6 100
28 Roy Hall 6 100
29 Lloyd Moore 6 100
30 Frankie Schneider 6 100
31 Slick Smith 8 13 13 13 99
32 Al Keller 8 90
33 Al Bonnell 9 23 80
34 John Wright 7 80
35 Otis Martin 20 8 15 21 69.5
36 Jimmy Thompson 10 9 65
37 Raymond Lewis 8 60
38 Charles Muscatell 8 60
39 Al Wagoner 8 60
40 Skip Lewis 9 40
41 Lou Volk 10 30
42 Buddy Helms 10 27.5
43 Bob Apperson 11 11 25
44 Ted Chamberlain 11 13 24
45 Bill Bennett 11 24
46 Buck Baker 11 23 20
47 Jack Etheridge 10 20
48 Ellis Pearce 10 20
49 Bobby Greene 11 17 19.5
50 Kenneth Wagner 11 16 15 19
51 Budd Olsen 12 18
52 Ethel Mobley 11 23 16
53 Clarence Burris 11 16
54 J. D. Edwards 12 13.5
55 Dick Zimmerman 13 12
56 Sam Rider 12 12
57 Joe Merola 12 12
58 Jack Smith 13 12
59 Frank Matthews 13 8
60 Erwin Blatt 15 4
61 Frank Smith 21 14 4
62 Marshall Teague 14 4
63 Louise Smith 20 27 16 4
64 Bob Cameron 14 4
65 Nick Garin 14 4
66 H. F. Stikeleather 14 4
67 John Barker 15 4
68 Don Cecchini 17 3.5
69 Lee Schmidt 18 3
70 Bob Appleton 15 3
71 Chuck Mahoney 16 2.5
72 Billy Carden 15 2
73 Ken Marriott 20 2
74 Ed Tyson 21 1.5
75 Bill Greever 18 1
76 Ken Schroeder 22 1
77 Tommy Coates 23 0.5
Don Rogala 10 0
Jimmie Lewallen 16 25 30 0
Howard Elder 16 0
Bill Harrison 16 0
B. E. Renfro 24 17 0
Jack O'Brien 38 17 0
Woodie Wilson 17 0
Skimp Hershey 18 0
Garland Smith 18 0
Jim Carrusso 19 20 0
Bob Smith 19 21 0
Curt Foss 19 0
Buckshot Morris 21 35 0
Ralph Zrimsek 21 0
John Riggi 22 0
Jim Paschal 23 0
Felix Wilkes 27 24 41 0
Sam Marshall 24 0
Wally Campbell 24 0
Fred Johnson 25 26 0
Harvey Hillgas 25 0
George Mantooth 26 0
Benny Georgeson 27 0
Ben Cannizzaro 27 0
Pee Wee Martin 28 0
Len Brown 28 0
Pat Kirkwood 29 0
Clarence Benton 31 0
Jim Rathmann 32 0
Pepper Cunningham 33 0
John Belgard 34 0
Johnny Rogers 36 0
Chick DiNatale 37 0
Tony Genove 39 0
Jim Delaney 40 0
Walter Minx 43 0

References

  1. ^ Matt McLaughlin (January 30, 2007). "Racing On The Beach: The Early History Of Daytona, 1949-58". frontstretch.com. Frontstretch. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "1949 NASCAR Strictly Stock Recap". howstuffworks.com. HowStuffWorks. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Bob Flock Takes 200-Mile Stock Car Race Sunday". The Index-Journal. 8 August 1949. Retrieved 11 March 2020.

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