"I note a discrepancy between the results posted at Racing Reference and the Associated Press report of this Richmond race as carried in the Daytona Beach Morning Journal on April 8, 1963. The AP report states that Fireball Roberts #22 was NOT a…"
"Both events were truly great times, John. Thanks for coming out. It's always great to be a part of something that benefits kids, no matter if it be autism or abuse. I'm already looking forward to next year. Merry…"
"This article from the Daytona Beach Morning Journal did a nice job explaining the timing of the engine inspection for Jim Reed's car. Apparently he drove the same car and engine in a short-track race the day before. Though the article…"
"The race was well covered by the Palm Beach Post. The track did have to run an ad in the paper to help promote the race and sell tickets.
The original order of finish earned a lengthy race report in the paper - a rarity for that era.
We had a great time last night at Toys For Tots. First time going and we are addicted. Meeting all those legends was way more then we expected. Also meeting them at Memory Lane Racing was like icing on a cake.Sweet!!!! Already looking forward to next year. Hope everybody has a safe and Merry Christmas.See More
The factories officially "entered" the NASCAR Grand National scene for the 1956 season. Although there had been some "under the table" factory participation, limited though it was prior to 1956, the factories openly endorsed NASCAR's Grand National Division. It was truly the time of "win on Sunday, sell on Monday" and the factories wanted to capitalize on that. Having truly stock cars racing before the public would greatly enhance the appeal of what was sitting on the show room floor. The 4th race of the 1956 season, actually contested on December 11, 1995, gave the manufacturers the assurance that NASCAR intended to fully support the "stock" car. But I digress. Let's go on with the Minute.Twenty-three cars would arrive to qualify at the half-mile asphalt track in West Palm Beach, Florida. Fonty Flock qualified a Kiekhaefer Chrysler on the pole with a speed of 78.912 mph. Joe Weatherly would qualify the Schwam Ford second, Herb Thomas in the Smokey Yunick Chevrolet third, Al Keller…See More
Our RR member, Woody Delbridge from Richmond has unearthed an awesome, several years old, little viewed YouTube video (200+ total views) of 1963 8mm film capturing Joe Weatherly's final win at the half-mile Richmond dirt track on April 7, 1963 before 15,000 fans attending the Richmond 250.Little Joe is driving the red & black #8 Bud Moore Pontiac. Joe would be killed the following January at Riverside. This was the last of Joe's three Richmond wins.All kinds of interesting stuff in this film. You can see the old white board fence with the black & white striped wheel wall and the wooden supports at the base of the light poles that spelled doom for LeeRoy Yarbrough and Tiny Lund at Richmond in 1965 when they slid into them coming out of the pits in the mud.The pole position for this race was captured by RR member, Rex White, with David Pearson on the outside pole in the Cotton Owens #6 Dodge. Cotton's second entry, Billy Wade in the #5 Dodge had the better finish, though -…See More