"Race preview from Spartanburg Herald
Jayne Mansfield on the parade lap
The cars lined up for the start with Joe Weatherly on the pole, Jim Paschal 2nd, and Richard Petty 3rd.
Junior takes the checkers.
♫ Junior and Jayne in Victory…"
"Jeff, This was taken at Knoxville Raceway around 1969-1970. By this time Randall was driving the #1 car. It was owned by Gilbert Johnson and the mechanic was Sid West. Charlie Rogers was in the #5 car. I remember Lightin' he…"
"Depends on type of car for sure. We used to run LF 15 RF 22 RR 22 and LR was what ever we needed to get the desired stagger I have started as low was 8 or 9 psi. With today's tire preps I would say you could run more as the preps help with…"
"Cars at the garage would have depend on what year. You had the white sedan #6 of Claude, the silver sedan #9 of Bobby Treece, the orange coupe #16 of M.C. Kerr, and for a couple of years the orange coupe #15 of Tootle Estes. My grandfather was good…"
I really look forward to this series, especially with your Dad having driven in the series. It's great that you're going to share some insight on a series that produced some of the best racing I ever saw in NASCAR."
"Johnny, On dirt I always started out with 20-22 lbs in left front , 28 in right front, 24 in left rear and 30 in right rear. Down here in Florida the ambient temps are usually higher so I would check my tire temps 1" in from each side and…"
The race; 148.5 miles on a .9 mile dirt track located in Hillsboro, NC. The winner; Junior Johnson in the Holly Farms Chevrolet; The crowd estimate; 15,000. The "main attraction"; Hollywood superstar actress, Jayne Mansfield. Too Much Information? No, really that is just the start of a good story.The track in Hillsboro, known as Orange Speedway was an unique track that had, for a number of years, presented some top quality racing. Always exciting, and usually close racing. On this day, Joe Weatherly would put the Bud Moore Pontiac on the pole with a speed of 95.716. Now remember this is a .9 mile DIRT track with tight turns so that was an incredible speed. Even more amazing, is even with 3 caution flags in the race, the average speed for the 148.5 miles was 83.129 mph.Jim Paschal in a Petty Engineering Plymouth would start second, Richard Petty in another Petty Engineering Plymouth third, Junior Johnson in the Holly Farms Chevrolet fourth and Bobby Isaac in a Bondy Long Plymouth…See More
"You know, Johnny, I cannot remember what tire pressure we used on what tracks but I'm sure it was always intended to keep the tires safe. The first year I did all that myself but by the second year about the only thing I did at the track…"
"Awesome report Dennis!!!! Thanks. This is a division in historic racing well worth documenting and remembering. Some really excellent photos too. Keep it up, my friend. I look forward to your incredible knowledge of this division…"
"Dennis, Brad said he got eyes full of beer. I didn't see it happen, but he said that's what the problem was. I agree that is getting a little on the dangerous side when you get a face full of beer without any warning. …"
Was "Bad Brad" crying in Victory Lane for winning the Sprite Cup race or almost lost his eye sight from the beer/confetti air cannon machine?? Thanks for any information or photos posted. Dennis Garrett Richmond,Va USASee More
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