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DOYLE FORD FANS

NASCAR OFFICAL FOR 38 YRS

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Started by julio g. marra Sep 3, 2009. 0 Replies

I still have my nascar official pin & news letters from nascar bill france & bill france jr. I had the pleasure of meeting BILL FRANCE SR>&HIS LOVELY WIFE AT a banquet in daytona fancy…Continue

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Comment by Dave Fulton on February 9, 2014 at 11:26am

Doyle was one of the good guys.

Comment by Jill Banchoff on February 2, 2010 at 10:39pm
How could you not love Doyle Ford? He is such a gracious man. I used to spend more time watching him than the action on the track.
Comment by Russ Thompson on October 17, 2009 at 12:12am
Here's Doyle working as an official at the 1970 Nashville 420.

Comment by Dennis Schalm on September 19, 2009 at 11:01pm
Pete, it depends on the types of flags, flagstaffs. and personal preference. I make my own so mine are a cotton linen on a wood staff, and I use thumbtacks so it's easy to remove the flags and throw them in the washer. But in my case, the tack closest to the handle is put quite near the edge of the fabric so I can wrap a piece of electrical tape around the handle that also covers that tack so at least one always stays in place.

I make mine as cheap as possible so when they look bad I just make up a new one and use the old ones for rags.
Comment by Pete Banchoff on September 17, 2009 at 8:43am
Dennis, are thumbtacks used to attach the flags?
Pete
Comment by ED YERRINGTON JR. on September 3, 2009 at 11:36am
glad to be part of doyle's fan club
Comment by Dennis Schalm on September 3, 2009 at 11:04am
I met Doyle in Memphis after he retired from NASCAR. ARCA invited him to be the honorary starter for our race at Memphis Intn'l Raceway, since he lived in the area. Someone who befriended the ARCA officials threw a Gumbo dinner for us. Doyle came in, and of course everyone had to make a big deal about me "dropping" the yellow flag the previous week at Salem to him. He told me, "It's not if you ever drop a flag, it's when. If you do it long enough, it'll happen." Then he told me about the time he dropped. the checkered flag just the year before at Lowe's during qualifying. I remembered that as ARCA was there that weekend too.

The kicker to this story was, I didn't DROP the yellow flag! It fell of the stick because the other flagman, who happened to use the ARCA set (I have my own set, two of each flag . . .) didn't put the thumbtacks that hold the flag on the stick on very well. When I grabbed it, the next thing I knew the cloth part was hanging off the rear bumper of the 21 car, then getting blown off over the wall on the back stretch!

Would have never happened if we were using my flags. Plus if it did, I have a second one to use.
Comment by Pete Banchoff on September 2, 2009 at 10:52am

One of tne best and great with the fans at Michigan. I think as many people watched Doyle flag a race as watched the race itself. This was taken at Michigan.
Comment by Bill Rathge on September 2, 2009 at 9:32am
I got Doyle's autograph at michigan he was very nice and we talked about the race too.
Comment by Mike Rupon on September 2, 2009 at 9:11am
thanks for the invite j.c. i have great respect for those nascar officals as they have to take a lot of bs from the drivers and still remain cool.
 

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