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1949 NASCAR Strictly Stock Series

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1949 NASCAR Strictly Stock Series

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.



  • Complete Results
  • 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. ??- Archie Smith
    7. 31-Sterling Long
    8. 28-Slick Smith
    9. 41-Curtis Turner
    10. 36-Jimmy Thompson


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  • 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 of Atlanta 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 on 21 of the 28 starters running at the finish. Byron won the caution free race with an average speed of 80.883 mph. Louise Smith, one of three female drivers to start the race flipped early on, but with the help of spectators, uprighted her Ford and continued on to a 20th-place finish. The other female racers entered, Sara Christian in a Ford finished 18th and Ethel Mobely in a Cadillac finished 11th. Pre-race favorites Curtis Turner, Bob Flock and Glenn Dunnaway all DNF'd. This race took two hours, three minutes and 13 seconds to complete 40 laps. The lead was swapped twice by Sosebee and Byron.

    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


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  • 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 outdistanced 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 spiced by a wild collision, triggered by Sara Christian. The highly regarded lady driver looped her Ford after losing the right front wheel in the 38th lap. As she tried to steer her car toward the pit area, a Lincoln driven by Felix Wilkes clobbered her. Both car spun to a halt on the home stretch completely blocking the track. Red Byron, point leader in the Strictly Stock series, whipped off the fourth turn and collected Wilkes's car. Bob Smith's Olds was also kayoed in a solo crash. There were no driver injuries in any of the mishaps. A crowd of 17,500 watched as Flock averaged 76.8 mph on the low-banked, one-mile dirt oval. After the first three NASCAR Strictly Stock races, Bill France and other officials of the new-born association were elated. It was clear that France's dream was accepted by the fans.

    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


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  • 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 stat 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.

    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


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  • 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 Dunnaway lost a wheel on his Olds, forcing him out of the race in the 134th lap. With Dunnaway 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. Dunnanway, 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


  • Complete Results
  • 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 last 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 2016, has remained on the NASCAR championship calendar, although it was changed in 1956 from 200 to 500 laps after the track was paved, and is known as the Old Dominion 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


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  • The seventh race of the Strictly Stock season was held October 2 at Heidelberg Raceway, near Pittsburgh, PA. Al Bonnell won the pole.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 Dunnanway at the helm. Fifth place went to Sara Christian, the first time a female driver has cracked the top five in a premier NASCAR event. She was 10 laps off the pace in her 1949 Ford. 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 we 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.

    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


    1949 NASCAR Strictly Stock Series Wikipedia

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