|Best finish 3rd (1949)|
Name Bob Flock
Last race 1956 (LeHi)
Role Car racer
|First win 1949 (Hillsboro)|
Died May 16, 1964
Last win 1952 (Weaverville)
|Born April 16, 1918
Fort Payne, Alabama, United States (1918-04-16) |
Achievements Won the pole for NASCAR's first sanctioned race (Charlotte, 1949) First NASCAR driver to win a race from the pole (Hillsboro, 1949)
Awards Georgia Automobile Racing Hall of Fame (2003) National Motorsports Hall of Fame Association inductee
First race 1949 NASCAR Strictly Stock Series Race 1
NASCAR #7 Paint Schemes 1949-1991 Edition (Kulwicki, Kyle Petty, Bob Flock & More)
Robert Newman Flock (April 16, 1918 - May 16, 1964) of Fort Payne, Alabama, USA was an American stock car racer. He qualified on the pole position for NASCAR's first Strictly Stock (now Monster Energy Cup Series) race and, along with Red Byron, is considered one of the two best drivers from that era.
- NASCAR #7 Paint Schemes 1949 1991 Edition (Kulwicki, Kyle Petty, Bob Flock & More)
- Flock family
- Moonshine business
- Racing career
- Track promoter
He was the brother of NASCAR pioneers Tim Flock and Fonty Flock, and the second female NASCAR driver Ethel Mobley. The four raced at the July 10, 1949 race at the Daytona Beach Road Course, which was the first event to feature a brother and a sister, and the only NASCAR event to feature four siblings. Ethel beat Fonty and Bob by finishing in eleventh.
The Flock family had an illegal moonshine business. The federal agents discovered that Flock would be running a race in Atlanta, and they staked out the place to make an arrest. A gate opened as the race was beginning, and he drove on the track to take the green flag. The police vehicles quickly appeared on the track. They chased Flock for a lap or two before he drove through the fence. The police followed him until he ran out of gas later. Reminiscing years later, Flock said, "I would have won that race if the cops had stayed out of it" .
He was a well established driver before NASCAR was formed. He took over NASCAR founder Bill France's ride in 1946. He won both events at the Daytona Beach Road Course in 1947. Flock was known for his daring driving style. For example, during a race on June 15, 1947, Flock overturned his car in an accident. Instead of accepting a DNF (Did Not Finish), he solicited help from spectators, who turned the car back on its wheels, and he finished the race: "Like other wrecks it wasn’t anywhere near as serious, and folks flipped Flock’s car over on its wheels."
He sat on the pole for NASCAR's first race at Charlotte Speedway on June 19, 1949. He had two wins that season, and finished third in the points behind Lee Petty and champion Red Byron.
He won two 100 lap ARCA races at Lakewood Speedway in 1954.
Bob Flock retired from driving when he broke his back in an on track accident. He had over 200 modified wins  in his career.
Flock became a track promoter in Atlanta. He hired three women (Sara Christian, and Mildred Williams, and his sister Ethel Mobley) to race at his new track.