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Jim Reed (racing driver)

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Name  Jim Reed

Role  NASCAR Driver
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Born  February 21, 1926 (age 89) Peekskill, New York, U.S.A. (1926-02-21)
Best finish  9th – 1959 NASCAR Grand National season
First race  1951 untitled race (Altamont-Schenectady Fairgrounds)
Last race  1963 untitled race (Old Bridge Stadium)
Last win  1959 Southern 500 (Darlington Speedway)

Jim Reed (born February 21, 1926) is a retired NASCAR Grand National driver.



Reed has raced 16,299 laps (and successfully led 1428 of them) – the equivalent of 14,017.3 miles (22,558.7 km) from his beginnings 1951 to his final NASCAR season as a driver in 1963. His total career earnings are $16,299 ($127,504.24 when adjusted for inflation). Reed's biggest win came in the 1959 Southern 500 driving a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. Reed finished the highest in championship standings in 1959 (9th place overall) and the lowest in 1963 being 139th place overall for the year. His average career start was 12th and his average career finish was 16th. A wreck while driving a Ford late in the 1963 Grand National season caused a broken vertebra; Reed eventually retired from NASCAR. People who suffer from broken vertebrae usually end up paralyzed, deceased, or both. At Heidelberg Raceway, Reed won a race that took place on July 21, 1959, on a ¼-mile dirt track.

Reed performed the best at short tracks and restrictor plate tracks; finishing 11th on average while finishing in 34th on average while driving on tri-oval intermediate tracks.

Life after NASCAR

In 1965, Reed left the motorsports scene to start a truck dealership. While it started out as a GMC dealership, the business eventually moved on to selling Mitsubishi and UD trucks. Sales have mostly been either the first or second best in the Peekskill, New York region.


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