NASCAR scheduled races for two of its major series on September 14, 1958. The Grand National drivers were at Atlantic Rural Fairgrounds for the Richmond 200. Speedy Thompson won the race, and Lee Petty was second.
About 250 miles southwest of Richmond, Salisbury Super Speedway hosted its first major NASCAR event - a convertible series race. The track hosted one other major race - a Grand National event - on October 5, 1958. I'll blog about that race in a few weeks so you likely have a pretty good idea the winner of that race.
The convertible race had an odd race distance - 155 laps, 96.9 miles. Twenty-six cars started the race with Larry Frank on the pole. The Petty teams were quite busy that day. Papa Lee was racing in Richmond, and he had two more cars in the convertible race. His brother, Julian, fielded three cars at Salisbury.
Julian's 3 cars were driven by the race winner, Bob Welborn as well as Tiny Lund and Ken Rush.
Petty Engineering's two Oldsmobiles were driven by Richard in car #2 and Fireball Roberts in Lee's traditional #42. From what I can tell, the race was the one and only time Roberts raced in a car fielded by the Pettys.
Most of the Petty cars qualified well. Lund started on the front row alongside pole winner Frank. Fireball qualified the #42 third. Eventual race winner qualified 6th, and Julian's 3rd driver Ken Rush started 7th. Richard had to start from way back in 17th - but his night did improve as he eventually finished 5th in the race.
I haven't been able to find a race report for a September 15th paper. But I did find a preview of the event in the Spartanburg Herald. Perhaps Tim Leeming or others can flip through Greg Fielden's Rumblin' Ragtops book to see if much was written about the race.
Source: Spartanburg Herald
|1||Bob Welborn||'57 Chevrolet|
|2||Larry Frank||'57 Chevrolet|
|3||Bill Morton||'57 Ford|
|4||Bob Walden||'57 Ford|
|5||Richard Petty||'57 Oldsmobile|
|6||Jimmy Massey||'57 Ford|
|7||Roy Tyner||'57 Plymouth|
|8||Shep Langdon||'56 Ford|
|9||Bill Poor||'56 Chevrolet|
|10||Tiny Lund||'58 Chevrolet|
|11||Harvey Hege||'57 Ford|
|12||Fred Harb||'57 Mercury|
|13||George Dunn||'57 Mercury|
|14||Bill Walters||'56 Ford|
|15||Doug Yates||'57 Chevrolet|
|16||Doug Cox||'57 Ford|
|17||Johnny Gardner||'56 Ford|
|18||Jimmy Thompson||'57 Chevrolet|
|19||Fireball Roberts||'57 Oldsmobile|
|20||Ken Rush||'57 Chevrolet|
|21||Neil Castles||'56 Ford|
|22||Whitey Norman||'57 Chevrolet|
|23||Don Angel||'56 Ford|
|24||Marvin Panch||'58 Ford|
|25||Clarence DeZalia||'56 Ford|
|26||Barney Shore||'57 Chevrolet|
Schaefer: It's not just for racing anymore.
updated by @tmc-chase: 12/05/16 04:00:58PM