October 20, 1957 - Billy Myers and Bob Welborn are winners

TMC Chase
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5 years ago
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At Wilson Speedway in North Carolina on October 20, 1957, Billy Myers and Possum Jones raced to a controversial finish. In the end, Billy Myers in his #88 Petty Engineering Oldsmobile was declared the winner with Possum scored in second.

Bob Welborn's 4th place finish earned him enough points to secure the 1957 championship despite the convertible division having one race remaining in the season a week later at Columbia.

Gwyn Staley started seventh and finished eighth in a Chevy convertible owned by Julian Petty (Lee's brother, Richard's uncle).

I nearly missed out on posting about this race on its anniversary. Greg Fielden's book Rumblin' Ragtops and racing-reference.info both had the date of the race as October 30th. Fortunately, I found about the discrepancy this morning while looking for info to support Tim Leeming's October 20th post.

Read on for more:

http://bench-racing.blogspot.com/2013/10/october-20-1957-billy-myers-wins-wilson.html

Fin Driver Sponsor / Owner Car
1 Billy Myers Petty Engineering '57 Oldsmobile
2 Possum Jones Bob Welborn '57 Chevrolet
3 Paul Goldsmith Slim Rominger '57 Ford
4 Bob Welborn Bob Welborn '57 Chevrolet
5 Glen Wood Wood Brothers '57 Ford
6 Joe Weatherly Holman-Moody '57 Ford
7 Emanuel Zervakis Junie Donlavey '57 Chevrolet
8 Gwyn Staley J. H. Petty '57 Chevrolet
9 Larry Frank Lonnie Fish '57 Chevrolet
10 Whitey Norman Whitey Norman '56 Ford
11 Roger Baldwin Roger Baldwin '56 Ford
12 Neil Castles '56 Ford
13 Ken Rush J. S. Rice '57 Ford
14 Clarence DeZalia Clarence DeZalia '56 Mercury
15 Bill Poor Bill Poor '56 Chevrolet
16 Darel Dieringer John Whitford '57 Ford
17 Fred Harb Fred Harb '57 Mercury
18 Bill Champion Bill Champion '56 Ford
19 Don Gray Lonnie Fish '56 Chevrolet



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updated by @tmc-chase: 12/05/16 04:00:58PM
Dave Fulton
@dave-fulton
5 years ago
9,124 posts

Possum Jones was another of the good old fashioned nicknames we used to have in racing.

Motorsports writer, Thomas Pope wrote a good column some years back lamenting the loss of colorful nicknames and caheges in sponsors in racing:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=DcJQAAAAIBAJ&sjid=WdAMAAAAIBAJ&pg=4303,5675857&dq=possum+jones+wilson+nc&hl=en




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Dave Fulton
@dave-fulton
5 years ago
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Scoring at Wilson wasn't any better when the circuit returned in 1958:




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TMC Chase
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5 years ago
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About 4 years ago before I really got into blogging about Petty wins, I cobbled together a post of some of my favorite racer names - some nicknames and some given to them by their mamas. Possum topped my list.

http://bench-racing.blogspot.com/2009/08/my-favorite-racer-names.html




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TMC Chase
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4 weeks ago
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Billy Bob Bump




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