Yesterday I was thinking I would start this History Minute with a tribute to Veterans' Day as I think it is very important to recognize Veterans. But after reading the post Dave Fulton re-posted from last year, I decided to let Dave's post speak for itself. In that post he and Paul Sawyer show us what it means to honor a Vet. Read Dave's post. It's in the Forum section.
Ok, with that being said, let us move on to the RACING History Minute. Today we travel in time back to 1951 (the year before I was introduced to the sport) and we are going to the 1 mile dirt track in Atlanta, GA, known as Lakewood Speedway. This was race number 39 of the 1951 season and with really only ONE race remaining on the East Coast for the Championship, it would be a good one for sure.
Frank Mundy qualified a Studebaker on the pole with a speed of 74.013 mph. Herb Thomas in the FABULOUS Hudson Hornet would start second, Bob Flock in the Gray Ghost Olds third, Tim Flock in Ted Chester's Hudson fourth and Jack Smith in a Hudson fifth.
There were 26,000 fans on hand for the 100 mile race and they watched Frank Mundy lead one lap before Bob Flock slammed that Gray Ghost Olds out front. Bob would stay there only 11 laps before his brother, Tim, took over and moved that Hudson out front for keeps. Tim would take the checkers at an average speed of 59.960 mph after caution flags slowed the pace.
One caution came out when apromising young driver from Macon, Ga., Jesse James Taylor, flipped his Hudson in turn one. The roof of the Hudson caved in on Taylor and it took rescue workers more than 15 minutes to cut him from the car. Taylor was transported to Crawford Memorial Hospital in serious condition. Further, Taylor's wife was expecting a baby and the shock of the accident caused her to miscarry and she was transported to the same hospital for treatment.
Another driver Pete Page, lost control of his Oldsmobile in the first turn and the car went into a series of wild flips and twisting turns. Page was knocked unconscious and was transported to the hospital where he was reported in "fair condition".
1. Tim Flock, Ted Chester Hudson, winning $1,000.00
2. Bob Flock, Gray Ghost Oldsmobile, winning $700.00
3. Jack Smith, Hudson, winning $450.00
4. Frank Mundy, Perry Smith Studebaker, winning $350.00
5. Gober Sosebee, Cherokee Garage Oldsmobile, winning $200.00
6. Ed Samples
7. Lloyd Moore
8. Buddy Shuman
9. Red Duvall
10. Don Oldenburg
11. Jimmie Lewallen
12. Lee Petty
14. Glen Dunaway
15. Bill Snowden
16. Billy Carden
17. Jimmy Florian
19. Herb Thomas
20. Dick Lindler
21. Cal Fisher
22. Jesse James Taylor
23. Leonard Trippett
24. Roscoe Thompson
25. Bill Blair
26. Pete Page
27. Jim Paschal
30. Donald Thomas
31. Tommy Moon
Honor the past, embrace the present, dream for the future
updated by @tim-leeming: 11/25/20 04:33:49PM