GT 200 - May 3, 1969

Dennis Andrews
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5 years ago
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GT 200

Maryville, Tn. May 3, 1969

The 5th Grand Touring race of 1969 was held at Smoky Mountain Raceway and was 200 laps on the paved oval. Wayne Andrews started on the pole with a track record of 85.959 mph and led the first 17 laps before blowing a water hose. After a lengthy pit stop he finished 14th. Tiny Lund became the first repeat winner for 1969 with a 3 second margin over fast closing Jim Paschal. The crowd of 7,100 had watched Paschal make up two laps lost early in the event but the laps ran out before he could get to the lead. Only know the finishing order of 6 drivers, need help with this one.

T.C. Hunt took over the point lead with a 3rdplace finish from Larry Wallace who lost an engine early in the race. Frank Sessoms is 3rd, Bill Hemby 4th, Billy Yuma 5th, Ken Rush 6th, Al Straub 7th, C.B. Gwyn 8th, Charlie Blanton 9thand Buck Baker 10th.

Fin Srt Car # Driver Car Laps Reason out

1 16 Tiny Lund68 Cougar 200 Running

2 27 Jim Paschal69 Javelin 200 Running

3 88 T.C Hunt68 Camaro Running

4 44 Ken Rush68 Camaro Running

5 67 Joie Chitwood, Jr. 68 Camaro Running

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14 1 15 Wayne Andrews 68 Cougar Running

Personal Notes:

On Wednesday, April 30, 1969 Reid Shaw purchased one of Bud Moores Grand Touring cars, a 1968 Cougar #15. It was a twin to the #16 Cougar Tiny was driving for Tiger Tom Pistone in 69, which was the same car Tiny drove for Bud in 68.

Bud knew they were headed for Maryville and had the car set up. He told Dad and Reid not to touch the car. He said Tiny would tell them to change this or that but dont change a thing. Sure enough when they got to the track and unloaded Tiny came by and told them they needed to change a few things. Dad thanked Tiny for the advice but only set the tire pressure and torqued the wheels. Bud had it right because Dad set a track record in qualifying. First time he had ever seen the track. Blowing off the water hose spoiled a good start for the team. This would be the last time Dad would finish outside the top 10 the rest of the season. I have one report that says he finished 14thin this race and one that says 16th. I cant remember.

Wayne Andrews beside Shaw Racing Enterprises Cougar


updated by @dennis-andrews: 12/05/16 04:00:58PM
Dave Fulton
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5 years ago
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What a wonderful recollection, Dennis! Is that tube to the left of your dad's car in the photo the one they used to carry around with Joie Chitwood?




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Jack Walker
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5 years ago
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Dennis - Great story !

Here is the complete results as listed in Southern MotorSports Journal.

Dave Fulton
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5 years ago
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Dave Fulton
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5 years ago
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From the May 1, 1969 Kingsport (TN) Post:




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Dave Fulton
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5 years ago
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You'll forgive the author of the clip above for leaving out the "h" in Jim Paschal's name. Look below at what he did to L.D. Ottinger, Harry Gant and Jack Ingram in the same story!!! Maybe they didn't teach spelling, or, at least proofreading in Kingsport... have to ask Jeff Gilder! And Randy Bethea was being called a very aristocratic Randolph.




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Dennis Andrews
@dennis-andrews
5 years ago
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Dave, I think the tube seen in the picture above is more like the one you posted next. I remember it being more like a rocket but I don't remember if it was the X-2. The Camaro in this picture is later model than when the picture of the Cougar was taken.

Dennis Andrews
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5 years ago
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Thanks for the complete run down Jack. Looks like 16th is the correct finishing position for Dad and it would appear he did not get back into the race as I had thought since it list a reason out. But I have learned not to assume the reasons listed are correct. A lot of times they were told what the racers wanted to tell but in this case I know it was not a blown engine but a blown water hose.

Dave Fulton
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5 years ago
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Thanks, Dennis. I remember seeing that thing.




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TMC Chase
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5 years ago
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Brief race report from Times-News of Hendersonville NC




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Dennis Andrews
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5 years ago
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Talked with Dad and he said it was an oil line that blew off so the news clipping I have was in error. They were able to get the oil line replaced and did re-enter the race so he was running at the end but was 56 laps down. I do have a blown water hose story but it will come later.

TMC Chase
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3 weeks ago
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Bump




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