Racing History Minute - July 1, 1961

TMC Chase
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4 years ago
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In the summer of 1961, NASCAR's Grand National division raced on back-to-back days - June 23rdin Hartsville, South Carolinaand a day later on June 24th at Starkey in Roanoke, Virginia. Then the teams turned south to head for Daytona Beach to run the third annual Firecracker 250 ten days later on July 4th. Well, most of them anyway.

Several GN regulars - including Elmo Langley, Wendell Scott, Richard Petty, Jim Paschal, Jim Reed and Doug Yates - continued their trek north to race in a NASCAR Eastern Late Model division race a Lincoln Speedway in New Oxford, PA on July 1st.

Though records are not clear about how qualifying went, two heat races were held to apparently set the starting order. Petty and Hoss Kagle won the two heats to put them on the front row for the 100-lap feature.

The wins by Petty and Kagle in the preliminary heats were indicative of how things would go in the main event. Kagle pursued Petty's 43 Plymouth for much of the race. With 11 laps to go, however, Kagle blew a tire and hit the pits for service.

With Kagle's late race misfortune, the King cruised the remaining laps to claim the win. Jim Paschal took over second from Kagle and stayed there. Jim Reed finished third. Langley and Scott rounded out the top five finishers.

Read on for more:

http://bench-racing.blogspot.com/2015/07/july-1-1961-richard-pettys-lost.html




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updated by @tmc-chase: 03/29/19 11:41:41AM
Harvey Tollison
@harvey-tollison
4 years ago
226 posts

Had forgot about Kagle

TMC Chase
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10 months ago
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Bump




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Kwood635
@kwood635
one month ago
3 posts

From all I can tell the Eastern Late Model Division only ran from 1960 thru 1962, that corresponds to the end of the Short Track Late Model Series, so it seems like it was sort of a continuation. Especially since the Short Track king Jim Reed won the 1960 and 1961 championships.  I know its mentioned elsewhere that this series became the K&N East Series, but really K&N East is a product of Ken Squire and some other promoters setting up a multi track (Thunder Road, Catamount Stadium, Airborne, Devil's Bowl and Sanair) series that all ran NASCAR Late Model Sportsman rules on different nights so local racers could run 5 times a week starting in 1972.  Take a look at the top 20 in NASCAR Late Model Sportsman Points from the 1970's and see how many drivers there are from the north east, that shows that they ran a lot of races.  For 1979 the decision was made to stop running weekly events at each track and run bigger events each week, much like the Cup series and NASCAR North was born.  After the Randy Lajoie/Robbie Crouch law suits in 1985 NASCAR disappeared from the North East for a year but returned in 1987 with Busch Grand National North that would eventually become K&N East.