Hard to believe that a half-century has passed since Sonny Hutchins of Richmond, Virginia debuted a Candy Apple Red Ford Coupe NASCAR modified with big-block Ford fuel injection for fellow Virginians Glen and Leonard Wood of Stuart at the half-mile Martinsville Speedway on April 22, 1967. When the dust had settled, Sonny had whipped all comers, mostly '36 & '37 Chevys. 3rd place finisher Ken Rush of High Point, NC was the only non-Richmonder to crack the top-5, as positions 2, 4 and 5 were taken by Ray Hendrick, Bill Dennis and Ted Hairfield. It was not at all unusual for Richmond drivers to place four of their own in the top-5, including three of the famed "4-H Boys." Leonard Wood said Sonny was one of the hardest chargers to ever drive a entry. When this car was brought to Richmond's 1/3-mile Southside Speedway, it spun tires all the way down the short straights. It was a beautiful machine. News footage from WSLS Television - Roanoke, Virginia.
"Any Day is Good for Stock Car Racing"
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