1972 PAUL REVERE 250
Stock Car Racing History
Dennis, Tommy Andrews is from Alabama if I remember correctly and no kin to us, at least not close kin. Here is a picture of Tommy in 1969.
updated by @dennis-andrews: 12/21/17 02:57:43PM
PAUL REVERE 250
Daytona International Speedway
Friday, July 3, 1972
The third stand alone race of the 1972 season for the Grand American Challenge Series brought the cars back to Daytona Beach Florida for the 6th edition of the Paul Revere 250 on the 3.81 mile road course and the 4th points race of the year. The event was opened for GN drivers to enter and IMSA drivers. Bobby Allison signed on to drive the Melvin Joseph Mustang. Dr. Wilbur Pickett would team up with H.B. Bailey in one of Bailey’s Firebirds. SCCA and IMSA regulars Javier Garcia, Tom Nehl and Vince Gimondo also fielded entries.
Bobby Allison averaged a speed of 108.066 mph to earn the pole position with H.B. Bailey along side in a Firebird at a speed of 107.380 mph. Wilbur Pickett started third at 105.790 mph with Wayne Andrews in a Mustang fourth at 105.390 mph. Jimmy Lee Capps at 104.103 mph in a Camaro was fifth with Havier Garcia sixth at 102.929 mph. Randy Bannister was seventh at 102.378 mph and Ernie Shaw eighth at 98.875 mph. Baxter Price was ninth at 98.013 mph and Jerry Huflin tenth at 97.087 mph. Billy Hagan was eleventh with Jimmy Vaughn the next fastest but did not make the grid. Jim Paschal started 12th after posting a speed of 107.952 mph in a Camaro that would have been good enough for a front row position but it came in the second round of qualifying.
At the drop of the green on the back stretch it was Allison taking the lead until his brakes began to fade giving Bailey the chance to move to the front. After 13 laps Allison was in the garage with no brakes. Early mechanical trouble also side lined Jim Paschal and Tiny Lund. By this time Vince Gimondo had moved from the 21st starting spot to second behind Bailey. Vince had posted a qualifying speed of 104.293 mph which would have been good enough to put him in the fifth starting spot but because he had to remove an electric fuel pump, move the battery and obtain steel wheels to meet NASCAR rules he missed the first qualifying session. By lap 44 Andrews had dropped a valve leaving only Bailey and Gimondo to challenge for the win. Bailey led a total of 45 laps and had the advantage on the big track but Gimondo was better on the road course, they dueled for the lead until Bailey spun and when he spun the second time he tore out the transmission ending his day after 58 laps. 61 laps was the total for last years winner, Buck Baker, as he watched the end of the race from pit road. Gimondo cruised to victory by over a lap on second place finisher Tom Nehl and four laps ahead of third place finisher Jimmy Capps. Baker placed fourth.
Gimondo collected $4,750 of the $19,550 purse and was his second win at Daytona that year.
Fin. St. Driver # Car Laps Status
1 21 Vince Gimondo 38 ’71 Camaro 67 Running
2 Tom Nehl 41 ’71 Camaro 66 Running
3 5 Jimmy Lee Capps 90 ‘69 Camaro 63 Running
4 Buck Baker 87 ’72 Firebird 61 DNF
5 9 Baxter Price 3 ’69 Camaro 61 Running
6 8 Ernie Shaw 17 ’70 Mustang 60 Running
7 3 Wilbur Pickett 96 ’72 Firebird 59 Running
8 2 H. B. Bailey 36 ’72 Firebird 58 Tranny
9 6 Javier Garcia 42 ’71 Camaro 56 Running
10 Pee Wee Wentz 5 ’69 Camaro 55 Running
11 Joe Hollingsworth 16 ’70 Mustang
12 4 Wayne Andrews 97 ’70 Mustang 43 Engine
13 7 Randy Bannister 26 ’69 Camaro
14 Herb Kanady 23 ’69 Camaro 19
15 Billy Hagan 52 ’70 Mustang 19
16 1 Bobby Allison 49 ’70 Mustang 13 Brakes
17 10 Jerry Hufflin 75 ’69 Camaro
18 12 Jim Paschal 14 ’72 Camaro 2
19 Tiny Lund 55 ’72 Firebird 2
20 Jim Hailey 4 ’71 Javelin 1
21 Bobby Fleming 54 ’70 Camaro 0
Bobby Allison first on the starting grid.
Orlando Porsche dealer Vince Gimondo, easy to see why they called him Vince Kojack.
Wayne Andrews with the Jack StClair Pipeline Special
Point Standings after Daytona
If memory serves me correctly dad was at this race and told me that Curtis stopped on pit road after the race, got out, sat on the car and downed 2 beers before climbing back in the car and going to victory lane. No wasting of a beverage then like they do today by spraying it all over the place.
BOWMAN GRAY 100
Bowman Gray Stadium
Saturday, April 8, 1972
The second stand alone race for the Grand American Challenge Series in 1972 was the Bowman Gray 100 at the historic Bowman Gray Stadium ¼ mile paved track in Winston-Salem. It was the 3rd race where drivers could earn championship points.
The event was broadcast live nation-wide, with a 100 mile radius black out, by ABC’s Wide World of Sports hosted by Jim McKay and sportscaster Bill Flemming. Commentary was provided by the editor of National Speed Sport News Chris Economaki. The 40 lap modified race was videotaped.
42 drivers filed entries for 24 starting spots. In addition to the GA drivers GN drivers Bobby Allison, David Pearson, Buddy Baker (in his dad’s Firebird), Lee Roy Yarbrough (in #10 Camaro) and Pete Hamilton (in the #92 Camaro, I think the same one Hylton drove at Daytona) made qualifying runs. Stadium standouts Max Berrier drove Reid Shaws Mustang and Don Miller drove a Camaro. Stick Elliott and Mike Humphries also landed rides for the event. Former GT Champ and stadium regular Ken Rush returned to action as well. Track manager Joe Hawkins expected a large crowd designating it “Ladies Day” with women getting in free but the cold weather hurt the attendance with an estimated gate of 8,000 but the stands did not appear to be half full.
Time trials set the starting grid for three 10 lap heat races. The top seven finishers in each heat moved on the 100 lap feature. The final 3 spots were determined by qualifying times of those finishing outside to top seven in the heat races. David Pearson sat on the pole with a record time of 16.49 sec. in one of H.B. Bailey’s Firebirds and won the first heat. Ken Rush won the second heat and started on the outside front row and Bobby Allison started third by winning the last heat in the Melvin Joseph Mustang.
Racing at the Stadium has always been an up close affair involving contact like the game played inside the bull ring and it became apparent at the drop of the green. Ken Rush started on the outside of the front row but did not make it out of the first corner when contact from H.B. Bailey sent him into the guard rail ending his day. “Bailey just plowed right through me, he was driving like he had lost his mind.” Rush commented later. Third place starter Bobby Allison was also involved but was able to continue after going to the back of the field. When they went back under the green it was Pearson out front soon to be followed by Jim Paschal who had avoided the opening lap crash and moved up from the 9th place starting position. As the leaders came off turn four to complete lap 40 Randy Bannister was in the outside lane passing slower traffic when his Camaro blew the engine going down the front stretch. Bannister ended up in the turn one fence as the outside lane got jammed up, Pearson could not get to the inside because of traffic but Paschal just behind him found a hole and jumped to the inside and clipped a little grass getting past the crash and taking the lead. Pearson ended up at the tail end of the lead lap cars and Paschal built up a good lead on the restart. By lap 81 Pearson had made his way to second when Lee Roy Yarbrough spun in turn 2 bringing out the yellow for the fourth time allowing Pearson to make up the gap on Paschal. They only ran a few laps under green before turn 2 was again the site of a spinning car, this time it was Pete Hamilton. Hamilton’s Camaro stalled bringing out the 5th and final caution which set up a duel to the finish between Paschal and Pearson. Paschal kept his Firebird in the groove and never gave Pearson a chance to make a move and they finished bumper to bumper. Gary Myers was third in a Mustang and Max Berrier brought his Mustang home in 4th on 7 cylinders. Bobby Allison recovered from the first lap mishap to finish 5th with a lot of wrinkled sheet metal but not before rubbing Tiny Lund the wrong way. Allison had no comment on Lund saying he had one coming. On a lighter note Yarbrough joked “I didn’t know whether to run or pass so I just punted. They should play football here and forget the racing.” Pearson may have enjoyed the race more than Paschal as he commented “I had a ball. I could have won by spinning him out but I did not want to be dirty. I did bump him a time or two to make sure he knew I was there. It was a lot of fun.” Paschal said “I wasn’t too worried about him. It is hard to pass at this place, I figured I could keep him behind me.”
Paschal collected $2,500 of the $16,365 purse.
Fin. St. Driver # Car Laps Status
1 9 Jim Paschal 14 ’71 Firebird 100 Running
2 1 David Pearson 96 ’71 Firebird 100 Running
3 8 Gary Myers 41 ’70 Mustang 100 Running
4 23 Max Berrier 15 ’72 Mustang 100 Running
5 3 Bobby Allison 49 ’70 Mustang 100 Running
6 15 Stick Elliott 57 ’72 Camaro 100 Running
7 4 H. B. Bailey 36 ’71 Firebird 100 Running
8 10 Bobby Watson 11 ’70 Camaro 100 Running
9 22 JaPete Hamilton 92 ’72 Camaro 99 Running
10 20 Mike Humphries 94 ’72 Camaro 99 Running
11 21 Don Miller 99 ’70 Camaro 99 Running
12 17 Pee Wee Wentz 5 ’69 Camaro 99 Running
13 16 T. C. Hunt 88 ’69 Camaro 99 Running
14 7 Buddy Baker 87 ’71 Firebird 99 Running
15 13 Tommy Andrews 21 ’69 Mustang 99 Running
16 5 Jimmy Vaughn 7 ‘69 Camaro 98 Running
17 11 Lee Roy Yarbrough 10 ’69 Camaro 97 Running
18 24 Randy Hutchison 1 ’69 Camaro 96 Running
19 18 Finley Henderson 19 ’69 Camaro 82 Running
20 6 Tiny Lund 55 ’72 Firebird 64 Flat tire
21 14 Randy Bannister 26 ’69 Camaro 37 Engine
22 12 Wayne Andrews 97 ’70 Mustang 30 DNF
23 19 Jeff Haar 67 ’69 Camaro 30 Heating
24 2 Ken Rush 44 ’69 Camaro 0 Wreck
The national exposure brought out some big names but it also cost some GA regulars some points. Al Straub, Bob Williams and Ernie Shaw did not make the field and Glenn Brewer put Finley Henderson in his car.
Personal Note: There were 5 cautions for 29 laps but not all incidents resulted in a yellow flag. Wayne Andrews spun off the bumper of Buddy Baker. The car came to rest on the grass on the inside of the racing surface. The car stalled with a flat tire and would not re-fire. Wayne was a spectator until the next caution putting him so far behind it was not worth continuing.
Randy Bannister watches track clean-up around his race car as Jim Paschal goes by under caution. It was this event that gave Paschal the opening to get by Pearson.
Point Standings after Bowman Gray
* Points calculated using written description of 1972 points system for both Daytona races (assuming all drivers were awarded points for their finishing position) and results that included points for the Bowman Gray race. Note that posted result that listed points awarded for the BG race listed no points for David Pearson, Stick Elliott, Mike Humphries, Buddy Baker, Lee Roy Yarbrough, Randy Hutchison, Finley Henderson, Tiny Lund and Ken Rush. They were not listed as a post entry so I don’t know why they got no points.
News clipping from 1961 and pictures from 1966.
1972 was the year that saw the changes started the year before come to fruition and began what would come to be called the modern area. It was the first year with Bill France Jr. at the helm of NASCAR and it was the first year for what had been called the Grand National series to be called the Winston Cup series with R. J. Reynolds being the title sponsor with their Winston brand. There was also a new point system, designed to place emphasis on mileage completed in competition, for the Winston Cup and Grand American Challenge series. All races on tracks under a ½ mile in length or up to 250 miles in distance were moved to a new Grand National East/West division. Winston Cup, Grand American and Grand National cars back to 1969 were allowed to run Grand National East/West. The Grand National East and Grand National West divisions were also under the new point system.
The Grand American Challenge Series opened the year with only Daytona and Talladega on the schedule. The predictions of the series ending had begun in the middle of 1970 and had seen the schedule greatly reduced in 1971 with close to half of the races being combination events that included Grand National and Grand American cars. The future of the series was in doubt but it was not gone yet.
MIDNIGHT CHALLENGE 200
Daytona International Speedway
Saturday, February 6, 1972
The first race the Grand American cars would be eligible to compete in was the Midnight Challenge 200. It was part of a 3 race package that had been the 24 Hours of Daytona. The first event was the SCCA Brundage Western Hemisphere Formula Vee Trophy race on Saturday followed by the SCCA Midnight Challenge Cup race starting at midnight and then the FIA World Series Sports Car Championship race called the Daytona Six Hour Continental on Sunday. 39 cars were entered but only 24 took the green flag. 9 GA cars were entered with 7 starting. Many of the SCCA cars were co-driven but all the GA cars only had one driver except the #86 Firebird of David Boggs and Paul Fleming. The #57 Corvette started from the pole with Dave Heinz behind the wheel and pulled away from the field for 23 laps before his engine expired. Vince Gimondo then took his #47 Camaro to the front and held on for the win. The #89 Camaro of Tom Fraser and Bert Gafford finished second with Wayne Andrews in the #97 Mustang was third and the first GA car across the line. The other GA finishing were Ernie Shaw 11th, David Boggs/Paul Fleming 14th, Al Straub 17th, Glenn Brewer 20th, Buck Baker 21st, Bob Williams 23rd with Bobby Brewer and Herb Kanady not starting. The GA drivers earned GA points based on their finishing position and calculated on the new system. It was reported that there would be 4 class winners in the event but I only have the overall results. I can tell you that the GA cars were not in a class by themselves but included in one of the SCCA classes as Wayne Andrews was not credited with a class win and did not receive a trophy.
Fin. St. Driver # Car Laps Status
1 Vince Gimondo 47 Camaro 53 Running
2 Burt Gafford 89 Camaro 51 Running
3 Wayne Andrews 97 Mustang 50 Running
4 Ruben Novoa 81 Porsche 49 Running
5 Manuel Garcia 36 Camaro 48 Running
6 James Locke 61 Porsche 48 Running
7 George Stone 76 Porsche 48 Running
8 Guido Levetto 0 Camaro 48 Running
9 Richard Weiss 27 Porsche 47 Running
10 John Elliott 80 Camaro 46 Running
11 Ernie Shaw 37 Mustang 46 Running
12 Bobby Clark 75 Datsun 43 Running
13 Tom Nehl 8 Camaro 42 Tranny
14 Paul Fleming 86 Firebird 41
15 David McClain 19 Porsche 35
16 Robert Whitaker 30 Volvo 34
17 Al Straub 74 Mustang 33
18 Phil Currin 99 Corvette 30
19 1 Dave Heinz 57 Corvette 24 Engine
20 Glenn Brewer 49 Mustang 10
21 Buck Baker 87 Firebird 9
22 Jerry Lustig 77 Fiat 8
23 bob Williams 78 Mustang 3
24 John Prasek 46 Porsche 3
Point Standings Midnight Challenge
Daytona International Speedway
Friday, February 18, 1972
The first stand alone race of the 1972 season for the Grand American Challenge Series brought the cars back to Daytona Beach Florida for the 4th edition of the Citrus 250, a FIA sanctioned event. The FIA sanction opened the door for GN and international drivers to enter. Bobby Allison signed on to drive the Melvin Joseph Mustang with road course ringers Bob Jusola, Vic Elford, Herb Adams and Peter Gregg ready to mount GA cars. Herb Adams would team up with H.B. Bailey in one of Bailey’s Firebirds. Team Porsche driver Peter Gregg was scheduled to drive Reid Shaw’s Mustang that had been vacated by Wayne Andrews. Gentleman racer Shaw only wanted to race when and where he wanted, Wayne wanted to run for a championship and was given that opportunity by Jack StClair who owned a pipeline construction company in Roanoke, Va.. It was the first time Wayne would be a full time racer. He had worked for Shaw managing one of Shaw’s Tie-Rite neck ware plants during the week and racing on a hand shake on the week ends. They remained friends and when Gregg complained that the Mustang had no brakes and would not handle during practice Reid asked Wayne to drive the car to get a second opinion. Wayne went out and posted one of the quickest times of the day. Reid fired Peter Gregg and made a call to put Max Berrier in the car. When Andrews signed on the drive StClairs’ Pipeline Special there had already been a deal put together for Red Farmer to drive the car in the Citrus 250 so Wayne landed a ride in the Mustang owned by John Chisholm, who owned a construction company in Nova Scotia, Canada and had built a track patterned after Bristol called Riverside International Speedway. Engine problems plagued the team in practice and when the second engine broke it appear Wayne might miss the race but Red Farmer, who was nursing an injured leg that was bothering him when trying to tackle the road course, stepped out of the Pipeline Special and turned it over to Andrews.
H.B. Bailey averaged a speed of 108.999 mph to earn the pole position with James Hylton along side in a Camaro. Bobby Allison started third in a Mustang with Herb Adams in a Firebird fourth. Jeff Haar and Baxter Price in Camaros rounded out the top six. Wayne Andrews had qualified the Chisholm Mustang in 6th but started in Farmers spot of 18th when the Chisholm Mustang was scratched. Joie Chitwood Jr., Tommy Andrews and Randy Bannister rounded out the top ten starters but Tommy Andrews did not make the grid.
At the drop of the green on the back stretch it was Bailey taking the lead for 7 laps until Allison moved to the front. On lap 22 Allison spun off the track in turn 2 of the infield road course. He ended up next to turn 4, where he re-entered the race, bypassing a large piece of track. When he pitted with a tire vibration he was held on pit road for 30 sec. to make up for the time he gained during the spin. Wayne Andrews, who had charged through the field, took over the lead holding it for 13 laps until a driving rain storm with 40MPH gust hammered the speedway for about 10 minutes. Several cars spun more than once trying to make it to pit road for rain tires. In Andrews’ pit box when the crew spun the lug nuts off they disappeared under the water collecting there and they had trouble finding them extending their stay on pit road. Tiny Lund, who started 12th, led several laps during the down pour as Bailey decided to park his car due to lack of rain tires. The rain caused enough havoc with spins and pit stops that the penalty did not hurt Allison much. When the rain stopped Allison drove to the front with Andrews second. With two to go Allison had close to a minute lead when Andrews rolled to a stop on the final infield turn out of gas. Lund, who had been running 3rd a lap behind the leaders went by the parked Mustang to take second. Even without finishing Andrews claimed 3rd as he had 2 laps on the rest of the field. Joie Chitwood Jr. and Jimmy Capps rounded out the top five.
Allison collected $4,550 of the $23,550 purse.
Fin. St. Driver # Car Laps Status
1 3 Bobby Allison 49 ’70 Mustang 67 Running
2 12 Tiny Lund 55 ’71 Firebird 66 Running
3 18 Wayne Andrews 15 ’70 Mustang 65 DNF
4 8 Joie Chitwood Jr. 77 ’69 Camaro 65 Running
5 Jimmy Lee Capps 90 ‘69 Camaro 65 Running
6 Max Berrier 15 ’71 Mustang 64 Running
7 Stick Elliott 57 ’71 Camaro 63 Running
8 Paul Tyler 79 ’69 Camaro 63 Running
9 5 Jeff Haar 67 ’69 Camaro 63 Running
10 7 Baxter Price 3 ’69 Camaro 63 Running
11 2 James Hylton 92 ’71 Camaro 61 Running
12 4 Herb Adams 96 ’71 Firebird 60 Gearbox
13 Bob Williams 76 ’70 Mustang 59 Off course
14 Glenn Brewer 19 ’69 Camaro 57 Running
15 Jerry Hufflin 60 ’69 Camaro 56 Running
16 Jim Hailey 4 ’69 Javelin 56 Running
17 Al Straub 74 ’71 Mustang 55 Running
18 Bill Chevalier 82 ’71 Camaro 46 Running
19 1 H. B. Bailey 36 ’71 Firebird 39 Tires
20 Vic Elford 00 ’71 Camaro 36 Drive shaft
21 Roy Stamey 25 ’69 Camaro 25 Running
22 David Boggs 86 ’71 Firebird 20 Engine
23 Pee Wee Wentz 5 ’69 Camaro 20 Engine
24 Mike Humphreys 94 ’71 Camaro 17 Tranny
25 Charlie Blanton 95 ’71 Camaro 15 Brakes
26 Bob Jusola 47 ’69 Camaro 15 Battery
27 Ernie Shaw 17 ’70 Mustang 15 Clutch
28 10 Randy Bannister 26 ’69 Camaro 11 Engine
29 Gary Myers 41 ’70 Mustang 11 Engine
30 Dave Dayton 81 ’70 Mustang 8 Engine
31 19 Buck Baker 87 ’71 Firebird 3 Engine
32 Tom Lilly 91 ’70 Camaro 1 Engine
Point Standings after Daytona
"Sometimes it happens on the warm up lap"
My brother Keith reminded me of something about this race. The entrance to the road course portion of the track was after the flag stand and before the end of pit road. There were no physical barriers, only cones marking the turn. After taking the checkered flag dad slowed to take the left-hander into the infield. Just as he turned left he was hit from behind by Pete Harrison who had decided not to slow down and take to the infield but was going straight on toward the high banked turn one. Dad was OK but the tail end of the Mustang was crunched.
"Sometimes it happens on the cool down lap".
The car that exploded the flywheel at Richmond was the first Cougar Reid Shaw bought from Bud Moore. As a result of this explosion the car had 1970 sheet medal hung on it, except for the roof which was not changed. The bell housing that saved dad's feet and legs was in the car when Reid got it. I don't know if Bud made it or bought it aftermarket but it had what looked like a urethane coating on it. Dad remembers that the coating made it hard to get the engine bolts in and out.