Wayne Wilson's Passing
RIP Wayne , God Bless the family. Every time I met Wayne he always greeted me with a big smile like he had known me all his life.
Here is a picture of the window net I have. The netting is a little heavier than volleyball netting, almost like basketball netting but not as stretchy. Not sure when NASCAR went to all webbing on the window nets but I ran similar to this in the 80's on short tracks.
If my memory is correct the #00 had a Holman-Moody window net. It had white netting and webbing around the outside and the horizontal webbing that runs just above the door had a H-M label sown in it. I still have one that may have been the one used on this car, at the very least it is just like it in shape and color. The top front corner of the net was angled to fit along the A post. This was done to get the front of the net forward enough to also help keep the drivers hand and forearm inside the car.
In the draft.
On the grid.
Inver House Bama 200
Talladega International Motor Speedway
Saturday, August 5, 1972
The fourth race of the 1972 season for the Grand American Challenge Series brought the cars to Talladega for the 3rd edition of the Bama 200 on the 4 mile road course and was the 5th points race of the year. The event was sanctioned by both NASCAR and IMSA. Four classes of IMSA cars and the Grand American cars would compete on the road course at the same time for separate purses. The Grand American cars were inspected by NASCAR and the Camel GT cars were inspected by IMSA with both groups having separate garages and pit areas. The four classes of IMSA Camel GT cars were GTO, GTU, TO and TU with engine size being the primary difference in the classes. There were 37 Camel GT cars and 15 GA cars. The events title sponsor was Inver House Distillers Limited, makers of Scottish Malt Wiskey.
Paul Tyler earned the pole position for the GA cars in a Camaro. Dr. Wilbur Pickett was the first car across the finish line in a Camel GT Corvette a little over a lap ahead of Tiny Lund who was the first GA car across the line. H.B. Bailey and Lund had battled for the GA lead early but Bailey faded and Lund went on to put a lap on the second GA car of Paul Tyler. The GA purse was a little over $15,000 and the IMSA purse was $12,000.
Grand American Results
Fin. St. Driver # Car Laps Status
1 Tiny Lund 55 ’72 Firebird 49 Running
2 1 Paul Tyler 79 ’69 Camaro 48 Running
3 Roy Stamey 25 ’69 Camaro 48 Running
4 Wayne Andrews 97 ’70 Mustang 46 Running
5 Randy Bannister 26 ’69 Camaro 44 Running
6 Ernie Shaw 17 ’70 Mustang 42 Engine
7 Rick Newsom 07 ’69 Cougar 42 Running
8 H. B. Bailey 36 ’72 Firebird 33
9 Gary Myers 41 ’70 Mustang 32 Engine
10 Billy Hagan 52 ’70 Mustang 29 Running
11 Glenn Brewer 19 ’69 Camaro 19 Engine
12 Jimmy Lee Capps 90 ‘69 Camaro 5 Engine
13 Richard Childress ’69 Camaro 4
14 Herb Kanady 23 ’69 Camaro 1
15 Joe Hollingsworth 16 ’70 Mustang 0
Tiny Lund Pontiac Firebird
When the Grand American competitors left Talladega the only thing they knew about the future of the series was that there were no more GA races on the schedule. No announcements from the governing body came out. Most all of them had plenty of races to prepare for though in the Grand National East, Late Model Sportsman, USAC, ARCA and even Winston Cup series.
Point Standings after Talladega
At the end of the season the point standings after Talladega became the final standings and Wayne Andrews was named the 1972 Grand American Champion. Wayne was the only driver to earn points in all five events and the only driver to have three top five finishes. The new point system was designed to place an emphasis on miles completed in competition and even though Wayne did not win a race he did that better than any other GA driver. Superspeedways awarded more points than short tracks and bonus points were awarded for each lap of competition with longer tracks giving more bonus points than short tracks. Bob Williams of Jackson, Miss. was named the 1972 GA Rookie of the Year and Tiny Lund was voted Most Popular GA Driver.
Ken Piper presents Wayne Andrews with Championship trophy
And now the other part of the Inver House Bama 200
Camel GT Results
Fin. St. Driver # Car Laps Group
1 Wilbur Pickett 2 Corvette 50 1. GTO
2 Tony DeLorenzo 78 Corvette 49 2. GTO
3 Dan Daughtry 94 Corvette 49 3. GTO
4 Gene Felton 95 Camaro 49 4. GTO
5 Tom Hehl 47 Camaro 48 1. TO
6 Hurley Haywood 59 Porsche 48 1. GTU
7 Michael Keyser 1 Porsche 48 2. GTU
8 John O’Steen 43 Porsche 46 3. GTU
9 Phil Currin 99 Corvette 46 5. GTO
10 Pete Harrison 0 Porsche 46 4. GTU
11 John Floyd 18 Corvette 45 6. GTO
12 Vince Gimondo 27 Camaro 45 2. TO
13 Robert Stoddard 6 Porsche 44 5. GTU
14 John Elliot 80 Camaro 41 3. TO
15 Dennis Shaw 88 Opel 40 1. TU
16 Pat McIntyre 85 Camaro 39 4. TO
17 Bob Christiansen 72 Camaro 38 5. TO
18 Clay Young 7 Camaro 37 6. TO
19 John Diamanti 86 Alfa Romeo 37 2. TU
20 Robert Henning 21 Javelin 34 7. TO
21 Garrett Waddell 15 Corvette 33 7. GTO
22 Bert Gafford 89 Camaro 25 8. TO
23 Lynn South 34 Corvette 22 8. GTO
24 Don Duplass 84 Escort 14 3. TU
25 Ralston Long 9 Corvette 9 9. GTO
26 Richard Presnell 77 Shelby GT 1 10. GTO
27 H.W. Alexander 30 Pinto 1 4. TU
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.