Jack Walker

Metrolina LMS Results - November 10 ,1974

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Metrolina Speedway was the home of the "Charlotte 500" on November 10, 1974. The Charlotte 500 consisted of a 250 lap race for Late Model Sportsman cars, and 250 laps for the Modifieds. Net Jarrett was the promoter for this classic event that drew the best of the best. Time trials to qualify the first 12 spots for each series were on Friday night for the Sunday races. The remaining 20 positions were set from 25 lap qualifying races on Saturday. For the LMS part of the event, Bill Dennis won the pole with a speed of 85.747 mph over the 1/2 paved track. Bobby Isaac dominated the first 98 laps of the LMS race until he wrecked with Tommy Houston on lap 104 taking both out. Ray Hendrick, Morgan Shepherd, Sonny Hutchins, and Jack Ingram battled for the lead until Ingram took the lead on lap 226. Ingram took home $2600 for the victory before a crowd of 7500.
Randy Simmons
@randy-simmons   10 years ago
Man those names on that sheet bring back a lot of memories I saw all of those guys race at one time or the other. Those were the good days of racing for me.
Paul Zappardino
@paul-zappardino   10 years ago
THANKS for this stuff,where are you getting these results from Jack? I would love to check more out!
TMC Chase
@tmc-chase   6 years ago
Qualifying report and race preview from The Evening News
TMC Chase
@tmc-chase   6 years ago

I believe this photo of Sonny Hutchins is from the 1974 Charlotte 500 - Butch Zervakis
Morgan Shepherd in 1 car. Hutchins in 01 one row back to inside. - Lynn Hughes
The start of the late model sportsman race - Gerald Medford
TMC Chase
@tmc-chase   6 years ago

Ticket brochure for the Charlotte 500
And the 2-race event was featured in the April 1975 issues of Stock Car Racing magazine. Hopefully someone here still has that issue and can scan & share the article.
NCMarrk
@ncmarrk   6 years ago
Was Ned Jarrett the track promoter or did he just promote this race? I know he was the track promoter at Hickory but was he doing double duty at Metrolina ?
TMC Chase
@tmc-chase   6 years ago
Based on this September 1975 Spartanburg Herald article, Ned was the Metrolina track manager through mid-1975. The place then closed for the rest of the season as the track went through a management transition.
NCMarrk
@ncmarrk   6 years ago
Thanks Chase! Interesting note: Ned promoted another double header weekend on Feb. 23 1975the "Metrolina 500" but it was rained out and rescheduled about a month later for Mar. 21-23 1975. Hickory then push back their400 lap Mod/LMS opener to Easter Weekend of Mar. 30th - . This gave the LMS and Mod teams two weeks to make repairs from the Mar. 9,1975 Dogwood 500 weekend. Pretty smart promoting, it gave the northern LMS and Mod teams big events to compete in during the winter months before the summer grind started for the both series.
NCMarrk
@ncmarrk   5 years ago
From the April 1975 Stock Car Magazine posted above. (complete story of the 2nd event)
NCMarrk
@ncmarrk   5 years ago
A few LMS photos from the 2nd event. (April 1975 Stock Car Magazine) L.D.Ottinger Chevelle all tore up. Johnny Gregory Joe Henry Thurman #19 and Tiny Lund #55
TMC Chase
@tmc-chase   3 years ago

Found a great series of photos from this race snapped by Bryant McMurray. https://specialcollections.uncc.edu/islandora/object/motorsports%3A2481
Dave Fulton
@dave-fulton   3 years ago
Chase, thanks for the link to Bryant's photos.
Dave Fulton
@dave-fulton   3 years ago
Chase, you are the Joe Millikan expert... what on earth is a Scant? 🤔 Or, is Jack Walker pulling our leg?😉
Dave Fulton
@dave-fulton   3 years ago
Jack Walker updated on his timeline that the Joe Millikan car should probably be a Scamp. The Plymouth Valiant Scamp was one of the Chrysler kit cars available through Petty Enterprises.
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