Jack Walker

Charlotte Results M-S Oct 16,1965

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The first annual Charlotte 250 was a prelude to the 1965 National 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The expected field was to be 50 Late Model Modified and Sportsman cars. For an unknown reason only 18 cars showed up for qualifying for the $15000 race. There were 3 Grand National cars (1963 & 64 models) added to the field on race day. Sonny Hutchins won the pole in a Modified 1961 Ford. The race was uneventful, and ended with Lee Roy Yarbrough being flagged the winner after he led the final 83 laps. Yarbrough was disqualified in the post race inspection for using wheels wider than 8 ½”, and Ralph Earnhardt inherited the win along with a $3000 check. It’s interesting that Charlotte Motor Speedway has no record of Ralph Earnhardt ever winning a race at Charlotte, but he did. ** Updated 9/18 with additional car numbers.
TMC Chase
@tmc-chase   5 years ago

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From Sunday October 24 Kannapolis paper.
From there, the trail goes cold. I haven't found any additional articles referencing NASCAR's final decision on the race or Earnhardt's status.
TMC Chase
@tmc-chase   5 years ago
The late Don Tilley got a top 10 finish. Jack's rundown has him in 7th, but this article has him in 6th. Either way, a good day for the Carolina driver and former Petty Enterprises crewman.
Dave Fulton
@dave-fulton   5 years ago
Hutchins was driving Junie Donlavey's Ford Starliner. Should we "assume" that was Preacher Cox's #50 Earnhardt was driving?
TMC Chase
@tmc-chase   5 years ago

No need to assume Dave. Confirmed.
The first article says Earnhardt planned to race a 1962 Ford for Marion Cox and that Cox would enter a second TBA driver in the 1961 Ford Marvin Panch raced to the in the 1965 Modified Sportsman race at Daytona. But the following article mentions Earnhardt's shaking down of a 1961 Ford. The only 1962 Ford in the rundown I see was raced by Don Tilley. The article I posted earlier about Tilley says he and a few others pooled their money to buy his Ford. This leads me to wonder if they bought it from Marion Cox.
But it does sound like Earnhardt won in the same 1961 Ford that Pancho raced to his win at Daytona 7 months earlier. ( Mike Cox pic )
TMC Chase
@tmc-chase   5 years ago
Here are a couple of shots from the race. First is a pre-race pic of Ralph with Preacher. The second is of Ralph pulling Bobby Allison. Both credited to Pal Parker. Hopefully RR member Russ Parker is still around and will see these.
TMC Chase
@tmc-chase   5 years ago
Dave Fulton
@dave-fulton   5 years ago
Thanks, Chase... some really good stuff.
Dave Fulton
@dave-fulton   5 years ago
And... one of my heroes, JT Putney brings out the first caution!!!
Dave Fulton
@dave-fulton   5 years ago
Unless he has a brother named Tommy, I believe the 20th place finisher would be our own GT Nolen. http://stockcar.racersreunion.com/profile/GTNolen?xg_source=profiles_memberList The #83 car was surely a former Worth McMillion Grand National Pontiac out of Amelia, Va.
G.T. Nolen
@gt-nolen   5 years ago
Dave, I just saw this thread, it was me driving Worth's 65 Pontiac. The same car that they drug out of the woods last year and had on display at the Hillsbourgh reunion. I had tried and failed to qualify for the G.N. race and they were short on cars for the modified race so they let me start the race.
Jack Walker
@jack-walker   5 years ago
G.T. (Tommy) - What was the talk at the track that week as to why the M-S field was so short ? The race was open to 50 entries, but fell way short.
G.T. Nolen
@gt-nolen   5 years ago
Jack, I have no idea what the talk about the lack of cars was, that was 50 years ago. I just remember being told that I could start the race for last place money but that i should drop out after the race got going. I don't remember if that was a requirement from NASCAR or Worth told me to drop out, probably Worth.
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