Decades of Racing

 

DODGE IS BACK IN TOWN

     Due to the fact Dodge has not won a race since 1977,( in Ontario, Canada driven by  Neal Bonnett ) and Dodge is making a come back in 2001, I thought I would start my first two columns discussing the history of Dodge in the Grant National and the Winston Cup racing series.

     Dodge became popular as a racecar in 1953 when it came equipped with a V-8 engine.  Lee Petty a dedicated Chrysler driver decided he had to purchase a Dodge and went on to win five of the six races won by a Dodge that year.  The other Dodge victory  came at Martinsville and driven by Jim Paschal.  In 1954 John Soares drove the Dodge to victory at Gardena, California, the only Dodge to win that year.  In 1955 Dodge again  made it to victory lane once, and that was at Winston-Salem and the driver was Lee Petty.  In 1956 Buck Baker drove his Dodge to victory lane five times followed by Speedy Thompson and Lee Petty with two victories each. Royce Haggerty and Jack Smith made it to victory lane once each for a total of eleven victories for Dodge that year.  During a period of seven years from 1957 to 1963 Dodge recorded only one victory and that was at Sumter, South Carolina in 1960 and driven by Ned Jarrett.

     The '60s  were some good years for Dodge, especially starting in 1964 when Dodge crossed the finish line first, thirteen times.  David Pearson drove his Dodge to victory eight times in that year winning at Richmond, VA. , Greenville, SC. , Hillsboro, NC. , Chattanooga, TN. , Oxford, PA. , Myrtle Beach, SC , Columbia, SC. and Hickory, NC.  During that same year Buddy Baker had two victories followed by Junior Johnson, A. J. Foyt, and Cotton Owens with one victory each.  In 1965 the Ford's came alive to capture a remarkable forty-eight of the fifty-five races ran that year.  David Pearson did collect two victories that year at Columbia, SC. and Richmond, VA..  During the '66 season David Pearson took his Dodge to victory lane fourteen times followed by Earl Balmer, Sam McQuagg and Lee Roy Yarbrough one victory each.  During one stretch in '66 David Pearson was in victory lane four straight races. 

     In 1967  Richard Petty took his Plymouth to victory a record  twenty-seven times and recorded a record ten wins in a row.  The Dodge drivers were able to get to victory lane four times that year with David Pearson making it two times followed by Bobby Allison and Buddy Baker once each.  In 1968 David Pearson switched from Dodge to Ford and continued his winnings.  During the '68 & '69 season Bobby Isaac had his Dodge in victory lane twenty-one times with three of those coming in '68.  Buddy Baker and Charlie Glotzbach recorded the two other Dodge victories that year.  In 1969 Bobby Isaac chased after the Richard Petty twenty-seven wins but came up short with eighteen wins.  Bobby Allison had three wins followed by Richard Brickhouse with one win.

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YEAR LOCATION DRIVER
1953 W. Palm Beach Lee Petty
Richmond, VA Lee Petty
Martinsville, VA Lee Petty
Shreveport, LA Lee Petty
Spartanburg, SC Lee Petty
Martinsville, VA Jim Paschal
1954 Gardena, CA John Soares
1955 Winston-Salem, NC Lee Petty
1956 Richmond, VA Buck Baker
Columbia, SC Speedy Thompson
Greenville, SC Buck Baker
Martinsville, VA Buck Baker
Abbottstown, PA Buck Baker
Weaverville, NC Lee Petty
Spartanburg, SC Lee Petty
Shelby NC Speedy Thompson
Portland, OR Royce Haggerty
Columbia, SC Buck Baker
Martinsville, VA Jack Smith
1957

No Winners

1958 No Winners
1959

No Winners

1960 Sumter, SC

Ned Jarrett

1961 No Winners
1962 No Winners
1963 No Winners
1964 Daytona Beach, FL Junior Johnson
Richmond, VA David Pearson
Greenville, SC David Pearson
Hillsboro, NC David Pearson
Chattanooga, TN David Pearson
Valdosta, GA Buck Baker
Daytona Beach, FL A. J. Foyt
Oxford, PA David Pearson
Myrtle Beach, SC David Pearson
Columbia, SC David Pearson
Darlington, SC Buck Baker
Hickory, NC David Pearson
Richmond, VA Cotton Owens
1965 Columbia, SC David Pearson
Richmond, VA David Pearson
1966 Daytona Beach, FL Earl Balmer
Hickory, NC David Pearson
Columbia SC David Pearson
Greenville, SC David Pearson
Winston-Salem, NC David Pearson
Richmond, VA David Pearson
Mayock, NC David Pearson
Ashville, NC David Pearson
Maryville, TN David Pearson
Daytona Beach, FL Sam McQuagg
Bridgehampton, NY David Pearson
Fonda, NY David Pearson
Columbia, SC David Pearson
Winston-Salem, NC David Pearson
Hickory, NC David Pearson
Richmond, VA David Pearson
Concord, NC Lee Roy Yarbrough
1967 Bristol, TN David Pearson
Greenville, SC David Pearson
Birmingham, AL Bobby Allison
Concord, NC Buddy Baker
1968 Columbia, SC Bobby Isaac
Augusta, GA Bobby Isaac
Concord, SC Buddy Baker
Beltsville, MD Bobby Isaac
Concord, NC Charlie Glotzbach
1969 Daytona Beach, FL Bobby Isaac
Bristol, TN Bobby Allison
Columbia, SC Bobby Isaac
Hickory, NC Bobby Isaac
Greenville, SC Bobby Isaac
Memorial 400 Bobby Allison
Weaverville, NC Bobby Isaac
Beltsville, MD Bobby Isaac
Macon, GA Bobby Isaac
Maryville, TN Bobby Isaac
Greenville, SC Bobby Isaac
S. Boston, VA Bobby Isaac
Weaverville, NC Bobby Isaac
Hickory, NC Bobby Isaac
Richmond, VA Bobby Allison
Talladega, AL Richard Brickhouse
Columbia, SC Bobby Isaac
Savanna, GA Bobby Isaac
Augusta, GA Bobby Isaac
Jefferson, GA Bobby Isaac
Macon, GA Bobby Isaac
College Station, TX Bobby Isaac

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