Legend Profiles T-Y
Marshall was born February 17, 1922 and died February 11, 1959 and he hailed from Daytona Beach, Florida...Died attempting to set a speed record at the new Daytona International Speedway....a Daytona Beach native and successful and popular beach racer, he won five of the first 14 Winston Cup races in '51 in Hudson Hornets and two of the first three in '52, also in Hudsons....left NASCAR to go IndyCar racing for most of the '50s, but couldn't resist the lure of coming back home when Bill France opened his 2.5-mile track in February of 1959.
Herb was born April 6,1923 and hails from Olivia, North Carolina....Two-time ('51 and '53) series champion likely would have won a third if he hadn't been hurt late in 1956 and missed the last three races....as it was, he finished second that year to Buck Baker, the third time ('52,'54, and '56) he'd been runner-up....he won 38 poles and 48 races in his 230-start career that began in 1949 and ended in 1962....won the 1951, 1954, and 1955 Southern 500s, and the 1950 and 1954 races at Martinsville.
Speedy was born April 3, 1926 and died April 2, 1972 and he hailed from Monroe, North Carolina....The man with the near-perfect racing name won 18 poles and 20 races in his 198-start career....his first win was at Macon in the fall of '53, his last at Richmond in the fall of '60....among his most important victories: North Wilkesboro, Martinsville, the '57 Southern 500 at Darlington, twice at Richmond, and the 1960 National 400 at Charlotte....was third in points for four consecetive seasons:'56,'57,'58,and '59, then was 25th in '60....died of a heart attack while racing at the Metrolina Speedway in Charlotte, NC, just one day short of his 46th birthday.
Curtis was born April 12,1924 and died October 4,1970....One of NASCAR's earliest starts and among its most controversial drivers....won 17 poles and 17 races in his career, which spanned 1949 through 1968....he won the fourth Winston Cup race of its inaugural season of 1949, then won 16 more, almost all of them during the '50s....he was suspended fron competition by NASCAR president Bill France, Sr. in 1960 because he tried to organize the drivers for the Teamsters Union...was the first president of the Charlotte Motor Speedway, and needed a loan from the Teamsters in 1960 to repay creditors....when France got wind of it, he banned Turner until late in the 1965 season....he died in a plane crash in 1970.
Joe was born on May 29,1922 and died on January 19,1964 and he hailed from Norfolk, Virginia...Two-time ('62and '63) series champion graduated from motorcycles in the '50s to become one of NASCAR's most popular and successful drivers....won 19 poles and 23 races in 230 career starts, many of them on rough and tumble short tracks....among his major victories: the 1960 and 1963 Rebel 300s at Darlington, and the 1961 National 400 at Charlotte....nicknamed "The Clown Prince" for his freespirited nature, he died when his head hit the retaining wall when his car slid into it at Riverside...one of the first NASCAR drivers to have his own plane and he delighted in terrorizing unsuspecting passengers....1961's most popular driver, he was fourth in points that year, which was the season before he won his first championship.
Bob was born May 5,1928 and died in 1997 and he hailed from Denton, North Carolina....Won seven poles and nine races, all but one of them on short tracks between '57 and '59...the lone exception was in 1959, the first race (a 100-mile qualifier) at the new Daytona International Speedway....also won twice at Martinsville and twice at Fayetteville, and once at Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Myrtle Beach.
Rex was born August 17,1929 and he hails from Spartanburg, South Carolina....Won 36 poles and 28 races in his 233-race career dating from 1956 through the 1964 season....was the 1960 NASCAR champion with six victories, 25 top-5 finishes, and 35 top-10s in 40 starts....his only superspeedway victory was his last victory, the 1962 Dixie 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where he led only the final three laps in beating Joe Weatherly and Marvin Panch thanks to better fuel efficiency....career totals included two victories each at Martinsville and North Wilkesboro and one at Richmond...he followed his championship season with a second=place points finish in 1961, fifth in 1962, and ninth in 1963, when he was 0 for 25.
Glen was born July 18,1925 and hails from Stuart, Virginia....Won four times, then became full-time director (with his brother Leonard) of the family-owned team that still bears their name....the Wood brothers have fielded winning cars for such luminaries as Speedy Thompson, Marvin Panch, Tiny Lund, Dan Gurney, Curtis Turner, Cale Yarborough, Parnelli Jones, donnie Allison, A.J. Foft, Neil Bonnett, Dale Jarrett, and Morgan Shepherd....enjoyed great success (43 of their 96 victories) with David Pearson between '72 and '79....the team has won almost every major NASCAR race at least once....retired as a driver after running a very limited schedule through the '50s and early '60s.
Cale was born on March 27,1939 and he hails from Timmonsville, South Carolina....Won three consecutive championships ('76,'77,'78) with team owner Junior Johnson and was second in Johnson-owned cars in '73,'74,and '80....started 559 races between 1957 and 1988, when he retired after eight years of a partial schedule....won 70 poles and 83 races, fifth on the all-time victory list....among his triumphs: nine at Bristol, eight each at Michigan and Daytona, (four in the 500, four in the 400); seven each at Rockingham, Nashville, and Atlanta; six at Martinsville; five each at North Wilkesboro and Darlington; three each at Riverside, Richmond, Talladega, Dover, and Charlotte; two at Pocono; and one at College Station....also raced in the Indy 500....retired after the 1988 season.
September 17,1938 and died December 7, 1984 and he hailed from Jacksonville, Florida....Had an undistinguished Winston Cup career until the late '60s when he teamed up with crew chief Herb Nab and team owner Junior Johnson....won seven major races in '69 (twice each at Darlington and Daytona and once each at Charlotte, Rockingham and Atlanta) and won a then record $188,605...all told, won 11 poles and 14 races in 198-race career from 1960 thru 1972....contacted Rocky Mountain spotted fever in the '70s and died in a nursing home in 1984.