Bill Blair (racing driver)
|Born||July 14, 1911|
High Point, North Carolina
|Died||November 2, 1995(aged 84)|
|Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career|
|123 races run over 10 years|
|Best finish||4th (1949)|
|First race||1949 Race No. 1 (Charlotte)|
|Last race||1958 Lakewood Speedway (Atlanta)|
|First win||1950 Vernon Fairgrounds (Vernon, NY)|
|Last win||1953 Daytona Beach|
Wins[change | change source]
Blair won three NASCAR Strictly Stock/Grand National races:
- June 18, 1950 – Blair piloted a 1950 Mercury owned by Sam Rice to victory in a race at Vernon Faigrounds in Vernon, NY.
- April 20, 1952 – Blair drove a 1952 Oldsmobile owned by George Hutchens to his second win at Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta, GA.
- February 15, 1953 – In his final series victory, Blair drove his 1953 Oldsmobile to victory lane at the Beach & Road Course in Daytona Beach, FL.
Memorial[change | change source]
Blair, Jimmie Lewallen, and Fred Harb are the subject of the independent movie "Red Dirt Rising", which is based on the book "Red Dirt Tracks: The Forgotten Heroes of Early Stockcar Racing" by Gail Cauble Gurley.
References[change | change source]
- Film of 1953 Daytona Beach event
- Movie tells stories of race drivers and the community they live in[permanent dead link]; Jamie Kennedy Jones, July 15, 2007, Greensboro News & Record; Retrieved December 24, 2007