Monday, February 26, 2024

1956 – Flock Snares 160-Miller at Daytona

Tim Flock shows off his trophy after winning at Daytona. 

Daytona Beach, Fla. (February 26, 1956) – Tim Flock, the 31-year-old member of Atlanta’s high-speed Flock family, powered his 1956 Chrysler 300B over a rain-slickened beach and asphalt course on Sunday afternoon at an average speed of 89.156 miles per hour to capture the Grand National Championship Circuit Race.

Flock, who captured the 125-mile modified race here two days ago, took the lead from his pole position starting spot and stayed in front throughout the entire grind except for a few moments on the 23rd lap when he stopped to refuel.

He went back in front before the next lap was completed and closed out the race, 57 seconds ahead of Billy Meyers of Germantown, N.C., who was jockeying a 1956 Mercury.

The race took 1 hour, 40 minutes, and 24 seconds.

Trailing by one lap and 10 seconds in third place was courageous Ralph Moody of Dania, Fla., whose 1956 Ford rolled over completely on lap 26, only to end up on all four of its wheels. Moody finished the race with a smashed hood and the windshield knocked out.

The event was marked by a number of pileups at both ends of the 4.1-mile oval track and only 38 of the 79 starters were reported by race officials as to completing the race.

Flock picked up the winner’s trophy and collected $4,025 as the first-place purse.

Results –

1. Tim Flock, Atlanta, Ga.
2. Billy Meyers, Germantown, N.C.
3. Ralph Moody, Charlotte, N.C.
4. Jimmy Lewallen, High Point, N.C.
5. Jim Reed, Peekskill, N.Y.
6. Garvin Rendahl, Rio, Wis.
7. Bob Korf, Dayton, Ohio
8. Herb Thomas, Sanford, N.C.
9. Fonty Flock, Atlanta, Ga.
10.Gwyn Staley, North Wilkesboro, N.C.

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