Thursday, February 15, 2024

1975 – Ingram Survives; Wins Permatex 300

Jack Ingram

Daytona, Fla. (February 15, 1975) – National sportsman champion Jack Ingram of Asheville, N.C., survived two minor crashes Saturday and drove to a comfortable victory in the 300-mile NASCAR sportsman race at Daytona International Speedway.

Ingram’s windshield was severely cracked in one skirmish and his car was nudged in an eight-car spectacular wreck on the 31-degree banking of the 2.5-mile tri-oval.

But he avoided more serious accidents that sent former winner Red Farmer of Hueytown, Ala., to a hospital and caused minor injuries to three other drivers in a wild race which saw only 15 of 40 starters finish.

Ingram whipped his Chevrolet across the finish line 2.5-seconds ahead of Joe Millikan of Randleman, N.C., a member of Richard Petty’s pit crew, who drove a Dodge.

Ingram collected $9,700 for his victory, averaging 138.107 miles per hour in a race that was slowed by six caution flags. Eight drivers exchanged the lead 14 times in a thrilling race run before an estimated crowd of 70,000.

“A piece of rubber from a tire punched a hole in the right side of my windshield but we taped it up and I could see okay,” Ingram explained. “In the wreck, I scraped the the wall to avoid a spinning car. I think my keeping cool and my experience pulled me through.”

Harry Gant of Taylorsville, N.C., was third in a Chevrolet, Ivan Baldwin of Highland, Calif., took fourth in a Chevrolet, and Paul Radford of Ferrum, Va., took fifth in a Chevrolet.

Results –

1. Jack Ingram, Asheville, N.C.
2. Joe Millikan, Randleman, N.C.
3. Harry Gant, Taylorsville, N.C.
4. Ivan Baldwin, Highland, N.C.
5. Paul Radford, Ferrum, Va.
6. Morgan Shephard, Conover, N.C.
7. Darrell Bryant, Thomasville, N.C.
8. Neil Bonnett, Hueytown, Ala.
9. Bobby Allison, Hueytown, Ala.
10.Ron Bouchard, Fitchburg, Mass.
11.Jerry Schild, Houston, Tex.
12.Frank Choura, Harmony, Penn.
13.Buddy Howard, Greenville, S.C.
14.Ron Esau, San Diego, Calif.
15.Tiny Lund, Cross, S.C.
16.John Allen, Greenville, S.C.
17.Wayne Shugart, St. Augustine, Fla.
18.Jack Bland, Riverdale, Md.
19.Francis Affleck, St. Lambert, Que.
20.Jimmy Lee Cappa, Elkton, Fla.

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