More on the one-timers
Wednesday, May. 26, 2010
Johnny Allen (1962, Winston-Salem): Although his win at Bowman Gray Stadium is his only official victory, Allen also crossed the finish line first in 1961 in the first race at Bristol (Va.) Motor Speedway. But he was driving in relief of Jack Smith, who got credit for the victory.
Mario Andretti (1967, Daytona Beach, Fla.): Andretti was still relatively unknown when he won the '67 Daytona 500. He wouldn't win his first Formula One race until 1971, and his only Indianapolis 500 victory came in 1969.
Richard Brickhouse (1969, Talladega, Ala.): Brickhouse won the first Talladega 500 after the sport's top drivers boycotted the race because of what they felt were unsafe tires.
Bob Burdick (1961, Atlanta): The only driver from Nebraska to ever win a Cup race.
Marvin Burke (1951, Oakland, Calif.): The only driver in NASCAR history to win the only race he entered.
Jim Cook (1960, Sacramento, Calif.): Was murdered years later by a drifter, who beat him to death with some of his racing trophies.
Mark Donohue (1973, Riverside, Calif.): Open-wheel star was last "ringer" to win on a road course.
Lou Figaro (1951, Gardena, Calif.): Died three years later in a crash at North Wilkesboro.
Jimmy Florian (1950, Dayton, Ohio): After an unlikely victory in a flathead Ford over stars such as Curtis Turner, Lee Petty and Joe Weatherly, Florian emerged shirtless from his car in Victory Lane. That caused NASCAR to pass a rule requiring drivers to at least wear a T-shirt.
Larry Frank (1962, Darlington, S.C.): Although Junior Johnson crossed the finish line first, his victory was overturned when a scoring miscalculation was discovered overnight. Johnson was asked during the post-race news conference what he would do with his winnings. "Build some more chicken houses," he said.
Reporter Bloys Britt later wrote: "Junior counted his chicken houses before they got built."
Jim Hurtubise (1966, Atlanta): After fiery crash later in his career, Hurtubise asked that his badly burned hands be set so they could hold a steering wheel.
Brad Keselowski (2009, Talladega, Ala.): Won at Talladega despite not running a full schedule that season.
Harold Kite (1950, Daytona Beach, Fla.): A former military tank driver, Kite needed all that experience to guide a 1949 Lincoln to a victory on Daytona's beach and road course.
Joey Logano (2009, Loudon, N.H.): Logano's sole victory also made him the youngest driver in NASCAR history to win a race, at 19.
Johnny Mantz (1950, Darlington, S.C.): Won the first Southern 500, but it took him 6 hours, 38 minutes to do so. He started 43rd, the slowest qualifying car in the field (10 mph slower than pole winner Curtis Turner). He still finished nine laps ahead of runner-up Fireball Roberts. He ran the race with a good-luck charm in his car, a doll given to him by his car owner's daughter. Winner of the Southern 500 now receives the "Johnny Mantz Trophy."
Sam McQuagg (1966, Daytona Beach, Fla.): When McQuagg won the Firecracker 400, he was the first driver in NASCAR history to use a spoiler. In a later race, McQuagg was involved in a wreck with Cale Yarborough that was used in ABC's Wild World of Sports video montage as the "agony of defeat."
Lloyd Moore (1950, Westchester, Ind.): Was the oldest living NASCAR driver before he died at 95 in 2008. Recalled once being bumped from behind by Lee Petty: "That was something I didn't think was necessary and I told him afterward," Moore said. "He said, 'Well ... that was just an accident on purpose.'"
Norm Nelson (1955, Las Vegas): Won a race that was called because of darkness.
Lennie Pond (1978, Talladega, Ala.): Won the Talladega 500 in a speed of 174.700 mph, a record at the time.
David Reutimann (2009, Charlotte): Reutimann not only won a rain-delayed race from Sunday, he won a race that was again delayed - and halted - the next day. He was declared the winner while his car was parked on pit road.
Bill Rexford (1950, Canfield, Ohio): Rexford's only victory came in a season where he was still able to win the championship (although Lee Petty was docked more than 800 points for racing in non-NASCAR-sanctioned events). At 23, Rexford remains the youngest winner of the title.
Jody Ridley (1981, Dover, Del.): Won in a scoring controversy over David Pearson. The race's scoring somehow got seriously out of whack, and Ridley was declared the winner despite protests from Pearson's team.
Shorty Rollins (1958, Busti, N.Y.): Was NASCAR's first official rookie of the year in '58. The winner in 1959? Richard Petty.
Jim Roper (1949, Charlotte): Won the first race in NASCAR history, at the 3/4-mile dirt Charlotte Speedway - but only after Glenn Dunaway's car was disqualified. Dunaway's owner, Hubert Westmoreland, was so mad he sued NASCAR, but his complaint was thrown out of court.
Earl Ross (1974, Martinsville, Va.): Ross, from Canada, was the only non-U.S. driver to win a race until Colombia's Juan Pablo Montoya won in 2007.
Johnny Rutherford (1963, Daytona Beach, Fla.): Open-wheel star won his first NASCAR race (he'd have 35 career starts).
Frankie Schneider (1958, Manassas, Va.): Reportedly won 200 races that year in lower divisions.
Wendell Scott (1963, Jacksonville, Fla.): Only African-American driver to win a Cup race.
Buddy Shuman (1951, Niagara Falls, Ontario): "Buddy Shuman Award" given annually for contributions to NASCAR. Shuman died in a hotel fire in Hickory in 1955.
Donald Thomas (1951, Detroit): At 20 years, 129 days, was youngest driver to win a race until Kyle Busch (20 years, 126 days in 2005) won 54 years later.
Danny Weinberg (1951, Hanford, Calif.): Led one lap in 17-race, seven-year career - the final lap of the only race he won.