1953 NASCAR Grand National Series

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1953 Grand National Series season
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The 1953 NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup Series) Season began on February 1 and ended on November 1. NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Herb Thomas, driving his own #92 Hudson Hornet, won the championship and became the first repeat champion of the Grand National Series.

1953-01[edit]

The first race of the 1953 season was run on February 1 at the Palm Beach Speedway in West Palm Beach, Florida. Dick Rathmann won the pole position.

Top Ten Results

  1. Lee Petty
  2. Jimmie Lewallen
  3. Tim Flock
  4. Herschel Buchanan
  5. Don Oldenberg
  6. Bub King
  7. Dub Livingston
  8. Pop McGinnis
  9. Donald Thomas
  10. Sam DiRusso


1953-02[edit]

The second race of the 1953 season was run on February 15 at the Daytona Beach Road Course in Daytona Beach, Florida. Bob Pronger won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Bill Blair
  2. Fonty Flock
  3. Tommy Thompson
  4. Herb Thomas
  5. Tim Flock
  6. Dick Passwater
  7. Curtis Turner
  8. Donald Thomas
  9. Tom Cherry
  10. Slick Smith


1953-03[edit]

The third race of the 1953 season was run on March 8 at Harnett Speedway in Spring Lake, North Carolina. Herb Thomas won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Herb Thomas
  2. Dick Rathmann
  3. Lee Petty
  4. Dick Passwater
  5. Herschel Buchanan
  6. Mike Klapak
  7. Tim Flock
  8. Ray Duhigg
  9. Don Oldenberg
  10. Keith Hamner


Wilkes County 200[edit]

The fourth race of the season was run on March 29 at North Wilkesboro Speedway in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Herb Thomas won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Herb Thomas
  2. Dick Rathmann
  3. Fonty Flock
  4. Lee Petty
  5. Jimmie Lewallen
  6. Buck Baker
  7. Joe Eubanks
  8. Slick Smith
  9. Dick Passwater
  10. Bub King


1953-05[edit]

The fifth race of the season was run on April 5 at Charlotte Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. Tim Flock won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Dick Passwater
  2. Gober Sosebee
  3. Herschel Buchanan
  4. Tim Flock
  5. Pop McGinnis
  6. Otis Martin
  7. Fred Dove
  8. Mike Klapak
  9. Bub King
  10. Coleman Lawrence


Richmond 200[edit]

The sixth race of the season was run on April 19 at the Atlantic Rural Exposition Fairgrounds in Richmond, Virginia. Buck Baker won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Lee Petty
  2. Dick Rathmann
  3. Buck Baker
  4. Dick Passwater
  5. Bill Blair
  6. Ray Duhigg
  7. Donald Thomas
  8. Gene Comstock
  9. Fred Dove
  10. Herb Thomas

1953-07[edit]

The seventh race of the season was run on April 26 at Central City Speedway in Macon, Georgia. Dick Rathmann won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Dick Rathmann
  2. Herb Thomas
  3. Jimmie Lewallen
  4. Fonty Flock
  5. Dick Passwater
  6. Tim Flock
  7. Joe Eubanks
  8. Buck Baker
  9. Ted Chamberlain
  10. Virgil Livengood

1953-08[edit]

The eighth race of the season was run on May 3 at Langhorne Speedway in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Tim Flock captured the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Buck Baker
  2. Lee Petty
  3. Fonty Flock
  4. Herschel Buchanan
  5. Tim Flock
  6. Ray Duhigg
  7. Herb Thomas
  8. Bill Adams
  9. Ralph Liguori
  10. Ted Chamberlain

1953-09[edit]

The ninth race of the season was run on May 9 at Columbia Speedway in Columbia, South Carolina. Herb Thomas won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Buck Baker
  2. Tim Flock
  3. Jimmie Lewallen
  4. Ray Duhigg
  5. Lee Petty
  6. Gober Sosebee
  7. Bill Blair
  8. Herb Thomas
  9. Bill Jennings
  10. Ralph Dyer


1953-10[edit]

The tenth race of the season was run on May 16 at Hickory Speedway in Hickory, North Carolina. Herb Thomas won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Tim Flock
  2. Joe Eubanks
  3. Ray Duhigg
  4. Dick Passwater
  5. Dick Rathmann
  6. Bob Welborn
  7. Otis Martin
  8. Herschel Buchanan
  9. Pop McGinnis
  10. Clyde Minter


1953-11[edit]

The eleventh race of the season was run on May 17 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia. Joe Eubanks won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Lee Petty
  2. Herb Thomas
  3. Dick Rathmann
  4. Ray Duhigg
  5. Ralph Liguori
  6. Dick Passwater
  7. Buck Baker
  8. Bob Welborn
  9. Clyde Minter
  10. Lyle Scott

1953-12[edit]

The twelfth race of the season was run on May 24 at Powell Motor Speedway in Columbus, Ohio. Fonty Flock captured the pole position for the race.

Top Ten Results

  1. Herb Thomas
  2. Dick Rathmann
  3. Buck Baker
  4. Curtis Turner
  5. Pop McGinnis
  6. Ralph Dyer
  7. Ed Benedict
  8. Lee Petty
  9. Gene Comstock
  10. Bub King


Raleigh 300[edit]

The thirteenth race of the season was run on May 30 at Raleigh Speedway in Raleigh, North Carolina. Slick Smith won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Fonty Flock
  2. Speedy Thompson
  3. Tim Flock
  4. Herb Thomas
  5. Dick Passwater
  6. Dick Rathmann
  7. Slick Smith
  8. Lee Petty
  9. Ray Duhigg
  10. Joe Eubanks


1953-14[edit]

The fourteenth race of the season was run on June 7 at the Louisiana Fairgrounds in Shreveport, Louisiana. Herb Thomas won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Lee Petty
  2. Dick Rathmann
  3. Herb Thomas
  4. Tim Flock
  5. Buck Baker
  6. Herschel Buchanan
  7. Gober Sosebee
  8. Ralph Dyer
  9. Elbert Allen
  10. Slick Smith


1953-15[edit]

The fifteen race of the season was run on June 14 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. Dick Rathmann won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Herb Thomas
  2. Dick Rathmann
  3. Lee Petty
  4. Buck Baker
  5. Tim Flock
  6. Dick Passwater
  7. Joe Eubanks
  8. Slick Smith
  9. Gober Sosebee
  10. Fred Moore


International 200[edit]

The sixteenth race of the season was run on June 21 at Langhorne Speedway in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Lloyd Shaw won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Dick Rathmann
  2. Lee Petty
  3. Jim Paschal
  4. Herb Thomas
  5. Bill Blair
  6. Dick Allwine
  7. Tim Flock
  8. Nick Fornono
  9. Billy Oswald
  10. Bill Rexford


1953-17[edit]

The seventeenth race of the season was run on June 26 at Tri-City Speedway in High Point, North Carolina. Herb Thomas won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Herb Thomas
  2. Dick Rathmann
  3. Joe Eubanks
  4. Buck Baker
  5. Lee Petty
  6. Jim Paschal
  7. Slick Smith
  8. Jimmie Lewallen
  9. Buck Smith
  10. Andy Winfree


1953-18[edit]

The eighteenth race of the season was run on June 28 at Wilson Speedway in Wilson, North Carolina. Buck Baker earned the pole position for the event.

Top Ten Results

  1. Fonty Flock
  2. Dick Rathmann
  3. Herb Thomas
  4. Joe Eubanks
  5. Buck Baker
  6. Speedy Thompson
  7. Tim Flock
  8. Fred Dove
  9. Lee Petty
  10. Jimmie Lewallen

1953-19[edit]

The nineteenth race of the season was run on July 3 at the Monroe County Fairgrounds in Rochester, New York. Tim Flock won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Herb Thomas
  2. Dick Rathmann
  3. Lee Petty
  4. Tim Flock
  5. Bill Rexford
  6. Bob Cameron
  7. John Meggers
  8. Jerry Earl
  9. Russ Truelove
  10. Elton Hildreth


1953-20[edit]

The twentieth race of the season was run on July 4 at the Piedmont Interstate Fairgrounds in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Buck Baker won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Lee Petty
  2. Buck Baker
  3. Herb Thomas
  4. Fonty Flock
  5. Johnny Patterson
  6. Joe Eubanks
  7. Elbert Allen
  8. Gober Sosebee
  9. Arden Mounts
  10. Dick Rathmann

1953-21[edit]

The twenty-first race of the season was run on July 10 at Morristown Speedway in Morristown, New Jersey. Herb Thomas won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Dick Rathmann
  2. Herb Thomas
  3. Lee Petty
  4. Jim Paschal
  5. Ronnie Kohler
  6. Eddie Riker
  7. Elton Hildreth
  8. Charles Barry
  9. John Meggers
  10. Bill Cleveland


1953-22[edit]

The twenty-second race of the season was run on July 12 at Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta, Georgia. Herb Thomas won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Herb Thomas
  2. Dick Rathmann
  3. Lee Petty
  4. Joe Eubanks
  5. Jerry Wimbish
  6. Gober Sosebee
  7. Buck Baker
  8. Neil Roberts
  9. C.H. Dingler
  10. Gordon Bracken


1953-23[edit]

The twenty-third race of the season was run on July 22 at Rapid Valley Speedway in Rapid City, South Dakota. Herb Thomas captured the pole for the event.

Top Ten Results

  1. Herb Thomas
  2. Dick Rathmann
  3. Fonty Flock
  4. Lee Petty
  5. Buck Baker
  6. Bill Harrison
  7. Eddie Skinner
  8. Leo Ray
  9. Dick Fellows
  10. C.H. Dingler


1953-24[edit]

The twenty-fourth race of the season was run on July 26 at the Lincoln City Fairgrounds in North Platte, Nebraska. Herb Thomas won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Dick Rathmann
  2. Herb Thomas
  3. Lee Petty
  4. Buck Baker
  5. Marvin Copple
  6. Bill Harrison
  7. Byron Clouse
  8. C.H. Dingler
  9. Tubby Harrison
  10. Sandy Slack


1953-25[edit]

The twenty-fifth race of the season was run on August 2 at Davenport Speedway in Davenport, Iowa. Buck Baker won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Herb Thomas
  2. Buck Baker
  3. Lee Petty
  4. Dick Rathmann
  5. Fonty Flock
  6. Bill Harrison
  7. Mel Krueger
  8. Johnny Beauchamp
  9. Tubby Harrison
  10. Keith Lucas


1953-26[edit]

The twenty-sixth race of the season was run on August 9 at Occoneechee Speedway in Hillsboro, North Carolina. Curtis Turner won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Curtis Turner
  2. Herb Thomas
  3. Lee Petty
  4. Joe Eubanks
  5. Bill Blair
  6. Jim Paschal
  7. Slick Smith
  8. Elton Hildreth
  9. Jimmie Lewallen
  10. Jimmy Ayers


1953-27[edit]

The twenty-seventh race of the season was run on August 16 at Asheville-Weaverville Speedway in Weaverville, North Carolina. Curtis Turner won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Fonty Flock
  2. Herb Thomas
  3. Bill Blair
  4. Buck Baker
  5. Jimmie Lewallen
  6. Slick Smith
  7. Lee Petty
  8. Gene Comstock
  9. Jimmy Ayers
  10. Tim Flock


1953-28[edit]

The twenty-eighth race of the season was run on August 23 at Princess Anne Speedway in Norfolk, Virginia. Curtis Turner captured the pole position.

Top Ten Results

  1. Herb Thomas
  2. Fonty Flock
  3. Lee Petty
  4. Dick Rathmann
  5. Jim Paschal
  6. Buck Baker
  7. Andy Winfree
  8. John Meggers
  9. Ralph Rose
  10. Gober Sosebee


1953-29[edit]

The twenty-ninth race of the season was run on August 29 at Hickory Speedway in Hickory, North Carolina. Tim Flock won the pole. This race also marked the first Grand National race for the 1961 and 1965 champion Ned Jarrett. He finished 11th.

Top Ten Results

  1. Fonty Flock
  2. Herb Thomas
  3. Joe Eubanks
  4. Lee Petty
  5. Jimmie Lewallen
  6. Slick Smith
  7. Tim Flock
  8. Fred Dove
  9. Ralph Rose
  10. Buck Baker


Southern 500[edit]

Main article: 1953 Southern 500

The thirtieth race of the season was run on September 7 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina. Fonty Flock won the pole. Buck Baker would go on to win the event by three laps. This race also marked the first Grand National race for the NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Junior Johnson. Johnson finished 38th after being involved in a wreck.

Top Ten Results

  1. Buck Baker
  2. Fonty Flock
  3. Curtis Turner
  4. Dick Meyer
  5. Herb Thomas
  6. Jim Paschal
  7. Speedy Thompson
  8. Donald Thomas
  9. Dick Passwater
  10. Tim Flock

1953-31[edit]

The thirty-first race of the season was run on September 13 at Central City Speedway in Macon, Georgia. Joe Eubanks won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Speedy Thompson
  2. Lee Petty
  3. Gober Sosebee
  4. Joe Eubanks
  5. Tim Flock
  6. Herb Thomas
  7. Buck Baker
  8. Bob Walden
  9. Slick Smith
  10. Andy Winfree


1953-32[edit]

The thirty-second race of the season was run on September 20 at Langhorne Speedway in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Herb Thomas won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Dick Rathmann
  2. Herb Thomas
  3. Speedy Thompson
  4. Jim Reed
  5. Jim Paschal
  6. Lee Petty
  7. Curtis Turner
  8. Joe Eubanks
  9. Jimmie Lewallen
  10. Bobby Myers


1953-33[edit]

The thirty-third race of the season was run on October 3 at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. Jim Paschal won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Herb Thomas
  2. Dick Rathmann
  3. Buck Baker
  4. Elton Hildreth
  5. Bob Welborn
  6. Lee Petty
  7. Ed Chamberlain
  8. Bob Walden
  9. Wimpy Ervin
  10. Ed DeWolff


1953-34[edit]

The thirty-fourth race of the season was run on October 4 at Wilson Speedway in Wilson, North Carolina. Herb Thomas won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Herb Thomas
  2. Speedy Thompson
  3. Fonty Flock
  4. Lee Petty
  5. Ralph Liguori
  6. Dick Rathmann
  7. Buck Baker
  8. Elton Hildreth
  9. Jimmie Lewallen
  10. Gober Sosebee


Wilkes 160[edit]

The thirty-fifth race of the season was run on October 11 at North Wilkesboro Speedway in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Buck Baker won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Speedy Thompson
  2. Fonty Flock
  3. Ray Duhigg
  4. Bob Welborn
  5. Lee Petty
  6. Buck Baker
  7. Bill Blair
  8. Joe Eubanks
  9. Jimmie Lewallen
  10. Bub King


1953-36[edit]

The thirty-sixth race of the season was run on October 13 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia. Fonty Flock won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Jim Paschal
  2. Lee Petty
  3. Bill Blair
  4. Fonty Flock
  5. Carl Burris
  6. Emory Lewis
  7. Bob Welborn
  8. Bill Morgan
  9. Clyde Minter
  10. Joe Bill O'Dell


1953-37[edit]

The thirty-seventh and final race of the season was run on November 1 at Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta, Georgia. Tim Flock started on the pole but finished 20th due to an overheating problem. Herb Thomas, the 1953 champion, finished 14th.

Top Ten Results

  1. Buck Baker
  2. Fonty Flock
  3. Lee Petty
  4. Jim Paschal
  5. Jimmie Lewallen
  6. Johnny Patterson
  7. Pop McGinnis
  8. Joe Eubanks
  9. Bob Welborn
  10. Ewell Weddle

Final Points Standings Top Twenty[edit]

  1. Herb Thomas – 8460
  2. Lee Petty – 7814
  3. Dick Rathmann – 7362
  4. Buck Baker – 6713
  5. Fonty Flock – 6174
  6. Tim Flock – 5011
  7. Jim Paschal – 4211
  8. Joe Eubanks – 3603
  9. Jimmie Lewallen – 3208
  10. Curtis Turner – 3373
  11. Speedy Thompson – 2958
  12. Slick Smith – 2670
  13. Elton Hildreth – 2625
  14. Gober Sosebee – 2525
  15. Bill Blair – 2457
  16. Fred Dove – 1997
  17. Bub King – 1624
  18. Gene Comstock – 1519
  19. Donald Thomas – 1408
  20. Ralph Liguori – 1336


References[edit]