June 6, 1914|
Kings Mountain, North Carolina, United States
|Died||March 8, 1964
Camden, South Carolina, USA
|Cause of death||Grade crossing accident|
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career|
|18 race(s) run over 3 year(s)|
|Best finish||9th (1949)|
|First race||1949 Race No. 1 (Charlotte)|
|Last race||1951 Atlanta 100 (Lakewood)|
Henry Glenn Dunaway (July 6, 1914 – March 8, 1964) was an American auto racer noted for initially winning, and then being disqualified from, what is today recognized as NASCAR's first-ever race. He lived in Gastonia, North Carolina.
Dunaway competed in NASCAR first Strictly Stock (now Sprint Cup) race on June 19, 1949. He won the race by three laps over Jim Roper after all 33 cars in the race were overheating. Chief NASCAR inspector Al Crisler disqualified Dunaway’s car because car owner Hubert Westmoreland had shored up the chassis by spreading the rear springs, a favorite bootlegger trick to improve traction and handling. When asked about the illegal modifications, Dunaway responded: “Just one of them deals”. The night after the race was over, Dunaway went to Bill France's hotel room at the Alamo Plaza, told France that he knew he had won the race and France promptly gave Dunaway his winnings. Westmoreland sued NASCAR for US$10,000  but Greensboro, North Carolina Judge John J. Hayes threw the case out of court, setting a legal precedent that recognized NASCAR's power to oversee its own races. Dunaway received no money, and was credited with finishing last in the 33 car field. Roper was credited with the win in NASCAR's first Strictly Stock race.
Dunaway used his own car to compete in five more events in 1949. He finished last at the next event at the Daytona Beach Road Course. He rebounded and finished third at Occoneechee Speedway, ninth at Hamburg Speedway, and seventh at Martinsville Speedway (then a half-mile dirt track). He finished ninth in the final 1949 points standings.
He competed in seven events in 1950, and had his career high second place finish at Canfield Speedway. He had 3 Top-10 finishes.
He competed in five events in 1951, with 2 Top-10 finishes. He finished 89th in the final points.
Dunaway died at a train crossing near Camden, South Carolina on Sunday morning, March 8, 1964.
- Driver’s statistics at racing-reference.info
- Story of NASCAR's first race
- Why the Double Standard?
- Glenn Dunaway driver statistics at Racing-Reference