Bill Blair (racing driver)

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Bill Blair
Born (1911-07-14)July 14, 1911
High Point, North Carolina
Died November 2, 1995(1995-11-02) (aged 84)
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
123 races run over 10 years
Best finish 4th - 1949
First race 1949 Race No. 1 (Charlotte)
Last race 1958 Lakewood Speedway (Atlanta)
First win 1950 Vernon Fairgrounds (Vernon, NY)
Last win 1953 Daytona Beach
Wins Top tens Poles
3 54 1

Bill Blair (July 14, 1911 in High Point, North Carolina, US – November 2, 1995) was an American stock car driver in the 1940s and the 1950s. He was one of the pioneers of NASCAR.

Wins[edit]

Blair won three NASCAR Strictly Stock/Grand National (now Sprint Cup) races:

June 18, 1950 - Blair piloted a 1950 Mercury owned by Sam Rice to victory in a race at Vernon Faigrounds in Vernon, NY.

April 20, 1952 - Blair drove a 1952 Oldsmobile owned by George Hutchens to his second win at Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta, GA.

February 15, 1953 - In his final series victory, Blair drove his 1953 Oldsmobile to victory lane at the Beach & Road Course in Daytona Beach, FL.[1]

Memorial[edit]

Blair, Jimmie Lewallen, and Fred Harb are the subject of the upcoming independent movie "Red Dirt Rising", which is based on the book "Red Dirt Tracks: The Forgotten Heroes of Early Stockcar Racing" by Gail Cauble Gurley.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Film of 1953 Daytona Beach event
  2. ^ Movie tells stories of race drivers and the community they live in; Jamie Kennedy Jones, July 15, 2007, Greensboro News & Record; Retrieved December 24, 2007