Bob Flock

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Bob Flock
BornRobert Newman Flock
(1918-04-16)April 16, 1918
Fort Payne, Alabama, United States
DiedMay 16, 1964(1964-05-16) (aged 46)
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
AchievementsWon the pole for NASCAR's first sanctioned race (Charlotte, 1949)
First NASCAR driver to win a race from the pole (Hillsboro, 1949)
AwardsGeorgia Automobile Racing Hall of Fame (2003)
National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame (1981)
NASCAR Cup Series career
36 races run over 7 years
Best finish3rd (1949)
First race1949 Race No. 1 (Charlotte)
Last race1956 (LeHi)
First win1949 (Hillsboro)
Last win1952 (Weaverville)
Wins Top tens Poles
4 18 3
NASCAR Convertible Division career
1 race run over 1 year
First race1956 Race #6 (Montgomery)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 1
Statistics current as of February 20, 2013.

Robert Newman Flock (April 16, 1918 – May 16, 1964) was an American stock car racer. He qualified on the pole position for NASCAR's first Strictly Stock (now NASCAR Cup Series) race[1] and, along with Red Byron, is considered one of the two best drivers from that era.[2] Flock died of a heart attack in 1964.[3]

Flock family[edit]

He was the brother of NASCAR pioneers Tim Flock and Fonty Flock, and the second female NASCAR driver Ethel Mobley. The four raced at the July 10, 1949 race at the Daytona Beach Road Course, which was the first event to feature a brother and a sister, and the only NASCAR event to feature four siblings. Ethel beat Fonty and Bob by finishing in eleventh.

Moonshine business[edit]

The Flock family had an illegal moonshine business. The federal agents discovered that Flock would be running a race in Atlanta, and they staked out the place to make an arrest. A gate opened as the race was beginning, and he drove on the track to take the green flag. The police vehicles quickly appeared on the track. They chased Flock for a lap or two before he drove through the fence. The police followed him until he ran out of gas. Reminiscing years later, Flock said, "I would have won that race if the cops had stayed out of it."

Racing career[edit]

He was a well-established driver before NASCAR was formed. He took over NASCAR founder Bill France's ride in 1946. He won both events at the Daytona Beach Road Course in 1947. Flock was known for his daring driving style. For example, during a race on June 15, 1947, Flock overturned his car in an accident. Instead of accepting a DNF, he solicited help from spectators, who turned the car back on its wheels, and he finished the race:[4] "Like other wrecks it wasn’t anywhere near as serious, and folks flipped Flock’s car over on its wheels."[5] In an October 1947 race at Piedmont Interstate Fairgrounds, he suffered a crushed vertebra when his tire blew, sending his car through the track fencing and into a light pole.[6]

He sat on the pole for NASCAR's first race at Charlotte Speedway on June 19, 1949, setting a qualifying time of 38.37 seconds.[7] He had two wins that season, and finished third in the points behind Lee Petty and champion Red Byron.

Flock was the only winner of a Cup Series race held at the mysterious Air Base Speedway in Greenville, SC in 1951 on August 25. His brothers, Tim and Fonty also took part in the event.[8] The track was closed in 1952 after only three years of racing but was still visible by 1964 and only partially by 1976.

He won two 100 lap ARCA races at Lakewood Speedway in 1954.

Flock retired from driving when he broke his back in an on-track accident. He had over 200 modified wins in his career.

He competed in one NASCAR Convertible Division event, at Montgomery Motor Speedway, he started on pole position but finished 20th after having a broken axle.

Track promoter[edit]

Flock became a track promoter in Atlanta. He hired three women (Sara Christian, and Mildred Williams, and his sister Ethel Mobley) to race at his new track.

Awards[edit]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led. ** – All laps led.)

Grand National Series[edit]

NASCAR Grand National Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 NGNC Pts Ref
1949 Davis Brothers 7 Hudson CLT
32
3rd 704 [9]
Raymond Parks 14 Ford DAB
22
Frank Christian 7 Olds HBO
1**
LAN
2
HAM MAR
14
HEI NWS
1
1950 DAB
7
CLT
2
LAN MAR CAN VER DSP MCF CLT HBO DSP HAM DAR
27
LAN NWS
9
VER MAR WIN HBO 20th 314 [10]
1951 Ted Chester Plymouth DAB CLT NMO
8
GAR HBO ASF NWS MAR
10
CAN
6
CLB
13
DSP GAR GRS BAI HEI 14th 869 [11]
Lincoln CLS
29
Olds AWS
10
MCF ALS MSF
20
FMS MOR ABS
1*
DAR
27
CLB
4
CCS
18
LAN
30
CLT
16
DSP WIL
2
HBO TPN PGS MAR OAK ATL
2
GAR NMO
20
77 Hudson NWS
10
HMS JSP
1952 7 PBS DAB JSP NWS MAR CLB ATL CCS LAN DAR DSP CAN HAY FMS HBO CLT MSF NIF OSW MON MOR PPS MCF AWS
1
DAR
29
CCS LAN DSP WIL HBO MAR NWS ATL PBS 73rd [12]
1954 Ernest Woods 88 Olds PBS DAB JSP ATL
31
OSP
12
OAK NWS HBO CCS LAN WIL MAR SHA RSP CLT GAR CLB LND HCY MCF WGS PIF AWS SFS GRS MOR OAK CLT SAN COR DAR CCS CLT LAN MAS MAR NWS [13]
1955 Carl Kiekhaefer 308 Chrysler TCS PBS JSP DAB OSP CLB HBO NWS MGY LAN CLT HCY ASF TUS MAR RCH NCF FOR LIN MCF FON AIR CLT PIF CLB AWS MOR ALS NYF SAN CLT FOR MAS RSP DAR MGY LAN RSP GPS MAS
5
CLB MAR LVP NWS HBO 62nd [14]
1956 Mauri Rose 296 Chevy HCY
27
CLT WSS PBS ASF DAB PBS WIL 77th [15]
DePaolo Engineering 9 Ford ATL
20
NWS LAN RCH
Mauri Rose 49 Chevy CLB
5
CON GPS HCY HBO MAR LIN CLT POR EUR NYF MER
4 MAS
11
CLT MCF POR AWS RSP PIF CSF CHI CCF MGY OKL ROA OBS SAN NOR PIF MYB POR DAR CSH CLT LAN POR CLB HBO NWP CLT CCF MAR HCY WIL

Convertible Division[edit]

NASCAR Convertible Division results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 NCC Pts Ref
1956 Hubert Westmoreland 33 Chevy DAB CLT HBO FAY PCH MGY
20
HCY LCS GBF OBS RSP LAN STR CLB LKS TUL TFT KSF MOF NOR WIL CHI FRS NYF TOR BUF BEL LIN FWS BGS CLB HCY CLT FRS MCF HEI RSP GPS ATL MCC CHI MAS CCF MAR PIF AWS HBO [16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Racing statistics, Charlotte Speedway in 1949". Racing-reference.info. Archived from the original on 2009-05-27. Retrieved 2009-07-08.
  2. ^ Jim Francis (15 January 2008). The History of NASCAR. Crabtree Publishing Company. p. 4. ISBN 978-0-7787-3186-3. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  3. ^ Encyclopedia of Alabama. "Flock Family". Encyclopedia of Alabama. Encyclopedia of Alabama. Retrieved 2020-11-10.
  4. ^ Tate, William (22 November 2004). "And Here They Come to the White Flag: The Piedmont-Triad's Role in Early NASCAR History: 1940 - 1958" (PDF). University of North Carolina at Asheville: 12. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Flock Car Paces Hot Stock Cars but Flock of Wrecks Takes Show". Greensboro Daily News. 16 June 1947.
  6. ^ "Bob Flock Injured In Piedmont Race". The Miami News. October 13, 1947. Retrieved January 17, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "Bob Flock Sets Record at Charlotte". The Atlanta Constitution. June 19, 1949. Retrieved January 17, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "Race Results".
  9. ^ "Bob Flock – 1949 NASCAR Strictly Stock Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved June 27, 2022.
  10. ^ "Bob Flock – 1950 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved June 27, 2022.
  11. ^ "Bob Flock – 1951 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved June 27, 2022.
  12. ^ "Bob Flock – 1952 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved June 27, 2022.
  13. ^ "Bob Flock – 1954 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved June 27, 2022.
  14. ^ "Bob Flock – 1955 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved June 27, 2022.
  15. ^ "Bob Flock – 1956 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved June 27, 2022.
  16. ^ "Bob Flock – 1956 NASCAR Convertible Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved June 27, 2022.

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