|James Ronald Blackburn|
April 22, 1936|
Fayetteville, North Carolina
|Died||February 28, 2006(aged 69)|
|Awards||Inducted in the Pure Darlington Record Club (1964)|
|Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career|
|71 races run over 8 years|
|Best finish||26th - 1962 (Grand National)|
|First race||1960 Southern States Fairgrounds (Charlotte)|
|Last race||1970 Carolina 500 Rockingham|
Blackburn's father owned and operated the Fayetteville, North Carolina racetrack.
He later competed at historic Nashville Speedway USA against many future legendary drivers.
Bunkie won the 1968 Daytona 300 Busch Series (then Late Model) race from the pole.
He almost won the 1961 Dixie 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in relief for Junior Johnson. He took Johnson's car to the lead with 5 laps to go after Fireball Roberts ran out of gas. Bunkie also ran out of gas on the final lap to hand the victory to David Pearson.
He retired after a racing injury.
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