Charlie Blanton

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Charlie Blanton
Born (1935-12-29) December 29, 1935 (age 82)
Gaffney, South Carolina, United States
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
3 races run over 3 years
Best finish 82nd - 1973 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
First race 1973 World 600 (Charlotte Motor Speedway)
Last race 1978 American 500 (North Carolina Motor Speedway)
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Charlie Blanton is a retired NASCAR Winston Cup Series race car driver who raced from 1973 to 1978.[1]

Career[edit]

This driver participated in 634 laps of racing action - the equivalent of 814.3 miles (1,310.5 km).[1] He would earn a total of $3,135 in his total racing career ($11,762.65 when adjusted for inflation) while starting and finishing in 27th place on average.[1] One of his celebrity appearances in print was on the January 1970 issue of Popular Mechanics; where he would appear alongside Tiny Lund, Buck Baker, Randy Hutchison, Marty Robbins and Jim Vandiver.[2]

One of Blanton's more notable non-Winston Cup Series performances was at the 1971 Florida Citrus 250; a NASCAR Grand American Series event where Blanton finished in fourth place against the winner James Hylton and the runner-up Wayne Andrews. The race took two hours and twenty nine minutes to finish.[3] While never winning at the Winston Cup Series level, Blanton did exceptionally well on dirt tracks in the other series; he managed to finish in second to David Pearson at the 1972 Bold City 200 in Jacksonville, Florida.[4]

Blanton was the winner of the 1973 Daytona ARCA 300 race. His primary car in the NASCAR Cup Series would be the #59 Chevrolet sponsored by Mr. Danny Queen.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Charlie Blanton racing information at Racing Reference
  2. ^ Trans-Am Stars of NASCAR & GT Racing at Google Books
  3. ^ Blanton at the 1970 Florida Citrus 500 at Jeff Droke
  4. ^ Blanton at the 1972 Bold City 200 at Grand National East
  5. ^ Charlie Blanton sponsor information at Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet