Dick Brooks

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Dick Brooks
Born Richard Brooks
(1942-04-14)April 14, 1942
Porterville, California
Died February 1, 2006(2006-02-01) (aged 63)
Cause of death Pneumonia
Awards 1969 Rookie of the Year
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
358 races run over 17 years
Best finish 6th (1977)
First race 1969 Daytona 500 qualifier No. 1 (Daytona)
Last race 1985 Coca-Cola World 600 (Charlotte)
First win 1973 Talladega 500 (Talladega)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 150 0

Richard "Dick" Brooks (April 14, 1942 – February 1, 2006) was an American NASCAR driver. Born in Porterville, California, he was the 1969 NASCAR Rookie of the Year, and went on to win the 1973 Talladega 500. Brooks held off veteran Buddy Baker by 7.2 seconds for the Talladega win. After he retired, he served as a NASCAR sportscaster for a brief period of time. His Grand National statistics include the win at Talladega Superspeedway, 57 top fives, 150 top tens, 4 top ten point finishes (1975 through 1978), and 358 career races. Although Brooks only won one NASCAR race, he was a popular figure in that particular league of motorsports. Driving for the underfunded Junie Donlavey team throughout his racing career.

Career[edit]

1983 racecar
1984 racecar

Brooks made his Grand National Series debut at the first Daytona 500 Qualifying Race in 1969, driving a self-owned Plymouth.[1] Brooks had a solid year and with 12 top-ten he finished 21st in the final standings. This also meant Brooks became the Rookie of the year. He continued to drive his Plymouth in 1970 and scored 15 top-five finishes in 34 races, improving to 13th in the final points standings. Brooks came close to winning the 1970 Georgia 500, but eventually finished third to Richard Petty and Bobby Isaac after having led 133 laps.[2] In 1971 Brooks moved to the team of Mario Rossi, driving the No. 22 Dodge. In 15 races with the team Books scored 12 top-ten finishes. His best run of the season came at Darlington were Brooks finished second to Buddy Baker.

For the next two Brooks did not have a full-time ride and practically picked up whatever ride came up. Brooks started of his 1972 season at the Atlanta 500 driving the No. 90 Ford for Junie Donlavey. Brooks made three additional starts for Donlavey with a best finish of eight at the Winston 500. Brooks also drove five races for Marvin Welty but failed to finish any of those races. Brooks only finished one other race that year when he drove for Bill Champion at the Texas 500.[3] Brooks started out his 1973 season when he drove the No. 6 Owens Racing Dodge to a third place finish at the Daytona 500. He returned to Donlavey and drove eight races for that team in 1973. The highlight of Brooks's career came at the Talladega 500 when he drove the Plymouth of Jimmy Crawford to an unexpected victory. Brooks wasn't even supposed to drive Crawford's Plymouth, but after officials ruled that Crawford did not have enough experience on the big speedway, Brooks took over the ride.[4]

Without a ride for the 1974 season, Brooks started to field a self-owned Dodge. From the 16 races that Brooks entered that year he only finished three times. His best finish of the season was at the Volunteer 500 at Bristol International Speedway.[5]

Brooks returned to Junie Donlavey for the 1975 season driving the No. 90 Ford once again. in 25 races Brooks scored 15 top-ten finishes of which he finished six in the top-five. His best result that season was a second place in the Delaware 500 at Dover Downs International Speedway. Brooks also finished in the top-ten in the final points standings for the first time that year.[6] He continued to drive for Donlavey Racing in 1976. Brooks scored 18 top-ten finishes that year and he finished 10th in the final points standings for the second year in succession. Brooks continued his good run for Donlavey Racing in 1977. He scored a total of 20 top-ten finishes that season of which he finished seven in the top-five. He finished sixt in the final points standings, which would turn out to be a career high.[7] Brooks had another good year in 1978 with 17 top-ten finishes. He finished eight in the final points standings and left the Donlavey team at the end of the season.

Brooks moved to the team of Nelson Malloch in 1979 driving the No. 05 Oldsmobile and Chevy. Brooks had a lot of mechanical issues during the season and only managed to finish 13 of 27 races that year. Brooks scored eight top-ten finishes during the year and finished 22nd in the final points standings. He stayed with Nelson Malloch for the 1980 season but Brooks left the team after he only finished five of the first 16 races. Brooks entered in three more races that season which he all drove for Banjo Matthews.[8]

Brooks only drove five races each season in 1981 and 1982 before reuniting with Donlavey for 1983. After finishing fifth in the Daytona 500, he had several other solid runs. After four races, Brooks led the point standings for the only time in his NASCAR career. Brooks also led the most laps in the third race of the year at Rockingham but retired on lap 384. This was the only time in Brooks career that he led the most laps during a race.[9] The rest of the season was not as good though and Brooks faded to 14th at season's end. 1984 was more of the same as the Donlavey team struggled to keep up with the higher financed teams and Brooks finished 15th. After driving three races for the Petty Enterprises team in 1985, Brooks left the ride. His final NASCAR race was behind the wheel of a Rick Hendrick owned car in the 1985 World 600 where he finished in tenth place.[10]

Later life and Death[edit]

Brooks lent his name to a series of car dealerships in North and Dick Brooks Honda in South Carolina.

After complications from a plane crash in late 2004, Brooks died of pneumonia on February 1, 2006.[11]

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.)

Grand National Series[edit]

Winston Cup Series[edit]

Daytona 500[edit]
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
1969 Brooks Racing Plymouth 33 32
1970 13 19
1971 Mario Rossi Dodge 8 7
1973 Owens Racing Dodge 9 3
1974 Brooks Racing Dodge 23 9
1975 Donlavey Racing Ford 5 22
1976 9 41
1977 15 5
1978 Mercury 32 5
1979 Nelson Malloch Racing Oldsmobile 8 27
1980 41 36
1981 Billy Matthews Racing Buick 38 16
1982 Bobby Hawkins Racing Ford 15 38
1983 Donlavey Racing Ford 10 5
1984 12 26
1985 Petty Enterprises Ford 11 22

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dick Brooks in the NASCAR Grand National Series". driveraverages.com. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ "NASCAR Race Results at Middle Georgia - Nov 8, 1970". driveraverages.com. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Dick Brooks in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series". driveraverages.com. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  4. ^ "TOP 10 SHOCKERS AT TALLADEGA". nascar.com. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Dick Brooks in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series". driveraverages.com. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  6. ^ "1975 NASCAR Winston Cup Series". driveraverages.com. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Dick Brooks in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series". driveraverages.com. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Dick Brooks". legendsofnascar.com. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  9. ^ "1984 Warner W. Hodgdon Carolina 500". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 25, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Dick Brooks in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series". driveraverages.com. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Dick Brooks". legendsofnascar.com. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Dick Brooks – 1969 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 23, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Dick Brooks – 1970 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 23, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Dick Brooks – 1971 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 23, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Dick Brooks – 1972 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 23, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Dick Brooks – 1973 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 23, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Dick Brooks – 1974 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 23, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Dick Brooks – 1975 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 23, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Dick Brooks – 1976 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 23, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Dick Brooks – 1977 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 23, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Dick Brooks – 1978 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 23, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Dick Brooks – 1979 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 23, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Dick Brooks – 1980 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 23, 2016. 
  24. ^ "Dick Brooks – 1981 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 23, 2016. 
  25. ^ "Dick Brooks – 1982 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 23, 2016. 
  26. ^ "Dick Brooks – 1983 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 23, 2016. 
  27. ^ "Dick Brooks – 1984 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 23, 2016. 
  28. ^ "Dick Brooks – 1985 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 23, 2016. 

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