Earle Canavan

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Earle Canavan
Born (1937-12-05)December 5, 1937
Portadown, Northern Ireland
Died February 9, 2016(2016-02-09) (aged 78)
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
68 races run over 13 years
Best finish 32nd - 1975 Winston Cup Series Season
First race 1969 Talladega 500 (Talladega)
Last race 1986 Goodwrench 500 (Rockingham)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of July 29, 2010.

Earle Samuel Canavan (December 5, 1937 – February 9, 2016) was an American racing driver from Fort Johnson, New York.[1]

Canavan immigrated to the United States from Northern Ireland in 1951. Always interested in racing and speed, he admired Malcolm Campbell and his land speed record car, "The Bluebird". Canavan built his first gas hot rod during high school. He was then drafted into the U.S. Army, serving his time at Fort Dix, New Jersey. After service and upon completing his gas rodder, Earle headed to California to compete in NHRA and IHRA events. As his interest in drag racing increased, he built the only Lincoln-powered AA/Fuel dragster, "The President Lincoln" and competed in National events and exhibitions. Preparing for entering oval track racing, Canavan became an independent competitor on the SCCA and FIA circuit with an American Motors Javelin.

Canavan participated in NASCAR Winston Cup part-time from 1969 to 1986. His best points result came in 1975 when he drove in 12 of the 30 races and finished 32nd in points. Canavan was an owner-driver, fielding his own car.[2]

He also attempted to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 in 1979 but failed to make the race. He filed another entry for the race in 1981 but it was declined due to his lack of experience in open-wheel cars.[3]

After his on track career, Canavan enjoyed building hot rods. He also manufactured aftermarket auto parts. working with his own new designs and special compounds.

Canavan was married to Elizabeth (Betty), since 1965. They had three daughters: Tracy Wager, Heather Gilbert and April Simmons.

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]

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 NGNC Pts Ref
1969 Canavan Racing 31 AMC MGR MGY RSD DAY DAY DAY CAR AUG BRI ATL CLB HCY GPS RCH NWS MAR AWS DAR BLV LGY CLT MGR SMR MCH KPT GPS NCF DAY DOV TPN TRN BLV BRI NSV SMR ATL MCH SBO BGS AWS DAR HCY RCH TAL
26
CLB MAR NWS CLT SVH AUG CAR JFC MGR TWS NA 0 [4]
1971 Canavan Racing 01 Plymouth RSD DAY DAY DAY ONT RCH CAR HCY BRI ATL CLB GPS SMR NWS MAR DAR SBO TAL ASH KPT CLT DOV MCH RSD HOU GPS DAY BRI AST ISP TRN NSV ATL BGS ONA MCH TAL CLB HCY DAR
DNQ
CLT
33
DOV CAR MGR
30
RCH NWS
29
TWS
34
63rd 213 [5]
Chevy MAR
29

Winston Cup Series[edit]

NASCAR Winston Cup 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 NWCC Pts Ref
1972 Canavan Racing 41 Plymouth RSD DAY RCH ONT
42
CAR ATL BRI DAR NWS MAR 62nd 755.5 [6]
01 TAL
DNQ
CLT DOV
35
MCH RSD TWS DAY BRI TRN
32
ATL TAL MCH
39
NSV DAR RCH DOV
15
MAR NWS TWS
42
Chevy CLT
31
CAR
1973 Plymouth RSD DAY
DNQ
RCH CAR BRI ATL
22
NWS DAR
12
MAR TAL NSV CLT DOV
34
TWS RSD MCH
12
DAY BRI ATL TAL NSV DAR RCH DOV
24
NWS MAR CLT CAR 41st 1144.7 [7]
1974 RSD DAY
DNQ
RCH CAR BRI ATL DAR NWS MAR TAL NSV DOV
16
CLT RSD MCH DAY BRI NSV ATL POC
14
TAL MCH
15
DAR
23
RCH DOV
17
NWS MAR CLT CAR ONT
30
46th 34.92 [8]
1975 RSD DAY RCH
13
NWS
25
DAR
17
MAR 32nd 1062 [9]
Dodge CAR
31
BRI
23
ATL TAL
17
NSV
17
DOV
34
CLT RSD MCH DAY NSV POC
29
TAL MCH
32
DAR
35
DOV
25
NWS MAR CLT RCH CAR BRI ATL ONT
1976 RSD DAY
DNQ
CAR RCH
18
BRI
17
ATL NWS DAR
19
MAR TAL NSV DOV CLT RSD MCH
34
DAY NSV POC
36
TAL MCH BRI DAR
29
RCH DOV
24
MAR NWS CLT CAR ATL ONT
DNQ
43rd 610 [10]
1977 RSD DAY RCH CAR ATL NWS DAR
36
BRI MAR TAL NSV DOV
23
CLT RSD MCH DAY NSV POC
35
TAL MCH
36
BRI DAR
23
RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR ATL 57th 301 [11]
10 ONT
DNQ
1978 01 RSD DAY
DNQ
RCH
24
CAR
24
ATL BRI DAR
22
NWS MAR TAL DOV
20
CLT NSV RSD MCH
33
DAY NSV POC TAL
31
MCH
32
BRI DAR
39
RCH DOV
16
MAR NWS CLT CAR ATL ONT
DNQ
42nd 559 [12]
1979 RSD DAY CAR RCH ATL NWS BRI DAR
35
MAR TAL NSV DOV CLT TWS
18
RSD MCH DAY NSV POC
27
TAL MCH
34
BRI DAR
39
RCH
22
DOV
33
MAR CLT NWS CAR ATL ONT 41st 456 [13]
1982 Canavan Racing 13 Olds DAY RCH BRI ATL CAR DAR NWS MAR TAL NSV DOV CLT POC RSD MCH DAY NSV POC TAL MCH
37
BRI 102nd - [14]
Buick DAR
39
RCH DOV NWS CLT MAR CAR ATL RSD
1985 Canavan Racing 01 Olds DAY RCH CAR ATL BRI DAR NWS MAR TAL DOV CLT RSD POC MCH DAY POC TAL MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV
36
MAR NWS CLT CAR ATL RSD 91st 55 [15]
1986 Pontiac DAY RCH CAR
32
ATL BRI
DNQ
DAR
DNQ
NWS
DNQ
MAR TAL DOV CLT RSD POC MCH DAY POC TAL GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR ATL RSD 114th 67 [16]
Daytona 500[edit]
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
1973 Canavan Racing Plymouth DNQ
1974 DNQ
1976 Canavan Racing Dodge DNQ
1978 Canavan Racing Dodge DNQ

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Earle Canavan – Obituary". legacy.com. Retrieved March 30, 2018. 
  2. ^ Earle Canavan, Racing Reference, Retrieved 2010-07-29
  3. ^ Earle Canavan, Champ Car Stats, Retrieved 2010-07-29
  4. ^ "Earle Canavan – 1969 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 29, 2018. 
  5. ^ "Earle Canavan – 1971 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 29, 2018. 
  6. ^ "Earle Canavan – 1972 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 29, 2018. 
  7. ^ "Earle Canavan – 1973 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 29, 2018. 
  8. ^ "Earle Canavan – 1974 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 29, 2018. 
  9. ^ "Earle Canavan – 1975 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 29, 2018. 
  10. ^ "Earle Canavan – 1976 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 29, 2018. 
  11. ^ "Earle Canavan – 1977 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 29, 2018. 
  12. ^ "Earle Canavan – 1978 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 29, 2018. 
  13. ^ "Earle Canavan – 1979 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 29, 2018. 
  14. ^ "Earle Canavan – 1982 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 29, 2018. 
  15. ^ "Earle Canavan – 1985 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 29, 2018. 
  16. ^ "Earle Canavan – 1986 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 29, 2018.