March 8, 1914|
Fort Payne, Alabama, U.S.
|Died||June 26, 1984(aged 64)|
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career|
|2 races run over 1 year|
|Best finish||52nd (1949)|
|First race||1949 NASCAR's second race (Daytona Beach)|
|Last race||1949 (Langhorne)|
|Statistics current as of March 8, 2016.|
Ethel Mobley (née Flock; March 8, 1914 – June 26, 1984) of Fort Payne, Alabama was tied for the second female to drive in NASCAR history. Her brother Tim Flock said she was named after the gasoline her father used in his car.
Part of the racing Flock family, three of her brothers are considered to be NASCAR pioneers: Tim, Fonty and Bob Flock. She was married to Charlie Mobley, who fielded Tim's car in NASCAR's modified series.
The event was the first to feature a brother and a sister, and the only NASCAR event to feature four siblings. Ethel beat Fonty and Bob by finishing eleventh (her career high), and Tim finished second. She made her only other career Cup start at Langhorne Speedway and finished 44th. Both events featured three female drivers (Sara Christian and Louise Smith).
In June 1949, she entered a racing competition in Florida, competing against 57 men drivers. She finished in 8th place.
On August 7, 1949, she became the first female racecar driver to compete against men in the state of Georgia when she entered a race at Central City Park Speedway in Macon, Georgia. She was rated as the top woman driver in the southeastern United States, having won many competitions in all-women races.
Motorsports career results
(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
Strictly Stock Series
|NASCAR Strictly Stock Series results|
- White, Rex; Anne B. Jones; Rick Minter (2004). Gold thunder: autobiography of a NASCAR champion. McFarland. pp. 32–33. ISBN 0-7864-1975-X. Retrieved September 25, 2010.
- Tim Flock Image Gallery, timflock.com; Retrieved February 8, 2008
- Gillepsie, Tom (March 31, 2012). "Flock was best known for wins, sense of adventure". Hickory Daily Record. Hickory, NC. Retrieved 2012-04-12.
- ; The Daily Star; August 2, 2003; Retrieved May 2, 2006, inaccessible February 9, 2008
- Early Pioneer's; decadesofracing.net; Retrieved May 2, 2006
- "Woman Driver Enters Races". The Macon Telegraph. August 1949.
- "Stock Car Event Draws Large Field; Woman Driver To Battle Men". The Macon Telegraph & News. August 7, 1949.
- "Ethel Mobley − 1949 NASCAR Strictly Stock Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved July 15, 2015.