Harold Kite

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Harold Kite
Born(1921-11-13)November 13, 1921
East Point, Georgia, U.S.
DiedOctober 17, 1965(1965-10-17) (aged 43)
Concord, North Carolina, U.S.
Cause of deathInjuries from racing accident
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
9 races run over 5 years
Best finish25th (1951)
First race1950 untitled race (Daytona Beach)
Last race1965 National 400 (Charlotte)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 2 0

Harold Kite (November 13, 1921 – October 17, 1965) was a NASCAR Grand National Series driver from East Point, Georgia. In his brief Grand National Series career, Kite competed in nine events to earn one win and two top-ten finishes.

Career summary[edit]

Kite's debut came in 1950. Starting third on the Daytona Beach Road Course, he quickly found his way to the lead. From there, Kite led 38 of the 48 laps, holding off Red Byron by fifty-three seconds for the victory. He recorded two midpack finishes to close out the year: a 38th in the inaugural event at Darlington and a 12th place in a small field at North Wilkesboro Speedway.

Kite's next two races would take place during the 1951 season, when he finished a career-high 25th in points. He started 38th in the history-breaking eighty-two car field at the Southern 500, completed most of the laps and kept in shouting distance of the leaders to finish 6th. Kite did not keep early-season momentum on his side, finishing his other start that year with a last (29th) place showing at Columbia Speedway.

Kite tacked on two more starts a few years later, making his return during the 1955 season. Piston issues very early in the LeHi race held at Memphis-Arkansas Speedway left him 25th, and various woes kept him to 43rd place in the Darlington Southern 500.

Kite made a new approach during his solo 1956 appearance, making his start at the tiny Shelby track located at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds. But even the small field of 17 could not be conquered by Kite, who fell a number of laps down and finished 11th.

Kite waited until 1965 to return to the sport, competing for the first time at the speedy Charlotte Motor Speedway. It would be a tragic return for the former Army captain: Just one lap into the National 400, Kite was involved in a five-car pileup on the fourth turn. He was struck by Jimmy Helms, who suffered cuts and bruises. Kite, 43, was pronounced dead on arrival at the infield hospital.[1][2]

Kite was inducted into the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame in 2011.[3]

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 55 56 NGNC Pts Ref
1950 Harold Kite 21 Lincoln DAB
1*
CLT LAN MAR CAN VER DSP MCF CLT HBO DSP HAM DAR
38
LAN 30th 187 [4]
Mercury NWS
12
VER MAR WIN HBO
1951 Julian Buesink 1 Olds DAB CLT NMO GAR HBO ASF NWS MAR CAN CLS CLB DSP GAR GRS BAI HEI AWS MCF ALS MSF FMS MOR ABS DAR
6
CLB
29
CCS LAN CLT DSP WIL HBO TPN PGS MAR OAK NWS HMS JSP ATL GAR NMO 25th 625 [5]
1955 The Racing Club 71 Olds TCS PBS JSP DAB OSP CLB HBO NWS MGY LAN CLT HCY ASF TUS MAR RCH NCF FOR LIN MCF FON AIR CLT PIF CLB AWS MOR ALS NYF SAN CLT FOR MAS
25
RSP DAR
43
MGY LAN RSP GPS MAS CLB MAR LVP NWS HBO 181st - [6]
1956 66 Ford HCY CLT WSS PBS ASF DAB PBS WIL ATL NWS LAN RCH CLB CON GPS HCY HBO MAR LIN CLT POR EUR NYF MER MAS CLT MCF POR AWS RSP PIF CSF CHI CCF
11
MGY OKL ROA OBS SAN NOR PIF MYB POR DAR CSH CLT LAN POR CLB HBO NWP CLT CCF MAR HCY WIL 28th 1724 [7]
1965 Rex Racing Associates 01 Plymouth RSD DAY DAY DAY PIF AWS RCH HBO ATL GPS NWS MAR CLB BRI DAR LGY BGS HCY CLT CCF ASH HAR NSV BIR ATL GPS MBS VAL DAY ODS OBS ISP GLN BRI NSV CCF AWS SMR PIF AUG CLB DTS BLV BGS DAR HCY LIN ODS RCH MAR NWS CLT
42
HBO CAR DTS 133rd 88 [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lorenzen takes Charlotte duel". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Associated Press. October 18, 1965.
  2. ^ "Helms ready to go again but wants rigid rules". The Spartanburg Herald. Associated Press. October 21, 1965.
  3. ^ Reed, Brandon (October 28, 2011). "Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Honors 2011 Inductees". www.GeorgiaRacingHistory.com. Archived from the original on March 3, 2012.
  4. ^ "Harold Kite – 1950 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  5. ^ "Harold Kite – 1951 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  6. ^ "Harold Kite – 1955 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  7. ^ "Harold Kite – 1956 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  8. ^ "Harold Kite – 1965 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 13, 2019.

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