Johnny Patterson (racing driver)

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Johnny Patterson
BornHuntington, West Virginia, United States
DiedJuly 5, 1969
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
25 races run over 6 years
Best finish17th – 1952 NASCAR Grand National Series season
First race1952 race at Asheville-Weaverville Speedway
Last race1959 Southern 500
Wins Top tens Poles
0 6 0

Johnny Patterson (died July 5, 1969) was a NASCAR Grand National Series driver from Huntington, West Virginia.


He drove from 1952 to 1959 and scored four "top five" finishes and six "top ten" finishes. Patterson completed 3,255 laps while earning $6,303 in his career. Despite his best efforts, Patterson started an average of 22nd while finishing an average of 21st place over the course of six years.[1]

Patterson would improve on his 25th place start at the 1954 Southern 500 to finish in a respectable 14th place; taking home $225 in winnings.[2] At the 1955 Southern 500, Johnny Patterson qualified in 46th place in his 1955 Mercury vehicle only to finish the race in 22nd place out of 69 drivers; collecting $225 after a long day's work.[3] The following year at the 1956 Southern 500, Patterson would qualify in 25th place and would end up finishing in 14th place out of 70 drivers; collecting another $225 for his hard work.[4]

Short tracks were Patterson's specialty, as he would finish an average of 18th place. His troubles came mostly at road courses where a 50th-place finish was par for the course. Patterson liked Piedmont Interstate Fairgrounds where he would finish in 5th place but would strongly dislike Daytona Beach and Road Course, where he would finish in a dishonorable 50th place.[5]

Patterson was mostly associated with the #55 Chevrolet owned by Bernard Friedland.[6] He would also drive for the Hudson, Oldsmobile and Mercury brands.[7]


  1. ^ Johnny Patterson driving information at Racing Reference
  2. ^ 1954 Southern 500 racing information at Racing Reference
  3. ^ "1955 Southern 500 information". Racing-Reference. Archived from the original on 2009-07-21. Retrieved 2009-07-09.
  4. ^ "1956 Southern 500 racing results". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2011-01-18.
  5. ^ NASCAR statistics on Johnny Patterson at Driver Average
  6. ^ Johnny Patterson career NASCAR statistics at Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet
  7. ^ Career details of Johnny Patterson at Driver Database