Phil Barkdoll

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Phil Barkdoll
Born (1937-09-07) September 7, 1937 (age 79)
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
23 races run over 9 years
Best finish 45th – 1989 Winston Cup Series season
First race 1984 Winston 500 (Talladega)
Last race 1992 Pepsi 400 (Daytona)*
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of March 12, 2012
* qualified for 1997 Daytona 500, did not compete.

Phil Barkdoll (born September 7, 1937) is a former NASCAR owner/driver from Phoenix, Arizona, who only ran at two tracks in his entire career: Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.

NASCAR career[edit]

Barkdoll campaigned part-time on the NASCAR circuit from 1984 to 1997, relying on small sponsorships and free advertising to help pay for his racing.[1] He has provided a ride for other drivers at other tracks. Barkdoll began racing in 1981, with his first race coming in the 1984 Winston 500. After starting 16th, Phil finished 35th after losing an engine on the 60th lap.

In 1987, Barkdoll had a spectacular accident heading into the tri-oval on the fourth lap during one of the Twin 125 mile qualifying races for the Daytona 500. He got airborne, flipped across the track and into the fence before sliding to a halt on his wheels.

In 1988, Barkdolll was involved in another spectacular accident at Daytona, this time in the Daytona 500 itself. Coming of turn four on the 106th circuit, he slightly tapped Richard Petty, which sent Petty tumbling down the track before being t-boned by Brett Bodine.

On the 144th lap of the 1989 Daytona 500, Barkdoll took yet another wild ride. Barkdoll's Oldsmobile slid into the dirt embankment on the backstretch, and ended up on its side.

In 1990, Barkdoll campaigned a second car which was driven by Stan Barrett (Stanton Barrett's father) for the Daytona 500 and Phil Parsons during the Winston 500 and the Winston.

Barkdoll had yet more trouble at the 1991 Daytona 500, and he went for a spin off turn four and the car lifted off the ground and blew out the windshield. This time the car landed on all four wheels and Barkdoll finished 20th.

Barkdoll's final Winston Cup points paying start came in 1992 in the Pepsi 400 at Daytona. He finished 28th, four laps off the pace.

In 1993, Barkdoll was diagnosed with cancer, and Stanley Smith drove his car in the Twin 125's at Daytona. Smith was eliminated in a first lap wreck with Steve Kinser, and did not make the field.

In 1994, Barkdoll was back, but did not make the Daytona 500.

In 1995, Barkdoll had a strong run in the second qualifier in his No. 73 Ford, but it ended in a crash coming off turn two.

Barkdoll's last attempt at Daytona as a driver was in 1997. That year, he qualified 25th fastest on pole qualifying day in his No. 73 Chevrolet. That speed was fast enough to earn the 38th starting position after he failed to finish in the top 15 of his Twin 125. However, SABCO Racing's No. 42 Bellsouth Chevrolet for Joe Nemechek failed to qualify for the race. Team owner Felix Sabates bought Barkdoll's car for Nemechek, leaving Barkdoll on the sidelines, but richer as a result.

Car owner[edit]

Barkdoll owned the car that he drove in most of the Winston Cup races that he competed in during his career (with the exception of the two races in 1985 that his car was owned (officially) by Helen Rae Smith and his car was called the Helen Rae Special). In addition, he fielded cars for drivers such as Ken Bouchard, Jim Sauter, Mike Wallace, Joe Ruttman and Morgan Shepherd.

In 1998, Barkdoll fielded a car in the Daytona 500 supported by longtime sponsor X-1R Performance with Wallace behind the wheel. The team raced into the 500 and finished 23rd, one lap down. The following season, Barkdoll fielded his No. 73 with sponsorship from Three Stooges Beer at the Daytona 500 for the final time. His driver, Ken Bouchard, was unable to qualify for the race.

Motorsports career results[edit]


(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Winston Cup Series[edit]

ARCA Hooters SuperCar Series[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)


  1. ^ Willis, Ken (February 16, 1989). "Phil Barkdoll: A happy pig in 500 pile". Daytona Beach News-Journal. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Phil Barkdoll – 1994 ARCA Hooters SuperCar Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 

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