Roz Howard

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Roz Howard
Born(1922-01-01)January 1, 1922
Macon, Georgia, United States
DiedJanuary 1, 2013(2013-01-01) (aged 91)
Milledgeville, Georgia
Achievements1957 MARC Southern Late Model Champion
Awards2004 Georgia Racing Hall of Fame inductee
NASCAR Cup Series career
6 races run over 3 years
Best finish49th (1960)
First race1956 Southern 500 (Darlington)
Last race1960 Western North Carolina 500 (Asheville-Weaverville Speedway)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 3 0

Roswell "Roz" Howard, Sr. (January 1, 1922 - January 1, 2013) was an American stock car racing driver. He competed in the NASCAR Grand National Division, now the Sprint Cup Series, and the NASCAR Convertible Division in the 1950s and early 1960s, in addition to racing throughout the southeast, winning the 1957 MARC Southern Late Model Championship.

Early life[edit]

Howard was born in Macon County, Georgia, in 1922, on a cotton farm; crop destruction by boll weevils and the Great Depression meant that his family moved to Macon early in his life, where he apprenticed at a local automobile dealer.[1]

Howard served in the United States Army during World War II, stationed in Miami, where his skills with automotive maintenance saw him assigned to the base's motor pool;[1] following the end of the war he returned to Macon and automotive work, purchasing a garage with his personal savings. He began racing in 1946, finishing in the top three in his first race.[1][2]

After competing and winning at many tracks in north Georgia and South Carolina on the Southern Racing Enterprise racing tour,[2] Howard moved to NASCAR competition,[1] competing in his first Grand National race in 1956,[2] as well as competing in the Convertible Division during the 1958 season.[3] Howard also won the 1957 MARC Southern Late Model championship.[2] His 1958 season was curtailed by a highway accident that left him in a body cast for nearly an entire year.[1] After a pit road accident at the 1960 Southern 500, where he was working as a mechanic for Joe Lee Johnson, that saw three teammates killed, he left the sport.[4] Although he no longer competed at NASCAR's top level, he remained involved in automotive work, maintaining a series of garages in his home of Milledgeville.[1]

Howard was inducted into the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame in 2004.[2] He died on January 1, 2013, on his 91st birthday.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Grisamore, Ed (August 30, 2012). "Auto racing's elder statesman". The Telegraph. Macon, GA. Retrieved 2013-01-03.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Reed, Brandon (January 3, 2013). "Georgia Racing HOF Member Roz Howard Passes Away". Raceweek Illustrated. Retrieved 2013-01-03.
  3. ^ "Roz Howard - NASCAR Convertible Series Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2013-01-03.
  4. ^ "Roz Howard Sr. Obituary". The Telegraph. Macon, GA. January 3, 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-04.

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