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|Born||Julius Timothy Flock|
May 11, 1924
Fort Payne, Alabama, U.S.
|Died||March 31, 1998 (aged 73)|
Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
|Cause of death||Liver and throat cancer|
|Achievements||1952 Grand National Series Champion|
Sprint Cup Series in wins 2 times (1952, 1955)
1949 Bowman Gray Stadium Modified Championship
|Awards||Named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers (1998)|
International Motorsports Hall of Fame (1991)
|NASCAR Cup Series career|
|187 races run over 13 years|
|Best finish||1st (1952, 1955)|
|First race||1949 Race No. 1 (Charlotte)|
|Last race||1961 World 600 (Charlotte)|
|First win||1950 (Charlotte)|
|Last win||1956 (Road America)|
|NASCAR Convertible Division career|
|4 races run over 2 years|
|Best finish||31st (1957)|
|First race||1957 Race #2 (Daytona Beach & Road Course)|
|Last race||1958 Race #11 (Lakewood)|
|First win||1957 Race #2 (Daytona Beach & Road Course)|
|Statistics current as of May 3, 2020.|
Julius Timothy Flock (May 11, 1924 – March 31, 1998) was an American stock car racer. He was a two-time NASCAR series champion. He was a brother to NASCAR's second female driver Ethel Mobley and Bob and Fonty Flock.
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Tim Flock finished 5th in NASCAR's inaugural Strictly Stock race at Charlotte, North Carolina in 1949; he drove an Oldsmobile 88 that he borrowed from his newlywed neighbors. NASCAR's first official season ended with Tim in eighth, Tim's brother Fonty Flock in fifth, and his other brother Bob Flock in third in the overall points standing. Tim sat out the 1950 NASCAR season recovering from a four car pile up at Charlotte.
Returning to racing in 1951, Flock won seven races. 1952 brought eight wins and four poles. At the end of the 1952 NASCAR season, Flock had 106 more points than Herb Thomas, earning Flock his first Grand National Championship title, despite flipping in the final race at West Palm Beach. Flock later joked, "I was the only driver to ever win a championship upside-down." In 1954, Flock was disqualified despite winning at the Daytona Beach Road Course for illegally screwed carburetor screws.
Flock had a rhesus monkey co-driver named "Jocko Flocko" with him in his May 16, 1953 Grand National win at Hickory Motor Speedway. Jocko Flocko became the only winning monkey ever. The monkey was retired two weeks later at Raleigh, where the monkey pulled the device to allow the driver to observe the right front tire and was hit by a pebble. At the time, drivers used a device to lift the wheel well to observe tire wear in case of a tire failing. Tim had to do a pit stop to remove the monkey, and he finished third (he would have won without the problem).
1955 was a record setting year for Flock as well as NASCAR. On the way to Flock's second Grand National Championship title, Flock had 19 poles and 18 victories in 45 races. The 18 victories stood as a record until broken by "The King", Richard Petty, in 1967. The 19 poles is still the highest number in a NASCAR season.
The 1956 season saw Flock win the only NASCAR Cup event ever held at Road America. Flock followed points leader and pole sitter Buck Baker for much of the start until many of the leaders began exiting for various problems, allowing Flock to lead the final ten laps. No other stock car events of any type were held at the track until the 1990s, and in 2010 the NASCAR Nationwide Series began racing there. Despite the win, however, the year was filled with off-track frustration for Flock, particularly with team owner Carl Kiekhaefer. In spite of their combined on-track success, Flock left Kiekhaefer's team immediately after his victory in the April 8 race at North Wilkesboro Speedway, citing stomach ulcers. Upon departing from the Kiekhaefer camp, he had compiled 21 triumphs out of his 46 starts with Kiekhaefer.
In his final race before "retiring" Flock was disqualified and banned from NASCAR as a result of "having too much solder on his carburetor screw" which was illegal. This was widely known by the public to be retaliation by NASCAR management for Flock's support of a NASCAR driver's union. Like Curtis Turner, he faced a life ban from NASCAR. Flock continued to race under other sanctioning bodies, including the Midwest Association for Race Cars (MARC), competing in the 100-mile event on the dirt at Lakewood Speedway, Georgia, in October 1961, where he finished second. He also raced at a USAC event in Concord, North Carolina, in 1963.
His last race was the Battle of the NASCAR Legends race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1991. The race featured such drivers as Cale Yarborough, Junior Johnson, Pete Hamilton, and Donnie Allison. The winner was Elmo Langley, beating Yarborough to the line by about 3 feet (0.91 m) on the last lap. He finished 10th out of 22 drivers.
Flock died of liver and throat cancer on March 31, 1998, six weeks before his 74th birthday, during NASCAR's 50th anniversary season. Darrell Waltrip honored him in a special paint scheme named "Tim Flock Special" at Darlington Raceway weeks before Flock died. Flock was without medical insurance, and Waltrip wanted to help raise money for Flock and his family.
A month before his death, Flock was honored as one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers. He has been inducted in numerous halls of fame, including the: International Motorsports Hall of Fame (1991), Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (1999), National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame (1972), State of Georgia Hall of Fame (1972), and Charlotte Motor Speedway Court of Legends (1994). He was inducted in the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in May 2006. On May 22, 2013, Flock was named member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame for 2014, to be inducted during Acceleration Weekend in January.
Motorsports career results
(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led. ** – All laps led.)
Grand National Series
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- Caraviello, David (January 14, 2014). "TOP 10 DEBUTS WITH NEW TEAMS". NASCAR. Retrieved January 18, 2014.
- on YouTube
- "They laughed when NASCAR's stock cars took to the road at Elkart Lake, but Tim Flock gave the show a Detroit Surprise". Sports Illustrated. August 20, 1958. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
- Augusta Chronicle, October 25, 1961, p. 8.
- Augusta Chronicle, October 23, 1961, p. 7.
- Oregonian, March 4, 1963, p. 34.
- Trenton Evening Times, November 19, 1963, p. 31.
- Competition Press and Autoweek, March 5, 1966, p. 1.
- Hilton, Lisette. "Flock was NASCAR pioneer". ESPN Classic. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
- "Nascar legend Tim Flock dies". Ocala Star Banner. 1 April 1998. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
- Tim Flock at the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America
- "Tim Flock – 1949 NASCAR Strictly Stock Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
- "Tim Flock – 1950 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
- "Tim Flock – 1951 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
- "Tim Flock – 1952 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
- "Tim Flock – 1953 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
- "Tim Flock – 1954 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
- "Tim Flock – 1955 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
- "Tim Flock – 1956 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
- "Tim Flock – 1957 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
- "Tim Flock – 1958 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
- "Tim Flock – 1959 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
- "Tim Flock – 1960 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
- "Tim Flock – 1961 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
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