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The Early Years 1948  - 1955

12/26/05: New Page: Daytona 1955 - Check it Out!
12/26/05: See this rare 1956 photo at Darlington:

The Middle Years  1955 -1959

The Superspeedway Later Years 1960 - 1964

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Woody Smith's mom took this picture Fireball in 1956, on the front stretch at Darlington.
Thanks for sharing Woody


Fireball leaning against rear quarter panel. Mechanic Red Vogt at left from tire

This is the actual 1957 Holman Moody prepared Ford for Nascar.
It was driven by the late, great Glenn "Fireball" Roberts.
This car was supercharged, but later in the year, Nascar came out with rules which stated that supercharged cars
could not run the Nascar circuit. It was the pole sitter and race winner at the spring race in at the dirt track of North Wilkesboro, NC before that track was paved. This car has accomplished many feats in its career.

Color: Red & White
Interior: Gutted with a roll-cage put in for Nascar racing
Model #: A7 Factory Base Price: $1,991.00
Shipping Weight: 3,154 lbs.
Production Total: Not Available on this model
Engine: 312 ci V8 Hemi, 300 horsepower
Transmission: Three-speed manual, column mount
Carburator: Holley four-barrel with a Paxton supercharger

Photo By: Douglas Wilkinson
Location: 57 Heaven Museum, Branson, MO.



Big Bill France (sitting) and Fireball (right)
They actually rode around in the dirt on the 2.5 miles!
1959 Pontiac in background.
Who the poster girl and executive type guy? Email answer.

#22 Fireball 1960 Pontiac Convertible
#4 Rex White Chevy Convertible
#12 Joe Weatherly
Photo Op for Rebel 300 convertible race at Darlington 1960.
(facts courtesy Mike Clements)

This photo shows Cotton Owens with the #3 Pontiac that he bought from Smokey right after the Daytona beach race in Feb of 59. Marvin Panch drove the 58 Ford #98 and Fireball drove the #22 57 Chevy.  My father was Louie Clements. He was car owner and crew chief for Rex White.    Thanks,  Mike Clements    www.heartbeatracingproducts.com

L to R: Cotton Owens ’58 #3 Pontiac (start 3rd), Marvin Panch’s ’58 #98 Ford (start 2nd) and Fireball’s ’57 #22 Chevy (pole 116.299 mph) prior to a 1958 Darlington Raceway convertible race.

This was at Darlington Raceway, race #9 of 19 on May 10, 1958, a race in which Curtis Turner won by 26 seconds after leading the final 24 laps to the 219 lap finish. After leading the first 9 laps, Owens finished 26th after a wreck on lap 95. Panch led once and finished 3rd. Fireball never led, had tire problems (he kept burning them off with aggressive driving) and finished 5th. Joe Weatherly took 2nd. Average speed 109.624 with only two cautions.

'60 Pontiac Convertible

I have not verified this, but was there ever a 1959 Ford #22 like this driven by Fireball??? (Answer Here)

Fireball the FIRST To Win At Daytona in a #3 Car!

1959 #3 Pontiac - '59 Firecracker 250 Winner
According to Carl of "LifeLongSearch" : "Win on Sunday, buy on Monday". Ask Carl's dad.

58-59 Chevy Convertible - Notice the 'Game Face' before qualifying

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