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The Famous Lee Petty Protest After Fireball's 1962
Daytona 500 Victory
The Early Years
1948 - 1955
The Middle Years 1955 -1959
The Superspeedway Later Years 1960 - 1964
were good friends. Bob was gassing up the
plane to go visit Glenn in the hospital when he got the bad news.
L-R: Patricia Ann Teel, Miss
Pontiac; Miss Autolite is Cinda H. Pike. She lived
in Ormond Beach, Florida and was also Miss Volusia County and Miss Ormond
Beach at that time. She was 16 years old. The lady to Fireball's left,
picture's right, in the dark suit holding the trophy is Mary Ann Mobley,
Miss Autolite is Cinda Pike
Tiny Lund (far left), Fireball in the shades
WINNER! 1962 Daytona July Firecracker 250
Banjo Mathews super tuning Fireball's Pontiac
Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the fall of 1961 when a pair
of Nichels Engineering Pontiac Police
Enforcers set several stock car
records, including an average of 107.787 mph for 24 hours.
pictured are Joe Weatherly, Len Sutton, Marvin Panch, Rodger Ward,
Fireball Roberts, and Paul Goldsmith.
Picture taken at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the fall of 1961 when a pair
of Nichels Engineering Pontiac
Police Enforcers set several stock car records, including an average of 107.787
mph for 24 hours.
The drivers in this picture are Fireball Roberts, Marvin Panch and Joe
From a Fireball fan, Son Mike Hogan: My dad and Fireball
Roberts at Martinsville April,1964
My dad and Fireball Roberts doing Hot Laps at Atlanta 1964
Ralph Moody (L) of Holman & Moody conferring with Fred Lorenzen and
Fireball (thanks to Bart Maher)
Winner 1963 Daytona Firecracker 400 (First year of 400 -
was 250 miler) From Mike A.
1963 Firecracker 400 - #28 Lorenzen - #22 Roberts -
#21 Marvin Panch (from Mike A.)
After July 4th, 1963 Firecracker 400 - That's Roland Via
in the white T-shirt at age 13 (one week before birthday)
Glenn was accepting a cigarette from fan. I was frozen in awe...........
Picture from the Augusta Chronicle Sept '04
Augusta International Raceway - Nov. 17, 1963
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Banjo Mathews Pontiac with Fireball
winning the 1962 Firecracker 250
This is a reprint of a
certificate presented to Buick Motor Division Management in 1960 certifying a
major 1960 Buick Endurance Test. A standard 1960 Buick Invicta was taken
off the assembly line and taken to the Daytona International Speedway.
Equipped with special tires and exhausts the car drove day and night,
refueling on the go for 10,000 miles without stopping. The car averaged
120.186 MPH. The car set over 10 endurance records for the time. Day and
Night drivers included
Flynn, Larry Frank, Bobby Johns, Tiny Lund, Ralph Moody, Marvin Panch, and
Their names are on the certificate. Buick had hoped to pull off one of the
marketing home runs for the year. Unfortunately, General Motors did not
allow Buick to advertise this incredible feat because it indicated speed
which was a no-no during this time of GM history. This reprint of the
original certificate has been in my personal collection since 1960 and I am
not aware of other certificates. There is some shelf wear to the frame and
some slight discoloration to the certificate itself, however overall this
has to be classified as being in excellent condition. This is a very rare
piece of Buick Nascar history and should be preserved by a serious
collector. It is signed by
France, Sr. who
was then President of NASCAR.
PHOTO BEFORE THE START OF THE 24 HOURS OF LE MANS IN 1962.
CAR #17 IS THE GTO FERRARI OF GROSSMAN/FIREBALL ROBERTS, ENTERED BY THE
N.A.R.T. AND FINISHING 6TH OVERALL.
THE CAR # 1 IS THE CORVETTE CHEVROLET OF SETTEMBER/TURNER.
THE NOSE OF THE CAR # 60 IS THE ONE OF AN AC BRISTOL OF MAGNE/MARTIN.
Isn’t Sweating Petty Protest
The only thing
troubling Fireball Glenn Roberts yesterday was after effects from a
quick attack of the “flu” which struck him a few hours after his record
smashing victory in the Daytona 500 Sunday.
Lounging around his
home on North Peninsula Drive, Roberts said he went to bed with “chills
and a 102 temperature” early Monday morning.
He was feeling fine,
thank you, in the race and didn’t begin getting chills until around
The home pro is
unworried about the protest lodges against his victory.
“We never had more
than six men from our pit crew over the pit wall working on the car on a
pit stop, “said Roberts. “Pictures of out pit stops will vouch for that.
So will Smokey.”
“Smokey” is Henry
Yunick, chief mechanic for Roberts’ wining 1962 Pontiac. Yunick
submitted a notarized statement to NASCAR officials that he never had
more than six pit men over the wall.
The protest was
lodges by Lee Petty, Randleman, N. C., who claimed there were more than
six pit men over the wall and working on Roberts’ car. NASCAR allows a
maximum of six.
Lee Petty’s son,
Richard, finished 27 seconds behind Roberts in second place. He drove a
Commission is to announce a decision on the protest today, and signs
continue to mount it will be disallowed.
“I’m not worried,” said Fireball.
He averaged a World
record 152.529 mph for the 200 laps last Sunday at Daytona International
As soon as the
protest is cleared, Roberts and Yunick will collect their share of the
prize purse: $27, 350.
with me calls for us to split it 50-50,” said Fireball.
It was the last
stock car race of 1962, at least, for Daytonan Yunick. He announced his
withdrawal from the stock car field.
“I’m still trying to
make up my mind about making a new connection with another chief
mechanic for the remainder of the racing year,” said Roberts. “I’ve got
two good offers I’m considering.
Fireball said his
next outing will be the Atlanta 500 on March 25. Right now, all he says
that he’ll drive a 1962 Pontiac, but he doesn’t know which chief mech
he’ll team up with yet.
One of the last pictures of 1964......
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