When you talk about stockcar racing and legends, there is one name that is synonymously associated with its history, none other than Mr. Ray Fox. We have some factoids about Ray Fox that you may not have known about prior. Bear with us as we take ride down memory lane. The legacy of Ray Fox is unquestionable, and it opens a portal into stockcar racing’s past that’s more than half a century aged.
Did you know that Ray Fox ….
Actually built the car for Fireball Roberts that he used to win the 1955 classic Daytona Beach Course. But what was he disqualified for later? Answer: Shortened Pushrods.
What year was Ray Fox named “Mechanic of the year? Answer: 1956.
What car did he build that enabled Junior Johnson to win the 1960 Daytona 500? Answer: A 1959 Chevrolet Junior Johnson.
How many races and poles did fox win in 8 years of racing? Answer: 18 poles and 14 races.
What famous stockcar drivers raced for Fox? Answer: David Pearson, Earl Balmer, Buck Baker, Fred Lorenzen, Buddy Baker, Cale Yarborough, Fireball Roberts, Leeroy Yarbrough and Marvin Panch.
What engine powered the famous Dodge Coronet that Ray built? Answer: 426-Cubic-Inch Hemi-Charger Engine with Four-Port Hilborne Fuel Injection and a 617 GMC Blower. For extra points, what speed records did this car set? Answer: 181.818 mph on a closed course.
When did Fox retire from the sport of stockcar racing? Answer: 1972.
What year did Fox come back to NASCAR working as an inspector? Answer: 1990.
When did he retire for the last time? Answer: 1996.
When was Ray Fox officially inducted into the national Motorsports Hall of Fame? Answer: 2003.
What club is Ray Fox president over? Answer: Living Legends of Auto Racing.
Where does Ray Fox still live? Answer: Daytona, Florida – where else!
David Pearson – the “Silver Fox” – was well known for somehow working his way into a pole positions during the final laps of races, and for overtaking other drivers – who often had more beef under the hood – in the last few laps of any given race to gain a well earned and deserved victory. The 1960 “Rookie of the Year” never even completed a full season in stock car racing. But he still somehow managed to make other drivers sweat bricks when he gleaned the track, and is easily one of the more memorable names in stock car racing history, and is also widely considered by many to be a legend of this sport.
Fun Facts About David Pearson
A lot of present day stock car racing fans do not know very much about this famous stock car racing driver; mostly because he was a 60s era driver. But we have gathered some fun facts about him that can serve to better educate you about one of the most winningest drivers of all time. More than fifty years after the fact, Pearson still holds some rather impressive stock car records.
Pearson won the “Rookie of the Year” title in 1960, when he was only 25 years old.
Earned NASCAR Cup Championships in three separate years: 1966, 1968 and in 1969.
Almost never completed seasons; which left many experts and fans baffled, and that could have doubles or even tripled his wins.
Had a staggeringly huge 18% winning ratio, where he posted 105 wins in just 574 starts as a stock car driver.
Infamously quit mid-season (1967) for the race team that was owned by Cotton Owens over a dispute regarding who would get to drive the “Hauler.”
Holds a notable record on Darlington Raceway, where he racked up 10 race wins and 12 pole positions.
Only competed in 9 events in 79’, but somehow managed to be voted as the “Most Popular NASCAR Driver” by fans in a landslide.