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Nelson Stacy
Born (1921-12-28)December 28, 1921
Flemingsburg, Kentucky, United States
Died May 14, 1986(1986-05-14) (aged 64)
Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
Achievements 1958 ARCA Series Champion
1959 ARCA Series Champion
1960 ARCA Series Champion
1961 Southern 500 Winner
1962 World 600 Winner
1964 Daytona ARCA 250 Winner
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
45 races run over 6 years
Best finish 14th (1963)
First race 1952 Race #28 (Dayton)
Last race 1965 Firecracker 400 (Daytona)
First win 1961 Southern 500 (Darlington)
Last win 1962 Old Dominion 500 (Martinsville)
Wins Top tens Poles
4 24 0
Statistics current as of April 28, 2013.
Nelson Stacy
Nationality American
Born (1921-12-28)December 28, 1921
Flemingsburg, Kentucky, United States
Died May 14, 1986(1986-05-14) (aged 64)
Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
Retired 1965
ARCA Series
Years active 1956-1960, 1964
Teams Willie Holt
Starts 111
Wins 37
Best finish 1st in 1958, 1959, 1960
Previous series
1952, '61-'65 NASCAR Grand National Series
Championship titles
1958
1959
1960
ARCA Series Champion
ARCA Series Champion
ARCA Series Champion

Nelson Stacy (December 28, 1921 – May 14, 1986) was an American race car driver from Maysville, Kentucky.[1][2] He won the 1958, 1959, and 1960 MARC Series (now ARCA Remax Series) championships.[3] He also won three NASCAR Grand National Series (now Sprint Cup Series) races in 1961 and 1962, including the 1961 Southern 500 at Darlington Speedway and the 1962 World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.[4]

Early life[edit]

Stacy was originally from Kentucky. He was a veteran of World War II serving as a Tank Driver in the U.S. Third Army under the command of General George S. Patton.

Early career[edit]

In 1952, Stacy made his first NASCAR Grand National Series start at Dayton Speedway. After a 12th-place finish out of 30 cars,[5] Stacy decided it would be best to drive in the MARC Series (later the ARCA Remax Series).[3] Stacy lost the 1957 title to Iggy Katona by 4.5 points, one of the slimmest margins in series history.[6] Stacy's move enabled him to win the series championship in 1958, 1959 and 1960.[3] Stacy had wins in 1957, 1959 and 1960 at Canfield Speedway.[7] In 1959, he started out the season in April by winning two of three races (Dayton and Canfield).[8]

NASCAR career[edit]

After a decade in the MARC series, Stacy decided to give Grand National racing another try. In 1961 Stacy entered back into NASCAR competition at age 40 competing in 15 of the 52 scheduled races.[9] Stacy won the 1961 Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway beating Fireball Roberts and leading 72 laps. He also accumulated eight Top Ten finishes and 4 Top Five finishes as well.[10]

In 1962, Stacy won the Rebel 300 at Darlington Raceway beating Marvin Panch,[11] the final convertible race in NASCAR history, as well as the World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway coming from 18th place to beat Joe Weatherly[12] and the 1962 Old Dominion 500 at Martinsville Speedway beating out Richard Petty by over three laps.[13] He accumulated three wins, seven Top Tens, and five Top Five finishes for the 1962 season. He also won the NASCAR Convertible Division race that year at the Darlington Rebel 300.[4]

Stacy failed to win any races in 1963; he accumulating nine Top Ten and four Top Five finishes. Stacy Finished a career-high 14th in the final points standing this year. In 1964, at age 43, Stacy's health began to become a factor and he went on to compete in two more Grand National races.[3] He achieved a 24th-place finish in his final start at the Firecracker 400 in 1965.[4] Stacey ended his NASCAR career after competing in 45 races. In his career, he had 24 Top Ten and 13 Top Five Finishes along with 4 wins.[2]

Later life and death[edit]

Stacy spent his final years in Florida where he owned a car dealership.[4] Stacy died on May 14, 1986 at the age of 64.[3]

Family life[edit]

Stacy was married to Mary Stacy. The couple had two girls and a boy.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nelson Stacy". Anderson Speedway. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Nelson Stacy career statistics". Racing Reference. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Nelson Stacy". Stacy Motorsports. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Samples, Steve. "Nelson Stacy". Legends of NASCAR. Retrieved 13 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "1952 Dayton Speedway". Racing Reference. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "ARCA's Early Days, The France Connection". Automobile Racing Club of America. Retrieved 13 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Canfield, The MARC/ARCA Story....". Toledo Speedway. Retrieved 13 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "April Action in ARCAville Aplenty". ARCA. Retrieved 13 August 2010. 
  9. ^ "1961 NASCAR statistics". Racing Reference. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  10. ^ "1961 Southern 500 statistics". Racing Reference. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  11. ^ "1962 Rebel 300 statistics". Racing Reference. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  12. ^ "1962 World 600 statistics". Racing Reference. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  13. ^ "1962 Old Dominion 500 statistics". Racing Reference. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Iggy Katona
MARC Champion
1958–1960
Succeeded by
Harold Smith

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FOXSports.com

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Wed, 23 Dec 2015 08:41:15 -0800

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Florida Times-Union

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Sat, 05 Sep 2015 18:52:30 -0700

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The Tennessean

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Mon, 16 Nov 2015 16:05:16 -0800

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The Tennessean

The Tennessean
Sat, 29 Nov 2014 14:15:35 -0800

The first ARCA race at the Fairgrounds was run in 1959 and won by three-time ARCA champion Nelson Stacy, who would go on to win four races in what is now the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Other notable winners at the Fairgrounds along with Green and ...
 
Columbia Daily Herald
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:15:00 -0800

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Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:09:16 -0700

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