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USAC Stock Car
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Norm Nelson-owned USAC Stock Car driven by Roger McCluskey
Category Stock car racing
Country United States
Inaugural season 1956
Folded 1984
Drivers Fred Lorenzen, Norm Nelson, Butch Hartman, Roger McCluskey, A. J. Foyt, Paul Goldsmith! Tom Krill

The USAC Stock Car division was the stock car racing class sanctioned by the United States Auto Club (USAC).[1] The division raced nationally; drivers from USAC's open wheel classes like IndyCars, Silver Crown, sprint cars, and midgets frequently competed in races and won championships. Several NASCAR drivers raced in USAC Stock Cars at various points in their careers.

In the late 1950s, USAC Stock Cars rivaled NASCAR stock cars with races throughout the Midwestern and Northeastern United States.[2] NASCAR owners Holman Moody found racing in USAC Stock Cars to be appealing because of USAC's ties to the Indianapolis 500.[2]

History[edit]

The class began as a division in the American Automobile Association (AAA). AAA decided to stop sanctioning all racing classes after Bill Vukovich's death at the 1955 Indianapolis 500 was followed closely by the 1955 Le Mans disaster.[1] USAC took over sanction in all of their classes.

USAC continued to sanction the Stock Car division until 1984 but the series had lost some luster as the events were frequently co-sanctioned with ARCA.[1] The final championship in 1984 was scheduled for three races but only two were run (Springfield and DuQuoin).[1] The third event, part of the 4 Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway, was rained out and not rescheduled.[1]

After the division ended, the many of the drivers moved to other Midwestern series such as the American Speed Association (ASA), ARCA, and ARTGO.[1]

Tracks[edit]

USAC Stock Cars raced on dirt tracks, asphalt ovals and road courses. The Milwaukee Mile was regularly on the schedule.[3] The variety of tracks included the dirt at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Racetrack's oval, Indianapolis Raceway Park's asphalt oval, and the asphalt circle at Langhorne Speedway. The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb was even a stop on the schedule during some seasons.[4]

Drivers[edit]

Champions[edit]

AAA[edit]

USAC[edit]

Rookies of the Year[edit]

Several notable drivers won the USAC Stock Car Rookie of the Year award. IndyCar champions Al Unser (1967) and Joe Leonard (1964) were named the Rookie of the Year.[1] Leonard had moved to stock cars after winning several AMA motorcycle championships.[8] Future NASCAR drivers Dick Trickle (1968), Joe Ruttman (1978), Rusty Wallace (1979), and Ken Schrader (1980) plus USAC Stock Car champion Butch Hartman (1967) received the award.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "The USAC Stock Car Series". Ultimate Racing History. Retrieved March 13, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Edsall, Larry; Teske, Mike (2003). Ford Racing Century: A Photographic History of Ford Motorsports. MotorBooks/MBI Publishing Company. p. 33. ISBN 0-7603-1621-X. Retrieved March 12, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Track History". Milwaukee Mile. Retrieved March 18, 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ Allen, Phil. "VIR – April 1, 1962 Stock Car Race". Virginia International Raceway. Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  5. ^ Kennedy, Tim. "Racing Scene". scrafan.com. Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Marshall Teague". Legends of NASCAR. Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  7. ^ Romano, Chris (December 24, 2009). "For Auld Lang Syne, 2009". Speed Style magazine. Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Joe Leonard". American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Retrieved March 13, 2010. 

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Toronto Star

Toronto Star
Fri, 15 May 2015 06:07:30 -0700

In 1966, a driver named Sal Tovella won a USAC stock car race at the track north of Bowmanville now known as Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Tovella was identified as being a Chicago auto dealer in real life. So Penske had McGee take an Indy car and ...
 
Keokuk Gate City Daily
Thu, 01 Aug 2013 11:19:30 -0700

... but we want to keep it exclusive. We have done that, so that is why this is such a meaningful thing for Don and for us that he is a part of this. Don raced in a lot of out initial events with our stock car series and was the king, basically, of ...
 
FOXSports.com
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:26:15 -0700

... off the first serious wave of the rear-engine revolution. There were 2,050 laps and Foyt led 861 of them. He won every race he finished. And he also found time to win five USAC sprint shows, three USAC stock car races and NASCAR's Firecracker 400.

News & Observer

News & Observer
Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:22:09 -0800

He won the USAC stock car championships in 1958 and '59, drawing the attention of Ralph Moody, co-owner of the powerful Holman & Moody team fielding factory-backed Fords from a Charlotte shop. Moody offered Lorenzen a ride on Christmas Eve, 1960.
 
Allentown Morning Call
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:23:28 -0700

Mattioli finished off a prior agreement with USAC by running a USAC stock car race in April 1974. Ron Keselowski, who started his career in NASCAR but was transitioning to USAC, won the race and NASCAR veteran Buddy Baker set a track record in ...
 
The Morning Sun
Thu, 13 Nov 2014 08:27:48 -0800

68 Cup Series starts (between 1970 and 1974); 2 top-5 finishes and 11 top-10s. • Career NASCAR earnings; $62,790. • In 1974 he won the ACME Super Saver 500 USAC stock car race at Pocono. • Engine builder for Keselowski family-owned cars, having ...
 
Racer
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:24:23 -0700

And he also found time to win five USAC sprint shows, three USAC stock car races and NASCAR's Firecracker 400. His final Indy car victory of 1964 was 50 years ago this past week and he'd already clinched his fourth USAC championship in five seasons.
 
The Augusta Chronicle
Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:58:46 -0700

“The 1964 Marauder model was used in stock car racing for a couple of years in NASCAR and at least one year on the USAC Stock Car circuit. Bud Moore, of Spartanburg, S.C., set up 1964 Mercs for such drivers as Joe Weatherly, Darel Dieringer, Billy Wade ...
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