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NASCAR Hall of Fame 5th Class Finalist - Tim Flock, Driver


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Tim Flock (Credit ISC Archives/Getty Images)

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(b. 5/11/24 – d. 3/31/98)
Hometown: Fort Payne, Ala.
Competed: 1949-61
Starts: 187
Wins: 39
Poles: 38
 
A two-time series champion of the NASCAR premier series, Flock was one of the sport’s first dominant drivers.

Flock had 39 victories in only 187 starts. His victory total still ranks 18th on the all-time wins list. Flock won his first series title in 1952 while driving Ted Chester’s Hudson Hornet. He had eight wins and 22 top fives in 33 starts. Flock won his second series title in 1955 driving Carl Kiekhaefer’s Chrysler. He dominated that season, posting 18 wins, 32 top fives and 18 poles in 39 races. Flock’s 18 wins stood as a single-season victory record until Richard Petty surpassed it with 27 wins in 1967.

In addition, Flock won NASCAR’s only sports car race, in 1955, driving a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL.

The entire Flock family raced at times during NASCAR’s formative years. In 1949, brothers Bob and Fonty and sister Ethel joined Tim to become the only four siblings to drive in the same NASCAR premier series race.

Flock, who died on March 31, 1998, was named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers that same year.

 


 
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Statistics
Year Age Races Win Top 5 Top 10 Pole Laps Led Rank AvSt AvFn RAF Miles LLF
1949 25 5 of 8 0 2 3 0 347 0 9 1.4 12.8 3 410.1 1
1950 26 12 of 19 1 4 7 1 1403 190 10 4.3 10.3 9 1323.4 2
1951 27 30 of 41 7 19 21 6 2259 621 2 3.4 7.7 28 1705.2 7
1952 28 33 of 34 8 22 25 4 5345 1283 2 4.9 7.6 26 3595.3 11
1953 29 26 of 37 1 11 18 3 1990 291 7 2.0 10.8 22 1746.2 3
1954 30 5 of 37 0 1 3 1 800 180 18 2.4 20.6 4 792.9 2
1955 31 39 of 45 18 32 33 18 6406 3227 1 2.9 4.6 34 4688.3 22
1956 32 22 of 56 4 11 14 5 3076 445 6 6.7 9.3 14 2689.5 7
1957 33 1 of 53 0 0 0 0   0 121 10.0 12.0 1   0
1958 34 3 of 51 0 0 0 0 167 25 197 11.3 30.0 0 176.5 0
1959 35 2 of 44 0 0 1 0 223 0 38 22.5 16.5 1 557.5 0
1960 36 2 of 44 0 0 1 0 235 0 64 16.5 21.5 1 346.0 0
1961 37 7 of 52 0 0 3 0 1227 0 67 19.0 21.7 4 1416.9 0
13 years   187 39 102 129 38 23478 6262   8.3 14.3 147 19447.8 55