Marvin Panch

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Marvin Panch
Born(1926-05-28)May 28, 1926
Menomonie, Wisconsin, U.S.
DiedDecember 31, 2015(2015-12-31) (aged 89)
Port Orange, Florida, U.S.
Achievements 1961 Daytona 500 Winner
AwardsNamed one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers (1998)
West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame inductee (2002)
National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame inductee (1987)
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
216 races run over 15 years
Best finish2nd (1957)
First race35th race of 1951 season (Oakland)
Last race 1966 National 500 (Charlotte)
First win35th race of 1956 season (Montgomery)
Last win 1966 World 600 (Charlotte)
WinsTop tens Poles
1712621

Marvin Panch (May 28, 1926 December 31, 2015) was an American stock car racing driver. Winner of the 1961 Daytona 500, he won seventeen NASCAR Grand National – now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – events during a 17-year career.

Stock car racing Form of automobile racing

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1961 Daytona 500 Auto race run in Florida in 1961

The 1961 Daytona 500, was a NASCAR Grand National Series event that was held on February 26, 1961, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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Early career

Born in Menomonie, Wisconsin, Panch relocated to California at an early age. [1] [2] He started his racing career as a car owner in Oakland, California. One week, his driver did not show up, and he raced the car to a third-place finish. [1] He won a championship and several races in six years, including five NASCAR races on the West Coast of the United States. [3]

Menomonie, Wisconsin City in Wisconsin, United States

Menomonie is a city in and the county seat of Dunn County in the western part of the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The city's population was 16,264 as of the 2010 census.

Wisconsin U.S. state in the United States

Wisconsin is a U.S. state located in the north-central United States, in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions. It is bordered by Minnesota to the west, Iowa to the southwest, Illinois to the south, Lake Michigan to the east, Michigan to the northeast, and Lake Superior to the north. Wisconsin is the 23rd largest state by total area and the 20th most populous. The state capital is Madison, and its largest city is Milwaukee, which is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan. The state is divided into 72 counties.

Oakland, California City in California, United States

Oakland is the largest city and the county seat of Alameda County, California, United States. A major West Coast port city, Oakland is the largest city in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, the third largest city overall in the San Francisco Bay Area, the eighth most populated city in California, and the 45th largest city in the United States. With a population of 432,897 as of 2019, it serves as a trade center for the San Francisco Bay Area; its Port of Oakland is the busiest port in the San Francisco Bay, the entirety of Northern California, and the fifth busiest in the United States of America. An act to incorporate the city was passed on May 4, 1852, and incorporation was later approved on March 25, 1854, which officially made Oakland a city. Oakland is a charter city.

NASCAR career

He attempted his first East Coast race at Darlington Raceway in 1953. NASCAR founder Bill France, Sr. convinced him to come east for 1954. [3] Lee Petty invited Panch to race in the 1954 Darlington race, where he finished third. The finish impressed Tom Horbison, who hired Panch to race his car during the 1955 season. His 1955 finishes caught the attention of Pete DePaolo, who hired Panch to race in his factory Ford team. Panch won his first NASCAR race on July 20, 1956, at Montgomery Speedway after starting on the pole position and dominating the entire race. [1]

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Darlington Raceway Motorsport track in the United States

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He won the two races in 1957 for DePaolo. He added another victory in April before Ford ended its factory support in the middle of the season. Panch joined the legendary Holman-Moody team for the rest of the season. He won three more events in the season, and finished second in the final points standings. [1]

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The end of the Ford factory sponsorship hurt Panch's career. Over the next three seasons he was only able to race in 24 races. [1]

He was offered a ride by famed NASCAR mechanic Smokey Yunick in the 1961 Daytona 500. The car was a year old (1960) Pontiac. Panch took the offer, and won the 1961 Daytona 500 to put his career back on track. [1] During the 1962 season he was offered a ride by renowned car owners the Wood Brothers. He accepted the ride in the Ford factory sponsored team. Panch had eight wins and 30 top-three finishes in 69 races for the team. He stayed with the team from 1962 to March 27, 1966, when Ford had another dispute with NASCAR. [1] In 1965, A. J. Foyt finished the Atlanta 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in a car Panch had started, taking it to victory. Panch received credit for the win.

Henry "Smokey" Yunick was an American mechanic and car designer associated with motorsports. Yunick was deeply involved in the early years of NASCAR, and he is probably most associated with that racing genre. He participated as a racer, designer, and held other jobs related to the sport, but was best known as a mechanic, builder, and crew chief.

Daytona 500 Auto race held in Daytona, Florida, United States

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Pontiac 1926-2010 automobile brand manufacturing subsidiary of General Motors

Pontiac was a car brand owned, made, and sold by General Motors. Introduced as a companion make for GM's more expensive line of Oakland automobiles, Pontiac overtook Oakland in popularity and supplanted its parent brand entirely by 1933.

In February 1963 Panch was involved in a fiery crash at Daytona, and was pulled to safety by fellow driver Tiny Lund. Lund was awarded the Carnegie Medal for heroism, and went on to win the 1963 Daytona 500 in the car that the injured Panch had been scheduled to drive. Lund said of Panch: "Marvin would have done the same for us." [4]

Panch was hired by Petty to race for Petty Enterprises for the 1966 World 600 in a year old car. Panch won the race for his final career victory, when Petty was his relief driver. Panch raced for Petty Enterprises until he announced his retirement after the National 500 at Charlotte in October 1966. [1]

Awards

Panch was named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998. He was inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame in 1987, and the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame in its first class in 2002. [3]

Personal life

His second wife Bettie founded the Women's Auxiliary of Motorsports. Panch is the father of four children: Pamela and Marvann, from his first marriage to Hester Herrald, and Richard (deceased) and Marvette, from his second marriage to Bettie Gong.

Following his Daytona 500 win, Panch purchased property in Port Orange, Florida, relocating there after the end of his career. [5] On December 31, 2015, Panch was found unconscious in his car, and was later pronounced dead of natural causes. [5]

Motorsports career results

NASCAR

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Grand National Series

NASCAR Grand National Series results
YearTeamNo.Make1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950515253545556575859606162NGNCPtsRef
1951 Marvin Panch56 Mercury DAB CLT NMO GAR HBO ASF NWS MAR CAN CLS CLB DSP GAR GRS BAI HEI AWS MCF ALS MSF FMS MOR ABS DAR CLB CCS LAN CLT DSP WIL HBO TPN PGS MAR OAK
6
NWS GAR
16
NMO 36th371.5 [6]
Ford HMS
2
JSP ATL
1953 Marvin Panch06 Dodge PBS DAB HAR NWS CLT RCH CCS LAN CLB HCY MAR PMS RSP LOU FFS LAN TCS WIL MCF PIF MOR ATL RVS LCF DAV HBO AWS PAS HCY DAR
28
CCS LAN
18
BLF WIL NWS MAR ATL 60th214 [7]
1954 Beryl Jackson 98 Dodge PBS DAB JSP ATL OSP OAK
2
NWS HBO CCS LAN WIL MAR SHA RSP CLT GAR CLB LND HCY MCF WGS PIF AWS SFS GRS MOR OAK
2
CLT DAR
3
CCS 17th1935 [8]
John Fernandez SAN
10
Chet Chiroso 15 Plymouth COR
9
Beryl Jackson 98 Olds CLT
22
LAN
13
MAS
7
MAR
19
NWS
6
1955 Marvin Panch56 Mercury TCS PBS JSP DAB OSP CLB HBO NWS MGY LAN CLT HCY ASF
2
TUS
16
MAR RCH NCF FOR LIN MCF FON AIR CLT PIF CLB AWS MOR ALS NYF 14th2812 [9]
John Hernandez SAN
4
CLT FOR MAS RSP
Julian Petty 44 Chevy DAR
13
MGY
21
LAN
4
RSP GPS
DePaolo Engineering 98 Ford MAS
2
CLB MAR
11
LVP NWS
23
HBO
11
1956 Tom Harbison Olds HCY
9
CLT 10th4680 [10]
Ford WSS
2
PBS
13
ASF
4
MGY
1
OKL ROA
22*
OBS SAN NOR PIF MYB POR CSH
3
CLT
4
NWP
21
CLT
3
CCF
3
MAR
2
HCY WIL
6
Dodge DAB
72
PBS
25
WIL ATL NWS LAN RCH CLB
9 Ford CON
15
GPS HCY HBO MAR LIN CLT POR EUR NYF MER MAS CLT MCF POR AWS LAN
34
POR CLB HBO
99 RSP
7
PIF
3
CSF CHI CCF
DePaolo Engineering 8 Ford DAR
3
1957 98 WSS
1*
CON
1*
TIC
3
DAB
5
WIL
19
HBO
11
AWS
16
NWS
4
LAN
17
CLT
2
PIF
1
GBF
19
POR CCF
3
RCH
3
MAR
8
POR EUR LIN
4
LCS
4
ASP 2nd9956 [11]
12 CON
16
Marvin Panch98 Ford NWP
2
CLB
3
CPS PIF
19
JAC RSP
8
CLT
1
HCY
12
LCS
3
LIN
1
OBS
4
MYB
13
DAR
3
NYF AWS
7
CSF SCF LAN
34
CLB
6
CCF
2
CLT
18
NBR
4
CON
4
NWS
7
GBF
21
Herb Thomas 92 Pontiac MAS
1
POR NOR
16
GLN
14
KPC
Fireball Roberts 22 Ford MAR
16
1958 John Whitford 98 Ford FAY DAB
14
CON FAY WIL
3
HBO
2
FAY CLB
31
PIF ATL
4
CLT
17
MAR
5
ODS OBS GPS GBF STR NWS BGS TRN
23
RSD CLB
19
NBS REF LIN HCY AWS RSP MCC SLS TOR BUF MCF BEL BRR CLB NSV AWS BGS MBS DAR
5
CLT BIR CSF GAF RCH HBO SAS MAR
31
NWS ATL 18th3424 [12]
1959 Tom Vernon FAY DAY DAY
17
HBO CON ATL DAR
29
HCY RCH CSF HBO MAR
38
AWS NWS CON 66th352 [13]
Don Angel 3 Ford WIL
22
BGS CLB NWS REF HCY MAR TRN CLT NSV ASP PIF GPS ATL CLB WIL RCH BGS AWS DAY HEI CLT MBS CLT NSV AWS BGS GPS CLB
1960 Tom Vernon 98 Ford CLT
22
CLB DAY
26
DAY DAY
46
CLT NWS PHO CLB MAR HCY WIL BGS GPS AWS 26th5268 [14]
W.J. Ridgeway 77 Ford DAR
10
PIF HBO RCH HMS CLT
17
BGS DAY
14
HEI MAB MBS ATL
17
BIR NSV AWS
33
PIF CLB SBO BGS DAR
11
HCY CSF GSP HBO MAR NWS CLT
48
RCH ATL
38
1961 Smokey Yunick 20 Pontiac CLT JSP DAY DAY
2
DAY
1
PIF AWS HMS CLT
43
PIF BIR GPS BGS NOR HAS STR DAY
4
ATL CLB MBS BRI NSV BGS AWS RCH SBO CLT
26
BRI GPS HBO 18th9392 [15]
John Masoni 3 Pontiac ATL
6*
GPS HBO BGS MAR NWS CLB HCY RCH MAR DAR
6
CLT CLT RSD ASP
Petty Enterprises 42 Plymouth DAR
31
HCY RCH CSF
Owens Racing 6 Pontiac ATL
10
MAR NWS
1962 Bob Osiecki 90 Dodge CON AWS DAY DAY
20
DAY
44
CON AWS SVH HBO 9th15138 [16]
20 Ford RCH
17
CLB
Wood Brothers Racing 21 Ford NWS
32
GPS MBS MAR
6
BGS BRI
26
RCH HCY CON
13
DAR
2
PIF CLT
8
ATL
8
BGS AUG RCH SBO DAY
3
CLB ASH GPS AUG SVH MBS BRI
11
CHT NSV HUN AWS STR BGS PIF VAL DAR
3
HCY RCH DTS AUG MAR
33
NWS
2
CLT
15
ATL
3
1963 BIR GGS THS RSD DAY DAY DAY PIF AWS HBO ATL HCY BRI AUG RCH GPS SBO BGS MAR NWS CLB THS DAR ODS RCH CLT
7
BIR ATL
3
DAY
3
MBS SVH DTS BGS ASH OBS
6
BRR
3
BRI
4
GPS NSV CLB AWS PIF BGS ONA
9
DAR
2
HCY RCH MAR
2
DTS NWS
1
THS CLT
3
SBO HBO 13th17156 [17]
121 RSD
3
1964 21 CON AUG
9
JSP SVH RSD
2
DAY
4
DAY DAY
4
RCH
6
BRI
5
GPS
3
BGS
1*
ATL
14
AWS
1*
HBO
17
PIF
2
CLB
2
NWS
3
MAR
2
SVH
2
DAR
11
LGY
2
HCY
13
SBO
2
CLT
29
GPS
11
ASH
3
ATL
29
CON NSV CHT BIR VAL PIF DAY
27
ODS OBS BRI
7
NSV MBS AWS DTS ONA CLB BGS STR DAR HCY RCH ODS HBO MAR
4
SVH NWS
1
CLT
31
HAR AUG JAC 10th21480 [18]
Holman-Moody 06 Ford BRR
4
ISP
Bondy Long 71 Ford GLN
24
LIN
1965 Wood Brothers Racing 21 Ford RSD
3
DAY DAY
3
DAY
6*
PIF ASW RCH HBO ATL
1*
GPS NWS
5
MAR
2
CLB BRI
4
DAR
11
LGY BGS HCY CLT
33
CCF ASH HAR NSV BIR ATL
1
GPS MBS VAL DAY
12
ODS OBS
3*
ISP
1*
GLN
1*
BRI
35
NSV CCF AWS SMR PIF AUG CLB DTS BLV BGS DAR
37
HCY LIN ODS RCH MAR
5
NWS
6
CLT
35
HBO CAR
3
DTS 5th22798 [19]
1966 AUG RSD
30
DAY
4
DAY DAY
26
CAR
17
BRI
18
ATL
16
HCY CLB GPS BGS NWS MAR DAR LGY MGR MON RCH 17th15308 [20]
Petty Enterprises 42 Plymouth CLT
1
DTS ASH PIF SMR AWS BLV GPS ATL
28
CLB AWS BLV BGS DAR
4
HCY RCH HBO MAR NWS CLT
6
CAR
Friedkin Enterprises 04 Plymouth DAY
7
ODS
22 Ford BRR
3
OXF
21
FON ISP
18
BRI SMR NSV
Daytona 500
YearTeamManufacturerStartFinish
1959 Tom Vernon Ford 417
1960 5146
1961 Smokey Yunick Pontiac 41
1962 Bob Osiecki Dodge 3744
1964 Wood Brothers Racing Ford 94
1965 66
1966 726

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Achievements
Preceded by
Junior Johnson
Daytona 500 Winner
1961
Succeeded by
Fireball Roberts