Born: June 1, 1926 Died: October 28, 1989
Home: Indianapolis, IN
Dieringer is a former NASCAR
Grand National and Winston Cup driver. He made his debut
in 1957 driving for John Zink and John
Whitford but would see little success until 1963,
when driving for Bill Stroppe, he won a race,
logged 15 top tens, and finished 7th in points. A solid
1964 was followed up by an even better 1965 season when
Dieringer collected 15 more top tens in addition to
another win and finished 3rd in series points behind Ned Jarrett and
Dick Hutcherson while driving
for Bud Moore and a variety of other owners.
However, he struggled with reliability in 1966 and
despite capturing 3 wins, including his biggest win of
his career, the Southern 500, only finished 12th in
points. Dieringer ran a part time schedule in 1967 and
1968 with limited success and a single race in 1969. He
was out of NASCAR until 1975 when he returned for the
Charlotte and Superspeedway races and then retired.
Dieringer had a short Grand National career from 1961 to
1968. In 1961 and 1962 he raced in a total of 21 races;
seven in ’61 and 14 in 1962. He had no wins in either season
and was 35th and 33rd in the points standings. In 1963 Darel
started in 27 races and finally found the checkered flag at
Riverside, CA, the last race of the season. He took seventh
in the points race with 21,148.
Darel got his
second career win at the second to the last race of the
season in 1964 at Augusta, GA. but only placed 11th in
points after 27 starts.
Dieringer got his
third win in the 1965 Dayton 500 qualifying race and won the
pole for the Dayton 500. Although he couldn’t turn his pole
into a victory, it seemed to be a step in the right
direction for the season. He placed third in overall points
behind drivers Ned Jarrett and Dick Hutcherson.
Darel Dieringer Gets Three Wins
1966 was a winning
season for Darel. He had his first season with more than
just one win. Career win number four came at Monroe, North
Carolina, followed by win number five in Weaverville, NC.
Dieringer also won at Darlington in ’66.
1967 seemed to be
the “Year of the Pole” for Darel Dieringer. In 19 starts
that season he won seven pole positions, including the
Firecracker 400 at Daytona, the South Eastern 500 at
Bristol. He reached the checkered flag for the seventh and
last time in his career at Wilkesboro, North Carolina and
finished the season 12th on the points list.
Darel had 18 starts
in 1968, including a pole position at Weaverville, NC. With
no wins he finished his final NASCAR season 21st with 1,525
Model (and above print)
by Bill Rankin
Darel's Son - A driver in his own
us to introduce our Driver, Darel "the Demon"
Dieringer - yes, the son of the late
Sr., 1988 inductee into the NASCAR Auto Racing Hall of Fame!
the boys in the pits at a Circuit of Champions convertible
race said "Here comes Darel and the Demon", they were not
talking about some being from outer space, but a lean,
lanky, hard-driving chauffeur from Deer Lodge, Montana and
his three-year-old son.
has always been a big part of Darel's life, beginning as his
father raced the local tracks around Indiana and worked his
way to the NASCAR Winston Cup
Series, winning pole position in the 1965
Daytona 500 - finishing 2nd in that race. With
many other wins during his career, Darel's father topped
them off by winning the 1966 Darlington Southern 500.
has kept the dream alive. Over the past several years Darel
has been a part of local Indiana short track racing in the
Super Truck Division of the Championship Auto Racing
Series (CARS), now the INDY UNITED RACING LEAGUE (IURL).
Darel's team earned the
Most Improved Driver Award and finished
fourth in points for the
season at the end of his second year of racing. Darel has
won multiple top 5 Points finishes and several top 5 Event
finishes. And now, as co-owner and driver for RMM,
Darel continues the family tradition.
also appears in an interesting story called
"Nascar's REAL Top 50" by Steve Smith
Darel Dieringer Grand National / Winston Cup DRIVER Statistics
Nascar Nextel Cup Series Tickets
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