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Darel Dieringer
Born: June 1, 1926      Died: October 28, 1989
Home: Indianapolis, IN

Darel 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.

DAREL DIERINGER

Darel 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 points.

 

Model (and above print) by Bill Rankin

DieringerMercuty Maurader #16 and Billy Wade #1

Darel's Son - A driver in his own right

Allow us to introduce our Driver, Darel "the Demon" Dieringer - yes, the son of the late Darel Dieringer, Sr., 1988 inductee into the NASCAR Auto Racing Hall of Fame!

When 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.  Darel Jr. with Dad's Trophies

Racing 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.

Darel 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.

Darel Dieringer also appears in an interesting story called
"Nascar's REAL Top 50" by Steve Smith            Click Here

Note: Page under construction. Please send stories or pictures for inclusion.

Darel Dieringer Grand National / Winston Cup DRIVER Statistics

Year Age Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Earnings Rank AvSt AvFn
1957 31 9 of 53 0 0 3 0 1262 0 1,210 59 14.9 18.8
1958 32 2 of 51 0 0 0 0 125 0 110 131 32.5 27.0
1961 35 7 of 52 0 1 2 0 1008 0 3,150 35 18.1 17.9
1962 36 14 of 53 0 1 3 0 3179 17 5,000 33 16.9 19.4
1963 37 20 of 55 1 7 15 0 5513 84 29,725 7 10.2 9.1
1964 38 27 of 62 1 6 13 1 5662 238 20,684 11 8.3 13.4
1965 39 35 of 55 1 10 15 1 6845 737 52,214 3 12.9 12.9
1966 40 25 of 49 3 7 9 0 4818 515 52,529 12 10.4 15.8
1967 41 19 of 49 1 8 9 6 4537 765 34,709 12 6.1 14.7
1968 42 18 of 49 0 5 8 1 4409 159 28,215 21 8.9 16.6
1969 43 1 of 54 0 0 0 0 119 0 250   4.0 25.0
1975 49 4 of 30 0 0 2 0 923 2 10,530 54 19.5 16.5
12 years 181 7 45 79 9 38,400 2517 238,326   11.4 14.8


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