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Truman Fontell 'Fonty' Flock
Born: March 21, 1920      Died: July 15, 1972
Home: Decatur, GA

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Fonty Flock delivered moonshine as a teenager on his bicycle and a few years later he was making trips in his car from Atlanta to Dawsonville, Georgia hauling moonshine.  Fonty once said that he would seek out the sheriff and get him on a chase because he had a faster car.  Fonty would send off to California and get the best parts for his car and the sheriff couldn't keep up with him and loved to tease him.  The sheriff didn't have the sources to get the parts to make his car keep up with Fonty's.

Fonty ran some of the semi-organized races before World War 2 broke out, winning  a 100-mile race at Lakewood Park in Atlanta in 1940.  He ran the dirt tracks in Georgia for a couple of years before making his way to Daytona Beach, Florida searching for the high speed excitement of the Beach-Road courses.

Fonty's first race after getting to Daytona was on July 27, 1941 where he landed the pole position along side Roy Hall.  Flock took the lead over Hall early in the race but Hall kept nipping at Fonty all the way.  In the south turn Fonty and Hall made contact and Flock's Ford headed toward the high side of the corner.  Flock's Ford climbed the outer edge of the track and flipped end-over-end and side-over-side into a clump of bushes.  The seat belt snapped during the rolling and Flock tumbled like a rag doll inside the car.  The car landed upside down and yet Fonty somehow survived the crash.  Flock was rushed, by ambulance, to the Medical Center in Daytona Beach. Fonty suffered a crushed chest, broken pelvis, head and back injuries and severe shock.

Four months after Fonty's wreck the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and Auto Racing was banned until 1945 when the roar of stock car engines could be heard again in the south.

Fonty missed the 1945 and 1946 seasons because of his injuries and the '47 season was well under way when he was healed enough to race again.

Bob Flock, Fonty's  older brother, convinced car owner Ed Schenck to put Fonty in his car for the inaugural stock car race at North Wilkesboro Speedway.  The grand opening for the new track was May 5, 1947 and 10,000 fans and a couple dozen drivers showed up for the event.  Fonty won the pole and his heat race despite being out of racing for four and half years.  He then raced to victory in the 30-lap feature, outrunning Glenn Dunnaway and Pepper Cunningham.

A month later Fonty won at Greenville, South Carolina.  He won again the next week at Greensboro which put him in a battle for the Points race.  Victories followed at Charlotte and Trenton while driving a car owned by Al Dykes.  Fonty and brother Bob were tied for the points lead at one point during the season for the National Championship Stock Car Circuit, the name used prior to the NASCAR name.  Ed Samples the 1946 National Champ was also in the hunt for a title, his second in a row.

Bob Flock driving for Raymond Parks crashed his Ford and broke his back in a race at Spartanburg in October.  Fonty took over the #14 Ford and accumulated more points, from that point to the conclusion of the season, than any other driver to win the Championship.

Fonty started 47 races in 1947 and won seven of those races.  He finished 235 points ahead of Ed Samples, who won two of his 34 starts.  Red Byron who won nine of his eighteen starts finished third in the points race.

What stands out so much about Fonty was his incredible win in his first start and then finishing it off with the Championship

 

Herb Thomas, Fonty Flock, All Keller

Al Keller (right) with Herb Thomas (left) and
Fonty Flock (center) at Palm Beach, Florida
fairgrounds (taken between 1952 and 1954),

Courtesy of the Florida Photographic Collection

   
                                                                         Fonty, Bob, driver Sara Christian in the middle

Awards

  • Flock was inducted in the Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame in 2004.
  • He was inducted in the Georgia Automobile Racing Hall of Fame Association in 2004.

    With Bill France and another trophy on the beach 


Fonty Facts:

  • During the early 1950s, Flock drove mostly in Grand National events. He finished second in the point standings in 1951, fourth in 1952, fifth in 1953, and tenth in 1955. He had established an insurance agency in Nashville and raced only part-time beginning in 1954.
     

  • In 1957 he entered only the beach-road race at Daytona, though he also drove in the Darlington 500 as relief for Herb Thomas, who'd been injured in a practice crash. The car was also in bad shape. It blew a tire on the sixth lap and got hit by two other cars. Flock fortunately walked away unhurt, but he also walked away from racing.
     

  • Carl Lee and Maudie Flock's children, Ethel, Bob, Fonty and Tim with a combined total of 379 NASCAR starts finished in the top-ten 230 times!

Fonty Flock Picture Gallery

    Buck Baker in the middle with Pure shirt  Fonty # 14

  Bill France with the trophy girl. Who got the best deal????

   

 

Daytona Beach. Check out the trademark shorts!  # 14 Fonty Flock Daytona Beach North Turn

   
  

  Fonty Flock, Rebel Frank Mundy, Tim Flock

 

Legendary mechanic Red Vogt

Fonty, Red Vogt, Bill France, Official

 

 

  

 

 



Check out Fonty Flock's Granddaughter Kelly's Website!
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Fonty Flock Strictly Stock / Grand National Statistics

Year Age Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Earnings Rank AvSt AvFn Miles
1949 29 6 of 8 0 3 3 0 304 85 2,015 5 4.0 14.2 153.0
1950 30 7 of 19 1 2 3 2 951 369 2,170 14 7.2 14.6 1077.3
1951 31 34 of 41 8 20 22 13 2788 2068 15,535 2 2.7 9.4 2068.2
1952 32 29 of 34 2 14 17 7 3906 984 19,112 4 5.4 10.0 2766.6
1953 33 32 of 37 4 17 17 3 1999 580 17,755 5 7.6 10.4 1625.5
1954 34 5 of 37 0 2 2 0 657 15 1,000   8.0 17.4 424.8
1955 35 31 of 45 3 12 14 6 3482 430 13,099 11 5.8 14.5 2565.4
1956 36 7 of 56 1 1 4 2 629 150 1,780 50 9.4 20.3 490.5
1957 37 2 of 53 0 1 1 0 18 0 1,600 63 9.5 25.5 24.8
9 years 153 19 72 83 33 14734 4681 74,066   5.5 12.1 11196.1

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