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Clarence “Hooker” Hood  

Born April 9, 1926     Home: Memphis, TN

Hooker Hood of Memphis, Tennessee, earned a spot in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa and would go on to become a famed Super-Modified & Sprint Car driver. Hood ran his first races in 1948-49, racing both motorcycles and midgets in the Memphis area.

He ran a handful of NASCAR Grand National races in 1954-55 under the number 188, mostly at the old Lehi (Memphis-Arkansas) Speedway, but he did have one run at North Wilkesboro and one Daytona start on the beach where he finished a disappointing 41st. The car he ran at Daytona was with an Olds 88 and the car was purple with a yellow roof and numbers...looking like an Easter Egg.   


His best years were in the period 1965-68. In 1966 he won 20 out of 22 starts, mostly on dirt. In 1967 he won 57 of 63 races, about 1/3 of which were at West Memphis, Ark. Then in 1968 he won 48 times.  Great statistics for short period. 


Hood raced at the Lakeland Speedway in Memphis in 1962 when he was running a NASCAR Modified Special car. It was a blue coach  #99 and he finished 8th in track points that year. (Also running that night in a #191 white coach was Sam Swindell, (Sammy's father). 




Larry Flynn             Lee Williams             Bob Milligan              Hooker Hood               Bud McBride


Car #158 was a '37 Chevy, maroon with white numbers and probably had an Olds or Caddy under the hood as they were the hot GM set-ups of the day when engine manufacturers had to match chassis and body (yep, those were the rules back then!!). 


From an April 15, 2006 article:  O'Reilly USCS Hooker Hood Sprint Car Shootout Finale

Hooker Hood signed over 500 autographs for his legion of fans in attendance at Garnertown Speedway and his presence brought a great spirit to the event with young and old fans alike seen sporting the legendary open wheel drivers special event T-Shirts. Several vintage race cars will be on display at that time.


Part of a story written by   Woody Paige for the Denver Post, Feb. 2001

My earliest sports heroes were "Hooker" Hood and "Big Foot" Riley. You wouldn't have heard of them, but they probably had more battles the Earnhardt and Richard Petty.

After one race, Hood (his real last name and an apt one) and Riley were standing by the fence smoking cigarettes and talking - which surprised a youngster, who assumed they were mortal enemies. "Mr. Hooker, can I have your autograph?" I asked. He patted my head and signed my piece of paper. Mr. Big Foot, could I get yours, too?" Riley said: "Can't you see I am busy? Go away, kid."

I always pulled for Hooker and against Big Foot.

As an adult, I found out Hooker Hood's real job was that he owned a gas station. Big Foot Riley probably was an IRS agent. I stopped in to see Hooker and tell him what a big fan I had been. A tired, grease-stained man appeared at the window and said: "Fill 'er up? Want me to check the oil?" Hooker and I had moved on.

Ricky Hood
Son Ricky Hood also was no slouch behind the wheel winning quite a few USAC races and in the southwest drove for Johnny Herrera's parents Joe & Martha Herrera.

Hooker Hood Grand National Statistics - Driver - Owner

Year Age Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Earnings Rank AvSt AvFn
1954 28 2 of 37 0 0 0 0 248 0 75 112   22.5
1955 29 3 of 45 0 0 0 0 256 0 175 75 15.3 25.7
2 years 5 0 0 0 0 504 0 250   15.3 24.4

1954 Nascar Results

Race Site Cars St Fin # Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
35 LeHi 52   31 188 Hooker Hood Oldsmobile 102/167 50 running 0
37 North Wilkesboro 32   14 188 Hooker Hood Oldsmobile 146/157 25 running 0

1955 Nascar Results

Race Site Cars St Fin # Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
4 Daytona Beach 48 8 41 188 Hooker Hood Oldsmobile 14/39 0 transmission 0
33 LeHi 29 16 23 188 Hooker Hood Oldsmobile 65/167 50 piston 0
40 LeHi 41 22 13 188 Hooker Hood Oldsmobile 177/200 125 running 0

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