Roy "Jim" Paschal, Jr.
Born: December 5, 1926
Died: July 5, 2004
Home: High Point, NC
Paschal was born
December 5, 1926 and lived in High Point, North Carolina...One of the
most successful Winston Cup drivers in the '50s and '60s, he won 12
poles and 25 races, all but two of them (the Coca-Cola World 600s of '64
and '67) on short tracks... won five Grand American races in an AMC
Javelin in 1969.
The First Rebel
300's Nascar Convertible Stock Car Race
tickets didn't have a rain date on them as most tickets do. It had "next
clear day", and that's where the fun started. Because of South
Carolina's blue laws a number of things were forbidden on Sunday. One of
these things was "bull baiting" which sounded enough like early stock
car racing to apply to our water-logged racers, So sure enough, when
Sunday rolled around bright and sunny, so did the local police. When
faced with thousands of screaming race fans who thought he was going to
ruin their day he backed off long enough for Colvin to get in the pace
car and get the race underway. But he was waiting on Bob when the pace
car rolled back in and served the papers anyway. He must have been
pretty shook up because when Colvin checked the papers they were for a
bad-check warrant for some one else.
Colvin was just getting
his legal affairs in order when his new race blew up in his face.
Jim Paschal had just taken over for
Ken Rush in his Mercury for what
turned out to be the last pit stop for that car forever! Jim spun
the car in the fourth turn and collected Buck
Baker in the process. Both cars spun to a stop at the exit of
the turn, almost completely blocking the track. Buck decided that he
would rather be anywhere else and climbed the fence to safety. The
caution flag comes out and it's alright---WRONG!!!! The practice in
those days was to keep racing until you got to the accident and then
slow down. The only trouble with this is the wreck is in the narrow
fourth turn and can't be seen until you are right on top of it. The
collectible dealers of today would have gotten rich with the sheet metal
collected that day as almost the entire field, including
stars, got caught up in one of the biggest wrecks in Darlington history.
After the dust settled two things became clear. First, and most
important, no one was injured and second, the crash took out most of the
factory-backed front runners. One very notable exception was the blue
and white Sunliner Ford of
Fireball Roberts. He told later that he had slowed and headed for
the grass at the first sign of trouble because following the practice of
the day to wait until you came up to the wreck to slow down seemed to
always put him in the middle of whatever was going on. After the restart
Fireball held the lead, with the exception of a stop for fuel, to win
the first super speedway convertible race. A lesser known fact is that
Fireball just missed winning the very first super speedway raced for
stock cars when he finished second to Johnny
Mantz in the first Southern 500 in 1950 at same Darlington Raceway
where the Rebel 300 was held.
1970 News Article on Grand American Racing:
was running a Javelin on NASCAR's Grand American
circuit. There are many more races on the GA circuit and
for the first part of the season, Paschal kept hanging
in there, but Tiny
Lund was having an unbelievable streak of good
luck and winning race after race. Finally the streak
ended and Paschal began to win races and close the gap
for the points championship. As of this writing, there
are still a few races to go, and it is doubtful that
Paschal will be able to catch Tiny Lund, but still it
was American Motors most successful year on this
circuit. All in all, 1970 must go down as the most
successful for American Motors. Can David beat Goliath
in 1971… only time will tell.
421 races run
over 23 years.
5th - 1956
First race of 1949 season
World 600 (Charlotte)
36th race of
27th race of
Paschal Strictly Stock / Grand National
Winston Cup DRIVER Statistics
Nascar Nextel Cup Series Tickets
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