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Johnny Allen
Born: September 17, 1934
Home: Greenville, SC

JOHNNY ALLEN
301 Rockmont Rd, Greenville, SC 29615              JohnHAllen@aol.com

Timeline: Johnny Allen was stationed in the service in Corpus Christie, Texas in the mid 50's. He worked in a machine shop and was a fan of the local Corpus Christie track, where his first race car was a Kaiser. Ankrum "Spook" Crawford was one of the shop customers and Allen got to knowing him well enough that he began to help Crawford build a race car. It took awhile and by the time they were done, Spook, who was in his 50's then, asked the youthful Allen is he wanted to race the car. The mold was set as "Spook" really got Johnny stared in racing.

1955:
 Only one race, race #40, at the Memphis-Arkansas Lehi Speedway, for owner Spook Crawford in a Plymouth. He qualified 31st and ran 169 laps of 200 to finish 17th and won a whopping $195.00. $100. of that was for being the top finishing car of that make (Plymouth), so he actually won a $95. dollar purse.

1956:  32 of 56 races were run, with 2 top 5's and 11 top 10's and finished a respectable 12th in points as a rookie. His best finishes of the year were two 5th place finishes at Norfolk and Montgomery. Money, logistics and their day time jobs kept them from racing every race for points. You really had to plan your race schedule in those days with what resources you had. Earnings for year were
$ 4,558, an average of about $143. per race to be split between the car owner, driver, expenses and car upkeep and repairs. Johnny raced 4,888 laps that year, so he earned less than a dollar a lap. An impressive statistic showing his consistency, his average start was 20th and his average finish was 15th.

1957:
'57 started off with large groups of factory backed teams, and few independents. Chevy hired Buck Baker, Speedy Thompson, Jack Smith, Rex White, and Frankie Schneider among others. Ford hired Fireball Roberts, Curtis Turner, Joe Weatherly, Bill Amick, Marvin Panch, and Ralph Moody. Pontiac had Cotton Owens and Banjo Matthews, while Mercury had Billy Myers and Jim Paschel. Lee Petty (the points champ) and Ralph Earnhardt teamed up to drive Oldsmobiles and were "semi-independent." Along with Kiekhaefer's team, most of the Chrysler vehicles disappeared from the Grand National circuit in 1957. Johnny Allen in a Plymouth was the only driver to pilot a Chrysler vehicle regularly that year, and his season was not particularly spectacular. He never saw victory lane at all that season. Lee Petty had switched to Oldsmobile for the season. (Incidentally, on June 15, 1957, "Fireball" Roberts drove his #22 Ford to victory in a 200 lap race in Newport, Tennessee. Johnny Allen finished that race running 20 laps down in 11th place).

1958:  For Mopars, the 1958 season was pretty much a repeat of the 1957 season with Johnny Allen again running the only regular Chrysler product.

Fearless or Faithful?
Johnny Allen faithfully raced the Plymouths of Ankrum "Spook" Crawford who got him started in racing and accepted the challenge of upholding the Chrysler banner race after race. NASCAR stock car racing really depended upon the factory support and the design of the cars to go fast. You had to find the right handling car for both asphalt and pavement, the right gear, find durability for race after race torture and be able to withstand the fender banging, and actually have just enough horsepower not to "spin-off" the horsepower and torque. Of course transmissions also had to be durable. so a lot of thought went into the car choice. Often it was the "new car of the week" choice that would go fastest. Chrysler was not one of those. Allen didn't mind though as he was gaining seat time and track by track experience. By the second year though, it was frustrating to keep finishing deep in the field and he began to experiment with gearing and such. Unfortunately that brought less engine dependability and money began to get tight and so did the relationship with Allen and Crawford. They parted as friends and journeyman Allen started driving for different owners, primarily Jack Smith.

Jack Smith's NASCAR career shows 21 victories, one in '62 of which would be due to the friendship developed with Allen in the '58 series. Jack Smith was running for points and wanted to have 2 cars. He finished 5th both 1958 and '59.Smith was voted Most Popular Driver in 1958, so Allen was in good company. Jack was a rough and tumble country boy who was highly superstitious. No green cars or women in the pits around Jack. That may have made it hard for him to compete today, but Jack Smith was a hell bent for leather chauffeur who didn't like to relinquish the lead.

1959:  Just a handful of NASCAR races, including a stellar 3rd place in the first Daytona Firecracker 250 driving the Smith Radiator # 22 W. J. Ridgeway Chevrolet. Allen started 11th in the 37 car field and completed 199 of 200 laps to finish 3rd and win his biggest paycheck to that date of $1,925. for his efforts. Yes, he raced the number 22 at Daytona before Fireball, as Roberts won this 1st Firecracker in a #3 Smokey Yunick Pontiac (long before Earnhardt's 3 won). Joe Weatherly finished second in a Ford (a T-Bird no less!) and Jack Smith 4th in a Chevy.  Later, Allen would venture into USAC racing for the rest of the year.

"Regrets, I've Had A Few, But Really Just One"

Summer 1959, and Johnny Allen just finished 3rd in the 1959 Daytona Firecracker 250. He had gained great name recognition and certainly would be in line for a good ride on the NASCAR circuit.

During Speedweeks in Daytona, the USAC midget circuit would also visit Daytona for races at the old Municipal Stadium. Allen raced in a couple of races for fun and was smitten by the pure fun and speed, and he wanted more. The thrill of open wheel racing, perhaps even Indy, brought Allen to the decision to go to the USAC circuit. Out of respect, Allen went to NASCAR to let them know that he was going to race stock car and open wheel with USAC, telling them before they read it in the paper. NASCAR questioned the move, especially since he was coming off a successful Daytona third place finish, and warned Allen that if he came back to race in NASCAR he would have to pay a hefty fine for running in an "outlaw organization".

In his first USAC race at the Milwaukee Mile, Allen had an impressive second place finish behind Norm Nelson, a USAC mainstay and star. He had other successful runs in USAC, but never did get the thrill of running USAC open wheel during the heyday of AJ Foyt and Mario Andretti.

Later the "could-a, would-a, should-a" haunted Allen about what would have happened if had stayed in NASCAR in 1959 at the prime of his racing career. He did return impressively to finish 5th in the 1960 a 500.

1960:
  A two-part Darlington Rebel 300 was contested in the Spring of 1960. The first 74 laps were run on May 7th, but rain forced it to be completed a week later on May 14th. There was some bad luck this year, first when Johnny Allen blew a tire, soared over a guard rail and plowed into a scoring stand and part of it fell down into the Rebel race. He walked away with a scratched nose. Later when Bobby Johns ran into an unprotected pit area killing mechanics Paul McDuffie and Charles Sweatlund as well as NASCAR official Joe Taylor. This was also the year the first Unocal/Darlington Record Club dinner was held. Membership was awarded to the fastest driver of each make of car that qualified for the starting field, providing each was within 2% of the top qualifying speed. Charter members were Elmo Langley, Bob Burdick, Joe Caspolich, Marvin Panch, Richard Petty, Fireball Roberts and Dick Joslin.

1960 SOUTHERN 500 - Chaos reigned in the 11th running of the Southern 500. Tires blew and the cars danced everywhere. Tragedy also moved its huge hand - first car owner Ankrum "Spook" Crawford was seriously injured when a car crashed in the exposed pit lane. Crawford was Johnny Allen's car owner the previous years.

"The Victory That Never Was"

Johnny Allen crossed the finish line first in the inaugural Bristol Motor Speedway race, but he was driving in relief of Jack Smith, who gets credit for Bristol’s first victory.

First a little history.
Work began on what was then called Bristol International Speedway in 1960 and it took approximately one year to finish. Carrier, Moore and Pope scratched many ideas for the track on envelopes and brown paper bags.

Purchase of the land on which BMS now sits, as well as construction of the track, cost approximately $600,000. The entire layout for BMS covered 100 acres and provided parking for more than 12,000 cars. The track itself was a perfect half-mile, measuring 60 feet wide on the straightaways, 75 feet wide in the turns and the turns were banked at 22 degrees.

Seating capacity for the very first NASCAR race at BMS – held on July 30, 1961 – was 18,000. Prior to this race the speedway hosted weekly races.

The first driver on the track for practice on July 27, 1961 was Tiny Lund in his Pontiac. The second driver out was David Pearson. Fred Lorenzen won the pole for the first race at BMS with a speed of 79.225 mph.

Atlanta’s Jack Smith "won" the inaugural event – the Volunteer 500 – at BMS on July 30, 1961. However, Smith wasn’t in the driver’s seat of the # 46 Pontiac when the race ended. Smith drove the first 290 laps then had to have Johnny Allen, also of Atlanta, take over as his relief driver. Smith, who had to seek treatment for feet burned by heat coming through the floorboard of his Pontiac, pitted with a three-lap lead. Journeyman driver Johnny Allen, who dropped out on lap 106 due to a broken axle, was pressed into service as a substitute. Together, Smith and Allen led 243 laps.

Smith and Allen split $3,025 in prize money for winning the 500-lapper.
Allen vividly remembers shadowing Smith in Victory Lane and to the pay-off booth, just to have money for gas to get home. The total purse for the race was $16,625.

Country music star Brenda Lee, who was 17 at the time, sang the national anthem for the first race at BMS.

A total of 42 cars started the first race at BMS but only 19 finished.

1960: Gone with the wind   By Mark Aumann, Turner Sports Interactive January 9, 2003

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- With two laps to go in the second annual 1960 Daytona 500, Bobby Johns had everything in hand except the trophy and the nearly $20,000 first-place check.

That was, until a freak gust of wind shattered the rear window on Johns' 1960 Pontiac, sending his car spinning backwards down the backstretch where it narrowly missed splashing into Lake Lloyd.

By the time Johns regained his composure -- and control of his car -- Junior Johnson had motored by, leaving Johns a frustrated runner-up. The Petty family -- Lee and Richard -- claimed third and fourth, the only other cars on the lead lap at the finish.

(Ed. addition) Frustration was certainly on his mind as fifth place finisher, Johnny Allen, came in for a late pit stop and put Allen a lap down.

Allen and Johns weren't the only drivers in a bad mood. Fast qualifier Fireball Roberts led the first 19 laps but retired with mechanical problems one-quarter of the way into the race, finishing 57th out of 68 starters. Pole-sitter Cotton Owens, another pre-race favorite, ended up 40th. Jack Smith, who started second, led 14 laps before damaged lugnuts put an early end to his day.

The wind played havoc with the field, causing 14 spinouts and crashes, the most serious being Tommy Herbert's wild ride down the backstretch. Herbert's car flipped several times in the air as Lee Petty drove underneath it and Johnson swerved to avoid it. Herbert was hospitalized with a broken arm and eye injuries.

Tiger Tom Pistone, who led 26 laps, spun into an infield fence on the last lap, hitting hard enough to fracture his nose.

David Pearson made his Daytona 500 debut, finishing 28th.

Results of the 1960 Daytona 500:
1.   Junior Johnson
2.   Bobby Johns
3.   Richard Petty
4.   Lee Petty
5.   Johnny Allen
6.   Ned Jarrett
7.   Curtis Turner
8.   Fred Lorenzen
9.   Rex white
10. Emanuel Zervakis 
  Grand National 1960 STANDINGS (TOP 10)
1.   Buck Baker          10716
2.   Marvin Panch         9956
3.   Al Thompson          8580
4.   Lee Petty               8528
5.   Jack Smith             8464
6.   Fireball Roberts      8268
7.   JOHNNY ALLEN     7068
8.   L.D. Austin             6532
9.   Bob King                5740
10.  Jim Paschal           5136
 
1961:  The Beginning of the 1961 season found Tom Pistone racing a new Pontiac under the banner of the Go-Go-Go Corporation. Pistone and Bill France, Sr. were instrumental in helping Lynn and B. G. Holloway form a potent three car team that featured General Motors cars. Ned Jarrett, and Johnny Allen. Jarrett, drove the team's no. 11 Chevrolet
to the 1961 Grand National Championship.

1961 Darlington Rebel 300: Another close one. Jack Smith didn't like running Darlington because of two bad crashes, so he had Johnny Allen drive his number 69 Chevrolet for him  Allen ran at the front of the pack most of the day , dueling with the like of Fireball, Turner, Lorenzen and even Ralph Earnhardt. Frustration certainly set in when Allen, who was leading late in the race came in for a pit stop. The jack blew a cylinder and put Allen a lap down.

"Even If I Didn't Win, I Was Gonna Be Spectacular!"

#25 6/16/1962 Myers Brothers 200 Bowman-Gray Stadium Pole-
Rex White
Winner-
Johnny Allen
Car #2 '62 Hansord Pontiac

1962: On June 16th, true to his spectacular statement, Johnny Allen flew over the wall after crashing at Bowman-Gray Stadium. This took place just seconds after beating Rex White to the checkered flag.

Racer Profile: Johnny Allen  By Allen Madding Insider Racing News        October 14, 2006    

Johnny Allen was born September 17, 1934 in Greenville, South Carolina. Allen served in the military in the mid 1950’s and was stationed in Corpus Christie, Texas. Allen worked in a machine shop and was a fan of the local Corpus Christie dirt track. Ankrum "Spook" Crawford was one of the shop customers and Allen began to help Crawford build a race car. By the time the car was complete, Crawford was in his 50's. He asked the youthful Allen if he wanted to race the car and Allen’s racing career was launched. Allen made his debut in the NASCAR Grand National Division in 1955 driving Crawford’s No.64 Plymouth at the 1.5-mile dirt Memphis-Arkansas Speedway near LeHi, Arkansas. Allen finished 17th.

In 1956, Allen and Crawford made 32 of the year’s 56 events. A 5th place finish at Norfolk Speedway and at Chisholm Speedway, Montgomery, Alabama were the highlights of the year as Allen logged 2 top-5s and 11 top-10s. In 1957, the duo made 42 starts. Allen qualified on the pole at Myrtle Beach and finished 3rd and Langhorne. For 1957, he recorded 4 top-5s and 17 top-10s.

In 1958, Allen made 18 events driving Crawford’s No.64 Plymouth. He drove Bob Walden’s No.52 Ford at Hickory, Monroe Shook’s No.31 Chevrolet at Raleigh, and Jack Smith’s No.471 Chevrolet at Rochester and his No.147 Pontiac at Bridgehampton. Allen scored a 3rd at Charlotte at the old Southern State Fairgrounds track and a 5th at Old Dominion Speedway, Manassas, Virginia. He logged 2 top-5s and 6 top-10s for the year. Allen made a mere 5 starts in 1959 finishing 3rd in W. J. Ridgeway’s No.22 Smith Radiator Chevrolet in the Firecracker 250 at Daytona. In his first USAC race at the Milwaukee Mile in 1959, Allen had an impressive second place finish.

Allen drove Hanley Dawson’s No.69 Chevrolet in NASCAR Grand National competition in 1960 in 10 events finishing 2nd in the Atlanta 500. During the Darlington Rebel 300, Allen Blew a front tire and soared over the outside guardrail, plowing into a scoring stand and part of it fell down onto the track surface. Fortunately, Allen walked away with only a scratched nose. During the Southern 500, Allen’s former car owner Spook Crawford was injured when a car crashed in the exposed pit lane. Allen served as relief driver for Jack Smith at the inaugural event at Bristol Motor Speedway and won the event for him.

Allen competed in 22 events in 1961 qualifying on the pole in Birmingham and finishing 3rd at Darlington and Nashville. He recorded 3 top-5s and 11 top-10s for the season. For 1962, Allen entered 20 events driving for B. G. Holloway, Monroe Shook, and Fred Lovette. Driving Lovette’s No.58 Pontiac, Allen won the Myers Brothers 200 at Bowman-Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina battling Rex White to the finish line and then crashing and flying over the outside wall at the finish. He qualified on the pole for the Nashville 500. Allen amassed 1 pole, 1 win, 5 top-5s and 8 top-10s.

Allen reduced his involvement in the NASCAR Grand National Division in 1963 to 8 events driving for Lou Sidoit, Parker Snead, and Ratus Walters. He recorded 1 top-10 and 7 DNF’s. In 1964, Allen trimmed back to 4 events driving for Ray Osborne and Bill Stroppe recording a 9th place finish at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Florida. In 1965, Allen drove Sam Fletcher’s No.14 Plymouth in the Daytona 500 finishing 23rd. In 1966, Allen drove Reid Shaw’s No.0 Ford in the Daytona 500 and in the Southeastern 500 at Bristol. In 1967, Allen drove Harold Mays’ No.02 and No.03 Chevrolet at Charlotte and Rockingham suffering mechanical failures in both events.

After 1967, Johnny Allen retired from active NASCAR racing, but continued racing Late Models into the mid 80's. In 1971, he won the track championship at Greenville-Pickens. Allen started a very successful wheel and tire business, specializing in racing.

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"The Wall of Fame"  Greensville-Pickens

Placing the names of the track champions on the backstretch wall never crossed Pete or Tom Blackwell's minds until the mid 1970's.

According to Tom Blackwell, a car owner jokingly came up to them (Pete and Tom) and said that they should put the track champions on the backstretch wall. Pete and Tom took the advice and the "Wall of Fame" was started. Little did that car owner realize the tradition and history that started as a joke is now the envy of many drivers in the country. Some other drivers on the "Wall of Fame!"  Ralph Earnhardt, Butch Lindley, Roberts Pressley and David Pearson.
 

Grand National Statistics    
Year Age Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Earnings Rank AvSt AvFn
1955 20 1 of 45 0 0 0 0 169 0 195 114 31.0 17.0
1956 21 32 of 56 0 2 11 0 4888 0 4,558 12 20.0 14.9
1957 22 42 of 53 0 4 17 1 6033 0 9,814 7 12.3 12.9
1958 23 22 of 51 0 2 6 0 2613 0 2,240   14.9 16.8
1959 24 5 of 44 0 1 1 0 522 0 2,525   26.0 15.4
1960 25 10 of 44 0 2 5 0 1820 0 14,789 19 15.0 19.3
1961 26 22 of 52 0 3 11 1 4508 3 13,127 12 20.8 15.3
1962 27 20 of 53 1 5 8 1 4094 288 7,230 26 9.2 16.6
1963 28 8 of 55 0 0 1 0 743 0 2,325 59 18.6 25.5
1964 29 4 of 62 0 0 1 0 484 0 1,775 60 14.8 18.5
1965 30 2 of 55 0 0 0 0 120 0 1,235 82 24.0 19.0
1966 31 3 of 49 0 0 0 0 598 0 1,585 68 26.3 19.0
1967 32 2 of 49 0 0 0 0 137 0 1,565 104 29.5 37.5
13 years 173 1 19 61 3 26729 291 62,963   16.4 16.1
 

1955 Grand National Results
Race Site Cars St Fin # Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
40 LeHi 41 31 17 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 169/200 195 running 0
1956 Grand National Results
Race Site Cars St Fin # Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
6 Daytona Beach 76 67 42 264 Spook Crawford Plymouth  /37 0    
8 Wilson 32 29 15 264 Spook Crawford Plymouth 90/106 50 running  
10 North Wilkesboro 29 26 26 264 Spook Crawford Plymouth 22/160 0 crash 0
12 Richmond 24 21 21 264 Spook Crawford Plymouth 31/200 0 spindle 0
13 Columbia 26 23 11 264 Spook Crawford Plymouth 173/200 75 running 0
14 Concord 30 25 8 264 Spook Crawford Plymouth 182/200 150 running 0
15 Greenville 23 21 13 264 Spook Crawford Plymouth 155/200 50 rf hub  
17 Hillsboro 31 30 18 264 Spook Crawford Plymouth 92/100 50 running 0
18 Martinsville 35 26 31 264 Spook Crawford Plymouth 37/500 60 trans 0
20 Charlotte 25 23 14 264 Spook Crawford Plymouth 112/133 50 running 0
25 LeHi 29 22 13 264 Spook Crawford Plymouth 149/167 200 running 0
29 Weaverville 29 27 12 264 Spook Crawford Plymouth 172/200 100 running  
30 Raleigh 36 5 22 264 Spook Crawford Plymouth 181/250 150 heating 0
31 Spartanburg 18 15 15 264 Spook Crawford Plymouth 47/200 100 drive shft  
34 Shelby 17 16 12 264 Spook Crawford Plymouth 153/201 100 axle  
36 Oklahoma City 12 11 7 264 Spook Crawford Ford 189/200 200 running 0
37 Elkhart Lakes 26 18 17 264 Spook Crawford Plymouth 54/63 150 clutch 0
38 Old Bridge 25   6 264 Spook Crawford Plymouth 196/200 250 running 0
40 Norfolk 14 11 5 264 Spook Crawford Plymouth 241/250 310 running  
41 Spartanburg 18 11 10 264 Spook Crawford Plymouth 176/200 100 rear end 0
42 Myrtle Beach 20 18 8 264 Spook Crawford Plymouth 184/200 150 running  
44 Darlington 70 45 25 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 330/364 300 running  
45 Montgomery 22 8 5 264 Spook Crawford Plymouth 194/200 320 running 0
47 Langhorne 44 19 9 64 Spook Crawford Buick 274/300 400 running 0
49 Columbia 18 14 10 264 Spook Crawford Plymouth 186/200 100 running 0
50 Hillsboro 23 7 23 264 Spook Crawford Plymouth 6/110 25 oil press 0
51 Newport 22 11 7 264 Spook Crawford Plymouth 196/200 200 running 0
52 Charlotte 27 10 22 264 Spook Crawford Plymouth 97/133 0 radiator 0
53 Shelby 26 16 8 264 Spook Crawford Plymouth 184/200 150 running  
54 Martinsville 40 13 14 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 383/400 200 running 0
55 Hickory 22 14 14 64 Spook Crawford Ford 215/250 100 running 0
56 Wilson 24 19 13 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 187/200 100 running
1957 Grand National Results
Race Site Cars St Fin # Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
2 Concord 25 13 19 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 120/200 50 crash 0
3 Titusville 15 12 8 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 53/56 150 running 0
4 Daytona Beach 57 30 17 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth  /39 80   0
5 Concord 20 14 12 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 80/200 100 clutch 0
6 Wilson 21 11 20 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 43/200 50 head 0
7 Hillsboro 19 15 9 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 93/110 100 heating 0
8 Weaverville 18 14 6 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 182/200 250 running 0
9 North Wilkesboro 20 13 9 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 153/160 100 running 0
10 Langhorne 28 11 23 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 26/150 60 fan 0
11 Charlotte 20 9 12 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 149/200 150 fan belt 0
12 Spartanburg 20 14 5 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 191/200 320 running  
13 Greensboro 19 12 7 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 228/250 235 running 0
15 Shelby 18 13 15 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 157/200 100 spring 0
16 Richmond 22 16 6 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 184/200 225 running 0
17 Martinsville 24 11 16 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 377/441 200 clutch 0
20 New Oxford 28 13 9 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 194/200 150 running  
21 Lancaster 17 11 16 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 158/200 100 running  
23 Newport 17 10 11 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 180/200 135 running  
24 Columbia 20 12 15 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 157/200 100 engine  
26 Spartanburg 22 15 6 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 182/187 210 running 0
27 Jacksonville 19 9 19 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 12/200 50 engine  
28 Raleigh 53 19 18 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 237/250 240 running 0
29 Charlotte 21 9 17 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 61/200 100 axle 0
30 LeHi 28 21 12 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 126/134 275 running 0
32 Hickory 25 4 19 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 120/250 50 ball joint 0
33 Norfolk 23 13 19 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 81/250 50 engine  
34 Lancaster 19 7 6 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 192/200 210 running 0
35 Watkins Glen 20 6 5 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 43/44 255 running 0
37 New Oxford 32 8 4 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 191/200 295 running  
38 Old Bridge 23 8 8 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 197/200 165 running 0
39 Myrtle Beach 15 1 15 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 10/200 100 fan  
40 Darlington 50 27 12 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 345/364 600 running 0
42 Weaverville 20 13 9 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 196/200 150 running 0
45 Langhorne 48 22 3 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 295/300 1,700 running  
46 Columbia 19 11 17 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 68/200 100 hub  
47 Shelby 21 12 6 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 190/200 210 engine 0
48 Charlotte 28 4 20 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 128/200 50 rear end  
49 Martinsville 40 19 35 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 242/500 50 rear end 0
50 Newberry 23 2 7 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 193/200 175 running 0
51 Concord 26 8 24 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 51/200 50 steering 0
52 North Wilkesboro 26 13 13 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 148/160 110 running 0
53 Greensboro 31   12 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth  /250 125   0
1958 Grand National Results
Race Site Cars St Fin # Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
1 Fayetteville 22 9 17 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 119/150 90 running 0
2 Daytona Beach 49 37 31 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 28/39 25 running 0
3 Concord 30   23 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth  /200 50   0
4 Fayetteville 26   21 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth  /150 50   0
5 Wilson 22 5 16 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 120/200 60 engine 0
6 Hillsboro 18 3 6 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 108/110 200   0
7 Fayetteville 29 5 12 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 138/150 135 running 0
8 Columbia 33 4 17 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 150/200 50 engine  
10 Atlanta 25 12 8 147 Spook Crawford Plymouth 97/100 150 running 0
11 Charlotte 21 12 3 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 196/200 350 running 0
12 Martinsville 47 23 32 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 282/500 50 oil press 0
13 Manassas 25 6 5 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 147/150 240 running  
14 Old Bridge 27   10 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 180/187 130 running 0
15 Greenville 19 16 12 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 165/200 110 running  
19 Winston-Salem 24 13 20 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 101/150 65 heating 0
23 Bradford 21 12 17 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 39/150 75 heating  
24 Reading 30 16 15 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 176/200 70 running 0
25 New Oxford 31 27 18 64 Spook Crawford Plymouth 168/200 50 frame  
26 Hickory 31 18 12 52 Bob Walden Ford 235/250 110 running  
28 Raleigh 55 46 46 31 Monroe Shook Chevrolet 56/250 0 rf hub 0
33 Rochester 21 9 19 471 Jack Smith Chevrolet 77/200 50 shocks 0
35 Bridgehampton 17 10 10 147 Jack Smith Pontiac 31/35 130 running 0
1959 Grand National Results
Race Site Cars St Fin # Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
3 Daytona 59 59 11 8 Roy Tyner 57 Chev 192/200 400 running 0
5 Concord 19 12 13 8 Roy Tyner 57 Chev 151/200 100 fuel line 0
6 Atlanta 21 19 18 8 Roy Tyner 57 Chev 23/100 50 heating 0
20 Atlanta 40 29 32 9 Roy Tyner 57 Chev 57/150 50 crash  
26 Daytona 37 11 3 22 Smith Radiator   (W.J. Ridgeway ) 59 Chev 99/100 1,925 running 0
1960 Grand National Results
Race Site Cars St Fin # Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
3 Daytona 37 24 6 69 Hanley Dawson Chevrolet 40/40 250 running 0
5 Daytona 68 11 5 69 Hanley Dawson Chevrolet 199/200 3,300 running 0
10 Martinsville 37 12 7 69 Hanley Dawson Chevrolet 495/500 425 running 0
16 Darlington 32 6 22 69 Hanley Dawson Chevrolet 148/219 265 crash 0
21 Charlotte 60 17 52 69 Hanley Dawson Chevrolet 6/400 700 crash 0
23 Daytona 37 5 27 69 Hanley Dawson Chevrolet 61/100 300 valve 0
27 Atlanta 45 7 9 69 Hanley Dawson Chevrolet 193/200 900 running 0
35 Darlington 48 13 37 69 Hanley Dawson Chevrolet 125/364 220 engine 0
42 Charlotte 50 18 26 69 Hanley Dawson Chevrolet 220/267 200 tire 0
44 Atlanta 45 37 2 69 Hanley Dawson Chevrolet 333/334 7,475 running 0
1961 Grand National Results
Race Site Cars St Fin # Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
4 Daytona 33 14 30 69 B.G. Holloway Chevrolet 6/40 0   0
5 Daytona 58 47 8 69 B.G. Holloway Chevrolet 196/200 1,050 running 0
9 Atlanta 46 32 35 96 J.L. Cheatham Chevrolet 96/334 200 crash 0
13 Martinsville 27 23 7 69 B.G. Holloway Chevrolet 146/149 245 running 0
14 North Wilkesboro 25 7 5 69 B.G. Holloway Chevrolet 387/400 575 crash 0
16 Hickory 23 6 8 69 B.G. Holloway Chevrolet 236/250 150 running 0
17 Richmond 12 3 11 69 B.G. Holloway Chevrolet 128/200 125 a frame 0
18 Martinsville 30 28 16 69 B.G. Holloway Chevrolet 431/500 150 engine 0
19 Darlington 32 9 3 69 B.G. Holloway Chevrolet 218/219 3,200 running 3
20 Charlotte 19 8 9 69 B.G. Holloway Chevrolet 66/67 140 running 0
24 Charlotte 55 21 33 69 B.G. Holloway Chevrolet 283/400 200 rear end 0
26 Birmingham 13 1 10 69 B.G. Holloway Chevrolet 91/200 130 a frame  
32 Daytona 30 19 13 69 B.G. Holloway Chevrolet 96/100 320 running 0
33 Atlanta 42 40 26 69 B.G. Holloway Chevrolet 140/167 300 engine 0
36 Bristol 42 34 36 69 B.G. Holloway Chevrolet 106/500 100 fire 0
37 Nashville 24 3 3 14 Joe Lee Johnson Chevrolet 401/403 975 running 0
39 Weaverville 38 33 8 14   Chevrolet 253/258 550 running 0
42 Darlington 43 26 7 14   Chevrolet 348/364 1,195 running 0
46 Atlanta 42 24 6 14   Chevrolet 264/267 1,325 running 0
48 North Wilkesboro 30 15 22 14   Chevrolet 198/320 75 crash 0
49 Charlotte 43 40 12 15 Beau Morgan Ford 249/267 650 running 0
50 Bristol 38 25 29 96 J.L. Cheatham Chevrolet 169/500 200 rear end 0
1962 Grand National Results
Race Site Cars St Fin # Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
4 Daytona 25 11 5 7 B.G. Holloway Chevrolet 39/40 300 running 0
5 Daytona 48 12 16 7 B.G. Holloway Chevrolet 183/200 450 running 0
15 Martinsville 32 11 20 85 Monroe Shook Chevrolet 282/500 150 rear end 0
17 Bristol 36 17 21 85 Monroe Shook Chevrolet 225/500 125 engine 0
18 Richmond 16 8 7 85 Monroe Shook Chevrolet 192/200 200 running 0
19 Hickory 20 5 10 85 Monroe Shook Chevrolet 221/250 140 running 0
20 Concord 20 20 14 85 Monroe Shook Chevrolet 43/200 100 withdrew 0
23 Charlotte 48 6 15 46 Holly Farms   (Rex Lovette ) Pontiac 380/400 590 running 4
24 Atlanta 46 17 37 46 Holly Farms  (Fred Lovette ) Pontiac 130/219 250 trans 0
25 Winston-Salem 19 2 1 58 Fred Lovette Pontiac 200/200 580 running 178
27 Richmond 25 9 4 58 Fred Lovette Pontiac 297/300 300 running 0
28 South Boston 24 9 4 58 Fred Lovette Pontiac 265/267 300 running 0
29 Daytona 33 3 27 46 Holly Farms  (Fred Lovette ) Pontiac 24/100 600 trans 0
36 Bristol 44 14 4 46 Holly Farms  (Fred Lovette ) Pontiac 498/500 1,270 running 60
38 Nashville 25 1 17 46 Holly Farms  (Fred Lovette ) Pontiac 179/500 175 crash 46
45 Darlington 44 9 26 46 Holly Farms  (Fred Lovette ) Pontiac 275/364 550 crash 0
50 Martinsville 37 11 32 46 Holly Farms   (Fred Lovette) Pontiac 84/500 125 crash 0
51 North Wilkesboro 31 6 9 46 Holly Farms   (Fred Lovette) Pontiac 318/320 325 running 0
52 Charlotte 44 4 44 46 Holly Farms   (Fred Lovette) Pontiac 8/267 350 h gasket 0
53 Atlanta 44 8 20 46 Holly Farms   (Fred Lovette) Pontiac 251/267 350 running 0
1963 Grand National Results
Race Site Cars St Fin # Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
5 Daytona 31 19 9 60 Lou Sidoit Mercury 39/40 150 running  
7 Daytona 50 17 30 69 Lou Sidoit Mercury 111/200 550 engine 0
11 Atlanta 46 35 35 72 Parker Snead Ford 134/334 350 engine 0
15 Richmond 25 10 15 66 Ratus Walters Ford 196/250 150 engine 0
23 Darlington 31 12 27 66 Ratus Walters Ford 69/220 300 con rod 0
24 Manassas 16 9 16 66 Ratus Walters Ford 97/300 75 trans  
26 Charlotte 44 17 40 66 Ratus Walters Ford 53/400 450 crash 0
28 Atlanta 36 30 32 66 Ratus Walters Ford 44/267 300 crash 0
1964 Grand National Results
Race Site Cars St Fin # Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
2 Augusta 36 23 20 92   Ford 66/139 700 engine 0
3 Jacksonville 22 19 9 92 Ray Osborne Ford 179/202 150 running 0
10 Bristol 36 5 32 17 Bill Stroppe Mercury 34/500 275 engine 0
21 Darlington 32 12 13 16 Bill Stroppe Mercury 205/219 650 running 0
1965 Grand National Results
Race Site Cars St Fin # Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
2 Daytona 21 20 15 14 Sam Fletcher Plymouth 6/40 100   0
4 Daytona 43 28 23 14 Sam Fletcher Plymouth 114/133 1,135 running 0
1966 Grand National Results
Race Site Cars St Fin # Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
3 Daytona 33 16 21 0 Reid Shaw Ford 35/40 100 running 0
5 Daytona 50 45 23 0 Reid Shaw Ford 132/198 1,135 heating 0
7 Bristol 32 18 13 0 Reid Shaw Ford 431/500 350 engine 0
1967 Grand National Results
Race Site Cars St Fin # Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
20 Charlotte 44 33 40 02 Harold Mays Chevrolet 66/400 925 engine 0
25 Rockingham 44 26 35 03 Harold Mays Chevrolet 71/500 640 diff 0

"The Running Numbers"  The numbers raced by Johnny Allen

0   02   03   2  5   6   7   8   9  14  15   16   17  22   31   46   52    58   60   64   66   69   72   85  92 147   264   471
Won with # 58 (Also with # 46 for Jack Smith)

After 1967, Johnny Allen retired from active NASCAR racing, but continued racing Late Models into the mid 80's. He started a very successful wheel and tire business, specializing in racing.

As of this writing, NASCAR has witnessed about 164 winners at the top level of Strictly Stock, Grand National, Winston Cup, and Nextel Cup. There are 53 drivers of those that have won only one race. Besides Johnny Allen, some of the other outstanding names are Wendell Scott, Greg Sacks, Mario Andretti, Johnny Benson, Brett Bodine, Ron Bouchard, Dick Brooks, Larry Franks, Bobby Hillin, Jr., Jerry Nadeau, Phil Parsons, Bill Rexford, Lennie Pond, Jody Ridley and  Lake Speed.

Twenty-five others had 2 wins and another 11 had 3 wins. Allen easily could of had 2-3 more victories in the "could-a, would-a, should-a" world of auto racing.


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