Detailed Story By Randy Anderson
With his 2009 induction, Julian E. Buesink, a pioneer car owner in NASCAR racing, will fittingly join two of his former drivers Lloyd Moore and Bill Rexford, in the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame. As Moore once said, “ If it wasn’t for Julie, neither Bill or myself would have had the racing careers we enjoyed and for which we were recognized.” Legendary NASCAR drivers Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough sent letters to the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame acknowledging the “hardships and sacrifices Buesink made in the early years to make our sport what it is today”.
Buesink was born in the Town of Mina on September 24, 1921, the son of Earl and Bessie Mann Buesink. He was involved in the automoble industry his entire life owning Ford dealerships in Corry, PA, Clymer, NY, North East, PA, and Westfield, NY, as well as several used car dealerships in the area.
Buesink’s first involvement in NASCAR Grand National racing came just days prior to his twenty-eighth birthday when he entered Bill Rexford, driving a 1949 Ford, in a race at the one-mile track in Langhorne, PA. Rexford finished a creditable 14th out of forty-five starters in a race won by Curtis Turner. A week later he and Rexford finished 5th at the NASCAR sanctioned event at the Hamburg (NY) Fairgrounds. On October 2, 1949, Buiesink entered two cars at the Heidelberg (PA) Raceway. He was rewarded with a 3rd place finish by Rexford and a 6th place result by Moore in the NASCAR race won by Lee Petty.
Buesink’s team approach to racing in the final race of the ’49 season, became his modus operandi in his determined approach to 1950. He entered at least two cars in each of the 17 races on his NASCAR schedule. In races at Dayton (OH), Charlotte (NC), Hamburg, Langhorne, and Hillsboro (NC) Julian had three entries and at the inaugural event at NASCAR’s first superspeedway, Darlington (SC), Buesink showed with a stable of four cars and drivers. The multi-team concept that is common in present-day NASCAR Sprint Cup, as practiced by owners Rick Hendrick, Jack Roush, and Richard Childress among others, was first introduced to the sport by Julian Buesink in 1950.
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The other interesting component to Buesink’s 1950 racing plan was his use of several makes of cars. Unlike current NASCAR owners who use only one brand of automobiles, Julian appropriated Oldsmobiles, Lincolns, Fords, and Mercurys for the various lengths of tracks and surfaces his team faced.
Buesink earned NASCAR victories at Canfield (OH) on May 30th with Rexford and on October 15th at Winchester (IN) with Moore. Other top finishes in the 1950 season for the Buesink team were second place runs by Moore at Langhorne and Vernon (NY), third place results by Moore at Daytona Beach, Canfield, and Vernon, and a third place finish by Rexford at Winchester.
Other drivers piloting Buesink cars in 1950 besides Rexford and Moore were George Hartley and Jim Paschal. In total, Buesink entered 42 cars in 17 races. He earned two wins, twelve top-five finishes and 23 top-ten results.
When the final NASCAR points were tabulated, Bill Rexford was declared the Grand National Champion over Fireball Roberts and Lee Petty with Lloyd Moore edging out Curtis Turner for 4th place. Rexford, from Conewango Valley, NY, who was just 23 year old at the time, remains the youngest champion in NASCAR Sprint Cup history and its only champion from New York State.
Bill France, Sr., President of NASCAR, recognized Julian Buesink as its National Champion Car Owner of 1950. Speed Age magazine honored Buesink for “outstanding achievement as stock car racing’s Car Owner of the Year. An article in the magazine contained the following:
“Buesink tried every make of car he felt practicable, and soon discovered it took a different make for each kind of track. His stable finally became composed of Fords, Mercurys, Oldsmobile 88s, and Lincolns. He contracted two drivers Bill Rexford of Conewango Valley, NY and Lloyd Moore of Frewsburg, NY and sometimes used another, George Hartley of Erie, PA.
Traveling from Canada to Florida, wherever the NASCAR circuit operated, Buesink played his cars as one would play chess. He decided the type of car for a particular track, then furnished that make for his drivers. If his judgment was faulty he lost, if right he won.
That he won more than he lost showed in the final NASCAR tabulation. His drivers, Rexford and Moore, finished as champion and fourth in the national standings, a combination of finish places not neared by any other stable of cars.
"For his belief in stock car racing, and performance of his stable of cars, Julian Buesink of Findlay Lake NY has been named by the voting panel for the first annual Speed Age Magazine Award as the Outstanding Car Owner in 1950 for the stock car field.”
In 1951 as defending champion, the Buesink team again attacked the NASCAR circuit. He entered fifty-one cars in 31 events with Moore as his lead driver. Julian fielded two cars at Hillsboro, North Wilkesboro (NC), Martinsville (VA), Columbia (SC), Dayton, Grand Rapids (MI), Bainbridge (OH), Weaverville (NC), Rochester (NY), Detroit (MI), Morristown (NJ), Darlington, Thompson (CT), and Jacksonville (FL). Three-car teams were entered at Daytona Beach, Charlotte, and Canfield. Drivers wheeling the Buesink Fords and Oldsmobiles in ’51 were Moore, Paschal, Rexford, Don Eggett, Harold Kite, Jimmie Lewallen, Dean Sprague, Ted Swaim, and even Julian himself.
At Thompson Speedway on October 12, 1951 Julian drove in his only race starting 17th and finishing 27th in the field of 38.
Best results for the Buesink team in ’51 were a pole position start for Rexford at Canfield, a third for Moore at Dayton, and a third for Paschal at Macon (GA). Moore finished 11th in the1951 NASCAR National Point Championship.
After two grueling seasons of following NASCAR from Canada to Florida and from the Mississippi to the Atlantic, Julian began to curtail his racing efforts by adopting a “pick and choose” schedule. In 1952 he entered just 15 races with a single car effort. Moore was in the seat eight times, Pachal six, and Rexford once. The best finish of the Grand National season was a second by Moore behind Dick Rathmann and ahead of Tim Flock at Dayton on May 18th.
Buesink concentrated his efforts towards the newly formed Mid-American Racing Circuit (MARC) in 1953 and 1954 and did not participate in any NASCAR Grand National races.
In what turned out to be Lloyd Moore’s final year of competition, 1955, Buesink fielded cars for him at Raleigh (NC) and Darlington. Tommy Thompson was Moore’s Darlington teammate in a second Buesink machine.
Following the retirement of Moore, Buesink hired Warren, PA driver Bob Duell. The duo competed in six NASCAR GN events in 1956 with their best showing being at the Monroe County Fairgrounds in Rochester. Duell set second fastest time during qualifications and then steered the ’56 Ford to a fifth place finish behind Speedy Thompson, Jim Paschal, Herb Thomas, and Buck Baker.
The following year, 1957, Julian entered Duell in five NASCAR GN races. Their best effort was at the half-mile dirt oval Lincoln Speedway in New Oxford, PA where Bob qualified the Buesink ’57 Ford 7th. A broken rear-end relegated the team to a 13th place result.
On June 12, 1958, Duell set fast time in Julian’s Ford at the NASCAR sanctioned grand opening of the New Bradford Speedway in Bradford, PA. Duell brought the #95 home in third place behind superstars Junior Johnson and Lee Petty. A month later, Stateline Speedway in Busti, NY held its first and only NASCAR race and the Buesink-Duell team finished 2nd behind Shorty Rollins, who would go on to win NASCAR Rookie-of-the-Year honors for 1958. Julian entered Duell in five other NASCAR GN races that year that included a respectable 5th place result at Rochester following Cotton Owens, Buck Baker, Speedy Thompson, and Lee Petty.
Duell drove Buesink’s Ford in four NASCAR GN events in 1959 with his best finish being 11th at Weaverville, NC. For the Southern 500 at Darlington, Buesink teamed Duell with an eighteen-year-old rookie by the name of Buddy Baker, son of Buck Baker.
Buesink and Duell combined for six appearances on NASCAR’s premier circuit in 1960. Their best effort was an 8th on the two-mile road course at the Montgomery Air Base in Montgomery, NY. The first five finishers were legendary drivers Rex White, Richard Petty, Lee Petty, Ned Jarrett, and Buck Baker.
The next year Julian hired Tom Dill to drive his ’61 Ford at Daytona and Darlington. He also gave a 21- year –old daredevil from South Carolina, making his fourth ever NASCAR start, a ride in a Buesink machine at the Darlington Labor Day classic. His name was Cale Yarborough.
In 1962 Buesink and Yarborough teamed up for four NASCAR GN events at Daytona, Darlington, and Atlanta. Cale brought the #52 Ford home 10th in one of two qualifying races at the two and a half mile Daytona International Speedway.
Buesink competed for the final time in NASCAR GN competition in 1963. He had Yarborough in the seat at Daytona and Darlington. Julian tabbed Rene Charland, NASCAR Sportsman Champion in 1962, to drive his #52 in a Grand National consolation race at Daytona when Yarborough was too ill to drive. Unfortunately Charland tangled with Ralph Earnhardt resulting in a massive crackup that eliminated many cars. Julian’s last GN race was May 11, 1963 at the Rebel 300 in Darlington where Cale came home 11th. JoeWeatherly, Fireball Roberts, Richard Petty, and Tiny Lund occupied the top four positions.
In thirteen total years of NASCAR Grand National competition, Julian Buesink competed in 105 races, entering 154 cars, driven by 15 drivers. He earned two pole positions, won two races, had 28 top-five finishes, 62 top-ten results, and earned $42,466 in race purses. Most significantly was his GN Championship in 1950.
NASCAR Convertible Division
also briefly dabbled in NASCAR’s
Convertible Division. The
“Rumblin’Ragtops” were sanctioned by
NASCAR from 1956 to 1959. Buesink
entered two convertible events in
1958 with his ’58 Ford ragtop.
Fireball Roberts drove the #95 at
the Daytona Beach beach-road course,
but was sidelined after only eleven
laps by overheating. Shorty York
jumped in the seat for the Rebel 300
at Darlington and ended up in 21st
spot. Curtis Turner won both of the
convertible races that Buesink
NASCAR Sportsman Division
February 10, 1951, on the 4.1 mile beach-road course at Daytona, NASCAR sanctioned a 39 lap race for its Sportsman Division cars. Sportsman cars differed from the top-level Grand National cars. They were generally older cars that had been slightly modified for racing, unlike the showroom stock GN cars. Buesink prepared a ’39 Ford for Rexford and a ’49 model for Moore. Ninety-one cars started the event that saw Rexford finish 13th and Moore 20th. Gober Sosebee, Frankie Schneider and Tim Flock captured the top three places.
NASCAR Short Track Division
the ‘50s NASCAR also sanctioned
races at racetracks less than a
half-mile in length through its
Short Track Division. Although most
records of races from that era have
been lost, some documentation exists
that shows Buesink entered cars in
this division as well. Llyod Moore
won a 100-lap race at the
quarter-mile Canfield Speedway in
Buesink’s ’50 Ford on September 27,
After competing in a GN race at
Thompson, CT on October 12, 1951,
Buesink and Moore towed to Westport
Stadium in Baltimore, MD for a short
track race on October 13th,
and then high-tailed it to
Shippenville, PA for another GN race
on October 14th. This
road trip was all accomplished
without the benefit of modern
In 1951, Moore and Buesink competed
in short track races at the
quarter-mile asphalt that was called
Victory Stadium at Roanoke, VA
earning an 11th place
finish on June 12th and
at the quarter-mile Lanham Speedway
in Lanham, MD on July 18th
finishing 8th. Both of
these two NASCAR Short Track
Division races were captured by Lee
The final NASCAR Short Track that
this writer has uncovered for
Buesink and Moore came at Mercer
(PA) on May 20, 1953. During the
250-lap race on the quarter-mile
dirt surface, Moore became overcome
with fumes from the car’s exhaust
and had to be relieved by Fonty
Flock who brought Julian’s machine
home in 9th place.
As mentioned above, records from
this division of NASCAR are scarce.
It is this writer’s opinion that
Julian Buesink likely entered cars
in many other Short Track Division
Midwest Association for Race Cars
1953 John Marcum of Toledo, OH a
former promoter of NASCAR races
broke away from the Bill France led
organization to form a new stock car
circuit called Midwest Association
for Race Cars or MARC. Julian
Buesink quickly aligned himself with
Marcum and his new circuit,
completely eschewing any NASCAR
races in 1953 or 1954.
Similarly to the NASCAR Short Track
Division previously mentioned,
records for the early days of MARC
are incomplete. Recently, however,
local auto racing fan and former
Buesink crewman in the 60’s, Dennis
Goggin from Clymer researched
microfiche of the racing newspaper
National Speed Sport News and
uncovered some results of Julian
Buesink’s involvement in MARC.
In 1953 Julian entered Lloyd Moore,
driving a 1953 Ford, in at least 11
races with very good success. Moore
had second place finishes at
Jefferson (OH) and Kokomo (IN),
thirds at Dayton (OH) and Kittaning
(PA), and fourths at Akron (OH),
Canfield (OH), and Dayton (OH).
The following year, Buesink and
Moore competed in at least five MARC
events. Their crowning achievement
of ’54 was capturing the
Metropolitan 300 race at Dayton
Speedway on June 6th.
Moore led 251 laps to top future
NASCAR competitor Bob Welborn and
1953 MARC champion Jim Romine. Other
good runs for Moore/Buesink that
year were a third at Bedford (OH)
and fourths at Dayton and Detroit.
In addition to their two NASCAR
appearances, Buesink and Moore
entered at least four MARC races in
1955. Their best finish was a fourth
at the Ohio State Fairgrounds track
in Columbus (OH).
Bob Duell replaced the retired Moore
in Buesink’s cars in 1956. In
addition to their NASCAR schedule,
they also entered at least two MARC
races, including a 5th
place result at Dayton. Duell made
at least two starts for Julian in
both 1957 and 1958 MARC action,
followed by six in 1959 and four
more in 1960. Notable results were a
third at Langhorne on April19, 1959,
another third at Dayton on June 7,
1959, a second at the Michigan State
Fairgrounds in Detroit on September
11, 1960, and a fifth at Canfield on
May 30, 1960. Tom Dill also drove in
one MARC race for Julian in 1960.
A particularly interesting event
during the 1960 season came at the
Eldora 500 race at the half-mile
dirt oval in Rossburg, OH. Duell was
scored in second place at the end of
the race, but when it was discovered
he had completed the 250 miles
making only one pit stop, third
place finisher Mike Klapak lodged a
protest. MARC rules limited the gas
tank capacity to 23 gallons, but
MARC officials were able to pour
24.8 gallons into Duell’s tank. He
was disqualified and officially
For the ’61 season Buesink fielded
MARC cars in at least five MARC
events using drivers Bob Duell and a
bodyman at his Clymer Ford
dealership named Marty Rater. Duell
had a fourth at Powell (OH) and a
fifth at Canfield. Rater set fast
time at Fremont (OH) before settling
for a 7th place result.
Dill drove Buesink’s Ford in at
least one MARC race in ’62 scoring a
7th at Canfield. The next
year found Dill and Findlay Lake’s
Pat Moore competing in at least two
MARC events for Julian.
Automobile Racing Club of America
For the 1964 season MARC changed its name to the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA). On April 5th, Dill drove Buesink’s 1964 Ford to victory in the Americana 300 at International Raceway Park in Ona, WV. The win came amidst controversy, however. With a fourteen second lead, Dill blew a right front tire on the 298th lap. Rather than pit, Dill nursed the #9 the final two laps narrowly edging Virgil Barbe and Elmer Musgrave. A dispute arose when Musgrave pulled his car into the winner’s circle claiming he had lapped Dill twice. A check of the scoring cards proved to be inconclusive and the Dill/Buesink team received the $1250 first place check.
Jack Shanklin of Indianapolis took over the controls of Buesink’s Ford for at least five ARCA race in 1965 while Jamestowner Floyd Fanale was in the seat for at least five races in ’66. Shanklin then demolished the #9 at the Daytona ARCA race in 1967.
Jim Scott from Garland, PA took over driving duties for the ARCA races at Daytona in ’68, ’69, ’70, and ’71. He also wheeled the car at Talledega’s ARCA race in 1969. Scott had three top ten qualifying efforts and one top-ten finish in his five starts.
Julian’s final ARCA race was at Daytona in 1974 with Blackie Watt at the controls of a 1973 Ford, but a blown engine ruined their day.
As mentioned earlier, MARC/ARCA records from the 50s and 60s are sketchy at best. It is likely Buesink entered races in addition to those reported here.
Unsanctioned Local Racing
only was Julian Buesink a major
player on the national auto racing
circuits, his cars and drivers were
stout competition at the various
unsanctioned stock car tracks. In
the early 50s, Buesink, with Lloyd
Moore at the controls, competed at
Sportsman’s Park in Erie, the
Chautauqua County Fairgrounds in
Dunkirk, the Civic Stadium in
Buffalo, and tracks in Portville
(NY), Clearfield (PA), and Butler
(PA). Moore once won three
consecutive races at the Erie oval.
But primarily, for most of the 50’s,
Julian concentrated on the NASCAR
and MARC schedules.
For 1961 Buesink became a car owner
on the Stateline Speedway and Eriez
Speedway circuit fielding a car that
Marty Rater and Freddy Knapp shared.
Knapp won his first-ever late model
feature at Stateline on July 1, 1961
in Julian’s machine. Four weeks
later Bob Duell slipped behind the
wheel and again put Buesink #52 in
victory lane for the 50-lap
Mid-Season Championship. . This
time, however, Frank Ruhlman, owner
of the car shared by Hyle Russell
and Eddie Kisko cried foul. He put
up a $25 protest fee to have the
rear end of the Buesink car torn
apart. Ruhlman claimed the racecar
had an illegal locked rear-end.
After an inspection process that was
observed by over 250 people,
Stateline track owner Len Briggs
declared Buesink’s car “all legal
and above board”.
Rater was again the Stateline/Eriez
driver in 1962 scoring a season best
second place at Stateline on May 18th.
Pat Moore took a turn in the cockpit
for 1963 scoring a season best third
on July 6th. Paul Wilson
gave Buesink a win at Stateline on
June 6, 1964 followed by a 2nd July
For 1965 Buesink utilized a two-car
team at Stateline and Eriez
employing Freddy Knapp to drive his
#99 and adding Floyd Fanale near
mid-season to steer the #9. Knapp
scored two wins at Eriez, a
25-lapper July 25th and
the 100-lap season finale on
September 19th. He also
recored six other top-three finishes
in Julian’s ’64 Ford. Fanale
rewarded Buesink with a Stateline
win in July 31st and then
followed his teammate across the
finish line in the Eriez
Knapp and Fanale returned as
Julian’s drivers in 1966. Knapp took
first place in a 50-lapper at Eriez
on May 29th, a 25-lapper
at Stateline on July 30th,
and repeated in the 100-lap Grand
Championship race at Eriez on
Meanwhile, Fanale added a win at
Eriez on May 15th.
Jim Scott led a single car effort
for Buesink in 1967. “Jimbo” grabbed
two feature wins at Eriez, June 11th
and July 9th, and added
five other top-three finishes in
Julian’s ’64 Ford, now numbered “3”.
He finished second to Bobby Schnars
in the final Stateline point
The next year Buesink gave Scott a
brand-new car, a 1968 Ford Torino,
and Scott repaid his owner by having
a monster year. Jim copped eleven
top-three finishes including five
feature wins. Twenty-five lap events
fell to the #3 Torino at Stateline
on June 22nd and July 13th,
followed by a 50-lap score on July
27th, and culminating
with a victory in the 100–lap Grand
Championship race on August 31st.
However the biggest accomplishment
of the season was Scott’s dominating
win in the Eriez 150 that brought a
check for $2,087. The victory came
after the Buesink crew worked
eighteen straight hours rebuilding
the engine that had swallowed a
piston the night before at
Stateline. When the final points
were tabulated for the year, Scott
was the Eriez track champion, the
fourth-place man at Stateline, and
third on the overall Stateline/Eriez
Jim Scott returned as the “shoe” of
Buesink’s Torino Cobra in 1969.
Together they produced seven
top-three finishes including wins at
Eriez on June 29th and
August 24th. Final point
listings found Scott fourth at Eriez,
fifth at Stateline, and fifth on the
A Ford Mustang came from the Buesink
garage in 1970 for Jim Scott to
drive. Scott piloted the machine to
eight top-three results, including
victories at Stateline on June 27th
and July 11th, and a
score at Eriez on June 28th.
However, during an event at Eriez on
July 26th, Scott hit an
errant wheel from another car that
catapulted his Mustang into the air.
The subsequent landing broke Jim’s
back. While recovering from the
injury, Buesink replaced Scott with
“The Flyin’ Farmer”, Johnny
Whitehead, who produced a second
place result at Eriez on August 23rd.
Buesink came back with a two-car
effort in 1971 putting Freddy Knapp
in the #99 Mustang and the recovered
Jim Scott in the #3 Torino. Knapp
and Scott combined for nine
top-three finishes including a
victory by Freddy at Eriez on May 16th.
Scott completed the year fourth in
Stateline points and fifth on the
During the period 1961-1971 when
Buesink competed on the Stateline-Eriez
Circuit, he would also show at other
local stock car tracks. However lack
of records prevents a chronicling of
those efforts. Following the 1971
season, Julian’s racing career was
essentially over. Although he would
occasionally sponsor a car, as late
as the 1990s, he refocused his
attention and energy to his
Julian Buesink married Jean Hagelin
in 1947. Their marriage produced
four daughters Beverly Weber,
Darlene Neckers, Vicki Fiet, and
Julie Buesink, along with a son,
Alan Buesink. Julian was a former
supervisor for the Town of Mina. He
was a member of the Findley Lake
United Methodist Church. Buesink
died on September 23, 1998 and was
buried in Mina Cemetery.
In his own
honor of his many contributions to
the sport, Buesink was invited to
Daytona Beach to appear at the 3rd
Annual Legends Banquet and Parade in
"Legends?”joked Julian. “Everybody
here is just old and tired. We
didn’t really realize what NASCAR
would come to. If we would have, we
would have saved some of the
racecars. We didn’t realize how big
it was going to become.It cost a lot
of money, but I learned a lot and
have a lot a memories.”
Buesink recalled the time his driver
wheeled his Ford from the tail of
the field to second place in just 25
laps at Canfield. “I thought I was
going to have a heart attack. The
car looked like it had been through
a war, but I had the biggest thrill
of my life. I’ll never forget that
And now, with his 2009 induction
Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame,
Julian E. Buesink’s contributions to
the sport of automobile racing on
the national, regional, and local
stages will not be forgotten.