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Richard "Richie" Panch
Born: May 28, 1954      Died: September 2, 1985
Home: Daytona Beach, FL

Richie Panch  was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver from 1973 to 1976, earning three top-fives and eleven top-tens. He competed in forty-seven Cup Series and one Busch Series event in his career prior to dying on September 2, 1985. Most of Panch's success came in his second year of competition, when he ran a full schedule in 1974. Earning seven top-tens including a career-best third place effort at Richmond International Raceway, Panch finished a career-high 14th place in points.

Following a part-time schedule in 1975 that earned Panch four more top-tens, Panch only made one start in 1976. Following a 21st place finish at Atlanta, Panch never returned to Cup competition.

Panch had officially raced a grand total of 9295 laps - the equivalent of 11,040.9 miles (17,768.6 km) of stock car racing. His average start is 18th place while his average finish is 23rd place. Total earnings for Richie Panch were $90,842 USD ($347,170.95 in today's money). Out of the 9295 laps in his career, Panch had led nine of them.

Richie Panch is the son of NASCAR Cup Series veteran Marvin Panch.

Busch Series Career

Panch's lone Busch start came in 1983, when Panch raced at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Starting 27th in the forty-two car field, Panch completed all but three laps in route to a respectable 15th place effort.

Richie also loved Road Racing

 

The Air Crash

September 1, 1985: Richie Panch, age 30, a Nascar race driver, was flying a Piper PA-28-235-B plane with ID numbers N9340W and flew into heavy rain and squall line over Rion, South Carolina and came apart in mid-air. Pilot error, poor judgment and planning was blamed. Four people died in the accident, including Richie Panch's close friend Dale Singleton, a famous motorcycle rider, two-time winner of the "Daytona 200". 

 






 

Richie Panch Cup Statistics

Year Age Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Earnings Rank AvSt AvFn
1973 19 4 of 28 0 0 0 0 510 0 4,510 70 23.2 31.0
1974 20 28 of 30 0 2 7 0 6257 1 52,712 14 17.7 20.8
1975 21 14 of 30 0 1 4 0 2276 8 32,585 29 15.6 25.1
1976 22 1 of 30 0 0 0 0 252 0 1,035 92 20.0 21.0
4 years 47 0 3 11 0 9295 9 90,842   17.6 22.9

Richie Panch Busch Statistics

Year Age Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Earnings Rank AvSt AvFn
1983 29 1 of 35 0 0 0 0 197 0 2,900 116 27.0 15.0
1 year 1 0 0 0 0 197 0 2,900   27.0  

Richie Panch Grand National East Series Statistics

Year Age Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Earnings Rank AvSt AvFn
1973 19 2 of 15 0 0 1 0 267 0 530 26   8.5
1 year 2 0 0 1 0 267 0 530     8.5




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