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William Leroy "Roy" Tyner
Born: January 12, 1937   -    Died: February 23, 1989
Home:  Red Springs, NC
"The Flying Indian"             "The Wild Indian"

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Nicknamed "The Flying Indian," Red Springs, North Carolina's Roy Tyner started 311 races from 1957 - 1970, racking up 14 top fives and 71 top tens.  Tyner is known as being one of the few drivers who competed in General Motors cars throughout the 60's.  Tyner raced as an independent during the days of Curtis "Crawfish" Crider and African-American driver Wendell Scott.   His best points finish was tenth in 1968.  Astonishingly, in 13 seasons of racing, Roy never led a lap of competition, never had a pole, and never scored a victory on the Nascar circuit as a driver or car owner. Roy's best finish was second at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in 1959. Local short tracks were a different story.
Roy was also a car owner with drivers such as Johnny Allen, Cotton Owens, Darel Dieringer, J.T. Putney, Wendell Scott and others driving for him.
Tyner died in mystery  in 1989 after being shot in his truck.  The truck was then set afire.


                                                        Rare Photo Portrait of Roy Tyner   (from the Roland Via Collection)
Roy Tyner was the first (or one of the first) Native American drivers in the Grand National series. SCR Magazine reports in 1969: Roy Tyner was born in Lumberton, N.C. "...with half the blood that pulsed through him carrying the heritage of the Lumbee Indians. One suspects that the other half might be found to consist of gasoline, grease, and a trace of Wynn's Friction Proofing. Roy is proud of his Indian blood. The boyish humility and half-embarrassed grin that prevail when he is talking about himself, fade and are replaced by an air of authority when he speaks of his ancestry. The Lumbees were composed of bands of Indians who broke away from their own tribes. There were Cherokee, Comanches....The names of his children, India Dawn and Forrest Truitt, reflect his heritage....".

After his career as a race car driver, Roy made a living as a product rep, show car driver and just plain good guy, as all generally described Roy. Short track fans still remember the little coupe he drove to eleven wins in eleven starts to close down his local track due to low ticket sales. Everybody knew who was gonna win and just quit coming.

Roy's son Truitt has a Pontiac race patch that was almost the only thing left of his dad's racing days because an ex, or soon to be ex-wife, had piled everything else out back and burned it while he was gone. 

Tyner was so proud that the high priced marketing types came up with what they considered the best color scheme for the new Budweiser team cars and it was exactly the same one he came up with for his Pepsi car many years before.

Roy Tyner and the # 9

Tyner began a long association with the numeral in 1959. Through the 1970 season, Tyner drove 226 races in the No. 9, but failed to win a race.

Tyner had 14 top-10s in 24 races in 1959, including a fourth at Weaverville. The next season, he was fourth at Charlotte in 15 starts.

Also in 1959, he had a number 8 team car to his car 9, a pair of '57 Chevy's with journeyman driver Johnny Allen, who had finally parted company with non-competitive Plymouth cars.

1960 wasn't a good year when mechanics Charles Sweatland and Paul McDuffie along with NASCAR official Joe Taylor were killed when Bobby Johns crashed into a pit wall at Darlington after tangling with Roy Tyner during the Southern 500.

In nine 1961 events, Tyner's best was a 10th at Hillsboro. Bunkie Blackburn also drove five times in the No. 9, including a 39th-place finish in the Southern 500.

Tyner missed the entire 1962 season, then returned for eight races in 1963, all of which he failed to finish for a variety of reasons. Other #9 drivers were Art Brady who was 21st in the 1962 Southern 500, while Cale Yarborough finished 25th at Charlotte and T.C. Hunt was 19th at Chattanooga.

Things improved for Tyner in 1964, as he posted 17 top-10s in 46 races, finishing 16th in the final standings. Bill Amick drove a No. 9W out west, finishing fourth at Riverside. Later in '64, it seems Roy wound up crashed on a short track at a much reduced speed, but that didn't help much. He said he got hit in the drivers side door and when all the expensive noises were over that he and his seat and the door bars in the roll cage were all the way over on top on the transmission tunnel.

Tyner had six more top-10s in 1965, including a fourth at Greenville, then was seventh at Columbia in 26 starts in 1966. Paul Goldsmith used the No. 9 once that season, finishing 21st at Bristol, while Larry Frank was 10th in the 1966 Daytona 500.

Tyner made 27 more starts in 1967, posting a 10th-place finish at Richmond. Ken Spikes was 21st in the Southern 500 that season.

Tyner's best season came in 1968, when he had 14 top-10 finishes in 48 races, 21 of those in the No. 9. Ben Arnold also drove a Tyner- owned car at Darlington, while Bill Vanderhoff ran three races, including a 16th at Montgomery.

 

Tyner was 10th at Bristol in 1969 and eighth at Richmond in 1970 as he began running a limited schedule.

The numeral went unused until 1973, when Pete Hamilton drove a No. 9 Plymouth at Daytona, finishing 40th in the 500.

Roy Tyner is proof of Nascar's diversity, long before modern day standards dictate such.

 

 

 

 

 


Mr Via: You may find this interesting and something you may want to add to your site, Roy Tyner's '69 Pontiac
Grand Prix, restored.  Picture courtesy of Robbie Solesbee, taken at Darlington last year.      Keith Vrabec
(Editor: Thanks Keith for the great picture of a FANTASTIC restored car. A true piece of history.)

During the running of the 1960 Southern 500 at Darlington, Bobby Johns and Roy Tyner made contact on the backstretch. Johns in the #5 Cotton Owens Pontiac slammed into the pit wall. Johnís was fine, but unfortunately three pit members were fatally injured. They were Paul McDuffie, Charles Sweatlund, and Joe Taylor.

There is a public AP Wirephoto newspaper article on the fatal crash of Bobby Johns and Roy Tyner. Because of the historic significance we will list the publicly available article.

HOWEVER, WE WARN YOU THAT THE PICTURE IS GRAPHIC
.
We apologize if there is a family member or other person that objects to the photo. Here is the Link.



Wendell Scott and Roy Tyner go at it in the Dirt . . .  (believe it or not these are models by Jerry Sims!


Tyner was the first to try to integrate a Pontiac GTO into Nascar - Above is a
an original Tyner 1966 GTO in a later changed version


Stock Car Racing Magazine Cover
August 1969


Rare Race Sequence Photos
Where was this track? Email

According to emails I have received, this track is apparently Occoneechee Speedway about
3/4's down the backstretch as shown in the photo below.
Posted by Jim Thurman

Roy Tyner DRIVER Grand National Statistics
Year Age Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Earnings Rank AvSt AvFn
1957 20 10 of 53 0 0 2 0 1705 0 1,055 33 22.6 17.1
1958 21 22 of 51 0 1 3 0 3148 0 2,550 59 19.3 18.5
1959 22 28 of 44 0 7 14 0 5234 0 5,425 33 16.5 12.5
1960 23 23 of 44 0 1 5 0 2076 0 2,930 52 25.2 22.2
1961 24 10 of 52 0 0 1 0 1480 0 1,560 57 26.7 21.9
1963 26 8 of 55 0 0 0 0 381 0 1,345 85 25.4 24.1
1964 27 46 of 62 0 0 17 0 7327 0 11,488 16 20.6 15.0
1965 28 28 of 55 0 1 6 0 3448 0 6,695 36 22.8 19.9
1966 29 26 of 49 0 0 4 0 3511 0 4,435 41 23.6 18.6
1967 30 27 of 49 0 0 1 0 2966 0 8,290 43 26.1 23.2
1968 31 48 of 49 0 4 14 0 8789 0 20,247 10 22.7 17.7
1969 32 21 of 54 0 0 1 0 3285 0 12,317 31 27.1 24.9
1970 33 14 of 48 0 0 3 0 1890 0 5,565 42 27.1 23.6
13 years 311 0 14 71 0 45240 0 83,902   22.9 19.0
Grand National Statistics by track
Site Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Earnings AvSt AvFn
Asheville 4 0 0 1 0 636 0 565 14.8 13.2
Atlanta 11 0 0 0 0 1249 0 5,635 35.3 28.9
Atlanta 2 0 0 0 0 281 0 425 10.5 13.0
Augusta 1 0 0 0 0 25 0 525 29.0 25.0
Augusta 7 0 0 0 0 781 0 770 19.1 18.9
Beltsville 4 0 1 3 0 840 0 890 22.0 11.2
Birmingham 2 0 0 1 0 336 0 265 15.0 11.0
Bridgehampton 2 0 0 1 0 49 0 200 21.0 16.5
Bristol 8 0 0 1 0 1023 0 2,755 29.0 27.0
Charlotte 14 0 0 0 0 2426 0 10,580 37.4 28.9
Charlotte 6 0 1  3 0 1026 0 915 16.5 10.3
Chattanooga 1 0 0 1 0 270 0 150 14.0 9.0
College Station 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 760 36.0 38.0
Columbia 18 0 1  4 0 2004 0 2,350 16.2 15.3
Concord 5 0 0 1 0 819 0 605 22.2 12.6
Darlington 13 0 0 0 0 1387 0 5,835 33.2 30.4
Daytona 12 0 0 0 0 798 0 4,250 35.1 28.4
Dover 2 0 0 0 0 107 0 890 32.0 28.0
Fayetteville 3 0 1  1 0 395 0 410 16.0 12.7
Fonda 3 0 0 0 0 193 0 300 21.7 23.0
Gastonia 1 0 0 0 0 95 0 50 3.0 17.0
Greensboro 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   26.0
Greenville 13 0 1 5 0 1673 0 2,325 16.2 12.5
Hampton 5 0 0 2 0 730 0 725 18.4 14.6
Harris 2 0 0 2 0 590 0 315 20.5 9.0
Hickory 9 0 0 3 0 1510 0 975 19.0 14.8
Hillsboro 11 0 1 6 0 927 0 1,545 20.2 13.3
Islip 4 0 0 1 0 458 0 375 19.0 18.8
Jacksonville 1 0 0 0 0 99 0 85 16.0 15.0
Jacksonville 1 0 0 0 0 59 0 100 23.0 21.0
Jefferson 2 0 0 0 0 168 0 100 26.5 25.5
Macon 2 0 0 0 0 568 0 300 29.5 15.5
Manassas 3 0 0 2 0 853 0 400 20.3 14.0
Martinsville 17 0 1 2 0 4384 0 4,945 27.6 23.5
Maryville 5 0 0 0 0 493 0 500 23.0 17.4
Michigan 3 0 0 0 0 93 0 1,992 33.3 36.0
Monroe 1 0 0 0 0 20 0 0 8.0 25.0
Montgomery 2 0 0 0 0 277 0 200 11.5 18.0
Moyock 3 0 0 0 0 419 0 330 15.0 15.0
Myrtle Beach 1 0 0 1 0 157 0 150 11.0 9.0
Myrtle Beach 4 0 0 3 0 633 0 480 10.2 11.0
Nashville 8 0 0 1 0 853 0 1,030 21.0 19.2
New Oxford 2 0 0 1 0 183 0 150 20.5 18.0
Newberry 1 0 0 0 0 175 0 110 16.0 13.0
North Wilkesboro 11 0 0 2 0 2041 0 2,430 24.0 18.7
Old Bridge 1 0 0 1 0 184 0 175 12.0 8.0
Oxford 3 0 0 0 0 311 0 355 24.7 20.0
Raleigh 1 0 0 0 0 214 0 100 22.0 28.0
Randleman 1 0 0 0 0 8 0 65 16.0 19.0
Richmond 11 0 0 4 0 2637 0 3,085 21.5 14.6
Riverside 3 0 0 0 0 192 0 1,650 31.3 29.3
Roanoke 1 0 0 1 0 186 0 180 16.0 8.0
Rockingham 9 0 1 1 0 2150 0 7,385 35.2 25.9
Salisbury 1 0 1 1 0 157 0 225   5.0
Savannah 4 0 0 3 0 606 0 660 14.5 10.8
Shelby 2 0 0 1 0 239 0 250 17.5 13.0
South Boston 2 0 0 0 0 281 0 180 20.0 15.0
Spartanburg 3 0 1 1 0 390 0 375 12.3 13.3
Talladega 1 0 0 0 0 33 0 1,025 7.0 29.0
Trenton 3 0 0 0 0 198 0 855 30.0 26.0
Valdosta 2 0 0 2 0 375 0 350 15.0 8.0
Watkins Glen 1 0 0 0 0 39 0 150 21.0 15.0
Weaverville 15 0 2 3 0 2960 0 3,185 20.7 16.1
Wilson 3 0 0 2 0 395 0 380 14.0 11.0
Winston-Salem 12 0 0 3 0 1580 0 1,490 12.8 13.4
GRAND TOTAL 311 0 14 71 0 45240 0 80,807 22.9 19.0
Speedways (2 mi. +) 17 0 0 0 0 926 0 8,027 33.2 30.4
Speedways (1-2 mi.) 53 0 1 1 0 7731 0 31,280 34.6 28.5
Short Tracks 132 0 5 31 0 23234 0 25,115 20.9 17.6
Road Courses 7 0 0 1 0 305 0 2,525 26.6 23.0
Dirt Tracks 102 0 8 38 0 13044 0 13,860 17.2 13.8
Grand National Statistics OWNER Statistics
Year Driver Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Earnings Rank AvSt AvFn
1957 Roy Tyner 10 0 0 2 0 1705 0 1,055 33 22.6 17.1
1958 Roy Tyner 1 0 0 0 0 126 0 110 59 16.0 15.0
1959 Johnny Allen 1 0 0 0 0 57 0 50   29.0 32.0
1959 Cotton Owens 1 0 0 1 0 290 0 14,639 2 16.0 6.0
1959 Roy Tyner 27 0 7 14 0 5093 0 5,425 33 16.7 12.6
1960 Jim Austin 2 0 0 0 0 199 0 310 97 37.0 31.0
1960 Roy Tyner 15 0 1 3 0 1156 0 1,815 52 23.1 21.8
1961 Roy Tyner 8 0 0 1 0 1322 0 960 57 25.9 21.5
1963 Roy Tyner 8 0 0 0 0 381 0 1,345 85 25.4 24.1
1964 Roy Tyner 46 0 0 17 0 7327 0 11,488 16 20.6 15.0
1965 Darel Dieringer 4 0 0 2 0 658 0 52,214 3 17.8 12.2
1965 Walson Gardner 2 0 0 0 0 61 0 200 107 14.0 20.5
1965 J.T. Putney 3 0 0 2 0 701 0 22,329 7 20.0 13.3
1965 Roy Tyner 28 0 1 6 0 3448 0 6,695 36 22.8 19.9
1966 Roy Tyner 2 0 0 0 0 270 0 4,435 41 28.5 28.0
1968 Ben Arnold 1 0 0 0 0 284 0 825 51 43.0 19.0
1968 Jack Ingram 1 0 0 1 0 481 0 700 63 15.0 7.0
1968 Glenn Luce 1 0 0 0 0 223 0 125 120 19.0 17.0
1968 Stan Meserve 1 0 0 0 0 168 0 7,475 26 26.0 22.0
1968 Wendell Scott 1 0 0 0 0 252 0 20,497 9 34.0 13.0
1968 Roy Tyner 29 0 3 9 0 5571 0 20,247 10 21.8 15.8
1968 Bill Vanderhoff 10 0 0 0 0 788 0 1,950 53 26.6 25.1
1969 Earl Brooks 1 0 0 0 0 313 0 34,793 18 36.0 21.0
1969 Worth McMillion 1 0 0 0 0 328 0 480 77 27.0 14.0
1969 Sherral Pruitt 1 0 0 0 0 10 0 100 93 22.0 22.0
1969 Roy Tyner 21 0 0 1 0 3285 0 12,317 31 27.1 24.9
1970 Roy Tyner 12 0 0 2 0 1676 0 5,565 42 27.2 24.2
12 years 238 0 12 61 0 36173 0 228,144   22.6 18.5
 

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