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This is NOT an official NASCAR site. It is solely intended as a fan's informational site. You will find information about the beginning and very early days of NASCAR, plus much more!  It is not just about the drivers . . . . it's much more.

It's about the stories behind the stories, the cars, tracks, owners, mechanics and statistics galore. You will find some of the best Bench Racin' on the net. To qualify for inclusion, the driver would have only race in one NASCAR sanctioned race. Others would have to have had an impact on the sport.

Legends is not just about the "stars", but those who made the Legend of Nascar. Yes, some entries are "off the wall" (no pun intended) and some are obscure and each took research to find, but we will strive to become an information source of any and all who made the sport what it is today. Our mission will be to collect  the most information we can find. And that's also up to you. If you have a story to tell, that's what this site is all about. Just email it HERE.

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NEWS  RECENT ADDITIONS! 

Ken RushCarl Long (And NASCAR's Largest Fine Ever!), Dr. Don Tarr, Brian Rose, Brian Ross, Brian Ross (Mods), Jimmy Ingram, Archie/Frank Smith Update, Harry Hyde,   Everett "Cotton" Owens died June 7, 2012 -- NEW PICS!

Paul LewisBrownie King, Larry Frank's Darlington Update), DK UlrichRalph Moody

INCREDIBLE! The lost recording of Neil Bonnett...SINGING!
Red Douglass, Herb Nab, Will Cronkrite (one of Dale Sr.'s first rides!), Jimmy Means, Charlie Glotzbach, Dick Brooks, Lloyd Dane (oldest living NASCAR winner?), J.D. McDuffie, John Rostek, Jim Hunter (passes away), Bill Blair, Jimmie Lewallen, Fred Harb (updated), Hilly Rife, (Passes Away) Norm Froscher (writer) Passes, Roy Mayne (Great Car Find Shots!), Raymond Park's Passing, Joe Lee Johnson, Marvin Porter, Les Richter, Richie Panch, Rob Moroso,

Irwin "Speedy" Spiers, Elmo Langley, Ralph Earnhardt, Larry Frank, Ronnie Thomas, Jabe Thomas, Johnny Beauchamp, Donnie Allison, Sammy Packard, Red Farmer, Herman (The Turtle) Beam, Dick May (passed 6/9/09), Frank 'Rebel' Mundy (passed 5/15/09, Jumpin' Joe Harrison, Larry Smith, Elias Bowie (First Black Nascar Driver), Joie Ray, Joie Ray, Jr., Tony Bonadies, Mike Klapak, Gene Bergin, Bruce Jacobi, June Cleveland, Eddie Flemke, Sr. Hop Harrington, Ed Yerrington, Fred Harb, Pee Wee Wentz, Bob Walden, Julian Buesink, Dink Widenhouse, Shorty Rollins, Bill Rexford (update), Eddie Pagan, Sonny Easley, Sam McQuagg (Died 1/3/09), Sam Ard, Gordon Harvey, Vivian "Lucky" Harvey, Gene Hobby (Update)Hooker Hood, Jim Rathmann, T. Taylor Warren (Nascar Photog) Oldest Nascar Driver Passes (Lloyd Moore, age 95)  Johnny Thompson (update), Max Helton(Passed 4/1/08), Wood Bros., Jimmy Hensley, Bernie Hentges, Bill Wimble, Jack Anderson Dick Rathmann, Billy Wade Article - by Allen Manning, Bobby Myers, Billy Myers, Chocolate Myers, Nelson Stacy, Linda Vaughn, Dick Fleck, Roy Tyner (updated), Neil Castles, Ivan Baldwin, Darel Dieringer,  Jim Hendrickson,

RECENT UPDATES! (Always in progress!)
UPDATED: Marvin Panch, Speedy Thompson, Glen Woods, Larry Frank's Passing, Lloyd Moore (2 Updates), Wendell Scott (Update with VIDEO),  Jimmy Pardue (Update),   LeeRoy Yarbrough (update), Rex White (Update) Marshall Teague (Update), Tiger Tom Pistone (Update) Frankie Schneider(pictures update),  

Billy Wade, Charley Griffith, Dick Meyer, Jim Reed, Buddy Shuman, Paul McDuffie, Paul Dean Holt, Jim Paschal, Paul Goldsmith, Johnny Mantz, BobbyAllison, Al Keller, G.C. Spencer, Billie Harvey, Mario Rossi, Mad Marion MacDonald, Tim Flock, Bob Flock, Fonty Flock, Junie Donlavey, Lennie Pond, Gober Sosebee, Richie Evans,  H.B. Bailey,  Joe Mihalic Hershel McGriff, Friday HasslerRoscoe Thompson, Pete Hamilton, Dick Trickle,  George Tet (1st Japanese Nascar Driver),   Sonny Hutchins, Emanuel Zervakis, , Johnny Thompson, Norm Froscher, Motorsports Writer        Charlie Cregar       Rene Charland         Bill Gazaway     Bill Rexford      Dick Joslin    Red Vogt   Louise Smith     Jack Bowsher       Bobby Johns      Chuck Warren   Banjo Matthews     Lois & Carl Tyler      Speedy Thompson    

Fearless Men-Fast Cars & Whiskey,  Another Louise Smith Story , Rookie of the Year, Requested 1956 Southern 500 Results, NASCAR Top 50 Page

Bill France, Jr.,   Bill France, Sr.,  Jake Elder, Jimmy Florian,     Lou Figaro, Jim Vandiver, James Hylton, J.T. Putney, Coo Coo Marlin, Jack Smith, Bobby Isaac, Roy Hall, Lloyd Seay, Raymond Parks, Dale Earnhardt, Sr., Neil Bonnett,

RECENT STORIES
FORD'S FIRST NASCAR WIN!,
Tragic Stats Update(6/07),
Statistically Speaking: Death at Daytona
Superstitions: No green, no cats, no peanuts! - Tom Higgins

The Mario Rossi File: ..............The life and mysterious death of a NASCAR hero by Becca Gladden
We're Having A Heat Wave ....Tom Higgins' Scuffs
The Fireball Myth?  ...................by Norm Froscher
"Crystal Ball" Roberts .............by Norm Froscher
Fireball & Jai-Alai ......................by Roland Via

Jimmie Johnson - Superstar    by Steve Samples
Grand National Champions 1949-1996
"The REAL NASCAR Top 50 (2007 Update)"    by Steve Samples
"The Good 'Ol Boy Sport?  What Short Memories We Have"   by Dave Faries

"The 10 Stupidest Moments In NASCAR History",  
Racing Birthdays, New Fred Lorenzen Story,      

Check out the Hudson Page!

Those that have Passed for the Final Checkered Flag:

G.C. Spencer passes away at 82, Thursday September 20, 2007.
Larry Flynn 77, passed away Friday, Sept. 14th, Southern short  Flynn, a legend on Florida Short Dirt Tracks, won the Governor's Cup 3 times in a row & hundreds of other races.
Billie Harvey passes away at age 57 on Sept 13th. Familiar Florida 80's short track driver.
JOHN ROBERT (BOB) FISH, JR. Passes Away   Mr. Fish was passionate about connecting race history with the racing of today. Son of the legendary Bob Fish, Sr. of Fish Carburetor fame, Bob, Jr. had many stories of the great drivers connected with the 1950's racing and his father., including Fireball Roberts. Go to the Fish Carb page for more info.
From the Family of Mr. Fish: Thank you so much for your kind words.  My family has been very touched to hear from those who knew my father at different phases of his life.  I'm finding that he had an even more interesting history than I realized. The services were held on June 26th, 2007, internment at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery on Point Loma in San Diego, CA.  The memorial service was at the Chapel of the Roses in Glen Abbey Memorial Park in Bonita, CA (3838 Bonita Road).  Those gathered after the service were invited back to the home my dad shared with my mother, Audrey, at 3261 Bonita Mesa Road, Bonita, CA. Thank you again for contacting us and for your condolences.   Best wishes,     Kim Gietzen

Dick May Passes Away - Dick May Celebration of Life - Dick May Page
Joni's note: 6/9/09     It is with extreme sadness I must report that my father, Dick May, passed away this afternoon at 3:50PM. As many of you know, he has been quite sick for the past year and his body was just worn out when pneumonia set in. In his own words, “He hit the wall for the final time”. His humor was intact and he was strong until the end. Thank you to all who have given me kind words and strength during this difficult time. Funeral Arrangements are with the Cavin Cook Funeral Home in Mooresville, NC (date pending). A memorial service will also be held in NY at a future date in late June or early July.

Frank Mundy, early NASCAR racer, dies at 91

Friday, May. 15, 2009  Frank 'Rebel' Mundy Page Frank Mundy, a former NASCAR and AAA competitor in the late 1940 and early '50s, has died in Atlanta. Mundy, born Francisco Eduardo Menendez, was 91 and is survived by his wife, Mae.

Also known by the nickname "Rebel", which he sometimes signed as a middle name, Mundy competed in more than 50 NASCAR events from 1949 to 1956, earning three wins - at Columbia, S.C., Martinsville, Va., and Mobile, Ala. He also won four poles and recorded 24 top-10 finishes. He was the 1955 champion in the American Automobile Association.

Mundy is often remembered for driving a Studebaker, but the Georgia driver was also associated with the powerful Chryslers organization of Mercury Marine owner Carl Kiekhaefer, widely regarded as NASCAR's first big-spending, mega-team owner.

Mundy and Indianapolis 500 figure Tony Bettenhausen drove Keikhaefer's cars in American Automobile Association races before the multimillionaire turned his attention to NASCAR in the mid-1950s. Mundy, Tim Flock, and Buck Baker were among his drivers in the growing stock car racing series.

A big Thank You to Florida Race Historian, Marty Little, who often provides essential archive photos for Legends of Nascar. Thanks!
 

 

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