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Merritt Brown | Frank Gise |
Walter Hartman |
Walt Keller |
Dick Linder |
Eddie Metler |
Earl Moss |
George W. Parrish
William H. "Blackie"
Pitt | George Seeger |
Harold W. Smith
Ray Thompson |
Lois Tyler |
Harold W. Smith
Harold Smith of Dayton, Ohio entered 9 NASCAR
races from 1959 through 1979. In two of those he drove a Studebaker. Those two
races were at the new Daytona International Speedway in 1959. In the qualifying
race for the Daytona 500, held on February 20th, 1959, Harold started at 22nd
position in his 1959 Studebaker Lark. He advanced one position to finish 21st
out of the 38 entries
first Daytona 500 was held on February 22, 1959. A field of 55 cats took the
green flag. Harold started in 50th position. Well known drivers starting behind
Harold included Johnny Allen, Roy Tyner, and Buck Baker. Harold advanced 19
positions to finish 31st and was running at the end of the
Harold entered the Daytona 500 the next year
driving a 1960 Plymouth. He started 59th in the field of 68 cars. The
Plymouth's engine blew up on lap 94 resulting in a finish of 49th.
In 1966, Harold raced a 1964 Ford
to a 4th place finish at Rockingham in March, a 33rd place finish at Charlotte
in May, and a 16th place finish at Daytona in July. Lyle Stelter owned his
1968, Harold raced a 1966 Ford to a 15th place finish at Charlotte in May. In
1970, he raced a 1966 Ford to a 15th place finish at Charlotte in May. In 1970,
he raced a 1969 Chevrolet to a 33rd place finish at Michigan in
Harold raced for
several years in the Midwest Association for Race Cars (MARC). This racong
association is now known as the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA).
Harold won his first MARC race in 1958. He placed 10th in points in 1959, 7th
in points in 1960, won the National Championship in 1961, and placed 2nd in
points in 1962.
Championship run in 1961 he drove the #32 1961 Chevrolet owned and prepared by
Emerson and Dick Ruebush of Miamisburg, Ohio. Harold won 15 of the 29 races on
the circuit including 10 of 11 races run in June and July. Harold ranks 7th
among all time MARC/ARCA winners with a total of 24 victories.
In 1968 despite starting two
months after the racing season began Harold won the Pittsburgh Racing
Association "Driver of the Year" award. He won 12 of the final 14 races
including the 150 lap Tri-State Championship and the Pittsburgh 200 races at
the Heidleberg Speedway in Carnegie, Pennsylvannia. Jeep Leonardo was Harold's
car owner for the 1968 season.
Harold retired to
Florida and died in the 1990's.
The photographs show
the 1959 Studebaker Lark on pit road prior to the start of the first Daytona
500. Immediately to the left of the Lark are pictured the #4 Chevrolet of Rex
White, the #11 Ford of Junior Johnson and the #43 Oldsmobile of Richard Petty.
The garage area photograph photograph shows the Lark and the 1957 Chevrolet's
of Johnny Allen and Roy Tyner. The photograph at the start/finish line shows
the Lark and the #19 Chevrolet of Herman Beam, the #15 Ford Thunderbird of Tim
Flock, and the #47 Chevrolet of Jack Smith. The photograph on the backstretch
shows the Lark in the background.
Also pictured is
Harold and the 1961 Chevrolet, winner of the MARC Championship. Photographs,
courtesy of Richard Ruebush.
Harold's Racing Results
George Seeger of Whittier, California enjoyed
a racing career that spanned from the late 1930's up to 1960. He raced
motorcycles, sprint cars, roadsters, and stock cars. He entered events
sanctioned by the AMA speedway circuit, California Roadster Association, AAA,
USAC, and NASCAR.
George entered 19 NASCAR events
between 1951 and 1957. Makes of racecars he drove included Plymouth, Ford and
Studebaker. During the 1951 NASCAR season, George drove Studebakers in 7
events. His best finish was 8th at Toledo, Ohio on August 19th.
He and his car owner,
Tony Sampo of Downey, California made a tour east during the 1951 season.
George finished 34th at Detroit, Michigan on August 12th, 8th at Toledo, Ohio
on August 19th, 20th at Darlington, South Carolina on September 3rd in the
Southern 500, and 23rd at Columbia, South Carolina on September 7th.
On the return trip to
California, George and Tony had a falling out which resulted in Tony driving
off and leaving George sitting in the Men's room of a gas station in
George had a distinguished
military career during World War II. He served with the 8th Air Force and was
awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Silver Star, Air Medal, and four Purple
Harts. He died in 1977 at age 57 and is buried in Rose Hills Cemetery Whittier,
racing pictures in order show George racing with Lou Figaro on June 30, 1951,
at the Carrell Speedway Gardena, California, prior to the start at Detroit,
Michigan on August 12, 1951, and during the race at Detroit, Michigan on August
12, 1951. George's 1951 Studebaker 2 dr. sedan is unique in that most 1951
Studebakers that were raced were Starlight coup models.
George's Racing Results
Lois Tyler, a native of Bradford,
Pennsylvania, participated in the NASCAR Women's National Championship Compact
Car Race held January 31, 1960, at the Daytona International Speedway. Lois
drove the #69 Studebaker Lark coupe. The racecourse for this race consisted of
both the oval track as well as the road course. Lois finished 7th out of 7
Lois has a lifelong
interest in automobile racing. Her father, Ray Schimp, was a race track owner
in Bradford. He opened a quarter mile racetrack in 1953. In 1957 the track was
relocated and expanded to a half mile in length. Ray remained active in the
operation of the track into the 1980's. Lois' husband, Carl Tyler raced for 25
He began in Pennsylvania, raced in the NASCAR
Grand National Division, the last race on the beach, 1958, and the first
Daytona 500 at the new speedway, in 1959. Carl raced in the NASCAR Sportsman
Division from 1960 through 1969. He continued to race on area tracks in Florida
until 1978. He passed away in 1993.
Lois was a scorer for Richard Petty at Daytona
for 17 years. She continues to be active in the racing community, making
personal appearances, and speaking about the early days of stock racing. She is
an active member of the Living Legends of Auto Racing club. During early 2002,
she is overseeing the restoration of a 1957 Ford racecar, which will resemble
one that Carl drove in NASCAR. Lois intends to show the restored Ford racecar
at the NASCAR Winston Cup race in Watkins Glen, New York in the summer of 2002.
|Lois Tyler with
During "Speed Weeks"
Information and photographs provided
by Lois Tyler from the "Carl Tyler Story".
Lois's Racing Results
William H. "Blackie" Pitt
Blackie Pitt of Rocky Mount, North Carolina began racing in
NASCAR's Modified Division in 1950 at Wilson, North Carolina. In 1954 he moved
up to the Grand National Division and sometimes participated in the Short Track
Despite beginning the 1954
Grand National 7 races into the season, Blackie finished 11th in points and was
selected as "Rookie of the Year". His best finishes were 6th at the Southern
States Fairgrounds in Charlotte, North Carolina and the Corbin Speedway,
Corbin, Kentucky. Both of those races were run in a 1954 Oldsmobile owned by
Gary Drake. Blackie drove both Plymouths and Oldsmobiles during the 1954
Blackie opened the 1955
Grand National season with 3 top 10 finishes in the first 3 races. He entered
20 of the 45 races that year. His best finishes were again two 6th placed ones,
at the Palm Beach Speedway, West Palm Beach, Florida and the
Altamont-Schnectady Fairgrounds, Altamont, New York. Oldsmobile was the car of
choice for the 1955 season, owned by brother W. W. " Brownie" Pitt.
During the 1956 Grand
National season Blackie drove Oldsmobiles and Plymouths. Car owners were Ernest
Woods and Brownie Pitt. Blackie entered 27 of the 56 races that year. His best
finishes were three 8th placed ones, at the Palm Beach Speedway, West Palm
Beach, Florida, the Atlantic Rural Expo Fairgrounds, Richmond, Virginia, and
the Lincoln Speedway, Abbottstown, Pennsylvania.
In 1958 Blackie entered 7
Grand National races. This year he drove a Studebaker Hawk. His best finish was
a 10th at the Orange Speedway, a 9/10th of a mile dirt track at Hillsboro,
North Carolina. Blackie ended his Grand National career on April 27, 1958 at
the Old Bridge Stadium, Old Bridge, New Jersey. In his 81 Grand National
starts, Blackie finished in the top 10 19 times. Mostly his brother Brownie
Pitt financed his racing participation. Blackie died on March 28, 1992 at the
age of 67 in Florida.
The check shown is an
additional payment made to Blackie due to the disqualification of Joe Weatherly
and Jim Reed following the December 11, 1955 race at West Palm Beach, Florida.
Photograph courtesy of T.
William H. "Blackie" Pitt Racing
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