Galaxies in NASCAR

Carolina Galaxies has the unique distinction of being the only chapter that lives right in the heart of NASCAR country. Many other chapters may have a track or two in their area, but this is where NASCAR was born and is still where the highest concentration of active and historic tracks can be found. We feel it's only fitting to dedicate a page to the great drivers and Galaxies that dominated NASCAR throughout the 60s. Many gave their lives to the sport but will forever be remembered for their pioneering accomplishments that in many cases resulted in many of the safety features today's drivers take for granted.

Marvin Panch - 1964

Marvin Panch - 1965

Dan Gurney - 1963

Curtis Turner -  1965

Cale Yarborough - 1963

Ned Jarrett - 1965

Ned Jarrett and Elmo Langley - 1964

Dave Marcus - 1964

A. J. Foyt - 1965

Nelson Stacy - 1963

Darel Dierenger - 1965

Fireball Roberts - 1963

Bobby Allison - 1964

Bobby Johns leading Petty in 1964

Fred Lorenzen pit stop - 1964

Fred Lorenzen - 1964

 

Beautiful photograph hanging in the media center at Lowe's Motor Speedway

Galaxies in the Hillsborough pits - 1964

 

Three 1960 Galaxies running in a pack.

 


Even though NASCAR is trying to move to more lucrative venues, let's not forget our great tracks in the heart of NASCAR country!

Charlotte, NC

Still has two points races and the All Star race. http://www.lowesmotorspeedway.com/

N. Wilkesboro, NC

Last race was the Holly Farms 400 on 9/29/96 http://www.savethespeedway.net/index2.html

 Rockingham, NC

Last race was the 2004 Subway 400 on Feb 22, 2004 and Matt Kenseth won in a Ford! http://www.na-motorsports.com/Tracks/NC/NorthCarolina.html or http://www.nascar.com/races/tracks/ncs/index.html

Hickory, NC

Oldest continually operating speedway in the country. http://www.hickorymotorspeedway.com/

Hillsborough, NC

Occoneechee Speedway's last race was in 1968: http://www.historicspeedwaygroup.org/

Darlington, SC

Just one Spring race left. http://www.darlingtonraceway.com/

Thankfully, local racing and testing by NASCAR teams and preservation efforts are keeping them alive!


Here's some Galaxie links to videos on You Tube:

Galaxies running at Riverside in 1965: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMt0LhpJGlE&feature=related

Junior Johnson running a 64 at Ascot Park: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmbsW9quja8&feature=related

Dan Gurney winning the first 500 mile road race at Riverside in 1963: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IV8Tc9h9Vc0

Curtis Turner promoting the 64 Galaxies: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkDvDToAHB0&feature=related

1963 Galaxie ad with Tiny Lund: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAzMAQs0nHg


Another link to Galaxies racing outside of NASCAR: http://www.galaxie.com.au/racing.html

A 63 1/2 leading the pack at Nurburgring.

 

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