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!
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
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
Oldest continually operating speedway in the country. http://www.hickorymotorspeedway.com/
Occoneechee Speedway's last race was in 1968: http://www.historicspeedwaygroup.org/
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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