Friday, September 30, 2011
The car for today is Nelson Staycy's Racing Collectable's 1964 Ford Galaxy.
Stacy was originally from Kentucky. He was a veteran of World War II serving as a Tank Driver in the U.S. Third Army under the command of General George S. Patton.
After a decade in the MARC series, Stacy decided give Grand National racing another try. In 1961 Stacy entered back into NASCAR competition at age 40 competing in 15 of the 52 scheduled races. Stacy won 1961 Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway beating Fireball Roberts and leading 72 laps. He also accumulated eight Top Ten finishes and 4 Top Five finishes as well.
In 1962, Stacy won the Rebel 300 at Darlington Raceway beating Marvin Panch, the final convertible race in NASCAR history, as well as the World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway coming from 18th place to beat Joe Weatherly and the 1962 Old Dominion 500 at Martinsville Speedway beating out Richard Petty by over three laps. He accumulated three wins, seven Top Tens, and five Top Five finishes for the 1962 season. He also won the NASCAR Convertible Division race that year at the Darlington Rebel 300.
Stacy failed to win any races in 1963; he accumulating nine Top Ten and four Top Five finishes. Stacy Finished a career-high 14th in the final points standing this year. In 1964, at age 43, Stacy's health began to become a factor and he went on to compete in two more Grand National races. He achieved a 24th-place finish in his final start at the Firecracker 400 in 1965. Stacey ended his NASCAR career after competing in 45 races. In his career, he had 24 Top Ten and 13 Top Five Finishes along with 4 wins.
Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelson_Stacy to learn more on Nelson Stacy.
Scored this old iron Ford at a flea market for a couple of bucks. I love any full size '57-'68 Fords and even in NASCAR form, I can't pass up a Galaxie