February 20, 2015, NASCAR.com
A New England native, Ray Fox saw his first automobile race at the 2-mile board track at Rockingham Park near Salem, New Hampshire. Following service in the U.S. Army in World War II, Fox moved to Daytona Beach, Florida, to work as a mechanic.
Born: May 28, 1916
Died: June 15, 2014
Hometown: Daytona Beach, Florida
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Fox built the engine in the Buick driven by Fireball Roberts that led the 1955 Daytona Road & Beach Course wire-to-wire. Roberts, however, was disqualified after it was determined the car’s mechanic, Red Vogt, had modified the pushrods. In 1956, Fox went to work for Carl Kiekhaefer whose Chrysler 300 cars won 22 of the season’s first 26 races and was named Mechanic of the Year.
In 1960, Fox built the Chevrolet in which Junior Johnson won the Daytona 500. David Pearson won three times in 1960 driving Fox-built Pontiacs.
In 1962, Fox became a car owner. He won nine times with Johnson and twice -- including the 1964 Southern 500 -- with NASCAR Hall of Famer Buck Baker. Over the years, five NASCAR Hall of Famers took the wheel for Fox, including Cale Yarborough and Fred Lorenzen.
Fox retired in the early 1970s but in 1990 accepted the role of NASCAR’s engine inspector, a position he held until his second retirement at the age of 80 in 1996.