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Raymond Parks

February 21, 2014, NASCAR.com

Raymond Parks

Nominee for 2015 Hall of Fame class and 2015 Landmark Award

Raymond Parks is one of stock-car racing’s earliest -- and most successful -- team owners.

Funded by successful business and real estate ventures in Atlanta, Parks began his career as a stock-car owner in 1938 with drivers Lloyd Seay and Roy Hall.

(b. 6/5/1914 — d. 6/20/2010)

Hometown: Dawson County, Ga.

Championships: Premier — 1949 (owner)

Competed (owner): 1949-55

Starts (owner): 18

Wins (owner): 2

Poles (owner): 2

His pairing with another Atlantan, mechanic Red Vogt, produced equipment good enough to dominate the sport in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Red Byron won the first NASCAR premier series title in 1949 in a Parks-owned car.

Though Parks’ team competed for only four seasons -- 1949, 1950, 1954 and 1955 -- his place in NASCAR history is secure. Parks’ team produced two wins, two poles, 11 top-fives and 12 top-10s in 18 events. Drivers Red Byron, Bob Flock and Roy Hall drove his cars during the 1949 season. Byron drove for him again in 1950. Fonty Flock drove for Parks in 1954, and Curtis Turner drove for him in 1955.

Parks retired from racing in the mid-1950s.

 

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Statistics
Year Age Races Win Top 5 Top 10 Pole Laps Led Rank AvSt AvFn RAF Miles LLF
1964 23 1 of 62 0 0 0 0 258 0 130 9.0 21.0 0 129.0 0
1969 28 4 of 54 0 2 3 0 568 0 56 12.5 13.3 3 1259.0 0
1970 29 45 of 48 0 12 23 1 9165 66 8 10.0 13.7 24 8898.0 1
1971 30 35 of 48 1 13 18 0 7981 144 11 10.7 16.2 18 7808.9 4
1972 31 31 of 31 0 10 19 0 7922 19 5 11.2 14.5 20 9601.3 0
1973 32 28 of 28 1 15 21 0 9311 375 3 7.7 10.1 21 10274.1 1
1974 33 30 of 30 0 11 14 0 8120 88 7 8.6 14.6 14 9067.4 2
1975 34 30 of 30 1 11 17 3 8528 479 4 7.5 14.4 17 8984.4 4
1976 35 30 of 30 2 18 23 2 8679 509 3 7.0 9.6 25 10516.2 5
1977 36 30 of 30 4 20 22 3 9410 1400 3 4.7 7.8 24 10899.5 15
1978 37 30 of 30 3 15 21 2 9609 824 4 4.7 9.4 26 11009.9 9
1979 38 31 of 31 2 16 21 1 9335 736 5 7.0 11.3 24 10749.5 7
1980 39 31 of 31 3 16 21 2 8676 659 3 5.8 11.4 21 10134.7 11
1981 40 31 of 31 3 10 12 0 6709 537 10 10.1 19.0 14 7688.2 6
1982 41 23 of 30 0 10 13 3 5631 253 18 10.0 14.6 13 7377.0 6
1983 42 16 of 30 0 4 5 0 2847 116 29 8.9 18.9 7 5293.4 3
1984 43 14 of 30 1 7 10 2 2877 407 27 7.1 12.6 11 5462.4 7
1985 44 14 of 28 0 1 6 0 2230 8 29 10.4 21.3 7 4288.1 1
1986 45 16 of 29 0 2 4 1 2620 13 30 9.4 23.1 5 5112.0 3
1987 46 29 of 29 0 6 9 0 6975 87 16 11.7 18.7 17 9040.4 5
1988 47 27 of 29 0 0 1 0 7420 71 24 23.5 23.0 18 8843.9 1
21 years   526 21 199 283 20 134871 6791   9.4 15.2 329 162437.3 91