Tim Flock was a record-setting driver in the early days of NASCAR -– and set some marks that have yet to be matched. A championship driver, he was versatile and talented in the days when NASCAR was still trying to gain its footing. Here are five reasons he is a NASCAR Hall of Famer.
Flock set a series of marks in the NASCAR ranks. He was the first driver to win both Daytona and the series title in the same year (1952). He held the highest winning percentage (21.2 percent with 40 wins in 189 starts) in Cup history as well as the record for the most pole positions (19, in 1955) in a season. And he won NASCAR’s only sports car race, driving a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, in 1955.
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In 1955, Flock’s fan presence was noted when he was named the Most Popular Driver.
Flock was known as the only driver to win in every NASCAR division on Daytona Beach. In 1955, he won the Grand National race. In 1956, he won the Modified division race and again in the Grand National division. In 1957, he won the Convertible division race.
Flock knew how to take command at the track. He not only won 40 Grand National races, but also 38 pole positions in the series.
Flock won a pair of NASCAR championships in what is now the Cup series. He won the titles in 1952 and '55.