Monday, April 15, 2013

April 15, 1963 - Jim Paschal Bags Bowman Gray

April 15, 1963: Starting third on tax day and on a Monday following Easter Sunday, Jim Paschal wins a 200-lap, 50-mile race at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC.

Source: The Dispatch via Google News Archive
In the third Grand National race in three days (Whew!), Paschal raced to a two-lap victory over second place Fred Harb. Yes, that Fred Harb. Um, OK.

Paschal's victory was the second of what eventually became a six-race winning streak by Petty cars early in 1963 - 4 by Richard and 2 by Paschal. He won in a Petty Engineering #43 Plymouth - only the second Grand National win by a driver piloting a 43 car other than Richard Petty. Richard raced #41 and won the pole. However, he was involved in a first lap skirmish, later lost a fuel pump and finished 11th in the 16 car field.

Source: Spartanburg Herald-Journal via Google News Archive


  1. Was this the last time when there were three NASCAR races on consecutive days?

    1. Good question. Would have to think only once or twice. May try to look into that.