In the days leading up to the race, Thomas - the 1953 Grand National champion - was promoted in the local paper as one of the featured drivers expected to race.
|Source: Rochester Democrat Chronicle - June 20, 1954|
|Source: Rochester Democrat Chronicle - June 22, 1954|
|Source: Rochester Democrat Chronicle - June 25, 1954|
Lee Petty wheeled his Chrysler around Herb Thomas in the the 141st lap and led the rest of the way to win the 100-mile Grand National contest at the Monroe County Fairgrounds. It was Petty's third win of the year and the 14th of his career.Of the top five finishers, three are already in the NASCAR Hall of Fame - Lee Petty, Herb Thomas and Buck Baker. In time, I predict McGriff will be inducted as well for his longevity, a handful of GN and Cup starts and wins, and his multitude of NASCAR Winston West / K&N Series races.
Thomas, who started on the pole for the 30th time in his six year career on NASCAR's big league stock car tour, finished second. Dick Rathman came in third, Buck Baker was fourth and Hershel McGriff fifth.
Thirty-two cars started the 200 lapper on the half-mile dirt track, and 24 were running at the finish. There was only one crash - a solo mishap when Wally Branston flipped his Oldsmobile in the 52nd lap. He was not hurt. ~ pp. 150-151
|Source: Rochester Democrat Chronicle - June 26, 1954|
Edited June 24, 2014