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alanmende
05-22-2008, 05:35 AM
This is from the May 22, 2008 issue of the New York Times. Note the Studebaker connection.

Alana Mende
Hummelstown, PA

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Lloyd Moore, Pioneering Nascar Driver, Dies at 95

By FRANK LITSKY

Lloyd Moore, recognized by Nascar as its oldest living racecar driver, died Sunday at his home in Frewsburg, N.Y. He was 95.

His wife of 61 years, the former Virginia Taylor, confirmed his death.

From 1949 to 1955, in sedans often driven out of a new-car showroom, Moore drove in 49 races in Nascar’s Grand National series, now known as the Sprint Cup. Moore finished in the top five 13 times and the top 10 23 times, racing against stars like Glenn Roberts, known as Fireball; Buck Baker; Curtis Turner; and Lee Petty, the father of Richard Petty.

Moore raced on dirt tracks, horse racing tracks and on the beach in Daytona Beach, Fla. One race site was an uphill, downhill, through-a-stream, through-the-woods course in Sugar Grove., Pa., known as Satan’s Bowl of Death.

In his first Nascar race, at age 18, Moore finished sixth behind Lee Petty and received $150 in prize money. His only Nascar victory came in Winchester, Ind., in 1950. That year, his teammate, Bill Rexford, won the season title and Moore placed fourth.

“Talking to him was like taking a trip down memory lane for me because he raced against my dad,” Richard Petty said in a statement. “He would come by our house after a lot of the races because he and Daddy were good friends.”

Lloyd Dennis Moore lived all his life in the farmhouse in which he was born, in western New York, about 80 miles south of Buffalo. When he was 5, his father lost a leg in a farming accident, so the boy took over some of the farming responsibilities and quit high school after a year and a half to keep the farm going. He also worked as a school bus driver in the early 1930s and as a mechanic in a Studebaker garage.

Moore’s career earnings as a driver were only $10,493, about half of which went to the cars’ owners, he told The New York Times this month in an interview. He said he had quit racing to provide a better living for his family. For 17 years, he ran the school bus garage for the Frewsburg Central School District, retiring in 1974.

Besides his wife, Moore is survived by six daughters, Luella Nordlund, Penny Rosenberg, Virginia Inglesby and Barb Lobb, all of Frewsburg; Mina Wilson of Sinclairsville, N.Y.; and Linda Bailey of Cassadaga, N.Y.; 14 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren.

“I had been on the road long enough,” he told The Times about his decision to stop racing. “I never wanted to go back to racing. I haven’t been to a track since. It seems that when you give it up, you give it up. But there’s nothing like sliding into a car and competing. I like speed. I like the competition. I miss it.”

Avantidon
05-22-2008, 06:53 AM
Saw this on the JAYSKI site this AM and another early NASCAR Hero passes on. Thanks for posting the Obit Alan. DJ

See you in the future as I write about our past

jbwhttail
05-22-2008, 09:05 PM
I heard he was connected to a Studebaker Dealership while driving???

It is an addiction!