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  • #46
    To : Any overly sensitive fellow Studebaker lovers out there.....The original question concerned itself with Studebaker's winning of a NASCAR championship. And I believe we're talking about 1951-1964.
    Short answer...with the weapons Studebaker possesed..and with what the competition had....NO WAY! (sorry) But instead of being glum, why not focus on the performance records that Studebaker DID set?
    ( Cross-Country, Indianapolis, Bonneville, Drag Racing nowadays, Etc.) Instead of dreaming, these are things one can look to and speak about with pride. CHEER UP BUCKY!!!!!

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    • #47
      I'll still take an "underpowered" Studebaker with it's better aerodynamics and decent chassis over the BIG THREE anyday. A lot of those NASCAR tracks were dirt anyway and would have wasted excessive horsepower. A very good driver in an "underpowered" race car will drive circles around a lesser driver in a big heavy race car with more horses. You can compare cars all day but put David Pearson in a Studebaker and look out!

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      • #48
        Originally posted by SN-60 View Post
        To : Any overly sensitive fellow Studebaker lovers out there.....The original question concerned itself with Studebaker's winning of a NASCAR championship. And I believe we're talking about 1951-1964.
        Short answer...with the weapons Studebaker possesed..and with what the competition had....NO WAY! (sorry) But instead of being glum, why not focus on the performance records that Studebaker DID set?
        ( Cross-Country, Indianapolis, Bonneville, Drag Racing nowadays, Etc.) Instead of dreaming, these are things one can look to and speak about with pride. CHEER UP BUCKY!!!!!

        Since this discussion includes, based on the above comment, the 1951 NASCAR season then Studebaker was for sure in the hunt and a factor that year in NASCAR. The # 23 Studebaker single car team owned by W. Perry Smith, the Studebaker dealer in Columbia, SC used the following drivers over the season, Frank Mundy, Mike Klapak, Cotton Owens and Perry himself. They successfuly battled Hudsons, Oldsmobiles, Chryslers and all other makes that year. Whether there was any support from the factory I do not know but assume there was not any. A photo of the race car in Perry's dealership show room window was printed in The Studebaker News following their first win which took place at the Columbia Speedway in Columbia, SC. Perhaps by publishing this photo the corporation gave some moral support at least. This team was for that era as good as any other team fielding a car or cars in NASCAR. There is no speculation about the 1951 NASCAR season and what a Studebaker might have accomplished.

        On a side note, only two of Frank Mundy's 1951 wins were in a Studebaker. He won one race in 1951 in an Oldsmobile.
        sigpicBob Coolidge
        DeLand, FL

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        • #49
          Originally posted by SN-60 View Post
          To : Any overly sensitive fellow Studebaker lovers out there.....The original question concerned itself with Studebaker's winning of a NASCAR championship. And I believe we're talking about 1951-1964.
          Short answer...with the weapons Studebaker possesed..and with what the competition had....NO WAY! (sorry) But instead of being glum, why not focus on the performance records that Studebaker DID set?
          ( Cross-Country, Indianapolis, Bonneville, Drag Racing nowadays, Etc.) Instead of dreaming, these are things one can look to and speak about with pride. CHEER UP BUCKY!!!!!
          Ed

          That's very well stated. When the little guys try to mix it up with the Big Dogs, it always comes down to money which they don't have much of.

          As soon as they hire a great driver or come up with a great race team the Big Guys will just hire them away. As always development costs mucho bucks and they again get left in the dirt.

          Winning a race or two can happen but to sustain that for an entire season to win a championship is difficult at best.

          Nothing wrong with, as you describe, enjoying the fruits of individual accomplishments.

          Bob

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          • #50
            No,probably not.
            Blame it on our Heavenly Father for giving us Hemi's

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            • #51
              The annual all Studebaker Nationals and Orphan Car Drag Race is Saturday May 27th 2017 9:00 am at Brown County Dragway in Bean Blossom, Indiana. "Studebaker Drag Racing you can't beat it" For more information contact Richard Poe

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