Bunkie Blackburn
Birthplace: Fayetteville, North Carolina
Born: April 22, 1936
Died: February 28, 2006
Cause of Death: not available
Awards: Inducted in the Pure Darlington Record Club (1964)
NASCAR Cup statistics
71 races run over 8 years.
Best Cup Position: 26th - 1962 (Grand National)
First Race: 1960 Southern States Fairgrounds (Charlotte)
Last Race: 1970 Rockingham
First Win:
Last Win:
Wins Top Tens Poles
0 14 3
James Ronald "Bunkie" Blackburn (April 22, 1936 - February 28, 2006) was a NASCAR racecar driver.


Blackburn's father owned and operated the Fayetteville, North Carolina racetrack.

He later competed at historic Nashville Speedway USA against many future legendary drivers.

In 1967 he was part of a three driver crew that set a world speed record of 174 mph in a Smokey Yunkick Z-28 Camaro at the Bonneville Salt Flats in a USAC/FIA event.

NASCAR careerEdit

Bunkie won the 1968 Daytona 300 Nationwide Series (then Late Model) race from the pole.

He had 14-Top 10 and 4-Top 5 finishes in Grand National (now Sprint Cup. He drove Cup racecars from the late 1950s to the early 1970s for Smokey Yunick and Petty Enterprises.

He almost won the 1961 Dixie 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in relief for Junior Johnson. He took Johnson's car to the lead with 5 laps to go after Fireball Roberts ran out of gas. Bunkie also ran out of gas on the final lap to hand the victory to David Pearson.

He retired after a racing injury.

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