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Fonty Flock
Birthplace: Fort Payne, Alabama
Born: March 21, 1920
Died: July 15, 1972
Cause of Death:
Awards: 1949 NASCAR National Modified champion

inducted in the Georgia Automobile Racing Hall of Fame Association in 2004

inducted in the Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame in 2004

1947 National Championship Stock Car Circuit champion

NASCAR Cup statistics
153 races run over 9 years.
Best Cup Position: 2nd - 1951 (Grand National)
First Race: 1949 Charlotte Speedway (NASCAR's first race)
Last Race: 1957 Southern 500 Darlington
First Win: 1950 Langhorne Speedway
Last Win: 1956 Charlotte Speedway
Wins Top Tens Poles
19 83 33
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Herb Thomas, Fonty Flock, and Al Keller (left to right) at the Palm Beach, Florida fairgrounds (taken between 1952 and 1954), courtesy of the Florida Photographic Collection

Truman Fontello "Fonty" Flock (March 21, 1920 - July 15, 1972) of Fort Payne, Alabama was an early NASCAR driver.

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Flock familyEdit

He was the brother of NASCAR pioneers Tim Flock and Bob Flock, and the second female NASCAR driver Ethel Mobley. The four raced at the July 10, 1949 race at the Daytona Beach Road Course, which was the first event to feature a brother and a sister, and the only NASCAR event to feature four siblings. Ethel beat Fonty and Bob by finishing in eleventh.

Racing careerEdit

MoonshineEdit

Like many early NASCAR drivers, Fonty's career began by delivering illegal moonshine. He started delivering on his bicycle as a teenager. He used his car to deliver moonshine as he got older. "I used to deliberately seek out the sheriff and get him to chase me," he later recalled. "It was fun, and besides we could send to California to get special parts to modify our cars, and the sheriff couldn't afford to do that." [1]

Early careerEdit

He won a 100 mile race Lakewood Park in Atlanta, Georgia in 1940. He raced on dirt tracks in Georgia.

He qualified in the pole position for the July 27 1941 race at the Daytona Beach Road Course beside Roy Hall. Flock took the early lead, before Flock and Hall got together in the south turn. Flock rolled and landed upside down in bushes. The seatbelt broke during the rolling, and Flock was tossed around. He was rushed by ambulance to the hospital. Fonty suffered a crushed chest, broken pelvis, head and back injuries, and severe shock.

World War IIEdit

He was in the United States Army Air Corps for four years during World War II.

NASCAR careerEdit

He sat out the 1945 and 1946 seasons because of his injuries.

His brother convinced car owner Ed Schenck to put Flock in his car at the first race at the North Wilkesboro Speedway on May 5 1947. Flock won the pole and his heat race. He won the 30 lap feature after not racing in 4 1/2 years. He took over his brother Bob's ride later in the season after Bob broke his back. He won seven of 47 races that season, and beat Ed Samples and Red Byron to win the National Championship Stock Car Circuit championship.

He won eleven features and won the NASCAR National Modified championship in 1949. He raced in 6 of 8 Strictly Stock (later Grand National, now Sprint Cup events, and finished fifth in the points.

He raced his first full-time season in the Grand National series in 1951. He had 8 wins, 22 Top-10s, and 13 poles to finish second in the points.

He had two wins, 17 Top-10s, and 7 poles in 1952. He finished fourth in the points.

He held over a one minute lead at the 1953 Daytona Beach Road Course race, but ran out of gas taking the white flag at the start of the final lap. Flock’s teammate pushed his car into the pits. Bill Blair passed to win the race in a 1953 Oldsmobile. Flock finished second by 26 seconds. He had 4 wins, 17 Top-10 finishes, and 3 poles to finish fourth in the final points.

He opened an insurance agency in 1954, and he raced part-time after that.

He raced 31 of 45 events in 1955. He had 3 wins, 14 Top-10s, and 6 poles. He finished eleventh in the points.

He had his final win in 1956 at the Charlotte Speedway (not Lowe's Motor Speedway).

In 1957 he raced at the Daytona Beach Road Course. Herb Thomas was injured while practicing for the Southern 500 at the Darlington Raceway. Thomas was injured in a practice crash. The car was in bad shape, and a tire blew on the sixth lap. He walked away unhurt, but he decided to walk away for good.

AwardsEdit

External linksEdit

Flock Family
Bob Flock | Fonty Flock | Tim Flock | Ethel Mobley

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