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Throwback: Turner wins 1949 NASCAR Grand National at Langhorne

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Curtis Turner won the first-ever NASCAR Grand National at Langhorne Speedway in Langhorne, Pennsylvania on Sunday, September 11, 1949. Turner won the NASCAR Strictly Stock fourth race of the season.

There were 20,000 people in attendance to see Turner win. There were three lead changes.

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Turner led 60 of the 200 laps for the win. He drove a ’49 Oldsmobile for Hubert Westmoreland.

With the win, Turner received $2,500.

Bob Flock was the runner-up with his second-place finish. Flock had Bob Flock Garage as his sponsor for the race in Frank Christian’s entry.

Flock led 52 laps and received $1,000 for the runner-up finish.

Red Byron finished third in the race. He was the third racer to finish with a ’49 Oldsmobile. Byron also led 15 laps.

Gober Sosebee also led 73 laps in his Cherokee Garage entry for Leon Chester.

According to, Byron led the first 15 laps, before losing the lead to Sosebee. He then led the next 73 laps.

Flock took over the lead at Lap 89 and led until lap 140. Turner then took over the lead at lap 141 and led the final 60 laps.

Two drivers had engine problems in the race. Ben Cannizzaro and Fonty Flock had the engine problems.

Walter Minx, Chick DiNatale, Pepper Cunningham, and Lee Schmidt were all involved in a crash. Tim Flock and Don Cecchini battled wheel problems. Bill Bennett had tire trouble.


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