Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Throwback: Rathman wins fifth NASCAR event at Langhorne

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Dick Rathman became the fourth driver to win the NASCAR Grand National at Langhorne Speedway. He won the race driving for Walt Chapman in his ’52 Hudson on Sunday, May 4, 1952 in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.

This was the third straight year that a new driver won the race after Curtis Turner won the first two races at the facility. After Turner won two straight, Fonty Flock won in 1950 and Herb Thomas won in 1951.

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This was Rathman’s second win through Week 9 of the season. Besides winning at Langhorne, he also won at Martinsville in Week 5.

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Tim Flock was the runner-up in the entry for Ted Chester. Lee Petty was the third-place finisher for the Petty Enterprises entry.

Rathman received $1,275 for the win. Flock received $810, while Petty received $600.

Twenty-two of the 37 cars in the field did not complete the race. Thirteen cars suffered engine problems.

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Two cars had overheating problems, while another two cars had rear-end problems, and an additional two cars were involved in crashes. Plus, one car had a water pump problem, one driver had a radiator problem, and one was sidelined with a carburetor.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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