Throwback: Pistone wins 1959 Grand National in Trenton

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

In this throwback story, we’ll look back on the 1959 NASCAR Grand National race at the former Trenton Speedway. Tom Pistone won the event on Sunday, May 17, 1959 in Hamilton Township, New Jersey.

Pistone, driving the Rupert Safety Belt car for Carl Rupert, led 52 of the 150 laps. This was his first win of the 1959 season. In addition, it was Pistone’s first career win.

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Before finishing first in this race, his best finish was second at the NASCAR Grand National event at Orange Speedway (it is remembered as Occoneechee Speedway) in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

Colton Owens was the second place finisher in his W.H. Watson ride. Lee Petty in the Petty Enterprises ride finished third.

Besides Pistone leading 52 laps, Owens led 95 laps. Jim Reed led three laps.

There were seven drivers, who did not finish the race. Richard Petty crashed on lap 95. Charlie Cregar had a rear end issue and also left on lap 95.

L.D. Austin had a carburetor problem on lap 87. Bob Burdick had a fire that caused him to depart the race on lap 64.

Reds Kagle had an oil leak on lap 53 that caused him to leave the race. Al White left the track because of a u joint issue on lap 52.

Elmo Langley had a clutch problem and left on lap 25.

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