Throwback: B. Flock wins inaugural Wilkes 200 in 1949

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Published on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 2:13 AM EST

As we like to do here at The Capital Sports Report, we like to look back on past events. And bring them to a new audience that may not have seen or heard of the event or individuals mentioned beforehand.

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In this post, we’re looking back at the first NASCAR Cup Series event at North Wilkesboro Speedway in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. This was called the Wilkes 200 on Sunday, October 16, 1949.

Back then, the series was known as the NASCAR Strictly Stock. This only happened during their inaugural season in 1949, before it was known as the Grand National Division from 1950 through 1970.

In 1971, NASCAR started to add title sponsors in its name with the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. This year, NASCAR no longer has a title sponsor in its name, but title sponsors, who receive added exposure at events.

Bob Flock won the first Cup Series race ever held at this facility. He completed the race in an hour and 52 minutes in the Bob Flock’s Garage entry for Frank Christian.

He also led 20 of the 200 laps. Flock reportedly received $1,500 for the win.

Lee Petty and Fonty Flock finished in second and third respectively. All three of the Top 3 finishers finished with different cars, as the winner used an Oldsmobile, Petty had a Plymouth, and Flock had a Buick.

When Flock won this race, it was one of two races that he won up until this point during this point in the 1949 season. He also won the race on Sunday, August 7, 1949 at Occoneechee Speedway in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

There was only two leaders in the entire race. Bill Blair led from lap 1 through lap 180. He then lost the lead.

Flock took the lead on lap 181 and kept it throughout the rest of the race.

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