Jack Bowsher

Jack Edward Bowsher (October 2, 1930 – April 8, 2006) was an American race car driver and car owner. He obtained more than ten national championships in his 58 year racing career including, three ARCA Championships. He is also the father of 2-time ARCA Champion Bobby Bowsher.[1]

Jack Bowsher
NationalityUnited States American
Born(1930-10-02)October 2, 1930
Harmony, Ohio, United States
DiedApril 8, 2006(2006-04-08) (aged 75)
Related toBobby Bowsher (son)
Todd Bowsher (son)
Jimmy Bowsher (son)
ARCA Permatex Super Car Series
Years active1957-1966, 1989
TeamsJack Bowsher
Best finish1st in 1963, 1964, 1965
Previous series
1959, 1966-1979
USAC Stock Car
NASCAR Winston Cup Series
NASCAR Sportsman Division
NASCAR Modified Series
Championship titles
MARC Champion
ARCA Racing Series Champion
ARCA Racing Series Champion
Jack Bowsher
Achievements1966 Daytona ARCA 250 Winner
NASCAR Cup Series career
4 races run over 2 years
First race1966 National 500 (Charlotte)
Last race1967 American 500 (Rockingham)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of May 3, 2013.

Early lifeEdit

Jack Edward Bowsher was born on October 2, 1930 in Harmony, Ohio. He graduated from Plattsburg High School in 1948 and served a year in the Navy in 1949.[2]


Bowsher began his racing career in 1949 after attending his first race. In 1953 Jack joined the newly sanctioned ARCA Series. In 1963 Jack accumulated 16 wins on his way to win his first ARCA Title. Bowsher went on to win the championship the next two years. In 1971 Bowsher competed in the USAC Stock Car Series finishing 2nd in the series standings.[2] He accumulated 21 wins in the series. As an owner Bowsher won five ARCA titles (three while driving for himself and two with his son Bobby driving). He also won a USAC Title in 1968 with A. J. Foyt driving. Bowsher and Foyt were among the first drivers to test stock cars at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the late 1960s. Bowsher's Ford won the 1976 24 Hours of Daytona in the stock car class.[1]

Bowsher was the first person to build a down-tube open-wheel modified race car. This became a standard in modern open wheel racing. In 1988 Bowsher returned to the ARCA series as an owner for his son Bobby. The father son duo produced 17 victories on the way to two national titles.[2]

In 1989, a month shy of his 59th birthday, Bowsher, who had not driven in a decade, reluctantly stepped out of retirement subbing for defending ARCA champion Tracy Leslie on the Springfield Mile Dirt Oval where he won the pole and finished 10th in the race on the lead lap. His other son Todd is currently prevalent in the ARCA Series.[2]


On April 8, 2006 Bowsher died. He is survived by wife Julie Bowsher, and sons Jack Bowsher, Jr., Gary Bowsher, Jim Bowsher, Bobby Bowsher, Todd Bowsher and daughter Jodie Bowsher.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Owner Info". Toddbowsher.com. 1930-10-02. Retrieved 2010-07-04.
  2. ^ a b c d e PaddockTalk. "Jack Bowsher Dies :: PaddockTalk :: F1, Formula 1, NASCAR, IndyCar, MotoGP, ALMS, And More!". PaddockTalk. Retrieved 2010-07-04.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Iggy Katona
MARC/ARCA Series champion
Succeeded by
Iggy Katona