Charles "Red" Farmer (born in Nashville, Tennessee) is a former NASCAR racecar driver. His date of birth is disputed but it was sometime between 1928 and 1932. He is a member of the Alabama Gang.[1]

"Red" Farmer
Born? Disputed (1928–1932)
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Achievements1969 Late Model Sportsman Division Champion
1970 Late Model Sportsman Division Champion
1971 Late Model Sportsman Division Champion
1956 NASCAR Modified Champion
AwardsNamed one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers (1998)
National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame (2002)
International Motorsports Hall of Fame (2004)
NASCAR Cup Series career
36 races run over 13 years
Best finish50th (1968)
First race1953 untitled race (Daytona Beach)
Last race1975 Talladega 500 (Talladega)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 3 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
2 races run over 1 year
Best finish72nd (1992)
First race1992 Fram Filter 500k (Talladega)
Last race1992 Kroger 200 (IRP)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of May 3, 2013.

Racing careerEdit

His first race was at Opa-locka Speedway near Miami, Florida in a 1934 Ford in 1948. He became famous as a member of the Alabama Gang and he considered his hometown to be Hueytown, Alabama. Estimates of Farmer's career victories range from 700 to 900 victories, most occurring in the late 1950s and early 60's. He raced 36 NASCAR races from 1953 to 1975. He won numerous championships at local tracks. He was the NASCAR National Late Model Sportsman champion (later Nationwide Series) for three consecutive years from 1969 to 1971. Farmer's best finish in NASCAR's top division was a fourth at both the 1972 Talladega 500, and the 1968 Middle Georgia 500 near Macon, Georgia). He had so few Cup races because he was content to run primarily in the Late Model Sportsman. He was named NASCAR's most popular driver 4 times. Farmer later raced in the white and gold No. 97 car. In the mid 60's, however, Farmer raced a white, gold, and red Ford Fairlane, No. F-97.

He was Davey Allison's crew chief in the Busch Series.

Farmer has retained his skills as a driver in spite of his age. He competed in two Busch Grand National races in 1992, and the season opening ARCA event at Daytona in 1993. On June 2005, Farmer, nearly aged 80, turned heads in winning a heat over current NASCAR Sprint Cup stars, and finished 8th in the feature during the Sprint Prelude to the Dream at Eldora Speedway, owned by Tony Stewart.

As of 2015, Farmer still regularly competes in a late model at Talladega Short Track,[2] a 1/3 mile oval dirt track in Eastaboga, Alabama located near the Talladega Superspeedway.[3][1] His Grandson, Lee Burdett, also races there.[1]

AwardsEdit

His accolades are numerous, being a member of five halls of fame. Farmer was named one of the 50 Greatest Drivers in NASCAR history in 1998. He was a member of the first Class of Inductees into the Talladega-Texaco Walk Of Fame. When the International Motorsports Hall of Fame inducted Farmer, they had to waive their rule of 5 years of retirement – they figured he never would retire.

BirthdateEdit

The International Motorsports Hall of Fame lists his birthyear as 1928,[4] but other sources list his birthdate as October 15, 1932.[5] He was asked by stockcarracing.com: "You've been coy about your age over the years. I've read that you were born in 1928, 1929, or maybe even 1930 or 1931. What year was it?" Farmer replied: "Hey, I ain't sure. When I was born I was too young to read the birth certificate." The interviewer followed up with "We'll just go with 1928, how's that?" Farmer replied: "There is so many that I can't even figure it out. I ain't even sure myself anymore."[6]

Helicopter crashEdit

On July 12, 1993, Farmer was a passenger in a helicopter crash at Talladega Superspeedway that took the life of NASCAR Winston Cup driver Davey Allison, which occurred as Allison was attempting to land the aircraft in a nearby parking lot. The two were en route to the track in order to watch David Bonnett (son of fellow Alabama Gang driver Neil Bonnett) drive in a practice session.[7] Farmer suffered a broken collarbone and fractured ribs in the crash, and was at the time of Allison's death in critical but stable condition.[8]

Motorsports career resultsEdit

NASCAREdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Grand National SeriesEdit

NASCAR Grand National Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 NGNC Pts Ref
1953 Sikes Motors 48 Hudson PBS DAB
45
HAR NWS CLT RCH CCS LAN CLB HCY MAR PMS RSP LOU FFS LAN TCS WIL MCF PIF MOR ATL RVS LCF DAV HBO AWS PAS HCY DAR CCS LAN BLF WIL NWS MAR ATL 176th 13 [9]
1956 J. M. Fitzgibbons C97 Chevy HCY CLT WSS PBS
15
ASF DAB
36
PBS
17
WIL ATL NWS LAN RCH CLB CON GPS HCY HBO MAR LIN CLT POR EUR NYF MER MAS CLT MCF POR AWS RSP PIF CSF CHI CCF MGY OKL ROA OBS SAN NOR PIF MYB POR DAR CSH CLT LAN POR CLB HBO NWP CLT CCF MAR HCY WIL 154th - [10]
1960 Long-Lewis 88 Ford CLT CLB DAY
20
DAY DAY
56
CLT NWS PHO CLB MAR HCY WIL BGS GPS AWS DAR PIF HBO RCH HMS CLT BGS DAY HEI MAB MBS ATL BIR NSV AWS PIF CLB SBO BGS DAR HCY CSF GSP HBO MAR NWS CLT RCH ATL 131st 120 [11]
1962 Frank Rhoads 23 Ford CON AWS DAY DAY
11
DAY
40
CON AWS SVH HBO RCH CLB NWS GPS MBS MAR BGS BRI RCH HCY CON DAR PIF CLT ATL BGS AUG RCH SBO DAY CLB ASH GPS AUG SVH MBS BRI CHT NSV HUN AWS STR BGS PIF VAL DAR HCY RCH DTS AUG MAR NWS CLT ATL 90th 360 [12]
1965 26 Ford RSD DAY DAY DAY
36
PIF AWS RCH HBO ATL GPS NWS MAR CLB BRI DAR LGY BGS HCY CLT CCF ASH HAR NSV BIR ATL GPS MBS VAL DAY ODS OBS ISP GLN BRI NSV CCF AWS SMR PIF AUG CLB DTS BLV BGS DAR HCY LIN ODS RCH MAR NWS CLT HBO CAR DTS 104th 208 [13]
1967 Ben Arnold 76 Ford AUG RSD DAY DAY
14
DAY
42
AWS BRI GPS BGS ATL CLB HCY NWS MAR SVH RCH DAR BLV LGY CLT ASH MGR SMR BIR CAR GPS MGY DAY TRN OXF FDA ISP BRI SMR NSV ATL BGS CLB SVH DAR HCY RCH BLV HBO MAR NWS 54th 2546 [14]
Gray Racing 97 Ford CLT
31
CAR
11
AWS
1968 Long-Lewis 97 Ford MGR
4
MGY
29
RSD DAY
43
BRI RCH ATL
30
HCY GPS CLB NWS MAR AUG AWS DAR BLV LGY CLT ASH MGR SMR BIR CAR GPS DAY ISP OXF FDA TRN BRI SMR NSV ATL
34
CLB BGS AWS SBO LGY DAR HCY RCH BLV HBO MAR NWS AUG CLT
26
CAR
31
JFC 50th 407 [15]
1969 Donald Brackins 2 Chevy MGR MGY
20
RSD DAY DAY DAY CAR AUG BRI ATL CLB HCY GPS RCH NWS MAR AWS DAR BLV LGY CLT MGR SMR MCH KPT GPS NCF DAY DOV TPN TRN BLV BRI NSV SMR ATL MCH SBO BGS AWS DAR HCY RCH TAL CLB MAR NWS CLT SVH AUG CAR JFC MGR TWS 92nd 31 [16]
1971 Giachetti Brothers Racing 44 Ford RSD DAY DAY
10
DAY
32
NA - [17]
46 ONT
40
RCH CAR HCY BRI ATL CLB GPS SMR NWS MAR DAR SBO TAL ASH KPT CLT DOV MCH RSD HOU GPS DAY BRI AST ISP TRN NSV ATL BGS ONA MCH TAL CLB HCY DAR MAR CLT DOV CAR MGR RCH NWS TWS

Winston Cup SeriesEdit

NASCAR Winston Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 NWCC Pts Ref
1972 Long-Lewis 97 Ford RSD DAY
30
RCH ONT
41
CAR ATL
31
BRI DAR NWS MAR TAL
39
CLT DOV MCH RSD TWS DAY BRI TRN ATL TAL
4
MCH NSV DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR TWS 63rd 749.5 [18]
1973 RSD DAY
32
RCH CAR BRI ATL NWS DAR MAR TAL
32
NSV CLT DOV TWS RSD MCH DAY BRI ATL TAL
32
NSV DAR RCH DOV NWS MAR CLT CAR 72nd - [19]
1974 RSD DAY
DNQ
RCH CAR BRI ATL DAR NWS MAR TAL
27
NSV DOV CLT RSD MCH DAY BRI NSV ATL POC TAL
23
MCH DAR RCH DOV NWS MAR CLT CAR ONT 76th 5.22 [20]
1975 RSD DAY
QL
RCH CAR BRI ATL NWS DAR MAR TAL
37
NSV DOV CLT RSD MCH DAY NSV POC TAL
44
MCH DAR DOV NWS MAR CLT RCH CAR BRI ATL ONT 96th 83 [21]
– Qualified for Bob Burcham
Daytona 500Edit
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
1960 Long-Lewis Ford 39 56
1962 Frank Rhoads Ford 23 40
1965 Ford 42 36
1967 Ben Arnold Ford 28 42
1968 Long-Lewis Ford 30 43
1971 Giachetti Brothers Racing Ford 22 32
1972 Long-Lewis Ford 18 30
1973 23 32
1974 DNQ
1975 QL

Busch SeriesEdit

NASCAR Busch Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 NBSC Pts Ref
1992 Allison Racing 28 Ford DAY CAR RCH ATL MAR DAR BRI HCY LAN DUB NZH CLT DOV ROU MYB GLN VOL NHA TAL
22
IRP
17
ROU MCH NHA BRI DAR RCH DOV CLT MAR CAR HCY 72nd 209 [22]

ARCA Re/Max SeriesEdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Re/Max Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 ARMC Pts Ref
1985 Corvin Racing 97 Chevy ATL DAY
3
ATL TAL
3
ATL SSP IRP CSP FRS IRP OEF ISF DSF TOL 59th - [23]
1986 White Racing 97 Buick ATL DAY ATL TAL
24
SIR SSP FRS KIL CSP TAL
23
BLN ISF DSF TOL OWO ATL 59th - [24]
1987 99 DAY
37
ATL 49th - [25]
97 TAL
3
DEL ACS TOL ROC POC FRS KIL TAL
10
FRS ISF INF DSF SLM ATL
1988 DAY
2
ATL 54th - [26]
Allison Racing 28 Buick TAL
1*
FRS PCS ROC POC WIN KIL ACS SLM POC TAL
27
DEL FRS ISF DSF SLM ATL
1989 DAY
8
ATL KIL TAL
25
FRS POC KIL HAG POC TAL
30
DEL FRS ISF TOL DSF SLM ATL 52nd - [27]
1990 Ragan Racing 97 Ford DAY
7
ATL KIL TAL
DNQ
FRS POC KIL TOL HAG POC 69th - [28]
74 TAL
4
MCH ISF TOL DSF WIN DEL ATL
1991 Compton Racing Ford DAY
42
ATL KIL TAL TOL FRS POC MCH KIL FRS DEL POC TAL HPT MCH ISF TOL DSF TWS ATL 117th - [29]
1992 69 DAY FIF TWS TAL
6
TOL KIL POC MCH FRS KIL NSH DEL POC HPT FRS ISF TOL DSF TWS SLM ATL 125th - [30]
1993 Allison Racing 97 Ford DAY
28
FIF TWS TAL KIL CMS FRS TOL POC MCH FRS POC KIL ISF DSF TOL SLM WIN ATL 113th - [31]
2002 ML Motorsports 97 Pontiac DAY ATL NSH SLM KEN CLT KAN POC MCH TOL
34
52nd 540 [32]
75 SBO
23
KEN BLN
32
POC NSH ISF
32
WIN DSF
4
CHI SLM TAL CLT
2004 ML Motorsports 97 Chevy DAY NSH SLM KEN TOL CLT KAN POC MCH SBO BLN KEN GTW POC LER NSH ISF
5
TOL DSF
10
CHI SLM TAL 68th 400 [33]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "1970 Nashville ARCA 200 winner Red Farmer Still at the Controls". ARCA. Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  2. ^ Demmons, Doug (September 26, 2013). "NASCAR legend Red Farmer has a prescription for what ails short tracks". The Birmingham News. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Talladega Short Track - Track Information". Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Biography at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on May 8, 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-06.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link), Retrieved November 6, 2006
  5. ^ Career NASCAR statistics at racing-reference.info
  6. ^ StockcarRacing.com interview Archived 2007-10-18 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Siano, Joseph (July 14, 1993). "Davey Allison, Stock-Car Driver, Dies at 32 After Helicopter Crash". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  8. ^ Hinton, Ed (July 26, 1993). "Requiem For A Racing Man". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Red Farmer – 1953 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  10. ^ "Red Farmer – 1956 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  11. ^ "Red Farmer – 1960 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  12. ^ "Red Farmer – 1962 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  13. ^ "Red Farmer – 1965 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  14. ^ "Red Farmer – 1967 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  15. ^ "Red Farmer – 1968 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  16. ^ "Red Farmer – 1969 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  17. ^ "Red Farmer – 1971 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  18. ^ "Red Farmer – 1972 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  19. ^ "Red Farmer – 1973 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  20. ^ "Red Farmer – 1974 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  21. ^ "Red Farmer – 1975 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  22. ^ "Red Farmer – 1992 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  23. ^ "Red Farmer – 1985 ARCA Talladega SuperCar Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  24. ^ "Red Farmer – 1986 ARCA Permatex SuperCar Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  25. ^ "Red Farmer – 1987 ARCA Permatex SuperCar Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  26. ^ "Red Farmer – 1988 ARCA Permatex SuperCar Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  27. ^ "Red Farmer – 1989 ARCA Permatex SuperCar Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  28. ^ "Red Farmer – 1990 ARCA Permatex SuperCar Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  29. ^ "Red Farmer – 1991 ARCA Permatex SuperCar Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  30. ^ "Red Farmer – 1992 ARCA SuperCar Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  31. ^ "Red Farmer – 1993 ARCA Hooters SuperCar Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  32. ^ "Red Farmer – 2002 ARCA Re/Max Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  33. ^ "Red Farmer – 2004 ARCA Re/Max Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2019.

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