Richard "Richie" Panch (born May 28, 1954, in Daytona Beach, Florida – died September 1, 1985, near Rion, South Carolina) was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver from 1973 to 1976. He was the son of NASCAR Cup Series veteran Marvin Panch.
|Richard "Richie" Panch|
Richie Panch, circa 1970s
|Born||May 28, 1954|
Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.A.
|Died||September 1, 1985 (aged 31)|
near Rion, South Carolina, U.S.A.
|Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career|
|47 races run over 4 years|
|First race||1973 Rebel 500 (Darlington Raceway)|
|Last race||1976 Dixie 500 (Atlanta International Raceway)|
Panch had officially raced a grand total of 9,295 laps - the equivalent of 11,040.9 miles (17,768.6 km) of stock car racing – and had led nine of them. His average start was 18th place while his average finish was 23rd place. His total earnings were $90,842 USD ($399,970.42 when adjusted for inflation).
Panch was killed on September 1, 1985, along with the other three people aboard a Piper PA-28 Cherokee that flew into a squall line and heavy rain near Rion, South Carolina, and came apart in mid-air.
- Richie Panch information at Racing Reference
- planecrashinfo.com Famous People Who Died in Aviation Accidents: 1980s
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