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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.[1] He was the son of NASCAR Cup Series veteran Marvin Panch.

Richard "Richie" Panch
Richie Panch, circa 1970s
Born(1954-05-28)May 28, 1954
Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.A.
DiedSeptember 1, 1985(1985-09-01) (aged 31)
near Rion, South Carolina, U.S.A.
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
47 races run over 4 years
First race1973 Rebel 500 (Darlington Raceway)
Last race1976 Dixie 500 (Atlanta International Raceway)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 11 0


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.[1] His average start was 18th place while his average finish was 23rd place.[1] His total earnings were $90,842 USD ($399,970.42 when adjusted for inflation).[1]


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.[2]