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Roland Wlodyka (last name pronounced Wa-la-da-ka) is a retired NASCAR Winston Cup Series race car driver who drove from 1977 to 1978.

Roland Wlodyka
Born (1938-10-15) October 15, 1938 (age 80)
Sunnyvale, California, United States
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
11 races run over 2 years
Best finish44th – 1978
First race1977 Cam 2 Motor Oil 400 (Michigan)
Last race1978 World 600 (Charlotte)
Wins Top tens Poles
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He drove in a grand total of 2,806.9 miles or 4,517.3 kilometres of professional stock car racing. While starting an average of 23rd place, Wlodyka finished worse than he started with a meager 27th place on average. His total NASCAR Cup Series earnings were $15,430 ($59,271.67 when adjusted for inflation). Wlodyka's racing career started at the age of 37 and ended at the age of 38; a relatively late bloomer with a short career span.[1]

Wlodyka's most favorite track is Atlanta Motor Speedway where he would finish an average of 18th place. His least favorite track is Darlington Raceway where he would end up finishing a meager 36th place on average. While finishing in 19th place on average on restrictor plate tracks, Wlodyka would finish a mediocre 31st place on average driving on flat tracks.[2]

Following his racing career, Wlodyka acted as a crew chief in the Cup Series and the Craftsman Truck Series, helping launch the career of Dale Earnhardt.[3]


  1. ^ Career statistics for Roland Wlodyka at Racing Reference
  2. ^ NASCAR Statistics for Roland Wlodyka at Driver Averages
  3. ^ "Whatever happened to...Roland Wlodyka?". Bangor Daily News. Bangor, ME. April 14, 2006. p. C5. Retrieved 2013-03-04.

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