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Terry Ryan is an American stock car racing driver.The Davenport, Iowa native competed in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series between 1976 to 1977.

Terry Ryan
Born (1938-05-13) May 13, 1938 (age 81)
Davenport, Iowa, United States
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
12 races run over 2 years
Best finish40th – 1977
First race1976 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
Last race1977 Champion Spark Plug 400 (Michigan)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 4 0

Racing careerEdit

Ryan competed in the USAC Stock Car and ARCA Racing Series before his NASCAR career. He ran his first USAC race in 1971 with a locally purchased car.[1] in 1975 he won the pole for the ARCA event at Daytona International Speedway.[2]

After receiving new backing and a new car in 1975, Ryan went down to Daytona International Speedway to attempt to qualify for the 1976 Daytona 500. He posted the fifth-fastest time, but the times of A. J. Foyt, Darrell Waltrip and Dave Marcis were disallowed, leaving Ryan on the front row with fellow Iowan Ramo Stott.[1] He finished sixth in that race, and attempted four more races that year; he failed to finish two and finished the other half in the top ten.[3]

Ryan again made the Daytona 500 in 1977 but fell victim to mechanical issues in that race and the three after that. Turning a page in the second half of the season, Ryan finished three races, steadily improving to get a top ten in his final race of the year.[4] He attempted Daytona in 1978 but failed to qualify and never again ran NASCAR.[5]

After retiring from NASCAR in 1977, Terry eventually returned to the vintage racing circuits in 1997; where he was racing as of 2009.[1] Ryan was inducted into the Quad Cities Raceway Hall of Fame in 2008.[6] His old Camaro from the NASCAR days could not be sold because of all of the rule modifications.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Terry Ryan: Still turning laps at age 71 at Front Porch Expressions
  2. ^ "Surprising Ryan wins pole position". The Montreal Gazette. Montreal, PQ. February 8, 1975. p. 18. Retrieved 2013-08-14.
  3. ^ "Driver Terry Ryan 1976 NASCAR Winston Cup Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  4. ^ "Driver Terry Ryan 1976 NASCAR Winston Cup Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  5. ^ "Driver Terry Ryan 1980 NASCAR Winston Cup Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  6. ^ "5/30/76: Terry Ryan's journey from Iowa short tracks to NASCAR superspeedways continues to this day". brock.lastcar.info. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  7. ^ "Driver Terry Ryan 1980 NASCAR Winston Cup Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-09-27.

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