Fonty Flock
Fonty Flock
Category: Historic
CLASS OF: 2023
BORN: March 21, 1921
DIED: July 15, 1972

NASCAR Cup Series (1949-1957)
Victories: 19. Poles 33. Starts: 154
1947 National Championship Stock Car Circuit title
1949 NASCAR National Modified title
1952 Southern 500 Champion

Part of NASCAR’s famous Flock family
One of the most popular drivers of the ‘50s
Only time four siblings competed together (1949)
Won 1952 Southern 500 wearing T-shirt & Bermuda shorts


Fort Payne, AL native Truman Fontell Flock was one of NASCAR’s most colorful characters, competing in what is now the NASCAR Cup Series from 1949-1957. He had 19 wins, 33 poles and 83 Top 10s in 154 starts. The year before Cup racing started, Flock beat Ed Samples and Red Byron for the 1947 National Championship Stock Car Circuit title. In 1949, Flock won 11 features and the NASCAR National Modified Championship. That same year, a Daytona Beach Road Course event became the only one in NASCAR history contested by four siblings, Fonty, Bob, 1999 inductee Tim and sister Ethel. In 1951, Flock was runner-up to Herb Thomas for the Cup title despite shading the 2017 inductee in wins, Top 5s, Top 10s, poles and laps led. Flock won the following year’s Southern 500 wearing a T-Shirt and Bermuda shorts, which became his trademark. He retired after a 1957 Southern 500 crash that caused the death of Bobby Myers. Flock was inducted in the Georgia Automobile Racing Hall of Fame in 2004.

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