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Raymond Parks

Raymond Parks is one of stock car racing’s earliest and most successful team owners.

  • Inducted: 2017
  • Position:Owner

Vitals

Hometown

Dawson County, GA

Born

06/05/1914

Died

06/20/2010

PREMIER SERIES STATS

Owner Championships

2 Premier Series
(1948, 1949)

Competed

1949-1955

Starts / Wins / Poles

18 / 2 / 2

NASCAR's First Championship Owner

Parks began his career as a stock car owner in 1938 with drivers Lloyd Seay and Roy Hall.

His pairing with mechanic Red Vogt produced equipment good enough to dominate the sport in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Red Byron won the first NASCAR title (modified, 1948) and first premier series title (1949) in a Parks-owned car. Though Parks’ team competed for only four seasons—1949, 1950, 1954 and 1955—his place in NASCAR history is secure.

Parks’ team produced two premier series wins, two poles, 11 top fives and 12 top 10s in 18 events. Drivers Red Byron, Bob Flock and Roy Hall drove Parks' cars during the 1949 season. Byron drove for him in 1950 and finished third in the inaugural Southern 500—Parks served as one of the tire changers. Fonty Flock drove for Parks in 1954, and NASCAR Hall of Famer Curtis Turner (2016) drove for him in 1955. Parks retired from racing in the mid-1950s.