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Red Vogt

Not only was Red Vogt considered the first master mechanic in NASCAR, he was one of its organizing members.

  • Position:Engine Builder / Mechanic

Vitals

Hometown

Washington, DC

Born

09/22/1904

Died

03/07/1991

Vogt's cars were well known throughout race tracks in the South in the 1940s.

It led him to a successful partnership with NASCAR Hall of Famer car owner Raymond Parks. He was an instrumental member of the meeting at the Streamline Hotel in December 1947 that resulted in the creation of NASCAR.

Once NASCAR was created, Parks and Vogt supplied the car that another Hall of Famer—Red Byron—drove to victory in the first ever race. The trio won that year’s championship (1948 modified) as well as the first championship in what is now the NASCAR Cup Series (1949).

Many of NASCAR’s early racing stars such as Byron, Fonty Flock, Glenn “Fireball” Roberts, Curtis Turner and even NASCAR founder Bill France drove a Vogt-prepared car.