Dick Hutcherson & Keokuk
November 30, 1931 - November 6, 2005
Former NASCAR Driver Dick Hutcherson Dies
November 9, 2005
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Former NASCAR driver Dick Hutcherson, who won 14 races in 103 starts in the 1960s, has died at the age of 73.
Hutcherson died Sunday, when he suffered a fatal heart attack while traveling from Florida to North Carolina. He died at the Providence Hospital in Columbia, S.C.
He joined NASCAR in 1964 after racing late models in the Midwest for almost a decade. He finished second in his second career start, then joined the Charlotte-based Holman-Moody team, for which he ran 52 races in 1965.
Later, he served as crew chief for David Pearson in championship seasons of 1968 and 1969, then returned to Holman-Moody as general manager.
In 1971, he and Eddie Pagan formed Hutcherson-Pagan, building race cars used by drivers such as Darrell Waltrip and A.J. Foyt.
Hutcherson-Pagan still supplies parts to race teams with a truck that serves as a rolling warehouse at tracks.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda Daugherty Hutcherson; son, Richard "Ricky" L. Hutcherson and wife, Heather, of Gainesville, Fla.; and daughters, Sherry H. Dorothy of Huntersville, and Cindy H. Adams of Keokuk, Iowa.
A funeral was scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday at Raymer Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Comers Rock Cemetery in Elk Creek, Va.Dick Hutcherson, who won 14 races in 103 starts in NASCAR's top series in the 1960s, died Sunday at age 73.
Services for NASCAR racer and car builder
Dick Hutcherson, 73 The Charlotte Observer
Hutcherson was traveling back to North Carolina from Florida when he suffered a fatal heart attack near Columbia. Funeral arrangements have still not been announced.
Hutcherson was born in Keokuk, Iowa, and raced late models in the Midwest for nearly a decade before coming to NASCAR in 1964. He finished second in his second career start, at Occoneechee Speedway, and the next season joined the powerhouse Holman-Moody team that was based in Charlotte.
He ran 52 races in 1965, winning for the first time at Greenville-Pickens Speedway and adding eight more victories that year on his way to a second-place finish in the points standings. He won three more races for Holman-Moody the next year and two more in cars owned by Bondy Long in 1967.
Hutcherson served as crew chief for David Pearson in Pearson's championship seasons in 1968 and 1969, then became general manager for Holman-Moody. In late 1971, he and Eddie Pagan formed Hutcherson-Pagan and started building race cars used by such drivers as Darrell Waltrip and A.J. Foyt.
Hutcherson-Pagan still supplies parts to race teams with a truck that serves as a rolling warehouse at the track each weekend
Ronnie Bucknum and NASCAR regular, Dick Hutcherson, teamed up to drive the #5 Holman Moody-entered Mk II. Bucknum had been to Le Mans the year prior, driving the Scuderia Filipinetti GT40. Hutcherson had plenty of miles under his belt since Ford had hired their NASCAR drivers to help test the Mk IIs reliability. However, the American had never raced in the rain... and the Le Mans 24 Hours is rarely a dry event from start to finish.
Right from the start, Bucknum pushed the pace. The #5 car moved steadily up the field from ninth to third in the first hour. He held his own amongst the race leaders, moving up to and spending a good deal of time right behind the leading #7 Mk II of Graham Hill. As the race progressed, the American duo held their own. However, when the rain began to fall on Hutcherson he immediately wanted out of the car! John Holman urged him to just take it easy and 'just keep it on the road, Hutch.' Running down the Mulsanne at over 200mph... in the rain... at night... he wondered what he was doing, risking life and limb!
As night turned to day, the #5 Holman Moody entry was sitting pretty. Twelve laps behind the Miles/Hulme and McLaren/Amon cars and nine laps ahead of the fourth place Porsche, the team knew they only had to endure the final hours. And so they did, flying in formation with their Ford teammates during the final laps to round out a
Dick Hutcherson - Ford factory driver, multiple NASCAR race winner, finished 2nd in NASCAR points in 1965, 3rd in 1966, 3rd place at Lemans 1966. Crew chief for David Pearson's Torino and Talladega championship seasons of 1968 and 1969.
Holman Moody Ford GT 40 MKII
All-time Average Finish (minimum 100 starts)
Top 10 Drivers Starts Avg. Finish
1. Lee Petty 427 7.602
2. Dick Hutcherson 103 8.670
3. Herb Thomas 228 8.934
4. 233 8.983
5. Ned Jarrett 353 9.176
6. Tim Flock 189 9.677
7. Joe Weatherly 229 10.031
8. Dick Rathmann 129 10.791
9. David Pearson 574 11.033
10. Dale Earnhardt 676 11.061
1965 WINSTON CUP STANDINGS (TOP 10)
A.J. Foyt Story
Dick Hutcherson (former NASCAR stock car driver; stock car chassis builder and supplier): "A.J. had bought a Camaro to run USAC stock cars and we were running at Texas World Speedway at College Station. He had gotten mad about what some reporters had written about him in the days before the race. Well, he sat on the pole and was leading the race when he pulled in with just a couple laps to go. I leaned in the car and asked him what was wrong and he said, 'Overheating.' I looked at the gauges which were normal and said, 'Why'd you pull out?' He looked at me and said, 'I didn't want to talk to those damn reporters in Victory Circle.' We had the race won and he parked the damn car!" http://www.foytracing.com/AJFoyt/aj_legends.html
Dick Hutcherson & Keokuk
Don White, Ramo Stott, Dick Hutcherson, Lem Blankenship, Ernie Derr - what do these guys have in common? They all call Keokuk Iowa their home town. And they all raced or were involved with the cars we love.Located in the extreme southeast corner of Iowa on the Mississippi River, Keokuk Iowa was a hotbed of racing activity in the 1960's and '70's, with possibly more name drivers than anywhere outside of NASCAR country. The sign you see once hung at the city limits of Keokuk. It was saved, and is now in a private collection. The people of Keokuk are getting together to honor these men with a display of Aero Warriors.
Dick Hutcherson's NASCAR career was short, only four years, but from 1964 thru 1967 Dick was a familar face in victory lane. In 103 starts, Hutcherson racked up 14 wins, 64 top five's and 21 pole positions. Hutcherson was the driving champion in the IMCA racing body in 1963 and 1964, and also has a 3rd place finish to his credit at the 24 hours of LeMans in 1966 driving a Ford GT with Ronnie Bucknam. All of this great racing cars are featured in this artprint from motorsports artist Bill Rankin in this 16x20 matted wall art. The image area is 11x17, and the print is reproduced from the original on 80lb bond museum quality paper. Thanks for looking.
These are two different signed Dick Hutcherson Trading Cards. The cards are 1991 Pro Set #L5, and 1992 Pro Set # L4. All of the cards were signed with a black sharpie and are in excellent condition. Mr. Hutcherson was one of the true legends of NASCAR with 14 wins.
Note: Dennis Garrett Writes: "The photo of Dick Hutcherson Pro Set 1992 & 1991 card is a photo of race driver Johnny Rutherford wearing a race uniform with Gatorade's sponsor race patches. It has race driver Dick Hutcherson's name printed under race driver Johnny Rutherford's photo on the race card." "This is a well known mistake race card and race driver Dick Hutcherson autographed these race cards as a Joke!!!"
Sincerely yours, Dennis Garrett Richmond,Va. 23225
Circuit mourns loss of former driver
Dick Hutcherson, one of the most underrated NASCAR drivers of all time, died Sunday of an apparent heart attack.
Hutcherson, 73, ran on NASCAR's top circuit for a little over three years, from 1964-67, but in 102 starts, he won 14 times, scored 21 poles, 64 top-five and 73 top-10 finishes.
He won nine times in 1965, his first full season, but was ineligible for rookie of the year because he was champion of another series, IMCA. That rule has since been changed.
He was second in the standings to Ned Jarrett in his first full year and ran second to Richard Petty in nine races before retiring as a driver to become David Pearson's crew chief. In 1971, he helped start Hutcherson-Pagan, a company that supplies parts to NASCAR teams.
He still holds records for poles, including the most recent to score a pole in his first start, and he captured his third in his eighth start, the earliest of any driver.
Pearson said Hutcherson was one of the toughest competitors he ever faced.
"We ran each other to death on dirt tracks," Pearson said. "He and I ran each other on dirt like Petty and I did on other tracks."
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