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 David "Dink" Widenhouse
Born: January 1, 1932
Home: Concord, NC

Dink Widenhouse, born January 1, 1932, is a former NASCAR driver from Concord, NC. He competed in twenty-eight Grand National events in his career, spanning from 1954 to 1956.  Widenhouse would earn two top-fives, eleven top-tens and one pole in his events. His best career finish was a pair of fourths-one in 1954 at Charlotte Speedway and one in 1956 at Hickory Speedway. His lone pole came in 1955 at North Wilkesboro Speedway, the same year he recorded a career best six top-tens and a 24th place finish in the points. 

Drove mainly Fords with the number B-29.

Dink had a brother Bill and he also had a cousin named Bill Widenhouse who was the 1955 NASCAR National Modified Champion.

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Widenhouse may be best remembered for his final career race. After getting caught up in an early crash at Darlington Speedway, where he finished 54th, Widenhouse began crawling out of the car. But when he sighted his own blood from a cut arm, Widenhouse suddenly fainted. Because he was in the process of climbing out of his car and taking off his harnesses, Widenhouse fell onto the ground head-first. The rest of his body, however, still hung in the cockpit as they were held by seatbelts. Luckily, Widenhouse was ok, but he never raced NASCAR again, but won many times on southern tracks, mostly in modified, the "go-fast" cars.

 

Short Interview with Dink Widenhouse


Dink, Ned and Ralph - Before the race at Jacksonville, FL
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Star-News - Jul 30, 1956

Dink Widenhouse spins as Don Bailey goes wide to miss him - 1956... Daytona Beach course

Early on, Dink had a track bounty on him! Started racing at 14 years of age

Dink Widenhouse drove the Marion Cox Black 50 to several victories at Rambi Raceway during the 1963 season. Some of those victories were the “Rambi 99” on June 29th, “Beach 96” on August 10th, and the Dixie 66 on August 31st. This photo is from the Nina Cox / Archie Downs collection.

 
 
Grand National DRIVER Statistics
Year Age Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Earnings Rank AvSt AvFn
1954 22 6 of 37 0 1 2 0 620 0 625 61 20.0 24.3
1955 23 15 of 45 0 0 6 1 1743 0 1,660 24 12.0 13.2
1956 24 7 of 56 0 1 3 0 734 0 940 70 19.3 21.4
3 years 28 0 2 11 1 3097 0 3,225   14.6 17.6

Convertible Series DRIVER Statistics

Year Age Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Earnings Rank AvSt AvFn
1956 24 2 of 47 0 0 0 0 193 0 200 48 14.0 13.0
1 year 2 0 0 0 0 193 0 200   14.0 13.0






 

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