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Fred Harb
Born:
June 14, 1930
Home: High Point, NC

Fred Harb, born June 14, 1930 is a former NASCAR driver from High Point, NC. He competed in 144 Grand National events in his career, all spanning from 1955 to 1965.

Harb never had the resources to win an event or run full season. His most active year came in 1958, when he raced in half the races and finished 24th in points), but still earned 42 top-tens in his career. His best finish overall came in 1963, when Harb was runner up at a race at Bowman-Gray Stadium.

After earning a 6th place finish at Bowman-Gray in late 1965, Harb retired from further NASCAR competition.

 

Fred Harb with actor Quentin Kerr who played Harb in Red Dirt Rising


 

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Jimmie Lewallen, Bill Blair and Fred Harb are the subject of the upcoming independent movie "Red Dirt Rising", which is based on the book "Red Dirt Tracks: The Forgotten Heroes of Early Stockcar Racing" by Gail Cauble Gurley.

Movie being made about stock car racing: If you happened to drive by North Wilkesboro Speedway you may have heard the rumble of a flathead Ford making a few laps around the historic five-eighths mile circuit. It was all part of a music video shot at the track for a new song by recording artist Matt Dylan and members of the Midnight Steel Band titled "Carolina Moonshine." The music video is part of a larger production, a movie called "Red Dirt Rising." The movie is based on the book "Red Dirt Tracks," a work of historical fiction by Gail Gurley. The film is centered on the life of Jimmie Lewallen, as well as fellow drivers Bill Blair and Fred Harb, all of whom raced and ran moonshine. Set during the 1940s, the film is meant to accurately portray the life and times of those involved with stock car racing before NASCAR was a household name. "Red Dirt Rising" is scheduled for official release on Jan. 13 at Johnny and June's Saloon in Winston-Salem, NC.
Two of the big players behind the production of "Red Dirt Rising" are Gary Lewallen and Bill Blair Jr. Lewallen and Blair are the sons of drivers portrayed in the film, the late Jimmie Lewallen and Bill Blair. Blair, who volunteered his flathead 1939 Ford for the music video, hopes that the movie paints an accurate picture of what life was like for drivers back in those days.
Proceeds from both the film and the soundtrack will be put toward the Racing Legends Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization for which Lewallen took the chair after his father died in 1995. The shoot was closed to the public. NASCAR legend Junior Johnson and son Robert also appeared in the video shoot.
(Wilkes Journal Patriot) more info about the movie at reddirtrising.com or facebook. More info about North Wilkesboro Speedway at savethespeedway.net and historicnws.com.



Fred Harb 'Red Dirt Rising' Movie Car

Racing's roar returns to North Wilkesboro track

- Winston-Salem Journal, N.C.

When Bill Blair cranks up his 1940 Ford coupe and heads out for a 20-lap Legendary Flathead Ford Series race Saturday night at North Wilkesboro Speedway, he'll be a link between the track's history and future.

The speedway has a schedule of races of 200 or more laps in the fall, and drivers have tested cars on the track, but tonight will mark the first time that spectators will be in the stands for races since the speedway closed in 1996.

''It's a historic thing and it's something we all look forward to," Blair said. "It's an honor, especially since my father raced there in the first race in 1947."

His late father, also named Bill Blair, was one of NASCAR's pioneers, and is featured with other early Piedmont race drivers Jimmie Lewallen and Fred Harb as subjects in the independent movie Red Dirt Rising. The movie will make its premiere tonight on a big screen outside, after the races and a concert.

Fans will be in the stands along the front straightaway. Work on re-opening other portions of the stands and complex will continue in the future.

Blair, who lives on Speedway Drive in Thomasville, said he expects about 10 or so cars in the race, and figures they'll be running about 100 mph at the short track. The cars are modified coupes, with interior roll bars and other safety features, but look like the cars the old bootleggers used.

The elder Blair preferred driving to farming. ''He'd rather go race and go places than be stuck in one place milking a cow," Blair said.

His father was arrested while hauling moonshine on Christmas Day 1932 in Martinsville, Va. He got caught when it started snowing, and authorities boxed him in, then shot out his tires. He was fined $100. That's the story the younger Blair said he heard from his parents.

The Matt Dylan Band will performs the song "Carolina Moonshine" is on the soundtrack for the movie. A music video shot at the speedway can be seen on YouTube, where it's gotten more than 28,000 hits.

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Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.   Read more: NewsObserver.com 

 

 Fred Harb of High Point, NC had one of the best-looking cars for the April 22nd, 1962 Grand National race at Rambi. Harb drove the #17 to a 6th place finish winning at total of $240. This was Fred's best finish for the year.

 

 

Ralph Earnhardt finished 25th in this 1962 Pontiac at Darlington in the 1963 Southern 500. The car was owned and prepared by Fred Harb. Ralph competed in 5 Grand National races in 1963.


Fred Harb Strictly Stock Grand National Racing Statistics

Year Age Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Earnings Rank AvSt AvFn
1955 25 2 of 45 0 0 0 0 276 0 135 106 22.5 11.5
1956 26 3 of 56 0 0 0 0 231 0 100 217 22.3 22.0
1957 27 3 of 53 0 0 0 0 322 0 360   22.5 13.3
1958 28 25 of 51 0 4 7 0 3651 0 3,315 24 14.9 15.2
1959 29 19 of 44 0 2 6 0 2689 0 1,875 106 15.3 18.6
1960 30 20 of 44 0 2 7 0 3269 0 2,780 60 13.5 13.6
1961 31 27 of 52 0 1 8 0 4039 0 3,460 34 12.8 16.5
1962 32 21 of 53 0 0 3 0 2763 0 2,220 39 15.4 17.4
1963 33 16 of 55 0 2 7 0 2563 0 2,720 41 14.4 13.6
1964 34 3 of 62 0 1 2 0 550 0 555 99 8.0 9.7
1965 35 5 of 55 0 1 2 0 766 0 840 71 7.6 12.0
11 years 144 0 13 42 0 21119 0 18,360   14.3 15.6

Fred Harb Convertible Racing Statistics

Year Age Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Earnings Rank AvSt AvFn
1957 27 1 of 36 0 0 0 0 136 0 100   12.0 17.0
1958 28 15 of 19 0 2 8 0 2220 0 2,404 11 13.3 12.1
1959 29 8 of 15 0 0 3 0 905 0 635 23 15.4 15.6
3 years 24 0 2 11 0 3261 0 3,139   14.0 13.5


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