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Lloyd Dane
Born:
August 9, 1925
Home: Eldon, MO

Lloyd Dane is a former NASCAR  driver from Eldon, Missouri. He participated part time in the 1951 and 1954 to 1964 seasons, capturing 4 wins, all in his own car. 2 of his wins came in the 1956 season when he finished a career best 23rd in points.

 

As of 2010, at the age of 85, Lloyd Dane is one of the oldest living NASCAR race winners.

 

 

Lloyd Dane, the youngest of the three Dane Brothers, went to a race in the late 1940’s and thought he could probably drive a race car as good as anyone else. One day he wandered into the shop of Fred Steinbroner in Inglewood, California and asked him how do you get going in this sport? With the advice from Steinbruner and others, Lloyd Dane set out on a career that would see him not only be the first NASCAR Pacific Coast Late Model Champion in 1954, but to win the title again in 1956 and 1957. His first big win came at the Sacramento Mile in 1956, driving a Mercury. After that, he went on to win eleven more events in his career, including four that were Grand National events. In a career that spanned nearly 20 seasons, Lloyd finished no less than nine time in the top ten in West Coast points. He drove Hudson Hornets, Mercury’s, Fords, Chevrolets, Olds and a Plymouth.

Inducted into the StockCarReunion.com Hall of Fame 2002

 

Lloyd Dane with NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion Eric Holmes at Phoenix – Dane was the series’ first champion in 1954 and the first three-time champion, adding titles in 1956 and ’57; Holmes became the seventh driver in series history to win three crowns, adding his 2010 title to the ones he won in 2006 and ’08. (Chris Richards/NASCAR Photo)

 

With each championship, Eric Holmes’ focus has changed. He delivered the first NASCAR K&N Pro Series West title in 2006 to car owner Allen Beebe, who had been part of the series for more than 20 years without winning one. Holmes returned to the series in 2008, hired by Bill McAnally to specifically to deliver the championship. As he raised the trophy again following the 2010 finale at Phoenix International Raceway, Holmes became just the seventh driver in series history to win three titles.

“You always want to win a championship, but you never think about winning two or three or four or five or anything like that,” said the Escalon, Calif., driver. “My goal is to win as many as I can and keep this thing going.

“I remember growing up, watching greats like Hershel McGriff, Jim Robinson, Ron Hornaday, Bill Schmitt and Rick Carelli, and always wishing I could be like them and race like them – and now I’m a three-time West Series champion.”


Eric Holmes, NASCAR's Mike Helton, Lloyd Dane

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West is one of NASCAR’s oldest divisions, dating back to the days when it was known as the Pacific Coast Late Model Division. Its first championship was won by Lloyd Dane, who piloted his 1953 Hudson Hornet to the championship – in addition to driving it to and from the track.

“It means a bunch to me,” said the 85-year-old Dane, of being a NASCAR champion. “I could see what NASCAR was doing when Bill France Sr. first came into it. When I found out they wanted to come out to California, I thought it was great.”

Dane received that NASCAR championship trophy in Daytona from Bill France Sr. alongside Lee Petty receiving his Grand National Circuit trophy.

“It was awesome to me,” said Dane, who now lives in Concord, N.C. “I never thought I’d ever be in Daytona, let alone get a championship trophy. I was so proud.”

Dane returned to the West Coast and won two more championships in 1956 and ’57 to become one of NASCAR’s first three-time champions. Dane, who won his first NASCAR race at an old horse track in Phoenix, returned to Arizona this November to be on hand as Holmes joined him in that elite company with his third title.


 

Lloyd Dane Strictly Stock & Grand National DRIVER Statistics
 

Year Age Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Earnings Rank AvSt AvFn
1951 25 6 of 41 0 2 3 0 263 0 950 41 11.3 17.2
1954 28 4 of 37 0 3 4 0 1271 180 1,600 30 4.0 5.0
1955 29 5 of 45 0 1 2 0 545 5 780 49 11.4 15.0
1956 30 10 of 56 2 5 9 0 1706 91 4,370 23 14.9 6.2
1957 31 10 of 53 1 7 10 1 1296 1 4,985 25 4.8 3.8
1958 32 5 of 51 0 1 2 0 1084 0 2,490 21 20.2 15.0
1959 33 2 of 44 0 1 2 0 578 0 1,100 86 17.5 4.5
1960 34 3 of 44 0 2 2 0 323 89 950 75 4.5 9.0
1961 35 4 of 52 1 1 2 0 396 1 1,390 74 4.0 12.2
1963 37 2 of 55 0 0 0 0 139 0 550 90 33.5 31.5
1964 38 1 of 62 0 0 0 0 154 0 525 79 20.0 19.0
11 years 52 4 23 36 1 7755 367 19,690   12.1 10.4

Lloyd Dane NASCAR Wins
Race Site Cars St Fin # Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
1956-32 Sacramento 21 15 1 225 Lloyd Dane Mercury 100/100 1,100 running  
1956-48 Portland 19   1 1 Lloyd Dane Ford 250/250 1,020 running  
1957-19 Eureka 15 5 1 44 Lloyd Dane Ford 153/153 900 running 1
1961-22 Riverside 27 2 1 44 Lloyd Dane Chevrolet 39/39 825 running 1


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