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R. W. "Red" Douglass
Born: August 6, 1921 in Plainfield, Indiana
Home: New Albany, Ohio
 

Red Douglass is a former NASCAR driver from New Albany, OH. He competed in one Grand National event in his career. That came in 1953, when Douglass raced on the beach at Daytona Beach. Starting 37th in the fifty-seven car field, Douglass completed 33 of the 39 laps in route to a 24th place finish in a #7-11 1953 Dodge.

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I wasn't around when he ran NASCAR - I wasn't born until 1955.  I do remember that he won the Ohio NASCAR Sportsmen Championship (I believe it would have been in 1952?) {Sandra, it was 1953} without winning a single race.  He used to tell us kids that being consistent was more important than just a bright star for one day, and used that as his example to us of what can happen if you keep working towards something.  It was he and his friends and neighbors who kept the car going and all of them took off work for Speed Week to run his pride and joy, #7-11, on the beach at Daytona.  Of course he didn't win, but it meant everything to him just to have been there.
 
I remember in his later years, probably around 1962-1964, when he was running the local go-kart circuit.  It was their annual 4th of July races, and he won one of the races.  I had pushed my way up to the fence and was SO excited.  Until I saw they were giving him his trophy, a small gold one.  There was one trophy on the table to be given out (probably for another race) that was red, white and blue and very pretty.  When he saw my face, he asked the man who handed him to trophy if he could have that other one to give to his daughter, and then he pointed me out to everyone.  The man turned around and exchanged the gold trophy for the red, white and blue one.  I still have that trophy today. 
 
If I find any pictures from back then, I will email them later.  {We can't wait!}
 
Sandra Douglass

Sandra, THIS is the reason for the inspiration for this website. Thank you for writing and sharing your Dad.

10/24/11 -

Hi, this is Sandra Douglass, Red Douglass' daughter - I noticed you didn't have his place of birth listed.  He was born August 6, 1921 in Plainfield, Indiana. Added! Thanks Sandra

 

PAST NASCAR OHIO STATE CHAMPIONS
All-America Whelen Series

Year Driver Hometown
2009 Donnie Hill Columbus, Ohio
2008 John Vallo Tampa, Fla.
2007 Timothy Allensworth Fresno, Ohio

Sportsman

Year Driver Hometown
1954 Neal Sceva Urbana, Ohio
1953 Red Douglass New Albany, Ohio

 

Red Douglass Grand National DRIVER Results
 

Year Age Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Earnings Rank AvSt AvFn
1953   1 of 37 0 0 0 0 33 0 25 163 37.0 24.0
1 year 1 0 0 0 0 33 0 25   37.0 24.0
Race Site Cars St Fin # Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
2 Daytona Beach 57 37 24 7 R.W. Douglass Dodge 33/39 25 running 0
1 start, 33 of 39 laps completed (84.6%), 0 laps led

 Win:     0 (  0.0%)     Average start:  37.0     Total Winnings: $25
 Top 5:   0 (  0.0%)     Average finish: 24.0     (excluding bonuses)
 Top 10:  0 (  0.0%)     DNF: 0
 
Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
1 6 2    Bill Blair Halifax Motors   (Bill Blair) '53 Oldsmobile 39 1,500 running 1
2 2 14    Fonty Flock Air Lift   (Frank Christian) '53 Oldsmobile 39 1,000 running 38
3 4 40    Tommy Thompson Tommy Thompson '53 Lincoln 39 800 running 0
4 3 92    Herb Thomas FABULOUS   (Herb Thomas) '53 Hudson 39 600 running 0
5 7 91    Tim Flock Ted Chester '52 Hudson 39 500 running 0
6 10 77    Dick Passwater Frank Arford '52 Oldsmobile 38 400 running 0
7 16 41    Curtis Turner R.L. Bowling '53 Lincoln 38 300 running 0
8 19 9    Donald Thomas FABULOUS   (Herb Thomas) '52 Hudson 38 200 running 0
9 13 38    Tom Cherry Hot Rod Shop   (Tom Cherry) '53 Lincoln 38 180 running 0
10 18 4    Slick Smith Air Lift   (Frank Christian) '52 Oldsmobile 38 150 running 0
11 17 51    Gober Sosebee Cherokee Garage   (Sam Knox) '52 Chrysler 38 75 running 0
12 9 120    Dick Rathman America's Champion   (Walt Chapman) '53 Hudson 37 75 running 0
13 15 87    Buck Baker Wheatley Motors   (Al Wheatley) '53 Lincoln 37 75 running 0
14 20 187    Red Duvall Duane Duvall '53 Packard 37 75 running 0
15 23 86    Don Oldenberg Bill House '53 Lincoln 37 75 running 0
16 11 18    Bill Adams Bill Adams '53 Oldsmobile 36 50 running 0
17 34 52    Joe Guide Sally Guide '51 Hudson 36 50 running 0
18 47 54    Obie Chupp Wide Gene Horne   (Gene Horne) '51 Hudson 36 50 running 0
19 29 103    George Gallup George Gallup '50 Oldsmobile 36 50 running 0
20 36 25    Cotton Priddy Cotton Priddy '51 Oldsmobile 35 50 running 0
21 27 55    Bub King Bub King '52 Hudson 35 25 spin out 0
22 40 33    Charlie Causey Charlie Causey '50 Oldsmobile 35 25 running 0
23 44 8    Gene Comstock Gene Comstock '51 Hudson 35 25 spin out 0
24 37 7    Red Douglass R.W. Douglass '53 Dodge 33 25 running 0
25 57 291    Tom Travis Tom Travis '52 Ford 33 25 running 0
26 56 67    Sam DiRusso Sam DiRusso '52 Plymouth 33 25 running 0
27 30 13    Pop McGinnis Irving Frye '52 Hudson 33 25 running 0
28 51 96    Mason Bright Mason Bright '49 Plymouth 33 25 running 0
29 28 71    Keith Hamner Mason Darnell '52 Hudson 33 25 running 0
30 46 1    Herschel Buchanan Herschel Buchanan '52 Nash 33 25 clutch 0
31 22 66    George Fleming Joseph Braun '51 Hudson 33 25 running 0
32 49 16    Johnny Roberts Johnny Roberts '50 Ford 33 25 running 0
33 25 30    Cotton Hodges Jim Fowler '50 Oldsmobile 32 25 rf hub 0
34 53 37    Hank Ribet Norm Johnson '50 Ford 32 25 running 0
35 24 15    Tommy Boger Tommy Boger '52 Oldsmobile 32 25 spin out 0
36 54 102    Marion Edwards   '50 Dodge 31 25 running 0
37 55 90    Ted Lee Ted Lee '53 Hudson 30 25 running 0
38 52 3    Hub McBride   '50 Nash 29 25 running 0
39 50 196    Lucky Sawyer Lucky Sawyer '49 Ford 23 25 gas line 0
40 45 T-2    Herb Tillman Herb Tillman '50 Oldsmobile 18 25 gas line 0
41 42 12    Jim Paschal George Hutchens '49 Oldsmobile 17   oil pressure 0
42 14 98    Dan Walters   '50 Packard 15   gasket 0
43 26 22    Perk Brown R.G. Shelton '52 Hudson 14   engine 0
44 35 186    Doug Wells Gilbreath Motors '50 Oldsmobile 13   overheating 0
45 41 48    Red Farmer Sikes Motors '51 Hudson 12   overheating 0
46 38 60    Dub Livingston Dub Livingston '53 Dodge 11   tie rod 0
47 48 79    Charles Weidler Charles Weidler '51 Hudson 9   crash 0
48 33 19    Fred Dove Paul Nunn '52 Packard 8   bearing 0
49 12 82    Joe Eubanks Oates Motor Co.   (Phil Oates) '52 Hudson 8   gasket 0
50 8 58    Johnny Patterson H.B. Ranier '52 Hudson 6   engine 0
51 1 46    Bob Pronger Bob Pronger '53 Oldsmobile 5   crash 0
52 21 57    Tommy Moon C.D. Wilson '52 Hudson 5   engine 0
53 31 10    Wally Campbell   '53 Dodge 4   engine 0
54 39 167    Elton Hildreth Hildreth Motors   (Elton Hildreth) '51 Nash 4   overheating 0
55 43 190    Buddy Shuman J.R. Dunberry '52 Hudson 4   clutch 0
56 32 93    Ted Chamberlain Ted Chamberlain '50 Plymouth 3   clutch 0
57 5 78    Frank Arford Frank Arford '53 Oldsmobile 2   gasket 0
Lap leaders: F. Flock 1-38, B. Blair 39

 

 


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