63 Days until the Daytona 500

In Sprint Cup Series competition the #63 car has started 146 races and has  0 wins, 1 pole, 2 top 5s, 15 top 10s, and 87 DNFs.

 

  • Jocko Maggiacomo Jr. started car #63 in 22 of his 23 career starts. Jocko, a driver from Poughkeepsie, New York, began his career as a sports car racer, and won the 1976 SCCA Trans Am Category 1 Championship. Starting in 1977, Jocko started racing in select Winstom (Sprint) Cup Series events- mostly in the northeast.
63JockoMaggiacomo1977ChampionSparkPlug400Michigan.jpg
Jocko Maggiacomo, 1977

Jocko was Unable to avoid a spinning Bobby Allison in the 1988 Miller High Life 500 at Pocono. The t-bone crash with Maggiacomo ended Allison’s driving career. According to Maggiacomo’s autobiography, he chose to end his career too out of post-trauma stress disorder and guilt of t-boning Allison. Watkins Glen 1988 would be Jocko’s final career start.

 

 

  • R.L. Combs started #63 in a handful of events each year from 1957-1959. 20 of his 21 career starts came in #63.
1959MartinsvilleOD500wreck.jpg
Combs (63) avoids a wreck at Martinsville, 1959

 

 

  • From 1966-1967 Larry Manning competed in a total of 14 races in #63.

larrymanning65plymouth63vivi

 

  • Other notable names in #63
    • Jimmy Hensley, 6 starts
    • Curtis Crider, 5 starts
    • Earl Brooks, 1 start
    • Randy LaJoie, 1 start
    • Glen Wood, 1 start
    • Norm Benning, 1 start
    • Dick Trickle, 1 start
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s