Join us as we take a walk down memory lane and look at some of the great Marvin Panch NASCAR moments during his career. Sadly, Panch passed away in 2015, but his legend lives on through all the petrol heads and NASCAR enthusiasts out there.
Are you ready to reminisce and look back on some of those memorable moments in NASCAR history? Let’s get started!
Sunday 9th October 1955
Panch was the runner-up in this thrilling race against some of the great drivers of that time. Speedy Thompson came out tops, with Jimmy Massey reaching third and Tim Flock fourth place. Thompson had beat Marvin with only three quarters of a lap.
Sunday 14th July 1957
In this nail-biting race at Memphis-Arkansas Speedway’s 1.5-mile dirt track Panch came out tops. Panch led the final nine laps after opponent Jack Smith had to retire due to engine failure. Bill Amick joined Panch on the podium at second place, with Fireball Roberts taking third place.
Sunday 26th February 1961
In this amazing feat Marvin beat the odds and won first place at the Daytona 500. Panch was almost a lap behind his teammate, Fireball Roberts when Roberts fell out with 13 laps left. Panch clinched the deal with 16 seconds ahead of Joe Weatherley, and Paul Goldsmith came in third place.
Friday 1st May 1964
At the Savannah 200 Lee Roy Yarbrough had his first victory, with Panch coming in at a close second. Jimmy Pardue had been in the lead, until his Burton-Robinson Plymouth’s rear end failed in the 137th lap. Yarbrough won the race with one lap ahead of Panch.
Sunday 22nd May 1966
This marked Panch’s 17th career win, as well as his final race before he retired. Even though teammate Richard Petty took over after Panch exited due to a niggling race injury, Panch was still credited for the win. G.C. Spencer came in second place with Don White in third.
And that’s a wrap! We hope you enjoyed our rendition of some of the greatest moments in Marvin Panch’s career. Are there any other races that you can recollect that should be featured on our list? Give us a shout and contact our team if you want to share some inputs!