Tim Flock

11/5/1924 - 31/3/1998

Tim Flock
Tim Flock was an American stock car racer. He was a two-time NASCAR series champion. He was a brother to NASCAR's second female driver Ethel Mobley and Bob and Fonty Flock. Flock also had a rhesus monkey co-driver named Jocko Flocko, yes a real monkey in a racing car. Tim Flock died 24 years ago, he was 74 , He would have been 98.

Julius Timothy "Tim" Flock was one of NASCAR's early pioneers, and a two time series champion.

He finished 5th in NASCAR’s inaugural Winston Cup race at Charlotte, North Carolina in 1949. NASCAR's first official season ended with Tim in eighth, Tim's brother Fonty Flock in fifth, and Tim's brother Bob Flock in third in the overall points standing. Tim sat out the 1950 NASCAR season recovering from a four car pile up at Charlotte.

Returning to racing in 1951, Tim won seven races. 1952 brought eight wins and four poles. At the end of the 1952 NASCAR season, Tim Flock had 106 more points than Herb Thomas, earning Flock his first Grand National Championship title.

1955 was a record setting year for Flock as well as NASCAR. On the way to Flock's second Grand National Championship title, Flock had 19 poles and 18 victories in 45 races. The 18 victories stood as a record until broken by “The King”, Richard Petty, in 1967. The 19 poles is still the highest number in a NASCAR season.

Tim had a Rhesus monkey co-driver named "Jocko Flocko" with him in his May 16, 1953 Grand National win at Hickory Motor Speedway. Jocko Flocko became the only winning monkey ever. The monkey was retired two weeks later at Raleigh, where the monkey became scared after looking into the wheel wells. Tim had to do a pit stop to remove the monkey, and he finished third instead of second.

He died of lung and liver cancer on March 31, 1998 at the age of 73.

  • Winner of 40 races; 189 starts, best career winning percentage 21.2%
  • Pole position record - 19 poles in a single championship season
  • 1952 and 1955 NASCAR Grand National Champion (Winston Cup)
  • 1952 Speed Age Magazine Award for "Driver of the Year"
  • Only driver to win at Dayton in all three NASCAR division 1955 Grand National,
  • 1956 Modified, 1958 Grand National, 1957 Convertible
  • 1955 Most Popular Driver *elected by ballot of drivers
  • Won only sports car race ever sanction by NASCAR - Raleigh, NC from the pole position in a Mercedes 300 SL
  • Won Grand National at New York State Fairgrounds, leading every lap, then flew to San Mateo, CA where he won at Bay Meadows the following day. Two victories, two days, coast to coast
  • 1956 Won grand slam at Daytona; the Flying Mile, the Modified race and the Grand National in one weekend
  • 1972 National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame
  • State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame
  • 1991 International Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame
  • Flock won the only NASCAR event ever held at Road America.

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