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Lloyd Moore



Lloyd Moore

Lloyd Moore was the third auto racer inducted into the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame. Born on January 6, 1912 in Frewsburg he lived nearly all his life in Chautauqua County.

Moore was a major factor in the start of auto racing in this area. After tearing up several grass fields around Frewsburg, Moore decided to approach Findley Lake car owner Julian Buesink about becoming a driver and that was the start of his stock car driving career

Moore first started racing jalopies and in the late 1940s at the Penny Royal Track in Leon he established a track record with a 27.1 for the five-eighths mile overall with a water injection vehicle.

The head of the third turn at the Penny Royal was interesting because in it stood a large maple tree. If a driver wasn't leading the race, he would watch for the top of the tree to loom up above the cloud of dust and then start his left turn.

The rest of the time at that track everyone was attempting to outdo each other with their cars and large motors. Eventually, the track wasn't able to keep up with itself and shut down.

Moore and teammate (and 1997 CSHoF inductee) Bill Rexford moved from the Penny Royal to the NASCAR Grand National (later called the Winston Cup).

Lloyd Moore on the cover

Lloyd Moore is #59 and Bill Rexford is #174 on the cover of the
January 2010 issue of Circle Track

Lloyd Moore and Bill Rexford

Lloyd Moore and Bill Rexford, NASCAR drivers
in 1950

"It was a good experience, sometimes good sometimes bad but I loved every minute of it," said Moore. "There were lots of tough guys on the circuit them, pioneers of sorts. Most were short on money and equipment, but tough as all get out when they got behind the wheel of a car."

Among the toughest races for Moore was against Rexford at Brainbridge, Ohio. Both drivers were placed in the back of the pack to start because they had the best qualifying times. They worked their way to the front and pulled away from the rest of the drivers to make it a two-person race that was won by Rexford.

Moore, who raced every type of vehicle in that era except Indy cars and midgets, escaped serious injury at Hillsboro, North Carolina and the old Daytona Beech course.

Another time in a 150-mile race at Dayton, Moore was driving one of Buesink's Fords in a 300-lapper. He managed to win despite local drivers doubling up on him trying to run him into the ground.

Moore has many accomplishments with one being selected as the only "Yankee" to make the NASCAR Top 20 in 1951. The year before he was fourth nationally and won a race at Winchester. In 1951, Moore was the top Northern point finisher, placed fifth in the Dayton Grand Nationals and was second and third in two races at the Vernon Fairgrounds. He was driving a 1951 Ford at Dayton and a 1950 Ford at Vernon.

Lloyd Moore and Bill Rexford

Lloyd Moore is standing on far left in back row. Photo taken at Penny Royal race track, Leon, NY circa 1948.

Moore was second a the Dayton Grand National, fourth at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, seventh at Rochester, and tenth at the Daytona Beach Grand National Circuit race.


1952 Chrysler owned by Julian Buesink that Moore drove in the
1952 Daytona NASCAR race. He started second and finished tenth.
Note how the front of the car is taped up to protect the paint from
the sand-blasting effect of racing on the beach. Buesink probably
planned to resell the car on his used car lot. The car is parked in
front of a motel where they stayed during their time in FL. They
drove the car back and forth to the race course. They most likely
drove it from Findley Lake to Daytona Beach and back as well.

It was in the Daytona Qualifier that Moore recorded the fastest time, but he points out that doesn't have anything to do with where you finish in the actual race.

Moore also had wins at the Detroit Speedway, Kokomo, Indiana, most of the New England states, Portville, Erie, Butler and Clearfield. Also, Mike's Place and the Satan's Bowl of Death in addition to Leon Speedway were sites that produced wins for Moore.

A mechanic by trade, Moore was employed for 19 years by Leonard Rhodes, who operated the Studebaker Garage on Washington Street in Jamestown. That was followed by working for Buesink's Ford Garage in Corry, Pennsylvania.

He retired from racing in 1955 and later accepted a job at Frewsburg Central School as a bus driver. Additionally, he was in charge of the bus garage.

Moore was a soft-spoken guy off the track, which when he started were dirt surfaces. But when he was on it he was strictly business with a very competitive attitude.

Lloyd Moore was inducted into the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame in 2000. He died in May, 2008.


Lloyd Moore #59 - September 1952 - at Darlington


Lloyd Moore on far right unpacking his suitcase in the infield at Darlington Speedway (SC), 1952.


Lloyd Moore in a 1952 NASCAR program book.


video courtesy Greg Peterson

Vignettes from the Lloyd Moore Movie Collection covering the July 1, 1951 Grand National Race at Grand
Rapids. Lloyd Moore was a NASCAR driver during the formative years of NASCAR. The race was won by
Marshal Teague followed by Dick Rathmann, Fonty Flock and Tim Flock. Lloyd Moore finished 5th.


video courtesy Greg Peterson

Vignettes from the Sept. 1, 1952 Southern 500 in Darlington S.C. This is from the Lloyd Moore collection.
Fonty Flock was the winner.


video courtesy Greg Peterson

From the Lloyd Moore Collection, the Sept. 21, 1952 Grand National Race at Dayton being 300 laps over
the half-mile track. The winer was Dick Rathmann followed by Lee Petty, Ray Duhigg, Lloyd Moore and Herb
Thomas.


video courtesy Greg Peterson

Lloyd Moore (2006) on NASCAR


Lloyd Moore

Telegram Lloyd sent to his nephew Don Mara, who was in the Army, telling him that he won the June 6, 1954 Metropolitan 300 ARCA race at Dayton Speedway (Ohio)

Lloyd Moore

Lloyd Moore's 1951 top 5 finishes are noted on this poster.

Lloyd Moore

Article from Jamestown Sun October 15, 1950 -
Moore won NASCAR race at Winchester, IN.

 

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Hall of Fame
Auto Racing
Inductees
Dick BartonDick Barton
Ron BlackmerRon Blackmer
Julian BuesinkJulian Buesink
Ronald "Skip" Furlow
Sammy LaMancusoSammy LaMancuso
Jack LawrenceJack Lawrence
Lloyd MooreLloyd Moore
Bill RexfordBill Rexford
Bob SchnarsBob Schnars

 

 


 
 
 
 
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