HE WHO HAS THE MOST FUN AT THE
CHECKERED FLAG WINS!
The Ole Days
McCormick Field, Asheville, N.C.
The home of the Asheville Tourists of the South Atlantic League (current Class A
affiliate of the Colorado Rockies) hosted a Cup race on July 12, 1958. A quarter-mile asphalt track was constructed around the baseball diamond that had been played on by
Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb and Jackie Robinson.
Fifteen cars survived the preliminary heats to move on to the points-paying feature,
including Lee Petty... barely. Petty went over the slight banking after a nudge from Cotton Owens, crashing into the third-base dugout. Petty recovered to finish fourth
in the final race, behind Jim Paschal, Owens and Rex White