Jack Ingram was known as the “Iron Man” following his long racing career and his eagerness to compete in multiple racing events each week. While he scored hundreds of victories during his hall-of-fame career, May 7 was a day that always seemed to treat him well.
On this day in 1971, Ingram won a NASCAR Late Model Sportsman race at New Asheville Speedway (NC). Ingram beat out Ned Setzer, Bob Pressley, Bosco Lowe and Harry Gant.
Ingram finished fourth in the NASCAR Late Model Sportsman national points in 1971.
Also on this date in 1978, Ingram took a victory at South Boston Speedway in the NASCAR Late Model Sportsman division. Ingram beat Bosco Lowe, Morgan Sheppard and Jimmy Hensley.
Ingram would place fifth in the national points in 1978.
By the time 1983 rolled around, Jack Ingram was chasing points in the what was the NASCAR Budweiser Late Model Sportsman Series. On this day, he won a 200-lap race at Langley Speedway (VA) over Pete Silva, Dale Jarrett and Tommy Houston.
Ingram won five races that year and finished second in points to Sam Ard, who won the championship that year.
Despite winning three races on May 7 during his career, Ingram never won a championship in those years. However, he was the national champion in 1972, 1973 and 1974. He added the touring titles in 1982 and 1985.
The Iron Man’s career spanned four decades. He was one tough driver whose record led him into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2014.
Other Racing Events on This Date
1977 – George Kent beat out Richie Evans and Sonny Seamon for a win at Shangri-La Speedway (NY). The series was the Northeast Auto Racing Association. There is little known about the series to this day.
1989 – It was the year of Mike Stefanik’s first NASCAR Modified championship, and on this day in 1989, he won his second race of the season in the Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway. He would go on to win seven times that year, with 20 top-10 runs in 26 races.
2000 – No surprise, but in his second start at the Winchester Speedway (IN), Junior Hanley went to victory lane. He was 55 at the time and he would win twice in nine starts on the high banks. Hanley retired in 2004.
2011 – Jeff Lane wins at Anderson Speedway (IN) for his final Super Late Model win with the CRA Super Series. It would also prove to be Lane’s last Super Late Model win. He still wins today in the Street Stock and Modified classes.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Correspondent
-Photo credit: Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway Twitter