- Ralph Moody
Infobox NASCAR driver
Name = Ralph Moody
Birthdate = birth date|1917|9|10
Died = death date and age|2004|6|9|1917|9|10
Birthplace = flagicon|USA
Cause of Death = died at home after a long illness
Best_Cup_Pos = 8th - 1956 (Grand National)
Cup_Wins = 5
Cup_Top_Tens = 27
Cup_Poles = 5
First_Cup_Race = 1956
Daytona Beach Road Course
First_Cup_Win = 1956
Last_Cup_Win = 1957
Wilson Speedway Wilson, North Carolina)
Last_Cup_Race = 1962
Richmond 250Atlantic Rural Fairgrounds (now Richmond International Raceway)
North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame(2003)
Motorsports Press Association Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame(1990) International Motorsports Hall of Fame(1994) Motorsports Hall of Fame of America(2005)
Years_In_Cup = 4
Total_Cup_Races = 47
Ralph Moody (b.
September 10 1917, Taunton, Massachusetts- d. June 9 2004, Mooresville, North Carolina) was a NASCARearly driver, but became most famous as team co-owner of Holman Moody.
He built his first
Model TFord race car in 1935, and ran it on nights and weekends. He served in the U.S. Armyin World War II, and drove a tank under the command of General George S. Patton. He married his wife Mitzi in 1949, and they moved to Florida so that he could race all year.
Moody won four races in 1956 for owner
Pete DePaolo. He finished eighth in the final points, with 21 Top-10 finishes in 35 races.
He raced the first third of 1957, until Ford and the other American automobile manufacturers pulled out of racing.
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Mr. Moody immediately took out a loan against an airplane he owned, and he and John Holman paid $12,000 to buy the shop and equipment that had been Ford's Charlotte-based racing operation ( [http://www.thatsracin.com/mld/thatsracin/archives/8881437.htm] ).
Holman Moody began as a racecar owner operation, but became more famous for their racecar building operation. Holman Moody chassis featured improvements such as tube shocks, square tubing frames, and rear ends with floater housings ( [http://www.near1.com/HALL-OF-FAME/2000/Moody_Ralph.htm] ). They built around 50 race cars a year until Moody sold his portion of the company after the 1971 season. They had won 92 NASCAR Grand National races.
Ralph Moody, Inc.
He then opened Ralph Moody Inc. in Charlotte. He built race engines and race cars, and did research and development of high mileage automobiles at that site for several years.
List of Halls of Fame inductions
North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Famein 2003
National Motorsports Press Association Stock Car Racing Hall of Famein 1990
International Motorsports Hall of Famein 1994
Motorsports Hall of Fame of Americain 2005
New England Auto Racers Hall of Famein 2000
Drag Racing Hall of Fame
Old Timers Hall of Fame
* [http://www.thatsracin.com/mld/thatsracin/archives/8881437.htm Article on Ralph Moody at ThatsRacin.com] , link dead on
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* [http://www.motorsportshalloffame.com/halloffame/1994/Ralph_Moody_main.htm International Motorsports Hall of Fame]
* [http://www.holmanmoody.com/ Holman Moody Website]
* [http://www.racing-reference.info/driver?id=moodyra01 Driver's statistics at racing-reference.info]
* [http://www.racing-reference.info/owner?id=holmamo01 Holman-Moody Owner's statistics at racing-reference.info]
* [http://www.near1.com/HALL-OF-FAME/2000/Moody_Ralph.htm Biography at New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame]
* [http://www.thatsracin.com/mld/thatsracin/archives/8881437.htm Obituary] , link dead
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*cite news |title=Stock car legend Moody dies at 86 |url=http://www.usatoday.com/sports/motor/nascar/2004-06-09-moody-obit_x.htm |work=USA Today |date=
June 9 2004|accessdate=2007-03-09
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