Detroit Dragway Photos - Legends of the 60s - JoeStevensPhotos

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Detroit Dragway Photos - Legends of the 60s

Sox and Martin: Ronnie Sox driving. This is an absolutely brilliant photo of this legendary car whose racing team will be remembered. Ronnie Sox raced at tracks throughout North Carolina and became a national sensation in the 1960s and early '70s. Sox won five National Hot Rod Association championships and more than 59 events. Together with racing partner Buddy Martin, Sox was the winningest Pro Stock driver (nine victories in 23 events) in the 1970-72 "four-speed era". Initially Martin and Sox were competitors, but Martin approached Sox to drive his car after concluding that he just couldn't beat him. He drove a 1963 Chevrolet and then a factory AFX Mercury Comet in 1964. In 1965 he drove an Altered Wheelbase Plymouth. He started the 1966 season in an injected, nitro-burning Barracuda Funny Car. Later he drove Plymouth's in the Pro Stock class of NHRA and had "Clinic" cars with Plymouth's. Sox later went on to drive a Mercury Comet in IHRA Pro Modified for a few years before retiring from drag racing.
Sox was ranked 15th on the National Hot Rod Association Top 50 Drivers, 1951-2000

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