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trag·e·dy : noun; plural - trag-e-dies
1 a : a narrative poem or tale typically describing the downfall of a great man
 b : a serious drama typically describing a conflict between the protagonist and a superior force (as destiny) and having a sorrowful or disastrous conclusion that excites pity or terror
 c : the literary genre of tragic dramas
2 a : a disastrous event : CALAMITY    b : MISFORTUNE 
3    :  tragic quality or element

Tragedy certainly describes the end of the life of Edward Glenn "Fireball" Roberts. Taken from us too early, before he had a chance to reach full life, legacy and legend before hanging up his helmet. It makes it that much harder to deal with. Such was the case of one of NASCAR’s early pioneers, and first superstar of NASCAR racing. Perhaps the greatest driver never to win a NASCAR title. That is, until the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Fireball Roberts Voted into Hall of Fame

CHARLOTTE -- Dale Jarrett leads the fifth class of the Hall of Fame, NASCAR CEO Brian France announced Wednesday evening at the Charlotte stock-car shrine. The class also includes Fireball Roberts, Tim Flock, Jack Ingram and Maurice Petty. After the January induction of the latest five-member class, the total of NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees will be 25.

Roberts, who lost on a tiebreaker during last year's vote, was arguably NASCAR's first superstar. A two-time winner of the Southern 500 and the 1962 Daytona 500 winner, Roberts is known as one of the greatest drivers to never win a title. He died in a fiery crash in 1964.

A 54-member panel assembled at the Charlotte Convention Center to elect the fifth class. The top five vote-getters were elected from a ballot of 25. There was no minimum percentage required for induction, and voters each chose up to five names. The nominees were chosen by a 21-person committee consisting of NASCAR officials, Hall of Fame reps and track owners. On the panel are: Hall of Fame executive director Winston Kelley; historian Buz McKim; NASCAR Chairman/CEO Brian France; Vice Chairman Jim France; President Mike Helton; Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton; Senior Vice President of Racing Operations Steve O'Donnell; Competition Administrator Jerry Cook; former Senior Vice President Paul Brooks; former Vice President Ken Clapp; International Speedway Corporation CEO Lesa Kennedy; Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell; Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage; Atlanta Motor Speedway President Ed Clark; former Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Tony George; Dover Motorsports CEO Denis McGlynn; Pocono Raceway board of director member Looie McNally; Bowman Gray Stadium operator Dale Pinilis; Riverhead Raceway operators Jim and Barbara Cromarty (1 vote); Rockford Speedway owner Jody Deery; and Kingsport Speedway Operator Robert Pressley.

Last year, the three highest vote totals of those who weren't inducted belonged to Roberts, who lost to Buck Baker on a tiebreaking vote for the final slot in the 2013 class, Cook and Flock.

2010: Richard Petty, Bill France, Dale Earnhardt, Junior Johnson, Bill France Jr.
2011: David Pearson, Bobby Allison, Ned Jarrett, Bud Moore, Lee Petty
2012: Darrell Waltrip, Cale Yarborough, Glen Wood, Dale Inman, Richie Evans
2013: Rusty Wallace, Cotton Owens, Herb Thomas, Buck Baker, Leonard Wood

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Fireball Roberts   by Ed Hinton ESPN.com  -- Jan. 2014

NASCAR's Hall is, of course, "of Fame." Emphasize the last word, and Fireball Roberts should have been inducted in its first class. He was NASCAR's first FAMOUS driver -- nationally famous, even known in Europe, where he once drove a Ferrari at Le Mans.

The morning after he died on July 2, 1964, of complications from severe burns suffered in a cloud of flame during Charlotte's World 600 that May, NBC's "Today Show" ran the news of his passing, and concluded the obituary simply:

"Fireball Roberts."

The name was enough.

It resounded through American households when no other NASCAR name did. It wasn't just the nickname; it was the way the driving style fulfilled the nickname: all-out, all the time. Win, wreck or blow. Thirty-three times he won.

He was the archetype, the way race drivers are supposed to be in movies, but rarely are, especially nowadays.

Of course he never won a NASCAR championship, with that life- and car-gambling style, and that selectivity of races. He never ran a full schedule.

By consensus of those who knew him, he exuded charisma and fearlessness. His favorite song on the juke boxes in the beer joints and diners was by Faron Young: "Hello, Walls."

Edward Glenn Roberts Jr., it was long believed, got his nickname as a fastball pitcher in his youth in Central Florida. NASCAR historians now question the story, with input from Roberts' family and friends. Maybe, just maybe, Fireball got the name purely for his racing career.

His shorter, more poignant nickname in the inner circles was, simply, "Balls."

Driving for legendary mechanic Smokey Yunick, Roberts won the first two Firecracker 250s at Daytona (now the summer 400-miler there) in 1959-60, with less endurance required of his cars. But he didn't win the Daytona 500 until 1962, beating an upstart kid, NASCAR's household name in waiting, Richard Petty.

Roberts left Yunick to drive for Banjo Matthews, and won the Firecracker again that summer, becoming the first driver to sweep Daytona's major races in one season. How hard is that? Jimmie Johnson did it in 2013, and before him it hadn't been done since Bobby Allison in 1988.

Roberts' fearlessness might have found its limits in 1961, when the future if not the very existence of NASCAR teetered on his name. He at first was the brightest star in a movement by the Teamsters union to organize NASCAR drivers as the "Federation of Professional Athletes." Had it stuck, that union might have spread to other sports.

The movement started with Curtis Turner, and included Tim Flock, another 2014 inductee into the Hall of Fame.

But Roberts was the key. The three of them were banned for life from NASCAR that August of '61. But Roberts took what old-timers would remember as "The Long Ride," across western North Carolina from Winston-Salem to Asheville, with Pat Purcell, the right-hand enforcer of NASCAR's founder and first czar, Bill France Sr., "Big Bill."

Purcell came out of the carnival business, reputedly carried bottles of scotch in his briefcase for negotiation purposes, but played nothing but the hard line. Whatever was said in that passenger car moving west into the Blue Ridge mountains, Fireball Roberts got out in Asheville and announced he was through with the union movement.

Roberts was reinstated, and that was the beginning of the end of the FPA.

Fireball with John HolmanToward the end of his career, which is to say his life, Roberts drove a Ford for the fabled Holman-Moody team. One teammate was an Indy car regular who also raced NASCAR, Dave MacDonald. On the same Memorial Day weekend in 1964, both MacDonald and Roberts were engulfed in flame, MacDonald in the Indianapolis 500, with Eddie Sachs, and Roberts in the World 600. All three were fatally injured.

Those deaths led to safety innovations taken for granted today: fire-resistant uniforms, and explosion-resistant fuel cells in NASCAR and fuel bladders at Indy.

And so the name resounds down through the decades, for charisma, daring and the end of a deadly era.

Fireball Roberts.

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Piece of childhood brought back to life By GODWIN KELLY,   
Tony Layton was a big fan of NASCAR driver Fireball Roberts, enthralled to the point of tracking the stock car driver to a Main Street pool hall.
 Originally from Ohio, Layton was a Speed Weeks regular after Daytona International Speedway opened in 1959. He was especially fascinated with Roberts, who made his home here.

Roberts was NASCAR's first breakout star. Layton watched Roberts run the big track and was determined to meet his favorite driver.

"I saw Fireball race, but I didn't know him," Layton said. "One time when we were here during race week, I heard he liked to shoot pool at Main Street. We went up there and he was shooting pool. We got to say hi to him."

Layton left Ohio to run a business in Daytona Beach Shores for 27 years. More than 30 years after Roberts' death, Layton bought a 1939 Ford Coupe and turned the sedan into a mirror image of Roberts' infamous "White Lightning."

"White Lightning" was the No. 11 Ford that Roberts raced to stardom in the early 1950s. "Sammy Packard found the car for me over in Sarasota," Layton said. "We went over to take a look at it. I wanted a '39 because that was the year I was born.  "When I got it, Sammy asked me, 'Now what are you going to do with it?' I told him I had a photo of Fireball's modified car, and I wanted to put it back together like that."








After Layton made the purchase in 1999, Packard assisted with the mechanical restore, while renowned racing artist, Buz McKim, used a series of photos of Roberts' machine from various reference points to recreate the look of the car. "Buz told me he had all the photos I needed to build a near exact replica car," Layton said. "He told me, 'We can put it together just like Fireball's car.’"  McKim, now the NASCAR Hall of Fame historian in Charlotte, meticulously detailed the car, right down to the distinctive tapered competition numbers on its side. "It wasn't too difficult," McKim said in a recent phone interview. "I had the original artwork (photos), so you basically draw pictures of what's on there.  "In order to get those competition numbers as accurate as possible, I had to sketch them on the car just like they appear in the photographs, then paint it."

You would think that after Layton spent the money to buy the car, restore it to orginal racing specs and hire McKim to detail it, the '39 Ford would find a home in a museum.

No way, says Layton. "I race it at historic and antique races on short tracks here and there," the 71-year-old said with a laugh. "And we race. We run into each other."

Layton's car is on display outside the Living Legends of Auto Racing Museum in South Daytona's Sunshine Mall. There is no charge to visit the museum or view the car.

Another little known Fireball "Factoid"...

A NASCAR Labor Union? Fireball was PRESIDENT??

In 1961, Roberts, temporary president of the Federation of Professional Athletes, was in dispute with NASCAR president, Bill France, over the Teamsters' Union affiliate - the FPA - which he and Curtis Turner had helped organize and which France was trying to disband. Unlike the banned Curtis Turner and Tim Flock, Roberts soon returned to the NASCAR fold. Living in the home of NASCAR, Daytona Beach, it was hard for Roberts to remain separate.


Rare Picture of Glenn and his private plane

Glenn "Fireball" Roberts exits his private plane in Nashville to compete in the super stock drag
meet at Union Hill, a track near Goodlettsville. Roberts had been signed to replace Fred Lorenzen,
who couldn't make it.
(J.T. Phillips / The Tennessean) 9/7/1963

Extremely rare photo of Ray Fox, mechanic of Fireball's M-1 Fish Carb car in the mid 50's

Pointing at the Smokey Yunick "Best Damn Garage in Town" writing on the
left front fender his '62 Pontiac. Hiding cigarette in his right hand. Argyle socks?

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Born in Tavares, Florida on January 20, 1929, Roberts didn’t get his nickname "Fireball" for being a fast driver as some people think he did. He got it as a pitcher for the Zellwood Mud Hens, an American Legion baseball team in Apopka, Florida  where he was raised. Thank goodness for the racing world, baseball was never his primary interest. Racing was. Never would anyone dream how prophetic his nickname was considering the circumstances that took his life.  He was quoted as saying, “I fear fire the most!” after emerging uninjured from a grinding crash at Charlotte, the same track that would take his life just months later. He actually disliked the nickname and his friends knew to call him by his middle name, Glenn. Other drivers, because of his hard driving style, called him "Balls." Usually out of listening range of course.
(A controversial story on this subject can be found HERE.)

lenn's family moved to Daytona Beach in 1945. Later, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, but was discharged after basic training of only 90 days due to an asthmatic condition. 1947 found him studying mechanical engineering at the University of Florida, though he never graduated. Glenn would come home on the weekends and raced on the local dirt tracks, honing his early skills. That year in March he won his first Modified event at North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. The racing bug had bit . . . hard.

THE RACES - Brief Timeline . . . . . . . . . . . .

1947- Just after turning 18, Fireball started on the beach race course at Daytona  where he wrecked on the ninth lap of a NASCAR sanctioned Modified race.
In Feb. Fireball won the 1st sanctioned NASCAR modified beach race in a 150 miler on a 2.2 mile course.  
1950- After marrying Doris McConnell on 7/22/50 in York, SC and being married for only three weeks,  Fireball at the young age of 21 years old, won his first NASCAR race at Hillsboro, NC on August 13, 1950 and finished second to Bill Rexford in the points standing in his rookie season. 

(L to R) 20 yr. old Fireball, Red Byron and Johnny Mantz congratulate each other in victory lane following the 1st Southern 500 at Darlington. Byron (then #22 before Fireball) was originally flagged in 2nd place, ahead of Roberts. Following a lengthy study of the scoring sheets, race officials discovered Roberts had completed one more lap than Byron in the 500 lap race. Mantz collectd $10, 510 (a whopping some back then for a car race), while roberts took home $3,500. and Byron pocketed $2,000.

1951- March 11, his only child, daughter Pamela, was born in Charlotte, NC

Because of his love of the faster dirt modifieds, the money they paid and racing several times per week, plus the new family, Glenn opted to stay closer to home and race. Fireball ran only periodically in the Grand National Stock ranks for the next five years and would go winless in NASCAR.

A breakout year with NASCAR racing. With money finally coming to Stock Car ranks, Glenn became part of the Pete DePaolo's Ford "factory team". With 33 starts, he finished in the top 5 sixteen times and won five races.

1957 -
“Fireball” Roberts won the Indian River Gold Cup 100 NASCAR Grand National race at Titusville-Cocoa Speedway in Florida. The 1.6-mile road course was at an area airport and included the runway hosted just this one NASCAR event. Paul Goldsmith won the pole and led the first 27 laps before Roberts took command and led the rest of the way in the 56 lap race. He won $850 in prize money. He was driving for mega-team owner Pete DePaolo (replica car shown right) who fielded five cars and swept the top-four spots. Following Roberts were Curtis Turner, Marvin Panch and Ralph Moody. Joe Weatherly, who was driving the other DePaolo-owned car, had a clutch failure and finished 15th – last place.

Found Glenn working for himself and he achieved 27 top tens, including 8 wins, and was voted Most Popular Driver that year. But at season's end, disgusted with the factory pull-out, he sold everything.

He drove for Frank Strickland and raced only 10 times, but had 6 wins, one 2nd and a 3rd, and finished 11th in the point standings despite missing almost 80% of the races! One of his greatest feats came when Strickland switched from Ford to GM & Glenn won the Northern 500 in Trenton, NJ & the '58 Southern 500 at Darlington, SC, becoming the first driver to ever win two 500 mile races in the same year. Glenn always said his most prized award was that of being voted Florida’s 1958 Professional Athlete of the Year, the first driver ever to do so.  This was to remain one of the proudest awards he ever received.

Flock of 'Birds (and one Eagle)
1959:  Jack Smith in the flat-tailed '59 Chevy at the new Daytona International Speedway in the first Firecracker 250, running with Joe Weatherly's Ford T-bird convertible (12). #59 Tiger Tom Pistone and #37, Peruvian driver Eduardo Dibos; Our front of this picture was #3 Fireball Roberts who won in a Jim Stephens sponsored and Smokey Yunick prepared '59 Pontiac with an average speed of 144.997 mph and a 57 second margin, about a third of a lap before a crowd of 12,900; Weatherly ran second, Johnny Allen (ironically in a number 22 which fireball would later make famous), Jack Smith (47) 4th, and Eduardo Dibos (37) was fifth. Below is winning #3;

SUPERSPEEDWAY MASTER . . . . . . . . . . .

1959- (Pic Above at the Stephens Pontiac Dealership on Volusia Ave. in Daytona Beach) -- Joined up with Smokey Yunick and the "Best Damn Garage in Town" Fireball and began to race Pontiac, creating an incredible mastery of the superspeedways.
Roberts started the season off on the right foot with the pedal to the metal when he won the Daytona 500 pole, the 100 mile qualifier (then125, now 150 in 2005) and dominated the race in a Smokey Yunick prepared 1962 black and gold Catalina. He returned to win  back to back Daytona races with the Firecracker 400. Also an accomplished road racer, he finished 2nd at the LeMans 24 hour race in France, won 5 out of 20 convertible races, 5 poles and $66,152, an incredible amount in those days.
Started out the '63 season in a Banjo Mathews car and then Jacques
Passino lured Fireball away to the Holman & Moody Ford race team, where Fireball raced a metallic lavender Galaxies to four wins in, including his second Southern 500 victory. One race victory that always alluded him was the World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway because of his hard charging "balls-to-the-wall" style of driving (which is what Smokey loved about him). "I’m going to run the hell out of ‘em every lap," Roberts said. "I’ve never won a race stroking." He had a runner-up 600 finish in 1961 and was mentally poised and focused to do well in the 1964 600 race. Little did we know that the Daytona Beach resident with the quiet intensity and mesmerizing broad smile and was about to climb into his race car for the very last time.

1960:  NASCAR pioneer Glenn 'Fireball' Roberts hugs Miss Georgia, Sandra Talley from Homerville, Ga.,  following his win on July 31, 1960 in the first NASCAR race at the brand new Atlanta International Raceway, the Dixie 300. The following year, the race date was moved to March.

RETIREMENT . . . . . . . . . .

Retirement was rumored for the end of the '64 season and later confirmed that he would semi-retire and then leave racing at the end of '65 because he felt at age 35 he was at the top of his game. His competitive drive only allowed him to be at his best. He would become one of highest paid sports personalities as a spokesperson for the Falstaff Beer Company.  Fireball was assured of being able to stay around racing and some baseball events, as well some Indy participation and road racing.  He would only race in selected events the next year, such as the Daytona 500, the World 600, and the Firecracker 400 and Southern 500's where he was the defending champion. It would certainly have given him time to pursue his passion of flying his plane and riding his motorcycle.

THE FINAL LAPS . . . . . . . . . . .

During the 1964 May 24th World 600, Roberts was upbeat as he did his usual joking and kidding with all the drivers. With a uncharacteristic mediocre qualifying position in 11th place, Robert's plan was to lay back and let the cars spread out and then make a charge to the front, knowing it was a long race. True to his style, he was most comfortable out front. On lap number 7, something went terribly wrong. Ned Jarrett's and Junior Johnson's cars collided between turns one and two and began spinning. Roberts spun off turn two trying to avoid the accident and his Lavender colored Holman-Moody # 22 Ford slammed backwards into an opening on the inside retaining wall, exploded, flipped over and burst into flames. There were no fuel cells or fire retardant suits in those racing days and they only had a fire resistant solution they could dip their driving uniforms into. It was thought Fireball was allergic to the chemicals in the solution, but he very privately suffered from an asthmatic condition and the chemicals affected his breathing. Jarrett's car spun to a stop near Fireball's car that was engulfed in flames. Jarrett rushed to and pulled Roberts from his car as Fireball was screaming, "My God, Ned, help me! I'm on fire!" With just a tee shirt for protection Roberts received second and third degree burns over 80 percent of his body. He was airlifted to Charlotte Memorial Hospital in extremely critical condition. Good friends Jarrett & Johnson were most shaken by the incident and it's said to have hastened the end to their driving careers a short time later.

THE ORDEAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Glenn miraculously made it through the first few days. Then he made it a week, then a couple more. It looked like the crew cut, athletic, always smiling driver was going to beat all odds and pull through this horrifying ordeal. It was only his athletic regime of staying in shape that helped him sustain. But 36 days later, on Tuesday, June 30th, Glenn began to fade fast. He contracted pneumonia, sepsis (blood poisoning), and a fever shot his body temperature up to 104 degrees and he slipped into a coma Wednesday night. Then, just 12 hours after things started turning bad, at 7:13am in room 3305 at Charlotte Memorial Hospital on Thursday, July 2, 1964, Glenn Fireball Roberts’ six week struggle for life came to an end. The checkered flag dropped over this fun loving, practical joker at the young age of 35 years old. He was buried July 5th, 1964, at a funeral service that saw over a thousand attend, in an above ground mausoleum in Bellevue Memorial Gardens (now Daytona Memorial Park) in his adopted hometown of Daytona Beach.


1964 World 600 . . .  Tragedy (a true account from a fan....)
On May 24, 1964 the World 600 was held, and once again, I was with my Dad and his friends in the Ford Grandstand on the front straight to watch the race. An accident occurred half way through lap eight on the back stretch. We weren’t quite sure what had happened, as we were without a radio to listen to the race broadcast; but we soon knew some bad was happening. A large cloud of black smoke began to rise from the back straight.

This photo was taken from a slightly lower angle than my viewpoint in the Ford Grandstand
on the front straight at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. 
 The black smoke is fuel burning.

The accident included Ned Jarrett, Junior Johnson and Glenn ‘Fireball’ Roberts.

Roberts’ car had struck the inside guardrail rear-end first and the stock gas tank, still full of fuel, was split open and the contents burst into fire.   Jarrett’s car had also hit the inside wall with his cars’ smashed gas tank spilling gas which caught on fire as well. Jarrett pulled Roberts from the burning car. Roberts driving suit, specially tailored to fit, had not been chemically treated and Roberts suffered burns over 80% of his body.

Roberts’s car had landed upside down and the burning gas pooled in the roof of the car. Roberts amazed the doctors by surviving the first 48 hours after the accident, and he somehow survived, even appearing to begin recovery, until succumbing to his burns on July 2, 1964 at age 35.

The death of Joe Weatherly had still been on the drivers’ minds before the start of the race. Roberts had mentioned to Jarrett before the start of the ‘600’ that he was thinking of retiring at the end of 1964.

Roberts in fact had recently been divorced but had wanted to wait to get re-married until he and his fiancé could have a ‘proper’ wedding. Roberts’ fiancé visited him every day while he was in the hospital. When Roberts died she was legally entitled to nothing from his estate, and she never married.

Jarrett went on to win the season championship in 1964 and retired while still champion in mid-1965. Johnson basically retired after the 1965 season, but competed in seven short-track races late in 1966.

A Fireball Fan Forever








Daytona Memorial Park (formerly Bellevue Memorial Gardens) Bellevue Road, Daytona Beach (within 1 1/2 mi of Daytona International Speedway)    Glenn's Mother (Doris) and Father (Glenn, Sr.) are also interred in the Mausoleum

Facsimile of Memorial Epitaph     

More Monument Info


The records Glenn set would place him in the Top 50 NASCAR Drivers of All Time. These are just a few of the 400 records he set:
In 15 years, he started 206 races and:

  • Owned 35 poles,

  • Won 33 times,

  • Had 22 seconds,

  • 9 thirds,

  • 16 fourths

  • and 13 fifths.

  • 45% of the time, 93 times out of 206 starts, he amazingly placed in the top 5!

  • 59% of the time, 2 out of every 3 races, Roberts finished in the top 22 with:
    --29 finishes in the 6-10 category,
    -- 9 finishes in the 11-22 area

  • Had 79 DNF’s ('did not finishes') from his hard charging and the fragility of the early stock cars and their tires). It was easy to see that if he didn't show for the dough, you'd know he's blow!

  • Led 5,790 out of 37,230 laps run, a leading percentage of 16%!

  • His career winnings totaled $325,643,

  • Elected to the Stock Car Racing Hall Of Fame in 1965

  • Voted Florida’s Professional Athlete of the Year in 1958.

  • Twenty of the Fireball's races were in the short-lived convertible division where he won 5 times and had 5 poles. He won 1 out of 4 races!

See Fireball's Statistics & Qualifying page for more Record details. 

Famous Fireball quote: Nascar driver "Fireball" Roberts once said "Understeer is hitting the wall with the front of your car. Oversteer is hitting it with the rear.". ...

As proven by the facts, Glenn "Fireball" Roberts was the first true superstar of NASCAR. Many had great records, but the popularity, mystique and dominance of the fastest tracks made this man truly a legend way before the more recent legacy of the drivers of today.

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