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Grover Clinton Spencer
Birth: Jul. 9, 1925
Owensboro
Daviess County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Sep. 20, 2007
Johnson City
Washington County
Tennessee, USA

Auto Racer, NASCAR Pioneer. Nicknamed "G.C." He helped lay the foundation for the sport that has become the NASCAR Cup Series. His itch to race began while serving in the US Navy during WWII at a base in Norman, Oklahoma. He was the head mechanic for the Naval Fire Department and would take the fire trucks out once a week on the asphalt road and run them wide open to blow the carbon out of them. He ran his first race on Easter Sunday 1946 in Evansville, Indiana driving a 1937 Chevy Coupe called the Jitney and finished second. During the late 1940's and thru the 1950's, G.C. dominated the short dirt track circuit around Kentucky and Indiana driving the famous Flying Saucer stock car. He won over 200 times during this span. With nothing left to prove in the modified and sportsmen ranks, he stepped up to the NASCAR Grand National series in 1958 at the age of 33. He made a total of 415 Cup starts from 1958 to 1977, including the final beach race in Daytona in 1958. He scored 55 top-five and 138 top-10 finishes with a best finish of second on four occasions. He scored one career Cup Series pole at Hickory, North Carolina, in 1965 and qualified on the outside pole four times that season. He also finished a career-best fourth in the Cup Series standings that same season. In the big leagues of the Cup Series G.C. raced as an independent. He was known for pulling so much out of equipment that wasn't supposed to perform well. He was master innovator who claimed to never cheat, but he did come up with what he had to do to stay competitive with the factory teams. G.C. had a very jovial personality and was liked by everyone. He always steered clear of controversy and always was willing to help others in times of need. G.C. hung up his helmet in 1977 at the age of 51 but remained in the sport as a car owner until 1983 when he sold everything to Morgan-McClure Motorsports. He worked as the team manager for 3 seasons before officially retiring in 1986. He enjoyed his retirement years operating an antique business and fishing. He was quoted as saying "Racing is a hard life, but I loved it, and that's what I wanted to do. You really have to love it because racing becomes your whole life. I didn't make a lot of money at it, but I did OK. I'd do it all over again if I had the chance." G.C. died at the age of 82 after a long battle with emphysema and cancer. (bio by: Find A Grave) 
 
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 Spouses:
  Anona Lively Daugherty (1926 - 2013)*
  Faye Rosetta Taylor Spencer (1930 - 2009)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Monte Vista Memorial Park
Johnson City
Washington County
Tennessee, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Ricky Pace
Record added: Sep 22, 2007
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Grover Clinton Spencer
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Grover Clinton Spencer
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- bob tarte
 Added: Jan. 19, 2014
God bless you today and always. Rest in Peace.
- Thelma
 Added: Jul. 9, 2013

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