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    R.I.P. James Jones - Wilson County Speedway

    Just read that James C. Jones of Goldsboro, NC passed on April 15 in Wayne County, NC Memorial Hospital at age 83. His name can be found in various old race listings from Coastal, Wake County, Raleigh Fairgrounds, Wilson, Wilmington, Occoneechee and other places.. Also raced as Jimmy Jones and Jim Jones. One of Jack Walker's listings on his Carolina Race Place site shows James racing at Coastal Speedway/Myrtle Beach from 1955-1957.

    James was a dirt track racer in both Carolinas and the promoter of Wilson County Speedway in Wilson, NC from 1963-1978, some real glory years for that wonderful old ghost track - "The Gem of the East."

    James started 11 NASCAR Convertible Division races - 10 in 1957 and one in 1958 as well as his two Cup starts in 1956 and 1958.

    From Stock Car Racing Wiki:
    James Jones is a former NASCAR driver from Goldsboro, NC. He competed in two Nextel Cup Series events in his career.
    Jones debuted in 1956, racing at Wilson. Starting 21st in the twenty-four car field, Jones completed all but thirty-one laps in route to a career-best 15th place effort.
    His other race came in 1958, when James raced at Raleigh. Starting 51st in the massive fifty-five car field, Jones completed all but thirty-eight laps in route to a mid-pack 29th place effort.

    That's James in 12th place at the Wilmington, NC Legion Stadium points for 1954 - one spot ahead of "The Woodchopper" - as posted by Jack Walker on Stock Car RacersReunion.
    Last edited by DaveHFulton; 04-23-2012 at 09:45 PM.

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