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Dink Widenhouse papers

Identifier: MS0375

Scope and Contents

This small collection of ten items consists of one photocopied advertisement for Dink Widenhouse for what must have been one of his first stock car races. The advertisement describes Widenhouse as the "18-Year-Old Schoolboy Driving Sensation Who Hasn't Been Beaten All Year in a Full Feature Race! $200 Bonus offer to the driver who can beat him!" Another item in the collection is an article by Van Cox, about Widenhouse's career in stock car racing. The remaining eight items are photographs of Widenhouse.

Missing Title

  1. Widenhouse, Dink (David), b.1932.
  2. Earnhardt, Ralph, 1928-1973�Photographs.
  3. Jarrett, Ned, b. 1932�Photographs.
  4. Owens, Cotton (Everett), b. 1924�Photographs.
  5. Southern States Fairgrounds�Photographs.
  6. Daytona International Speedway�Photographs.
  7. NASCAR (Association)�History�Photographs.
  8. Stock car drivers�Southern States�Photographs.
  9. Stock car racing�southern States�History�Photographs.


  • Creation: 1950 - 1960


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

David Franklin "Dink" Widenhouse (born January 1, 1932) began racing at the age of fifteen. That was when Dink's brother, Jack, built a dirt race track near Concord, NC, and encouraged Dink to race on his track. Dink's car was a '37 Ford Coach, painted with what would become his trademark "B-29" emblazoned on the side. Dink had a successful career at such places as the old Charlotte Fairgrounds, Midland and Concord, North Carolina; Myrtle Beach and Columbia, South Carolina and Danville, Virginia. Dink's success is largely attributed to his mechanic, "Greaseball" Young. Widenhouse brought his career as a driver to a close in the mid-1960s, when paved asphalt tracks were becoming the norm. Widenhouse always preferred dirt tracks and did not feel comfortable on the new paved tracks. His last race resulted in a duel between himself and a long-time co-racer, Ralph Earnhardt. During the race, the two competitors' cars became locked side-by-side, and sailed out of the race track. Widenhouse's car hit a tree, and Earnhardt's car gradually came to a stop a hundred feet further. Fortunately, neither was injured. During his career, Widenhouse did not win any NASCAR races but won nearly 200 races that he competed in (primarily in modified cars on southern tracks), including twenty-one victories in one season. Also known as "The Preacher" for never racing on Sundays, Widenhouse never made racing his full-time career because of the substantial investment that it required. Widenhouse was a native of Concord, North Carolina; and with his wife Frances, made their home there.


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Materials concerning the career of NASCAR driver David Franklin "Dink" Widenhouse.


The collection contains one series (Photographs), as well as two items (photocopy of an ad for Dink Widenhouse and an article about him), that do not belong to any series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired from David F. Widenhouse in 2006.

Processing Information

Processed by Robert A. McInnes, March 2007.

Dink Widenhouse papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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