As some of you know, I grew up in Iowa back in the 50s and 60s. I was a dirt track race fan and loved to watch all the locals do their thing on the local dirt. However, once or twice a year the big shoes would come to town and of course, they would always drive at the State Fair race as well. Names like Ramo Stott, Ernie Derr, Don White and the brothers Hutcherson, Dick and Ron all were stars and all came from the little town of Keokuk Iowa.
During the late 60s, these fellows were all outstanding and very talented stock car drivers. As time went on most stayed close to home with the regional sanctioning bodies like ARCA, USAC, and IMCA. However, Ramo and Dick Hutcherson went South to try their hand at NASCAR.
This video is long but extremely interesting and necessary if you want to know more about your Talladega’s heritage.
Moving South and leaving their roots where success was almost assured was a real gamble. For Dick Hutcherson, it was a move that changed his life, opening more doors than he could ever imagine.
For our group, it is important to know that he raced for, and then worked for, Holman Moody. When he stopped racing he became David Pearson’s crew chief for his Championship years of 1968 and 1969. In 1971 he left H&M to form Hutcherson-Pagan which built race cars for the likes of A J Foyt and Darrell Waltrip. For years the Hutcherson-Pagan trucks could be found in the NASCAR pits where they supplied parts to race teams with a truck that served as a rolling warehouse. Hutcherson died in 2005 at the age of 73.
You need to know who he was if you like Fords and Talladegas!
Dick Hutcherson’s NASCAR career was short, only four years, but from 1964 thru 1967 Dick was a familiar face in victory lane. In 103 starts, Hutcherson racked up 14 wins, 64 top five’s and 21 pole positions. Hutcherson was the driving champion in the IMCA racing body in 1963 and 1964, and also has a 3rd place finish to his credit at the 24 hours of LeMans in 1966 driving a Ford GT with Ronnie Bucknam.