Sunday, July 19, 1964 – Bill Wade established a NASCAR premier series record of four consecutive victories when he captured The Glen 151.8 at Watkins Glen International. Wade, driving the No. 1 Mercury for car owner Bud Moore, sported a six-second winning margin over LeeRoy Yarborough. The race consisted of 66 laps around the 2.3-mile road course.
• Prior to the streak, Wade, a Houston, Texas native, had been winless on NASCAR’s top circuit.
• The consecutive wins came at Old Bridge, Bridgehampton, Islip and Watkins Glen, a part of NASCAR’s “Northern Tour” at the time.
• Wade began driving for Moore in ’64 after spending much of the ’63 season driving for another Spartanburg, S.C. owner, Cotton Owens.
• Richard Petty fell out just 10 laps into the race when he hit a tire barrier; Petty later replaced David Pearson in the No. 6 Dodge fielded by Owens for the remainder of the race, giving Pearson credit for a sixth-place finish.
• Wade was named NASCAR’s Rookie of the Year in 1963
• According to reports, Wade had to overcome carburetor issues as well as a constant barrage of rocks bouncing off his car’s windshield to score the win at Watkins Glen. “Those stones sounded like the pop of a shotgun,” he told the Associated Press.
• Wade finished fourth in points in ’64; the following January, he was killed when a tire on his entry blew while he was testing at Daytona international Speedway and his car struck the wall. He was 34.