Sunday, April 5, 1953 – Indiana native Dick Passwater registers his lone victory in NASCAR’s premier series, winning at Charlotte (N.C.) Speedway. Piloting a 1953 Olds 88, Passwater led only the final three laps in the 150-lap feature.
• Passwater made just 20 starts between 1952-53. His Charlotte win was the first NASCAR victory for car No. 78.
• It was also the only NASCAR victory for Passwater’s car owner, Frank Arford.
• Two spectators were injured in the race when driver Gene Comestock’s entry rolled over a fence and pinned them underneath the car. They were transported to local hospitals.
• According to reports, the Charlotte race also marked the first appearance of Jocko Flocko, a rhesus monkey that rode “shotgun” with 1952 series champion Tim Flock for eight events that season.