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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Tom Peck # 96 Thomas Racing Oldsmobile

    Tom Peck's NASCAR career may not have been very memorable, but to dirt track fans, especially in Fulton County, Pennsylvania, he was amazing~ In his over 20 year dirt racing career, he amassed 250 victories, and 13 track titles on local tracks~ His BGN career, spanned 9 years, and 171 races, and accounted for 0 wins, 0 poles, and 52 top 10's~

    Peck drove the #89 Plessinger Racing/Hagerstown Speedway Pontiac in the 2 Charlotte races in 1984, finishing 27th and 37th~  In 1988, Peck was back for 6 BGN races, driving the newly numbered 96 car~ The first 2 races, he ran Chevrolet's, sponsored by Hagerstown Speedway.. the following race @ Darlington, he switched to Oldsmobile~ For the remainder of the season, Peck was sponsored by Thomas Chevrolet~

                                                      Pics of this car are slim pickins~
Tom Peck #96 Thomas Racing Champions 1/64 NASCAR diecast blog BGN age

    For the 1989 season, Peck would run 28 races, with 2 top 5's, and 7 top 10's, while finishing 10th in the final points standings~ During the next 3 seasons, Peck continued to run the full BGN schedule, where he accumulated another 8 top 5's, and 41 top 10's~

    His best season came in 1990, where he finished 5th in the final points standings~ He ran 11 races in 1994, and 3 more in 1995~  His final race was the All Pro Bumper To Bumper 300 @ Charlotte, where he finished 24th in the #67 Spartan Motors Chevrolet~ He attempted, but failed to qualify for the Homestead race~

    In 1996, @ the Meridian Advantage 200 in Nazareth, Peck filled in for regular driver Dick Trickle in the #63 Dura Lube Chevrolet during qualifying, due to Trickle being in Charlotte for the 1996 Winston Select Cup race~ He qualified the car 29th, and was replaced by Trickle for the race~ He walked away from NASCAR, and has never competed since~

                                              Tom Peck # 96 Thomas Racing Oldsmobile~
Tom Peck #96 Thomas Racing Champions 1/64 NASCAR diecast blog BGN age
                                                               Click pics to enlarge~
Tom Peck #96 Thomas Racing Champions 1/64 NASCAR diecast blog BGN age

    I'm a fan of this color race car in general~ Dave Marcis's # 71 Big Apple Market Chevrolet is the exact same color, and both of them just really pop on a shelf or display~ The "Thomas" on the hood, refers to car owner Mark Thomas~ Although the bottom pic is a bit blurry, you can still see that Peck has a pretty cool signature, so that's an added bonus, especially for such a plain car~ On April 4th 2014, Tom was inducted into the Fulton County All-Sports Hall of Fame~

    Reflecting back on his career, Peck said “I gave it up~ I was old enough, and things weren’t where they needed to be~ I’m proud of it, and I don’t regret it~”  “When I decided I was done, I was done~ There were no maybes or looking back”~

    He is also the uncle of current racer, Todd Peck~ Sadly, there isn't much video footage of Peck on the internet, but I did find this clip, which just so happens to also show my personal favorite team, the #75 Food Country car, driven at the time by Doug Heveron from New York~ In the video, they talk to Tom about why he's currently not racing~ Enjoy~

                                                              Heveron crash/Peck speaks~
                                                                                                   Peck crash @ Volusia~ (This race was the first start, as well as the only top 10 of Neil Bonnett's son David, who finished 9th~)

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