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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Dave Marcis #41 Kellogg's Corn Flakes Chevrolet

    Well.. it's that time of year again folks!~ Firecracker 400 time!~ ....or at least what used to be called the "Firecracker 400"~ I'm just always gonna call it that.. I'm too set in my ways... It's still Winston Cup and Busch Series to me~ lol~ Anyway, I digress... let's get back to the topic at hand, and jump back into the time machine.. where we'll go back to 1992, and see what our ol' pal Dave Marcis was doing in the #41 Kellogg's Corn Flakes Chevrolet~

    I'll start off by saying that this car was driven by many drivers.. I chose Marcis because I like him the best out of all of them~ The other drivers were Larry Pearson (11 races in 1991), Dave Marcis (7 races in 1992), Greg Sacks (20 races in 1992), and Hut Stricklin ran it in 2 races in 1992~ The car was owned by former auctioneer giant, Larry Hedrick~

                                    Dave also ran one of my favorite paint schemes in 1992~
                                                This #71 Big Apple Markets Chevrolet~
#41 Kellogg's Corn Flakes Chevrolet 1/64 Racing Champions die-cast NASCAR

    Dave's first race in the #41 Kellogg's car came in the 1992 Bud 500 @ Bristol, a race I actually attended~ He qualified in 20th, and wasn't doing that bad.. and then all of a sudden, he just ended up in the wall~ His car was stuck because of the high banking of the track.. and it took forever for the track workers to get the car off the track~ Marcis finished the race in 32nd place, out of 32 cars~ :(

    Dave had his best finish in the car in the Mountain Dew Southern 500 @ Darlington, where he qualified 28th, and scurried all the way up to 18th place~ In the Miller Genuine Draft 400 @ Richmond, Marcis again had trouble with qualifying, rolling off in 38th place, and finishing in 28th~ He then qualified 12th (season high) in the Peak AntiFreeze 500 @ Dover, but handling issues had him limping to a 26th place effort~

                               Pics of Dave in the #41 Kellogg's car are few.. and far between~
#41 Kellogg's Corn Flakes Chevrolet 1/64 Racing Champions die-cast NASCAR

    Marcis qualified 20th in the Goody's 500 @ Martinsville, and although he was 26 laps down, finished in 25th place~ Luck wasn't being a lady the following week either.. where Dave qualified 29th in the Tyson Holly Farms 400 @ North Wilkesboro, and finished 28th, 12 laps off the pace of race winner Geoff Bodine~

    Dave drove the #41 in 1 final race, the Mello Yello 500 @ Charlotte... and his time with the team would also end on a sour note~ Starting from dead last in the 40 car field, Marcis made it only a mere 57 laps before rear end issues sidelined him for the remainder of the race~ There were 3 races left in the season after the Mello Yello 500, and Marcis ran the remainder of them driving his own #71 car, sponsored by Southeastern Tech Group~ He finished the 1992 season with goose eggs in every category, and was 29th in the final points standings~ He did run the full 29 race schedule though, so that was cool~

                                         Dave Marcis #41 Kellogg's Corn Flakes Chevrolet~
Dave Marcis #41 Kellogg's, Racing Champions, 1/64, NASCAR, blog, 1992, die-cast, greg sacks, hut stricklin
                                                               Click pics to enlarge~
Dave Marcis #41 Kellogg's, Racing Champions, 1/64, NASCAR, blog, 1992, die-cast, greg sacks, hut stricklin

    This is another one of my custom jobs~ This car didn't come with a stand or card, as it was just a promo item.. so I made a custom card for it, and put it on a spare stand~ This card, like the last post I did, is just a Photoshopped image, and not the real card yet~ This car wasn't necessarily a Dave Marcis version.. as I have a Corn Flakes box with Greg Sacks on it, and Sacks drove more races than anyone in this Kellogg's car.. however, it doesn't have a name on it, so it can be whoever you want it to be, as long as it's Dave Marcis, Hut Stricklin, Greg Sacks, or Larry Pearson~ :P

    The car itself is an absolute beauty, in my opinion~ I'm not really a fan of yellow on a car, but for some reason, if it's a NASCAR car, then I love it~ I really like the red and white trim around the bottom of the car~ The real car had a less prominent white stripe, and had a small black stripe wedged in between the red and white~ I prefer the style of the die-cast~ They did a really good job on Corny too~ I've always liked him~ When it's all combined like this, I give the car an A+ on the Racing Champions quality scale~ The car by itself, I'd have to say a A-, just because it didn't originally come with a card~

    I may have sounded a little harsh towards Dave in this post, but stats are stats.. if I could have wrote that he had 3 wins in this car, and that would have came true.. believe me, I would have done it~ I was a Dave Marcis fan as far back as I can remember~ I used to pretend I was Dave Marcis when I rode my bike as a kid~ My name was Dave, and so I felt a kind of kinship with Marcis~

    Thank you to everyone who visits the blog~ We now have over 25,000 views!~ That's so awesome, and I hope the blog has helped you with a question you had, or taught you something new, that you didn't know before~ That's the reason I started doing this.. it was so hard to find information on the older Racing Champions cars, as well as older, lesser known drivers~ I wanted a place where I could go and read all the facts, so I didn't have to go to dozens of sites to gather all the information~ I still have to do that for the blogs, but at least you don't have to~ :)

    Anyway.. I'm way off topic again, and I'm gonna leave y'all with some videos of our ol' buddy, Dave Marcis, doing what he did best... drivin'... and singin'?~ lol~ Enjoy, and thanks again for stopping by the ol' NASCAR waterin' hole~ :)

                                                                Dave Marcis sings?~ ;)

                                              Dave Marcis wins the 1982 Richmond 400~
                                                                 His final victory~

                                                        Dave Marcis 1981 Atlanta flip~

                                                    Where are they now?~ Dave Marcis~
 

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