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Tribute to Moody & Jones Racing

THESE GUYS ARE OUR LOCAL HEROES!

             Dale Moody and Sam Jones became partners after a competitor issued them a “challenge”,  so to say,  at an event in Alton, Illinois.  The first big win for the successful Moody & Jones C/GS team was the 1961 World Series of Drag Racing in Cordova, IL.  They thought they would not be fast enough to compete at the U.S. Nationals as they were still getting the 1937 C/GS Chevrolet coupe “dialed in”.  It turns out that their winning time was actually faster than what the U.S. Nationals C/GS champion ran.

             After the win at the World Series of Drag Racing, the next national challenge would be the 1962 U.S. Nationals.  The 1962 U.S. Nationals would see nothing but dominance from the blown 327 and B&M hydro.  The gold ’37 Chevy would go on to win the C/GS class title and also a win in street eliminator.  They won the two titles, all the while setting national records with E.T. and M.P.H

             The year 1963 would see nothing but the same results from Sam and Dale.  Throughout the year as they raced they couldn’t be beaten.  They continued their domination by repeating as class champion in C/GS and were runner up in junior eliminator.   Moody & Jones took the ’37 Chevy to Cordova, IL and picked up another World Series of Drag Racing victory.  The Moody & Jones C/GS ’37 Chevy was undefeated in its class in 1963.  The 11.99 E.T. record was the first time a C/GS car was in the 11’s with the 12.6 lbs./cu. in. rule according to Don Montgomery’s Supercharge Gas Coupes book. 

 Moody & Jones would again see the C/GS class title going home with them in 1964 as well.  They competed at the World Finals in Tulsa, OK in 1965 and shortly afterward the ’37 Chevy was retired.  The car was sold around 1967/68. The early ‘70’s would see Moody & Jones team with another fellow racer, Wally Dougherty, and compete in the Modified Production class with a 1969 Firebird.  After local success and a brief national record, the car was sold. 

The early ‘70’s would see Moody & Jones team with another fellow racer, Wally Dougherty, and compete in the Modified Production class with a 1969 Firebird.  After local success and a brief national record, the car was sold. 

 Sam Jones went on to start Jones Engineering where he and his son Jeff, have evolved into having a premier engine and cylinder head program and have built many engines with great results.  They have specialized in the midget and sprint car engines.  Sam and Jeff have built engines for the likes of Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Steve Kinser, and Doug Kalitta to name a few.  Their engines have tallied 24 National Championships and numerous track victories.

Dale Moody also went on to be one of the most respected mechanics in the area.  He also became heavily  involved with truck pulling.  He had a great amount of success with his trucks competing at the state levels and also took home a state pulling championship trophy.

Sam Jones was able to purchase the 1937 Chevrolet that he and Dale Moody had raced from a local individual in 2004.  After a complete restoration the car is again equipped with a blown injected small block Chevrolet power plant.  Sam enjoys showing the car at local car shows as well as some of the bigger venues he has been invited to be a participant.  Sam was honored with the distinction of being selected as one of the “Golden 50” at the 50th anniversary of the US Nationals where he had the car on display.  In 2005, Sam and the ’37 participated in the Memory Lane at the Holley Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Green, Ky.  In  2006 the car was again on display on the concourse at Indianapolis for the “Gathering of Gassers” display at the US Nationals.

The following is a list of their accomplishments while they campaigned the ’37 Chevy Coupe:

1961  Won World Series of Drag Racing Title

            Quad City Dragway, Cordova, IL  11.88 @ 120 mph

 

1962   Points Winner – Modified Division

            Sturgis Drag Strip, Sturgis, KY

 

            NHRA US Nationals ET Record Holder C/GS

            NHRA US Nationals MPH Record Holder C/GS

            NHRA US Nationals Class Champion C/GS

            NHRA US Nationals Street Eliminator Champion

 

1963   Undefeated in C/GS Class

 

            NHRA Middle Eliminator Champion, Points Meet

            May,1963  11.52 @ 119.68 mph

            NHRA US Nationals C/GS Class Champion 

            11.70 @ 117.80 mph

            NHRA US Nationals Junior Eliminator Runner-up 

            11.90 @ 117.95 mph

            NHRA Record Holder during US Nationals

            Won World Series of Drag Racing Title

            Quad City Dragway, Cordova, IL

 

1964   NHRA US Nationals Class Champion C/GS

 

2004   NHRA “Golden Fifty” Display Participant

            US Nationals, Indianapolis, IN

 

2005   Holley Hot Rod Reunion

            Memory Lane Participant

 

2006   NHRA “Gathering of Gassers” Display Participant

            US Nationals, Indianapolis, IN        

 


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