auto racing

Julian Buesink

Julian Buesink

With his 2009 induction, Julian E. Buesink, a pioneer car owner in NASCAR racing, fittingly joined two of his former drivers Lloyd Moore and Bill Rexford, in the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame.

As Moore once said, "If it wasn't for Julie, neither Bill or myself would have had the racing careers we enjoyed and for which we were recognized."

Legendary NASCAR drivers Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough sent letters to the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame acknowledging the "hardships and sacrifices Buesink made in the early years to make our sport what it is today."

Buesink was born in Mina on September 24, 1921, and was involved in the automobile industry his entire life owning Ford dealerships in Corry, Clymer, North East, and Westfield. He also owned a recreational vehicle dealership, as well as several used-car dealerships in the area.

Buesink's first involvement in NASCAR Grand National racing came just days prior to his 28th birthday when he entered Rexford, driving a 1949 Ford, in a race at the 1-mile track in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Rexford finished a creditable 14th out of 45 starters. A week later he and Rexford finished fifth at the NASCAR-sanctioned event at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. On October 2, 1949, Buesink entered two cars at the Heidelberg (Pennsylvania) Raceway. He was rewarded with a third-place finish by Rexford and a sixth by Moore in the NASCAR race won by Lee Petty.

Cale Yarborough standing beside Julian Buesink's 1961 Ford at Daytona
in 1962.

Buesink's team approach to racing in the final race of the 1949 season became his modus operandi in his determined approach to 1950. He entered at least two cars in each of the 17 races on his NASCAR schedule.

The other interesting component to Buesink's 1950 racing plan was his use of several makes of cars. Unlike current NASCAR owners who use only one brand of automobiles, Buesink appropriated Oldsmobiles, Lincolns, Fords and Mercurys for the various lengths of tracks and surfaces his team faced.

Buesink earned NASCAR victories at Canfield (Ohio) with Rexford and at Winchester (Indiana) with Moore.

When the final NASCAR points were tabulated, Rexford was declared the Grand National Champion over Fireball Roberts and Lee Petty with Moore edging out Curtis Turner for fourth place. Rexford, from Conewango Valley, was just 23 and remains the youngest champion in NASCAR Sprint Cup history and its only champion from New York State.

The trophy Bill Rexford received for winning the NASCAR race at Canfield, Ohio on May 30, 1950. Bill was driving car
#60, a 1950 Olds 88 owned by Julian Buesink. Bill and Julian went on to win the NASCAR championship that year.

photo courtesy of Rusty Buesink

Bill France, Sr., President of NASCAR, recognized Buesink as its National Champion Car Owner of 1950. Speed Age magazine honored Buesink for "outstanding achievement as stock car racing's Car Owner of the Year."

Jim Paschal driving Buesink's 1950 Ford #60 at a race in Macon,
Georgia where he finished third.

The best results for the Buesink team in 1951 were a pole position start for Rexford at Canfield, a third for Moore at Dayton, and a third for Jim Paschal at Macon, Georgia. Moore finished 11th in the 1951 NASCAR National Point Championship.

After two grueling seasons of following NASCAR, Julian began to curtail his racing efforts by adopting a "pick and choose" schedule. In 1952 he entered just 15 races with a single-car effort.

Although Buesink concentrated most of his efforts towards the newly formed Mid-American Racing Circuit (MARC) in 1953, he entered Bill Rexford in NASCAR races at Langhorne (10th) and Rochester (fifth).

Buesink did not participate in any NASCAR Grand National races in 1954.

In what turned out to be Moore's final year of competition, 1955, Buesink fielded cars for him at Raleigh (North Carolina) and Darlington. Tommy Thompson was Moore's Darlington teammate in a second Buesink machine.

Following the retirement of Moore, Buesink hired Warren driver Bob Duell. The duo competed in six NASCAR GN events in 1956 with their best showing being at the Monroe County Fairgrounds in Rochester. Duell set second-fastest time during qualifications and then had a fifth-place finish.

In 1957, Julian entered Duell in five NASCAR GN races. Their best effort was at the half-mile dirt oval Lincoln Speedway in New Oxford, Pennsylvania, where Duell qualified seventh. A broken rear-end relegated the team to a 13th-place result.

Julian Buesink's photo at the NASCAR Hall of Fame

On June 12, 1958, Duell set fast time in Julian's Ford at the NASCAR-sanctioned grand opening of the New Bradford Speedway in Bradford, Pennsylvania. Duell finished in third place behind superstars Junior Johnson and Lee Petty. A month later, Stateline Speedway in Busti held its first and only NASCAR race and the Buesink-Duell team finished second behind Shorty Rollins, who would go on to win NASCAR Rookie-of-the-Year honors for 1958.

Duell drove Buesink's Ford in four NASCAR GN events in 1959 with his best finish being 11th at Weaverville, North Carolina. For the Southern 500 at Darlington, Buesink teamed Duell with an 18-year-old rookie by the name of Buddy Baker, son of Buck Baker. Buddy Baker, who along with his father, was named as one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers.

Buesink and Duell combined for six appearances on NASCAR's premier circuit in 1960. Their best effort was an eighth on the 2-mile road course at the Montgomery Air Base.

The next year Julian hired Tom Dill to drive his 1961 Ford at Daytona and Darlington. He also gave a 21-year-old daredevil from South Carolina, making his fourth ever NASCAR start, a ride in a Buesink machine at the Darlington Labor Day Classic. His name was Cale Yarborough. He would go on to be a three-time NASCAR GN champion and was named as one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers.

In 1962 Buesink and Yarborough teamed up for four NASCAR GN events at Daytona, Darlington and Atlanta. He finished 10th in one of two qualifying races at the 2-mile Daytona International Speedway.

Buesink competed for the final time in NASCAR GN competition in 1963. He had Yarborough in the seat at Daytona and Darlington. Julian tabbed Rene Charland, NASCAR Sportsman Champion in 1962, to drive in a Grand National consolation race at Daytona when Yarborough was too ill to drive. Unfortunately, Charland tangled with Ralph Earnhardt resulting in a massive crackup that eliminated many cars.

1949 Jamestown Falcons program booklet ad

Buesink's last GN race was on May 11, 1963, at the Rebel 300 in Darlington where Yarborough came home 11th.

In 13 total years of NASCAR Grand National competition, Julian Buesink competed in 107 races, entering 156 cars, driven by 15 drivers. He earned two pole positions, won two races, had 29 top-five finishes, 64 top-ten results, and earned $42,841 in race purses. Most significantly was his GN Championship in 1950.

For 1961 Buesink, a former supervisor for the Town of Mina, became a car owner on the Stateline Speedway and Eriez Speedway circuit fielding a car that Marty Rater and Freddy Knapp shared. Knapp won his first-ever late model feature at Stateline on July 1, 1961, in Buesink's machine. Four weeks later Duell slipped behind the wheel and again put Buesink in victory lane for the 50-lap Mid-Season Championship.

Rater was again the Stateline-Eriez driver in 1962 scoring a season-best second place at Stateline on May 18. Pat Moore took a turn in the cockpit for 1963 scoring a season best third on July 6.

Freddy Knapp #99 and Floyd Fanale #9, Stateline Speedway 1965

Paul Wilson gave Buesink a win at Stateline on June 6, 1964, followed by a second on July 25.

For 1965 Buesink utilized a two-car team at Stateline and Eriez employing Freddy Knapp to drive his No. 99 and adding Floyd Fanale near mid-season to steer the No. 9. Knapp scored two wins at Eriez, a 25-lapper and a 100-lap season finale. He also recorded six other top-three finishes in Buesink's Ford. Fanale rewarded Buesink with a Stateline win and then followed his teammate across the finish line in the Eriez season-ender.

Knapp and Fanale returned as Julian's drivers in 1966. Knapp took first place in a 50-lapper at Eriez, a 25-lapper at Stateline and repeated in the 100-lap Grand Championship race at Eriez. Meanwhile, Fanale added a win at Eriez.

Jim Scott led a single-car effort for Buesink in 1967. He grabbed two feature wins at Eriez and added five other top-three finishes. He finished second to Bobby Schnars in the final Stateline point standings.

The next year Buesink gave Scott a brand-new car, a 1968 Ford Torino, and Scott repaid his owner by having a monster year. He took 11 top-three finishes, including five feature wins.

Scott returned to Buesink's Torino Cobra in 1969 and together they produced seven top-three finishes, including wins at Eriez.

Buesink relics

Sharyl Solsbee, owner of S.A.S. Motors, 3071 Fluvanna Avenue, Jamestown shared these relics of the location's connection to Julian Buesink. Her used car lot was formerly owned by Julian in the early 50s. The electrical panel inside the office contains a certificate describing work done on the premises of "Buesink's Used Cars." The stone step that leads to her office is inscribed "Buesink's".

Paul Wilson gave Buesink a win at Stateline on June 6, 1964, followed by a second on July 25.

A Ford Mustang came from the Buesink garage in 1970 for Scott to drive and he had eight top-three results, including victories at Stateline and a score at Eriez.

Buesink came back with a two-car effort in 1971. Knapp and Scott combined for nine top-three finishes including a victory by Knapp at Eriez and Scott completed the year fourth in Stateline points and fifth on the S-E Circuit.

Knapp was the pilot for 1972 and 1973. He was first under the checkered flag twice at Eriez. Knapp garnered four other top-three results.

Following the 1973 season, Julian's racing career was essentially over. Although he would occasionally sponsor a car, as late as the 1990s, he refocused his attention and energy to his businesses.

Buesink's career totals on the Stateline-Eriez Circuit are 27 feature wins and 73 top-three finishes.

Julian Buesink died in 1998. He was inducted into the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

For more in-depth information about Julian Buesink contributions to the sport of stock car racing, see Randy Anderson's story.

video courtesy Greg Peterson

Julian Buesink on NASCAR Circuit ( Aug. 7, 1995)

video courtesy Greg Peterson

A look back at 1950 NASCAR championship car owner, Julian Buesink, and the many cars and drivers he
employed at Stateline Speedway from 1961 to 1973.

video courtesy Greg Peterson

1951 Grand National Race at Daytona Beach: This early NASCAR race was unique in that 3 of the starting
field were cars owned by Findley Lake N.Y. auto dealer Julian Buesink: Don Eggert from Jamestown N.Y. who
finished 15th; defending NASCAR champ Bill Rexford from Conewango N.Y. who finished 13th and Lloyd
Moore from Frewsburg N.Y. who finished 10th. From the Lloyd Moore collectiion.

This is a photo of a model replica of a 1959 Ford that Julian Buesink entered in the 1959 Southern 500 at Darlington, SC in September of 1959. The car was driven by a young man who went on the become a NASCAR superstar: Buddy Baker. The model was built by B. Wade Brooks.

photo by B. Wade Brooks


Take a Virtual Tour of the Hall of Fame!

order form

order form

order form

order form

Deppas Insurance
110 Mall Blvd.
Lakewood, NY 14750
Tel: (716) 763-4377

D & S Glass
333 Fluvanna Avenue
Jamestown, NY 14701
Tel: (716) 664-9321

G.A. Family Services
200 Gustavus Avenue
Jamestown, NY 14701
Tel: (716) 665-2116

Hope's Windows
84 Hopkins Avenue
Jamestown, NY 14701
Tel: (716) 665-5124

Lake Shore Paving
7 Osmer Street
Jamestown, NY 14701
Tel: (716) 664-4400

Legend Group
Lou Deppas, President
110 Mall Blvd.
Lakewood, NY 14750
Tel: (716) 763-9380

Lewis & Lewis
208 Pine Street
Jamestown, NY 14750
Tel: (716) 664-7354

Lind Funeral Home
805 West Third Street
Jamestown, NY 14701
Tel: (716) 664-3800

Shults Auto Group
300 Fluvanna Avenue
Jamestown, NY 14701
Tel: (716) 484-7151


Chautauqua Region Community Foundation
418 Spring Street
Jamestown, NY 14701
Tel: (716) 661-3390

Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation
212 Lake Shore Drive West
Dunkirk, NY 14048
Tel: (716) 366-4892

Hall of Fame
Auto Racing
Dick BartonDick Barton
Ron BlackmerRon Blackmer
Julian BuesinkJulian Buesink
Ronald "Skip" Furlow
Sammy LaMancusoSammy LaMancuso
Jack LawrenceJack Lawrence
Lloyd MooreLloyd Moore
Bill RexfordBill Rexford
Bob SchnarsBob Schnars



Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame
15 West Third Street,   Jamestown, New York 14701
© 2018 All rights reserved.

site designed and maintained by earth spark
image galleries powered by jAlbum