“Grand National Rent-A-Racer”, that’s what Junie Donlavie’s NASCAR team cars were called back in the day. This Truxmore Industries sponsored, Richmond Virginia’s based Grand National 1971 Mercury Cyclone contender was driven by eight different drivers in 1973. Donlavey, a top mechanic at Truxmore Industries, a garbage truck building company, built and raced sportsman cars for years. Donlavey started competing in the top NASCAR Grand National division in 1970 and by 1973 he had not yet settled for one regular driver, often holding try-outs or match races to determine who would drive the number 90 that week.
One of two cars run in the 1973 season, this Holman Moody factory built car was born in the winter of 1968-1969 and re-bodied later with one of the super speedway’s most aerodynamic and fastest body designs, the ’71-’72 Mercury Cyclone. Donlavey entered and ran this car in fourteen Grand National races in 1973 scoring an impressive seven top 10’s. Jody Ridley finished the teams best 5TH at Atlanta in July. The other drivers were Bud Moore, Ramo Stott, Ray Hendricks, Dick Brooks, Jimmy Hensley, Eddie Pettyjohn, and Charlie Glotzback.
The racer was then sold to a Richmond Virginia’s Val Knight and campaigned in NASCAR’S other east coast junior series events. A Holman Moody enthusiast / racer from Canada retrieved the car from Knight, still in his Princess Anne Auto Sales livery, and stored it until sold in 2001.
This car is currently undergoing a period correct detailed show quality restoration that includes its 427 CI. sideoiler FE engine and correct Holman Moody high performance parts.
1969 thru 1972, Holman Moody Refurbishment Program, owners / drivers un-documented
02/18/73 Daytona, 8TH, Stott
02/25/73 Richmond, 26TH, Hendricks
04/01/73 Atlanta, 7TH, Brooks
04/29/73 Martinsville, 7TH, Hensley
06/03/73 Dover, 40TH, Pettyjohn
07/22/73 Atlanta, 5TH, Ridley
08/12/73 Talladega, 37TH, Ridley
08/25/73 Nashville, 32ND, Brooks
09/03’73 Darlington, 29TH, Moore
09/09/73 Richmond, 27TH, Brooks
09/16/73 Dover, 10TH, Pettyjohn
09/23/73 N. Wilkesboro, 8TH, Brooks
09/30/73 Martinsville, 11TH, Hendricks
10/21/73 Rockingham, 8TH, 8TH, Glotzback
1969-1973 Undocumented. After running this car thru the fall of 1973 Junie Donlavey of Richmond, VA sold the car to Val Knight of Fredericksburg, VA. Wayne Slater of Orangeville, Ontario CANADA purchased it from Knight, and sold it to Lance Smith of Villanova, PA