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Paul Goldsmith

PAUL GOLDSMITH enjoyed a career so diversified that references to him having won at Milwaukee, Langhorne or Daytona Beach require clarification as to whether the event in question was for two wheels or four. After finishing second to his protégé Joe Leonard (a fellow Hall of Famer) in the 1954 AMA (American Motorcyclist Association) championship in 1954, Goldsmith made a transition to driving NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) stock cars for Smokey Yunick. Later teaming up with Ray Nichels, Goldsmith finished second in the 1960 USAC (United States Auto Club) stock car championship and then won the title in 1961 and 1962, amassing 18 wins in 39 starts during that period. He rarely took part in open-wheel competition but did compete in the Indianapolis 500 six times, finishing third in 1960.