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Runt Harris (June 4, 1927 - June 30, 1990) was a NASCAR driver from Fredricksburg, VA. He competed in eight Sprint Cup Series events in his career, earning one top-ten.Harris' next race came in 1950, when he competed at Martinsville. Starting positions in the field of twenty-one are unknown, but it wasn't the best of races for Harris as he limped home 19th.

Harris did not return to action for the longest time, making his next start in late 1957 at Darlington. Starting 24th in the prestigious Southern 500, Harris lost his clutch early in the event and suffered a poor 39th place finish.

Harris' next race came in 1959, when he competed at Richmond. Luckily, Harris finally found some success. Starting 5th, Harris completed all but seven laps during the race and was rewarded with a fifth place finish.

Harris stepped it up to a three-race schedule during the 1960 season, driving for the fledgling Donlavey Racing team. Despite the quantitative improvement for the driver, the quality results did not come in. Mechanical issues bit him in every start, including a disappointing 34th finish at Daytona in the Twin races that prevented Harris from making the Daytona 500. He did slightly improve his results as the year rolled on, also finishing 28th at Darlington and 20th at Martinsville.

Harris' final two events came during the 1962 season, when he matched his previous best effort of 109th in the points. Once again, though, Harris had to weather some tough results. Early piston woes cost him in his return to Richmond, leaving him 28th. He then made the choice to race at Moyock, ultimately his last race. Starting last (15th) in the race, Harris only improved one spot to 14th due to more early engine issues.Harris had outstanding short track carreer in the Richmond Va. area. Runt was 1/4 of the famed 4H boys comprised of Hendricks, Hutchins, Harris, and Hairfield. When these four showed up at the track competition was at its best.


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