From a late start in racing Jalopy's to winning the first Riverside 500 just does not come close to describing Eddie Gray. 'Steady Eddie' Gray was a smart and patient driver who put together 20 victories, which places him sixth all time on the west coast. He was the 1958 NASCAR West Coast Champ, and came back to win the title again in 1961 and 1962. In addition to winning the 1958 Riverside 500, Eddie won at the Sacramento Mile three times. Most of Eddie's success came at the wheel of Vel Melitich and Frank Galpin owned Fords. 'Steady Eddie' had four Winston Cup victories and over 100 main event wins in late model sportsman cars. Eddie Gray was simply a nice guy who loved racing.