Darel Dieringer had a short Grand National career from 1961 to 1968. In 1961 and 1962 he raced in a total of 21 races; seven in ’61 and 14 in 1962. He had no wins in either season and was 35th and 33rd in the points standings. In 1963 Darel started in 27 races and finally found the checkered flag at Riverside, CA, the last race of the season. He took seventh in the points race with 21,148.
Darel got his second career win at the second to the last race of the season in 1964 at Augusta, GA. but only placed 11th in points after 27 starts.
Dieringer got his third win in the 1965 Dayton 500 qualifying race and won the pole for the Dayton 500. Although he couldn’t turn his pole into a victory, it seemed to be a step in the right direction for the season. He placed third in overall points behind drivers Ned Jarrett and Dick Hutcherson.
1966 was a winning season for Darel. He had his first season with more than just one win. Career win number four came at Monroe, North Carolina, followed by win number five in Weaverville, NC. Dieringer also won at Darlington in ’66.
1967 seemed to be the “Year of the Pole” for Darel Dieringer. In 19 starts that season he won seven pole positions, including the Firecracker 400 at Daytona, the South Eastern 500 at Bristol. He reached the checkered flag for the seventh and last time in his career at Wilkesboro, North Carolina and finished the season 12th on the points list.
Darel had 18 starts in 1968, including a pole position at Weaverville, NC. With no wins he finished his final NASCAR season 21st with 1,525 points.