Monthly Archives December 2009

Gresham Rebirth Top Georgia Historic Moment of ’09

The reconstruction of the old Peach State Speedway into Gresham Motorsports Park was chosen as the top historic moment in Georgia racing for 2009.  Photo courtesy GMP media

The reconstruction of Gresham Motorsports Park was chosen as the top historic moment in Georgia racing for 2009. Photo courtesy GMP media

By Brandon Reed
Posted in Feature Stories 12/31/09

According to a group of motorsports writers and aficionados polled recently, the most historic moment in Georgia racing in 2009 was the rebirth of the old Jefco Speedway into the new Gresham Motorsports Park.

Senoia Raceway Getting Back To Its Roots

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Rick Minter

By Rick Minter-Guest Columnist
Posted in Columns 12/24/09

Down here in the real world, around my home county of Fayette, the racing buzz isn’t about Jimmie Johnson or Danica Patrick. It’s about the layer of clay being applied to Senoia Raceway.

Up at Glenn and Cheryl Morris’ muffler and sign shop in Fayetteville, Glenn, the veteran Late Model driver, is making plans to return to the track where he started racing years ago, the same track where his father, the late Bob Morris, once was one of the few faithful Ford chauffeurs in the Chevy-dominated starting fields.

A Fortunate Witness To History

Brandon Reed

Brandon Reed

By Brandon Reed
Posted in Columns 12/18/09

As a race fan, I’ve been a very fortunate man.

I’ve been to a lot of races over the years, and several of them ended up being historic moments not only in Georgia auto racing but also in the overall scope of motor racing.

The first race I ever attended was the inaugural World Crown 300 back in 1983 at what is now Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Georgia.  I sat with my grandfather and watched Dick Trickle be crowned as the “King of the Short Tracks”.

Remembering Valdosta’s Thunderbowl Speedway

Harvey Jones (6) and Sam McQuagg (90) lead the pack down the backstretch at the Thunderbowl Speedway.  Behind them are Hulon Jones (90), Hulon Jones (second number 6), Willie McDonald (91), as well as Frank Taylor and Earl Powell.  Photo courtesy Earl Powell

Harvey Jones (6) and Sam McQuagg (90) lead the pack down the backstretch at the Thunderbowl Speedway. Photo courtesy Earl Powell

By Brandon Reed
Posted in Feature Stories 12/11/09

It was a time for reminiscing down in Valdosta, Georgia back on November 15.

That’s when the South Georgia chapter of GARHOFA held the latest installment of the Thunderbowl Speedway Reunion, celebrating the venerable old 3/8 mile dirt speed palace that once saw some of the best racers from south Georgia and northern Florida come to do battle.

Title Chase Had Upside Down Ending In ’52

Tim Flock gets congratulated by wife Frances and brother Fonty after winning at Detroit in 1952.  Photo courtesy Frances Flock

Tim Flock gets congratulated by wife Frances and brother Fonty after winning at Detroit in 1952. Photo courtesy Frances Flock

By Brandon Reed
Posted in Feature Stories 12/4/09

The 2009 Chase for the Sprint Cup championship is now history, the champagne has been poured, and most of the Lowe’s team members are enjoying the spoils of victory.

With winning a record fourth straight title, Jimmie Johnson has surpassed the mark set by legendary throttle stomper Cale Yarborough, who won three back-to-back championships from 1976 through 1978.

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