Monthly Archives April 2010

Fonty Flock Made Number 14 Successful

Brandon Reed

Brandon Reed

By Brandon Reed
Posted in Columns 4/30/10

Tony Stewart was in the Peach State this past week, turning test laps at the redesigned Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Georgia, along with two other Sprint Cup teams.

Stewart was impressive as he turned laps in his Chevrolet, which is usually adorned with the number 14.  On this day, the Chevy Stewart was piloting had no numbers or decals.

Stewart has piloted the number 14 for the last season and a half.  He announced he’d race under that number when he announced his buy-in to the as part owner to what was then Haas-CNC Racing.

Elliott Was Awesome At Talladega In 1985

Bill Elliott turned in a historic performance in the 1985 Winston 500 at Talladega, Ala.

By Brandon Reed
Posted in Feature Stories 4/23/10

It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years since Bill Elliott ran what may be his greatest race, and made what is without a doubt the greatest comeback in NASCAR history.

It occurred on May 5, 1985 at Talladega, Alabama.

Leading up to the event, NASCAR had been looking for a way to slow down Bill Elliott and his Coors sponsored Ford Thunderbird.

A Look At Old Tracks of Northeast Georgia

Mike Bell

By Mike Bell
Posted in Columns 4/16/10

Last year, I met Heather Rhodes, the publisher and editor of Slingin’ Dirt Magazine at Hartwell Speedway while the Carolina Clash was stirring up the red clay?

“Could you do something on history for publication in the paper?” was her request. Here’s what I shared with her.

Columbus Speedway Site Of Triumph And Tragedy in 1948

Two years after Columbus Speedway’s first historic NASCAR season, the only Grand National event was held there in 1951. The race was promoted by Fonty Flock and won by Tim Flock. Photo courtesy Greg Fielden

By Eddie Samples
Posted in Feature Stories 4/9/10

Columbus Speedway, which was actually built in nearby Midland, Georgia, was in business from 1948 until 1952.

“It was developed because of the financial success they were having in Jacksonville, Florida, Macon and Jonesboro, Georgia,” GARHOFA historian Mike Bell told us.  “The men who built it were in the car business, except for Tom Sikes, a lawyer friend of some of the others.  The midget races across the Chattahoochee River in Phenix City, Alabama, were a success, so why not Columbus.”

Remembering The First Lady Of Racing

Brandon Reed

Brandon Reed

By Brandon Reed
Posted in Columns 4/2/10

In the last few years, the success of Danica Patrick in Indy car racing and Ashley Force in NHRA drag racing has drawn more and more attention to women competing in auto racing.

The phenomenal attention that Patrick gained and continues to garner this year with her stint into the stock car world has continued to fuel the age old question of just when the glass ceiling will be broken in NASCAR.

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