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Charlotte Was Full Of Surprises In 1960

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By Brandon Reed
Posted in Columns 5/28/10

If there’s ever been a track on the NASCAR circuit that drivers have struggled to get a handle on, it would have to be the 1.5 mile Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Year after year, drivers have looked for the right way around the venerable old speedway, looking for the right combination to win NASCAR’s longest event, the famed World 600.
That struggle goes all the way back to its first event back on Memorial Day of 1960, when two key drivers with Georgia ties were at the center of the first 600-mile grind.

The first World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway was a grueling event that broke several cars, and several hearts before the checkered flag fell.

Georgia Greats Honored At Gresham Motosports Park

Jerry Williams (left), David Sosebee (center) and Capt. Herb Emory (right) go three wide during the vintage car pace laps at GMP. Photo courtesy GMP Media

By Brandon Reed
Posted in Feature Stories 5/21/10

On May 15, Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Georgia played host to the inaugural Georgia Racing Hall of Fame night.

The track, which was recently named as the official track of the GRHOF, invited every Hall of Fame member or family members of Hall of Fame members who are no longer with us, to take part in this special evening.

Augusta Speedway Complex Remembered

The Augusta International Raceway was part of what was planned to be a multi-track facility in Hephzibah, Georgia. Photo courtesy Henry Jones

By Brandon Reed
Posted in Feature Stories 5/14/10

On May 1, 2010, one of the most unique and interesting race track complexes in Georgia history was remembered.

It was exactly 50 years ago to the day that the Augusta International Speedway complex was opened in Hephzibah, Georgia.  It was intended to be  a massive racing facility that would include a three mile long road course, one mile dirt oval, a two mile long tri-oval superspeedway, a half-mile paved oval and a 1/4 mile dragstrip.

Swayne Pritchett, Racing Pioneer

Brandon Reed

Brandon Reed

By Brandon Reed
Posted in Columns 5/7/10

It was 62 years ago this month that the racing world lost a driver that many felt would have been an early NASCAR star.

On May 16, 1948, Swayne Pritchett of Baldwin lost his life due to injuries sustained in a racing accident in Jefferson, GA.

Pritchett was born in 1922, and early on, was fascinated by speed. As many young men of the day were, he was involved in the moonshine business.

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