Monthly Archives August 2010

From Jefco To Gresham, NASCAR Roots Deep At Speedway

A look at Jefco Speedway (now Gresham Motorsporst Park) just prior to its opening in 1967.

By Brandon Reed
Posted in Feature Stories 8/27/10

When the green flag falls at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Georgia on the night of Saturday, August 28, it will be another page in the NASCAR history books at the storied speedway.

NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series East is making its only Peach State appearance this year with a 150-lap event at the high-banked half-mile track.  Drivers such as 2009 series champ Ryan Truex, Ty Dillon, Darrell Wallace, Jr. and Eddie MacDonald will be vying for the win.

Remembering Columbus Super Speedway

In the number 113 Ford Standard coupe from Columbus, Georgia is Dusty Rhodes – the perfect name for a race car driver. Taken at Columbus Super Speedway by Earl Garrettson.

By Mike Bell
Posted in Feature Stories 8/20/10

Most people don’t remember but there have been several race tracks in the Columbus, Georgia area that are long gone.  Let’s quickly review the first two, which were the Idle Hour Speedway at Martin Stadium in Phoenix City, Alabama and the Columbus Speedway northeast of town off Hamilton Road.

Racers Of All Kinds Gather At Lakewood Reunion

People congregated at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame in Dawsonville, Georgia to remember Lakewood Speedway on Aug. 7. Photo by Brandon Reed

By Brandon Reed and John Close
Posted in Feature Stories 8/13/10

On August 7, around 350 former racers, fans and friends of the old Lakewood Speedway gathered to remember the grand old track and those that raced there at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame in Dawsonville, Georgia.

A huge contingent of former Lakewood motorcycle racers were in attendance, many making their first trek to the Hall of Fame, as the facility prepares to induct motorcycle racing legend Ted Edwards into the Hall later this year.

Movies Give A Glimpse At Racing Past

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By Brandon Reed
Posted in Columns 8/6/10

For some reason in the late 1960s and early 1970s, there was a slew of stock car racing movies filmed in the south.

Some were okay, some were terrible, but many of them had one thing in common – they were made by people who really didn’t know what stock car racing was all about.

The film “White Lightning Road” is just such a film. It was made in 1965, written, directed and produced by Ron Ormond, a low-budget filmmaker from Nashville.

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