Monthly Archives October 2010

Georgia Racing HOF Inducts 2010 Class

The Class of 2010 was inducted into the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame on Oct. 22. Photo by Mike Terrell

By Brandon Reed
Posted in Feature Stories 10/29/10

On Friday, Oct. 22, the newest members of the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame were inducted at a ceremony held at the Hall of Fame in Dawsonville, Georgia.

If you missed this year’s banquet, you missed what many are calling the best banquet in the hall’s nine-year history.  Among those inducted were motorcycle ace Ted Edwards, NASCAR Winston Cup champion crew chief and engine builder Ernie Elliott, open wheel and stock car pioneer Jack Etheridge, NASCAR sportsman championship winning car owner Laverne Kendrick and pioneer stock car racer and track official Jerry Wimbish.

All Things Must Pass

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By Brandon Reed
Posted in Columns 10/22/10

If you haven’t had the opportunity to see the new documentary “Petty Blue”, you really should.

While if focuses mainly on Richard Petty, it tells the story of the Petty racing dynasty, good, bad and ugly.

One of the most heart rendering moments of the video is when they reach the story of Adam Petty, Kyle’s son, who was lost to us in a crash on May 12, 2000.

It was  on that day that the sports world lost something special.

Ga. Racing Hall of Fame Set To Induct 2010 Class

Ted Edwards, Ernie Elliott, Jack Etheridge, Laverne Kendrick and Jerry Wimbish will be inducted into the GRHOF on Oct. 22.

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

On October 22, another chapter will be written in the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame history books.

It’s already been a big year for the Hall.  From legendary AC/DC front man Brian Johnson visiting during a trip to the huge turnout for the third annual Lakewood Speedway reunion to the announcement last month that the Hall of Fame is becoming a 501(C)(3) organization run by its longtime volunteer staff, 2010 had been very, very good to the Hall of Fame.

Elliott’s 1985 Season Proved Nothing Is Certain

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By Brandon Reed
Posted in Columns 10/8/10

One of the things that always amuses me about the latter half of the racing season is watching all the various pundits try to be the first to name who the Sprint Cup Championship will go to.

First they’ll point to somebody who carries momentum into the chase.  Then they’ll jump on the bandwagon of the first winner, only to promptly claim that the second race winner was the one to watch all along.

Buddy Baker Always Has A Story

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By Brandon Reed
Posted in Columns 10/1/10

A couple of years ago, I was lucky enough to get to play chauffeur to a person I consider to be one of the all time great wheel men in NASCAR, Buddy Baker.

Buddy was kind enough to serve as the grand marshal at the Mountain Moonshine Festival, the annual gathering of race and old car enthusiasts centered around the square in downtown Dawsonville that particular year.

The event always brings out veteran racers, including David Pearson, Cotton Owens, Rex White and Junior Johnson.

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