Monthly Archives July 2011

Mike Head: The Renaissance Racer

Mike Head (right) and Dale Earnhardt at Woodstock, Georgia's Dixie Speedway.

By Mike Bell
Posted in Feature Stories 7/29/11

In the past, many of the drivers we have profiled here on this website were born before World War II. We felt that some of the modern racers defined the word “throwback.”

Mike Head does just that. In the very early years of stock car racing before and just after the war, weekly racing was unknown. Drivers traveled to other cities, sometimes distant, to race. The early Georgia drivers made the choice to go where the racing and money were. Daytona to end every winter; then Charlotte, Columbia, Chattanooga and other cities had their races.

Georgia Racing Hall Of Fame Announces 2011 Inductees

The 2011 Georgia Racing Hall of Fame inductees are, left to right, George Elliott, Mike Head, Harold Kite, Swayne Pritchett and Ken Ragan.

By Brandon Reed
Posted in Feature 7/22/11

The votes have been tallied, and the five inductees for 2011 into the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame have been chosen.

The 2011 inductees are George Elliott of Dawsonville, Mike Head of Ellenwood, Harold Kite of College Park, Swayne Pritchett of Baldwin and Ken Ragan of Unadilla.

The 2011 Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Induction banquet will be held on Oct. 21, 2011 at 6 pm at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, located inside the Dawsonville Municipal Complex in Dawsonville, Georgia.

Gresham’s Mid-Week Racing A Throwback

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By Brandon Reed
Posted in Columns 7/15/11

The recent news that Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Georgia would be hosting Wednesday night races for the first time in several years brought back memories of a time when mid-week racing was the norm in Georgia.

While modern day fans might not know it, long time race chasers remember the days when drivers would face off at various tracks around the region all through the week.

Herman Wise – Deep South Sprinter

Herman Wise sits in the Super Modified that he drove from 1964 through 1966. He built the car from scratch.

By Mike Bell
Posted in Feature Stories 7/7/11

Before the Swindell brothers and Bobby Davis Jr. left Memphis for the Outlaw Trail; before Rickey Hood invaded Indiana and won his USAC titles; and before the ageless Frank Riddle drove up from Florida to show his physical prowess by winning the Little 500 in Anderson, Indiana, there was a deep South driver who invaded sprint car country and was successful.

Jimmy Summerour-The Man Behind the Scenes

Jimmy Summerour sits in his dragster outside the trophy lined garage of R.T. "Buckshot" Morris in 1959.

By Mike Bell
Posted in Feature Stories 7/1/11

In racing today, after interviewing the winning driver, they go to the crew chief for insight on how the car worked. That crew chief spouts off a few names of the crew who made the victory possible – the tire changer, the engine builder or even the body fabricator.

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