Monthly Archives August 2011

Ken Ragan Represents A Strong Georgia Racing Family

Ken Ragan made a name for himself as a driver in ARCA and NASCAR's Sprint Cup series before working with Legends car racing. Photo courtesy GRHOF

By Brandon Reed
Posted in Feature 8/26/11

When most people talk about Ken Ragan, they talk about his time as an independent racer out of Georgia, or about his later role in bringing the current form of racing known as Legends cars to prominence.

What many may fail to realize is that Ken Ragan was a second generation racer who brought much skill, determination and drive to all his racing efforts.

George Elliott A Deserving Inductee To The GRHOF

George Elliott, pictured right, celebrates a victory at Rockingham in 1984 with, left to right, sons Dan Elliott, Bill Elliott and Ernie Elliott. Photo courtesy GRHOF

By Brandon Reed
Posted in Feature 8/19/11

Ask most anyone who knew him, and you will hear that Dawsonville, Georgia’s George Elliott was the epitome of a hard worker and a fine gentleman.

George Elliott was born April 7, 1924 in Dawsonville.  While he may be best known as the father of NASCAR champion brothers Bill, Ernie and Dan Elliott and the grandfather to up and coming stock car racer Chase Elliott, those who knew him say he was the epitome of a hard worker and a fine gentleman.

The Racing Legacy Of Harold Kite

Harold Kite won at Daytona Beach in 1950, but his racing legacy continues on today. Photo courtesy GRHOF

By Brandon Reed
Posted in Feature 8/13/11

A racing legacy can take several different forms.  Sometimes it comes in the form of a racing dynasty spanning many years with a number of wins and championships.

But another kind of racing legacy can come from the impact that someone had on the racing world in a relative short period of time, and how that impact continues to resonate today.

Such is the racing legacy of Harold Kite of East Point, Georgia.

Hall Of Famer Swayne Pritchett Was A NASCAR Pioneer

Swayne Pritchett (left), seen here with mechanic Jack Edwards, was true racing pioneer. Photo courtesy the Pritchett family

By Brandon Reed
Posted in Feature 8/5/11

Racing historian Mike Bell is working on a book on all the different race tracks in Georgia.  One section of the book, he says, will honor all the drivers who lost their lives while competing in the state.

It’s hard to say how many of those there were, to be honest.  Between races on obscure, dusty bullrings and events held prior to World War I, there are huge gaps in what we know about the happenings on the various race courses in the Peach State.

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