All Around the Track: Oral Histories of Drivers, Mechanics, Officials, Owners, Journalists and Others in Motorsports Past and Present

All Around the Track: Oral Histories of Drivers, Mechanics, Officials, Owners, Journalists and Others in Motorsports Past and Present

by Anne B. Jones, Rex White


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All Around the Track: Oral Histories of Drivers, Mechanics, Officials, Owners, Journalists and Others in Motorsports Past and Present by Anne B. Jones, Rex White

From authors Anne Jones and former NASCAR champion Rex White, here are oral histories of more than 50 individuals from stock car and drag racing’s not-so-distant past and present. Rich with original interviews and previously unpublished material, it includes drivers such as David Pearson, Junior Johnson, Bobby Allison, Bob Glidden and Hubert Platt; mechanics and builders; track crew; sportswriters; and owners such as Joe and J.D. Gibbs. Features many photographs and a foreword by Atlanta Motor Speedway President Ed Clark.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786429882
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 04/25/2007
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Writer Anne B. Jones lives in Jackson, Georgia. Her articles have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines. Rex White makes numerous NASCAR–related appearances today and has appeared in recent radio, newspaper, and television interviews, as well as national motorsports magazines. They are also the authors of Gold Thunder: Autobiography of a NASCAR Champion (2005).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Foreword by Ed Clark 1

Preface 3

Introduction 7

1. Raymond Parks: Beginning with Liquor Cars 9

2. Chris Economaki: Editor and Publisher Emeritus of National Speed Sport News 14

3. Ed Samples: Early Racing Champion 19

4. Frankie Schneider: The Old Dutch Master 24

5. Julius Timothy “Tim” Flock: Grease Monkey on His Back 29

6. Charlie Bagwell: Good Time Charlie, “The Levi King” 32

7. Gober Sosebee: Georgia’s “Wild Injun” 36

8. TTaylor Warren: Picture This! 39

9. Roby Combs: Pioneer NASCAR Flagman 44

10. Frank Mundy: Hell Driver 47

11. Louis Jerome “Red” Vogt: Pioneer Master Mechanic 51

12. Joe and Juanita Epton: A NASCAR Tradition 55

13. Morris Metcalfe: NASCAR Scorer 59

14. Ray Fox: Master Mechanic and Car Builder 61

15. Rex White: Flat-Out and Belly to the Ground 64

16. Louis and Crawford Clements: Crackerjack Racing Mechanics 69

17. Charles “Slick” Owens: From the “Golden Glove” to the “Golden Lug Wrench” 73

18. Hubert Platt: Dragster Showman of the South 77

19. Robert Glenn “Junior” Johnson: Win, Wreck or Blow 81

20. Bobby and Socrates “Shorty” Johns: Racing’s Premier Father-Son Team 84

21. Phillip “Pee Wee” Jones: King of the Carolina Piedmont 87

22. “Tiger” Tom Pistone: Racing’s Little Giant 89

23. Marvin Panch: West Coast Marvel 92

24. Bettie Panch: Racing’s Family Advocate 98

25. Benny Parsons: Stormtrooper from the North 101

26. Everett “Cotton” Owens: King of the Modifieds 103

27. Johnny Allen: Addicted to Speed 108

28. James Hylton: Standing on Principle Pursuing His Dream 113

29. WC“Junie” Donlavey: Racing’s Angel 120

30. Dewayne “Tiny” Lund: From the Cornfields to Talladega 124

31. Charlie Glotzbach: “Chargin’ Charlie” 128

32. Jim Bray: Determined Canadian 130

33. David Pearson: The Cunning Silver Fox 134

34. Ronnie “Papa” Sanders: Master of Short Tracks 138

35. Morris Stephenson: Pioneer Racing Reporter-Promoter 142

36. Linda Vaughn: Elegant Entrepreneur 146

37. Harry Gant: “MrSeptember” 149

38. Robert Arthur “Bobby” Allison: Leader of the “Alabama Gang” 153

39. Dave Marcis: The Wingtip Wizard 157

40. Bob Glidden: Dragstrip Champion 162

41. Bill Chubbuck: Collector, Wrestler, Racer and Fan 165

42. The RevFrank Stark: “Will You Win the Real Race?” 169

43. Mike Bell: Living and Breathing Racing History 175

44. Mike Sykes: Old Timers’ Racing Club Founder 179

45. Betty Carlan: First Lady of Talladega 184

46. Larry Jendras: Maryland Racing Historian 187

47. Suzanne Wise: Librarian, Stock Car Racing Collection Archives, Appalachian State University 192

48. Gerald Hodges: Fan and Racing Reporter 195

49. Harlow Reynolds: Sports Enthusiast Extraordinaire 199

50. Greg Zyla: Journalist, Publisher, Racer and Broadcaster 202

51. Rick Minter: Sportswriter 206

52. “Captain Herb” Emory: WSB Radio Racing Talk Show Host and Traffic Reporter 211

53. Chris Siebert: Bandolero Bandit 216

54. Joey Logano: Fast Track to Fame 219

55. Joe Gibbs and J.DGibbs: A Racing Legacy 222

56. Chris Dilbeck: Young and Restless 225

57. The Greshams: Racing Is a Family Affair 229

58. Atlanta Motor Speedway President Ed Clark: The Other Side of the Tracks 232

Index 237

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