Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - (Page 19)

NASCAR’s roots run deep in Georgia soil BY MATT BOLCH Southern O Tony Stewart’s pit crew services his No. 14 Office Depot car during last year’s Emory Healthcare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Stewart broke a 31-race losing streak in taking the checkered flag, one of two races he won last year. speedsters NASCAR’s roots run deep in Georgia soil BY MATT BOLCH • PHOTOS COURTESY OF ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY Dawsonville native Bill Elliott celebrates his first win at Atlanta Motor Speedway at 1985’s Coca-Cola 500. n a remote highway in the darkest hours of a warm spring evening during Prohibition, Raymond Parks drove carefully—with the headlights off. Ever wary of revenuers, Parks was transporting a trunk full of moonshine from the hills of Dawsonville to thirsty miscreants in Atlanta. But if Parks saw the lights atop a police car, he had plenty of horsepower under the hood to outrun any pursuers. “He was a big-time, nefarious operator. He was a bootlegger and ran numbers, but he legitimized himself,” Mike Bell says of the late Parks, one of the early car owners in NASCAR. Bell helped found the Georgia Automobile Racing Hall of Fame Association Inc. in 1997, and serves as its CEO and historian. The Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, located in Dawsonville, features memorabilia from the past, present and future of racing in the state. Although Southerners have a reputation for embellishing stories to make the telling better, the tales linking the running of moonshine to the eventual running of NASCAR events across the country—with speeds exceeding 200 mph—are true. But what you may not know is the importance of Georgians like Parks, Red Byron, Red Vogt, Gober Sosebee and many others who owned, worked on cars and raced for years prior to the founding of the National Association for Automobile Stock Car Racing in 1947 More online at www.georgiamagazine.org Unadilla’s David Ragan got his racing start at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1997, racing in the Bandolero Series at age 11. Drivers Carl Edwards, left, and Ryan Newman, right, congratulate Tony Stewart after his win at last year’s Emory Healthcare 500. 19 August 2011 http://www.georgiamagazine.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - August 2011

Georgia Magazine - August 2011
Table of Contents
Viewpoint
Mailbox
Picture This?
Georgia News
Calendar
Currents
Georgia's Energy Outlook
Southern speedsters
From humble to highfalutin
Second helping: Barbecue
Around Georgia
My Georgia
Snapshot
Snapshot Submissions
Meet legendary NASCAR driver Rex White
The history of Lake Lanier
Gardens plant of the month; Liberty notes
Energy-efficiency tips

Georgia Magazine - August 2011

Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Georgia Magazine - August 2011 (Page Cover1)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Georgia Magazine - August 2011 (Page Cover2)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Georgia Magazine - August 2011 (Page 3)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Table of Contents (Page 4)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Viewpoint (Page 5)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Mailbox (Page 6)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Picture This? (Page 7)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Georgia News (Page 8)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Georgia News (Page 9)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Georgia News (Page 10)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Georgia News (Page 11)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Calendar (Page 12)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Calendar (Page 13)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Calendar (Page 14)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Calendar (Page 15)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Currents (Page 16)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Currents (Page 17)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Georgia's Energy Outlook (Page 18)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Southern speedsters (Page 19)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Southern speedsters (Page 20)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Southern speedsters (Page 21)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - From humble to highfalutin (Page 22)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - From humble to highfalutin (Page 23)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - From humble to highfalutin (Page 24)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - From humble to highfalutin (Page 25)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - From humble to highfalutin (Page 26)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Second helping: Barbecue (Page 26A)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Second helping: Barbecue (Page 26B)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Second helping: Barbecue (Page 26C)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Second helping: Barbecue (Page 26D)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Second helping: Barbecue (Page 26E)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Second helping: Barbecue (Page 26F)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Second helping: Barbecue (Page 26G)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Second helping: Barbecue (Page 26H)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Around Georgia (Page 27)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Around Georgia (Page 28)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Around Georgia (Page 29)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Around Georgia (Page 30)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - My Georgia (Page 31)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - My Georgia (Page 32)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - My Georgia (Page 33)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Snapshot Submissions (Page 34)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Snapshot Submissions (Page 34A)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - The history of Lake Lanier (Page 34B)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Gardens plant of the month; Liberty notes (Page 34C)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Energy-efficiency tips (Page 34D)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Energy-efficiency tips (Page Cover3)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Energy-efficiency tips (Page Cover4)
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