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Tuesday November 29 2011, 5:05 PM
Frankie Burnhamfrom South Mills, NC died Nov. 27, 2011at the age of79. He drove the old modified coupe number "00" throughout Virginia and North Carolina back in 1950's,1960's and continued racing until the 1970's. He won the Virginia State...
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Friday January 15 2010, 7:00 PM
Back in the day race drivers were very superstitious, they would never wear green clothing like a green shirt to the race track because they believed green was bad luck. Even if a person came near their race car with green clothing on, the driver...
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Monday December 28 2009, 6:34 PM
One hot Saturday night in the summer of 1957 " I went to a fight and a race broke out". I was only about 12 years old and my brother was 9. We traveled with the crew of my father's race car to 4 different outlaw dirt tracks each week in the racing...
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Langley Speedway's oldest race car driver Jimmy Young passed away this morning Dec.15, 2009 at the age of 90. Jimmy started racing the old flat head Fords on local dirt tracks in Virginia and North Carolina back in the late 1940's to the mid...
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Saturday August 22 2009, 6:23 PM
Bob Powell of Smithfield, VA has passed away at the age of 92. He drove on many dirt tracks in VA and NC back in the 1950's and early 1960's. "Dude Ranch" Speedway Hampton, VA which is called Langley Speedway today, Dinwiddie Speedway in...
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Has anyone noticed how many caution flags are thrown for DEBRIS on the track in NASCAR SPRINT SERIES in today's racing ? I don't remember this in years past or "Back In The Day" racing, maybe every once in a while there would be a caution for...
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Wednesday March 18 2009, 2:55 PM
Jimmy Young is Langley Speedway's oldest living driver, His 90th Birthday is Monday March 23, 2009. He started racing in the late 1940's on local dirt tracks in Virginia and North Carolina. I have known Jimmy my entire life. he is quite a...
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Monday January 12 2009, 6:21 PM
Racing one Friday night at Brunswick Speedway in Lawrenceville, Virginia 1957, Butch Torrie was leading the 25 lap feature race when just a few laps from the end he got involved in a wreck with a slower lap car. A tire was cut down on Butch's car...
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We were racing on the quarter mile dirt track Dinwiddie Speedway in Petersburg, Virginia about 51 years ago one Saturday night. You know one of those long nights when there were lots of wrecks and caution flags on the race track. Time delays from...
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Wednesday January 7 2009, 5:49 PM
Every Grand National Car that started the race received a certain amount of money just for completing the first lap of the race. Bill Champion's engine builder once told me that they would wrap a steel wire around the oil line and tie the other...
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Tuesday January 6 2009, 5:40 PM
Back in the day racing was a lot of fun ! Joking around was a normal past time. A friend of mine who lives near was a crew member on Bill Champion's Grand National team. Bill Champion was an independent driver and car owner, his car number was #...
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Monday January 5 2009, 4:35 PM
One of the best races that I have ever seen was on a 1/4 mile dirt track in Norfolk, VA named Chinese Corner Speedway one Sunday afternoon in 1959. The old modified coupes were racing, back then the feature race was only 25 laps long, but what a...
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