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Banjo Matthews Carries Unique NASCAR Legacy

IN THE MIDDLE: Banjo Matthews (center) chats with Lee Petty (left) and Junior Johnson at Riverside, Calif., in 1968. (Chris Economaki Photo)

“When Banjo first came around, he wore a pair of glasses that were so thick, it made everyone, on first impression, think of a ‘banjo,’” said legendary car owner-car builder Bud Moore of Spartanburg, S.C.

FLOWERS: Hamlin Is Latest Of NASCAR’s Star Virginia Racers

Jack Flowers

Curtis Turner, Ricky Rudd, Jeff Burton, Joe Weatherly, Wendell Scott, Buddy Arrington, Lennie Pond, Jabe Thomas, Rick Mast…some of the long list of Virginia drivers who have made it to the NASCAR Sprint Cup level.

Harry Gant Will Long Be Known As ‘Mr. September’

Harry Gant Will Long Be Known As ‘Mr. September’

Major League Baseball had “Mr. October.”
Reggie Jackson was instrumental in helping teams he played with in key games in playoffs and the World Series,…

FLOWERS: Megan Reitenour May Have The Skills For Success

Jack Flowers

CONCORD, N.C.
I think I’ve seen every female who has attempted to race in NASCAR, and all have come and gone.
“If these races had been…

Tommy Houston Was Among Greats Out Of Hickory, N.C.

Tommy Houston Was Among Greats Out Of Hickory, N.C.

Tommy Houston grew up in a North Carolina county that was tradition-rich in motorsports history.
A native of Hickory, N.C., in Catawba County, Houston is…

Thankful To Be Around For NASCAR’s Glory Days

Jack Flowers

CONCORD, N.C.
I’m very thankful I covered the NASCAR Cup Series when I did. I’m not sure I would have survived in this day and time.
I…

FLOWERS: Wallace Racing Team Struggles

Jack Flowers

CONCORD, N.C.
Nobody asked me, but I’m here to tell you that if there ever was a man who lived up to his word, it…

Winged Warriors

Winged Warriors

SHORT LIFESPAN: Donnie Allison (27) chases Bobby Isaac (71) and Charlie Glotzbach, two of the drivers who raced Dodge’s winged Daytonas, during the 1970…

Bodine Hopes Experience Shows In Legends Million

Bodine Hopes Experience Shows In Legends Million

CONCORD, N.C.
This weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, 60-year-old Geoffrey Bodine will be like a fish out of water.
He’s one of the many competing in…

Saying Goodbye To Old Friends

Saying Goodbye To Old Friends

CONCORD, N.C.
Within the last couple of weeks we lost a couple of NASCAR’s finest.
One was well known.
The other one, very few people knew him…

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