|Posted by: olddog on August 21, 2018 at 8:30am|
DIVERSE CLASS INDUCTED INTO CARAWAY SPEEDWAY WALL OF FAME
Track Officials, Owners and Drivers Included in 4th Wall Class
(Sophia, NC): Asheboro, NC’s Caraway Speedway will celebrate its 53rd Anniversary on Saturday night, August 25th, with the induction of the fourth class of the tracks “Wall of Fame along with a full slate of racing action at the .456 mile track.
The list of inductees includes Tommy and Dot White, Herb Poole, Charles Moody, Phillip Richardson and Clyde Still.
Tommy and Dot White were fixtures at the Caraway track for over forty years. Tommy was there as a crew member before becoming a track official. He told me Dot was always at his side and that hasn’t changed to this day. She was asked to fill in one night on the timing clock and scoreboard and never left that spot until retirement. Tommy worked his way to the “Chief Steward” position and was one of the most respected officials to have ever worked at the track.
Herb Poole won over 250 races in his career with many of those wins at the historic Caraway Speedway. He raced there on the dirt winning the track title in the Modified division in 1972 then repeating as the division champ on asphalt in 1973. He moved around some over the years but returned to Caraway where he raced from 1985 through 1994 winning the Late Model crown in “91”. When asked for a “story” that stuck with him over the years, Herb recalled a protest from Dennis Setzer on his engine built by another area legend, T. A. Tooms. Track officials first called the engine wrong and T. A. had a fit. Further inspection proved Tooms right and Poole got the win.
Charles Moody was getting ready for a cruise and was unable to talk with me but his friend Pete Darrity provided some history for us. Charles drove the #76 at Caraway and other tracks. Moody always drove a Ford and was always competitive. Most were sponsored by IMCO Mufflers and those Keith Dorton engines kept that Ford at or near the front of the pack. One story Pete recalled from Caraway was an incident with a guy from Randleman, NC named Kyle Petty. You can ask Kyle what he learned that night. Moody was a car owner as well fielding cars for his sons Terry and Mike as well as for David Hyder and others.
Phillip Richardson started racing at Caraway on the dirt in 1969. Phillip along with David Wilson and Ralph Tucker built a lot of their own cars and at one point survived eight protests from other drivers in one very successful season. Richardson took a break in 1972 when the drivers called a strike but returned later to drive Reid Shaw’s Mercury Cougars wrenched by Tex Powell.
Clyde Still owned cars driven by Harold Crews, Bobby Williams, Tommy Lewis, Billy Hogan and others in a long career. Mr. Still worked with Don McTavish and Jerry cook along with a nine year stint with Mark Martin at Roush Racing. He also built cars for Leroy Rumley and Frank Fleming and he helped another Caraway “Wall of Fame” honoree, Herb Poole, to many wins. Later in his career he also helped John York and his son Jason.
You can meet these great members of the fourth Caraway Speedway “Wall of Fame” Saturday night at Caraway Speedway and celebrate their accomplishments as well as enjoy “Twin” 53 lap features for the Stars of the Southern Modified Racing Series, 53 laps for the Limited Late Models, 53 laps for the “602 Super Limited Late Models”, 35 laps for the “602 Modifieds” and Mini Stocks and a 12 lapper for the UCARs.
Grandstands open at 6:00 PM and qualifying starts at 6:15. Autographs and “Wall of Fame” inductions are at 7:00 PM and 330 laps of racing starts at 8:00 PM. Admission is only $20.00 for adults, youth ages 7-14 are $5.00 and kids 6 and under are free. For more information call 336-629-5803 or check the Facebook page for the speedway or the SMRS Modifieds.