All I can say is that this will be an ongoing post until I get things written down. Sounds like a Blog right? Lol
My earliest memories, way back in the early 70′s were of such icons as Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough. My father would watch the races and of course my Brother and I were fascinated by them. I learned names like Allison, Parsons, Baker, Gordon, Pearson, Childress, and Waltrip. The late 70′s saw us going to our local Saugus Speedway to see people like Ron Hornaday race.
The 80′s brought more televised races, the death of my Father, and real NASCAR racing to Saugus Speedway. It was also the era of the Local Street Races, very much illegal but very well attended. Who could forget Glenoaks and Peoria, or San Fernando Road at Roxford?
The 90′s saw the demise of the Saugus Speedway, stupid County of Los Angeles Red-tagged the Grandstands and the track was closed. This happened after we saw racers like Ken Schrader, Geoff Bodine, and Ron Hornaday in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. In 1997 the track at Fontana, the California Speedway opened for it’s first race. Of course it is now the Auto Club Speedway. I missed the opening event, but was at the second race at the track. What a difference from Saugus Speedway and the Streetraces.
Once we hit the 21st Century I really started to get back into NASCAR.