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Flashback Friday - Middle Georgia Raceway

Let's take a trip back in time courtesy of Chris Dunn, owner and operator of Dunn Onsite and visit a little track off Highway 41 in Byron, Georgia once known as the Middle Georgia Raceway.

Built in 1966 for $500,000, the oval track which was comparable in size to Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee and was poised to become a key race location; only to later become famous for hosting 1970 Atlanta International Pop Festival, more commonly referred to as the Byron Pop Festival.  

While the Middle Georgia Raceway hasn’t seen much action since the mid-1980s, it once hosted racing legend Richard Petty as he broke the half-mile NASCAR record for half-mile tracks with an average speed of 82.023 miles per hour during the 100-mile event. Petty later returned to win the 150-mile NASCAR race during the following season.  Other prominent racers that graced the track before NASCAR's final race was held on November 7, 1971 included Bobby Allison, David Pearson, Cale Yarborough and Donnie Allison

Middle Georgia Raceway later became a backdrop for film and television, first for "Greased Lightning," a 1977 movie starring actor/comedian Richard Pryor about the early days of black stock car driver Wendell Scott and then leased by automobile giant Dodge in 2011 to film commercials for the newly redesigned and reintroduced Dodge Durango.

 

posted 01/12/2018 in Community
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