A History of East Tennessee Auto Racing: The Thrill of the Mountains

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Overview
East Tennessee isn't typically mentioned among stock car racing's formative hotbeds. But the region from Bristol to Oneida and Chattanooga encapsulates a significant portion of the sport's history. From pioneers like Brownie King and Paul Lewis of Johnson City to former national champions Joe Lee Johnson of Chattanooga and L.D. Ottinger of Newport, East Tennessee has produced many of NASCAR's great drivers. The region is home to one of the world's largest sports stadiums in the Bristol Motor Speedway, but NASCAR also made regular visits to other area tracks. Whether the surface is red clay, asphalt or brushed concrete, East Tennessee still boasts some of the world's fastest, most competitive racing. Join author and racing insider David McGee as he presents a vast array of colorful characters whose passion fueled a sport that has gone from primitive to prime time.
Details
ISBN: 9781626191372
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
Date:
State: Tennessee
Series: Sports
Images: 103
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Author
David M. McGee is the author of Tales of Bristol Motor Speedway, NASCAR Bristol Motor Speedway and Bristol Dragway: Images of Sports. He is the senior member of Bristol's public announcing team and track historian. He serves on the Kentucky Motorsports Hall of Fame. McGee is an award-winning journalist with the Bristol Herald.