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Red Clay and Dust:
The Evolution of Southern Dirt Racing
Author Gary L. Parker
Publisher Waldenhouse Publishers, Inc.
6" x 9"; perfect bound (softcover) 182 pages on archival paper; 92 photographs; $24.95
Availability July 2015
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AUTHOR Gary Parker
1517 Maxwell Road
Chattanooga, TN 37412
Other books by this author The Rock 'em, Sock 'em, Travelin' Sideways Dirt Show
Herb "Tootle" Estes: The Little Engine That Could
Buck Simmons: The Living Legend
History of automobile racing on dirt tracks in the southern United States. Focuses on the first Dirt Cars of the late 1950's, the "late models," the "super late models," and on the Dirt Racing Speedways and series. Includes short biographies of 25 famous drivers and 92 photographs..

Library of Congress Control Number 2015911265

Front cover art by Kent Harrelson.

Other books by this author:
The Rock 'em, Sock 'em, Travelin' Sideways Dirt Show,
2016 by Waldenhose Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-925186-
Herb "Tootle" Estes: The Little Engine That Could
2016 by Waldenhouse Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-935186-
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Chapter One: Short History of Dirt Racing Before the Late Model

Chapter Two: The Evolution of the Dirt Late Model

Chapter Three: Late Model Dirt Racing Series Through the Years
1- The NDRA            3- The Southern All Stars
2- The Hav-A-Tampa  4- The Lucas Oil Series

Chapter Four: Southern Dirt Tracks Past and Present.
1- Lakewood Speedway           6- Boyd's Speedway
2- Atomic Speedway               7- Dixie Speedway
3- Smoky Mountain Speedway 8- Rome Speedway
4- Tazewell Speedway             9- Toccoa Speedway
5- Volunteer Speedway          10- Cherokee Speedway

Chapter Five: The Dirt Warriors Of the Past.
1- Buck Simmons       7- Jody Ridley
2- Tootle Estes           8- "Little" Bill Corum
3- Jack Boggs            9- Leon Sells
4- Charlie Mincey      10- H.E. Vineyard
5- Leon Archer          11- Charles Hughes
6- Mike Duvall           12- Freddy Smith

Chapter Six: The Dirt Warriors of Today.
1- Scott Bloomquist       7- Ronnie Johnson
2- Jimmy Owens            8- Steve "Hot Rod" LaMance
3- Jonathan Davenport     9- Skip Arp
4- Billy Ogle Jr.             10- Gary McPherson
5- Ray Cook                 11- Aaron Ridley
6- Dale McDowell          12- Riley Hickman
                13- Randy Weaver

Back of the Book Photos


About the Author:
"My love of Dirt Racing began in 1955, when my dad took me to my fiirst race. Look for more of my books on Southern Dirt Racing in the future, because I don't see this love affair ending anytime soon." Gary Parker

Gary Parker racing historian, has been around the sport of dirt late model racing for over 50 years. He is a voting member of the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame and is a contributor to the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame. He holds a masters degree in anthropology from Vermont College and a PhD. in anthropology from City University of Los Angeles. He lives with his wife, Elaine, in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Bill Holder, a writer and founder of The National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame, says Parker's first book, RED CLAY AND DUST is the "Holy Grail" of books on the evolution of the dirt late model.

Parker's second book, THE ROCK-EM, SOCK-EM, TRAVELIN' SIDEWAYS DIRT SHOW, is a history of the first national touring series for dirt late models. The National Dirt Racing Association (NDRA) was the dream of Kingsport, Tennessee's Robert Smawley, a visionary racing promoter who was clearly years ahead of his time. This is a must read for any dirt race fan.

HERB "TOOTLE" ESTES: THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD, is Parker's third book. It follows the career of a unique racing legend, Knoxville, Tennessee's Herb "Tootle" Estes.

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