Banks Co. Speedway comes alive again

For the first time in 53 years race cars revved their engine and stirred up red dust at Banks County Speedway recently.

It was for a film crew that was on hand to make a documentary about the legendary Tim Flock, one of the stars of the NASCAR circuit in its early days and a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

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Flock, who died in 1998 at the age of 73, won his first series title in 1952 while driving a Hudson Hornet, according to NASCAR, and his second in 1955 driving a Chrysler. Flock dominated that season, posting 18 wins, 32 top fives and 18 poles in 39 races. Flock’s 18 wins stood as a single-season victory record until Richard Petty surpassed it with 27 wins in 1967. In addition, Flock won NASCAR’s only sports car race, in 1955, driving a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL.

The call had gone out several days ago for extras to serve as spectators for the filming.

The speedway, which opened in 1956, hosted its final race in 1971. Georgia Racing – Banks County Speedway