I attended my first NASCAR race in the fall of 1965. Ned Jarrett won the Volunteer 500 at what was then Bristol International Raceway. I was 7. In the late 1960s, I saw Richard Petty win twice on the dirt of Greenville-Pickens Speedway. Buddy Baker won my first Southern 500. Bobby Allison won my first Daytona 500.
I covered occasional NASCAR races throughout the 1980s. For 20 seasons, 1993-2012, I wrote about NASCAR full-time. I worked for the Gaston Gazette, Spartanburg Herald-Journal, FasTrack, AOL and others at various times. I won writer-of-the-year awards presented by the National Motorsports Press Association and Eastern Motorsports Press Association.
My boyhood heroes were David Pearson and Fred Lorenzen. I wrote books about Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon.
My job at the Gaston Gazette was eliminated on Jan. 4, 2013. I’m still writing about NASCAR and still interested in it, but my career has shifted to writing fiction.
My NASCAR writing appears regularly at Competition Plus and occasionally on this website.
Recently I returned to the track for the first time in nearly 4-1/2 years, writing about the Coca-Cola 600 for jeffgluck.com.