Jan 102014
 
Alton Jones, Nashville Speedway, 1976

Alton Jones in a beautiful Chevy Nova at Nashville Speedway in 1976.

Alton Jones was the Huntsville Speedway track champion in 1970 and 1971.

Jones is from Pleasant Grove, Alabama, and was born on August 27, 1941.

Jones got his start at BIR, Birmingham International Raceway, and was one of the best drivers from the area. His nickname was “Burger.”

Jones only made twelve NASCAR starts in his career, all between 1973 and 1975. This was probably due to financial or family considerations. His highest finish in a NASCAR event was an impressive fifth place in the 1974 Nashville 420 at Nashville Speedway.

Jones was making racing news by the time he was just twenty years old.  The Crimson Dale Nursery in Winchester, Tennessee stepped up to sponsor Jones in 1965. The nursery and the race car that Jones drove were both owned by Butch Hawkersmith. Alton won a lot of races at Alabama and Tennessee race tracks. In 1970, he won the Alabama State Championship which gave him a shot at a NASCAR ride at Talladega in a Ford owned by Ben Arnold. Jones started thirty-ninth at Talladega and lost the engine late in the race, but still managed to finish twenty-fourth.

Alton Jones Number 3

Alton Jones Number 3

Alton Jones at Huntsville Speedway

Alton Jones at Huntsville Speedway

Alton Jones Vigorlube Number 50

Alton Jones Vigorlube Number 50

Great B&W of Alton Jones Number 50

Great B&W of Alton Jones Number 50

Alton Jones on the track at Huntsville Speedway

Alton Jones on the track at Huntsville Speedway


Alton Jones NASCAR

Alton Jones NASCAR

Aton Jones Number 3

Aton Jones Number 3

Alton Jones 02 at BIR

Alton Jones 02 at BIR

Alton Jones - Kids Ride - BIR

Alton Jones give the kids a ride at BIR.

Alton Jones Number 50 at Nashville Speedway

Alton Jones Number 50 at Nashville Speedway


Alton Jones 09 #50 at BIR

Alton Jones On Track

Alton Jones at Huntsville Speedway with Malcolm Williams

Alton Jones in Victory Late at Huntsville Speedway, with Malcolm Williams

Alton Jones in 1973

Alton Jones in 1973

Alton Jones at BIR in 1977

Alton Jones at BIR in 1977

Alton Jones at Birmingham International Raceway in 1980

Alton Jones at Birmingham International Raceway in 1980

 
In 1973, Alton Jones and Butch Hawkersmith made the decision to try to run a few NASCAR races. They built a 1973 Chevy Malibu stock car. Jones had five NASCAR starts in the Crimson Dale Nursery number three car. His best finishes came at Nashville Speedway. Obviously Jones was best on the short tracks. Over the next two years, Jones had four NASCAR starts at Nashville and one at Bristol Motor Speedway. He too ninth in the 1974 Southeastern 500 at Bristol, and a fourth, a sixth, and a twelfth at Nashville.

Jones was consistent top-ten finisher on the short tracks. Apparently, for Jones, family came first and he remained a local driver until he retired from stock car racing. During his career he was known as a hard-charging driver who you didn’t want to see in your mirror, but most racers and fans will tell you that he was also a clean driver, and only used the chrome horn when absolutely necessary.

If you have any other information about Alton Jones, feel free to leave a comment.

Dec 032013
 
Talladega Short Track Adds Announcer for the 2014 Season

The management of Talladega Short Track has announced that there will be an additional announcer in the booth for the 2014 racing season. The regular announcer, Eddie Davis, will continue to call the races. Joining Eddie will be Late Model Mark, the former announcer from Green Valley Speedway. Green Valley Speedway closed late in the 2013 racing season, and that property is being developed. Late Model Mark was looking for a home and now he’s found it at Talladega Short Track. Mark will now move on up and join Eddie Davis at the Hornet’s Nest every Saturday night for the regular racing program. Talladega Short Track is preparing for the 2014 Ice Bowl. Ross Tingle, long-time Ice Bowl announcer, will Read Full Article

Dec 032013
 
Talladega Short Track Presents - The 2014 Ice Bowl

Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, Alabama will once again host the Ice Bowl. The 2014 Ice Bowl will take place on January 2 through January 5. Here are the payouts, basic rules, and other details for all divisions: Super Late Model $6000 to win, $500 to start Fifty laps Rules: Open Motor – 2300 pounds, all other engines – 2250 pounds Tires: Any 11×92 max tire, 1 pound per lap burn off Southern All Star body rules apply. All spoilers must be eight inches. $100 entry fee Open practice will be held on Thursday and Friday. Qualifying will be two laps, and will be held on Saturday. Heat races will also be on Saturday. Consolation races and feature races will Read Full Article

Nov 262013
 

Chris Madden likes seeing a little rain delay on race day. Most people won’t even say the word when racing is involved, but it does seem to bring Madden a touch of luck lately. Madden has already won two Southern All Star championships. Madden just won his second race delayed by rain this season at the Twenty-Third Annual Blue/Gray 100. This makes four Blue/Gray 100 career wins for Madden. Earlier in the racing season, the race at Volunteer Speedway was red-flagged on lap seventeen for rain. The race was postponed for three weeks. When the Southern All Star Series returned to Bull’s Gap last week to finish the event, Madden finished on top. Now, just one week later, Madden is Read Full Article

Oct 082013
 
Talladega Short Track to Host Dega 100 for Chevy Super Series

Talladega Short Track will host the Dega 100 for the Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series this Saturday, October 12, 2013. This will be the very first one hundred lap late model race held at the Beehive in some nineteen years, and will also be the final race of the 2013 season for the first factory built, factory backed dirt late model series. The Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series gets racing a little bit closer to its roots. The series uses the inexpensive all-aluminum Chevrolet racing engine which is based on the Chevrolet LS power plant that comes stock in the Chevrolet SS, Camaro, and Corvette. You can purchase these cars with these engines at your local Chevrolet dealership. Read Full Article

Sep 282013
 
East Alabama Motor Speedway State Championship Results

For the first time in the history of the Alabama State Championship Races, the Southern All Star Series came to East Alabama Motor Speedway to officially sanction the event. Gray Court, South Carolina’s Chris Madden walked away with the trophy and the $4000 prize after leading all forty laps of the feature race. Madden won the race on a Bloomquist chassis powered by a Clements power plant. This marks Madden’s third win of the season on the Southern All Stars tour. Madden also won SAS championships in 2005 and 2006 and has forty-two total SAS victories in his career. For this season, Madden had wins at Smoky Mountain Speedway and Volunteer Speedway. Madden started on the pole and led from Read Full Article

Sep 262013
 
Green Valley Speedway Closed

After fifty-four years of racing, Green Valley Speedway in Glencoe, Alabama is now officially and permanently closed. According to independent sources, the track has been closed and part of the land has already been sold. In accordance with the agreement with the new owners of this land, the track must be closed as new home construction will begin soon. All of the land on which the track sits will be sold and subdivided for new home development. According to one race fan who chose to remain anonymous, “I have been going to Green Valley Speedway most of my life and this just doesn’t seem real. One of the things that stands out in my mind is going to the Bama Read Full Article

Sep 252013
 

South Alabama and North Florida tracks were all wet last weekend as rain was dumped on the region, forcing the area race tracks to postpone their racing. Deep South Speedway was one of those tracks. Their racing program was rescheduled for this Saturday night. Sunny South Raceway’s festivities will be held this Friday night, and Pensacola’s Five Flags Speedway will also be racing on Saturday night. Mobile International Speedway will lie dormant this weekend but will close out their season on Saturday, October 5. Sunny South Raceway in Grand Bay, Alabama will race on Friday night. On tap for their racing program are the Pro Challenge, Stinger, Legend, Junior 1 Champ, Bandolero, and Mighty Mite divisions. Connor Okrzesik leads the Read Full Article

Sep 242013
 
Cotton Pickin' 100 Coming Up at Magnolia Motor Speedway

Magnolia Motor Speedway will host the Magnolia State Cotton Pickin’ 100 in just a few short weeks. The program will take place October 10 through October 12, 2013 at the track which is located in Columbus, Mississippi. The Super Late Model feature race tops the bill for this event. This one hundred lap race pays $20,000 to win and $1200 to start. The NeSmith Late Models will also compete for $3000 to win and $200 to start. The Street Stocks will battle for $2000 to win and Mini Stocks will run for a $400 winner’s purse. Mini Stocks will be in action on Saturday night only. The track will host an open practice on Thursday night for all division. Practice Read Full Article

Sep 232013
 
Double Points Championship Races at Duck River This Saturday

Duck River Raceway will host double points championship races this Saturday, September 28. All races at the track will pay double points and the track champions will be acknowledged and crowned for each racing division. Duck River Raceway is your friendly family neighborhood track located near Shelbyville, Tennessee in the Wheel community. Come join your friends and neighbors and enjoy all of the exciting race action. Gates will open at 4:00 pm, drivers meeting will begin at 6:30 pm, and racing begins at 7:00 pm. All times are central. Adult admission is $12. Kids aged six through twelve admission is $5. Children ages five and under get in free. Pit admission for adults is $25 and for kids 6 through Read Full Article