In a scene harking back to long-time NASCAR Winston Cup and Busch collection , an annual glimpse into the occasion, GMS Racing's president, Mike Phil Combs, spokes and racing historian, animated this ambiance on Saturday.
Almost 1,000 folks braved the rain to attend the inaugural assembly of Hickory Motor Speedway attended by almost 100 previous and current drivers who competed on the observe since his opening in 1951. The occasion was organized by GMS Racing in Statesville, NC
This occasion was a dream for Beam.
"It was enjoyable to see all the grins on folks's faces and to take a seat down and speak with a few of your heroes who ran to Hickory Motor Speedway", declared Beam. "We’re actually fortunate and I do know that point was a problem, however folks had a whole lot of enjoyable and they’re going to be capable to hold reminiscences of that, and that's what I wished to do (with the assembly).
"I wished to pay tribute to all drivers and have enjoyable too."
In the course of the day, Beam unveiled the # 16 Butch Lindley automobile, which many NASCAR thought-about to be probably the greatest quick observe pilots of all time. Beam and her group at GMS have utterly rebuilt the automobile in order that it seems to be just like the one which existed when Beam began working with the pilot within the 1970s.
"This automobile may be very particular to me and I can share it with Butch's son, Mardy, and his late spouse, Joan, "stated Beam. "I need to thank all of the members of GMS and their pals who’ve blessed me by contributing to the conclusion of my dream. I’ve dreamed of this present day for a very long time. "
Along with the NASCAR Corridor of Fame members current, 4 different champions and former NASCAR had been additionally current, with the All-American Collection champion Max Prestwood Jr. champion Harry Gant, Dennis Setzer, Tommy Houston, Robert Huffman, Andy Mercer and Austin McDaniel.
Different notable pilots included former observe champions Mark Setzer, Matt Set, Matt Carter, Matt Carter, Matt Percy, Larry Caudill and Keith Bumgarner, all of whom have competed or are nonetheless working in a NASCAR nationwide collection.
The observe was additionally one of many first tracks to host what has now turn into the NASCAR Xfinity collection, internet hosting as much as 5 occasions a yr within the early days of the collection. "Former opponents who joined Ingram and Houston and who’ve at all times The 2 gained over there eight occasions throughout their profession had been Setzer, Robert Pressley, L.D. Otinger and Chuck Bown.
I used to be actually inspired by the nice participation this weekend on the Hickory Motor Speedway Reunion, "stated HMS promoter Kevin Piercy. "I hold a whole lot of reminiscences of these years and wish to invite everybody to Hickory Motor Speedway each Saturday evening to create new reminiscences. Particular due to Mike and Phil for his or her efforts in attaining this purpose. "