I still remember this day. I was a young teena…

I still remember this day. I was a young teenager. It was the first race on the newly reconfigured Atlanta Motor Speedway. I had the luck of sitting in the suites atop the Champions grandstand. I was sitting next to Terry Pendleton (of Atlanta Braves fame) for the race. It was Terry’s first stock car race and my first ARCA race. I explained drafting, banking and grip to him as the race played out. There was a big wreck late in the race. Frank Kimmel and Andy Hillinburg led the field to the green for a shootout to the finish. Harris Devane blasted out of the pack on fresh rubber, in an old Junior Johnson car (a ‘91 or ‘92 chassis, IIRC), chased down the ARCA titans and passed them, nosing out Andy at the line for the win. It was such a huge day. Seemed like something out of a movie that this South Georgia peanut farmer with an old used up race car he wrenched in his barn conquered the big guys for the win on the biggest stage in the state. One of my buddies from school later married DeVane’s daughter and farmed with him for several years. They still have the race car under a tarp in the barn.