The imminent sale of Oglethorpe Speedway Park will mean not only the conclusion of racing at the Pooler track after the 2021 season, but also the end of a lifestyle for many.
Oglethorpe is more than a race track. Much more.
The iconic track, which opened to motorcycle racing in March 1951, is also a safe refuge for a family evening out.
It’s no coincidence the owners are simply referred to as the Stone Family.
Two months after the track opened, Johnnie Parsons, the defending Indianapolis 500 champion, won the first stock car race held at the track.
Three years later, Oglethorpe hosted a NASCAR Grand National Series race won by Al Keller in a 1954 Hudson. A year later, Lee Petty was the winner with a young Richard Petty as a crew member.
After the track went through some ups and downs — one owner held horse…