Caraway Speedway to add five to Wall of Fame

SOPHIA – There will be five additions to Caraway Speedway’s Wall of Fame this weekend.

The new members are Donald Tucker, John Paul Linville, Junior Miller, long-time official Lance Childress and Riggs Racing. The group will be honored as part of Saturday night’s race card.

Tucker was one of the winningest drivers at the speedway during the early dirt-track years.

Then during the early years of racing on a paved track, Linville proved to be one of the most consistent drivers. He moved on to the Busch Series, and he’s the father-in-law of NASCAR Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick.

Miller posted more than two dozen victories in various Modified levels at Caraway. Track officials said he won 20 times in the original SMART Modified Tour and five times in the NASCAR Whelen Modified events. On those series combined, he won seven championships, boosted by his results at the speedway.

Miller has a strong connection to another Wall of Fame newcomer in Riggs Racing. He competed for that racing team, which became prominent for its strong Modified entries in the South. Riggs Racing, with a base in Martinsville, Va., has prepared championship cars for Miller, Andy Seuss and others.

Childress is a former race director at Caraway. That role came in addition to his work at other track and with NASCAR.

The Wall of Fame induction ceremony is set for 7 p.m. prior to the night’s regular racing.

Saturday night’s event comes following a three-week gap in the Caraway schedule since the first weekend in August. The Late Models feature will consist of 58 laps to commemorate the speedway’s 58th anniversary.

There’s also racing set for Modifieds, Challengers, Mini Stocks, UCARs, Legends and Bandoleros.

By Randolph Record