Racing legend comes to Byron to show off auction car

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BYRON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Racing legend Jack Ingram, a 2014 inductee into the NASCAR Hall of Fame and former Busch Series Champion, was in Byron getting re-accustomed to a track he once raced on over 40 years ago.

Ingram was at the Middle Georgia Raceway to show off his 1980 #11 Pontiac Grand Am, a replica from his racing days 35 years ago and built using era-specific parts. He plans to auction it off at the Peach Classic Car Auction to be held this upcoming Saturday. For the past four years, the car was an item on display at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina.

According to Ingram, he last raced the Middle Georgia Raceway professionally in 1969. Even after all these years of inactivity, Ingram still had nice things to say about the course, "I kind of like it, it’s kind of bumpy at the second turn over there… I was afraid to turn hard, because [the track] is dirty and you’d lose your grip."

Despite the decades-long gap, Ingram remembers his last race at the raceway as if it happened just yesterday, "The last time I was here, there was a guy called me named Country Boy George Reese from Augusta… he wanted me to drive his car, and I come down here and won a 300 lap race in it. Paid $1500 and I took half of it, he didn’t much like that!"

The Peach Classic Car Auction will be this Saturday at the Peach Auction Sales in Byron.