It’s been 30 years since race cars have roared around Athens Speedway. Looking around the place, you can tell.
A mature patch of woods now covers the old race track property off Jimmy Daniel Road in Athens. If you didn’t know there was a ⅜-mile dirt track and long stretch of concrete grandstands sitting in the shadows of the pines off the two-lane road, you wouldn’t even think to look.
But Brandon Reed, our resident Georgia racing historian (who occasionally sees ghosts), knows about this little dirt track that entertained the Athens community for more than 30 years. Last winter, he took videographer and producer Scott Hartman and me out for a look around.
Check out the video below to learn more and see what we saw.