How Big Is Little T Speedway? [Solved!]

Many of you may know that I am a big fan of stock car racing. I grew up in the sixties watching a lot of the races at the local level and even following the cars throughout their entire race. When I got older I started going to the tracks more frequently and eventually became good enough to start racing myself. My first few karting races were not very exciting as I did not have the experience of being in a race yet, but eventually I was able to qualify for the big leagues and even made it to the podium a few times. It was during this time that I realized how competitive the sport actually was and how much talent there was behind the wheel.

Bigger Isn’t Always Better

I have always believed that bigger was not always better when it comes to cars. There is a reason why many of the greats opted out of stock car racing and moved on to other disciplines in motorsport. They knew that being a few inches shorter or wider than the next guy would prevent them from being able to hang with the big dogs. You have to be agile and nimble in order to keep up with the fast cars and passing is not always an option when there are so many other cars on the track. You also have to be observant and alert because being distracted by another vehicle or the speed of the race itself can result in disaster.

Small Is More Than Meets The Eye

It may not seem obvious at first, but being smaller in stature can actually be a benefit in certain situations. Take Junior Johnson for example. He was a legend not just amongst stock car racers but all of motorsport for his smaller than average size. He was always able to squeeze into tight spaces and even see over the shoulders of other drivers. While this may not seem like a skill that could actually benefit you in a race, being able to fit into small spaces can be an advantage. Take a look at the inside of a Formula One race car for example. Just think about how small those are compared to a standard stock car. That is a lot of room up there to be driving a fast car!

One Of Everything

Besides being small, Junior Johnson was also famous for being one of the greats when it came to owning multiple brands, including the iconic DeLorean. He would often qualify cars for both the DeLorean and another brand, then choose which one he would run at the end of the race. It was not uncommon for him to own a sports car, a pickup truck, and even a helicopter all at the same time. If there is one thing that I have learned about Johnson it is that he was always willing to try new things and be different. He may not have been the biggest or the fastest, but he was definitely one of the most multi-dimensional drivers out there.

One Of The Greats

Even if Johnson was not your cup of tea, he was truly one of the greats of American motorsport. It is an absolute honor to have known him even just a little bit and to have been a part of such an historic moment when his team took first place a few years ago at the Talladega Superspeedway. The fact that both cars were off the track within seconds of each other is all the proof you need that not only was Junior an amazing driver, but the entire field at that race was incredible!

The Last Of His Kind

It is almost impossible to put into words just how much excitement I had when I found out that there was one more car in the field at the race. Johnson was the last of his kind, the last of the real racers. Today, stock car racing does not have the same atmosphere that it once did because there are fewer and fewer drivers that share his intensity. When the great John Force, who was Johnson’s teammate for a while, passed away in 2017, it was like they both lost a part of themselves. They were both determined to win, but were also driven by something much deeper. As much as we enjoyed seeing them race, it was almost like they were carrying the entire racetrack inside them.

It would be great to see more drivers like Johnson come back and help stock car racing regain its glory. They were both part of the reason why the sport still has such a special place in my heart and why I continue to follow it. I would love to see a team of the greats that were passed down from generation to generation come together and have one last hurrah. Just imagine how much fun that would be!

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