Five inductees have been voted to become the newest members of the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.
The 2010 inductees are Ten Edwards of Atlanta, Ernie Elliott of Dawsonville, Jack Etheridge of Atlanta, Laverne Kendrick of Tifton and Jerry Wimbish of Atlanta.
Edwards became a race promoter at the famed Lakewood Speedway. He was one of the promoters at Lakewood in 1954 when the track hosted the first organized drag races held in the state.
Elliot is considered one of the most revered and respected engine builders in racing history. Elliott’s engine powered his brother Bill to domination success on the super speedways of NASCAR, beginning in the mid 1980s.
As an engine builder, Elliot has eon 40 races, recorded 148 top-five finishes, 291 top 10s, 51 poles and one championship. Elliot continues a very successful engine building business today in his hometown of Dawsonville.
Ethridge began racing early on, running open wheel “big cars” in the early 1930s. Ethridge would go on to race across the nation, setting a world record mark at the famed Langhorne Speedway in a stock car, as well as setting marks at Daytona Beach. He passed away on August 9, 2000 at the age of 88.
Kendrick owned his first race team and go on to become a successful owner over the next tree decades. His cars would race all over Georgia, Florida, Alabama and the Carolinas, including races on Daytona Beach. Kendrick passed away on March 21, 1999 at the age of 71.
Wimbish competed in both midget and stock cars, recording victories at Lakewood Speedway as well as at several tracks in Alabama, Florida, Tennessee and North Carolina. In 1950, he recorded 16 top-10 finished at Lakewood. During the 90s, Wimbish became very involved with the early organizing efforts for the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.
The 2010 induction ceremony will be halt at 6 p.m., October 22 at the Dawsonville City Municipal Complex, which houses the Hall of Fame.