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AMS Flashback: Lorenzen Motors To AMS Dominance

Friday, October 28, 2011

Atlanta Motor Speedway is no stranger to driver-owner combinations dominating the competition at one of racing's fastest and most challenging tracks.

In recent years, Carl Edwards and Roush-Fenway Racing, Bobby Labonte and Joe Gibbs Racing, Jimmie Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports and a few years before that, Jeff Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports each got on a nice roll at AMS. If a driver wanted to win at AMS during those eras, it was a known fact that the dominant driver of that time period would likely stand in the way of Victory.

But before teams such as Richard Childress, Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing dominated the racing landscape, one driver and team started an impressive string of success at Atlanta Motor Speedway not long after the first race here in 1960 – Holman-Moody Racing and driver Fred Lorenzen. In fact, Lorenzen was the first multiple event winner in the history of Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Racing from 1957 until 1973, the Holman-Moody team was one of the most legendary race teams in NASCAR’s early years, amassing 96 victories. The team won four times at Atlanta – each time with Lorenzen driving.

Their first appearance together at Atlanta came in 1961. Lorenzen crashed and finished 33rd, but led 73 laps, the second-most that day among all drivers. It turned out to be a sign of things to come. From the start of the 1961 season through the end of the 1964 season, which included nine races at Atlanta, Lorenzen was all but unbeatable. Aside from three races in which Lorenzen failed to finish, he and his team finished no worse than fifth, earning a total of six top fives and winning four times.

With 26 career wins, Lorenzen is just one of the legends of racing to have raced at Atlanta Motor Speedway. We cannot wait to see you on Labor Day Weekend 2012 for the next chapter of some of the best racing in all of NASCAR!