Saturday, April 3 marks the second annual J.D. Pridgen Memorial at the South Carolina facility. Last year, Willie Milliken won the inaugural J.D. Pridgen Memorial. This year, the Blue Ridge Outlaw Late Models will headline the event.
Pridgen won 489 races during his racing career, competing all the way until 2019. Pridgen passed away on May 18, 2020, but his memory lives on at Lake View Motor Speedway and across the Carolinas.
“He means a tremendous amount to Lake View,” said track announcer Alan Dietz. “He raced at Dillon, Conway, Myrtle Beach into the Carolinas in the 60s and 70s. Since Lake View opened back in 1981, he and his family have been a part of it. His son, Johnny, has won the last two track championships and the Blue Ridge Outlaw race there last year.”
Pridgen was one of several drivers honored as part of renovations and additions to Lake View Motor Speedway prior to the 2020 racing season. A section of grandstands at the facility is named after Pridgen, joining the likes of Jay Asbill, Jimmy and Hank Edwards, Ed Gibbons, and Jimmy Hatchell.
A field of nearly 20 cars has already filed entries for the Blue Ridge Outlaw Late Model feature. Entries include defending series champion Robbie Bailey, Johnny Pridgen, Dustin Mitchell and Christian Thomas.
Nearly 20 entries have already been confirmed for the Blue Ridge Outlaw Late Model portion of the J.D. Pridgen Memorial on Saturday, with more expected in the coming days.
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Lake View Motor Speedway