HICKORY – Famed racing analyst Dr. Jerry Punch will be part of the contingent of stars at the Throwback 276 event this weekend at Hickory Motor Speedway, according to a press release from CARS Racing Tour.
Punch, who was born in Newton and attended Newton-Conover High School, began broadcasting races for the Motor Racing Network in 1980 before joining ESPN in 1984. It was there he became a household name, growing into a trusted source for racing and college football fans alike. But before his big break, he grew up watching races at the “Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars” before getting behind the wheel himself.
"My grandfather worked the fourth-turn gate, and my grandmother would make pimiento sandwiches," Punch told the Hickory Daily Record in 2011. "I watched Richard and Lee Petty race there. That was special for so many years, watching legends race. I saw Sam Ard, Butch Lindley, so many great drivers, Harry Gant."
Joining Punch for the star-studded Throwback 276 event will be Bobby and Donnie Allison, Hut Stricklin, Robert Pressley, Hut Stricklin, Ron Hornaday Jr. and Randy LaJoie. The group of legends will be available to meet with fans and sign autographs during an on-track fan fest and autograph session.
"We're honored to have Dr. Punch join us for the Throwback 276," said Chris Ragle, Director of Operations for the CARS Response Energy Tour, via the release. "Sometimes we all focus on drivers and crew chiefs, but media members like Dr. Punch are just as important to the history of the sport and, in some cases, have helped to shape it more than the personalities behind the wheels and wrenches. The graciousness of legends like Dr. Punch to join us at this event once again showcases the importance of short track racing to this sport at all levels."
Tickets for the Throwback 276 event, which runs this Friday and Saturday, are available online at www.CARSRacingTour.com. Single and two-day tickets are available, as well as a mega pack that includes pit passes, grandstand admission, a shirt, hat and commemorative poster.
Poston misses cut at RBC Canadian
HICKORY – Local golfer J.T. Poston missed the cut at the RBC Canadian Open this weekend in Ontario, Canada.
Poston shot an even-par 72 in the first round and followed that with a 2-under 70 in round two. He did not make the cut line, which was 4-under. Dustin Johnson won the event with a 23-under 265 for his third victory of the season.
By missing the cut, Poston slipped five spots in the FedExCup standings to 105th. The top 125 will qualify for the playoffs, which begins with The Northern Trust on Aug. 23.