Franklin County Speedway
Steve

Henderson, KY

#22 Jan 20, 2010
butter89:

anyone know what year the speedway opened?

I helped my Dad one day put up part of the fence (I still hate the smell of fresh creosote). That would probably make the opening around 1966-67.
slharrod

Frankfort, KY

#23 Jul 25, 2010
Butterball drove for my Grandfather ET Morse in the Havey Wallbanger Stock Car at the Franklin County Stock Car. I think my uncle has pictures of the car. I spent many a weekend as a very small child at the Franklin County Speedway with my family. I wish it was sill open I have offten wondered if I could see any of it at the end of Twilight Trail. I have memories of Butterball at our house in Cardinal Hills,a wonderful Man.
gguuj

Frankfort, KY

#24 Jul 25, 2010
i thought you were talking about old lawrenceberg road the way they drive and have wrecks. the cops dont even care anymore, they are to busy looking for woman and their own personal errands.

Since: Jul 10

Frankfort, KY

#25 Jul 25, 2010
It's amazing that anyone even remembers Butterball's and the racing. He was one heck of a fine person and driver.
He did all kinds of things to make money to support his racing. From the auction barn to car parts, to Christmas trees....Wow, what memories!
JrSamples

Frankfort, KY

#26 Jul 27, 2010
You can still see the track on maps.google.com .
Tony Schiller was a thriller in his day.
That inline 6 in his Willys was the bomb.
He later had a nice 68 Chevelle around 1971 or so.
But most racers had older cars, like 56 Fords, and I remember them ganging up on Tony in the feature race.
DanielRacing04

United States

#27 Jul 28, 2010
My dad has some old photos of butter and some of the guys that races with him at the old speedway! They jus had a race at richmod speedway on July 19 in memory of butter they donut ever year butter was inducted in the dirt hall of fame a year or two ago at Florence speedway, although I wasn't born yet I've heard countless stories growing up with the Wooldridge family and helping them at the races the same as my father did with butter and Billy, that's y I race today!!!
guest66

Louisville, KY

#28 Apr 2, 2011
Bumped into this accidently. Man do I remember the old track. I remember all the drivers previously discussed. Butterball, the one armed driver and Tony Schiller. Used to go every Sunday, Then we would stop by on the way home at Blue Bonnet on Holmes Street for a coney dog w/onions and a softdrink. Good Times for sure!!!
l know

Frankfort, KY

#29 Apr 16, 2011
I grew up on Jones Lane. I loved Butterball. Awesome man. He would do anything for anybody. One of the greatest. RIP Butterball.
gsd

Shelbyville, KY

#30 May 1, 2011
I grew up with Butter i helped his nephew Billy Carroll Wooldridge with his dirt cars Billy is still racing today at the age of 61 the one arm guy raced all over Ky.and we did too,We called him crip Bowman i never did know his first name but remember him well also he only had one leg but could drive the fire out of a race car.Franklin county speedway brings back alot of memories for me ,Butter never owned the track a man named of Coleman Jones owned the track but Butter owned it by his driving skills and wins there which where many.
gsd

Shelbyville, KY

#31 May 1, 2011
The one arm guy was crip Bolyn.I never did know his first name.He could drive the fire out of a race car.I grew up at that race track have alot of memories there.Butterball didnt own the track a man named Coleman Jones did he owned the land untill his death now his son does.I remember going there on Sundays to watch the races and when i was around 12 years old i started helping Butterballs nephew Billy Carroll wooldridge work and build on his race cars until i was 20 years old.I got married and had to do the family thing.Billy ran alot of years until his son Mike started then Bill kinda step back and help him.Bill stated racing again last year at the age of 61 and is getting his car ready for this year 2011.I had alot of good times with Butterball and Billy we went to alot of tracks around the country racing im really glad to know them both and Bill i still see him and close freinds for life.
Jim Case

Vine Grove, KY

#32 Apr 15, 2012
What years was Franklin County Speedway active?
guest66

Louisville, KY

#33 May 23, 2012
Another old race driver died recently. Johnny (sp) McDaniel. I know he raced at Richmond and many others KY tracks. I've heard some say he raced in Daytona when it was on the sand?
Wade

Frankfort, KY

#34 May 23, 2012
We lived in Choateville and on Sunday afternoons and evenings we could hear the faint roar of the cars, if the wind was blowing right.

Attended many a race over there. Good old times.

Billy Carroll Wooldrige, RIP.
howardwiser

Frankfort, KY

#36 Jun 18, 2012
butterballs nephews crewed a car for harrods farms via eddie harrod four years ago.it was driven by lucas oil point leader jimmy owens.
Redmon

Frankfort, KY

#38 Jun 18, 2012
I also have many a memory of that race track. My Dad drove #40 Ford, Donnie Redmon and he and Butterball had many a race for the win. My brother still has the trophies my Dad won there.
I remember my grandmother bringing all 5 of us there and Daddy taking us down to the 'pit' to see the cars.
As for Butterball, good person. I remember when the tornado came through and took out his barn and my Dad helping him clean up. And if I wanted to find my oldest brother he was at the Phillips 66 working on his or someone elses cars and trucks.
Dirt track girl

United States

#39 Jun 18, 2012
My husbands daddy, Kenneth "Perk" Perkins raced #47 back in the day. It was some of my husbands best memories going to the track with him and watching him race. It just so happened when we got together he realized that his lady loved the dirt just as much as he does, so we go pretty often to Ponderosa, 191 speedway, Bluegrass when it was open...we always have a good time! He loves to hear all these stories.
THEQB

Frankfort, KY

#40 Jun 19, 2012
Dirt track girl wrote:
My husbands daddy, Kenneth "Perk" Perkins raced #47 back in the day. It was some of my husbands best memories going to the track with him and watching him race. It just so happened when we got together he realized that his lady loved the dirt just as much as he does, so we go pretty often to Ponderosa, 191 speedway, Bluegrass when it was open...we always have a good time! He loves to hear all these stories.
Kenny Perkins was an a**hole when he drove there. He couldnt win so he would take out theones he couldnt beat to give him a better chance, a guy named Shouse took him out one night and got a standing ovation, everyone was sick of his dirty antics, all of kennys guys came running with tireirons jackhandles and the like to try and hurt the guy, all the pit people gathered around to stop the crap, he went home with his car on the trailer and his tail between his legs, he was a dirtbag then and still is today...
Anonymous

United States

#41 Jun 22, 2012
THEQB wrote:
<quoted text>Kenny Perkins was an a**hole when he drove there. He couldnt win so he would take out theones he couldnt beat to give him a better chance, a guy named Shouse took him out one night and got a standing ovation, everyone was sick of his dirty antics, all of kennys guys came running with tireirons jackhandles and the like to try and hurt the guy, all the pit people gathered around to stop the crap, he went home with his car on the trailer and his tail between his legs, he was a dirtbag then and still is today...
How sad that you would have to be so cruel to talk about a man that has passed away. All i was doing was trying to join in a discussion that i thought was all about having fond memories of racing. Maybe if you were a true fan of any kind of racing, you will see some of the best and most popular drivers have heated rivalries at all racetracks and they all want to win! Intimadator, Yarbourough-Allison etc., do you want to call any of them bad names? If Kenny couldn't win, then why do i have numerous pictures of him waving the checkered flag after races? Why are there numerous trophies on his wife's bookshelves? If you know so much about him then tell me your real name and my husband will tell you face to face what real racing is all about dirtbag
THEQB

Frankfort, KY

#42 Jun 22, 2012
Dirt track girl wrote:
<quoted text>
How sad that you would have to be so cruel to talk about a man that has passed away. All i was doing was trying to join in a discussion that i thought was all about having fond memories of racing. Maybe if you were a true fan of any kind of racing, you will see some of the best and most popular drivers have heated rivalries at all racetracks and they all want to win! Intimadator, Yarbourough-Allison etc., do you want to call any of them bad names? If Kenny couldn't win, then why do i have numerous pictures of him waving the checkered flag after races? Why are there numerous trophies on his wife's bookshelves? If you know so much about him then tell me your real name and my husband will tell you face to face what real racing is all about dirtbag
I was talking about young Kenny DIRTBAG, No body treatened you , but i guess if your in that lowlife family, your just like them, always wanting to hurt someone or rip someone off, DIRTBAG !!
Anonymous

United States

#43 Jun 22, 2012
It's really pathetic that people get on here and have to be so nasty and talk bad about others that they really don't know. I never threatened you. Just simply asked for your name so my husband could tell you the meaning of racing=It's not called "follow the leader". As for my so called "lowlife" family, yeah there are a couple of bad apples in the bunch but that does not mean the whole bunch is spoiled. My husband is a good man, treats me with the utmost respect, a good provider, does not rip people off,and the only time he would consider hurting someone is if they were disrespectful or mean to me and our children. As far as kenny jr is concerned if you have a problem with him, he is not hard to find. I am not a dirtbag unless i have just come from the track and i am covered in it. You still didn't give me your name, hmmm, what does that imply? So please, no more bashing my family, no matter what you think of them and let me enjoy this forum for what it's for:Fond memories of racing and the people that have a good time and like to hear nice stories. Good day

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