PRESTONSBURG – Ranier Racing Museum, located at the Mountain Arts Center (MAC), held a grand re-opening on Monday. Citizens that attended the event were treated to the opportunity to meet special guests Lorin Ranier and Bobby Allison. The Texaco Havoline Ford Thunderbird was also on display during the grand reopening.
Allison was named one of the 50 Greatest Drivers by NASCAR. He captured a Winston Cup Championship in 1983 and claimed Daytona 500 wins in 1979, 1982 and 1988. His son, Davey Allison, who tragically died in 1993, was also a driver. His 1988 car is the centerpiece of the display.
“I have been racing fan for many years,” said Frank Shepherd. “Having the opportunity to meet a racing legend is exciting and being able to meet him in my hometown is amazing.”
Prestonsburg native H.B. Ranier began the family racing tradition in the 1950s on dirt tracks and with cars in the Grand National Racing Series. His son, Harry Ranier, continued and enhanced the Ranier name in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, working with drivers such as Lennie Pond, Buddy Baker, Bobby Allison, Cale Yarborough and Davey Allison. His grandson, Lorin Ranier, with his new team, Ranier Racing with MDM, brings the Ranier Racing name to a new generation.
Tourism Director Mitchell Pearson and Assistant Director Misha Curnutte have been working diligently to bring new and exciting activities and attractions to showcase Prestonsburg. The Ranier Racing Museum showcases the accomplishments of a Floyd County native. The museum will be open to racing fans from all around the region.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.