Edward Glenn "Fireball" Roberts

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Edward Glenn "Fireball" Roberts

Post  Admin on Tue Jan 25, 2011 8:03 pm

Edward Glenn Roberts Jr.

Fireball was born on January 20, 1929 in Tavares, Florida. He acquired the nickname “Fireball” as a baseball pitcher while in high school. He began racing in 1947 at the age of 21. He was the youngest to ever win a Late Model (Winston Cup) race.

He was a highly competitive person and quite an athlete. He could do a back spring from prone position. He could shimmy up a palm tree like a native and played Jai Alai against the pros and won. He loved to have a good time with friend. While attending the University of Florida ay Gainesville, Fireball would visit friend, Speedy Spiers, whenever he could. More often than not, they would find themselves racing somewhere.

Fireball had a hero he admired. When he and Speedy would take a Sportsman and a Modified to Georgia and the Carolinas, there was only one driver he trusted to drive the backup car and that was Ralph Earnhardt. Winning the Daytona 500 was probably his most memorable accomplishment. His racing career tragically ended when he died as a result of burns received in a crash at Charlotte. He was survived by his wife of fourteen years, Doris, and daughter Pamela Jane.

Fireball was inducted into the Jacksonville Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame in 1992

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