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Edwin Pardue's
Heading Home


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10-27-04

I was on my way home last night from Winston-Salem after spending the past week and a half with Dad in the hospital.  First of all, thanks to Dave Menefee for keeping everyone updated on Dad�s situation and to everyone for their thoughts.  Dad�s doing well, if all stays on schedule he will be home in about a week.

For those of you who don�t know, Dad (Sherrill Pardue) drove race cars from the mid 70�s until the early 90�s in both Street Stocks and later Late Models, finishing 2nd in �79 and 3rd in �80 in the Street Stock points standings (today�s Grand Stocks) at Old Dominion. 

No matter what goes on in my life there always seems to be a stock car racing theme.  The irony was not lost on me when I looked in this month�s stock car racing magazine and the editor�s column was all about the death 40 years ago of Dad�s brother, Jimmy Pardue.  Jimmy was a rising NASCAR star who had two Grand National (today�s Nextel Cup) wins and was in the top five in points when an accident at Charlotte took his life. 

On my way down the road last week, I stopped for a pit stop along I-85 in North Carolina and I bumped into Dickie Gore�s son-in-law, �You must be headed to the hospital to see your Dad.�  he quipped.  News travels fast in the racing world. 

On Sunday we sat in the hospital room and watched the reports of the plane wreck near Martinsville and remembered how lucky we were.

On Monday, my brother Bruce and I drove over to the legendary Bowman Gray Stadium to take a look at the famous short-track.

While we sat at the hospital on Tuesday, my wife ran back to my parent�s house to get us some clean clothes.  As she was loading the cars she could hear the rumble of the Roush Racing trucks as they turned the first hot-laps at North Wilkesboro Speedway in nearly a decade. 

Life is a weird trip sometimes but, always interesting. 

If you�d like to send Dad your get well wishes, you can send them to me at [email protected] or post them on one of the racing message boards and I will get them to him.

Happy racing to all and we�ll see you at the banquet. 


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