Jack Flowers Memorial on Saturday - There will be a memorial service for longtime motorsports journalist Jack Flowers at 6:10 p.m. immediately following MRO's chapel service in the NASCAR Nationwide Series garage on Saturday.

The gruff but lovable Flowers, a fixture in Charlotte Motor Speedway's Time Warner Media Center, passed away Monday after suffering multiple health problems that included kidney failure and diabetes.

Born in Moultrie, Georgia, in 1938, Flowers started his career as a sports writer covering a Sports Car Club of America national race at the former Augusta road course in the late 1950s. His first NASCAR race as a reporter working for The Moultrie Observer was the Rebel 300 in Montgomery, Alabama, which Buck Baker won.

Flowers spent most of his career writing for 13 newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (where he served as a summer intern) and the Pensacola News-Journal. He later served on the staffs of Grand National Scene (now NASCAR Scene) and Speedway Scene. Flowers once reported every NASCAR race for 17 consecutive years. At the time of his death, Flowers was a columnist and correspondent for National Speed Sport News.

Flowers was a CMS pit note reporter for many years. Although he was moving noticeably slower during the last few races, Flowers always managed to beat the other media members to the front of the food line.

We will miss his devotion to the sport and the speedway.

Remembering Judy Tucker - The Charlotte Motor Speedway communications staff lost another valuable race time friend this summer when Judy Tucker passed away on July 6 from cancer. Tucker, who was born in Charlotte on Feb. 1, 1942, began her career in motorsports at the speedway in the 1970s, and she worked for PR/media relations staffs at several other tracks, including Daytona, Bristol, and Rockingham.

Tucker was a lifetime member of the National Motorsports Press Association and received the Joe Littlejohn Award, which is given annually in recognition of outstanding service to the NMPA.

At the speedway, Tucker helped the staff research, assemble and distribute pit notes. She also could be found helping the credentials office and press box during race time. Her knowledge of the sport and valuable help will be missed.