Mickey Swims Enters Georgia Racing Hall of Fame

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. (Oct. 21) Long time Georgia race track promoter Mickey Swims was honored for his 43 years of promoting, supporting and improving short track racing in and around the Atlanta area when he was inducted into the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Friday night in Dawsonville, Ga.

Swims went from driving a dragster in the late 50's and early 60's to owning and promoting Cumming (Ga.) Dragway in 1967. For Swims, owning and promoting racing facilities was a perfect fit and in 1969 he purchased and began reworking Rome (Ga.) Speedway. He purchased Dixie (Ga.) Speedway in 1977 and in 1978 he bought West Atlanta Speedway. From 1989 to present he has owned and promoted both Rome and Dixie Speedways.

Over the years through innovation, hard work and dedication Swims has not only provided Atlanta area race fans with great racing in a family environment, he has brought different forms of racing to the area and created series to benefit both local racers and fans. When he owned Rome, Dixie and Douglasville tracks he started the Tri-Racing Circuit for local racers. He has brought the World of Outlaws and other Sprint series to the area as well as a variety of different types of racing. He was instrumental in starting the Hav-A-Tampa/UDTRA Late Model Series and building the Annual Shootout into one of the major Late Model events in the nation.

"As I stand here receiving this award tonight half of me says I don't deserve it and the other half is so very proud to be chosen for this honor," said Swims. "I wouldn't be here without a lot of help especially from my family. My wife Martha has been at every race I have been to and my son and daughter Mike and Mia have taken a lot of the load especially in recent years. Mike's wife Debra and their children Chase and Breanna have all been and continue to be involved. Now Marshall and Mia have blessed us with two little girls, two year old Macy and Marla who is one. With the little ones coming to the track it s great to have the whole family involved.

Thank you so much for this honor and God bless you all."

Although Swims has turned over the day-to-day operation of the tracks to Mike and the family he still keeps his hand in. On race day you can find him working the track, usually where most promoters find sanctuary, driving the water truck.

"I still must like it because after 43 years of racing and promoting I'm still spending about 100 hours a week at the tracks," concluded Swims.

-Bob Appleget