Couple have a ''golden'' Texas weekend

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (March 27, 2000) - On April 1, 2000, Ed and Fern May will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. No fooling. Avid motorsports fans for over 60 years, the Mays look forward to ...

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (March 27, 2000) - On April 1, 2000, Ed and Fern May will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. No fooling.

Avid motorsports fans for over 60 years, the Mays look forward to their weekend at Texas Motor Speedway to watch the NASCAR Winston Cup DIRECTV 500 and the Busch Series Albertson's 300 presented by Pop Secret. Their weekend get-away is a surprise gift given to the Mays by their six children during a special party in their honor on March 25.

"We are so excited to be attending the NASCAR races at Texas Motor Speedway this week," said Fern May after receiving the surprise gift. "We can't wait to get there." Growing up in small rural towns in Oklahoma, the Mays met at a local skating rink. After several failed attempts, Ed May finally convinced Fern Schrader to go on a date with him. Eventually, the two fell in love and were married April 1, 1950. During their 50 year-long marriage, the couple has witnessed the arrival of six children, 17 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

Throughout their marriage, the Mays have attended motorsports events in Ontario, Calif.; Nashville, Tenn.; Talladega, Ala.; and Fort Worth, Texas. The excitement of racing is what has attracted the couple to racing for so many years. "If you're sitting in turn one, you can feel the hair on the back of your neck stand up when the cars are given the green flag and all are full throttle as they hit the turn," said Ed May.

However, the Mays both agree that Texas Motor Speedway is their favorite speedway. "Everyone there was so friendly, you could see the track well, and the races were the most enjoyable," said Fern May. Although they enjoy all motorsports events, their favorite is stock car racing. Currently, their favorite driver is Dale Earnhardt, while their all-time favorite driver is Bobby Allison. The Mays will travel from Enid, Okla., their residence of 44 years, to Fort Worth, Texas in hopes of witnessing yet another exciting, enjoyable race. And, as the winning driver of each race celebrates their victory at Texas Motor Speedway, the Mays will be celebrating something special, too -- 50 golden years.

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Series General
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Bobby Allison