L.B. Junior Steed Obituary, Death – In a solemn announcement, the motorsports community mourns the loss of a true pioneer and racing legend, L.B. “Junior” Steed. Steed, who opened Jackson Dragstrip in April 1957, forever etched his name in the history of drag racing. Today, the beloved track is known as Carolina Dragway, aptly nicknamed “The House of Hook.” As we bid farewell to Junior Steed, we reflect on his remarkable contributions to the world of drag racing and extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.
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The late 1950s marked a transformative period in the history of American motorsports. Drag racing, born out of the desire for speed and competition, captivated enthusiasts across the nation. L.B. “Junior” Steed was among those passionate individuals who saw the potential for a dedicated dragstrip that would provide a platform for racers to showcase their skills. In April 1957, Junior Steed realized his vision by establishing Jackson Dragstrip in South Carolina. The track quickly gained recognition as a hub for drag racing enthusiasts, drawing competitors and spectators alike. Steed’s commitment to creating a safe and thrilling environment for racers contributed significantly to the sport’s growth during its early years.
As time progressed, Jackson Dragstrip underwent transformations that reflected its increasing prominence in the drag racing scene. Eventually, the track evolved into what is now known as Carolina Dragway, a name that resonates with racers and fans alike. The track earned the affectionate moniker “The House of Hook,” a testament to the exceptional traction that made it a favorite among drag racing competitors. Beyond his role as the founder of Jackson Dragstrip and the driving force behind Carolina Dragway, Junior Steed left an indelible mark on the drag racing community. His dedication to the sport and its participants fostered a sense of camaraderie that endures to this day. Racers fondly remember the experiences at Carolina Dragway as pivotal moments in their careers, thanks to Steed’s vision and commitment.
With heavy hearts, we bid farewell to L.B. “Junior” Steed, a visionary whose legacy extends far beyond the concrete lanes of Carolina Dragway. The impact of his contributions to drag racing will continue to be felt by generations of racers who have graced the track he brought to life. Our thoughts and condolences go out to Junior Steed’s family and friends during this difficult time. As the motorsports community reflects on the passing of L.B. “Junior” Steed, we celebrate the enduring legacy he leaves behind. Carolina Dragway, now synonymous with the spirit of drag racing, stands as a testament to Steed’s passion and determination. Junior Steed’s influence on the sport will forever be remembered, ensuring that his contributions to the world of drag racing remain an integral part of its rich history.