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NASCAR...On the Road of Glory: Fred Lorenzen

Event Date: 
Aug 6 2015 - 6:00pm

Join us at the LaSalle Public Library on Thursday, August 6th, at 6:00 p.m, when NASCAR Driver, Camden Murphy presents "On the Road to Glory: the Fred Lorenzen Story," an insider's account of the amazing NASCAR career of an outstanding man, and Illinoisan, Fred Lorenzen.

NASCAR is known for its southern roots--both in running Appalachian moonshine ahead of the Prohibition agents and, equally daring, on the sand of Daytona Beach.  Out of the mountains, and onto the tracks, in the late 1930's, NASCAR was dominated, for a decade, by drivers like Bill France, Buddy Baker and Red Byron.  As the sport gained momentum, names like Petty, Allison, and Jarrett, left little room for anyone else.

Fred Lorenzen, with northern roots and a professional, humble demeanor, was an unlikely exception.  Known as "The Golden Boy," with his long-standing record of winning 50% of his races in his 1964 season, Fred's career on and off the track set him apart, and served to propel him into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

NASCAR's Camden Murphy started racing at the age of 10 in Half Scale NASCAR Cars. In short order, at the age of 12, he was asked to drive a Legends Car and a full size 450 HP truck.  He found himself in victory lane and has been there since.  Camden made his NASCAR debut on October 24th, 2014, at Martinsville Speedway while using the opportunity to donate space on the truck to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwestern Indiana, where he serves as an Ambassador/House Representative.  Today, at the age of 18, Camden races and instructs in everything from Supercars to everyday cars, while also working on the business end of NASCAR racing.  Inspired by Fred's legacy, both on and off the track, Camden's mission is to continue it; part of that commitment is sharing Fred's story with new audiences.

This program is free and open to the public, and is made possible through funding from the Alwin C. Carus Trust.  The Library is located at 305 Marquette Street, LaSalle, IL and is Americans with Disabilities Act compliant and welcoming.  If you wish to attend the event and have special needs because of a disability, please contact Donna Blomquist at 815-223-2341 to discuss arrangements.