Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

The Loud Pedal Report – Local and National Stock Car Racing Weekly

lp1 menKENTUCKY (11/13/12) - This week’s column will have to wait. It was a nice piece about the end of the stock car racing season locally, the final checkers have waved over all the immediate local tracks with special events doting the remainder of the next few weeks at warmer climate places.

This week’s column took a different turn. As it was getting the white flag, one more lap to go, something else happen. A tire flew off, a spark plug fouled, that old rusty guardrail jumped out and got us, we just didn’t make it to the checkers first… but one of our buddies did.

That’s racing. That’s life.

Our buddy, racing’s buddy, Jerry Fortner beat us to the checkers this morning. His fight with cancer came to an end and the #469 took the checkers.

Jerry Fortner, born March 14, 1959 hadn’t recently been behind the wheel of his 4-cylinder Mini Stock, but he was racing every weekend. Living across from Windy Hollow Speedway, he was the go to guy for every one there. Any problem track promoter Scott Slaton had, Jerry was there to lend a hand, day or night, Monday thru Sunday. Any racer that needed a part in his garage, they could run over and get it. He lent his car to others who were in points battles, he lent his knowledge to the announcer who needed the loud speakers fixed at the last minute, he did it all. He cared about the D-shaped oval.

lp fighting

He also operated Fortner Trucking with his son Justin at his side. Jerry was just at home at the Motocross as he was the stock car oval. Along helping Justin or any racer that needed a hand, there is no doubt he was there for Justin, but Jerry being Jerry he helped all. He cared about Justin.

In 2009 Jerry and Rose became grandparents. Daughter Amber and little Alex made the smile on Jerry’s face a little wider if that was even possible for a guy who never didn’t have a smile or laugh. Just a few days back he celebrated 34 years of marriage. He cared about his family.

Jerry was far away from home. Being treated in New Jersey, he fought with all his might just as if he was behind the wheel of the #469. Even being thrown a hurricane in his path to the checkers, Jerry didn’t lose his focus on what was important, he kept fighting. He cared about life.

That’s the kind of competitor in life we all should be. He was a racer, he was a dad, a grandpa, a husband, a friend. He was a winner.

Godspeed Jerry.

lp1 500

lp2 500

Richard Cunningham is a Madisonville born, Western Kentucky University graduate with some 25 years in the Stock Car Racing PR business. A noted motorsports journalist he publishes several websites including www.KYRacing.com focused on Kentucky motorsports. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Disclaimer: The content supplied by columnists and letters to the Editor on this site does not in any way, shape or form, implied or otherwise, necessarily express or suggest endorsement or support of any of such content, statement, or opinions therein. SurfKY News does not necessarily adhere to or endorse content provided by outside non-staff sources.

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013

In Other News...

Injury Collision at Kentucky 93 S and Kentucky 293 N

LYON COUNTY, Ky. (7/21/14) — The Kentucky State Police responded to an injury collision at the intersection of Kentucky… Read More

Madisonville Fire Chief Announces Retirement During Council Meeting

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (7/21/14) ― The Madisonville City Council had little business to attend to during Monday night’s… Read More
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

July 18, 2014 2848

Madisonville Man Arrested for Meth in…

in Top Stories by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
July 18, 2014 1957

Hopkins County Health Department Food…

in News by Lisa Miller
July 18, 2014 1799

K9 Unit Helps Find Meth in Muhlenberg…

in Top Stories by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
July 18, 2014 1711

Man Injured in Depoy Accident

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
July 21, 2014 1667

Five Sent to Hospital After Two-Vehicle…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

July 18, 2014 2848

Madisonville Man Arrested for Meth in…

in Top Stories by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
July 19, 2014 976

Local Hip-Hop Artist, Marack, Talks About…

in Top Stories by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
July 21, 2014 858

Three Injured in Three-Vehicle Collision…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
July 19, 2014 790

Riddle Insurance Inaugural Flight

in Top Stories by Ron Sanders
July 21, 2014 742

Madisonville Fire Chief Announces…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

July 18, 2014 1536

Owensboro Police Department Reports…

in News by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
July 21, 2014 668

Portion of Southeastern Parkway Closed…

in News by Beth Cecil
July 18, 2014 402

Owensboro Begins Year-Long, Long Range…

in Top Stories by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
July 21, 2014 365

Strahan Selected as Cravens Elementary…

in Top Stories by Julie Ellis
July 21, 2014 179

ODC 14-Year-Olds Win West State, Move on…

in Top Stories by Steve LeMaster

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

July 18, 2014 1799

K9 Unit Helps Find Meth in Muhlenberg…

in Top Stories by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
July 18, 2014 1711

Man Injured in Depoy Accident

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
July 21, 2014 1667

Five Sent to Hospital After Two-Vehicle…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
July 18, 2014 1313

From New York to Greenville, Iron Beam…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 19, 2014 1234

Cash Mob Descends on Muhlenberg…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 06social 21social 22social 04social 03