Curtis Morton “Pops” Turner was one of the pioneers of the sport of stock car racing.
He began his career in racing in 1946 finishing 18th in a field of 18 at a race in Mount Airy, NC. But in his very next outing he won his first of many races. He was one of the original founding members that met in Daytona to form NASCAR.
In 2006 he was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America and was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2016. Now it appears that Virginia native will be having another honor bestowed upon him as a highway marker in home state will bear his name.
The marker will be one of 12 authorized this month by the Virginia Board of Historic Resources, according to The Virginian Pilot.
During his career, Turner won 360 races and multiple championships. He also played a key role in the building of Charlotte Motor Speedway, as he conceptualized, raised funds, and built the speedway before being forced out by his business partners.
Turner passed away in 1970 after a plane he was flying crashed in Pennsylvania.