Clipped From The Charleston Daily Mail
COMSTOCK DAY' Skyline Will Honor Driver For more thwi n quarler of a century Gene Comslock of Chesa □cake, Ohio, has been a racing champion of national recognition— midK(;t autos, sprint cars, motor cycles, late model stock cars and modified stocks have all had a historical part in the very eventful life of this king of the speedways. Gene started the tough business of racing at (he tender age ot 16, and has whirled hundreds of stand out raceways from Canada to Mex e boasts having taken part in more than 6000 races dur ing Ills hfqtime. and is still going strong. Last Sunday lie took the lealure race at Skyline, beating out some of the hesl drivers from West Virginia and Ohio. COMSTOCK has iwlce been the West Virginia midget auto champion, and lor a number of seasons was the Ohio State champion. He has driven In every Darling Ion. S. C, stock car classic since Its inceplion, and, although he has never rolled across Ihe finish line! Ironhies first, has got as close as second L:amine,s for Comslock ran into Ihc thousands ol dollars annually in his dR.v, As s hig car driver he once commanded a daily guarantee ol $1Q0 against ctirninKS. Comstoek's garage, located hist outside Chesapeake, Ohio, graphically suggests the very life and glory ot this proud champion during victorious days >f Ike oast. The fraRmenlary r e m a I n s ot lorly hallcrcd and bruised, yet wrecked and worn, racers pitched about his shop tell a silent story of more than twenty - five years of racing. Literally dozens of Irophles llii» (he shelves of a special room adjoining Cone's gnrnce, not far from the rusting remains of the racers whlrh once carried him to 1hou - sanrts of victories. Shelved, along with Comstoek'a are three large books bulging with clippings. and writings which praise Ihe Ohioan [or his rachig ahillly, with dates reaching back lo 1330. C.ENE WILL he slock car races to be held Sunday at Skyline. In fact, the day's event* have been titled: Gene Comstock Trophy Day Championship Races, They begin at 2:00 p. m. Two trophies will be awarded in his honor. ft might be well to let Gene's competitors know that he has a dual personality. At home, for in Glance, he Is a quiet, loving family man, but on the raceway he is a demon and will da anything short of murderinB his competition. There Is a reason for the foregoing, however—stock car racing, llh most drivers, is purely a mat' tejsot being a devotion to an ideal; wijpl Gem, (hough, it's a living!