Joe "Little Joe" Jernigan
MAY 23, 1915 -- JUNE 23, 1951
"Little Joe" Jernigan ran just four races in his NASCAR
career. The Norfolk, Virginia driver died in his final start at the
Royal Speedway in Richmond, Virginia. He turned over on the backstretch
of the Richmond track as was facing oncoming traffic. Another race car
struck his vehicle and Jernigan was killed instantly.
This 1951 Ford # 4 was originally
driven by "Little Joe" Jernigan at Daytona
Beach, Florida at the beach races. Joe was killed at 32 years years of
age. Ralph Rose replaced Joe in this race car.
||Editors Note: Research on Little Joe Jernigan happened after
the following email and peaked my curiosity.
Subject: Legends Info on Joe "Little Joe" Jernigan
"Hello, my name in
Joe Jernigan Amory in Williamsburg,
VA. I was
named after my great Uncle Joe "Little Joe" Jernigan who raced
cars at the Princess Anne Speedway in Norfolk, VA. He was killed
in a race before I was born.
I'm trying to find old articles, films or photos of him. My
Grandmother, his sister, did not have any pictures of him racing
but I know there has to be some somewhere.
If you know of someone who may have some pictures of him
racing or round the track or even if you could direct me in the
right direction of who to contact I would greatly appreciate
Please forward any of this requested
information using this
Another email from
Joe Jernigan Amory:
Thanks so much for the information and pictures. This means so
me and my family, they will be excited to hear this information
My aunts and uncles from the Jernigan / Amory side of the family
enoughto remember him and they had gone to some of his races, so
will appreciate the pictures and tribute. My father (Robert J.
passed away almost four years ago and he loved to watch him race
would have gone into racing if Joe would have lived longer. I
would be nice to have a photo album of the person who I was
Thank you for taking the time to give me this information about
I thought you maybe
interested in this, it is my Great Uncles tomb stone in
Norfolk, Virginia at the Forest Lawn Cemetery. My sister,
Judi Tomlin was
out on a adventure to find tomb stones of our family members
and found his.
I thought it maybe some interest to other who admired him
when he was
racing. My father loved to watch him race and know our
family will now
appreciate knowing where he was laid to rest. If your reader
have pictures or
information about him maybe they could send them into you
and you could
forward them to me, thanks for taking the time and interest
in my great
Uncle Joe "Little Joe" Jernigan.
Paul Sawyer -
Princess Ann Track Owner
Written by: Ben Blake Richmond,
Va. – 2/27/2005 Paul Sawyer, one of
NASCAR's true founders, died late Saturday after
several months of declining
health. Mr. Sawyer, who operated what is now
Raceway for more than 45 years, was 88, and in
many ways was the last of
Mr. Sawyer, a native of Norfolk, Va.,
served in the U.S. Army during World War
II and became a supply and salvage officer for
the Navy in Norfolk. After the
war, he began building and preparing race cars
and became acquainted with
fellow Norfolk resident Joe Weatherly, who went
on to become NASCAR
driving champion in 1963. The two were close
friends and business
associates until Weatherly's death in 1964.
Mr. Sawyer and Weatherly promoted races at
several locations, including
now-defunct tracks at
Princess Anne, Va., and Wilson, N.C.
important promotion was at the Virginia State
Fairgrounds in Richmond.
The flat, half-mile horse track on that site
became known as Richmond
Fairgrounds Raceway, holding its first major
NASCAR race in 1953.
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