Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Dick Beaty, call BR-549

We were in the Talladega Superspeedway infield media center in the early 1990s — probably 1990 or '91 — and someone got on the PA system.

"Dick Beaty, call BR-549," the man's voice said; nothing else.

I had watched the old "Hee Haw" TV show years earlier, and I remembered the Junior Samples skit. The phone number for Junior's fictional used-car lot was BR-549. "Call BR-549," the super country Junior would say each week to canned laughter.

The late Dick Beaty, a nice man I talked to once or twice, was then the Winston   Cup director. I don't know if Beaty replied to the message. The announcement did draw laughter in the media center.

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