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Simmons has over 1,000 wins

Updated: May 22, 2002, 4:55 PM ET
Associated Press

CARNESVILLE, Ga. -- Relaxing on the back of a golf cart a few feet from his race car, Buck Simmons hardly had a moment to himself.

One by one, well-wishers stopped by to spend a little time with the veteran short-track driver before practice at Highway 106 Speedway in northeast Georgia. The 55-year-old Simmons signed autographs, shook hands and greeted everyone warmly.

"They call me a 'Living Legend' up here, I've got a lot of fans,'' he said with a smile. "It makes a man feel good ...

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