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Remembering a NASCAR institution

Updated: April 14, 2013, 5:09 PM ET
By Ed Hinton

As the trucks began their race at Rockingham on Sunday, one remark by Speed TV analyst Michael Waltrip -- that fans were right up by the fence -- triggered a whole, delightful set of memories about one man.

And it added to my list of somewhat forgotten characters who might deserve consideration for NASCAR Hall of Fame nomination.

That would be the late Ray Melton, the longtime track announcer at both Rockingham and Darlington, who had such a deep, gravelly voice and prolonged ...

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