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At both Kingsport and Volunteer Speedways, Ledger “is the main man behind the scenes” helping to keep everything operational.
Utsman also holds the distinction of having had the first-ever dirt Late Model car enshrined into the International Motorsport Hall of Fame, which is located out front of the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. Utsman, Ann Utsman (John A.’s wife), Layman Utsman and Sherman Utsman in 2005 at the Volunteer Speedway banquet at Meadowview Conference & Resort in Kingsport.When you think of dominating performances in racing, this driver’s championship-winning campaign at Volunteer Speedway in 1977 most definitely defined the word “DOMINANCE!” Putting up numbers that have never been approached since, he recorded 19 feature wins in 21 starts.He was headed to an apparent victory in the first race ever run at Volunteer Speedway, but the front bumper from another competitor sent him spinning between turns three and four on the white flag lap … But before his racing days were over, he captured several victories at “The Gap,” and one track championship, in 1977.
He finished second in points the first two seasons the track was open, narrowly losing the 1976 title in the final race of the year to Red Ledford by the slim margin of four points.
Ledger came back onboard at Kingsport Speedway in 1994 once the track was purchased by Joe Loven.