A local couple will race to the altar this weekend – literally. They will be saying “I do” at the All American Speedway in Roseville Saturday.
When Eddie Simmons asked Renee Fleenor where she had been all his life, her response was: “In the center of the track at All American Speedway. Why didn’t you see me?”
The couple will tie the knot at the racetrack where their history began in the 1970s, unbeknownst to them. Fleenor’s father, owner of Jolly Rogers Auto Wreckers, brought his young daughter along to sit in the truck with him in the infield during races. She developed a love for racing and the speedway that didn’t fade.
Simmons’ father and uncle raced at All American Speedway in the 1070s, as well, so Simmons grew up spending Saturday nights at the track too. But the two never met.
When they did finally meet, Fleenor noticed Simmons’ racing photos and memorabilia.
Fleenor was a “girlie girl who loves the smell of race fuel and oil and tires.” It was a match made in racing heaven.
When they decided to marry, they knew the place that meant the most to them was the All American Speedway.
On Saturday, Sept. 3, the groom will arrive at the Winners Circle in the No. 3 Bomber with best man Chris Paulson. Paulson has already sewn up the 2011 Championship title in the Bomber category. Simmons spends his time under the hood of the No. 3 while Fleenor is in charge of the trailer and equipment.
The bride will arrive in a convertible Mustang, wearing black and white in honor of the checkered flag, symbolic of winners.
The wedding will take place following the Trophy Dashes on Saturday, Sept. 3.