Auction items top $1 million
More than $1 million of racing cars and equipment that belonged to late Aiken businessman Dale Phelon was sold Tuesday at auction.
More than 500 lots went up for bid at Phelon Motorsports in Aiken, including 27 cars and three motorcycles.
A 1969 Lola Can-Am Series car originally owned by Roger Penske and driven by Mark Donohue was sold for $175,000. Phelon purchased the car in 1994 and installed a 486-cubic inch Chevrolet big block engine that puts out 850 horsepower.
Other big-ticket items sold Tuesday were a 2010 Audi R8 for $112,000 and a 1995 Roush Ford Mustang for $100,000. Ten vehicles sold for more than $50,000 at the auction, which was conducted by Iron Horse Auction Co., out of Rockingham, N.C.
pay local visit
Former Georgia football players D.J. Shockley and Verron Haynes will hold free autograph sessions July 21 at two venues in Columbia County.
Shockley, a quarterback who helped lead Georgia to the 2005 Southeastern Conference title, will be at Academy Sports from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Haynes, a fullback famous for his touchdown catch in 2001 to defeat Tennessee (the “Hobnail Boot” play), will be at BirdDog Grille from 5-6 p.m.
Earlier in the day, Haynes and Shockley will conduct a youth football camp for children ages 6-16 at Augusta Christian. Cost is $95 and includes lunch, scrimmage and autographs.
For more information, call (864) 350-1222.
• Former Georgia coach and athletic director Vince Dooley said running back Isaiah Crowell getting arrested and kicked off the team might turn out to be a blessing in disguise, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“I don’t want to put any pressure on them, but losing that guy may have been the best thing to happen to them,” Dooley said. “It was a bad apple-type thing, if you ask me.”
• Georgia redshirt sophomore linebacker Brandon Burrows, who quit the team last week, has been granted a reinstatement.
• A potentially explosive report into whether football coach Joe Paterno and other top Penn State officials took steps to conceal that former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was a child molester will be released Thursday – online, officials said Tuesday.
The report by former FBI chief Louis Freeh will be published online at 9 a.m.
Staff moves are made by Pacers
USC Aiken head baseball coach Kenny Thomas announced the promotion of Jason Walck and the addition of DJ King to his coaching staff on Tuesday.
Walck was promoted to head assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. King will be an assistant coach.
Silence broken by Allmendinger
Suspended driver AJ Allmendinger said Tuesday that he has formally asked NASCAR to test his second urine sample and insisted that he would never “knowingly” take a prohibited substance.
Allmendinger confirmed that he has requested his “B’’ sample be tested and is following the steps listed in the 2012 rule book regarding the drug testing policy.
He can only be re-instated
for competition if the “B’’ sample is negative. His only option is to complete a rehabilitation program designed by Aegis Sciences Corp. in Nashville, Tenn.