Atlanta native Jack Etheridge began running open wheel “big cars” in the early 1930s. He raced a Crager at Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta and later finished third in open wheel “big car” standings three years in a row.
Etheridge switched to stock cars in 1938 finishing second in his first stock car start to the legendary Lloyd Seay at Lakewood. Etheridge won more races in 1946 than any other driver. Among his wins that year were events at Lakewood, at Chattanooga, Tennessee and at Augusta, Georgia.
Etheridge passed away on August 9, 2000 at the age of 88.