Just Call Me Rags: Rags Carter’s Racing Life


by Alan Carter Jr.

Alan “Rags” Carter was a standout dirt-track driver who raced up and down the East Coast from the late 1940s into the ’80s. Originally from the Miami area, he came north to race at the famed dirt tracks in central Pennsylvania and beyond – Reading, Nazareth, Kutztown, Middletown. He won consistently for car owners like Dick Meals, Tony Ferraiulo, Ray Everett, and most famously for Harold Cope in the #1 coupes and sedans.

Carter is credited with 45 Modified wins at the Nazareth half-mile, where he won the Modified championship in 1965 and ’66; 33 features at Middletown; 6 at Reading; and at least 100 across Florida. Among other honors, he was inducted into the DIRT and EMPA Halls of Fame.

Rags’s son, Alan Jr., has compiled a loving memoir of traveling with his dad, constantly on the road, as with so many racing families in those days, sharing the joys and disappointments of a hardscrabble life they wouldn’t have traded for any trophy.

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