Their own main event: Couple exchanges "I do's" at speedway
When Eddie Simmons asked Renee Fleenor, “Where have you been all my life?” her response was, “In the center of the track at All American Speedway. Why didn’t you see me?”
Eddie and Renee tied the knot Saturday night at All American Speedway, where their history began in the 1970s, unbeknownst to them. Renee’s father, owner of Jolly Rogers Auto Wreckers, brought along his young daughter 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.
Eddie’s father and uncle raced at All American Speedway in the 1970s, so Eddie grew up spending Saturday nights at the track, too. But the two never made an acquaintance.
When Renee met Eddie, she noticed he had several racing photos and memorabilia and informed him she 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 All American Speedway.
Eddie spends his time under the hood of the No. 3 Bomber driven by two-time track champion Chris Paulson, and Renee is in charge of the trailer and equipment.
The bride arrived Saturday in a convertible Mustang, wearing black and white in honor of the checkered flag. The groom arrived with Paulson, his best man, at the Winner’s Circle in the No. 3 Bomber.
Fans cheered the unification, and the married couple climbed through the window of Paulson's Bomber and drove off the track to celebrate with family and friends during the races.