East Alabama Speedway
After his military time Jimmy returned home and was found hanging around the old Columbus, Georgia Speedway, eventually catching the racing bug and building a car which he drove himself. An early accident and serious injuries convinced Jimmy to make the change from driver to car owner and he saw fit to put Walt Kruger, known as the "Muscogee Flyer", behind the wheel of his racer. Together the team earned the Auburn-Opelika Speedway championship and won more than anyone else that season on the Georgia dirt racing circuit. To put icing on the cake Jimmy would gain great respect around the ovals for being named Mechanic of the Year in Georgia - the first award of its kind presented to a local mechanic.
|Event End Date||07-22-2017|
|Location||East Alabama Speedway|
Venue Information - East Alabama Speedway
In 1955 a group of car owners took over the failing Columbus Speedway and named Jimmy Thomas Race Director. The appointment would serve as Jimmy's first promotional duties. During this period Thomas would also continue to mechanic and tune race cars - a couple belonging to Harvey Jones and Eddie McDonald, both Florida and Georgia State Champs who collected a number of big wins in the southeast.