New Smyrna Speedway’s Press Box Loses a Loved One
Ms. Peggy Remembered by all at Speed51.com
By Matthew Dillner
Sometimes in life it’s not the biggest moments that have the biggest impact, nor the most popular superstars of the sport that are most remembered. Often times when a driver passes away, stickers are placed on racecars in remembrance and all kinds of memorials are made and presented.   Peggy Kincaid, known by most as “Ms. Peggy”, passed away quietly at her home in Orange City, Florida last week. She won’t have any major memorials in her honor or stickers on B-posts of racecars.  However, she was a fixture at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) and someone who had a grand impact on life at that particular Short Track.

An unsung hero of the Short Track world, she was honored during the pre-race festivities of last weekend’s races at New Smyrna Speedway.  The simple moment of silence is just what Ms. Peggy would have wanted.  According to her friends at the track there will be no funeral services for Ms Peggy, and those was her wishes.

For approximately 45 years, Ms. Peggy worked as a scorer and in the tower at New Smyrna Speedway and Orlando Speedworld.  She was known very well at both places for keeping order in the press box and calling out results from the tower.  She is said to be the last of the original staff from when Clyde Hart operated the track.

Ms. Peggy passed on surrounded by her beloved cats.  She was rumored to be in her 70s, although she never would admit to her age.  Peggy’s husband Dan passed away last year.  His passing didn’t keep Peggy away.  She returned to the place her co-workers said she ‘felt most at home.’  That place was New Smyrna Speedway.

The legacy Ms. Peggy leaves behind is much more than the years of service she put in at her local Short Track.  She took care of the people around her and made the work environment a pleasant one.

She had an impact on a lot of us at Speed51.com too.  During Speedweeks each year, I always looked forward to seeing Peggy in the press box at New Smyrna.  She always had an adorable smile and a big hug to offer, which meant a lot during some of the hectic and long days of work.  On Valentine's Day she would bring us all candy treats.  For the last few years I told her she was my Valentine since I was far from my home in North Carolina.  We took fun-loving pictures together on February 14th as well.

Now Ms. Peggy is re-united with her real Valentine, her husband Dan.  Although the Press Box at New Smryna Speedway will never be the same, she will always be remembered by all of us with Speed51.com that were able to work along side her.  Not only did she love being at the track, but Ms. Peggy took the time to show her love and caring nature to all of those around her.

We will all miss you Ms. Peggy.


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Ms. Peggy will be missed by all.  (51Photo)
Ms. Peggy with Matthew Dillner on Valentine's Day in 2009.  (51Photo)
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