After 11 months of work, Bill Horner was ready for the checkered flag.

The former maintenance worker at Conemaugh Valley School District became an author almost by accident. His fascination with the former Greater Johnstown Speedway led him to put together a book on the track, which featured races in a number of different divisions from 1958-1962.

Health issues kept Horner from his true passion – working on antique cars – but he channeled that energy into finding more information on the speedway, which was located in Richland Township.

“I took this on to keep busy,” Horner said.

He certainly did that. Horner contacted more than 300 drivers, pit crew workers and family members for the book, which was released early this month.

He also enlisted the help of Michael Hull, who helped him with the graphic elements of the self-published book, which has 198 pages packed with photos, race results and points sheets.

The book, which is available at Country Son in Richland or by calling Horner at 535-6686, sells for $21.95.

Horner has already printed 200 copies of the book.

“I’m surprised at the response,” Horner said, although he isn’t expecting a big return on his investment. “I did this for fun, not for money.”

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