NASCAR & Auto Racing

Winston-Salem's Henry 'Hank' Schoolfield, a pioneer in racing media, dies at 79

Henry “Hank” Schoolfield, a fixture in the motorsports media and public relations fields, died Thursday in Winston-Salem. N.C. He was 79.

Mr. Schoolfield worked at the Winston-Salem newspapers as a reporter and editor before leaving in 1961 to be president and owner of Universal Services. That company provided public relations and advertising services for North Wilkesboro Speedway and Bowman-Gray Stadium.

He also was publisher and editor of Southern MotoRacing, a bi-weekly tabloid that covered racing all over the Southeast.

In 1964, Mr. Schoolfield also founded Universal Racing Network in partnership with announcer Bob Montgomery. A forerunner to today’s national NASCAR radio networks, the Universal network produced and syndicated radio broadcasts of Cup-level races to as many as 300 stations.

The funeral is scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m. at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel in Winston-Salem. The visitation is from 6 to 8 Friday night at that funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4A Oak Branch Dr., Greensboro, NC 27407.