November 2007 Archives

November 30, 2007

Behind the scenes, but not unnoticed

Bet you didn't know ...

Andrew Carter, son of Becky Lail Carter and grandson of Clyde Lail is the Pit Crew Coach for Roush Fenway Racing Sprint/Nextel Cup Teams.  

He is responsible for recruiting and coaching the pit crew members of the Roush Fenway Cup teams. He is also responsible for the Busch and Truck series pit crew programs.

Andrew works on a daily basis with the crew chiefs and general managers. He answers to Jack Roush personally when he has a question.  He also  works in developing new pit crew members when time permits. The drivers are #99 Carl Edwards, #17 Matt Kenseth, #16 Greg Biffle, #26 Jamie McMurray, and #6 David Ragan.  His main focus is the #99, #17, and #26 crews and/or backup squad.  

Andrew says "Our crews can win or lose a race in the pits. It is easier to pass cars sitting still than it is on the race track.  With the COT coming into play, the crews are more important than ever because the cars are all equal.It comes down to the driver and crew."

November 21, 2007

Virtually a winner

Amid all the NASCAR hoopla in Homestead, Fla., there was a Lail competing for a NASCAR Championship. But the competition was a bit overshadowed by the Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman  truck championships.

The inaugural EA Sports-Craftsman NASCAR Challenge, which crowned the king of virtual racing on EA Sports video game, was being held with 16 gamers from across the country.

Dana Lail, 21, of Dover, Del., made it all the way to the final round in a race called by ABC/ESPN's Brett Musberger.

Throughout the summer, thousands of gamers in 11 cities qualified on the EA Sports game in Kmart and Sears stores.

Lail, driving the No. 11 Denny Hamlin car,.was one of four racers to make it to the final Championship race which had a $10,000 prize and merchandise for the winner.

But Lail's oil and water pressures ran high and the NO. 11 blew up, sending him home.

November 20, 2007

Growing into award

image_6138724.jpgDr. Slade Lail of Duluth, Ga., is the Georgia Tree Farmer of the Year.

"A lot of people would buy land, cut the trees and sell it," he said. "They'd leave it a mess, with no value for anyone. [Reforesting] helps the wildlife, and it's an investment you can harvest at a later time."

State forester Gregg Jameson, who nominated his college buddy for the award, says what Lail's achieved on weekends over the past few years is pretty impressive for an "urban absentee landowner." Especially a tireless one.

Lail travels to PlumbDent Farms — a two-hour drive southeast of Duluth, between Macon and Augusta — as many weekends as he can. He and his business partner, Billy Jones, host a number of youth groups and activities there throughout the year. They say they're increasingly sought out by other landowners for advice on stewardship.

--, 11/20/2007

(Photo Eileen Drennen/AJC)

November 16, 2007

New Lail blog

There's some new blogging Lails, this blog started up this month.

November 12, 2007


My aunt Hazel Lail Hubbard celebrated her 70th birthday Friday evening with a hayride party.

November 10, 2007

C.J. "Jody" Lail Jr. named bank president

ALBANY, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Heritage Financial Group (NASDAQ:HBOS), the mid-tier holding company for HeritageBank of the South, today announced that it intends to invest in Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia, a new bank being organized in Gainesville, Georgia. The investment is expected to be up to approximately $3 million, which would give Heritage Financial Group an ownership position of slightly less than 15%. Leonard Dorminey, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, is expected to serve as a director of the newly formed bank.

Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia, to be headquartered in downtown Gainesville, will target small- to medium-size business owners and professionals in Hall County – an expanding medical center for Northeast Georgia – and also will serve customers in northern Gwinnett County. The bank envisions a second location in Gwinnett County within three to five years, depending on its growth there.

Leading the bank's operations will be President C. J. "Jody" Lail, Jr., who has 19 years of banking experience, including 12 years in this market. He most recently served as Senior Vice President in charge of all revenue production for Quantum National Bank, a $300 million community bank in northern Gwinnett County. Prior to that Lail was with SunTrust Bank in Gainesville.

-- BusienssWire news release