The men and machines associated with speed take many forms, cross many oceans and come in numerous nationalities. Dan Gurney, Mario Andretti, A.J. Foyt, Jim Clark, all champion drivers who excelled in various forms of motorsport. They tested themselves against the best in the world and won.
Ralph Earnhardt’s aggressive but smooth driving style made him a crowd favorite throughout the Southeast during his career. His natural ability to master the treacherous and dusty dirt tracks which dotted the farmland and empty pastures around Kannapolis, N.C., would make him a hometown favorite and a two-time NASCAR modified champion.
With a light rain falling NASCAR icon Marvin Panch invites us inside his temporary home away from home. Parked across the street from Charlotte Motor Speedway, Panch has driven his motorhome from Florida to visit with old friends and spend time with fans prior to the Bank of America 500.
As NASCAR teams rolled into Daytona Int’l Speedway for the unofficial start to the 1969 season one thing was certain, change was the only constant.
As the 1969 edition of Speedweeks at Daytona Int’l Speedway got under way several changes were introduced that altered a couple of the more traditional racing formats.
The inaugural Southern 500 was held in 1950 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway and both local and national media were on hand to cover the event.
Born at a time when hard work and determination was a man’s currency, LeeRoy Yarbrough earned it. Like many youngsters who dreamed of driving fast cars for a living, he sharpened his skills on the short tracks in and around his hometown of Jacksonville, Fla.
With two Formula One World Championships to his name, one would hardly consider Scottish driver Jim Clark a rookie. However, there he was racing around North Carolina Motor Speedway in Rockingham with the traditional yellow rookie stripe on his bumper. Despite his world class credentials this was his first foray into NASCAR stock car racing and rules were rules, even for Jim Clark.
On Friday, April 30, 1976 Janet Guthrie arrived at New Jersey’s Trenton Speedway for her first USAC sanctioned race, the Trentonian 200.
With a nickname like “Gentlemen Ned” one would never expect to see another driver so angry at him that he would want to resort to violence. But that’s exactly what happened at New Asheville Speedway in July of 1963.