Fred Lorenzen out fought Curtis Turner to win the Rebel 300 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway Saturday in a death-defying slugfest that decided one of the most exciting stock-car races of all time. “He bumped me 50 times and I bumped him 50 times on the last 39 laps,” Lorenzen said. While Turner promised, “I definitely will retaliate the next time we meet.”
Fred “Jiggs” Peters, the old pro from Neshanic Station, N.J., gave up sharpening lawn mowers just long enough Sunday to win the 100-mile ARDC-USAC midget race on the one-mile circular dirt speedway in Langhorne, Pa. Peters, going non-stop in the Ken Brenn Offy, established a track record of 98.041 mph, completing the century grind in 1 hour, 1 minute and 11.92 seconds
Work has been completed on the installation of 1,000 additional feet of reinforced concrete retaining wall at Daytona Int’l Speedway. The new span links the existing sections along the north side of the track and extends well into the fourth turn, replacing the steel guardrail that was penetrated by Lee Petty and Johnny Beauchamp during a Feb. 24 qualifying race
Ramo Stott, of Keokuk, Iowa, provided Frank Winkley’s Auto Racing, Inc. with a spectacular season opener Sunday by driving his 1961 Ford to the checkered flag in the annual Peerless Pelican 200 at the Louisiana State Fair Speedway. An overflow crowd of 9,876 cheered the 26-year-old racer as he fought off a challenge from fellow Keokuk ace Dick Hutcherson
An estimated 3,500 fans were in the stands on Easter Sunday as Don White, of Keokuk, Iowa, won the 200-lap USAC stock-car race on the half-mile dirt track at North Carolina’s Concord Speedway. Promoted by Bruton Smith, the event marked the first time USAC’s stock cars had raced in the South. Norm Nelson finished second with Elmer Musgrave third
Olivier Gendebien, of Belgium, and Phil Hill, of Santa Monica, Calif., led a Ferrari sweep of the top four overall positions during the 11th annual 12-hour Florida Grand Prix of Endurance sports and grand touring car race in Sebring, Fla. Gendebien and Hill set a new record, traveling 210 laps, or 1,092 miles, at an average speed of 91.306 miles per hour.
With the trees blooming and racing shifting into high gear, I was just thinking…
Mar 24 2011 | Posted in Columns
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The American Speed Ass’n has been part of the auto-racing landscape since 1968, but today’s ASA is considerably different than the sanctioning body that rose to national prominence under the guidance of Rex and Becky Robbins during the 1970s and ’80s.
From the very beginning, auto racing has been a sport that has been passed from generation to generation — a characteristic that applies to both fans and participants.
Mar 17 2011 | Posted in Columns
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Something very rare happened Saturday — and we’re not talking about North Carolina beating Duke for the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season basketball championship.
Mar 10 2011 | Posted in Columns
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