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Looking Back — April 21, 2011

Bob Kinser watches the action during the 1973 Knoxville Nationals. (Chris Economaki photo)

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

Looking Back — April 14, 2011

USAC stock cars in action at Texas World Speedway in 1973. (Chris Economaki photo)

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

Looking Back — April 6, 2011

The start of the March 1968 NASCAR Grand National race at Atlanta Int'l Raceway. (Chris Economaki photo)

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

Looking Back — March 30, 2011

Dave Marcis catches up on his rest under his race car during one of NASCAR’s last doubleheader weekends April 8-10, 1971 at Columbia Speedway and Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina. (Chris Economaki photo)

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.

WALTZ: Just Thinking About Danica Mania & Other Goodies

Keith Waltz

With the trees blooming and racing shifting into high gear, I was just thinking…

Dennis Huth, ASA Have Grassroots Racing On The Brain

IN FORMATION: Drivers form a four-wide salute prior to October’s American Speed Ass’n Kwik Trip Midwest Tour Oktoberfest 100 at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway in West Salem, Wis. (Doug Hornickel Photo)

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.

WALTZ: Has Racing Skipped Over The New Generation?

Keith Waltz

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.

WALTZ: Even The Best Racers Are Still Human

Keith Waltz

Something very rare happened Saturday — and we’re not talking about North Carolina beating Duke for the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season basketball championship.

Newcomers Queenslands On Right Track At Deer Creek

RECOGNIZED: The Queenslands — (front row, left to right) Susan, Deb, Randy, (back row) Ryan, Cole and Justin — were awarded the Racing Promoters Monthly Auto Racing Promoter of the Year honor in February. (Sandy Brinkman Photo)

Family has long been a cornerstone of the auto-racing industry, especially on the track side where families such as the Deerys, the Agajanians and the Nuckles have set the standard for promotional excellence.

WALTZ: True Racers Still Exist In The United States

Keith Waltz

Each time we begin to think auto racing has been completely overrun by lawyers, corporate executives and integrated-marketing-communications specialists, we come across someone who is a true racer.

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