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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.

POWRi Midget Series Succeeding By Old-School Means

Brett Anderson (11) and Brad Loyet during a POWRi National Midget Series event in 2010. (Kevin Horcher Photo)

One simple sentence speaks volumes about how Performance Open Wheel Racing, Inc., the sanctioning body known to short-track race fans as POWRi, has rejuvenated midget racing in the St. Louis area.

WALTZ: Recognizing The Best (And Worst) From Daytona

Keith Waltz

On Monday evening following the Indianapolis 500, participants gather for the annual victory celebration where prize money and post-race awards are distributed.

WALTZ: Was Racing At Daytona Good Or Bad For The Sport?

Keith Waltz


This definitely isn’t going to be your father’s Daytona 500. In fact, Saturday night’s Budweiser Shootout told us the 53rd running of the “Great American Race” will be unlike anything seen since drivers first navigated the high banks of Daytona Int’l Speedway in 1959.


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