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WALTZ: Travel Back In Time With Marty McFly!

Keith Waltz

HARRISBURG, N.C.

Recent news reports about the 25th anniversary of the original “Back to the Future” movie started us thinking about how to combine time travel with our passion for auto-racing history.

Langhorne Configuration Adapts To Changing Racing Culture

LARGE CROWD: A capacity crowd watches a modified feature at Pennsylvania’s Langhorne Speedway in 1967. (Chris Economaki Photo)

The racing landscape in the Eastern United States began to change, both literally and figuratively, just before Christmas in 1964.

Permatex Sponsorship Began Racing’s Tie To Corporations

ON THE HIGH BANKS: This shot was snapped during the 1965 Daytona 250, which became the Permatex 300 the following year. (NSSN Archives Photo)

A simple two-paragraph story on page two of the Nov. 3, 1965, issue of National Speed Sport News signaled a milestone moment in the fledgling relationship between corporate America and the sport of auto racing.

Turkey Night Grand Prix Was Final Race At Ascot Park

ASCOT PARK: An aerial view of California’s Ascot Park as it appeared in the late 1980s. (NSSN Archives Photo)

Ascot Park, one of this country’s most famous short tracks, hosted its final race on Nov. 22, 1990, with Stan Fox, of Janesville, Wis., winning the 50th Turkey Night Grand Prix.

WALTZ: It’s Time To Act: The NASCAR Season Is Too Long!

Keith Waltz

It’s finally over! Approximately 6,748 hours after the green flag was waved to start the Daytona 500, the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup season came to a close when the final checkered flag was unfurled Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Stewart Wins Three USAC Titles In A Single Season

Stewart Wins Three USAC Titles In A Single Season

Tony Stewart, a 24-year-old racer from Columbus, Ind., made history in 1995 when he became the first driver to claim championships in each of USAC’s top three series in the same season.

NASCAR’s 1992 Atlanta Finale Had A Little Bit Of Everything

VICTORY RIDE: Alan Kulwicki enjoys a vicory lap around Atlanta Motor Speedway in the pace car after winning the 1992 Cup title. (Kim Novosat Photo)

The 165,000 fans that jammed Atlanta Motor Speedway on Nov. 15, 1992, for the season-ending Hooters 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race were treated to an event that featured more subplots than a good mystery novel.

WALTZ: World Finals All About The Weather

Keith Waltz

HARRISBURG, N.C.

Even though the on-track action was very good, this writer will forever associate the fourth annual Lowes Foods World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte with a pair of meteorological devices.

Shuttering Facilities For Off-Season Multi-Step Process

North Carolina’s Charlotte Motor Speedway under a rare blanket of snow. (HHP/Harold Hinson Photo)

Shutting a race track down for the winter involves much more than turning out the lights and locking the gates following the final checkered flag of the season.

Smith On The Mend After Mid-Season Crash

SIDELINED: This crash during qualifying in June at Attica (Ohio) Raceway Park broke Danny Smith’s back and brought his 37th year of sprint-car racing to an abrupt halt. (Rick Sherer Photo)

On June 18 of this year, Danny Smith’s 37th season of sprint-car racing came to a crashing halt during a qualifying lap at Attica (Ohio) Raceway Park.

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