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Economic Dependency

NASCAR Sprint Cup teams at Daytona Int'l Speedway this season. (HHP/Brian Lawdermilk Photo)

For several decades auto-racing sponsorship involved little more than a local merchant, usually a neighborhood garage, giving the guy down the street a case of oil, a free tire or a few bucks to paint the name of the merchant’s business on the hood or quarter panel of his race car.

Sweeping Changes For USAC After 1970 Season

CHIT-CHAT: Driver Don Brown chats with USAC’s Bill Smyth at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in 1970. (Chris Economaki Photo)

A milestone moment that forever changed American open-wheel racing took place on Sept. 14, 1970, when the United States Auto Club’s board of directors met in Indianapolis.

WALTZ: An Enjoyable Year Of Milestone Moments

Keith Waltz

HARRISBURG, N.C.

This year-end issue includes the 50th and final installment of our weekly history feature — Milestone Moment — and hopefully you’ve enjoyed reading it as much as we’ve enjoyed researching and writing it.

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

Alan Kulwicki enjoys a victory 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.

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