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Stan Kalwasinski

Three members of the Chicago racing fraternity — Dave Roulo, John Kennedy and Bill McEnery — died recently

Sherman Marches To Monster Mash Score

Todd Sherman on his way to winning the UMP modified feature race which highlighted the Monster Mash IX program at Indiana’s Montpelier Motor Speedway Saturday night.  (Stan Kalwasinski photo)

Montpelier Motor Speedway brought down the curtain on its 2015 season with its Monster Mash IX racing program, as eight-time track champion Todd Sherman capturing the headlining $1,000-to-win 20-lap UMP modified feature race.

Spatola, Dehm Collect Kokomo Accolades

Mike "Opie" Spatola won the late model feature at Kokomo Speedway Saturday. (Gary Gasper photo)

The second day of the Kokomo Klash IX season-ending program saw late model speedster Mike “Opie” Spatola and modified ace Lance Dehm scoring feature victories in their respective divisions at Kokomo Speedway Saturday night.

Cottle & Bayston Star At Kokomo

Shane Cottle won the sprint car feature Friday at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway. (Gary Gasper photo)

Shane Cottle came home the winner of the 25-lap non-winged sprint car feature race during the first night of the two-day Kokomo Klash IX at the Kokomo Speedway Friday night.

Reynolds Nips Johnson At Rockford

Jon Reynolds Jr. (X) beats Casey Johnson (5) to the finish line to win Sunday's National Short Track Championship at Rockford Speedway. (Doug Hornickel Photo)

Cold, overcast weather conditions saw some heated racing Sunday afternoon as Jon Reynolds Jr. came home the victor in the 50th Anniversary National Short Track Championships 200-lap late model special at Rockford Speedway.

Weir Tops Gas City Season Finale

Scott Weir hugs the bottom groove on his way to victory in the 410 sprint car feature race, which was part of Gas City I-69 Speedway's Fall Fest racing program Friday night.  (Stan Kalwasinski Photo)

Cold, windy and rainy weather put somewhat of a damper on Gas City I-69 Speedway’s season-ending Fall Fest racing program Friday night with Marion’s Scotty Weir capturing the 410 sprint car feature race at the quarter-mile dirt track.

Stock Car Owner & Builder Bill Koenig Dies


Noted Chicago area stock car owner, builder and mechanic Bill Koenig passed away on Sept. 26.

Henry Memorial Goes to Hamstra

Scoring a comeback victory, Dan Hamstra wheels his UMP modified stock car to the win in the Avery G. Henry Memorial 50 lapper at Indiana’s Daugherty Speedway Saturday night.  (Stan Kalwasinski Photo)

Scoring a comeback victory, Dan Hamstra was the winner of the Avery G. Henry Memorial 50-lap feature race for HP Machine UMP modified stock cars at Daugherty Speedway Saturday night.

Tomasik Claims Tony Bettenhausen Memorial

Scott Tomasik on his way to winning the Tony Bettenhausen Memorial 100 at Indiana’s Illiana Motor Speedway Saturday night.  (Stan Kalwasinski Photo)

Taking advantage of a double-file restart with 14 laps to go, Scott Tomasik scored a surprise victory in Saturday night’s 54th annual Tony Bettenhausen Memorial 100 presented by Schepel GMC Commercial Truck Division late model stock car race at Illiana Motor Speedway

Hoffman Pockets Schuler Memorial Cash

Eddie Hoffman and his daughter, Halley, pose in victory lane after the veteran racer won the 61-lap Lee Schuler Memorial late model special at Illinois’ Grundy County Speedway. (Stan Kalwasinski Photo)

Grundy County Speedway closed out its stock car racing season Sunday evening with its traditional Night of Features.


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