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Jacob Poel Is A Modified Firecracker

Jacob Poel crosses the finish line to win Monday's DIRTcar UMP modified Firecracker 50 at Shadyhill Speedway. (Gary Gasper Photo)

Former race winner Jacob Poel returned to the Shadyhill Speedway and captured the 16th annual Firecracker 50 for DIRTcar UMP modified stock cars Monday night.

Nutley Controls Grundy County Run

John Nutley in victory lane at Grundy County Speedway. (Stan Kalwasinski photo)

Veteran racer John Nutley came home the winner of the 40-lap Mid-Season Championship race for late model stock cars at the Grundy County Speedway Friday night

Town Buys Illiana Motor Speedway

Eddie Hoffman (8) and Jeff Cannon go wheel to wheel at Illiana Motor Speedway in 2014.  (Stan Kalwasinski Photo)

Part of the area’s automobile racing landscape since after World War II, Illiana Motor Speedway has apparently hosted its last racing event as the property has been sold to the town of Schererville.

Off Week Lands Shoulders In Victory Lane

Racing on his off week, Dustin Shoulders, an engineer for the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet driven by Chase Elliott, won Thursday's pro late model feature at Kankakee (Ill.) County Speedway. (Stan Kalwasinski photo)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers such as Kyle Larson and Kasey Kahne aren’t the only ones taking advantage of the off week by racing at America’s short tracks

Danta Turns Grundy County Trick

Anthony Danta is on his way to victory in Friday night’s 30-lap late model stock car feature race at Illinois’ Grundy County Speedway.  (Stan Kalwasinski Photo)

Battling for the top spot in the early season points race, Anthony Danta scored his second late model stock car feature win of the season at the Grundy County Speedway, Friday night

Newest Class Enters National Sprint Car HoF

Dale Blaney and his mother, Kate, share the moment after Blaney was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Saturday afternoon. (Stan Kalwasinski Photo)

An enthusiastic crowd was on hand Saturday afternoon at the 27th annual National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Induction Program, held on the grounds of the Marion County Fairgrounds, which is the site of the famed Knoxville Raceway.

KALWASINSKI: Chicago’s Indy Influence

Stan Kalwasinski

With the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 set for tomorrow, here are a few names from the Chicago/northwest Indiana areas that have been part of the racing classic at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Midget Racing Legend Frank Burany

Frank Burany at Chicago's Riverview Stadium in 1940.  (Wayne Adams Photo)

Midwest midget racing great and perhaps the last survivor of pre-World War II midget competition, Frank Burany, died May 22 in Wisconsin. He was 100 years old

Allen Stars In Shadyhill Mod Opener

Nick Allen raced to victory in the 20-lap DIRTcar UMP modified feature race on opening night at Indiana's Shadyhill Speedway Saturday night.  (Stan Kalwasinski photo)

Seven-time track champion, Nick Allen was the winner of the 20-lap DIRTcar UMP modified stock car feature race at Shadyhill Speedway Saturday night as the quarter-mile dirt track kicked off its new season

Hoffman Takes Grundy Season Opener

Eddie Hoffman on his way to victory in the opening late model feature of the season at Illinois' Grundy County Speedway.  (Stan Kalwasinski Photo)

Veteran driver and defending track champion Eddie Hoffman led from start to finish on his way to capturing the 30-lap late model stock car feature race as the Grundy County Speedway hosted its 46th annual season-opening stock car program.

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