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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.

Photographer Bob Sheldon, 87

Bob Sheldon

Former auto racing photographer and long-time racing historian, Bob Sheldon, 87, passed away on May 4. A longtime resident of Burnham, Ill., Sheldon was an active racing photographer from 1947 to about 1959

Stock Car Legend Don White Dies At 89

Don White poses next to his Ray Nichels-prepared Dodge in 1966. (Stan Kalwasinski Collection Photo)

Don White, a two-time champion of the USAC Stock Car Series, died Friday evening at his home in Keokuk, Iowa. He was 87 years old.

Grundy County Opener Postponed

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The 46th annual stock car racing season opener at the Grundy County Speedway slated for Friday evening has been canceled because of track-weeping issues.

Spring Classic Goes To Bilderback

Michael Bilderback (2) works his way inside of Dale Nottestad (51) to take over the lead during Sunday afternoon's Big 8 Series Spring Classic 88 lapper at Illinois' Rockford Speedway.  (Stan Kalwasinski Photo)

Michael Bilderback turned in a dominant performance Sunday afternoon at the Rockford Speedway as he captured the 39th edition of the Spring Classic Big 8 Series 88-lap late model stock car race

KALWASINSKI: Chicago Chips

Stan Kalwasinski

The Illinois Stock Car Hall of Fame held its fifth annual reception April 9 at Wayne Lensing’s Historic Auto Attractions museum in Roscoe, Ill., with the banquet held later in the evening at the Hoffman House Restaurant in Rockford

KALWASINSKI: Chicago Chips

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I was surprised, caught-off-guard and a little angry and upset when I learned Illiana Motor Speedway in Schererville, Ind., would not be opening this year for weekly stock car racing.

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