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Mazon & Grundy HoF Inductions Set


The 13th annual Mazon Speed Bowl and Grundy County Speedway Racers Reunion and Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will take place on Sept. 3 at the Grundy County Fairgrounds.

Wallace Storms Through Kanakee County

Kenny Wallace on his way to victory in DIRTcar UMP Modified action at Illinois’ Kankakee County Speedway Friday night.  (Stan Kalwasinski photo)

Kenny Wallace just loves to race and race he did Friday night as he captured the 30-lap, $1,000-to-win Summit Racing Equipment special for DIRTcar UMP Modifieds at Kankakee County Speedway.

Schuler Captures Frank Welch Memorial

Larry Schuler on his way to victory in the Frank Welch Memorial 94 late model special at Illinois’ Grundy County Speedway Friday night.  (Stan Kalwasinski photo)

Back in 1976, Larry Schuler was the hottest thing on the Midwestern paved track late model stock car scene, winning 43 feature races and three track championships in three states.

KALWASINSKI: Chicago Chips

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Laverne Spencer, Mike Motherway and Grundy County Speedway in Morris, Ill., are all trying to keep open-wheel midget racing alive in the area.

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.


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