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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


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


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.

Shirley Banks $15,000 Thaw Brawl

Brian Shirley won the Thaw Brawl dirt late model race at LaSalle (Ill.) Speedway Saturday night. (Stan Kalwasinski photo)

Brian Shirley held of the late race charge of Bobby Pierce to capture the $15,000-to-win, 75-lap, fifth annual Thaw Brawl late model stock car special at the LaSalle Speedway Saturday night

Shirley Strikes Gold In Thaw Brawl

Brian Shirley romped to victory in Friday's Thaw Brawl opener at LaSalle (Ill.) Speedway. (Gary Gasper photo)

Opening night of the fifth annual Thaw Brawl at the LaSalle Speedway saw Brian Shirley capture the $5,000-to-win, 50-lap late model stock car feature race at the high-banked, quarter-mile dirt oval Friday night

Brooks Conquers Daugherty Opener

Steven Brooks won the UMP modified opener Saturday at Daugherty Speedway. (Stan Kalwasinski photo)

Hosting one of the earliest area stock car racing season openers, Daugherty Speedway kicked off its season of racing Saturday evening with Steven Brooks winning the 25-lap feature race for DIRTcar UMP Modifieds

KALWASINSKI: Chicago Chips

Stan Kalwasinski

Racing is right around the corner, and closer than you think as the area gets ready for the season.


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