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KALWASINSKI: Chicago Chips

Stan Kalwasinski

“Skippy” Michaels had one of the most diverse racing careers in the annals of Chicago area racing, pretty much racing everything from motorcycles to a rear engine Indy car, from the Midwest to California

KALWASINSKI: Chicago Chips

Stan Kalwasinski

Midget auto racing returns to Illiana Motor Speedway in Schererville, Ind., this Friday as the United States Auto Club and the local Short Track Auto Racing Series organization co-sanction the Battle at the Border, Night One, which will feature USAC’s Honda National Championship Midget Series on the Illiana half-mile pavement

Blount Memorial Goes To John Long

John Long in victory lane Wednesday night at South Bend (Ind.) Speedway. (Gary Gasper photo)

South Bend Motor Speedway hosted the Jim Blount Memorial Outlaw Late Model stock car race for the first time Wednesday night with John Long of Niles, Mich., scoring the victory

KALWASINSKI: Chicago Chips

Stan Kalwasinski

“Mother Nature” pretty much played havoc with most area short tracks this past weekend with only Rockford Speedway getting in its regularly scheduled weekend night of stock car racing as other tracks fell victims to the rainy weather

KALWASINSKI: Chicago Chips

Stan Kalwasinski

It’s difficult to believe that Dick Trickle is gone. The news of his passing last Thursday in North Carolina was a shock. Richard LeRoy Trickle was 71 years old

Chicago Champion George Hill Dies

George Hill

Chicago area stock car champion George Hill, 69, passed away in Florida on April 15

KALWASINSKI: Chicago Chips

Stan Kalwasinski

A large crowd assembled at the Hoffman House in Rockford for the second annual Illinois Stock Car Hall of Fame induction on Saturday evening. This year saw 11 individuals inducted into the hall of fame after 15 were inducted during last year’s inaugural ceremonies

Papini Makes His Mark At Spring Classic

Alex Papini (39) won Sunday's Big 8 late model feature at Rockford (Ill.) Speedway. (Stan Kalwasinski photo)

The Rockford area seemed to be the center point of Midwest stock car racing this past weekend as two events were held in or near the city

KALWASINSKI: Chicago Chips

Stan Kalwasinski

Former Chicago racer and resident Bill Venturini and his Venturini Motorsports team enjoyed the fruits of victory as the North Carolina-based team saw John Wes Townley wheel one of its four entries to victory at Daytona Int’l Speedway in Automobile Racing Club of America stock car action

Special Fred Lorenzen Exhibit Debuts

Fred Lorenzen's children, Chris and Amanda, pose with a special commemorative poster detailing the "On the Road to Glory" exhibit at the Elmhurst Historical Museum. (Stan Kalwasinski Photo)

One of NASCAR racing’s first superstars, Fred Lorenzen is being honored by his hometown of Elmhurst as the Elmhurst Historical Museum presents the “On the Road to Glory” exhibit, which honors and details Lorenzen’s racing career.

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