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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.

KALWASINSKI: Chicago Chips

Stan Kalwasinski

Before getting too far into the new year, let’s take a look back at the Chicago area racing scene 25 and 50 years ago

KALWASINSKI: Chicago Chips

Stan Kalwasinski

With the new year almost upon us, let’s take a look at Chicago-area racing track and association champions for the 2015 season.

Racer, Wheel Developer Clement Dies

Rich Clement at the "Milwaukee Mile" for USAC stock car competition in 1978.  (Stan Kalwasinski Photo)

Former area stock car competitor and racing wheel developer and manufacturer, Rich Clement, 78, passed away on Dec. 2.

KALWASINSKI: Chicago Chips

Stan Kalwasinski

Three members of the Chicago racing fraternity — Dave Roulo, John Kennedy and Bill McEnery — died recently

Sherman Marches To Monster Mash Score

Todd Sherman on his way to winning the UMP modified feature race which highlighted the Monster Mash IX program at Indiana’s Montpelier Motor Speedway Saturday night.  (Stan Kalwasinski photo)

Montpelier Motor Speedway brought down the curtain on its 2015 season with its Monster Mash IX racing program, as eight-time track champion Todd Sherman capturing the headlining $1,000-to-win 20-lap UMP modified feature race.

Spatola, Dehm Collect Kokomo Accolades

Mike "Opie" Spatola won the late model feature at Kokomo Speedway Saturday. (Gary Gasper photo)

The second day of the Kokomo Klash IX season-ending program saw late model speedster Mike “Opie” Spatola and modified ace Lance Dehm scoring feature victories in their respective divisions at Kokomo Speedway Saturday night.


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