Category archives for: Racing History

PHOTOS: USAC At Lancaster In 1961

Jim Hurtubise leads a pack of cars during USAC competition at Lancaster (N.Y.) Speedway in 1961. (Chris Economaki Photo)

Check out this classic photo gallery shot by our own Chris Economaki during the a the USAC event held on Sept. 8, 1961 at Lancaster (N.Y.) Speedway.

Scott Was A NASCAR Trailblazer

Wendell Scott is the only African-American driver to win a NASCAR Grand National (Sprint Cup) event. (NASCAR Photo)

During a 13-year premier series career, Wendell Scott likely never considered he was making NASCAR history. The Virginian’s sole concern was getting to the next race on a miniscule budget.

PHOTOS: USAC At Langhorne In 1966

The USAC Champ Car field forms up prior to the start of the race at Langhorne (Pa.) Speedway in August 1966. (Chris Economaki Photo)

Check out this classic photo gallery shot by our own Chris Economaki during the a the USAC Champ Car Langhorne 150 held on Aug. 7, 1966 at Langhorne (Pa.) Speedway.

VLRA Set To Honor Curtis Turner

Curtis Turner

One of the six awards being given at Victory Lane Racing Ass’n Awards Banquet on Feb. 17 is the Pioneer In Racing Award, and there is no one who fits the “Pioneer” role more than Curtis “Pops” Turner.

PHOTOS: 1968 Southern 500

Cale Yarborough (21) battles Charlie Glotzbach (6), LeeRoy Yarbrough (98) and others during a restart in the 1968 Southern 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway. (Chris Economaki Photo)

Check out this classic photo gallery shot by our own Chris Economaki during the 1968 Southern 500 held at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.

Chili Bowl 1997: Snakebitten Boat Finally Wins

THE BOWL: Billy Boat (15) chases Don Lehmann during the recent Chili Bowl Nationals at Tulsa (Okla.) Expo Raceway. Boat went on to win. (Tom Davey Photo)

Snakebitten several years at the Chili Bowl Nationals, Billy Boat was not to be denied in 1997 as he blasted by Danny Lasoski on lap 44 to take the $6,000 triumph.

In celebration of the Silver Anniversary of this prestigious indoor midget race, www.nationalspeedsportnews.com will be publishing the race reports that appeared in the pages of National Speed Sport News for the first 24 runnings of the event.

Beginning with the inaugural event in 1987, race recaps will be posted on a daily basis from Dec. 18 through Jan. 10.

Rough & Tough Paul Russo

Paul Russo straps into Herb Porter's Supercharged Offy prior to the 1955 Indianapolis 500. (Bob Gates Photo Collection)

Paul Russo was one tough race car driver. Born in Kenosha, Wis., in 1914, Russo was short, but weighed a muscular 190 pounds. Sometimes gruff, he wasn’t a man one wanted to cross on or off the track.

PHOTOS: 1968 USAC Stock Cars In Illinois

Cars pass by the front stretch grandstands at the Illinois State Fairgrounds during a USAC Stock Car Series race in August of 1968. (Chris Economaki Photo)

Check out this classic photo gallery shot by our own Chris Economaki during a 1968 USAC Stock Car Series event held at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill., in August of 1968.

Chili Bowl 2006: McCreadie Rides Low Line

Tim McCreadie (1a) uses the inside curb to his advantage while battling with Jay Drake (71k) and Cory Kruseman during the 2006 Chili Bowl Midget Nationals feature. (David E. Heithaus Photo)

Tim McCreadie used the low groove around the Tulsa Expo Raceway to shock a sold-out crowd and more than 270 other competitors in Saturday night’s 20th annual Chili Bowl Nationals.

In celebration of the Silver Anniversary of this prestigious indoor midget race, www.nationalspeedsportnews.com will be publishing the race reports that appeared in the pages of National Speed Sport News for the first 24 runnings of the event.

Beginning with the inaugural event in 1987, race recaps will be posted on a daily basis from Dec. 18 through Jan. 10.

Chili Bowl 1989: Swindell Scores The Win

THIRD TIME'S A CHARM: Sammy Swindell poses in victory lane after going wire to wire for the win in the third annual Chili Bowl Midget Nationals at Tulsa (Okla.) Expo Center Saturday night. (Tom Davey Photo)

A crowd of more than 3,000 was on hand to see sprint-car star Sammy Swindell dominate the third annual Original Chili Bowl Midget Nationals on Expo Square’s indoor quarter-mile dirt track Saturday night.

In celebration of the Silver Anniversary of this prestigious indoor midget race, www.nationalspeedsportnews.com will be publishing the race reports that appeared in the pages of National Speed Sport News for the first 24 runnings of the event.

Beginning with the inaugural event in 1987, race recaps will be posted on a daily basis from Dec. 18 through Jan. 10.

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