Category archives for: Racing History

The King Vs. Gentleman Ned

After an on track battle at New Asheville Speedway in 1963 Ned Jarrett is seen trying to prevent Richard Petty from punching him in the nose. (Smyle Media Archives)

With a nickname like “Gentlemen Ned” one would never expect to see another driver so angry at him that he would want to resort to violence. But that’s exactly what happened at New Asheville Speedway in July of 1963.

Fredenberg 50 Memorial Returns Sunday

Alvin (Al) Fredenberg

The Fredenberg 50 Memorial midget race sanctioned by the Badger Midget Area Racing Ass’n will be held for the first time since 2000 this coming Sunday at Angell Park Speedway.

Speedway Motors Celebrating 60 Years

“Speedy” Bill and Joyce Smith (center) work the Speedway Motors parts counter during the mid-1960s.

If performance is measured from zero to 60, Speedway Motors is just hitting its stride

A Lesson In History: Vegas Indy Car Racing

Silver State Century race winner Jimmy Bryan. (Bill Hill collection)

Dwight D. Eisenhower was the President of the United States when the cars and stars of the Indianapolis 500 raced in Las Vegas for the first time

Tazio Nuvolari’s Signature Victory

Tazio Nuvolari following his shocking victory at the Nurburgring in 1935.

Some insisted that Tazio Nuvolari had made a pact with the devil. His of another realm performances behind the wheel of a speeding race car certainly bolstered that suspicion

1963 — Year Of Transition

Jim Clark in his Lotus at Trenton (N.J.) Speedway in 1963.

With backing from Ford, Lotus’s Colin Chapman had created an Indianapolis car based on his Formula One machines that nearly won the 500 in its first outing

Revson’s Thrilling Indianapolis Pole Run

Peter Revson won the pole for the 1971 Indianapolis 500.

Forty years ago, not unlike today, Roger, “The Captain”, Penske, appeared to have the field covered for the 1971 Indianapolis 500

Looking Back — May 5, 2011

Rodger Ward and mechanic A.J. Watson chat before the start of a 1961 championship car race at New Jersey's Trenton Speedway (Chris Economaki photo)

Fred Lorenzen out fought Curtis Turner to win the Rebel 300 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway Saturday in a death-defying slugfest that decided one of the most exciting stock-car races of all time. “He bumped me 50 times and I bumped him 50 times on the last 39 laps,” Lorenzen said. While Turner promised, “I definitely will retaliate the next time we meet.”

Looking Back — April 28, 2011

Bobby Allison makes a pit stop at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in 1970. (Chris Economaki photo)

Fred “Jiggs” Peters, the old pro from Neshanic Station, N.J., gave up sharpening lawn mowers just long enough Sunday to win the 100-mile ARDC-USAC midget race on the one-mile circular dirt speedway in Langhorne, Pa. Peters, going non-stop in the Ken Brenn Offy, established a track record of 98.041 mph, completing the century grind in 1 hour, 1 minute and 11.92 seconds

Looking Back — April 21, 2011

Bob Kinser watches the action during the 1973 Knoxville Nationals. (Chris Economaki photo)

Work has been completed on the installation of 1,000 additional feet of reinforced concrete retaining wall at Daytona Int’l Speedway. The new span links the existing sections along the north side of the track and extends well into the fourth turn, replacing the steel guardrail that was penetrated by Lee Petty and Johnny Beauchamp during a Feb. 24 qualifying race

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