Category archives for: Racing History

Parnelli To Be Turkey Night Grand Marshal

Parnelli Jones wheels a midget at California's Ascot Park.

Parnelli Jones will be the grand marshal for the 74th running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix on Nov. 27 at Perris Auto Speedway

Jim Clark’s Stock Car Experiment

Jim Clark (Don Hunter/ Smyle Media)

With two Formula One World Championships to his name, one would hardly consider Scottish driver Jim Clark a rookie. However, there he was racing around North Carolina Motor Speedway in Rockingham with the traditional yellow rookie stripe on his bumper. Despite his world class credentials this was his first foray into NASCAR stock car racing and rules were rules, even for Jim Clark.

Janet & Gentlemen, Start Your Engines

Janet Guthrie is seen practicing the No. 17 Vollstedt Offy prior to her first USAC start at Trenton Speedway in May 1976. (John DeGarmo/Smyle Media Photo)

On Friday, April 30, 1976 Janet Guthrie arrived at New Jersey’s Trenton Speedway for her first USAC sanctioned race, the Trentonian 200.

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


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