Category archives for: Racing History

Looking Back — April 6, 2011

The start of the March 1968 NASCAR Grand National race at Atlanta Int'l Raceway. (Chris Economaki photo)

An estimated 3,500 fans were in the stands on Easter Sunday as Don White, of Keokuk, Iowa, won the 200-lap USAC stock-car race on the half-mile dirt track at North Carolina’s Concord Speedway. Promoted by Bruton Smith, the event marked the first time USAC’s stock cars had raced in the South. Norm Nelson finished second with Elmer Musgrave third

Early Days Racer Art Sparks

Art Sparks with Jimmy Snyder at Indianapolis in 1939. (IMS photo)

At 19 Art Sparks thought he had the world by the horns. He had 10 grand in his pocket, a 17-year-old bride, and was on a ship bound to the orient

Looking Back — March 30, 2011

Dave Marcis catches up on his rest under his race car during one of NASCAR’s last doubleheader weekends April 8-10, 1971 at Columbia Speedway and Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina. (Chris Economaki photo)

Olivier Gendebien, of Belgium, and Phil Hill, of Santa Monica, Calif., led a Ferrari sweep of the top four overall positions during the 11th annual 12-hour Florida Grand Prix of Endurance sports and grand touring car race in Sebring, Fla. Gendebien and Hill set a new record, traveling 210 laps, or 1,092 miles, at an average speed of 91.306 miles per hour.

Doubleheaders Were Once A Way Of Life

Richard Petty (43) edges Benny Parsons (72) to win the April 1971 NASCAR Grand National race at South Carolina’s Columbia Speedway. (Chris Economaki photo)

During the early days of NASCAR racing, doubleheader weekends were quite common

Foyt Remained An Offy Loyalist Despite Chevy’s Horsepower

ONES: Parnelli Jones in his Chevy sprint car holds the high groove against A.J. Foyt’s Offy at Indiana’s Salem Speedway. (Bob Gates Collection Photo)

Reams have been written about A.J. Foyt’s phenomenal racing success. His expertise, talent and accomplishments have been extolled by many, known by legions.

Looking Back – March 23, 2011

WINNERS: A.J. Foyt and the Holman & Moody Ford team pose for photographers after winning the July 1965 NASCAR stock-car race at Daytona Int’l Speedway. (Chris Economaki Photo)

In a fitting climax to an action-packed season, Len Duncan edged Jim Lacy by inches Saturday night to win the 100-lap TQ midget feature at the National Guard Armory in Teaneck, N.J. Even though he had to settle for second-place money in the century grind, Lacy’s effort was enough to capture the American Three-Quarter Midget Racing Ass’n’s indoor championship.

Stuntman, Racer Louis Tomei Became Indy Specialist

AT INDY: Louis Tomei in the cockpit at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1946. (Radbruch Collection Courtesy Bob Lawrence Photo)

Another of the characters who made Indianapolis racing what it was in the first half of the last century, Louis Tomei led a colorful life both on and off the track.

Looking Back – March 16, 2011

STOCK CAR MAN: Mario Andretti enjoys the spoils of victory after winning the 1967 Daytona 500 NASCAR stock-car race at Daytona Int’l Speedway. (Chris Economaki Photo)

In 1961, Stirling Moss, England’s top road racer, turned down Al Dean’s offer to drive one of the Dean Van Line Specials in the Golden Anniversary Indianapolis 500 on May 30. Dean made the offer via telegram and Moss replied: “Greatly appreciate your offer Indianapolis car but regret only interested in competing with British car. Regards and good luck — Stirling Moss.”

1939 European Championship Was Title Nobody Won

HARD RACERS: Rudolf Caracciola (left) and Hermann Lang during the 1937 European racing season. (Mercedes Photo)

In the 1930s, The International Ass’n of Recognized Automobile Clubs sanctioned a European Drivers Championship for Grand Prix cars consisting of the established national Grand Prix races, called Grandes Epreuves, literally “great tests.”

Looking Back – March 9, 2011

CHAMPIONS: A.J. Foyt and World Driving Champion Jackie Stewart, who was working television for ABC at the time, pose for a photograph during the April 1973 NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. (Chris Economaki Photo)

Lamar Sloan outran Rod Perry and “Rags” Carter to win the modified stock-car feature Saturday night at Hialeah (Fla.) Speedway, but the evening will be best remembered for a pit-area fight between Bobby Allison and “Pee Wee” Griffin. Allison sent Griffin’s modified into the fence during the feature and Griffin, thinking the move was intentional, retaliated with his fists.

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