Category archives for: Racing History

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.

Chili Bowl 2014: Clauson’s Big Night

Bryan Clauson (63) battles Christopher Bell en route to winning the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals at Tulsa Expo Raceway last year. (Frank Smith photo)

Many-time USAC champion Bryan Clauson finally earned his first Golden Driller trophy Saturday night, topping the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire at Tulsa Expo Raceway

Mike Mosley’s Natural Racing Talent

Mike Mosley in 1981 at The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis. (Bob Gates Photo Collection)

Though not as highly acclaimed as some he competed against, Mike Mosley was one of American racing’s most naturally talented drivers. In 2011, when racing historians, journalists and observers were ranking the top 33 drivers in the 100-year history of the Indianapolis 500, Mosley made most of the lists.

PHOTOS: 1966 Atlanta 500

Richard Petty communicates with a member of his crew during a pit stop in the 1966 Atlanta 500. (Chris Economaki Photo)

Check out photos taken by our own Chris Economaki from the 1966 NASCAR Atlanta 500 held at Atlanta Int’l Raceway in Hampton, Ga.

Beach Parade Returns For Fourth Year

U.S. Congressman Bill Posey with car owner Freddie Brookshire during the 2014 Historic Racing Legends Beach/Road Course Parade.

The fourth annual Historic Racing Legends Beach/Road Course Parade, scheduled for Feb. 14 is expected to attract a record number of vintage race cars and drivers and thousands of spectators from all over the country who want to see where and what brought the fascination of speed to the area and spread all over the world.

PHOTOS: NASCAR At Trenton In 1968

Richard Petty (43) battles alongside LeeRoy Yarbrough during the NASCAR Grand National Northern 300 at Trenton (N.J.) Speedway on July 14, 1968. (Chris Economaki Photo)

Check out photos taken by our own Chris Economaki from the 1968 NASCAR Grand National Northern 300 held at Trenton (N.J.) Speedway.

Bobby Grim’s Amazing Racing Career

Bobby Grim (Bob Gates Archives Photo)

Curly-haired Bobby Grim charged out of Coal City, Ind., to become one of the best short-track drivers this country has ever produced.

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