Category archives for: Racing History

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

Looking Back — April 14, 2011

USAC stock cars in action at Texas World Speedway in 1973. (Chris Economaki photo)

Ramo Stott, of Keokuk, Iowa, provided Frank Winkley’s Auto Racing, Inc. with a spectacular season opener Sunday by driving his 1961 Ford to the checkered flag in the annual Peerless Pelican 200 at the Louisiana State Fair Speedway. An overflow crowd of 9,876 cheered the 26-year-old racer as he fought off a challenge from fellow Keokuk ace Dick Hutcherson

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.

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