Category archives for: Racing History

Speed Record Attempt Nearly Killed Panch

Marvin Panch is seen sitting inside the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford at Daytona Int'l Speedway in 1963. (Marvin Panch Collection Photo)

With a light rain falling NASCAR icon Marvin Panch invites us inside his temporary home away from home. Parked across the street from Charlotte Motor Speedway, Panch has driven his motorhome from Florida to visit with old friends and spend time with fans prior to the Bank of America 500.

PHOTOS: 1976 United States Grand Prix

Niki Lauda racing the No. 1 Scuderia Ferrari 015 during the 1976 United States Formula One Grand Prix in Long Beach. (Smyle Media Archives Photo)

Check out vintage photos from the 1976 United States Grand Prix, held in Long Beach, Calif. This gallery is courtesy of Don Smyle, who is the owner of Smyle Media & Marketing, a motorsports consulting, licensing and media development company. Don currently manages a photo database featuring more than 200,000 classic racing images from every level of motorsports, including NASCAR, Indy car, Formula One and drag racing. Learn more about Don Smyle and Smyle Media & Marketing by visiting www.smylemedia.com.

1969 Daytona 500, Ford Versus NASCAR

It was Ford versus Dodge in the 1969 Daytona 500. Here, eventual race winner LeeRoy Yarbrough (98) races his Ford against Buddy Baker. (Don Hunter/Smyle Media Photo)

As NASCAR teams rolled into Daytona Int’l Speedway for the unofficial start to the 1969 season one thing was certain, change was the only constant.

The Mad Dog’s Daytona Speed Test

DAYTONA FLYER: Built by Bob Osiecki, the Mad Dog IV reached a top speed of 181.561 mph with Art Malone behind the wheel at Daytona Int’l Speedway. (Bob Gates Photo Collection)

Seeking publicity for his new race track in 1960, entrepreneur and NASCAR founder Bill France offered $10,000 to anyone who could lap Daytona Int’l Speedway at 180 mph.

Recalling The 1969 Florida Citrus 250

Led by polesitter Don Yenko and second-place starter Parnelli Jones, the field for the 1969 Florida Citrus 250 rolls off pit road at Daytona Int'l Speedway. (Smyle Media Photo)

As the 1969 edition of Speedweeks at Daytona Int’l Speedway got under way several changes were introduced that altered a couple of the more traditional racing formats.

Howard Cosell – Eyewitness To Tragedy

Howard Cosell is seen between WMJX station owner Paul Benson (right) and an unidentified man after landing at the Florence Airport in 1960 (Smyle Media Photo)

The inaugural Southern 500 was held in 1950 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway and both local and national media were on hand to cover the event.

Racing Happened To LeeRoy

LeeRoy Yarbrough was an imposing figure on the track in 1969. (Don Hunter/Smyle Media Photo)

Born at a time when hard work and determination was a man’s currency, LeeRoy Yarbrough earned it. Like many youngsters who dreamed of driving fast cars for a living, he sharpened his skills on the short tracks in and around his hometown of Jacksonville, Fla.

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.

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