Category archives for: Racing History

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.

Chili Bowl 2013: Four Score For Swindell

Kevin Swindell (39) charges under Kyle Larson en route to winning the Chili Bowl Nationals Saturday night at Tulsa Expo Raceway. (Frank Smith photo)

It took 25 years for a driver to win back to back Lucas Oil Chili Bowl National titles

Chili Bowl 2012: Once, Twice, Three Times

Chili Bowl Nationals winner Kevin Swindell (left) and his father and runner-up Sammy Swindell, plant kisses on Kevin's mom and Sammy's wife Amy Saturday night at Tulsa (Okla.) Expo Raceway Saturday night. (Frank Smith photo)

After crowning that champion last January, it only took one more year for a three-peat champion as 22-year-old Kevin Swindell of Germantown, Tenn., captured his third Golden Driller in a row by wiring the field in Saturday night’s 26th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals championship finale at the QuikTrip Center’s Tulsa Expo Raceway

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

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


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