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Torn From The Headlines: Feb. 25, 1981

Pages from February 25 1981

A one-woman crusade by an Orange, Calif., sports car driver has breathed a little life into Ontario Motor Speedway and raised hopes that the moribund racing facility may still survive.

Torn From The Headlines: Feb. 18, 1970

Pages from February 18 1970

Ford Motor Co., for several years the king pin on NASCAR’s Grand National stock car circuit, will sharply curtail its stock car performance program following Sunday’s rich Daytona 600.

Torn From The Headlines: Feb. 10, 1988

Pages from February 10 1988

You take the high road or no road at all in the Daytona 500. Some of the 42 competitors who make up the field for the 12:15 start Sunday predict very little passing.

Sweeping Changes For USAC After 1970 Season

CHIT-CHAT: Driver Don Brown chats with USAC’s Bill Smyth at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in 1970. (Chris Economaki Photo)

A milestone moment that forever changed American open-wheel racing took place on Sept. 14, 1970, when the United States Auto Club’s board of directors met in Indianapolis.

Torn From The Headlines – Dec. 15, 2010

NORTHERN STARS: The USAC National Championship Car field lines up at the New York State Fairgrounds mile oval in Syracuse, N.Y., on Sept. 9, 1961. (Chris Economaki Photo)

Purses paid to United States Auto Club sprint-car competitors during 1960 totaled $120,198, the most money paid in this division since 1956 when the total was $134,702. The average purse for the 21 races was $5,723.71, an all-time high. The average purse per mile was $219.34, second only to the championship division.

Langhorne Configuration Adapts To Changing Racing Culture

LARGE CROWD: A capacity crowd watches a modified feature at Pennsylvania’s Langhorne Speedway in 1967. (Chris Economaki Photo)

The racing landscape in the Eastern United States began to change, both literally and figuratively, just before Christmas in 1964.

Torn From The Headlines – Dec. 8, 2010

ON THE DIRT: Drivers power into the first turn at Pennsylvania’s Langhorne Speedway when the track had a dirt surface in 1961. (Chris Economaki Photo)

Dan Gurney, driving Frank and Phillip Arciero’s 2.5-liter Lotus Monte Carlo, took command on the 40th of 54 laps and went on to win the $10,000-plus Nassau Trophy Race Sunday that closed out the seventh annual International Bahamas Speed Weeks. Gurney completed the 243-mile distance without a pit stop.

Permatex Sponsorship Began Racing’s Tie To Corporations

ON THE HIGH BANKS: This shot was snapped during the 1965 Daytona 250, which became the Permatex 300 the following year. (NSSN Archives Photo)

A simple two-paragraph story on page two of the Nov. 3, 1965, issue of National Speed Sport News signaled a milestone moment in the fledgling relationship between corporate America and the sport of auto racing.

Torn From The Headlines – Dec. 1, 2010

FROM THE TOP: NASCAR Grand National cars circle Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway during the first event held at the historic .533-mile oval on July 29, 1961. Jack Smith won the race, but not without relief from Johnny Allen. (Chris Economaki Photo)

Don Davis, the newly crowned California Racing Ass’n champion, dominated the 40-lap USAC sprint-car feature Sunday at the Rodeo Grounds in Clovis, Calif. It is believed to be the first time since the pre-war days of Jimmie Wilburn that an “outlaw” driver beat the big leaguers in his first time out.

Turkey Night Grand Prix Was Final Race At Ascot Park

ASCOT PARK: An aerial view of California’s Ascot Park as it appeared in the late 1980s. (NSSN Archives Photo)

Ascot Park, one of this country’s most famous short tracks, hosted its final race on Nov. 22, 1990, with Stan Fox, of Janesville, Wis., winning the 50th Turkey Night Grand Prix.

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