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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.

Torn From The Headlines – Nov. 24, 2010

CANADIAN CIRCLE: Indy cars fly down the frontstretch during the 1985 CART World Series event at the Sanair Superspeedway in Quebec. (Chris Economaki Photo)

A.J. Foyt, the hard-driving 25-year-old from Houston, Texas, claimed the U.S. Auto Club National Championship in grand style Sunday by winning the 11th annual Bobby Ball Memorial at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix. Foyt started ninth, took the lead on lap 24 and cruised to victory on the rough track.

Stewart Wins Three USAC Titles In A Single Season

Stewart Wins Three USAC Titles In A Single Season

Tony Stewart, a 24-year-old racer from Columbus, Ind., made history in 1995 when he became the first driver to claim championships in each of USAC’s top three series in the same season.

Torn From The Headlines – Nov. 17, 2010

ON THE WALL: NASCAR Cup Series drivers Brett Bodine, Jim Sauter, Phil Parsons and Bobby Hillin, Jr. sit on the pit wall at Richmond (Va.) Int’l Raceway prior to the March 1989 event at the three-quarter-mile oval. (Chris Economaki Photo)

Robert “Red” Byron, NASCAR’s first driving champion in 1948, suffered a heart attack Nov. 11 and was found dead in his Chicago hotel room. A stock-car pioneer who won numerous races prior to World War II, Byron, 45, was managing the Scarab sports car team at the time of his death.

NASCAR’s 1992 Atlanta Finale Had A Little Bit Of Everything

Alan Kulwicki enjoys a victory lap around Atlanta Motor Speedway in the pace car after winning the 1992 Cup title. (Kim Novosat Photo)

The 165,000 fans that jammed Atlanta Motor Speedway on Nov. 15, 1992, for the season-ending Hooters 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race were treated to an event that featured more subplots than a good mystery novel.

Torn From The Headlines – Nov. 10, 2010

STREAK BUSTER: A dejected Richard Petty sits on the back of his team’s transporter after Petty failed to qualify for the March 1989 NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond (Va.) Int’l Raceway, ending an 18-year, 513-race streak. (Chris Economaki Photo)

Ed “Dutch” Schaefer, the hard-driving 1960 champion of the American Racing Drivers Club, was elected to serve his 10th term as president during the midget organization’s annual meeting Sunday at the Seven Gables Inn in Linden, N.J. The election was preceded by a lively two-and-a-half hour discussion concerning rules for next season.

Earnhardt Ties Petty With Seventh NASCAR Championship

SEVENTH HEAVEN: Dale Earnhardt shows seven fingers after clinching his seventh NASCAR championship in 1994. (Dorsey Patrick Photo)

Even though there were still two races remaining, the 1994 NASCAR Winston Cup season ended for thousands of stock-car fans on Oct. 23 when Dale Earnhardt clinched his seventh series championship by winning the AC Delco 500 at North Carolina Motor Speedway.

Torn From The Headlines – Nov. 3, 2010

THREE AMIGOS: California open-wheel racers Wally Pankratz (left), Ron “Sleepy” Tripp (center) and Robby Flock pose for NSSN Editor Chris Economaki at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway in April 1991. (Chris Economaki Photo)

Colby Scroggins, driving the jet-black Blairs Offenhauser sprint car, won the 100-lap Grand Prix Saturday night at Ascot Stadium in Los Angeles, bringing down the curtain on the California Racing Ass’n season. Don Davis finished second in the race and edged Danny Jones by 44 points for the championship.

PDA Boycotts ’Dega Opener; Brickhouse Is Unlikely Winner

SHORT TRACK ACE: Stock-car driver Richard Brickhouse with his No. 03 stocker at an unidentified short track. (NSSN Archives Photo)

Richard Brickhouse, a 29-year-old farmer from Rocky Point, N.C., won the Talladega 500 on Sept. 14, 1969, at Alabama Int’l Motor Speedway after more than 30 of stock-car racing’s top stars refused to compete.


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