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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.

Torn From The Headlines – Oct. 27, 2010

MIDGET MADNESS: Midget racers line up for a heat race before a capacity crowd at California’s seaside Ventura Raceway in April 1991. (Chris Economaki Photo)

Rookies are often an important part of the Indianapolis 500. The 1965 rookie class was one of distinction. Mario Andretti finished third, Gordon Johncock was fourth and Al Unser ninth. These three drivers combined won seven 500s and made 80 starts.

Martinsville Crash Claims Legendary Richie Evans

SIXTY-ONE: Richie Evans shown during the 1982 NASCAR  Modified Series season. (NSSN Archives Photo)

Richie Evans, one of the most successful short-track racers in history, was killed Oct. 24, 1985, while practicing for a NASCAR modified race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

Torn From The Headlines – Oct. 20, 2010

THE BACK ROW: Rick Miaskiewicz (59) and Dale Coyne (19) made up the last row on the starting grid for the Budweiser/G.I. Joe’s 200 CART PPG World Series event at Portland Int’l Raceway in 1987. (Chris Economaki Photo)

50 Years Ago – The sports commission of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile, the world governing body of auto racing, announced that the Indianapolis 500 would no longer be part of the world driver’s championship. Instead, the Indianapolis race is now part of a six-event Intercontinental Cup Series that will debut in 1961.

Roosevelt Raceway Circuit Was Well Ahead Of Its Time

THE FRONT PAGE: The inaugural Vanderbilt Cup made the cover of National Auto Racing News. (NSSN Archives Photo)

American road racing entered a new era on Oct. 12, 1936, when Italian Tazio Nuvolari won the new George Vanderbilt Cup during the grand opening of Roosevelt Raceway on New York’s Long Island.

Torn From The Headlines – Oct. 13, 2010

chris economaki photo FORMULA FORDS: A pair of 50-lap Formula Ford races were held on the 2.66-mile Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in April 1970. Here’s the start of one of the two events, which were won by Carson Baird and Jim Jenkins. (Chris Economaki Photo)

A.J. Foyt, 25, of Houston, Texas, held off Jim Hurtubise to win the Ted Horn-Bill Schindler Memorial Sunday at Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway. Hurtubise challenged Foyt throughout the 50-lap feature, but fell a car length short at the checkered flag. With the victory, Foyt clinched the U.S. Auto Club’s Eastern sprint-car championship.

Free Air Fuels Balough’s Monster Syracuse Winner

IN THE NEWS: Page three of the Oct. 15, 1980, National Speed Sport News trumpeted Gary Balough’s Syracuse (N.Y.) victory. (NSSN Archives Photo)

“Air is free” was Gary Balough’s summation of the radical modified stock car he drove to victory in the 1980 Schaefer 200 at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, N.Y.


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