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Gary Balough

Gary Balough: Hot Shoe’s Checkered Past

Gary Balough had the perfect nickname, “Hot Shoe,” and unlike many other racers, he more than lived up to his catchy moniker.
A.J. Foyt won his fourth Indianapolis 500 in 1977. (IMS Photo)

Part One: Ask A.J. Foyt

Like many in America, race fans are spending more time on social media while maintaining social distance to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Black Thursday Saw Racers Arrested In Drug Ring

IN THE NEWS: The above headline appeared on the Feb. 18, 1982, issue of National Speed Sport News. (NSSN Archives)Feb. 18, 1982, was identified...
Bobby Unser aboard his Novi race car in 1963.

Novi — Too Tough To Tame

“I know the reputation the Novis had,” three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Unser said about, perhaps, the most iconic cars in Indianapolis Motor Speedway history.

Sprint-Car Star Opperman Suffers Violent USAC Crash

The sprint-car racing world changed on Sept. 11, 1976, when Jan Opperman suffered a closed head injury during the Hoosier Hundred USAC Dirt Track...
It's hard to argue how talented Jan Opperman was behind the wheel of a race car. (NSSN Archives Photo)

Colorful Character Jan Opperman

Jan Opperman was one of the most colorful characters in the history of auto racing.
Bristol Motor Speedway hosted the Hav-A-Tampa Dirt Racing Series in June of 2000 for the Living Air 100. (UDTRA File Photo)

LOOKING BACK: The Bristol Dirt Late Model Races

Bristol Motor Speedway and the Hav-A-Tampa Dirt Racing Series made history in 2000. Twenty years ago this June to be exact.
This early-career shot captures young Illinois terror Bubby Jones (right) with longtime pal Larry Henry. (Larry Henry Photo Collection)

Bubby Jones: Up Close & Personal Part I

I picked up race-car fever in 1960. Having grown up three blocks from the Indiana State Fairgrounds, I fell in love with the championship dirt cars that ran there every September in the Hoosier Hundred. 

Elliott’s Talladega Speed Record Stands Test Of Time

In terms of sheer speed, the man who stands on the top of the mountain in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is still Bill Elliott.

Martinsville Crash Claims Legendary Richie Evans

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.

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