Racing History

NASCAR’s Challenges Of The Past

The COVID-19 pandemic has been NASCAR’s biggest challenge since the sanctioning body was formed on Feb. 21, 1948. 

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.
Dale Earnhardt's silver GM Goodwrench Chevrolet was run in the 1995 All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Remembering Dale Earnhardt’s Quicksilver

Fred Wagenhals approached Richard Childress in February 1995 with a radical idea he wanted to turn into a reality.
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.
HAMPTON, GA ? July 22, 1973: David Pearson is joined my Miss Atlanta International Raceway in victory lane after Pearson came home victorious in the Dixie 500 NASCAR Cup race, giving him a sweep of the two Cup races held at Atlanta during the year. Pearson was virtually unbeatable during the Cup season, winning 11 of the 18 races he and his Wood Brothers team entered. (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)

Pearson & The Wood Brothers: 1973 & The ’71 Mercury

During the 1973 season, NASCAR’s best drivers faced a relentless storm in the form of a maroon-and-white Mercury Cyclone fielded by Wood Brothers Racing with three-time Cup Series champion David Pearson at the wheel. 

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.

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...
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.
Doug Wolfgang (Ken Simon Photo)

Doug Wolfgang: ‘I Was OK’

The images of Doug Wolfgang standing amid a joyous celebration in victory lane at the Knoxville Nationals are iconic.

Board Tracks: Thrills & Funerals

Within sight of the Holly­wood Hills where the Beverly Wilshire Hotel stands today, fans filled California’s Beverly Hills Speedway on April 24, 1921, for an afternoon of drama-charged two-wheeled competition.  

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