Racing History

KNOXVILLE: Through The Years

This year marks the 59th running of the NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway. SPEED SPORT, one of the few motorsports properties with a longer history than the Nationals, has covered every one of them.

LOOKING BACK: Clauson’s Belleville Sweep

SPEED SPORT has been reporting on and covering motorsports happenings from all over the world for 85 years, so we thought it would be fun to take a look back in the archives to see what happened 10, 25 and 50 years ago each week.
Bergen Herald National Auto Racing News Logo

FORGING AHEAD: William Kay’s 1934 Editorial

This is the editorial column authored by William Kay in the first issue of National Auto Racing News - now known as SPEED SPORT - on Aug. 16, 1934.
Chris Economaki (left) interviews Roger Penske. (NSSN Archives Photo)

Chris Economaki: The Dean Of Motorsports Journalism

No celebration of the 85th anniversary of SPEED SPORT would be complete without remembering Chris Economaki.
Jimmie Johnson (48) leads Mark Martin during the 2009 Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (NASCAR Photo)

LOOKING BACK: Johnson Stars At The Brickyard

SPEED SPORT has been reporting on and covering motorsports happenings from all over the world for 85 years.
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.

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...

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...
Dale Earnhardt (left) won the 1980 NASCAR Cup Series title with support from Mike Curb (right).

Mike Curb’s Long Love Affair With Racing

Mike Curb’s name is commonplace in many forms of auto racing — from sprint cars to Indy cars and at various levels of NASCAR.

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