Racing History

Mark Donohue (16), in one of Roger Penske’s AMC Matadors, leads Dave Marcis at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1972. (NSSN Archives Photo)

Odd Manufacturers Dot NASCAR’s History

Throughout NASCAR’s history, the foundation of stock car racing has always been the cars and the drivers who bravely wheel them.
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.
Richard Petty looks at the back of his damaged race car after failing to qualify for a NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway in March of 1989. (Chris Economaki Photo)

ARCHIVES: Petty Misses The Show

In the dusky twilight that surrounded the garage area Saturday evening at Richmond lnt'l Raceway, Richard Petty came down the steps of the NASCAR Winston Cup trailer amid a crowd of media representatives and said, "I'm going home, guys."
During his championship, Eddie Russo was involved in a high-speed flip at Raceway Park in early August of 1950. Rex Easton and Bud Koehler (77) try to stay out of the crash.

Chicago Racing In 1950

The 1950 racing season in the Chicagoland area began with four midget racing programs held indoors at Chicago’s International Amphitheatre. 

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.  
Drivers prepare to go racing prior to a Can-Am event. (NSSN Archives Photo)

The Rolling Thunder Of Can-Am

Roll the clock back more than 50 years. You’re standing at the fence as 20 big-block-powered race cars roll toward the starter’s stand.
Pancho Carter was among the most versatile competitors of his time.

The Versatile Pancho Carter

IndyCar rookie sensation Santino Ferrucci thrilled fans and pundits alike last season with his dramatic, high-risk, high-result passes on the series’ ovals. The young gun is quick to admit he learned those dicey moves from his Dale Coyne team spotter, Pancho Carter. 

Mario Andretti’s Road To Daytona Glory

Mario Andretti owns one of the finest careers in auto racing history. He’s won the Indianapolis 500, the Formula One world championship, four Indy Car championships and tallied in excess of 100 major victories.  

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...
LOOKING BACK: Dale Earnhardt

LOOKING BACK: Dale Earnhardt’s First Cup Win

Dale Earnhardt became the first rookie to win a NASCAR Winston Cup race since 1974 by outdueling NASCAR's best to post a $19,800 victory in the 19th annual Southeastern 500 at Bristol Int'l Raceway on April 1, 1979.

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