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Dario Franchitti claimed the 2009 IndyCar Series championship with a win at Homestead-Miami Speedway. (IndyCar Photo)

LOOKING BACK: Franchitti’s Triumphant Return

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.
Cannonball Baker in 1919.

Cannonball Baker Did It On Two & Four Wheels

Sixty years after his death and nearly a century since his headline-grabbing exploits on two wheels and four, “Cannonball” Baker remains an iconic figure in motorsports and American culture.  
Goodyear and Hoosier Tires sit on the ground awaiting NASCAR teams in the 1980s. (NSSN Archives Photo)

Tires: From Bias-Ply To Radials

Since April 1989, radial tires have been the standard for NASCAR’s top-three racing divisions.
Talladega

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.

Long And Winding Road To Preserving Racing History

Stories Of People Who Make A Living In Motorsports BY TOM SCHMEH Guest Columnist Tom Schmeh has been around racing his entire life and has been executive...
Saldana

LOOKING BACK: Saldana’s Triumphant Gold Cup

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

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.
An ad for a Grand National Stock Car event at Air Base Speedway in Greenville, S.C.

NASCAR’s Forgotten Race At Air Base Speedway

Dozens of online and print sources recount the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. All of these sources record a race in Greenville, S.C., on Aug. 25, 1951.
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...

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