Racing History

Champion Cale Yarborough

Thousands of drivers have entered NASCAR competition since the sanctioning body was formed in 1948.

40 Years Ago: 1979 Daytona 500

Forty years after the checkered flag waved over a surprise winner in the 1979 Daytona 500, the race is still considered one of the most important milestones in NASCAR’s 71-year history.

Trans-Am, Laguna Seca Have Intertwined Histories

The return of Trans-Am racing to the Monterey Peninsula May 3-5 for the Trans-Am SpeedFest can’t but help bring memorable flashbacks.

Herb Harvey Made Junkyard Into His Own Dirt Track

Junkyard owner Herb Harvey built a dirt track next to a swamp in Lemon Township, north of Tunkhannock, Pa., and having no false modesty, named it after himself.

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...

Colorful & Adventurous Art Sparks

Auto racing has long been populated by colorful, eccentric and adventuresome figures. Arthur Sutton Sparks was one.
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.

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...

Mike Mosley’s Natural Racing Talent

Though not as highly acclaimed as some he competed against, Mike Mosley was one of American racing’s most naturally talented drivers. In 2011, when racing historians, journalists and observers were ranking the top 33 drivers in the 100-year history of the Indianapolis 500, Mosley made most of the lists.
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.

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