Racing History

West Capital Raceway

West Capital Raceway Revisited

On a crisp winter day, we visited the site in West Sacramento, Calif., that was once West Capital Raceway.
1959 Daytona 500

1959 Daytona: The Ultimate Photo Finish

While the 60th annual Daytona 500 will take the green flag later today, there have been so many historic happenings during the Daytona 500 it has become known as The Great American Race.

Linda Vaughn: An American Classic

Linda Vaughn’s career soared as the iconic and shapely Miss Hurst Golden Shifter and few probably admired her teeth

Indy Cars Made One Tragic Attempt At Daytona Oval

On Feb. 11, 1959, 11 days before the first Daytona 500, former Hudson Hornet stock-car ace turned Indy-car driver Marshall Teague was asked to...

Winged Sportsman Cars Ruled California In Mid 1970s

One of the most interesting things about short-track racing is the evolution of local rules, which created some fascinating offshoots, perhaps none more so than the unique sportsman division of central California.

1969 Daytona 500, Ford Versus NASCAR

As NASCAR teams rolled into Daytona Int'l Speedway for the unofficial start to the 1969 season one thing was certain, change was the only constant.

Jim Hurtubise & The Mallard Indy Car

In late 1966, fan favorite Jim Hurtubise surprised many when he announced he would build a front-engine car for the 1967 Indianapolis 500.

Mr. School Bus Engine, Roger Rager

Roger Rager, born in the sprint car racing hotbed of Lincoln, Neb., fittingly won his first race in a sprint car at Lincoln’s Jefferson County 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.

‘Big Bertha’ Was A Big Winner

Just as battleships used in World War II were given the nickname “Big Berthas,” a particular Digard Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Darrell Waltrip was similarly named. 

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