Racing History

Chili Bowl 2005: Chili Bowl Victory Erases Past Failures In Prestigious Event

The 25th annual Chili Bowl Nationals will be held Jan. 11-15 at the QuickTrip Center’s Tulsa Expo Raceway. In celebration of the Silver Anniversary of this prestigious indoor midget race, will be publishing the race reports that appeared in the pages of National Speed Sport News for the first 24 runnings of the event. Beginning with the inaugural event in 1987, race recaps will be posted on a daily basis from Dec. 18 through Jan. 10.

Looking Back – March 9, 2011

Lamar Sloan outran Rod Perry and “Rags” Carter to win the modified stock-car feature Saturday night at Hialeah (Fla.) Speedway, but the evening will be best remembered for a pit-area fight between Bobby Allison and “Pee Wee” Griffin. Allison sent Griffin’s modified into the fence during the feature and Griffin, thinking the move was intentional, retaliated with his fists.
Jimmie Johnson (92) battles Randy LaJoie on July 14, 2001 at Chicagoland Speedway. Johnson went on to win the race, his first major NASCAR victory. (Sheryl Creekmore Photo)

Johnson’s Breakthrough Victory At Chicagoland

On July 14, Jimmie Johnson will celebrate the 19th anniversary of his first victory in one of NASCAR’s national divisions.

Torn From The Headlines: Sept. 30, 1998

The only things hotter than the sun at Martinsville Speedway were Ricky Rudd’s backside and his Tide Ford Taurus.
Roger Penske (left) with Mark Donohue.

Roger Penske’s First Indianapolis Victory

Love him or hate him, and there are many on both sides of that equation, Roger Penske’s unprecedented success in the Indianapolis 500 deserves recognition.   

Torn From The Headlines: June 11, 1969

Art Pollard, 42 years young, survived a first lap crash Sunday, got into another car and won his first national championship ever at a record breaking 112.-157 miles per hour before a record crowd of 41 789 at State Fair Park.

Happy Birthday Chris!

National Speed Sport News Editor Chris Economaki turns 90 years old Friday (Oct. 15).

PHOTOS: Classic Martinsville Late Models

Check out vintage photos from late model events held at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. This gallery is courtesy of Don Smyle, who is the owner of Smyle Media & Marketing, a motorsports consulting, licensing and media development company. Don currently manages a photo database featuring more than 200,000 classic racing images from every level of motorsports, including NASCAR, Indy car, Formula One and drag racing. Learn more about Don Smyle and Smyle Media & Marketing by visiting

Looking Back — April 21, 2011

Work has been completed on the installation of 1,000 additional feet of reinforced concrete retaining wall at Daytona Int’l Speedway. The new span links the existing sections along the north side of the track and extends well into the fourth turn, replacing the steel guardrail that was penetrated by Lee Petty and Johnny Beauchamp during a Feb. 24 qualifying race
IN THE SEAT: California dirt-track driver Byron W. “Speed” Hinkley in 1930. (Jim Thurman Collection Photo)

Speed Hinkley Made Mark In Early Days Dirt Racing

Born Byron W. Hinkley in Elba, Neb., Oct. 28, 1898, Hinkley would come to be known as “Speed” on the California dirt tracks he...

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