Racing History

Torn From The Headlines: July 13, 2005

Needing a victory in the worst way to stay in contention for a spot in the Chase for the Nextel Cup, Dale Earnhardt Jr. pulled it off in Sunday's USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.

Torn From The Headlines: July 6, 1994

Should NASCAR be legally responsible for fatal accidents which occur at its races? A 4-month study conducted by The Orlando Sentinel, which appeared in the Florida daily as a three-part series with front-page placement June 26-28, seems to indicate it should.

Torn From The Headlines: June 27, 1979

“The object of winning a 500-mile race is to be there at the end of the day,” is a phrase often heard from A.J. Foyt.

Torn From The Headlines: June 24, 1953

Pacing himself to an almost incredible degree, Dick Rathmann of Daytona Beach, Florida, and Alhambra, Calif., took the lead on the very first lap of today's International 200 lap stock car race at the Langhorne Speedway and never relinquished it, winning in three hours, six minutes and 14.18 seconds, driving a Hudson Hornet.

Torn From The Headlines: June 19, 2002

Pikes Peak lnt’l Raceway may soon be part of the International Speedway Corp., according to sources within the garage area at this past weekend's Radisson Indy 225 Indy Racing League race at the one-mile oval.

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.

Torn From The Headlines: June 2, 1982

Gordon Johncock nipped Rick Mears by the eyelash-flicker margin of 16/100ths of a second Sunday to win the closest race in Indianapolis 500-Mile Race history at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

INDY: 1985, Sullivan Spins & Wins

One of the most memorable Indianapolis 500s was the 1985 affair, which saw Danny Sullivan spin while battling for the lead, yet battle back to claim the victory.

Torn From The Headlines: May 23, 1973

The Illini State, with more than a half hundred operating race tracks, speedways and fairgrounds and a long history of auto racing activity, may soon join Rhode Island as the only other state in the Union with nary a single active auto racing facility.

INDY: 1960, Rathmann Holds Off Ward

Jim Rathmann and defending winner Rodger Ward engaged in the best two-man battle in Indianapolis 500 race history in 1960. Fourteen of the record 29 lead changes are between Ward and Rathmann, who won for the first time after three runner-up efforts.

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