Racing History

Traco Engineering Shop Was ‘Organized Confusion’

There was a time when a small, brick-front building in an industrial section of L.A., lodged between Helen’s Café and Jim Narin’s Machine Shop, housed the most important race shop in America.

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. 

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.
Pocono 500

The Unique 1981 Pocono 500

Two years into the battle initiated in 1979 between USAC and the upstart CART for control of Indy car tracks, car owners and drivers, USAC seemed on the losing end.

Modifieds Had Their Day At Daytona Int’l Speedway

DAYTONA DASHER: Richie Evans and his No. 61 Dewitt Camaro dominated modified racing at Daytona Int'l Speedway. (NSSN Archives Photo) Modified coupes were an integral...

Jim Clark’s Stock Car Experiment

With two Formula One World Championships to his name, one would hardly consider Scottish driver Jim Clark a rookie. However, there he was racing around North Carolina Motor Speedway in Rockingham with the traditional yellow rookie stripe on his bumper. Despite his world class credentials this was his first foray into NASCAR stock car racing and rules were rules, even for Jim Clark.

Bobby Unser’s Frightening Phoenix Crash

It’s been a banner year of remembrance for Bobby Unser. He’s been roasted by his peers, celebrated the 50th anniversary of his first Indianapolis 500 victory and honored with the prestigious Louis Meyer Award during May’s Hall of Fame banquet in Indianapolis.
Knoxville

KNOXVILLE 1995: Kinsers Rule Knoxville Nationals

Although he didn’t express it, the 35th annual Amoco Knoxville Nationals feature had to make Karl Kinser proud.

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.

George Amick’s Tragic Daytona Race

During a nickname-prone era, journalists tagged him “Little” George Amick. Though diminutive in stature, he loomed large in bravery, resolve and talent. Attributes he emphatically displayed during his tragically brief career.

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