Racing History

INDY: 1992, Indy’s Closest Finish

In 1992, Al Unser Jr. beat Scott Goodyear by a mere .043 seconds in what remains the closest finish in Indianapolis 500 history.

Torn From The Headlines: May 11, 2004

Old tires cost Greg Biffle a chance at victory last month. New tires assured him of one Saturday night.

Photographer Bob Sheldon, 87

Former auto racing photographer and long-time racing historian, Bob Sheldon, 87, passed away on May 4. A longtime resident of Burnham, Ill., Sheldon was an active racing photographer from 1947 to about 1959

INDY: 1911, The Race That Started It All

While many believe the 1911 Indianapolis 500 was the first auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, that’s not the case.

Torn From The Headlines: May 5, 1949

Frank Luptow made it eight feature wins to his credit as he bowed his farewell to the fans at Tampa Speedway Park in preparation for the summer circuit of northern racing.

Torn From The Headlines: April 29, 1987

Yoo-hoo. He’s over here. Sitting behind that crowd of reporters, where he's been on Sunday afternoons after races most of the year. As a matter of fact, six of the eight afternoons that NASCAR’s major league drivers have buckled themselves in and gone racing, Dale Earnhardt has entered the confessional.

Torn From The Headlines: April 23, 1975

Constantly looking for ways to better dirt-track racing for fans and competitors alike, Lindy Vicari, promoter and president of the Reading Fairgrounds, is currently experimenting with another revolutionary move in track maintenance.

Torn From The Headlines: April 16, 1952

Buck Baker and his No. 89 Hudson Hornet turned in another thrilling expose of driving prowess by walking off with the 200-lap, 100-mile NASCAR Grand National Strictly Stock Classic here on the fast, hard half-mile clay oval as the 1952 Stock Car season opened at the Columbia oval.

Torn From The Headlines: April 7, 2004

Danny Lasoski scored one for the short-track racers of America as he became the second World of Outlaws driver to win in the Crown Royal International Race of Champions.

Torn From The Headlines: April 3, 1991

Local promoter Ralph Sanchez is in hopes of putting together an acceptable proposal to build a new permanent race facility — including a road course and an oval — in the South Florida area. The complex would not only be the new home for the Nissan-backed Miami Camel GT race, but would provide year-round testing facilities.

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