Racing History

Drivers’ Aliases Have Storied Racing History

In French they are called “noms de course” — racing names, and they have been used since the infant days of the sport in the 1890s.

Looking Back – Feb. 16, 2011

Bob DeJong and Dean Holden won the 30-lap features as the indoor midget season concluded with two nights of racing at California’s Oakland Exposition Building. Tommy Copp finished fifth in the Saturday finale to claim the Pacific Coast Indoor Racing Championship. Copp, who won the 1959 title, edged Johnny Baldwin by 17 points.

Remembering Frank Gawlinski

“The Snake”, “Fashion Frank” and “The Lynwood Leadfoot” were several nicknames of stock car racer Frank Gawlinski, who died Nov. 23 at the age of 71

O. Bruton Smith Takes Speedway Motorsports Public

THE EMPEROR: O. Bruton Smith looks over Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway during an early 1990s NASCAR event. (SMI Photo)The business of auto racing changed...
Jimmie Johnson (48) leads Mark Martin during the 2009 Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (NASCAR Photo)

LOOKING BACK: Johnson Stars At The Brickyard

SPEED SPORT has been reporting on and covering motorsports happenings from all over the world for 85 years.

Torn From The Headlines – Oct. 13, 2010

A.J. Foyt, 25, of Houston, Texas, held off Jim Hurtubise to win the Ted Horn-Bill Schindler Memorial Sunday at Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway. Hurtubise challenged Foyt throughout the 50-lap feature, but fell a car length short at the checkered flag. With the victory, Foyt clinched the U.S. Auto Club’s Eastern sprint-car championship.

James Hylton Did It His Way

Even though James Harvey Hylton was victorious only twice during his NASCAR Cup Series career, his popularity earned him many close friends in the garage area and thousands of fans around the world.

LOOKING BACK: Hodnett Is National Open Star

SPEED SPORT has been reporting on and covering motorsports happenings from all over the world for 85 years, so we thought it would be fun to take a look back in the archives to see what happened 10, 25 and 50 years ago each week.

Clark Earns First Rear-Engine Victory At Milwaukee Mile

Jim Clark forever altered the American racing landscape on Aug. 18, 1963, when the Scotsman drove a rear-engined, Ford-powered Lotus to victory in the...

Late Arriver Vogler First To Finish Line In Inaugural Chili Bowl

CHILI STAR: Rich Vogler enjoys victory lane after winning the inaugural Chili Bowl Nationals in January 1989 at Tulsa, Okla. (Allen Horcher Photo)Rich Vogler...

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