50 Years Ago – November 23, 1960
A.J. Foyt, the hard-driving 25-year-old from Houston, Texas, claimed the U.S. Auto Club National Championship in grand style Sunday by winning the 11th annual Bobby Ball Memorial at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix. Foyt started ninth, took the lead on lap 24 and cruised to victory on the rough track.
25 Years Ago – November 27, 1985
Sprint-car racing legend Dean Thompson ended his career by winning the prestigious Don Peabody Classic Saturday night at California’s Ascot Park Speedway. “It’s a tough deal right now, but I think enough is enough, and I feel inside right now that I want to quit,” said the 35-year-old Thompson.
Countdown To 100
George Robson was a surprise Indianapolis 500 winner in 1946. Born in England in 1909, he moved to Ontario before coming to the U.S. in 1924.
He was a two-time Indy starter in 1940 and 1941, going only one-third the distance in both races. It was a bit of a surprise when he got the call to drive Joel Thorne’s six-cylinder Sparks for the 1946 500. The car had previously set a track record and finished second with Jimmy Snyder at the helm in 1939.
The 1946 race ran after a four-year WWII layoff.
Not much was thought of Robson in a 9-year-old car. He drove steadily and led 138 laps to win, as many other old cars fell apart. Robson was killed in a dusty pileup at Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta on Sept. 2, 1946.
Newsmaker – Tim McCreadie
Tim McCreadie, a second-generation modified and late-model racer from Watertown, N.Y., stunned the open-wheel community by winning the 20th annual Chili Bowl Midget Nationals Jan. 14, 2006.
“Who the hell would have thought I could have done this down here?” McCreadie asked upon exiting the No. 1 Steve Smith Racing midget.
McCreadie started 10th in the 50-lap finale and stayed true to the bottom groove until it became the fast way around. He steadily moved forward in the caution-filled race and took the lead following a lengthy battle with veterans Jay Drake, Cory Kruseman and Sammy Swindell.
Returning to his regular job, McCreadie also captured the World of Outlaws late-model championship in 2006.
Chris’s Column – July 19, 2006
“Gotta give credit. Jody Deery is the promoter (note, I did not say operator) of Rockford Speedway in Illinois, and she does it well. Last Wednesday, she presented what could become a nationwide event — Unhappy Housewives Night headlined by a Divorcee Demo Derby. Four divorced couples occupied eight cars and were turned loose on each other. The ladies prevailed with one Emily Harris leading the way in the elimination of ex-husbands.”