50 Years Ago – October 5, 1960
Danny “Termite” Jones took the lead in the CRA big car championship standings as he wheeled the Al Kitts Chevy to its second-consecutive victory in the 30-lap feature at Ascot Stadium Saturday evening. Don Davis entered the race with a 13-point advantage over Jones, but mechanical problems ended his night early.
25 Years Ago – October 9, 1985
The inaugural Columbus Ford Dealers 500 turned into a survival of the fittest Sunday, and Rob Dyson’s Budweiser Porsche 962 driven by Drake Olson and Price Cobb proved to be the strongest as a crowd of 40,000 cheered the IMSA Camel GT race through the downtown streets of Columbus, Ohio.
Countdown To 100
Two drivers put together the most incredible consecutive top-two finishes in the history of the 94 runnings of the Indianapolis 500.
Wilbur Shaw between 1937-1940 finished first, second, first and first. Bill Holland turned in finishes of second, second, first and second from 1947-1950.
The only driver to even come close to these outstanding feats was Rodger Ward, who finished first, second, third and first from 1959-1962.
Johnny Rutherford put together a three-race top-two finishing record from 1974-1976 when he finished first, second and first in consecutive events.
Newsmaker – Roger Penske
Penske Motorsports, Inc., the public company led by Roger Penske, sent shock waves through the racing community on May 10, 1999, when it agreed to a buyout by International Speedway Corp.
Officials of ISC said the company would acquire the 88 percent of Penske Motorsports it did not already own through a $705 million deal.
“We really look at this as an opportunity to be part of the leadership of the motorsports industry going forward in the next decade,” Penske said.
The Penske Motorsports portfolio included race tracks in Fontana, Calif., Brooklyn, Mich., Nazareth, Pa., and Rockingham, N.C., giving ISC a total of 10 superspeedways with 800,000 seats and 400 corporate suites.
Chris’s Column – March 17, 1999
“Is the boom in auto-race attendance fading? Of NASCAR’s first four Winston Cup events of the year, two — Daytona and Las Vegas — were sellouts, while Rockingham and Atlanta had oodles of empty seats. In both of these cases, weather was an overpoweringly negative factor but, in each instance, they were not pre-race sellouts either, the case at many ovals. The big complaint we hear is high ticket prices and even higher motel rates.”