50 Years Ago – September 21, 1960
Nelson Stacey of Cincinnati clinched his third-consecutive MARC new car championship Sunday by winning the 250-lap event at Canfield (Ohio) Speedway. Driving a 1960 Ford, the 38-year-old Stacey battled Paul Parks during the early laps and ended up beating Elmer Musgrave to the checkered flag by 32 seconds.
25 Years Ago – September 25, 1985
Unabashed tears of joy streamed down Danny Smith’s cheeks after the Indiana sprint-car racer won the 32nd annual Gold Cup Race of Champions Saturday night at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif. Smith started from the pole in the World of Outlaws event and led the entire 40-lap distance.
Countdown To 100
Harry Hartz had one of the most distinguished careers in Indy 500 history. From 1922 to 1926, he finished second three times and fourth twice.
After a DNF in 1927, he quit driving. He then became an owner. He won in 1930, was second in 1931 and won again in 1932. His driver Lester Spangler was killed in the 1933 race. In 1937 through 1939, Ted Horn was his driver finishing second, third and fourth. Hartz’s last effort was in 1940.
As a driver, Lou Moore made nine 500 starts, finishing second once and third twice. As an owner, he won five times including three straight. His cars also finished second in 1947, 1948 and 1950 and had a third in 1949.
Newsmaker – Tommy Kendall
Tommy Kendall won 11-consecutive SCCA Trans-Am races en route to the series championship in 1997.
Driving a Ford Mustang for Roush Racing, Kendall started his amazing streak on Feb. 23 during the season opener in the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. It continued until Sept. 27 at Pikes Peak Int’l Raceway where Kendall spun twice and had to settle for second behind Roush Racing teammate Mike Borkowski.
“The quest for our third-straight title and my fourth career championship is really what fueled all of this,” Kendall said. “At the end of last season, I was asked how I’d get motivated for 1997, and achieving this goal, and setting the record, was what we focused on.”
Chris’s Column – May 7, 1997
“Indiana is a racing state to be sure. So, when Hoosier sprint-car standout Steve Kinser made the Indy 500 field Sunday everyone across the state was smiling. The new adjective for SK is peripatetic, and peripatetic he is. He raced his WoO sprinter at Terre Haute Friday night, practiced at IMS Saturday, raced that night at Granite City, Ill., rushed back to Indy to qualify, then hied off to Evansville, Ind., to race that night at Haubstadt.”