Chicago Area Racer Art Fehrman Dies At 92

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Art Fehrman (right) and his racing partner, Ed Slamp, pose for a photo in the infield of Mance Park Speedway (Hodgkins, Ill.) in the early 1950s. Fehrman was the speedway's first stock car champion during the track's inaugural year in 1953 with Slamp claiming the honor in 1954.

A fixture at the almost forgotten Mance Park Speedway, Art Fehrman, 92, died on Dec. 8.

Fehrman was the first stock car champion at the new Chicago area speedway in 1953. After his driving career was over, Fehrman, who still would take a competitive ride now and then, was the speedway’s official starter until the track, located in Hodgkins, Ill., closed in 1960.

Fehrman’s son, Art, better known as “Fireball,” is a former racer himself and now runs the Illinois Stock Car Hall of Fame.