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The Syracuse ‘Super’ Nationals
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The Syracuse ‘Super’ Nationals

The Syracuse ‘Super’ Nationals

It’s approximately 35 miles from the central New York metropolis of Syracuse to the Lake Ontario port city of Oswego, two places that had starkly different heritages, and definitions, when it came to open-cockpit auto racing. The New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse…
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Bizarre NASCAR Stories
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Bizarre NASCAR Stories

Bizarre NASCAR Stories

Through NASCAR’s 73-year history, many strange and bizarre occurrences have made headlines. Here’s a look back at some of those incredible stories:Feb. 10, 1952 — Wooden Roll BarsA total of 118 drivers started the 24-lap race for modified and sportsman cars on the …
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Danny Sullivan: Indy Car’s Glamour Boy
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Danny Sullivan: Indy Car’s Glamour Boy

Danny Sullivan: Indy Car’s Glamour Boy

Danny Sullivan represented the Glamour Era of Indy car racing during the 1980s and ’90s.He dated models and actresses such as Christie Brinkley and Lisa Hartman and did a bit of his own modeling for Town & Country Magazine.Sullivan’s appeal was so strong, he was…
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Look Back: J.D. McDuffie
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Look Back: J.D. McDuffie

Look Back: J.D. McDuffie

When the young reporter asked John Delphus McDuffie why he had five cigars in his driver’s uniform pocket, he said in his distinct eastern North Carolina accent, “I chew on one every 100 miles. If I make it to the fifth cigar, I’ve had a pretty good day.” McDuffie’…
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Danny Caruthers & One Spectacular Season
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Danny Caruthers & One Spectacular Season

Danny Caruthers & One Spectacular Season

Danny Caruthers’ phenomenal performance in the summer of 1971 astounded USAC’s national midget circuit. During that one season, the 21-year-old blazed unexpectedly onto the scene, notched 12 feature wins, claimed the national championship and just as suddenly was gone…
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Martinsville: A Cup Series Standard
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Martinsville: A Cup Series Standard

Martinsville: A Cup Series Standard

Martinsville Speedway has been known for its tight corners, fast straightaways and fender-rubbing action since the track opened on Sept. 7, 1947. In its 75th season of operation, the famed Virginia track continues to be a cornerstone of the NASCAR Cup Series schedule…
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The Hurricane Hot Rods
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The Hurricane Hot Rods

The Hurricane Hot Rods

Squeezed between the heyday of midget auto racing and the meteoric rise of weekly short-track stock car racing was hot rod racing.  Known as track roadsters in some areas, the stripped and chopped-down racing machines, mostly consisting of early day Fords with Ford…
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Board-Track Hero Jimmy Murphy
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Board-Track Hero Jimmy Murphy

Board-Track Hero Jimmy Murphy

Jimmy Murphy rose from the abject poverty of San Francisco’s Irish slums to stardom during the Golden Era of American auto racing — the board -track racing of the roaring 20s. On wooden bowls with banking of up to 50 degrees and turns as high six-story buildings, drivers…
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Pine Brook: Tiny Track, Towering Titans
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Pine Brook: Tiny Track, Towering Titans

Pine Brook: Tiny Track, Towering Titans

New Jersey is one of our most densely populated states. That means it’s crammed with people, cars and roads to get them places. Since the 1930s, the Garden State enthusiastically adopted traffic circles, called roundabouts in some places, as a strategy for reducing…
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Harry Gant’s Magical 1991 Run
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Harry Gant’s Magical 1991 Run

Harry Gant’s Magical 1991 Run

When it comes to winning traditions in NASCAR, even the most hardcore fans may not know of one that took place in Taylorsville, N.C., 30 years ago.According to a Washington Post story at the time, when native racer Harry Gant won a race, someone ran a green-and-white…
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