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Legendary Riverside Park
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Legendary Riverside Park

Legendary Riverside Park

In the United States, speedways have been variously located next to junkyards, jammed next to suburban sprawl and occasionally plopped in the middle of their hometowns.Imagine, instead, a speedway that shared its real estate with an amusement park, giving it a constant…
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The 1964 Hurtubise Roadster
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The 1964 Hurtubise Roadster

The 1964 Hurtubise Roadster

I recently had the pleasure of reminiscing with my uncle, Pete Hurtubise.He recalled fondly those days of working with my dad (Jim), with much emphasis on the 1964 Indianapolis car.It was an innovative car they believed gave them a legitimate shot at an Indianapolis…
West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall Of Fame Inducts Class of 2022
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West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall Of Fame Inducts Class of 2022

West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall Of Fame Inducts Class of 2022

SONOMA, Calif. — The West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame celebrated its latest induction ceremonies on June 9 in the company of more than 500 inductees, racing industry figures, guests and media members at Sonoma Raceway.The ceremonies, presented by World…
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Three Indy Flips, Early Retirement & A Long Life
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Three Indy Flips, Early Retirement & A Long Life

Three Indy Flips, Early Retirement & A Long Life

Bandaged and splinted, his body monitored and supported by tubes and wires while confined to an Indianapolis Hospital in 1963, Jack Turner wryly remarked to an Indianapolis Times reporter, “Maybe it’s time to quit this job, looks like somebody is trying to tell me …
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A Legendary Track Returns
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A Legendary Track Returns

A Legendary Track Returns

Short tracks are experiencing a bit of a comeback on the national stage.No one is building new tracks, so this requires some creativity.Whether it’s NASCAR running the Busch Clash on a temporary track at the L.A. Coliseum, Speedway Motorsports trying to gain control…
West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports HOF To Induct Class Of 2022
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West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports HOF To Induct Class Of 2022

West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports HOF To Induct Class Of 2022

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Stars of motorsports, representing the west’s short tracks, Indianapolis 500, NASCAR’s national competitions and legendary international tracks of Europe, will be enshrined Thursday, June 9 during the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame…
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The Lessons of Fast Dads
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The Lessons of Fast Dads

The Lessons of Fast Dads

From pit areas to grandstands across the country, easily the most common response when one is asked how they developed an interest in racing is, “My dad got me into it.”While most racers remain Friday and Saturday night heroes, for some, their natural talent and competitive…
Chicago Short Tracks Were Stepping-Stones To Indy
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Chicago Short Tracks Were Stepping-Stones To Indy

Chicago Short Tracks Were Stepping-Stones To Indy

HAMMOND, Ind. — With the 106th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge a few days away, part of the history of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing was influenced by numerous northwest Indiana/Calumet region speedways. Roby Speedway, Hammond Raceway, Lake County Fairgrounds…
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The Road To Charlotte
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The Road To Charlotte

The Road To Charlotte

Charlotte Motor Speedway has been a centerpiece of the NASCAR Cup Series since the first race was there on June 19, 1960.The 1.5-mile track has traditionally hosted stock car racing’s longest race (600 miles) for 62 years. To many, starting the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte…
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Allen Heath: Off-Track Antics & On-Track Speed
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Allen Heath: Off-Track Antics & On-Track Speed

Allen Heath: Off-Track Antics & On-Track Speed

During his prolific racing career, Allen Heath was known by a variety of colorful nicknames, including “Knot Head,” “The Seattle Mad Man” and “The Canadian Screwball.”Today, he’s most often known for the outrageous antics that earned him those monikers. There were …
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