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75 Years For Indiana Ovals
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75 Years For Indiana Ovals

75 Years For Indiana Ovals

Mauri Rose won the AAA-sanctioned Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1947 and the popularity of open-wheel racing was on the rise.Two tracks were built in Indiana to answer the demand. The first to open its gates was Salem Speedway, which debuted in…
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Nazareth’s Four-Act Play
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Nazareth’s Four-Act Play

Nazareth’s Four-Act Play

In theory, at least, it should have been wildly successful: A major motorsports facility reasonably close to New York City, with good access to major highways in a metropolitan area that was growing rapidly as it transitioned into a bedroom community for the Big Apple…
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Ray Crawford Was A Thrill Seeker
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Ray Crawford Was A Thrill Seeker

Ray Crawford Was A Thrill Seeker

“After you’ve raced, the sky is bluer, the steaks are better and the girls are prettier,” stated Ray Crawford, attempting to describe racing’s irresistible seduction.Money certainly didn’t entice him to the sport. His family owned the ultra-successful Crawford Markets…
LOOKING BACK: The First Turkey Derby
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LOOKING BACK: The First Turkey Derby

LOOKING BACK: The First Turkey Derby

In advance of Saturday’s running of Turkey Derby XLVII, we dove into the archives to find SPEED SPORT’s race report from the first Turkey Derby held at Wall Stadium Speedway in 1974. Below is that race report. Watch Turkey Derby XLVII live via SPEED SPORT TV affiliate…
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Watch Out For The Matador
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Watch Out For The Matador

Watch Out For The Matador

Many of today’s NASCAR fans have never heard of the American Motors Corp., and they definitely are not familiar with the AMC Matador that played a significant role in NASCAR racing during the early 1970s.Generally thought of as an underdog, the Matador frequently found…
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The Races At Put-In-Bay
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The Races At Put-In-Bay

The Races At Put-In-Bay

In the late summer of 1813, U.S. Naval hero Oliver Hazard Perry put the wind at his back and sailed forth with his squadron of light brigs from the tiny port at Put-In-Bay, Ohio, after the War of 1812 had spilled across the Great Lakes.Despite losing his flagship to…
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The Races At Put-In-Bay
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The Races At Put-In-Bay

The Races At Put-In-Bay

In the late summer of 1813, U.S. Naval hero Oliver Hazard Perry put the wind at his back and sailed forth with his squadron of light brigs from the tiny port at Put-In-Bay, Ohio, after the War of 1812 had spilled across the Great Lakes.Despite losing his flagship to…
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Tough Guy Bob Tattersall
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Tough Guy Bob Tattersall

Tough Guy Bob Tattersall

Bob Tattersall grew up tough.Born on July 27, 1924, Tattersall was only seven years old when he saw his younger brother get hit and killed by an automobile; and the Great Depression molded his formative years. Just months out of high school, WWII broke out and he joined…
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The History Of Spotters
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The History Of Spotters

The History Of Spotters

Imagine running 200 mph in a three-wide, eight-row deep pack of cars at Florida’s Daytona Int’l Speedway or Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.Nearly four times faster than a normal Sunday afternoon drive, it’s definitely not an everyday trip down a major interstate with…
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Why Not Eight Cup Titles?
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Why Not Eight Cup Titles?

Why Not Eight Cup Titles?

Over seven decades, thousands of drivers have entered NASCAR Cup Series races, but only three have become seven-time champions.Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt and Jimmie Johnson accomplished the feat and will always be remembered as the greatest drivers in the sport’…
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