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Driven to the Past: So Where Did It Start?

There’s been some off-and-on discussion on a couple of message boards I
frequent about just where stock car racing got started.

It all began when a very intelligent and history-conscious poster offered
the opinion that it was a myth that stock car racing began with bootleggers and
moonshiners in the southeast after World War II. He pointed out that it existed
in various other parts of the country for some years before that catastrophic
war.

Driven to the Past: That Certain “French” Driver…

“Caution is out. Debris.” Every race fan, especially those watching the event on television, hates to hear that. And, sometimes we get a little miffed to find out it’s a piece of cellophane and is out of the groove. I agree with everyone who says that the TV people should show the debris whenever possible, …

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Driven to the Past: Getting Detroit’s Attention…

I’ve mentioned the late Tommy Thompson of Louisville and the Motor City 250 NASCAR Grand National event at the Detroit Fairgrounds in 1951 before in this column. Tommy was a friend of mine, and was president of the old Fairgrounds Motor Speedway in Louisville when it first opened. I had heard a lot from him about that race …

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Driven to the Past: Thinking Outside “The Box…”

You hear a lot about this article’s title nowadays in racing, people saying, “You’ve got to think outside the box.” Has “the box” changed or what? What’s new about this theory? People like Smokey Yunick, and later Junior Johnson, Gary Nelson, Ray Evernham, Chad Knaus, etc. have been doing it for years. Drives the NASCAR …

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Driven to the Past: What We Did Before Radios…

Ever so often, while working as an announcer at the local short track and listening to the radio chatter between officials, I think about the difference they’ve made in communications during race events. When I first got involved as an official, in 1961, such convenience was unheard of. At the old Fairgrounds Motor Speedway in Louisville, we …

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Driven to the Past: Meeting Some Famous People…

I’ve mentioned before about how much I’ve enjoyed being able to meet so many people in my years bouncing around motorsports. One of the best of those experiences came at Indianapolis Raceway Park in 1989, when we had a celebrity road race intended to discourage drinking and driving. This was a week-long affair, and Dodge was one …

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