Weekly Midget Racing Historical Photos
(Updated Tuesday morning)


Week of December 2

USAC National Midgets-Hales Corners (Wis.) Speedway-August 9, 1974
Bob Lithgow (Lithgow#28) battles with Bill Engelhart (Polnau#2) followed by Tommy Astone (Caruthers#1) and Steve Lotshaw (Lotshaw#62). Steve Cannon won the 40-lap Feature followed by Engelhart, Astone, Chuck Gurney and Johnny Parsons Jr.

USRC Midgets-El Toro (Costa Mesa, Calif.) Speedway-June 17, 1972
Program for the June 17, 1972 United States Racing Club Midget event at El Toro Speedway. Featured on the cover are: Dale Crossno (Anderson Offy) and Danny McKnight. McKnight dominated the season winning the first of his two USRC titles.

Stan Fox 1952-2000
We remember Stan Fox who died in a traffic accident in New Zealand on December 18, 2000. Here's Stan's business card when he worked at his brother Fred's company in the mid 80's.


Week of November 18

USAC National Midgets-IRP (Clermont, Ind.) Speedway-August 24, 1991
Participants in the $8,000 IRP Challenge.  Back Row (l to r): Kenny Irwin, Stan Fox, Dan Drinan, Mike Streicher, Doug Kalitta and Bob Cicconi. Front row: Winner Stevie Reeves collected $3,000, Jim Hettinger and IRP Manager Bo Daniels.
USAC National Midgets-Peoria (Ill.) Civic Center-December 6, 1987
Steve Lotshaw won the 100-lap USAC National Midget Race at the Peoria Civic Center to kickoff the 1988 points season. Joining Lotshaw are Skoal's John Mueller and trophy presenters Diane Lee (l) and Michelle Sanner (r). Barry Reed, Eric Moore, Merrill Calvert and Johnny Parsons.

Turkey Night Grand Prix-Ascot Park-November 22, 1990
Program for the final Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ascot Park, features Chuck Guuney winner of the previous two evenst driving the Larry Howard owned Ellis-Fontana#71. A record 107 cars particpated in the event which was won by Stan Fox over P.J. Jones and Brent Kaeding. 


Week of November 11
All American  Midgets-Anderson (Ind.) Speedway-May 13, 1988
Eddie Horne (#11)  passes Jim McClean on his to winning the 30-lap AAMS Midget Feature. Trailing Horne and McClean at the finish was Doug Wright. 


USAC National Midgets-Corona (Calif.) Raceway-October 30, 1971
Danny Caruthers is featured on the cover for the October 30th event. Caruthers clinched the USAC Midget Championship, eight days earlier. During warm-ups for the event before the feature Caruthers car hit the wall, rendering him unconscious, he died five days later from the injuries. His Championship season included 12 feature wins, five seconds, 11 fast times, and 12 track records.



1991 Four Crown Nationals-Eldora Speedway- September 22, 1991
 
Jeff Gordon (Helmling#1) passed Jimmy Sills (Zarouian#67) with two laps remaining  to win the USAC National Midget portion of the Four Crown Nationals. The victory was worth $10,000, Sills settled for second place and $1,000, John Heydenreich, Stan Fox and Stevie Reeves completed the top five.  

Week of October 21


Badger Midget-Manitowoc Fairgrounds-June 1941
Drivers John Martin (standing behind his car with tie) and George Osten await the start of the Badger Midget Series race at Manitowoc Fairgrounds. 


USAC National Midgets-Anderson (Ind.) Speedway-May 9, 1980
Rich Vogler (outside) driving the Lockhard#69 Badger passes Mack McClellan (Gamester#46) on his to winning the 30-lap USAC National Midget Feature. Bob Wente, Sleepy Tripp, Mel Kenyon and Les Scott completed the top five in the Duke Cook promoted event. 


BCRA Midgets-Oakland (Calif.) Exposition Building-1964 Season
BCRA Midget events at the Oakland Expo Building were a major part of the 1964 BCRA Indoor Season, which was claimed by Tommy Copp. 


Jimmy Caruthers
Caruthers passed away six weeks after clinching the 1975 USAC Dirt Car Championship (now Silver Crown) on October 26, 1975 of cancer. He was the 1970 USAC National Midget Champion, runner-up the following season, and recorded 21 career USAC Midget Wins. Caruthers also made 43 Indy Car starts, including four in the Indianapolis 500. 


Week of October 14

USAC Regional Midget-Indianapolis Speedrome-June 25, 1993
Jim Hines (11) leads Norm Young (11y) and George Wilkins (37) during the USAC Regional midget feature at the  Indianapolis Speedrome. Young won the feature over Hines and Mel Kenyon. 


1989 All American Midget Series (AAMS) Banquet
1989 AAMS Champion Mac McClellan (left) is congratulated by 'AAMS President Ed Adair at the Series Banquet at the Speedway Motel. AAMS sanctioned twenty-five events during the season, with McClellan winning only once and finishing sixty points ahead of Barry Reed. 


Joe Sostilio
Joe Sostilio captured the 1947 Bay State Midget Racing Association. Sostilio piloted the #54 Leader Card Offy to claim the title on the strength of 31 wins, 23 seconds and 12 third-place finishes. 


1981 Hut Hundred-Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track
1979 Winner Larry Rice was one of eight drivers to flip during the 1981 Hut Hundred. 


Week of September 30

USAC National/Badger Midget-Angell Park Speedway-May 24, 1987
Robby Flock (1) leads Dan Boorse (1x) during the 50-lap USAC/Badger co-sanctioned feature at Angell Park Speedway (Sun Prairie, Wis.) on Memorial Day Weekend 1987. Boorse driving the Jim Fiscus owned Stanton/VW won the feature, finishing ahead of Flock who drove the Bill Mayhew owned Edmunds/Cosworth.


USAC National Midgets-IRP-July 28, 1990
Third place finisher Mike Fedorcak (97) battles with fourth place finisher Billy Hughes (2) during the 30-lap Feature. The pair finished behind winner Jeff Gordon and Stan Fox.



Phoenix (Ariz.) Speedway-January 12, 1947
Program for the second Arizona Midget Driver & Owners Club race of the 1947 season held at Phoenix Speedway (located at East 62nd and Thomas Avenue). The event marked the first ever midget feature victory for famed driver Bobby Ball.


1985 CORA Midget Series Banquet-November 9, 1985
1985 CORA Champion Sam Isenhower (left) is congratulated by '84 Champion Jim Hines (right), who finished second in points to Isenhower. The banquet was held at the Greenwood (Ind.) American Legion Hall.


Week of September 23

1986 Hut Hundred-Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track
A field of over sixty cars fills the infield pit area for the 1986 Hut Hundred at the Terre Haute Action Track.


USAC Regional Midgets-Indianapolis Speedrome July 28, 1991
Thom Burns flips violently at the start of a heat race, avoiding the accident are: Mike Hurst (90), Wesley Holm (69) and Jim Hines (11). Burns escaped injury.


1984 Buckeye Midget Banquet
1984 Buckeye Midget Circuit of Champions Champion Troy Cope (left) is congratulated by 1983 Champion Joe Roush (right). Looking on is Buckeye President Pepi Marchese.


1986 Belleville Midget Nationals
Tommy White takes the checkered flag after winning the 1986 Belleville Midget Nationals. The event marked the final year of unlimited engine sizes. White drove the L&R White owned Edmunds-170 C.I. VW to the victory. Mark Passerelli, Robby Flock, Dean Ward and Dan Boorse completed the top five. 


Week of September 16

1980 UARA Midget Series-Joliet (Ill.) Memorial Stadium- August 2, 1980
Dennis DeVea drives under Bob Richards (3) to win the UARA Midget Feature at Joliet Memorial Stadium.


1998 Badger Midget Series-Angell Park Speedway (Sun Prairie, Wis.)-September 6, 1998
Winners of 1998 Badger Midget Series features pose in victory lane at Angell Park before the 1998 season finale Pepsi Midget Nationals. Left to right: Kevin Doty, Jerry Coons Jr., Scott Hatton, Marty Davis, Boyd Calvert, Kevin Koch, Rick Treadway, and champion Dan Boorse.


United States Racing Club-Orange Show Speedway (San Bernadino, Calif.)-July 1, 1972
Program for the July 1 USRC Midget race at the Orange Show Speedway. Danny McKnight drove the Leonard Faas King O' Lawn #16 to victory followed by Duane Sears, and Jerry McLean. Tony Simon set a new one-lap track record in qualifying of 14.60 seconds and flipped on Lap 7 of the feature, restarting at the tail and finishing in fourth place.


Week of September 9

1980 MARA Midget Series-Sangamon County Raceway (New Berlin, Ill.)- April 20, 1980
Butch Turnquist (82) leads Jim Jones (45) second place finisher Bobby Grim Jr. (15) and winner Duke DeRosa (31) during the MARA season opener at Sangamon County Raceway.  John Kozy photo



1981 Hut Hundred-Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track
Rich Vogler (28) leads Mel Kenyon (61) during the running of the 1981 Hut 100. Kenyon saved his tow-wheeling car and finished second behind winner Warren Mockler. Vogler flipped two laps after this picture suffering a season ending concussion.Mike Naperila photo


1999 Four Crown Nationals-Eldora Speedway- September 25, 1999
 
Dave Darland (9) topped the field to win the USAC National Midget portion of the Four Crown Nationals. Here he is shown battling with Kevin Doty.  Phil Rider photo

Week of September 2


USAC National Midgets-Illinois State Fairgrounds (Springfield, Ill.)- August 20, 1971
Danny Caruthers (5) and brother Jimmy Caruthers (1) pose with car owner & father Doug Caruthers (left), along with a crew member before the start of the twins 50-mile USAC Midget races on the "Springfield Mile". Danny set fast time and finished second to brother Jimmy in the first feature with the Bill Engelhart, Bill Renshaw and Les Scott rounding out the top five. Scott won the second feature finishing ahead of Jimmy, Engelhart, Renshaw, and Bob Wente. Twenty-eight cars started each feature, with the event paying a $8,000 purse. The USAC Midgets ran Friday afternoon, with the USAC Stock Cars running Saturday and the Silver Crown Cars on  Sunday. 


1988 USAC National Midget-South Bend (Ind.) Speedway- April 17, 1988
Steve Lotshaw (2) leads winner Russ Gamester (#46), second place finisher Johnny Parson (#66), fourth place finisher Danny Pens (#99), and Bobby Seymour (#4). John Kozy photo


 
 


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