Memories of SPRINGFIELD'S SPEEDWAY

Joe Shaheen's Little Springfield

Springfield Illinois

 

 

 

 

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                                                                                                             Joe Shaheen

                                                                            ~~~ 1905 - 1989 ~~~

                                                                            

 

 Midget Auto Racing at Joe Shaheen's Springfields Speedway

in Springfield Illinois in 1949

Video was taken from the Backstretch Near Turn #3

Thanks to Paul Martin of Decatur

for Sharing this Awesome Video of Springfields Speedway

 

 Just got this Wonderful Photo of Jay Akers #52 with Crewman Bob Marshall from Bob's Daughter Karen Miller

The Photo was Taken By Gene Sowers of Decatur Illinois on July 10 - 1965 at Springfields Speedway

 

                                     

                                                                Joe Shaheen's Nationally Famous Midget Race Cars

                                        V8 Midget (left) and (right) Offy Midgets at the Springfields Speedway

 ..........  Joe Shaheen and His Funny Wheelie Car  ..........

From the Chuck Kornewald Jr. Collection

           

 

 

 

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Springfields Speedway Ad from August 21 - 1948

                                                          

 Below Photo : 

Dick Standridge in Joe's Famous #39 Offy Midget in 1977

 The Offy Midget from the Late 40's

 #39  Ollie Runion  ..........   Joe Shaheen's V8 Midget  .......... Corkey Myers #39

 

 #39 Jim McKay  ..........  Joe Shaheen's V8 Midget  ..........  Jim McKay #38 & Corkey Myers #39

Joe Brandenburg in the #39 Shaheen V8 Powered Midget

Joe Shaheen's Dirt Champ Car - Shaheen's Special # 39 Hill/Offenhauser - Rosy Roseman

Also Driven By : Rex Easton and Chuck Weyant

 

 

                     

                                                                                Thanks to Cory Kindhart for the Springfield Speedway Sign Photo Above

 

     The Following Two Large Midget Photos from 1948 are from My Grandpa Ernie Shults' Collection that He gave to me and they are Still like Brand New at 60+ Years Old

 

 

 

                            Above Photo :  Rex Easton #15 Podriznik Offy at Springfields Speedway in 1948  /  Below Photo :  Dick Ward #32 at Springfields Speedway in 1948

 

 

 

The Standridge Family of Racers

Ronnie - Randy - "Dad Dick" - Rick - Robbie 

In Memory of

Mary Lee Standridge
Born September 24, 1933 and Passed on August 13, 2011

 

 

 

 

Just                                                                    
 
                                                                           Just Got the Two Following Photos from Bob Lynch from
                                   1964 Macon Speedway Trophy Winners and of Chuck Lynch's #329 from 1960
                                            Top Row  -  Gene Henson  -  Bob Sitz -  ??????  ?????  -  Bill Puterbaugh  -  Wib Spaulding
                                     Bottom Row  -  Dick Brachear  -  Chuck Lynch  -   Jim Moughan  -  Pee Wee Wilson  -  Hershel Jenkins
                          
                                             Chuck Lynch Wins in the # 329 FlatHead in 1960 from the Bob Lynch Collection
                       

 

 ~~~  Got Some Great New Photos From Chuck Kornewald Jr. on October 07 - 2011 ~~~

Fibber McGee #417 of Galesburg Illinois

Jerry Blundy #33 - Dahinda Illinois             Francis 'WildMan' Kelly  #H145 - MaComb Illinois

Al King #1                                                          Bob Filson #2

Fibber McGee #417 -  Galesburg Illinois             Gene Henson #46 - Paris Illinois

Norm Ronimus #283                                          Rusty Bell #F40

Steve Stevens #84                                         Wink Bridges #B4

Wib Spaulding #444

The Judges Stand at Joe Shaheen's  Lil' Springfields Speedway

Allen Crowe #15A                                 Chuck Lynch #329

Papa Miller #99                                  Wib Spaulding #444

Jim McKay #66                                          Shaheen Offy #38

The Bulls-Eye  .....  Going for It !!!

Put Your Car Over the Fence into the Bulls-Eye

at the End of the Back-Stretch & Collect Cash Bonus from Promoter Joe Shaheen at Springfields Speedway !!!

Bob Bennett #P-38                                             Corky Myers #7

Corky Myers #26                                        Pete Squires #114

         Bobby Ball -  Announcer                          Officials on the Judges Stand

Pete Squires  #114

Jim Hennington #2                                     Skid Wetmore #3

Rosy Roseman #20                                           Joe Brandenburg #37

Jim Hennington #57  and  Joe Brandenburg #18

Racing Out of Turn #2

Springfields Speedway

 

"Comin' Home" Gathering at Springfields Speedway in 1987

This was the 41st. and Last Season of the Speedway

~~~  Above Photo are the Drivers of the Ciccone #77 Ford Coupe  ~~~

Kneeling L to R  .....  Chuck Kornewald - Glen Brdley - Francis "Wildman" Kelly

Standing L to R  .....   ???? - Lloyd Caldwell - ????? - John Ciccone - Carlos Cataiano - Chuck Lynch

 

 

 

 

Chuck Kornewald - Flag Man - 1977

Chuck Kornewald - Driver #6 / George McGuire - Owner

 

 

Announcer Bobby Baugh Presents Trophy to Chuck Kornewald

Bill Gossett - Chink Strong

Chuck Kornewald

in Chink Strongs #5 - 1966

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chuck Kornewald #5 - May 5 - 1963

Car Owners - Chink & Dorothy Strong

Chuck Kornewald #5 "The Flea" - May 5 - 1964

Car Owners - Chink & Dorothy Strong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chuck Kornewald #7 / Dave "Cobb" Hardy - Owner

Mid-Season Championship Race Winner - July 19 - 1964

 

 

 Click Here to See More Chuck Kornewald Photos on the NEW Drivers Photo Album Page

 

 

 ~~~  New Vintage Photo  of Joe ~~~

Photo Courtesy of Tom Stewart ( Clyde Stewart's Son )

 

 

 New Photo from Steve Roth (March 27 - 2010) - Viewing the Front Stretch & Turn #4 from Turn #1- Late 1960's

  

 New Photo from Steve Roth

Frank Hammitt's #27 - Early 1980's

Driven By Jim Moughan

 

3 Great NEW PHOTOS Below From Pud Lawyer

Hi Scott, I've Found a Few More Pictures From Springfield Speedway

These 3 Pictures are of George McQuires Cars
Jim McKay #66 Coupe - Jim Moughan #6 Modified - Pud Lawyer #66 Modified

 

Stock Car Racing From the Past at Springfields Speedway

 

Jim 'Duffy' McKay #66 

 

 

"Gentleman" Jim Moughan #6 - 1960

 

 

Pud & Butch Lawyer #66 - 1961

 

 

Here Come the Hobby Cars Out of Turn Number Four

                                Row 1 - #1 Jim Patrick - #5 ???  ???

                                                         Row 2 - #7 Hershel Jenkins - #V8 Jim Farley

                                                                                Row 3 - #69 Art Lynch - #54 Jim Harter

                                                                                         Scott Shults Photo from the Judges Stand - 1970

 

 

 

 

 

 

 ~~~  New Vintage Photo  of Joe ~~~

Photo Courtesy of Tom Stewart ( Clyde Stewart's Son )

 

 
 

 New Photo from Steve Roth

Frank Hammitt's #27 - Early 1980's

Driven By Jim Moughan

 

3 Great NEW PHOTOS Below From Pud Lawyer

Hi Scott, I've Found a Few More Pictures From Springfield Speedway

These 3 Pictures are of George McQuires Cars
Jim McKay #66 Coupe - Jim Moughan #6 Modified - Pud Lawyer #66 Modified

 

Stock Car Racing From the Past at Springfields Speedway

 

Jim 'Duffy' McKay #66 

 

 

"Gentleman" Jim Moughan #6 - 1960

 

 

Pud & Butch Lawyer #66 - 1961

 

 

                                             

         Here Come the Hobby Cars Out of Turn Number Four

                                                                                               Row 1 - #1 Jim Patrick - #5 ???  ???

                                                                                                           Row 2 - #7 Hershel Jenkins - #V8 Jim Farley

                                                                                                                          Row 3 - #69 Art Lynch - #54 Jim Harter

                                                                                                                       Scott Shults Photo from the Judges Stand - 1970

 

 

 

 

 

 God Bless Joe and the Racing Family from the Past at Springfield's Speedway 

 

 

 

 

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1947 - 1987

Photo Taken From Turn One Grandstands - 1958

 This picture was taken around 1958-59 era. from turn 1.
The two #66 cars belonged to George McQuire of Taylorville Illinois
The smaller one of the two was drivin first by Allan Canonball Crow.
Some earlier & other drivers for George were Al westbrook,
Bob (Junebug) Griffith, Jim (Duffy) McKay, Gentleman Jim Moughan.
Bob & his wife Bonnie was Killed in a car crash about 1953-54
returning home from a Banquet in Decatur, Illinois,
Jim McKay & his wife were also in the car with them.
Jim Died just last year.
The car next to the Judges Stand is #444 Wib Spalding
 
My Dad Pud Lawyer Towed & helped wrench on Georges cars,
so I have a lot of fond memories of early 50s stock car racing.
Dad died in 1972 & George in the mid 70's.
Another thing I remember is Joe's old Mule
drinking Beer and Eating cigarettes up behind the clubhouse
                                                          
                                                               Pud Lawyer
 
Thanks for the Site and the Memories that Goes With It

 

 

  

 Springfield's Speedway

Very First Race Results

Thanks to Marty for Sharing

 

 Roberts Garners Opening Honors at Springfield, Ill.

 
By Paul Borchert - Springfield, Illinois - June 7, 1947 (National Speed Sport News)
 
Joe Shaheen saw his dream realized tonite as an overflow crowd filled all available seats and stood around the track to watch 35 Midgets qualify and then put on a top show,  Plans are already made to increase the capacity and to remedy the small defects found on opening nite.
     Bert Bridgeman was Starter, and George Miller was Timer.  Johnny Roberts in the Nowicki Offy took the track record award of $50 for his time of 14.27.  Harry Meeks received $25 for the flat-head time of 14.66.  It stalled on the high banks once and had to be helped out by the two Jeep wreckers , who did a good job of starting the Midgets. 
     Gene Weyant, his brother, also a driver for Shaheen, threw a wheel while time trialing, but took over the Beebout V-8 and came in second in the $100 added race for non money winners.  In the third heat race, Steve Orme another local, hit the grandstand and washed out the front end of his V-8.  The race was stopped at seven laps, Ray Knepper winning.  This was Kneppers first race since his wreck at Macon early in the season. 
 
1st. Heat - 10 Laps - Kladis, Fox, Kingbiel - 2:26:86
2nd. Heat - 10 Laps - Easton, Marshall, St. John - 2:27:54
3rd. Heat - 7 Laps - Knepper, Ross, Meeks - 1:48:36
4th. Heat - 10 Laps - Erwin, Myers, Branson - 2:35:92
Trophy Dash - 6 Laps - Noeth, Hamilton, Cummings - 1:28:58
Add $100 Heat - 8 Laps - Spicer, Weyant, Wildhaver - 2:06:36
Semi-Final - 15 Laps - Meeks, Myers, Knepper - 3:48:24
Feature Race - 25 Laps - Roberts, Turner, Cummings, Noeth, Fox - 6:09:70
 

 

 
Johnny Roberts # 54 at Springfields Speedway
 
 
Photo from the Marvin Scattergood Collection
 

 

 

 

Joe Shaheen with the Checkered Flag at Springfields Speedway in 1987

New Photos of Joe & Dick are Courtesy of Marvin Scattergood - 04/24/2007

Dick Standridge in Curly Rahns # 2 Offy Midget

 

 

In Memory of

James  'Pencils Jim'  Warner

Passed on March 20, 2007

Mary L StandridgeReceived a call yesterday that James Warner (Pencil Jim) passed away yesterday afternoon. He was as much a legend as Springfield Speedway

 

 

 Joe Shaheen on the Grader and Jerry Stephens with the Checkered Flag

     

Scattergood / Christie Photo

    This Photo is from the 1976 'Super Weekend' Souvenir Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 In Memory of Joe Shaheen and All of

the Wonderful People Who were Part of

Springfield's Speedway from 1947 to 1987

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

   It Seems like Only Yesterday that We were at the Track,

  In Reality it has Been 20 Years.  Here is My Collection of

  Memorabilia and Photos that I have Collected Since the

  50's from the Past at Joe Shaheen's Dirt Track Speedway

  Located in Our State Capital City in Springfield Illinois.

                                                   I Hope You Enjoy Seeing My Collection,

                                                   as Much as I Enjoy Sharing it with Everyone.

                                    Scott Shults  ~  Pekin Illinois

                        nouncr@comcast.net 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You are Visitor   #   

Created on November 1, 2006

Please, Don't Forget to Sign Our Guestbook

Click on to below Address to Sign Guestbook

http://www.freewebs.com/springfieldsspeedway/guestbook.htm

 

 

 

 

 

  Below Photo from the 1984 Springfield's Speedway Program

 

 Gettin' Ready to Race on the Front Staight-a-way of Springfield's Speedway

Crankin' in Turns 3 & 4 in 1974

 Phil Howe # 21 - Dave Hamilton # 4 - Dean Shirley # 1  

 

 

 1983 Springfields Speedway Winged Sprints

 

Randy Standridge # 9

Rick Pennell # 18

Ron Standridge # 17

Rick Standridge # 10

Tommy Scott # 74s

Jerry Russell # 98

Jimmy Moughan Jr. # 2s

 

 

 

 New Found Photos from Cory Kindhart

Sprint Cars at Springfield's Speedway - Wingless

Just got these Photos of Jim Campbell # 7C from Cory Kindhart

Feature Winner Jim Campbell - Queen ????  ???? - Flagman Ivan Brown

Jim Campbells # 7c Loaded Up and Headed to Springfield

Duke DeRosa Wins in Bud & Judy Niekamps # 21 Trostle

Ron Milton # 8

Phil Howe # 21

Tom Custer # 21 - 1975

Duke DeRosa # 31 

 

 

Springfields Speedway Site Club Member Doug Morris of Towanda Illinois

with His Recently Restored Vintage Gold & Blue #21 Sprint Car Formerly Driven By Dave Feese

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Below Two Photos are Courtesy of John Kovac

Bob Carrigan # 1

Twinburger Special

Chuck Lynch -1963

 

 

 

Racers Meeting in the Bar Room at Springfield's Speedway ~ What Year  ???

This Photo is from the 1973 Springfield's Speedway Souvenir Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The Following "Hall of Fame" Spread was in the 1973 Springfield's Speedway Program

Springfield's Speedway "Hall of Fame"

The Springfield's Speedway "Hall of Fame" was originated in 1973 to pay tribute to those people who

have made an outstanding contributuion to the sport of automobile racing at Springfield's Speedway.

Candidates for the "Hall of Fame" must be inactive in automobile racing. 

No more than four people will be admitted each year.

The First Four to enter the Springfield's Speedway "Hall of Fame" are :

      Bobby Baugh Jr.  ~  Bob Tattersall  ~  Rex Easton  ~  Allen Crowe 

 

The Inaugural Members 

                  

Bobby Baugh Jr.

 

Bobby Baugh served hundreds and hundreds of nights bhind the mocrophone at

Springfield's Speedway.

Midgets, Motrocycles or Stock Cars, whatever the program for the night was,

Bob described the action withability second to none. 

( Passed on October 3, 1972 )

 

 Bob Tattersall

 

 

Nine time Austrailian Champion as well as U.S.A.C. National Champion in 1969, Bob Tattersall

won many a Feature Races at Springfield's Speedway.  Many guess Bob to be one of the

Greatest drivers to ever sit behind the wheel of a Midget Race Car.  One thing IS for certain

is that "TAT" was a tremendous Favorite at Springfield's Speedway IN or OUT of a race car.

( Passed on October 27, 1971 )

  

 Rex Easton

 

Rex is another one of the Great Midget Drivers to campaign at Springfield's Speedway.

No matter if He started in the front row or back , whether the track was dry or wet,

Rex was a threat to win.  Now retired but never forgotten, Rex resides in Springfield.

Rex Passed in December of 1974  .....

 

 Allen Crowe

 

Allen cut his eye teeth at Springfield's Speedway.  Starting in the Stock Cars and moving

and moving up fast, he soon became a first class chauffer.  It was a real honor to see Allen

driving with the Best of U.S.A.C. and be able to herald him as a local driver.

  In Memory of Allen Crowe 

 November 12, 1928 - June 2, 1963

Born in York, Illinois, Crowe died in New Bremen, Ohio 

from injuries sustained in a Sprint Car Race at New Bremen Speedway.

He drove in the USAC  Championship Car  Series,

racing in the 1961 - 1963 seasons with 15 starts,

including the 1962 and 1963 Indianapolis 500 Races. He finished in the top ten 6 times,

with his best finish in 5th position in 1962 at Syracuse.

The 1974 Springfields Speedway "Hall of Fame" Members

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Photo Lay-Out was in the 1959 Springfield's Speedway Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Below Lay-Out was in the 1970 Springfield's Speedway Program

 

 The Below Photo was in the 1970 Springfield's Speedway Program  ...................................

  

  1969 Point Champion Bubby Jones (Middle) with Jim Moughan (left) and Chuck Weyant

 

 

 

 

 

 

    The Below Photo is from the 1970 Springfield's Speedway Program  .................................

   

   Springfield's Speedway 1969 Season Awards Banquet  ~  January 18, 1970

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swede Gailliert ~ One of Springfield's Speedway Official Starters Over the Years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Past Point Champs & Track Records

at Springfield's Speedway

 

 

 

 

Past Super Mod ~ Sprint Point Champions at Springfield's Speedway

1960 ~ Wib Spalding / 1961 ~ Johnny Myers / 1962 ~ Gene Henson

1963 ~ Johnny Myers / 1964 ~ Larry Cannon / 1965 ~ Larry Cannon

1966 ~ Larry Cannon / 1967 ~ Jerry Camfield / 1968 ~ Chuck Weyant

1969 ~ Bubby Jones / 1970 ~ Bubby Jones / 1971 ~ Bubby Jones

1972 ~ Jerry Camfield / 1973 ~ Jim Moughan Sr. / 1974 ~ Jim Moughan Sr.

1975 ~ Dean Shirley / 1976 ~ Dean Shirley / 1977 ~ Ron Milton / 1978 ~ Ron Milton

1979 ~ Chet Johnson / 1980 ~ Dean Shirley / 1981 ~ Randy Standridge

1982 ~ Dean Shirley / 1983 ~ Randy Standridge / 1984 ~ Tony Weyant

1985 ~ Tony Weyant / 1986 ~ Randy Standridge / 1987 ~ Ron Standridge

 

 

 

 

1969 Sprint Point Standings

1. Bubby Jones ... 1,033

2. Johnny Myers ... 814

3. Bobby Carrigan ... 771

4. Jim Moughan ... 758

5. Dean Shirley ... 571

6. Chuck Weyant ... 508

7. Gene Henson ... 507

8. Bob Sitz ... 452

9. Jerry Camfield ... 421

10. Dick Standridge ... 414

 

 

 

 

1973 Sprint Point Standings

1. Jerry Camfield ... 629

2. Dean Shirley ... 615

3. Jim Moughan ... 611

4. Ollie Runyon ... 495

5. Ronnie Milton ... 487

6. Dave Camfield ... 389

7. Johnny Myers ... 339

8. Ron Taylor ... 330

9. Duke DeRosa ... 311

10. Herschel Jenkins ... 307

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1981 Point Standings

Sportsman                 Late Model                        Sprints

1. John Powell          1. Dick Taylor                   1. Randy Standridge

2. Herschel O'Dell    2. Jim Harter                      2. Dean Shirley

3. Paul Ray                 3. George Handley          3. Jim Moughan

4. Jack Booth            4. Terry Agans                  4. Ron Milton

5. Wes O'Dell             5. Butch Garner                5. Rick Pennell

 

 

1983 Point Champions

Streets                     Sportsman                  Late Model           Sprints

1. Jeff Byerline      1. Jack Booth             1. Jim Leka           1. Randy Standridge

2. Don Rogers       2. Herschel O'Dell      2. Jim Harter        2. Tommy Scott

3. Buffy Clark         3. Randy Booth          3. Mark Hart         3. Robbie Standridge

4. Dave Jones        4. Jeff Mackay            4. Dick Taylor      4. Dave Feese

5. Kenny Lake        5. John Powell           5. Ed Bauman      5. Rick Standridge

 

 

 

 

 

1984 Point Standings

Sportsman               Late Model                  Sprints

1. Wes O'Dell           1. Joe Ross                 1. Tony Weyant

2. Jeff Byerline        2. Jim Leka                  2. Tommy Scott

3. Kenny Black        3. Mark Hart                3. Ron Milton

4. Don Rogers         4. Herschel O'Dell     4. Randy Standridge

5. Buffy Clark           5. Randy Booth         5. Rick Standridge

 

 

1985 Point Standings

Sportsman                   Late Model                 Sprints

1. Kenny Black           1. Dick Taylor             1. Tony Weyant

2. Phil Moreland         2. Ed Bauman             2. Ron Milton

3. Jim Crawley            3. Joe Ross                 3. Jerry Russell

4. Wes O'Dell              4. Jim Leka                   4. Jim Moughan

5. Joe Ross Jr.           5. Tony Merrick           5. Rick Pennell

 

 

 

 

 

Midget Track Records

1 Lap

1952 ~ Forrest Parker ~ 13.12 ~ LaFayette, Indiana

1956 ~ Don Branson ~ 12.86

1963 ~ Arnie Knepper ~ 12.56

1968 ~ Bill Englehart ~ 12.50 / Bob Tattersall ~ 12.48

Bob Wente ~ 12.47 / Gary Bettenhausen ~ 12.21

1978 ~ Rich Vogler ~ 12.132

1980 ~ Rich Vogler ~ 12.129 / Johnny Parsons ~ 12.080

Track was Enlarged in 1981

1982 ~ Rich Vogler ~ 12.466

10 Laps

1952 ~ Chuck Weyant ~ 2:14.07

50 Laps

1960 ~ Gene Hartley ~ 11:02.46

100 Laps

1951 ~ Chuck Stevenson ~ 23:45.11

1956 ~ Eddie Sachs ~ 22:54.35

 

 

 

Super - Modified - Sprint Car Track Records

1 Lap

1961 ~ Wib Spaulding ~ 13.30

1962 ~ Dave Hollis ~ 12.97 / Wib Spaulding ~ 12.83

1963 ~ Bobby Carrigan ~ 12.77 / Wib Spaulding ~ 12.62

1965 ~ Wib Spalding ~ 12.48

1967 ~ Larry Cannon ~ 12.42

1968 ~ Bubby Jones ~ 12.38

1970 ~ Bubby Jones ~ 12.33

1972 ~ Bubby Jones ~ 12.05 / Dean Shirley ~ 11.95

1977 ~ Tom Corbin ~ 11.858

1978 ~ Dean Shirley ~ 11.857 / Dean Shirley ~ 11.831 / Ron Milton ~ 11.621

Ron Milton ~ 11.602 / Ron Milton ~ 11.514 / Ken Schrader ~ 11.355

1980 ~ Dean Shirley ~ 11.151

Track was Enlarged in 1981

1981 ~ Dean Shirley ~ 11.998 / Dean Shirley ~ 11.867 / Chuck Amati ~ 11.819

Randy Standridge ~ 11.759 / Jim Moughan Jr. ~ 11.252 ~ with WING

1981 ~ Bobby Marshall ~ 11.871 ~ No WING

1982 ~ Steve Kinser ~ 10.867

1983 ~ Tony Weyant ~ 10.707

 

 

 

 

Late Model Stock Car Track Records

1 Lap

1970 ~ Ross Sowers ~ 13.30

1978 ~ Roger Drake ~ 13.305 / Roger Drake ~ 13.305

1979 ~ Joe Ross ~ 12.212

1980 ~ Bob Pierce ~ 13.158 / Dave Camfield ~ 12.964 / Rick Standridge ~ 12.914

Track was Enlarged in 1981

1981 ~ Rick Standridge ~ 12.845 / Butch Garner ~ 12.817 / Dick Taylor ~ 12.710

Roger Long ~ 12.657

1981 ~ Dick Taylor ~ 12.539 ~ with WING

1982 ~ Rick Standridge ~ 12.305 / Dick Taylor 12.274 / Rick Standridge ~ 12.046

1983 ~ Rick Standridge ~ 12.000

Late Model Track Champions

1972 ~ Tom Donley / 1973 ~ Jim Agans / 1974 ~ Jim Harter / 1975 ~ Jim Moughan

1976 ~ Jim Leka / 1977 ~ Joe Ross / 1978 ~ Jim Leka / 1979 ~ Joe Ross

1980 ~ Jim Leka / 1981 ~ Dick Taylor / 1982 ~ Rick Standridge / 1983 ~ Jim Leka

1984 ~ Joe Ross / 1985 ~ Dick Taylor / 1986 ~ Dick Taylor / 1987 ~ Jim Leka

 

 

 

 

 

Sportsman Division Track Records

1 Lap

1984 ~ Randy Booth ~ 12.894

Sportsman Point Champions

1973 ~ John Powell / 1974 ~ ??? ??? / 1975 ~ Gary Clark

1976 ~ Herschel O'Dell / 1977 ~ Herschel O'Dell / 1978 ~ Herschel O'Dell

1979 ~ Paul Ray / 1980 ~ Herschel O'Dell / 1981 ~ John Powell

1982 ~ Herschel O'Dell / 1983 ~ Jack Booth / 1984 ~ Wes O'Dell

1985 ~ Kenny Black / 1986 ~ Wes O'Dell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  The Below Photo was in the 1973 Springfield's Speedway Program

Photo by Marvin Scattergood  .....................................................

  

   1972 Awards Banquet Trophy Winners with Promoter Joe Shaheen

      Left to Right :  Late Model Champ Tom Donley  /  Kadet Car Champ Charlie Burtle

        Official Joe Terril  /  Super Mod Champ Jerry Camfield  /  Official Jerry Stephens

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published on April 23, 1987, State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL)

SPEEDWAY OPENS 38TH SEASON MAY 1

Joe Shaheen's Springfield Speedway will begin its 38th season of auto racing May 1 

 when the United States Auto Club national midget division competes on the quarter-mile dirt track.

 

 

 

 

 

                                                               Gates will open at 6 p.m., with time trials at 7 and racing at 8. The speedway's regular weekly action

will commence May 3 with racing in the winged sprint, late model and sportsman divisions.

The USAC show is one of nine special events slated for Springfield Speedway.

 It should have said the 41st Season

1987 would be the Last Season for the quarter-mile Oval

1947 through 1987

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published on April 29, 1987, State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL)

SEPT. 6 TO BE SPECIAL DAY FOR MEMORIES AT SPRINGFIELD SPEEDWAY

Race fans, mark Sept. 6 on your calendars.

That should be one of the most memorable nights ever at Springfield Speedway.

 

 

 

 

                                                                                And for once, most of the excitement probably will not be generated by racing

The speedway's season-long observance of its 40th season of continuous operation

will culminate that night with a special reunion of past and present race drivers and fans.

At least, that's what the Springfield Speedway reunion committee is hoping for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published on July 11, 1987, State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL)

PLANS FOR SPRINGFIELD SPEEDWAY REUNION ACCELERATING

Preparations for the Sept. 6 bash at Springfield Speedway are rapidly picking up speed.

And not without some interesting by-products.

 

 

 

 

                                                                               "It's just wonderful, the response we've been getting," said Joyce Standridge,

a key member of the Speedway reunion committee, which has the tremendous task

of organizing the celebration for Joe Shaheen's 40 years of operating Springfield Speedway.

 "The enthusiam is really snowballing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Programs from Springfields Speedway

     

      The Last and the Best Program from 1987

 Compiled by the Springfield Speedway Reunion Committee

  

 This is My Very First Program from Springfield I got in 1955

  

  The 1956 Program from Springfield's Speedway

  

  The 1959 Program from Springfield's Speedway

  

  The 1962 Program from Springfield's Speedway

  

 The 1965 Program from Springfield's Speedway

  

    The 1966 Program from Springfield's Speedway

   

   The 1967 Program from Springfield's Speedway

 

 The 1970 Program from Springfield's Speedway

  

  The 1973 Program from Springfield's Speedway

  

  The 1976 Super Weekend Program from Springfield's Speedway

  

  The 1982 Program from Springfield's Speedway

  

  The 1984 Program from Springfield's Speedway

 

 The 1985 Program from Springfield's Speedway

                  

The 1986 Program from Springfield's Speedway

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ad from Bloomington Pantagraph 1968 - Courtesy of Richie Murray - Fishers, Indiana

 

 

My Email Address

Scott Shults - Pekin Illinois

                                                                                      nouncr@comcast.net 

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You may want to Check Out My: Peoria Oldtimers Racing Club & Hall of Fame

Peoria Speedway History "Hall of Fame" Site

located at : http://www.peoriaoldtimers.com/