So much racing history has been made through the years right here in the Midwest.
From the rich dirt ovals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska to the paved short tracks in Minnesota and Wisconsin, some of the best drivers ever to get behind the wheel of a race car competed right here in the heartland.
We all have our own story to share about our favorite driver who thrilled us everytime they rolled onto the track or that one particular race that still stands out as the greatest they ever saw.
We'll go back in history, 10, 20, 30, 40, even 50 years ago (even more) and reminisce about what has made racing in the Midwest so special for us.
This car was owned and operated by Art Betts of Keokuk, Iowa. This picture continues to hang in Art's office. Art reports the following about the car: 327 fuel injected; it originally ran with IMCA and USAC; spring front with rear parallel torsion bar set up. The car was purchased around 1965. It was cage less car with a later bolt on cage added. Larry Barber (Galesburg, IL) and Roger Clark(Moline, IL) drove the car for Art. Art sold the car after the 1972 season and moved to Phoenix, AZ. Art does not recall who bought this car, but driver Steve Hayline may have piloted the car. It is rumored the car was destroyed beyond repair in a crash shortly after it was sold. Long live #61.ReplyDelete