Tuesday, March 16, 2010

This month in history

1995 - Gary Wright passed race leader Danny Lasoski on lap seven and then held off a hard-charging Jac Haudenschild to win the 22nd Annual Spring Nationals at Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Tex., on March 18. The victory paid the Hooks, Texas veteran a whopping $9,000.

1989 - Dan Banker of Granger, Iowa, made the 10-hour drive to Tri-State Speedway in Pocola, Okla., pay off as he won both ends of the Road Runner Twin 100's on Sunday afternoon, March 12th. Banker collected $1,200 in prize money plus contingencies for winning the two 100-lap features during the fourth annual pre-season race on the high-banked 1/2-mile dirt oval.

1988 - It was announced that Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill., and Godfrey Speedway in Godfrey, Ill., would band together to form the "G.T. Racing Association". Bob Stanton and George Carroll would return to promote Godfrey and Vince Ghiradi was at the reins of Tri-City. Sportsman, street stocks and Detroit bombers were scheduled to run on Friday nights at Godfrey while Tri-City would host UMP late models on the 1/2-mile and sportsman, street stock, and super modifieds on the 1/4-mile.

1983 - Howard Tiedt, of Santa Fe Speedway in Hinsdale, Ill., was named "Promoter of the Year" at the 10th Annual Racing Promotion Monthly workshop in Daytona Beach, Fla. Tiedt, who owned and operated Santa Fe for more than 30 years, was picked from nine regional finalists.

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