Illinois State Fairgrounds Racetrack

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Illinois State Fairgrounds Racetrack
The Springfield Mile
Location Springfield, Illinois
Time zone GMT-6
Coordinates 39°50′12.8″N 89°38′31.2″W / 39.836889°N 89.642000°W / 39.836889; -89.642000Coordinates: 39°50′12.8″N 89°38′31.2″W / 39.836889°N 89.642000°W / 39.836889; -89.642000
Owner State of Illinois
Operator Bob Sargent / Track Enterprises
Opened c. 1853
Major events ARCA Racing Series
SuperChevyStores.com 100
USAC Silver Crown Series
Bettenhausen 100
American Flat Track
Oval
Surface Clay
Length 1 mi (1.6 km)
Turns 4
Illinois State Fairgrounds
Illinois State Fairgrounds Racetrack is located in Illinois
Illinois State Fairgrounds Racetrack
Illinois State Fairgrounds Racetrack is located in the US
Illinois State Fairgrounds Racetrack
Location Jct. of Sangamon Ave. and Peoria Rd., Springfield, Illinois
Built 1894
Architectural style Classical Revival
MPS Historic Fairgrounds in Illinois MPS
NRHP reference # 90000720[1]
Added to NRHP May 14, 1990

Illinois State Fairgrounds Racetrack is a one mile long clay oval motor racetrack on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, the state capital. Constructed in the late 19th century and reconstructed in 1927, the "Springfield Mile" as it is known has hosted competitive auto racing since 1910, making it one of the oldest speedways in the United States. It is the oldest track to continually host national championship dirt track racing, holding its first national championship race in 1934 under the American Automobile Association banner. It is the home of five world records for automobile racing, making it one of the fastest dirt tracks in the world. Since 1993, the venue is managed by Bob Sargent's Track Enterprises.

The Illinois State Fair mile currently hosts the Allen Crowe Memorial 100 ARCA stock car race, USAC Silver Crown championship dirt cars, UMP Late Models and Modifieds and the A.M.A. Grand National Championship.

Billy Winn won the first national championship dirt track race held at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in 1934. A.J. Foyt ran his first national championship race there in August 1957. The track is host to two of the older memorial events in the United States, the Bettenhausen 100 for the USAC dirt championship cars, first run in 1961 and the Allen Crowe Memorial 100 stock car event for USAC, now ARCA, stock cars, first held in 1963. Both races are now held on the last weekend of the Illinois State Fair. Chuck Gurney is the only seven-time winner of the Bettenhausen 100, while ARCA driver Frank Kimmel won the Allen Crowe Memorial for the seventh time in 2008.

The Bettenhausen 100 was part of the AAA/USAC Championship Car schedule from 1934 to 1940, 1947 to 1970 and again in 1981 and 1982.

From 1946 to 1953, the A.M.A. Grand National Champion was crowned based solely on the results of the Springfield Mile held at the fairground racetrack.[2]

AAA/USAC Champ Car/Silver Crown race history[edit]

All winners were United States American

Season Date Winning Driver Team Car
1934 August 25 Billy Winn James Winn Miller FD
1935 August 24 Billy Winn James Winn Miller FD
1936 August 22 Wilbur Shaw Wilbur Shaw Miller-Offy
1937 August 21 Mauri Rose Wilbur Shaw Miller-Offy
1938 August 20 Tony Willman ? Cragar-Ford
1939 August 19 John Crone ? Miller
October 15 Emil Andres Emil Andres Adams-Offy
1940 August 24 Rex Mays Bowes Racing Team Stevens-Winfield
1947 September 28 Tony Bettenhausen Belanger Motors Stevens-Offy
1948 August 21 Ted Horn Ted Horn Enterprises Horn-Offy
September 19 Myron Fohr Carl Marchese Marchese-Offy
1949 August 20 Mel Hansen Bowes Racing Team Lesovsky-Offy
September 25 Johnnie Parsons Kurtis Kraft Inc. Kurtis Kraft-Offy
1950 August 19 Paul Russo Russo-Nichels Russo-Nichels-Offy
October 1 Tony Bettenhausen Belanger Motors Kurtis Kraft-Offy
1951 August 18 Tony Bettenhausen Belanger Motors Kurtis Kraft-Offy
1952 August 16 Bill Schindler Harry Allen Chapman Russo-Nichels-Offy
1953 June 21 Rodger Ward M.A. Walker Electric Kurtis Kraft-Offy
August 22 Sam Hanks Bardahl/Ed Walsh Kurtis Kraft-Offy
1954 August 21 Jimmy Davies Pat Clancy Ewing-Offy
1955 August 20 Jimmy Bryan Dean Van Lines Kuzma-Offy
1956 August 19 Jimmy Bryan Dean Van Lines Kuzma-Offy
1957 August 17 Rodger Ward Roger Wolcott Lesovsky-Offy
1958 August 16 Johnny Thomson Racing Associates, Inc. Kuzma-Offy
1959 August 22 Len Sutton Central Excavating Kuzma-Offy
1960 August 20 Jim Packard Stearly Motor Freight Lesovsky-Offy
1961 August 21 Jim Hurtubise Barnett Brothers Kuzma-Offy
1962 August 19 Jim Hurtubise Barnett Brothers Kuzma-Offy
1963 August 17 Rodger Ward Leader Card Racers Watson-Offy
1964 August 22 A. J. Foyt Ansted-Thompson Racing Meskowski-Offy
1965 August 21 A. J. Foyt Ansted-Thompson Racing Meskowski-Offy
1966 August 20 Don Branson Leader Card Racers Watson-Offy
1967 August 19 A. J. Foyt Ansted-Thompson Racing Meskowski-Offy
1968 August 17 Roger McCluskey Lindsey Hopkins Racing Kuzma-Offy
1969 August 18 Mario Andretti STP Corporation Kuzma-Offy
1970 August 22 Al Unser Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing King-Ford
1971 August 22 A. J. Foyt Gilmore Racing Meskowski-Foyt
1972 August 20 Al Unser Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing King-Foyt
1973 August 19 Mario Andretti Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing King-Foyt
1974 August 18 Mario Andretti Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing King-Foyt
1975 August 16 Al Unser Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing King-Foyt
1976 August 21 Tom Bigelow Leader Card Racers Watson-Foyt
1977 August 20 Larry Rice David Lefrevre Lefevre-Chevrolet
1978 August 19 Gary Bettenhausen Agajanian-King Racing King-Chevrolet
1979 August 18 Bobby Olivero Leader Card Racers Watson-Chevrolet
1980 August 19 Pancho Carter Emcee, Inc. King-Chevrolet
1981 August 15 George Snider David Lefevre Lefevre-Chevrolet
1982 August 14 Bobby Olivero Hodgdon-Curb Racing Watson-Chevrolet
1983 August 20 Gary Bettenhausen Delrose-Holt Racing King-Chevrolet
1984 August 18 Chuck Gurney Transportation Computer Systems Watson-Chevrolet
1985 August 17 Chuck Gurney Transportation Computer Systems Watson-Chevrolet
1986 August 16 Jack Hewitt Bob Hampshire Racing Stanton-Chevrolet
1987 August 22 Jack Hewitt Bob Hampshire Racing Stanton-Chevrolet
1988 August 20 Steve Chassey Delmar McClure Adkins-Chevrolet
1989 August 19 Chuck Gurney Transportation Computer Systems Watson-Chevrolet
1990 August 18 Chuck Gurney Transportation Computer Systems Watson-Chevrolet
1991 August 17 Chuck Gurney Transportation Computer Systems Watson-Chevrolet
1992 August 22 Jimmy Sills Bob Consani Racing Beast-Chevrolet
1993 August 21 Jack Hewitt Team 6R Racing Beast-Chevrolet
1994 August 20 Chuck Gurney Foxco Engineering Beast-Chevrolet
1995 August 19 Kenny Irwin Calderwood Racing Beast-Chevrolet
1996 August 14 Chuck Gurney Johnny Vance Racing Beast-Chevrolet
1997 August 16 Dave Darland Foxco Engineering Beast-Chevrolet
1998 August 22 Russ Gamester Russ Gamester Beast-Chevrolet
1999 August 21 Dave Darland Foxco Engineering Beast-Chevrolet
2000 August 19 Jack Hewitt Dewitt Motorsports Beast-Chevrolet
2001 August 18 Paul White Paul Cook Racing Beast-Chevrolet
2002 August 17 J. J. Yeley East-Stewart Racing Beast-Ford
2003 August 16 Dave Darland Foxco Engineering Beast-Chevrolet
2004 August 21 Brian Tyler Team 6R Racing Beast-Chevrolet
2005 August 21 Brian Tyler Team 6R Racing Beast-Mopar
2006 August 19 Tracy Hines Indiana Underground Beast-Chevrolet
2007 August 18 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Tony Stewart Racing Eagle-Mopar
2008 August 16 Brian Tyler Team 6R Racing Beast-Toyota
2009 August 21 Cole Whitt Keith Kunz Motorsports Eagle-Chevrolet
2011 August 20 Brian Tyler Team 6R Racing Beast-Chevrolet
2012 August 18 A. J. Fike RFMS Racing Beast-Chevrolet
2013 August 17 A. J. Fike RFMS Racing Beast-Chevrolet
2014 September 7 Kody Swanson DePalma Motorsports Maxim-Chevrolet
2015 August 22 Kody Swanson DePalma Motorsports Maxim-Chevrolet
2017 August 19 Justin Grant Carli-Hemelgarn Racing DRC-Ford
2018 August 18 Chris Windom Nolen Racing Beast-Chevrolet

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References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ The First Sixty Years; An Illustrated History of the American Motorcyclist Association. American Motorcyclist. Books.Google.com. January 1984. Retrieved 1 January 2011. 

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