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Midget Racing Historical Timeline


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Tom Arthur

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Midget Racing Historical Timeline

This is an opportunity to get a large piece of our sport’s history in one place.


Please contribute midget events and tracks you consider to be of historical significance.

Notes: We will create a separate thread for track champions and club champs.
Numbers at the end of some listings, like the 1903 Milwaukee Mile (1/2) indicate what number entry/of the total entries for that track. Multiple listing usually indicate a change of length and/or surface.

This project started as a history of the Chicago and Midwest area, and many of the entries reflect this list’s origin, although an effort was made to remove many of the items that were of interest only to fans from that area. Special thanks to Ed Watson, Allan Brown, Stan Kalwasinski, Loren Olson, Chuck Schultz, Edwin Wilson, Everett Holt, Billy Molkenbur, John Warren and others who have contributed to this effort.


1903 - Sept. 11, Milwaukee Mile. 1 mile dirt (1/2)
1905 - 1926 Illinois State Fairgrounds. 1 mile dirt (1/4)
1905 - May 30 to Oct. 31, 1926 Hawthorne Horse Track, Cicero, IL. Carl Marchese began here in 1923
1909 - Feb. 10. American Automobile Association (AAA) forms rules committee
1909 - Aug. 15 Indianapolis Motor Speedway opens (1/2)
1910 - July 4 Belleville High Banks in Belleville, KS run first automobile race
1911 - 1st Indy 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2/2)
1913 - Cars known as “Cycle Cars” may have staged exhibiion races in southern California.
1917 - Sept. 1, 1935, Mazon Speed Bowl, Mazon, IL. 1/2 mile dirt oval (1/4)
1918 - Sept. 8, Belvidere Fairgrounds, 1/2 mile dirt at Boone County Fairgrounds in Belvidere, IL (1/2)
1918 - Aug. 31 to c. 1937, Kankakee (IL) Fairgrounds, 1/2 mile dirt at old fairgrounds. aka Interstate Fairgrounds, Charles “Dutch” Baumann died from injuries here 8/28/30 (1/6)

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1920 - 1930 Crown Point (IN) Fair Raceway, 1/2 mile dirt oval. At Lake County Fairgrounds. Ran spuratically until 1953 (1/2)
1922 - 1936 Roby Speedway, 1/2 mike oiled dirt in Hammond, IN
1923 - 1924, Stanton Speedway, 1/2 mile dirt oval, near Glen Ellyn, IL. aka Tom Stanton Speedway
1924 - DePere Fairgrounds, 1/2 mile dirt oval, DePere, WI later would host Badger sanctioned races
1926 - to Sept. 17, 1939, American Legion Speedway, 1/2 mile dirt oval Fairbury, IL (1/3)
1926 - July 25 to c. 1938, Watseka (IL) Fairgrounds, 1/2 mile dirt oval, at Iroquois County Fairgrounds, aka Lightning Speedway; aka McCullough Speedway
1926 - 1929 Illinois State Fairgrounds, 1 mile dirt rebuilt to relocate grandstands because of sun (2/4)
1926 - Aug. 9, 1936 Evanston Speedway, 1/2 mile dirt, Pratt & St. Louis St. in Evanston, IL (1/2)
1927 - Nov. 11, Dixie Speedbowl, 1/2 mile dirt, Kankakee (at SR 1 & SR 17, possibly in Momence, IL.)
1928 - July 4 to 1959, Aledo (IL) Raceway, 1/2 mile dirt oval. aka Aledo Speedway, Mercer County Speedway, & Mercer County Raceway (1/2)
1928 - Aug. 19 to 1931, South Milwaukee (WI) Motor Speedway, 5/8 mile dirt oval, promoted by Grover Horn, who would later promote State Fair Grounds cinder track built for midgets in 1934
1929 - Oct. 29, the stock market crash contributes to Great Depression. Two forms of entertainment thrive - motion pictures (10 cent admission until WWII when a 2 cent tax was added for the war effort) and auto racing.
1920s - Oct. 28, 1934, Calumet Speed Bowl, 1/2 mile square dirt oval. aka Torrence Speedway; aka Torrence Midget Speedway. at Torrence Ave. & 169th St., Lansing, IL (1/3)
1920”s - may have been midget sized cars run in Michigan and Wisconsin..
1920’s - SanteFe Park, 1/2 mile dirt oval. Grandstands destroyed by tornado in late 1920’s in Hinsdale, IL.. Would not race again until 1953 (1/2)

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1933 - June 4th, Hughes Stadium, in Sacramento, CA. 1st organized midget race held won by Dave Oliver. Cars were replicas of “Big Cars”
1933 - July 16 to 1934, Wolf Lake Speedway, 1 mile dirt oval, Hammond, IN (1/3)
1930s - to early 2000s, Pecatonica Motor Speedway, 1/2 mile dirt oval, at Winnebago County (IL) Fairgrounds
1934 - May 27, to 1940, Peotone (IL) Fairgrounds, 1/2 mile dirt oval at Will County Fairgrounds (1/3)
1934 - May 31 to May 28, 1956, 1/5 mile dirt oval, Gilmore Stadium, Hollywood, CA 1st midget race won by Curley Mills. Possibly the first short track (under 1/2 mile) ever built exclusively for auto racing. (1/2)
1934 - July 15 to Oct. 6, 1935, Blue Mound Dog Track, (built in 1929), 1/5 mile cinder oval, Brookfield, WI. Site of 1st midget race outside of CA, was won by Ralph McDaniel
1934 - Midland Cycle Track, 1/4 mile dirt oval in Milwaukee, WI.
1934 - 1941 Illinois State Fairgrounds, 1 mile dirt reopens after Depression (3/4)
1934 - Aug. 19 to June 30, 1940, Cook County Fairgrounds, 1/2 mile dirt oval, Maywood, IL North Ave, & River Road.
1934 - Sept. 6, Wisconsin State Fairgrounds Ballpark, 1/5 cinder oval in football stadium in West Allis. Tony Willman 1st champion
1934 - Sept. 27 1st Offy debuts in a midget driven by Curley Wetterroth
1934 - Oct. 28, Torrence Speedway, 1st midget race in Chicago area. 1/2 mile square dirt oval. aka; Calumet Speed Bowl aka Torrence Midget Speedway. at Torrence Ave. & 169th St., Lansing, IL won by Ralph McDaniel Promoted by M.L. “Mike” Popp of Milwaukee (2/3)
1934 - Nov. 18, Chicago Armory. 1/10 mile dirt oval, 1st ever indoor race, promoted by Midwest Indoor Auto Racing Association. 52nd & Cottage Grove, Chicago. aka 124 Field Artillery Armory (1/3)
1934 - Nov. 29 to Dec. 8, 1940, Chicago Armory. 1/5 mile dirt oval (2/3)
1935 - Jan. 3, Chicago International Amphitheater, 1/8 mile indoor dirt oval, at 43rd St. & Halsted. 1st ever AAA midget race, won by Jimmy Snyder. Marchese Brothers debut 1st tube framed midget, driven by Tony Willman. (1/6)
1935 - Feb. 24 to Feb. 12, 1936, Chicago Riding Club, 1/8 mile dirt oval at 333 East Erie
1935 - Chicago Auditorium, indoor paved oval
1935 - May 8th and 1948, Chicago Stadium, 1/5 mile dirt oval, 1800 W. Madison
1935 - White City Speedway, dirt oval, at White City Amusement Park, 66th St. & South Park Ave., Chicago
1935 - Stockham’s Fairgrounds, 1/4 mile dirt oval (may have been at Cook County Fairgrounds)
1935 - May 8 and 1948, Chicago Stadium, 1/5 mile dirt
1935 - May 15th, Shrewbridge Ball Park, 1/5 mile dirt oval, Chicago at 74th & Morgan. Possibly 1st outdoor race of Chicago area season, won by Ronnie Householder
1935 - May 19, Soldier Field, 1/4 cinder oval, at 14th & Lake Shore Dr. Chicago. 1st race won by Marshall Lewis (1/6)
1935 - June 3 - Sept. 20, Sparta Stadium, dirt oval, Chicago at Cermak & Kostner. Jimmy Snyder wins 100 lap final event.
1935 - June 9 to July 26, 1936, Wolf Lake Midget Speedway, 1/5 mile dirt oval, Hammond, IN (1/2)
1935 - June 12 - July 26, 1936 Evanston (IL) Speedway, 1/4 mile dirt. aka Chicago Motor Speedway; Chicago Midget Speedway; Lincolnwood Motor Speedway. Jimmy Snyder, Emil Andres, Paul Russo, and Cowboy O’Rourke all started here (2/2)
1935 - July 8th, Gano Field, 1/5 mile dirt oval, Chicago 115th St. west of Halsted. Scheduled opening day canceled for reasons unknown.
1935 - July 9 to Sept. 10, 1939, Expo Park Speedway, 1/5 mile dirt oval, in a corner of Aurora Downs in North Aurora (2/4)
1935 - Aug. 18th DePaul Stadium, 1/5 mile dirt oval, Sheffield & Webster at DePaul University in Chciago.
1935 - Aug. 25 and Sept. 15th, Gano Field, 1/5 mile dirt oval, Chicago 115th St. west of Halsted
1935 - Oct. 2 and 1947 & 1948, Chicago Coliseum, 1/10 mile indoor paved oval
1935 - Oct. 10 to Dec. 2, 1937, Wisconsin State Fair Coliseum, 1/10 mile indoor paved oval in West Allis (also from 10/20 - 12/15/1939)
1935 - Oct. 25, Chet Mortemore becomes 1st midget fatality (Gilmore Stadium)
1935 - at end of season, Wisconsin Racing Association (WRA) formed with Carl Marchese as president. Changed name to Badger Midget Auto Racing Association (BMARA) in 1938
1936 - 103 ci Offy, S/N 31, left the plant for (Hal?) Swedberg
1936 - WMRA (Washington Midget Racing Association) club debuts
1936 - June 4 to July 29, 1942, Riverview Stadium, 1/5 mile dirt oval, next to Riverview Amusement Park at 2600 W. Addison in Chicago.
1936 - July 30th, Johnny Wasem, becomes the 1st Chicago area midget driver to lose his life as the result of a July 26th crash at Wolf Lake. 30 year old driver lived on Kimbark Ave. in Chicago.
1936 - Aug. 22 & 23rd and in the 1940’s, Ottawa Fairgrounds, 1/5 mile dirt oval, at LaSalle County Fairgrounds in Ottawa, IL.
1936 - Sept.15 to Sept. 1, 1941, Mazon (IL) Speed Bowl, 1/5 mile oiled dirt oval at old fairgrounds. (2/4)
1936 - Oct. 18 to 1938, Kenosha (WI) Airport Midget Speedway, 1/5 mile dirt oval at SR 50 & 22nd St.
1937 - Ford Motor Company introduces the V-8 60 engine
1937 - June 12 to 28th, Wolf Lake Midget Speedway, 1/5 mile paved oval, in Hammond, IN (2/2)
1937 - July 11 to 24th, Lake Front Speedway, 1/5 mile dirt oval, Milwaukee
1937 - Sept. 12 to Oct. 31, Hammond (IN) Raceway, 5/8 mile dirt oval, aka New Hammond Raceway. (1/2)
1938 - 1945, Angell Park, 1/2 mile dirt oval, in Sun Prairie, WI (1/2)
1938 - May 3 to 1952, Bigelow Field, 1/4 mile dirt oval around baseball diamond in Grand Rapids, MI
1938 - May 22 to July 12, 1942, and 1946 & 1947, Hammond Raceway, 5/8 mi. paved oval, aka New Hammond Raceway, at US 41 & Sheffield (2/2)
1938 - July 23 to Sept. 24, 1938, Breese Stevens Athletic Field, 1/5 mile dirt oval in Madison, WI, A Badger track (1/2)
1938 - Oct. 1 to Oct. 16, Breese Stevens Athletic Field, 1/4 mile dirt oval in Madison, WI, A Badger track (1/2)
1938 - Lightning Midget Speedway, unknown length dirt oval in Kankakee, IL
1938 - Sept. 24 to Apr. 8 1951, Raceway Park, 1/5 mile dirt oval, Calumet Park, IL. Harry McQuinn won 1st race. (1/3)
1938 - Nov. 13, Chicago Armory. 1035 foot board oval. Paul Russo won (3/3)
1939 - First Kurtis-Offy built for Charlie Allen wins a feature race
1939 - ARDC (American Racing Driving Club) club debuts
1939 - Offy S/N 36, a 102 ci is shipped, owned by Paul Russo
1939 - 1940, Elgin (IL) Speedbowl, dirt oval unknown length
1939 - American Legion Speedway, 1/4 mile dirt, Fairbury, IL (2/2)
1939 - June 4 to July 6, 1941, Singer’s Midget Speedway, 1/5 mile dirt oval, in Joliet, IL at Cat plant site on Rt. 6, built by Corky Singer
1939 - June 8 to July 16, 1942, Horlick Athletic Field, 1/4 mile dirt oval, in Racine, WI. A Badger track.
1939 - June 17 to 25th, Soldier Field, 1/4 mile banked wood oval. Multi-day AAA World Championship for midgets (2/6)
1939 - June 29th, Jimmy Snyder fatally injured at Cahokia Midget Speedway
1939 - Sept. 24, American Giants Ball Park, 1/5 mile dirt oval around Negro League ball diamond at 39th and Wentworth, Chicago. Only race was exclusively for black drivers
1939 - 1940 in Lansing, IL, 1/5 mile dirt oval
1930s - Harvard, oval of unknown size and surface, Harvard IL

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1940 - Wilke bought S/N 77 Offy, which was 114.18 ci.
1940 - 1941 Kankakee (IL) Fairgrounds, 1/2 mile dirt, New fairground location south of town (2/6)
1940 - May 30 to May 27, 1941, Thawville Speedway, 1/5 mile dirt oval, aka O & W Speedway, owned by Olson and Woodward, promoted by Rudy Nichols, Thawville, IL.
1940 - July 4 to Sept. 8th, Monee (IL) District Fairgrounds, 1/4 mile dirt oval
1940 - Nov. 10 to Apr. 26, 1942, Chicago International Amphitheater, 1/8 mile indoor dirt oval. Wally Zale wins (2/6)
1941 - Soldier Field, 1/4 mile clay oval (3/6)
1941 - July 21 to Sept. 29th, Starved Rock, 1/2 mile dirt oval in Utica, IL
1941 - June 29 to July 13, 1947, Sandwich (IL) Fairgrounds, 1/2 mile dirt oval at Dekalb County Fairgrounds
1941 - July 5 to c. 1955, Mendota (IL) Fairgrounds, 1/2 mile dirt oval, at Tri-County Fairgrounds.. (1/3)
1941 - Aug.11 to Sept. 15th, Ropp Midget Speedway, 1/4 mile dirt oval in Wilmington, IL, built by Freeman Ropp
1941 - Oct. 19, St. Joseph Park, 1/5 mile dirt oval around ball diamond, in Joliet
1942 - BCRA (Bay Cities Racing Association) club debuts
1942 - Apr. 26, Chicago International Amphitheater, 1/8 mile indoor dirt oval, last indoor race before WWII Located by Chicago Stockyards (3/6)
1942 - May 5 to May 31st, Soldier Field, 1/4 mile dirt oval (4/6)
1945 - Aug. 25, Raceway Park, Calumet Park, 1st race after WWII (2/3)
1945 - Schererville Speedway, 1/2 mile dirt oval for motorcycles, aka Illiana Motor Speedway in later days Schererville, IN. (1/5)
1945 - Labor Day weekend 1st "production" Offy powered Kurtis-Kraft Midget introduced.
1945 - Oct. 11, first Blue Circuit race was held at the LA Coliseum
1945 - Bill Vukovich is credited with winning the BCRA Red Circuit championship
1946 - March 17, Ed Haddad wins the first recorded win by a "production" Kurtis-Kraft/Offy at Gilmore Speedway in Hollywood, CA
1946 - United Racing Association shows payoffs for both a Red and Blue circuit (Offenhausers were Red Circuit, others were Blue Circuit or B Class)
1946 - Lavely's in the Southwest were running Ford Only Class B races at some of their races
1946 - June 2 to now, Angell Park, 1/3 mile dirt oval, in Sun Prairie, WI. Begins weekly midget races (2/2)
1946 - June 16 to 1960 Soldier Field, 1/4 mile paved oval. Races sanctioned by Chicago Auto Racing Association, led by Art Folz, and ex-pro football player with the Chicago Cardinals (5/6)
1946 - Illinois State Fairgrounds, 1 mile dirt reopens after WWII (4/4)
1946 - 1948 Kankakee (IL) Fairgrounds, 1/2 mile dirt (3/6)
1946 - Aug. & Sept., Mazon (IL) Speed Bowl, 1/4 mile dirt oval (3/4)
1946 - to 1947, Belvidere (IL) Fairgrounds, 1/2 mile dirt reopens (2/2)
1946 - Nov. 3 to Nov. 19, 1949, Chicago International Amphitheater, 1/8 mile indoor dirt oval (4/6)
1947 - by now 102.49 ci Offy was the most popular displacement
1947 - 1948 Tri-City Speedway, 1/5 mile dirt oval, became drive-in, in the 1986 became site of LaSalle Speedway
1947 - to 1949, Streator (IL) Speedway, 1/4 mile dirt oval. aka East 33rd Street Speedway. 2nd track in Streator’s history.
1947 - May 30 to June 13, 1954 Aurora Downs, 1/2 mile dirt oval, North Aurora, IL (2/4)
1947 - May 30 to Aug. 29, Hanson Park, 1/4 mile dirt oval around football field in Chicago at Central & Fullerton. 1st race was 1st ever UARA (United Auto Racing Association) race
1947 - June 5 to 1954. Harvard Speedway, 1/2 and 1/5 mile dirt ovals in Harvard, IL
1947 - June 14 to 1953 Crown Point Fair Raceway, 1/5 mile dirt oval at Lake County Fairgrounds, IN. aka Crown Point Midget Track. (2/2)
1947 - Aug. 8, Frank Stauber dies from injuries suffered at Hanson Park. Walked to ambulance waving to crowd, but died on his way to the hospital. 1st fatality in UARA history
1947 - Aug. 30 to 1970, Mazon Speed Bowl, 1/4 mile paved oval (4/4)
1947 - Sept. 20 to 1965, Berlin Speedway 1/2 mile dirt oval in Marne, MI, (1/3)
1948 - May 12 to 1953, Peotone Fairgrounds, 1/5 mile dirt oval at Will County Fairgrounds (2/2)
1948 - May. 23 to May 3, 1953, Gill Stadium, 1/4 dirt oval at 1111 E. 87th St., Chicago. aka 87th St. Speedway. Red Duvall won last dirt race. Ran Tuesdays and Sundays (1/2)
1948 - May 26 to present, Rockford Speedway, 1/4 mile banked, paved oval
1948 - Sept. 15 to 1972, Slinger Speedway, 1/4 mile dirt oval, Slinger, WI, (1/2)
1949 - Lake Geneva, 1/5 mile dirt midget oval
1949 - May 13 to 1957 Kankakee Fairgrounds, 1/4 mile dirt. 1st race was season opener for UARA, ran Streator next day. (4/6)
1949 - June 26 to Aug. 2, 1961, Schererville Speedway, 1/2 mile dirt oval, aka Illiana Motor Speedway (2/5)
1949 - Sept. 4 to 1968, Waukegan (IL) Speedway, 1/4 mile dirt oval (1/3)
1949 - 1950, Prather Field, 1/2 mile dirt oval in DeKalb, IL

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1950 - June 18 to 1973, Hales Corner Speedway, 1/4 mile dirt oval, located in Franklin, WI, just south of Milwaukee (1/2)
1950 - Aug. 27 to Sept. 2, 1961, Schererville (IN) Speedway, 1/4 mile dirt oval, aka Illiana Motor Speedway in 1952 (3/5)
1951 - Jan. 13 to Jan. 6, 1990, Chicago International Amphitheater, 1/8 mile indoor paved oval (5/6)
1951 - Apr. 22 to Sept. 30, 2000, Raceway Park, 1/5 mile paved oval (3/3)
1951 - Apr. 28 to c. 1960, Berlin Speedway 1/5 mile dirt oval in Marne, MI, in addition to 1/2 mile (2/3)
1951 - 1973, Bureau County Speedway, 1/2 mile dirt oval, in Princeton, IL.aka Princeton Raceway (1/2)
1952 - AAA first uses the term “sprint cars” referring to “big cars”
1952 - May 30 to 1953, Lenzi Park Speedway, 1/8 & 1/6 mile dirt ovals at ballpark at Rt. 66 & East Ave. in Hodgkins, IL
1952 - June 7, Joliet Memorial Stadium, 1/4 mile cinder oval, Joliet, IL (1/3)
1952 - Mendota Fairgrounds, 1/4 mile and 1/2 mile dirt ovals, at Tri-County Fairgrounds. (2/3)
1952 - 1972, Kenosha County Speedway, 1/4 mile dirt oval, Wilmot, WI (1/2)
1953 - NEMA (North Easern Midget Association) club debuts
1953 - Ft. Wayne host it’s 1st AAA race, won by Gene Force.
1953 - June 20, Joliet Memorial Stadium, 1/4 mile clay (over cinders) oval, Joliet, IL (2/3)
1953 - May 3 to Sept. 26, 1954, Mance Park Speedway, 1/5 mile dirt oval, in Hodgkins, IL (1/2)
1953 - May 10 to Aug. 16, 1956, Gill Stadium, 1/4 paved oval at 1111 E. 87th St., Chicago. aka 87th St. Speedway. Red Duvall won 1st pavement race (2/2)
1953 - 1995, SanteFe Speedway, 7/16 & 1/4 mile dirt ovals, on site of SanteFe Park from the 1920’s, At 91st & Wolf Rd., Hinsdale, IL (2/2)
1953 - 1954, Playland Park, 1/5, mile dirt oval, 79th & LaGrange Ave., Justice, IL.
1954 - June 6 to present, Milwaukee Mile, 1 mile paved oval (2/2)
1954 - Hawthorne Horse Track, Cicero, reopens to run AAA and IMCA
1955 - Final AAA race held
1955 - June 5 to 1960, Mance Park Speedway, 1/5 mile dirt oval,6300 S.E. Ave. in Hodgkins, IL (2/2)
1956 - First ever USAC (United States Auto Club) Midget Division race at Ft. Wayne.
1956 - June 17 to Sept. 1968, O’Hare Stadium, 1/4 mile paved oval near O'Hare Airport at Mannheim & Irving Park Rd., in Schiller Park, IL
1956 - June 23, Earl Simms dies as result of crash at Joliet Memorial Stadium
1956 - July 21 to 1967. Soldier Field, 1/2 mile paved oval (6/6)
1957 - 1980, Crown Point (IN) Motor Speedway, 1/4 mile dirt oval.aka Crown Point Speedway; Broadway Speedway; Southlake Speedway (1/2)

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1960 - July 22 to 1962 Aurora Downs, 1/2 mile dirt oval, North Aurora, IL (4/4)
1961 - RMMRA (Rockie Mountain Midget Racing Association) club debuts
1961 - July to c. 1966, Sugar Island, 1/4 mile dirt oval on riverside, just east of Kankakee, IL
1961 - Aug. 25 to1983, Peotone Fairgrounds, 1/4 mlle dirt oval.at Will County Fairgrounds (3/3)
1962 - 1964, Chicago International Amphitheater, 400’ paved dragstrip (6/6)
1962 - May 13 to present, Illiana Motor Speedway, 1/2 mile paved oval. !st race on pavement was IMCA Sprint car event won by Johnny Rutherford (4/5)
1962 - June 11, Mel Kenyon wins his first USAC race at Springfield, IL
1963 - to present, Bob-Jo Speedway, 1/3 mile dirt oval, shortened to 1/4 mile in 1969, aka Sycamore Speedway, since 1970, Sycamore, IL.
1963 - Sept. 29 to 1968, Madison International Speedway, 1/4 mile paved oval in Oregon, WI. aka Capital Speedway and Capital Super Speedway (1/7)
1964 - June 6 to 1986, Joliet Memorial Stadium, 1/4 mile paved oval, Joliet, IL (3/3)
1966 - June 2 to 1989, Lake Geneva Raceway, 1/4 mile paved oval (1/2)
1966 - June 11, Jimmy Davis dies after crash at SanteFe Speedway USAC race
1966 - to present, Berlin Speedway 7/16 mile paved oval in Marne, MI, (3/3)
1967 - 1999 Kankakee Fairgrounds, 1/2 mile dirt (5/6)
1969 - Apr. 12 to 1978, Waukegan Speedway, 1/4 mile paved oval (2/3)
1969 - July 4, Paul Rademacher dies after crash at Waukegan Speedway in UARA race.
1969 - 1986, Madison International Speedway, 1/2 mile paved oval in Oregon, WI. aka Capital Speedway and Capital Super Speedway (2/7)
196? - Green Meadows Raceway, Addison, dirt oval of unknown length, Rich Vogler started here? ran 1/2 midgets

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1971 - to present, Grundy County Speedway, 1/3 mile paved oval in Morris, IL replaces Mazon Speed Bowl. Ray Freeman wins 1st feature
1973 - present, Slinger Speedway, 1/4 mile banked, paved oval, Slinger, WI, (2/2)
1973 - present, Wilmot (IL) Speedway, 1/3 mile dirt oval. (2//2)
1974 - Aug. 31, 2003, Hales Corner Speedway, 1/3 mile dirt oval, located in Franklin, WI, just south of Milwaukee (2/2)
1976 - May 8th, BMRA driver Dennis Schumann dies of injuries suffered at UARA season opener at Joliet Memorial Stadium
1977 - MARA (Midwest Auto Racing Association) debuts
1979 - May to Sept. 15th, Waukegan (IL) Speedway, 1/4 mile dirt oval (3/3)

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1980 - Dec. 6, Pontiac Silverdome, 1/5 mile indoor paved oval in Michigan. Was to be dirt, but the pile was frozen and unable to be moved indoors.
1981 - Aug. 15, 2005, Southlake Speedway, 3/8 mile dirt oval. aka Crown Point Motor Speedway; Broadway Speedway; and Crown Point Speedway in 2001, Crown Point, IN. (2/2)
1981 - present, Bureau County Speedway, 1/3 mile dirt oval, in Princeton, IL. aka Princeton Raceway (2/2)
1981 - World of Outlaw Midgets (WoOM) crowns 1st champ, Mack McClellan
1983 - 1986, Madison International Speedway, 1/4 mile paved oval in Oregon, WI. aka Sam’s Capital Super Speedway, Capital Speedway and Capital Super Speedway (3/7)
1985 - 1987, Mendota (IL) Fairgrounds, 1/3 mile dirt oval, at Tri-County Fairgrounds; aka Tri-County Speedway.. (3/3)
1986 - Jan. 4th & 5th, Cobo Hall, 1/15 mile concrete indoor oval in Detroit, MI
1986 - present, LaSalle Speedway, 1/4 mile dirt oval
1986 - Dec. 12, Rosemont Horizon, 1/10 mile concret indoor oval, Rosemont, IL
1987 - Jan. 10, Metrocentre, 1/10 mile concrete indoor oval, Rockford USAC midget show, Kevin Olson wins.
1987 - Rich Vogler wins 1st Chili Bowl in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
1987 - May 8, first UMARA at Lasalle Speedway with Kevin Doty winning
1987 - 1989, Impact Speedway, 1/2 mile dirt oval in Oregon, WI. aka Capital Speedway and Capital Super Speedway (4/7)
1989 - Impact Speedway, 1/3 mile dirt oval in Oregon, WI. aka Capital Speedway and Capital Super Speedway (5/7)

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1990 - Jan. 27, to 1992 (also 1991-2001) Mecca Arena, 1/10 mile concrete indoor oval, aka Milwaukee Arena
1990 - 2005, Lake Geneva (WI) Raceway, 1/3 mile paved oval (2/2)
1991 - present, Aledo (IL) Raceway, 1/2 mile dirt oval. aka Aledo Speedway, Mercer Co. Speedway, & Mercer Co. Raceway (2/2)
1992 - Sportsman Midget (aka Illini Midgets) debut at Grundy Couny Speedway in Morris, IL
1992 - present, Madison International Speedway, 1/2 mile paved oval in Oregon, WI. aka Capital Speedway and Capital Super Speedway (6/7)
1988 - July 26 to present, Route 66 Dirt Track, 1/2 mile dirt oval.
1998 - present, Madison International Speedway, 1/3 mile paved oval in Oregon, WI. aka Capital Speedway and Capital Super Speedway (7/7)
1999 - Aug 22 to June 30, 2002, Chicago Motor Speedway, 1.029 mile paved oval in Cicero

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2000 - Kankakee (IL) Fairgrounds, 1/3 mile dirt aka Kankakee Speedway (6/6)
2000 - Illiana Motor Speedway, 1/4 mile paved oval inside 1/2 mile (5/5)
2003 - USAC's Ford Focus series debuts
2004 - WOWMS (Wolverine Outlaw Winged Midget Series) club debuts (as winged club)
2004 - POWR-I Series debuts
2006 - X2RA club debuts
2007 - WOMS (Wolverine Outlaw Midget Series) club evolves from WOWMS by dropping wings
2007 - Ozark Mountain Midget Series (OMMS) debuts
2008 - New Richmond, WI indoor facility host BMARA two day event.

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Thanks to everyone who has been sending additional information!

Over two dozen updates and corrections have already been made!

Thanks again!

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QUOTE(Tom Arthur @ Jan 14 2008, 02:56 AM)  

Thanks to everyone who has been sending additional information!

Over two dozen updates and corrections have already been made!

Thanks again!



Check this "1905 - May 30 to Oct. 31, 1926 Hawthorne Horse Track, Cicero, IL. Carl Marchese began here in 1923"

We maybe talking about 2 different tracks. There was a Horse/Auto Mile located at Roosevelt road and about 4 blocks west of Harlem in Forest Park. A big Post Office is on that site. About 3 miles East of the Board Track that was located at what is now Hines VA Hospital.

Also the was a mile track at that time on Harlem at about 58th Street in what is now the 23rd Ward of Chicago.
It is my understanding that neither track survived past 1910. I believe that predates Hawthorne by about a dozen years.
Allan's book should take care of that but also a Book from IMS about racing predating the 500 also covers that.

Also Jimmy Davies lingered for a week and died on the day that Jud Larson and Red Reigel was killed at Reading in the PM a race won by Bobby Unser. Kind of a "Bloody Friday". I was at Shaheen's place that night for a USAC Midget Show swept by Bob Tattersall, only to read in the Journal the next morning the loss of all three.

Talk to you...

CP


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April 1938...Saint Louis Auto Racing Association (SLARA) formed

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Thanks Chuck & Mike,

I hope to make a bunch of updates soon, nut it's hard during the season!

Tom

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"1945 - Labor Day weekend 1st "production" Offy powered Kurtis-Kraft Midget introduced."

The first KK Offy didn't see competition until 1946, orders were taken in 1945 but cars were not build until the winter of 45-46.

"1945 - Oct. 11, first Blue Circuit race was held at the LA Coliseum"

The first URA Blue Circuit race was held at Santa Maria, Ca on September 16th, the Coliseum race was the second race for 1945. Gordon Cleveland was the feature winner of the Santa Maria race.

"1945 - Bill Vukovich is credited with winning the BCRA Red Circuit championship"

Vukovich won the 1945 URA Red Circuit driver point championship not the BCRA championship. He repeated in 1946.

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Vukie

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Riverview Speedway Track Champions - Chicago, IL
1936 Jimmy Snyder
1937 Art Hartsfield
1938 Harry McQuinn
1939 Wally Zale
1940 Wally Zale
1941 Ted Duncan
1942 Ray Richards

Feature winners of the 1936 Riverview Speedway Season [ incomplete ]
06/03 - 30L - - Tony Willman -
06/17 - 30L - - Art Hartsfield -
07/08 - - Harry McQuinn -
08/12 - 30L - - Jimmy Snyder -
08/16 - 30L - - Jimmy Snyder -
08/19 - Rain Out –
08/23 - 30L - - Marshall Lewis -
09/06 - 30L - - Shorty Sorensen -


Some history of Riverview Park.
http://en.wikipedia..../Riverview_Park

http://www.riverviewparkchicago.com/

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Ohhh Vukie! I'm trying to get ready to go to work!

I appreciate the clarifications on the BCRA/URA Blue Circuit. I see this as a critical time in the history of midget racing, as even 75 years ago, someone saw the cost to performance ratio was getting off kilter.

Thanks for your input! I am planning to do a separate timeline for champions this fall. A couple of things about Riverview. There is some doubt whether the Riverview Speedway was actually a part of Riverview Park. It was very close to it, but may have been a separate entity. The 1st race there appears to have been the 4th race of the 1936 outdoor season on May 24th. The 1st three races were at Chicago Midget Speedway (actually in Evanston). Curly Mills was the winner, followed by Bob Swanson and Pat Warren. The crowd was estimated at 8000!

Gotta go to work!

Tom




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