Blue Island's Raceway Park

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Overview
On September 24, 1938, Raceway Park officially opened its doors, and the track remained open for over 60 years. The first race was won by Harry McQuinn, who went on to compete in the Indianapolis 500 and become the chief pit steward of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In 1948, Raceway Park added stock car races to its regular program, and the track became a popular entertainment venue throughout the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s as thousands of Chicagoans filled the stands. The track held its last race in 2000 and was torn down the following year. Although Raceway Park is now a part of history, the "World's Busiest Track" is still in the hearts and minds of many Chicagoland race fans.
Details
ISBN: 9780738577432
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Date:
State: Illinois
Series: Images of America
Images: 232
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author
Stan Kalwasinski and Samuel Beck, although a generation apart, have been lifetime race fans and began attending races at Raceway Park when they were kids. Kalwasinski covers Chicago-area auto racing for multiple publications and was also the track announcer for Illiana Motor Speedway in Schererville for over 15 years. Kalwasinski and Beck have selected the best images from their photograph collections, as well as from others, to tell the story of the World Famous Motordrome.