Growing up in Indiana, I spent a lot of time listening to "89... WLS" AM radio out of Chicago. Every week thoughout the summer the radio announcer would scream out SUNDAY!... SUNDAY!... SUNDAY!... At wailing US 30 Drag Strip... to be followed by a listing of all the featured racers that weekend. Sometimes it would be a Wednesday night race with 8 or 10 funny cars or a Friday night race with a dozen or so Pro Stocks. It was always a good show.
Some of the big names I've seen race there include: Big Daddy Don Garlits, Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen, Dickie Harrell, Chris "The Greek" Karamesines, Don "The Shoe" Schumacher, Roger Lindamood's "Color Me Gone", "Gold Digger", Dale Creasy, Richard Tharp's "Blue Max", Tom Hoover's "White Bear Dodge", Gene Snow's "Rambunctious", Ed "The Ace" McCullough, "Ramchargers", "LA Hooker", Roland Leong's "Hawaiian", Terry Hedrick's "Super Shaker", Mr. Norm's "Challenger", "Fearless" Fred Goeske, Bobby Wood, Art Arfons' "Green Monster" jet car, Austin Coil's "Chi-Town Hustler", Tim Beebe's "Fighting Irish" and I could go on and on. And who can forget "No Big Thing"?
Check out my US30 Drag Strip to Reopen page and find out all the latest information on it.
The people at AL's Body Shop did another fantasic job of preparing the area for us and welcoming everyone with open arms. Hopefully they will invite us back again next year. If you didn't make it this year, makes plans for next year.
For photos of the 2004, 2005 & 2006 Seneca reunions go to the "Official" Ghost Tracks Reunion Web Site
I will be posting more of my photos as time permits.
There are no dates on any of these stubs so I have no idea which event each stub corresponds to.
My first visit to US 30 Drag Strip was on June 21, 1970. The featured "Best of 3" match race that Sunday was Bruce Larson's USA-1 Camaro vs. Stone, Woods & Cook's Mustang. Needless to say for a Chevy fan like me, Bruce Larson became my "hero". They split the first 2 passes and on the third pass Bruce Larson blew an engine.
Bruce Larson, June 21, 1970 Crew getting ready for action
Bruce Larson June 21, 1970 Surveying the damage
Joe Satmary's We-Haul
Nova On Sunday
Joe Satmary's "We-Haul" Camaro arriving at the track
Joe Satmary's "We-Haul" Camaro - ready to go
Joe Satmary's "We-Haul" Camaro - head on shot
Joe Satmary's "RAT" motor
Gene Snow's "Rambunctious" vs Don "The Shoe" Schumacher
"Tuff Rabbit" doing a burnout
Tom Hoover's "White Bear Dodge vs Roger Lindamood's "Color Me Gone"
Harry Schmidt's "Blue Max" vs Mr. Norm's Challenger
Tuff Rabbit doing a burnout - 7/18/71
Color Me Gone - 7/18/71
Corruption Inc doing a burnout - 7/18/71 Corruption Inc. blew a tire at about the 900 foot mark and crashed but there was only minor damage. This car had been called the "Arkansas Joker" previously owned by Shelby Jester but had been sold. This was the first weekend out with the car for the new owners.
1966 Nova called "The Rapper" - 7/18/71
I have start an E-Mail list on Yahoo for those of you who want to remember the good old days at U.S. 30. Got to http://groups.yahoo.com and search for our group name "us30dragstrip". You can join from there.
Pit entrance, looking northwest from the road
Staging lanes, looking, northwest from the road
Staging lanes spectator side, looking northwest from the road
Starting line, looking southwest from the road
Looking down track from the road
Aerial view of US30 Drag Strip
Looking for anyone who raced or was a spectator at U.S. 30 Drag Strip. Please contact me at grc46250@NOSPAMjuno.com
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This page was lasted updated on May 15, 2006