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LOCAL AUTO RACING: Michigan’s Ryan Ruhl wins Newton Classic at Plymouth

LOCAL AUTO RACING: Michigan’s Ryan Ruhl wins Newton Classic at Plymouth

PLYMOUTH | The powerful winged open-wheel sprint cars of the Sprint on Dirt series visited the Plymouth Speedway on Saturday night with Ryan Ruhl grabbing top honors in the 25-lap Bob Newton Classic main event.

August 17, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Ryan Ruhl

Ryan Ruhl

Racer Ryan Ruhl

August 17, 2014 4:29 pm
Ryan Ruhl

Ryan Ruhl

Turning in some practice laps, Michigan�s Ryan Ruhl prepares for a night of racing at the Plymouth Speedway. Ruhl would go on to win the Bob Newton Classic 25-lap main event for Sprints on Dirt winged sprint cars.

August 17, 2014 4:29 pm
Veteran racer Bob McLean of Hobart

Veteran racer Bob McLean of Hobart

Veteran racer Bob McLean of Hobart broad slides his Super Streets division stock car during practice at the Plymouth Speedway earlier this year. McLean is aiming for his seventh career stock car title.

August 14, 2014 7:10 pm
RACING NOTEBOOOK: Hobart’s Bob McLean trying for another championship

RACING NOTEBOOOK: Hobart’s Bob McLean trying for another championship

Bob McLean finds himself in a situation he is use to: battling for a stock car track championship.

August 14, 2014 7:00 pm
Mike White grabs first feature win at Illiana

Mike White grabs first feature win at Illiana

SCHERERVILLE | The feature wins haven’t come as frequent and as many at Illiana Motor Speedway as Mike White would like.

August 10, 2014 5:00 pm
Illiana Motor Speedway

Illiana Motor Speedway

Big cars compete at Illiana Motor Speedway's half-mile dirt oval in the early 1950s.

August 07, 2014 7:17 pm
REGION RACING NOTES: Illiana Motor Speedway — a history lesson

REGION RACING NOTES: Illiana Motor Speedway — a history lesson

It is hard to believe, but Illiana Motor Speedway in Schererville has been the scene of some type of motor sports activity for almost 70 years.

August 07, 2014 5:00 pm
LOCAL AUTO RACING: Hoffman back in winner’s circle at Illiana

LOCAL AUTO RACING: Hoffman back in winner’s circle at Illiana

SCHERERVILLE | Eddie Hoffman hadn’t been in the victory picture at Illiana Motor Speedway recently, but was still in the battle for the Late Model driving championship at the local raceway.

August 03, 2014 5:00 pm
Bill Davis

Bill Davis

Bill Davis and starter Raleigh Hinkle pose for a photo after Davis won a Late Model stock car feature race at the old Broadway Speedway in Crown Point back in 1974.

July 31, 2014 7:10 pm
Bill Davis

Bill Davis

Bill Davis competes in DIRTcar UMP Modified stock car race earlier this year at Medaryville’s Shadyhill Speedway. At age 74, Davis still races part time.

July 31, 2014 7:05 pm
REGION RACING NOTES: At 74, Chesterton's Bill Davis still turns the wheel

REGION RACING NOTES: At 74, Chesterton's Bill Davis still turns the wheel

Will he ever give it up?

July 31, 2014 6:55 pm Photos

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Cannon back in the winner’s circle at Illiana

Cannon back in the winner’s circle at Illiana

SCHERERVILLE | Although leading the current division point standings, Jeff Cannon had not tasted victory at Illiana Motor Speedway in the Schepel Buick GMC Late Model stock car feature competition since early June.

July 27, 2014 2:00 pm
D.J. Weltmeyer carrying on the family racing tradition

D.J. Weltmeyer carrying on the family racing tradition

David James “D.J.” Weltmeyer was itching to get behind the wheel of his new Chevy Late Model stock car this season.

July 24, 2014 6:15 pm Photos

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D.J. Weltmeyer

D.J. Weltmeyer

D.J. Weltmeyer checks out a few things under his new Late Model stock car before Saturday night’s feature race at Illiana Motor Speedway in Schererville.

July 24, 2014 2:00 am
D.J. Weltmeyer

D.J. Weltmeyer

D.J. Weltmeyer 

July 24, 2014 2:01 am
LOCAL AUTO RACING: Danta wins again at Illiana

LOCAL AUTO RACING: Danta wins again at Illiana

SCHERERVILLE | Anthony Danta is becoming a familiar figure in victory circle at Illiana Motor Speedway.

July 20, 2014 8:30 pm
REGION MOTOR SPORTS: Hammond tracks part of racing's past

REGION MOTOR SPORTS: Hammond tracks part of racing's past

Part of a fading history, racing in Hammond is part of automobile racing’s past.

July 17, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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LOCAL AUTO RACING: Nick Allen wins feature race at Shadyhill

LOCAL AUTO RACING: Nick Allen wins feature race at Shadyhill

MEDARYVILLE | It has been a familiar site at Shadyhill Speedway over the years: Nick Allen winning the feature race at the quarter-mile dirt track.

July 13, 2014 6:15 pm
Wheatfield’s Nick Allen

Wheatfield’s Nick Allen

Wheatfield’s Nick Allen in victory circle at Shadyhill Speedway. Allen won Saturday’s DIRTcar UMP Modified stock car feature race at the Medaryville dirt track.

July 13, 2014 4:28 pm
Illiana motor speedway

Illiana motor speedway

This has been the scene at Illiana Motor Speedway quite often this season: Eddie Hoffman (8) battling Jeff Cannon for the lead during Late Model feature race action at the Schererville track. The two racers are among the points leaders there.

July 10, 2014 8:07 pm
REGION MOTOR SPORTS: These track points leaders are halfway home

REGION MOTOR SPORTS: These track points leaders are halfway home

Here it is halfway or so through the local auto racing season and there are a number of close battles for track championship honors at area speedways.

July 10, 2014 7:48 pm
LOCAL AUTO RACING: Lomax wins Firecracker 50 at Shadyhill

LOCAL AUTO RACING: Lomax wins Firecracker 50 at Shadyhill

MEDARYVILLE | Jamie Lomax picked the right tire compound and the choice paid off in big dividends as the Lake Village racer scored the victory in the 14th annual Firecracker 50 for DIRTcar United Midwestern Promoters Modified stock cars on Friday at Shadyhill Speedway.

July 06, 2014 5:30 pm Photos

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LOCAL AUTO RACING: Danta wins Molenaar Memorial at Illiana

LOCAL AUTO RACING: Danta wins Molenaar Memorial at Illiana

SCHERERVILLE | Anthony Danta has driven fast all year long at Illiana Motor Speedway, but for one reason or another had not scored a feature win in Schepel Buick GMC Late Model stock car competition.

July 06, 2014 5:15 pm
Jamie Lomax

Jamie Lomax

Jamie Lomax poses in victory circle after capturing the $3000-to-win Firecracker 50 at Medaryville's Shadyhill Speedway Friday night.

July 06, 2014 1:21 pm
Jamie Lomax

Jamie Lomax

Jamie Lomax keeps his Modified stock car out front and on its way to victory in Friday night's Firecracker 50 at Shadyhill Speedway in Medaryville.

July 06, 2014 1:21 pm
Michael Clark

Michael Clark

Michael Clark works his car at Plymouth Speedway's 3/8-mile dirt track, where the Gary diesel mechanic owns an impressive 80-point lead in the Super Streets Division.

July 03, 2014 6:44 pm
RACING NOTEBOOK: Clark off to a great start at Plymouth

RACING NOTEBOOK: Clark off to a great start at Plymouth

Gary’s Michael Clark is riding high this season at Plymouth Speedway, where the 22-year-old driver leads the Super Streets division point standings at the Plymouth Speedway. Going into Saturday night’s competition, Clark holds an 80-point advantage over his nearest rival, Nathan Jordan of LaGrange.

July 03, 2014 6:30 pm Photos

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LOCAL AUTO RACING: Jesse Bitterling claims first win of the year at Shadyhill

MEDARYVILLE | A new face was among the winners at the Shadyhill Speedway Saturday night.

June 29, 2014 4:30 pm
Chad Boespflug

Chad Boespflug

Chad Boespflug of Plainfield took his fourth feature win of the season at Plymouth Speedway on Wednesday night.

June 26, 2014 7:18 pm
Boespflug passes late to take sprint win at Plymouth

Boespflug passes late to take sprint win at Plymouth

PLYMOUTH |Wednesday night was Open Wheel Wednesday at Plymouth Speedway and California native Chad Boespflug captured the 30-lap main event for non-winged sprint cars.

June 26, 2014 7:06 pm
Chris Woodall

Chris Woodall

Chris Woodall enjoys victory lane after winning the opening night Turbo Stox division feature race at Illiana on May 3, one of five feature races he's checkered at the Schererville track this season. 

June 26, 2014 7:01 pm
RACING NOTEBOOK: A few bucks has gone a long way for Woodall

RACING NOTEBOOK: A few bucks has gone a long way for Woodall

Calumet City native Chris Woodall is enjoying the best season in about 15 years of stock car racing, winning five of eight feature races he has entered and leading the current Turbo Stox division point standings at Illiana Motor Speedway in Schererville.

June 26, 2014 6:31 pm

Rain eliminates track schedules

Persistent rain storms in the area put a damper on local stock car racing Saturday night.

June 22, 2014 2:15 pm
Stan Zolodz IV

Stan Zolodz IV

Hebron’s Stan Zolodz IV poses with his parents, Michelle and Stan, after winning his first career Legends feature race on opening night at Illiana Motor Speedway in Schererville. He's had three more feature wins since.

June 19, 2014 7:14 pm
RACING NOTES: At 13, it's a legendary start for Hebron's Stan Zolodz IV

RACING NOTES: At 13, it's a legendary start for Hebron's Stan Zolodz IV

Two months into the season and young Stan Zolodz IV is enjoying a pretty good year of racing at Illiana Motor Speedway in Schererville.

June 19, 2014 7:02 pm
Eddie Hoffman wins Musgrave Memorial at Illiana

Eddie Hoffman wins Musgrave Memorial at Illiana

SCHERERVILLE | Eddie Hoffman has won a number of big races at Illiana Motor Speedway during his career.

June 15, 2014 5:15 pm
Paul Shafer Jr.

Paul Shafer Jr.

Paul Shafer Jr. of Portage leads the rookie-of-the-year standings on both the Automobile Racing Club of America’s Champion Racing Association Super Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour.

June 12, 2014 6:47 pm
RACING NOTEBOOK: Fast ride so far for Portage's Paul Shafer Jr.

RACING NOTEBOOK: Fast ride so far for Portage's Paul Shafer Jr.

Paul Shafer Jr. has been quickly rising in stock car racing circles in these parts the last few years. From beginner to local champion, the 17-year-old Portage racer is tackling a new challenge this year — traveling throughout the Midwest and racing Late Model stock cars.

June 12, 2014 6:24 pm
Jeff Cannon blasts to victory at Illiana

Jeff Cannon blasts to victory at Illiana

SCHERERVILLE | Getting to the front quickly, Jeff Cannon stayed there and convincingly won Saturday night’s 30-lap Schepel Buick GMC Late Model stock car feature race at Illiana Motor Speedway.

June 08, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Jeff Cannon

Jeff Cannon

Three-time track champion Jeff Cannon poses in victory circle after he scored the win in Saturday night's 30-lap Late Model stock car feature race at Schererville's Illiana Motor Speedway.

June 08, 2014 6:46 pm
Jeff Cannon

Jeff Cannon

Kouts' Jeff Cannon speeds through a turn on his way to winning Saturday night's 30-lap Late Model stock car feature race at Illiana Motor Speedway in Schererville.

June 08, 2014 6:46 pm
Jamie Lomax

Jamie Lomax

Jamie Lomax poses with his trophy after winning the UMP Modified feature race at Plymouth Speedway on May 17. The dirt track racer from Lake Village has won 10 feature races on tracks around the region this season. 

June 05, 2014 6:54 pm
Lomax

Lomax

Jamie Lomax puts his modified stock car through some practice laps before a recent race at the Plymouth Speedway. He is currently second in UMP Modified competition. 

June 05, 2014 6:51 pm
RACING NOTES: Lake Village's Lomax at full throttle for UMP title try

RACING NOTES: Lake Village's Lomax at full throttle for UMP title try

Jamie Lomax is a busy stock car racer these days as he chases points in the battle for the national DIRTcar United Midwestern Promoters Modified stock car championship.

June 05, 2014 6:30 pm Photos

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LOCAL AUTO RACING: Allen continues to win at Shadyhill

LOCAL AUTO RACING: Allen continues to win at Shadyhill

MEDARYVILLE | Saturday night, Nick Allen did what he does best at Shadyhill Speedway — win.

June 01, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Wheatfield’s Nick Allen

Wheatfield’s Nick Allen

Wheatfield’s Nick Allen holding the checkered flag after a feature win at Shadyhill Speedway in Medaryville is a familiar sight. Allen won Saturday night’s 20-lap main event for DIRTcar UMP Modified stock cars.

June 01, 2014 5:44 pm
Nick Allen

Nick Allen

Nick Allen races through turns one and two at Medaryville’s Shadyhill Speedway on Saturday night. The Wheatfield driver was the winner of the Dirtcar UMP Modified stock car feature race.

June 01, 2014 5:45 pm
LOCAL AUTO RACING: Lagestee will race all chances, regardless of track

LOCAL AUTO RACING: Lagestee will race all chances, regardless of track

Ryan Lagestee likes to compete in four-cylinder stock car racing, whether it is on the pavement at Schererville’s Illiana Motor Speedway in the Pure Stocks division or at the Grundy County Speedway in Morris, Ill.

May 29, 2014 8:30 pm Photos

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Ryan Lagestee

Ryan Lagestee

Ryan Lagestee, bottom, battles with Mike Wojcik during four-cylinder Pure Stocks division feature race action at Illiana Motor Speedway in Schererville,

May 29, 2014 7:48 pm
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