Author: Kevin Eckert

Checkered Past

Checkered Past: Dakota Wind

“Dakota” was first defined as the Sioux language of the Santee tribe. In 1889 it named the newest of the then-40 United States. In its ensuing 130 years, North and South Dakota remained Top 20 for land mass and Top Five for least people. Fargo, ND and Sioux Falls, SD are largest in each. Fortunately

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Checkered Past

CHECKERED PAST: Splitting Hares

Knoxville Nationals is centerpiece of every season. For nearly six decades, the best in the world have converged on Marion County Fairground for one, two, three, four and in cases of rain or fog, five days and raucous nights. Yet in four decades of the World of Outlaws, only the final night of each Nationals

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Don Kreitz Jr. and Sammy Swindell
Checkered Past

Checkered Past: PA Posse

The World of Outlaws just entertained enough Eldora spectators to start a small country. They have spun turnstiles of 230 speedways in 39 U.S. states, plus Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. No matter the amount of international currency required, fans pay to see “The Greatest Show On Dirt.” Pennsylvania, however, is where people religiously

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Checkered Past

Checkered Past: An Introduction

I knew this World of Outlaws thing would stick. Sure, anyone can say that now, 41 years after “The Greatest Show On Dirt” lifted its curtain. But the sprint car climate of 1978 was very ready for a roving salesman from Wichita Falls, Texas named Ted Johnson. Critics later argued that his World of Outlaws

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