Ben "Shorty" Michonski ready for O'Hare's Cadet (Hobby) stock car action.  Michonski was a regular at O'Hare, dating back to the first race there in 1956.  He also raced at Soldier Field.
(Michonski Family Photo)

First season racing action at O'Hare Stadium - 1956
(King George Photo)

"Shorty" Michonski spins his Mercury in front of three fellow competitors during inaugural season stock car action at O'Hare Stadium in 1956.
(King George Photo / Michonski Family Collection)

O'Hare favorite Erik Johnson poses next to his winning Martinelli Brothers Chevy convertible #7 after winning a race in 1964.  Johnson is joined by starter Art Kelly (on the left) and track official Frank "Ham" Lobaza on the right. (Bob Brown Photo)

Former O'Hare champion and NASCAR star Fred Lorenzen visited the speedway in 1963.  He is joined in the picutre by speedway official Frank "Ham" Lobaza and track promoter Tex Wooten.  "Fearless Freddie" won the O'Hare title in 1958 (Bob Brown Photo)