Arnie Gardner - 1970
(Stan Kalwasinski Photo)
Arnie Gardner pilots his Chevelle #100 on his way to victory in the 1970 National Clay Track Championship 200 lapper at Chicagoland's Santa Fe Speedway.

1967--Arnie Gardner "The Geneva Fox" carries the checkered flag after a late model stock car victory at Santa Fe Speedway near Willow Springs.  Gardner and his Chevelle convertible were frontrunners at several area dirt tracks that year.
(Vince Mayer Photo)

How many remember the big 18-car pileup during the Miller High Life 200 National Clay Track Championship at Santa Fe Speedway in late September, 1990?  Cars recognized in the photo include Steve Pastva (#77), Tom Rients (#49), Gary Webb (#56) and Bob Pohlman, Jr.
(Darrel Kennedy Photo)

Longtime frontrunner on both area paved and dirt tracks, Arnie Gardner (#16) keeps his Chevelle inside of Clem Lewandowski's Ford (#41) during 1966 stock car action at Chicagoland's Santa Fe Speedway near Willow Springs, Ill.
(Vince Mayer Photo)

More than 30 years, Fred Royal captured the sportsman division stock car championship at Santa Fe Speedway near Willow Springs in 1977.  Royal and his rapid-running Nova captured 31 feature races at the popular Chicagoland dirt track.  Sadly, Royal passed away in 2009.
(Vince Mayer Photo)

Don Waldvogel began racing in the early 1950's and went on to capture stock car track championships at both Santa Fe Speedway and at Kankakee Speedway.  Waldvogel is seen here after a win at Santa Fe on June, 5, 1966.
(Vince Mayer Photo/Stan Kalwasinski Collection)

The late Earl J. Hubert of Aroma Park, IL was a top-running late model stock car racer at tracks like Santa Fe Speedway, Kankakee Speedway and Indiana's Rensselaer Raceway.  Hubert, shown here at Santa Fe after a win in 1974, passed away in 2007.
(Vince Mayer Photo / Stan Kalwasinski Collection)

Kenny Boyer was one of the top drivers in the Chicago area in the 1950's and 60's. Pictured here at Santa Fe Speedway in 1967, Boyer, who passed away in 1994, was Santa Fe's first stock car champion in 1953.
(Vince Mayer Photo / Stan Kalwasinski Collection)

Motorcycle racing was always a big part of the summer schedule at Santa Fe Speedway near Willow Springs with two-wheel racing dating back to the track's first year of operation - 1953. Riders are at the starting line, set to go, in this 1965 photo.
(Vince Mayer Photo)