Ted Janecyk, Chicago Area Stock Car Champ, 90

CHICAGO — During the heyday of Chicagoland’s Raceway Park, Ted Janecyk was part of the give no quarter, take no quarter-style of stock car racing, competing for more than 30 years at Raceway Park. Janecyk began racing there regularly in 1953 and won his first feature race on September 5, 1954 with the race being televised live by WBKB-TV-Channel 7. Janecyk would win 96 features at Raceway Park during his career, which would come to a close in the mid 1980s. At the end of the 1952 season, Janecyk bought a 1941 Buick from a neighborhood friend for $50. “I didn’t really want to drive it,” remembered Janecyk. Moving forward, Janecyk raced at Raceway Park, enjoying various degrees of success – mostly in his own cars. Janecyk drove for car owner Dave Roulo in 1962, wheeling Roulo’s ’57 Chevy No.

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