The Transition — Midgets to Stock Cars

During the late 1940s, midget auto racing, once the most popular form of motorsports in the United States, was in a steep decline. Stock cars were pretty much what everyone was driving on the streets and highways in the U.S. The Chicago area was one of the regions the stock cars took by storm. On Labor Day 1948, the stock cars had a program of their own, as they raced around the ball diamond. During the 1948 racing season, the Championship Stock Car Club was formed. The club oversaw weekly stock car racing at Raceway Park in 1949 and branched out to other tracks in the Midwest that were popular midget racing venues. Another reporter referred to the stock car drivers as the “bump-and-batter boys.”.

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