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National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum

The entrance to the museum
Several cars once driven by Mario Andretti were on display in 2013
Hall of Fame driver Kramer Williamson's sprint car.  Sadly, he passed away two hours after this photo was taken from injuries suffered in a race the night before in Abbottstown, PA.
Several helmets on display in the museum
Inductees to the Hall of Fame are honored with a photo and plaque on the 2nd floor of the museum.
This Champ dirt car raced from 1970-80.  Mario Andretti was the original driver.  Greg Weld, Wally Dallenbach, and Johnny Parsons, Jr. were among others that drove it.

Selma Shell Racing hauler

The car featured a patriotic paint scheme in 2007.  Seen here in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, in September.
The car featured a patriotic paint scheme in 2007.  Seen here in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, in September.

Mug 'N' Bun

Mug 'N' Bun
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After hearing about this place for years amongst the IndyCar crowd, I made my first visit after a Brickyard practice session in May 2014. Overall, it did not live up to the hype. A few drive-ins where I live serve better food and better root beer, and I've never had two screaming kids (from two different families) disrupt my meal like I had on this visit.

I ordered an Italian sausage. I asked the waitress if it was hot (spicy) or mild, but she had no idea. When she asked me what toppings I wanted, I naturally asked for grilled onions and peppers. Not an option.... Just Wow.

What I received was a long, thin sausage patty on a hoagie bun. Not terrible, but not a true Italian sausage. Or maybe I'm spoiled by living in Wisconsin, where sausages and brats are done right. My friend rated his cheeseburger as average at best. From what I could see, I believe him.

Nothing was 'wrong' with their homemade root beer, but what I get from my local drive-in just has a richer, sweeter taste.

After we left, we both wished we would have hit a fast food drive-thru for a quick boring bite on our way back home. The extra time spent at Mug N Bun caused us to travel through a big thunderstorm in Chicago.

Fremont Speedway

Fremont Speedway
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Sprint cars racing down the backstretch at Fremont Speedway during a National Sprint Tour event in July 2006.
A view of turns 1 and 2 at Fremont Speedway in July 2006.

2006 Kenosha County Fair in progress

Pig races at the Kenosha County Fair
Kenosha County Fair ferris wheel

Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway

A view of turns 1 & 2 of the Oshkosh Speedzone
Oshkosh Speedzone

Lafayette County Speedway

IRA sprint cars in turn 4 of the Lafayette County Speedway - July 2007
A view from the old covered grandstands towards turn one of the Lafayette County Speedway

Dodge County Fairgrounds Speedway

Turn four at the Dodge County Fairgrounds Speedway
A view towards turn one at the Dodge County Fairgrounds Speedway
Australia's Brooke Tatnell at the Dodge County Fairgrounds Speedway

Dells Raceway Park

The front stretch of Dells Raceway Park
The back stretch of Dells Raceway Park
The concession buildings behind the seating area.  Perhaps the nicest I've ever seen at a race track.
A tower in the back stretch provides a place for crew members to watch the races.
Turn four at Dells Raceway Park

House destroyed by a helicopter crash

The hole in the roof where the helicopter entered the house.
The helicopter crashed through the front of the house and came to rest across the street.