1935 - 1941

The History of Motor Sports in Hibbing and Northern Minnesota - A Timeline



Races held from 1935 to 1940 were much smaller events than in previous years

                                                                     1941       A crowd of 4,400 people was present to watch the first races here to be run
                                                                                                    under the auspices of the Central States Racing Association. A trio of drivers
                                                                                                    now in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. They are: Emory Collins, 
                                                                                                    Sam Hoffman, and Frankie Luptow. Collins won nearly every race and also
                                                                                                    set a new track record for the ˝ mile with a single lap time of 25.51 Seconds.

Of Interest

                                                                                                    The 1938 race had “Smokey” Harris competing here. He was the second 
                                                                                                    African-American driver to race here.
                                                                                                    The 1941 race saw the track’s first Native American driver, Posey Reeves.
                                                                                                    In press releases he is billed as “The colorful Cherokee Indian from
                                                                                                    Oklahoma City. A perennial contender for national dirt track honors.”

Due to World War 2, racing will not resume until 1947


© David L. Aho 2012

Dave is a member of the Hibbing Historical Society and the Minnesota State Historical Society and is a City of Hibbing Heritage Preservation Commission board member.

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