#ARCAThrowbackThursday - 1985 Allen Crowe 100 at Springfield

We dug deep back into the ARCA archives and found some terrific video of the 1985 Allen Crowe 100 at the Springfield Mile. While much of the Illinois State Fairgrounds looks the same, some things look vastly different.

For one, what fans who attend this year's event will quickly recognize, is that teams no longer pit on the frontstretch. Instead, the teams utilize an inverted V-shaped road in the infield as the pits.

While the cars look different - of course, in 1985 they were the standard Buick Regal, Oldsmobile Cutlass, Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Pontiac Grand Prix, and the occasional Ford Thunderbird (even a Fairmont) and a random Mopar or two - the racing action looks very similar. And as was the case back then, today's racecars - Toyota Camry, Chevrolet SS, and Ford Fusion - are the same body styles, and in many instances the same cars, that teams use throughout the remainder of the season.

Thirty-five cars started the 1985 Allen Crowe 100, with two additional entries unable to start due to mechanical problems in practice and qualifying. Scott Stovall, 1982 ARCA champion, led the field to the green and led the first 18 laps. Lee Raymomd then took over, but the eventual champ would fall out early with engine failure in Jim Coyle's familar No. 1 Riverside Auto Parts Chevrolet; Raymond was 31st at the finish. Davey Allison, running a full schedule that season, also finished 30 laps behind in 28th position after starting fourth.

Huber Heights, Ohio driver Bobby Jacks swapped the lead throughout the day with Bolivar, Missouri's David Goldsberry and fellow Missourian Dean Roper. Goldsberry led for 20 laps from lap 74 through lap 94, then Jacks retook the lead to complete lap 95. But as David Simko spun and crashed in turn four, Roper was able to get by Jacks to lead lap 96. With the caution flag out, and no green-white-checkered rule in place at the time, Roper finished the final three laps under yellow to score a very popular victory.

Jacks was second, Goldsberry was third, Bill Venturini was fourth, and Randy Huffman was fifth.

There were 15 lead changes throughout the day and the 100-miler took 1 hour, 22 minutes, and 21 seconds to complete. The top nine finishers were on the lead lap, and 26 of the 35 starters were running at the finish.

Rick O'Brien took the hardest hit of the day, and nearly took out the pace car, when he crashed coming to a restart on lap 60.

The 2018 Allen Crowe 100 at the Illinois State Fairgounds is scheduled for Sunday, August 19. Practice starts at 10 am ET/9 am CT, General Tire Pole Qualifying is set for 12 pm ET/11 am CT, and the race will go green at 2:40 pm ET/1:40 pm CT. MAVTV will televise the race live and ARCARacing.com will have live timing, scoring, track updates, and scanner audio for registered users.

Darin A.

That was an awesome event! I definitely enjoyed it.


Intense racing back then but glad they move pitroad from frontstretch from that race till now in the infield because of the danger from the wreck they had back then to a safe infield.  "Lets just say I would NOT! be a crew member back then because of a risk of an injury or being killed throughing the event and to me it an't worth the risk." other then that it was a good race from back then and fun to watch.

Bob J.

Great video. Those were real race cars. Win on Sunday, sell on Monday stuff. However it appears they raced back to the yellow flag? Not very safe. That is one thing that has changed for the better. Safety rules and regulations. Thank you for sharing!




big bill

Are you sure I finished 4th? I was in Bill Hamlin's car. I had wrecked my only short track car in Pocono a few weeks back and he borrowed me one of his. I was in the #35 and had my all female pit crew back then. Towards the beginning of the race you can see them pitting the car on the race track. Were we nuts??

Charles Krall

We can re-audit scoring now Big Bill but I say you take credit for the fourth-place and run with it!

And yes, pitting on the front stretch is a little scary! Look at those crew members scatter when O'Brien hits the wall. Wild stuff!

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