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.