Who knew that NASCAR raced at Soldier Field in Chicago? Well, if you are a “youngster” like me, you may have been unaware that NASCAR held races at Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears. With the race in Chicago this weekend, let’s take a trip down memory lane to look at what it used to be like racing in Chicago.
The track was built around the field and was considered to be a half-mile paved track. In 1956 and 1957, the Wood Brothers joined in on the fun and brought their 21 convertible. Glen Wood was the driver at the time, with his brothers serving as the crew/mechanics and building him a top-notch car. In 1956 the team finished 14th and then went on the win the race in 1957.
I caught up with Leonard Wood this week to talk to him about racing at Soldier Field. Watch the video to get some insight on what it was like racing at Chicago in the late 1950’s.
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