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Vintage stock cars featured at Redman races at Road America

Think road racing is new for NASCAR? Cup cars raced on 14-turn Wisconsin track back in the mid-‘50s


Vintage stock cars were featured this past weekend at the WeatherTech International Challenge with Brian Redman races at the Road America circuit in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. 

“This is a fantastic event,” said Redman, the former US Formula 5000 and IMSA Camel GT champion who has been a driver or event grand marshal at the track since 1972. “Without question, Road America has turned into the finest road racing facility in North America.”

Ex-Buck Baker 1950 Oldsmobile Rocket 88 now owned and driven by Marshall Griffin

Although known for its sports car racing history, the 14-turn Road America course was the site of a race for NASCAR’s top series, then known as the Grand National, in August 1956. With the checkered flag flying as rain fell, Tim Flock won the race in a Mercury over a field that included Lee Petty, Junior Johnson, Buck Baker, Fireball Roberts and other stars of the era.

NASCAR’s Xfinity series has been racing at the track since 2010. 

At the vintage races this past weekend, Gunnar Jeannette drove a Chevrolet Impala to victory ahead of Scott Holley’s Dodge Intrepid and Brad Dahmer’s Chevrolet Chevelle in the race for Historic Stock Cars.

Craig Olson races the red-and-white No. 48a 1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Ex-Dick Hutcherson Ford originally run by Holman and Moody
Ex-Yarbrough Torino

In other categories, Peter Cunningham won the Historic/Post-Historic Production race in an Acura TSX and the Vintage Production race in a Honda Prelude Si. 

Other winners included Geoff Brabham in a Brabham GT-35 in Classic Motosposto (Motorsports?), Brian French in a Benetton in Historic/Modern Formula, David Porter in a Peugeot 908 in Masters Endurance Legends, William Ockerlund in an AMC Javelin in Historic Trans Am and Gregory Thorton in a Lotus in Masters Formula One.

Also, Brian Garcia in a BMT Cheetah in Vintage GT/Sports/P Type/USRRC, Mark Brannon in an Elan DP02 in CanAm/GTP/Historic Sports Racer, Adam Rupp in a Ford Mustang in Modern GT/Prototype, Jimmy Mcglynn in a Porsche in Post Historic GT/Production, Todd Treffert in a Porsche 911 in Historic Big Bore Production, and Rex Barrett in a Ford Indy Special in PreWar/Early PostWar. 

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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