Shaheen’s Springfield Speedway

Shaheen's Springfield Speedway, 1955 . From left: Norm Scantlin, Chuck Hubbard, Jim Brown, Bob Sager, Art 'Buster' Zellers. Hubbard was the first African-American driver to make a bid in local stock car racing. (Sangamon Valley Collection)

Shaheen’s Springfield Speedway, 1955 . From left: Norm Scantlin, Chuck Hubbard, Jim Brown, Bob Sager, Art ‘Buster’ Zellers. Hubbard was the first African-American driver to make a bid in local stock car racing. (Sangamon Valley Collection)

Joe Shaheen (1905-89)  operated the Springfield Speedway on the southeast corner of Dirksen Parkway and Clear Lake Avenue from 1947 to 1988.

Shaheen’s, also known as Little Springfield, was  a quarter-mile dirt oval. Races over the years featured midgets, stock cars, hot rods. sprint cars and others.

The Shaheen family closed the Speedway at the end of the 1988 season, after Joe encountered ill health. The last car to tour the oval was the hearse that transported Shaheen’s body to Oak Hill Cemetery.

The site now is a strip mall.  See many more Speedway photos here.schs logo (2)

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8 Responses to Shaheen’s Springfield Speedway

  1. Jamie Zellers says:

    Is there any way to get a copy of this picture? Art “Buster” Zellers was my father. Bob Sager was my Uncle.

    • editor says:

      Ms. Zellers: I pulled this photo from a DVD produced by the Sangamon County Historical Society. All the photos on the DVD came from the Sangamon Valley Collection at Lincoln Library, where you can get a much better reproduction. What’s more, there are two other photos on the DVD that also show your father and/or your uncle. All three apparently were originally donated to the library by Margaret Sager Hohimer; would she also be a relative?

      Thanks for reading.

  2. kevin troesch says:

    i am after a copy of that pic to as Bob Sager was my grandfather and all his photos the family had have been lost .

    • editor says:

      Kevin: I think the easiest way for you to get a copy is to contact the Sangamon Valley Collection at Lincoln Library. The phone number is 217-753-4900, extension 5634. Thanks for reading.

    • CHUCK HUBBARD says:

      I AM CHUCK HUBBARD’S SON. I HAVE THIS PHOTO AND SEVERAL OTHER PHOTO’S OF THESE GUYS GIVE ME A CALL. 901-216-1107

  3. Jewell Young says:

    Was it later enlarged to a 3/8 mile track???

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