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.
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