The Allen Crowe Memorial 100
is an ARCA RE/MAX Series stock car
race held annually on the Illinois State Fairgrounds Racetrack
during the Illinois State Fair
Born November 12
in York, Illinois
, Allen Crowe
died in New Bremen, Ohio
on June 2
from injuries sustained in a Sprint Car
race at New Bremen Speedway.
Allen cut his teeth at the now defunct Springfield Speedway
. He started in Stock cars
and moved up fast. He soon became a first class racer, winning the Missouri-Illinois stock car title. He began racing in the USAC Championship Car
Series, racing in the 1961
seasons with 15 starts, including the 1962
and 1963 Indianapolis 500
races. He finished in the top ten 6 times, with his best finish of 5th in 1962
The first Allen Crowe Memorial was held August 25
. That race was won by NASCAR
driver, Curtis Turner
USAC's Stock Car division sanctioned the race from the race's inception in 1963, until the series' demise in 1984.
1972's race was an odd occurance, in that Al Unser
won the USAC Stock car race on Saturday, and then won the USAC Championship Dirt Car
race the following day. The feat has never been repeated in the years since.
As USAC was downsizing its Stock car
division, the 1983 and 1984 running of the Allen Crowe Memoraial was co-sanctioned with ARCA
ARCA took over as sole sanctioning body in 1985. Beginning in 1989, the race was re-named the Coors
Allen Crowe Memorial 100. In 1999, 2000, and 2001, the race was re-named the "Par-A-Dice 100", due to a new sponsor of the race. The race resumed the Allen Crowe Memorial moniker in 2002, and has kept it since.
≠After setting a 100-mile record that has never been eclipsed, Marshman was killed later that year.
- Race Winners since 1983: Frank Kimmel 6, Bob Keselowski 3, Dean Roper 3, Bill Baird 2, Bobby Bowsher 2, Tim Steele 2. Tied with 1 each -Justin Allgaier, Bob Brevak, Bob Hill, Bobby Jacks, Ken Schrader, Billy Thomas.
- Pole Winners since 1983: Bob Hill 3, Bob Brevak 2, Frank Kimmel 2, Damon Lusk 2, Lee Raymond 2, Ken Schrader 2, Tied with 1 each - Justin Allgaier, Jack Bowsher, Glenn Brewer, Ed Dixon, AJ Fike, Bobby Jacks, Bob Keselowski, Tracy Leslie, Scott Stovall, Bob Strait.
There have been no deaths in the race attributed to crashes, however Four-time Allen Crowe Memorial 100 winner Dean Roper, who's son Tony Roper
was killed in a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
race 10 months earlier, suffered a heart attack on lap 17 of the 2001 race. Roper's car slowed on the frontstretch, then hit the inside retaining wall. He was unconscious when medical help arrived, but was later pronounced dead at Springfield Memorial Hospital.