Allen Crowe 100

The Allen Crowe 100 is an ARCA Racing Series stock car race held annually on the Illinois State Fairgrounds Racetrack during the Illinois State Fair.

Allen CroweEdit

Born November 12, 1928, in Springfield, Illinois, Allen Crowe died in New Bremen, Ohio, on June 2, 1963, 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 through 1963 seasons with 15 starts, including the 1962 and 1963 Indianapolis 500 races. He finished in the top ten six times, with his best finish of 5th in 1962 at Syracuse.[1]

Race historyEdit

The first race was held August 25, 1963.[2] That race was won by NASCAR driver Curtis Turner.[3]

USAC eraEdit

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 occurrence, in that Al Unser won the USAC Stock car race on Saturday, and then won the USAC Championship Dirt Car race the following day.[2] 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 Memorial was co-sanctioned with ARCA.

ARCA eraEdit

ARCA took over as sole sanctioning body in 1985, with the race name having different variations during years when there was no sponsor title, such as "Allen Crowe Memorial", "Allen Crowe Memorial 100", "Allen Crowe Memorial ARCA 100", or simply "Allen Crowe 100". Beginning in 1989, the race was renamed the Coors Allen Crowe Memorial 100. In 1995, it took the name "Pabst Genuine Draft 100", then was known as the "Super Chevy Dealers 100" for 1996, before returning to the original name for 1997. From 1999 to 2001, the race was known as the "Par-A-Dice 100", due to a new sponsor agreement. The race reverted to the "Allen Crowe Memorial 100" (or a variation of) moniker in 2002 and kept it until being renamed the " 100" for 2014.[4]

Race winnersEdit

  • 1963 – 1982: USAC-sanctioned event
  • 1983 – 1984: ARCA and USAC co-sanctioned event
  • 1985 – present: ARCA-sanctioned event

† – Record for a 100-mile race.[5]


There have been no deaths in the race attributed to crashes; however, four-time Allen Crowe Memorial 100 winner Dean Roper, whose 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 and later pronounced dead at Springfield Memorial Hospital.[9][10][11][12]


  1. ^
  2. ^ a b c Ultimate Racing History
  3. ^ Ultimate Racing History
  4. ^ a b
  5. ^ a b Archived 2011-06-06 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ STEELE EARNS VICTORY IN ALLEN CROWE 100, Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph published August 19, 1996
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  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-08-13. Retrieved 2008-08-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) results
  9. ^ Howard Richman: "Racer Dean Roper died of a broken heart." The Kansas City Star (via Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service) August 26, 2001
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-03. Retrieved 2008-07-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Stock Car Racing magazine
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  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2008-07-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) "ARCA Veteran Dean Roper Dies" article provided by Circle Track Magazine

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