The home of Da Bears since 1971 hosted exactly one NASCAR race on July 21, 1956, on a half-mile asphalt track that wrapped around the field.
Fireball Roberts outlasted Jim Paschal and Ralph Moody, the legendary mechanic who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 86.
What's so bizarre about all of this? Nothing. But the fate of track is in a league all by itself. According to famed NASCAR historian Greg Fielden, "The Soldier Field track was torn out of the stadium in 1970 following protests by hippies who objected to city financing of auto racing." Damn hippies.