Allen Crowe Memorial 100
Born November 12, 1928 in York, 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 6 times, with his best finish of 5th in 1962 at Syracuse.
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. The feat has never been repeated in the years since.
ARCA took over as sole sanctioning body in 1985. Beginning in 1989, the race was renamed the Coors Allen Crowe Memorial 100. In 1999, 2000, and 2001, the race was renamed 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.
|1963||Curtis Turner||1964||Bobby Marshman≠|
|1965||Bobby Isaac||1966||Don White||1967||Don White||1968||Norm Nelson||1969||Butch Hartman|
|1970||Norm Nelson||1971||Jack Bowsher||1972||Al Unser||1973||Jack Bowsher||1974||Roger McCluskey|
|1975||Butch Hartman||1976||Ramo Stott||1977||Ramo Stott||1978||Sal Tovella||1979||A.J. Foyt|
|1980||Terry Ryan||1981||Dean Roper||1982||Bay Darnell||1983†||Dean Roper||1984†||Bobby Jacks|
|1985||Dean Roper||1986||Dean Roper||1987||Bob Keselowski||1988||Bob Keselowski||1989||Bob Keselowski|
|1990||Bob Brevak||1991||Bobby Bowsher||1992||Bobby Bowsher||1993||Billy Thomas||1994||Bob Hill|
|1995||Billy Thomas||1996||Tim Steele||1997||Tim Steele||1998||Ken Schrader||1999||Bill Baird|
|2000||Frank Kimmel||2001||Frank Kimmel||2002||Frank Kimmel||2003||Frank Kimmel||2004||Bill Baird|
|2005||Frank Kimmel||2006||Justin Allgaier||2007||Frank Kimmel||2008||Frank Kimmel|
|1963 - 1982 USAC Event, † 1983, '84 Co-Sanctioned Event between ARCA and USAC 1985 and on ARCA Event||Results References:|
≠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, 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. 
- http://www.freewebs.com/springfieldsspeedway/index.htm Springfield Speedway memories
- http://www.ultimateracinghistory.com/racelist3.php?trackid=2 Ultimate Racing History
- http://www.ultimateracinghistory.com/race.php?raceid=318 Ultimate Racing History
- STEELE EARNS VICTORY IN ALLEN CROWE 100, Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph published August 19, 1996
- http://www.motorsport.com/magazine/feature.asp?C=Special&D=2001-07-31 Motorsport.com
- http://www.motorsport.com/news/article.asp?ID=84539&FS=USAC-SC Motorsport.com
- http://arcaracing.com/schedule.cfm?contentid=1229 ARCAracing.com results
- http://arcaracing.com/tracks_detail.cfm?trackID=229 ARCAracing.com
- Howard Richman: "Racer Dean Roper died of a broken heart." The Kansas City Star (via Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service) August 26, 2001
- http://www.stockcarracing.com/thehistoryof/37798_arca_veteran_dean_roper_death/index.html Stock Car Racing magazine
- http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0884855.html InfoPlease.com
- http://stockcarracing.automotive.com/49569/37798-arca-veteran-dean-roper-death/index.html "ARCA Veteran Dean Roper Dies" article provided by Circle Track Magazine