On the record ... with Carol Fabrizius
MAPLE PARK – Carol Fabrizius is as surprised as anyone that stock-car racing and demolition derbies are still a weekly attraction 50 years after Sycamore Speedway first opened.
“So many people said, ‘They’ll never make it. Those kids will never make it,’” Fabrizius recalled. “They had their doubts about what we were doing. I guess we fooled them all.”
“Those kids” refers to Fabrizius, her late husband, Joe Fabrizius, and her brother Bob Oksas. The trio opened Bob-Jo Speedway for its first clay track motorcycle race on May 30, 1963. In subsequent years, the speedway changed its name to Sycamore Speedway, Oksas sold his share of the partnership to his sister and brother-in-law, and the track switched from hosting motorcycle races to car races.
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