not forgotten . . .

Allen Dale "Sammy" Sessions


Nashville, MI
10.Sept.1935 - 17.Dec.1977


Nicknamed, the “Little Tiger,” Sammy was one of the many Michigan drivers that dominated the early supermodified days at Oswego. The fan popular Sessions drove Pete Webster’s Bingo 151 super to three feature wins in a row early in 1964 before taking the car out of the ball-park in turn one in a spectacular crash. The following season Sessions began a USAC racing career that saw him successfully compete in Champ, Sprint and Midget divisions, the highlight being a top five finish in the ’72 Indy 500. Sammy came back to Oswego in 1968 and won a USAC Sprint car race.

  source. . . The Oswego Speedway Hall of Fame

Only a few Michigan drivers have been able to move up into the ranks of the Indy car set and be successful there. One of these was the late Sam Sessions.
Sessions was one of the most likable race drivers to come out of the state of Michigan and obtain national prominence. Born during the depression days of the middle thirties, Sam started racing outboard boats at the tender age of 14 and moved into stock cars in 1958 at the now defunct Hastings racetrack. Next on Sam’s driving list were the supermodifieds in which he earned the point championship at the now defunct Grand Rapids Speedrome, along with winning a 200-lap national championship supermodified race at South Bend. In 1963 San won 100 lappers at Sandusky, Shangri-La and Delaware. 1964 brought victories in a 50 lapper at Toledo, 100 lapper at Sandusky, and a 150 lapper at the Grand Rapids Speedrome.

In 1965, Sam switched to USAC and in 1972 he picked off fourth place finishes at Indianapolis, the Ontario 500 and the Michigan 200. One of the highlights in Sessions career was a victory in the 1968 USAC Midget Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ascot Park, Gardena, California. This is traditionally the toughest night of competition for midget auto racing. 1972 brought another season championship to Sam in the USAC Sprint Car division. It was a tough season with the point battle going down to the final race of the year. Before retiring from USAC, Sam picked off 22 sprint car feature wins in the Thunder and Lightning division.

During the middle seventies, Sam cut back on the national circuit to become involved in the manufacturer of mini champ racecars and also to return to his old love of driving the supermodifieds. He picked up right where he left off and won the 1977 TRI-SAC championship.

It was in December of 1977 that tragedy struck as Sam Sessions lost his life during a snowmobile racing accident in Alexandria, Minnesota. In addition to his driving talents, fans loved Sam because he never forgot his following. One of the earmarks of a great champion is to remember the fans that supported him on the way up and Sammy had this kind of love affair going with his fans and they will never forget him.

  source. . . Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame

across the line first!

not one of Sam's better nights...

1964 season comes to a crashing halt

1977

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  stats
  • Inducted into the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame in 1982.
  • 62 USAC starts from 1965 to 1975 (21 top 10s, 7 4th place finishes)
  • Five Oswego feature wins
  • Ten Oswego top 5's
  • 1963 Sandusky Hy-Miler Classic winner



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