USAC Midget Champion “Iron Mike” McGreevy Passes


The five feet, one inch McGreevy may not have been tall, but he rode tall in the saddle. The man known as “Dyna-Mike” ruled the USAC Midget racing in the mid-1960s, earning national championships in 1965 and 1966.

His career spanned more than 23 years and crossed into other classes of racing. Adept in midgets, McGreevy would often race and win in sprints and stock cars as well. His resume included the ARA sprint car championship in 1956 and 1957. In 1958 he added the Bay City Racing Association’s (BCRA) midget championship, then backed that up with 1960 and 1962 BCRA midget championships.

He decided to join the USAC series and compete for the national titles, which was as difficult as any to win at the time with an 11 month season. These seasons totaled up to 70 races in various venues across the country.

In addition to his titles in ’65 and ’66, McGreevy was the runner up in ’67 and ’68, making him one of the best midget racers of all time and the dominant force in the 1960s.

His wins include the “Night Before The 500” in 1967 and the Hut Hundred in 1968.

By 1970 he had enough of criss-crossing the country and the driver retired to Florida and began raising horses. He was inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1987. McGreevy passed away January 5, in Florida. Our condolences to the family and friends of Mike McGreevy.

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Bobby Kimbrough

Bobby grew up in the heart of Illinois, becoming an avid dirt track race fan which has developed into a life long passion. Taking a break from the Midwest dirt tracks to fight evil doers in the world, he completed a full 21 year career in the Marine Corps.
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