Selchow & Righter are best known as the original makers of Scrabble. But during their 100+ year existence they put out a number of different board games. They did not issue very many sports-themed games. Other than this auto racing game I am only aware of a couple horse racing games and a baseball game.
This game was first issued with the name "Huggin' The Rail" in 1948. It was repackaged in 1961 as a TV tie-in show for "Straightaway" and given a make-over. The basic game format remained the same.
The game parts are in EXCELLENT condition. The game is 100% complete with all parts accounted for. I suspect that the die included is not original to the game but it is the correct type of die (standard 6 sided). There are a few stains on the instructions. The cars all have nice paint and the lane-locator is free of cracks. Board is very clean with no cracking, staining or rubbing and lies almost perfectly flat. Overall I would grade the game parts 7-8 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).
The game box is in GOOD condition. The shows only light shelf wear, including one split corner, but there is an inscription written in pencil across it. The box bottom also has an inscription as well as other writing and has some chipping along the edges. I would grade it a 4 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).
MINT (10): I will only give this grade to brand new, unused items. NEAR MINT (9): Shows virtually no use. Seldom if ever played. Perhaps some very light handling creases to the instructions or other minor flaws with the game parts. Boxes will have only the slightest hint of shelf wear. EXCELLENT (7-8): The game has seen some use but it was obviously well taken care of. Game parts might have some light handling creases or other signs of careful use. Board might have just a hint of color loss or dented corners. Boxes will have light rubbing to the artwork or perhaps some minor dishing or a very light stain. VERY GOOD (5-6): The game was not especially well cared for but it still has faired pretty well. Game parts will show obvious use but nothing will be torn, badly stained or have any serious damage. Box may have some rubbing, light staining, dishing, 1 or 2 neatly split corners, minor writing and/or a few pieces of tape. No major structural damage and artwork will still be generally attractive. GOOD (3-4): Obviously no care was taken with the game but it is still playable as is. Game parts show considerable use but the game is complete with all parts in usable condition. Box may have staining, writing, split corners, dishing and/or other structural damage but it will be intact and still usable. POOR (1-2): Only suitable to fill a space in your collection. Game will be missing parts (these will be noted). Box will have serious damage and may be missing aprons or badly torn.