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FREDDIE RAHMER CARVING OUT HIS OWN PLACE IN CENTRAL PA SPRINT CAR RACING SCENE

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad”] FREDDIE RAHMER CARVING OUT HIS OWN PLACE IN CENTRAL PA SPRINT CAR RACING SCENE Young Gun Looks to Take Victory at Grandview Speedway Thunder Cup Event Story By: Justin Snyder/RacersGuide.com - Photos by: Tommy Hein, Trent Gower & Dan DeMarco/RacersGuide.com In Central Pennsylvania, few names are as synonymous with Sprint Car racing as Fred Rahmer. With a National Sprint Car Hall of Fame resume and having collected more than 400 career feature victories and multiple track championships at various local speedways, it was going to be hard for any local driver to fill those shoes when the legend…

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They Said It: New Egypt Speedway 7/23/16

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad”] They Said It: New Egypt Speedway 7/23/16 Story By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com - Photos by: Harry Meeks & Jim Brown/RacersGuide.com Ryan Godown picked up his second win of the season on Saturday at New Egypt Speedway after a rough battle with Bryan Kuhl halfway through Saturday night’s feature. David Van Horn and 17-year-old Ryan Krachun rounded out the podium. It was Krachun’s best run of 2016 to day at the Ocean County D-Shaped oval. “It was a trying race. We caught some breaks coming through, We freed the car up more than normal to get through the holes. We…

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They Said It: Drivers First Take on Moving Super DIRT Week to Oswego

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad”] They Said It: Drivers First Take on Moving Super DIRT Week to Oswego By: Pete MacDonald With the announcement coming last night while we were all at Grandview for the Super DIRTcar Series race that Super DIRT Week will move an hour or so north to the Oswego Speedway for this October, I had a chance to talk with a few drivers about what they think about the even moving venues yet again. “I’ve never raced at Oswego, well, actually I’ve been around it in a Slingshot probably about 10 years ago. Nobody has been on it with…

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RACERS! Don’t Skimp on Safety!

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] RACERS! Don’t Skimp on Safety! By: Pete MacDonald Fire is every racers ultimate fear. We were reminded again how dangerous this sport can be when 305 Sprint Car driver Jake Waters suffered serious burns following an incident at Selinsgrove Speedway in PA on Sunday night. A rescue worker and fellow driver Austin Burke also suffered burns while trying to extricate Waters from his car during the incident. This proves even more that in the year 2016 you just can’t put a price on safety, there really is no excuse anymore. Many drivers will reply with, “Well I can’t…

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Every Mile a Memory

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After the Loss of His Close Friend and Confidant, Torie Costa, ‘Mad’ Max McLaughlin Turned Tragedy into an Everlasting Memorial Story By: MATT NOLES / RACERSGUIDE.COM                                                                                                                                Photos By: DAVE DALESANDRO and MATT NOLES / RACERSGUIDE.COM SPRAKERS, NY- July 6, 2016- There is a name that gently adorns the fuel cell cover of Max McLaughlin’s modified. There’s no explanation; no reason given, just a beautifully written, barely perceptible name; Torie Costa. It is said that all the people we have loved and lost are often found alive in our past memories. For modified racer Max McLaughlin, he’s brought the past to the present…

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Social Media Superstars

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Believe It or Not, Social Media and Its Users May Actually Be Hurting Racing Instead of Helping It; Ronnie Johnson, Kenny Gates, Bobby Varin and Tadd Parks Share Their Views on the Relationship of the Internet and Racing Story By: MATT NOLES / RACERSGUIDE.COM     Photos By: DAVE DALESANDRO and MATT NOLES / RACERSGUIDE.COM SPRAKERS, NY- July 1, 2016- Social media is nothing but a contradiction of terms. In fact, it’s more of a compost pile for morons. There’s nothing social about receiving messages in the form of text or photos where human interaction is about as frequent as an honest…

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North East Wingless Sprint Cars Continue to Grow in Leaps and Bounds

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] North East Wingless Sprint Cars Continue to Grow in Leaps and Bounds. For a class that was started at the beginning of 2015 with just two cars, fast forward a full year and the North East Wingless Sprint Cars have grown immensely, in a world where car counts seem to fall as season’s progress. It’s nice to see a class where the car counts continue to rise with now roughly 25 cars built between the Accord and New Egypt Speedway’s. For those who don’t know what these cars are yet, it’s your basic sprint car chassis fitted with…

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Pauch Jr. Poised for Silver Crown Debut at Williams Grove

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] Pauch Jr. Poised for Silver Crown Debut at Williams Grove By: Pete MacDonald When opportunities arise in the business of motorsports, you simply have to take them while they are in front of you. Billy Pauch Jr., like most people has a “bucket list” of things he wants to accomplish in this sport. This Friday night Pauch Jr. gets to cross off another item on his list when the USAC Silver Crown series makes its long awaited return to the Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA for the first time in 35 years. Williams Grove has a very…

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SHOULD SUSQUEHANNA BE INCLUDED IN PA SPRINT WEEKS?

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DRIVERS AND FANS SOUND OFF Story By:JUSTIN SNYDER / RACERSGUIDE.COM STAFF WRITER             Photos By: Dan DEMARCO/RACERSGUIDE.COM York Haven, PA  June 8, 2016- Central Pennsylvania racing is full of tradition. Some of the greatest drivers to ever strap into a 410 Sprint Car have run at the various speedways spread throughout the Keystone state. Whether it’s taking on the World of Outlaws or Tony Stewart’s All Star Circuit of Champions or a regular point’s show at any of the local tracks, you can bet that the grandstands will be packed by loyal fans cheering on the drivers. One of the biggest…

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Bouc Bounces Back after Pauch Jr.’s Misfortune

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] Bouc Bounces Back after Pauch Jr.’s Misfortune By: Pete MacDonald Plumsteadville, PA’s Danny Bouc bounced back after two frustrating weeks at New Egypt Speedway to pick up his first win since June of 2014 this past Saturday. Not only was it Bouc’s first win of the year it locked him into the May Modified Madness Series Finale on June 25th at NES. Bouc who led seven laps at the races midpoint until Billy Pauch Jr snuck underneath him on a lap 15 restart thought he chances of winning had diminished until Pauch Jr. slowed with a broken axle…

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VanHorn to Pilot Vahlsing’s No. 323

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VanHorn Returns to New Egypt Speedway to pilot Vahlsing’s No. 323 Story and Photos By: PETE MACDONALD / RACERSGUIDE.COM New Egypt NJ.- May 27, 2016- Only after two modified races ‘Silly Season’ has begun at New Egypt Speedway, leaving one driver who was sitting on the sidelines at NES for 2016 back in action for the remainder of the season. David VanHorn has been named the driver of Fred Vahlsing’s No. 323ov 358 Modified for the remainder of 2016 at New Egypt Speedway and select special shows. “I honestly didn’t believe it when my phone rang yesterday, it’s one of those…

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Jamie Mills Survives Fiery Bridgeport Speedway Wreck on Wednesday Night

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Jamie Mills Survives Fiery Bridgeport Speedway Wreck on Wednesday Night Story By: Pete MacDonald Bridgeport NJ.- May 26, 2016- Milford, DE driver Jamie Mills took one of the scariest rides I have ever seen in person last night at the Bridgeport Speedway. As Mills entered turns 1-2 during heat race action last night in his No.30 Bicknell machine it appeared that a throttle stuck or Jamie had no brakes as his vehicle slammed the outside retaining wheel. After a very heavy right-front impact hot oil sprayed onto the headers igniting the car into a very large fireball as the car…

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The 100th Indy 500 Has Potential to Be Something Colossal

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] The 100th Indy 500 Has Potential to Be Something Colossal By: Pete MacDonald Images Courtesy: IndyCar Media I was sitting there watching Indy 500 practice the other day and I thought to myself, I’ve probably paid more attention to IndyCar racing this year than I ever have. I don’t know why I’ve never hardcore followed it before, I just haven’t. Yeah I used to watch it for background noise or whatever but now I make it a point to follow along with the series. I really think that this Sunday’s 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 will go down as…

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Dynamic Duo: Spraker and Johnson Continue Fonda Dominance

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Championship Winning Car Owner Jake Spraker and Third Generation Driver Ronnie Johnson Continue Their Torrid Pace at The Track of Champions Story and Photos By: MATT NOLES / RACERSGUIDE.COM SPRAKERS, NY- May 24, 2016- To change what you get you must first change who you are. As the 2015 season came to a close, Ronnie Johnson found himself in a precarious position. The results of his racing efforts had become stagnant, though not from a lack of trying, and for the first time in recent memory, he went winless at the speedway which has become synonymous with his famous last…

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What I Learned On My Trip to Williams Grove

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] What I Learned On My Trip to Williams Grove By: Pete MacDonald Friday afternoon I took the 2 ½ hour ride west to what is probably my favorite race track Williams Grove Speedway for what was supposed to be night one of the Morgan Cup with the World of Outlaws. With the expected rain on Saturday a very healthy crowd came out on Friday, there weren’t many bare spots in the grandstands and the infield was packed as well. When you think of some of the best rivalries in sports you automatically think, “Brady vs. Manning”, “Yankee’s vs.…

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PA SPRINT CAR WEEKEND REVIEW

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Rain, Moody, Hodnett & Dewease Score Wins. Story By: MIKE BAKER / RACERSGUIDE.COM STAFF WRITER                                                                                                                                Photos By:TRENT GOWER / RACERSGUIDE.COM Carlisle PA - May 10, 2016 - Rain once again played factor into this weekends racing plans. The term 'April Showers, Bring May Flowers' seems to be reversed. After a long week of continuous rain, Williams Grove once again lost the battle to the elements. Track time is key with the World of Outlaws coming to town in two weeks. Next Friday the track will hold a 'Tune Up' special along with a full 358 program. Track will run WoO…

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Dietrich Evens The Score With All Star Invaders

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DANNY DIETRICH SNAGS VICTORY AT SELINSGROVE Story By:MIKE BAKER / RACERSGUIDE.COM STAFF WRITER   Photos By:HARRY MEEKS SR./ RACERSGUIDE.COM Selinsgrove Pa.- April 25, 2016- Someone ask you your first opinion of Selinsgrove Speedway, chances are 'Wicked Fast' would be one of them. The track that claims they are the fastest half mile on the east coast sure doesn't disappoint. Fans packed the track for a Sunday night sprint car spectacular featuring Tony Stewart's Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, first time the tour has been back in sixteen years. A star studded field of 36 cars loaded the infield pits.…

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Wondering where to go this weekend?

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] Wondering where to go this weekend? Its Friday and if you are still looking for a place to watch some dirt modifieds this weekend then look no further, we have your cheat sheet right here. Friday: Accord Speedway has a $1,500 to win Modified Feature plus Sportsman, Pure Stocks, Slingshots, Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars and a 4-Cylinder Enduro. Albany Saratoga Speedway kicks off their 2016 Season tonight with Modifieds paying $3,000 to win, also on the card are Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Pro Stocks and Street Stocks. Big Diamond will be in action with the 358 Modifieds, Twin-20s for…

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Controversial Call Kills Pauch Jr.’s Opening Night Drive

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] Controversial Call Kills Pauch Jr.’s Opening Night Drive By: Pete MacDonald It’s very obvious that Billy Pauch Jr. has a bad fast hot rod for New Egypt Speedway this year. The 28-yr-old Milford, NJ driver vaulted from the 19th starting spot on March 19th to finish second to Stewart Friesen by a car length. Fast forward to the first night of point’s competition this past Saturday and Pauch Jr still hasn’t skipped a beat yet. Pauch Jr. won his heat race handily by almost six full seconds over second place finisher Willie Osmun landing him in the ever-so-important…

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Where to go this weekend?

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] Where to go this weekend? By: Pete MacDonald Finally, it looks like Mother Nature is going to cut us race fans a break.  We’ve gone two weeks with sketchy weather forecasts and we’re itching for some down and dirty racing action. There’s such a huge variety of events happening this weekend as many tracks kick off their 2016 season.  If you’re not sure where to go – and you’re looking for some Modified action – we’ve got the guide to get you to the races this weekend. This Friday night the Accord Speedway in Accord, NY has their season…

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Biggest Stories of the Past 30 Days

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] Biggest Stories of the Past 30 Days By: Pete MacDonald It’s been exactly 32 days since the Northeast Dirt Modified season kicked off at the Georgetown Speedway’s Melvin Joseph Memorial. It made me think a little about what have been the biggest stories so far in 2016. The top story on everyone’s mind was and continues to be the protest of Brett Hearn at the Short Track Super Series Hard Clay Open.  Hearn’s crew members refused to remove his hood for technical inspection following his win. Hearn then went out and won the Sportsman feature, his first in…

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‘Valley of Speed’ set for 2016 Season

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Promotional Duo of Howard Commander and Lyle DeVore Look for Continued Success at Lebanon Valley Speedway; 64th Year of Operation Slated to Begin on Saturday, April 23rd Story and Photos By: MATT NOLES / RACERSGUIDE.COM SPRAKERS, NY- April 12, 2016- One could assume that continuous success would get rather tedious after a certain amount of time. That isn’t even remotely close to reality where Howard Commander and Lyle DeVore are concerned as the Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, New York is poised to begin yet another season of high-stakes competition at the historic high-banked oval. Optimism reigns supreme for…

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Bachetti Continues Solid Start to 2016 Season

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2014 Short Track Super Series Champion Andy Bachetti Scores Third Consecutive Top-Five Finish Saturday in the ‘Hard Clay Open’ at Middletown; Continues Strong Finishes to Start 2016 Story By: MATT NOLES / RACERSGUIDE.COM     Photos By: DAVE DALESANDRO & MATT NOLES / RACERSGUIDE.COM SPRAKERS, NY- April 5, 2016- Consistency is nothing more than the result of pure determination and hard work. It’s the culmination of continuous planning, learning and determination. Thus far into the 2016 season, 2014 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP champion Andy Bachetti has proven that he possesses all of the aforementioned character traits plus a few…

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2016 New Egypt Speedway Modified Preview

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] 2016 New Egypt Speedway Modified Preview By: Pete MacDonald New Egypt Speedway kicks off its 19th consecutive season as a dirt track this Saturday night. If the March Meltdown and Open Practice are any indication the race track surface will be once again smooth as glass for 2016. Obviously the favorites heading into this season will again be Billy Pauch, Ryan Godown and Billy Pauch Jr, since New Egypt switched to small block’s full time at the beginning of 2013 those three drivers have managed to win 37 of the 59 weekly Modified features. Let’s start with the…

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60 Not the Only Key Number in Buffalino’s Hoffman Memorial Victory at Bridgeport

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Buffalino Finds Success in 60 with Another Number at Bridgeport Story By: PETE MacDONALD / RACERSGUIDE.COM     Photos By: ACE LANE JR. / RACERSGUIDE.COM BRIDGEPORT, NJ- March 31, 2016- On a day where the key number was 60 at Bridgeport Speedway in honor of Doug Hoffman and his trademark “60 Over” numeral that he ran for many many years, Dominick Buffalino had another key number on his mind. 53, the tire compound of choice for the Sayreville, NJ driver for Saturday’s 44-Lap feature on the spacious 5/8 Mile Speedway worth $4,000 and also an Ace in the season long Bridgeport Poker…

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Billy Pauch Responds To DIRTcar Tire Softening Penalty

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] Billy Pauch Responds To DIRTcar Tire Softening Penalty By: Pete MacDonald Last week a hefty penalty was issued to both Billy Pauch and Tyler Siri following the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida. Both drivers were suspended until May 28, 2016 and fined $2,000--plus a $150 lab fee--in addition to their purse money. Pauch and Siri are being placed on probation until December 31, 2016. Pauch will not appeal the penalty. I had a chance to talk to Pauch this past Saturday prior to New Egypt Speedway’s March Meltdown. “Rules are rules; whenever I get a new tire I clean…

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New Egypt Speedway March Meltdown Notebook

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] New Egypt Speedway March Meltdown Notebook By: Pete MacDonald 26 Big/Small Block Modifieds and 18 Sportsman entered the program which was run under overcast and cool conditions, this marked the 19th opening event for the Ocean County dirt track. Despite the cold weather, a healthy crowd showed up for the afternoon’s festivities with the majority of the front stretch grandstands filled. The New Egypt Speedway surface on Saturday afternoon was smooth as glass.  It began to slick up late in the program offering a challenge to drivers as they selected tire compounds for the main event.  Overall, a huge improvement from…

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Top 12 Dirt Modified Drivers Under 30

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] Top 12 Dirt Modified Drivers Under 30 By: Pete MacDonald There is going to come a day when Brett Hearn, Jimmy Horton, Billy Pauch, and Kenny Tremont are no longer able to compete on the level that they currently do now. What is going to happen then? Who will fans cheer for? Who is the future of Northeast Dirt Modified racing? 1) Larry Wight – 23 Years Old from Phoenix, NY. Larry has been racing Modified cars since he was 14 years old. His father John, who is one of the most prominent car owners in the business,…

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Selflessness, Bravery and 100% Pure Balls

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] Selflessness, Bravery and 100% Pure Balls By: Pete MacDonald Images By: Dan DeMarco/RacersGuide.com At what point do you throw all caution to the wind to help out a competitor? Opening night at any race track is a special event. Fans are optimistic that a new season is upon them, and racers are optimistic after assembling the best piece that they can for the new season. For just one day, everybody is in first place. This past Saturday night, the Port Royal Speedway in central Pennsylvania was beyond packed for their season opener. Fans, most of who had seen a complete…

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Melvin Joseph Memorial Notebook By: Pete MacDonald

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] Melvin Joseph Memorial Notebook By: Pete MacDonald Made the trek down to Georgetown Speedway this past weekend for the 2016 Short Track Super Series South opener, it’s amazing what some clean up and a fresh coat of paint can do to a race track as Brett and Heather Deyo had the place looking great. They were rewarded with a standing room only crowd and a pit area packed full of race cars. I really don’t think that the Delaware Modified guys get enough respect. Yes, I get it that it’s not Central New York and the hotbed of…

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The Working Man’s Promoter

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Short Track Super Series Founder Brett Deyo is one of the Best Promoters in Dirt Modified Racing, and He’s Just Getting Started Story By: MATT NOLES / RACERS GUIDE.COM     Photos By: DAVE DALESANDRO / RACERSGUIDE.COM SPRAKERS, NY- March 11, 2016- The final weekend in November isn’t usually synonymous with dirt racing in the northeast.  Then again, neither is the first weekend in December.  Though the aforementioned meteorological facts hold their weight in both snow and frost, Brett Deyo could care less. If going against the established norms of dirt race promoting were a form of high fashion, Deyo would be…

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T-Mac’s Tenure: 14 Years Strong

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] T-Mac’s Tenure: 14 Years Strong By: Pete MacDonald As I walked through the pits this past week at Volusia searching for a story I kept finding myself back at a specific car. In this day and age of professional auto racing, some popular drivers land a big ride and don’t perform right off the bat and can be released after only a few short races. Tim McCreadie is the absolute polar opposite of that. In 2016, McCreadie is entering his 14th straight season of piloting the Sweeteners Plus No. 39 owned by Carl & Ann Myers. Not many…

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The Devil is in The Details

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Brett Haas Looks to Take Lessons Learned from One Year Ago as he Readies for 2016 Story and Photos By: MATT NOLES / RACERSGUIDE.COM SPRAKERS, NY- February 25, 2016- Most drivers would be content with a top-five finish in the season-ending point standings at their home speedway. Then again, most drivers aren’t Brett Haas. After a year that saw the young small-block modified competitor at the Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, New York compete with good speed against some of the most notable names in the realm of dirt racing, the Pittsfield, Massachusetts native couldn’t help but feel disappointed…

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DIRTcar Nationals Notebook

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] DIRTcar Nationals Notebook By Pete MacDonald 36 Big Block Modifieds competed over the course of the week’s events. Matt Sheppard will win A LOT of races during the 2016 season, he had the most consistent car throughout the week. “Super Matt” would win in just his second start with his own team and go on to win the week long championship. Sheppard’s next race will be March 12th at Georgetown driving Norm Hansell’s  No.357. Billy Pauch did not lose a heat race all week, also Pauch ran the fastest lap over the course of the week in his…

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Stewart-Haas Racing Switches to Ford in 2017

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Team Will Field Ford Fusions in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Press Release By: STEWART-HAAS RACING     Photo By: GETTY IMAGES / NASCAR KANNAPOLIS, NC- February 24, 2016- Stewart-Haas Racing, winners of two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships and 30 point-paying races, will campaign Ford Fusions beginning in 2017. The four-car team will compete with Ford engines prepared by Roush Yates Engines. “I am proud of our association with Chevrolet as they helped build our organization into the team it is today,” said Tony Stewart, co-owner, Stewart-Haas Racing. “This new partnership with Ford allows us to strengthen our position in the sport and…

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A ‘Nice’ Night at Volusia — DIRTCar Nationals Night 3 Notes

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BY JIM MURDOCH Way back in my writing classes in high school, we were told never to use the word "nice" because it simply doesn't say much. But don't tell that to the feature winner of the UMP Modifieds Tyler Nicely, who picked up the win in the 20 lap feature in spectacular style. Midway through the event, Nicely battled wheel-to-wheel for at least a half dozen laps with race leader Brian Ruhlman, before taking over the top spot. But NASCAR hot shoe Ty Dillon had other ideas, closing in on Nicely in the final laps. Coming out of turn…

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Why Richie Pratt Jr. Should to be Father of the Year after last night.

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] Why Richie Pratt Jr. deserves to be Father of the Year after last night. By: Pete MacDonald Last night I saw this on Facebook and discovered another reason just to love racers and their ability to work around rules at any time, and felt that this needed to be put in to the public eye. Bridgeport Speedway Modified driver Richie Pratt Jr. is vacationing down at Disneyworld in Florida with his family. Yesterday there was an instance where Richie’s daughter Jayde was in line to go on a ride but when it was her turn and got to…

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DAYTONA SPEEDWEEKS Night 1 Notes: Volusia Speedway Park

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] DAYTONA SPEEDWEEKS Night 1 notes: Volusia Speedway Park By Jim Murdoch DirtCar Nationals kick off start to Daytona SPEEDWEEKS 2016 at Volusia Speedway Park While parts of my home state were under either a blanket of white, or water, depending on how close to the beaches you were, the palm trees of Volusia County swayed as a stiff breeze threatened to bring a chill to the opening night of the DirtCar Nationals. Let me begin by saying there are thousands and thousands of race fans in the greater Daytona Beach area, of which only a tiny fraction actually…

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How the Chili Bowl Ruined Racing (In the Best Possible Way)

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By ALLYSE WOLFINGER I’m not a flyer. In fact, I despise it. But when I was presented with the opportunity to attend the Chili Bowl this past January, I jumped at the opportunity. It’s always been a “bucket list” race for me. And while I didn’t get to stay for the A Main Saturday night as I had our track awards banquet to get home for, it was far and away the greatest racing experience I will ever get the chance to attend. There’s a reason 300 plus teams sign in for a chance to make the 22 car A…

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JR Heffner set for 2016 Season at Albany-Saratoga and Lebanon Valley

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] Championship Driver Calls 'The Great Race Place' His Friday Night Home Press Release By: CHUCK HOVER / HEFFNER RACING     Photo By: MATT NOLES / RACERSGUIDE.COM ALBANY, NY- January 19, 2016- JR Heffner Racing has chosen Albany-Saratoga Speedway and Lebanon Valley Speedway as its tracks of choice for 2016. “We’re delighted that A Colarusso, Park East Sales, Upstate Utilities, and all of our Associate Partners have returned for our run at two Track Championships in 2016. This offseason we spent a lot of time researching a second track to add to our program. While we had a lot of…

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Schaffer Joins RDR for 2016 Sportsman Season

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] Chris Schaffer set for Fonda Speedway and King of Dirt Competition with ‘Mean Green’ RDR Racing Stable; Joins Chad Edwards and Greg Pessolano for 2016 Story and Photos By: MATT NOLES / RACERSGUIDE.COM SPRAKERS, NY- January 19, 2016- The starting point of any achievement in racing isn’t found in equipment; it’s found in the desire of the driver. For Canajoharie, New York native Chris Schaffer, success came slowly at first and then at a torrid pace which culminated in a banner year for the 30-year-old competitor in the sportsman division at the Fonda Speedway in Fonda, New York.…

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The Learning Curve

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] Sportsman Competitor Aaron Burton set for 2016 Challenges at Fonda Speedway Story and Photos By: MATT NOLES / RACERSGUIDE.COM SPRAKERS, NY- January 19, 2016- The value of hard work is only learned by one thing; working hard. After a season that had its high points and its low points, Cobleskill, New York resident and second-generation sportsman modified driver Aaron Burton is set to put those hard-earned lessons to good use as the 2016 season rapidly approaches. Burton, who will be calling the Fonda Speedway in Fonda, New York his home in 2016, is eagerly awaiting the season-opener at…

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“Progress” Never Hurt So Bad…

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] “Progress” Never Hurt So Bad… By: Pete MacDonald In my lifetime I’ve gone through the loss of close family members, breakups and even losing race tracks where I spent a majority of my childhood. But, the pain I felt watching the grandstands come down on Saturday at the NYS Fairgrounds was like something I had never felt before. I’ve missed one Super DIRT Week since I’ve had my driver’s license and never intended on missing another. I’ve slept in cars, campers, tents; you name it over the years just to say I made it to another Super DIRT…

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Does This Sport Need Social Media Policies?

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] Does This Sport Need Social Media Policies? By: Pete MacDonald Yesterday the internet was set ablaze when Ransomville Speedway posted on this on their website: Regarding social media posts on Facebook, Twitter, Message Boards, Etc. After the 2015 season Ransomville Speedway has felt that we need to address the issue of posts by race teams. Everyone must be aware that posting in social media is like speaking into a live microphone.  Media outlets can and quite often do pick up on social media comments.  Be aware that all teams depend on their sponsors to race weekly. Everyone should…

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By The Numbers: 2015 Super DIRTcar Series

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] By The Numbers: 2015 Super DIRTcar Series By: Pete MacDonald 2160 – Amount of laps completed during Super DIRTcar Series races in 2015. 184 – The number of drivers that made Super DIRTcar Series starts throughout 2015. 131 – The number of Super DIRTcar Series Starts Jimmy Phelps has since 2009. 82 – Drivers that only made one Super DIRTcar Series Start in 2015. 66 – The amount of drivers that score Top-10 finishes during the Super DIRTcar Series in 2015. 45.83 – Billy Decker’s Top -5 Percentage during the 2015 Super DIRTcar Series. 23.81 – Stewart Friesen’s…

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Stewart Friesen Clears $175,000 in Win earnings for 2015

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] Stewart Friesen Clears $175,000 in Win earnings for 2015 By: Pete MacDonald It’s safe to say that Stewart Friesen had a good season in 2015; he won 33 races including the last Syracuse 200 at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY and his first career World of Outlaws Sprint Car A-Main at the Ohsweken Speedway in Ontario.  Not to mention Stewart and his wife Jessica welcomed their first child into the world on December 4th. Throughout his onslaught of a 2015 season, Friesen picked up 33 victories in both Modifieds and Sprint Cars. Just in WIN earnings during…

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By The Numbers: 2015 Short Track Super Series

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] By The Numbers: 2015 Short Track Super Series By: Pete MacDonald $58,450: The point fund amount spread out between both North and South regions. 275: The amount of drivers that attempted to make a Short Track Super Series (North & South) race in 2015. 131: The amount of drivers that started a Short Track Super Series (North & South) race in 2015. 61: The number of drivers that scored Top-10 finishes during the Short Track Super Series campaign in 2015. 44: Stewart Friesen’s win percentage (4 wins in 9 Starts) 35: The number of drivers that scored Top-5…

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Who Was The Busiest Dirt Modified Driver in 2015?

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] Who Was The Busiest Dirt Modified Driver in 2015? By: Pete MacDonald In this day and age, it's very hard to make a living racing dirt Modifieds across the Northeast. Very few have the privilege to race these cars as a full time job. I was able to pull some stats from this past season -- strictly in Dirt Modifieds, not counting Sprint Cars, Speedstrs, or any other racing division -- on which drivers have ran the most races. Danny Johnson – The 55-year-old driver from Rochester, New York, led the way competing in 103 events, winning 19…

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The ‘Doctor’ Gobbles Up the Field at Accord – Story By: Matt Noles

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] The ‘Doctor’ Gobbles Up the Field at Accord Danny Johnson Survives a Late-Race Charge by Billy VanInwegen to Grab the Victory in Brett Deyo’s ‘Gobbler’ at Accord; Takes Home $5,500 for His Efforts Story By: MATT NOLES / RACERSGUIDE.COM ACCORD, NY- December 6, 2015- They say that good things come to those who wait. After rain postponed the third annual running of Brett Deyo’s ‘Gobbler’ event last Saturday at the Accord Speedway, many faithful race fans were left wondering what it would be like to attend a dirt race in December. Needless to say, their questions were answered.…

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ICYMI: Silly Season in the world of Dirt Modifieds

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] ICYMI: Silly Season in the world of Dirt Modifieds By: Pete MacDonald In case you missed it, this year’s 'silly season' in the world of North East Dirt Modifieds has been like no other. I'm going to try and recap it as much as I can, and I'm sure I'm missing a few things, but here it goes: The Friesen family has sold Ransomville Speedway but will still maintain a management role for at least this year. Brett Deyo, owner/promoter of the Short Track Super Series, has taken over the Georgetown Speedway in southern Delaware and running a…

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