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Manmiller teams with Zubi’s Racing – By: Cody Manmiller

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] Manmiller teams with Zubi's Racing  - By: Cody Manmiller Since the 1999 season, three drivers have captured the Grandview Speedway Modified Championship. David Zubikowski and Doug Manmiller want that to change. Zubi’s Racing announced yesterday, via its Facebook page, that the team will stay at the Grandview Speedway on Saturday nights, but this time with track-standout Doug Manmiller behind the wheel. “I wasn’t originally going to go back without Jeff (Strunk),” Zubikowski said. “When he made other plans, it didn’t make sense for me to drive two and a half hours to not have a shot at the…

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Where will Matt Sheppard end up?

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] Where will Matt Sheppard end up? By: Pete MacDonald This we do know, Matt Sheppard will not be back behind the wheel of the Heinke-Baldwin Racing #9h in 2016. After two seasons with HBR that amassed 6 Championships, 52 wins, 129 Top-5's, 165 Top-10's in 183 starts, Sheppard is currently without a ride for the 2016 season. Matt will end up on his feet somewhere, in the dirt modified world that is the equivalent  to Jimmie Johnson or Kevin Harvick looking for a NASCAR ride, it's just going to happen and he will win races where ever he…

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Turkey Derby Notebook

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] Turkey Derby Notebook By: Pete MacDonald 294 Cars competed in the Weekend's festivities which is a huge improvement from last year where 236 cars competed across the nine divisions. (21 Sportsman, 30 Wall/SK Modifieds, 29 Tour Modifieds, 18 Dirt Modifieds, 35 TQ Midgets, 23 Limited Late Models, 20 4 Cylinders (Friday), 19 4 Cylinders (Sunday), 24 Legends(Friday), 26 Legends (Sunday) 25 Factory Stocks (Friday), 24 Factory Stocks (Sunday) After setting seventh quick time in the Tour-Type Modifieds Brendon Bock was disqualified and his time was disallowed. Officials had determined that his tires had been tampered with and was…

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Is Turkey Derby Time ‘Showtime’ for Jimmy Blewett?

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] Is Turkey Derby Time 'Showtime' for Jimmy Blewett? By: Pete MacDonald There is no secret that Jimmy Blewett loves racing at Wall Stadium, he grew up literally just five minutes up the road in Howell, NJ. I'm also willing to bet that Jimmy has just as many laps around the 1/3 mile high-banked speedway than just about anybody else in its history. The driver they call "Showtime" will be again chasing Turkey Derby glory this week, in somewhat of a homecoming for the 35 year old driver. Jimmy who has primarily competed on the dirt at New Egypt…

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I thought this was a team sport?

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] I thought this was a team sport? By: Pete MacDonald After the conclusion of Sunday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finale, I hopped onto social media to see what everyone was saying about the evenings race. What I found was about the polar opposite of what I expected, I really thought people would be congratulating Kyle Busch on being winning his first NASCAR Sprint Cup. A title that came based off of talent and not a rich father, not about a title won just nine months to the day after Kyle sustained a broken left foot and a…

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Mauriello Aiming For Back To Back Turkey Derby Wins

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] Mauriello Aiming For Back To Back Turkey Derby Wins By: Pete MacDonald On November 28th of last season, not very many people outside Wall Stadium knew the name Eric Mauriello, that would all change the following day as Mauriello scored what many would consider a huge upset victory in Turkey Derby XLI at Wall Stadium. The second generation driver from Howell, NJ who was driving probably one of, if not the most iconic pavement modifieds throughout the United States in Dick Barney's "Big Red" 14, Mauriello would take the lead for good on Lap 125 and not look…

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Ryan Preece Leads Cast of Invaders To Turkey Derby; Top 3 in NASCAR Whelen Modified Points Planing To Attend

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] Ryan Preece Leads Cast of Invaders To Turkey Derby; Top 3 in NASCAR Whelen Modified Points Planing To Attend By: Pete MacDonald Ryan Preece confirmed to Racers Guide.com on Monday that he does plan on being in attendance for the 42nd Annual Jersey Shore Festival of Speed also known as Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium. Preece finished eighth in last year's Derby driving Tommy Baldwin's No.98. Preece is coming off of a season in which he was able to compete in the last four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races of the season driving for Mike Curb in the…

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Donny Schatz’s Season Clears $798,000 in Earnings

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] Donny Schatz's Season Clears $798,000 in Earnings By: Pete MacDonald Of course this is all unofficial but, If you ever wondered what kind of money a professional Sprint Car Racer earns you're about to find out. I did some research on the ride back from Charlotte and the amount is mind-blowing for a person who races Sprint Cars on short-tracks for a living. During his 34 win season, just in A-Main wins only, including his ninth win in the Knoxville Nationals, Donny Schatz won $472,000. During his 80+ race campaign including his Super Late Model, World of Outlaws,…

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The World Finals – Why This Needs To Be On Any Race Fans Bucket List

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] The World Finals - Why This Needs To Be On Any Race Fans Bucket List By: Pete MacDonald Every race fan has a bucket list of races they want to attend in their lifetime. I constantly add to mine as the years progress, but there is one race if I had to make sure I get to each and every year, it's The World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. With the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars, the World of Outlaw Late Model Series, and the Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified…

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Halmar Heads South With All Star Cast Of Drivers

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] Halmar Heads South With All Star Cast Of Drivers By: Pete MacDonald The Halmar International race team headed up by Willy Auchmoody has confirmed their entries for this weekend's World of Outlaw World Finals held at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway located in Concord, NC. You may not find more of an "All Star" team anywhere in the field of Dirt Modified racing then this one. Brett Hearn will be flying the Halmar logo for the first time ever, Hearn who has been in the news lately regarding his decision to head to the Orange County…

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Billy Pauch Jr. Hoping Throwback Brings Good Luck To Charlotte

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] Billy Pauch Jr. Hoping Throwback Brings Good Luck To Charlotte By: Pete MacDonald In light of the ever so popular throwback paint schemes at Syracuse during last month's "Finale at the Fairgrounds", Billy Pauch Jr. decided that he wanted to pay tribute to his favorite car that his legendary father at this year's World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. After flipping and destroying his own No.15 at the Outlaw 200 at Fulton Speedway back on Saturday October 3rd a new Bicknell frame was ordered and assembly began on the new mount. "This was…

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20 Quick Things That Are Wrong With Short Track Racing

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] 20 Quick Things That Are Wrong With Short Track Racing By: Pete MacDonald These are just my opinion. Things that have been bothering me for a while, just never wrote them down until now. $5,000 4-Cylinder Cars, it's supposed to be an entry level/cost affordable class. Outrageous admission for WEEKLY shows. I get race tracks need to make money to survive, but to a point you're almost making it unaffordable for families. Non "racing" people making too many big "racing" decisions. (Rules, Purses, Etc.) Too many officials playing favorites. Tech inspectors building motors, selling parts or even racing…

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Throwback Schemes Were A Hit At The Finale at the Fairgrounds

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] Throwback Schemes Were A Hit At The Finale at the Fairgrounds By: Pete MacDonald Earlier on this season NASCAR thought as a tribute to the history of the Southern 500 which was returning to its original Labor Day date that it would be a good idea to incorporate some "old school" or "throwback" paint schemes into the race. It turned out to be a huge success in which everybody from the drivers and teams to Good Year and media types participated. Fast forward to the beginning of September when it was announced that this year would be the…

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Super DIRT Week XLIV Wednesday Notebook

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] Super DIRT Week XLIV Wednesday Notebook 78 Big Block Modifieds took to the track for a 2 hour practice yesterday, some drivers entered two cars but some drivers such as Brett Hearn didnt participate in the session. The throwback paint schemes are beyond phenomenal and I wish more teams participated, I get they only had a few weeks to put this all together, but still. Look for another article on that in the coming days. Billy Decker was the fastest in Wednesday's practice at 31.774 seconds around the Moody Mile at the New York State Fairgrounds. A lot…

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Syracuse – In One Word

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] Syracuse – In One Word By: Pete MacDonald Kicking off our coverage of Super DIRT Week at the New York State Fairgrounds next week with this, everyone can say what they want about what goes on during the annual festival of speed in Central New York but I’m certainly going to miss the trek to the New York State Fairgrounds each October. I recently asked the question, if you had to describe Super DIRT Week at Syracuse in one word what would it be? Ryan Godown (Modified Driver): Piece of my life. Jim Spellmon (2014 Super DIRT Week…

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Are “Big” Races Really All That Big Anymore?

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] Are "Big" Races Really All That Big Anymore? By: Pete MacDonald Remember back in the early to mid 2000's when 60 plus cars would show up for a midweek race that only paid $5,000 to win? Fast forward to 2015. Now you have races that pay $10,000 to win  and can't pull 40 cars. Why is that? Is it a sign of the times? Is it the economy? Are people just not interested in our sport anymore? Or is big money not that important to anyone anymore? The thing that seems to be bringing in car counts now…

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Ryan Godown Rules New Egypt and Big Diamond With a $22,500 Weekend

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"]  Ryan Godown Rules New Egypt and Big Diamond With a $22,500 Weekend By: Pete MacDonald "The Ringoes Rocket" Ryan Godown had one of the most profitable weekends in his dirt modified career winning $22,500 in just over 48 hours. Ryan picked up his second straight (and third overall) New Egypt Speedway 358 Modified crown worth $10,000 on Saturday and did so in dominating fashion.  Godown rolled off fourteenth in his #747 Troyer racecar's mount knowing he had to finish fourth or better to secure the title. "I figured I didn't want to put myself in a bad position.…

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We Knew It Was Coming, But We Didn’t Want To Believe It

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] We Knew It Was Coming, But We Didn't Want To Believe It By: Pete MacDonald The news finally came down on Tuesday what we were all thinking all along but didn't want to believe. Super DIRT Week will take place at a new venue in 2016. It felt like a little piece of me died when it was finally put out there. I've missed one SDW since 2005, when I was finally able to drive up there and planned on never missing another one.  But now I'm thinking twice about that. So now what? Where do we move…

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The Champion, The Legend, and The Spoiler; Who Will Come Out Of New Egypt Speedway On Top Saturday?

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] The Champion, The Legend, and The Spoiler Who Will Come Out Of New Egypt Speedway On Top Saturday? By: Pete MacDonald 30 laps for double points. That's all that separates one of three men from the 2015 New Egypt Speedway 358 Modified championship. Heading into this Saturday, only Ryan Godown, Billy Pauch and Billy Pauch Jr. have a mathematical chance at winning the crown. "We just got to do what we do and that's it. Let it all play out. It's our championship to win," said Godown, who is looking for his second straight New Egypt crown. Ryan…

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Watson Scores One For The Delaware Destroyers; Picks Up Win In Front Of Huge Hometown Crowd

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"]  Watson Scores One For The Delaware Destroyers; Picks Up Win In Front Of Huge Hometown Crowd By: Pete MacDonald I took my first trip to Georgetown Speedway since 2009 on Tuesday night for the Short Track Super Series South Beach Blast. It was nice to see that the place hasn't changed a bit, it still has that old school feel to it, much like Delaware International Speedway which is right down the road. 34 Modifieds, 19 Crate Sportsman, 20 Super Trucks and 12 Chargers entered the evening's festivities. For those who don't know what a Super Truck is in…

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Six Year Old Secret Propels Billy Pauch Jr.’s Late Season Streak

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"]  Six Year Old Secret Propels Billy Pauch Jr.'s Late Season Streak By: Pete MacDonald In this day and age dirt modified racing is all about having the freshest, lightest, newest and fastest piece you can bring to the race track. So they say... After winning his second NES 358 Modified feature of 2015 on August 15th, Pauch Jr. decided it was time for a change. After much success late in the 2014 season, Pauch and car owner Rick Holsten decided it was time to go back to what worked at this time of year last season which included…

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Where Have All The Car Counts Gone?

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] Where Have All The Car Counts Gone? By: Pete MacDonald It's no secret that every year around this time car counts dip slightly around this time. Everyone is either out of money or close to being out of money and they save what they can to race the big end of the year races. It happens every year. But is it me or have car counts, at least in the north east, been down everywhere throughout the  year in 2015? Very few race tracks have had an increase in car counts over the course of the year. Some…

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Friesen Full To The Finish In Second Straight Friends Of Mike Triumph

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] Friesen Full To The Finish In Second Straight Friends Of Mike Triumph By: Pete MacDonald Sprakers, NY's Stewart Friesen picked up his second straight Friends of Mike win at the Bridgeport Speedway on Tuesday night earning him $5,000 when race long leader Craig VonDohren ran out of fuel with just two laps to go. Ryan Watt would get by Friesen temporarily when VonDohren slowed but the pass was negated by the caution. It was Friesen's first win in the Mike Petruska owned 66.     Craig VonDohren who has led in every race he has been to at…

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Abreu Out At Knoxville? Hodnett Back To PA On Friday? Swindell’s Long Road Ahead?

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] Abreu out at Knoxville? Hodnett back to PA on Friday? By: Pete MacDonald According to Rico Abreu's Crew Chief Paul Silva's Twitter feed, Rico will not be in the A-Main of Saturday's Knoxville Nationals due to a commitment to his NASCAR K&N Pro Series ride. Silva also tweeted that Californian Trevor Canales will start and park the Abreu Vineyards 24 on Saturday. More to come as it is available. PennLive's Jeremy Elliott reports that Greg Hodnett is leaving Knoxville, IA and is on his way back to Pennsylvania to race at Williams Grove on Friday night in an…

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Pauch vs Godown – A Rivalry Renewed

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] Pauch vs Godown - A Rivalry Renewed - By: Pete MacDonald Like the NASCAR commercial from a few years ago said, "Love Your Rivals, Because You Need Somebody To Beat." This past Saturday this came to life as Ryan Godown and Billy Pauch rekindled their rivalry both on and off the race track. This past Saturday at New Egypt Speedway a fire was poked in the long lasting rivalry between Billy Pauch and Ryan Godown. These two have been by far the best that NES has to offer for the past several seasons with 30 out of the…

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Nobody Wins

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] Nobody Wins - By: Pete MacDonald   Almost one year to the day in which their son was tragically killed at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park located in upstate New York, the family of Kevin Ward Jr. filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Tony Stewart. Is it me or is the timing just perfect? Does anybody else see this as wrong? Seriously, you had to wait almost a full year to decide on this, knowing the NASCAR community would again be practically in your backyard for the weekend? This whole deal angers me. Not only did Kevin and Tony's…

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The North Rides Again

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] Danny Bohn dominated the NASCAR Whelen Modifed Southern Tour race at Bowman Gray Stadium August 1st. Racers Guide spoke to him before he won the race two years in a row. "The car was real good. We kind of just practiced on what we were going to run in the race. I think some of the guys put mock qualifying runs put up the stagger a little bit", said Bohn. "The was running real good. Getting through the corners real good. She got good forward bite off. It’s pretty much the same…

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From the North to the South, No Race is too Far for Ryan Preece

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad"] Point Pleasant, NJ Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT made the 12 hour trip to compete at the historic Bowman Gray Stadium’s Southern Modified tour race after competing Friday night at Stafford. Preece tells us his strategy for the 199 lap modified feature. "I think the big thing is qualifying up front. If you can qualify at the bullring, and have a car that can stay pretty consistent it’s pretty much up to the driver to keep it up there", said Preece. "This is the mad house anything can happen." Preece left a…

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Thunder Cup Notebook

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Thunder Cup Notebook By: Pete MacDonald I took my first trip up to Grandview Speedway for the first time in a number of years on Tuesday for the 2015 Edition of the Thunder Cup. Grandview is such a perfect Sprint Car track, its small with a ton of banking, I just wish more teams supported it. 31 358 Modifieds and 22 410 Sprint Cars competed in the evening's festivities, a huge crowd was on hand despite temperatures in the mid 90s. Lucas Wolfe set fast time at 12.135 on the high-banked 1/3 mile. Wolfe would be running second and chasing…

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New Look, New Attitude for Jimmy Blewett

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“It’s that Learning curve on the new car. As I said started out bad all night long. When I flipped I asked myself what I am doing here”, said Blewett. As I was sitting upside down what am I actually doing here? Cars on fire I’m upside down its 100 degrees out.” Jimmy Blewett took a nasty flip at New Egypt Speedway June 28th in his new modified. Today some may say he’s debuting his old car with a new body, while others might think he’s bringing back the red and white number 5.…

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From Hospital Bed to Victory Lane 2015 is Cicconi’s Years

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  Point Pleasant, NJ Lou Cicconi is back in Victory Lane after winning at New Egypt Speedway on July 11th, just months after breaking his back driving a TQ Midget indoors last December. “The newspapers reported that race was the first race I won since I broke my back,” said Cicconi. But it was actually his second win after the accident as he won on asphalt a few months prior. Since returning to the racecar, Cicconi has struggled as he transitions from asphalt Super Modifieds to dirt Modifieds and was about ready to call…

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Mullins, Williams, and Michael are Won for Won at Bridgeport’s Three For All

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Mullins, Williams, and Michael are Won for Won at Bridgeport's Three For All 15 Super Late Models, 29 358 Modifieds and 30 URC Sprint Cars filled the Gloucester County Speedway's Pit Area on Tuesday night. I'm pretty sure the rain out from a week prior didn't help the car count. Both CJ Faison and Austin Hubbard  never made it out of Hotlaps, Faison suffered a Motor Failure with Hubbard backing his mount in the fence bending the rear clip. Glenn Elliott led the first 23 laps only to lose the lead on a Green-White-Checkered to Andrew Mullins. Heat Races were…

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10 Questions with Kyle Reinhardt

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Kyle Reinhardt is one of the young upcoming stars in the world of Sprint Car Racing, as often as he can he makes the long tow from Neptune City, NJ to Central Pennsylvania to drive his Uncle's #21 wrenched by Hall of Fame driver Steve Smith Sr. While still searching for that elusive first 410 win Kyle about pulled one off a few weeks back at Williams Grove after leading 29 and three-quarter laps only to be passed by Lucas Wolfe coming to get the checkered flag. When not driving for his Uncle, Reinhardt races whatever he can get his seat…

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What Super DIRT Week Means To Me

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What Super DIRT Week Means To Me By: Pete MacDonald What Super DIRT Week Means To Me It's hard to believe while I sit here and type this that this year will be our last Super DIRT Week at the New York State Fairgrounds. I can't believe it. Everyone can complain about the racing (which has been ALOT better in the last few years) as much as they want it is still a race track that opens its gates and puts on one of the biggest Dirt races in the world. The best talent in all of racing in general…

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Creeden Conquers Dirty Jersey 3 at New Egypt; Brings Home Over $10,000

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  Creeden Conquers Dirty Jersey 3 at New Egypt; Brings Home Over $10,000 By: Pete MacDonald 91 total cars entered the night's program. 46 Modifieds, 21 URC 360 Sprint Cars, and 24 Crate Sportsman. Relatively unknown second generation Empire State driver Danny Creeden called this win the biggest of his career with the field of cars that were in the pits on Thursday. Two drivers did double duty in both the 360 and Modifieds, they were Neal Williams and Stewart Friesen.  Both being full time modified chauffeurs said they would to do more sprint car racing if their schedules would…

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New Egypt Speedway Notebook 6/6/15

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New Egypt Speedway Notebook 6/6/15 By: Pete MacDonald 26 358 Modifieds, 24 Crate Modifieds, 13 Street Stocks and 6 Rookie Sportsman entered the evenings activities. Was outstanding to see Tad Cox pick up his first Modified win in almost seven years on Saturday. Tad is one of the nice guys in the pit area and none are more deserving than him. Brandon Grosso won his second Crate Modified race in three days this past Saturday. Interesting stat was Steve Hicks was second both times. Ryan Godown lost oil pressure in his 747 while leading his heat race. Godown would borrow…

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New Egypt Speedway By The Numbers By: Pete MacDonald

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New Egypt Speedway By The Numbers By: Pete MacDonald 41 Drivers have attempted to qualify for a 358 Modified Feature at NES so far in 2015, the most diverse out of the seven divisions at the speedway. Seven different drivers have won the eight Sportsman races through June 1st, the only repeat winner is Clay Butler. The NERS 305 Sprint Cars have four different winners in as many races through June 1st. The Crate Modifieds also have five winners through six events with Brian Papiez being the only repeat winner. 172 drivers have attempted to qualify for an event at…

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Outlaws vs. Posse – Greatest Rivalry In All Of Motorsports?

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Outlaws vs. Posse - Greatest Rivalry In All Of Motorsports? By: Pete MacDonald This week the greatest rivalry in all of racing gets fueled up when the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars invade for their first Eastern Swing of the 2015 season to take on the Pennsylvania Posse. Fans and drivers alike have been pledging their allegiance all week on various forms of social media boasting about who will come out on top when all is said and done. No doubt about it that Pennsylvania has some of the toughest competition in the country when it comes to competing with…

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New Egypt Speedway Notebook – May 2, 2015

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New Egypt Speedway Notebook - May 2, 2015 By: Pete MacDonald 30 358 Modifieds, 20 Sportsman, 14 Street Stocks, 7 Rookie Sportsman, and 2 North East Wingless Sprint Cars entered competition on Saturday. It was nice to see Lou Cicconi back behind the wheel of a race car in competition for the first time since his back injury suffered at The Battle of Trenton Indoor Race in December, he would be a DNQ for the feature suffering brake problems. John Pakenham also was a first time entrant for the season on Saturday, look for Pakenham to have his familiar 18…

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Despite Hand Injury The Show Must Go On For Jimmy Blewett

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Despite Hand Injury The Show Must Go On For Jimmy Blewett By: Pete MacDonald When New Egypt Speedway had the night off for 358 Modified's this past Saturday night "Showtime" Jimmy Blewett did what every other racer in this country would do, Find something to race. Blewett would team up with The Boardwick's to drive their potent #18 in which Jimmy cruised to a Turkey Derby win with last November at Wall Stadium for their season opener this past Saturday. Blewett would time trial ninth for the 40 lap affair but would be involved in a multi-car pileup on lap…

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What Happened To Racers?

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What happened to racers? By: Pete MacDonald As I stood in the infield of Bridgeport Speedway on Sunday looking at Twitter on my phone and saw that Erik Jones was replacing Denny Hamlin because Denny was complaining of neck spasms, I thought to myself, When did race car drivers turn into such babies? What happened to the days when guys like Dale Earnhardt were called "One Tough Customer" after Earnhardt and Tim Richmond tangled in turn one at Pocono leaving Earnhardt with a broken leg only to tell people to keep it quiet so he can race the next week.…

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New Egypt and Accord Speedways Add Wingless Crate Sprints to 2015 Schedules Introduce New Alternative to Saving Big Bucks in Sprint Car Racing

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By Dominick Peck and Brooklyn Kennedy  It’s no joke when it comes to the high cost of a sprint car in today’s economy. The Northeast Wingless 602 Crate Sprint series is debuting this year at Accord Speedway in Accord, N.Y. and New Egypt Speedway in New Egypt, N.J. It offers a competitive class at a reasonable price compared to other forms of sprint car racing. It also adds a wingless sprint division to the northeast, a market that hasn’t been tapped thus far. A new turn-key 602 sprint will leave you with a bill of around $13,000 as compared to…

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South Jersey Shootout Notebook 4/19/15

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  By: Pete MacDonald 42 Modifieds, 32 Sportsman, 25 600cc Xcel Modifieds, and 8 Street Stocks entered Sunday night's program. It was the debut of the Short Track Super Series South Region fueled by Hi-Tek Race Fuels. A decent sized crowd came out for it. A lot better than the previous weeks by far. Brett Kressley continued his domination of the Sportsman class by winning at Bridgeport. It was his third win in three days after previously winning at Big Diamond on Friday and Grandview on Saturday. Ryan Watt was the show in the Modified feature rim riding around the…

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New Egypt Speedway Notebook 4/18/15

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New Egypt Speedway Notebook 4/18 By: Pete MacDonald 29 358 Modifieds, 29 Crate Modifieds, 13 Street Stocks, 6 Rookie Sportsman, and 2 NorthEast Wingless Sprint Cars entered the pit area on Saturday night. Ryan Godown is flat dominant this year, people can say what they want about he's cheating this and he's cheating that, he is just on his game this year. Rewind the calendar 365 days after Billy Pauch won the first three races of the season and people were saying the same thing. Ryan just has it together so far for 2015. There is a serious lack of…

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Big Block? You Mean Big Price?

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Big Block? You Mean Big Price? By: Dominick Peck The price of a decent Big Block Modified is close to a Mercedes. A topic that has been discussed among car owners is the soaring cost of a Big Block. They speculate high cost will be death of Big Block racing. Pat Morrison, an engine builder from New York, breaks down the cost of a Modified engine. "A completive Big Block engine today costs around $50-60,000 compared to $20,000 twenty years ago," Morrison said. "Drivers increase horsepower by using a process called ‘angling,’ by rotating the angel of the intake valve…

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Gobbler 2.5 Notebook

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Gobbler 2.5 Notebook - By: Pete MacDonald I took a trip up to the Accord Speedway for the first time in almost ten years on Tuesday night for the rescheduled Gobbler from Thanksgiving  weekend, and I'll tell you what the place has only changed for the better. For a Tuesday night in April on a rain date the crowd was very impressive. 34 Modifieds, 30 Sportsman, 18 Pure Stocks and 22 Slingshots entered the night's festivities. Between cash and contingencies Jackie Brown's win was worth over $8,000 for just a 50-Lap feature. Stewart Friesen was sidelined after his heat race…

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New Egypt Speedway Notebook 4/11

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New Egypt Speedway Notebook 4/11 - By: Pete MacDonald   28 358 Modifieds, 20 Sportsman, and 18 NERS 305 Sprint Cars entered the evening's activities. There was finally some spring-like weather with temperatures approaching the mid 60s. 2014 NEMA Lite Champion Ryan Krachun was set to make his 358 Modified debut but ran into radiator problems during hot laps and parked the car for the night not wanting to risk hurting the motor. Ryan Godown has something figured out, Godown said he figured it out during the satellite races at Super DIRT Week last year but didn't want to experiment…

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Dont Let This Happen To Your Local Short Track

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Dont Let This Happen To Your Local Short Track By: Pete MacDonald Last Friday during lunch I decided to take a ride past where East Windsor Speedway once was. I haven't been there since the race track was on the property, and was wondered what it was like now that its fully developed. Now I really wish I didn't; it’s now a full blown development. You can’t imagine that a race track where Pauch, Horton, Hoffman, Brightbill, Hendrickson, Johnson, Reutimann and Dmuchowski once battled their outlaw machines around a half mile of black "gumbo" clay. As soon as we made…

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Jeff Goodale Sets His 2015 Plans!

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By Matthew Wiernasz Jeff Goodale will kick off his season next weekend in racing in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at the Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. He is also planning to run for the Tour Type Modified championship at Riverhead, and the World Series at Thompson. He feels confident that he and team can be a contender for the championship at the quarter mile oval.   Goodale ran in the Sunoco modified division during the World Series last Oct. at Thompson.   “You know we did a lot better than I thought.  Crew chief gave me a ton of…

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Eric Goodale Set To Tackle Whelen Modified Tour

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The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will have their season opener next weekend at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the Icebreaker.  Eric Goodale will be returning to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour this season. Goodale is off to a good start in 2015. He got a win down at New Smyrna Speedway during Speedweeks in February.  The team got a new Troyer TA2 Chassis and got good notes for the car during Speedweeks. " It was a pretty successful Speedweeks for Goodie Motorsports. Would of liked to win the Richie(Richie Evans Memorial) race but just wasn't in our cards this year."…

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