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Newsmaker of the Week // Billy Pauch, Jr

Billy Pauch. Jr. never expected to fully emerge from his father’s shadow. But that’s not to say that ‘The Kid’s Kid’ is any less passionate about his racing. He long go shrugged off the inevitable comparisons with his famous father and cut his own niche in the sport. Pauch, Jr. as become a good, solid wheelman in his own right. …

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BOWMAN GRAY DRIVER OSBORNE ARRESTED FOLLOWING SATURDAY MODIFIED RACE

By KEVIN RICE WINSTON-SALEM, NC- Modified car owner David Hill was injured and his former driver, Joe Ryan Osborne from Kannapolis, N.C. was arrested during an altercation in the pit area following Saturday night’s second 50-lap Modified race at NC’s Bowman Gray Stadium. Hill told Area Auto Racing News that he approached Osborne’s car just to talk to him as …

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Ryan Smith Accepts But Doesn’t Collect $15,000 Challenge – Decision To Go To Rear Still Is Profitable Thanks To Bonus Money

Posted by: Len Sammons, June 14, 2016 Ryan Smith is a riverboat gambler. Instead of starting third in Saturday’s $7,000 to win Dirt Classic Showcase Race at Lincoln Speedway, he went to the rear in hopes of doubling his earnings. Smith didn’t pull off the miracle and drive the Rob Warko No. 94 410 Sprint Car from 24th to first …

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Newsmaker of the Week // United States Auto Club (USAC)

USAC – the United States Auto Club – came east this past week for six nights of racing at six different speedways. Five of the races were for USAC Sprints, one for its Silver Crown division in a series known as the Eastern Storm. While the drivers, notably race winnes Bryan Clauson, Chris Windom, Chad Boespflug and Landon Simon were the …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Keith Kunz

Keith Kunz doesn’t spend a lot of time in the Northeast. And that’s a good thing for dirt track Midget racers because his team of Midgets is unstoppable. Kunz cars have been the ones to beat to win the Chili Bowl for several years, so it’s no real surprise that in the just concluded Indiana Midget Speedweek, Kunz’s cars did …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Greg Hodnett

Greg Hodnett just keeps getting the job done. The Central PA 410 Sprint Car favorite, while a threat every time he takes a green flag, seems to excel when the stakes are highest. And that’s exactly what Hodnett did this past weekend. He warmed up with a mid-week second place finish with the World Of Outlaws at New Egypt Speedway. …

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Obits: Long Time AARN Photographer – Leroy Leibelsperger

TEMPLE, PA — Leroy Leibelsperger, a dedicated and always fun-loving staff photographer of Area Auto Racing News for over 30 years; and prior to that a stock car racer, has passed away. Mr. Leibelsperger, 85, of Temple died May 19 at home. Going back to the 1970s, Leroy and good friend and fellow AARN staff member Henry Plesnarski traveled to …

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Newsmaker of the Week // May 24, 2016

There was $15,000 to win on the line at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, New Hampshire with the newly organized Modified Touring Series founder Gary Knight calling the shots. The wrinkle in the race was that new tire use was unlimited. That meant that a winning strategy had to be developed on the fly and with high stakes. Ryan Preece came …

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When Did We All Start Believing The Weather Forecast?

Posted by: Len Sammons, May 17, 2016 For years the joke was, “I want to be the weatherman, you can be wrong 90% of the time and still keep your job.” That statement, however, no longer appears to be true today, at least in auto racing. Race track operators now believe in the predictions days and weeks in advance as …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Tyler Siri

Call it a dream night, a night to remember. After buying the former Black Rock Speedway this past winter, and improving the property immensely, Siri then suffered three straight rainouts. Then, before he had even taken in his first dollar, he made a bold decision: with another lousy Friday forecast, Siri moved his race ahead – to Thursday. He became …

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