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Newsmaker of the Week // Earl Baltes & Andy Fusco

The racing community was dealt a double dose of sorrow this past week with the sudden deaths of two of its most prominant people. Andrew Fusco, noted New York State attorney, lifelong race fan, the legal council behind the formulation of the DIRT orgnization, died suddenly. He was 62. Three days later, Earl Baltes, builder, owner and promoter of Eldora …

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Sprint Car Star Lance Dewease Has Won With Established And New Teams

Posted by: Mark Tiderman, March 17, 2015 Throughout his illustrious 40 year career, Lance Dewease has driven for some of the greatest all time Central Pa 410 Sprint Car owners. He has also built a few winning teams from the ground up with help from his owners, crew and sponsors. The most recent was last year when he began driving …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Lincoln Speedway

Breaking free from the grip of winter was no easy task for Fred Putney and his track crew. But last Sunday afternoon, the widely respected Lincoln (PA) Speedway track preparer gave the 410 Sprint drivers and their fans a place to race after promoters Don Leiby and Alan Kreitzer decided to ‘go for it’. Greg Hodnett and Mike Heffner are …

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Ohio Late Model Dirt Week Announced

Posted by: Lou Long, March 10, 2015 CHILLICOTHE OH – Borrowing from the All Stars Ohio Sprint Speed Week and the equally successful Appalachian Mountain Late Model Speedweek, Brad McCown has launched a new venture, Ohio Late Model Dirt Week. The new mini-series will compete at seven tracks in nine days. Healthy payouts and a ten-position point fund will be …

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One-One-One With Mike Perrotte, DIRTcar’s New Northeast Director

Posted by: Jo Ann Davies, March 3, 2015 Mike Perrotte is no stranger to the world of stock car racing having been involved in the sport in one capacity or another since 1973. That was the year he began as a driver, running in the Street Stock class, at Airborne Speedway just south of Plattsburgh, New York. Eventually he moved into …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Winter Weather

  The old adage, “everybody talks about the weather, but no one can do anything about it” may be true, but this past week’s latest temperature and precipitation misery has forced the hands of promoters, even those with events weeks away.  It all started with USAC and ASCS rainouts in sunny Florida.  Then, Lincoln (PA) Speedway gave up for the …

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Lenny H. Sammons Receives Prestigious McLemore Award

Posted by: Earl Krause, Febrary 24, 2015 Area Auto Racing News publisher and chief editor Lenny H. Sammons is the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Henry T. McLemore Motorsports Journalism award. Presented and coordinated by the former winners, it recognizes an individual’s lifetime achievement in motorsports journalism. Sammons, 60, was honored in the Media Center at Daytona International Speedway this …

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Newsmakers of the Week // Joey Logano & Neal Williams

Two of the biggest races of Speedweeks in Florida were won last week by drivers with Northern roots.  Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano is a North Carolinian today as most every NASCAR National Series driver is. But his racing career blossomed in his native Middletown, Connecticut.  From the time he first drove Quarter Midgets at ‘Little T’ in Thompson, Ct., …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Florida Speedweeks

Ahh, that Florida weather! Yes, it’s too cold to take a plunge in the Atlantic Ocean, and yes, it has been cold enough at New Smyrna, Volusia, Ocala and East Bay to see your breath some nights when the races are over. Florida’s relative warmth is the reason the outdoor racing season gets a jump start. Fields of cars have …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Kerry Madsen

Tony Stewart’s All Star Circuit Of Champions made its debut at Bubba Ocala Speedway last weekend and Australian born Kerry Madsen is sure glad it did. Madsen authored an improbable and immensely satisfying three-for-three start to his season and devastated the competition each time. By the end of the weekend, 410 Sprint Car fans were asking one another, ‘is this …

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