From the Paper

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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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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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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AARN Photographer Bruce Thomas Passed Away on May 6 Laid To Rest Today

JONESTOWN, PA — Area Auto Racing News photographer Bruce Thomas, of Jonestown, passed away after a lengthy illness on May 6 at the Hospice Residence of Central Pa. in Harrisburg, Pa. While on the AARN staff, Bruce was an auto racing photographer at Pa.’s Grandview Speedway and many other area race tracks. He was a member of the Eastern Motorsports …

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American Modified Pavement Series Plans Shelved For ’16 By Chris Zacharias

Posted by: Len Sammons – May 3, 2016 Chris Zacharias confirmed to AARN last Friday that their will be no first annual American Modified Pavement Series (AMPS) this season. Zacharias announced the formation of the series in AARN’s March 8 edition after a sales dispute became public between former Race of Champions series owner Andrew Harpell and its purchaser Joe …

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– Regulation Could Have Been Crippling To Motorsports – EPA Withdraws Proposed Race Car Emissions Regulation

Posted by: David Wiernusz – April 26, 2016 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Friday, April 15, 2016 that it is withdrawing a proposed regulation that would have effectively prohibited the modification of street cars into race cars. The EPA said in a statement posted at www.3epa.gov that its proposed regulation did not represent a “change in the law” …

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Tyler Siri’s Outlaw Speedway In Dundee, NY Ready For New Era

Posted by: Steve Kellogg – April 19, 2016 It’s finally here! This Friday night, April 22, will usher in the new era at Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, N.Y. (formerly known as Black Rock Speedway) under the leadership of Tyler Siri. Since the word of the sale of the track came out this winter the buzz has all been about what …

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Hogue Moving On To New Horizons; Area Auto Racing News Accepting Resumes

Tim Hogue, Advertising Sales Director for Area Auto Racing News, has announced he is leaving the position he’s held for seven years. Hogue recently gave his two weeks notice to AARN to pursue an exciting employment opportunity outside of the sport. “We’re all going to miss Tim,” said AARN president Len H. Sammons, “but at the same time we’re happy for …

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Doug Borger Seeks To Own, Build A Speedway In PA

Posted by: Steve Barrick – April 5, 2016 Doug Borger spent last Thursday putting together his 185th Xcel 600 Modified car. “One more car to go, then it’s time to start running the Xcel 600 Modified Series,” Borger said. Shifting gears without hesitation is what drives Borger and it is why he succeeds. Now, he has a new iron in …

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