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Auto Racing Mourns The Death Of Driver Bryan Clauson

Posted by: Steve Barrick – August 9, 2016 Bryan Clauson, the 27 year old racer from of the Indianapolis suburb Noblesville, who captured the attention of the nation by embarking on his “Circular Insanity Tour,” died from injuries sustained in a crash while leading the USAC Belleville Midget Nationals in Kansas on Saturday night. Clauson had been severely injured in …

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Fuller Knew Win Wasn’t Official Until The Green Light Came On

Posted by: Len Sammons – July 26, 2016 Tim Fuller didn’t celebrate Tuesday’s Super DIRTcar Series Modified victory at Eldora Speedway when the checkered flag fell. It was a green light that made him smile. When the late night race ended just before 1 a.m., the driver from Watertown, N.Y., wasn’t secure that the $6,000 first place prize was his …

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NAPA Super DIRT Week Moves to Oswego Speedway in 2016 – More details in next weeks AARN!

WEEDSPORT, N.Y. – July 14, 2016 – NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week, Oct. 5-9, will move to the historic Oswego Speedway in 2016. Oswego, a historic paved, 5/8 mile track 35 miles north of Syracuse, will be covered with dirt for the first time since 1952 to accommodate the Napa 300 and all of the week’s events and festivities. …

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Troy Betts Walks Away From Scary Alcohol Fire Thanks To Proper Safety Equipment

Posted by: Len Sammons – June 21, 2016 Troy Betts avoided serious burns and injury on Tuesday night at New Egypt Speedway by wearing the proper safety equipment and not panicking. Despite a serious alcohol fire in the cockpit of his No. 22 URC Sprint Car, Betts walked away with only a blister on his right foot and a few …

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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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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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