Newsmaker of the Week

Newsmaker of the Week // East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals

The East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals held inside the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, N.J. was a first time event for Len Sammons Motorsports Productions and the Indoor Auto Racing Series. The idea of running an indoor race on a dirt track, as logistically daunting as it was, proved to be one of the most artistically successful races of the year. …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Jimmy Blewett

AREA AUTO RACING NEWS NEWSMAKER FOR THE WEEK OF TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2017 At last weekend’s Turkey Derby XLIV, 2017 track champion Jimmy Blewett entered no less than five of the races including the two majors. By the end of the weekend, Blewett had swept to victory in the 150-lap Tour Modified race, the 100-lap Wall Modified feature and the …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Martin Truex, Jr

Martin Truex, Jr. did it! The born and bred ‘Jersey boy’, who learned how to race from watching his uncle, father and cousins compete for years at New Jersey’s Wall Stadium, won the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship Sunday at Homestead, capping off a winning season. Truex faced adversity throughout the ten-month, 36-race grind. A key team member died. …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Matt Kenseth

It’s been said that it’s better retire a winner than to hang on too long. Matt Kenseth, who made it fairly clear that he was not walking away willingly from NASCAR Sprint Cup racing, had the last laugh Saturday at Phoenix Raceway when he won the Cup race in what is to be his next-to-last career start. The normally staid …

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Newsmaker of the Week // @MattSheppard

Matt Sheppard concluded his remarkable 2017 season with a come-from-behind championship drive in the final race of the Super DIRT Series. Sheppard’s win was the 41st of his season and the twelfth of the Super DIRT Series. What sets this one apart is the fact that Sheppard’s season title came despite missing two point races, and being stripped of points …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Matt Hirschman

Conventional wisdom in auto racing is that to win lots of races, you have to enter lots of races. While that axiom may be true for most drivers, Matt Hirschman certainly subscribes to an opposite philosophy. This past Saturday at Seekonk (MA) Speedway, Hirschman raced his way to his fifteenth victory of 2017, and it came in just his 30th start. …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Brandon Grosso

Few things are more captivating in the sport of auto racing than witnessing a young driver ascend through the ranks to greatness. So it was this past weekend when Brandon Grosso, whose progression from from Crate Sportsman to Modified has been swift, won the high profile All Star Cup Modified feature at New Egypt Speedway this past Saturday. That came …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Doug Coby

For the fourth straight year, and fifth time in six years, Doug Coby is the NASCAR Whelen Modified Touring Series champion. It’s a remarkable achievement. Others have won more titles, but no one has done it with such concentrated dominance. This one was Coby’s and his team’s most difficult. Early season crashes put Coby way behind to the point of …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Matt Sheppard

To say that Matt Sheppard was ‘Super’ at Super DIRT Week is to state the obvious. In the midst of the his most productive season ever as a Modified driver, Sheppard swept both ends of Super DIRT Week at Oswego Speedway, winning the 358 Small Block race Saturday, then completing a tremendous last lap, outside pass of Peter Britten to win the …

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Newsmaker of the Week // David Gravel

He came, he saw, he conquered – for the second time in four years. David Gravel, one of the shining stars on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car circuit, put Chad Clemens’ 410 across the line first Saturday at Williams Grove Speedway and in so doing, picked up a whopping $50,000. Though the Clemens team is Pennsylvania based, Gravel is …

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