Newsmaker of the Week

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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Newsmaker of the Week // Bobby Varin

Bobby Varin is one of racing’s most reliable veterans. He may not be the biggest winner of all time, but whenever he takes a green flag, he’s a threat. Varin’s son Danny is cut from the same cloth, but unlike his father, has been dividing his time between Modifieds and 360 Sprints for the past several years. The Varin family …

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NEWSMAKER OF THE WEEK // TED CHRISTOPHER

Ted Christopher’s death in a plane crash while en route to compete in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Touring Series race at Riverhead Raceway has cast a broad and deep pall over the auto racing community. In a sport where tens of thousands try, few achieve legendary status. TC did. He did it by winning 378 career features, by being among …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Lance Dewease

Lance Dewease’s race to the rich Tuscarara 50 win Saturday at Port Royal Speedway was set up by a thrilling drive to victory the night before and was preceded by five previous Tuscarora 50 scores. Ever since joining forces with car owner Don Kreitz, Dewease’s penchant for winning high profile races seems to be unquenchable. On this night, before one …

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Newsmaker of the Week / /Jeff Rine

When a hometown boy makes good, it’s the closest thing to the universal warm and fuzzy theme. In racing, the most frequent set up for this delightful turn of events comes when a Touring Series and their professional drivers and teams march into a weekly speedway and take on the track regulars. So it was this past Sunday at Selinsgrove …

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Newsmaker of the Week // JJ Grasso

Sometimes in auto racing, it just happens: a driver takes a liking to a particular track and excels in a particular race. So it was last Wednesday, August 23 at New Egypt Speedway when JJ Grasso swept to victory in the rich Jersey Rush XII 410 Sprint Car race. The win for Grasso was his third in the seven runnings of …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Glenndon Forsythe

Glenndon Forsythe has been running on the rugged Central PA 410 Sprint Car circuit for enough years to have earned a reputation as a skilled, consistent, workmanlike shoe who hangs out at or near the top five and picks up a win or two just about every year. So in a sense, it wasn’t wholly unexpected that Forsythe would be the …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Donny Schatz

He came, he saw, he conquered, for the tenth time! That’s the story of the 57th Knoxville Nationals, where a $150,000 first prize tempts the best 410 Sprint Car drivers in the world. Despite the intensity, one man, North Dakota’s Donny Schatz has made the Knoxville Nationals his personal playground. This time, David Gravel had him covered. But he blew …

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