Newsmaker of the Week

Newsmaker of the Week // Todd Baer

Todd Baer is a racer at Mahoning Valley Speedway and Evergreen Raceway often competing with his son Nick. He is a businessman who owns a water transport trucking company. Baer is also a patriot. When a nearby winery sought to move 7000 gallons of product from its wine cellar to a manufacturing facility that was going to extract its alcohol …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Bridgeport Motorsports Park

Late last summer, Doug Rose, whose racing involvement included a partnership at Action Track USA Speedway, purchased Bridgeport Speedway. He promptly tore down two of the three tracks on the property including the venerable 5/8ths mile that had been there from the start. Then launched a bold new action plan. Rose built a 4/10s mile, high banked clay oval and had …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In time, the racing world will look back on the term COVID-19 and put it in its rightful place – in the dust bin of history’s great inconveniences. This past weekend, and looking ahead to this coming one, the nation and world are being shaken to the core by an unseen plague that has the potential to linger.For the little …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Danny Serrano

He was called ‘The Hawaiian’, ‘The Allentown Pimp’, two terms of endearment for a one of a kind man, Danny Serrano. This week the world of auto racing mourns his passing. Danny died as he most likely would have liked, behind a desk in an office of a speedway. Danny was a passionate, hard core race fan, who transformed his …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Tom Deery

The news came like a bolt out of the blue: World Racing Group executive Tom Deery, a 14 year veteran of service to the dirt track racing conglomerate, was out, just like that. In the aftermath of his departure. no one was saying a whole lot about anything. Questions abound. Who will be Deery’s successor? Where is Deery heading, if …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Jon Keller

‘Last to first’ is one phrase in motorsports that’s guaranteed to make readers and listeners stand up and take notice. In Saturday night’s East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals 600 Sprint feature, Jon Keller managed to do the impossible, winning the 50-lap ‘Nationals’ from a last row starting spot. He did this after working his way through the full alphabet of …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Daytona 500

By any measure, the 2020 Daytona 500 was unforgettable.   For just the second time in history, a sitting President, Donald Trump, came to the speedway, addressed the crowd and even rode around the track, flanked by security guards.  The race wound up raining out after just 20 laps, postponed until Monday afternoon. There was plenty of action all race long until …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Airborne Speedway

When it was announced several months ago by Plattsburgh’s Airborne Speedway track owners Jamie Atkins and Steve Fuller that they would not operate the track in 2019, there were fears that the venerable north country oval was done for good. And it might have been had Lebanon Valley and Albany-Saratoga Speedway owner Howard Commander not come to the rescue. Last …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Kyle Larson

Kyle Larson makes no bones about the fact he races NASCAR Cup cars for a living but races Sprint Cars and Midgets for fun. In Tulsa, Oklahoma past week, Larson won his first Chili Bowl after several years of trying, reigning as ‘King Of The Slidejob’ when he hustled by Christopher Bell for the lead, then protected his line on …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Thompson Speedway

Wednesday, January 15 is the the deadline date for Thompson Motorsport Park’s rank and file to let track management know if they’ll be okay in 2020 running a six race season with a 75% reduction in weekly prize money. If the racers agree, it could send a shockwave to race promoters across the landscape who are eager to shave expenses …

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