Newsmaker of the Week

Newsmaker of the Week // Stewart and Jessica Zemken Friesen

Wed on Thursday, win on Saturday. That was the story for short track racing’s ‘power couple’ Stewart and Jessica Zemken Friesen at Utica Rome (NY) Speedway after the ‘just married’ husband and wife finished first and second in the rich Cole Cup for 360 Sprint Cars. Stewart led all the way but Jessica was the showstopper, passing Steve Poirier off …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Otto Sitterly

Oswego Speedway’s Supermodified division is unique in all of auto racing. The wingless Supers race all year at the historic track in preparation for the Oswego Classic, a race that has withstood the test of time and adds to its legacy annually This year Otto Sitterly won the race for the fourth time in the past six runnings. On a …

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Newsmakers of the Week // Ryan Smith & Tommy Barrett Jr.

It takes time to get to the top. This past week, two drivers who have won plenty of races at lower echelons were on top of the racing ladder after inspired drives. Tommy Barrett, Jr. of Millis, Mass., is a rookie in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Touring Series. He brushed aside earlier season woes with a spectacular drive at Bristol …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Brett Hearn

Brett Hearn’s storied racing career has had many peaks and very few valleys. It takes a special confluence of events for Hearn to truly stand out, to actually make news. And so it was this past week. First, Hearn won Lebanon Valley Speedway’s richest event, the $17,500-to-win Mr. DIRT Title Race. It was an event Hearn won for the eleventh …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Kevin Ward Jr.

Kevin Ward, Jr. was a 20-year old kid with aspirations of being a professional race car driver. He demonstrated considerable prowess over the past couple of years, building a team into a contender, developing his driving skills well. Last Saturday night, Ward came out on the short end of a racing accident at Canandaigua Speedway when he and Tony Stewart …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Danny Johnson

Earning high dollar wins in high profile races last week, two virtuoso drivers were the classes of their fields in a pair of events as dfferent as night and day. On Wednesday, Danny Johnson dominated the Super DIRTcar Series race at the three-eighths mile dirt Albany-Saratoga (NY) oval by setting a blistering pace that blistered tires. Not his tires, but …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Danny Creeden

There were two different, high stakes, high profile races two hundred miles apart last week. One was on dirt, the other on asphalt. One was promoted by an energetic lessor, the other by the second generation track owner. Both drew big fields, aiming not just for the first prize payoff but for some proportionately good money down the line. And …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Lance Dewease

The biggest 410 Sprint Car race of the summer in the east is the Williams Grove Summer Nationals. To win it, whether a World Of Outlaws regular or ‘PA Posse’ homestander, is to win big. This year’s running had the added drama of a Posse favorite beating the Outlaws at their own game and in the process, racing to a milestone …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Lucas Wolfe

Pennsylvania Speedweek is a regional showcase of 410 Sprint racing that brings together the very best teams from all of area tracks, spiced some invaders. Individual race wins are important but this mini-series’ championship carries immense prestige. Lucas Wolfe, past World of Outlaws full timer, was the 2014 Speedweek champion and the adversity he overcame to prevail is incredible. He …

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Newsmaker of the Week: Danny Johnson & Kevin Hartnett

Two Dirt Modified drivers roared off the final turn at Penn Can Speedway on Tuesday, June 10 and headed into a rendezvous with destiny. At stake was victory in ‘The Clash At The Can’ Mega winner Danny Johnson was on the inside of the track and Kevin Hartnett a multi-time Penn Can track champion, was on the outside. As they sped …

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