Newsmaker of the Week

Newsmaker of the Week // Danny Dietrich

It was as powerful a statement as could possibly be made by a Sprint Car driver. Danny Dietrich’s aggressive drive to victory Friday on the hallowed soil of Williams Grove Speedway came with some heady driving on a challenging track. The triumphant charge singled out Dietrich as the man to beat in the year to come at ‘The Grove’ and …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Earl Baltes & Andy Fusco

The racing community was dealt a double dose of sorrow this past week with the sudden deaths of two of its most prominant people. Andrew Fusco, noted New York State attorney, lifelong race fan, the legal council behind the formulation of the DIRT orgnization, died suddenly. He was 62. Three days later, Earl Baltes, builder, owner and promoter of Eldora …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Lincoln Speedway

Breaking free from the grip of winter was no easy task for Fred Putney and his track crew. But last Sunday afternoon, the widely respected Lincoln (PA) Speedway track preparer gave the 410 Sprint drivers and their fans a place to race after promoters Don Leiby and Alan Kreitzer decided to ‘go for it’. Greg Hodnett and Mike Heffner are …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Joanne Mahoney

Joanne “Joanie” Mahoney is a name readers of Area Auto Racing News have most likely never heard of. But she has certainly is ingratiating herself into the collective conscience of auto racing fans. She is the County Executive of Onondaga County, N.Y. and the architect of a $50 million redevelopment scheme that would transform the New York State Fairgrounds at …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Winter Weather

  The old adage, “everybody talks about the weather, but no one can do anything about it” may be true, but this past week’s latest temperature and precipitation misery has forced the hands of promoters, even those with events weeks away.  It all started with USAC and ASCS rainouts in sunny Florida.  Then, Lincoln (PA) Speedway gave up for the …

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Newsmakers of the Week // Joey Logano & Neal Williams

Two of the biggest races of Speedweeks in Florida were won last week by drivers with Northern roots.  Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano is a North Carolinian today as most every NASCAR National Series driver is. But his racing career blossomed in his native Middletown, Connecticut.  From the time he first drove Quarter Midgets at ‘Little T’ in Thompson, Ct., …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Florida Speedweeks

Ahh, that Florida weather! Yes, it’s too cold to take a plunge in the Atlantic Ocean, and yes, it has been cold enough at New Smyrna, Volusia, Ocala and East Bay to see your breath some nights when the races are over. Florida’s relative warmth is the reason the outdoor racing season gets a jump start. Fields of cars have …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Kerry Madsen

Tony Stewart’s All Star Circuit Of Champions made its debut at Bubba Ocala Speedway last weekend and Australian born Kerry Madsen is sure glad it did. Madsen authored an improbable and immensely satisfying three-for-three start to his season and devastated the competition each time. By the end of the weekend, 410 Sprint Car fans were asking one another, ‘is this …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Erick Rudolph

There was a time when Erick Rudolph could be a hard guy to interview. But not any longer. This talented wheelman was in charge of Saturday night’s Gamblers Classic inside Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, a high profile race that’s hard to win. He was eager to talk about the winning car Mark Lafler built for him, about his dirt track …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Jeff Gordon

Since he burst upon the racing scene as a pre-teenager, Jeff Gordon has excelled.  And when his career began at NASCAR’s upper echelon, Gordon became an instant star.  Wins and championships seemed to come easily to a driver who outran those previously up front often.  Along the way, Jeff Gordon changed racing. Parents at quarter midget tracks nationwide imagined their …

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