Newsmaker of the Week

Newsmaker of the Week // Erick Rudolph

The second running of the East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals is now history. And the winner is an expert on dirt tracks with full size cars and on concrete tracks with TQ Midgets. Erick Rudolph, among the most versatile competitors in racing, raced to victory in the $5,000-to-win 600 Micro Sprint feature, this after wining his heat race and A-Main Qualifier. He …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Ryan Smith

Christmas came early for  Ryan Smith and it came in the form of the seat in Michael Heffner’s 410 Sprint cars. The choice of Smith by Heffner was an easy one. They had, after all, been together before when Heffner first started owning Sprints. Between that first time and this next time to come, Heffner’s team was shaken to its …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Bobby Pierce

Young Dirt Late Model driving talent Bobby Pierce is fast earning a reputation at being able to win the biggest races. For the second year in a row, Pierce roared to victory last weekend inside St. Louis’ Gateway Dome, leading every lap, earning $30,000. As if that wasn’t enough, Pierce also won one of the $5,000 prelim races the night …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Dave Sapienza

What price persistence? For Riverhead, NY Asphalt Modified driver Dave Sapienza, that was a question he could have cared less about when, on Saturday afternoon at Wall Stadium, Sapienza won the Tour Modified Turkey Derby 150. ‘Sap’ had been on the verge of victory before but never had closed the deal. On Saturday, he watched the waters part as leader Matt …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Joey Logano

A young boy who once raced at such places as ‘Little T’ and ‘Little Wall’ – Quarter Midget tracks at Thompson Speedway and Wall Stadium – is now the champion of NASCAR. Joey Logano, a native of Middletown, CT, drove the race of his life last Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, storming by rival Martin Truex, Jr. for the lead when the …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Frankie Schneider

Frankie Schneider, ‘The Old Master’, famed for his great racing skills on the track and for building and perfecting race cars with his own two hands, died this past weekend. He was 92. Frank’s abilities in the sport may be lost on many AARN readers. He won only one feature after May, 1975 and struggled for many years in a …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Matt Sheppard

‘Super Matt’ did it again! At Charlotte in the World Finals last weekend, Sheppard raced to a record fourth straight Super DIRT Series championship and his seventh overall. Only Brett Hearn, who has eight career titles, has won more and Sheppard, clearly is on track to tie, even surpass Hearn’s standard. Sheppard didn’t win either of the twin features outright at …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Donny Schatz

Donny Schatz beat up on the PA Posse Sunday afternoon at Port Royal Speedway, leaving town with more than $51,000 of Keystone State riches and the Tuscarora 50 trophy. One of the biggest first place payouts for any race in the east, and Schatz won it the way he has taken so many of his 21 World Of Outlaws A Mains …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Stewart Friesen

Superstar Stewart Friesen has done it again. This time, Dirt Modified and NASCAR Truck ace won two of the four big races at the 57th annual Eastern States 200 Weekend in Middletown, NY and came within ten pounds of winning a third. Friday, he won the Modified Challenge for past Eastern States 200 winners. Saturday, he finished first in the Small …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Justin Bonsignore

Winning eight races in sixteen starts is a tall order for any driver in any division. That’s why Justin Bonsignore’s victory in Sunday’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Touring Series race at Thompson Motorsports park is so remarkable. Bonsignore came to Thompson having already clinched the Series title. He left with his eighth win in sixteen races, and a clean sweep of …

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