Newsmaker of the Week

Newsmaker of the Week // Dillon Steuer

The biggest Modified race on Long Island in decades was run last Saturday night at Riverhead Raceway. The ‘Islip 300’ was a resurrection of a storied event at the long closed Islip Speedway. This one was 300 grueling laps, with a tire compound wrinkle, and no planned stops. The race itself was tremendous but the winner of it was an …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Ryan Watt

Ryan Watt is a very good race car driver. He has improved year after year, grown together with a team, owned by Ron Roberts, that was unheralded before Watt started driving for it. No one doubted the credentials of the 2016 Bridgeport Speedway Modified track champion at his home track. And after last Tuesday, the Super DIRT Series competitors won’t …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Robert Ballou

Severe neck and back injuries sustained in a 2016 Sprint Car crash came close to taking Robert Ballou’s life, and even closer to maiming him. Ballou endured months of pain recuperating, harnessed in neck braces. But his focus, from the time he was carried out of Calistoga (CA) Speedway, was to race again. This past weekend, at lightning fast Eldora …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Max Zachem

The last thing that’s expected from a weekly track’s season opener is for someone to come in and upset the regulars. So when Connecticut driver Max Zachem won the Modified opener at the always tough Riverhead Raceway on Long Island, it was a shocker. But there was more. The car Zachem drove, owned by Islander Ken Vogel, was a home …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Ryan Preece

With the most trying year of his racing career behind him, Ryan Preece got back to basics Sunday afternoon when he drove his potent Modified by archrival Doug Coby and on to victory in Stafford Motor Speedway’s Spring Sizzler. This is a big race, arguably the most prestigious in New England and one of the jewels of the NASCAR Whelen …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Port Royal Speedway

There were a lot of good things that happened Sunday at Port Royal (PA) Speedway.  The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series came to Sprint Car Country and boy, did the fans follow them. The crowd was huge and the racing was spectacular, made even more so when popular Keystone stater Rick Eckert dazzled the throng with a dramatic win in a …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Lucas Wolfe

Lucas Wolfe got the job done Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway. The veteran driver, who establishes a well reasoned schedule of when and where and with what he will race, executed perfectly in this race, Lincoln’s prestigious ‘Spring Championship’. When the checkered flag flew, Wolfe was under it first, earning a cool five grand for himself and car owner Michael …

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Newsmaker of the Week // ‘Ole Blue’

‘Ole Blue’ rides high again! It’s the nickname of long standing for the cars of the Boehler family, a term of endearment and respect bestowed by three generations of New England area race folk upon the blue number 3 race cars the clan has built and maintained, lived and died by. ‘Ole Blue’ had fallen on tough times in recent …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Bruce Rogers

When Forrest Rogers and his son Bruce built Grandview Speedway and opened it in 1963, it is hard to imagine they envisioned the success that followed. At the center of it all was Bruce, a hard working, plain-spoken family man, whose life was wholly dedicated to the track. In latter years, he delegated some of his responsibilities of running the …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Stewart Friesen

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Stewart Friesen’s plunge into full time upper echelon racing hasn’t slaked his enthusiasm for Dirt Track Modified racing one iota – nor dampened his penchant for winning. Friesen won Saturday night’s Doug Hoffman Memorial race at Bridgeport Speedway for Big Block Modifieds. It was a big win, his first of the 2017 season, and …

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