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Obits: Long Time AARN Photographer – Leroy Leibelsperger

TEMPLE, PA — Leroy Leibelsperger, a dedicated and always fun-loving staff photographer of Area Auto Racing News for over 30 years; and prior to that a stock car racer, has passed away. Mr. Leibelsperger, 85, of Temple died May 19 at home. Going back to the 1970s, Leroy and good friend and fellow AARN staff member Henry Plesnarski traveled to …

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Newsmaker of the Week // May 24, 2016

There was $15,000 to win on the line at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, New Hampshire with the newly organized Modified Touring Series founder Gary Knight calling the shots. The wrinkle in the race was that new tire use was unlimited. That meant that a winning strategy had to be developed on the fly and with high stakes. Ryan Preece came …

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When Did We All Start Believing The Weather Forecast?

Posted by: Len Sammons, May 17, 2016 For years the joke was, “I want to be the weatherman, you can be wrong 90% of the time and still keep your job.” That statement, however, no longer appears to be true today, at least in auto racing. Race track operators now believe in the predictions days and weeks in advance as …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Tyler Siri

Call it a dream night, a night to remember. After buying the former Black Rock Speedway this past winter, and improving the property immensely, Siri then suffered three straight rainouts. Then, before he had even taken in his first dollar, he made a bold decision: with another lousy Friday forecast, Siri moved his race ahead – to Thursday. He became …

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AARN Photographer Bruce Thomas Passed Away on May 6 Laid To Rest Today

JONESTOWN, PA — Area Auto Racing News photographer Bruce Thomas, of Jonestown, passed away after a lengthy illness on May 6 at the Hospice Residence of Central Pa. in Harrisburg, Pa. While on the AARN staff, Bruce was an auto racing photographer at Pa.’s Grandview Speedway and many other area race tracks. He was a member of the Eastern Motorsports …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Lance Dewease

Call this one a real ‘feel good story’ Lance Dewease, one of the most prolific 410 Sprint winners in central Pennsylvania history, had no firm ride at the end of 2015 for 2016. Don Kreitz, Jr. another of the all time great 410 Sprint wheelmen, had a car but was unable to drive it, owing to post concussion syndrome. The …

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American Modified Pavement Series Plans Shelved For ’16 By Chris Zacharias

Posted by: Len Sammons – May 3, 2016 Chris Zacharias confirmed to AARN last Friday that their will be no first annual American Modified Pavement Series (AMPS) this season. Zacharias announced the formation of the series in AARN’s March 8 edition after a sales dispute became public between former Race of Champions series owner Andrew Harpell and its purchaser Joe …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Billy Decker

Billy Decker may have won bigger races during his career than the Highbanks Holdup Super DIRTcar Series 100 last Saturday night at Fulton (NY) Speedway. But few were as satisfying. Decker played a waiting game after establishing his preferred line on the bottom of the track. Then, one by one. the leaders came back to him. It took him 90 laps …

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– Regulation Could Have Been Crippling To Motorsports – EPA Withdraws Proposed Race Car Emissions Regulation

Posted by: David Wiernusz – April 26, 2016 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Friday, April 15, 2016 that it is withdrawing a proposed regulation that would have effectively prohibited the modification of street cars into race cars. The EPA said in a statement posted at www.3epa.gov that its proposed regulation did not represent a “change in the law” …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Dale Blaney

Port Royal Speedway honored its legendary Sprint Car champion Keith Kauffman this past Saturday with the first running of the Keith Kauffman Classic. It was only fitting that the winner of the Kauffman inaugural, sanctioned by the All Star Circuit Of Champions, would be Dale Blaney, the organization’s most prolific winner. The parallels between Kauffman and Blaney are many: talented wheelmen, …

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