Newsmaker of the Week

Newsmaker of the Week // Danner-Gallagher

Fast rising open wheel star Briggs Danner had what is best described as a bittersweet couple of days last week. On Wednesday, Danner was spectacular in driving Bill Gallagher’s No. 5G USAC East Wingless 360 Sprint to victory on Kutztown’s Action Track, USA in the first ever appearance of that division there. The aura of victory would be diminished the very next …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Grandview Speedway Photo Finish

The dead heat, the photo finish, the too-close-to-call result at the checkered flag happens once every decade if that often. Yet on June 26, 2021 at Grandview Speedway, that’s exactly what occurred when Brett Kressley and Craig VonDohren crossed the finish line so close that no one was sure about the outcome. Track officials first determined that Kressley had won, …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Tire Shortage

There’s no denying it. The nation’s race tracks are in a period of forced adjustment by an ever widening and more profound race tire shortage. Tire manufacturers who at first denied there was a potential for a shortfall are now advising their track tire customers that they’ll soon be unable to meet demand. Reasons for the shortage are varied and …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Robert Ballou

Robert Ballou, USAC Sprint Car ace, won one of the four Eastern Storm races this past week and earned the overall Eastern Storm title by just one point in the Series finale at the Bloomsburg Fair Speedway. Ballou was critical of some of the venues he raced on, notably Bridgeport, where he won and Bloomsburg, where he won the championship. As …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Doug Coby

Doug Coby has made news often in his career, earning NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championships and winning major races frequently along the way. But in winning Saturday night’s SRX opener at Stafford Motor Speedway, Coby outran 11 of the best drivers in the world driving cars none were familiar with. To have this chance, Coby forsook a NWMT race at …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Andrew Krause

When Andrew Krause refers to Wall Stadium as his ‘home track’ he now means it literally and figuratively. Literally, because his family has leased and operated the Jersey Shore speedway for over a decade. Figuratively, because Andrew’s big win in Saturday night’s Garden State Classic was his fourth straight Wall Modified win of 2021, making him undefeated to date. Krause …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Michael Barnes

Though Michael Barnes had never won Oswego Speedway’s storied 200-lap Supermodified Classic, his consistency in the event was legendary – five straight years of finishing either second or third. This year’s running of what was actually the postponed 2020 Classic was looking like another ‘podium finish’ for Barnes – until he turned it on late in the going, grabbed the …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Dave Blaney

On Saturday night at Sharon (OH) Speedway’s World Of Outlaws Sprint race, one of the most crowd-pleasing wins imaginable occurred. Dave Blaney, competing at a track he owns, driving a car of his own design, retro-lettered in the colors and number of his late father Lou, scored an improbable win on the final lap of the race. I doing so, Blaney …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Doug Coby

When a consistently successful race driver has blemish of long standing on his resume, his ability to conquer that obstacle becomes a quest. For multi-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Touring Series champion Doug Coby, Riverhead Raceway on Long Island had been just such a thorn. Coby, who excelled at Thompson, excelled at Stafford, had won just about everywhere, but never at …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Tim Fuller

Veteran Modified driver Tim Fuller has been digging in the dirt with DIRTcar Modifieds for as long as anyone these days has. While not ever a mega-winner, Fuller has proven time and again that when the stakes are at the highest, his ability meets the challenge. He has usually shown well in long distance races and Bridgeport Motorsports Park’s 100-lapper …

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