Newsmaker of the Week

Newsmaker of the Week // Matt Sheppard

Newsmakers Of The Week have to do something extraordinary. Mere winning isn’t enough. Matt Sheppard, who has been a frequent Newsmaker this summer, had to do something noteworthy – and different. He did. After winning his tenth race of the first 20 on the Super DIRT Series circuit at Brewerton Speedway, Sheppard finished second the next night at Weedsport in …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Jeff Strunk

The biggest race for 358 Modifieds is the Freedom 76er at Grandview (PA) Speedway. It’s a race that can make a driver’s season with a victory. It can also ruin it with a heartbreaking loss. Grandview veteran Jeff Strunk, a ten time track champion, has seen both sides of Freedom 76er drama. He had won the race five times, including the …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Matt Sheppard

Any top sports figure distinguishes themselves from the rest every time they face down adversity and bounce back from it. Matt Sheppard did just that last week. He won the rich Mr. DIRT Lebanon Valley race, the Canandaigua and Utica-Rome features and both track’s championships over the span of four days. Remarkable, newsworthy in its own right, of course. But Sheppard …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Jimmy Horton

When one of the great ones gets his first win after an extended period of time, that’s a feel good racing story. Jimmy Horton’s Modified win at Orange County Fair Speedway was an occasion positively awash with excitement. For one thing, Horton hadn’t won a race at Middletown in twenty years. More importantly, Horton’s personal annual win streak of 44 …

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NEWSMAKER OF THE WEEK // STEVE KINSER

Fans of 410 Sprint racing who took in the All Star Circuit Of Champions races at Grandview (PA)  Speedway and Lebanon Valley (NY) Speedway saw the first and only races in the Northeast that Steve Kinser is likely to drive in this season and likely the last two races of his career. The Sprint Car Legend, in a class by himself, …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Jason Johnson

One of the greatest Sprint Car races ever run. An Instant Classic. That’s what the 2016 Knoxville Nationals Saturday night A-Main is being referred to after invincible Donny Schatz was passed for the lead – as in passed – by Jason Johnson. When Johnson took the checkered flag, the packed grandstand went berserk. Johnson himself was emotional mix of humility, …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Bryan Clauson

The racing world awoke Sunday morning shocked and saddened by the news that popular Bryan Clauson has been severely injured in a crash at the Belleville Midget Nationals in Kansas. Perhaps, many reasoned, he would grit his teeth, pull through, and come back better than ever. But the Monday morning reports of the death of Bryan Clauson cast a pall …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Freddie Rahmer, Jr.

From wrecked race car to feature win. That was path traveled by second generation 410 Sprint Car driver Freddie Rahmer, Jr., who wadded up a car Tuesday night at Grandview, then, three nights later, won on one of 410 Sprint Car racing’s most legendary stages, Williams Grove Speedway. It’s hard to imagine what must have been going through young Rahmer’s …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Lance Dewease

Williams Grove’s Summer Nationals World Of Outlaws 410 Sprint Car race is a very big deal. It pays $25,000 to win. It brings out the best in the region’s Sprint car teams. It’s a race they all want to win, to beat the World Of Outlaws at their own game. Lance Dewease, Don Kreitz, Jr., and Davey Brown won it …

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Newsmaker of the Week // Oswego Speedway

Oswego Speedway in upstate New York was built 65 years ago. Unlike most such tracks, it has stood the test of time. It’s unique Supermodified class gives the track a reputation for lightning fast speeds. Its International Classic, first run in 1957, is one of the nation’s premier races. Its embracing of Asphalt Modifieds has been a long standing tradition. …

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