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Stevie Smith Career Resurgence Continues with $20,000 Win at Lincoln – DTD Exclusive

By MIKE MALLETT 2014 has been an amazing year for Stevie Smith. The former Pennsylvania native who now calls Broken Arrow, Okla., home has been on fire as of late, and it’s coming at the right time. After the 2013 season Smith was without a ride, and the perfect opportunity arose behind the wheel of a car owned by Fred Rahmer. The two long-time friends hooked up, and that pairing earned them a $20,000 payday this past Saturday. “This is the position they put me in,” said Smith afterwards. “Boon (Meyers), Freddie (Rahmer Jr), Fred (Rahmer), Brandon (Rahmer) and the sponsors. They…More

This & That 9/30/14 – DTD Exclusive

By ED & BETT BIITTIG For many of you Ed is the guy, who wrote for the Gater News, writes for the Times Journal or is Fast Eddie’s father. As race people we come together on weekends and then go our separate ways. With the end of the Gater News we decided we would contribute to Dirt Track Digest and we appreciate the great response. Over the years Ed has spoken with many about his journey of recovery from alcoholism. He has enjoyed sobriety for over 40 years and when he is not at the race track he works in…More

Racing Road Trips, You Got To Love Them 9/30/14 – DTD Exclusive

By LEON ANDRUS (Scott Seward Photo) Not an official road trip for me as I will be reporting on my regular Friday night home which is the I-88 Speedway. On this particular weekend though, the racing was done on Friday and Saturday for the running of the Algonkin Motel Fall 250. The racing had three divisions in action on Friday and a different three on Saturday with the laps totaling up to 250 for the two days and I will break that down in the story. Here we go! On Friday the racing was highlighted by the sixty-lap feature for the…More

Weekend Rewind: American Sprint Car Series 9/30/14

(CB Race Photos) TULSA, Okla. – This week’s look at the action of the ASCS Nation focuses on the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour’s co-sanctioned weekend with the Speedway Motors Warrior Region at the Lucas Oil Speedway, as well as the Griffith Truck and Equipment Gulf South Region’s season finale at the Battleground Speedway. Overall, three races in two nights took place with just as many winners. While the National Tour goes on into the month of November, the Gulf South and Warrior Region both wrapped up their 2014 seasons this past week. The Winners: Friday, September 26, 2014 •…More

Stevie Smith’s big weekend, Lance Dewease’s late-season surge, highlight central Pennsylvania Sprint Car notes

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) Smith not done yet. There were times in the last two years that Stevie Smith contemplated retirement. He thought maybe he was too old to get it done. That’s funny. Smith just needed the right circumstances, and he’s seem to have found it in a car owned by Fred Rahmer and Dave Pritchard. It was another big weekend for this team, as Smith earned $24,000 in two nights. The big score, a $20,000 paycheck, came in the inaugural Dirt Classic presented by Kasey Kahne at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night. Smith has seven wins in limited…More

Donny Schatz’s milestone, Craig Dollansky’s schedule highlight national Sprint Car notes

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) Setting a milestone. We purposely knocked Donny Schatz down a couple pegs on the news feed the last couple weeks to shake things up, but we can’t this time. He deserves better. Schatz recorded his 23rd and 24th World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series wins last weekend, surpassing his mark of 23 victories a year ago. To me, Schatz winning this many races in a single season against this type of competition is like winning 40 or 45 shows 20 years ago. This team is truly amazing, and Schatz is one of the best…More

Tony Stewart still hurting, needs to drive a Sprint Car again to complete the healing process

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) Tony Stewart is charming, combative, hard to deal with, brash, funny, engaging, frustrating and one of the biggest racing talents that I have ever seen. At least he was eight weeks ago. Stewart seemed solemn and humbled during a Monday news conference in which he answered questions for the first time since the Aug. 9 incident in which his Sprint Car fatally struck Kevin Ward Jr. In front of a throng of reporters, he talked about the days after the accident, getting back to the track, the possibility of talking to the Ward family and…More

I-88 Speedway Short Track SuperNationals 7 Shaping Up As Clash Of Weekly Racing’s Best; Invaders From NY, NJ, DE, PA, MA & Quebec Make Plans To Vie For Record $33,202 Payout

AFTON, NY – The stars are beginning to line up for the Alpine Building Supply Short Track SuperNationals 7 presented by Olum’s to be held at I-88 Speedway in Afton, N.Y., Friday-Saturday October 10-11. Entries are pouring in for the ‘Working Man’s Race’ special, which will cap off the six-race Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP for big-block/small-block Modifieds. A record payout – the most lucrative in event history – has been posted with $33,202 set for the base purse plus lap money, bonuses and contingency awards for just 50 laps of racing at the Afton Fairgrounds oval. Modifieds…More