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This and That 2/10/15 – DTD EXCLUSIVE

By ED & BETTY BIITTIG Things are starting to speed up in Daytona and the hotels are beginning to fill up for Speed Weeks and although much of the focus is on Daytona International Speedway and NASCAR there are two short tracks (one dirt and one asphalt) in the area that also participate. Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville and New Smyrna Speedway both have programs running. Tonight the DIRTcar Nationals that includes UMP Modifieds, the All-Star Sprints, World of Outlaw Sprints, World of Outlaw Late Models and Big Block Modified will begin at Volusia Speedway and continues until the 21st.…More

This & That 1/29/15 – DTD Exclusive

By ED & Betty Biittig Here we are still in Florida and picking up tidbits of racing news wherever we can. Although it has been cool (cold for Florida) hear we are still thankful we are not up north braving the cold and the snow. We don’t do cold well. Wood Bros in Record Book: An interesting bit of news that came last week is the Wood Brothers Racing out of Stuart, Virginia is officially in the Guinness Book of World Records as being the longest running active NASCAR team. One of the first drivers to drive for them was…More

Q & A with Drivers Turned Northeast Promoters – DTD Exclusive

By MIKE MALLETT Over the years there have been several drivers turned promoter.  Some have been successful while some have struggled to find the same triumphs they had during their racing careers.  In the past few seasons three new drivers have entered the ranks of promoter; Mike Bruno of Devil’s Bowl Speedway and Airborne Park Speedway, Matt DeLorenzo at the Fonda Speedway and Jimmy Phelps who heads the team at the newly reconstructed Weedsport Speedway.  DeLorenzo and Phelps continue to compete while Bruno has focused solely on the promotional side of things.  Each driver has had some successes while facing their…More

Glen Ridge Drops Short Track Super Series Event, Strengthens Ties with DIRTcar – DTD Exclusive

By MIKE MALLETT The roller coaster off-season continues for Glen Ridge Motorsports Park. Just over a week ago, after months of speculation, it was officially reported that Pete Demitraszek was back in as the promoter of the quarter-mile, Fultonville, N.Y., speedway after a one year run under Mike Sowle. Even after the change in leadership, the speedway was set to host Brett Deyo’s Short Track Super Series for the first time in its history. Dirt Track Digest learned this week that this race has been taken off the schedule and there will not be a Brett Deyo sanctioned race at…More

This and That – 1/9/2015 – DTD Exclusive

By ED & BETTY BIITTIG Glen Ridge Under Demitraszek in 2015 Good news from Glen Ridge; Pete and Matt Demitraszek will be at the helm once again for the 2015 season. In a phone call to Pete today (Jan 8) he confirmed that he had recently received a call from Mike Sowle who said he was pulling back from his promotional duties at the track. This left Pete with a decision to make and he has decided to go ahead with running the speedway with his son Matt. Racing will remain on Friday night and it will be run under…More

Demitraszek Back in Control at Glen Ridge – DTD Exclusive

By MIKE MALLETT After a off-season that has seen many questions about the direction of the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, things became a bit clearer this week as Pete Demitraszek has regained control of the Fultonville, N.Y. oval. Demitraszek had been promoter of the quarter-mile facility prior to the start of the 2014 season in which Mike Sowle and company took the reins of the track. Sowle initially ran on Sunday evenings before returning to the speedway’s traditional Friday night operation. In 2015, the speedway will remain a Friday night speedway under the direction of Demitraszek and his son Matt.…More

NASCAR Stars Return to their Roots in Arizona – DTD Exclusive

By MIKE MALLETT Normally when the NASCAR stars head to the desert they head to Phoenix International Raceway. That was not the case this past weekend as both Kasey Kahne and NASCAR Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year Kyle Larson headed to the desert in order to return to their roots. The pair got back behind the wheel of 410 Sprint Cars at the Cocopah Speedway as part of the Winter Heat Showdown. Larson shook the rust off quickly. He had tough luck in his heat race on Friday night after contact with another driver broke his nose wing. He…More

Larson Defeats Smith for Night Two Winter Heat Win – DTD Exclusive

By MIKE MALLETT It didn’t take Kyle Larson long to get re-acclimated to life behind the wheel of a 410 Sprint Car. The Elk Grove, Calif., standout held off a series of challenges from veteran drivers Danny Lasoski and Stevie Smith en route to winning the 30-lap, $12,000 to win feature as part of the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown at Cocopah Speedway. “I’ve been a part of a lot of fun races, but that had to be the most fun I’ve ever had in a Midget, a Sprint Car, anything,” said Larson in Victory Lane afterwards. “That was awesome.” Larson…More

A Happy New Year for McMahan at Cocopah – DTD Exclusive

By MIKE MALLETT It was definitely a Happy New Year for Nashville, Tenn., driver and World of Outlaw regular Paul McMahan. McMahan drove his CJB Motorsports No. 51 to the win in the opening round of the Winter Heat Showdown at the Cocopah Speedway on Friday night. “Anytime you can come out of the box and win a race it’s awesome,” said McMahan. “We just put this race car together for this race. It was a different design then what we ran last year and it was bad fast all night long. We tried some different shocks we don’t normally…More

Photos from the Winter Heat at Cocopah Speedway – DTD Exclusive

Brent Smith Photos from the opening night of the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown at the Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, AZ.   For a complete gallery CLICK HERE