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Mostly Racin’ Stuff By Tom Avenengo Volume 203 11/26/2014

This weeks column is a little early due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  I’d like to wish all my readers a Happy Thanksgiving, and may you be blessed for another year!   Some personal/family stuff:   My wife, who left us on July 3, 2014.     Remember, photos can only be seen on the New England Tractor/Race Report website, which is linked to at the end of my columns.   I’m not sure how much of a column it will be this week, since it’s going in a day earlier than normal, due to Thanksgiving on Thursday.  On top of…More

This & That 11/25/14 – DTD Exclusive

By ED & BETTY BIITTIG The annual DIRTcar award banquet in Syracuse this past Saturday honored drivers from all over the Northeast and Canada for their accomplishments at their home tracks and on the DIRTcar Series that traveled the Northeast during the season. The special Glenn Donnelly Award of Excellence plaque was given to AARN columnist Don and Jo Ann Davies. The award is given to a member of the racing community that has made outstanding contributions to racing. The Davies were fans before they were involved in racing as columnists and are still great fans as well as great…More

Another Record-Setting Racing Season for Driver Brett Hearn

By JOHN SNYDER SUSSEX, NJ (Nov. 24)……..Winning races and setting records sums up Brett Hearn’s 2014 Northeast dirt track Modified racing season. The Sussex, New Jersey speedster won 22 feature races in 70 starts, two track championships, swept the 53rd Eastern States Weekend with victories in the Saturday 100-lap Small-Block Modified race and the headline Eastern States 200 for DIRTcar Modifieds, and was the leading money winner in Super DIRTcar Modified Series competition. Hearn won the Eastern States 100 for the 15th time and the 200 for the unprecedented 11th and third consecutive time. Hearn’s other wins of note in…More

Frankie Kerr passionate about his consulting role with Renegade Sprint Series

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) It doesn’t matter that Frankie Kerr left Sprint Car racing and headed south 15 years ago for a career in NASCAR. In dirt-track circles, he still commands respect. It’s not just the 53 All Star Circuit of Champions wins and four series titles. Or the 32 wins in central Pennsylvania, 16 of which came at Selinsgrove Speedway. Kerr is old school. He has a working knowledge and passion for doing what is best for the sport, which is appreciated by fans and something that the upstart Renegade Sprint Series is hoping to capitalize on moving…More

Some Leftover Weekend Notes – DTD Exclusive

By MIKE MALLETT The biggest news coming out of this weekend’s National Parts Peddler Trade Show was the sale of the Utica-Rome Speedway to long-time racing supporters Bill and Kim Shea. Other than that news it was a relatively quiet weekend in the motorsports industry as teams regroup for the next few months before kicking off the 2015 season in Florida at Volusia Speedway Park in the month of February. Impressive New Troyer Website If you haven’t had the chance to visit the all new www.troyerracecars.com you need to, especially if you are a driver that utilizes one of their…More

Shea Takes Over the Reins at Utica-Rome Speedway for 2015 – DTD Exclusive

By MIKE MALLETT It has been widely rumored over the last few months that the Utica-Rome Speedway in the process of being sold. That sale became official on Saturday morning as local businessman and long-time racing supporter Bill Shea along with his wife Kim purchased the facility from current owner Gene Cole ending his 13-year run. “Feels pretty good,” said Shea from the Parts Peddler show on Saturday afternoon. “We’ve been working on it for a while. We are pretty happy about it, my wife and I both.” Shea has been a race fan since childhood and was excited about the…More

Danny Lasoski inks deal, the right fit for Tod Quiring’s Big Game Treestands team in 2015

(Dick Ayers Photo) By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) This seemed like a no brainer. But it’s Sprint Car racing, meaning there are no sure things and anything can happen. It was 3:30 Wednesday when my phone buzzed. Luke Lundt, CFO of Big Game Treestands, confirmed that Danny Lasoski was officially named the driver of Tod Quiring’s Sprint Car team next season. The next move was to tweet it out to followers. The response was more surprising than the actual news itself. One tweet read, “All the young talent, u pick Dude?” I’m assuming that and other comments had to do…More

Mostly Racin’ Stuff By Tom Avenengo Volume # 202 11/20/2014

    Some personal/family stuff:   My wife, who left us on July 3, 2014.     Remember, photos can only be seen on the New England Tractor/Race Report website, which is linked to at the end of my columns.   My weight has been pretty steady at 148/149.  Sugar is doing ok, too.  If you recall fro last week, I made mention of family members sending up Chinese Lanterns in memory of the wife, on her birthday.  Hmmm, might be  “Monkey Wrench” thrown into that idea – seems that in some places those Chinese Lanterns are against the law.…More

Weekend Rewind: American Sprint Car Series 11/18/14

TULSA, Okla. – As quickly as it began, the 2014 season for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real has become a memory. Ending out the series 23rd season of touring this past weekend at the Cocopah Speedway, located just south of Yuma, Ariz., the season finale was one filled with plot twists and drama as the championship came down to the final night. The Winners: Friday, November 14, 2014* Jason Johnson (National / Southwest) – Seven times a runner-up finisher leading up Friday night, Jason Johnson finally broke into Victory Lane with the Lucas…More

Greg Hodnett closes 2014 by passing Don Kreitz Jr. for Final Showdown triumph at Susquehanna Speedway Park

(Dean Reynolds Photo) By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) NEWBERRYTOWN: Greg Hodnett and the Mike Heffner-owned team have been throwing a lot of different combinations at their car the last couple weeks. Different chassis. Different wing configuration. Different brake combinations in conjunction with everything else. Hodnett stopped short of saying his car was better Saturday at Susquehanna Speedway Park. But it certainly wasn’t worse. You aren’t supposed to be able to drive by Don Kreitz Jr. at SSP. Well, that’s what Hodnett did to close the Sprint Car season with a victory in the 30-lap “Final Showdown” worth a nice $10,060…More