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Greg Hodnett puts on speed show, crushes field to claim Jim Nace Memorial National Open at Selinsgrove Speedway

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) SELINSGROVE: Greg Hodnett’s car bounced through the treacherous corners at Selinsgrove Speedway Saturday night. He planted his right rear against a rough cushion that got worse as the night went on because of the weather conditions earlier in the day. And yet, Hodnett was a second faster than anyone else in the field. The Jim Nace Memorial National Open at the Snyder County oval will be remembered for several things. Attrition. Pure speed. And an epic beat down. Hodnett dismantled the 24-car field with a fast car and nerves of steel. He negotiated the tricky surface…More

Johnson and Hartnett Again in Front of Field at Penn Can – DTD Exclusive

By MIKE MALLETT The Hot Summer Night special at the Penn Can Speedway on Tuesday saw Danny Johnson and Kevin  Hartnett duel for the win, but this time there was no tie. The same duo finished in a dead heat in the Clash at the Can earlier this year, but at Hot Summer Night the Rochester, N.Y., driver regained the lead late in the race to go on to win a nice $5,000 payday. “We have momentum working on our side,” said Johnson after the win.  “Chris Gennarelli does a great job keeping us going.  The boys are working hard and…More

Pat Cannon looking to shake season struggles in this weekend’s Jim Nace Memorial National Open at Selinsgrove Speedway

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) Pat Cannon has joined the legends in Sprint Car racing. Steve Kinser, Doug Wolfgang, even Donny Schatz. There isn’t a Sprint Car driver in the country, retired or active, that hasn’t struggled and experienced a season that they would rather forget. That’s Cannon in 2014. The Etters driver has zero wins this season. That’s not a misprint. Cannon, a former 358 Sprint dominator and 410 part-timer, has been shut out. But Cannon still has an opportunity to turn things around. It won’t erase a season full of misses, but a win in this weekend’s Jim…More

Racing Road Trips, You Got to Love Them 9/11/14 – DTD Exclusive

By LEON ANDRUS Tuesday night I went down to the Penn Can Speedway to take in the twice postponed Hot Summer Night Special. This event was race number five of the six races Short Track Super Series Fueled by VP. The series is in its infancy season and is under the promotion of Brett Deyo of B/D Motorsport Media and it has been a huge success. So much so that the folks at American Racer Tire, Lias Tire of Indiana, Pennsylvania are so impressed they are jumping on board for a three year deal to use their tire exclusively. That…More

Mostly Racin’ Stuff By Tom Avenengo Volume # 193 09/11/2014

    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.   Notice the date of this week’s column – 9/11?  It was on 9/11/1960 that Joan and I said our marriage vows.  Yes, 54 years ago.  Gee, but I miss her!   Just a heads up:  The “automatic” Social Security lump sum death benefit is not really a gimmie.  I was told my wife does not qualify.  Today, I get…More

An emotional Cole Cup Weekend closes the 2014 Utica Rome Racing Season – DTD Exclusive

By JOHN DOUGLAS JR. With racing coming to a close this past weekend at Utica Rome, Friday and Saturday of the Cole Cup weekend saw the full gambit of emotion. Everyone on the grounds of the speedway was ready for one last weekend of fun while watching the best Sprint Car drivers in the northeast and beyond tackle the tricky half-mile clay surface. The fendered warriors in both Pro Stock and Pure Stock were in attendance as their Full Fender Frenzy Friday was also joined in 2014 by the 360 Sprint cars who ran the Kevin Ward Jr. Memorial Shootout…More

Ward family on hand at Utica-Rome Speedway for Kevin Ward Jr. shootout

By DOUG ELKINS (Post Standard) The Utica-Rome Speedway finished up its racing season this past weekend with a two-day show for sprint cars and each day provided feel-good moments. On Friday, Matt Tanner won a race in Kevin Ward Jr.’s honor with Kevin’s motor in the car. On Saturday, newlyweds Stewart Friesen and Jessica Zemken finished first and second in The Cole Cup. The entire Ward family, along with dozens of friends from Port Leyden, were in attendance on Friday as Matt Tanner won the Kevin Ward Jr. Shootout leading all 13 laps to pick up his first win of…More

Friesen Continues to Add to His Legacy at Utica-Rome, Northeast Notes – DTD Exclusive

By MIKE MALLETT (@DTDMike) Friesen Unstoppable at Utica-Rome Last year Stewart Friesen nearly lost the Cole Cup.  Had Steve Poirier not made a mistake in the final corner or the final lap he would have finished second.  This past Saturday night he left little doubt as to who was going to win the event and the $10,000 payday.  Friesen led the entire distance for his second win in the race as he adds to his racing resume at the facility which already includes wins in the New Yorker and the Victoria as well multiple track titles and the record for…More

Strong California contingent, Craig Dollansky’s return, highlight national Sprint Car notes

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) Hometown Gold Cup sweep. Pennsylvania isn’t the only area of the country where the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series can be beat. The California regulars took it to the traveling band, sweeping both ends of the prestigious Gold Cup Friday and Saturday. Carson Macedo shocked the Sprint Car world by winning Friday’s prelim, and veteran Jonathan Allard whipped the home crowd into a frenzy in the $12,000 Gold Cup finale. We’ve been saying for a couple years that the California regulars are as good as any weekly contingent in the country. Close finish.…More

Greg Hodnett’s big night, Rick Lafferty wins title, more central Pennsylvania Sprint Car notes

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) Big night for Hodnett. As soon as you heard the lineup for Saturday’s Tuscarora 50, you kind of had a feeling that it was going to be a big night for Greg Hodnett. The Thomasville driver was scheduled to start fourth and decimated the field over the 50-lap distance — he had the lead going into Turn 3 on the first lap — to bag a $13,350 payday. Incidentally, Hodnett also wrapped on the All Star Circuit of Champions Eastern championship, which is worth an additional $20,000. It’s all business. Still not sure what is…More