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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

Daryn Pittman deserves praise for impressive season in Donny Schatz’s shadow

(Dick Ayers Photo) By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) It’s a common theme in sports. One individual or team excels and the rest of the field is forgotten regardless of accomplishment. That’s what happened to Daryn Pittman in 2014. He, arguably, had his best year as a Sprint Car driver and no one knew it. Thank you, Donny Schatz. The Tony Stewart Racing standout was dominant. Schatz mowed down 26 wins, $750,000 in earnings for his team and set the record for most points in the season, besting Steve Kinser’s mark which was set in 1991. As for Pittman, he was…More

Makin Tracks 11/13/14 – DTD Exclusive

By BILL FOLEY Criticism is something that many writers get flack about even if the objective is to be constructive Sometimes the criticism is warranted. However, it isn’t often that congratulations instead of criticism takes center stage, but this is one of those times. For years I went to the Moody Mile and could not believe the chaos and disorganization. Schedules were meant to be broken and it was simply frustrating. I have to admit it has been a few years since I spent any length of time up there. Now I have to explain why I am such a…More

Mostly Racin’ Stuff By Tom Avenengo Volume # 201 11/13/2014

    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.   Got started on this on Sunday.   All day long we were without Internet service.  Some stupid/ridiculous system they have down here, that’s for sure!  Seems like my daughter has to give a certain person a phone call for them to know.  Of course my daughter doesn’t get home from work at the hospital anywhere from 7:45 – 8:00 PM. …More

In My Own Words – Charlotte World Finals – DTD Exclusive

By BOB MILLER The 2014 racing season for me is now officially over. I know there are still straggling events here and there that could prolong the season, but I have stuff to do around the house before Old Man Winter takes residency here in NY, so it probably isn’t likely that I will participate. And besides, NOTHING could match up to the World Finals atmosphere. The racing was absolutely fantastic and the crowd will be talking about it for months, I promise. The trip started for me on Thursday morning, November 6th. I didn’t sleep very well the night…More

Decker Earns First Series Title Since 2008; Charlotte Leftovers – DTD Exclusive

By MIKE MALLETT Billy Decker has been through it all in his illustrious career. The Unadilla, N.Y., driver has won the big races, he’s won the track titles and he’s been a Super DIRTcar Series champion on two occasions in the past. Still, the veteran campaigner was nervous going into Saturday night’s finale for Big-Block Modifieds at the World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Decker has never been good on the four-tenths mile oval and that added to his stress level of going for another championship. “It sucks, it really does,” said Decker after his title winning run. “For…More

Fred Rahmer books Renegades, World Finals thoughts, SSP finale, highlight Sprint Car notes

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) More of a good thing in 2015. Fred Rahmer’s promotion of the Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speed Week series event at Path Valley Speedway was a huge success. Expect more of the same in 2015. Rahmer will promote three races next season, once of which will be a Renegade Sprints vs. Pennsylvania Posse tilt at the Dry Run facility. The Sprint Car legend indicated that he would like to have the show on a Sunday in April, which is interesting with Grandview on the slate for a couple Tuesday events. This could end up being the…More