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Justin Barger catches timely caution, fends off Greg Hodnett for Port Royal Speedway victory

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) PORT ROYAL: Justin Barger felt the pressure. You really can’t blame the Montrose, N.Y., driver. He is still relatively new to the 410 Sprint Car division, and veteran Greg Hodnett was breathing down his neck. Big time. But Barger didn’t succumb to nerves. He took advantage of a timely caution and showed what he’s learned over the past year, holding off Hodnett to lead the entire 25-lap distance and bank a $3,000 payday. “In lapped traffic, it’s tough to pick your line and know where to go,” Barger said. “I saw Greg there, and I took…More

Danny Dietrich-Brent Marks altercation at Williams Grove leads to a banged up race car and $500 fine

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) MECHANICSBURG: Danny Dietrich and Brent Marks won’t be going to the casino for a night out anytime soon. Or ever, for that matter. These two drivers aren’t friends. If anything, there is genuine dislike on one or both sides, and that boiled over Friday during the Jack Gunn Memorial at Williams Grove Speedway. Dietrich and Marks were waging a fierce battle during the 30-lap feature. Apparently, it got testy at times before ending with Dietrich hurling a steering wheel at Marks’ car during a caution period and a fine. The two traded multiple slide jobs. Dietrich’s…More

Racing Road Trips, You Got To Love Them 8/30/14 – DTD Exclusive

By LEON ANDRUS The last couple road trips I have taken have been tough to take as I have seen no racing at all due to Mother Nature. A few weeks ago on a Sunday I headed to Utica Rome for a twin twenty event for the Modified division and went I left my home the weather was nice. As I got closer to the track the weather kept looking worse and in Hamilton, N.Y. the skies opened big time but I kept going forward and about three miles from the speedway it stopped and said to myself, self they…More

Tony Stewart will return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) It was only a matter of time. Tony Stewart is taking the next step in the healing process by returning to the track. The three-time NASCAR champion announced Thursday that he will compete in this weekend’s Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. A release from the Stewart Camp stated that he will also be available to the press in the Atlanta Motor Speedway Media Center Friday at 1 p.m. According to NASCAR executives, Stewart has received all the necessary clearances and the series has been in constant contact with Stewart-Haas Racing regarding the situation.…More

Randy Lisi joins the list of Sprint Car owners that have succumbed to rising costs in the sport

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) Sprint Car owner Randy Lisi recently had his 62nd birthday. There were gifts, a celebration and a final decision. Lisi is going to retire. For the last 15 years, Lisi has been fielding a car driven by Mike Erdley. The team spent most of that time running a full schedule but in recent years, Lisi and Co. have scaled back to one night a week at Port Royal Speedway. Racing is an expensive game and in the end, too much money was going out and not enough was coming in. “Racing is more expensive and continues…More

Mostly Racin’ Stuff By Tom Avenengo Volume # 191 08/28/2014

    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.   I had some blood work done a week ago – for two doctors, one of which is a kidney specialist.  I have an appointment to see him on September 3rd.  So far, he has not contacted me.  Is that good news?  Well, not so according to my daughter Sandy, who’s down in Florida.  A couple of figures that pertained…More

SCONE Drivers Invade ESS Quebec Weekend, ESS Notes – DTD Exclusive

By MIKE MALLETT The Empire Super Sprint tour returned to action this past weekend with two events in the province of Quebec.  On Friday night the series competed at the large half-mile Autodrome Granby before a Saturday night event at the quarter-mile Le RPM Speedway.  In competition on those nights with the Empire Super Sprints were three regular competitors with the Sprint Cars of New England racing series.  Chris Donnelly, Will Hull and Tim Beard all compete with the series in New Hampshire and Vermont. Chris Donnelly, a former SCONE champion and current point leader, had the best runs of…More

Weekend Rewind: American Sprint Car Series 8/26/14

TULSA, Okla. – National and Regional competition across Arkansas, New Mexico, Tennessee, and Texas highlight this week’s look back at the action of the American Sprint Car Series which included a first time visit to a newly opened facility as well as a return to a series favorite. Regional races included two battles between the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner and Smiley’s Racing Products Lone Star Regions as well as West Texas 305cid while the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour trekked through the Mid-South. The Winners: Thursday, August 21, 2014 • Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (National) – For the third…More

Sammy Swindell’s retirement, Donny Schatz by the numbers, highlight national Sprint Car notes

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) A legend calls it a career. First, it was Fred Rahmer. Then, Steve Kinser decided to scale back next season. And now, Sammy Swindell has called it a career. The Germantown, Tenn., ace announced Monday that he is retiring from Sprint Car racing, effective immediately. Over his storied career, Swindell, one of the top three drivers in Sprint Car history, has recorded 294 victories with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series and three series championships. Swindell stated in a press release that he wants to spend more time with his son, Kevin, who…More

Sammy Swindell: Love him or hate him, he is a Sprint Car legend

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) An email from Inside Line Promotions popped into my inbox. My initial thought was to see who won where and how. Then I saw the headline, “Sammy Swindell retiring from full-time racing effective immediately.” My immediate reaction was one of shock, and then I picked up the phone and called public relations guru Shawn Miller. It was true. Shock turned to sadness. Then, it went to appreciation at the thought of one of the top three Sprint Car drivers of all time calling it a career. Swindell’s place in racing can never be questioned. If…More