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David Gravel, Rico Abreu, Danny Holtgraver, head list of top young drivers in Sprint Car racing

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) If you put a label on the Sprint Car season, it would be the year of Donny Schatz’s dominance over the sport. It’s Schatz and everyone else running a distant second. But that isn’t the only headline. Schatz will have to share the marquee with the up-and-coming drivers in the sport. Names like Rico Abreu, Christopher Bell, Carson Macedo and now Ryan Smith. These are just a few of the drivers that have made 2014 the “Year of Youth” and have proven to be the next stars of Sprint Car racing. Here is a quick…More

Mostly Racin’ Stuff By Tom Avenengo Volume # 199 10/30/2014

Special notice # 1:   I have no idea as to how this week’s column will turnout.  I’ve been blessed with a new computer and navigating through it might cause some problems.  So far, it’s been pretty easy.  I find I can now just copy & paste things, with just a font change.  Previously, I found I had to go through a couple of different things to post into my columns. Note:  With this new computer, I’ve noticed that the new links I’m supplying have remained black, and not turned blue, like previous columns (some are still in blue, however),…More

Weekend Rewind: American Sprint Car Series 10/28/14

TULSA, Okla. (October 27, 2014) – The 27th running of the COMPcams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tire gave fans plenty to talk about this past weekend. Along with the action in Little Rock, Ark. the drama was also thick in Arizona as the ASCS Southwest Region took on the Arizona Speedway for the final time this season. Race count on the season stands at 158 to make 189 sanctioned events for the American Sprint Car Series with 72 winners across 305cid and 360cid competition. To this point, 617 drivers have taken part in at least one ASCS sanctioned…More

Dale Blaney still on top, Christopher Bell Short Track Nationals champ, highlight national Sprint Car notes

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) Still the man. It doesn’t seem to matter whether it’s the All Star Circuit of Champions or Renegade Sprints Series, Dale Blaney owns Ohio. That was evident again last week. Blaney continued his torrid pace this season by passing Danny Lasoski to claim the Open Wheel Championships at Atomic Speedway Saturday night and add another $15,000 to the war chest. If not for Donny Schatz’s exploits in dominating the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Series, Blaney would be the No. 1 ranked driver in the country in 2014. The versatile Mr. Bell. There might not…More

Ryan Smith a rising star, Stevie Smith’s charge, more notes from central Pennsylvania Sprint Car scene

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) Ryan Smith is a rising star. Anytime you can beat Donny Schatz and the World of Outlaws, you are going to garner plenty of attention. But that isn’t the only reason Ryan Smith, who beat the traveling band at Port Royal Saturday night, is a rising star in Sprint Car racing. Smith is smooth and doesn’t get in scrapes. Smith’s mentor was Don Kreitz Jr., which means he knows his way around a Sprint Car as far as taking them apart, putting them together and setups. It will be interesting to see how Smith progresses…More

This & That 10/28/14 – DTD Exclusive

By ED & BETTY BIITTIG The 53rd running of the Eastern States Weekend was one great one. Whatever the weather may have looked like, Orange County Fairgrounds was treated to three great days for the end of October. For many racers and fans this was their last racing event for the season. Of course we still have some racing leading right up to December. This weekend Five Mile Point in Kirkwood and Devil’s Bowl in Vermont, then on to Charlotte and by the end of November Brett Deyo’s Gobbler runs the final weekend of November with a rain date in…More

Hearn Dominates Eastern States Weekend While Pocketing Nearly $30,000 – DTD Exclusive

By MIKE MALLETT It’s no surprise that Brett Hearn captured both Saturday and Sunday’s big events at the Orange County Fair Speedway as part of the 53rd running of Eastern States Weekend. Hearn collected nearly $30,000 in purse and lap money in sweeping both the 100 lap small-block championship and his third consecutive Eastern States 200 for the Super DIRTcar Series big-block modifieds. It was his 300th and 301st career wins at the historic Middletown, N.Y., facility and inched him closer to 900 career wins as a driver. It was the fifth time in his career that he won both…More

Back in 2015: Steve Smith is the perfect winning fit for the Fred Rahmer-Dave Pritchard Sprint Car team

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) Name the fastest, most consistent car owner-driver combination in central Pennsylvania Sprint Car racing this season. Greg Hodnett and Mike Heffner is the obvious choice. Maybe Lucas Wolfe and Zemco team because of all the fast time awards and Speed Week performance. It’s all in the eye of the beholder and the criteria used by the individual. But I wouldn’t shortchange Stevie Smith. With Fred Rahmer and Dave Pritchard paying the bills, Moon Byers running the pit stall and Rahmer’s boys, Freddie and Brandon, taking care of the equipment, Smith was a contender every time…More

Chad Kemenah unloads responsibility, can focus on driving ability with Rob Hunter Sprint Car team

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) Chad Kemenah’s talent has come into question with the racing public over the last six years. It’s been a struggle. There is no bitterness. Kemenah understands this is a performance-based business, and he hasn’t met expectations of late. The statistics don’t lie, but they don’t tell the whole story. Kemenah spent the last six seasons as an owner-driver, a daunting task running against the best in the country. Kemenah drove the truck, worked on the car, paid the bills. Oh, and he spent most nights running used tires just so he could survive. That’s shoestring.…More

Mike Vigiletti Ready for Eastern States Action

By JEFF LAMBERT 44-year-old Mike Vigiletti had a tremendous season at the Orange County Fair Speedway in 2014. He and fellow driver Charlie Donald swapped the points lead five times throughout the season until July 19th when he took over the lead and never looked back. He captured five victories at the historic five-eighths-mile speedway on his way to his first-ever championship, the 23rd Street Stock champion in OCFS’s history. Winning at the OCFS is not an easy task, and driving to a championship is even more difficult. His No. 1 Monte Carlo has had its share of beatings and…More