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Donny Schatz’s run should be appreciated, Willie Croft claims Trophy Cup, more national Sprint Car news

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) Schatz, who else? Even with all the success Donny Schatz has had over the years and in 2014, he still has the ability to “Wow” people. Schatz looked like he was going to get shut out of Victory Lane Saturday night at Fremont Speedway after being forced to run the Last Chance Showdown. Didn’t matter. Schatz stormed through the field from his 11th-place starting spot and captured the 40-lap event. It was Schatz’s 26th win of the season in World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series competition, which is the most A-Main wins by a…More

Cory Haas gets feel-good win, Ryan Smith liking new chassis, more central Pennsylvania Sprint Car notes

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) Feel-good win for Haas. If someone asked me to give a “Hard Luck Award” in central Pennsylvania, it would go to Cory Haas. It seems like every time Haas is running near the front of the field contending for a win, something breaks or someone spins out in front of him. On Saturday, luck was on Haas’ side — for once — and he was able to capture the Fall Classic at Williams Grove Speedway. Brent Marks took the lead early but had a left-rear flat that put him out of contention. It’s about time…More

Weekend Rewind: American Sprint Car Series 10/20/14

TULSA, Okla. (October 20, 2014) The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real paired with the Smiley’s Racing Products Lone Star Region this past weekend for the 41st running of the Devil’s Bowl Winter Nationals. Two nights of racing saw nearly perfect weather at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway with 47 drivers taking part in this year’s event for races 79 and 80 for the series at the famed half-mile oval. The Winners: Friday, October 17, 2014 • Tony Bruce, Jr. (National / Lone Star) – For the thirteenth time in his career, Tony Bruce, Jr. stood…More

Mike Erdley decides to race, looking for the right situation in 2015

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) Mike Erdley finds himself in unfamiliar territory in regards to his Sprint Car career: Looking for a ride in 2015. When car-owner Randy Lisi decided to call it quits, Erdley had to first make a decision. Was he going to follow suit and hang up his helmet or keep running a part-time schedule in the sport he has come to love? It took time, but Erdley realized he still has something left. Now the hard part, finding a seat. Erdley is searching for a car owner that wants to run 30 to 40 races in…More

‘National Sprint League’ taking shape, Tod Quiring makes announcements concerning Midwest Sprint Car series

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) For people that thought that Tod Quiring’s new Midwest Sprint Car series wouldn’t get off the ground, it’s full speed ahead. Quiring and his staff have methodically plodded through this process. On Wednesday, the group took another step, naming the series the “National Sprint League.” That wasn’t the only announcement. CLICK HERE to continue reading at PennLive.com.  

Racing Road Trips, You Got To Love Them 10/16/14 – DTD Exclusive

By LEON ANDRUS Now this is not an official road trip but my racing on this past Friday and Saturday had me at my normal Friday night stomping grounds and that is the I-88 Speedway at the Afton Fairgrounds in Afton, N.Y. The action on the track was for the two-day double-header of the Short Track Super National 7 Weekend. It was the sixth and final race of the inaugural season of the Short Track Super Series Fueled by VP for the Modified division to be held on Saturday. The race for this season returned home to where the original…More

This and That 10/15/14 – DTD Exclusive

By ED & BETTY BIITTIG Our trip to Syracuse started with a heavy heart. On Tuesday Ed spoke with Pam Miller, Chaplain Dave’s wife about coming to visit him before going to Super DIRT Week. She said not to make the trip because he was resting with the help of medication. So Ed packed for Syracuse and left Wednesday morning. On Thursday morning he received a call from Pastor Dave’s brother with the news we knew was coming but still dreaded to hear. Chaplain Dave Miller went home to the Lord early that morning. For many race people at Super…More

Sprint Car legend Danny Lasoski reunites with crew chief Guy Forbrook, excited for opportunity with Tod Quiring team

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) Danny Lasoski isn’t the type to sit around and wait for the phone to ring. Instead, he makes things happen. Even if that means driving a 360 Sprint Car for Mark Burch or fitting the bill on his own. Lasoski is a hard-nosed racer that’s made his bones in this sport and isn’t too keen about being on the sidelines. But when high-profile car owner Tod Quiring dialed Lasoski up, it was one call the Dover, Mo., driver was more than happy to get. And for good reason. Craig Dollansky left the Big Game Treestands…More

Danny Holtgraver signs on with Phoenix Racing, anxious to get started with his new team

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) Danny Holtgraver heard the rumors, and he didn’t want to take the chance that he would be sitting around in the offseason without a ride. So, he made a move to secure his short-term future. There has been speculation that Holtgraver wouldn’t return to the Rob Hunter-owned No. 10H next season. Instead of waiting for something to happen, the Pittsburgh native worked on a deal and finalized it Monday. Holtgraver will drive for Tom and Sherry Leidig, owners of Phoenix Racing, the rest of this season and in 2015. According to reports, Hunter has not…More

Mostly Racin’ Stuff By Tom Avenengo Volume # 197 10/13/2014

Special notice: Early on Monday, 10/13/14, I got the word that I was to go to the ER first thing on Tuesday so I can be admitted to the hospital in order to get rid of this retention of water I’ve had for some time now. Medications (water pills) just were not cutting it. Therefore, this week’s column is coming out early. Next week, around Tues/Wed, as long as I’m up to it, we’ll be heading north to get some more stuff out of my house, and again, if I feel up to it a trip or two to Eastern…More