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World of Outlaws next rivalry, next man up for Dennis Roth, highlight national Sprint Car notes

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) A rivalry brewing? Joey Saldana and Daryn Pittman have finished 1-2 in two of the last three World of Outlaw STP Sprint Cup Series events, with each landing a victory. After Saldana scored a satisfying victory to close the California swing, Pittman wasn’t pleased with the Dan Motter ace’s on-track tactics. Pittman stormed back two races later at Devil’s Bowl and passed Saldana for the victory. Add to the mix that Saldana used to drive for Kasey Kahne Racing — Pittman took over his seat — and you have the makings of an intense and…More

Port Royal versus Lincoln debate highlights central Pennsylvania Sprint Car talking points

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) Let the debate begin. Who has the best Saturday night program in central Pennsylvania: Is it Lincoln or Port Royal Speedway? The social media debate escalated on Twitter Saturday night and continued Sunday on websites. The Lincoln contingent points to starting position for winning drivers, while the Port rests its laurels on a field with more heavy hitters and a tendency to draw an outside invader or two. As long as both tracks keep getting full fields, this is a healthy argument that will give fans something to talk about throughout the season. Hodnett cracks…More

Stewart Friesen Set to Start 2014 at Utica-Rome – DTD Exclusive

By – JOHN DOUGLAS JR. Last month the Syracuse Motorsports Expo was held at the New York State Fairgrounds, and I had a chance to catch up with Stewart Friesen. We chatted for a few minutes about the off season, his 2014 prospects and racing in Florida. Below is a full transcript of that interview: JD: So tell me how the off-season has gone, and what are your plans for 2014? Friesen: We had a good off-season, we were able to go through the cars, between Tadd Parks’ car and Tom Cullen’s stuff and refresh them.  We had a good…More

Another Big Win for Esh, Scores Tommy Classic at Williams Grove – DTD Exclusive

By MIKE MALLETT Doug Esh did it again on Friday night. The Lancaster, Pa., driver scored another big win, this time it was his first for new car owner Gary Heckman in the Tommy Classic at Williams Grove Speedway earning him a nice $7,500 payday. “I don’t know what it is,” said Esh. “I get mentally prepared for them. We needed to get going and get a win because it fixes a lot of issues and gets everyone’s morale up. Not that it is down by any means, but they hired us to do a job and I want to…More

Tomkins Comes Up Big in Corcoran Memorial at Canandaigua – DTD Exclusive

By MIKE MALLETT Gary Tomkins kicked off the 2014 season on a high note Saturday night at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park. The Clifton Springs, N.Y., driver captured the Jan Corcoran Memorial 64-lap big-block modified feature en route to collecting $6,400 for his efforts. It was his first victory in the prestigious event. “This is huge,” commented Tomkins after the win. “This will help us pay some bills. We owe some people some money obviously to get going. So besides the win, that is a big deal right there. We got a lot of money out on this thing to start…More

Sprint Car driver Mark Coldren looking for a replacement after deciding to hang up his racing helmet

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) Mark Coldren is calling it a career to focus on family, but Sprint Car racing is still going to be a fixture in his life. Just in a different capacity. Coldren and his wife are expecting twins in May. Considering the danger in racing and two new additions to the family, the decision to hang up his helmet and venture into Sprint Car ownership was a no-brainer. Justin Henderson will run Coldren’s car when the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series comes to Williams Grove Speedway May 16-17. After that, the seat is open…More

Mostly Racin’ Stuff By Tom Avenengo Volume # 177 04/17/2014

  Some personal/family stuff:   So, is it the cooler temps or something else up here in this area that causes both the wife and I to have a harder time breathing?  Might it be our blood is now thicker, what with the cooler weather?  The wife has also been complaining about her back aching.  Might it be caused by the car trip from Florida?  She has a doctor appointment on Monday – maybe we’ll get some kind of news then. Last Saturday I accompanied my son, Eric, on a trip to Virginia so he could drop off his son…More

Sheppard Has Super Weekend for Two Teams – DTD Exclusive

By MIKE MALLETT Any questions that remained about how well Matt Sheppard would do after leaving Jeff Brownell Motorsports to join the Troyer camp have been answered. Sheppard has three wins already on the young season with two coming this past weekend at Fonda Speedway along with his first ever career win Sunday afternoon at Five Mile Point Speedway. Even Sheppard was a bit surprised at how successful he’s been right out of the box. “I knew we would be good, well I had all the confidence in the world we would be good,” said the Waterloo, N.Y. native. “It…More

Border Patrol 4/14/14

Without question, this past Winter has been one of the worst on record in my lifetime with cold temperatures, significant snowfall that extended even into April. Although area tracks have been forced to postpone their original schedule, I decided a road trip was in store to one of my favorite tracks. I will discuss that a little more later in the column. Like most years during the month of March, many of my weekends are spent attending car shows as race teams showcase their off-season efforts for all to see. I also attended several local Speedway banquets over the past…More

Manmiller and Strunk Split Twin 20′s at Grandview – DTD Exclusive

By RYAN LEPRE Saturday night I took in the action at the Grandview Speedway featuring Twin 20’s for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series 358 Modifieds. As always the racing was intense on the high banked 3/8 mile oval in Bechtelsville, PA. In the first 20 lapper Eric Biehn led early over Kyle Follweiler and fourth starter Doug Manmiller. The caution flew on lap seven and on the restart Manmiller moved into the second spot. Meanwhile tenth starter Craig Von Dohren was into the fifth position and closing. Manmiller started to apply pressure to Biehn for the lead while Jordan…More