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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

OCFS Sportsman Champion L.J. Lombardo

By JEFF LAMBERT Danbury, CT native Lewis Junior Lombardo, a.k.a. “LJ”, got his start in racing when he was just 3-years old. He will turn 19 in a month and a half, but already has an impressive racing résumé, including claiming this season’s OCFS Sportsman championship in just his second full season. I caught up with LJ at the family-owned Ultimate Auto Center in Danbury last week in order to get to know the man behind the No. 35. “I started racing go-karts when I was 3-years old.” he told me. “I ran at Shelton Motor Speedway in Connecticut, and…More

Mostly Racin’ Stuff By Tom Avenengo Volume # 198 10/23/2014

Special notice: From last week: “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 States. We will be heading back to Florida the Monday after ESW. So, sad to say, don’t expect a column for the next couple of weeks.” Well, sad to say, my cardiologist but the kibosh on me traveling north – especially by car. The fear of me getting blood clots is the main reason. So, no ESW…More

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.