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No. 3 Sammy Swindell: PennLive’s Top 25 Sprint Car Drivers in the Country

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) Accomplishments: Swindell is one of the most well-known drivers in all of motorsports. He reportedly owns 294 victories with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series, but it’s more if you count all the preliminary wins over the years. Those triumphs have helped Swindell record three championships with the series, the last of which occurred in 1997. Swindell has bagged his share of big scores. He is a three-time Kings Royal champion, a three-time Silver Cup titlist at Lernerville, two-time National Open champion at Williams Grove, a one-time Knoxville Nationals winner and also owns a…More

Makin Tracks 7/26/14 – DTD Exclusive

By BILL FOLEY I have to admit I am a racing refugee. Since 1976 I have covered racing either for newspaper or radio, spent many years in asphalt and dirt track towers and infields announcing and since 1958 I have been a huge racing fan. For the past several years I have written “Makin Tracks” for Gater Racing News and suddenly I didn’t have a home again. So Mike Mallett rescued this racing refugee and provided me a new home on DTD. It is good to be aboard. As a “person of age” this is my first trip to the…More

No. 4 Daryn Pittman: PennLive’s Top 25 Sprint Car Drivers in the Country

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) Accomplishments: Pittman’s had the bulk of his World of Outlaws success over the 2013 and 2014 seasons. He landed eight of his 49 career tallies with the series a year ago on the way to his first World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship. He is also in the mix this year with 11 victories and is second in the point standings heading to Canada. But that isn’t the only lines on Pittman’s resume. The Owasso, Okla., native captured the Historical Big One (2006) owns at Gold Cup title and earned the Kings Royal title…More

Coffey and Phelps Share Midweek Honors in Central New York – DTD Exclusive

By MIKE MALLETT Vic Coffey picked up the $3,000 victory on Tuesday night at the Yates County Speedway as the Modifieds returned to the card for a rare mid-week event at the Dundee, N.Y., oval. It was an impressive performance for Coffey who started 15th in the 50-lap feature event. He took the lead on lap 28 and never looked back as he went on to win. “This is a mid-week show that is an hour and 20 minutes from the shop so you got to go in my opinion,” commented Coffey. “We aren’t doing much with late model right…More

No. 5 Joey Saldana: PennLive’s Top 25 Sprint Car Drivers in the Country

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) Accomplishments: Saldana’s had a brilliant career. He owns 89 World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series wins — it’s over 100 if you count preliminary wins — and has been in the top four in points seven of the last eight seasons. This, after Saldana cut his teeth with the All Star Circuit of Champions, a group he has beaten 71 times. Saldana’s resume also includes big wins, as he owns two Kings Royal titles (2002, 2006), a pair of Gold Cup Race of Champions scores (2007, 2009) and an Ironman 55 tally. Saldana also hasn’t…More

No. 6 Stevie Smith: PennLive’s Top 25 Sprint Car Drivers in the Country

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) Accomplishments: Smith made his mark in central Pennsylvania, but he became a star on the World of Outlaws circuit. He owns 68 World of Outlaws victories and was in the top five in points eight times, including a second-place finish to Steve Kinser in 1992. Regular WoO shows aren’t the only time Smith shined. He has a pair of Williams Grove National Open titles, a Silver Cup triumph at Lernerville and was a one-time Gold Cup champ. Smith saved his best for the Knoxville Nationals, as he has been on the podium four times. His last…More

It’s OK to disagree with John Westbrook, but there is no reason for childish comments

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) John Westbrook stared straight ahead as he exited the courtroom. He kept silent with no comment on a case that had the dirt-track racing world watching. I can’t blame him. Westbrook looked beaten and exhausted. Like a Sprint Car driver that had just competed in a 50-lap feature in 105-degree heat around a tight bullring. No doubt, he was tired from this long process. He just finished an unsuccessful week-long stint in a Cumberland County Court and has been dealing with the fallout of his lawsuit against Williams Grove Speedway. I can’t begin to know…More

Mostly Racin’ Stuff By Tom Avenengo Volume # 186 07/24/2014

  Some personal/family stuff:   I have to imagine that I’ll be like most everyone else and get over the loss I’ve had back on 7/3.  I’ve been thinking of what I’m missing the most – her watching the Sci-Fi channel.  Those “Zombie” shows that she loved to watch.  Being able to pitch in and do things for her over these last years.  Her very first meal that she made for me was Chili – way before we got married.  Damn, no one could make it like her – and it wasn’t the hot/spicy kind, either.  Gonna miss that, for…More

No. 7 Dale Blaney: PennLive’s Top 25 Sprint Car Drivers in the Country

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) Accomplishments: Blaney has been a monster on the All Star Circuit of Champions circuit, recording 106 career wins to date with no signs of slowing down this season. He also has five championships with the series and is on his way to six. Want big shows, Blaney’s got them. He has a Kings Royal title and Historical Big One tally in his pocket. The Hartford, Ohio, native has nine World of Outlaws scores, including one at Attica Raceway Park earlier this season. Blaney also won four of six shows during Ohio Speed Week to claim the…More

No. 8 Jac Haudenschild: PennLive’s Top 25 Sprint Car Drivers in the Country

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) Accomplishments: If you are going to be a master at a particular track, there is no place better than Eldora Speedway. Haudenschild has captured three Kings Royal titles and has a Historical Big One to his credit. But Haudenschild isn’t just a one-track phenom, as he has 56 career World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series wins and 28 tallies with the All Star Circuit of Champions. Haudenschild also owns three Gold Cup championships and has been on the podium twice at the Knoxville Nationals, finishing third in 1982 and second in 1998. Did you know: It’s…More