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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

Don Kreitz Jr. still has it, Montieth and Marks struggle, highlight central Pennsylvania Sprint Car notes

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) That Kreitz fellow still has it. Don Kreitz Jr. talked about the expectations facing his team after a strong 2013 finish that included a Tuscarora 50 victory. The Sinking Springs legend downplayed the chatter, but he lived up to it on the track at Susquehanna Speedway Park with his 30th victory at the facility. Kreitz continues to build on an impressive resume that includes a ton of victories, championships and a win in the prestigious Kings Royal. It’s a travesty that Kreitz is not in the Sprint Car Hall of Fame. Not a bad start.…More

Joey Saldana red hot, Rico Abreu’s sweep, highlight national Sprint Car talking points

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) Saldana and Motter starting to click. A lot has been made of the Kasey Kahne Racing trio of Brad Sweet, Daryn Pittman and Cody Darrah winning six of 14 races. It’s legit, but no one on the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series is running hot like Joey Saldana. The Dan Motter-owned team has found a groove the last eight races, posting seven top-five finishes and winning at Perris Auto Speedway Saturday night. He also has seven fast time awards, equalling his total from all of last season. Look for Saldana to have a…More

Stutts Strong in Selinsgrove 360 Sprint Car Opener – DTD Exclusive

By MIKE MALLETT Make it three-in-a-row for TJ Stutts in Empire Super Sprint action at the Selinsgrove Speedway. The veteran driver from Liverpool, Pa., scored the win on Saturday night in the 30-lap, $3,000 to win event for his first win of 2014 and his 18th overall at the Pennsylvania oval. “This car is so good right now with the Penske Shocks, Mach 1 chassis, everything is working the way it is supposed to,” said Stutts. “Right now we are making the right decisions. We are looking at the track and making the right calls. That is important because right…More

Scaling down schedule is viable option for Sprint Car success

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) When you are a kid growing up going to the local dirt tracks, you always believe that more is better. Friday, Saturday and some Sundays with your dad at the track. Food, fast cars and loud noises. It doesn’t get any better. Of course, in my case, I wasn’t footing the bill for these trips. The purse and what these daredevils got paid to win was lost on me. And I, certainly, didn’t know or care at that point what the racers and teams put into it.. But as you get older, your focus shifts.…More

Mostly Racin’ Stuff By Tom Avenengo Volume # 176 04/10/2014

  Some personal/family stuff:   We got back here to the “frigid” country ok.  About the only problem we had was that once we got over an hour away from Cape Coral, and about to get on route 70 to head east to I-95, I realized that we had left my insulin in the refrigerator.  It was an unopened package of 5 FlexPens.  A quick call to a granddaughter and we had her wrap the insulin in foil then it was double bagged and mailed out to me.  She was told I’d get it Saturday.  I’m doing this on Monday…More

Port Royal improvements; Blane Heimbach’s dominance, highlight central Pennsylvania Sprint Car notes

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) Kudos to Port Royal management. You never want to jump to conclusions after one race, but Port Royal Speedway gets an A-plus for its offseason improvements. Cosmetically, the Turn 1 fence — it looks like a mini-Knoxville — and inside fence around the speedway were a pleasant surprise, but the widening of Turns 1 and 2 are the big home run. Drivers gushed about the design after being able to better utilize the bottom and plant their cars in all three grooves Saturday evening. If Race 1 was any indication, it’s going to be an…More

Brad Sweet class of WoO field; KKR dominance highlight national Sprint Car notes

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) Sweet class of WoO field. When you think of the dominant car and driver on the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series, you go to names like Donny Schatz, Daryn Pittman and Paul McMahan. All are having decent seasons, but none have been in the same league as Brad Sweet. The California Kid isn’t leading the points, but he has three wins — most in the series — seven top fives and 10 top ten runs in 12 events. He also has one fast-time award. Sweet, only 28, is becoming one of the best…More