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Tony Stewart will return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) It was only a matter of time. Tony Stewart is taking the next step in the healing process by returning to the track. The three-time NASCAR champion announced Thursday that he will compete in this weekend’s Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. A release from the Stewart Camp stated that he will also be available to the press in the Atlanta Motor Speedway Media Center Friday at 1 p.m. According to NASCAR executives, Stewart has received all the necessary clearances and the series has been in constant contact with Stewart-Haas Racing regarding the situation.…More

Randy Lisi joins the list of Sprint Car owners that have succumbed to rising costs in the sport

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) Sprint Car owner Randy Lisi recently had his 62nd birthday. There were gifts, a celebration and a final decision. Lisi is going to retire. For the last 15 years, Lisi has been fielding a car driven by Mike Erdley. The team spent most of that time running a full schedule but in recent years, Lisi and Co. have scaled back to one night a week at Port Royal Speedway. Racing is an expensive game and in the end, too much money was going out and not enough was coming in. “Racing is more expensive and continues…More

Mostly Racin’ Stuff By Tom Avenengo Volume # 191 08/28/2014

    Some personal/family stuff:     My wife, who left us on July 3, 2014.   Remember, photos can only be seen on the New England Tractor/Race Report website, which is linked to at the end of my columns.   I had some blood work done a week ago – for two doctors, one of which is a kidney specialist.  I have an appointment to see him on September 3rd.  So far, he has not contacted me.  Is that good news?  Well, not so according to my daughter Sandy, who’s down in Florida.  A couple of figures that pertained…More

SCONE Drivers Invade ESS Quebec Weekend, ESS Notes – DTD Exclusive

By MIKE MALLETT The Empire Super Sprint tour returned to action this past weekend with two events in the province of Quebec.  On Friday night the series competed at the large half-mile Autodrome Granby before a Saturday night event at the quarter-mile Le RPM Speedway.  In competition on those nights with the Empire Super Sprints were three regular competitors with the Sprint Cars of New England racing series.  Chris Donnelly, Will Hull and Tim Beard all compete with the series in New Hampshire and Vermont. Chris Donnelly, a former SCONE champion and current point leader, had the best runs of…More

Weekend Rewind: American Sprint Car Series 8/26/14

TULSA, Okla. – National and Regional competition across Arkansas, New Mexico, Tennessee, and Texas highlight this week’s look back at the action of the American Sprint Car Series which included a first time visit to a newly opened facility as well as a return to a series favorite. Regional races included two battles between the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner and Smiley’s Racing Products Lone Star Regions as well as West Texas 305cid while the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour trekked through the Mid-South. The Winners: Thursday, August 21, 2014 • Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (National) – For the third…More

Sammy Swindell’s retirement, Donny Schatz by the numbers, highlight national Sprint Car notes

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) A legend calls it a career. First, it was Fred Rahmer. Then, Steve Kinser decided to scale back next season. And now, Sammy Swindell has called it a career. The Germantown, Tenn., ace announced Monday that he is retiring from Sprint Car racing, effective immediately. Over his storied career, Swindell, one of the top three drivers in Sprint Car history, has recorded 294 victories with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series and three series championships. Swindell stated in a press release that he wants to spend more time with his son, Kevin, who…More

Sammy Swindell: Love him or hate him, he is a Sprint Car legend

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) An email from Inside Line Promotions popped into my inbox. My initial thought was to see who won where and how. Then I saw the headline, “Sammy Swindell retiring from full-time racing effective immediately.” My immediate reaction was one of shock, and then I picked up the phone and called public relations guru Shawn Miller. It was true. Shock turned to sadness. Then, it went to appreciation at the thought of one of the top three Sprint Car drivers of all time calling it a career. Swindell’s place in racing can never be questioned. If…More

Busy weekend for auto racing in Canada and at local tracks

(Dean Reynolds Photo) By DOUG ELKINS (Post Standard) Finally some good news this past weekend in local racing circles and a couple of feel-good stories came from Canada as the Empire Super Sprints raced for the second weekend since the tragedy in Canandaigua.Michael Parent was involved in a hard crash last year at Canandaigua in his 360 sprint car and since then has only raced a few times. On Saturday at Le RPM Speedway in St-Marcel de-Richelieu, Quebec, Parent took the lead in the final corner when early leader Jeff Cook spun out to pick up his first victory since…More

The Finish Line Chaplain 8/26/14 – DTD Exclusive

By KEVIN WESTCOTT We had a lot of fun Saturday at Paradise Speedway. After last week’s rain out we ran an entire double show. The combined Amateur, Stock, Sidewinder, and 270 classes ended up with seven cars. We drew the pole and easily won the first heat and feature. Cheyenna Ling smoked the Stock 600 gasoline class. The second heat was lined up with the Stock Gas cars on the point, the Sidewinder, then the 600 AM and 270s. By the third lap Jon was in second place chasing Cheyenna and hoping for a caution. We got the yellow for…More

This and That 8/26/14 – DTD Exclusive

By ED & BETTY BIITTIG With Fonda closed for the Montgomery County Fair, it was off to Lebanon Valley for us on Saturday night and before we arrived we knew that three drivers in the Modified division were in the hunt for the track championship this season. J. R. Heffner was the leader by four points over Brett Hearn with Donnie Corellis in third, 29 points out. We spoke with all three prior to the nights racing and Heffner said he had been concentrating on this week and said all he had to do was keep Hearn behind him, but…More