To Test, Or Not To Test?

That Is The Aged Old Question...

Story By: SHAWN MILLER / NSSN   Photos By: DAVID DALESANDRO / RPW

CONCORD, NC- August 7, 2014- The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series 2014 rulebook includes more than six pages about its substance abuse policy. However, World Racing Group President Tom Deery said he doesn’t anticipate the three World Racing Group series — the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series, the World of Outlaws Late Model Series and the Super DIRTcar Series — requiring drug testing in the near future.

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JR Heffner Trucking to Eldora High Banks

Heffner Set to Take on Camping World Truck Series in Mudsummer Classic

Story By: JONATHAN MONFILETTO / RPW   Photos By: RPW PHOTO FILES



WEST LEBANON, NY- July 14,2014-
When the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to the high-banked, half-mile clay oval at Eldora Speedway, Lebanon Valley Speedway big-block modified competitor J.R. Heffner will be there.

The second annual 1-800-CarCrash Mudsummer Classic is set to take off Wednesday, July 23thd for another midweek show of NASCAR’s return to its roots, and after nearly making the event last year, Heffner plans to try again.

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Ray Swinehart: Still In The Mix After All These Years

The 40-year Racing Veteran Is Still Going At It Every Saturday Night

Story By:  RANDY KANE / RPW  Photos By:  JEFF CALPINO, SCOTT BENDER and SDS PHOTOGRAPHY

PERKIOMENVILLE, PA- July 10, 2014-
Ray Swinehart took the initial green in the 30-lap 358 Modified feature event Saturday night at Grandview Speedway wheeling his self-owned Hig Fab chassied R&R Machine powered Modified Parts Depot No. 33 358 Modified machine from the inside of row 10 in the 28-car starting field and finished up thirteenth with the checkered flag waving. Admittedly, not much to write home about, however, the 61-year-old, 40-year racing veteran did improve six positions. As long as Swinehart continues to keep his ride moving forward, he’s pleased.

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Promotional Politics

Derogatory Comments, Biased Opinions and Backdoor Dealings Will Ruin the Sport Faster Than an Economic Collapse Ever Could

Story By:  MATT NOLES / RPW  Photos By:  DAVE DALESANDRO / RPW

*EDITORS NOTE:* This column is an opinion of the writer and an opinion only.  The words and photos within the confines of this piece do not reflect the views by the writer of any specific driver, speedway, promoter or official.  In short, don’t try to read between the lines because there is nothing there.

SPRAKERS, NY- July 3, 2014-
I decided long ago that the sport of auto racing was many things.

I considered it noble, honorable and beyond exciting.  To be frank, I found it a grand spectacle of dirt and grease, fuel and oil and a venerable mixture of people from all walks of life who had found one thing in common; their love for the game.

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Fresh Notes From Bubba's Race and The Weekend

Everyone Wants To Win "Bubba's Race"

Column By: BOBBY CHALMERS Photos By: AMBER CHALMERS & DAVID DALESANDRO / RPW

Bubba Tanner was always a crowd favorite at any track he went to. If it wasn’t at the Lebanon Valley Speedway, it was Fonda. If it wasn’t Fonda, it was New Venture (now Utica-Rome Speedway). If it wasn’t New Venture it was the Mile. Bubba was loved by many for his hard-driving style and charismatic personality.

I was always a fan of his with Taz on the hood and 23B on the side. Being that he was from my area (20 minutes from my house), seeing someone like him dominate at Lebanon Valley was really cool…running with the likes of Langenback, Virgilio, Silkey, and Henry Tanner. No matter what, you knew when “Bubba” won. His smile in victory lane was infectious.

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Horses for Courses: The Modified Triple Crown

Thoroughbreds Have Their ‘Big Three,’ But What of The Modifieds?

Story By:  MATT NOLES / RPW  Photos By:  DAVE DALESANDRO / RPW

SPRAKERS, NY- June 25, 2014-
A morning dew embraced the rail that lined the inside of the sand-covered track that had become one of the most venerable plots of sacred ground in the state of Kentucky, let alone in the United States itself.  As the sun rose, the peaks and spires of the ageless grandstand stood stoically alone with the stories of the past and the secrets of a soon to be decided future.

Thundering hooves overcame the early morning Blue Grass silence as jockeys and trainers alike performed their daily routine and completed the morning workout.  The smell of oats and hay, manure and silk hung in the air like a noxious mixture of pheromones for the thoroughbred purest.  The assortment of sights and sounds drove them to this place of absolute wonder where equally as many stories of elation and victory lined the halls as did sadness and defeat.

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My Hometown

No Matter What Anyone Says, There Is Nothing Wrong with Being a ‘Townie'

Story By:  MATT NOLES / RPW  Photos By:  RPW PHOTO STAFF

SPRAKERS, NY- June 18, 2014-
There was a distinctive bump that used to lie amongst the castaway stones and loose pavement which adorned Broadway Street in Fonda, New York, directly across from St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church. 

This small upheaval of tar and stone, though unnoticed for its importance by most, overpowered the ringing of church bells and shook the very earth upon which it laid.  In fact, the effect it had became almost Gospel-like.  Almost.

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