Cousin’s Fight In Points; A Friendly Family Feud

Two Drivers Battling For Top 5 Points Position, but Keep It All In The Family

Story By: JIM  / FIRST DRAFT MEDIA     Photos By: FIRST DRAFT MEDIA

PETERBOROUGH, ONT- September 15, 2014- Emily Weedman and Courtney Mastin have known each other nearly all their lives. Their Facebook pages show many of the same friends and despite the difference in their ages, they’re more like sisters than cousins. Both girls race in the Comp 4/Mini Stock division at Brighton Speedway.

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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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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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Street Stocks: All of the Guts, None of the Glory

Sometimes The One Thing You Need Most Is The One Most Overlooked

Story By:  MATT NOLES  Photos By:  BILL McGAFFIN and AMBER CHALMERS / RPW

SPRAKERS, NY- January 29, 2014- They stand alone, cast off in a forlorn forgotten corner of the pit area; a venerable no-man’s land where most fans dare not to tread at the end of the evening.  The case is made all the more realistic by the glitz and glamor found one or two hauler rows over; the area where custom built, shined up specialty racing steeds are found restlessly awaiting their turn to leap out of the gate and unleash thunder on the weekly speedways across America all summer long.

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