The Granddaddy 'Freedom 76' Turns 44-years-old on September, 13th and is by Far the Best of the Best of Post Season Special Shows
Story By: RANDY KANE Photos By: SCOTT BENDER, JEFF CALPINO, LEW BRUBAKER and DAVE DALESANDRO
BECHTELSVILLIE, PA- August 26, 2014-
On September 13, the granddaddy of them all, the annual Freedom 76 turns 44. It turns things into a night of celebration and it is one race that everyone is anxious to win. There’s little doubt, the Freedom 76, by far, is the best of the best, once you take a look at all those end of the season special events coming up at this time of the year. Jeff Strunk will be trying to win it all three times in a row.
A lesson learned on social media from the Kevin Ward tragedy
ENFIELD, CT- August 19, 2014-
Story and Photos By: MIKE PETRUCCI / RPW
Confusion. Shock. Sorrow. Anger. Sorrow. Confusion. Anger.
That’s how I can sum up my Saturday night and Sunday morning last weekend. I’m sure you can relate.
This is a difficult column to write. The on-track incident that took Kevin Ward’s life is a real-life tragedy that nobody wishes they had experienced. A young, determined racer with the Empire Super Sprints left us that night. It was an undoubtedly emotional week for those who were close to Kevin, as well as those who hardly knew him at all.
Howie Crowe Looks to Clinch the 2014 Peterborough Speedway Thunder Car Championship
Story and Photo By: JIM CLARKE / FIRST DRAFT MEDIA
PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO- August 19, 2014-
It was exactly the shot in the arm the veteran racer from the Alderville First Nation needed to turn his season around.
After kicking-off Peterborough Speedway's 2014 campaign wheeling the tried and true yellow #28 machine in the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car division, Howie Crowe parked the fan favourite ride known as 'The Bus' and brought out the newest equipment in the team's shops, a Chevrolet Monte Carlo with the handle 'Black Magic'. Almost immediately, the new piece began to pay dividends on the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City. Crowe says he now knows that he should have brought the car to the track weeks sooner.
COMMENTARY: Tragedy Highlights Media At Its Worst
Column By: DAVID MOODY / GODFATHERMOTORSPORTS.COM
SALISBURY, NC- August 12, 2014- The tragic accident that claimed the life of Sprint Car driver Kevin Ward, Jr. at New York’s Canandaigua Motorsports Park Saturday night showcased the absolute worst that human nature and an out-of-control media have to offer.
Ward and former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart tangled during the running of an Empire Super Sprints event, with Ward’s car hitting the Turn Two wall. The 20-year old driver climbed from his damaged racer and attempted to confront Stewart as the field circulated under caution. One car successfully swerved to avoid Ward, but the 20-year old driver was struck by the right-rear tire of Stewart’s car at an estimated speed of 40-45 mph. Despite the best efforts of emergency medical personnel, Ward was pronounced dead on arrival at F.F. Thompson Hospital later that evening.
Two Lucky Guys and Their Modifieds
Story By: LEW BOYD / COASTAL 181 Photos By: ALBERT WONG / DILAMARTER COLLECTION
NEWBERRYPORT, MA- August 9, 2014- It all started just about a year ago.New Hampshire Motor Speedway was hosting its Vintage Celebration, and a surprise entry showed up all the way from Redondo Beach, California. It was Jimmy Dilamarter, the ultra-athletic, seventy-something, former crew chief and current business manager for Parnelli Jones.
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.
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.