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Reflecting: Of The Sandy Hook Tragedy, A Mother’s Spirit And The Holiday Season

10 years ago today the state of Connecticut – and the entire country – was rocked by the brutal tragedy of what took place at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown. This story was published on RaceDayCT on Dec. 14, 2013, one year after that tragedy in Newtown. Like so many others one year ago today, […]

In Memory: Short Track Racing Lost An Irreplaceable Giant In Ted Christopher

Republished from RaceDayCT from Sept. 17, 2017 When I started helping out covering auto racing at the Hartford Courant in the mid-1990’s Dave Heuschkel – then the lead reporter covering motorsports – gave me a tip. He told me if I wanted to get the best stories around the local racing scene that I needed […]

Despicable Accusations From Matt Hirschman Camp Turning Controversy Into Bitterly Nasty Escapade 

Matt Hirschman was upset Saturday night following the Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series SBM 125 at Star Speedway.  And that anger shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody.  With temperatures soaring in Epping, N.H. Saturday, Hirschman had a long and frustrating day that culminated with a pit area speeding penalty that essentially ended any hopes he […]

Compromise Needed: NASCAR Missed On Race Start Issue At Lancaster Whelen Modified Tour Event

On Saturday the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour ran its first event ever at Lancaster (N.Y.) Speedway. A packed crowd was treated to a great finish with Patrick Emerling defending the charges of two-time series champion Justin Bonsignore on the final lap to win the event. Doug Coby also put on a show for the fans […]

Let’s Play Two: Time For A Change For The Whelen Modified Tour At NHMS

It’s time to change things up for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It’s become evident in recent years that the standard 100-lap feature format for the series has become stale. Last week’s Whelen Modified Tour Whelen 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway showed off what has become all too familiar […]

Cold Open: Speedbowl Sadly Turning Its Back On Promoting Short Track Racing As Public Entertainment Choice

Two weeks from this coming Saturday – just 17 days from today – the New London-Waterford Speedbowl is set to open for the 2021 season with its Blastoff Weekend.  Did you know?  Chat up many longtime devotees of the short track racing scene in Connecticut and the questions and queries of the Speedbowl’s current existence […]

Embarrassing Broadcast Effort Makes Whelen Mod Tour Look Like NASCAR Afterthought At Martinsville

Over the last month or so NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour series director Jimmy Wilson has worked hard through social media and traditional media in trying to promote the professionalism and stature of the historic division he oversees.  On Thursday night the broadcast on NBC Track Pass of the Whelen Modified Tour season opening event at […]

Who Knew?: Track Operators Ignoring Social Media Are Their Own Worst Enemy

On Saturday the months long awaited makeup of the Tour Type Modified feature of the Turkey Derby took place at Wall Stadium Speedway in Wall, N.J.  The historic event usually held the weekend after Thanksgiving typically marks the last Tour Type Modified event of the year in the Northeast. This year the event marked the […]

Settle Down: Let New Smyrna Speedway Tragedy Be Lesson About Needless Violence At The Track

Over 26 years or so covering motorsports I’ve witnessed some awful things take place in the pitting areas at race tracks.  I’ve seen plenty of people get injured unexpectedly from a laundry list of unexpected accidental events.  I’ve also seen people suffer life-altering injuries in the pits.  I’ve seen someone get killed in the pits.  […]

Legendary Night: Harkening Back To My Race Against Tony Stewart At Stafford Speedway

Here’s a little known fact about yours truly: I have two career starts at Stafford Speedway and a career winning percentage of .500.  Yes, that’s right, not only just a sportswriter covering racing at Stafford Speedway since 1995, I’ve also held up a winner’s trophy in victory lane at the track. Also have the distinction […]

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