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KERCHNER: The Heat Race

Mike Kerchner

With Food Lion Weather Emergencies declared throughout the state of North Carolina for a “wintery mix” that may, or may not, impact the Tar Heel state over the President’s Day holiday, a new motorsports season is off to a fast start in Florida.

NCMA, N.C. Governor Honor Jeff Gordon

Jeff Gordon has been named the winner of the H. Clay Earles Award. (HHP/Rusty Jarrett photo)

Jeff Gordon was the guest of honor during Wednesday night’s 10th annual North Carolina Motorsports Industry Awards Ceremony presented by Fifth Third Bank at the Embassy Suites Hotel here

New Northeast Driver Development Program

Evan Hallstrom (left) and Devin O'Connell (right) are the first members of the Hallstrom Motorsports Driver Development program. (Hallstrom Motorsports Photo)

There’s a new driver development for young racers who call the Northeast home.

Motter Signs Blaney For Part-Time Effort

Joey Saldana (71m) races under Donny Schatz en route to victory Wednesday night at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway. (Gary Gasper photo)

Two names familiar to sprint car racing fans will unite beginning next season.

Larson ‘Bugging’ Ganassi About Indy 500

Kyle Larson (via Twitter)

Kyle Larson has visions of Indy cars dancing in his head

Schatz, Clanton, Sheppard Reign Triumphant

The Bad Boy Buggies World Finals champions Matt Sheppard (left), Donny Schatz (middle), and Joey Clanton celebrate their titles. (Chris Seelman photo)

The curtain came down on the rain-plagued ninth annual Bad Boy Buggies World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Sunday evening with the crowning of three dirt track racing champions.

Davenport Rolls To World Finals Score

Jonathan Davenport in victory lane Sunday at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. (Chris Seelman photo)

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series champion Jonathan Davenport charged from sixth starting position to win the World of Outlaws Late Model Series season finale during the ninth annual Bad Boy Buggies World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

It’s All Saldana In World Finals Sprints

Joey Saldana won Sunday's World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series feature at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. (Chris Seelman photo)

With the future of his Dan Motter Motorsports racing team very much in doubt, Joey Saldana scored a flag-to-flag victory in Sunday’s World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series feature during the ninth annual Bad Boy Buggies World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte

Kerr Scores Mod Upset, Sheppard Is Champ

Tim Kerr scored a surprise victory in the Modified portion of the World Finals. (Chris Seelman photo)

Canadian dirt track racer Tim Kerr blasted from eighth starting position to win Sunday’s Super DIRTcar Series big-block modified season finale during the ninth annual Bad Boy Buggies World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte

‘The Doctor’ Makes World Finals House Call

Danny Johnson dominated Friday night's Super DIRTcar Series big-block modified feature at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. (Frank Smith photo)

The “doctor” made an early morning house call Saturday morning at The Dirt Track at Charlotte

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