Category archives for: Columns

KERCHNER: The Heat Race

Mike Kerchner

With the echo of fireworks still ringing in our ears, we move toward the second half of the racing season.

RODDA: NorCal Notes

Ron Rodda photo

It had been 10 years since visiting Wisconsin. That trend changed when the Cheesehead Triple Crown offered not only four races within a small footprint, but two of the tracks would be first-time visits.

BURNS: Burning Rubber


McLaren and Honda were supposed to renew a dominant Formula One partnership this year. So, what went wrong?

RODDA: NorCal Notes

Ron Rodda photo

Every year but one since 1989, a Midwest trip has been part of each season. That one year was a Northwest trip instead for ASCS racing as well as tourist activities for a newly visited area.

FENWICK: Spinning Wheels

New Adam Fenwick Mug

Recently race fans on social media have been calling out 19-year-old stock car driver Erik Jones.

HEDGER: The Long Look


From the time Pennsylvanian John Matrafailo unloaded his 305 sprint car in the Albany-Saratoga Speedway pits until he went out the pit gate headed back south, a smile never left his face.

KALWASINSKI: Chicago Chips


Is it me or is the first part of the 2015 racing season in these parts a little dull? Rainy weather, small crowds and less-than-desirable car counts seem to be part of the picture so far

OURSLER: The Rambling Road

Bill Oursler

Looking from the outside in at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans classic and one sees exactly that — a classic hard-fought battle at the front that lasted almost the entirety of the event between two powerful, prepared opponents, who between them have been dominant players on the Sarthe’s stage since the 1970s.

KING: Coming In Clutch

Alanis King Mug

Though X Games Austin didn’t offer up championship points this year, the event presented an opportunity to predict a few surprising— and unsurprising — contenders for the upcoming Red Bull Global Rallycross season.

KENNEDY: California Coast


Derek Thorn, a 29-year-old three-time touring stock car champion from Bakersfield, dominated the June 6 Spears Manufacturing SRL Southwest Tour Championship race at Irwindale Speedway.


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