Category archives for: Opinion

FENWICK: Spinning Wheels

New Adam Fenwick Mug

The racing last weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway was, for lack of a better phrase, awful

HEDGER: The Long Look

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In our last effort, we detailed historian Ken Parrotte’s statistical review of Syracuse Mile activities, namely the Labor Day State Fair events and AAA/USAC action. As promised, it’s now time to check out his rankings for Super DIRT Week’s big block modified finale, which has varied in length over the years but has been the headliner since Glenn Donnelly first took over the mile’s promotion and established Super DIRT Week.

KENNEDY: California Coast

Tim-Kennedy

Here is a recap of recent racing on the “left coast” for our followers.

HEDGER: The Long Look

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Each November, we organize the Lost Speedways program at the Saratoga Automobile Museum, where we curate the racing gallery and one main gallery exhibit each year. Through that endeavor, we’ve met a great many people with a burning interest in racing history, among them Ken Parrotte of Fulton, N.Y.

RODDA: NorCal Notes

Ron Rodda photo

Stockton, located about 75 miles south of home base, has a pair of minor league teams, a baseball and a hockey franchise. Both play in relatively new facilities, but is racing that finds the city in a class of its own. We don’t know of any other city that can claim as many race tracks as Stockton.

PRITCHETT: Previewing The U.S. Nationals

Leah Pritchett Column Head Shot

Hi again, it’s Leah Pritchett and this week is the biggest of the event for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. It’s time for the 61st annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.

HEDGER: The Long Look

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Although the Northeast racing community had been on notice about the impending loss of the historic New York State Fairgrounds mile since March, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent announcement that demolition of the grandstand and speedway to allow a major fairgrounds renovation would commence after this year’s Super DIRT Week was still hard to swallow.

KALWASINSKI: Chicago Chips

Stan Kalwasinski

With the racing season quickly winding down, let’s take a lap or two around the local tracks.

RODDA: NorCal Notes

Ron Rodda photo

A recent trip to the southern part of the Central Valley was to enjoy an evening at Plaza Park Raceway in Visalia, also known as Keller Auto Speedway at Plaza Park.

KERCHNER: Remembering Buddy Baker

Mike Kerchner

Buddy Baker met thousands of fans during his more than 50 years visiting race tracks across the country.

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