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Mark Smith: From 410s To 360s
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Mark Smith: From 410s To 360s

Mark Smith: From 410s To 360s

Who knows what the story would have been if Mark Smith had found his way into a sprint car at an earlier age. As it stands, he still possesses a resume many would covet and, while he may be approaching 50, he shows no signs of slowing down. In a total anomaly given…
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Remembering Thad Dosher: The Topeka Charger
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Remembering Thad Dosher: The Topeka Charger

Remembering Thad Dosher: The Topeka Charger

Even in his last moments in this world, Thad Dosher was willing to spend a few minutes reminiscing. It was a struggle. Near the end it, became increasingly difficult to hear others and then muster the energy to talk. Yet, in spite of the obstacles, and remaining tough…
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The 2021 Knoxville Nationals Preview
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The 2021 Knoxville Nationals Preview

The 2021 Knoxville Nationals Preview

The 60th NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s will take place August 11-14 at Iowa’s famed Knoxville Raceway. For 2021, there is an added financial bonus for those who make the Saturday night A-Main; in addition to $150,000 for the win, drivers…
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Remembering Steve Smith: February 13, 1947 – June 4, 2021
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Remembering Steve Smith: February 13, 1947 – June 4, 2021

Remembering Steve Smith: February 13, 1947 – June 4, 2021

Although he was born in Hialeah, Florida, it was on the ovals of Pennsylvania that Steve Smith became a sprint car legend. He enjoyed a Hall of Fame career, earning wins at roughly 30 race tracks, mostly in his black No. 19, 119 or 66 that earned him the nickname “…
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Mahoney’s Memories: USAC Sprints At Dayton In ’76
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Mahoney’s Memories: USAC Sprints At Dayton In ’76

Mahoney’s Memories: USAC Sprints At Dayton In ’76

Dirt legend Jan Opperman beats pavement ace Pancho Carter on the high banks of Dayton Speedway? Are you kidding? That’s exactly what happened on Aug. 22, 1976.That Sunday’s race closed out a perfect three-race stretch for Opperman. He’d won USAC midget races at IRP…
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Stevie Reeves: Not Done Yet
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Stevie Reeves: Not Done Yet

Stevie Reeves: Not Done Yet

Taking perspective is an internal process and, when considered, a skill one tends to improve with age.Most of us will face a reckoning point at some juncture in our life, and how we negotiate this fragile moment helps establish the template that will partially shape…
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Domination In Florida: Sam Rodriguez
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Domination In Florida: Sam Rodriguez

Domination In Florida: Sam Rodriguez

You may not know his name, but Sam Rodriguez was one of the best dirt sprint car racers to hail from the state of Florida.The now-retired Rodriguez currently resides in fourth place on the all-time Florida sprint car win list, with 90 career victories in the state….
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The Career Of Ralph Parkinson Jr.
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The Career Of Ralph Parkinson Jr.

The Career Of Ralph Parkinson Jr.

He had been at his father’s side for as long as anyone could remember and, for that reason alone, Ralph Parkinson Jr. was destined to be known only as Junior.To this day, if a group of racing veterans assembles to tell tales of the old IMCA or BCRA sprint car trail…
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Justin Peck’s Journey Forward
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Justin Peck’s Journey Forward

Justin Peck’s Journey Forward

Justin Peck had been counting the laps down in his head, and now hoped for confirmation from the flagstand. For his part, Glenn Wanbaugh was dutifully looking down the long Williams Grove Speedway frontstretch and was now prepared to show him the checkered flag. It…
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CROWD PLEASER: J.J. Henes
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CROWD PLEASER: J.J. Henes

CROWD PLEASER: J.J. Henes

J.J. Henes is a 17-year-old driver who calls LaGrange, Ohio home. He currently competes with the Maxima Oils Must See Racing Midwest Lights Series.The MSR Lights series is a winged asphalt 602 crate series that presently competes in Michigan and Ohio. In fact, Henes…
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