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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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PLAYLIST: What’s On Donny Schatz’s Playlist?
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PLAYLIST: What’s On Donny Schatz’s Playlist?

PLAYLIST: What’s On Donny Schatz’s Playlist?

For those who have ever been curious what tracks their favorite driver listens to during the hours spent towing up and down the highways, Donny Schatz shared some of his favorite songs from his playlist.Icky Thump – The White StripesIf Anyone Falls – Stevie NicksAlive…
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Looking Back On The 73rd Little 500
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Looking Back On The 73rd Little 500

Looking Back On The 73rd Little 500

The 73rd Pay Less Little 500 presented by UAW was another one for the record books, featuring a first-time winner, drama, controversy, and a great race to boot.One of the biggest story lines surrounding this year’s race was the return of the United States Auto Club…
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Greg Stephens: From Unlikely Plan To Hall Of Famer
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Greg Stephens: From Unlikely Plan To Hall Of Famer

Greg Stephens: From Unlikely Plan To Hall Of Famer

Things worked out exactly as they were supposed to.Thirty-five years ago, a tall guy with a shock of dark hair showed up at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway with a camera on his shoulder and a tape deck hanging from a strap. Greg Stephens was eager and enthusiastic, and he…
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