General News & Notes

10th Annual Steve McQueen Car & Motorcycle show 2017

Chino Hills, CA – The 10th Annual (Friends of) Steve McQueen Car & Motorcycle Show coincided with the Boys Republic’s 110th Anniversary of the school’s founding and combined - made for another incredible show with over 400 cars and scores of motorcycles all viewed by some 10,000 plus attendees.

I was given tickets to last year’s VIP dinner which was held the night before the Saturday show. I was smittened by the school and its charter, “Nothing Without Labor” after a personal tour after the Saturday show by the school’s executive director, Chris Burns, PhD. I found a few ways to help make the following year’s (2017) show a further success. I was able to garner a tour of Jay Leno’s Garage and fly-overs by Steve’s last owned aircraft, a 1945 Boeing PT-17 Stearman whose N number was his student’s number while he was a resident of the school. It is owned by Bill & Claudia Allen and flown in from their lovely Allen Airways Flying Museum located in San Diego. I got another surprise later in the story.

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Volume 2017, Issue 6, Posted 8:46 PM, 06.07.2017

AutoFair Returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway This Weekend

CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 21, 2015) – [Track press release] For one weekend twice a year, families and car enthusiasts alike eagerly make their way to Charlotte Motor Speedway for a dose of automobiles and entertainment that can only be found at the AutoFair. The four-day event is known to feature one of the largest arrays of automobiles in the country, including one-of-a-kind vehicle displays in the Nationwide Showcase Pavilion. Read on to learn about all of the exciting elements coming to AutoFair Thursday – Sunday, Sept. 24-27.

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Volume 2015, Issue 8, Posted 8:44 PM, 09.24.2015

Austin and Ty Dillon to Kick Off Charlotte Motor Speedway's Action-Packed Fall Season at Aug 5 Free Fan Event

-- For Immediate Release -- Parade of More Than 30,000 Horsepower, Q&A and Autograph Session with NASCAR Drivers Austin And Ty Dillon, One-Day Ticket Deals and the Chance to Drive the Track Await Fans at Free Event
CONCORD, N.C. (July 30, 2015) – Richard Childress Racing drivers Austin and Ty Dillon will join Charlotte Motor Speedway officials as they wave the green flag on the speedway’s Fall Season of Speed at the seventh annual Parade of Power on Wednesday, Aug. 5. This free event marks the beginning of the action-packed fall motorsports schedule at the greatest place to see the race.

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Volume 2015, Issue 7, Posted 4:37 PM, 07.30.2015

Denise McCluggage, 1927-2015

Yesterday evening, as I checked my e-mail, I noticed a note from my friend Tim.

“You may have heard,” he succinctly wrote, “dear Denise passed today. Aren’t we blessed to have known her.”

It came as a thunderbolt. I hadn’t heard. Denise McCluggage had passed away. We didn’t see each other often the last few years, and while we lived thousands of miles apart, I felt I’d lost a family member.

And yet, as many people as Denise’s rich, full life had touched, I’m sure I wasn’t alone in feeling I’d lost a close friend. Denise knew everyone, and they were drawn to her energy, her knowledge, her beauty, her talent, and to her irrepressible charm.

Over the years, our paths crossed several times, most often at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and I hung out with her like a rock star groupie, devouring every story she shared, every memory, every joke. She illuminated a room with her grace.

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Volume 2015, Issue 5, Posted 6:35 PM, 05.07.2015

AutoFair Returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway This Weekend

Track Release: Top 10 Activities for the Entire Family to Enjoy at AutoFair This Weekend
CONCORD, N.C. – The world’s largest automotive extravaganza returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway this Thursday through Sunday, bringing with it the personal vehicles of NASCAR stars, high-flying stunts, lawn mower racing, a collector car auction, pristine automobiles from more than 50 clubs and so much more! Below are the top 10 activities the entire family can enjoy at AutoFair.

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Volume 2015, Issue 3, Posted 4:42 PM, 04.08.2015

Veteran journalist Reid joins LVMS as media relations manager

Veteran journalist Reid joins LVMS as media relations manager

LAS VEGAS – Neal Reid, a published writer for more than 20 years, has been named media relations manager at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the speedway announced on Friday.
            In his new role, Reid will help publicize events at all LVMS facilities including the Bullring and The Strip, assist with the speedway’s social media efforts, maintain and edit the speedway’s website and oversee all publications.

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Volume 2015, Issue 3, Posted 6:46 PM, 03.21.2015

Speedway Christmas Displays Already Lit at Charlotte Motor Speedway

From track releases - CONCORD, N.C. (Nov. 19, 2014) – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway and a merry band of hard-working elves are keeping themselves busy bringing the infield Christmas Village to life before officials flip the switch on Speedway Christmas in just two weeks.

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Volume 2014, Issue 11, Posted 11:02 PM, 11.19.2014

KIA MOTORS EXPANDS PARTNERSHIP WITH B.R.A.K.E.S. TEEN PRO-ACTIVE DRIVING SCHOOL

KIA MOTORS EXPANDS PARTNERSHIP WITH B.R.A.K.E.S. TEEN PRO-ACTIVE DRIVING SCHOOL TO PROVIDE NO-COST DEFENSIVE DRIVING INSTRUCTION

Kia and B.R.A.K.E.S. Gear Up for National Teen Driver Safety Week (Oct. 19-25) to Raise Awareness for Free, Hands-On, Behind-the-Wheel Education

B.R.A.K.E.S. has trained more than 12,000 teens and their parents in 10 states

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Volume 2014, Issue 10, Posted 7:49 PM, 10.21.2014

Terry Chandler Donates Children's Dream Racer™ to Riley Hospital for Children

Terry Chandler Donates Children's Dream Racer™ to Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 29, 2014) – For Terry Chandler, 2014 has been a year of giving. The New Mexico-based businesswoman and her husband, Doug Chandler, are fully funding the Don Schumacher Racing Funny Car driven by Tommy Johnson Jr., and opted to utilize the body of the 10,000 horsepower racecar to raise awareness for pre-determined charities. However, Chandler's desire to give back to the community didn't stop there.

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Volume 2014, Issue 8, Posted 10:27 AM, 08.30.2014

Book Review: Magnolias, Sweet Tea, and Exhaust--a Book for All Fans

It all started with a Facebook message from someone I didn’t know.  She was a friend of a friend who had a new book coming out in July.  I was in the press box at Martinsville Speedway on that day and looking at the social media site while waiting for the race to begin.  She offered to send me a pre-release copy of the book.  What I found was one of the most comprehensive beginner’s books on NASCAR and being a fan.

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Volume 2014, Issue 7, Posted 12:21 AM, 07.02.2014

Charlotte Motor Speedway Announces Busy 2014 Schedule

-- For Immediate Release -- CONCORD, N.C. (Dec. 27, 2013)With nearly 100 days of racing, car shows, concerts and more already on the calendar, 2014 is shaping up to be another action-packed year at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The legendary 1.5-mile superspeedway, along with zMAX Dragway and The Dirt Track at Charlotte will entertain fans with NASCAR, NHRA and World of Outlaws races, millions of Christmas lights, monster trucks, anniversary celebrations and more.

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Volume 2013, Issue 12, Posted 6:24 PM, 12.29.2013

Pro Stock Champion Allen Johnson Sponsors B.R.A.K.E.S. Schools at Bristol

(School press release) Allen Johnson, the 2012 NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock champion, has been a long-time supporter of B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe), the organization founded by fellow drag racing champion, Doug Herbert. Thanks to Johnson’s commitment to helping B.R.A.K.E.S. save the lives of teenage motorists through the Teen Pro-Active Driving Schools offered free by the non-profit 3(c) organization, on the weekend of February 1-2, 2014 these nationally-acclaimed driving courses will be coming to legendary Bristol International Speedway in Bristol, TN for the first time.

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Volume 2013, Issue 11, Posted 9:03 AM, 11.12.2013

NC Highway Patrol Backs Doug Herbert's B.R.A.K.E.S.

State Highway Patrol Announces its Partnership with B.R.A.K.E.S.

Program Aimed at Reducing Teen Driving Deaths
First Raleigh Area Classes Nov. 23 & 24

(RALEIGH, NC – Oct 15, 2013) - Each year more than 5,000 teenagers lose their lives and 400,000 are injured across the United States in traffic collisions. In 2012, the State Highway Patrol investigated 9,503 injury collisions and 111 fatal collisions where the driver’s ages were between 15 and 19. Sadly, 33 teenage drivers lost their lives on North Carolina highways. Despite a 34% decrease when compared to the previous year, teen injuries and deaths continue to plague our society.

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Volume 2013, Issue 10, Posted 2:03 PM, 10.15.2013

Global Rallycross Highlights Busy Charlotte Motor Speedway Weekend

Second Week of Charlotte Motor Speedway's Autumn Full of Action

(CONCORD, NC – SEPT 20, 2013) With the Carlyle Tools NHRA Carolina Nationals now in our rear view mirrors, Charlotte Motor Speedway is prepared for a busy weekend of the AutoFair car show, Global Rallycross competition on the Dirt Track Sunday and Doug Herbert's B.R.A.K.E.S. proactive teen safe driving school all taking place around the property.

 

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Volume 2013, Issue 9, Posted 4:34 AM, 09.20.2013

Hovercraft, Rally Fighter Join Corvettes at Autofair

(From Speedway Press Release:CONCORD, N.C. - Sept. 17, 2013) – For years, the hovercraft has represented the ultimate in all-terrain vehicles, a futuristic mode of transport capable of traveling with ease over almost any type of surface. The prototype for just such a machine was unveiled Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where it will be on display as part of this weekend’s Charlotte AutoFair.

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Volume 2013, Issue 9, Posted 10:56 PM, 09.17.2013

B.R.A.K.E.S. and Kannapolis Intimidators Celebrate Father's Day

(KANNAPOLIS, NC - MAY 30, 2013) At one of their home games, a special kind of “doubleheader” will take place at CMC-NorthEast Stadium in Kannapolis, NC, thanks to the combined efforts of the Kannapolis Intimidators, the Class “A” Minor League affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, and B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe).  With the purchase of a $6.00 regular admission ticket, the Intimidators will donate 50% of the ticket price to B.R.A.K.E.S., the non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization based in Charlotte, NC which offers their free, Teen Pro-Active Driving Course to young drivers between the ages of 15 and 19.

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Volume 2013, Issue 5, Posted 12:31 PM, 05.30.2013

Chris Economaki - 1920-2012

Friend, role model and good guy Chris Economaki passed away early Friday morning, joining the myriad racing stars in the firmament. Chris was a friend to all racers, whether just starting out or superstar and always cared deeply about the sport and people in it.

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Volume 2012, Issue 9, Posted 11:43 AM, 09.28.2012

B.R.A.K.E.S. Benefit Golf Tournament and Annual Dinner A Gathering of Stars

From Ultimate Garage Productions, For Immediate Release - On Thursday, September 13, professional stars of the National Hot Rod Association, many of their fans, honored guests, television personalities, and a very special keynote speaker from Hollywood’s “silver screen” converged in Concord, NC to take part in a unique “double feature” to help raise further awareness and essential donations for B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe).

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Volume 2012, Issue 9, Posted 11:31 PM, 09.18.2012

Hundreds of Fans Take Part in Second Annual Laps for Life Blood Drive at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Get Ride Alongs

Hundreds of fans descended on Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday for the second annual Laps for Life event, paying tribute to those lost on 9/11 and supporting the American Red Cross with blood donations. Those who donated were given NASCAR Racing Experience ride alongs and tickets to Bojangles' Pole Night. 

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Volume 2012, Issue 7, Posted 11:05 PM, 09.07.2012

FISHER NAMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE WALLY PARKS NHRA MOTORSPORTS MUSEUM

FISHER NAMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF

THE WALLY PARKS NHRA MOTORSPORTS MUSEUM

GLENDORA, Calif. (Aug. 20, 2012) – Larry Fisher has been named executive director of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by Automobile Club of Southern California at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., it was announced today by the museum’s board of directors. 

Fisher is a longtime automotive enthusiast, holding membership in the Society of Automotive Historians and himself a collector of vintage autocycles, motorcycles and microcars.  Most recently, Fisher was an interpretive, planning and experience design consultant providing expertise to cultural heritage institutions, parks and attractions.  He served as CEO and executive director of the Herreshoff Marine Museum/America’s Cup Hall of Fame in Providence, R.I.  Fisher also was a consultant to the president on the creation of the Experience Design Department for The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Mich.

In his new position, Fisher will be responsible for administrative operations and fundraising efforts for the museum, which is located on the grounds of the LA County Fairplex complex, also home to historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.  He will also be responsible for the overall management of the museum’s two biggest fundraising events: the Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Ky., and the NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif.

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Volume 2012, Issue 7, Posted 8:40 PM, 08.20.2012

In The Pits-racing radio Expands to Two Hours Moves to ESPN

In The Pits-racing radio Expands to Two Hours Moves to ESPN

“Voice of Motorsports” To Air Over

Worldwide Leader in Sports Beginning This Saturday, August 18

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – IN THE PITS-racing radio©, the popular weekly radio program broadcast from the Nation’s Capital and known nationally throughout the motorsports industry, is proud to announce its upcoming expansion to two hours and its move on the dial to SportsTalk 570, powered by ESPN, the Worldwide Leader in Sports.

“This is the natural next step in the evolution of our programming,” says Executive Producer and Host Larry O’Donohue.  “As our show increases in popularity and scope, it only makes sense that we expand our delivery mechanism.  ESPN and Sports Talk 570 enables us to do just that.”  

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Volume 2012, Issue 7, Posted 7:24 PM, 08.19.2012

National Speed Sport News LAUNCHES SPEED SPORT MAGAZINE ON ITUNES NEWSSTAND POWERED BY PIXELMAGS

National Speed Sport News LAUNCHES SPEED SPORT MAGAZINE ON ITUNES NEWSSTAND POWERED BY PIXELMAGS

MOORESVILLE, N.C.  — National Speed Sport News continues to expand its growing portfolio of motorsports media products with the launch of a “Digital Edition” of its popular SPEED SPORT Magazine on the iTunes Newsstand.

“Publishing to mobile devices, particularly tablets, is a trend that is sweeping the industry, and is crucial to the success of National Speed Sport News,” says C.O.O. Joe Tripp. “Just two years since the launch of the iPad, tablet use in the United States has exploded, and is expected to reach nearly 100 million users in the next two years.  So, just as we felt a print version was important for our traditional subscriber base, a digital option is just as important to allow us to reach a broader audience, and to stay connected to all our subscribers and they adopt new technologies.”

NSSN partnered with Southern-California based PixelMags to power its new app.  PixelMags provides digital publishing solutions for hundreds of major magazines including Esquire, Men’s Health, Dirt Rider, Elle, Cosmopolitan and many more.

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Volume 2012, Issue 6, Posted 11:20 PM, 06.13.2012

18th Annual "Thunder on the Lot" at the Lancaster Fairgrounds.

Lancaster, CA - I just enjoyed another “Thunder on the Lot” at the Lancaster Fairgrounds in Lancaster, CA. It was their 18th annual event (which is driven by Ron and Yvette Emard of Robertson’s Palmdale Honda and Antelope Valley Harley Davidson) to benefit thousands of children through scores of charities which have shared over $3 million to date.  

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Volume 2012, Issue 6, Posted 6:22 PM, 06.11.2012

Fifth Annual B.R.A.K.E.S. Dinner Will Feature A Touch Of Hollywood

(CONCORD, NC – June 7, 2012) For the fifth consecutive year, B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe) will be inviting many of the brightest stars from the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, the fans who follow them, and supporters of this life-saving 501c3 non-profit organization to gather together for the B.R.A.K.E.S. Benefit Dinner to be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Concord, NC on Thursday evening, September 13th.

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Volume 2012, Issue 5, Posted 1:23 PM, 06.07.2012

B.R.A.K.E.S Will “Go Rounds” With NHRA Stars At Benefit Golf Tourney

B.R.A.K.E.S  Will “Go Rounds” With NHRA Stars At Benefit Golf Tourney

Drag racers spend most of their time “going rounds” as they compete on the NHRA’s Full Throttle national event schedule. But on Thursday, September 13th, prior to the running of the O’Reilly Auto Parts Nationals at zMax Dragway in Concord, NC, those same NHRA stars will be going rounds of a different kind as they join their fans on the beautiful Rocky River Golf Course adjacent to zMax for the B.R.A.K.E.S. Benefit Golf Tournament.

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Volume 2012, Issue 5, Posted 4:18 PM, 05.30.2012

Carroll Shelby Dead at 89

DEARBORN, Mich., May 11, 2012– Carroll Shelby was a member of the Ford family for the better part of 60 years, producing stunning performance vehicles from concepts to production models.

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Volume 2012, Issue 4, Posted 11:25 PM, 05.11.2012

OHIO TECHNICAL COLLEGE OPENS

OHIO TECHNICAL COLLEGE OPENS

THE EDELBROCK PERFORMANCE ACADEMY

School Partners with Edelbrock to Train Students on Building Performance Vehicles

 

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ohio Technical College (OTC) and Edelbrock, LLC announce the opening of The Edelbrock Performance Academy, a program designed to give students a solid foundation in the building and tuning of high performance products.

            The Edelbrock Performance Academy at OTC provides students with the skills necessary to efficiently produce a vehicle through planning, installation and modification of the engine, suspension system, braking system and drivetrain.

           

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Volume 2012, Issue 4, Posted 8:52 PM, 04.25.2012

"Racing Dreams": Young racers shooting for the big leagues

No first-timer just climbs into a Sprint Cup, Indy car, FI car or any kind of race car and just goes racing. Driving a race car is a learning experience. You start in the lower classes. If you do well you graduate up to the level you are most comfortable with.

Today, many younger racers, be they from the U.S. or anywhere around the world, start in go-karts. Pre-teen racers learn in go-karts how to develop their competitive edge, with hopes of reaching racing’s “big leagues.”

Debuting this week on public broadcasting stations (PBS) throughout the U.S., “Racing Dreams,” a Point of View documentary, produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker Marshall Curry, spends a season with three young drivers competing on the World Karting Association’s five-race, paved oval circuit.

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Volume 2011, Issue 10, Posted 8:49 AM, 02.23.2012

NATIONAL SPEED SPORT NEWS, INTERNATIONAL MOTORSPORTS INDUSTRY SHOW TEAM UP

NATIONAL SPEED SPORT NEWS, INTERNATIONAL MOTORSPORTS INDUSTRY SHOW TEAM UP

Partnership kicks off new era for NSSN, will provide year-round industry-insider content bolstered by the nation’s fastest-growing hardcore racing tradeshow.  
 
MOORESVILLE, N.C.  — Turn 3 Media, LLC, a North Carolina company founded by publishing veteran Curt Moon, former SPEED executive Joe Tripp, and motorsports television personality Ralph Sheheen, announced the re-launch of the venerable National Speed Sport News brand earlier this month and has entered into a partnership with the International Motorsports Industry Show (IMIS), which caters to the hardcore racing industry.
 
NSSN’s new monthly SPEED SPORT Magazine premieres in March with the season preview issue. In May, the magazine will introduce the first of a new monthly “IMIS Industry News” section that will be targeted to racing professionals — be it drivers, team owners, jobbers, promoters or manufacturers. The November “Tradeshow” issue will focus attention on IMIS exhibitors and events surrounding the show.
  
“We are extremely excited about partnering with IMIS,” said Turn 3 Managing Partner and COO Joe Tripp. “IMIS is growing quickly and naturally aligns with our audience and vision for NSSN. Through this partnership, we?ll be able to provide the inside industry voice of the hardcore motorsports exhibitors and attendees, but moreover IMIS will help us get National Speed Sport News back on top as the trusted source for motorsports news and information.”

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Volume 2011, Issue 10, Posted 7:27 PM, 02.24.2012

5th-annual Racing & Performance Expo takes off Feb. 25-26

Fifth-annual Racing & Performance Expo blasts off Feb. 25-26

The 5th annual Racing & Performance Expo comes off the line Saturday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pheasant Run Convention Center, 4051 E. Main St. (IL Rte. 64), St. Charles, IL.

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Volume 2011, Issue 10, Posted 1:33 PM, 02.22.2012

ARCA's 60th Anniversary Season Opens at Daytona Saturday's Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 (TOLEDO, Ohio) - As ARCA's 60th Anniversary Season opens Saturday at Daytona International Speedway, as

ARCA's 60th Anniversary Season Opens at Daytona inSaturday's Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200

(TOLEDO, Ohio) - As ARCA's 60th Anniversary Season opens Saturday at Daytona International Speedway, as many as 60 drivers will set their sights on winning the historic season's most grand race, and maybe - just maybe - becoming the 30th person to win an ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship.

First, though, those drivers will have to stop the man whose performances on the 2.5-mile superspeedway oval since 1999 have made him the dean of Daytona: defending Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 winner Bobby Gerhart.

Gerhart pitted on Lap 5 in last year's 80-lap contest, took the lead on Lap 20, and held the point without returning to pit road over the race's final three quarters to edge eventual Rookie of the Year Chris Buescher and Matt Merrell for his seventh Daytona victory. Gerhart, driving a familiar Lucas Oil Slick Mist-branded Chevrolet, also won the Daytona opener in 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2010.

"Daytona is so special to me personally," Gerhart said recently. "I grew up coming with my parents to Daytona. I was very vocal at a very young age that I would one day race here. In the back of my head, I kept telling myself I would win here too. It is such a privilege to race here, and I've never lost sight of that fact.

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Volume 2011, Issue 10, Posted 10:44 PM, 02.13.2012

National Speed Sport News To Return

National Speed Sport News To Return

Turn 3 Media, LLC Announces a New Era for National Speed Sport News, Launch of SPEED SPORT Magazine


MOORESVILLE, N.C. — With an all-new monthly print publication launching in March and an aggressive plan for the future, Turn 3 Media, LLC, is bringing back the National Speed Sport News brand, identified for its namesake weekly newspaper that was widely recognized as the “Bible” of American auto racing news.

Turn 3 Media, LLC, a North Carolina company founded by publishing veteran Curt Moon, former SPEED executive Joe Tripp, and motorsports television personality Ralph Sheheen, has acquired the exclusive rights to National Speed Sports News from The Kay Publishing Company.

Founded in 1934 and edited by “The Dean of American Motorsports Journalism” Chris Economaki beginning in 1950, National Speed Sport News ceased publication of its venerable weekly newspaper following the March 23, 2011 issue.

While the realities of the publishing world, which contributed to the demise of the newspaper, haven’t changed, the Turn 3 Media partners are confident the new National Speed Sport News will succeed.

“We’re starting with a clean slate,” said Tripp, “building upon all that was great about the former publication by expanding the content and delivering it through a broad variety of platforms relevant to the times. Specifically, we will provide race fans with credible and timely coverage of all forms of professional motorsports – two wheels and four – on everything from mobile (SPEED SPORT Mobile), tablet (SPEED SPORT Digital Edition) and web (www.nationalspeedsportnews.com ) – plus a new magazine that will be available in print and digital editions.”

“We listened to our fans – and while most are getting race results and breaking news online these days, they still really wanted a print edition.” explained Moon.  “The new monthly SPEED SPORT Magazine will include exclusive stories and interviews, thought-provoking editorial, and a comprehensive view of all motorsports not found in other publications.”

For many years, former National Speed Sport News Editor Chris Economaki was a fixture on national television. With his iconic voice and unique style, Economaki was unparalleled in the business. Most of today’s motorsports journalists and personalities credit Economaki with forging a path for their own careers.

"The first nationally televised race broadcast I was a part of more than 20 years ago, Chris Economaki was my colleague on pit road,” explained Sheheen. “Chris set the standard for motorsports journalism on TV and with National Speed Sport News. We have assembled some of the best writers and reporters in motorsports to continue that tradition. We'll be giving our readers insightful and thought provoking commentary and features on every form of motorsports involving cars, motorcycles and anything else that belches flames, slings mud or singes the asphalt."

As Publisher, Sheheen will manage the editorial direction of the new SPEED SPORT Magazine and will help drive reach and brand awareness through his extensive television exposure. He will also lead efforts to expand the brand into video and television media.

Readers will benefit from the continuity of an editorial staff led by Editor in Chief Mike Kerchner, who has served NSSN continuously since 1991.

“I think our readers will enjoy seeing the familiar faces, names and opinions with which they have become accustomed through the years,” said Kerchner. “SPEED SPORT Magazine will deliver racing information to its readers in an updated manner and style, but we’re confident it will have the same warm, fuzzy feeling that readers have enjoyed when finding National Speed Sport News in their mailbox for nearly 80 years.”

SPEED SPORT Magazine will debut with a March Season Preview issue, exactly one year after the original National Speed Sport News ceased publication.

Subscriptions to SPEED SPORT Magazine are available for $24.95 per year for 12 issues.  A digital edition of the magazine will be available for $12.95 per year. Access to www.nationalspeedsportnews.com will remain free.

Turn 3 Media is planning to announce more details of its plans during Florida Speed Weeks later this month.  


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Volume 2011, Issue 10, Posted 5:59 PM, 02.12.2012