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RODDA: Arizona Loses Another Track
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RODDA: Arizona Loses Another Track

RODDA: Arizona Loses Another Track

PEORIA, Ariz. — Last year, Arizona Speedway closed following the final night of the Copper Classic on Nov. 27, with Brock Zearfoss winning the final feature at the track located south of Apache Junction.A year later and Canyon Speedway Park has closed with the two-…
BYRD: More Learning On The Dirt
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BYRD: More Learning On The Dirt

BYRD: More Learning On The Dirt

VENTURA, Calif. — It was another weekend of wild action during the West Coast Swing for the USAC Racing National Midget Championship. It started with back-to-back events at Merced Speedway.Then, it was off to the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura Raceway where I raced…
KENNEDY: Oval Nationals Leftovers
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KENNEDY: Oval Nationals Leftovers

KENNEDY: Oval Nationals Leftovers

LOS ANGELES — USAC race director Kirk Spridgeon ran the Perris Auto Speedway pit meetings during the Oval Nationals at Perris Auto Speedway.He explained PAS management wanted to start more cars in the A-main and added money to do so. USAC transferred eight cars from…
BYRD: A Ride On The Struggle Bus
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BYRD: A Ride On The Struggle Bus

BYRD: A Ride On The Struggle Bus

PLACERVILLE, Calif. — A chance to compete in the same car in back-to-back races at different tracks multiple weeks in a row is the next step in my progression as a race driver. This type of opportunity rarely happens because of my diverse schedule, going back and forth…
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Racing’s Women With Drive
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Racing’s Women With Drive

Racing’s Women With Drive

WILMETTE, Ill. — As the racing season wound to a close, action continued away from the track with the same intensity and purpose.The offseason returns with a full calendar of gatherings.The trade shows and related programming are back at full speed. Our industry’s …
KENNEDY: Recapping The Oval Nationals
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KENNEDY: Recapping The Oval Nationals

KENNEDY: Recapping The Oval Nationals

LOS ANGELES — The Perris Auto Speedway Heimark Distributing USAC AMSOIL Anheuser Budweiser Oval Nationals marked the 26th running of the prestigious race on the Riverside County clay half-mile. The car count this year increased from 34 in 2021 to 41 this year. Drivers…
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25 Years In The Rearview Mirror
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25 Years In The Rearview Mirror

25 Years In The Rearview Mirror

CONCORD, N.C. — Looking back 25 years, a lot of things were different.First, gas was cheaper (average retail price back then was $1.23 a gallon) and a Big Mac cost $2.50.I’ll pause while you extrapolate those facts and compare them to the present day.One of the other…
BYRD: Modified Madness At Irwindale
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BYRD: Modified Madness At Irwindale

BYRD: Modified Madness At Irwindale

IRWINDALE, Calif. — Instead of the usual fire drill of racing from one car to another, this past weekend at Irwindale Speedway I narrowed my focus — at least for one weekend.It was a weekend of modified racing on Irwindale Speedway’s half-mile asphalt oval — a track…
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Sustainability & Electric Power
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Sustainability & Electric Power

Sustainability & Electric Power

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Roger Penske and Penske Corp. have always been ahead of the curve in racing and business.That has ushered in the era of sustainability in both racing and in his trucking business. Penske, chairman and owner of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, understands…
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Our Heroes Are Still Around
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Our Heroes Are Still Around

Our Heroes Are Still Around

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — We’re lucky.When I started working as a motorsports journalist in 1991, my racing heroes — the racers I’d grown up rooting for and against — were winding down their careers behind the wheel.Yes, I got to cover the final years of their careers and…
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