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Mike Logsdon stood on the stage in front of the gathering at the 69th Annual Friends of Auto Racing (FOAR Score) Awards and Holiday Party Saturday evening reading from a list prepared by his wife of the people that he wished to thank as he delivered his acceptance speech while being inducted into the club's Hall of Fame. Tears, laughter  and deep appreciation were exc…

Following a few months of speculation, Freedom Motorsports Park promoter Bob Reis has announced that he is changing up the lead division of his Friday night weekly stock car program at the Delevan-based dirt oval in 2017. Reis is giving the axe to the long-running RUSH Crate Late Model division and replacing it with his new Outlaw Modified class. Reis explained both hi…

Marilla’s Jim Bryant has become a social media sensation after his involvement in a spectacular accident during the U.S. Open stock car season finale at Lancaster Speedway and Dragway on Sept. 25.Bryant moved through the fourth turn on the 22nd lap sandwiched between Dave Wilson Jr. to his outside and Mark Hoch riding below him. Contact with Hoch occurred and Bryant lef…

Fans of street drag racing probably have seen Chris Day and Chris Hamilton on TV each Monday as part of the highly rated Discovery Channel reality series “Street Outlaws.”Day, better known to his national television fans as “Kamikaze Chris,” and Hamilton, who goes by the racing moniker of “Boosted GT,” will take to the drag strip Friday at Lancaster National Sp…

During the early stages of the Crate Late Model feature event Friday evening at Little Valley Speedway, Jeremy Wonderling might have been thinking to himself, “oh, brother.” Wonderling was leading the 20-lap joust but his brothers Mike and Brady were in hot pursuit.Jeremy, who led from the drop of the green flag from the outside pole, would prevail to capture the check…

Josef Newgarden arrived in Buffalo on Tuesday and sampled chicken wings for the first time during a media event to promote the Verizon IndyCar Series race in September at Watkins Glen International. Between now and then, Newgarden will have other matters to attend to, such as attempting to win this Sunday’s 100th Indianapolis 500 from the middle of the front row.Watkins …

WATKINS GLEN – As Brad Keselowski put the Team Penske No. 2 Miller Lite Ford through its paces on The Glen’s 2.45-mile road course during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying Saturday, Paul Wolfe observed and monitored the activity from pit road.It was just another day at his weekend office for Wolfe, a Milford native, who is crew chief for Team Penske’s No. 2 entry i…

Michael Printup had NASCAR and its Buffalo fan base on his mind as he made his way through Western New York Friday on a media blitz to promote the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It 355 at The Glen event that gets the green flag at Watkins Glen International next weekend.Printup, a Hamburg native, has been the president of Watkins Glen’s fabled road course since …

Many years ago Joe Karosik of Depew took his mother’s car out for a little joy ride. He went down the long defunct Niagara Dragway and a passion for drag racing was ignited in Karosik that burns brightly to this day.When asked if his mother knew at the time that her car was being taken to the drag strip by her 16-year-old son, Karosik said, “She does now.”Karosik, 6…

In a major development in Southern Tier dirt track racing, Stateline Speedway has shut down, perhaps for good. The track is a major racing institution for numerous fans and drivers. In a brief press release issued last Thursday, the track canceled its Fourth of July racing programs, citing a “lapse in insurance coverage.” The question is will the track – which has op…

For the second time in as many years, Freedom Speedway in Delevan will have a new name and a new person at the promotional helm of the dirt-surfaced oval. Racer and businessman Bob Reis of Elma has an agreement to purchase the facility from Rochester-area businessman Mike Lauterborn.The track has been renamed by Reis as Freedom Motorsports Park.Lauterborn has owned the tra…

A much anticipated deal by the Western New York auto racing community for businessman/racer Bill Catania Jr., and his company, Short Track Management, to purchase Lancaster Speedway from current owner Gordon Reger has fallen through.What appeared to be a green flag to Catania’s future involvement at Lancaster just a few short weeks ago has now been given the red flag.Reg…

SYRACUSE – Erick Rudolph was hoping that this weekend’s Super DIRT Week XLIII racing activity at the New York State Fairgrounds would become the land of opportunity. Unfortunately, it ended up being a missed opportunity to build on his point lead in the DIRT.car 358 Modified Series.Rudolph, the defending DIRT.car 358 Modified Series champion, came into Saturday’s “…

The large one-mile dirt oval at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse is fast, difficult to drive and intimidating to even the most veteran of race car drivers. Yet that didn’t stop Ransomville’s Erick Rudolph from tasting victory the first time he ever sat behind the wheel at the track known as “The Moody Mile.”As a result, Rudolph returns to the fairgrounds …