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WATKINS GLEN — There was a time many years ago when Amherst native Pete Trautman toiled at various Western New York speedways as a technical inspector. Then it was off to the big league of NASCAR, where he served in a similar capacity for many seasons. Following his retirement from NASCAR after last season, Trautman still manages to get to many of the Monster Energy NAS…

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Rusty Wallace has witnessed a great deal at Watkins Glen International in a NASCAR career that has spanned the generations, and he could add another chapter this weekend. Wallace will serve as lead analyst for the Motor Racing Network's radio coverage of the annual Go Bowling at The Glen Cup Series race. Before retiring as a driver in 2005, Wallace won two NASCAR Cup Se…

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Daniel Suarez remembers his first visit to Buffalo during the developmental years of his racing career. When the native of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico arrived on a cold winter day eight years ago, he saw snow for the first time. Suarez took it all in shivering stride and now, thanks to the help of many along the way, including local driver/NASCAR K&N Pro Series Ea…

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In 1960, Ronald P. Bennett, Gordon Becker and others put the first shovel into the ground of what became Holland International Speedway. It was part of the process of realizing their dream of owning and operating a speedway. The first green flag flew there later that year. Stocks cars have circled the high-banked asphalt Southern Erie oval each season since, but a red f…

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There are many ways that race promoters measure the success of a race program. They include grandstand attendance, car counts, fan enjoyment, concession stand sales and other areas that hopefully lead to a positive financial result and a satisfying entertainment experience. New York International Raceway Park stock car program director Joe Skotnicki has added smiles as …

It is a good thing that Tracey Williamson does not have eyes in the back of her head or she would have been more nervous than she already was Friday night, and would have seen her son Mat Williamson soar down the straightaways, power slide through the turns and win the DIRT.car 358 Modified feature race at Ransomville Speedway. The victory Williamson's first at Ransomvi…

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For Dan and Deb Dunham of Scio, the pain and sorrow that has accompanied the passing of their son, Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham, during an act of military bravery and heroism 15 years ago will never go away. They live with it each day. Yet, it means so much when from time to time they are brought comfort by those who remember including, friends, community, the military, Jas…

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WATKINS GLEN – After traveling the world seeking sports car racing success for the better part of the last several years, Eric Lux achieved his most special victory just a couple of hours away from home when the Williamsville native, along with his two co-drivers, emerged victorious in the LMP2 category of the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen Sunday at Watkins Glen Internati…

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WATKINS GLEN - Eric Lux is hoping to enjoy a charmed and victorious day Sunday with a win in the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen sports car endurance classic here at Watkins Glen International. Lux, a Williamsville native, has spent the better part of the last several years competing on circuits throughout the world but considers The Glen his home track. The Sahlen's eve…

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When Katherine Legge competes this weekend in the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen International, she will have two missions at the fabled Finger Lakes Region road course. The first will be to be on the podium for the third straight year. The second will be to bring a greater awareness to increasing and developing the participation of more women in auto ra…

Sometimes there is more than one way to achieve a goal. Veteran drag racers Frank Malvaso and Mike Zmuda proved that on their way to respective class wins during the Supercharged Bounty Hunters series eliminations Friday evening at New York International Raceway Park. Malvaso had to turn the power down in his supercharged engine atop his 1933 Willy's entry dubbed "Rush"…

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This Sunday is Father's Day and for brothers Jake and Scott Wylie it will be the first without their dad, the late seven-time Holland Speedway NASCAR Late Model champion Rick Wylie. Rick died May 3 from health complications at age 59. Since his passing and still very much in mourning, the Wylie brothers have returned to the racetrack. Supporting their efforts from the g…

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On a sun-splashed Saturday afternoon, race fan Bob Ball of Pavilion was at New York International Raceway Park, formerly known as Lancaster Speedway, watching the stock cars circulate around the asphalt oval during the first practice session of the new season like he has done for decades. And like so many in the local auto racing fraternity, Ball was filled with gratitude …

At the midway point of the 2018 season at Freedom Motorsports Park, owner/promoter Bob Reis was contemplating whether he had enough financial reserves and personal momentum to finish the year at the Delevan dirt track. Plagued with smaller fields of cars and weak attendance on most nights, Reis was trying to find a solution that would lead to greater prosperity. He knew…

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On a night when New York International Raceway Park celebrated the opening of a new ownership era at the track formerly known as Lancaster National Speedway, Alan Fletcher reminded everyone of the track's rich drag-racing history. Fletcher, who has raced at Lancaster on his motorcycle since 1986, and by his count owns 13 Bike/Sled titles there, won again Friday, besting…