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The Area Auto Racing News began publication in the summer of 1963 as a four page tabloid. For over 40 years the paper has set the standard as a leader in weekly racing publications. Area Auto was the first with weekly front page color photos, a tradition that carries on today some 20 years later. The paper was established by founder Leonard J. Sammons Jr. A true race fan at heart, he wanted to close a void in coverage for the local short track racers. From his dreams developed the first ever regional racing paper in the country. Today, the Area Auto Racing News continues to pride itself on its coverage of the short track racer in the northeast. Well over 100 speedways from Ohio east and Virginia north are found with both written race results and photo coverage. National news is not forgotten. Nationally known journalists cover up to the minute Sprint Cup news weekly, backed up by an award winning photo staff. All other major series of NASCAR are covered as well along with IndyCar, Indy Racing League, World of Outlaws, All Stars, Stars, USAC, NHRA, DIRT and other national traveling series. What makes the Area Auto Racing News even more special is views shared from well over 20 columnists who speak their mind and bring the readers closer to the action. The columnists are respected in the industry for their views, insights and opinions. Combine the local and national news, the columns and over 150 photos and you have Area Auto Racing News. Second generation publisher/editor Lenny H. Sammons organizes the weekly efforts that average nearly 80 pages a week. Special editions focus on specific topics or big events. The specials increase circulation and drive page numbers as high as 128. Our Readership is so eager to receive the paper that the earliest deadline of any racing paper in the country is followed. The paper is 95% completed on Monday night. By 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning the presses are running and by 6 p.m. all copies have been delivered by carrier to one of New Jersey's major post office sectional centers - on their way to the readers. So whether it be the driver, mechanic, team owner, fan, promoter, press member or the corporate sponsor AARN reaches them all.

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Newsmaker of the Week // Ronnie WilliamsDick Ayers Photo
07/02/2019
Newsmaker of the Week // Ronnie Williams

Newsmaker of the Week // Ronnie Williams

Dick Ayers Photo

Ronnie Williams is just 22 years old, he’s a college student and he has become one of New England’s top asphalt Modified drivers in a very short time. On the heels of winning a MRS Modified race on…

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07/02/2019

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Pennsylvania Speedweek SPRINT CAR STANDOUT (top, Photo by Chad Updegraff) Chad Trout (No. 1x) charges toward victory at Lincoln Speedway while racing with Brian Montieth; On a Northeast pavement Modified hot streak is Ronnie Williams (above right, Photo by Dick Ayers Racing Images), who celebrated after his “Open Wheel Wednesday” win at Seekonk Speedway! He preceded it with a triumph in the VMRS event on the New Hampshire Motor Speedway Mile; then followed up with a victory in the SK 5K at Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday; Riding out a rough one at Seekonk (above, Photo by Steve Kennedy) is Matt Galko Racing , whose Modified took a beating.

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06/25/2019

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ESCAPING AN INFERNO AT NY’s Oswego Speedway (top, John J Ferlito Photo) was 350 Supermodified driver Vernon Lafave, who can be seen exiting the wrecked car (center of picture). He was hospitalized with hand and arm burns, and is recovering. Read the full story inside for additional details; Getting launched during a heat race at the Ohio Sprint Car Speedweek show at Wayne County Speedway (above, Phil Walter II Photo) is Spencer Bayston. This was his back-up car, as he had crashed earlier in time trials. Celebrating at PA’s Lernerville Speedway (left, Paul Arch Photo) is “Firecracker 100” World of Outlaws Late Model winner Tim McCreadie T MAC FAN PAGE!

Newsmaker of the Week // Tim McCreadie T MAC FAN PAGEPaul Arch Photo
06/24/2019
Newsmaker of the Week // Tim McCreadie

Newsmaker of the Week // Tim McCreadie T MAC FAN PAGE

Paul Arch Photo

It isn’t every day that the opportunity to win $30,000 in a race car is within reach. That’s the position Tim McCreadie was in Saturday in the World Of Outlaws Late Model Firecracker 100 at Lernerv…

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06/18/2019

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TAKING A “STORMY” RIDE (top, Photo by Paul Arch) at Pa.’s Grandview Speedway Inc. during the USAC Racing Eastern Storm Sprint Car event was Tim Buckwalter! He brushed the fence at the the top of the homestretch, then flipped violently as Dave Darland dove to the inside to avoid the crash. The car was destroyed, but Buckwalter escaped without injury; Brady Bacon won that Grandview event; and then celebrated (above, Photo by Harry Meeks Sr.) on Friday after winning the USAC Silver Crown feature at Williams Grove Speedway; Riding out a rough one (above left, Photo by Jeremy McGaffin) in a Modified heat race at N.Y.’s Albany-Saratoga Speedway is Keith Flach. He then ran the feature in a back-up car and finished third!

Newsmaker of the Week // Tim Buckwalter and Steve BuckwalterBrian Bouder and Harry Meeks Sr. Photos
06/18/2019
Newsmakers of the Week // Tim & Steve Buckwalter

Newsmaker of the Week // Tim Buckwalter and Steve Buckwalter

Brian Bouder and Harry Meeks Sr. Photos

News in racing is made in two ways, by winning big, or by losing badly. The USAC Eastern Storm invaded the northeast last week and by the time it was over, the Buckwalter cousins, Tim and Steven we…

Newsmaker of the Week // Brett MichalskiLew Brubaker Photo
06/11/2019
Newsmaker of the Week // Brett Michalski

Newsmaker of the Week // Brett Michalski

Lew Brubaker Photo

There’s nothing quite like a race car driver’s first major victory. Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway, Brett Michalski, a second year 410 Sprint racer who paid his dues through Micro Sprint and 36…

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06/11/2019

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“SWEEPING” Port Royal Speedway (above left, Photo by Ashlee Leister) is Logan Wagner! He won both ends of the Twin-20 features for the 410 Sprint Cars at the Pennsylvania oval, and celebrated with a broom on the wing in victory lane to the cheers of the fans; The All Star Circuit of Champions (top, Photo by AlexandHelen Bruce) invaded New York State, with PA Posse standout Danny Dietrich (No. 48) taking the victory. Also having an impressive run in the 410 Sprints was region Modified driver Danny Varin Racing (No. 00); Eldora Speedway had its “Dream” race (above, Photo by Michael Campbell) for Super Late Models, with teams from around the country charging around the legendary Ohio track!

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Newsmaker of the Week // Mason Zeigler RacingEileen Shrey Photo
06/04/2019
Newsmaker of the Week // Mason Zeigler

Newsmaker of the Week // Mason Zeigler Racing

Eileen Shrey Photo

Bedford Speedway’s Billy Winn Classic offered up the princely sum of $8,300 to the winner of a 50-lap Super Late Model feature last Friday. The non-sanctioned race drew an impressive field and when…

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06/04/2019

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RIGHT THERE TO HELP Super Sportsman driver John Sullivan (center, Chad Updegraff Photo) are safety team members at PA’s Lincoln Speedway, as they extinguish his blazing Super Sportsman car after a wreck; The prestigious Billy Winn Classic for dirt Super Late Models (top, Photo by Gary Shrey) at PA’s Bedford Speedway went to Mason Zeigler Racing (No. 25z). Here, he duels with Gregg Satterlee; The Race of Champions (RoC) pavement Modified Series (above, Paul Cooper Photo) returned to NY’s Spencer Speedway with Andy Jankowiak (No. 12x) and Patrick Emerling going for top honors! Jankowiak hit the fence on a restart, while Emerling maintained command to reach victory lane.

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05/28/2019

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RACING INTO HISTORY at NY’s Oswego Speedway on Sunday (above, Photo by John J Ferlito) is Alison Sload (No. 39), who became the first female to win a Supermodified feature at that track! Here, she duels Hall of Famer Joe Gosek; At NJ’s 3/8-mile Bridgeport Speedway (top, Photo by Bob Armbruster), Jimmy Horton III (No. 43) returned to victory in the big-block Modifieds as he outraced Ryan Krachun (No. 29); while PA Posse standout Danny Dietrich (center left, Photo by Harry Meeks Sr.) bested the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series invaders and enjoyed victory lane; The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indy 500 went to Simon Pagenaud (center right, Photo by Scott Haber), who celebrated with a bath from the traditional bottle of milk!

Newsmaker of the Week // Danny DietrichMike Knappenberger Photo
05/28/2019
Newsmaker of the Week // Danny Dietrich

Newsmaker of the Week // Danny Dietrich

Mike Knappenberger Photo

Danny Dietrich is coming off a dream week as the driver of Gary Kauffman’s 410 Sprint. This past week, the Gettysburg, PA, based standout beat the World Of Outlaws on the 3/8ths mile Bridgeport Spe…

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05/21/2019

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OUTRACING THE OUTLAWS (top, Photo by Troy Junkins) was driver Lance Dewease! The PA Posse great celebrated in victory lane at Williams Grove Speedway with car owner Don Kreitz Jr., chief mechanic Davey Brown and the No. 69K team after his popular triumph; The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour was at NJ’s Wall Stadium Speedway (above, Photo by Tom Iaeger), where numerous top contenders were in crashes during the “Jersey Shore 150.” That included Doug Coby (No. 2) and Andrew Krause (No. 24), who were racing for the lead when they tangled in turn three. Also involved were Eric Goodale (No. 58), Justin Bonsignore (No. 51). Rob Summers (No. 64) and Dave Sapienza (middle, No. 36).

Newsmaker of the Week // Lance DeweaseChristopher Hockley Photo
05/21/2019
Newsmaker of the Week // Lance Dewease

Newsmaker of the Week // Lance Dewease

Christopher Hockley Photo

Beating the best 410 Sprint drivers in the world is a daunting task. But when the World Of Outlaws invade Central Pennsylvania as they do three times every year, the traveling pros are fair game fo…

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05/14/2019

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TAKING A FIERY RIDE at New Jersey’s New Egypt Speedway (top, Photo by Harry Meeks Sr. ) is driver Ryan Krachun ! After his Modified flared up on the homestretch during a qualifying race, he drove it into the first and second turn where the safety crew extinguished the blaze. Krachun and his team repaired the car, which he then ran in the feature; Doug Coby (above left, Photo by Dick Ayers) celebrates after winning his fourth Spring Sizzler for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Ct.’s Stafford Motor Speedway; At Ohio’s Sharon Speedway (above, Photo by Jason Brown ), Cole Duncan (outside) raced to victory in the FAST Series Sprint Car feature after out-dueling runner-up Tony Stewart (No. 14)!

Newsmaker of the Week // Doug CobyDick Ayers Photo
05/14/2019
Newsmaker of the Week // Doug Coby

Newsmaker of the Week // Doug Coby

Dick Ayers Photo

Doug Coby and MSR Racing are on top of their game. The formidable multi-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Touring Series championship winning team won this past weekend’s Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor…

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05/06/2019

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CLOSE RACING ON DIRT AND PAVEMENT! Continuing his fast pace in the dirt Modifieds (top, SDS Photography), Matt Sheppard (No. 9s) won the Short Track Super Series feature at Delaware International Speedway after this duel with runner-up Craig Von Dohren; Charging to the checkered in the SK Modifieds at Ct.’s Stafford Motor Speedway (center, Dick Ayers Photo) are Keith Rocco (No. 88), Michael Gervais (outside) and Mike Christopher Jr. (No. 82). Rocco took the win! The NASCAR Truck Series was at Dover International Speedway (above, Paul Michelson Photo), where dirt Modified star Stewart Friesen (No. 52) dueled Josh Reaume (No. 34), Austin Wayne Self (No. 22) and Ross Chastain (No. 45).

Newsmaker of the Week // Matt SheppardSDS Photography
05/06/2019
Newsmaker of the Week // Matt Sheppard

Newsmaker of the Week // Matt Sheppard

SDS Photography

A perfect record! That’s what Matt Sheppard wrapped up following his Tuesday Short Track Super Series feature win at Delaware International Speedway. That race victory completed an amazing streak o…

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04/30/2019

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GOING UP AND OVER (top, Photo by Chad Updegraff ) in a heat race for the 358 Sprint Cars at Pa.’s Lincoln Speedway are Dylan Norris (left, No. 44) and Alyson Dietz! Both drivers were unhurt after their wild ride; Although the Modifieds piled up during the opening laps of the feature at N.J.’s Wall Stadium Speedway (Photo by John John Lane), many of those involved continued racing. That included Eric Mauriello uriello (No. 31), who went on to take the victory! Also caught up in the crash were Derek Hopkinson (No. 17), Jimmy Blewett (No. 76), Roger Coss (No. 21), Chris Andretta (No. 25), Eddie McCarthy. (No. 22), Shaun Carrig (No. 54), Jason Treat (No. 33) and Ron Frees (No. 43).

Newsmaker of the Week // Ryan SmithBrian Rhoad Photo
04/29/2019
Newsmaker of the Week // Ryan Smith

Newsmaker of the Week // Ryan Smith

Brian Rhoad Photo

When Ryan Smith drove Michael Heffner’s 360 Sprint into the winners’ circle at Port Royal Speedway, emotions were deep and varied. This was no ordinary win for the driver or the car owner. Rather t…

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04/22/2019

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RIDING OUT ROUGH ONES were Justin Whittall (above left, Photo by Ashlee Leister), who flipped his Sprint Car during hot laps at Pa.’s Port Royal Speedway; and Kevin Vclav Kevin Vaclavicek (above, Photo by Harry Meeks Sr.) in the Modified feature at N.J.’s New Egypt Speedway. Whittall and Vaclavicek were unhurt despite their wild rides; After going wheel-to-wheel in the pavement Modifieds (top, Photo by Walt Smith) at Pa.’s Mahoning Valley Speedway, Robert Jones (No. 1) took a close win over runnerup Earl Paules Jr. (outside, No. 8); In the “Battle of the Bay” race for Crate Late Models at Va.’s Winchester Speedway, track regular Logan Roberson (No. 17) out dueled series champion Max Blair (No. 111) to win the feature!

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Newsmaker of the Week // New Hampshire Short Track Racing Association (NHSTRA)( Richard Hayes Photo)
04/22/2019
Newsmaker of the Week // New Hampshire Short Track Racing Association (NHSTRA)

Newsmaker of the Week // New Hampshire Short Track Racing Association (NHSTRA)

( Richard Hayes Photo)

By their nature, auto racing track operators are a fiercely independent lot. They face innumerable challenges by being unafraid and standing on their own two feet. That’s why the announcement of th…

Newsmaker of the Week // Cory EliasonMichael Fry Photo
04/16/2019
Newsmaker of the Week // Cory Eliason

Newsmaker of the Week // Cory Eliason

Michael Fry Photo

Cory Eliason is a fresh-faced, 27 year old kid with enough talent to have won a pair of World Of Outlaws A-Mains in his native California last year. Now, he is taking aim on the 2019 All Star Circu…

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04/16/2019

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CELEBRATING WITH THE “BIG CHECK” is Jonathan Davenport (above left, Jason Walls/WRT Photo), after his triumph in the Lucas Oil Late Model Series race at Md.’s Hagerstown Speedway! Davenport (above, Jeff Stere Photo) is “on the throttle” as he heads for victory; Thrilling the fans with a close duel in the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars (top, Mike Knappenberger Photo) at Virginia Motor Speedway are eventual winner Cory Eliason (No. 26) and runner-up Danny Dietrich (No. 48) as they lap Mallie Shuster; During the Carl Van Horn Tribute race at N.Y.’s Orange County Fair Speedway (center, Harry Cella Photo) Matt Janiak ran a No. 71E to honor track legend Van Horn as he ran close with Jimmy Horton III (No. 43)!

The Front page, headlines and all of the Feature Winners from the April 9, 2019 edition of Area Auto Racing News are now...
04/09/2019

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“MAKING THE MONEY” was Matt Sheppard (center left, Kirk Rissmiller Photo), who started off a big weekend by winning the “Bruce Rogers Money Maker Memorial” at Pa.’s Grandview Speedway Inc.! Sheppard (top, No. 9s, Scott Bender Photo) powers around Duane Howard; Celebrating his Icebreaker NASCAR Modified Tour win at Ct.’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is Justin Bonsignore (center right, Steve Kennedy Photo); Bonsignore (above, No. 51, Kennedy Photo) leads Ronnie Silk (No. 85), Eric Goodale (No. 58) and Craig Lutz after a late-race restart; Travis Scott goes up and over (center, Chad Updegraff Photo) in a 358 Sprint Car heat race at BAPS Motor Speedway while tangling with Cody Fletcher (No. 66a). There were no injuries.

Newsmakers of the Week // Matt Sheppard & Justin BonsignoreSDS Photography  & Dick Ayers Photos
04/09/2019
Newsmaker of the Week // Matt Sheppard & Justin Bonsignore

Newsmakers of the Week // Matt Sheppard & Justin Bonsignore

SDS Photography & Dick Ayers Photos

Two top drivers added to their impressive resumes of recent accomplishments over last weekend, continuing their prowess for making big news. Justin Bonsignore won his fifth straight NASCAR Whelen M…

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04/02/2019

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DIRT AND ASPHALT ACTION thrilled fans in the North and South last weekend! At N.J.’s Bridgeport Speedway (top, SDS Photography), opening day Modified winner Billy Pauch Racing (No. 1) gets set to pass leader Davey Sammons who finished an impressive second; The Super Late Models (above, Gary Shrey Photo) were at Pa.’s Williams Grove Speedway where winner Rick Eckert (No. 0) out dueled Justin Weaver (yellow No. 72) and Mike Norris (black No. 72); Saturday’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour winner at Va.’s Southboston Speedway (center, Michael Jaworecki Photo) was Ron Silk (No. 85). Here, he runs close with Doug Coby!

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