DA Sends Stewart Case To Grand Jury
Tue, 16/09/14 – 15:47 | No Comment
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com

RacinToday.com
The decision on whether driver Tony Stewart should be charged with a crime in the wake of a fatal short track wreck which occurred during a sprint car race in upstate New York will be left to a grand jury it was announced Tuesday.
Michael Tantillo, the district attorney in Ontario County, N.Y., made the announcement [...]

Read the full story »

Car Culture, FEATURE STORY »

American Car Culture Lives On In Upstate N.Y.
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer RacinToday.com

Automotive memorabilia has found a home in upstate New York. (RacinToday photos by Tony Grago)

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com

HOLLAND PATENT, N.Y. – For many curious visitors, Mark Theobald’s hobby shop is the last business they expect to find in this sleepy, Central New York village.

“It’s a very common response,” said Theobald, owner and curator of Adirondack Motorbooks & Collectibles. “There’s only a couple of stores like this in the whole country that have an equal amount of books, magazines and die-cast.”

Downtown Holland Patent is an equidistant 10 miles north of Utica and east of Rome in the bucolic Mohawk Valley. Theobald’s store is located at 9554 Main Street, two lanes of blacktop dotted with similar mom-n-pop shops after one drives past a gazebo and a small cemetery.

“Thankfully, it’s (his store) on State Route 365, which is kind of the western gateway to the Adirondack Mountains, so there’s a lot of traffic between Memorial Day and Labor Day,” Theobald said on a late summer afternoon. “Unfortunately, very little of it stops. It’s a great place to live but I’d still rather be in Vermont.”

Theobald and his “SWAG” reluctantly relocated from their former home in Wells, Vt., in the Green Mountains, after Mark’s wife, Sarah, accepted a psychiatrist’s position with New York State.

“I didn’t want to move here because I had a great place to stay,” said Theobald, a 56-year-old native of Read the full story »

Wed, 09/17/14 – 8:03 | No Comment
DA Sends Stewart Case To Grand Jury
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com

RacinToday.com
The decision on whether driver Tony Stewart should be charged with a crime in the wake of a fatal short track wreck which occurred during a sprint car race in upstate New York will be left to a grand jury it was announced Tuesday.
Michael Tantillo, the district attorney in Ontario County, N.Y., made the announcement [...]

Tue, 09/16/14 – 15:47 | No Comment
Aleshin Leaves Hospital
Info Manager |
RacinToday.com

RacinToday.com
Verizon IndyCar Series driver Mikhail Aleshin was released from Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis Tuesday to continue his recovery from injuries sustained in an accident during practice for the season- ending event at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., on Aug. 29.
“I’m feeling better each day,” said Aleshin, of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. “I’m very happy to be [...]

Tue, 09/16/14 – 15:10 | No Comment
Thanks To Weather,Texas Inherits Countdown Opener
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com

CONCORD, N.C. – Rain Sunday afternoon at zMAX Dragway forced postponement of the elimination round in the Countdown to the Championship’s opening event – the Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals – until next weekend at Dallas.
It is the first time the Carolina Nationals haven’t been completed as scheduled since the event began in 2008. However, [...]

Sun, 09/14/14 – 18:30 | No Comment
Wreck And Rain Force Postponement Of Countdown Opener
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – V. Gaines escaped injury Sunday when his Dodge Dart flipped four times near the finish line at zMAX Dragway in the first round of Pro Stock eliminations during the Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals.
The accident forced a halt in the first event of the Countdown to the [...]

Sun, 09/14/14 – 16:49 | 4 Comments
Keselowski Uses Late Pass To Win Chicagoland
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Brad Keselowski cruised between Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick as they fought side-by-side for the lead with 16 laps to go, survived a restart with six laps to go and then sprinted away to win the Chase-opening Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday afternoon.
The victory was the [...]

Sun, 09/14/14 – 16:20 | No Comment
Pit Call Gives Harvick NNS Win
Info Manager |
RacinToday.com

By Reid Spencer
NASCAR Wire Service
JOLIET, Ill. — Kevin Harvick got the track position he needed with a two-tire call under caution late in Saturday’s Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300.
Then he and crew chief Ernie Cope got the victory they deserved for choosing the right strategy at the right time.
Harvick beat Kyle Larson to the finish [...]

Sun, 09/14/14 – 9:19 | No Comment
Kyle Busch Wins Postponed Truck Race In Joliet
Info Manager |
RacinToday.com

By Reid Spencer
NASCAR Wire Service
JOLIET, Ill.—Kyle Busch overcame more than his share of adversity Saturday night in winning the rain-postponed Lucas Oil 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.
Busch came from the rear of the field twice and overcame a caution that put him on the wrong end of a cycle of [...]

Sun, 09/14/14 – 9:15 | No Comment
Flat Spot On: Does Junior Have Stamina to Win?
Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Six-time champion Jimmie Johnson is often touted as the favorite to win the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship under this year’s new format. But Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the driver being discussed and written about the most.
On the cusp of his 40th birthday, NASCAR’s perennially most popular driver [...]

Sat, 09/13/14 – 19:05 | 2 Comments
Female Drivers Have Big Days At ZMAX
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com

CONCORD, N.C. – Fresh off a victory in the U.S. Nationals, Alexis DeJoria emerged as the No. 1 qualifier in Funny Car for the second time in her career Saturday during preparations for the Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
DeJoria, who was fourth quickest in Friday’s opening round, sat out the second one, [...]

Sat, 09/13/14 – 17:53 | No Comment
Sampey Returning To NHRA Bike Competition
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – After a seven-year absence, three-time NHRA champion Angelle Sampey will return to Pro Stock Motorcycle competition this year in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series with Star Racing, it was announced Saturday at zMAX Dragway.
Sampey returns with team owners George and Jackie Bryce of Americus, Ga., [...]

Sat, 09/13/14 – 14:53 | No Comment