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June 26, 2009

Defeating prejudice


Fonzie always had a difficult time admitting he was wrong on Happy Days, but I'll come straight out with it. I was wrong.

It's easy to be prejudiced when it comes to racetracks you don't know much about, and when Clayhill Motorsports Park popped up on this year's UMP DIRTcar Summernationals schedule, I was a skeptic. The track in Atwood, Tenn., was too far from the series core, unproven in handling special events and had no history regarding top Dirt Late Model racers. Even the night before the MORE

June 25, 2009

Summernationals coverage

Just a quick programming note to keep subscribers up to date with our coverage plans. With the World of Outlaws Late Model Series holding one of its richest events of the season at Lernerville (Pa.) Speedway's $30,000-to-win Firecracker 100, videographer Michael Rigsby will peel off the UMP DIRTcar Summernationals to head for Pennsylvania.

That means no video coverage from the following three Summernationals events in Atwood, Tenn., Paducah, Ky., and Fairbury, Ill., although Michael plans to be MORE

June 22, 2009

Emptying the notebook


A few hours before the fiasco that was the June 13 UMP DIRTcar Summernationals event at Kamp Motor Speedway, I dropped by Pete Parker's open trailer in the pits at the Boswell, Ind., track just to see what was up with the 1988 Summernationals champion.

There was no big news with the 60-year-old Hall of Fame driver, but a 10-minute chat about the cost of racing, retirement and his 40-year-old son Paul's racing career was interesting nonetheless. It was the kind of info that might've popped up in a MORE

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