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  • Spotlight On: Ryan Leavitt

    Spotlight On: Ryan Leavitt

    Tuesday, May 29, 2018

    If you've been around the racing community for a while, chances are that you know of the name Leavitt and the story that revolves around it. For three generations now, the Leavitts have been racing and, currently, Ryan Leavitt, age 21, is continuing the journey. "Ever since I was born," more »

  • Brooke Tatnell on Top of Midwest Thunder Sprint Cars Presented by Open Wheel 101 Points!

    Brooke Tatnell on Top of Midwest Thunder Sprint Cars Presented by Open Wheel 101 Points!

    Thursday, May 17, 2018

    Associate Sponsors: Hoseheads.com, Jim Harris, TheCushion.com   (Bill W) May 16, 2018, Monroe, IA – Brooke Tatnell has taken the lead in the Midwest Thunder Sprint Cars presented by Open Wheel 101 point standings heading into a busy weekend (if Mother Nature allows).  Events await at Jackson Motorplex in more »

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  • Spotlight On: Eric Bridger

    Spotlight On: Eric Bridger

    Tuesday, May 15, 2018

    by Jenna Prather Eric Bridger is a 21-year-old, who originated in Winterset, Iowa and now lives in Waukee. During the day he works at People’s Trust and Savings Bank in Clive and is a graduate of Upper Iowa University in Des Moines in financial management. He likes to spend spare more »

  • Spotlight On: Matt Moro

    Spotlight On: Matt Moro

    Wednesday, May 9, 2018

    Matt Moro, 40, is the third installment of a four-generation racing family. “Something we’ve always known to do. We didn’t play baseball, we didn’t play football, basketball, we raced. That’s all we’ve ever known how to do and that’s all we’ve wanted to do.” Matt has been racing for 25 more »

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  • Scotty Thiel/Austin McCarl First Midwest Thunder Sprint Cars Presented by Open Wheel 101 Winners in 2018!

    Scotty Thiel/Austin McCarl First Midwest Thunder Sprint Cars Presented by Open Wheel 101 Winners in 2018!

    Monday, April 23, 2018

    (Bill W) April 23, 2018, Monroe, IA – Mother Nature finally gave in and we got some 410 sprint car racing underway in the Midwest.  The Midwest Thunder Sprint Cars presented by Open Wheel 101 schedule kicked off with Sheboygan, Wisconsin’s Scotty Thiel visiting Victory Lane with the MOWA series at more »

  • Jenna Prather: Spotlight On Ian Madsen

    Jenna Prather: Spotlight On Ian Madsen

    Monday, April 2, 2018

    (by Jenna Prather) Ian Madsen, 2017 410 points champion, 33, from Sydney Australia has been racing since 2004 and has been doing it professionally for the past 5-6 years after getting a ride with KCP Racing and his career has taken off from there. Both Ian’s brother, Kerry Madsen, and more »

  • Lex Mills - Trust the Process

    Lex Mills - Trust the Process

    Wednesday, March 21, 2018

    I often times find myself starting blogs when I am already laying down ready for bed. Some nights I fall asleep right when my head hits the pillow, and some nights I lie awake for hours because my brain will not shut off. Normally, I write whatever comes to my mind more »

  • Retiring from the Weekly Releases!

    Retiring from the Weekly Releases!

    Tuesday, March 13, 2018

    (Bill W) March 13, 2018, Monroe, IA – Of all things, I happened to be sitting with Terry McCarl at a basketball game in Ames, Iowa...it was eleven years ago.  His son Austin was an eighth grader playing in an AAU tourney, and had just fouled a guy who hit the more »

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  • Lex Mills - College, Eldora Speedway, Family

    Lex Mills - College, Eldora Speedway, Family

    Tuesday, September 26, 2017

    A Monday in college is a lot harder to do coming off a weekend at the races, but I survived it. That entailed an 8 A.M. and a three hour night class, so I’m giving myself a pat on the back for making it to my classes today. The weekend at more »

  • Lexi Mills - Q&A with Grant Boyum

    Lexi Mills - Q&A with Grant Boyum

    Sunday, July 30, 2017

    by Lexi Mills With the Knoxville Nationals approaching in less than a week, I sat down with a long time friend and crew member for Aaron Reutzel Racing, Grant Boyum.  Grant and I met at the Knoxville Nationals in 2014, when he was working for Destiny Motorsports, a World of more »

  • Inside the Museum

    Inside the Museum

    Friday, June 30, 2017

    by Laci White I used to do a podcast for the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum talking about the current events of the museum. It was appropriately titled, In the Museum with Laci. I know it’s kind of corny, but it was something fun. However, with everything more »

  • Knoxville Nationals Steve King Foundation Cornhole Tournament Announced!

    Knoxville Nationals Steve King Foundation Cornhole Tournament Announced!

    Monday, June 19, 2017

    Steve King Foundation Cornhole Tournament When: Thursday, August 10th, 1:00 PM Where: On the Martion County Fairgrounds, In front of the MRN stage, next to the beer bus by Dyer-Hudson Hall Get the chance to be teammates, playing cornhole with your favorite big name, dirt track stars, such more »

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  • Brandon

    Brandon' Blog - I Can't Think of a Good Title!

    Thursday, June 15, 2017

    Hemby Bridge, NC – From previous articles, everyone by now is pretty aware of my work schedule, but if you aren’t aware, here’s the deal.  I’m required to work weekends because the job demands it.  Every fifth weekend, my boss will send me an email saying “Hey, if you want off more »

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    Brandon's Blog - Midnight Rider

    Friday, May 26, 2017

    Hemby Bridge, NC – Needmore Speedway in deep south Georgia played host to the United Sprint Car Series this weekend and to my precise timing, detailed logistics, and supreme begging techniques, I was able to convince the bosses to let me have the weekend off and do a little racing. more »

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    Brandon's Blog - Teacher's Pet?

    Saturday, April 29, 2017

    Morgan’s, Tennessee – Like…. So… Ok… Like… There’s this teacher at our school… I think they teach, you know like… English or something… Well, apparently he wins lots of dirt track races around here…. Seriously? more »

  • Lex

    Lex's Blog - Race Season is Full Swing

    Tuesday, April 18, 2017

    I started out race season this year at the same place I did last year, the Shamrock Classic.  I’ll try to keep this part as short as possible.  I went out and stayed with Lauren Stewart for three weeks in March, leading up to the 2nd Annual Shamrock Classic. We had more »

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  • Bubba

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    Sunday, April 2, 2017

    Hemby Bridge, NC – The Winter Nationals back in February was considered a racing vacation. Visiting one of the most gorgeous regions in the country for a few days while participating in one of the greatest sports to ever exist will always be a dream to continually come true. If you more »

  • Cap!

    Cap!

    Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    (Bill W) March 1, 2017 – “Gang, here’s the situation.”  The soft reassuring voice of Cappy would come through the speakers one more time for us fans in the stands at Knoxville Raceway.  There was inclement weather.  We were waiting out a rain delay.  How would refunds be given?  Who more »

  • King of the 360

    King of the 360's!

    Monday, February 27, 2017

    Hemby Bridge, NC – I’m googling the succession of royalty in nations that are ruled by monarchy to see where I stand in the grand scheme of events held this weekend overlooking the bays of Tampa.  At first, I pictured myself as the middle-aged peasant pressed up against the barricades more »

  • Gilly!

    Gilly!

    Monday, February 13, 2017

    (Bill W) February 13, 2017 – Summer Saturdays in Monroe, Iowa when I was a kid often included a pickup game of baseball, basketball or even football.  But around 2 p.m., I was sure to get on my bicycle.  Our town was at a crossroads.  Highway 14 came south from more »

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