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  • Open Wheel 101 with Clint Garner

    Open Wheel 101 with Clint Garner

    Friday, September 30, 2016

    In this edition of Open Wheel 101, we visit with seven-time Knoxville 360 track champion, Clint Garner.  Clint is one of only six drivers to have won in all three sorint car classes at Knoxville.  We learn how this first generation racer got into racing, how his time with legends like more »

  • The Mopar Million!

    The Mopar Million!

    Thursday, September 22, 2016

    (Bill W) September 22, 2016 – It’s been thirteen years since I’ve visited Eldora in September, but it still seems like yesterday.  Thousands flocked (including myself) to see 138 competitors vie for the richest purse in the history of sprint car racing.  After giving Donnie Moran $1,000,000 to win in more »

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    Brandon's Blog - Mean Joe Victorious!

    Tuesday, September 20, 2016

    Swanee, GA – I was in my shop Saturday evening cleaning the fuel system on my beat-up sprinter eagerly waiting for my Note 4 to vibrant violently alerting me that Wesley Outland of the USCS was live on Facebook streaming Pete’s races from Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, FL.  Next more »

  • The Spoon!

    The Spoon!

    Friday, September 9, 2016

    (Bill W) September 9, 2016 – It was the early 1990’s.  I pulled my Ranger into a gas station in Canton, Illinois.  I asked the employee behind the counter where I could find Spoon River Speedway.  “Take the highway out of town south,” he said.  “Take a left at the more »

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  • Lex Mills - Chasing My Memories of BC!

    Lex Mills - Chasing My Memories of BC!

    Monday, August 29, 2016

    It’s been a couple months since I’ve blogged, but I have just wrapped up the busiest month of my life.  Trust me when I tell you “the busiest,” I have no idea where my summer went.  Now, I’m already a week through my senior year of high school…that doesn’t even seem more »

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    "It's a Wonderful Life" in Kokomo - Remembering BC!

    Friday, August 26, 2016

    August 26, 2016 – Showing my age a little bit here, but I’m sure many of you have seen the 1946 movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life”.  The film actually lost over a half million dollars after its release, but it found new life in my childhood.  Ted Turner owned about more »

  • Johnny Gibson and Tony Bokhoven Made Me Feel Like I Was There!

    Johnny Gibson and Tony Bokhoven Made Me Feel Like I Was There!

    Tuesday, August 16, 2016

    By Adam J. Ulrey www.nwsprintcarhistory.com   I'm a huge baseball fan and love listening to baseball games on the radio. Having grown up listening to the greats paint a picture and make you feel like you were sitting along the third base or first base side, where more »

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    Brandon's Blog - Carolina Sprints/Friendship Speedway, Elkin, NC

    Sunday, August 14, 2016

    Elkin, NC – Last time I was at Friendship Speedway in Elkin, NC, I had some official screaming over the Raceceiver, “Get that guy off the track!  That’s three spinouts in the same corner.  He’s holding up the show.”  Unfortunately, that guy was me.  Push Truck Pro Marvin would more »

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  • Steve King Foundation Nationals Fundraiser

    Steve King Foundation Nationals Fundraiser

    Saturday, August 6, 2016

    The Steve King Foundation is bringing an inaugural event to this year’s 56th Annual 5-Hour Energy Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey's General Store. This event will include a luncheon from 11am-1pm on Thursday, August 11, with several raffle baskets for bid. The luncheon will be under the FVP tent in the more »

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    Brandon's Blog - Perfect

    Sunday, July 31, 2016

    Hemby Bridge, NC – Three hundred and twenty-seven miles to go. You’re already tired and look over at dad snoring up a storm. Wanting to wake him up and tell him to drive, but you also want him to get as much sleep as possible so he can get you the more »

  • Dubuque!

    Dubuque!

    Sunday, July 24, 2016

    (Bill W) July 24, 2016 – Things have been a little slow at Open Wheel 101 as of late, but that’s about to change.  A vacation will do that, and although the middle of the race season isn’t the best time, it came at the perfect time to recharge the more »

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    Brandon's Blog - Georgia

    Tuesday, July 19, 2016

    Hemby Bridge, NC – For a weekend this past weekend, I had the chance to feel like a professional race car driver. And I’m not going to lie... It felt pretty freaking awesome. A month and one half month ago, I accepted a position as a new home sales consultant more »

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  • Brandon McLain - Emma

    Brandon McLain - Emma

    Sunday, June 26, 2016

    Hemby Bridge, NC – The USCS Friday night portion of the Randy Helton Memorial at East Alabama Motor Speedway in Phenix City, AL came to a sudden halt when a dangerous lightning storm came barreling through town demanding that everyone seek cover or else… With everyone running to their toterhomes more »

  • Stenhouse at Attica!

    Stenhouse at Attica!

    Friday, June 17, 2016

    (Bill W) June 17, 2016 – Tonight, Ohio Speedweek gets underway at Attica Raceway Park.  If the stars align, I’ve been there, but not this year.  Fortunately, Tom Myers will be covering a handful of the Ohio Speedweek events this week for the website, starting tonight, so stay tuned.  Tonight, more »

  • Brandon McLain - From Janitor to Racer...

    Brandon McLain - From Janitor to Racer...

    Thursday, June 9, 2016

    Hemby Bridge, NC – A few days before Nascar’s All-star weekend, my best friend from college who manages a janitorial company called me up begging for help cleaning the suites at the Speedway all weekend, including the infield media center.  Low on cash and needing a little tow money, I gave more »

  • WoO Craftsman Sprint Car Series Announcer John Gibson to be "Sprint Car 101" Special Guest this Saturday

    WoO Craftsman Sprint Car Series Announcer John Gibson to be "Sprint Car 101" Special Guest this Saturday

    Thursday, June 9, 2016

    KNOXVILLE, IOWA (June 8, 2016) - World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series announcer Johnny Gibson comes to the 'Sprint Car Capital of the World' this Friday and Saturday, and he will be the special guest at this month's "Sprint Car 101" program at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & more »

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  • A Month in and Still Trucking, Plus This

    A Month in and Still Trucking, Plus This 'N That!

    Tuesday, June 7, 2016

    (Bill W) June 7, 2016 – Well it’s been a month since we launched www.OpenWheel101.com and I hope everyone is enjoying it!  The positive response has been awesome whether it be online or in person at the tracks, and I have to thank everyone who has helped get it off more »

  • Lexi Mills - Insane Courage

    Lexi Mills - Insane Courage

    Tuesday, May 31, 2016

    by Lexi Mills   In my first blog I said I would have some exciting news to share in a couple of weeks.  Well, a couple of weeks turned into a few, and I forgot it in my last blog.  Many people have asked and I ended up more »

  • Bob Wilson - My View from the Stands in 1954

    Bob Wilson - My View from the Stands in 1954

    Friday, May 27, 2016

    My View From the Stands in 1954 By Bob Wilson The flagman stood on the track with flag in hand.  His assistant ran between the cars checking that all drivers had their seatbelts fastened.  Engines were running and gunning.  When the assistant reached the final two cars in the lineup more »

  • Bill W - We All Win!

    Bill W - We All Win!

    Monday, May 23, 2016

    (Bill W) May 22, 2016 – What track won?  What track lost?  Everyone has to know.  That must mean something is going right again somewhere.  In the case of 410 sprint car racing, it’s everywhere.  As of last weekend, things have fully commenced in the Upper Midwest.  Two new beautiful more »

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