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Crafton modifies approach for Dirt Derby win
 Matt Crafton had solid runs in the previous four NASCAR Truck races at Eldora Speedway. But to dig out a win in the Eldora Dirt Derby – and win that coveted golden shovel trophy – he modified his approach. »RELATED: Photos from Wednesday’s Eldora Dirt Derby Crafton, who grew up racing asphalt, bought a used modified...

Posted: 5 days ago

Matt Crafton had solid runs in the previous four NASCAR Truck races at Eldora Speedway. But to dig out a win in the Eldora Dirt Derby – and win that coveted golden shovel trophy – he modified his approach. »RELATED: Photos from Wednesday’s Eldora Dirt Derby Crafton, who grew up racing asphalt, bought a used modified...
Asphalt veteran Crafton rallies late to win Eldora Dirt Derby
 The Eldora Dirt Derby, looking more like a demolition derby in the early going, rallied with a strong finish. Matt Crafton, who bought a modified to get more experience on dirt tracks, held off Stewart Friesen and Chase Briscoe on a restart with 10 laps to go for his first win in 27 races. And surprisingly it came on dirt for the asphalt...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Eldora Dirt Derby, looking more like a demolition derby in the early going, rallied with a strong finish. Matt Crafton, who bought a modified to get more experience on dirt tracks, held off Stewart Friesen and Chase Briscoe on a restart with 10 laps to go for his first win in 27 races. And surprisingly it came on dirt for the asphalt...
Dirt Derby vastly different from other NASCAR fare

Posted: 6 days ago

Beyond the obvious, the Camping World Truck Series’ Eldora Dirt Derby isn’t your typical NASCAR race. As activity at the historic high-banked, half-mile oval picked up Tuesday afternoon for a pair of practice sessions, there were additional signs this race is different from anything else NASCAR presents with its three nationals...
Truck series top two drivers ready for Eldora Dirt Derby
 The dirt covering Eldora Speedway’s high-banked, half-mile oval is considered hallowed ground by Christopher Bell. Johnny Sauter wants to keep Eldora sacred, too, but for a different reason. Bell, a dirt racing ace coming off a sensational second-place run at the Kings Royal winged sprint car race on Saturday, wants to see another dirt...

Posted: 7 days ago

The dirt covering Eldora Speedway’s high-banked, half-mile oval is considered hallowed ground by Christopher Bell. Johnny Sauter wants to keep Eldora sacred, too, but for a different reason. Bell, a dirt racing ace coming off a sensational second-place run at the Kings Royal winged sprint car race on Saturday, wants to see another dirt...
King me: Schatz first to win consecutive Kings Royal titles
 It was the only time a fellow racer beat Donny Schatz on Saturday night. And unfortunately for Brad Sweet, it was to deliver a punchline. Shortly after Schatz won his fourth $50,000-to-win Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway in a rout – and crowned by none other than King of Outlaws Steve Kinser in the post-race celebration – Schatz...

Posted: 8 days ago

It was the only time a fellow racer beat Donny Schatz on Saturday night. And unfortunately for Brad Sweet, it was to deliver a punchline. Shortly after Schatz won his fourth $50,000-to-win Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway in a rout – and crowned by none other than King of Outlaws Steve Kinser in the post-race celebration – Schatz...
NASCAR still digging the dirt at Eldora

Posted: 9 days ago

Wednesday marks the fifth year since NASCAR returned to its roots by running the sport’s first national series race on dirt since 1970. The whirlwind action at Eldora Speedway’s half-mile, high-banked dirt track coats the stands, the fans, the cars and the campers in a thin blanket of dirt. That’s just part of the Eldora...
Eldora Speedway: Kings Royal field still chasing Schatz
 Donny Schatz has won eight of the last 11 World of Outlaws winged sprint car series championships, including three straight. He’s won three $50,000-to-win Kings Royal features and enters this weekend at Eldora Speedway as the defending champion. But there’s one thing even Schatz, the current WoO points leader, hasn’t done...

Posted: 11 days ago

Donny Schatz has won eight of the last 11 World of Outlaws winged sprint car series championships, including three straight. He’s won three $50,000-to-win Kings Royal features and enters this weekend at Eldora Speedway as the defending champion. But there’s one thing even Schatz, the current WoO points leader, hasn’t done...
5 storylines to watch in Saturday’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway
 Nine races remain before the field is set for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. For drivers in pursuit of that first win it’s getting down to crunch time as the series rolls into Kentucky Speedway for the Quaker State 400 on Saturday night. NASCAR makes its seventh appearance at the 1.5-mile, tri-oval track. In addition...

Posted: 19 days ago

Nine races remain before the field is set for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. For drivers in pursuit of that first win it’s getting down to crunch time as the series rolls into Kentucky Speedway for the Quaker State 400 on Saturday night. NASCAR makes its seventh appearance at the 1.5-mile, tri-oval track. In addition...
NASCAR: Country band Sawyer Brown revved up for Kentucky Speedway
 His country music band, Sawyer Brown, has produced 51 top-100 hits so lead singer Mark Miller of Dayton knows how to bring a crowd to its feet. And though Sawyer Brown will have Kentucky Speedway rocking with a pre-race concert on the front stretch Saturday, Miller knows – even with No. 1 hits like Step That Step, Some Girls Do and...

Posted: 20 days ago

His country music band, Sawyer Brown, has produced 51 top-100 hits so lead singer Mark Miller of Dayton knows how to bring a crowd to its feet. And though Sawyer Brown will have Kentucky Speedway rocking with a pre-race concert on the front stretch Saturday, Miller knows – even with No. 1 hits like Step That Step, Some Girls Do and...
NASCAR: 5 drivers to watch at Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway
 The winner’s club for the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway has been a pretty tight group to break into. Three drivers have won the first six races on the 1.5-mile, tri-oval track – Brad Keselowski (3), Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth. Will a new driver join them Saturday? From the hard-charging youngsters to veterans looking...

Posted: 21 days ago

The winner’s club for the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway has been a pretty tight group to break into. Three drivers have won the first six races on the 1.5-mile, tri-oval track – Brad Keselowski (3), Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth. Will a new driver join them Saturday? From the hard-charging youngsters to veterans looking...
NASCAR: Busch trying to block youth movement at Kentucky
 At 32 years of age Kyle Busch is still young – even for NASCAR standards. But compared to the rash of young faces emerging with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Busch seems more like one of the sport’s elder statesmen. Busch, though, isn’t out for a Sunday (or sometimes Saturday) drive just yet. He’s ready to...

Posted: 22 days ago

At 32 years of age Kyle Busch is still young – even for NASCAR standards. But compared to the rash of young faces emerging with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Busch seems more like one of the sport’s elder statesmen. Busch, though, isn’t out for a Sunday (or sometimes Saturday) drive just yet. He’s ready to...
Clutch hits elude Dragons in loss to Captains
 Jose Siri’s bat continues to sizzle, but the rest of the Dayton Dragons’ lineup couldn’t come up with that clutch base hit Saturday night. Dayton lost 6-2 to the Lake County Captains at Fifth Third Field in front of an announced crowd of 8,440. Dayton fell to 42-31 overall and 1-2 in the second-half Midwest League season...

2:52 AM Sunday, Jun. 25, 2017

Jose Siri’s bat continues to sizzle, but the rest of the Dayton Dragons’ lineup couldn’t come up with that clutch base hit Saturday night. Dayton lost 6-2 to the Lake County Captains at Fifth Third Field in front of an announced crowd of 8,440. Dayton fell to 42-31 overall and 1-2 in the second-half Midwest League season...
Racers remember legendary car owner Vance
 It’s perhaps one of the best compliments a driver gave to Johnny Vance, the legendary sprint car owner from Dayton. Troy’s Jack Hewitt was known for his hot temper and colorful language, among other things, as a driver. Firing Hewitt from a sprint car ride might not have gone as well for other car owners. Hewitt, though, couldn&rsquo...

4:57 PM Saturday, Jun. 24, 2017

It’s perhaps one of the best compliments a driver gave to Johnny Vance, the legendary sprint car owner from Dayton. Troy’s Jack Hewitt was known for his hot temper and colorful language, among other things, as a driver. Firing Hewitt from a sprint car ride might not have gone as well for other car owners. Hewitt, though, couldn&rsquo...
College choice eases burden for Shawnee’s McCrory
 Jack McCrory’s high school football season got a little easier June 9. That’s when the Shawnee standout 
               accepted a scholarship offer to play his college football at Ohio University
            . McCrory said he could have waited and fielded a few more offers, mostly from fellow Mid-American Conference programs...

11:14 PM Tuesday, Jun. 20, 2017

Jack McCrory’s high school football season got a little easier June 9. That’s when the Shawnee standout accepted a scholarship offer to play his college football at Ohio University . McCrory said he could have waited and fielded a few more offers, mostly from fellow Mid-American Conference programs...
Tony Stewart back in the car at Eldora Speedway
 Tony Stewart took a week off from some of his other racing obligations for a little down time. His itinerary? Eight towns across Ohio in nine days. The three-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion plans to follow the All Star Circuit of Champions – the 410 winged sprint car racing series he owns – across the state for...

7:20 PM Sunday, Jun. 18, 2017

Tony Stewart took a week off from some of his other racing obligations for a little down time. His itinerary? Eight towns across Ohio in nine days. The three-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion plans to follow the All Star Circuit of Champions – the 410 winged sprint car racing series he owns – across the state for...
Local racing: 35th annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek starts Friday
 Eight tracks. Nine days. Nearly 900 miles. And that doesn’t even include the racing. The 35th annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek starts its trek across the state Friday night at Attica Raceway Park. The 410 winged sprint cars roar into Eldora Speedway on Saturday and Waynesfield Raceway Park on Sunday for Legs No. 2 and No. 3. Findlay driver...

8:27 PM Thursday, Jun. 15, 2017

Eight tracks. Nine days. Nearly 900 miles. And that doesn’t even include the racing. The 35th annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek starts its trek across the state Friday night at Attica Raceway Park. The 410 winged sprint cars roar into Eldora Speedway on Saturday and Waynesfield Raceway Park on Sunday for Legs No. 2 and No. 3. Findlay driver...
Tecumseh’s Trimble handles challenge of All-Star Game
 The Miami Valley Football Coaches Association’s All-Star Game served as a good primer for Tecumseh High School’s Isaiah Trimble before he heads off to college. At Tecumseh, Trimble knew all the players on his Arrows’ team and was familiar with the majority of the students in the high school. The MVFCA game for just-graduated...

2:43 PM Monday, Jun. 12, 2017

The Miami Valley Football Coaches Association’s All-Star Game served as a good primer for Tecumseh High School’s Isaiah Trimble before he heads off to college. At Tecumseh, Trimble knew all the players on his Arrows’ team and was familiar with the majority of the students in the high school. The MVFCA game for just-graduated...
‘Sweet satisfication’ not revenge for Bloomquist at Eldora Speedway
 Scott Bloomquist took the high line at times during the Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora Speedway on Saturday night. After the race, he took the high road. Bloomquist – who received the loudest boos that were matched by the most vocal cheers during driver introductions – has a bumpy recent past on Eldora’s half-mile, high-banked...

8:22 PM Sunday, Jun. 11, 2017

Scott Bloomquist took the high line at times during the Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora Speedway on Saturday night. After the race, he took the high road. Bloomquist – who received the loudest boos that were matched by the most vocal cheers during driver introductions – has a bumpy recent past on Eldora’s half-mile, high-banked...
For All-Stars, one last game under the Friday night lights
 It’s one of the best parts about the Miami Valley Football Coaches Association’s Pigskin Classic, an all-star game for just-graduated seniors. As they stood outside the South locker room prior to Friday night’s kickoff, Carlisle’s Reece Human and Caleb Boy — no slouches themselves on the football field &mdash...

3:36 AM Saturday, Jun. 10, 2017

It’s one of the best parts about the Miami Valley Football Coaches Association’s Pigskin Classic, an all-star game for just-graduated seniors. As they stood outside the South locker room prior to Friday night’s kickoff, Carlisle’s Reece Human and Caleb Boy — no slouches themselves on the football field &mdash...
Friday night lights shine on All-Stars one last time
 When he transferred to Shawnee High School for his freshman year, one of the first people Josh Nelson met was Michael Guyer. The two became fast friends thanks to football. On Friday night, four years after that first meeting, the duo shared the high school field for the final time in the Miami Valley Football Coaches Association’s...

2:04 AM Saturday, Jun. 10, 2017

When he transferred to Shawnee High School for his freshman year, one of the first people Josh Nelson met was Michael Guyer. The two became fast friends thanks to football. On Friday night, four years after that first meeting, the duo shared the high school field for the final time in the Miami Valley Football Coaches Association’s...
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