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With success of NASCAR Trucks races on dirt at Eldora, should Xfinity, Cup be next?
 On Tuesday, Tony Stewart lobbied for a NASCAR Xfinity or Cup Series race at Eldora Speedway. A day later the Truck Series helped his campaign by hitting pay dirt once again with a door-banging, dust-raising two-lap dash to the finish in the Eldora Dirt Derby. The race was a victory for Stewart as much as it was for Camping World Truck Series...

Posted: 6 hours ago

On Tuesday, Tony Stewart lobbied for a NASCAR Xfinity or Cup Series race at Eldora Speedway. A day later the Truck Series helped his campaign by hitting pay dirt once again with a door-banging, dust-raising two-lap dash to the finish in the Eldora Dirt Derby. The race was a victory for Stewart as much as it was for Camping World Truck Series...
Schatz wins third straight Kings Royal crown at Eldora

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With five laps remaining in the Kings Royal, Brad Sweet was reeling in two-time defending champion Donny Schatz. Sweet anticipated a late-lap battle to decide the 35th annual Kings Royal. He got one. He just never expected it to be with his teammate and back-of-the-pack runner Daryn Pittman. As Schatz struggled to find more speed around Eldora...
NASCAR will return to the region next week for one of its most unusual races
 Five years ago, NASCAR was introduced to slide jobs, push trucks and pizza burgers. And since that 2013 race, the Eldora Dirt Derby – NASCAR’s first national series race on dirt since 1970 – remains one of the sport’s most anticipated events. Despite somewhat of a love-hate relationship with Eldora’s unforgiving...

Posted: 5 days ago

Five years ago, NASCAR was introduced to slide jobs, push trucks and pizza burgers. And since that 2013 race, the Eldora Dirt Derby – NASCAR’s first national series race on dirt since 1970 – remains one of the sport’s most anticipated events. Despite somewhat of a love-hate relationship with Eldora’s unforgiving...
5 things to watch in Saturday’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway
 Sixteen playoff positions. Seven positions clinched. Eight races remaining. Desperation might not be setting in just yet, but Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers are starting to feel the pressure. Race winners are locked in to the playoffs. Seven drivers are safe heading into the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday. Will...

Posted: 6 days ago

Sixteen playoff positions. Seven positions clinched. Eight races remaining. Desperation might not be setting in just yet, but Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers are starting to feel the pressure. Race winners are locked in to the playoffs. Seven drivers are safe heading into the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday. Will...
All-Star Circuit of Champions points leader to make Kings Royal debut
 Until now, Carson Macedo’s experience with the famed Kings Royal has been limited to what he’s watched online. But the Lemoore, Calif., native finally has “the tools to go there and do well.” And Macedo – much like he’s been doing all season with the All-Star Circuit of Champions – is ready to put...

Posted: 8 days ago

Until now, Carson Macedo’s experience with the famed Kings Royal has been limited to what he’s watched online. But the Lemoore, Calif., native finally has “the tools to go there and do well.” And Macedo – much like he’s been doing all season with the All-Star Circuit of Champions – is ready to put...
Kentucky Speedway’s Turn 3 separates the best drivers
 Kyle Busch calls Turn 3 at Kentucky Speedway “one of the toughest” in NASCAR. Navigating into victory lane at the 1.5-mile, tri-oval has its challenges, too. Busch and Brad Keselowski have cornered the mark on wins at Kentucky, winning five of the seven races. With Busch’s co-leading five victories in the Monster Energy...

Posted: 10 days ago

Kyle Busch calls Turn 3 at Kentucky Speedway “one of the toughest” in NASCAR. Navigating into victory lane at the 1.5-mile, tri-oval has its challenges, too. Busch and Brad Keselowski have cornered the mark on wins at Kentucky, winning five of the seven races. With Busch’s co-leading five victories in the Monster Energy...
Greenon junior wins second national championship
 If the Ohio High School Athletic Association someday approves race walking as an official event in track, it won’t be soon enough for Sean Glaze to compete for a state title. Glaze, a junior-to-be at Greenon High School, will have to settle for being a national champion. Glaze captured his second race walking national junior title by...

6:18 PM Tuesday, Jun. 19, 2018

If the Ohio High School Athletic Association someday approves race walking as an official event in track, it won’t be soon enough for Sean Glaze to compete for a state title. Glaze, a junior-to-be at Greenon High School, will have to settle for being a national champion. Glaze captured his second race walking national junior title by...
A two-time Daytona 500 champion raced in the area this weekend. He’ll leave with these memories.
 Former NASCAR Cup driver Sterling Marlin has seen his share of tracks in his racing days. Shady Bowl Speedway, though, left an impression on Marlin. And his No. 114 late model. While local driver Josh Smith was holding off the field for his fourth late model feature win, Marlin was trying to hold his car together. The two-time Daytona 500...

3:33 PM Sunday, Jun. 17, 2018

Former NASCAR Cup driver Sterling Marlin has seen his share of tracks in his racing days. Shady Bowl Speedway, though, left an impression on Marlin. And his No. 114 late model. While local driver Josh Smith was holding off the field for his fourth late model feature win, Marlin was trying to hold his car together. The two-time Daytona 500...
Two-time Daytona 500 winner set to race at local track
 Former NASCAR Cup Series driver Sterling Marlin has a history with the Miami Valley. Marlin visited the Dayton Dragons for a promotional event in 2002. He attended a Dayton Bombers game in 2005 to help boost attendance. And on Saturday, Marlin gets to experience the World’s Fastest Three-Tenth’s Mile Paved Oval. Marlin, the two-time...

2:56 PM Friday, Jun. 15, 2018

Former NASCAR Cup Series driver Sterling Marlin has a history with the Miami Valley. Marlin visited the Dayton Dragons for a promotional event in 2002. He attended a Dayton Bombers game in 2005 to help boost attendance. And on Saturday, Marlin gets to experience the World’s Fastest Three-Tenth’s Mile Paved Oval. Marlin, the two-time...
Former Marion Local teacher, athletic director Wilker dies at 69
 Stan Wilker, former athletic director and teacher at Marion Local High School, 
               passed away at his home Monday
             following an illness. He was 69. Marion Local football coach Tim Goodwin said there are ADs. And then there are ADs like Wilker. »RELATED: Ohio State’s first Rose Bowl-winning QB dead at 91...

2:08 PM Wednesday, Jun. 13, 2018

Stan Wilker, former athletic director and teacher at Marion Local High School, passed away at his home Monday following an illness. He was 69. Marion Local football coach Tim Goodwin said there are ADs. And then there are ADs like Wilker. »RELATED: Ohio State’s first Rose Bowl-winning QB dead at 91...
Timing not perfect, but taking over Shawnee girls program is for Cooper
 Three seasons since she last coached, Kari (Kitchen) Cooper wasn’t actively searching for a return to high school girls basketball. In the time off the court Cooper was working on obtaining her certification in physical education, was hired at Rockway Elementary School in the Clark-Shawnee Local School District, and in recent weeks...

4:22 PM Tuesday, Jun. 12, 2018

Three seasons since she last coached, Kari (Kitchen) Cooper wasn’t actively searching for a return to high school girls basketball. In the time off the court Cooper was working on obtaining her certification in physical education, was hired at Rockway Elementary School in the Clark-Shawnee Local School District, and in recent weeks...
Dirt Late Model Dream: Bloomquist makes history at Eldora Speedway
 During his highly successful racing history at Eldora Speedway, Scott Bloomquist has seemed so dominant that at times he could beat the field with one arm tied behind his back. On Saturday night he perhaps felt like he did. »RELATED: ‘Sweet satisfaction’ not revenge for Bloomquist at Eldora Bloomquist led the final 61 laps...

3:10 PM Sunday, Jun. 10, 2018

During his highly successful racing history at Eldora Speedway, Scott Bloomquist has seemed so dominant that at times he could beat the field with one arm tied behind his back. On Saturday night he perhaps felt like he did. »RELATED: ‘Sweet satisfaction’ not revenge for Bloomquist at Eldora Bloomquist led the final 61 laps...
Bloomquist in pursuit of Dirt Late Model Dream repeat at Eldora
 Fifteen different drivers have tried, starting with Freddy Smith back in 1994. None have succeeded. To date, no driver has repeated as the Dirt Late Model Dream champion at Eldora Speedway. Tennessee’s Scott Bloomquist, the polarizing driver fans love to cheer and jeer, takes another shot at living the Dream when the defending champion...

6:47 PM Thursday, Jun. 07, 2018

Fifteen different drivers have tried, starting with Freddy Smith back in 1994. None have succeeded. To date, no driver has repeated as the Dirt Late Model Dream champion at Eldora Speedway. Tennessee’s Scott Bloomquist, the polarizing driver fans love to cheer and jeer, takes another shot at living the Dream when the defending champion...
Streaking Bradford softball a D-IV state final four hit
 Don’t ask Bradford High School softball coach Shon Schaffer what to expect from the Division IV state softball final four. After this season – and especially the Railroaders’ last game – Schaffer knows to expect the unexpected. “The town is abuzz of these softball girls doing things that quite frankly no one...

6:04 PM Thursday, May. 31, 2018

Don’t ask Bradford High School softball coach Shon Schaffer what to expect from the Division IV state softball final four. After this season – and especially the Railroaders’ last game – Schaffer knows to expect the unexpected. “The town is abuzz of these softball girls doing things that quite frankly no one...
Northeastern junior fulfills goal by qualifying for state track
 Dayna Ranard has coached some outstanding high jumpers at Northeastern High School. When she saw Max Queen in gym class she knew she’d found the Jets’ next one. Ranard just had to convince Queen. “In basketball I realized I could jump pretty high when I started dunking,” Queen said. “She was my gym teacher and...

5:20 PM Thursday, May. 31, 2018

Dayna Ranard has coached some outstanding high jumpers at Northeastern High School. When she saw Max Queen in gym class she knew she’d found the Jets’ next one. Ranard just had to convince Queen. “In basketball I realized I could jump pretty high when I started dunking,” Queen said. “She was my gym teacher and...
Springfield’s “Fab 4” looking for state title runs
 To hear Springfield High School track coach Michael Davis say it makes you do a double take, much like when senior Quincy Scott unleashes one of his electrifying long jumps. The Springfield Wildcats didn’t win a track meet during the regular season. This, despite qualifying four athletes in five different events to the Division I state...

4:04 PM Thursday, May. 31, 2018

To hear Springfield High School track coach Michael Davis say it makes you do a double take, much like when senior Quincy Scott unleashes one of his electrifying long jumps. The Springfield Wildcats didn’t win a track meet during the regular season. This, despite qualifying four athletes in five different events to the Division I state...
Greenon sophomore on track event she’s the favorite to win state in: ‘The 400 is basically a death mission for your body’
 Last season when Greenon High School sophomore Delaney Benedict first tried the 400-meter run at her coaches’ request, she said “the 400 is basically a death mission for your body.” These days, Benedict likely prefers a minute of pain – or 55 seconds in her case – compared to assistant coach Eric Brickson&rsquo...

4:08 PM Tuesday, May. 29, 2018

Last season when Greenon High School sophomore Delaney Benedict first tried the 400-meter run at her coaches’ request, she said “the 400 is basically a death mission for your body.” These days, Benedict likely prefers a minute of pain – or 55 seconds in her case – compared to assistant coach Eric Brickson&rsquo...
WL-S back in regional semis: ‘We definitely feel better this year’
 Last season in the Division III softball regional semifinals, West Liberty-Salem’s seventh inning rally fell short. This season the Tigers are making sure it doesn’t come down to that again. West Liberty-Salem’s aggressive approach at the plate – scoring runs early and often – has carried the Tigers into a second...

6:54 PM Tuesday, May. 22, 2018

Last season in the Division III softball regional semifinals, West Liberty-Salem’s seventh inning rally fell short. This season the Tigers are making sure it doesn’t come down to that again. West Liberty-Salem’s aggressive approach at the plate – scoring runs early and often – has carried the Tigers into a second...
Multiple regional qualifiers boost district-champ WL-Salem girls
 Then a seventh grader, Lydia Moell couldn’t have picked a better day for her first pole vault lesson three years ago. Well, except for that winter blast Lydia and her father drove through to get to Columbus. “I remember because it was on Valentine’s Day and my husband drove her over in a snowstorm,” said Becky Moell...

6:30 PM Monday, May. 21, 2018

Then a seventh grader, Lydia Moell couldn’t have picked a better day for her first pole vault lesson three years ago. Well, except for that winter blast Lydia and her father drove through to get to Columbus. “I remember because it was on Valentine’s Day and my husband drove her over in a snowstorm,” said Becky Moell...
High School Track: Shawnee foursome sets district record in 800 relay
 Separately they are standouts in their own events. Together Matt Jarzab, Robie Glass, Jack McCrory and Cyres Cooper are stellar. The Shawnee High school foursome established a new district meet record in the 800-meter relay on Saturday, blazing to a 1:31.01 at Graham High School. They lowered the previous best of 1:31.19 set by Carroll in...

12:28 AM Sunday, May. 20, 2018

Separately they are standouts in their own events. Together Matt Jarzab, Robie Glass, Jack McCrory and Cyres Cooper are stellar. The Shawnee High school foursome established a new district meet record in the 800-meter relay on Saturday, blazing to a 1:31.01 at Graham High School. They lowered the previous best of 1:31.19 set by Carroll in...
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