Author: Patrick Reynolds

NASCAR’s Modified Tour Races On Without Ted Christopher

Story and photo by Patrick Reynolds I walked into Stafford Motor Speedway while shadows diminished as a beautiful and sunny New England autumn morning was opening its curtain. I thought about Ted Christopher and I was sad. “It’s just not going to be the same,” said Doug Coby. “There’s going to be something missing here for a lot of us.” “This may be the house that Jack built, but TC was the King,” Reverend Don Rivers said. “And to be the King you need to win a few battles… more than anyone else.” Stafford hosted the 45th annual NAPA...

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Remembering Ted Christopher

Story by Patrick Reynolds; photo courtesy Joe Pelham Short track great Ted Christopher lost his life earlier today- not on a race track but from an aircraft crash. I saw Christopher race many times while living in the Northeast. I was mad at him over the years while working on Modified pit crews and repairing crash damage that I deemed him responsible for.  For younger racing fans to relate, there is a parallel with TC and Kyle Busch. If Christopher was in the race you were watching, love him or dislike him, that race was a whole lot more...

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Drivers to Spice Up the 2018 Daytona 500

By Patrick Reynolds The 2018 NASCAR Cup season will bring a crash to the changing-of-the-guard wave that has been forming. NASCAR has lost several big names from behind the wheel in the past few years. Since the end of the 2015 season Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, and Carl Edwards no longer compete at the Cup level. The unknown statuses of Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Danica Patrick, and Kurt Busch currently linger but may work themselves out to where all four are again racing on Sundays. Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s retirement will be the biggest name and mainstream effect...

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Where Will Fernando Alonso Race in 2018?

Story and photo by Patrick Reynolds The checkers have been waved at Indianapolis. The milk and champagne bottles are empty. The photos were taken. Indycar’s season has moved on. Formula 1 left Monaco, moved onto Canada and back across the Atlantic. Open wheel racing marched past the magical last weekend in May and through the summer of 2017. Fernando Alonso made a big splash in competing in his first Indy 500. The large media crush on the F1 star was expected and delivered. He acquitted himself well and the natural question on so many minds is what about the...

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Carolina Speedway Makes Friends Out Of Strangers

Story and photo by Patrick Reynolds “My dad never did anything with me. I’m trying to make up for it, I guess.” Tony Armour spoke these words as he watched his son Justin scrape red clay from their family-owned four-cylinder stock car in the pit area at Carolina Speedway. My father had his faults, but we also had racing together, and racing was a common bond that I could see in the Armours. The track is four-tenths of a mile dirt oval carved out of the Gastonia, NC countryside. My visit to their weekly Friday night race program was...

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