This, That And The Next Thing By Ernie Saxton, October 22, 2020

Freddie Rahmer of Salfordville was crowned the 2020 Williams Grove Speedway Lawrence Chevrolet 410 sprint car track champion on Saturday night during an on-track presentation during the 58th annual National Open. Rahmer, who is celebrating his second career track crown after also taking the title in 2017, took the track championship aboard his father’s No....

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Browns are still jealous of the Steelers, Steelers, Steelers

Last year there were people—mainly Baker Mayfield—squawking about the Cleveland Browns being Super Bowl contenders. No, really. It’s true. They almost reached .500, finishing 7-8-1. After getting trounced by the Baltimore Ravens in this year’s opening game, the Browns rattled off four wins against subpar teams. The talk started again. “Browns are tough.“ “Browns are (more…)

This, That And The Next Thing By Ernie Saxton, October 15, 2020

Team Penske has announced that the organization is extending its driver development program by signing Austin Cindric to a contract extension that will see the 22-year-old remain with the team through the foreseeable future, driving in both the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) and NASCAR Cup Series (NCS). Currently competing in the NXS Playoffs, Cindric will...

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Calling all defenses

Defense, defense, wherefore art thou defense? 46-27 49-31 31-30 38-24 38-21 53-45 45-41 30-28 56-45 41-38 44-21 42-26 42-17 63-48 24-2 So, one game had a team play a full four quarters of defense. And it was Kentucky. Kentucky. If you were sitting on your couch or La-Z-Boy, you certainly weren’t going to doze off (more…)

This, That And The Next Thing By Ernie Saxton, October 8, 2020

Following NASCAR’s announcement of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series schedule, Pocono Raceway will be the only track to host two NASCAR Cup Series races on back-to-back days. The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series events will take place at ‘The Tricky Triangle’ on Saturday, June 26 and Sunday, June 27. Tickets and camping options for the 2021...

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Two Cent thoughts from the college gridiron

College football is off and running—well, some of college football—and there are already plenty of storylines. It seems like an optimal time to offer some Two Cent 🔥 thoughts from the college gridiron. I’m sick of calling them hot takes, so I’m going with 🔥 thoughts. Has a ring doesn’t it? Amirite? Hello?? Let’s start (more…)

This, That And The Next Thing By Ernie Saxton, October 1, 2020

The Mahoning Valley Speedway Hall of Fame Series (MVSHoFS) finale is set for October 2-3 and the hype is building for the upcoming Hal Renninger Tribute weekend which is race number five of the popular series of events. Sure there is the excitement of the Mahoning Modified division regulars ready to battle the touring Race...

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This, That And The Next Thing By Ernie Saxton, September 24, 2020

Exactly how many motorsports fans have any interest in a track that has been closed for far longer than it was open is anyone’s guess, but this particular motorsports fan is profoundly interested. My long time friend Steven Cole Smith shared this information with his Autoweek readers and I felt there would be many readers...

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Is there anywhere to go but up?

As it turns out, 60 games was plenty for the Pittsburgh Pirates. After turning in a 19-41 campaign that would have extrapolated to 51-111, where exactly do the Pirates go. Since they were the worst team in baseball—and the worst Pirates team since 1985–the obvious answer is up. They would be hard pressed to get (more…)

A messy money grab

Or as a colleague of mine likes to say, “You’re a hot mess.” College football, I’m talking to you. At this point we have some games being played, some games being cancelled, some games being scheduled one week in advance then cancelled, two power five conferences not playing, but now they are, a coach with (more…)