June 12, 2015 |
WHEN YOUR RACING rivals are happy for you, a racer knows he's respected. After Martin Truex Jr. won at Pocono Sunday, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. expressed how happy they were for Truex and his girlfriend, Sherry Pollex, who appears healthy after dealing with ovarian cancer. Later, fans wrote emails and called radio stations with similar sentiments. "I'm still answering emails and text messages with congratulations, so that's been awesome," Truex said yesterday on a conference call.
January 11, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - In another blow to the state's struggling horse racing industry, the owner of Atlantic City Race Course announced it will cease operations and close permanently after heavy losses the last eight years. The racetrack's last day of business for simulcasting will be Friday. The closure leaves New Jersey with three operating horse tracks - Meadowlands, Freehold, and Monmouth. "We regret to announce that we must close Atlantic City Race Course immediately due to continuous business decline in the industry, the current regional economic climate, and the absence of alternative revenue opportunities," Joe Wilson, president of Greenwood ACRA Inc., owner and operator of the track, said in a statement Friday.
July 24, 2014 |
ANYBODY WHO met Dan Borislow understood almost instantly they were dealing with a larger-than-life figure - in business, at the racetrack, as a gambler, in life, savoring anything and everything he did. The Plymouth Whitemarsh and Widener University grad made millions in the telecom business, first with Tel-Save, a long-distance telephone-service provider and, more recently, with "magicJack," the device that enables people to make long-distance calls...
June 13, 2014 |
For years, the Parx Casino Racetrack in Bensalem has been more than just a showcase for a fleet of highly prized horses. It is also home to as many as 300 stray and feral cats who roam the grounds freely, wander in and out of stables, and dart across parking lots. Parx officials have long been frustrated by the booming feline population, which could carry disease or present other threats to the horses. In recent months, rumors even spread that the track was planning to round up the creatures and exterminate them, allegations that Parx officials have denied.
March 18, 2014 |
They don't necessarily like the term flea market for a new shopping, entertainment, and food venue coming in May to the grounds of the historic Atlantic City Race Course. If the Mercato Market resembles a flea market at all, say husband-and-wife creators Dirk DaCosta and Dina Guzzardo, it's one on a strong dose of steroids. They plan a weekly scene of musical acts, carnivals, and food-truck caravans to round out the offerings of 600 to 800 vendors. "I would say it is the outdoor market reinvented," DaCosta, 51, a business consultant by trade and a native of London, said last week as he and Guzzardo, a former mortgage broker, finalized plans for the mammoth undertaking.
July 19, 2013 |
MAYBE IT WAS the stifling summer heat and humidity . . . Normally, people go to New Hampshire in midsummer to relax. But there was more verbal sniping than usual after Sunday's New Hampshire Sprint Cup race. Kyle Busch vs. Ryan Newman . . . Kevin Harvick vs. Marcos Ambrose . . . Paul Menard vs. Jeff Gordon. Set up the boxing ring near the garage area at Indianapolis next week: We may have some action. The sniping highlight was Busch-Newman. After Kyle's brother, Kurt, was involved in an accident with Newman, Kyle said: "I really hated that Kurt got tore up. I felt like he had the best car here today, but, man, just stupidity.
January 18, 2013 |
WHEN DR. JOSEPH Mattioli was in charge at Pocono Raceway, you could hear his booming voice from Stroudsburg to Wilkes-Barre. Nothing was accomplished at the racetrack without "Doc's" approval. Two years ago, the former Philadelphia dentist turned over the daily operation of the raceway to his grandsons, Brandon and Nick Igdalsky. Mattioli died last January at age 86. On Saturday, he will be inducted posthumously into the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. Also in the induction class are popular former NASCAR executive Jim Hunter and longtime broadcaster and track owner Ken Squier.
December 19, 2012 |
Chapter Seven and Market Share gave owner Richard Gutnick and trainer Linda Toscano a strong 1-2 punch on the racetrack. The stablemates knocked out the competition off the track as well. Chapter Seven on Tuesday was named trotter of the year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association, with Market Share finishing second in the organization's year-end Dan Patch Awards balloting. Chapter Seven, a 4-year-old who also was voted the sport's best older male trotter, received 89 of 146 votes to claim trotter of the year.
October 26, 2012 |
ATV RIDERS SAY that they ride in city streets and parks because they have nowhere in Philadelphia to ride legally. But a coalition of all-terrain and dirt-bike enthusiasts is working to create a legal racetrack in Philly, eyeing the condemned 35-acre Logan Triangle tract. If all goes smoothly, it hopes to have a deal in place by spring. Of course, things rarely go smoothly when city government is involved, and the city owns the desolate site, where a whole neighborhood - almost 1,000 homes built decades ago atop old creekbeds filled with cinder and ash - was razed after the homes sank and shifted.
August 6, 2012
LONG POND, Pa. - A lightning strike in the parking lot at Pocono Raceway after a rain-shortened NASCAR race Sunday killed one person and injured nine others, racetrack officials said. Two people were taken to hospitals in critical condition. Racetrack president Brandon Igdalsky said one died at the Pocono Medical Center, but he provided no further details. The race was called because of storms with 98 of 160 scheduled laps completed. The track posted warnings on its Twitter page encouraging fans to "seek shelter as severe lightning and heavy winds are in our area.