Articles by: Gary Thompson

Pro Judging Sets Super Chevy Show Apart

Pro Judging Sets Super Chevy Show Apart

on April 9, 2015, 7:17 AM / in NASCAR

Posted by Gary Thompson via Memphis International Raceway Part of what makes the Super Chevy Show at Memphis International Raceway (MIR) such a popular event with car enthusiasts from a dozen different states, is the opportunity to have their loving restored hot rod evaluated by a panel of judges certified by the International Show Car Association. This weekend’s Super Chevy […]

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Advance Tickets For Super Chevy Show Now On Sale

Advance Tickets For Super Chevy Show Now On Sale

on March 25, 2015, 8:47 AM / in Announcements, National News, State News

Advance tickets for the April 10-12 Super Chevy Show presented by Chevrolet Performance at Memphis International Raceway (MIR) are now on sale at RaceMIR.com. This year’s ticket packages include a never before offered single ticket suite experiences for the show. “The Super Chevy Show brings some of the most passionate automotive fans from at least a dozen different states,” said […]

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SECRET OF SUCCESS

SECRET OF SUCCESS

on March 15, 2015, 9:33 AM / in Bedtime Stories

   “Sir, What is the secret of your success?” a reporter asked a bank president. “Two words” “And, Sir, what are they?” “Right decisions.” “And how do you make right decisions?” “One word.” “And, What is that?” “Experience.” “And how do you get Experience?” “Two words” “And, Sir, what are they?” “Wrong decisions”

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The Dirt will Fly …Summer 2015

The Dirt will Fly …Summer 2015

on March 4, 2015, 8:45 AM / in NASCAR

MEMPHIS INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY Dirt Track Groundbreaking Please join us at the future dirt track location of the Start-Finish line at Memphis International Raceway on Wednesday, March 11 at 11 a.m. Memphis International Raceway is the Mid-South’s premiere racing facility. The nearly 400-acre property includes a drag strip, tri-oval, road course and a state-of-the-art dirt track scheduled to open during the […]

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MIR Announces Dirt Track Classes

MIR Announces Dirt Track Classes

on February 1, 2015, 10:28 AM / in NASCAR

Memphis International Raceway (MIR) is pleased to announce the classes for the new 3/10-mile dirt track opening this summer. There are currently seven classes confirmed to compete at MIR. The classes include: 305 & 360 “Winged” Sprint Cars, the “Awesome Power of the” Super Late Models, “Challenging” Crate Late Models, “Sideways” Street Stocks, “Wild” Open Wheel Modifieds, and the “Mighty” […]

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San Antonio Nitro Jam Postponed; Baton Rouge Added To The Nitro Jam Schedule

San Antonio Nitro Jam Postponed; Baton Rouge Added To The Nitro Jam Schedule

on January 28, 2015, 9:58 AM / in NASCAR

The San Antonio Nationals originally scheduled for March 13 & 14, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas has been postponed. Replacing that date on the 2015 Nitro Jam Schedule will be the return of the Mardi Gras Nationals at State Capital Raceway, Baton Rouge, Louisiana which will be held on the same March 13-14 weekend as San Antonio was originally scheduled […]

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Best Way to Know Where They Stand

Best Way to Know Where They Stand

on January 18, 2015, 8:52 AM / in Bedtime Stories

Wouldn’t it be Nice…..

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States With the Worst Schools

States With the Worst Schools

on January 15, 2015, 9:15 AM / in National News

By Thomas C. Frohlich and Alexander Kent 10. California > Overall grade: D+ > State Score: 69.2 > Per pupil spending: $8,308 (6th lowest) > High school graduation rate: 82.0% (22nd highest) > Eighth graders proficient in math or reading: 27.6% (8th lowest) While Education Week gave the United States a C for its school systems, California received a D+ […]

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States with the best schools / Tennessee didn’t make this list

States with the best schools / Tennessee didn’t make this list

on January 15, 2015, 9:15 AM / in National News

By Thomas C. Frohlich and Alexander Kent  /  247WallSt.com The United States has lost ground among developed nations in promoting quality education for its students. To counter this troubling trend, the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association worked to create a state-led program called the Common Core State Standards. Common Core is intended to ensure […]

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The most dangerous states in America

The most dangerous states in America

on January 7, 2015, 10:24 AM / in National News, State News

Tennessee, should we be proud that we made another list? At least we are not number 1 By Alexander Kent and Thomas C. Frohlich The number of violent crimes dropped across the United States by 4.4% in 2013 compared to the year before, according to estimates released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). In the last decade, the number […]

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Just Rub that Wound with Salt; What Every State in the U.S. Is Worst at (Including North Dakota at Tourism)

Just Rub that Wound with Salt; What Every State in the U.S. Is Worst at (Including North Dakota at Tourism)

on December 21, 2014, 1:38 PM / in National News, State News

By Kate Peregrina One thing that makes the U.S. great: no two states are the same. That diversity leads to distinct strengths and weaknesses, but how can you know what makes North Dakota different from South Dakota, besides a made-up line separating them? Well, in the interest of showing that every state sucks in some way, we picked out one […]

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Well, We Made the Top in Something: Tennessee: #1 Most Dangerous State 2014

Well, We Made the Top in Something: Tennessee: #1 Most Dangerous State 2014

on December 21, 2014, 1:34 PM / in National News, State News

According to Law Street the state of Tennessee is number 1 in violent crime and Jackson is number two in the state…. For the first time, crime rates of all American cities with a population greater than 25,000 are ranked by state. See the slideshow for the full ranking of America’s Most Dangerous States. Law Street’s state-by-state slideshow of America’s Safest […]

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IHRA announces return to sportsman national event drag racing with increased payout, prestige at NJDRS events

IHRA announces return to sportsman national event drag racing with increased payout, prestige at NJDRS events

on November 24, 2014, 6:35 AM / in NASCAR, News, Sports

In a press release: The International Hot Rod Association is excited to announce that it will be returning to national event-style drag racing for its sportsman competitors beginning in 2015 with increased payouts, contingency and prestige at Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series events across North America. The 2015 edition of the IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series will return to […]

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IRG Acquires Maryland International Raceway; Royce Miller Joins the IRG Team as COO

IRG Acquires Maryland International Raceway; Royce Miller Joins the IRG Team as COO

on November 17, 2014, 6:54 AM / in NASCAR, News, Sports

JUPITER, FL – IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG) President & CEO, Jason Rittenberry, announced today that the Company has acquired Maryland International Raceway (MDIR) in Budds Creek, Maryland. Last month, IRG announced a major financing agreement with TPG Specialty Lending (NYSE:TSLX) that funded a recapitalization of the Company and the acquisition of two additional motorsports venues, including Maryland International Raceway. […]

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2014 Nitro Jam Nitro Funny Car Champion – Jason Rupert

2014 Nitro Jam Nitro Funny Car Champion – Jason Rupert

on November 11, 2014, 6:45 AM / in NASCAR, National News, News, Sports

Everyone knew Jason Rupert would be good. After all, he is a former world champion and national record holder in the nostalgia Nitro Funny Car ranks with a knack for putting down some very fast, very consistent laps. They just didn’t know he would be this good. Rupert dominated the IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series in 2014, compiling four […]

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2014 IHRA Top Sportsman Champion

2014 IHRA Top Sportsman Champion

on November 2, 2014, 6:54 AM / in NASCAR, News, Sports

Mike Koontz NORWALK, Ohio (October 31, 2014) – Don’t be late. Those three words were the only words being muttered by Top Sportsman racer Mike Koontz as he pulled into the staging lanes for the finals of the IHRA Summit Racing Equipment Tournament of Champions presented by AMSOIL. Last year, Koontz lost in the finals of the IHRA’s championship tournament […]

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2014 IHRA Top Dragster Champion – Kevin Brannon

2014 IHRA Top Dragster Champion – Kevin Brannon

on October 30, 2014, 8:44 PM / in NASCAR, News, Sports

  The road to a championship is often paved with unexpected turns and tricky matchups. Sometimes you find yourself matched up against a new racer you know little about, other times it is a former champion standing in your way. But what happens when you have to face someone a little closer in your life? Someone, say, you like to […]

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2014 IHRA Junior Dragster Champion – John Tolisano III

2014 IHRA Junior Dragster Champion – John Tolisano III

on October 23, 2014, 9:51 AM / in NASCAR, Sports

Sometimes, it is just your day. Such was the case for 18-year-old John Tolisano III during the IHRA Summit Racing Equipment World Finals as the young man from Jupiter, Florida overcame a tricky racetrack and ever-increasing odds to win the Summit SuperSeries Junior Dragster World Championship at the IHRA season finale at Memphis International Raceway. And he did it all […]

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Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series wraps up season with year-end champions banquet

Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series wraps up season with year-end champions banquet

on October 18, 2014, 6:37 AM / in NASCAR, News, Sports

MEMPHIS, Tenn.  –  The International Hot Rod Association’s™ (IHRA) Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series formally wrapped up its season during a special awards celebration held earlier this week at Minglewood Hall in Memphis. IHRA recognized all of the 2014 Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series champions and handed out a number of special awards following a successful season that spanned eight […]

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IHRA wraps up 2014 season with crowning of champions at IHRA Summit Racing Equipment World Finals

IHRA wraps up 2014 season with crowning of champions at IHRA Summit Racing Equipment World Finals

on October 15, 2014, 7:12 AM / in NASCAR, News, Sports

The International Hot Rod Association wrapped up its 2014 season Sunday with the crowning of champions in 15 IHRA classes during a busy weekend at the IHRA Summit Racing Equipment World Finals at Memphis International Raceway. Records were broken and trophies were handed out in 15 IHRA classes on a beautiful Sunday afternoon just outside of Memphis, Tenn. After a […]

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