Meet the RaceStar Correspondents

Below is a list of the dedicated individuals who help RaceStar to bring you the lastest in area racing news coverage. It is with their fine work that RaceStar is able to bring you the best stories possible. Would you like to join Team RaceStar?


 

Name: Harold Adams
Hometown:
Sellersburg, IN
What do you do for RaceStar?
Stories, Results and Pictures
What track(s) do you generally cover?:
Sportsdrome Speedway in Jeffersonville, IN
Favorite kind of racing:
Xtreme Figure 8 and Outlaw Figure 8
Who is your favorite professional driver?:
Frank Kimmel
Full time or personal occupation:
Ford Motor Co
Hobbies:
I like going to the races, watching football (Go Hawks!) and playing Bass guitar
E-mail: HaroldHawk@att.net
Name: Tony Baranek
Hometown: Worth, IL
What do you do for RaceStar?: Provide stories about Illiana Speedway.
What track do you generally cover? For the Southtown, I cover Grundy and Illiana, and the NASCAR events at Joliet.
Favorite kind of racing: Oval
Who is your favorite professional driver: Haven't really had one since D.W. retired.
Full time or personal Occupation: Sportswriter for Daily Southtown Newspaper
Hobbies: Baseball
Name: Paul Bayne
Hometown:
Bourbonnais, IL
What do you do for RaceStar?:
Public Relations - Submit news, results, and updates from Kankakee County Speedway
What track do you generally cover?
Kankakee County Speedway
Favorite kind of racing:
Dirt Track Racing - Super Late Models, UMP Modifieds, DIRT Modifieds
Who is your favorite professional driver:
Jeff Gordon
Full time or personal Occupation:
Lathe Operator
Hobbies:
Other than racing, I enjoy designing websites, golfing, dining out, movies, and spending time with friends & immediate family.
Personal website: www.KankakeeCountySpeedway.com
E-mail address: Hoosier24@comcast.net
Name: Rich Boteler, AKA RacerRich
Hometown: Shelby, Indiana
What do you do for RaceStar?: Racing Articles, Driver Stories, Track Reports
What track do you generally cover? Shadyhill, Illiana, Kamp and any others I can get to.
Favorite kind of racing: Dirt track ovals, NASCAR Racing & Indy 500.
Who is your favorite professional driver: Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart & Ryan Newman
Full time or personal Occupation: Truck Driver & Team Owner of R & D Racing.
Hobbies: Most sports, especially Auto Racing, Enjoying my 2 Grandsons and Granddaughter, Beer Can Collecting.
Personal website: www.Racestarpublications.com/racerrich.html
Name: Kenny Clark
Hometown: Winamac Indiana
What do you do for RaceStar? Results for Shadyhill Speedway
What track(s) do you generally cover?: Shadyhill Speedway
Favorite kind of racing: Non Wing Sprints
Who is your favorite professional driver?: Tony Stewart
Full time or personal occupation: Team Lead at Bell TechLogix in Plainfield In.
Hobbies: Racing in the summer especially following non wing sprints and usac when not working on Saturday nights at the hill.
E-mail: kenneth1212@live.com
 
Name: Gary Gasper
Hometown: Valparaiso, IN
What do you do for RaceStar?: Full time racing paparazzi! / part-time writer
Tracks I cover:
Shadyhill, Illiana, Kokomo, Hartford, Plymouth, Brownstown, Gas City, and more!
Favorite kind of racing: Any kind - Loud and Dirty!
Favorite Professional driver: I prefer the guy or girl that works on their car all week to race on Saturday nights for the fun of the sport!
Gary's E-mail - GaryGaspix@hotmail.com
Full time or personal Occupation: Retired lab technician for a major oil company/ Now spreading the word about RaceStar!! (still a joke-teller!)
Hobbies: First and foremost, I photograph and write for Racestar. I am also a photo contributor to National Speed Sport News, various driver and racing association websites, and racing association papers, magazines and racetrack programs. I'll shoot your wedding too! Music, golf, photography, auto racing since I was 6 years old, and lampooning everything on TV
Name: Betty Glynn
Hometown: LaSalle, IL
What do you do for RaceStar?: I write stories about racing events I attend, usually at LaSalle Speedway.
What track do you generally cover? LaSalle Speedway
Favorite kind of racing: Dirt anything but mostly Late Model also Nascar.
Who is your favorite professional driver: So many so little time; Tony Stewart - I love his "I'm not here to be your role model" attitude. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - He is so talented and down to earth. Billy Moyer - Because he is a class act!. My husband Mike Glynn - he may not be a professional driver but his passion for racing is obvious!
Full time or personal Occupation: Office Administrator of the Analytical Services, Unimin Corporation
Hobbies: Racing, writing racing stories, movie going with my son, Brandon, vacationing, shopping and spending time with my family and friends.
Name: Ron Harner
Hometown: Niles, MI
What do you do for RaceStar?: Weekly photos at various tracks
What track do you generally cover? Angola Motor Speedway, Plymouth Speedway and CRA Series
Favorite kind of racing: Any
Who is your favorite professional driver: Don't have one
Personal Website: www.SuperchargedPhotos.com
Stan KalwasinskiName: Stan Kalwasinski
Hometown: Munster, IN
What do you do for RaceStar?: Correspondent
What track do you generally cover? Various tracks
Favorite kind of racing: stock car racing
Who is your favorite professional driver: Can't really zero in on one or two drivers
Full time or personal Occupation: Manager - Patten Industries, Inc., Hammond, IN
Hobbies: My son Jack's stock car racing, along with writing columns for National Speed Sport News (Chicago Chips) and RaceStar (Chicago Whispers) along with continuing to develop the www.chicagolandautoracing.com website.
 
Name: Gregg Paul
Hometown: West Allis, Wisconsin
What do you do for RaceStar? I am a reporter for Stock Car action in WI and IL
What track(s) do you generally cover?: Slinger Super Speedway is the home track with MIS, WIR, and DRP being on the list among others
Favorite kind of racing: Stock cars on pavement
Who is your favorite professional driver?:Alan Kulwicki, Al Schill, and Dick Trickle
Full time or personal occupation: My paying job is a Dairy Manager for a grocery store
Hobbies: Racing, Hockey, Music, and generally trying to have fun
Personal website address: Still working on designing my website
E-mail: gregg_paul27@yahoo.com

Name: Rocky Ragusa
Hometown: Pontiac, IL (formerly Durham, NC)
What do you do for RaceStar?: Photographer / Journalist
What track do you generally cover?: Fairbury, Kankakee, Farmer City, Rte. 66 and Lincoln
Favorite kind of racing: Dirt racing
Who is your favorite professional driver No favorite
Full time or personal occupation: Material Handler at R.R. Donnelly
E-mail: monksjunk88@yahoo.com
Hobbies: photography, college basketball, kart racing
Name: Kevin Ramsell
Hometown: Stoughton, WI
What do you do for Racestar?: Write the stories for Rockford Speedway
What track do you normally cover?: Rockford Speedway, Big 8 Series, and RK Race Promotions events.
Favorite kind of Racing: Stock car...anything from a weekly show to NASCAR
Who is your favorite Professional Driver: Matt Kenseth, Todd Kluever, Travis Kvapil, Scott Wimmer...need to support the local boys
Full Time or Personal Occupation: Work for an American Family Insurance agent, also write the weekly auto racing column for Wisconsin Sports Weekly, and do Public Relations for Rockford Speedway, Big 8 Series and RK Race Promotions
Hobbies: Going to Disney Theme Parks and cheering on the Colorado Avalanche
Name: Carl Smith
Hometown: South Bend, IN
What do you do for RaceStar?: Race results
What track do you generally cover? Plymouth Speedway and M40
Favorite kind of racing: Local Stock Car racing, Nascar and ASA.
Who is your favorite professional driver: David Stremme and Ryan Newman.
Full time or personal Occupation: Manager for Car Rental.
Hobbies: Racing
Personal Web Address: www.stockcarextreme.com
Name: Rand Thompson
Hometown: Somerset, Mich.
What do you do for RaceStar? Cover Michigan Short Track racing
What track(s) do you generally cover?: Spartan Speedway, Flat Rock, Toledo
Favorite kind of racing: ARCA touring and short track divisions
Who is your favorite professional driver?: Brad Keselowski
Full time or personal occupation: Quality Engineer
Hobbies: Going to car shows with my 1973 Mercury Capri
E-mail: indyrand@yahoo.com
Name: Tony Baranek
Hometown: Worth, IL
What do you do for RaceStar?: Provide stories about Illiana Speedway.
What track do you generally cover? For the Southtown, I cover Grundy and Illiana, and the NASCAR events at Joliet.
Favorite kind of racing: Oval
Who is your favorite professional driver: Haven't really had one since D.W. retired.
Full time or personal Occupation: Sportswriter for Daily Southtown Newspaper
Hobbies: Baseball
Name: Jerry "Fireball" Wahl
Hometown: Englewood, Ohio
What do you do for RaceStar? Race results and PR for Kil-Kare and Dayton Auto Racing Fan Club
What track(s) do you generally cover?: Kil-Kare Speedway, Xenia, Ohio
Favorite kind of racing: Everything that goes in circles
Who is your favorite professional driver?: Everyone that climbs hehind the wheel of a race car
Full time or personal occupation: Media relations/Publicity
Hobbies: Racing of course, baseball, basketball
E-mail: fire75ball@hotmail.com
Name: Jack Walbring
Hometown: Quincy, Illinois
What do you do for RaceStar?: Write stories and results.
What track do you generally cover? Quincy Raceways
Favorite kind of racing: Dirt Late Models
Who is your favorite professional driver: I try to not to have any one particular driver, but if I must choose, it would be Kenny Schrader.
Full time or personal Occupation: Manager of Instructional Technology at John Wood Community College, I get to play with lots of high tech toys.
Hobbies: Racing and playing with my grand children.
Name: John Wells
Hometown: Oregon, WI
What do you do for RaceStar?: Write race reports
What track do you generally cover? Madison International Speedway
Favorite kind of racing: Short Track Asphalt Racing
Who is your favorite professional driver: Matt Kenseth
Full time or personal Occupation: Teacher / Principal / Coach
Hobbies: Sports
E-mail address: mismedia2@yahoo.com
Sandy WestphalName: Sandy Westphal
Hometown: Mishawaka, IN
What do you do for RaceStar?: Write a column
What track do you generally cover? Generally South Bend but also report on other tracks that we travel to, including NASCAR races
Favorite kind of racing: "Stock" Car (which includes NASCAR of course), also love to watch the awesome World of Outlaws, so I consider myself diversified in the types of racing I like.
Who is your favorite professional driver (i.e. NASCAR, CART, IHRA...etc.): Terry Labonte has been my favorite for years but also like cheering on Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart (I like Tony because he tells it like it is).
Full time or personal Occupation: Administrative Assistant in the Engineering Department at Honeywell Aircraft Landing Systems in South Bend, IN
Hobbies: Racing, Racing, Racing
Name: Tom White
Hometown: Algonquin, IL
What do you do for RaceStar?: Submit Stories, Press Releases, Info
What track do you generally cover? Illiana Motor Speedway
Favorite kind of racing: Asphalt
Who is your favorite professional driver: Tony Stewart
Full time or personal Occupation: Lowboy Heavy Earth moving equipment hauler
Hobbies: Stockcar Racing
 
Name: Dennis Yohnka
Home: Joliet, IL
Track: I cover races for several papers and racing publications. Sometimes I'm at the nearby Chicagoland Speedway or the Rt. 66 Raceway (drags), and sometimes the Grundy County Speedway. I used to cover LaSalle, but now my favorite is the Kankakee Motor Speedway. It was a story from Kankakee that made it into "Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Fan."
Kind of Racing: Dirt tracks -- that's what I fell in love with when I saw my first race 44 years ago.
Favorite Driver: Professional drivers don't thrill me -- their hands are too clean; of the current crop, I prefer guys like Kevin Weaver, Dennis Erb or Dan Schlieper.
Occupation: I'm the Coordinator of Research and Marketing for Joliet Township High School District; and hope to soon run a bed and breakfast in Joliet

Other dedicated correspondents:

Steve Bechtel - Grundy County Speedway
Scott Binkley - South Bend Motor Speedway
Larry Boos - Eldora Speedway

Shawn McLaughlin - Kalamazoo Speedway
Kim Moler - Moler Raceway Park
Maggie Nixon - Plymouth Speedway
Matt Prieur - I-96 Speedway
Tim Tuttle - POWRi Racing
Scott Wolfe - Skyline Speedway & K-C Raceway