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: 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?: RaceStar website webmaster. Full time racing paparazzi! / part-time writer
Tracks I cover:
Shadyhill, Illiana, Kokomo, Plymouth, 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
Stan KalwasinskiName: Stan Kalwasinski
Hometown: Munster, IN
What do you do for RaceStar?: Correspondent/writer/photographer
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: 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: 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: 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
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

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