Godspeed Bill Simpson

One of the highlights of my PRI show this year was sharing Bill Simpson stories with Del Flores—a fellow former tenant of Lord of the Land Simpson. To know Simpson is to have Simpson stories. Neither of us knew that Bill had a second—and ultimately fatal, I guess—stroke on Friday.…

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Stoffer Storms Gateway for PSM Win

Karen Stoffer is a meteorological genius. On Friday, she predicted that Tropical Storm Karen and Hurricane Jerry would swamp World Wide Technology Raceway (AKA Gateway) just across the Mississippi from St. Louis during the eighth annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals. She was half right, which is pretty strong for…

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Smith Takes Pole, Johnson Wins Oscar

Defending NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champ (and Gateway winner) Matt Smith is known for putting on quite a show. I’m told his repertoire at Maple Grove consisted of a display of raw emotion when confronted with race-winning Suzuki performance. But in qualifying at World Wide Technology Raceway, Smith confined his…

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