Each racing season, Speed51.com powered by JEGS strives to provide a better experience for short track racing fans searching for news and stories surrounding the sport they love. In order to do that, 51 seeks out hard working and talented individuals from many different areas of the county. Today, Speed51.com is excited to announce the addition of five members to the 51 team, as well as acknowledge some of the great correspondents who are returning for another season at the 100% Short Track Racing News Source.
Shari Garber, a native of the state of Washington, will be joining the 51 team as a Northwest correspondent for the 2015 racing season. Garber is well-respected for providing live updates of events throughout her region and Speed51.com is very excited to have her bringing her talents over to our very popular Trackside Now format.
“I want to thank (Speed51.com founder) Bob (Dillner) and everyone at Speed51.com for this fantastic opportunity,” said Garber. “I’m thrilled to be part of the team, and I am looking forward to bringing some great Trackside Now coverage of events here on the West Coast to fans all over the United States.”
In addition to Garber, 51 has expanded its West Coast coverage team by adding veteran motorsports contributors Bob Gardner and Andy Daddario. Both will be 51 Southwest Correspondents. In fact, Gardner will begin his assignments on June 27th when the Lucas Oil Modified Series at Irwindale Speedway.
51 is also excited to announce the addition of motorsports journalist Aaron Bearden to the team. Bearden has covered the sport of auto racing for a number of publications as a freelance journalist and now brings his talents to Speed51.com to cover short track racing in the Midwest region. He will spend his time covering touring series such as the ARCA/CRA Super Series Top Speed Modifieds, as well as many of the other bigger events in the region.
Allick Jorgensen joined the 51 team for the current racing season back in February. Jorgensen covered the 2015 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing and has since been involved in live coverage of many Super Late Model events in the Florida area at tracks such as New Smyrna Speedway, Desoto Speedway and Auburndale Speedway. He will continue to provide great coverage of events at those tracks and beyond as the 2015 racing season progresses.
While Garber, Gardner, Daddario, Bearden and Jorgensen are a handful of newcomers on the Speed51.com powered by JEGS roster, we are also pleased to welcome back a number of “veterans” to round out our 2015 roster.
Aaron Creed, a native of Pennsylvania, returns to Speed51.com for his third season covering short track racing events. Over the past three years, Creed has done an superb job of providing live updates and sharing stories from the Keystone and Empire states. He regularly covers touring series such as the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour and local short tracks like Mahoning Valley Speedway (PA) and Jennerstown Speedway (PA). Creed is the New York / Pennsylvania editor for . In addition, Creed has made a few trips south with the 51 crew to work at a few of the bigger short track racing events.
“It seems like yesterday I assisted with Trackside Now coverage for the first time at Motordrome Speedway in August of 2013,” said Creed. “It has already been a fantastic 2015 season in Pennsylvania and Central New York with impressive fields, different winners, and some very unique stories to share.
“I have also enjoyed the opportunity to venture outside the region I live to cover some new and exciting events such as the Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway Park (CA) and the Racing for Wishes 150 at Shenandoah Speedway (VA). Of course when the weather starts getting chilly in my area, I look forward to experiencing yet another Snowball Derby and maybe even my first North South Shootout at Concord Speedway (NC).”
Mikayla Kugler, a Speed51.com correspondent in the Midwest region, joins Creed as a “veteran” returning for another year of coverage. Over the course of the past two seasons, Kugler has helped provide coverage at some of the biggest short track events in her region. With the launch of 51 TV, Kugler has also been a familiar face on a handful of live pay-per-view broadcasts like the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna.
With the addition of great new talent and return of some 51 veterans, the 2015 racing season is set up to be one of the biggest yet on Speed51.com.
“We’ve assembled a terrific team of correspondents throughout the country for this racing season,” said Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor. “I’m very excited to work with the team we have assembled as we at Speed51.com continue to work hard and set the bar when it comes to covering the sport of short track racing.”
Paul is part of a full-time that includes Executive Director Matt Kentfield, Operations Manager Mark Keeler, Director of Business Jana Wimmer, Northeast Editor Rob Blount, Vice President Angie Dillner and Executive Editor Bob Dillner.