Speed51.com, the nation’s leading short track racing website, covers hundreds of short track racing events throughout North America each year. It’s the hard work of dedicated motorsports journalists that allows us to bring race fans coverage of these events. Today, we’re thrilled to announce our roster of Regional Editors and other important positions for the 2018 racing season.
The 2018 season will see Speed51.com have more nationwide coverage than ever before with eight dedicated editors in the following regions: Great Lakes, Gulf Coast, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, Tri-State (NJ, NY & PA) and West Coast.
“I’m really excited about everything our team has up our sleeves for the 2018 racing season,” said Speed51.com Editor Brandon Paul. “Our team is the best in the business when it comes to providing top-notch coverage of short track racing. I’m looking forward to work with each one of our Regional Editors, State Editors and Correspondents this season.”
To help organize all of the great short track racing coverage on Speed51.com, former Southeast Editor Rob Blount will move into an Associate Editor position. Blount has worked with Speed51.com for four years and now works out of the company’s headquarters located in Concord, N.C.
Patrick Hahe, who joined the Speed51.com team in 2015, will serve as the Great Lakes Regional Editor in 2018. Hahe, an Ohio native, will bring race fans coverage of short track events throughout the Great Lakes region, including the states of Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.
Melissa Strahley, a resident of Florida who often travels to the Gulf Coast, has been named the Gulf Coast Regional Editor. Strahley joined the Speed51.com during the 2013 season and has since accelerated 51’s coverage of the Southern Super Series, as well as other short tracks in the Gulf Coast region.
One of Speed51.com’s longest-standing staff members Jana Wimmer, who has worked with the company on and off since 2010, will return as the Midwest Editor in 2018. Wimmer, the wife of Super Late Model crew chief Chris Wimmer, will be moving back to her home state of Wisconsin and bringing race fans news from all over the Midwest region this season.
Connor Sullivan, a proud graduate of the University of Connecticut, will take over the Northeast Editor position and extend his focus to the entire Northeast region from Maine to his home state of Connecticut. Sullivan’s coverage area will include touring series such as the American-Canadian Tour, Granite State Pro Stock Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Pro All Stars Series and Valenti Modified Racing Series.
Zach Evans, a valuable member of the Speed51.com staff since March 2017, has taken over the Southeast Editor position previously held by Rob Blount. Evans, who hails from the Tar Heel State of North Carolina, will cover events throughout the Carolinas, Virginia and beyond.
Kevin Peters of Lakeport, California will move into the role of Southwest Editor for the 2018 season. Peters, who is an encyclopedia of knowledge and information when it comes to the SPEARS SRL Southwest Touring Series, has been a huge part of elevating Speed51.com’s coverage on the West Coast in recent years. He’ll continue to provide enhanced coverage of SRL and other major short track racing events in the Southwest during the 2018 season.
Daryl Canfield, a diehard race fan who calls Waverly, NY his home, has been named a Tri-State Editor for New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Canfield is best known for his outstanding photography that he’s produced for MoJo Photos and Speed51.com alongside his brother Duane and nephew Evan. In 2018, Canfield will also assist with editorial content for series such as the Race of Champions, Short Track Super Series and Super DIRTcar Series, as well as local tracks throughout his region.
Jeremy Anders of Wenatchee, WA will carry the tag of West Coast Editor in 2018 after enhancing Speed51.com’s coverage throughout the region last season. Anders will oversee the entire West Coast coverage area including the states of California, Colorado, Idaho, Navada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.
In addition to announcing regional editors for the 2018 season, Speed51.com is also pleased to announce a handful of other important positions.
Aaron Creed, who recently located from his home state of Pennsylvania to North Carolina, will serve as a National Correspondent in 2018. Creed, an award-winning journalist on the Speed51.com staff, will travel throughout the country covering races in Colorado, Pennsylvania, Washington and even the province of Ontario.
Allick Jorgensen, another one of Speed51.com’s dedicated staff members from the State of Florida, will jump into the role of Florida State Editor this season. Jorgensen has provided a huge boost to 51’s coverage at tracks such as 4-17 Southern Speedway, Five Flags Speedway and New Smyrna Speedway in recent years.
Koty Geyer, a college student from the State of Indiana, recently wrapped up his first year with Speed51.com. He will jump into a State Editor role for the states of Indiana and Michigan during the 2018 season. Geyer’s coverage area will include the ARCA/CRA Super Series, CRA All-Stars Tour and numerous local tracks in the two states.
A number of Speed51.com correspondents will also provide a huge boost Speed51.com’s coverage in 2018. Those correspondents currently include Casey LaJoie (Southeast), Elgin Traylor (Southeast), John Haverlin (Northeast), Kendra Adams (Southeast/Ontario), Madison Mabry (Southeast), Mikayla Kugler (Midwest), Ryan McCollough (Deep South), Shari Garber (Northwest) and Tim Johnston (Southeast).
Would you like to be a member of the Speed51.com team this season? Whether you’re a journalist, photographer or videographer, email Brandon Paul at [email protected] to inquire about joining our staff this season.
-Text by Speed51.com Staff