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By Sarah Schaffer | June 24, 2004
Hometown: Baltimore (by way of Atlanta) Current Members: Jason Dove, vocals and guitar; Jeff Donaldson, bass; Paul Neidhardt, drums. Founded in: 1998 Style: rock Influenced by: Buddy Holly, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Elvis Costello Notable: Former math-rock musician Jason Dove began Slot Racer six years ago as a side recording project to his Atlanta-based band, Plexorjet. After a move to Baltimore, Dove reformed SR with two local guys and now gigs at local dive bars and clubs. The act is currently working toward the release of a new CD, dubbed Pronto.
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September 10, 2013
As an Army brat, Katy Clark describes herself as "from everywhere and nowhere in particular. " However, Clark, a 41-year-old IT systems engineer, graphic designer and artist, has managed to create a sense of home in Hampden. Two years ago, Clark's neighbor, Steve Baker, the manager of Hampdenfest's toilet bowl race, asked Clark to participate. She recruited some fellow retired Charm City Roller Girl teammates and is now a regular toilet bowl racing veteran. "It's a gravity-powered, single elimination race on a human defecation device," said Clark.
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NEWS
By ANNIE LINSKEY | March 19, 2006
If you compete in serious - or even semiserious - sailboat racing on the Chesapeake Bay, chances are you've been exposed to the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association. The group is in charge of racing and runs regattas, establishes rules and puts on various clinics for Bay racers. We talked to Angelo Buscemi, 40, of Washington, who recently became the group's new president, about its role: What is CBYRA, and who belongs? We're the local governing body for the sport of sailboat racing for the Chesapeake Bay area.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker,
The Baltimore Sun
| May 28, 2013
When 11-year-old Benjamin Lausch competes in triathlons, his eye is on beating a boy from Pennsylvania named Daniel. Daniel competes in a lot of the same races as Benjamin and is "very, very fast. " Benjamin beat him once and hopes that with a little more time and practice he might one day catch Daniel again. Benjamin ran his first triathlon when he was 7 years old and has become fiercely competitive and hooked on the sport, which includes a run, swim and bike component. "I like the running mostly," said Benjamin, who lives in Mount Airy . Triathlons were once limited to adult competitors but are becoming popular among the younger set as well.
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By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | February 1, 1997
During the week, Bruce R. Jennings Sr. played the role of conservative insurance broker. But on weekends, he climbed behind the steering wheel of his Porsche Carrera Speedster and became a fearless race car driver known as "King Carrera."Mr. Jennings, who had suffered from emphysema in recent years, ended his life Tuesday. The Parkton resident was 70. A legend in racing circles around the world, he died nearly unknown in the Baltimore area.Regarded as one of the most talented endurance racers from the golden age of amateur sports-car racing, the mid-1950s through the 1960s, he amassed 300 trophies during his 35-year career -- 216 wins and 104 second-place finishes.
FEATURES
By LAURA CHARLES | February 6, 1991
BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS: Vintage car racer Lee Raskin of Baltimore is featured in an upcoming TV special called "America's Best Kept Secrets" in which he's interviewed about the late actor James Dean and the mystery surrounding his fatal car crash in 1955.The ABC special, narrated by sportscaster Al Michaels, is scheduled to air at 9 p.m. Feb. 16. Check local listings.TICKETS ARE GOING fast for the world premiere of "He Said, She Said" (shot on location in Baltimore) at the Senator Theatre Feb. 11.The star of this breezy comedy, Kevin Bacon, will be on hand for all the festivities including an elegant champagne reception and music by the Swing Central Band.
NEWS
By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,Sun reporter | September 5, 2006
PORT DEPOSIT -- Dive teams searched the murky bottom of the Susquehanna River yesterday for a powerboat that broke apart and sank with its driver aboard during a race Sunday. A passenger, the man's 15-year-old son, swam to safety. Paul Henry Sohn, 49, and his son Timothy John Sohn of Grasonville on the Eastern Shore had been racing in their family's Jersey skiff, Jumpin' Jack Flash. The boat, about 20 feet long and capable of speeds of about 80 mph, apparently launched into the air after bouncing off another racer's wake, and then split in half as it hit the water, said Sgt. Ken Turner of the Maryland Natural Resources Police.
NEWS
By Stanley C. Dillon | February 17, 1991
Zipping through the high-banked turns at the Daytona International Speedway -- that's the dream of every stock car racer.Few even come close.Many are able to rationalize not making it to Daytona: They have neither the money nor the sponsorship to make a serious go of it.But that didn't stop Frank Fleming, a Taneytown resident.The 32-year-old driver is a determined man. He didn't make excuses about a shortage of money or sponsors. He just went ahead and pursued a dream.Last weekend, part that dream came true.
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By Stanley C. Dillon | April 28, 1991
The top alcohol funny cars will race next Sunday at 75-80 Dragway inMonrovia, Frederick County, and one of the competitors will be Eldersburg resident Carnie Fryfogle.Fryfogle and his Bud Dry 87 Oldsmobile Firenza funny car will compete in the spring funny car meet at the track, a few miles west of Mount Airy.Funny cars are basically short-wheelbase dragsters under a fiberglass replica of a production car body. The engines, unlike those in the elongated dragsters, are mounted in the conventional location in front of the driver.
NEWS
By Don Markus and Don Markus,don.markus@baltsun.com | April 8, 2009
A professional drag racer was sentenced Tuesday by a Howard County judge to nine years in jail for assault in a road rage incident that culminated with him pointing a gun at a woman in the parking lot of a Columbia restaurant last summer. John Palmer Higgins of Fayetteville, N.C., pleaded guilty to first-degree assault after the Aug. 17 incident that began when the recreational vehicle he was driving - with a rig attached to his drag racer - sideswiped a car. Prosecutors said the other driver, Cynthia Eskridge, followed the RV to an Applebee's parking lot on Benson Drive, not far from Interstate 95 and Route 175. Higgins pointed a gun into her car and uttered racial epithets to Eskridge, who is African-American.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2013
It was just after noon Saturday and a large blue-crab-mobile was drifting out into the harbor with four students from Arbutus Middle School aboard and unable to steer. The problem? A thrown sock puppet that had damaged their controls. The absurd moment captured the spirit of the annual Kinetic Sculpture Race, now in its 15th year, even down to the puppet as the source of mischief — carrying one is a requirement of the competition. School principal Michelle Feeney watched anxiously from a pier at Canton Waterfront Park as a pair of kayakers paddled out to tow the middle-schoolers back to shore, so they could continue on their way. "All they care about is who threw the sock puppet," Feeney said.
NEWS
By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2012
Traditional Irish music filled O'Donnell Street Square on Wednesday evening as a group of men hauled a blue racecar off a tow truck. A crowd cheered when the men wheeled the car onto the grassy square, which was imprinted with the National Bohemian Beer logo. When racecar driver Patryk Tararuj participates in the Grand Prix of Baltimore this weekend, the vehicle will carry the name of restaurateur Patrick “Scunny” McCusker, who died Friday in a traffic accident in Ocean City. Tararuj, a 33-year-old Canton resident, never met McCusker but said he has heard many stories of his philanthropy and love for the neighborhood.
NEWS
By Janene Holzberg, Special to The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2012
When Zac Fowler was 3 years old and watched a NASCAR race on TV for the first time, he knew he would get behind the wheel one day. What he didn't know - even after firmly telling his parents, "I wanna do that," over and over again - was that his time would come less than two years later. So persistent was he about racing that Glenn and Brandy Fowler decided to allow their son to begin "getting a feel" for the brake and gas pedals at age 4 by tooling around in his newly purchased go-kart in the parking lot of St. John's Lane Elementary School in Ellicott City, just down the street from their home.
SPORTS
By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2012
Robert Tomkies raced yachts in his native New Zealand, with a reputation respectable enough to be hired to work for a fellow named Ted Turner. But as Tomkies' dreams grew, so did his family, until he figured that he had to do something else to take care of his wife and four kids. Tomkies opened a shop in Wellington selling lighting and electrical parts, and bought a small farm off Moonshine Road. Tomkies never got rid of the racing bug, designed and built a 30-foot yacht he named the "Moonshine Express" and tried to pass his passion for fast boats and the open sea on to his brood.
SPORTS
By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2011
Logan Pringle and Abby MacLeod are typical kids when it comes to playing sports, trying to figure out which suit their talents and temperament. But when it comes to the sport they are best at - bicycle motocross, or BMX - Logan and Abby are among a select group of youngsters who can call themselves national champions. And, perhaps, Olympic champions someday. Just as kids their age - Logan is 9 and Abby is 12 - have long dreamed of taking home an Olympic gold medal in basketball or figure skating, a new generation of BMX racers can have the same aspirations now tha the sport was added to the Olympic ledger for Beijing in 2008.
SPORTS
By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2011
This weekend, while drivers wheel around the Inner Harbor for the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix, moviegoers a few blocks from downtown will be watching the story of a brave, imaginative man who was the Muhammad Ali or Michael Jordan of auto racing. "Senna," which opened at the Landmark Harbor East on Friday, is a thrilling movie — a documentary action portrait of the Brazilian racecar driver Ayrton Senna, who became the greatest Formula One champion in history. Senna was a ray of hope to his beleaguered nation in the 1980s and 1990s, when the South American giant was emerging from a military dictatorship.
NEWS
By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | October 10, 1999
To race or cruise, that often is the question among Chesapeake Bay sailors -- and it is a hard one to answer, because real racing boats often are unsuited to cruising and real cruising boats are undeniable dogs on the race course.And while there will be dozens of racing and cruising boats at the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Oct. 8-12, only a handful may be well suited to both the race course or the cruising grounds.Two of them appear to be the new Beneteau First 47.7 and the Turner T45.The First 47.7 is designed by Farr Yacht Design, Ltd. in Annapolis, and the Turner 45 is a Bill Tripp design built in Canada.
NEWS
By Fay Lande and Fay Lande,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | July 10, 1996
It was a long day for entrepreneur and professional motorcycle racer Michael Fitzpatrick of Columbia.He worked 18 hours at his landscaping business, reassembled his Kawasaki ZX-750 in the garage of a house he owns in Crownsville and drove all night to New Hampshire to race 60 miles the next day at speeds of up to 180 mph.He crashed.A mechanical failure caused his bike to wobble at high speed. He was thrown into the air and landed on his left arm, sliding along the ground so fast that he was burned from shoulder to wrist despite wearing a leather jacket.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2011
It's been five years since the spectacular turf superstar Barbaro shattered his right hind leg in the 2006 Preakness Stakes as horrified racegoers and the world looked on in disbelief. Alex Brown, an exercise rider, assistant trainer, author and New York Times correspondent for the racing column The Rail, has chronicled the all-too-brief life of the horse who most certainly would have thundered his way into Triple Crown and racing history. His recently published "Greatness and Goodness: Barbaro and his Legacy" is a 235-page, lavishly illustrated book.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach, Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2011
Saturday is the day Fifi looks forward to every year. Fifi is the American Visionary Art Museum 's giant pink poodle-with-wheels, who once a year ventures outside to take part in what is clearly Baltimore's funkiest annual event, the Kinetic Sculpture Race . This year, some 36 land- and seaworthy vehicles, all strictly people-powered, will be taking part in the 15-mile race over land, sea, mud and sand. Like Fifi, some are designed to resemble animals; one of last year's crowd favorites was a hookah-smoking caterpillar.
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