Ron Fleshman

Ron Fleshman has followed NASCAR racing since attending his first race at Martinsville Speedway in 1964. He joined the Motor Sports Forum on the CompuServe network in the 1980s and became a reporter for Racing Information Systems in 1994. In 2002, he was named NASCAR Editor for RIS when it appeared on the World Wide Web as www.motorsportsforum.com. He can now be found at www.ris-news.com. Ron is a member of the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association. You can find Ron following and reporting on the top three NASCAR divisions each week. As a lifer in his support of racing, he attends and reports on nearly 30 events a year and as a member of the motor sports media, his passion has been racing for 47 years. He lives with his family in rural West Virginia and works in the insurance industry when not on the road to another track.

By Ron Fleshman On Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
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NASCAR Announces New Race Format to Add Excitement and Competition to Top Three Series’

Faced with a sport that is losing fans and lowering television ratings, NASCAR kicked off the 2017 Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour with a bombshell. NASCAR racing in its three major divisions will be different More...

By Ron Fleshman On Sunday, January 22nd, 2017
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Silly Season Late in Arriving – More Changes to Come From NASCAR on Monday

In year’s past, it seemed that the so-called “silly season” usually started about October and most teams had settled on the next year’s driver lineup by Thanksgiving. Not this year. In the last few weeks, More...

By Ron Fleshman On Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
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The Carl Edwards I Know

I awoke this morning and, as is my custom, I started listening to SiriusXM’s Morning Drive program. It wasn’t long before the news that Carl Edwards would not drive in 2017 hit home. Carl was one of my favorite More...

By Ron Fleshman On Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
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The Rise and Fall of Roush Fenway Racing

Once upon a time, Roush Racing (now Roush Fenway Racing) put its five teams – yes, once a team owner could have as many teams as they wanted – in the 10-car Chase. Today, they’ve gone from four cars to three, More...

By Ron Fleshman On Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
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What is Leading to the Demise of NASCAR?

After a nearly five-month absence, I’m back. In case you didn’t hear, the little town I live in suffered a flood for all ages. Five feet of water throughout the town, 50-60 houses destroyed, and 35 businesses More...

By Ron Fleshman On Sunday, June 19th, 2016
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Some Thoughts on Nearing the Halfway Point of the Season

The Father’s Day off week allows us all to reflect on nearly the first half of the season. Like Harry Nilsson wrote in his country parody song, “Joy,” things have been good and things have been bad, but on More...

By Ron Fleshman On Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
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Sprint Cup All-Star Race, Success or Train Wreck?

The Sprint All-Star race was pretty much an experiment. Depending on what you believe, Team Penske driver Brad Keselowski came up with the format, so that meant immediately you have to hate it, right? I loved it. More...

By Ron Fleshman On Friday, May 20th, 2016
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Harvick Rumors Squelched With Contract Extension at SHR and with Ford

From the moment Tony Stewart announced that Stewart-Haas Racing was switching to Ford, NASCAR’s Chevrolet fans (which make up 75 percent of all NASCAR fans in my estimation) went into a panic. Harvick wouldn’t More...

By Ron Fleshman On Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
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Many Problems With Racing at Talladega, But No Solutions

It has been a few days since the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway and listening to all the criticisms about the race reminds me of, well, me. I’ve never liked plate racing and still don’t. All that rage More...

By Ron Fleshman On Friday, April 22nd, 2016
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Welcome Back Smoke–Not

What happened on Thursday? Words fail me. In the morning, in a surprise announcement, Tony Stewart made public that he was coming back to drive at Richmond International Speedway. Just a few hours later, he was More...






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