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 He can now be found at 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.

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By Ron Fleshman On Monday, October 26th, 2015

Talladega Lived Up To Its Strange Past

The championship playoff known as the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup has had more turns that a West Virginia mountain, but Sunday’s 500 at Talladega Superspeedway took the cake. It all happened More...

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By Ron Fleshman On Monday, October 19th, 2015
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My How Times Have Changed — Logano and the Chase

“If it comes down to Homestead and he is one of the four and maybe somebody else isn’t, they ain’t going to make it easy on him,” Kenseth crew chief Jason Ratcliff said. “Are they going More...

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By Ron Fleshman On Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Week Three of The Chase and Danger Approaches

Waiting until week three to comment on the Chase is probably unorthodox, but, as many readers know, hating the Chase is typical of old-timers like this writer. It’s like a team that was horrible all season and More...

DAYTONA BEACH, FL ? 1968:  Driving a Dodge for veteran owner Ray Fox, Buddy Baker didn?t have much luck in the NASCAR Cup events held at Daytona International Speedway, finishing 30th in the Daytona 500 and 32nd in the Firecracker 400.  (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)
By Ron Fleshman On Monday, August 10th, 2015

RIP Buddy Baker

I awoke this morning to a great shock when I learned that Buddy Baker had passed on so swiftly. It was only about six weeks ago when I heard Buddy had inoperable cancer and would be leaving his Sirius Satellite More...

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By Ron Fleshman On Friday, July 24th, 2015

Why the Scream for More Road and Dirt?

It is a big week for NASCAR. First we had Eldora and over the weekend Indianapolis. I guess I’m pondering the great love affair with a truck race on dirt and the revival of the road race. Once upon a time, the More...

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By Ron Fleshman On Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

New Packages for NASCAR? I’m Impressed.

Staying away from commenting on the rules package at Kentucky Speedway has been tough, but seeing what the long-term reaction might be was more important. From my eyes, it appeared that the racing at Kentucky was More...

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By Ron Fleshman On Thursday, April 30th, 2015
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Why I Hold My Breath at Talladega

Everyone is excited about Talladega. Well, everyone but me. Put me in the David Poole camp that basically believes that there is no racing going on there, only holding on and hoping for the best. Even though short More...

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By Ron Fleshman On Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Martinsville – A Love Affair With a Track

It is common for this writer to say I love Martinsville Speedway. Some say it’s because my home is only 150 (give or take) miles from the speedway. Some try to get into my mind and say it’s because it was the More...

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By Ron Fleshman On Monday, March 16th, 2015

Not Much Has Changed in 2015

Despite the wringing of hands and the nervous comments of many in fan forums, not much ever changes in NASCAR. The teams with great funding always rise to the top. That’s been the case since people began racing More...

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By Ron Fleshman On Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Opinion : Kurt Busch and Reinstatement – Why Was It So Swift?

I don’t often get fired up about things in NASCAR, but today I did. The news that NASCAR had reinstated Kurt Busch without him going through their rehabilitation program and the driver’s smug interview upon More...

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