by John Gibson on March 22, 2011
Sad news out of Harrisbug, North Carolina today: National Speed Sport News (NSSN) will be printing their last issue on March 23, 2011. The 76 year old publication will remain alive online via its website to provide fans of every type of racing with the latest news and rumors.
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The once wildly popular newspaper cited the state of the economy for the reason and the Publisher Corinne Economaki was quoted as saying “This is one of the saddest days of my life,” said Corinne. “The sluggish economy has made it too difficult to continue publication and no matter how I try to make the numbers work — and believe me I have tried — it is just not feasible to keep the business going.”NSSN was brought into the households of motorsports fans by Chris Economaki. Economaki literally sold the first issues in 1934 at Ho-Ho-Kus Speedway in northern New Jersey. After writing for the newspaper for a number of years Chris took role of editor of the newspaper in 1950. Chris built the magazine through its glory days and like the official news release stated: “In a time when there was no internet and very little racing was on television or radio, National Speed Sport News thrived.”
I was saddened to hear this news as well, I will never forget when my team finished 3rd at Rockingham a few years ago and at the time for my best career finish. The first person over to my car besides my family and crew was a writer for NSSN who congratulated me first, and then took his quotes he needed for his story. I could tell he had done his homework on the series and on the drivers before ever showing up at the track. It truly was a first class organization.
And to continue the thoughts of the writer of the official release, it really is the end of an era…
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