The Area Auto Racing News began publication in the summer of 1963 as a four page tabloid. For over 40 years the paper has set the standard as a leader in weekly racing publications. Area Auto was the first with weekly front page color photos, a tradition that carries on today some 20 years later.
The paper was established by founder Leonard J. Sammons Jr. A true race fan at heart, he wanted to close a void in coverage for the local short track racers. From his dreams developed the first ever regional racing paper in the country.
Today, the Area Auto Racing News continues to pride itself on its coverage of the short track racer in the northeast. Well over 100 speedways from Ohio east and Virginia north are found with both written race results and photo coverage.
National news is not forgotten. Nationally known journalists cover up to the minute Sprint Cup news weekly, backed up by an award winning photo staff. All other major series of NASCAR are covered as well along with IndyCar, Indy Racing League, World of Outlaws, All Stars, Stars, USAC, NHRA, DIRT and other national traveling series.
What makes the Area Auto Racing News even more special is views shared from well over 20 columnists who speak their mind and bring the readers closer to the action. The columnists are respected in the industry for their views, insights and opinions.
Combine the local and national news, the columns and over 150 photos and you have Area Auto Racing News. Second generation publisher/editor Lenny H. Sammons organizes the weekly efforts that average nearly 80 pages a week. Special editions focus on specific topics or big events. The specials increase circulation and drive page numbers as high as 128.
Our Readership is so eager to receive the paper that the earliest deadline of any racing paper in the country is followed. The paper is 95% completed on Monday night. By 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning the presses are running and by 6 p.m. all copies have been delivered by carrier to one of New Jersey's major post office sectional centers - on their way to the readers.
So whether it be the driver, mechanic, team owner, fan, promoter, press member or the corporate sponsor AARN reaches them all.