Ken Wagner of Mission Viejo, Calif. has been named the publicist for the Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. A Sprint car aficionado for more than 35 years, "Wags" has been a fixture at West coast racing events for many years, ...
Ken Wagner of Mission Viejo, Calif. has been named the publicist for the Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. A Sprint car aficionado for more than 35 years, "Wags" has been a fixture at West coast racing events for many years, actually serving as the CRA Publicist in 1991 and 1992.
Born in California but having been a resident of several states, he now devotes most of his time to his racing endeavors and has, since 1987, published his "Wagtimes" newsletter, recapping racing events throughout the season. He hosts the popular website, wagtimes.com, and as the webmaster for WagsWeb, conveys stories stats, news and photos from every Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint car race.
In his duties as the USAC/CRA Publicist, Wagner will be responsible for relating series information to race announcers, while working with race organizers and participants in providing timely information regarding series happenings. He will also be responsible for transmission of timely race results from each event to the USAC headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind. for posting to USAC's national website.
In addition to writing columns appearing for many different national and West Coast racing publications over the years, including Racing Wheels, Motorsports Monthly, and National Speed Sport News, his columns also appear in the Northern California publication, MotorRacing, and on Hoseheads.com.
Wagner has also earned a reputation for supporting series participants, founding the popular "Wagsdash" in 1991, a unique race for the low buck racers, generating prize money from race-fan donations. Beginning with a $5,000 purse, this race has grown to a purse of nearly $20,000. The 15th annual "Wagsdash" is scheduled for this October at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway.
Between Wagsbucks collections, the Wagsdash purses, tow money for various tours, as well as other special fundraisers throughout the years, Wags and his crew of Wagtimers have collected nearly $400,000 for Southern California's low buck nonwing race teams.