Dear Crabby, When Should A Pro Athlete Retire?

Dear Crabby, I’m a huge NASCAR fan and I was bummed earlier this week when Dale Earnhardt, Jr. announced he would retire after this season. And while it’s sad to see such a legacy come to an end, I can understand him wanting to move on. But it did get me wondering about other pro athletes. Are there any that you think should retire? Thanks! Rhonda Racetrack Dear Ms. Racetrack, You pose an interesting question. No one wants to be told when he or she must retire. And I think as long … [Read more...]

Brooklands School Will Be Demolished this Summer

Requiem for Brooklands School By Deborah J. Larsen Eighty-eight years after it welcomed its first students, the old Brooklands School on Auburn Road sits boarded up and quietly awaits a date with the wrecking ball. Rochester Community Schools officials have determined that the building has reached the end of its useful life and have slated it for demolition this summer. The school was born in controversy. In 1927, the voters of Avon Township School District #3 – a rural district serving … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills’ Keselowski Involved in Post-NASCAR Altercation

Even if you aren't a diehard NASCAR fan, you've probably heard about the recent incidents of drivers and crew members getting into fights after their races. The most recent fight occurred this past weekend at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia between Jeff Gordon and Rochester Hills native Brad Keselowski. For Keselowski, this was the second time in four races that he was involved in a scuffle. NASCAR is reviewing the matter and trying to figure out what can be done to discourage … [Read more...]

Mayor joins President Obama in congratulating Rochester Hills-native NASCAR champ Brad Keselowski

Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett applauded the town’s own Brad Keselowski at the White House on Tuesday for being the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series defending driver’s champion. President Obama held a special ceremony honoring last year’s champion on the South lawn of the White House as the 2013 NASCAR chase for the Sprint Cup rounds the curve. “I’ve been to the White House several times but it’s always a very cool experience,” Barnett said of Tuesday’s event. With about 50 people … [Read more...]

President Barack Obama will honor Brad Keselowski of Rochester Hills

As reported in The Detroit News, "President Barack Obama will honor Brad Keselowski on Tuesday for his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, the White House said Thursday. Rochester Hills native Keselowski's victory of NASCAR's most coveted crown not only made him Michigan's first native-born Sprint Cup champion, but it was a first-time achievement for racing legend Roger Penske, the team manager. Keselowski won his first Cup championship in his third year on the circuit, something that … [Read more...]

Rochester’s Hometown Hero, Brad Keselowski

Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation was incorporated in late July of 2010 and received its 501(c)(3) status a few short months later. The Foundation strives to support those individuals who have sacrificed greatly for America, including military members, veterans, first-responders and their families, among others. Since its inception, CFF has hosted or participated in events with the Wounded Warrior Project, the Armed Forces Foundation, The Paralyzed Veterans of America, the National … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Native, Brad Keselowski, Wins Nascar Championship

As reported in Crains Detroit, "Rochester Hills native Brad Keselowski captured the 2012 Sprint Cup Series championship on Sunday — and increased his own personal earning potential. The NASCAR driver will cash in right away by charging more to appear at events. "We'll adjust his appearance fees accordingly," said John Caponigro, president of Bloomfield Hills-based Sports Management Network Inc., which handles Keselowski's personal sponsorships, endorsements and contracts as his agent. "We … [Read more...]