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National Speed Sport News, one of the most famous motorsports publications in the country, is ceasing its print product after 76 years

"This is one of the saddest days of my life," said National Speed Sport News Publisher Corinne Economaki. "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.

"For 76 years, since August 1934 when my father Chris sold copies of the first issue at Ho-Ho-Kus Speedway in northern New Jersey, to today, as I oversee the very last copy printed, this paper has been an integral part of my family," Corinne Economaki said.

The magazine will continue to have an online presence.

Like many print outlets, NSSN found revenues dropping as more people found their information online for free. NASCAR Scene, another one of the leading weekly racing publications, stopped producing its weekly print edition last year.

Over those 76 years of publication, NSSN became one of the go-to sources of information for those inside and outside the industry.

"News, credible news, on auto racing in America was tough to come by not that long ago," said Jim Pedley, managing editor of RacinToday.com. "Basically, you could get surface material from wire service reports in the local paper, or you could get the meat from Chris and NSSN. There it was, right there. All of it. In a format which you folded in half and carried under your arm."

From USA Today's Nate Ryan on Twitter:

Began covering racing in 1996 - and knew nothing about it. Chris Economaki was my spirit guide. Depressing to learn his publication is gone

Sadly, the disappearance of print products has become part of journalism life as we know it in the 21st century. While all of us at Yahoo! Sports are thankful that you're here, it still doesn't make the demise of print publications any less painful.

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