Racin' & Internet Stuff:
By Tom Avenengo
I guess I could start off with “Damned if ya do” and “Damned if ya don’t” – or “Catch 22” – as far as what transpired this past Saturday and the Orange County Fair Speedway, and their cancellation of the nights racing – too some, a little too early.
were forecast for the
On Saturday night, I went to the OCFS website, and later on, on Sunday, too. Here is what was said by various people about the cancellation – names taken out and a little “cleaning up” done, on my part:
“For what 5 minutes??? Like they dont sit there and water the sh*t outta the place while we are there! What a joke! Maybe they should start paying us back for our season passes! Rediculous!
Way to go OCFS!!! Another bad
maybe OCFS would like to give us an explanation why they cancelled.as the day went on the threat of rain became less and less according to weather.com. Like ***** said they need to start reimbursing the season pass holders or at least give them credit for next season
9p Still no rain or many clouds in the sky over track!!! BIG FAIL OCFS for tonight!!!
Who is the actual individual that decides?
10:30p past the track still no rain!! saw stars out over the track!!! Again OCFS BIG FAIL for tonight!!!
Was an honest effort made? Were the pits flooded? Somebody please explain? It looks like a slow and painful death of a once great track is coming to a close..So sad!
Saturday at 11:41pm ·
Its simple,with the threat of rain there are not enough spectators expected to cover the purse & expenses...In the past when they had big car counts and full bleachers they would do everything they could to get the show in...Back in the early 90's the pits were knee deep in water after a downpour and they still got the show in!!
Back in the 90s and before, the back gate paid for the purse. The front gate went towards the taxes, up keep and general bills. If you can't get the people in there and keep them coming back you are fighting a losing battle. Its time to sh*t or get off the pot. After over 40 years of going weekly it's a shame what is going on. It seems like the owners are lining their pockets for retirement and just letting the place go. We all hope the place will be around but the way it looks the time is short. In a way you can't blame Mr Gurda, if some one offered you 15 mil what would you do? Yup see ya, bye bye.
***, you hit the nail on the head. However, the question is why aren't the fans coming out? Well, the place has gone to hell, first off. If you want to buy food there, your stuck with Maxwells stuff. I was told that last week none of the writers showed up, and a request was made for a "fill-in". Ticket booth supposed to open at 4:00. We were still waiting, last week, until 4:30 - in the heat. Track surface sucks. This from Mr. Gurda, a year ago: "Anyplace you dig in the infield, you’ll find at least six feet of good quality clay that has built up over the past 60 years. It’s not the river bottom sandy clay." So why no clay on the track? Speakers and mics suck. Handicapping this year is a joke. Is there tech? One could go on and on, but it's after midnight.
***,not to look down on the modified field but face it,there are no big names to draw fans.Bring back the small block modifieds and it will bring in big names to run double duty like the good old days...The sportsman class is great to bring up future modified drivers,but I doubt many fans are traveling an hour+ to see them...Also,who wants to pay admission to watch a 10 car street stock and 8 car pro stock race??? If you cant draw an entry level full field you have big issues!!! Back when I raced the pits were completely full & there were 70+ pit pass paying street stocks along with all thier family/crew members! WHERE DID THEY ALL GO? Oh,and cut the freaking grass in turn 3&4,good grief!
We watched it with Nazareth and Flemington .I remember several occasions Flemington not racing because there was a 30% chance of showers and it ended up being a nice sunny day. Wonder what will be in its place the next time I visit .Don't need a Wal mart theres already one there ?
24HRs later.....thanks for the response OCFS.”
Good question is who makes the decision to cancel the races due to weather ,wed and no response.
funny how you delete my comment about canceling races 8 hrs before then nothing happens week after week and how your killin a once great track which is almost a pile a junk right now. whats the point of opening each year if half the season is wasted
I’m doing this on Monday, 8/13. As I made mention last week, the wife is due for a little surgery on Wednesday, time to be determined, for the insertion of the “Medi-port” so she can start the IV portion of the Chemotherapy – more than likely this coming Friday. So far (Knock on wood) the Xeloda pills have not affected her. She’s been taking 6 pills a day since last Wednesday. Her new Chemo drug is called Eloxatin. Talk about some possible side effects! One thing being stressed is how one is affected by COLD, when taking this particular drug.
Note # 1: Found out we have to be at the hospital at 11:30 AM. Also found out that the surgeon is having a “busy” day, too. Nice!
Note # 2:
We left our house at 10:30 AM to insure that we’d get to the hospital in
time. We got there about 11:10, and got
“admitted” at 11:30. So far things
looked good – so far. The procedure
would take about one half hour. We got
home at 7:30 PM. You figure it out. Also, what the medical people referred to it
as a “Medi-port” is actually called a
Of course, while we were at the hospital, there was a call made to our house from our local hospital, where the IV Chemo will be done. Looks like that will start on Monday, from what I’ve heard. Have to call them in the AM on Thursday to see what’s what.
known as “
was no exception, as Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies raided the
large General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) distribution warehouse in
MCSO’s Jeff Sprong says the vitamin distribution business employed as many as 21 suspects using false identifications to secure employment. Two suspects were using social security numbers belonging to dead persons, Sheriff Joe Arpaio said.
The latest on the Hinchliffe Stadium “Racing Expo”:
“This years Hinchliffe Stadium Racing Expo scheduled for Sunday September 2 has been cancelled, We are trying to reschedule for Sunday October 7 of Columbus Day weekend. I apologize for any inconveniences this may cause. I will post any updates as soon as I find out. For more info you can contact me at (718)344-0502 Ronny Dennis”
There’s a thread on the Track Forum – “Breathless”. It pertains to the Cup race at Watkins Glen this past Sunday. Most of it pertains to the last couple of laps, oil on the track, whether the yellow should have or should not have been thrown. Some very interesting thoughts.
Personally, I’d like to see a couple more road races on the Cup schedule. Some are saying that they need a dirt track, but face it – there isn’t a dirt track in the country – any mile dirt track, that could hold the crowd that I think would want to see such an event. But I’d love to see a couple more races on regular road courses, not on parking lots or on city streets. Tracks where there might be ample places for passing and with good visibility where one could see most of the track.
Imagine if this happened in the Olympics?
Goodyear, Outlaws Ending Tire Agreement
“Tires were the talk of the town during the recent Knoxville Nationals and it was apparent Goodyear’s departure from the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series — and perhaps all of winged sprint car racing — was imminent.
Tuesday the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and the World Racing Group announced Goodyear will not continue as the official tire supplier of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series beyond the 2012 season, ending a three-year relationship.”
More on this can be found here:
Maybe he’s some kind of a hero, instead of a criminal?
I’m talking about Daniel Casillo – the young 31 year old man that had his Jet Skier stall out and he had to swim to the nearest place, which just happened to be JFK (Kennedy) Airport. He had to climb over an eight foot high fence that had barbed wire on top of it, cross runways and more, and ended up inside a building in the airport, asking for help. Of course he was arrested – criminal trespassing among other things. 100 million dollars worth of security and he was never spotted. Gotta love it! I think he deserves a medal and the keys to the city for showing us that airport security, in this case, sucks. Of course, after that, the airport increased police patrols. Yeah, AFTER it happened.
Way back in August of 2006, I was writing for John LeVan and his Open Wheel Racers website. One event that I did an article about was the special races at the Stafford Speedway – Midgets, Trucks and Silver Crown cars. The winner of the midget race, if entered in the Silver Crown race, had an option to start last and make an attempt to win a bonus of $50,000.00 if he could win the Silver Crown race. Bobby Santos, II won that midget race, and, yes, he also won the Silver Crown race, from last place, too.
Back then, Open Wheel Racers was one of the top ranked websites for motor racing. LeVan had taken the website over with the passing of Lenny Calinoff. Sadly, with the passing of LeVan, the website ceased to exist, despite the efforts of his son, Craig, who never got the requested assistance he asked for. Denis Silvia now has an OWR3 website – an attempt to keep OWR in the news and on the Internet, in a way.
Here’s an example of how much of a hit
that Open Wheel Racers website was – this, taken from the article I did about
those races at
publisher for www.openwheelracers.com
was in attendance at
Note: No, that link mentioned does not work, today. Sorry!
No idea why, but
it seems that every week another asphalt track is having races for dirt
cars. Newest track is Stafford Speedway
with them having a Dirt Sportsman race on August 26th. Add to that an invite has been sent out for a
test session at the Oswego Speedway, too.
I’m trying to figure out if there are enough
Sportsman cars close enough to
Note: If you recall – in one of my previous columns, I made mention of some possible track time for the asphalt modifieds at OCFS. I’ve yet to see or hear if this will be done, or not.
Over these past couple of weeks there’s been some “discussion” on the ARDC’s message board about midget engines their cost etc etc. While on Facebook, I happened to mention to someone that maybe they should go back to the VW engines. He responded with this, after agreeing with me and adding the Sesco engines too:
“Tom: I bought the Sesco Midget off of ***** ***** race ready with the trailer for $7,500. With all spares, gears wheels ect. Raced all season and then took the engine to Bill Brown to rebuild after the season.”
As of this week, I believe
the ARDC has had only 12 races so far this season. Car counts are not there, either, from what
they used to be. Car counts are still
low for NEMA, too, as far as I’m concerned.
But, keep in mind, NEMA now brings in TWO classes of midgets – their
full big buck powered winged midgets along with the NEMA “Lights” midgets
powered with Ford Focus, Quad 4, Chevrolet, Ecotec
and I believe some Honda engines, as well.
I imagine this saved the scheduled race for NEMA at
Further down in this column, I make mention of the ATQMRA only drawing 8 cars to one of their shows. What in the world has happened to open wheel racing in this area?
Mainly NASCAR stuff.
This past Sunday night the WoO Sprint Cars were on SPEED. Seems to me it started around 10:00PM? I’m pretty sure that next Sunday they’ll have a tape delay of the Knoxville Nationals.
Sat Aug 25 @ 12:00pm ET
Thurs. Aug. 16th
$17,500 TO WIN “MR. DIRT Track
Plus Budget Sportsman, Gates Open @ 5pm | Racing @ 6pm
A Night of Dirt Track Racing
to Benefit the Kids at St Jude Children’s Hospital
Free Ice Cream to the first 100 Spectators
Chances to Win Exciting Prizes
Sponsored by Tyler Dippel Racing
Modifieds $1500 to Win
Pro Stock-Pure Stock
Pure Stocks will be running 2 features
Pit Gates 4:30 Spectator Gate 5:00 Warm ups 6:30 Racing 7pm
Saturday, August 18th //Sparta Trucking/Holiday Inn of Middletown // MODS, SPTS, ROOKIE, STREET
Williams Grove on Friday, August 17th: Twin 20’s – 410 Sprints
Utica/Rome on Wednesday, August 22nd: RoC Modified Series $10,000.00 to win. Plus $1,000.00 to win Sportsman Series. Also: Fireworks!
Selinsgrove on Sunday, August 26th: WoO Late Models – 50 laps - $10,000.00 to win.
Found on Jayski’s website:
Source disputes Allmendinger's defense:
It is highly unlikely that AJ Allmendinger's positive test for amphetamines came from a single pill taken one time as the suspended Sprint Cup driver recently stated, a source close to the situation told ESPN.com. It also is highly unlikely that Allmendinger will complete NASCAR's Road to Recovery program necessary for reinstatement by the end of August as the driver stated, according to the source. "That's not going to happen," the source said. The driver said last week that the positive test resulted from prescription Adderal that he was given by the friend of a friend two days before he was randomly tested at Kentucky Speedway on June 29. Adderall is administered medically to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. However, the source told ESPN.com that Allmendinger's one-pill defense is not consistent with the test results despite the fact Adderall can remain in a person's system up to 72 hours. And while Adderall contains compounds of amphetamines, experts in the field say there are other prescription drugs and illegal drugs that contain the same compounds. NASCAR denied ESPN.com's request to interview Dr. David Black, who heads up the Nashville-based Aegis Sciences Corp. that runs the drug testing program for the sport, regarding Allmendinger's claims. Allmendinger, according to the source, also did not reveal to the medical review officer during standard questioning given before the random test that he took anything given to him by another person that possibly could register a positive test. See more atESPN.com.(8-15-2012)
Sad News - Jerry Grant:
Grant, a 10-time competitor in the
Penske sons arrested for alleged break-in at Nantucket Yacht Club:
Two sons of auto racing mogul
Roger Penske [#2 & #22 Dodges in Sprint Cup Series, NNS teams and IndyCars team among others] were arrested early Thursday
morning by island police for an alleged break-in at the Nantucket Yacht Club
after two women claimed they had been assaulted in the club's parking lot. Jay
Penske, 33, the CEO of the digital media company PMC who owns the IndyCar racing team Dragon Racing and the web site
Deadline.com, along with his brother Mark Penske, 35, were arrested just before
2 a.m. Thursday on
McMurray re-signs with Ganassi:
#1-Jamie McMurray confirmed Saturday that he has signed a contract extension with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing for 2013. "I'm set for here," McMurray said after qualifying at Watkins Glen International. "It's done. I haven't really made a big deal about it. Drivers take different approaches to that. Some like all the publicity taking about. I don't. & But everything is set for next year and I'm excited to be back here." McMurray didn't say how long his extension runs, but he apparently didn't test the free-agent market. Ganassi officials would not confirm nor deny that McMurray signed an extension. It is Ganassi policy not to comment on contracts.(Sporting News)(8-12-2012)
UPDATE: a quote by #1-Jamie McMurray after his accident at Watkins Glen on August 12th.
Q) YOU HAVE EXTENDED YOUR CONTRACT WITH EGR?
McMurray: "It's been since May when that all went down. I haven't really talked about it. Nobody asked me and I didn't really volunteer it. You watch guys the way they handle that. Some like to make it very public and then there are others that just kind of go about their business."(Team Chevy Race Notes and Quotes)(8-13-2012)
Richard Petty talks about Ford
Richard Petty said Sunday after his driver, #9-Marcos Ambrose, won at Watkins Glen that his company would have to renegotiate with Ford after the season. "I seen some of the Ford people there today. I told them, `Me and Marcos won the race.' I had the contract in my pocket. I was going to let them sign it right there. I don't think it went over too good."(Associated Press)(8-13-2013)
Newman / SHR announcement next week?
#39-Ryan Newman is expected to remain at Stewart-Haas Racing with additional support from sponsor Quicken Loans. An announcement could come as early as next week.(FoxSports)(8-13-2012)
A team spokesman said Monday that no announcement is scheduled, but reiterated that the team is focused on re-signing Newman and new sponsors. "Negotiations regarding retaining Ryan Newman as the driver of the #39 car are ongoing, as are discussions with various brands to partner with Stewart-Haas Racing and the #39 team," SHR spokesman Mike Arning said in an email. "Stewart-Haas Racing continues to negotiate with one driver and one driver only for the #39 car, and that driver is Ryan Newman."(Sporting News)(8-14-2012)
Penske hopes to name #22 2013
Roger Penske hopes to name a
driver for his #22 NASCAR Sprint Cup entry [will be Ford] for the 2013 season
before the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins at
Logano appears to be the leading candidate to replace
AJ Allmendinger at Penske Racing next year, but team
owner Roger Penske says he has made no decision yet. Penske has had a couple of
weeks to talk to candidates for the ride, but said Sunday he has made no
decision. Logano has driven the last four years for
Joe Gibbs Racing but the organization has not been able to put sponsorship
together to keep him in a Cup car for 2013. Gibbs is expected to announce soon
that it has hired Matt Kenseth to replace Logano in the #20 car for next season. Team officials have
said they would like to keep Logano but fielding a
full-time Cup car for him would depend on finding sponsorship to start a fourth
Ryan Newman and Brian Vickers also have been mentioned as possible candidates for the ride, but Newman has said he is focused on staying with Stewart-Haas Racing and the team is working on sponsorship for next season.(Sporting News)(8-14-2012)
Logano says he has two offers:
#20-Joey Logano is mulling offers for two full-time Sprint Cup rides next year, including one to remain at Joe Gibbs Racing, and expects to make a decision soon. "I've got a couple of offers," the 22-year-old driver said on Wednesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where he was promoting fall events. "I'm just trying to decipher what's the best for me. What's going to give me the most trophies and win the most races out of? I could be fairly close (to a decision). I could be a few weeks out. It all depends on the next couple of days, actually." Logano would not discuss the name of the other organization that has made an offer. The #22 at Penske Racing has been mentioned as a possibility since AJ Allmendinger was released following his suspension for failing a drug test. Penske Racing also might be considering adding a third team next year as it moves to Ford. Sam Hornish Jr. has been named Allmendinger's replacement for the foreseeable future. "There's only so many good teams out there," Logano said when asked directly about Penske Racing. He said he is not considering a part-time Cup ride. The Cup offer at Gibbs is dependent on finding sponsorship.(in part from ESPN)(8-9-2012)
Going back, in time at OVRP’s Dirt Oval:
From August 31, 2002:
Note: Some names from back then that are still in racing, but in vehicles bigger than Karts, today:
Zack Vavricka, Johnny Guarino, Kyle Armstrong, Justin Grosz, Matt Janiak, Joey Falanga, Matt Hitchcock, Rogr Coss, Brian Krummel, John Lodini, Wyatt Clark, David Webb, Mike Doty, Danny Creeden, Andrew Reeves and Mike Casario.
June 1 rain
June 5 1. Dee Toran 2. Dutch Schaefer 3. Ted Tappett
June 8 1. Dutch Schaefer 2. Johnny Ritter 3. Tony Bonadies
June 12 1. Rex Records 2. Shorty McAndrews 3. Tony Bonadies
June 15 1. Len Duncan 2. Rex Records 3. Lew Volk
June 22 1. Ray Nestor 2. Larry Bloomer 3. Dutch Schaefer
Larry Bloomer crossed the line in first place but was penalized for
passing Ray Nestor under yellow. Oddly, Bloomer was still
credited with a 25 lap track record.
June 29 1. George Fonder 2. Dutch Schaefer 3. Ted Tappett
July 3 1. Dutch Schaefer 2. Ray Nestor 3. Len Fanelli 19 laps
July 6 1. Dutch Schaefer 2. Ted Tappett 3. George Fonder
July 13 1. Ted Tappett 2. Dutch Schaefer 3. Rex Records
July 20 1. Dutch Schaefer 2. George Fonder 3. Lou Volk
July 27 1. Ted Tappett 2. Larry Bloomer 3. Dutch Schaefer
August 3 1. Ted Tappett 2. Bill Schindler 3. Tony Bonadies
August 10 1. Ray Nestor 2. Larry Bloomer 3. Dutch Schaefer
August 17 canceled after heat races, wet track
August 24 1. Shorty McAndrews 2. George Fonder 3. Dutch Schaefer
August 31 1. Chet Conklin 2. Rex Records 3. Charlie Miller
Sept. 7 1. Bill Schindler 2. Tony Bonadies 3. Chet Conklin
Sept. 14 1. Len Duncan 2. Bob Disbrow 3. Bill Baker
Sept. 21 ?
Sept. 29 1. Len Duncan 2. Tony Bonadies 3. Bill Schindler
Oct. 5 1. Dutch Schaefer 2. Don Morris 3. Len Duncan
Oct. 12 rain
Oct. 19 1. Tony Bonadies 2. Dutch Schaefer 3. George Rice
May 31 1. Rex Records 2. Al Keller 3. Dutch Schaefer
June 7 rain
June 14 rain
June 21 1. Tony Bonadies 2. Dutch Schaefer 3. Bill Troutwine
June 28 1. Dutch Schaefer 2. Ted Tappett 3. Tony Bonadies
July 5 rain
July 12 1. Bill Schindler 2. Ted Tappett 3. Len Wofsey
July 19 1. Rex Records 2. Lloyd Christopher 3. Len Duncan
July 26 1. Andy Van Heusen 2. Len Duncan 3. Bob Disbrow
August 2 1. Bill Schindler 2. George Fonder 3. George Rice
August 9 rain
August 16 rain
August 23 1. Tony Bonadies 2. George Rice 3. Ted Tappett
August 30 1. George Rice 2. Dutch Schaefer 3. Al Keller
Sept. 6 1. Ted Tappett 2. Al Keller 3. Tony Bonadies
Sept. 13 1. Al Keller 2. Henry Renard 3. Don Morris
Sept. 20 1. George Rice 2. Tony Bonadies 3. Mike Nazaruk
Sept. 27 1. Ted Tappett 2. Al Keller 3. George Rice
Sept. 28 1. Johnny Ritter 2. Art Cross 3. George Rice
Oct. 5 1. George Rice 2. Mike Nazaruk 3. Johnny Ringger
Oct. 11 1. George Rice 2. Johnny Ritter 3. Tony Bonadies 100 laps
Champion: George Rice
May 1 1. Ted Tappett 2. Tony Bonadies 3. Len Duncan
May 8 1. Bill Schindler 2. Larry Bloomer 3. Tony Bonadies
May 15 1. Bill Schindler 2. George Rice 3. Dutch Schaefer
May 22 1. Rex Records 2. Henry Renard 3. Mike Nazaruk
May 29 rain
June 5 1. Stan Disbrow 2. Bob Disbrow 3. Henry Renard
June 12 1. Stan Disbrow 2. Buddy Chase 3. Bill Baker
June 19 1. Tony Bonadies 2. Rex Records 3. George Rice 40 laps
June 26 1. Don Morris 2. Joe Barzda 3. Henry Renard
July 3 1. Mike Nazaruk 2. Rex Records 3. Andy Van Heusen
July 10 1. Bob Disbrow 2.
July 17 1. Bob Disbrow 2. Henry Renard 3. Stan Disbrow
July 24 1. Steve McGrath 2. Henry Renard 3. Johnny Ritter
July 31 1. Tony Bonadies 2. Stan Disbrow 3. Art Cross
August 7 1. Bill Baker 2. B. Klar 3. Andy Furci
August 14 1. Len Fanelli 2. Tony Bonadies 3. Russ Klar
August 21 1. Stan Disbrow 2. Johnny Carpenter 3. Bob Disbrow
August 28 1. Steve McGrath 2. Larry Bloomer 3. Buddy Chase
Sept. 4 1. Steve McGrath 2. Larry Bloomer 3. Bob Disbrow 50 laps
Sept. 11 1. Henry Renard 2. Tony Bonadies 3. Buddy Chase
Sept. 18 rain
Sept. 25 1. Len Duncan 2. Henry Renard 3. Dutch Schaefer 100 laps
Oct. 2 1. Bob Disbrow 2. Len Duncan 3. Steve McGrath
May 7 1.
May 14 ?
May 21 1. Stan Disbrow 2.
Tony Bonadies 3.
May 30 1. Dutch Schaefer 2. Henry Renard 3. Johnny Zeke
June 4 1. Bob Disbrow 2. Henry Renard 3. Johnny Zeke
June 11 1. Henry Renard 2. Johnny Zeke 3.
June 18 1. Red Marlowe 2. Johnny Ringger 3. Henry Renard
June 25 rain
July 2 1. Larry Shurter 2. Red Marlowe 3. Russ Klar
July 9 1. Cy Sanders 2. Bob Disbrow 3. Henry Renard
July 16 1. Red Marlowe 2. Tony Bonadies 3. Dutch Schaefer
July 23 1. Nick Fornoro 2. Red Marlowe 3. Bill Schindler
July 30 rain
August 6 1. Dutch Schaefer 2. Tony Bonadies 3. Nick Fornoro
August 13 rain
August 20 1. Cy Sanders 2. Russ Klar 3. Tony Bonadies
August 27 1. Cy Sanders 2. Jimmy DiMarco 3. Russ Klar
Sept. 3 1. Tony Bonadies 2. Dutch Schaefer 3. Buddy Chase 50 laps
There was a two day midget race scheduled during the 1951 fair, I have the result for the ARA race somewhere, but it is not in my notebook.
Sept. 30 1. Russ Klar 2. Fred Meeker 3. Bert Brooks
Note: One of the names mentioned, above, is that of Ted Tappett (Phil Walters). As the midgets died out, he went over to stock cars, and was very successful. After that, he hooked up with Briggs Cunningham and got into road racing – again, quite successful – to the point that he had signed a contract to driver Sports/Racing Cars and Grand Prix Cars for Ferrari, in 1955. While racing at LeMans, in 1955, (Still for Cunningham) he witnessed the carnage when Pierre LeVegh crashed his Mercedes into the crowd, killing almost 100 people. He retired from racing at that point.
Something of interest, on Tappett (Walters):
News from the AARN:
From the August 7th issue:
week, it seems that the tire shortage with Goodyear in Pa, for the 410 Sprints,
caused two tracks, Williams Grove and
Saturday, August 4th, the ATQMRA TQ’s
raced at Mountain Speedway. Only 8 cars
listed as having competed. Seems that
when they raced at
Only 26 Asphalt Modifieds signed in to race at the Seekonk Speedway for their “Open Wheel Wednesday” show that paid $10,000.00 to the winner of the 100 lap race.
Looking at all the Go-Kart results in the paper, I only see one track, the Orville Kart Club that runs 100cc Two Cycles- like Yamahas. Why is that? It seems to me that two cycles are so much easier to work on and run.
In the “News Briefs” at the end of the AARN’s pages, it mentions the Sail Panels returning to the Accord Speedway for the Modifieds. It also made mention that the Sail Panels were used at Accord, previously, for the Sportsman class to differentiate them from the “Spec” Sportsman. Huh??? I never saw that!
space is now 1st come, 1st served for the AARN’s Motor Sports 2013 show on January 18th to
20th at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks,
Most of his column was on Tony Stewart and his racing locally in Sprint Cars.
makes mention of John Brennfleck destroying his
Sprint Car when hitting the steel guard rail on the 1st turn at
Godown clinched the RoC
South Series title at
makes mention of the two different first place pay-offs for last Saturdays
Forrest Rogers Memorial race at
After 5 years of trying, Lucas Wolfe finally won a WoO Sprint Car race, that happening at the Bloomington Speedway on August 3rd.
Over one million dollars are on the line for the Knoxville Nationals. $150,000.00 to win, $75,000.00 for 2nd, $37,500.00 for 3rd and $9,500.00 to take the green. Donny Schatz won that race, his sixth win in the last seven years!
News in this weeks issue – August 14th:
Grandview's Forrest Rogers $20,000
To Kevin Hirthler
Donny Schatz Wins
Sixth Knoxville Nationals
In Last Seven Years
Brett Hearn's Ready
To Get Back To Racing
Donny Lia Is Back
In NASCAR Mod Tour
Ryan Taylor Impressive
In Port Royal 410 Romp
Dirt Crate Sportsman
To Aug. 26 Race;
Oswego Offers Test
Satterlee Leads Late Model
'Revolution' At Hesston
Shawn Solomito's Riverhead Win
Pushes Him Closer
To First Championship
Not too much to report on from this past weekend, thanks to “Mother Nature”
Nick Pecko won the Modified feature at Mountain Speedway.
At Utica/Rome, AJ Filbeck was 4th in the Sportsman feature.
At Five Mile, Danny Creeden was 9th in the Modified feature and Brian Krummel 7th in the Sportsman feature.
Man, did I miss a bunch last week!
Molly Chambers was 6th at Kutztown and 13th at Greenwood Valley Action Track in 600 Micros.
Dylan Izzo was 11th
Anthony Perrego was 11th
Brian Sobus was 9th
in the Super Modified feature at
Roger Coss was 10th
Mike Mammana was 26th
in the Sportsman RoC race at
Note: To find out how the drivers do, it’s pretty easy to find results from OCFS and Accord. What gets a little difficult is tracks up north, south, east and west of my area.
Running a 700-hp turbocharged Hyundai Genesis coupe, Millen bested a field of gas
and electric-powered competitors on Sunday, barely ahead of French driver and
24 Hours of
With 170 entries, crashes are inevitable, and this year Pikes Peak organizers tightened the safety rules anticipating the higher speeds on paved areas. Paul Dallenbach, one of the drivers favored to win the race, tested the limits of those precautions when the throttle stuck on his 1,400-hp unlimited-class race car, sending him flying into the trees at 130 mph. Dallenbach was not seriously injured, saying on Twitter laterthat there was "nothing left of the car. Took a flight 4 life ride but today was not my day to go. I am very sore."
More on this, and links to some wicked crash videos can be found here:
Super DIRTcar Series Invades
Drivers Compete with Two-Time Consecutive Winner JR Heffner for $17,500 Prize
WEST LEBANON, N. Y. - Challenge awaits traveling Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified drivers as they move into the series' eighth round Thursday, Aug. 16, at Lebanon Valley Speedway and battle for the hefty $17,500 winner's award.
The past two years the series has invaded the speedway's high banked, half-mile clay oval, local star JR Heffner piloted his #74 A. Colarusso/Bicknell Chassis/Bedell horsepower machine to beat out the likes of Brett Hearn, also a Lebanon Valley regular, current two-time defending series champion Matt Sheppard, and four-time series champion Danny Johnson.
Although the father of four from Pittsford, Mass., rarely travels with the series, Heffner made winning a series event look easy, leading all 100 laps at last year's Lebanon Valley Super DIRTcar Series event.
"I'm honored to win
the last two years in a row. I look forward to the race," Heffner said.
Despite these former successes and a good 2012 season putting him fourth in points at Lebanon Valley, Heffner said he cannot predict a third consecutive victory at the "Mr. DIRT Track U.S.A" 100 lapper.
"I can promise I will give i120 percent to make it happen, but given the competition and circumstances, I can never predict that happening," Heffner said. "The only thing we can do is bring our A game and see where the cards fall.
Gates open at 5 p.m. and
racing is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. for Thursday's event, which is presented
What: Super DIRTcar Series round eight, "Mr. DIRT Track U.S.A" 100-lap event
Who: Super DIRTcar Series drivers and teams
When: 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, gates open at 5 p.m.
The Super DIRTcar Series
and DIRTcar Racing in the Northeast Region is brought
to fans by several sponsors and partners including Hoosier Racing Tire, VP
Racing Fuels, Chevy Performance Parts, Gander Mountain, NAPA Auto Parts,
Nationwide Insurance, and Safety-Kleen. Promotional partners include the
ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY DRIVERS BATTLE FOR POINTS AS SEASON WINDS DOWN
MIDDLETOWN, NY (August 10)……..When the exhaust fumes settle from Saturday’s race meet at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York, the re will be just four more weeks of competition before the track point champions are crowned. For drivers in each of the speedway’s stock car divisions this makes the Saturday, August 18 racing program even more important as point championships include trophies, cash bonuses, and all-important bragging rights get closer to being determined.
Three of the four racing divisions---Modifieds, Sportsman, and Street Stock---will be in action on the 18th, with a full program of qualifying and feature races. In addition, the Rookie Sportsman drivers will compete in the ir own “learning session” feature. The Pro Stock division will not be racing on August 18. Holiday Inn of Middletown and Sparta Trucking are the night’s sponsors.
In the headline Modified division, the point battle is between 2009 and 2010 champion Jerry Higbie and defending titlist, also two-time champion Tommy Meier. Higbie and Meier have a significant point edge over third-place Chris Shultz, so it appears the se two veteran campaigners will fight it out for the Modified championship.
In Sportsman competition, 2011 champion Gary Edwards Jr. currently holds the top spot with Jimmy Spellman his closest pursuer. Brian Krummel, the 2010 Top Dog in the Sportsman division, is in third place.
The closest point race is in the Pro Stock division where Ron Nuzzaro Jr., Mike Dutka, and Troy Arnold locked in a tight battle that won’t be decided until September 8, the final point race of the season.
In the Street Stock division, Charles Donald has a comfortable lead over Ron Constable and Matt Burke. But in Street Stock racing, anything can happen…and usually does.
Admission prices for the August 18 race meet remain at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and free for children 12 and under. The exceptionally full night of racing begins promptly at 6:30 pm.
Advance ticket sales for all remaining 2012 races, including the
October 19-21 51st Annual
Eastern States Weekend, and track information are available at the
August 25 --- Accord
September 1 --- Howard Johnson/Super 8 of
Aug. 21 DIRTcar 358-Modified Asphalt Race Canceled
LANCASTER, N. Y. – The DIRTcar 358-Modified Asphalt Series race originally set for
Tuesday, August 21, at
The event, which was the third round in the four-race series, will not be rescheduled.
The final 358-Modified
Asphalt Series event, set for Sunday, Sept. 9, at Airborne Park Speedway in
Collaborative and supportive partnerships remain essential to continuing to build an asphalt program for DIRTcar racers.
Preferred Super DIRT Week
starting positions will be available for DIRTcar
Sportsman Modified competitors at Oswego Speedway in
DIRTcar 358-Modified Asphalt Series Schedule
Date Track Location Laps Points Winner
Wednesday, June 20th Airborne Park
Tuesday, June 26th
Sunday, September 9th Airborne Park
The Super DIRTcar
Series and DIRTcar Racing in the Northeast Region is
brought to fans by several sponsors and partners including Hoosier Racing Tire,
VP Racing Fuels, Chevy Performance Parts, Gander Mountain, NAPA Auto Parts,
Nationwide Insurance, and Safety-Kleen. Promotional partners include the
Promoter: Doug Hoffman - 610-398-4923
'Poker Series' Publicity: Brett Deyo - Deyo99H@aol.com or 845.728.2781
For Immediate Release/August 14, 2012
BRIDGEPORT, NJ - Taking the best interest of racers and fans into consideration, Bridgeport Speedway promoters Doug and Gena Hoffman announced the 'Hand Four' segment of the five-race 'Poker Series' is now planned for Thursday night, Aug. 30.
The event had been slated for a rare Friday night on the
five-eighths-mile on Aug. 31 when a review of speedway schedules showed no
Modified conflicts in the Pennsylvania-New Jersey region on that date. However,
Big Diamond (
Doug Hoffman said he didn't want to force racers and fans into a decision over which event to attend. A number of Big Diamond 358-Modified regulars are already embroiled in the five-race 'Poker Series' run for the money.
“We are not in the business of going head-to-head with other tracks,” Hoffman, a first-year promoter at
The 40-lap big-block/small-block ‘Hand Four’ Modified event will offer a $4,000 winner's share. Fifth-place pays $1,000, with $500 reserved for the 10th-place finisher and $300 to take the green flag.
Crate Sportsman in a 30-lap ‘Hand Four’ event offering a ‘Poker Series’ purse - a $700 winner's share and $75 to start - plus Outlaw Stocks in a 15-lap feature join the Modifieds on the program.
The 'Poker Series' event will get its first green flag at 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. and hot laps are planned for 7 p.m.
Grandstand admission is $25 for Adults and $23 for Seniors (65 and over) and Students (with ID). Kids 12 and
under are admitted FREE. Pit admission is $30 for
Modified weight rules are as follows for the event: PA-legal (Big Diamond/Grandview) 358 engines: 2,350 lbs.; all other small-blocks under 361 cubic inches: 2,400 lbs.; all engines above 361 cubic inches: 2,500 lbs. The tire rule is as follows: right-rear 48 or harder; left-rear 44; 33 or harder across the front.
Three of the five 'Poker Series' races have been contested. New
At each Modified 'Poker Series' event, the winner receives an Ace (A), second a King (K), third a Queen (Q) and so on down to the 13th-place finisher receiving a Deuce (2). Following the completion of the five-race series, the driver with the best poker hand earns $2,500, second $1,500 and third $1,000. The driver with the worst five-card hand receives $1,000. Drivers must participate in all five events to be eligible for a point fund.
Track regular Rick Laubach of
The final 'Poker Series' Modified event is planned for Sat., Nov.
10. Plans are being put into place for a two-day 'Wild Card Weekend' at
For further information on Bridgeport Speedway, visit www.bpspeedway.com. Bridgeport Speedway, located just
Plans for the Borgers six race fall series starting September 22 are in full swing. Brendan OcConnor in charge of Borgers marketing has already secured some major sponsorship and more is on the way. We should have most of the details in place by September 1.
Plans are to hold a Borgers Kid Kart Nationals either September 22 or 29 in conjunction with the fall series. We are planning some big events for the future stars of Borgers Speedway which include a 30 lap feature with a tire changing pit stop on the infield , driver interviews, autograph session, plus special awards.
All Big Car feature winners are urged to
bring their cars to
Our goal at Borgers Speedway
is to bring back the glory days of Pine Brook Speedway. While nothing will ever replace Pine
Brook we are looking at a great new comeback for the TQ’s and MicroStocks which filled the pits of the
My right hand man, race director, and chief scorer Darin Bartholomew tried a new race format which worked very well this past week. This allows more time for practice and time between races plus allows us to set definite times. This will be discussed at the driver’s meetings this week and if accepted will be put into place August 25. The format is listed below and please feel free to comment.
11:00 a.m. Gates Open
1:30 p.m. Early Warm-ups for all classes.
2:00 p.m. Kart and MicroStock Driver’s Meeting.
Kart and MicroStock Warm-Ups
Kart and MicroStock Heats.
Early Big Car Warm-Ups.
Kart and MicroStock Features.
Big Car Driver’s Meeting.
Big Car Warm-Ups
Big Car Heats.
Short Break to line up features.
Big Car Features.
Times may vary depending on Kart and MicroStock car counts but the big Car driver’s meeting should not start before 3:30 p.m.
Special thanks to Trina Bechtold and Beth Shupp the girls in the office who did a tremendous job withsignins, heat line ups, and payouts for the two complete shows we ran last Saturday. Great job ladies.
Please note. The office will close one half hour after the last feature is checkered flagged. So please pick up your payout and return transponders as soon as possible. Everyone is welcome to hang around afterwards but get your payout taken care of first.
Look for more details shortly for the fall series and many exciting plans for the 2013 racing season atBorgers Speeedway.