Racin' & Different Stuff:

                                      By Tom Avenengo

                                         Volume # 113






Info on the wife:

She saw both doctors last week – neither could really pin point the cause of her bout with diarrhea and dehydration.  One thinks this and one thinks that.  A test (blood work) was done to see if she might be allergic to the Chemo.  We did not receive the results, but I’d have to say that she isn’t, since she started back on the pills on Sunday and will continue the IV Chemo as of this past Tuesday.  Naturally, we’re hoping for the best and no return of that problem!

On Wednesday, the wife got a call from those that supply us with the Chemo pills, to see if they should send another 84 of them.  The wife was told that the Oncologist had told them that the pills were the cause of her diarrhea.  Funny, we haven’t been told that, yet.




Well, “Super Dirt Week” has come and gone.  I chose to stay at home, and in a way, not sorry I did.  Same typical SDW weather – damp, rainy, overcast and chilly.  These old bones don’t appreciate that kind of weather!  Poor track conditions – something that I imagine you’ll get when you run on a track only once a year.




Some things from SDW:

The Small Block race:

Hearn, who assumed command on lap 55 when Dunn pitted. Hearn made his way to the front from the 40th starting spot – after dropping out of a heat on Friday he claimed the last spot in the 150 thanks to preferred-starter status he earned with a DIRTcar 358-Modified Series win on Thursday night at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park – by pitting on lap three and gambling that he could go the rest of the distance on fuel.

But Hearn’s roll of the dice fell short. His Madsen Motorsports car slowed, starved for gas, exiting turn two on lap 148 and his bid for a fourth career 358-Modified victory at NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week was done.”


Started 40th   Finished 23rd   

Brett Hearn:  Laps 148   Laps led:  93 

Won $250.00


Someone did post on Facebook the usual W T F no lap monies?  And I have to agree – why no lap monies for this, the biggest 358 race of the season?


Weather played a giant part in SDW this year.  I read that 38 Sportsman cars were sent home when their consolation race was cancelled.  I’m not sure how many Small Block teams didn’t get a chance to run their consolation race (last chance it seems they’re called, now) – but I imagine quite a few.  Teams spend extra dollars getting ready for the big weekend, only to not get a chance, due to circumstances.  Question is, how many will not go back next year?


From what I had read, and had seen, track conditions were just plain horrible for the Saturday show.


From what my son, Eric, told me, watching Hearn in the 200 was like watching Gary Balough in the # 112 “Bat Mobile” – Hearn had the field covered and was just cruising.  Son said that even if the race went all 200 laps, and Hearn pitted, he would have had no problem getting back to the front.  I guess it was also like that in the Small Block race?  Methinks Hearn would probably have won that, too, if it wasn’t for the red flag rather than a few laps under caution.


Also, from what I had read, the “Musco” lights were rented – but only for Friday, thus eliminating any night time racing?  Why?


Any idea as to why the purse has not gone up for the 200?  I’m willing to bet it cost those that participated more than it did in years past.


Next year, it’s been said that the 200 will be on October 13th.  Will that mean that Eastern States Weekend at the Orange County Fair Speedway will be put back an extra week, too, or will it be the following week?  Heh, heh, I have a grand daughter getting married on 10/19/13, in Florida.



This past Sunday was kinda wild.  First, there was the Giants on TV, the SDW 200 on the Internet (Race Pro Weekly & Dirt Track Digest – I don’t, and will not, subscribe to Dirtvisoin – too many problems) and the Cup race from Talladega – all at once, at one time or another.

Naturally the Giants played in front of a packed stadium.  As for Syracuse– no idea as to the crowd.  But I did see a lot of aluminum at Talladega, especially in the upper stands at both ends of the main stands.

Talladega:  The estimated attendance was 88,000, down from 108,500 in May and down from 105,000 last October – found on Jayski’s website.






Some National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame info:


The announcement has been made this years Inductees are 1956-57 URA Champion Don Cameron, early midget driver,turned owner,promoter and head of one of the most well known automotive companies STP, Andy Granatelli, BCRA and USAC standout Don Meacham and AAA/URA car owner Gordon Schroeder.
Historical Inductees to be honored will be Bronx based AAA/ARDC driver Tony Bonadies,Illinois hard charger Don 
Branson, RMMRA champion of 1942 Roy Leslie,California's 1953 URA Champion Johnny Moorhouse and Long Island native Bayard Douglas Tewksbury, known to the racing world as Dave Randolph.
They will all be honored at a luncheon on Friday Jan 11, of the Chili Bowl week. 
Reservations are required, contact 
kingdoodlebug@sbcglobal.net for information.


Note:  Now if the HoF would only get their website back up and running so drivers that have been inducted a few years ago are shown!






Joe Barbagallo has passed away.  Joe was quite big in stock car racing in the Orange County area.  He also was quite friendly with quite a few of the NASCAR race teams, having had dealings with them with Motor Homes etc etc.  Quite a few years ago, he promoted an indoor race in the arena at the New Hope Farms, just north of Port Jervis, N.Y.  Talk about cold!  The pit area, that was adjacent to the 1/5 mile dirt oval, was cold enough that when the vapors from the engines warming up drifted upwards, they returned back to earth as snow flakes!  Mini Sprints, Legends and Micro Stocks raced that night.  I had a tape of that race, and I loaned it to Joe.  Methinks it’s still in his house.


The Joe Barbagallo obituary:








Lola Cars ceases trading as no buyer comes forward




There’s a thread on this on the Track Forum:









In my way of thinking, not a single one is worth what they get paid.


Home Run: 10 Highest-Paid Baseball Players of 2012








A real sad situation – the amount of cars from OC that go to SDW, now.


From the Victory Speedway Forum:


“Only 3 cars (Big blocks) from Middletown entered this year. I remember when there were 29 cars from here running the time trials.”






Didja watch the Cup race from Talladega?  Didja see huge sections – on the top, no less, that were covered over – at both ends?  Also, quite a lot of aluminum showing in the rest of the stands.  In a way, I enjoy watching Talladega and Daytona.  Remarkable driving, until…………

But with all the safety today, it’s been pretty injury free, even with the “Big ones”.  And, they’re basically all going in the same direction, which is a big plus.




Coming up:




Another wet Saturday has caused the “Big A” to reschedule the second day of the King of the Catskills racing action to October 13th. 


Notice - the 305 Sprint Cars and 600 Modifieds have been dropped.  I was hoping the 600’s would put on a good show and maybe get a few shows in 2013.  The 305’s have another race that day at Penn Can.


From their website:




October 13th


Rain date 10/27


Sponsored by


John J. Liggan Insurance




$1000 TO WIN 2ND-$500 3RD- $250




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$1000 TO WIN




$1000 to win




$400 TO WIN 30 Laps




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Pit gate opens at 11AM  Spectator gate at 12


Adults $14  Kids $3  Family 4 Pack $44


Registration form in “file” section






Open practice on Sunday, October 14th:


Open practice for all divisions Oct 14 Sunday afternoon.   Noon to 5pm for practice. Grandstands are free. $25.00 for Pit Admission.  Drive in is closed.



October 18th, 19th, 20th & 21st: 

Arkel Motors Presents...51st Annual EASTERN STATES WEEKEND




Thursday, October 18, 2012:









Friday, October 19, 2012:








              358 MODIFIED HOT LAPS

              PRO STOCK HOT LAPS

4:45 PM              MODIFIED HOT LAPS


              TOP 6 VICTORY LANE






             PRO STOCK FEATURE 25 LAPS





Saturday, October 20, 2012:














                          TOP 6 VICTORY LANE



              305 SPRINT CAR HEATS



              SPRINT CAR “B” MAIN





             305 SPRINT CAR FEATURE 25 LAPS


Sunday, October 21, 2012:



             PIT GATE OPENS











              MODIFIED B MAIN 





3:00 PM   51st





Note:  The link above also has grand stand prices, camping prices and pit pass prices.

Also:  Rumors that there might not be too many CRSA 305’s at ESW.  It should be interesting to see how many 305’s actually do come.  Personally, I’d love to see some 360’s at ESW – like the shows they used to have at Rolling Wheels.  Hey, I’m not saying they’ll draw 90 cars like they have done up there, but ya never know.


Oakland Valley’s Dirt Oval:

Still plenty of racing scheduled for the Dirt Oval, folks. 

Karts & Slingshots on:  10/13, 10/20 and 10/27

11/1, 11/2 & 11/3:  Novemberfest – Karts & Slingshots racing.

Quads:  10/19

Bikes on 10/21

Note:  That’s from their website.


The Lobitz affair

November 11, 2012:


The annual Stan Lobitz Movie party, lunch, auction and sit down dinner, with all of the proceeds going to the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing (EMMR).


Lobitz Caterin Hall – Route 940  Hazelton, Pa. – located directly behind the Fairway Chevrolet dealership on Route 309 North.

One never knows who might show up – like Eddie Sachs, Jr. or Arlen Kurtis, son of noted race car builder Frank Kurtis – who have been guests in recent years.  Chris Economaki was always there.   A good time is had by all with lots of bench racing and b*ll busting being done throughout the day.  Vendors are also present.

Things get off to a somewhat slow start at around 9:00 AM, and then it’s an all day thing that ends with the sit down dinner usually a little after 5:00.


When I go, it’s I-84 West to I-81 South.  I get off on Route 80 East, then hit Pa Route 309 South – the first exit after leaving I-81.  From Port Jervis, N.Y. it’s an hour and a half drive.

Best part:  it’s FREE.




Found on Jayski’s website:



Toyota not happy with Kyle Busch's Dover comments: 


After leading - by far - the most laps in Sunday's AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, #18Kyle Busch was forced to make a late pit stop under green flag conditions in order to make it to the end of the race. The stop cost him the win and he finished seventh, one lap down. Only six cars, including winner Brad Keselowski, finished on the lead lap. As he crossed the finish line, Busch let loose a short, vulgarity-laced tirade over his team radio directed at Toyota Racing Development, claiming the in-house tuning shop for all Toyota cars had cost him and his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team "another one." On Wednesday, Lee White, TRD president, took issue with Busch's comments. "We're as frustrated as he was that he didn't win that race considering how many laps he led, considering he and Denny (Hamlin) both literally dominated the race. We're as disappointed as he was. However, we've got used to saying 'That's just Kyle, you know' But this is a bit of a special case," White said. "We're extremely disappointed in his negative comments and the tone of the comments after the event. It is under discussion as we move forward. We certainly are very disappointed, having said that, Kyle is an amazing talent in a race car and he takes it very personally when something goes wrong and he loses a race he thinks he should have won. I look forward to take it up with coach (Joe) Gibbs and see if we can't do something to sort it out so that we have a better working relationship in the future. I am confident that we will."(Charlotte Observer)(10-4-2012)




The following statements are from Kyle Busch, Lee White, Joe Gibbs, and Ed Laukes regarding the conclusion of last Sunday's NSACAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover:
Kyle Busch, Driver of the #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry: "I made some remarks out of frustration on my radio at the end of last weekend's race in Dover that were very misguided. I owe my friends at Toyota and TRD an apology. We have a great partnership with TRD and they built me a motor that helped me lead over 300 laps and nearly lap the field. It's just frustrating that the caution fell where it did and suddenly it became a fuel mileage race and we were set up for maximum horsepower. Obviously, that worked well for most of the day and you can't control when the cautions will fall. I think we have a great partnership with TRD and we will continue to communicate with them on what our team is looking for. I'm looking forward to getting down to Talladega this weekend and focusing on the race."

Lee White, President and General Manager, TRD, U.S.A. (Toyota Racing Development): 


"We understand Kyle's passion for racing -- and winning. At TRD and Toyota, we have that same zeal for racing -- and winning. We were disappointed with Kyle's post-race comments from Dover -- a race that he dominated. Kyle's had a frustrating year with several car and engine mechanical failures which were not his responsibility, and we're working extremely hard on our end to improve our products and processes. We will continue to address these issues, but we're ready to put this behind us and move forward with the remainder of the season, including the Toyota drivers battling for the championship."

Joe Gibbs, Team Owner, Joe Gibbs Racing: 


"We have a great relationship with Toyota and obviously they are a major part of everything we do at Joe Gibbs Racing. Toyota is first class in every aspect of their company and they share our passion for winning. It has been a frustrating season for Kyle in many ways when you think about some of the issues we've had with that 18 team this year and obviously some of those frustrations carried over to his finish last week in Dover. We were able to lead over 300 laps, but unfortunately the cautions didn't fall our way and certainly you can understand the frustration of having to give up the lead late in the race. However, Kyle recognizes that his comments and the tone of his comments were misguided. We've been able to work through this issue and I think everyone is ready to get back to the focus being on racing and Talladega."
Ed Laukes, Vice President of Marketing Communications & Motorsports, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.: "We've had a fabulous relationship with Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing over the last five years. Kyle is a talented driver who wins races and can compete for championships, and he is a very important part of the Toyota brand. We look forward to a long-term relationship with Kyle and Joe Gibbs Racing for years to come."(Toyota/Gibbs PR)(10-4-2012)



ISC reports $1 million net loss in quarterly earnings: 


Changes in NASCAR's race schedule, a reduction in revenues from corporate sponsors and a broadcast partner and, of course, the struggling economy combined to sharply reduce both quarterly earnings and revenues for International Speedway Corp., the company announced Thursday morning. Daytona Beach-based ISC reported a $1 million net loss for its fiscal third quarter, which ended Aug. 31, down from a $9.7 million profit for the same quarter a year ago. Revenues also fell sharply to $115.9 million, from $150.3 million in fiscal third quarter 2011 - a 22.9 percent year-over-year drop. ISC officials said NASCAR's shifting of its races at Kansas Speedway to the second quarter this year, as opposed to the third quarter last year, and the elimination of a NASCAR Nationwide Series race in Montreal, Canada [ISC no longer promotes the race], were big reasons for the lower revenues in its latest quarterly earnings report. "Adjusting for the schedule changes, . . . total revenues were down only slightly, approximately 3 percent, from the comparable period delivering core business results within our range of expectations," said Lesa France Kennedy, ISC's chief executive officer, in a conference call with stock analysts. ISC officials said other factors contributing to the drop in revenues and earnings included NASCAR's new multiyear contract with Sirius XM Radio Inc., signed at the start of the year, which has resulted in $8 million less in annual revenues for ISC compared to its previous contract with the satellite radio broadcaster, which expired at the end of last year. See more at Daytona Beach News-Journal.(10-5-20120)



Finch says start-and-park teams make too much: 


Team owner James Finch hopes his #51-Phoenix Racing car remains on the track in 2013, but he'd like a little help from NASCAR to do it. Finch, who is losing driver Kurt Busch to Furniture Row Racing, wants to race for more money, and he isn't asking NASCAR and the tracks to spend more-just pay less to teams that start a race and park early. With typically five to seven Sprint Cup teams parking their cars early each week, Finch believes teams that finish in the top 35 should earn significantly more money than those that park early and finish in the back of pack. "I'm trying to get NASCAR to move some of the money up that the start-and-park guys are getting so we can race (for it) from 35th to 25th," Finch said Friday at Talladega Superspeedway. "I'm getting (as little as) $2,000 more to run 500 miles than they do to play. Move it up and if they want it, let them race or it. & That's not racing." Finch, whose team is 27th in the owner standings, so far doesn't have sponsorship for 2013. Because NASCAR is switching to a new body style for 2013, Finch said he will finish out 2012 to best use his inventory of cars. "What am I going to do with these cars?" Finch said. "When I get through (this year), I throw them away."(Sporting News)(10-6-2012)



NASCAR planning multiple changes to qualifying in 2013: 


NASCAR is going back in time with a series of changes related to qualifying and testing. Series officials met with Sprint Cup drivers and crew chiefs Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway to detail next year's changes. They are:
--The top 35 rule, in existence since 2005, will be eliminated. This rule was in place to ensure teams in the top 35 in car owner points (and their sponsors) would be in the race in an era when 50 or more cars were attempting to qualify for races.
--The top 36 positions will be set by qualifying speed with the remaining spots set by provisionals, including a champion's provisional. Provisionals are based on car owner points rankings.
--A random draw will set the qualifying order. The past two seasons, the order was determined by speeds in the first practice session.
--Provisionals for the first three races next year will be based on the final car owner points standings this year instead of the first five races as in previous years.
--Each organization can test at four tracks of its choosing next season where NASCAR competes, the first time teams can do so since 2008. The series' sanctioning body banned testing in 2009, and since then teams could not test at tracks where NASCAR held races, but they could test on other tracks.
Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition, said the previous formats "served a purpose when we were doing other things, (but) we don't do those anymore," such as reducing the weekend schedule at an event. Series officials plan to have a practice and qualifying session Fridays and a final practice session Saturdays on weekends the Cup series races on Sundays next season. Should a driver need a provisional or multiple provisionals next year, there won't be a limit. NASCAR, however, plans to limit how a driver can use the champion's provisional. "You can't just show up'' and use a champion's provisional, Pemberton said.
As for testing, Pemberton said that each organization -- Hendrick Motorsports, Roush Fenway Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing --can bring two cars per driver. Thus, all four Hendrick drivers could test together and it would count as one test. The difference is that if a track will have a new tire, teams can't test with that tire unless it has been used at another track.(
USA Today)(10-6-2012)



Kurt Busch parked by NASCAR during race:  


While most of the race was monotonously boring, there were moments of emotion, yes. And Kurt Busch provided some of those. He was leading midway when he suddenly ran out of gas. And Busch wound up bouncing into the infield wall. During the yellow Busch got out to look at his car and decided it could be repaired. So he cranked it up and started to drive it back to the garage, though without his helmet. NASCAR ordered him to stop on the track, to stop scattering debris. But without his helmet Busch didn't get the radio message. So Busch roared off while the emergency crews were still at his car, one even with his arm inside, and other with an emergency medical kit on the roof, which fell off. NASCAR angrily order Busch's car parked for the rest of the race....which is his last with team owner James Finch. Busch said, "This is the way my life works. Today is a perfect example: I am leading, I wreck, I run out of gas. I tried to get back in the race, and now NASCAR is yelling at me because I don't have my helmet on, and I'm trying to get it to the garage so the guys can work on it. Now I'm in trouble, this little storm right here. This is my life. I'm not complaining; I put myself in a lot of these situations."(MikeMulhern.net)(10-8-2012)



NASCAR is reviewing whether Kurt Busch will face further penalty for ignoring official requests to stop his car after a lap 98 wreck on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. NASCAR parked Busch for the remainder of the Sprint Cup race because he drove away from the wreck with emergency workers still in the process of providing him and the #51 Phoenix Racing Chevy assistance, and because there was emergency medical equipment on the track. NASCAR officials told ESPN.com the incident is under review. Penalties typically are announced on Tuesday. Busch is on probation through the end of the year for verbally abusing a reporter in June. He also was suspended from the Sprint Cup race at Pocono.(ESPN)(10-8-2012)


UPDATE 2 - No Penalty: 


Kurt Busch won't face further penalties for ignoring official requests to stop his car after a Lap 98 wreck at Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR officials said Tuesday. NASCAR parked Busch for the remainder of Sunday's Sprint Cup race because he drove away from the wreck with emergency workers still in the process of providing him and the #51 Phoenix Racing Chevy assistance, and because there was emergency medical equipment on the track. Busch said he never heard NASCAR's repeated requests to stop because he'd taken off his helmet that contains radio communication equipment. "I got out of the car and surveyed the damage, saw that it could still roll so I jumped back in," Busch told reporters at Talladega. "That is the competitor in me, which is the desire that I have and that is what gets misconstrued all the time." Busch was leading at the time of the wreck that was caused when his car ran out of gas. The 2004 Cup champion finished 39th in his final race for Phoenix Racing before moving over to the #78 at Furniture Row Racing to get a head start on the 2013 season. "This is the way my life works," Busch said. "I am leading, I wreck, I run out of gas. I'm still that competitive guy that tried to get back in the race and now NASCAR is yelling at me because I don't have my helmet on and I'm trying to get it to the garage so the guys can work on it. Now I'm in trouble, now I have this little storm right here. This is my life. I'm not complaining. I put myself in a lot of these situations, but it's on to good things now moving forward. I got all the bad luck out of the way. This year has been a great year to test me in every way." Busch is on probation through the end of the year for verbally abusing a reporter in June. He also was suspended from the Sprint Cup race at Pocono.(ESPN)(10-9-2012)



Stewart takes blame for big one at Talladega: 


#14-Tony Stewart discussed the last lap accident at Talladega:

"I'm a finely tuned athlete. I mean I have a really strenuous workout regime (SMILES)"
"I just screwed up. I turned down across, I think it was Michael (Waltrip) and crashed the whole field. It was my fault blocking to try to stay where I was at. So, I take 100% of the blame."
"Unfortunately. I was trying to win the race, and I was trying to stay ahead of Matt (Kenseth) there. Michael got a great run on the bottom, had a big head of steam. When I turned down, I turned down across the right front of his car. A mistake on my part. It cost a lot of people a bad day because of it."(Chevy)(10-8-2012)


Earnhardt Jr. not happy with race package at Talladega: 


#88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr. discussed the wreck at the end of the Talladega race:
"If this is what we did every week I wouldn't be doing it I will just put it to you like that. If this is how we raced every week I would find another job."
"That is what the package is doing. It's really not racing. I don't know it's a little disappointing how that all went down. That cost a lot of money right there. If this is how we are going to race and that is how we are going to continue to race and nothing is going to change I think NASCAR should build the cars. It would save us a lot of money."
"You just can't get away from each other that good.
MEDIA: "I know it sucks for you guys but for the fans it's awesome to watch."
DALE EARNHARDT JR.: "Really? It's not safe. Wrecking like that is ridiculous. It's blood-thirsty if that is what people want. It's ridiculous."
"The way we are going ain't the right direction. There are plenty of engineers out there I'm just a driver. There are plenty of smart people out there that can figure something out where when one guy gets in trouble we don't have 30 cars tore up at the expense of it. I mean it's awesome in a word and everybody can get on the chip about it and get excited about all that which just happened, but for the longevity of the sport that aint healthy. I don't care what anybody says for the good of the sport I mean it's good for the here and now and it will get people talking today, but for the long run that is not going to help the sport the way that race ended and the way the racing is. It's not going to be productive for years to come. I don't even want to go to Daytona or Talladega next year, but I ain't got much choice."(Chevy PR)(10-8-2012)


Note:  On the Track Forum, there’s a discussion on what Joonyer had to say.  You can find it here:





Sad News - Bob Pickell: 


Robert F. Pickell, age 78 years, of Flemington, NJ, died Tuesday, October 9, 2012, in The Pavilion at Forrestal, Princeton, NJ. Born in Trenton, NJ, April 10, 1934, son of the late Jacob Pickell and Helen Wyckoff Pickell Olenick, he had resided in the Flemington area all his life except for ten years in Florida before returning to Flemington in 2000. He was a well-known, successful race car driver, especially stock cars, and won countless races during his racing career. He also raced in the Daytona 500. He was inducted into the Flemington Speedway Hall of Fame and also the Garden State Hall of Fame. For many years, he owned and operated Flemington Glass Co., retiring twenty-five years ago.
Surviving are his wife, Connie Ploski Pickell; a son, Robert L. Pickell of New Egypt, NJ; a daughter, Brenda Pickell of Norfolk, Va.; his former wife, Carol Higgins of Norfolk, Va.; four brothers, William Pickell of Branchville, NJ, Jack Pickell of Farmville, Va., Paul Olenick of High Bridge, NJ, and Charles Olenick of Atlanta, Ga.; two step-daughters, Renee Melbourn of Chicago, Il. and Deanna Cadic of Flemington, NJ; four grandchildren, Nicholas Pickell, Jessica Schnitzler, Brittany Hensley and Eric Melbourn, and one great grandchild, Mya Schnitzler.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 13, 2012, at 10:00 AM in the 
Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home, 147 Main Street, Flemington, NJ followed by interment in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Flemington, NJ. Calling hours will be Friday 2:00-4:00PM and 7:00-9:00PM. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, NY,NY 10001 or the charity of one's choice.(Hunterdon County Democrat), Pickell ran three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in 1957 with a best finish of 11th at Bristol.(10-10-2012)



2012 Sprint Cup Driver CHASE Championship Points Standings:

[after Talladega, race 30 of 36]
1) #2-Brad Keselowski [5 wins], 2179
2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 2165, -14
3) #11-Denny Hamlin [5 wins], 2156, -23
4) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 2143, -36
5) #15-Clint Bowyer [2 wins], 2139, -40
6) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 2137, -42
7) #14-Tony Stewart [3 wins], 2133, -46
8) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [0 wins], 2131, -48
9) #16-Greg Biffle [2 wins], 2130, -49
10) #29-Kevin Harvick [0 wins], 2130, -49
11) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 2128, -62
12) #17-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 2117, -62
(ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)



Going back, in time at OVRP’s Dirt Oval:

From October 9, 2004.  118 entrants that night.


Note:  If you go to the link above, how many names do you see that appear in my columns today of those that have advanced onto other forms of racing?



Going back, in time:


This week I’m covering the Midget races that were held at Cherry Park, in Avon, Ct. - during the 1949 & 1950 seasons.



April 3

1. Bill Schindler Caruso Offy #2

2. Johnny Zeke Wozniak Offy #53

3. Bob Disbrow Trio Offy #5

4. Len Duncan

5. Johnny Kay

25 laps 6:35.67

Reverse start used to allow for more passing.

Schindler started 11th.



April 17

1. Bert Brooks Don Smith Ford

2. Larry Shurter

3. Stan Disbrow

4. Len Duncan

5. George Rice Rice Offy

25 laps 6:11.68

Johnny Ringger returned to win the consolation



April 24

1. Cy Sanders

2. Johnny Rice

3. Chet Conklin

4. Dutch Schaefer

5. Bert Brooks

6. Len Fanelli

25 laps 6:39.89


May 1

1. Bert Brooks


May 8

1. Tony Bonadies Offy

2. Bert Brooks Don Smith Ford

3. George Flemke

4. Chet Conklin

5. Johnny Kay

6. Bob Minor

25 laps 6:32.26


May 15

1. Steve McGrath Al Jolson Offy

2. Lloyd Christopher

3. Mike Nazaruk

4. Henry Renard

5. Charlie Ethier

6. Johnny Rice

25 laps 6:34.40


May 22 rain


May 29 rain


June 5 rain


June 12

1. Mike Nazaruk

2. Steve McGrath

3. Johnny Ringger

4. George Flemke

5. Johnny Zeke

6. Stan Disbrow

25 laps no time


June 19

1. Lloyd Christopher

2. Mike Nazaruk

3. Bert Brooks

25 laps 6:29.09


June 26

1. Charlie Ethier

2. Lloyd Christopher

3. George RIce

4. Nick Fornoro

5. Mike Nazaruk

6. Steve McGrath

25 laps 6:30.03


July 3

1. Mike Nazaruk

2. Nick Fornoro

3. Charlie Ethier

4. Lloyd Christopher

5. George Rice

25 laps 6:33.70


July 10 rain


July 17 rain


July 24

1. George Flemke Falk V-8

2. Henry Renard

3. Nick Fornoro

4. Bill Schindler

5. Charlie Ethier

6. Mike Nazaruk

25 laps no time


July 31

1. Nick Fornoro Ed Allen Offy

2. Mike Nazaruk

3. Steve McGrath

4. Johnny Rice

5. Bert Brooks

6. George Flemke

25 laps 6:21.42


Aug. 7

1. Cy Saunders Harry Hull V-8

2. Tony Bonadies

3. Nick Fornoro

4. Charlie Ethier

5. Frankie Simonetti

25 laps 6:35.08


Aug. 14 "Mid-Atlantic States Championship"

1. Lloyd Christopher

2. Tony Bonadies

3. Johnny Rice

4. Bert Brooks

5. Mike Nazaruk

100 laps 26:12.25


Aug. 21 no racing


Aug. 28 no racing


Sept. 4

1. Mike Nazaruk

2. Lloyd Christopher

3. Henry Renard

4. Johnny Rice

5. Bert Brooks

6. Charlie Ethier

7. Nick Fornoro

8. Frankie Simonetti

100 laps 26:46.57




April 16

1. Bert Brooks

2. Bob Disbrow

3. Steve McGrath

4. Charlie Ethier

5. Nick Fornoro

25 laps 6:12.80


April 23 rain


April 30 rain after heats


June 4

1. George Rice

2. Nick Fornoro

3. Charlie Ethier

4. Johnny Thomson

5. Dutch Schaefer

100 laps halted at 88 laps


1. Cy Sanders

2. Larry Farrell

3. John Dileo

25 lap Ford Feature


This ends the race results from Cherry Park in Avon, Ct.




More racing stuff:




Note, in the above link there is a link to a video of the “Big one” crash.


Quotes from the above link:


With his car in neon-green shards just a few feet away, Dale Earnhardt Jr. looked visibly shaken as he sat on the back bumper of his car hauler talking with crew chief Steve Letarte. When he did speak to the media, he left no doubt about his feelings on a track where he's had more success than any other: "It's not safe wrecking like that," he said. "It's ridiculous, man. It's bloodthirsty if that's what people want."

Earnhardt even went so far as to say if he had his way, he wouldn't run the restrictor-plate races at Daytona and Talladega next year. "If this was how we raced every week," he said, "I'd find another job."


Jeff Gordon, despite having the good fortune of darting through the wreckage to notch a second-place finish, has few fond thoughts for Talladega: "I don't like coming here," he said after the race. "I don't like the type of racing that I have to do. But if I'm a fan, I would love that. I think it is incredibly intense. It's wild, it's crazy."


"I know that these are NASCAR's marquee races, the high banks of Daytona and Talladega," winning team owner Jack Roush said after the race. "I just figure the car's a writeoff when I load it up to bring it to one of these tracks."


Brad Keselowski, who remains the points leader, put it even more directly: "I just feel lucky to survive Talladega."




INDYCAR: F1’s Karthikeyan Pondering IndyCar Switch




Note:  Who?  He ever run a Midget or Sprint Car?  Bet not!




Seeing double: Twin races part of long-term plan




Note:  About Indy Car running twice at the same track, same weekend.




Here’s something I bet a lot of us were not aware of – including me, about a certain Indy Car from back in the day:


“Lou Fageol's 'twin coach', 4wd car had two supercharged Offy midget engines, one powering the front wheels, the other for the rear. I read that Paul Russo actually put the beast on the front row at Indy in 1946. There was even a mention that the car actually had two more chainsaw engines that ran the superchargers! I think this one goes right up there among the strangest ever to actually race in the Indianapolis 500.”


Note:  The above was found on the Internet.





News from the AARN:



The Hagerstown Octoberfest has been revised.  Big and Small Blocks will be combined.  Small Blocks will have to weigh 2300 while Big Blocks 2500.  Late Models, 410 Sprint Cars and new 358 Sprint Cars will also be in action.  Heats and consolation races on Saturday October 27th with features run on Sunday the 28th.


There will be an indoor TQ race and Champ Kart race in Baltimore on December 8th.  Entrees will be restricted to 60 TQ’s and 42 Champ Karts.  Complete details will follow.

Note:  What with the low car counts at most every TQ race this season, I’d be surprised if they reach that 60 number.


Donnie Schatz is the only five time winner for the Williams Grove National Open.


Steve Kinser and Sammy Swindell have been rivals since 1978.  Yes, folks, that’s 34 years!


There were articles on Neal Williams, Tim Fuller, Pete Broderson, Dan Pilet (Graphics), Glenn Donnelly & SDW and Doug and Gena Hoffman.


As previously reported, the WoO Sprint Cars will run American Racer tires in 2013.  Meanwhile, the local (Pa) tracks are deciding.


Herb Anastor had a nice article about racing on the Syracuse mile prior to SDW.


Ernie Saxton had this as a heading for his column:  “I always wanted to be Chris Economaki.  I just didn’t have the talent”.

He makes mention of the TV ratings for the last Indy Car race in 2012 – that being held at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA.  It had a Nielson rating of 0.2, which comes out to 229,000 viewers.  Ernie says that’s worse than a local cooking show.


Brett Deyo had a few good sized articles, one about Stewart Friesen and another on Ryan Godown.


Toby LaGrange was a tad busy, too, with an article about Glen Ridge – “Field of Broken Dreams”, and then he and Don and Jo Ann Davies had a nice article about the future of dirt modified racing may be in the New York Capital District, with Tim Hartman, Chad Jeseo, Kolby Schroder, Danny Varin, Cody Bleau, Bobby Hackel, IV, JaMike Sowle and Brett Wright being covered.


Dave Roberts had an article on Erick Rudolph.


Robin Yasinsac Gillespie had one on Donnie Corellis.


In the AARN’s list of the top 50 drivers, the final (top) ten are listed, but not in order.  They are:  Kenny Brightbill, Will Cagle, Richie Evans, Brett Hearn, Jimmy Horton, Billy Pauch, Fred Rahmer, Danny Johnson, Frankie Schneider and Dick Tobias.

Others, from previous columns:


50:  Pete Bicknell, 49:  Tony Hirschman, 48:  Mitch Smith, 47:   Rick Eckert, 46:  Gary Stuhler, 45:  Sammy Beavers, 44:  Reggie Ruggiero, 43:  Charlie Jarzombeck, 42:  Lynn Paxton and 41:  Bugs Stevens.


40.  Bentley Warren  39.  Billy Decker  38.  Ed Flemke, Sr.  37.  Doug Hoffman  36.  Lou Blaney  35.  Ray Tilley  34.  Gary Balough  33.  Kenny Weld  32.  Keith Kauffman  31.  Mike Stefanik


30. Fred DeSarro, 29.  Jim Shampine, 28.  Geoff Bodine, 27.  Maynard Troyer, 26.  Stan Ploski, Jr., 25.  Lance Dewease, 24.  Dutch Hoag, 23.  Lou Lazzaro, 22.  Steve Smith, Sr. and 21.  Bobby Allen.


20.  Merv Treichler, 19.  Jerry Cook, 18.  Gerald Chamberlain, 17.  Jan Opperman, 16.  Ted Christopher, 15.  Alan Johnson, 14.  Buzzie Reutiman, 13.  Al Tasnady, 12.  Jack Johnson, 11.  Bob McCreadie


If you don’t get the AARN, you can vote via their website:  www.aarn.com

If you do get the AARN, there is a ballot on page 61 of the issue from 10/2/12. 

Note:  The only ones shown that you can vote for are the final top ten, listed above – Brightbill, Cagle, etc etc. so they can get a ranking from 1st to 10th.



And from this weeks (10/9) issue:


This Week:

Record Sixth Syracuse 
Modified 200 Win 
For Brett Hearn 
In Rain-Shortened Race

Beers, Hirschman Run One-Two 
In Mahoning Valley Mod 100 Lapper

'Working Man' Tyler Wins Deyo's  
'Working Man's Race' At Five Mile Point

Two 358 Super DIRT Week Wins 
For T-Mac - At Syracuse, Cayuga

Emotional ACT Rookie Helliwell 
Wins At Airborne, Takes ACT Crown

VMRS Rain Shortened Seekonk Race 
Snared By Rowan  Pennick

Friesen, Deyo Team Up 
To Promote 
New Egypt Super DIRT Series Event

Underdog Lafferty Sprints 
To Second '12 Williams Grove 
Checkered Flag

Kinser Still WoO Sprint King; 
Wins Rolling Wheels Test

Tire War Heating Up 
In Central Pennsylvania



Former Oakland Valley Speedway (Dirt Oval) runners:


At Weedsport/Cayuga County, on 10/3. Tyler Dippel was 16th in the Sportsman feature.


Kenney Johnson was 6th and RJ Tufano 20th in the NEMA Lights Midget feature at the Waterford Speedbowl.


Davie Franek was a DNQ for the WoO Sprint Car feature at Rolling Wheels.


At Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Ill, Justin Grosz was a DNQ for the Midget feature.


At Five Mile Point in the Short Track Nationals, Danny Creeden was 9th and Mike Mammana 16th in the Modified feature.


Roger Coss was 13th at Mahoning in the Modified feature.


At Syracuse, Tim Hindley was 21st in the 200, while Bobby Hackel, IV was 30th in the Sportsman race.

Note:  Never did see a listing of those that did not qualify, due to there being no “last chance” or consolation races.


Nick Pecko was 9th in the Sport Modified 100 at Mountain Speedway.


I missed some from a couple of weeks ago:


At Bethel, Rich Coons won the held over Sportsman feature with Bobby Morris 4th.  In the nights regular Sportsman feature, Coons won again, with Morris 3rd and Kyle Redner 8th.


Molly Chambers is listed as a DNF in the 600 Micro Sprint feature at Airport Speedway in New Castle, DE.




Press Releases:

News from the King of the Can - 'It's Good To Be King'

Media Contact: Brett Deyo - 845.728.2781 or Deyo99H@aol.com

For Immediate Release/Oct. 10, 2012

Susquehanna County Royalty: Penn Can's Signature 'King of the Can' Spectacular This Weekend; Modified Field Building for Friday's 13th Annual 50-lapper

SUSQUEHANNA, PA - Penn Can Speedway's signature event - the 'King of the Can' is set for this weekend.

Headlining the weekend is a 50-lap big-block/small-block Modified event offering $5,000 to the winner and $313 to take the green flag this Friday night (Oct. 12) at the Susquehanna County oval. This year's event marks the 13th 'King of the Can' running with sponsorship support from VP Racing Fuels, Pioneer Pole Buildings, Gary's U-Pull-It and Don's Automotive Mall.

Joining the Modifieds on Friday night are Crate 602 Sportsman ($1,000 to win) and Street Stocks ($650 to win).

Gates open at 5:15 p.m. with hot laps at 6:45 p.m. and racing scheduled at 7:30 p.m. 

Adult admission is $22 (Adults) or $20 with the ticket stub from Penn Can's most recent regular program on Sept. 7. Seniors (62 and up) and Students (ages 13-17) are $20. Kids 12 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35.

The '12 'King of the Can' is a co-promotion involving track managers Reed Miller and Al Wilcox and special events coordinator Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media. Fans will not want to miss this year's Victory Lane ceremonies as the winner receives a 'throne' appropriate only for a 'King of the Can' winner!

And, of course, drivers will be greeted by a recently widened Penn Can oval for the first time.  Track management reworked the speedway to provide additional racing room following the final points-paying show on Sept. 7.

Stewart Friesen of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., is the defending 'King of the Can' Modified winner. Friesen executed a late-race slide job on Jeff Strunk to score a $5,000-plus payout last year. Friesen returns this year driving Marty Burdick's No. 85 in search of a repeat victory.  The 29-year-old will be available behind the grandstands prior to the start of racing on Friday with autograph photos to meet fans.

Joey Grammes of Lehighton, Pa., was the '12 Penn Can champion and won the Season Championship Night feature on Sept. 7.  He is a past 'King of the Can' (2006) and has high hopes for a return to glory this year.

Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, N.Y., wants to add a 'King of the Can' triumph to his racing resume with Jeff Brownell's No. 9s. Sheppard, 30, has never won at Penn Can Speedway but has posted finishes of fourth and eighth, respectively, in his last two efforts.

Grandview (Pa.) Speedway champion/East Coast American Racer Dirt Modified Cup title winner Duane Howard of Oley, Pa., leads the southeastern Pennsylvania contingent with the Atlas Paving No. 66 that also includes $50,000 Freedom 76 winner Jeff Strunk of Bechtelsville, Pa., Coalcracker 72 Big Diamond (Pa.) Speedway $10,000 winner Doug Manmiller of Shoemakersville, Pa., two-time Penn Can Modified champion Mike Gular of Green Lane, Pa., and former Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway champ Ryan Watt of Boyertown, Pa.

Fresh off a $6,000 career-defining victory on Oct. 6 at Five Mile Point (N.Y.) Speedway, 'Showtime' Danny Tyler of Cottekill, N.Y., ventures to Penn Can knowing his family-fielded No. 97T will automatically be part of the post-qualifying redraw. Tyler earned the perk by winning last weekend's SuperNationals.

Danny Johnson of Rochester, N.Y., who won the June $10,000-plus 'Clash at the Can' at Penn Can, is expected to be a contender with Mike Payne's race car. Gary Tomkins of Clifton Springs, N.Y., will drive a No. 30+ owned by Tom Oleski with power provided by Bobby Trapper.

Pat Ward scored the most lucrative win of his career in early October at N.Y.'s Fulton Speedway, pocketing more than $20,000 in the Outlaw 200. Ward, of Genoa, N.Y., hopes to improve on his third-place '11 'King of the Can' finish this season.

From the Garden State, Ryan Godown of Ringoes, N.J., returns to Penn Can for the first time since a strong 26th-to-second drive in the June 'Clash at the Can' 60-lapper. Godown has since secured the Modified championship at New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway for his John Chemidlin-backed No. 747 operation.

Fellow New Egypt regular/Big Diamond Speedway winner Neal Williams of Pittsgrove, N.J., has filed an entry with his Fred Vahlsing-owned No. 323OV. Williams comes off a strong 358-Modified effort during Super DIRT Week in Syracuse, N.Y.

Modified racing's breakout driver of '12, Mike Mahaney of King Ferry, N.Y., will debut a new Troyer No. 77x fielded by Southern Tier owner Jim Shear. I-88 (N.Y.) Speedway champion Mitch Gibbs of North Norwich, N.Y., was a second-place finisher in the 2010 'King of the Can' and knows his way around the facility. He is set to contend in the Bryan and 'Cork' O'Hara No. 2G.

From Five Mile Point Speedway, Modified champ Justin Holland of Kauneonga Lake, N.Y., has set his sights on the 'King of the Can' after driving from 22nd to fifth last year. Accord (N.Y.)/Five Mile Point standout Danny Creeden of Middletown, N.Y., will pilot the Barry White-owned No. 131 in the event. Donnie Lawson Jr. of Woodhull, N.Y., has filed an early entry, as well.

Penn Can's tough field of weekly Modifieds will be represented by points runner-up Mike Schane of Lake Ariel, Pa., five-time '12 feature winner Kevin Hartnett of Barto, Pa., Bobby Trapper of Scranton, Pa., former 'King of the Can' Kevin Bates of Lake Ariel, Pa., Dan Pompey of Glenwood, Pa., Brian Malcolm of Lake Ariel, Pa., and more.

As always at Penn Can Speedway, the short track is the equalizer!  High-dollar teams have no advantage over the weekly racers on the tire-wear-friendly track.

A long list of bonus and special awards has been lined up for 'King of the Can' racers. The giveaways will begin at the drivers' meeting with a drawing for two 'Loyalty Award' packages courtesy of Shiley Fabrication (Williamstown, Pa.) and S&D Bodyline (Bath, Pa.). Drivers who have attended all three '12 BD Motorsports Media events are eligible.

Also, a pair of $50 gas cards will be given away via a random draw of early entries at the drivers' meeting.

Street Stock drivers will have no entry free for Friday's program.  It has been covered by Trackside Products proprietors Al and Paula Wilcox of Endicott, N.Y. The top-three Street Stock finishers from Friday are guaranteed the eighth, ninth and 10th starting positions for Saturday's Race of Champions-sanctioned program.

A complete list of bonus and special awards can be viewed at www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com.

The first 300 fans through the gate will receive a FREE can koozie courtesy of race sponsor Pioneer Pole Buildings.

Rules for the 'King of the Can' should encourage a diverse field of Modifieds to congregate on the Penn Can oval. Big-block (2,500 lbs.) or small-block (2,400 lbs.) engines will be permitted. Gasoline or methanol is allowed. Teams may run sail panels (specs detailed on the web) or traditional windows. Any American Racer stamp is accepted with the following compounds: Front tires - American Racer SD 33 or harder; Left-Rear - SD 33, 38 or 44; Right-Rear - SD 38, 44, 48 or 50.

For the Crate 602 Sportsman event, a maximum gear rule of 6.29 will be in effect. The 6,200 rev chip will not be mandatory. Teams may run steel wheels (2,375 lbs.) or aluminum wheels (2,450 lbs.). The tire rule will mirror that of the Modifieds with one exception: the DIRTcar Hoosier Sportsman tire will be permitted so long as it is not softer than the legal American Racer compounds.

The Street Stock event will be contested using 2012 standard Street Stock rules.

All divisions will set heat lineups with a draw for position.

Penn Can Speedway's second day of the 'King of the Can' weekend is set for Sat., Oct. 13 with a full program including Race of Champions Dirt Sportsman, Race of Champions Street Stocks, CRSA 305 Sprint Cars, Four Cylinders, Factory Stocks and XCel 600 Modifieds. Gates open at 3 p.m. on Saturday with hot laps at 5:30 p.m. and racing planned at 6 p.m.

Saturday admission is $14 for Adults and $2 off with the Friday (Oct. 12) ticket stub. Seniors (62 and over) and Students (ages 13-17) are $12. Kids 12 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $30.

To learn more about the 2012 'King of the Can' contact Brett Deyo by phone at 845.728.2781 orDeyo99H@aol.com. On the web: www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com. Lap sponsorships and other marketing opportunities are available.

The King of the Can is presented by VP Racing Fuels, Pioneer Pole Buildings, Don’s Automotive Mall, Gary’s U-Pull-It, S&W Awards, Lias Tire, Racers Preferred Models, MTL Motorsports, Harford Subway, BFP Specialty, Shiley Fabrications, Four Star Lettering, S&D Bodyline, ERK Steering, Manmiller Electric, Selinsgrove Speedway/JGK Motorsports, Bob Hilbert Sportswear and BD Motorsports Media.

Past King of the Can Modified Winners
2011 - Stewart Friesen
2010 - Kevin Bates
2009 - Weather
2008 - Duane Howard
2007 - Jeff Rudalavage
2006 - Joey Grammes
2005 - Brian Weaver
2004 - Doug Hoffman
2003 - Jamie Shea
2002 - Jeff Rudalavage
2001 - Keith Hoffman
2000 - Kirk Horton
1999 - Brian Weaver

BD Motorsports Media Co-Promotion Penn Can Speedway History 
June 13, 2012 (Clash at the Can RoC 60 laps) - DANNY JOHNSON - Ryan Godown - Jeff Strunk - Billy Pauch Sr. - Ryan Watt 
November 13, 2011 (King of the Can 50 laps) - STEWART FRIESEN - Jeff Strunk - Pat Ward - Jimmy Phelps - Justin Holland 
June 7, 2011 (Clash at the Can RoC 60 laps) - BILLY DECKER - Danny Tyler - Jimmy Phelps - Duane Howard - Matt Sheppard 
August 10, 2010 - (Hot Summer Night RoC 60 laps) - STEWART FRIESEN - Alan Rudalavage - Duane Howard - Bobby Varin -Joey Grammes 
June 8, 2010 (Clash at the Can RoC 60 laps) - DUANE HOWARD - Danny Johnson - Stewart Friesen - Brett Tonkin - Ryan Godown

BD Motorsports Media Promotions All-Time Modified Win List 
Stewart Friesen - 3 (Penn Can Nov. 13, 2011; Big Diamond July 26, 2011; Penn Can Aug. 10, 2010) 
Duane Howard - 2 (Five Mile Point Oct. 8, 2011; Penn Can June 8, 2010) 
Danny Tyler - 1 (Five Mile Point Oct. 6, 2012)
Danny Johnson - 1 (Penn Can June 13, 2012)
Billy Decker - 1 (Penn Can June 7, 2011) 
Justin Holland - 1 (Five Mile Point Oct. 9, 2010) 
Kevin Hirthler - 1 (Five Mile Point Oct. 10, 2009) 
Mike Ricci - 1 (Afton Oct. 7, 2006)





Orange County Fair Speedway   

239 Wisner Avenue

Middletown, NY 10940



Mike Gurda









358 Modifieds, Crate Sportsman, and 305 Sprint Cars Star on Saturday


MIDDLETOWN, NY (October 7)……..The small-block Modifieds, powered by 358-cubic inch engines, will be the Saturday, October 20 headline attraction during the 51st Annual Eastern States Weekend at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York. This year’s 36th Annual Eastern States 358 Modified Championship Presented by Arkel Motors race will be 100 laps in distance.


A star-studded lineup of top 358 Modified drivers from the entire Nor the ast dirt track Modified circuit will battle Orange County ’s weekly competitors for the trophy and top prize money in this prestigious event.


Since its inception in 1977, the 358 Modified race has had several different formats, having been run at 50-, 75-, 100-, and 150-laps distances. The field for this year’s 100-lap race will be set through time trials and heat races, with the final starters coming from consolation races all run prior to the main event on Saturday.


Two drivers, Brett Hearn, Orange County ’s all-time race winner and eight time 358 Modified point champion, and twice 358 titlist Danny Johnson have won nearly half of the previous 35 races in this annual fall classic which dates from 1977. Hearn has 12 Eastern States 358 Modified victories to his credit, while arch-rival Johnson has won this race five times. Other multi-time winners include Doug Hoffman (four victories), Kenny Tremont (three), and Jeff Heotzler (two wins). 


Single Eastern States 358 Modified champions include 2011 winner Jimmy Phelps, Billy Decker, Jerry Higbie, Alan Johnson, Dickie Keiper, Mike Petruska Sr., Harry Behrent, and Anthony Ferraiuolo IV.


Saturday’s card is one of the busiest in all auto racing. In addition to the 358 Modified Championship 100 race, the Crate Sportsman division will take to the track for the ir heat and consolation races and the 30-lap Crate Sportsman Eastern States Championship feature race. They will be joined by the 305 Sprint Cars, also with qualifying races leading up to their 25-lap Eastern States Championship feature race. To cap off the day’s activities, the big-block Modifieds will get a last practice session during a break in the racing action.


Advance tickets for Saturday or the entire Eastern States Weekend as well as camping and parking permits are available at the Speedway Office during regular business hours, or credit card sales (Visa and MasterCard) by calling 845-342-2573. Additional information can be found at the official Orange County Fair Speedway website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.




Third Annnual Remembering Dorney Park SpeedwayReunion  at America 

On Wheels Museum.



The third annual Dorney Park Speedway reunion will be held Sunday November 4 at the America On WheelsMuseum at 5 North Front St. Allentown, Pa. 18102.


Please note the Reunion will be held Sunday November 4 and not on Saturday as in previous years.


An outdoor racecar show will be held starting at 11:00 a.m. and running until 5:00 p.m.

The activities will move indoors at 1:00 p.m. with four new inductees being inducted into the Dorney Park Speedway Hall Of Fame along with driver interviews, chat session, and driver autograph sessions.


All drivers are invited past and present whether you raced at Dorney Park or not.  Anyone interested in bringing any type of racecars please contact Bob Snyder. bobsnyderphoto@enter.net


Registration forms for drivers and cars can be obtained on the museum web-site.  www.americaonwheels.org


This event has broke attendance records each year and continues to be the museums biggest attended single day event.  The year’s reunion promises to be even bigger and better.  Be on hand to enjoy a day of remembering the great days and racing at the Dorney Park Speedway.





I get e-mails:


I received a nice e-mail on Monday that was mostly photos, with a musical background.  Some of the photos had some sayings. 


Here are two:


“Dad– a son’s first hero, daughters first love.”


“Do you know?  A human body can bear only up to 45 del (unit) of pain, but at the time of giving birth, a woman feels up to 57 del (unit) of pain.  This is similar to twenty bones being fractured at a time.

Love your mother, the most beautiful person on the earth, our best critic, yet our strongest supporter”.




Found on Facebook:


A regular Grandview Freedom 76 payout is better than the SDW SBM event.$20,000 to win a normal 6er for 25.3 miles compared to $20,000 for 150 miles.Imagine if they ran a 26 mile race and paid that at Syracuse,what the fans would be seeing.




Some non-racing stuff:


Note:  Just titles and links from now on.



Social Security Benefits Will Get Small Cost of Living Bump




National Media Target Sheriff Joe: ABC News Launches “Arpaio Watch” to Defeat Arizona Sheriff



Truth Behind Jobs Numbers: Full-Time Jobs Disappearing in America



Staffer Says Ambassador Stevens Wanted Security to Stay in Libya




USDA diversity training session included 'illegal immigrants' chant, group claims




Obama House Of Cards Could Collapse With Donor Scandal




Study: ‘Green’ cars might cause as much or more pollution than gas cars




#lapdogmedia Won't Cover Holder's Armed Takeover of ROTC As A Black Radical





CNN Poll of Polls shows near dead heat in presidential race





U.S. officer got no reply to requests for more security in Benghazi





The 'Real' Unemployment Rate Is Still Really Lousy





State Dept reveals new details of Benghazi attack




Princeton economist cited by Obama says Obama lying about study on Romney tax plan





CEO to Workers: I May Fire You if Obama Wins







Could this be true:


Why our president “gave up” his law license


Lawyers: Why our president “gave up” his law license. And so did his “lawyer” wife, too. THIS should be a real eye-opener. .And every statement is backed up by a link to verification.  Make sure this makes the rounds before election day.

I knew they had both lost their law license, but I didn’t know why until I read this. This is legit. It can be confirmed at https://www.iardc.org ,https://www.iardc.org      (Illinois Attorney Registration And Disciplinary Committee). It’s the official arm of lawyer discipline in Illinois, and they are very strict and mean as hell. (Talk about irony.) Even I, at the advanced age of almost 65, maintain my law license (at the cost of approximately $600/year) that I worked so hard and long to earn.

Former Constitutional Law Lecturer and U.S. President Makes Up Constitutional Quotes During State Of The Union (SOTU) Address. Consider this:


1. President Barack Obama, former editor of the Harvard Law Review, is no longer a “lawyer.” He surrendered his license back in 2008 in order to escape charges he lied on his bar application. A “Voluntary Surrender” is not something where you decide, “Gee, a license is not really something I need anymore, is it?” and forget to renew your license. No, a “Voluntary Surrender” is something you do when you’ve been accused of something, and you “voluntarily surrender” your license five seconds before the state suspends you.

2 Michelle Obama “voluntarily surrendered” her law license in 1993 after a federal judge gave her the choice between surrendering her license or standing trial for insurance fraud.

3. So, we have the first black President and First Lady – who don’t actually have licenses to practice law. Facts. Source:http://jdlong.wordpress.com/2009/05/15/pres-barack-obama-editor-of-the-Harvard-law-review-has-no-law-license/


7. The former Constitutional Senior Lecturer (Obama) cited the US. Constitution during his State of the Union Address. Unfortunately, the quote he cited was from the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution.

8. Video: http://www.breitbart.tv/did-obama-confuse-the-constitution-with-the-declaration-of-independence/







Video time:


There was another race last weekend – at Five Mile Point.







Note:  The photos are not available on Dirt Track Digest, only on New England Tractor - http://newenglandtractor.com/racereport/


With the news of Tony Bonadies making the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame, I thought I’d put a photo of him in this weeks column.





Closing with this:

President Obama goes to a primary school to talk to

the kids. After his talk he offers question time.

One little boy puts up his hand, and Obama asks him

his name.  "Walter," responds the little boy.

"And what is your question, Walter?"

"I have four questions:  First, why did the USA bomb Libya without the support of the Congress?

Second, why do you keep saying you fixed the economy when it's actually gotten worse?

Third, why did you say that Jeremiah Wright was your mentor, then said that you knew nothing about his preaching and beliefs?

Fourth, why are we lending money to Brazil to drill for oil, but America is not allowed to drill for oil?"

Just then, the bell rings for recess. Obama informs the kiddies that they will continue after recess.

When they resume, Obama says, "OK, where were we? Oh, that's right: question time. Who has a question?"

Another little boy puts up his hand. Obama points him out and asks him his name.

"Steve," he responds.

"And what is your question, Steve?"

Actually, I have two questions:  First, why did the recess bell ring 20 minutes early?

Second, what happened to Walter?"



Wishing all race fans, drivers, teams, team owners and sponsors to remain safe and out of harms way!


As usual, you can reach me at:  ygordad@yahoo.com