Racin' & Different Stuff:
By Tom Avenengo
Special notice: There will be no column next week, and columns will be every other week, for a while.
For some unknown reasons, my columns, when on Dirt Track Digest, come up “weird”. They might start off okay, but then for reasons unknown, not only to me, but also to those that run DTD, the fonts, sizes and words go from regular to large and bold type, and these printing problems come up in different parts of the columns. Now I really hate to do this to those that run DTD, but I feel I must tell you that my column also comes out on another website, which is: http://newenglandtractor.com/racereport/. Whether you go there, or not, would be up to you, I’d say?
This week I’m changing each topic lead words from bold to regular print and also a slightly larger spacing between topics, to see if that helps any.
Note: This is what Adam Ross had to say: “Strange things happen with your columns, and I don't get it!”
So, as forecast earlier in the week, “Mother Nature” saw fit to mess up the Eastern States Weekend. Rain, mostly all day Friday raised havoc with the track, race teams, race fans, and even those that run the place. Ya know – I’m glad I was not the one running the show! Now don’t get me wrong – I’m not backing up those that run the place. In fact, I never went to the track on Friday, mainly due to the rain and the forecast. I only know what I’ve read on the Internet (yes we can believe all that, right?), and what I was told by others that had been in attendance. My thoughts: Nothing should have been on the track on Friday. The entire days activities should have been cancelled and a new schedule for the weekend created, which, in a way was done, but way too late. Another part of the problem is that the teams have to get there on Thursday, now. Hey, this ain’t Super Dirt Week, folks! Per the schedule that was put out, cars that were due to race on Saturday, had to be at the track, first thing on Friday morning!
Part of the problem at ESW, from what I see, is that there are now too many classes. Why so many? I can only guess – to get more monies into the pit area to help pay the purses. By doing that, they can keep the cost - for the fans, as they’ve basically been, over the last few years – maybe? Talking with a driver from the CRSA, on Sunday, I was informed that the track was going to charge those with the Sprint Cars $20.00 for each Quad. Really?
And, something else that I noticed, was that
in the article about the weekend of racing, in our local Middletown Times
Herald-Record, was that the results for the Sprint Car race was listed as the
CRSA 305 Sprint Car feature. Not
so. The CRSA was not associated with
that race. If so, I would imagine there
would have been a lot more than just 15 cars.
If you recall, in last weeks column, I made mention of there being 56
305 Sprint Cars a couple of weeks ago at
No idea as to how the CRSA was getting credit for the Sprint Car race in the write-up in our paper. Either a failure to ask, by the reporter, or a “failure to communicate between the track and the author of the article, maybe?
I really didn’t get into watching professional baseball and football until the 60’s, but I can never recall so many players being hurt. Prior to the 60’s I was a Brooklyn Dodger fan, and darn, I still think the starting eight played damn near every game – and most were in the daytime & under the hot summer sun. Today, it drives me nuts every time a batter has to adjust his Velcro on his gloves. Bunch of overpaid woosies!
At times all some of us need is a lucky break. At times, those lucky breaks are received due to someone else having misfortune.
As I was heading to my seat this past Sunday, at OCFS, I came across former race driver Jimmy Maguire. He was sitting on the very front of the ½ covered stands, talking racing with another gentleman. This other gentleman was quite fascinated with what Jimmy was telling him – Jimmy’s racing career and some of the races he had run.
When Jimmy was just about done, I asked him a question – “After you lost your arm, and were in the hospital, was it Clint Brawner that came to see you in the hospital”? (Clint was the mechanic on the Dean Van Lines Indy cars). Jimmy said yes, it was Clint. So I asked Jimmy – “Didn’t he ask you -‘who should we put in the car’ – and what did you say”? Jimmy came right out and repeated what he had told Clint Brawner on that day “Yes, Mario Andretti”.
As you can see, at times one just needs a little break.
Do you go to the Dirt Track Digest’s Forum? If not, you might want to check this particular thread out –
THIS IS UNREAL DRIVERS & OWNERS
For some unknown reason, it has been extremely difficult getting MyLaps for certain tracks – one of which was OCFS. I was furnished the following link from OCFS (via Facebook) and I notice it has also been posted on the OCFS Facebook page, too.
Ya know, if I had a kid like this, I’d be in jail, today. How in the world can a parent showcase such a brat? What’s worse, the damn TV people think it’s cool/great/funny to have this trash on their shows! You gotta read some of the comments under the article! “Meltdown”?
Since I have more in “I get e-mails”, below, I thought I’d put this message from an e-mail, in here. True or not? Who knows?
HOTEL KEY CARDS
Always take a small fridge magnet on your
Thought you all needed to know this.
This is pretty good info. Never even thought
About key cards containing anything other
Than an access code for the room!
HOTEL KEY CARDS
Ever wonder what is on your magnetic keycard?
A. Customer's name
B. Customer's partial home address
C. Hotel room number
D. Check-in date and out dates
E. Customer's credit card number and expiration date!
When you turn them in to the front desk your
Personal information is there for any employee
To access by simply scanning the card in the
Hotel scanner. An employee can take a hand full
Of cards home and using a scanning device, access
The information onto a laptop computer and go
Shopping at your expense.
Simply put, hotels do not erase the information
On these cards until an employee reissues the
Card to the next hotel guest. At that time, the
New guest's information is electronically 'over-
Written on the card and the previous guest's
Information is erased in the overwriting process.
But until the card is rewritten for the next guest,
It usually is kept in a drawer at the front desk
With YOUR INFORMATION ON IT!
The bottom line is: Keep the cards, take them
Home with you, or destroy them. NEVER leave them
Behind in the room or room wastebasket, and
NEVER turn them into the front desk when you
Check out of a room. They will not charge you for the card
(it's illegal) and you'll be sure you are not leaving
A lot of valuable personal information on it that could
Be easily lifted off with any simple scanning device
For the same reason, if you arrive at the airport and
Discover you still have the card key in your pocket,
Do not toss it in an airport trash basket. Take it home
And destroy it by cutting it up, especially through the
Electronic information strip!
If you have a small magnet,
Pass it across the magnetic
Strip several times. Then try it in the door, it will not
Work. It erases everything on the card.
Hey, before you know it, it will be December 25th. Here are some links to various websites where you might find some interesting things, gift-wise, for family and friends.
http://www.tbrwins.com/ (Kart items)
Sometimes they’re true, while at other times, they prove to be false. Some things heard last weekend at OCFS:
Michael (Suitcase) Sanchelli will not be back at OCFS for 2013.
Part of the cause for the very small 305 Sprint Car field was that members of the CRSA were told that they would be charged $20.00 for each quad. CRSA did not have many cars for the show, that’s for sure. Only 15 305’s showed up and only 3 or 4 were CRSA members. More was said as to why the CRSA did not back the Sprint Car portion of ESW – how the track “went at it all wrong”.
During the “action” on Friday, or the lack of it, it was said that the Modifieds would only get one lap in time trials, no heats and no consolation races. The 200 line up would be the fastest “x” amount, from those time trials.
When that was announced, some “name” drivers announced that they would load up and leave.
Harsh, nose to nose words were made between some drivers and officials on Friday.
A driver/team owner was told he was going to be penalized because he did not help to run in the track, on Friday. Said driver/team owner could not get into the pit area on Friday!
A driver was “moved down” in speed/time wise in the qualifying time trials because he did not help run in the track.
Really not a rumor, but the purse, especially for the 200, was not as much for those that placed towards the bottom, in the race, compared to some past 200’s. I don’t know about the other classes.
More not rumors, but my having discussions with others, the consensus is that when, and if, the pit area is moved outside of turns 3 & 4, some extensive excavating and grading will have to take place. If that does get done, I hope it isn’t a mud hole.
An update on the wife:
Last Saturday, she completed her two weeks on the Chemo pills. This week she’s off every thing. She’s due to start the pills again on Sunday. After that, another two hours of IV Chemo, next Tuesday. Since she’s been home from the hospital stay, her strength is gradually improving, and there have been no more bouts with dehydration and/or diarrhea.
I see the Inside NASCAR show is back on Showtime, on Wednesday nights. In my area it’s on at 10:00 PM. It’s not censored, so maybe it’s a good thing it’s on rather late. Some B A D words do get said.
Last point race this Saturday, 10/26.
11/2, 11/3 & 11/4 Novemberfest – Karts & Slingshots racing.
Note: Methinks I had wrong dates, previously! Novemberfest is held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday!
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
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. 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
Best part: it’s FREE.
Note: Jimmy Maguire attends every one of these affairs.
Found on Jayski’s website:
Prelude to a Dream will not run in 2013:
According to a news release issued Thursday by Eldora Speedway, the track will not host the Prelude to the Dream next year. "Eldora's commitment to the best possible experience for its loyal fans and competitors attending the Dirt Late Model Dream will result in a schedule change to Dream Week. The logistics associated with the Dream's expansion for the dirt Late Model teams that supplied the cars for the Prelude, along with speedway officials who must transition the facility, prevents the Prelude to the Dream from being included on the 2013 calendar. Advance ticket holders to the 2012 event will retain their renewal rights for the next scheduled Prelude to the Dream event going forward."(Eldora Speedway)(10-18-2012)
Truck race possible at Eldora:
NASCAR may be considering adding a dirt race at Eldora Speedway to its Truck Series schedule. Multiple sources within the series said they've been told a dirt track could be added to the schedule in 2013. Sources also said a Richard Childress Racing truck was prepared for a test at Eldora, owned by three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart. The test was scheduled to take place Monday or Tuesday, the sources said. Officials at Eldora could not be reached for comment. NASCAR officials declined to address specifically whether Eldora was under consideration for a truck race, but the series is looking at potential venues it hasn't been to before. "We've made several site visits over the past few months to look at possible future venues for our Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series," spokesman Kerry Tharp said on Tuesday. "We expect the 2013 schedules for both of those series to be finished up and released within the next couple of weeks."(ESPN)(10-17-2012)
Texas Motor Speedway and the AAA Texas 500 once again will boast the largest purse of the 10 races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Texas Motor Speedway will award $6,969,209 among the 43 drivers competing in the AAA Texas 500 on Sunday, Nov. 4. The purse increased more than $111,000 when compared to last year's AAA Texas 500 purse of $6,857,822. Since 2005, Texas Motor Speedway has played host to the eighth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, which annually features the largest purse and largest-attended race of the 10 races in NASCAR's version of the playoffs. Texas Motor Speedway's WinStar World Casino 350 Camping World Truck Series and O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge Nationwide Series races also will include large payouts. The WinStar World Casino 350 on Friday, Nov. 2, features a purse of $547,978 while the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge on Saturday, Nov. 3, will award $1,116,776.(TMS)(10-18-2012)
Chevy to debut 2013 car at end of November:
So far, every 2013 Chevy SS NASCAR Sprint Cup car that's shown up for testing has looked like something from a Rorschach test or maybe a psychedelic experiment from the 1960s gone horribly wrong, but that's about to change. Up until now, Chevy has insisted that the SS always run in a bizarre black-and-white wrap to conceal its true appearance. Finally, on Nov. 29 at the Wynn Las Vegas, Chevy will show the SS off in real race trim, minus the headache-inducing graphics. The street version of the SS will be based on Australian Holden VE Commodore, a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive sedan. The SS also bears a close resemblance to the late, lamented Pontiac G8, another Holden-based sedan. GM will be the last of the four automakers currently in NASCAR to formally unveil its 2013 car.(SPEED)see images of the Chevy test car and other 2013 models on the 2013 Manufacturers News and Images page.(10-19-2012)
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. won't have Diet Mountain Dew as a sponsor for as many races in 2013 as he did in 2012, but he's not worried about Hendrick Motorsports finding sponsors for those races. NASCAR's most popular driver will have sponsorship from the Army National Guard for 20 races next year and Diet Mountain Dew for an unspecified number. Mountain Dew sponsored 16 races this year while another Pepsi product, Amp, sponsored four. The National Guard had 18 races this year. Earnhardt is not worried about having an unsponsored car at Hendrick. The organization has had Hendrickcars.com on Kasey Kahne's car for select races this year when it didn't sell sponsorships. "We have more demand than we have supply pretty much," Earnhardt said. "We've got a majority of the season with the Guard and Diet Mountain Dew is going to back off a little bit and that makes it a bit of a challenge to fill that small of a gap. If it were a bit larger gap, it would be easier to fill."(Sporting News)(9-14-2012)
UPDATE: Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his Hendrick Motorsports team are losing 15 races of sponsorship next season as PepsiCo plans to cut back its sponsorship, according to the SportsBusiness Journal. PepsiCo committed to sponsoring Earnhardt for 20 races in 2012. PepsiCo is working on a $10 million deal with Hendrick Motorsports that would include five races annually with Earnhardt (Diet Mountain Dew and Amp), two races with Jeff Gordon (Pepsi) and one with Kasey Kahne (brand TBA). The beverage company had sponsored Earnhardt and his #88 team for 20 races and Gordon's #24 team for two in each of the past five years. This season, the 20 Earnhardt races were split between Diet Mountain Dew (16 races) and Amp (four races).(Sporting News)(10-22-2012)
Regan Smith experienced two weeks
that most racecar drivers would love to experience, and he will follow that
with a weekend few would enjoy. After a two-week stint as the substitute driver
for Dale Earnhardt Jr., Smith is without a ride for the Sprint Cup Series race
Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. Smith said Tuesday he plans to go to the track
but does not have a ride as Earnhardt has been approved to race after having to
miss the last two weeks because of a concussion. On Tuesday afternoon, Smith
found out that, as expected, Earnhardt was cleared to race this weekend at
Regan Smith and AJ
Allmendinger will share the driving duties for the
JR Motorsports announced it has reached an agreement with Regan Smith to drive the team's #5 NASCAR Nationwide Series entry full time in 2013. General Manager Kelley Earnhardt Miller said Smith will make his JRM debut this year, as the company will field three teams for the Nov. 17 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Smith will join teammates Cole Whitt and Danica Patrick in the season finale. Smith has not competed in the Nationwide Series since 2007 when he tallied three top-fives, five top-10s, and a pole award at Kentucky Speedway. Smith's #5 Chevy, to date, is the only JRM entry cemented for a full-season slate in 2013. Earnhardt Miller said the goal of the organization is still to run two full-time teams the #5 and #7 with addition to Earnhardt Jr. competing in select Nationwide Series races in the #88 car. "We feel it is important for our sponsors, our fans, and even Dale to keep his Nationwide Series number consistent with his Cup number," Earnhardt Miller said. "His brand is associated with the #88. That's what makes him distinguishable on the race track, so it's only natural that he drives the #88 all the time. To do that, we are making our #5 Chevy our full-time entry. We hope to have Cole in the #7 full time in 2013, and we are working hard on securing sponsorship for that.(JR Motorsports)(10-24-2012)
Series has perhaps not left
(Note: The above link no longer works.)
BTW: A zillion races at Lime Rock & just a few involving Midgets.
But in addition to Rodger Ward’s historic win, Mario Andretti’s 1st ever road race win came in a midget @ Lime Rock.
And, in that same event, Mark Donohue was driving his first professional race.
Donohue drove a Cooper/Offy midget owned by…Ken Brenn. Donohue wrote of Ken Brenn & the first money ($600) he made racing, on pages 22-26 in his book, ‘The Unfair Advantage.
There were a couple of heats & Donohue wrote they were repairing the Cooper-Offy & were going to miss the start, but Dutch Schaeffer put his car on the grid & disappeared.
They were hunting & paging Dutch like crazy, but he didn’t get back from the ‘men’s room’ until the repairs on Brenn’s Cooper/Offy were completed.
So, the great Dutch Schaeffer made it possible for Mark Donohue to win his first pro money.
¼ Mile Dirt Track Championship Weekend at Five Mile Point is this coming weekend – Friday the 26th and Saturday, the 27th. On Friday it’s RoC Sportsman for 100 laps, RaceSaver 305 Sprint Cars, Factory Stocks and the 4 Cylinder ¼ Mile Nationals. On Saturday it’s RoC Modifieds and the Southern Tier 100, RoC Street Stock finals, IMCA Modified Empire States Series finals and the 600 cc Modifieds.
“Brawl in the Fall” at
FOX Sports Media Group (FSMG) has an eight year agreement to televise NASCAR racing from 2015 to 2022. NBC Sports Group will televise F-1 races for four years. GSMG will televise 13 consecutive NASCAR Cup races starting with the Daytona 500. They’ll also televise the Sprint All Star race, Daytona Shoot-out, Duel at Daytona, the entire NASCAR Truck Series season, including practice and qualifying.
Last week I
missed Davie Franek racing at
In the Crate Sportsman racing, Brian Krummel won the feature. Tyler Dippel was 2nd, Anthony Perrego 6th, Matt Janiak 7th, Andrew Reeves 16th and Joe Conklin 20th. Not making the feature were Joey Falanga, RJ Smykla, Kayla Smykla, Brad Szulewski, John Illanovsky and Rich Coons.
In the Open Sportsman racing, Krummel also won that feature, with Perrego 2nd, Dippel 3rd, Janiak 4th, LJ Lombardo 16th, Joe Conklin 22nd and RJ 23rd. Not qualifying were Illanovsky, Mike Traver, Kayla and Joey.
PLEASE NOTE THERE
WILL BE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES FOR THE XCEL CHASSIS MODIFIEDS ALSO. I CAN NOT
STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS MEETING. PLEASE REMEMBER IF YOU ARE NOT THERE,
YOU CAN NOT COMPLAIN.
Doug Borger's Big Announcement on October 28...Wingless 600 Drivers Take Note...
On Sunday, October 28, starting at noon, there will be a meeting at the Polk Township Fire House in
Xcel 600 Modified creator and kingpin Doug Borger is hosting the meeting and, while it is open to everyone, the main topic will not be geared specifically towards the Xcel Mod crowd.
During the gathering on October 28,
It will be an eight-to-ten race schedule; he's already had discussions with several area speedways who are willing to book the Wingless 600's. While no dates have been confirmed, Doug says some of the tracks who have expressed interest include Penn Can, Five Mile Point, Linda's, and Big Diamond (Little Diamond?).
The series will adhere to the rules set up by the U6SA organization, although Borger is emphasizing that any one interested in competing in his new series really should attend the meeting on the 28th because he's going to discuss (and get racers' opinions on) a couple of U6SA rules that his touring group may not adopt...
Borger wants to make his new Wingless 600 series as affordable as possible, and he feels one of the ways to accomplish that goal is to limit the number of cockpit adjustable devices. "I'm looking to cut down on all the knobs and levers inside the cars," said
Even though he may not comply with every single rule in the U6SA book,
Regarding any pending changes for those popular and successful Xcel 600 Modifieds,
He's also waiting to see what happens at Kutztown next year; his Xcel Sportsman class has run weekly at the
The wingless 600cc Micro-Sprint tour is an idea that has gained momentum over the past few seasons. When the 600 Pro Series ceased to exist in 2012, the notion of a wingless tour gained even more steam; even
The Polk Township Fire Hall is located just off Route 209 in Kresgeville, Pa. Borger says it's just about a mile from his Xcel Chassis shop, and interested parties can call him for directions at 610-681-2689.
NEWS FROM FIRST
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The show will feature the exotic TQ (Three Quarter) Midget race cars and agile Champ Karts that have put on many exciting indoor racing shows for a number of years under Len Sammons Productions.
Other Indoor Racing events are scheduled for the Dunkin’ Donuts Center
The 1st Mariner Arena is near the very popular Camden Yards baseball
stadium and in the middle of
Each class will compete against the clock in time trials that will determine starting positions in a series of qualifying heat races. The heat races will narrow the entries down to twenty-two starters for a 40-lap TQ Midget A-Main and a 25-lap Champ Kart feature event.
Grandstand gates will swing open at 6:00 p.m. with racing starting one
hour later beginning with qualifying heat races.
Ted Christopher of
champion, and a multi-time Indoor race winner in both
Previous Indoor Champ Kart race winner Norman Hynes of
is expected to be a fan favorite as he bids for a home state victory opportunity.
Competitors intending to enter the
do so now on line.
Technical rules and race procedures for both events are available on line at www.aarn.com or by calling (609)-888-3618.
The entries are limited to 60 TQ-Midgets and 42 Champ Karts.
A host hotel for the
The Clarion Inn in
Providence Indoor race. Located less than ten minutes from the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Clarion guests will enjoy the ease of parking their vehicles at no charge in a
secured area. Guests of the Clarion Inn will appreciate comfortable interior
corridors that provide safe and easy room access. Reservations, available at a reduced nightly rate of $89.00, may be made by calling l-508-336-7300. With making reservations, ask for the “Indoor Racing” special rate.
The hotel restaurant, Di Parma Italian Table is open for lunch and
dinner. Di Parma also provides room Service and a complimentary
A gala post-race New Years’ Eve Party has been planned at the Clarion,
featuring beef and turkey carving stations, fruit and cheese displays,
complimentary beer and wine from 11 p.m. until the stroke of midnight
and a champagne toast to herald the arrival of 2013.
Title and associate event sponsorships are being sought for the
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Five Mile Point Speedway and RoC Dirt Series Promoter Andrew Harpell came up with the Guaranteed Starters race concept a few years ago and it has remained very popular with the race teams that support the speedway. All the Modified drivers that failed to qualify for the recently held Short Track SuperNationals will have an opportunity to race in one of two 12 lap Guaranteed Starter races prior to traditional qualifying for the Southern Tier 100. The two 12 lap events will start the racing program on Saturday with the race winner in each transferring to the Southern Tier 100. All of the teams including the two guaranteed starters will still go through traditional heat races to qualify and/or better their starting position in the feature event.
Harpell commented on the concept, “Each year we put these two races on to show our appreciation for supporting our late season events at Five Mile Point Speedway.” “A driver may have had tough luck at the last event but now has an opportunity to turn that in to a great race day for the Southern Tier 100.”
Any of the non-qualifiers from the Short Track SuperNationals that take the green in either of the two Guaranteed Starter races will get a $50 bill for their participation. The two race winners will have ensured themselves of $300 by making it in to the 43rd Southern Tier 100 starting field.
The National Quarter Mile Dirt Track Championship Weekend will take place on Friday, October 26th and Saturday, October 27th at Five Mile Point Speedway. Racing on Friday evening will get underway at 7 p.m. with racing set to get underway at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday. There will be free camping, free parking and kids 12 and younger will be admitted free of charge. For further information please phone 607-775-5555 or log on to www.fivemilepointspeedway.net.
GURANTEED STARTERS RACE NUMBER 1 LINEUP: Glenn Knapp, Jeff Crambo, Elmo Reckner, Brent Boyer, Chris Wood, Jamie Batzel, Don Lawson Jr., Chris Grbac, Joey Colsten, Mike Clapperton, Tommy Meier, Bob Hamm, Tom Collins, Mike Austin, Dan Hineline, Eric Williams, Richard Krum, Danny Bouc.
GUARANTEED STARERS RACE NUMBER 2
LINEUP: Billy VanPelt, Alan Barker, Steve Babicek, Alan Johnson, Nate Christman,
Kyle Merkel, Jesse Kline, Joey Grammes, Sammy Martz,
Brett Graham, Joe Eisenhauer, Byron Worthing, Ryan Beltz, Nick Rochinski, Richard Smith,
That time of year is here where champions are crowned and recognition is given. The swapping of racing stories that one day might lead to racing history. Banquet information has been announced by Doug Borger, creator of the Xcel Chassis Series.
"December 1st we will be honoring three divisions within the series. The tour division as always and for the first time we will be honoring Kutztown Fair Speedway drivers along with the Borgers Speedway drivers, stated Doug, I can't emphasize enough that drivers must be present to win any and all awards. This will be the biggest banquet to date with the additions of Kutztown and Borgers participants and everybody is looking forward to a great night."
The banquet will be held at the Polk Township Firehouse located on Route 209 just south of Doug's shop. Doors open at 5 with dinner being served at 6:00. Tickets will be $25.00 per person and are available thru Doug. He will have them at Five Mile Point this Saturday and on Sunday at the yearend meeting being held at the same firehouse starting at noon. If you can't make either, please call Doug at 610-681-2689 to reserve your tickets.
The two-day 'Wild Card Weekend' is set for Friday-Saturday Nov. 9-10
featuring a plethora of divisions on the
Topping the Friday (Nov. 9) program is a 30-lap Small-Block Modified Championship paying $3,000 to the winner and $225 to take the green flag. The following weight/engine rules have been established for the event: Pennsylvania-legal spec head (2,350 lbs.); DIRTcar-legal spec head (2,350 lbs.); Open 339 cubic inches (2,400 lbs.); Open 363 cubic inches or ported spec head (2,450 lbs.); NASCAR-style 363 cubic inches or less (2,500 lbs.).
"The goal is to keep this event open to as many teams as
A number of drivers have already set plans to participate in the small-block program including Billy Pauch of Frenchtown, N.J., Pennsy star Mike Gular of Green Lane, Pa., former Bridgeport champion Ryan Watt of Boyertown, Pa., Ryan Godown of Ringoes, N.J., Bridgeport Modified winner Eric Kormann of Vineland, N.J., recent Delaware State Dirt Track Championships small-block victor Richie Pratt Jr. of Woodbury Heights, N.J., and many more.
Joining the Small-Block Modifieds on Friday
night is the final hand of the Crate Sportsman 'Poker Series' with a 30-lap
event paying $1,000 to the winner and $75 to take the green flag. Crate Sportsman featuring New Egypt
Travis Hill of Barnsboro, N.J., has won three of the four ‘Poker Series’ events contested thus far for 602 Crate Sportsman: Aug. 30, June 9 and May 12. Ryan Anderson of
On Saturday (Nov. 10), attention turns to the finale of the five-race 'Poker Series' for big-block/small-block Modifieds. The fifth and final hand of the series offers a $5,000 top prize should the winning driver post a $20 "gambler's fee" prior to the start of qualifying ($4,000 without). A full Race of Champions purse is set for the remainder of the field: $1,000 for fifth, $500 for 10th and $300 to take the green flag.
Saturday Modified weight rules are as follows for the event: Pennsylvania-legal spec head or DIRTcar spec head engines: 2,350 lbs.; all other small-blocks under 363 cubic inches: 2,400 lbs.; all engines above 363 cubic inches: 2,500 lbs.
The overall Modified 'Poker Series' payout is lucrative. 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.
‘Poker Series’ winners thus far in 2012 have been Ryan Godown of Ringoes, N.J., (March
31), Jamie Mills of
2012 Bridgeport champion Rick Laubach of Quakertown, Pa., won eight races at Bridgeport this season and leads the 'Poker Series' overall title fight with three 'Kings' resulting from a trio of runner-up finishes and a 'Queen' from a third-place result. Laubach is coming off victories at New Egypt Oct. 13 in the 'Rocktoberfest' and the big-block portion of the Delaware State Dirt Track Championships at Delaware International Oct. 20.
For further information on Bridgeport Speedway, visit www.bpspeedway.com. Bridgeport Speedway,
located just minutes from
Goals have always been a part of the life of Abbey Price. What is most important are these goals have always been realistic and within reach. When I first met Abbey I was impressed with the way Abbey was not afraid to ask questions but also listen and take the advice to heart. I asked her what she expected and her first words being 'I want to be Rookie of the Year and the first girl to do it" with such conviction it wouldn't surprise me at all.
The Xcel Chassis tour division offered Abbey the opportunity to develop her driving skills while running thru out the northeast . One of the most popular drivers in the series was impressed how Abbey improved week in and week out. "Abbey was full of questions all season. Kids her age don't necessarily take the advice but each week I saw her improve and be more confident at each race." said modified driver Brian Mady," She's a great ambassador to the series and racing in general."
When you take a look at her racing resume and all she has accomplished in such a short racing career makes you wonder how far she can go. In her first year of quarter midgets she accumulated 13 wins and 23 top 3's. By her second year, she was the Pennsylvania Quarter Midget Jr. Outlaw Regional Champ. In 2011 she moved to the sling shots and garnered herself 2 rookie titles, Wyalusing Jr. Champ and the Tobias Slingshot Jr., in one year.
During the 2011off season Chip, Abbey's dad, and Abbey sat down and mapped out her 2012 season. They decided the 600 modifieds would help advance Abbey in her racing career and still maintain a level of affordability. " Abbey is always learning life lessons thru her racing," exclaimed Chip," As her father I try to teach her you can reach your goals and you will make mistakes along the way. It's how you handle those mistakes that will define you."
After clinching the Rookie of the Year title with 5 races left into the season I asked Abbey what her next goal would be. "My goal is to finish in the top ten in the races we have left this year. The rest of the year will be to get ready for the 2013 season with the Patios 4 You sponsored #9 and to hit some of the shows over the winter. My dad and I have secured sponsorship with a bunch of companies. I need to thank Signature Structures, N&P-P Co., Huntington Oil Co., Hat Creek Retrievers, Joel Renner Power washing D C Helms Inc., Don's Racing Websites, Dr. Kathleen Fallon Kline, Owl's Nest Gun & Bow Shop and of course my family."
Abbey is committed in bringing awareness to autism with her involvement with Autism Awareness and is putting together a fundraiser as we speak. School is always a part of Abbey's everyday life participating in all aspects of music while maintaining some of the highest grade averages. "I'm always doing something and keep pretty busy. My racing takes me to different places and I'm always meeting new people. I hope when I'm older I can look back and know that somehow some way I made a difference."
As far as I can tell she has already made a difference and look forward to following her career in racing and beyond. To support her charity of choice and keep up to date with Abbey's progress go to her website abbeyprice.com.
CONCORD, N. C. - Oct. 24, 2012 - With only two feature events left in the Super DIRTcar Series, Big-Block Modified competitors are prepping for one of the biggest dirt racing events of the year, PEAK Motor Oil World of Outlaws World Finals presented by NAPA Auto Parts at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Thursday, Nov. 1, through Saturday, Nov. 3.
Not only is PEAK Motor Oil World of Outlaws World Finals presented by NAPA Auto Parts one of only three events that hosts the three premier dirt track series, the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, and the Super DIRTcar Series, but it is the last event of the season for all three.
"It's almost like the
Performing well at the two Super DIRTcar Series
features at The Dirt Track at
In addition to gearing up for the climactic finale, the last chance for teams to make it to the top, the Super DIRTcar Series competitors are also looking forward to three days of exhilarating racing in front of thousands of fans.
"That's a great, spectacular event that we always look forward to," said Brett Hearn, currently third in points and coming off two big series victories at Super DIRT Week in Syracuse, N. Y., and Eastern States Weekend in Middletown, N. Y. "It's great to be part of the three major World Racing Group series all at one place at one time, and Charlotte has a lot to offer besides great racing. It's a great place to go visit."
For tickets and more information about PEAK Motor Oil World of Outlaws World Finals presented by NAPA Auto Parts one, visit the Charlotte Motor Speedway website at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/dirt. Follow @SuperDIRTcar on Twitter for the latest news and updates about the Super DIRTcar Series, including race results.
Three-time Indy 500 starter dies
The second-oldest living
Russo was tied with Chuck Weyant, the oldest living Indy 500 starter, for having the earliest "500" start (1955) among living drivers.
Russo was born in
Between 1952 and 1960, Eddie Russo made 21 National Championship starts. In 1960, he ended his career after an excursion into the outside wall in Turn 2 resulted in the loss of his eye.
On his official Facebook page, Donald Trump posted a letter today (10/24) offering a deal to President Barack Obama. If the president releases his college and passport records to the public, Trump will write a $5 million check to the charity of the president’s choosing. What’s your take on this unusual proposal?
Note: On NBC News, on Tuesday evening, Brian Williams was publicizing the fact that Donald Trump was coming out with something about President Obama, on Wednesday. Conveniently, Mr. Williams was touring the country with you-know-who, and was not on the News show on Wednesday evening. Lo, and behold, not ONE word mentioned about what “The Donald” came out with. Guess we all know why, huh?
and weather forecasters are growing concerned that a powerful nor’easter,
formed from Tropical Storm Sandy and an approaching cold front, could wreak
havoc in the
“This storm has
the potential to be very dangerous,” said Gary Szatkowski,
the meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service’s
Szatkowski likened the situation to “the Perfect Storm,” a incredibly powerful Nor’easter that in 1991 absorbed Hurricane Grace, killed 13 people and caused upwards of $200 million in damage along the East Coast.
guidance has got a 946 millibar low off the coast of
Szatkowski was quick to
point out, however, that there is a considerable amount of uncertainty with how
the scenario will play out. Some forecast models show
“Remember that the forecast maps are guidance, not gospel. The storm center could easily track closer to the coast or further out to sea,” Szatkowski wrote in a briefing package issued today. “The takeaway message is that our region could be close to the path of a very dangerous storm.”
This gentleman, below, wasn’t on the
starters stand this past weekend at OCFS, but his son was. Pictured is the late “