Racin' & Different Stuff:
By Tom Avenengo
Sad to say, not much of a column this week. Got knocked on my butt from a bad chest cold. At least I hope that’s what it is. Hoping to see my Dr. on Wednesday. Results: I do have a real bad cold. Got some pills that I have to take for 10 days. We’re hoping they do the job. So, my apologies for what I’m throwing at ya!
Chris Romano comes out with this towards the end of the year.
I beg your indulgence for one more year.
I must share the passing of
starter “Bud” Hervey who waved the flags at a number of tracks in eastern
Add former dirt modified driver turned race promoter Doug Hoffman, on Christmas Eve.
Doug Hoffman obit: http://heintzelmanfh.com/site/content/view/3380/1957/
And add Milt Johnson, father of Danny and Alan Johnson on Dec 26th.
From my last column:
"SENNA" movie showing on ESPN 2
All times are Eastern so adjust accordingly.
Sunday the 29th:
And Monday, the 30th.
“SENNA” – in parts:
Senna part 1:
Note: No idea as to why the movie wasn’t on TV. And also, my bad for not checking out the list of links I gave ya for the Senna parts. I was not aware that they had been pulled from You Tube.
You like “Nick Names”? Bet you’ve never seen a list like this one!
Yup! It’s darn near Chili Bowl time!
Heh, heh! Already, “stuff” is starting to hit the fan over the voting and results on this over the “fiscal cliff” cr*p. Speaking with my one son earlier on Wednesday night, he told me already he’d lose $50.00/week, right off the bat. Nice, huh?
“I am looking for a builder/developer that might be interested in sub-dividing 10-12 acres in Southbury. Approx. 2-3 homes can be constructed and sold. Does anyone know someone that might be interested.... Need info as soon as possible !!!! Thanks”
this person had this to say, too: “I
have a difficult thing to ask of everyone ... We have two adorable little
doggies that need a good home. I would love for them to be together but I
understand if they can't. If you are interested or know anyone interested
please contact me as soon as possible.
JJ is a Pappion who is 11 years old
Chooch is a chihuahua mix who is about 5 years old
This breaks my heart but they deserve a good home”
Please call 203-262-8010
Found on Jayski’s website:
Finch working on driver lineup for #51 UPDATE2:
Racing team owner James Finch is close to settling on his lineup for 2013.
Finch said Thursday that Regan Smith will run the Daytona 500 in the #51 Chevy.
But with Smith concentrating on his new gig with JR Motorsports, there will be
an opportunity for AJ Allmendinger as well.
"Regan will go to Daytona for us, but I want to help AJ run some races,
too," Finch said. "We're still working on the final schedule, but AJ
will probably run
(Finch) telling Newschannel 7 Sports he's committed
to run at least 18 Cup races in 2013, starting with the Daytona 500. He says
he's secured a sponsor for both Daytona races in February, but won't announce
that sponsor until after the first. James says Regan Smith will drive for
the clock winds down on 2012, Phoenix Racing, based in
2013 silly season notes for #7-Robby Gordon / Robby Gordon Motorsports:
are that Gordon will not run many, if any, Sprint Cup races in 2013 after
making the Daytona 500 in 2012 he ran two more races, at
Papis helping train Dillon brothers:
Papis, who gained fame in central
Judge orders unsealing of
N.C. Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a
McMurray karting in Daytona:
McMurray is enjoying the off-season by returning to his roots karting. The NASCAR driver is among the entries
participating in the annual Daytona KartWeek World
Karting Association events at Daytona International Speedway. Practice began on
Friday with races scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. Hundreds of karters from across the country will spend their holidays
at Daytona International Speedway participating in WKA races on three different
courses the 3.56-mile road course, the sprint track located in Turns 3
and 4 and the quarter-mile dirt track outside Turns 1 and 2. Tickets for
Daytona KartWeek can be purchased at Ticket Booth E
located above the Turn 1 tunnel near
NBC expected to make push for NASCAR rights:
The shift to a less passive audience that would rather interrelate with a race telecast than just watch comes as NASCAR negotiates its next television contract. The current deal expires after the 2014 season and by the time '15 rolls around the TV landscape could look very different. FOX has already renewed its agreement through 2022 to the tune of $300 million per year, or $2.4 billion over the eight years. That's a significant bump up from the $220 million Fox is currently paying for a package of races that includes the Daytona 500. Despite a drop in ratings, an increase is also expected from other television entities for the remaining components of the contract, which include 23 other Sprint Cup races, ten inside the Chase, and the entire Nationwide Series schedule. Incumbents TNT and ABC/ESPN are expected to again jump back into negotiations but a wild card has come to the table in the form of NBC. Desperate for quality and popular live sports programming for its NBC Sports Channel, the Peacock Network is expected to make a substantial play for a big piece of the NASCAR pie. But while the dollars may turn out to be greater in the NBC proposal, at this point the network could not match the exposure and publicity NASCAR receives from the "World Wide Leader" in sports. As part of the mighty ESPN machine, NASCAR enjoys a hefty amount of promotion on not just auto racing-related programming but a wide range of content across a variety of television, radio and online platforms.(Motor Racing Network)(12-24-2012)
Danica driving Nationwide for Turner Motorsports?
Danica Patrick will drive for Turner Motorsports in her
10-race commitment to this year's Nationwide Series schedule, sources tell
espnW.com. Driving for JR Motorsports in her first full-time Nationwide
season last year, Patrick produced the highest final points finish (10th) among
women in NASCAR history. She will begin her partial campaign in NASCAR's
second-tier series on Feb. 23 at Daytona International Speedway in conjunction
with her first full Sprint Cup season with Stewart-Haas Racing the same
weekend. Turner Motorsports was a fit for Patrick not just because it fields Hendrick Motorsports-produced Chevy like Stewart-Haas.
Richard Childress Racing vice president of competition Mike Dillon told
espnW.com in November that his organization had discussed the possibility of
Patrick driving his team's #33 Chevy, saying "we
would love to run Danica. We think we could do a lot
with her." Dillon's team already had re-signed three-time Sprint Cup
champion Tony Stewart, who has six wins in 13 Nationwide starts at Daytona, for
the opener, however, and Patrick's management team preferred the continuity of
allying with one organization for her supplemental program. Though not all
details concerning Patrick's remaining schedule have been finalized, she is
expected to race it with Turner. Patrick's Turner Motorsports car would be
sponsored by GoDaddy.com, sources said. Her schedule is expected to include
NASCAR credit included in "fiscal cliff" deal:
The "fiscal cliff"
deal reached by the Senate and the White House on New Year's Eve, and passed in
legislative form by the Senate early New Year's Day, includes many giveaways to
special interests--including an extension of a perk enjoyed by
"motorsports entertainment complexes" otherwise known as the "NASCAR
tax credit." The provision, under section 168(i)(15) of the federal tax code, allows speedways to write off
their costs over seven years. Typically, such expensing occurs over a much
longer period of time, from 15 to 39 years. The cost of the NASCAR tax credit
to taxpayers has been estimated at some $40 million--over and above any tax
incentives provided by state and local authorities.
News from the AARN:
Nothing this week, and it’s doubtful I’d have an AARN by next week, since they’re on vacation, and next issue is due January 8th.
Here are the
entry lists for the Indoor Racing at
Note: The 600 Micros, Champ Karts and Slingshot classes have been filled.
Former Oakland Valley Speedway (Dirt Oval) runners:
As far as I know, there were no former Dirt Oval
runners in the events in
Borgers Open Practice January 12 and 26, 2013.
First of all to get everyone updated on Glenn. He is doing fine and should be released from Rehab any day. Had another echocardiogram and brain scan and everything is good. Blood sugar is normal and he is as cranky as ever and wants to get out. He was home on Christmas and New Years eve but they just want to make sure his walking a stable enough so he does not fall. To clear up any rumors the bleeding on the brain was from the fall and in fact may have happened when he fell two months ago at the track. He will be home for the practice dates.
We are scheduling an open practice January 12 and 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weather permitting. Practice is open to any racecars and there will be a $20 pit pass required for anyone entering the pits. Grandstand is free. One car will be allowed on the track at a time. Anyone entering the pits under 18 must fill out a release form and it must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. We will have forms available and they can be downloaded from our web-site.
Our rules meeting will be held February
9 at the Wind Gap Fire Hall in Wind Gap,
We have been in negotiations with ATQMRA for two sanctioned races. Dates will be announced shortly. On dates that ATQMRA races at Mahoning and Mountain we will run our TQ show first at 2:00 p.m. so any drivers wishing to race with ATQMRA at Mahoning and Mountain can do so. We will also be scheduling an event with the Vintage TQ Club.
Borgers Speedway will be running all of last year’s classes. TQ/Asphalt 600 Sprints, Wingless Dirt 600 Sprints. The Dirt 600 Sprints will run their own show but will be allowed to run with the TQ’s in all events with the exception of the two ATQMRA sanctioned events. Dirt guys and gals this gives you two opportunities to race each week. AllStar and Junior Slingshots will run with additional special events plus the tour shows. We could not reach an agreement with the XCEL 600 Modifieds however if any Modifieds wish to race we will run them. Karts, Slingshots, MicroStocks, and Quarter Midgets will be on the card.
Roger Snyder with MSRS has informed me that four races will be on their schedule and we will do a major race for them in our OctoberFest Series.
We are obtaining sponsorship to run a six race series April through August along with their weekly show for Champ Karts and Junior Clones. If we have any other large classes we will consider doing the same for them.
In an effort to build up the Junior Classes we are considering a cash payout to the parents for all Juniorclasses with the exception of the Kid Karts. The Juniors will pay the same entry fee and pit pass as the Senior Classes and run for the the Senior payout. I would like to have your input on this.
We will do the same for the Quarter Midgets if they are willing to support us. We are considering running the Quarter Midget on turns one and two of the inner loop and three and four of the big track. I would also like input on this. We are also looking to reschedule the Starz Of Tomorrow race in April.
We have plans for many special shows including some under the lights shows for all divisions. We got our feet wet this past season and are looking to make big things happen in 2013 at Borgers Speedway.
I get e-mails:
This is amazing. There are two parts. Be sure to read the 2nd part.
Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped.
At 5, began studying under his cousin's tutor.
At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.
At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages.
At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.
At 23, started his own law practice.
At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.
At 31, wrote the widely circulated "Summary View of the Rights of British America and retired from his law practice.
At 32, was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress.
At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence .
At 33, took three years to
At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry.
At 40, served in Congress for two years.
At 41, was the American minister
At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.
At 53, served as Vice President and was elected president of the American Philosophical Society.
At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active
head of Republican Party.
At 57, was elected the third
president of the
At 61, was elected to a second term as President.
At 65, retired to
At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.
At 81, almost single-handedly
At 83, died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence along with John Adams.
Thomas Jefferson knew because
he himself studied the previous failed attempts at government. He understood
actual history, the nature of God, his laws and the nature of man. That happens
to be way more than what most understand today.
John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement:"This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to
gather at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."
Second part - What he said:
"When we get piled upon
one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as
-- Thomas Jefferson
"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
-- Thomas Jefferson
"It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world."
-- Thomas Jefferson
"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."
-- Thomas Jefferson
"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government
results from too much government."
-- Thomas Jefferson
"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."
"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
-- Thomas Jefferson
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
-- Thomas Jefferson
"To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and
-- Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:
"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.
If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property - until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."
I wish we could get this out to everyone!
I'm doing my part. Please do yours.
Found on Facebook:
11 states now have more people on govt aid than they have people working/producing. This coupled with a fiscal cliff, already high unemployment, national debt surpassing gross domestic product (GDP), and a long line of FAILED quantitative easings,... expect for the economy to get a LOT worse for many, many years to come.
President Obama in response to the "fiscal cliff" vote: I won't go along with cuts to spending without more taxes. Also, he says he won't debate on raising the debt ceiling. Basically, he is saying more taxes, more spending and more debt---and I don't won't to hear any complaints from the American people.
Some non-racing stuff:
Gun Ranges to be Regulated Under Draconian Bill
Note: Talk about a crime!
Note: Please don’t get me going on Hillary!
Can what this video is trying to tell us be actually true? What would you do?
New tires on the rear:
Note: The photos are not available on Dirt Track Digest, only on New England Tractor - http://newenglandtractor.com/racereport/
since I had put in about that race in
Closing with these:
IMPOSSIBILITIES IN THE WORLD
1) You can't count your hair.
2) You can't wash your eyes with soap.
3) You can't breathe when your tongue is out.
Put your tongue back in your mouth, you silly person. (This was just a test!)
Ten (10) Things I know about you.
1) You are reading this.
2) You are human.
3) You can't say the letter ''P'' without separating your lips.
4) You just attempted to do it.
6) You are laughing at yourself.
7) You have a smile on your face and you skipped No. 5.
8) You just checked to see if there is a No. 5.
9) You laugh at this because you are a fun loving person & everyone does it too.
10) You are probably going to send this to see who else falls for it.
You have received this e-mail because I didn't want to be alone in the
Have a great Day.
Laugh, and then Laugh and sing "It's a Beautiful Morning" even when it's not.
"Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many."
Again - Special notice: There will be a column next week.
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: email@example.com