Racin' & Different Stuff:
By Tom Avenengo
The sad thing
about this time of the year is that there really isn’t much doing as far as
auto racing goes, especially here in the northeast. Yes, there are the three indoor TQ races here
in the northeast over the course of a month, or so. And some indoor midget races in the Midwest,
ending up with the Chili Bowl out in
Ah, but wait! Daytona will have practice on SPEED starting on the 10th of January! Hooray, we get to watch one car at a time circle that big, banked two and a half mile super speedway!
I wonder why there are no weekly indoor races here in the northeast, like they used to have back in the 40’s 50’s and 60’s – at places like the Kingsbridge Armory, in the Bronx, The Island Garden in West Hempstead, NY, Commack Arena in Commack, NY, Nassau Veterans Coliseum in Uniondale, NY, Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, NJ, and New Haven Veterans Coliseum in New Haven, and the Teaneck Armory in Teaneck, NJ.
A little about the Kingsbridge Armory, and what MIGHT happen:
From a column of mine from 12/29/2011:
“The world's largest armory will be redeveloped into commercial space, including some community space among a big box retailer, a cinema, a bank branch, a fitness center and a local business incubator to fit within the armory’s 575,000 square feet.
The four-block square
The castle-styled building was constructed in 1912-17 to house the Eighth Artillery Rainbow Division but has had various civilian uses into the 1990s.
Local midget car promoter Jack Kochman leased 180,000 square feet of the armory and reopened it as Kingsbridge Speedrome Dec. 4, 1946.
Spectators filed into the 4,000 box seats to watch midgets and NASCAR-sanctioned stock cars race on a concrete one-fifth-mile oval under the armory’s 121-foot-tall roof on winters into 1962.”
Note: So, really the track could have been bigger, I suppose? 180,000 square feet out of 575,000?
On the home front – this writer finally started feeling a little better the other day. I guess I was thisclosetohaving the flu. This past Tuesday, the wife, who is so damn lucky not to have caught what I had, had her next to last IV Chemo treatment. Next one is on January 29th.
We had a nice small gathering for Christmas dinner at our place. We’ve had a problem with our stove for quite a while – like the oven loses heat. Well, that happened on Christmas day, too. We cooked two turkey breasts, and even with a little extra time in the oven, they didn’t get fully cooked. The wife had made mention of the oven problem to our grandson, Brett, and his wife, Susie. Those damn kids took it upon themselves (after asking us, of course) to get us a brand new stove. Bless them!
Over this past year, I’ve become friends with
a Brian Caruso. Brian is out in
We’ve communicated back and forth quite a bit, but what he sent me, via an e-mail the other day, when he and I were comparing the ARDC of back in the day, to the ARDC of today, got me to thinking when he got back to me with this:
I know what you mean and back then they drove on 2 lane roads not interstates.
My Grandfather raced 8 times a week back in the day. Talk about dedication, I heard that my Grandmother used to take the engines apart and thought it was a joke. A few years ago I found out it was true. When my Grandfather got home late my Grandmother would take the Offy engine apart and wash the parts down with gasoline and lay the parts on sheets in the yard. When he got up it gave him a head start on rebuilding and they could race the next night. I am sure you could get a wife to do that today. LOL
“Jigger Sirois qualifies without question as a hero of the
It dates to 1969, when Jigger was trying to qualify for his first 500. On Pole Day, rain washed out virtually the whole qualifying session until Jigger went out late in the day on a dry track, logging three timed laps at 161 MPH. His crew feared Jigger was too slow and waved off the attempt. The only other car to go out was Arnie Knepper, but rain poured down again during his run. Had Jigger completed his four qualifying laps, he would have won the pole for the 1969 race despite being among the slowest qualifiers. And if his time had not held up, and he had been bumped from the field by Peter Revson, then Jigger would have been the first and only pole winner to be bumped, based on the rule saying that at Indy, the fastest 33 cars start the 500.”
More on Jigger can be found here: http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/tag/jigger-sirois/
Question: Does anyone know just what a “Droid” is?
Damned if I can find it, but a while back I came out and said I thought Kyle Larson would win the Chili Bowl. Well, he won one of the races this past Tuesday night. A short video of him doing victory donuts is in my Video section, towards the end of the column.
Interest high in first national-series dirt event since 1970
Eldora Speedway three minutes to sell 1,500 tickets. In a half-hour, 6,500 were
gone. By the end of the first day, the main grandstand was sold out. By the end
of the weekend, only a few thousand reserved seats were left for the track’s
inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event.
The first few days of ticket sales for NASCAR’s return to dirt racing were brisk ones, with purchases made by households in 48
Tony Stewart and Kasey Kahne are among the NASCAR drivers entered in the 2013 Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals, traditionally one of the biggest Midget car events of the season.
Other NASCAR drivers: J.J. Yeley, Cole Whitt, Kevin Swindell, Jason Leffler, Brad Sweet, Kyle Larson, Dakoda Armstrong and Justin Allgaier.
“Extreme sports star Travis Pastrana has done some wild and daring things during his action sports career.
But one of the riskiest might have come recently when he flew with team owner Jack Roush in Roush’s P-51 Mustang.”
Abandoned race tracks?
So far the thread is up to 9 pages in length. Some interesting and famous tracks that are no longer being raced on, and maybe with a little work, could be again.
Could this be true? Imagine if it is?
Found on Jayski’s website:
35 teams testing at Daytona: NASCAR fans will get their first glimpse of the new sixth-generation NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars on the storied Daytona International Speedway for three days this week at Preseason Thunder, the unofficial on-track start of the 2013 NASCAR season. This week's sessions will be the only test for the new car at Daytona prior to Speedweeks, which begins with The Sprint Unlimited on Feb. 16 and culminates with the 55th running of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 24.
"This test is an opportunity for the teams to prepare their cars for Speedweeks and the 55th running of the Daytona 500," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "This is the teams' test and provides an excellent lead in to the upcoming 2013 season. There has been a lot of work put into the development of the Gen-6 car by the manufacturers, teams and NASCAR. It will be exciting to see the new cars on the track for Daytona Preseason Thunder."
After several tests for the new car, including one restrictor plate test at Talladega Superspeedway, the rules package has been set heading into Preseason Thunder.
The rules package for Daytona includes:
• Plate size - 29/32" (same plate size as 2012)
• Spoiler size - 4" high x 53" wide
• Spoiler angle - 70 degrees
• Front Grille size - 1-3/4" high x 23" wide
• Radiator Relief valve - 32 psi
Teams participating in the test are:
Car # Team Name Driver
1 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Jamie McMurray
2 Penske Racing Brad Keselowski
5 Hendrick Motorsports Kasey Kahne
9 Richard Petty Motorsports Marcos Ambrose
10 Stewart Haas Racing Danica Patrick
11 Joe Gibbs Racing Denny Hamlin
13 Germain Racing Casey Mears
14 Stewart Haas Racing Tony Stewart
15 Michael Waltrip Racing Clint Bowyer
16 Roush Fenway Racing Greg Biffle
17 Roush Fenway Racing Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
18 Joe Gibbs Racing Kyle Busch
20 Joe Gibbs Racing Matt Kenseth
21 Wood Bros Racing Trevor Bayne
22 Penske Racing Joey Logano
24 Hendrick Motorsports Jeff Gordon
27 Richard Childress Racing Paul Menard
29 Richard Childress Racing Kevin Harvick
31 Richard Childress Racing Jeff
33 Richard Childress Racing Austin Dillon
36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Dave Blaney
38 Front Row Motorsports Josh Wise
39 Stewart Haas Racing Ryan Newman
42 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Juan Pablo Montoya
43 Richard Petty Motorsports Aric Almirola
47 JTG-Daugherty Racing Bobby Labonte
48 Hendrick Motorsports Jimmie Johnson
55 Michael Waltrip Racing Mark Martin
56 Michael Waltrip Racing Martin Truex
78 Furniture Row Racing Kurt Busch
83 BK Racing Travis Kvapil/David Reutimann
88 Hendrick Motorsports Dale Earnhardt Jr.
95 Leavine Family Racing Scott Speed
99 Roush Fenway Racing Carl Edwards
Thurs, Fri, Sat.--- Live streaming on speed.com 9am-12 EST. Afternoon sessions 1pm-5pm EST are on Speed TV & then Race Hub Recap
Finch working on driver lineup for #51 UPDATE 3:
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
Racing will put Regan Smith in its car for the Daytona 500 and plans to have
Smith and AJ Allmendinger share driving duties for its Sprint Cup team in 2013.
It also hopes to reunite with Kurt Busch for Nationwide Series races. Team
general manager Steve Barkdoll said Tuesday that the team plans to field a Cup car
for the entire season and a Nationwide car for restrictor-plate events plus
other select races. Smith will drive the Cup car at Daytona and possibly in
seven to 10 races throughout the season. Barkdoll said he expects
Allmendinger's first race to be at
Phoenix Racing gets Daytona sponsor:
Racing announced that Guy Roofing Inc. will sponsor its #1 Chevy in the
DRIVE4COPD 300 on Saturday, February 23 and its #51 Chevy in the Daytona 500 on
Sunday, February 24. The events at the historic, high-banked 2.5-mile oval will
mark the organization's first NASCAR sponsorship endeavors. Guy Roofing is a
national full service residential, commercial, and industrial roofing
contractor headquartered in
2013 silly season notes for
#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. / Roush Fenway Racing: Two-time NASCAR Nationwide Champ Ricky Stenhouse Jr. moves up
to the Sprint Cup level in 2013. Stenhouse Jr. will run for the Rookie of the
Year and take over the #17 from Matt Kenseth, who ran the car since 2000. Scott
Graves will lead the #17 team as the crew chief.
Mayfield plea deal underway:
agreed Monday to keep open former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield's case in
Catawba County Superior Court this week. Mayfield's Attorney David Freedman and
the district attorney's office appear to be trying to work out a deal.
"Communication is open," Mayfield said Monday. "We'll see how it
goes." Mayfield said he will not take any kind of plea deal that would
mean jail time. Mayfield was in court Monday on felony possession of
methamphetamine, three counts of felony possession of stolen goods/property and
felony obtaining property by false pretense. All five charges stem from a
search investigators conducted on Mayfield's property on
Mayfield calls radio show to question
NASCAR radio show took a bizarre turn Tuesday night when suspended driver
Jeremy Mayfield called in to confront NASCAR CEO Brian France on the air.
Mayfield, who spent more than three years fighting a NASCAR-imposed suspension
after he tested positive for methamphetamines, placed a call to the Motor Racing
Network's NASCAR Live show as
The driver, who said he was considering a plea deal this week over multiple felony charges, got his call put through to France and host Eli Gold, who welcomed him to the show.
"I thought I would just call in and see how you guys were doing, Brian, Eli," Mayfield said. "Haven't been around much to talk to you guys lately, and just wanted to ask Brian if he's willing to accept the fact I'd like to come back racing and if we could sit down and talk about it and figure out what we need to do to make that work."
"Well, Jeremy, you know the path back for you it's the path back for anybody," [
Mayfield quickly got off the air after
No DirecTV Hot Pass in 2013:
doing away with its
Allmendinger still working on 2013 plans:
AJ Allmendinger tried to close the book on 2012 by going to bed early on New Years Eve and not celebrating the end of the year. But it was hard for him when just a few days later he drove through the tunnel at Daytona International Speedway. He couldn't help but remember last July when he drove through the DIS tunnel wondering if he would ever race again as NASCAR had just suspended him for a failed drug test the previous weekend at Kentucky Speedway. His return to Daytona Friday didn't have that type of drama as he set the fast time in testing for the Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona, which is scheduled for Jan. 26-27 on the track's road course. Allmendinger is driving for Michael Shank Racing, whose team he anchored in winning the sportscar event a year ago in perhaps Allmendinger's biggest win in his racing career. Allmendinger was fired by Penske Racing for the failed drug test. He drove two races for #51-Phoenix Racing following his reinstatement and while mentioned as a possible driver for select races for the team in 2013 Allmendinger said he has nothing set beyond the 24-hour race. "As of right now, this is the only race I've got planned," the 31-year-old Allmendinger said. "We know how this world works. It's crazy. & I definitely want to be back in the Cup Series because I have got a lot of unfinished business. It's not the way I want to go out like that. I'm open to all options sportscar racing, IndyCar racing, Cup, Nationwide, trucks, whatever."(Sporting News)(1-6-2013)
News from the AARN:
Nothing this week, and it’s doubtful I’d have an AARN by this weeks column, 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.
Here’s what will be in this weeks issue, however:
What’s covered in this weeks issue from 1/8/2013:
Racing World Mourns The Loss
Of Many Who Died Over The Holidays
Ted Christopher Overcomes Tough Field,
Freak Pitside Fire To Win
Providence's Coffee Cup TQ Race
Lance Dewease, Mike Heffner
Unite To Form
Potent New 410 Sprint Team
Chili Bowl This Weekend
Awaits ARDC Midget Onslaught
Ryan Godown Claims
Lions Share Of New Egypt Speedway
Cash At AC Fete
Eastern Motorsport Press Association
AARN Staffers Earn Key Awards
Richard Tobias Announces
Bold Plans For Kutztown Track,
VMRS Modified Teams Gather
To Honor McKennedy, Barry
NASCAR Camping World Trucks
To Race On Eldora's Dirt In 2013
Mike Dicely, TIm Buckwalter
Among Tulsa Micro Shootout
`Jeffrey Hogue Purchases Naming Rights to the
In what is believed to be "a first" for this region's short track racing industry, co-promoters Rich Tobias and Doug Rose have announced that Wyomissing realtor Jeffrey Hogue has purchased the naming rights to Action Track
While the details of the purchase were not disclosed, the deal has been confirmed by all parties and the new name of the speedway is officially the "JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track".
Hogue, the number one realtor in
"I sell more homes than any other realtor in
That's when Brad Reinert, a friend of Rose who is lending a hand in the marketing of the speedway, entered the picture. He queried Hogue about purchasing a billboard for the Action Track's first season under Tobias and Rose. Hogue checked out the track's Facebook page and noticed that it was possible to obtain the naming rights to the speedway. When Reinert confirmed that fact, Hogue said, "I'll write the check and get it to you tomorrow."
Admitting that his initial reason for the investment was "strictly for business reasons - my realty business," Hogue quickly became enamored with the facility's potential as he and the promotional team discussed their plans and goals for the speedway.
"As I talk to Doug and Rich and hear about everything they've got planned for this place, it's become a passion for me, too. I want to help make the Action Track a success. I told them to let me know if they need anything as they reconfigure the track."
Rose and Tobias were thrilled to find a marketing partner so soon, and Rose confirmed that one of his goals was to find someone who was interested in the naming rights to the speedway.
"One of the reasons we decided to call it "the Action Track" is because that name seemed to lend itself to adding a business name in front of it," said Rose. "We kicked around a bunch of other names, but that one seemed to work best if and when we sold the naming rights."
Hogue is not a stranger to motorsports; in fact, he has a long and very interesting background in racing.
"I sat in the fourth turn bleachers at the Reading Fairgrounds. I couldn't get enough dirt in my soda, and I loved seeing those Modifieds wheeling through the corners," noted Hogue.
When he wasn't watching the action on the famous half-mile Fairgrounds oval, Hogue was racing models of his heroes in the alleys of
"I was recruited by Penske Racing to work on Rick Mears' team. Their Indy Car teams were based in
Hogue was part of the crew that transported the cars, set up the pits, and did whatever was needed on the cars. "It was awesome," admits Hogue, "and I treasure all the photos I've got of my time with Penske. I was in victory lane with Danny Sullivan and Mears, and I got to know Fittipaldi pretty well. Those were great years."
Hogue was part of Penske's Indy Car program from '90 - '93, when he got married and delved into the real estate business.
Today, Hogue sells residential and commercial properties, and he also gets involved with sub-divisions and land development. He's also a professional photographer - "I've got a bucket truck that I use to take very unique photos of the properties that I'm selling; the photos offer prospective buyers a different perspective of the houses and properties," says Hogue.
Despite his busy schedule, Hogue says he will not be an absentee naming rights owner at the speedway. "Oh, you can bet I'll be there...I can't wait for the season to begin. And I'm bringing people with me, too. This is going to be exciting; Rich and Doug have a lot of ideas about making the racing great and keeping the fans entertained. We're gonna have some fun at the Action Track in 2013."
The SpeedSTR's will be the headline division at the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track, paying $2,000 to win the Wednesday night main events. Joining the SpeedSTR's will be the All Star Slingshots, wingless 600cc and winged 270cc Micro-Sprints.
For additional information on Hogue's realty business, log on to www.JeffreyHogueRealtor.com.
Additional details regarding the 2013 racing season at the Action Track can be found atwww.actiontrackusa.com; www.speedwayentertainment.com; and at Facebook.com/ActionTrackUSA.
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I want to thank everyone that attended the Awards Banquet on Saturday night,it was a great way to celebrate and honor our champions and top tour runners and special award winners.
Special thanks to Amy and Pete Knappenberger for manning the greeting table and for Amy's efforts in getting $731 in the Charity Auction ticket sales.
Thanks to "Dyno" Dave McCullough,John Bockhorn,Wendy Bieber,Rich Tobias,Debbie Rahmer,Ray Nemeth,Jr. and everyone that purchased tickets.
Muddy's BBQ did their fantastic job of supplying the food and PJKNAP Productions had the music for dancing."The Voice of Choice" Barry Angstadt did another superb job as MC and kept things moving throughout the awards ceremony with Carl Labonte adding the French translations.Myerstown Beverage supplied the beer and Rich made sure everyone had plenty of soda and some after meal cookies.
Maxime Plante did a wonderful job in showing his gratitude for the SpeedSTR Driver of the Year Award and National Champion.Brett Bieber's championship makes him the first 2 time National Champion and will be looking for a 3 peat in 2013.
The AC Thursday night 5 hour practice should have 3 rounds for each class,but you must be ready when called upon for track time.It is usually paid for when you sign in on Thursday.No fuel will be allowed to be brought inside Boardwalk Hall.Tires cannot be ground inside.Helmet is 2005 Snell and belts must be newer than 2/2011.
I will be heading to the Action Track USA on Weds.weather permitting to take a few updated photos.The March 17th Media Day is still on schedule.I'll post them on the Action Track USA and Speedway Entertainment Facebook Group pages.Just to make sure all Slingshot teams are in the know,there will NOT be a drop in the payout for 2013 at the Action Track,like some of the message board rumors have been telling us.Doug Rose is open for sponsorship proposals or suggestions.
The Canada SpeedSTR's have been a part of the SpeedSTR National points since it's inception and for 2013 the Slingshots are also running for the Elite 11 Slingshot National Championship.
Weikel's Sportswear will be getting a visit by me this week to design the 2012 Champions Shirts,again all track champions and the top tour and National finishers will be listed.
A question regarding the 2013 Slingshot points was emailed to me and the easiest way I can answer it is,if you attend a national and there are 26 cars entered ,the winner will get 146 points instead of 120 and if there are 9 cars entered the winner will get 129 points with all other spots also receiving the additional car entry total points.If a track starts 22 cars and there are 34 entered,I do look at the B Main or consi results and fill in the needed spots to get a 30 car finish with all other DNQ's getting at least 20 points.
Brenda Cordier of Shellhammers Speedway announced at the banquet that the Spring Spectacular will be starting later to give all Saturday night tracks a chance to get their race teams a chance to make it in time to race without burning the midnight oil to make changes and be there early.The Spring Spectacular will be held Sunday May 26th with it being a National and MA Gold Tour show.
Bruce Thomas has banquet photos listed on www.southjerseydirtracing.com and Tim Krysiuk has them posted on Facebook,if anyone is interested.
Plenty of time to get your race car and sponsors out in front of the racing public and casual fan as the Motorsports and Reading Legends Reunion attract some of the biggest racing crowds in the area.Also in previous years the Middletown Race Show has been quite the place to be for seeing what's heading to the speedways come warm weather time.
Engine work currently done for Nemeth,Durling and Matt Miller.
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King of Prussia, PA (Jan. 6)……..NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski, DIRTcar Modified driver Brett Hearn, motorsports mogul Roger Penske, rising star Kyle Larson, and racing journalist and public address announcer Al Robinson received top honors at the Eastern Motorsport Press Association (EMPA) 2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame Banquet held during the annual EMPA Convention, January 4-6 at the Crowne Plaza Valley Forge Hotel in King of Prussia, PA.
Selected by a vote of the more than 150 members of the EMPA, Keselowski was named the Al Holbert Memorial National Driver of the year; Hearn chosen the Richie Evans Memorial Nor the ast Driver of the Year; Penske honored as the T. Wayne Robinson Newsmaker of the Year for his pivotal role as the head Penske Racing, winning his first NACAR Sprint Cup title as team owner and taking his NASCAR team from Dodge to Ford products; Larson was named the John Blewett III Young Guns Award presented by New England Racing Fuels for his achievements in both NASCAR’s developmental division and his open-wheel prowess; longtime journalist and announcer Robinson received the Junie Donlavey Spirit of the Sport Award for continuing participating in the sport despite serious medical issues.
Jim and Laura Allebach, owners of Lucas Wolfe’s car, received the Jerry Reigle Outstanding Contribution to Sprint Car Racing Award presented by the World of Outlaws.
EMPA members receiving special recognition included Robin Ervin (Art McHugh Memorial EMPA Service Award), Steve Barrick (Jim Hunter Memorial Writers Award), Dave Moulthrop and Todd Dziadosz (Ace Lane Sr. Memorial Photography Award), and Gary Rowe EMPA President’s Award).
Inducted into the EMPA Hall of Fame were drivers Tony Siscone and Doug Wolfgang, driver and speedway operator Stan Friesen, car owners Lou Cicconi Sr. and Ken Tremont Sr., and track operator Paul Kuhl.
A highlight of the evening was the awarding of prizes in the organization’s video and broadcasting, writing, and photography contests. Winning first place in the American Honda Motor Company/EMPA Video and Broadcast Contest were Brian Unangst, Broadcast News Segment; Sean Siff, General Racing Programs; Brian Unangst, Single Event Coverage; Matt Thomas, Non-Broadcast Single Event; and Mel Thomas, Non-Broadcast General Racing
Winning top honors in the Pocono Raceway/EMPA Writers Contest were Bill Huneke, Race Report; Jim Donnelly, Personality Profile; Bruce Bennett, Feature; Herb Anastor, Column; and Dino Oberto, News Story
Photographers earning first place recognition in the Brice/NAPA/EMPA Photography Contest included Dave Dalesandro, Action; Tommy Hein, Action Sequence; Loren Carmen, Crash Action; Rebecca Eisele, Feature; Paul Arch, Picture Story; Brent Smith, Portrait and Personality; Bob Yurko, Pure Art; Dick Ayers, Unpublished Color.
Brent Smith captured the Portfolio of the Year, while Rebecca Eisele won Best in Show. The Janice Brice “Honorable mention” Award went to Todd Dziadosz.
The EMPA Convention included press conferences, seminars, presentations by track and racing series promoters, as well as the video and broadcast, writing, and photography member contests, social interaction with all types of American motorsports personalities including Andretti Autosports developmental driver Zach Veach, and the NASCAR-sponsored Hall of Fame Banquet. The late Dr. Joseph Mattioli, president of Pocono Raceway and a long time supporter of EMPA, was honored prior to the Saturday evening’s banquet.
A roundtable seminar on rights, responsibilities, and legal issues regarding blogs and postings on internet message boards was led by attorney, judge, and Modified race car driver Richard Yetter, internet guru Lewis Gruppo, and retired AP motorsports writer/reporter Mike Harris.
Sponsors of the EMPA Convention included NASCAR (represented by Tim Sou the rs et al); Dover International Speedway (Gary Camp); IZOD IndyCar (Kate Guerra); World Racing Group/DIRTcar (Chris Dolack et al); Pocono Raceway (Bob Pleban), American Honda Motor Company; and Brice Auto Parts, Inc./NAPA.
At the EMPA Annual Meeting, Len Sammons, Ron Hedger, and Dave Dalesandro were elected to the Board of Directors. The Directors the n named Hedger, president, and Oberto, vice president, and appointed John Snyder, secretary, and Jeff Gromis, treasurer. Committee chairs were also appointed.
American Honda Motor Company/EMPA Video and Broadcast Contest
NEWS SEGMENT (1) Brian Unangst, (2) Sean Siff
GENERAL RACING PROGRAMS (1) Siff, (2) Unangst, (3) Mike Feltenberger
SINGLE EVENT COVERAGE (1) Unangst, (2) Siff
SINGLE EVENT COVERAGE (1) Matt Thomas
GENERAL RACING COVERAGE (1) Mel Thomas, (2) Unangst
Pocono Raceway/EMPA Writers Contest Award Winners
RACE REPORT (1) Bill Huneke, (2) Ron Hedger, (3) Dino Oberto
PERSONALITY PROFILE (1) Jim Donnelly, (2) Len Sammons, (3) Dave Reininger
FEATURE (1) Bruce Bennett, (2) Toby LaGrange, (3) Robin Ervin
COLUMN (1) Herb Anastor, (2) JR Kennerup, (#) Matt Noles
NEWS (1) Dino Oberto, (2) John Snyder, (3) Steve Barrick
Brice’s Auto Parts, Inc./NAPA/EMPA Photography Contest Award Winners
ACTION (1) Dave Dalesandro, (2) Pete MacDonald, (3) Pete MacDonald, (Hon. mention) Brent Smith
ACTION SEQUENCE (1) Tommy Hein, (2) Dave Pratt, (3) Julia Johnson, (Hon. Mention) Dick Ayers and Bill McGaffin
CRASH ACTION (1) Loren Carmen, (2) Bruce Bennett, (3) Paul Arch, (Hon. Mention) Mike Petrucci, Todd Dziadosz, Rick Sweeten
PICTURE STORY (1) Paul Arch, (2) Paul Arch, (3) Dave Dalesandro, (Hon. Mention) Paul Arch
PORTRAIT AND PERSONALITY (1) Brent Smith, (2) Dave Pratt, (3) Mike Petrucci, (Hon. Mention) Rick Sweeten and Rebecca Eisele
FEATURE (1) Rebecca Eisele, Pete MacDonald, (3) Todd Dziadosz, (Hon. Mention) Dave Pratt, Julia Johnson, Rebecca Eisele
UNPUBLISHED COLOR (1) Dick Ayers, Dave Dalesandro, (3) Loren Carmen, (Hon. Mention) Debbie Gastelu
PURE ART (1) Bob Yurko, (2)
Brent Smith, (3) Bob Yurko, (Hon. Mention)
PORTFOLIO OF THE YEAR: Brent Smith
BEST OF SHOW: Rebecca Eisele
JANICE BRICE “HONORABLE MENTION” AWARD: Todd Dziadosz
XCEL CHASSIS ANNOUNCES BIGGER PAYOUTS AND THE RELEASE OF THE 2013 SCHEDULE
"Everybody can appreciate a winner. Xcel Chassis wants to show every driver who attends an Xcel Chassis modified race that they are appreciated." stated Xcel founder Doug Borger. You can understand what he means with the release of the 2013 tour race payout and the season points payout given at the year's end banquet.
The biggest news coming from the Kunkletown, Pa shop is the money increase and sponsor awards to the top ten in tour points. As the saying goes "Cash is King" and that's what you'll find in your envelope. Doug has secured additional incentives with Pyrotech, S&D Bodylines, Kirkey Seats and Real Wheels to sweeten the payouts. Factor X Graffics donated $2000 towards the point fund given to the top ten tour drivers.
The champion will now walk out of the banquet $2000 richer and a new frame & body kit. This will put the total at $5300 making it the biggest payout in tour history and it just doesn't stop there. Pyrotech will supply the second place finisher with a carbon fiber helmet, 2 layer suit, gloves and shoes then add in the $1600 payout, that makes a $2906 paycheck. $1400 and an engine supplied by Xcel Chassis brings third place in points a total of $2600. 4th place will take home a new body supplied by S&D Bodylines and Xcel Chassis and $1200,totaling $1850, to start the year off. The fifth place will have a total of $1520 with a set of new rims provided by Real Wheels and $1000 in their pocket. Sixth and Seventh places will both receive a $250 certificate off of a Kirky race seat with 6th place bringing $800 home and 7th place a $600 payday. The totals for sixth place will be $1050 and seventh will be $850. Eighth place receives $400. Ninth receives $300 and 10th receives $200. Incentives will be announced shortly for these positions.
"I am pleased on everything that
has come together so early in the season. It started at the year end meeting
held in October. I put together 3 payout options for the drivers that are
running the tour where the
majority vote would decide the payout for the 2013 season. The option that was
decided on will pay more money thru the entire field and includes $25 tow money
to the non qualifiers with a $20 entry fee. The winner will bring home
$355 after the car passes tech and everybody will get a pay envelope at the end
of the night", explained
The 2013 Motorsports Show held at the
The most anticipated release over the
winter is the schedule for the 2013 season. Xcel Chassis along with Penn Can
Speedway and Lindas Speedway have released the 600 modified schedule. Penn
Can will host the mighty
modifieds weekly for the first time this season and Lindas Speedway returns for
a third season. Both tracks run under the Xcel Chassis sanction and rules
except for weekly payouts, handicapping and the final points which are decided
by the tracks themselves. The Xcel Chassis tour division will be returning to some favorites and will add
Doug Borger wants to remind everyone that all cars must be inspected by Xcel Chassis and all motors must be resealed before opening day. No inspections will be done at any track and any car or motor not done will not be permitted to race at any Xcel Chassis sanction event." At the end of 2012, I decided to reseal all the motors. If your car currently has an old seal on it, you must still have the motor resealed or you won't be able to race. It's not a matter of you racing then be disqualified, the car will not be allowed on the track without an inspection sticker and a new seal. This includes all Xcel Chassis sanctioned events for the 2013 season. Everybody starts off the year on the same playing field and it's only fair to the guys that take the time to do it the right way. I tell everyone to call me and we can set up a time to have it done. Before you know it, the snow is gone and the season is here." Car owners are also reminded to register your number for the 2013 season along with updating information. There is no registration fee and is on a first come first serve basis. You can find the registration form and schedule on the 600 modified forum board @ xcel600modified.proboards.com and while you're there sign up to be a member.
Look for 2013 to be a bust out season for the 600modifieds. Xcel Chassis will have a booth at the Len Sammons 2013 Motorsports Show Jan. 18th thru 20th and the Motorama Show Feb. 16th and 17th. You can visit xcel600modified.proboards.com for the latest updates thru out the year.
News from BD Motorsports Media
Media Contact: Brett Deyo - Deyo99H@aol.com or 845.728.2781
For Immediate Release/January 6, 2013
BD Motorsports Media Sets 2013 Plans for Penn Can and Five Mile Point Specials at EMPA Convention; Rising Modified Star Mike Mahaney Outlines Benefits of Entering Southern Tier Specials
Mahaney, a 23-year-old rising dirt Modified star from King Ferry, N.Y., joked about his poor pick while addressing the media Saturday morning during the Eastern Motorsport Press Association Convention at the at the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia Valley Forge in King of Prussia, Pa. EMPA is one of the largest motorsports media organizations in the nation. The organization holds the only annual working convention with seminars, press conferences, workshops and an annual Hall of Fame dinner.
Mahaney, a first time EMPA visitor, spoke
to the more than 100 assembled members of the auto racing press as the BD
Motorsports Media 2013 events at Penn Can (
Penn Can Speedway will host the 'Clash at the Can' on Tuesday, June 11 (rain date: June 12) and the 'King of the Can' on Friday, October 18 (rain date: October 20). The sixth edition of the Short Track SuperNationals is planned for Five Mile Point Speedway on Saturday, October 12 (an open practice is planned for Friday, October 11).
"It's no fun when you go to a track and draw 99 like I did last year at the Short Track SuperNationals," Mahaney said. "But you don't mind when it's the same for everybody. When you go to those (BD Motorsports Media) races, their slogan is 'No BS. No Politics.' and that's the way those races are run.
"It doesn't matter if it's me or anybody else, every driver there gets treated fairly. That goes for the draw and everything that follows. You can't ask for anything better than that."
Mahaney had perfect attendance at BD Motorsports Media events last year and has the 2013 dates circled on his calendar.
"The great thing about those races is you don't have to win to have a good night financially," Mahaney said. "The races pay back through the field very well. There are always sponsors and bonus money handed out. You could have a bad night and still leave with your trip paid for.
"This year at the 'King of the Can' race I had engine trouble and didn't qualify for the feature. But I still left the track with a set of bumpers and rubrails from Shiley Fabrication. Going out and getting those sponsors takes a lot of time and effort but it means so much to us as racers."
The fourth 'Clash at the Can' 60-lap big-block/small-block event at Penn Can features a restructured, non top-heavy purse: a minimum of $5,000 for the winner, $1,500 for fifth, $1,000 for 10th and $500 to take the green flag.
"I'm really looking forward to that race," Mahaney said. "For us, we get more excited to race for a payout like that, where the whole field benefits, rather than $10,000 to win and you don't break even finishing outside the top five. It's a big deal to keep people coming back."
The 'Clash at the Can' will feature a Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour sanction in '13. Penn Can is one of only three tracks to host a RoC Dirt Modified event every year since the tour's inception in 2005, joining Five Mile Point and Utica-Rome (N.Y.) speedways.
Again this season, the 'King of the Can' will be an unsanctioned event paying $5,000 to the winner (minimum) as a 50-lap headliner for the big-block/small-block Modifieds. The 14th edition of the 'King of the Can' will offer $314 to take the green flag and the winner will take home a signature 'toilet trophy' that was a huge hit last October.
Five Mile Point Speedway plays host to the 'Working Man's Race' Short Track SuperNationals for the fourth time in the race's five-year history in '13. The big-block/small-block Modifieds headline the program in a 50-lap independent event. A number of qualifying events on the American Racer/Lias Tire 'Road to the SuperNationals' will lead up to the show.
Mahaney, the son of
This season, he'll chase his first checkered in a BD Motorsports Media event.
"We will be at all of them," he said. "They aren't easy races to win. Sometimes you get close to 80 cars. You've got to work hard. The rules are set up so you can go with what you have, no matter where you race, and be competitive.
"To win one of those races would be a highlight for me. We'll definitely be trying."
To learn more about BD Motorsports Media and the 2013 events, visit www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com or "like" BD Motorsports Media on Facebook.
News from Friesen-Deyo Promotions – ‘Dirty
Media Contact: Brett Deyo – 845.728.2781 or Deyo99H@aol.com
For Immediate Release/January 6, 2013
Promoter, Address Auto Racing Media Members at Eastern Motorsport Press
Association, Outlines Plans for First Super DIRTcar Series 'Dirty Jersey 60' at
On Saturday morning, as part of the annual
Eastern Motorsport Press Association Convention at the Crowne Plaza
Philadelphia Valley Forge in
Friesen, who will co-promote the first 'Dirty Jersey 60' Super DIRTcar Series big-block Modified event at New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway on Tuesday, June 18 with Brett Deyo (rain date: June 19), addressed more than 100 media members with a multimedia presentation outlining the inaugural effort by Friesen-Deyo Promotions.
The 60-lap event marks the return of the Super DIRTcar Series to New Egypt, a first-class 7/16ths-mile D-shaped facility, for the first time since 2007. The race will offer Super DIRTcar Series points and a $6,000 winner's share from a purse totaling $27,500.
"Our sport is missing those 'best of
the best' events that pit DIRTcar drivers like Brett Hearn, Jimmy Phelps, Matt
Sheppard and Billy Dunn against the
Friesen, 29, a Canadian who now resides in
"It can be Brett Hearn versus Billy
Pauch: who is the 'king of
"Some of the newer DIRTcar Series
drivers will be racing at New Egypt for the first time. This race is going to
something pretty special for the fans. What we didn’t know at the time that we
booked this event was the move New
Friesen, who won more headline features
(27) than any other driver in 2012, has a family background of promoters. His late
grandfather Stan, who was inducted into the EMPA Hall of Fame on Saturday
evening, was a pioneering and influential figure not only in his home region of
Western New York and Canada, but across the Northeast. Friesen's father Jamie
and Uncle Joel promote weekly racing at Ransomville (N.Y.)
Friesen's uncle Alex, still regarded as one of short track racing's brightest minds, was taking the Northeast by storm prior to his tragic passing in December 1996.
"My family has been involved on the promotional side of the sport since I can remember," Friesen said. "I was selling programs for my Uncle Alex when I was just a kid. I've seen a lot over the years with my grandfather, my Dad and Uncle Alex when he was going out and leasing tracks to hold special events.
"A lot of what I've been able to learn can be brought to New Egypt to make this a special show. We are in the entertainment business and giving the fan's an event - not just a race - is so important."
Friesen told the press corps that he does
plan to race in the 'Dirty
"I'll strap on my helmet once it's
race time," he said. "New
Next up for Friesen-Deyo Promotions is Motorsports 2013, the area's largest auto racing trade show, Jan. 18-20 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa. Hot-off-the-press 'Dirty Jersey 60' apparel designed by Bob Hilbert Sportswear will be available, along with New Egypt event information. New Egypt 2012 champion Ryan Godown's No. 747 and the Norm Hansell Motorsports No. 357 will be part of the expansive display in Booths 216-218 and 316-318.
On Saturday at the show, Friesen will
announce the 'Dirty
To learn more about Friesen-Deyo Promotions or the 'Dirty Jersey 60' long onto www.bdmotorsportsmedia.comor "like" BD Motorsports Media on Facebook.
About New Egypt
Located in New Egypt, N.J., New Egypt Speedway features a daylight-quality lighting system and excellent sightlines from any seat in the house. There are clean, heated restrooms, a monitored playground area for young fans and restaurant-quality concession stands serving up a full menu at family style prices. The racy, 7/16ths-mile clay oval hosts tight, wheel-to-wheel, all-out competition.
A collaboration between dirt Modified standout driver Stewart Friesen and special events promoter/motorsports writer Brett Deyo, Friesen-Deyo Promotions anticipates its first event at New Egypt Speedway in June 2013 with a goal of additional events in the future.
I get e-mails:
The second amendment is not about duck hunting.
Subject: Little known American Historical Fact
This story was in the VFW magazine several years ago and I read it. Hard to believe it happened as I never heard it on the news in 1946.
IT CAN HAPPEN IN THIS COUNTRY!!
FUTURE ELECTION CLEAN-UP FOR
This is a true story, made into a movie. Be sure to look at actual photos after the short movie clip. WHEN AMERICANS HAVE HAD ENOUGH, CORRUPTION WILL END. this real battle was fought by WW II veterans and citizens, with experience. They invoked the 2nd Amendment.
Little known American Historical Fact
I was completely unaware of
this event that took place in
Now the second amendment should be a little clearer to everyone.
This movie lasts less than four minutes and is well worth the time.
Link to actual story: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Athens_(1946)
We read all the jokes and forward the good ones but I just wonder who will pass this one on.
How about you sending it on and back to me if you got the guts to do so.
I am and just wonder how many I will get back?
AND very happy to be of the 1%.
Someone please tell me what the HELL's wrong with all the people that run this country!!!!!!
Both Republicans & Democrats
We're "broke" and can't help our own Seniors, Veterans, Orphans, Homeless, etc.,???????????
In the last years we have provided direct cash aid to:
Hamas - 351 M,
with literally Billions of Dollars and they still hate us!!!!
Our retired seniors living on a 'fixed income' receive no aid nor do they get any breaks while our government
and religious organizations pour Hundreds of Billions of $$$$$$'s and Tons of Food to Foreign Countries!
We have hundreds of adoptable children who are shoved aside to make room for the adoption of foreign orphans.
AMERICA: a country where we have homeless without shelter, children going to bed hungry, elderly going without needed medication and mentally ill
without treatment -etc.
They have a 'Benefit' for the people of Haiti on 12 TV stations, ships and planes lining up with food, water, tents clothes, bedding, doctors and medical supplies.
Imagine if the *GOVERNMENT* gave 'US' the same support they give to other countries.
Sad isn't it?
99% of people won't have the guts to forward this.
I'm one of the 1% --
I Just Did =
Found on Facebook:
Got my first paycheck yesterday for the new year n guess what ? I got more taxes taken outta of it ----yaaaaaayeee . Gonna add up to almost 500.00$ a year . Great like I can afford that :(
The 2013 OCFS Motorsports Show is scheduled for March 23-24 with set-up being on the 22nd. We will have car entry forms and vendor forms available in the coming weeks. Anyone interested in entering a car or setting up a vendor spot please contact us and we will send you a form as soon as they are ready. We thank everyone for their continued support and are looking forward to another exciting show.
Some non-racing stuff:
President is going to act': Joe Biden guarantees Obama will bypass reluctant
Republicans and cement new gun control laws
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/joe-biden-guarantees-presiden-obama-bypass-reluctant-republicans-cement-new-gun-control-laws-article-1.1237010#ixzz2HXC4agO0
Note: I expect this to be just the tip of the iceberg, folks.
Kyle Larson, after a win this past Tuesday night at the Chili Bowl.
Note: The photos are not available on Dirt Track Digest, only on New England Tractor - http://newenglandtractor.com/racereport/
One of the very best drivers to have raced in Midgets and later on, at Indy. Bill Vukovich in the Gerhardt # 45 Offy Midget:
Closing with these:
TODAY IS THE OLDEST YOU'VE EVER BEEN,
YET THE YOUNGEST YOU'LL EVER BE -
SO - ENJOY THIS DAY WHILE IT LASTS.
~Your kids are becoming you......but your grandchildren are perfect!
~Going out is good.. Coming home is better!
~You forget names.... But it's OK because other people forgot they even knew you!!!
~You realize you're never going to be really good at anything.... especially Golf.
~The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don't care to do them anymore.
~You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. It's called "pre-sleep".
~You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" Switch..
~You tend to use more 4 letter words ... "what?"..."when?"... ???
~Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it anywhere.
~You notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"?!!!
~What used to be freckles are now liver spots.
~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet.... 2 of which you will never wear.
~~~But Old is good in some things: Old songs, Old movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org