Racin' & Different Stuff:

                                      By Tom Avenengo

                                         Volume # 125



Since I know that a lot of race teams and fans will be heading south to Florida very shortly, I thought I should open this weeks column with this special notice:


Driving/towing in Pennsylvania:

If you’re towing a race car, or any kind of a trailer, this should interest you – especially at the 7:15 minute mark.  Also, are you aware that in PA, when you are driving a pick-up truck, that by law, in PA, you must go into a weigh station, when it’s open?  If you have a corporate sponsor – that changes things, too – including insurance!  How about only 440 pounds of fuel in your trailer?  When do you need a CDL license – in PA?  What about usage of a cell phone check it out at around 23.50 into the video. 






Still not much going on in the world of Motor Sports as of now.  Yes, they ran the indoor races this past Friday and Saturday in Atlantic City.  I did not attend, due to the amount of walking involved.  From what I’ve heard, it was not a sell out.  Heck, my son had two extra tickets and could not unload them.  During the racing on Saturday night, they had to have an intermission in order to rid the building of fumes.




Son said that from what he could see the “Dirt” 600 Micro Sprints really didn’t have too many “dirt” 600’s in the field.  A good way to get damage done to your Slingshot racer is to enter it in Atlantic City.  It should be very interesting to see how many of the TQ’s that were entered in Atlantic City make it to the outdoor tracks this coming season.  Very disappointing car counts for them last year, no matter where they ran.




An interesting thread has come out on the Pete Kessler run Victory Speedway Forum – What driver has the most laps at OCFS?



“I was just sitting here wondering which driver over the past 90 something years has run the most laps at OCFS.  I've always been big on statistics and numbers and was just wondering about some of the records / milestones at OCFS.  I'd imagine the most laps run at the track would include names like Eurich, Wilson, Hearn, Horton, Schneider, Van Horn etc.Does anyone else have any thoughts on who might have logged the most laps/miles at OCFS? Who out there affiliated with the speedway is most knowledgable when it comes to this kind of stuff? Who has the record books?

Who has any thoughts on this?

Answer # 1:  Gotta go with Brett Hearn, on this one.

Answer # 2:  I say Bill Wilson or Richie Eurich ... both have been regulars at Middletown their whole careers ... over 50 years of heat races, consi's and feature races and both still competing ... mind boggling ... Hearn would be a good candidate but you have to remember Hearn was in diapers when these two gentlemen were turning laps every week.  Certainly an interesting question though.

Answer # 3:  Has to be Bill Wilson or Richie Eurich...I know Bill Wilson goes back at least to 1969. He may have missed some races after his fire in the pits...Eurich goes back to at least 1970 and probably further.

Answer # 4:  Looking back Bill Wilson was racing Modifieds at Middletown in 1967 and Richie Eurich was running Limited Sportsmen that same year.

Answer # 5:  Bill Wilson goes WAY back 1962 at least......just think of just the warm up and hot laps alone. The number is staggering.

Answer # 6:  April through September = 5 months ... 4 weeks per month = 20 weeks per year ... 50 years X 20 weeks = 1000 nights of racing ... lets say 8 lap heat races and a 30 lap feature per night ... that's 30,000 laps not counting practice laps, consi's, yellow flag laps or extra distance races !!!

Answer # 7:  plus ESW weekend

Answer # 8:  Hearn ran the 2 divisions for many years that padded his lap count, but I'm not sure if it would be enough to overtake Wilson and Eurich who I'd think are 1-2.

Note:  Do you think the driver with the most laps has been named, above?




Super Bowl:

Well, my team, the Giants didn’t make it this year, but I still watched the game.  I was very disappointed in the rendering of our National Anthem.  The half time show wasn’t all that impressive, either.  At least to me, that is.  Just a shame that one brother had to be the winning coach, while the other the loser.  In the past, the new commercials were always anticipated, but this year, most had already been seen, via the Internet.  Correct me if I’m wrong here, but I could swear that I saw open places in the chorus lines when the school chorus appeared prior to the game, and I kinda figured those open places were for those that perished in the shooting.



Chili Bowl:

According to Lucas Oil Productions, the 27th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire will be televised on Sunday February 10, 2013 on NBC Sports. The show is scheduled to begin at 4pm ET. Schedule is subject to change. Any changes we are given will be posted to www.chilibowl.com as well as our Social Media outlets.

That’s this Sunday, folks!




Accord Speedway Handicapping Procedure

ACCORD, NY – Veteran handicapper Bob Freer has heard the wishes of the Accord Speedway drivers and will be utilizing a “Handicapping Points’’ system to determine the starting positions for all divisions throughout the 2013 racing season.
“The intent of the handicapping procedure is to provide a fair and consistent way of assigning starting positions for heat races and feature events,’’ said Freer. “The handicapper does everything he can to adhere to these guidelines. The Speedway reserves the right to change the qualifying procedure for any event due to weather conditions or event schedule.’’
Freer, who has served as Accord’s handicapper for many years, prefers this system over money points or track points. Last year, the track had all drivers draw for their starting positions for the qualifying heats when entering the pits and utilized several different types of draws for the feature events.
However, track management wants to get back to a more uniformed handicapping method and Freer feels this system is the way to go based on his observations throughout the years.
“I’ve listened to the title contenders and feature winners dislike about the money points system,’’ said Freer. “I don’t like using track points for handicapping because there isn’t enough numerical spread and there is too much duplication that causes drivers to be lumped together. I have used this (points) system at Accord for many years prior to last season.’’
Freer’s handicapping points system in the past has been used in the Spec Sportsman, Pro Stock, Pure Stock and Lightning Sprint divisions. The Modified and Sportsman drivers will have their races lined up by this method for 2013.
All racing divisions will have their heats and features lined up according to total handicapping points earned by a driver in their last three races completed. Those drivers with the lowest points total will start up front while the higher totals will start in the rear.
However, a driver’s position in the standings has nothing to do with their starting spot for races. For example, if the current points leader has three consecutive weeks of bad feature finishes, he or she could be handicapped to the front of the field for qualifying.
Also, drivers that support the track on a weekly basis will benefit from this system because they won’t be jeopardized by the “phantom points’’ that are issued to those absent for the evening. No shows will receive 150 points towards their handicapping total just like a feature winner accumulates.
Those drivers that fail to make the feature field, but make an honest attempt to qualify, will receive the minimum of zero points for the evening. Drivers that have mechanical trouble or crash that night also won’t be penalized.
Accord’s season-opener on April 12 will be the only program during the regular season that.
drivers will draw for starting positions for the heat races, A “head's up” start will be implemented for the feature where the first heat winner starts on the pole, second heat victor the outside pole and so on.
Heat races and features will be lined up according to total handicapping points earned from opening night only for the second week Line-ups for the third week will be determined by total points from the first two features of the season.
Those drivers earning the lowest total handicapping points during those events will start in the front for their qualifying heat and those earning the most will start further back. Any new participants will start in the rear.
Starting positions from week four and the remainder of the regular season will follow the same basic handicapping formula. All heat and feature fields will be determined by the last three races completed. New drivers start at the rear of the field.
All drivers or car owners should check in with Freer at the handicapping booth when entering the pit area to sign in for the evening. He has sheets listing the drivers’ total handicapping points earned and will highlight the car number to indicate they’re present to race.
This procedure will enable him to determine how many heats are needed for the evening and where to place each competitor. It will also be his intent to separate the top drivers in each division as much as possible. He will also try not to put family or team cars in the same heat if at all possible by the promoter’s request.
The heat line-ups and the number of cars qualifying from each event for the features will be posted on the pit board. A driver must have been present and competing in at least two of the last three programs run to be handicapped for the heat. If not, he is deemed a new driver and will start at the rear.
Drivers that did not finish their heat in a handicapped spot will be assigned to a consolation based on their finishing order in the heats. If no consolations are needed, those drivers will fill out the feature field behind the qualified cars.
Freer will use the total handicapping points earned sheet from the past three races to determine the line up for the features. Those who qualified from the heats in handicapped spots will be put into the line up with the lowest points starting in the front.
Drivers that were not present for two of the last three races and qualified in a handicapped spot will start at the rear of the handicapped cars. Those that qualified from their heat in a non-handicapped spot will follow in a heads-up start fashion based on the heat order.
Drivers that didn’t finish their heat or consolation in a qualified spot can fill in at the rear of the field if requested by the promoter. Guaranteed starters and any driver changing cars can also be assigned to the rear of the field.
Double-point races will carry single handicapping points. Open competition shows, like King of the Catskills, will utilize a heat draw with heads-up starts for the features.
Also, the handicapper reserves the right to assign a driver a starting spot that is farther back in the field if that individual hasn’t shown the ability to start in their handicapped position.
Drivers and racing teams may request a handicapping points breakdown sheet from the handicapper or promoter.
Here’s how those points break down from top to bottom:
1-150, 2-130, 3-120, 4-100, 5-85, 6-70, 7-60, 8-50, 9-45, 10-40, 11-38, 12-36, 13-34, 14-32, 15-30, 16-29, 17-28, 18-27, 19-26, 20-25, 21-24, 22-23, 23-22, 24-21, 25-20, 26-1, 25-18, etc.
(No show, did not attempt to race = 150 handicap points. You must have a complete car, ready to race, and attempt to race or you are a no show.)






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A short video put out on the upcoming 2013 racing season at OCFS:




Found on the Brett Hearn Facebook page:

Stay tuned for some exciting news about The Big Show 5. I'll also be sharing news and pix from the racing in Florida.




At times, people use different names, for different reasons.  This was quite popular in auto racing, back in the day, and in some cases, even today.  An example of a fairly recent name change was when Tony Stewart raced a Midget indoors, and raced under the name “Smoke” Johnson.

Back in the late 30’s and into the early 50’s, a driver who’s real name was Phil Walters, raced under the name of Ted Tappet, so his family did not know of his exploits.  He used that name only when he raced Midgets and Stock Cars.  Once he got into racing Sports/Racing cars, he went with his real name.  He was an exceptional racer in all three types of racing vehicles.  So good that he had a contract to driver for Ferrari in 1955, after the LeMans 24 hour race.  However, a major tragedy in that event caused him to retire on the spot.  Phil Walters was born on April 20, 1916 and left us on February 6, 2002.  I only saw him race Midgets, when he was 30 – 34 years of age.  I’ve put a photo of him in this weeks column – in the photo section.




Watching the news on Tuesday night, there was a little piece about how makers of electric cars are cutting back, and going more towards hybrids.  The reason:  Not enough charging stations for the electric cars.  Heck, I could see that coming quite a while ago.  I have yet to see a charging station in my travels.




Hamilton crashes in first test for Mercedes







I was under the impression that commercials on TV were going to be toned down some.  Lately, they’re louder than ever.



CONCORD, N.C. – Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates confirmed today that Kyle Larson, the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion will contest the full NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule in 2013.

Larson, the 20-year-old driver from Elk Grove, Calif., will attempt to make his series debut behind the wheel of the No. 32 Clorox Chevy Camaro fielded by Turner Scott Motorsports during Daytona Speedweeks in the DRIVE4COPD 300 NNS race on Feb. 23.

“We are pleased we were able to get Kyle in a quality, full-time ride for the 2013 Nationwide season,” said Earnhardt Ganassi Racing team co-owner Chip Ganassi. “Turner Scott Motorsports runs a quality Truck and Nationwide program and Kyle is one of the true young talents in racing. We think it will be a good fit for both of them. We believe Kyle has a bright future ahead of him in NASCAR.”

The EGR development driver turned heads in NASCAR competition in 2012 when he won the NKNPSE Championship in his first year of driving stock cars. Larson, who is of Japanese-American descent, also claimed the first series championship for one of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Program drivers.

“Kyle has already proven in a very short amount of time that he is a very talented driver and we’re very excited to have him on board at Turner Scott Motorsports,” said Harry Scott, Turner Scott Motorsports co-owner. “He did a fantastic job in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events he drove for us last season, so we are thrilled to be a part of the next step in his career and to see his talent develop while at the wheel of the No. 32 Chevrolet Camaro this season.”

Larson will have a big week in his Daytona Int’l Speedway debut. Before attempting to run in the Nationwide race Larson will first compete in the Daytona ARCA race and will also participate in the UNOH Battle at the Beach held on a temporary 0.4-mile short track on Daytona’s Backstretch, that will feature three non-points special events from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tours and the Late Model division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

“This is truly one of the happiest days of my life,” said Larson. “I have been thinking about something like this since my very first days of racing. I am very proud to be part of Chip Ganassi’s organization and to be running with Turner Scott Motorsports. Daytona cannot come fast enough for me.”






Back when I was writing for John LeVan and Open Wheel Racing/Racrs.com I had the opportunity, on occasion, to get press credentials.  Looking at various things in my computer (I know, I should put most of it on discs), I came across a couple of drivers that I had the opportunity to interview.  One a female and one a male.  The female:  Jessica Ianuzzi.  She ran Midgets mostly with USAC, and to me was quite a “looker” if ya know what I mean.  The other driver was an up and coming young man named Boston Reid.  You name it, he raced it – even into NASCAR.  Question is:  What happened to these two (former) race drivers?




I see the website for the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame is still not up and running.  Methinks it’s been down for well over a year now.  What could be the delay/problem in getting it back up and running, again?



Former OVRP Dirt Oval runners:

There were a few that ran down in Atlantic City last weekend.  In the Champ Karts, Joey Bruning was 12th, Ryan Edwards 18th and Chris Daley 25th.  Joey had a 2nd in his qualifier, Eric Zeh had a 10th, Ryan had a win in the “B” race.

Anthony Perrego was 3rd and Ben Whitaker 24th in the Slingshot feature.




Found on Jayski’s website:



Two-Car draft at Talladega "pathetic": 


Many NASCAR fans didn't like the two-car tandem draft that dominated restrictor-plate racing, especially at Talladega Superspeedway, in 2010 and 2011. They were joined by some of the top executives of the sport, including one who recently railed against the style of racing and blamed it for the sluggish ticket sales at Talladega Superspeedway. International Speedway Corp. President John Saunders, whose company owns 12 tracks, including Talladega and Daytona International Speedway, minced no words when talking about the racing during a conference call last week with financial analysts. "The tandem racing, two or three events of that kind of stuff & was quite frankly pathetic," Saunders said. "It's not what Talladega has been known for." Bad weather, including tornado warnings, that occurred during Talladega's spring weekends in 2010 and 2011 and high unemployment also hurt attendance, Saunders said. But he also said drivers' negative comments about the racing at Talladega encouraged fans to stay home. The Talladega stands were far from full last year, and NASCAR estimated the Talladega crowd last October at 88,000  an estimate that includes those camping in the infield. In fan surveys after its fall 2011 race, 75 percent said they didn't like the two-car draft, Lynch said. While NASCAR implemented rules designed to limit it in 2012  rules that kept drivers from using the two-car draft up until the race's final laps  the damage appears have been done.(Sporting News)(2-4-2013)



Former NASCAR driver Tyler Walker arrested after chase, drugs involved UPDATE: 


Two California residents were taken into custody Wednesday morning after leading Nevada, Arizona and Utah Highway Patrol officers on a high-speed pursuit. The driver, Timothy Tyler Andrew Walker, 33, and passenger, Raelie Hann McDonald, 30, both of Hermosa Beach, were arrested on a variety of drug and alcohol charges. UHP Cpl. Todd Johnson said his department was notified of a pursuit traveling northbound on I-15 in Arizona at approximately 7:30 a.m. The car had failed to stop for Nevada troopers, who were pursuing the vehicle for speeding and felony evading. Troopers searched the car, finding methamphetamines, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and alcohol in the vehicle. Walker is a former Nationwide and Truck Series driver suspended for violating NASCAR's drug policy in 2007.(The Spectrum, KSL.com and Sporting News)(2-1-2013)



A former NASCAR driver who led police on a high-speed chase through Nevada, Arizona and Utah is scheduled to appear in 5th District Court on Tuesday in St. George for his initial appearance. Timothy Tyler Andrew Walker, 33, failed to stop for police in Nevada for speeding early Wednesday morning. He then led police northbound on I-15 through the Virgin River Gorge and reached speeds estimated at 150 miles per hour, according to a probable cause statement. Two Utah Highway Patrol officers were able to deflate the tires of Walker's 2007 BMW 750 Li sedan after releasing spike strips. The vehicle came to a stop 1.5 miles later. According to the statement, a UHP trooper attempted to approach the vehicle, but Walker allegedly drove off at 80 mph with flat tires. Walker stopped again, and was finally apprehended after trying to flee on foot. Walker was charged with two third-degree felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, a third-degree felony charge of failure to stop for police, and misdemeanor charges, including driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of paraphernalia, unlawful transportation of alcohol and having an open container in a vehicle. Bail was set at $18,020. Walker and McDonald posted bail Wednesday night.(St. George Daily Spectrum)



Baldwin to crew chief for Blaney: 


Tommy Baldwin announced Sunday evening in a video message, that he will serve as crew chief of #7-Dave Blaney this season. Baldwin first served as a crew chief in the Sprint Cup series in 1997. He won the Daytona 500 with Ward Burton in 2002.(TBR/140 BUZZ)(2-4-2013)



PETA asks for space on Earnhardt, Jr.'s #88: 


It's been wildly reported that Dale Earnhardt Jr. is still looking for some sponsors. In fact, Hendrick Motorsports, Earnhardt's team, has yet to find sponsorship for 13 Sprint Cup races (although with an owner that just spent a million on a Corvette, it's unlikely Earnhardt Jr. is going to miss any races). Anyway, apparently the folks over at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals heard about the open space on Earnhardt Jr.'s car. And they want some of it...for free. The animal rights organization wrote the driver a letter on Thursday, asking him to consider putting the campaign's logo on his #88 car. "I'm writing today after reading that sponsorship this season is at a low because I hope that you'll consider using the available space on your beautiful car as an opportunity to spread a lifesaving spay-and-neuter message that would spare countless dogs and cats in your home state tremendous suffering," wrote Michelle Cho, PETA's associate director. Hendrick Motorsports had no official comment on the PETA request.(AutoWeek)(1-31-2013)


Future Daytona construction could impact Cup schedule:


Daytona International Speedway could look vastly different in two or three years. Exactly how and when is still to be determined. And along those construction lines, comes the inevitable question of whether the track can spend a couple of years re-doing the entire frontstretch grandstands and façade without disrupting its traditional NASCAR race dates. DIS President Joie Chitwood, who unveiled some preliminary drawings last week of the project but has not yet gotten approval to build from the board of parent company International Speedway Corp., said he thinks 2014 would be too soon for any construction impact on the schedule. In discussing future schedules last week, NASCAR Senior Vice President Steve O'Donnell said the Daytona construction schedule would have to be considered when developing a schedule. Chitwood wouldn't rule out a change in Daytona race dates but without a proposed construction schedule, he couldn't predict whether one would be necessary. "Obviously we don't want to really change anything," Chitwood said. "We've got really good event weekends. They work for us. We love our July event   wrap ourselves with the American flag and celebrate the nation's birthday. And who doesn't love Daytona in February and starting off the season? But, look, if we get the opportunity to make some massive redevelopment in our property, we'll have to see how that all shakes out. It's way too early to see if that will change our schedule, and the goal would be not to have to do that."(Sporting News)(2-1-2013)



NASCAR to reallocate prize money: 


NASCAR will reallocate prize money from the last five spots in the field this season in an attempt to make it less profitable for teams to start and park. "We moved prize money higher in the purse, so if someone's intent is solely to run a lap or two and park, the revenue stream shrinks,'' NASCAR president Mike Helton said Tuesday during an "Autoweek" panel discussion in Detroit. According to NASCAR, each position from 43rd through 39th will receive $4,000 less for each position. For example, 39th will receive $4,000 less than 38th, 40th $4,000 less than 39th, etc. NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp emphasized this is not a reduction in purses, that the overall prize money in 2013 will increase slightly. He said the money taken away from the last five spots will be redistributed "throughout the remainder of the field.''(ESPN)(2-6-2013)



Speeds up at Darlington tire test: 


#99-Carl Edwards and several other Sprint Cup stars gave the new, faster Gen-6 race car a thumbs-up after a Goodyear tire test Tuesday at Darlington Raceway. Edwards said the digital speedometer on his Ford Fusion hit 193 mph right before entering turn three, a typically unheard of speed at the ultra-tricky track. "Each time down, you want to watch and see what you're doing," he said. "But the fastest point is the point where the track needs your attention and your eyes are not supposed to be on that monitor. I saw 193 or something, but I can't look at it any longer before I have to look into the corner." #11-Denny Hamlin, #56-Martin Truex Jr., #27-Paul Menard and #42-Juan Pablo Montoya were also at Darlington for the daylong session. NASCAR teams have previously tested the car at Daytona International Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. Edwards found the new machine to be faster and racers should expect better handling and tighter racing when the circuit returns to NASCAR's oldest superspeedway for the Southern 500 on May 11. A few laps around the track "Too Tough To Tame" in the new car and Truex was confident someone would shatter Darlington's record qualifying speed of 181.254 mph set by Kasey Kahne at the 2011 race.(Associated Press)(2-6-2013)



Kurt Busch one of the most disliked athletes: 


Forbes magazine ranked America's 10 most disliked athletes. "Feel-good stories can go sour pretty quickly, as Manti Te'o and Lance Armstrong can attest to. They lead the 2013 list of America's Most Disliked Athletes, based on the latest public surveys from Nielsen Sports and market research firm E-Poll. Candidates were limited to those scoring a minimum of 10% public awareness." Number 8 on the list was #78-Kurt Busch with an approval of 27%. They said, "Hot tempered and arrogant, Busch has feuded with teammates and reporters alike."(Forbes)(2-6-2013)



Nemechek, Jay Robinson teaming up on #87: 


NEMCO and Jay Robinson Racing will combine efforts to field the #87 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota. The plan also includes fifteen Nationwide Series races. The new NEMCO - JRR team will use engines provided by Race Engines Plus. "There is a long history of friendship between the two organizations, so this is going to be a great opportunity for everyone involved ", says Jay Robinson. "Both groups have a lot to bring to the table and I am very excited to partner with Jay Robinson and go racing this year." commented Joe Nemechek. The first outing for the NEMCO-JRR team will be the Daytona Nationwide race followed by the Daytona 500. More information concerning crew chief and sponsors will be coming soon.(Jay Robinson Racing)(2-5-2013)





News from the AARN:



Note:  Don’t forget – if you’re a subscriber to the AARN, you can have the free digital version.  That is available on Tuesday mornings.


From their January 29th edition:


The “Open?” Sportsman can race with the Crate Sportsman at Bridgeport, as it stands, now.  (This was rather successful when done at OCFS over these past couple of years).


Stevie Smith is out of a ride – again, since car owners Chad/Jenn Clemons said they are finished.


Joe Mattioli, III, left the Pocono Speedway for work with non profit and veterans organizations that he supports.


Ray Swinehart, who races at Big Diamond and Grandview Speedways is all of 60 years old.


Danny Tyler will be in the Joe Grasso owned # 19 Modified at the Accord Speedway, in 2013.


Shane Hmiel was able to get into a stock car and do some laps at the Rockingham track, last week.


Brian Weaver received $4,000.00 for the Modified Tour Championship.  Over $23,000.00 was handed out.


Bobby Hackel, IV, is going Modified in 2013 and will race strictly at Lebanon Valley.


On April 5th, at Big Diamond, the winner of the Modified race will get $7,500.00.  Both American Racer and Hoosier tires will be allowed.


There will be no dirt race at the Airborne Speedway in 2013.


In 2013, at Lebanon Valley, Big Block Modified drivers can not race for points in the Small Block Modified class.


Central New York Raceway Park (Glenn Donnelly’s track) received two million dollars in Competitive grants from New York State.


Ken Kuhlman made mention of me in his column.  He had requested information from me on Len Duncan and Ed “Dutch” Schaefer – info that he was able to use in his column last week.  Next, he’ll be working on some Midget racing from the Yellow Jacket Speedway – a track that was near Philadelphia.  Again, I was able to send him information as to who won the races at that track.


Hey!  For $319,900.00 you can buy Will Cagle’s summer home – lakefront cabin, in Wellford, SC.  It’s 12 miles from I-26 and 10 miles from I-85.  Charlotte is only 92 miles away.  3 BR, 2 BA, full walkout basement on 0.84 acres.



From their February 5th issue:

For the first time I started taking news bits off of the Digital Service supplied by the AARN to those that have subscriptions to the paper AARN.  One can not “copy and paste”, so it’s a go back and forth deal, if you can’t remember much!


A great majority of this weeks AARN was devoted to the indoor race held in Atlantic City last weekend.  Many articles and a ton of photos, for sure!


Pioneer Pole Buildings to serve as sponsor for Deyo promoted events at Penn Can, Five Mile Point and New Egypt.


NEMA has a “solid” schedule for 2013 with 12 events on tap for the full Midgets and 15 events scheduled for the NEMA Lights.

Note:  to me, “solid” should be quite a few more than a dozen races.  It’s a shame that NEMA is strictly asphalt and wings, while the ARDC is strictly dirt and no wings.  They used to have some great co-sanctioned races – back in the day.  Yes, I know – it’s called “progress”.


All reserved seats for the July 24th Truck race at Eldora, are sold out.


Chemung Speedrome and it’s sister track, Spencer Speedway will be NASCAR sanctioned, again.


Kyle Lick won the Friday 600 Micro Sprint feature at Atlantic City with the same car he races with at the Hamlin Speedway.


Jimmy Blewett made his first start in a TQ, and his first start in an indoor race last weekend in Atlantic City.  2nd place in the Saturday night TQ feature was his reward.


Bill Elliott has retired as a driver.



Special things covered in this weeks edition:

Sesely's A Sure Thing 
In Gamblers Classic 
At Boardwalk Hall

Kyle Lick, Erick Rudolph 
Are 600 Micro NAPA Auto Parts 
Race Winners

Popular Win For Cicconi 
In Friday TQ Race Comes 
In Borrowed Ride

Port Royal Speedway 
Honors Its Champions 
In Saturday Gala

Bedford Speedway Releases 
Innovative 2013 Season Schedule

It's The Ronnie And Ronny Show 
At Bubba Crate Speedweeks 

Retrospective: A Look Back 
At The First Daytona 500 
In 1959

Mike McAleer To Follow Big Blocks 
To Bridgeport 

BIll Elliott Announces Retirement 
From Sprint Cup Racing



Press Releases:

Accord news:

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Media Tabs Schatz to Repeat as World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Champion

Schatz, Saldana and Hodnett are favorites to win highest-paying events


CONCORD, N.C. - Feb. 4, 2013 - Donny Schatz has been designated as the favorite to win the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship in 2013.

A variety of 55 members of the sprint car media selected the five-time and reigning champion to garner the prestigious title again this season. They also tabbed Schatz to repeat as the winner of the Knoxville Nationals with Joey Saldana the favorite to claim the Kings Royal and Greg Hodnett the top pick to win the National Open.

Schatz ended last season by recording eight wins, 20 podiums and 24 top fives in the final 29 races to earn his first World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship since winning four straight from 2006-09 to become this season's favorite.

"I don't know if you'd say a favorite," Schatz said. "There are a lot of competitive cars out there on the road with the World of Outlaws and at the tracks where we race. It keeps a guy on his toes. You can't sit on your hands too long. You have to be game on and think outside the box to get a little bit of speed or do things a little better than anything else.

"We definitely want to be repeat champions. Going into this year I feel a lot more relaxed and a lot less weight on my shoulders."

Almost exactly half of the voters picked Schatz as the No. 1 and he was the only driver to be on every ballot, which asked the media members to rank the top five for the 2013 World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series title. Five points were awarded to first-place votes, four points to second-place votes and so on.

Schatz, who was voted as low as third a total of four times, earned 243 points. Craig Dollansky, who tied a career best with a second-place finish in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series last season, was voted second with 172 points and 15 first-place votes.

Sammy Swindell ranked third with 131 points and eight first-place votes with Steve Kinser (90 points) edging Joey Saldana (86 points) for fourth place. Kinser and Saldana each received two first-place votes.

Daryn Pittman, who returns full time to the series as a driver for Kasey Kahne Racing, was tabbed sixth (47 points). Kraig Kinser picked up one first-place vote and 24 points to rank seventh with Cody Darrah (10), Jason Sides (7) and Paul McMahan (6) rounded out the top 10.

Kerry Madsen, Dale Blaney, Hodnett, Chad Kemenah and Bryan Sebetto also received at least one point.

The media were also asked to select a winner in each of the three highest-paying events - the $150,000-to-win Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa; the $50,000-to-win Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway near Rossburg, Ohio; and the $50,000-to-win National Open at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Schatz, who has won the last two Knoxville Nationals and six of the last seven, was picked as the favorite in that event by 30 media members. Swindell, the 1983 winner, had 11 votes with 12-time Knoxville Nationals champion Steve Kinser third with six votes.

Saldana nabbed 18 votes to become the No. 1 selection for the Kings Royal, which he won in 2002 and 2006. Swindell - a three-time winner who claimed the event last season - ranked second with 12 votes and Schatz - the 2007 and 2009 champion - was third with seven votes.

Greg Hodnett had 13 votes to be favored as the National Open winner. Schatz, who won last season's event to establish a record five National Open wins, is second with eight votes. McMahan was third with seven votes.

The 2013 season, which currently includes 89 races at 57 tracks in 25 states and three Canadian provinces, kicks off at the 42nd annual UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment at Volusia Speedway Park near Barberville, Fla., with a three-day event beginning on Friday, Feb. 15.

Tickets can be ordered online by clicking WorldofOutlaws.com/tickets or by calling 877-395-8606. Every night is a doubleheader and there are FREE Fan Pit Passes with every ticket.

2013 World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Media Poll:

1. Donny Schatz (27)…………………………………………………..243

2. Craig Dollansky (15)………………………………………………..172

3. Sammy Swindell (8)………………………………………………...131

4. Steve Kinser (2)………………………………………………………..90

5. Joey Saldana (2)………………………………………………………..86

6. Daryn Pittman …………………………………………………………47

7. Kraig Kinser (1)………………………………………………………..24

8. Cody Darrah……………………………………………………………10

9. Jason Sides.…………………………………………………………….7

10. Paul McMahan……………………………………………………….6

Others Receiving Votes: Kerry Madsen 4, Dale Blaney 2,

Greg Hodnett 1, Chad Kemenah 1, Bryan Sebetto 1.





Contact: Kevin Kovac

World of Outlaws Late Model Series PR Director/DIRTcar Racing PR

kkovac@dirtcar.com | 704-254-7929


Volusia Speedway Park Is Ready For 12 Nights Of Action During UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment


Stage Will Be Set For Sunshine State’s Festival Of Speed Feb. 12-23 After Saturday’s Open Practice Session

BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 1, 2013 – The time has come for engines to fire, wheels to turn and clay to fly at Volusia Speedway Park.

This Saturday (Feb. 2) the famed D-shaped, half-mile oval outside Daytona Beach springs to life for the first time in 2013, hosting a four-hour practice session (3-7 p.m.) open to racers from all divisions that will set the stage for the 42nd UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment. The track’s blockbuster meet featuring Sprint Cars, dirt Late Models, Big-Block Modifieds and UMP Modifieds runs from Feb. 12-23.

“We can’t wait to get rolling,” said DIRTcar Northeast marketing director Jeff Hachmann, who migrated south to Florida in December to oversee marketing efforts and other details of the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals by Summit. “A lot of people have been working hard for a couple months to get the facility ready for one of the country’s biggest dirt-track events of the season, so it’s going to be exciting for all of us to finally see cars get back out there on the track this Saturday.”

A group of World Racing Group staffers – led by Lernerville Speedway general manager Gary Risch Jr. and also including track-prep specialists Larry Fink and Chad Alchier, World of Outlaws Late Model Series pit steward Tyler Bachman, DIRTcar Northeast electrician Dave Dixon, Lernerville employee Jeremy Timko and Volusia office manager Shelly Minchew – have joined together to spearhead preparation of Volusia’s track surface, grounds and infrastructure for February’s racing spectacular. Among the improvements that visitors to the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals by Summit will notice are improved lighting in the lower ‘Gator Pond’ pit area and newly-erected bleachers in the upper pit area.

Saturday’s test-and-tune will serve as a low-key prelude to 12 consecutive nights of racing at Volusia. The UNOH DIRTcar Nationals by Summit schedule includes Sprint Cars (UNOH All-Star Circuit of Champions Feb. 13-14, World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Feb. 15-17); dirt Late Models (DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned events Feb. 18-20, World of Outlaws Late Model Series Feb. 21-23); the Super DIRTcar Series for Big-Block Modifieds (Feb. 20-23); and UMP Modifieds (Feb. 12-19).

Somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 different race teams are expected to participate in the festival of speed, which boasts nightly doubleheaders that will be witnessed by thousands of race fans from across the country. Gates will open each evening at 5 o’clock with racing scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

For the open practice session on Feb. 2, gates are scheduled to open at 12 noon. Pit entry will cost $30, while fans can watch from the grandstands free of charge. Sunday (Feb. 3) has been established as a raindate and the same schedule would be in effect.

Other news and notes concering the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals by Summit include:

GET YOUR TICKETS: Fans can take advantage of multi-day advance-sale packages for each division by ordering on-line through www.DIRTcarNationals.com or calling the event ticket hotline at 877-395-8606.

In addition, EVERY ticket purchased in advance or on each race night includes a FREE FAN PIT PASS, allowing fans to sign into the pits for an up-close-and-personal view of the race teams in action.

“The FREE Fan Pit Pass with every ticket has become hugely popular at the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals by Summit,” said Hachmann. “It’s a perk that essentially gives fans a backstage pass, an opportunity to be right in the middle of the action and rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in motorsports.”

GOTTA GET A BUD: With Budweiser serving as the Official Beer of the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals by Summit, a ‘Bud Beer Garden’ will be set up for the first time in the midway area behind the grandstands.

“It will be a fun place for fans to hang out every night,” said Hachmann. “We’re putting up several tents and will have a portable bar, tables, stools and even televisions that will be showing a closed-circuit broadcast of the action on the racetrack.”

GO SHOPPING: The midway area will once again be jam-packed with a wide variety of merchandise and food vendors. Fans can check out apparel trailers from the World of Outlaws, DIRTcar Racing and dozens of drivers and find plenty of tasty treats to fulfill their appetites, including the popular ‘Steak-on-a-Stick’ stand and – new this year – Buck & Ruthie’s Ice Cream and Oxie’s Pig Roast.

WORKING THE CLAY: The track-prep team will have plenty of machinery at their disposal thanks to Ring Power CAT of St. Augustine and Daytona Beach, the Official Heavy Equipment Provider of the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals by Summit.

“We’re thrilled to have Ring Power CAT as a partner for the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals by Summit,” said Hachmann. “It takes a lot of equipment to keep a big half-mile track in racy condition – and with 12 straight nights of action, that equipment better be in good condition too. Thanks to Ring Power CAT, our track-prep guys have quality graders, water trucks, rollers and sweepers to do their job and provide the teams and fans great track conditions.”

VROOM, VROOM: Well known as the World’s Largest Dealer of New and Used Harley-Davidsons, Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Harley-Davidson in Ormond Beach, Fla., holds the status of Official Motorcycle of the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals by Summit.

As part of the business’s sponsorship, Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Harley-Davidson is providing Volusia Speedway Park a tram that will transport fans from the far campgrounds and parking areas to the front gate.

A PLACE TO BE: Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Harley-Davidson is located at Destination Daytona, a massive complex that also features a luxury hotel and resort, retail shops and restaurants and bars.

The Howard Johnson Inn & Suites at Destination Daytona is the Official Hotel of the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals by Summit and offers a 15 percent discount on room rates to fans who mention the DIRTcar Nationals. In addition, Saints & Sinners Pub at Destination Daytona is the home of the Official After-Party of the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals by Summit.

Destination Daytona is located in Ormond Beach, Fla., at the Interstate 95 and U.S. 1 interchange. It is just a 20-minute drive from Volusia Speedway Park.

NIGHT FOR THE PROMOTERS: Sport Insurance Specialists, National Speedway Directory and Complete Motorsports Graphics are hosting a Promoters Night at Volusia during the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals by Summit program on Tues., Feb. 19. Track operators from across the country are invited to show their badges from the annual Racing Promotion Monthly Promoters’ Meetings for admittance to the speedway that evening and to join the event’s sponsors for food and drink.

BROUGHT TO YOU BY: Other sponsors of the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals by Summit noted by Hachmann include Safety-Kleen, Daytona Beach’s World Famous Iron Horse Saloon and the Hampton Inn Palm Coast (Preferred Hotel of Volusia Speedway Park).

LAST CHANCE: Time is running out for fans to visit www.DIRTcarNationals.com and vote for their favorite driver to take on five others in a six-lap, winner-takes-all ‘Six Pack Challenge’ at the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals by Summit. The top six Sprint Car, Late Model, Big-Block Modified and UMP Modified vote-getters in the polling, which ends at 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 2, will be eligible to compete in the $500-to-win dashes.

The Sprint Car Six Pack will be Sat., Feb. 16; the UMP Modified Six Pack will be Tues., Feb. 19; the Late Model Six Pack will be Thurs., Feb. 21; and the Big-Block Modified Six Pack will be Fri., Feb. 22.

WATCH THE RACES FROM HOME: Anyone who can’t make it to Volusia Speedway Park for the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals by Summit can still enjoy all the action from the comfort of their home thanks to live video coverage on DIRTVision.com, which is offering daily and 12-day subscription packages.

With improved multi-camera shoots, fans will see the DIRTcar Nationals competition on their computer screens like never before. The Feb. 18-23 dirt Late Model portion of the extravaganza will even include in-depth lap-by-lap announcing and pit reporting thanks to a collaborative effort with DirtonDirt.com.

Fans can go to DIRTVision.com and order coverage of single racing nights for $17.99 each or get a full 12-day subscription for $54.95.

INFO: Fans can learn anything they need to know about the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals by Summit by visiting www.DIRTcarNationals.com and clicking on the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ tab.





Contact: Shawn Miller

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series PR

704-467-7803 | smiller@dirtcar.com


Competition is Stout at UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit

The five-day sprint car event begins on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Volusia Speedway Park


BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb. 6, 2013 - The Florida freeways are littered with a variety of multicolored rigs headed for the sun to kick off the 2013 season.

Approximately 40 sprint cars are expected at Volusia Speedway Park for the 42nd annual UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment, which starts with a practice session on Tuesday, Feb. 12, before two nights of UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions competition and three nights of World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series action on the world's fastest half mile.

While the usual Outlaws are set to begin another chase at the championship, a group of top-notch talent from across the country isn't racing for points. They're after the loot and the unique gator trophy.

Former World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series champion Danny Lasoski heads the drivers who will compete on the tour sparingly. Lasoski, who claimed two of the five features and the series' season opener last year, has earned a record 19 feature victories at Volusia Speedway Park.

"I don't know if its pep in our step, but it's definitely confidence," he said. "You've been cooped up all winter and you're just excited to be here. As luck would have it we run pretty well there, too.

"Mostly, the race track fits my driving. I love the big, fast half miles."

Lasoski isn't the only former winner headed to Volusia Speedway Park.

Dale Blaney won twice last season - the Commonwealth Clash at Lernerville Speedway and the Sixth annual PEAK Motor Oil World of Outlaws World Finals Presented by NAPA Auto Parts at The Dirt Track at Charlotte - to give the 1998 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year eight career victories.

Now driving for CJB Motorsports, Paul McMahan is coming off two feature wins last season to boost his career total to 14 - a number tied for 20 th all time with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series.

Brad Sweet, who splits his time driving for Kasey Kahne Racing by competing in NASCAR, earned his first career World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series win at Clay County Fair Speedway last June. Sweet recorded two top fives and three top 10s in the five races at Volusia Speedway Park last season.

Sam Hafertepe Jr., whose lone World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series victory was in 2011 at Skagit Speedway, earned a trio of top 10s at the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit last season.

Danny Dietrich will be making his first trip to Volusia Speedway Park after claiming his first career World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series win last year at Lincoln Speedway.

A variety of former winners including Jac Haudenschild, Lance Dewease and David Gravel are also expected, and there's never a shortage of drivers looking to start their season in the Florida sun. Perhaps even a NASCAR Sprint Cup star or two.

Tickets can be ordered online by clicking WorldofOutlaws.com/tickets or by calling 877-395-8606. Every night is a doubleheader and there are FREE Fan Pit Passes with every ticket.




Along with:

News from BD Motorsports Media & Friesen-Deyo Promotions


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


For Immediate Release/February 6, 2013

Pioneer Pole Buildings Enters Fifth Season of BD Motorsports Media Partnership; Serves as Title Sponsor of Penn Can and Five Mile Point Specials, Expands for ‘Dirty Jersey 60’ at New Egypt Speedway

BOYERTOWN, PA – Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. enters its fifth consecutive season as a leading marketing partner of BD Motorsports Media with an expanded role for 2013.

Bob Greene, Pioneer Pole Buildings president, and Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media have forged an agreement for PPB to continue its title sponsor role of special events at Penn Can Speedway in Susquehanna, Pa., and Five Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood, N.Y. 


Additionally, Pioneer Pole Buildings has signed on as a lead sponsor of the inaugural ‘Dirty Jersey 60’ Super DIRTcar Series big-block Modified event Tuesday, June 18 at New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway co-promoted by Deyo and Modified driving star Stewart Friesen under the Friesen-Deyo Promotions banner.

The PPB/BD Motorsports Media marketing partnership dates back to 2009.

Via the arrangement Pioneer Pole Buildings serves as a title sponsor of three events in the Pennsylvania/New York Twin Tiers region: the fourth annual ‘Clash at the Can’ at Penn Can Speedway Tuesday, June 11 (rain date: June 12), the sixth edition of the Short Track SuperNationals at Five Mile Point Speedway Saturday, Oct. 12 (practice: Friday, Oct. 11) and the 14th running of the ‘King of the Can’ at Penn Can Speedway Friday, Oct. 18 (rain date Oct. 20)

Alpine Building Supply, the sister company of PPB, returns to the SuperNationals at Five Mile Point for the fifth year as the backer of the ‘Alpine Building Supply Roll the Dice Challenge’ which rewards the winner driver with an additional $1,500 should they post a $20 “Gambler’s Fee” prior to the start of qualifying.

New for 2013 is the ‘Dirty Jersey 60’ at New Egypt, a unique event that marks the return of the Northeast’s leading dirt Modified touring series – the Super DIRTcar Series for big-block Modifieds – to the State of New Jersey for the first time since ’07.  Joining the big-block Modifieds on the card will be the ‘Turnpike 25’ for Open and Crate Sportsman.


Announced before a congregation of press members on Media Day during Super DIRT Week at The New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, N.Y., last October, the Friesen-Deyo Promotions ‘Dirty Jersey 60’ has been the buzz of the dirt Modified community since.


“This is a unique opportunity to promote the Pioneer Pole Buildings brand in three states – New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania – through high-profile events,” said PPB’s Bob Greene. “We’re proud to be part of proven events at Penn Can and Five Mile Point.

“We’re very enthused to be involved in the New Egypt race. It’s a first-class facility for sure and there is a lot of excitement surrounding that race.  We’re looking to re-connect with many of our New Jersey customers and maybe meet a few new ones!”

Deyo appreciates the support PPB has provided.

“Bob first came on board with us in 2009 at Five Mile Point and he’s expanded his role greatly since,” he said. “A five-year marketing partnership shows the dedication Pioneer Pole Buildings and Alpine Building & Post Supply have to our events and the sport.”


PPB will be part of the upcoming 28th annual Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association Racing Legends Reunion & Car Show at the Fairgrounds Square Mall of Reading, Pa., Sunday, Feb. 24- Saturday, March 2.


Pioneer Pole Buildings is the premier builder of post frame buildings in seven states: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and New York. Founded in 1998, PPB has established a solid reputation for providing customers with top-quality buildings at affordable prices. PPB places a high priority on creating a ‘superior building experience’ for customers before, during and after construction.  To learn more, visit www.pioneerpolebuildings.com or call 888.448.2505.


Alpine Building Supply was founded in 2006 as a supplier of post-frame building packages to a network of distributors. One year later, Alpine emerged as a retail outlet offering the same high-quality building materials and products used in the pole building kits. For further information, call 888.533.2985 or visit www.alpinebuildingsupply.com.

Both Pioneer Pole Buildings and Alpine are located in Schuylkill Haven, Pa.

BD Motorsports Media and Friesen-Deyo Promotions is on the web at www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com and can be contacted at Deyo99H@aol.com or via phone at 845.728.2781. Visit and “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BDMotorsportsMedia for up-to-the-minute news and information.





I get e-mails:


Subject: It's Gone, gone, gone never to return. Nancy's jet is gone!!!!

I love this one!!

It's Gone, gone, gone never to return. Nancy's jet is gone!!

This was long overdue!

They should publish this for all elected officials

What a waste of Tax Payer's money!


Well, looks like the old broad of the House will have to pay her own

way back and forth to California (mexifornia). The Air Force took her jet away from her. Read the article below.


(verifiedby Snopes)

The real reason that Nancy Pelosi is considering retiring is that they

took her Jet away.

Ah, poor baby!

As a result of a Judicial Watch filing under the Freedom of

Information Act, the USAF released documents detailing House Speaker Pelosi's use of United States Air Force aircraft between March 2009 and June 2010. The data are published in the Judicial Watch Verdict of December 2010, Volume 16, Issue 12.

Here are the main highlights revealed by the USAF. Keep in mind that all  the data below relate to United States Air Force aircraft used by one woman over a sixteen month period.

Several of these flights included Ms. Pelosi's guests, such as grown children, grandchildren, various in-laws, friends and hangers-on. Over 95% of  the trips were between the west coast and Washington DC , for what you  might call a commute between home and the office. READ it and WEEP!!

Total trips: 85 over a 68 week period, or 1.25 average trips per week.

Total mileage: 206,264 miles, or 2,427 average miles per trip.

Total flying time: 428.6 hours, or an average of 5 hours per trip.

Cost to the taxpayers: $2,100,744, or $27,715 per trip, or $1,285,162 per year!

Cost of in flight food and alcohol: $101,429; $1,193 per trip; $62,051 per year.

On one junket to Baghdad, according to the Air Force report, she had the aircraft bar stocked with Johnny Walker Red Scotch, Grey Goose Vodka, E&J Brandy, Bailey's Irish Cream, Maker's Mark Whiskey, Courvoisier Cognac, Bacardi Rum, Jim Beam Whiskey, Beefeater Gin, Dewar's Scotch, Bombay Sapphire Gin, Jack Daniels Whiskey, Corona Beer and several varieties of wine.

This was obviously a very important "gubment bidness" trip.

Evidence generally speaks for itself, and in Ms. Pelosi's case it speaks the language of abuse and (evidently) a serious familial drinking problem,  for in a single year she and her spawn drank an amount in excess of the net income of the average employed American! When she said, "... If the stimulus doesn't pass, five hundred million people might lose their jobs...", I thought she was unintentionally revealing her ignorance. I'm now more  inclined to think she was pickled.

Even though she can no longer abuse the USAF, she can either fly on her broom, or fly Southwest Airlines, where bags fly free.

If you are an AMERICAN citizen it is YOUR DUTY to PASS THIS ON!!

Because, you won't see this reported on MSNBC.


How about this one? 

Learning from Obituaries....

It seems that every couple of days New Orleans loses one of its treasured

Let’s get the players straight before we go on with this..


His Companion : Kawanner Armstrong

His Sons : Christian Allen
Kwan Allen
Larmondo Allen, Jr.

His Daughters : Deidra Allen
Larmenshell Allen
Lamonshea Allen
Larmomdriel Allen
Larmerja Allen
Korevell Allen

AT AGE 25 - He had 9 Children.

His Father: Burnell Thompson
His Mother: Esther Allen
His Stepfather: Bruce Gordy

His Brothers: Burnell Thompson
Edgar Thompson
Wil Willis
Danta Edwards
Reshe Edwards
Mattnell Allen
Burnell Allen
Lester Allen

His Sisters: Shannail Craig
Lekiksha Thompson
Gwendolyn Carter
Jessica Willis
Katina Gordy

Grandparents: Delors Allen
J.C. Allen
Anna Laura Thompson
Will Thompson


He was 25 and had 3 sons and 6 daughters.
NINE welfare recipients collecting $950 each .....
That equals $8,550 a month !!! Now add
Food Stamps ,
Free medical, Free school lunches,
And on and on
Do the math... $102,000+ /year .
Anyone out there, sittin' on their butt while reading this e-mail, making
A HUNDRED GRAND doing nothing?

Now that, to me, is a real Entrepreneur.
$11,700,000 PER YEAR...
(And demands 100% the Taxes Paid by 1,000 avg. Taxpayers)

And THAT is why this once great country is

Note:  What is not known is how many women were the mothers of those 9 children he had.  Did she (they) also collect welfare, too?  Also, notice how it said all his children will collect Social Security payments until they’re 18?  I wonder if this guy ever paid into Social Security?




Found on Facebook:


Senators should wear uniforms like Race Drivers so we could identify their corporate sponsors.



The only senators who voted against sending M1 tanks, F-16 fighter jets and other advanced weaponry to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt:

Boozman (R-AR)

Coats (R-IN)

Comyn (R-TX)

Crapo (R-ID)

Cruz (R-TX)

Fischer (R-NE)

Grassley (R-IA)

Heller (R-NV)

Lee (R-UT)

Moran (R-KS)

Paul (R-KY)

Risch (R-ID)

Roberts (R-KS)

Rubio (R-FL)

Scott (R-SC)

Sessions (R-AL)

Shelby (R-AL)

Thune (R-SD)

Vitter (R-LA)



Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ) took office in January 2009 following the resignation of Janet Napolitano. She inherited a budget crisis which was one of the worst in the nation. Brewer instituted conservative leadership, free-market principles with a willingness to make tough decisions.

Brewer and the Legislature shrank government to a size the state could afford. She instituted critical reforms to programs like Medicaid. She is best known for signing of SB 1070, to give law enforcement more tools to combat illegal immigration. The law rocketed the Governor to national prominence and continues to enjoy strong public support.

Arizona now ranks #1 nationally for entrepreneurs, according to the Kauffman Index, and CEO Magazine said Arizona is among the Top 10 states in which to do business. Financially, the State budget went from a $3 billion shortfall to an $800 million surplus in just four years.



Found on the Internet:


While searching for videos – either for my own use or for the columns, I’ve come across some that are, well, kinda like “Candid Camera”.  Enjoy:






Lack of halftime show could be just one of many problems with cold weather Super Bowl







Some non-racing stuff:


California's Hispanic population projected to outnumber white in 2014




True or false?

Federal Court Indicts President Obama Will not see end of his second term





IRS: Cheapest qualifying family health-insurance plan will be $20K



The Super Bowl and Roman numerals: A match made in Kansas City




Lindsey Vonn injured in crash at world championships, airlifted from mountain





Ex-U.S. Navy SEAL's killing puts focus on war's psychological toll




The inspiration for RAM’s ‘Farmer’ spot





Obama memo justifies drone-war killing of Americans





Boy Scouts delay decision on admitting gays





Home Depot will hire 10,000 more workers for the spring season — 3,500 in N.Y., N.J. area 











Video time:


Over these next few weeks I’ve been putting in some links to videos of some of the world’s best drivers.  This week it is Graham Hill.  It is almost one hour in length.  This will be the last in this short series on world famous drivers.








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


As mentioned above, a photo of Ted Tappett/Phil Walters.  This is the first car I can remember him driving – the Ed Bourgnon # 12 Cycle powered Midget.  Photo taken at Hinchliffe Stadium, Paterson, NJ – 1946 or 1947




Closing with these:

Answering machine message, "I am not available right now, but thank you for caring enough to call.  I am making some changes in my life.

Please leave a message after the beep.  If I do not return your call,  you are one of the changes."



My wife and I had words, but I didn't get to use mine.


Frustration is trying to find your glasses without your glasses.


The irony of life is that, by the time you're old enough to know your way around, you're not going anywhere.


God made man before woman so as to give him time to think of an answer for her first question.


Every morning is the dawn of a new error.



Until next week, folks!


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