Racin' & Different Stuff:

                                      By Tom Avenengo

                                         Volume # 128



Special subject:

Can you name me just one thing that is not going to be eliminated and/or cut by all these Sequestration Scare Tactics our leaderships is trying to ram down our throats?  What he heck is next on the list that they can use as a scare tactic in another couple of weeks?  It’s getting old, isn’t it?  Better watch out for these “The sky is falling” crap – eventually something real might come down the road and, well ya know what might happen then.




Eliminating accidents in some racing:


First, to eliminate accidents like the one that just happened at Daytona, one must eliminate the cause.  Face it, the fencing, in its present form, seems to be adequate.  But if we were to eliminate the cause, such accidents would not happen.  So, what is the cause?  Blocking!  How does a driver know where to go to block?  Well, there are only two ways for him to know – via his spotter or by looking in his mirror.  Keep in mind, both are supposed to be “safety” items, but in reality, like in what happened on Saturday, they do, in effect, cause mayhem on the track.  Neither was used “back in the day”, and drivers had no idea as far as when to make a block.  Was racing safer then?  I’d say so.  Keep in mind; it is quite easy for the track to be in communication with the drivers via radio.  Was there just one “cause” for the accident on Saturday, or two?  Was it the mirror or the spotter, or a combination of both?  Is everyone concentrating on the wrong thing – the fencing?  Would eliminating the spotter and the mirror put a stop to accidents like the one we witnessed on Saturday?  Think about it.





The fencing:

Seems to me that most everyone is talking about the fencing ever since that accident on Saturday at Daytona.  Actually, from what I can see, the fencing is doing its job.  One must keep in mind that then Kyle Larson hit the fence, he actually hit it where the cross-over gate is.  Front end parts went through the gate – not over the fence.  The catch fence is curved out over the track enough to have stopped the tire/wheel/parts of the front end assembly from going up and over it.  Had it gone over the fence, rather than through it, those parts would have gone higher up in the air in more of a straight line up.  From what I’ve seen, the fencing does give a little when struck by a car.  The poles remain steadfast, and when struck by a car, cause most of the damage.  The wire fencing has a habit of “grabbing” the car and causing damage, too.  About the only thing I can see as possibly keeping a car from getting grabbed, or torn up by the fencing, is to have some kind of a covering on the fence on the track side of the fence.  Thick, clear, Lexan is about the only thing I can see to be used in that case.  Plexiglass, which is mentioned by many, is definitely no good since it will shatter on impact.





Passing under “the line”:


Maybe it was my four eyes playing tricks on me, but I could swear that I saw Tony Stewart go below “the line” to make a pass.  Had to be maybe 10 – 15 laps from the end.  Has anyone else noticed that pass?






Mike Joy:


During the Duels on Thursday, Mike Joy, one of the TV announcers, kept making mention that if a driver was 16th or lower, chances are they would miss the 500.  Excuse me, but there were only 45 entrants for the 43 starting spots.  Why was Joy so insistent on the fact that anyone finishing behind 15th or 16 would not make it?  Maybe he should retire?





The Daytona 500:


B O R I N G – again!  Even the announcers are saying it’s a “Freight Train” race.  No one wants to attempt to pull out and try to make a move.  Look for a crunching finish – again.  Typed with 28 laps to go on Sunday.

There was a crunch, but it was prior to the finish, remember?






Add these two to those that have their schedules out:


CRSA 2013 Schedule




OCFS 2013 Schedule




Note:  I understand that between the two above, there are a couple of problems with a May 4th date and a couple of Saturday nights in September.





The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing:

Link to their latest Newsletter:  http://www.emmr.org/EmmrTimesNewsletter_2013no1_final.pdf






Sportscasters – sometimes they are almost useless:

Found on Facebook:

Listen to ESPN Mike & Mike replay today about the last lap Daytona crash Saturday..Mike Golic said he watched the NNW race and was sad that the fans were hurt and all the guys that where in the wreck that were also in the 500 would have to go to backup cars..thanks for your concern Mike, but it was a different class of cars..stick to stick and ball sports please..






Lawyers weigh possible legal fallout of Daytona crash:


(Reuters) - Spectators injured when they were hit by wreckage from a crash at a NASCAR race on Saturday face a significant obstacle if they want to pursue injury lawsuits against Daytona International Speedway, its owner and the sport's governing body NASCAR: the fine print on their tickets.

Lawyers say that in the event of litigation arising from the pile-up at a second-tier Nationwide race, NASCAR (the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing), Daytona speedway and its owner, International Speedway Corporation, would likely point to the disclaimers displayed on auto-racing tickets, which are designed to inform buyers of potential dangers and waive any personal injury liability.

Spokespeople for Daytona International Speedway, International Speedway Corporation and NASCAR did not respond to requests for comment for this story.

About 30 spectators were injured when the crash propelled debris, including at least one tire, through and over the fence meant to protect the crowd. Two spectators who were originally listed as critical on Saturday were described as in stable condition on Sunday. Others were either in stable condition in hospital or had been treated and released.

The disclaimer on a Daytona ticket says: "The holder of this ticket expressly assumes all risk incident to the event, whether occurring prior to, during or subsequent to the actual event, and agrees that all participants, sanctioning bodies, and all employees, agents, officers, and directors of Daytona International Speedway, its affiliates and subsidiaries, are hereby released from any and all claims arising from the event, including claims of negligence."

It has become common practice for sports businesses to place the disclaimers on the back of ticket stubs for admission to a variety of venues, such as ski resorts, hockey arenas and baseball fields, lawyers said.

Lee Kaplan, a trial lawyer who has defended Chrysler Group and Toyota Motor Corporation in product liability cases, said he felt the language in the Daytona disclaimer should be enough to cover possible claims arising from the Daytona crash. He said spectators understand the risk they are taking by buying a Daytona ticket.

"They are held to the knowledge that racing is inherently dangerous and spectators can be injured," said Kaplan, a Houston lawyer, noting that the word "risk" in the disclaimer captures that sentiment.

But one question that might arise could be whether the disclaimers are enough to offset any questions about whether the organizers provided strong enough fencing and appropriate seating arrangements to keep fans safe from danger, personal injury lawyers said.

If it were proven that Daytona knew that the fans were in harm's way and opted against taking action such as changing the fans' seating arrangement or setting more distance between the safety fence and the track, then potential injury claims were more likely to supersede any so-called "buyer beware" ticket disclaimer, Dan Kirschner, a Chicago personal injury lawyer.

Oakland-based attorney Bob Eassa, who has defended the Oakland Raiders in a variety of personal injury lawsuits by NFL players, said the disclaimer only covers "normal risk" and that the notice cannot remove claims of negligence if the company were proven to have acted inappropriately.

He said other legal claims that a ticket disclaimer would not waive are related to product liability. The injured could claim, for instance, that International Speedway Corp and the construction company it used to make the safety fence did not use strong enough materials to prevent debris from flying into the stands and injuring spectators.

"You're attacking the fact that they didn't do it right," Eassa said.

By Monday morning, there were no reports of lawsuits being filed over the crash.

Saturday's wreck happened after driver Regan Smith, who was leading the race, attempted to block another driver as they were nearing the checkered flag in the final lap of the race and hit the other car, a report on NASCAR.com said. This led to a pile up that sent driver Kyle Larson's car airborne and ripped out its engine, sending the debris into the crowd. He walked away from the wreckage unhurt.

NASCAR has required tracks to have $50 million in insurance to cover spectator injuries, money that would be used to cover lawsuits against it, according to SEC filings.

International Speedway Corp has rarely defended itself in public lawsuits against NASCAR fans over personal injury claims arising from accidents at its racetracks.

Recent accidents at NASCAR racetracks include last year's lightning strike at Pocono Raceway, which killed one fan and injured nine others, and a 2009 crash at Talladega Superspeedway when a car hit the catch fence and flying car debris flew through the fence and broke an 18-year-old's jaw.

No disclosures of any lawsuits related to either instance could be found in International Speedway Corp's SEC filings, nor any other personal injury claim over the past three years. An online and federal court search of the Pocono and Talladega incidents didn't turn anything up either.

Justin Reiff, an expert in amusement park litigation, said that large companies at risk of injury lawsuits typically quash personal injury claims by offering victims a large, upfront confidential settlement before they file a public lawsuit.

(Reporting By Casey Sullivan, Additional Reporting By Ben Berkowitz and Simon Evans; Editing by Claudia Parsons)






Daytona Reveals Renovation Concepts



Note:  What I did not see in that article is that there is a chance that Daytona could possibly lose one race due to construction during this work.




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Hard to believe, maybe?


Only 44 cars entered for Phoenix in Cup and 39 for Nationwide as of Tuesday afternoon.


Update:  As of Wednesday afternoon, there were 41 entrants (for 43 spots) for the Nationwide race.


Update:  As of Wednesday evening, the Cup entrants have gone down one to 43, and the Nationwide count down one to 40 (Including the # 51 of suspended driver Jeremy Clements).


Daytona Reveals Renovation Concepts


ABC Supply Extends Its Contract to Sponsor AJ Foyt Racing Through 2015

WALLER, Texas February 26, 2013—The second-longest running sponsorship in the IZOD IndyCar Series is about to run even longer! AJ Foyt Racing and ABC Supply Co. Inc. have extended their contract through the 2015 season. The extension will make 11 straight seasons of ABC Supply’s support for motorsports legend A.J. Foyt’s IndyCar racing team.

“We have had such great success with our sponsorship program so far it wasn’t a tough decision to keep it going,” said David Luck, president and chief executive officer of the company. “One of the core values of our company is to work hard and have fun, and sponsoring A.J.’s team and being a part of the Indycar Series has allowed us to entertain a large number of customers and associates across the country giving us an exciting  opportunity to do just that.”

“Being with A.J.’s team gives our guests an up close and personal experience that can’t be duplicated and we are really looking forward to seeing Takuma Sato behind the wheel of the ABC Supply car this year. Takuma joined us on our recent customer cruise and he was great with our guests. It’s going to be an exciting and fun year!” Luck concluded.

The Beloit, Wisconsin-based company has been an active supporter of the team and of the IndyCar Series since 2005. They have entertained over 40,000 guests at IndyCar races in the U.S. during the past eight years.

“Personally, I’m thrilled that we’re able to continue our relationship with ABC Supply because they have been a very loyal and supportive sponsor, not just of our team but also of the IndyCar Series. While they are always professional in their dealings with us, they feel more like family to me. We have a lot of fun at the track and at their company events. Their support has meant a lot to me over the years,” said A.J. Foyt, whose team is the only one that has competed in every IndyCar Series event since its inception in 1996.

In addition to entertaining associates and customers at race events,  ABC Supply maintains two Indy show cars that have made over 124 appearances at their store events and trade shows and logged nearly 60,000 miles in 2012—a figure that will certainly increase in 2013.

While on display at most U.S. based races in the company’s hospitality area, the show car also made an appearance at the company’s 30-Year Anniversary celebration in Puerto Rico last year. This year, the show car, along with driver Takuma Sato and race team director Larry Foyt joined ABC Supply associates and guests on the Holland-America ‘Eurodam’ ship for a seven-day Caribbean cruise.

Founded in 1982 by Ken and Diane Hendricks, ABC Supply has nearly 450 branches in 45 states, and is the largest wholesale distributor of roofing in the United States and one of the nation’s largest distributors of siding, windows and other select exterior building products.  It is a six-time winner of the Gallup Great Workplace Award.

The IZOD IndyCar Series kicks off its season on Sunday, March 24 with the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The race will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network starting at 12 noon ET.





Extra $1 million bonus available in new All-Star Race payout


If a driver wins all five All-Star Race segments, that check could be for $2 million. (Getty)

The race format for the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway was unchanged, but on Tuesday, the speedway announced that an extra $1 million will be given to a driver if he or she wins all five race segments.

The race will still be broken into four segments of 20 laps and a final 10 lap segment, but instead of being based on the finishing order of the fourth segment or how the drivers came off pit road between segments, the final segment will be determined by a driver's average finish in the first four segments.

Why's that? Well, last year, Jimmie Johnson laid back during the middle of the race. He won the first 20 lap segment, which ensured that he'd lead the field to pit road before the final 10 lap segment. So in that time between, Johnson was extra cautious at the back of the pack and he and crew chief Chad Knaus perfected the car's setup. After leading the field down pit road, Johnson then stormed to the lead over the final 10 laps for the win.

Will this extra $1 million incentive ensure that a driver and team don't lay back a la Johnson and Knaus? Probably not as much as the average finish of the first four segments will. While the addition of cash is nice, the average finish caveat would have likely been enough to prevent a strategy like Johnson and Knaus'. (Which was absolutely brilliant given the rules of last year's race.)

The race will feature one mandatory four-tire pit stop and race winners from 2012 and the 2013 races before the May 18 event, drivers who have won an All-Star Race in the past 10 years, two drivers from the Sprint Showdown and the Sprint Showdown driver not in the top two who wins the fan voting for the final spot.

The continued inclusion of the fan vote brings up an interesting question: how likely is it that Danica Patrick will make the All-Star Race? If Patrick doesn't win a race before the event or get in the top two, it's reasonable to assume that she would be the favorite at the moment for the fan vote given that Dale Earnhardt Jr. is automatically in the race after winning at Michigan last year. Unless Patrick fans don't participate in the voting, it would likely take a concerted grassroots effort on the behalf of another driver to overtake her in the voting.








Found this over on the Track Forum:




Due to the unique USAC National Championship structure in 2013, with separate USAC National Midget Pavement and Dirt Champions to be crowned, guidelines regarding the USAC True Speed Triple Crown Championship have been restructured and announced. The career achievement is acknowledged with a specially-crafted championship ring courtesy of True Speed Enterprises and USAC Triple Crown Champion Tony Stewart, who became the first to “sweep” the honors in a single year in 1995.


To enter the exclusive club of USAC Triple Crown Champions, a driver during his career must possess an overall championship in the three National categories, Silver Crown, Sprint and Midget.


Maintaining the integrity of the prestige of the USAC Triple Crown, which has only been achieved by five drivers in USAC‘s history, drivers in the 2013 National Midget series will earn eligibility meeting two criteria.


First, a driver must win either the dirt or pavement championship. In addition, the driver must compile the most points in total Midget competition. For the sole purpose of establishing this Triple Crown criteria, an overall National Midget Championship points tally will be maintained, utilizing total points combined on dirt and pavement.


Pancho Carter became the first driver to earn the Triple Crown designation, winning the Midget title in 1972, the Sprint in 1974 and 1976 and the Silver Crown in 1978. Tony Stewart won the 1994 Midget title and added all three championships in 1995. Dave Darland followed, winning the Silver Crown in 1997, Sprint in 1999 and Midget in 2001 and 2002. In 2001 J.J. Yeley won the Sprint title, came back in 2002 with the Silver Crown championship and then won all three in 2003. Jerry Coons Jr. joined the illustrious list with the 2006 and 2007 Midget titles and the 2008 Sprint and Silver Crown championships.


Currently active USAC drivers with two of the three Triple Crown legs to their credit include Tracy Hines (Silver Crown and Sprint), Levi Jones (Silver Crown and Sprint), Bryan Clauson (Sprint and Midget), Bobby East (Silver Crown and Midget) and Jason Leffler (Silver Crown and Midget).



More from the Track Forum – Grading the Daytona 500:








General Admission Prices? How much is too much?


A thread on Dirt Track Digest’s forum.








Another thread from DTD’s forum – one about possible lawsuits from those injured at Daytona, last Saturday.


I think even Ray Charles saw this one coming...








Found on a message board that kinda “dismissed” me a couple of years ago because I made mention of the Dirt Track Digest on it – one time too many.  I can’t post there, but can still read what’s being said.


i think this will be settled out of court and not be too big an issue for daytona or nascarwhat i am wondering about is if they also choose to go after the sponsors that were on the car or the car that was blocking, sponsors?  will this cause potential sponsors to change their minds?  i was once asked what happens if someone got hurt in the stands at a local track and they decided to sue every sponsor on the car because they were associated.  i didnt have an answer.


the sponsors have nothing to do with the accident...there is not way any competent court would entertain a lawsuit against a sponsor unless there was some hard evidence (a memorandum, etc to the driver from the sponsor) that linked the sponsor to the cause of the accident.


 It was explained to me a few years back by an attorney that the court could hold a sponsor liable due to the fact that the sponsorship money was provided to financially assist the team in putting the racecar on the track and that could get them named in a messy lawsuit. Win or lose that is not something a sponsor would want. Then we wonder why good sponsors are getting harder and harder to find.


Note:  If I’m not mistaken, Ernie Saxton did make mention that in some instances sponsors could be sued.







Nationwide driver Jeremy Clements suspended for unknown comments




Found this:


Jeremy Clements used racial slur


CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Nationwide Series driver Jeremy Clements was suspended indefinitely on Wednesday for using a racial slur in an interview with a writer at Daytona International Speedway, a source told ESPN.com.

NASCAR officials would not verify or discuss what Clements said to earn the suspension, only that it was an "intolerable and insensitive remark'' and violated the sanctioning body's Code of Conduct for actions detrimental to stock car racing.

Officials did verify that the remarks came during the course of a Feb. 23 interview. That was the same day as the Nationwide opener at DIS.

Clements, who finished 33rd after parking early with an oil-line problem, released this statement: "I apologize and regret what I said to the NASCAR writer and to NASCAR, my sponsors, my fans, and my team. NASCAR has a Code of Conduct that everyone must follow and I unintentionally violated that code.

"I will not get into specifics of what I said, but my comment to the writer was in no way meant to be disrespectful or insensitive to anyone or to be detrimental to NASCAR or the NASCAR Nationwide Series. I will do what I need to do in order to atone for my error in judgment.''

A members of Clements' public relations department said the driver was not available for further comment at this time.

NASCAR's only official comment came in a statement from Steve O'Donnell, vice president of racing operations.

"During the course of an interview, Jeremy Clements made an intolerable and insensitive remark," O'Donnell said in a release. "NASCAR has a Code of Conduct that's explicitly spelled out in the 2013 NASCAR Rule Book. We fully expect our entire industry to adhere to that Code."

The rule book prohibits "public statement'' that criticizes, ridicules or otherwise disparages another person based on race, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age or handicapping condition.

David Newton covers NASCAR for ESPN.com. He can be reached at dnewtonespn@aol.com.









Found on Jayski’s website:



Hendrick willing to help delvelop better fence tech:


Winning Daytona 500 team owner Rick Hendrick wants to find out what allowed the front clip of Kyle Larson's car to be sheared off in Saturday's Nationwide Series race. He is willing to work with NASCAR to develop technology that will help prevent another such incident that left 28 fans injured when debris flew into the stands. Larson's car went airborne into the catch fence on a horrific last-lap crash. The engine, built by Hendrick Motorsports, was separated from the car and landed on the concrete in front of the Campbell grandstands between sections H and I. One of the tires with the hub attached sailed over the fence and hit two fans, sending both to nearby Halifax Heath with critical injuries, one life-threatening. Both, according to a hospital representative on Monday, are stable and no longer critical. "I think the fence did its job,'' Hendrick said during Monday's Daytona 500 champion's breakfast for driver Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 team. "I've never seen the clip come off before. They say they haven't found parts of the transmission. "What happened to the clip, there might be something else we can do. I've never seen that happen.''(ESPN)(2-25-2013)


Johnson denies wrecking car on purpose:


#48-Jimmie Johnson laughed when told that fans are accusing him of cheating because he wrecked his car during the celebration of his Daytona 500 victory Sunday. "I can only imagine," Johnson said Monday morning when asked if he knew about the comments. The conspiracy theorists point to October 2010 audio of Johnson crew chief Chad Knaus telling Johnson to make sure the back of his car has hit something either during the race or afterward in order to make sure they pass inspection. Johnson cleared tech after the race Sunday, and Johnson said the damage to the car was more in the front end after he drove through the Daytona tri-oval grass to celebrate his victory. "Luckily they don't measure heights on the front of the car anymore," Johnson said.(in part from the Sporting News)(2-25-2013)


Daytona 500 TV Ratings:


Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Daytona 500 from Daytona International Speedway earned a 10.0 overnight rating on FOX, up 30% from last year's Monday night race (7.7), and up 22% from 2011 (8.2). According to FOX, the 10.0 overnight is the best for the Daytona 500 since the 2006 race on NBC. That 2006 race had a lead-in from the Winter Olympics and finished as the highest rated and most-viewed Daytona 500 ever. Unlike other sporting events, such as the NBA or Major League Baseball, final ratings for NASCAR typically increase from the overnight. Over the past five years, final ratings for the race have risen between 4% and 15% from the overnight, putting Sunday's race on pace to finish in the 10.4-11.5 range. The record-setting 2006 race had an 11.3 final rating.(Sports Media Watch)


AND 2013 Daytona 500 on FOX, Overnight Rating/Share (average of largest 56 US markets): 10.0/22

- Up +30% over last year 7.7/13

- Best year-to-year increase among the metered markets for Daytona 500 ever

- Best metered market rating for the Daytona 500 since 2006 on NBC (10.1/20)

- Top five metered markets: Greensboro (21.2), Indianapolis (20.5), Charlotte (20.3), Jacksonville (19.6) and Dayton (19.1)

- The race opened at an 8.6/20 between 1:30 - 2:00 PM ET and peaked at final exciting laps of the race averaging a massive 12.8/26 from 4:30   4:45 PM ET.

Fast national ratings will be available later this afternoon.(FOX)(2-25-2013)



Stewart visits fans in hospital:


#14-Tony Stewart visited six NASCAR fans who were injured Saturday during a horrific wreck on the last lap of the NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Daytona International Speedway. Stewart was present at Halifax Health Medical Center Sunday after the Daytona 500 for more than two hours, according to a Stewart Haas Racing spokesman. He arrived at approximately 8:00pm and stayed just past 10:00 pm. Stewart did not want to be acknowledged for the deed, but when ESPN.com learned he had visited the injured fans, his team confirmed the visit with his blessing. The three-time champion met with each patient individually, and interacted extensively with five of them. He gave each a personalized, autographed Bass Pro Shops #14 cap. It was Stewart's decision alone to visit the fans, the spokesman said. He wanted to do it, and charged his team with coordinating logistics.(full article at ESPN.com)(2-26-2013)



All-Star Format to be announced on SPEED tonight: 


The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Format is scheduled to be announced during press event at Charlotte Motor Speedway and be carried live onSPEED's NASCAR RaceHub

 Tuesday, February 26th at 6:00pm/et. In addition, Charlotte Motor Speedway will unveil its own "unique" race car for the upcoming event. Scheduled to be at the press event: #2-Brad Keselowski, 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion; Marcus Smith, president and general manager, CMS; Chad Knaus, crew chief for #48-Jimmie Johnson; and Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition, NASCAR.(CMS)(2-26-2013)


AND through March 31, legal-drinking-age fans will have the chance to submit an image of their favorite moments with friends - otherwise known as Miller Time moments - to be featured on the #2 Miller Lite Ford during the May 18 All-Star Race in Charlotte. To encourage fans to participate, for every photo submitted, Miller Lite will donate $2 to Brad Keselowski's Checkered Flag Foundation(CFF), up to $22,222. More info on Jayski's NASCAR Contests page.(2-26-2013)

FORMAT CHANGE the format for the 2013 Sprint All-Star race has changed a bit. There will be four 20 lap segments followed by a final 10 lap segment for a total of 90 laps. Teams will have one mandatory 4-tire pit stop between segment 4 and 5. The final segment lineup is based on average finish in first four segments. The winner earns $1 million AND if a driver wins ALL five segments, that driver will win an additional $1 million.(SPEED's NASCAR Racehub)(2-26-2013)

UPDATE: With a $1 million payday, the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway already offers the richest per-mile winner's purse in motorsports at more than $7,400 for each mile raced. But this year, the pot gets even sweeter with the introduction of Bruton's Big Bonus. When NASCAR's best take to the high banks of the legendary 1.5-mile superspeedway, drivers will have a million more reasons stay up front from the first green flag until the checkered falls. If one driver wins all four 20-lap segments and bests the field in the final 10-lap shootout, he will double his winnings and take home Bruton's Big Bonus of an additional $1 million.
The May 18 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race will consist of 90 total laps; four 20-lap segments followed by a mandatory four-tire pit stop and a 10-lap sprint to the big-money finish.
Drivers currently eligible for the 2013 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race are Marcos Ambrose, Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Keselowski, Joey Logano, Mark Martin, Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart. In addition, the top two finishers from the Sprint Showdown and the Sprint Fan Vote winner will be added to the field, plus any additional drivers who wins a Sprint Cup Series race prior to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
Tickets to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and all the May race events at Charlotte Motor Speedway are available through the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com. All-Star weekend packages start at just $99, including tickets to NASCAR Sprint All-Star Qualifying, the N.C. Education Lottery 200, Sprint Showdown and the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race plus scanner rental. For even more great ticket offers, call 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit 



NASCAR, Speedway to oversee Daytona NNS crash probe: 


An investigation into the crash that injured 28 fans when debris flew into the grandstands at Daytona International Speedway will be conducted by the track and NASCAR, and not by any outside agency. NASCAR and Speedway officials said Monday they would dedicate significant time and resources into investigating what could be done to prevent a repeat of the crash and determine if any safety improvements are needed to protect fans -- their "number one priority." The Speedway and NASCAR, which governs and sanctions stock car racing, said they have no timetable for completing the investigation. But they said no government agency would be called in nor would they be required to file reports with any public agency. NASCAR will dedicate "significant time and resources into getting the right answer," said David Higdon, NASCAR's managing director, integrated marketing communications, adding it may take days, weeks or even months to complete the review.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(2-26-2013)


Allmendinger to drive #51 at Phoenix: 


A.J. Allmendinger is returning to Phoenix Racing to compete in the Subway Fresh Fit 500k at Phoenix International Raceway. He'll be piloting the #51Guy Roofing Chevy in his fifth Sprint Cup Series start with team. Allmendinger has eight previous Cup Series starts at the one-mile oval and has driven to four top-15s and two top-10s. He has started on the front row three times, including one pole, which he captured in 2010. Phoenix Racing has made 16 Cup Series starts at Phoenix. Their best finish came in 2005, with Johnny Sauter taking the checkered flag in ninth place. Allmendinger comments on his return at Phoenix: "This will be good. It's been a few months since I've been in a stock car. I haven't been in one of the Gen 6 cars yet, so I think it will take a little time to get acclimated to it. Phoenix International Raceway is a great place for me to get back behind the wheel. I've always enjoyed the race track. It will definitely feel different, but I'll be ready to go."(Phoenix Racing/Breaking Limits)(2-26-2013)



Injured spectators planning to sue DIS: 


Three spectators injured by the wreck at Daytona International Speedway have contracted with the personal injury law firm of Morgan and Morgan, and four more have made appointments, firm founder John Morgan said Monday. Morgan said of the three under contract, one has a broken leg and another has a head injury. He was checking with his firm on the third person's injuries. None of the injuries of those seeking legal help with the firm were life-threatening, he said. A Speedway attorney said he would not comment on possible litigation. The potential legal fight to come will involve the "assumption of risk" when someone attends a sporting event, whether it's a race at the Speedway or a basketball game with players driving toward the hoop, said Morgan of Ponce Inlet, whose firm has offices in four states. "When you go to a sporting event, if you are underneath the basket that's where your seat is and Shaquille O'Neal comes after a loose ball and dislocates your shoulder, you sat there knowing that was a risk," Morgan said. But Morgan said in the case of the Speedway fans, they expected the fence to keep them safe when Kyle Larson's car slammed into the wall near the finish line of the NASCAR Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300 on Saturday. The car broke apart, spraying a car tire and debris through a 22-foot grandstand fence into the crowd. At least 28 fans were injured.(in part from the Daytona Beach News Journal)(2-26-2013)



2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
[after Daytona, race 1 of 36]

1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 47

2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 42, -5

3) Mark Martin, 41, -6

4) #2-Brad Keselowski, 41, -6

5) #39-Ryan Newman, 40, -7

6) #16-Greg Biffle, 38, -9

7) #10-Danica Patrick, 37, -10

8) #98-Michael McDowell, 35, -12

9) #36-J.J. Yeley, 34, -13

10) #15-Clint Bowyer, 34, -13

11) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 32, -15

12) #43-Aric Almirola, 31, -16

(ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)

See drivers championship points standings on the 
Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and the owner points standings on the Owners Points Standings page (pdf).


NASCAR to evaluate 'Gen 6' cars: 


NASCAR plans to meet with Sprint Cup teams to discuss whether tweaks are needed to the new "Gen 6" car before the next restrictor plate race. "We'll do one-on-ones on that and see what they think," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's vice president for competition, on Tuesday. "A lot of people have opinions. The racing was as old school as it gets. If there's some things we're encouraged to look at, we will. Once you get a race under your belt, even as a competitor, you would work on things once you got a race of that length under your belt." Pemberton said the main issue appeared to be the lack of movement on the inside lane. Many fans complained the race was boring due to the lack of passing. "Some of the stuff we were told is they could run 10 to 20 laps on the bottom, and then it went away on them," Pemberton said. "It was in short spurts. We know that's something they need." For about 75% of the race, the cars ran in single file on the top lane. Many drivers were frustrated about the inability to move forward when they moved to the bottom line, and that fellow competitors weren't willing to go to the bottom line with them. Pemberton said it's too early to determine whether a test will be added before the next plate race, May 5 at Talladega Superspeedway. He noted that despite their similarity in length -- 2.5 miles for Daytona, 2.66 for Talladega -- they are "so different racetracks."(ESPN)(2-27-2013)



Lowe's extends sponsorship of #48 team and Johnson:


Lowe’s Companies Inc. will continue its successful relationship with Hendrick Motorsports after signing a two-year contract extension that secures the full-season primary sponsorship of the #48 NASCAR Sprint Cup team and five-time series champion Jimmie Johnson in 2014 and 2015. Announced today to more than 1,700 store managers at the Lowe’s national sales meeting, the agreement builds upon a partnership launched in 2001 when Johnson was selected to drive for the new #48 Hendrick Motorsports team. Now in its 12th full season, the sponsor-driver-team relationship has become one of the most successful in NASCAR history. On Sunday in his 400th Cup race, Johnson drove the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS to his second career Daytona 500 win. In the process, he became just the second driver (teammate Jeff Gordon is the other) to have the same primary sponsor for each of his first 400 Cup starts. Led by crew chief Chad Knaus, the #48 Lowe’s team has now scored at least one Sprint Cup win in 12 consecutive seasons (2002-13).(HMS)(2-27-2013)



Voting Begins for NMPA NASCAR's Most Popular Driver: 


Fans of #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. will try to defend a 10-year win streak as voting opens today [Feb 25th] for the NASCAR National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) Most Popular Driver Award. Fans can vote online once a day throughout the 2013 Sprint Cup Series season to earn their driver the coveted "most popular" trophy. This year marks the first year of eligibility for Sprint Cup rookie #10-Danica Patrick, whose fan base could push voting activity and award competition to a new intensity.
Fans can visit 
www.MostPopularDriver.com and vote once a day for their favorite NASCAR Sprint Cup driver among the 39 eligible. All 39 will remain eligible for voting throughout the entire Sprint Cup Series season. Voting will conclude November 17 at 11:59pm/et after the season's final race at Homestead. The winner will be announced at the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Luncheon in December. Earnhardt Jr. notched his 10th straight NASCAR NMPA Most Popular Driver award last season, tying a record for consecutive wins set by Bill Elliott. Elliott holds the record for most overall wins with 16.(Breaking Limits), for past info on the Most Popular Driver Award. see my Most Popular Driver Award page.(2-25-2013)





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 February 26th edition – picked up from the Digital Service:


Next year, the Twin 150’s at Daytona, will be on Thursday night.  Yes, some of the Florida short tracks are not too keen on that.


World Racing Group CEO Brian Carter told the AARN that a deal is in place for the sale of Cayuga County Fairgrounds Speedway.  All that’s needed is his signature on the contract when he returns to Charlotte.  Connecticut business man Al Haneke (I believe it’s actually Heinke), who owns the # 98h Modified is the principal behind the purchase.


As for the “Battle of the Beach” and it’s return to Daytona next year – nothing on that yet.  The modified drivers want to come back for it, but would rather it be held at New Smyrna.


Note:  Most comments in the AARN regarding the “Battle of the Beach” race were quite negative, as were the comments on Facebook.  Even the AARN, on it’s website had this:

Battle At The Beach A Bust; 
Last Lap Aggression 
Turns Races Around”


At this time, the future of Punta Gorda Speedway is unknown.  Its operators, Mike Chase and Kevin Williams have purchased DeSoto Speedway.  The track will have a new name – Full Throttle Speedway.

Note:  the following link/information was sent to me from Rich Golardi:




PG Speedway operators purchase DeSoto Speedway


Action-packed Saturday nights at the Punta Gorda Speedway are coming to an end. The people who run the show are likely moving it to the DeSoto Speedway in Bradenton.

The announcement left the Charlotte County Airport Authority, which owns the track, surprised.

When Mike Bialecki races his "Cowboy Cadillac," there's only one thing on his mind: crossing the finish line first. "Winning is everything," the truck racer admits.

He's been chasing down checkered flags at the Punta Gorda speedway for 11 years.

Now, the future of the speedway isn't so clear.

The airport authority is raising rent by $3,000 a month to meet Federal Aviation Administration requirements which say the property needs to be rented at fair market value.

The current operators, Kevin Williams and Mike Chase, purchased the DeSoto Super speedway in Bradenton last week.

"It was quite a surprise," explains Pam Seay, a member of the Charlotte County Airport Authority.

She says the board has been trying to work with the Williams and Chase on a new lease but wasn't getting any response recently.

"No, I have not personally heard anything from him despite my efforts. The only information I have is what I read on Facebook [announcing the purchase of the DeSoto Speedway]," Seay says.

The speedway operators aren't saying what they'll do when the lease expires March 31st, but told the airport authority they can't afford the new, higher rent.

The board is preparing to put out requests for proposals to find a new tenant come April assuming Chase and Williams choose not to renew the lease.

Bialecki says the racers will go to the speedway in Bradenton, but worries fans might struggle to make the hour-long trip north.

"The older folks that are 70, 80 something-years-old; they're my best fans and I hope they get to try and make it, car pool or something to see us race there," he says.

Chase, one of the new DeSoto Speedway owners, is looking forward to owning the property out-right. He won't have to deal with the airport authority or any other agency when it comes to drainage, parking or rent issues.

He's confident fans will make it to the first race at the speedway on April 6th. "It's not too much further north, it's going to be a lot more fun and no more animosity," he told us over the phone.

Bialecki will race there, but is hopeful someone will take over the Punta Gorda Speedway and continue to put on races.”




358 Sprinters will have no “Grace period” , as previously stated, as far as using up their 2012 Hoosier tires at Williams Grove.  They must run the same Hoosier tires that the 410’s use.


Wade Hendrickson still has no steady/season long ride for the 2013 racing season.  Hard to believe that, isn’t it?


Some excellent photos on page 13 of the Kyle Larson accident.  One can definitely see where his car had contact with the cross-over gate.  Had he hit the fencing itself, I doubt the end result would have been the same.  In my way of thinking, it was probably a small piece of chain that held that gate closed.  And I’m quite surprised as too how many people “in the know” insisted that the right front tire, wheel and parts of the front suspension went OVER the fence.  No way, Jose’.


They had a Richie Evans Memorial race at New Smyrna.  Hard to believe only 14 Modifieds ran the feature.


The same car count for a Jimmie Blewett Memorial race, also at New Smyrna, for the Modifieds.


Jimmy Zacharias had the fastest qualifying time at Daytona but his time was disallowed and Kyle Larson was placed 1st.  “Transponder malfunction” was the reason given. J


A Modified race on Thursday, at New Smyrna only had 13 Modifieds.  And, on Saturday, for the 35 lap Modified feature only 9 cars!


Brad Keselowski saying:  “We’re a house divided, and we’re making bad decisions that are effecting how to generate revenue for the sport” – kinda got him in some hot water with the NASCAR higher-ups.


On Friday, February 22nd, Carl Billet was crowned as the champion for the Late Model division at Susquehanna.  It was his 7th championship at the track.  On Monday, Carl Billet passed away.  He was born on March 14, 1954.  Over his career at SSP, he earned 18 track championships and 182 feature wins.


Do you remember when, last year, Bubba The Love Sponge said that USAC would never run on his track?  He lied.  This year, USAC leased the track and brought in their own track prep squad.  Thursday the track was good.  Bubba showed up Friday to add his expertise which resulted in a fast and dist free track, but didn’t allow good racing.  Saturday, the track was too heavy, requiring two sets of hot laps prior to the nights racing.


600 Micro Sprints were the support class for the 360 Sprinters at East Bay.  It was reported that on the big track, the Micros were hitting 15,000 revs at the end of the long straights.  Mike Dicely said the track was so big and so fast that it was hard to pass.  Dicely, owner of Hyper Racing, says they’re very busy and will be building 70 – 80 Micro Sprints this coming season.

Note:  Hmm too big and too fast – no passing – kinda sounds like OCFS, doesn’t it?


There was a question about where did all the Late Models go?  Seems it wasn’t too long ago when down in Florida they drew 100 entrants.  This year, it was down into the 50’s.


Seems like the Modified drivers had tear-off problems at Volusia on Wednesday night – not enough of them on their helmets.  Most were out of tear-offs early in the race due to the difference in Florida clay compared to “clay” from up in this area.  The Florida clay stayed nice and wet and was quite muddy.


On Monday, at New Smyrna, in the USAC Midgets, only 14 cars entered.


At Bubba’s on Wednesday during the USAC show, hot dogs were priced at $3.75 each.  Between Wednesday and Thursday, the price was “adjusted” on a white sheet of paper, up to $4.00 each.


Some of the items covered in this weeks paper:


Battle At The Beach A Bust; 
Last Lap Aggression 

Turns Races Around

Lincoln Braves Elements; 

Feb. 410 Opener Is All Montieth's

Jimmie Johnson 

Wins Second Daytona 500

Daytona Nationwide Race 

Marred By Injuries To Fans 

From Parts Flying Into Grandstand

SSP Late Model Champ Carl Billett 
Receives Banquet Accolades; 

Dies Two Days Later

At Volusia: 

No Repeat Winners In Five LM, 

Four SDS Modified Features

At New Smyrna:  

Hossfeld, Silk, Pitkat 

Are Tour Mod Winners; 

Pitkat Is Overall Champ

It's Clauson And Hines (Twice) 

In Bubba USAC Sprints

Danny Holtgraver 

Wins $10,000 East Bay 

360 Sprint Nationals Finale




Former Dirt Oval runners:


Only one to report on this week – Billy VanInwegen.  He made the trip down south to run the Tri-States Roofing # 10 big block modified at Volusia.  He was a DNQ on opening night – Wednesday, but rebounded with a 23rd place on Thursday, a 13th on Friday.  Saturday, he ended up 25th in the 50 lap feature.




Press Releases:

News from the 28th annual Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association Racing Legends Reunion & Car Show

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

For Immediate Release/Feb. 24, 2013

Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association 28th annual Racing Legends Reunion Opens Sunday at Fairgrounds Square Mall; Nearly 100 Race Cars Displayed as Show Begins Weeklong Run

READING, PA - The 28th annual Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association Racing Legends Reunion & Car Show opened on Sunday.

A wide cross-section of race cars, nearly 100 strong, have filled the aisles of the Fairgrounds Square Mall for the event, which honors the past, present and future of auto racing. The show, with primary backing from Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association with Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. and VP Racing Fuels offering associate support, runs through next Saturday (March 2) with a busy schedule of events. The Racing Legends Reunion is free-to-the-public during mall hours. 

Vehicles of all shapes and sizes are on display at show, including big- and small-block Modifieds, Sprint Cars, Micro-Sprints, SpeedSTRs, ARDC Midgets, Late Models, Sportsman, Street Stocks, Slingshots, Quarter Midgets, XCel 600 Modifieds and more.

Fans of racing’s past enjoy an expansive display of vintage and restored cars assembled by the Reading Fairgrounds Speedway Racing Historical Society. A room full of memorabilia allows attendees to take a step back in time to the famed ‘Home of Champions’ which hosted its final event in June 1979.

Vintage Cars from the Penn-Mar group and Blast from the Past Vintage Club are also on display. 

Many of the area’s top speedways and sanctioning bodies are on hand to distribute information and meet fans and racers during the weeklong show. For the first time, both New Jersey dirt tracks – New Egypt Speedway and Bridgeport Speedway – have displays at the show. The new JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA of Kutztown, Pa., now led by Rich Tobias and Doug Rose, has assembled an expansive setup highlighting each of the speedway's weekly divisions. 

Others participating at the show include Grandview (Pa.) Speedway/Thunder on the Hill Racing Series, URC, ARDC, LANCO’s Clyde Martin (Pa.) Memorial Speedway, BD Motorsports Media LLC/Friesen-Deyo Promotions and the Montgomery County Quarter Midget Racing Club (Pa.’s Phoenixville Raceway).

The Checkered Flag Fan Club is at the show actively recruiting new members and publicizing their organization. The Reading Eagle newspaper – an avid supporter of local racing - also has plans to participate in the show. The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing (EMMR) also put together a popular display.

A number of vendors are on hand selling memorabilia, photos and other novelties. Gary Silverman of Gary Silverman Productions has DVDs on sale from the 2012 Pennsylvania 358-Modified Dual-Track circuit and other special events, while events of yesteryear recorded on film are sold by Snyder Video Productions.

Fast Action Motorsports Entertainment has set up their R/C track at the show all week. Up to 10 drivers can participate at one time. All those who race leave with a checkered flag. Big winners take home a trophy.

Mike Feltenberger hosts his popular Alley Racing nightly through the show.

Each night of the show has a theme: Open Wheel Night and a spotlight on Action Track USA on Monday (Feb. 25), Small Car Night hosted by Barry Angstadt Tuesday (Feb. 26), Late Model/Sportsman/Street Stock Night Wednesday (Feb. 27), Modified Madness Night Thursday (Feb. 27) and Legends Night/Reading Fairgrounds Speedway Reunion (March 1). Nightly activities begin in Center Court at 7 p.m. 

There will be driver bartending at the Applebee’s adjacent to the mall (in the shopping center parking lot) on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights beginning at 9 p.m.

The BASH Awards Party is a show highlight. This year's edition is set for Friday, March 1 at 9 p.m. (after the show closes) at the Temple Fire Company of Temple, Pa. (4963 Kutztown Road Temple, PA 19560). 

The BASH is a fun night out for fans of auto racing: get out and party with the racing community! Gary Silverman shows highlights from past and present, including memorable moments from the most recent Pennsylvania 358-Modified season.

Show awards are distributed, including the prestigious Don Marks Memorial Contribution to Motorsports Award.

The Don Marks Memorial Contribution to Motorsports Award was first handed out in 2010 to honor the memory of late Grandview Speedway and Area Auto Racing News photographer Marks, who passed away in 2008. Previous award recipients include Bob Greene of Pioneer Pole Buildings (2012), car owner, fabricator and former racer Dennis ‘Chico’ Bailey (2011) and Area Auto Racing News publisher/promoter Len Sammons (2010).

The overall 'Best of Show' recognition for vehicles on display at the mall will be decided by a fan vote for the third consecutive year. The ballot can be found in the official Racing Legends Reunion & Car Show program book on sale at the show.

A number of divisional awards will be distributed as well, including Best Modified, Best Sportsman, Best Open Wheel, Best Late Model, Best Micro-Sprint, Best Restored Car, Best Quarter Midget and Best Go-Kart. Media members visiting the show vote on the divisional awards. The Sportsman classification is new for ’13.

The entertaining T.J. Fitzpatrick, known as 'TJ the DJ' has come on board to provide music for dancing at the BASH.

Snacks are provided, along with soda, at the BASH. There will be a cash bar. BASH tickets are just $10 and can be purchased at the door or at the apparel/program stand each night of the show.

This year’s pays tribute to a pair of prominent members of the local racing community lost recently. 2013 Racing Legends Reunion & Car Show apparel, designed by Bob Hilbert Sportswear, is a 'must-have' for fans of the sport. The shirt honors the racing career of dirt and pavement driver Doug Hoffman, who passed away unexpectedly on Christmas Eve 2012. Not only was Hoffman one of the Northeast's greatest drivers of all time, he also proved his meddle as a promoter at Mahoning Valley (Pa.) Speedway and Bridgeport Speedway.

The shirt features 10 of Hoffman's most memorable cars from his career ranging from his very first pavement Late Model for Dorney Park (Pa.) Speedway to the car he drove to his final victory: Sal DeBruno’s South Jersey Overhead Door No. 0.

Shirt pricing is set at $20 (tee shirts), $22 (long-sleeve) and $30 (hoodies/sweatshirts). Sizes 3XL and up add $3 extra for tee shirts, long-sleeve shirts and hoodies/sweatshirts.

Another area hero who passed away, the great 'Kutztown Komet' Freddy Adam, has been remembered with a photo spread in the event program and a tribute car displayed in Center Court at the mall.

To learn more about the Racing Legends Reunion & Car Show, log onto www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com or e-mail Brett Deyo atDeyo99H@aol.com. BD Motorsports Media LLC is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BDMotorsportsMedia and Twitter @BrettDeyo.

28th Annual Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association Racing Legends Reunion & Car Show Schedule of Events

Monday, February 25 - Open Wheel Night & Salute to ActionTrack USA

7 p.m. - Meet Drivers from ARDC, URC, SpeedSTR and more along with management representative from Action Track USA featuring Billy Pauch Jr., Ryan Smith, P.J. Gargiulo, Trevor Kobylarz, Alex Bright, Dave Shirk, ARDC President Greg Fitzpatrick and Action Track USA promoters Doug Rose and Rich Tobias and more

 9 p.m. - Driver Bartending at Applebee's 5th Street Highway (adjacent to the mall): Ryan Smith, Billy Pauch Jr. & Brett Arndt

Tuesday, February 26 - Small Car Night 

7 p.m. - Drivers representing the Micro-Sprint, Slingshot, XCel 600 Modified, Stage One Modified divisions featuring Richie Hartman, Jared Davis, Kevin Steele, Tim Carter, Christi Sweigart, Jessie Mohrer, Kim Enck, Doug Rose (Action Track USA co-promoter), Joe "Geezer" Fanelli, Dylan Hoch, Kassidy Kreitz, Dakota Kohler, Chloe Andreas, Amber Britto, William Mohring, B.J. Antonio, Richie Hitzler, Justin Schraden, Ronald Good and more

9 p.m. - Driver Bartending at Applebee's include Richie Hartman, Jared Davis, Kevin Steele, Tim Carter, Christi Sweigart, Jessie Mohrer, Kim Enck, Doug Rose, Joe "Geezer" Fanelli

Wednesday, February 27 - Late Model, Sportsman & Roadrunner/Street Stock Night 

7 p.m. - Meet drivers from the Late Model, Sportsman and Roadrunner/Street Stock divisions featuring Paul Kline, Craig Whitmoyer, Jordan Henn, Chuck Schutz, Sammy Schaeffer, Andy Haus, Kyle and Sean Merkel, Wayne Pfiel Jr. and more

Thursday, February 28 - Modified Madness Night

7 p.m. - Drivers representing the area's big- and small-block Modified divisions and recognition of Pennsylvania and New Jersey Modified racing at Grandview, Bridgeport and New Egypt speedways featuring Duane Howard, Jeff Strunk, Neal Williams, Ryan Godown, Doug Manmiller, John Willman, Andy Burkhart, Ryan Watt, Brad Arnold, Nate Christman, Ryan Grim, Jordan Umbenhauer, Kyle Weiss, Barry White and more 

9 p.m. - Driver Bartending at Applebee's 5th Street Highway (adjacent to the mall): Ryan Godown, Kyle Weiss, Neal Williams & Doug Manmiller

 Friday, March 1 - Salute to the Reading Fairgrounds Speedway & Past and Current Car Owners

6:30 p.m. - Meet drivers from the Reading Fairgrounds Speedway which hosted its final event in 1979 and celebrate car owners of the past and present who keep our favorite drivers on the track

9 p.m. - BASH Racing Party - Temple Fire Company - Tickets are $10 (purchased at the door or at the show apparel table) - Show awards presented including fan vote Best of Show, divisional awards and Don Marks Memorial Contribution to Motorsports Award. Racing films by Gary Silverman of GSP Video and music provided by 'TJ the DJ' T.J. Fitzpatrick

Saturday, March 2 – Show Finale

All Day - 28th annual Curtain Closer - Let's Go Racing! 

Alley Model Racing organized by Mike Feltenberger runs throughout the week

R/C Racing by Fast Action Motorsports Entertainment will run throughout the week

- Mall Hours: Sunday 11 a.m-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. -




I get e-mails:


What follows is a little scary, when you think about it – things we’ve come to depend on for oh so many years – and now a good many of them are likely to disappear.

9 Things That Will Disappear In Our Lifetime

Interesting to note and very true too.....

Whether these changes are good or bad depends in part on how we adapt to them. But, ready or not, here they come .....

1. The Post Office

Get ready to imagine a world without the Post Office. They are so deeply in financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term. Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the Post Office alive. Most of your mail every day is junk mail and bills.

2. The Check

Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with check by 2018. It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process checks. Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of the check. This plays right into the death of the Post Office. If you never paid your bills by mail and never received them by mail, the Post Office would absolutely go out of business.

3. The Newspaper

The younger generation simply doesn't read the newspaper. They certainly don't subscribe to a daily delivered print edition. That may go the way of the milkman and the laundry man. As for reading the paper online, get ready to pay for it. The rise in mobile Internet devices and e-readers has caused all the newspaper and magazine publishers to form an alliance. They have met with Apple, Amazon, and the major cell phone companies to develop a model for paid subscription services.

4. The Book

You say you will never give up the physical book that you hold in your hand and turn the literal pages. I said the same thing about downloading music from iTunes. I wanted my hard copy CD. But I quickly changed my mind when I discovered that I could get albums for half the price without ever leaving home to get the latest music. The same thing will happen with books. You can browse a bookstore online and even read a preview chapter before you buy. And the price is less than half that of a real book. And think of the convenience! Once you start flicking your fingers on the screen instead of the book, you find that you are lost in the story, can't wait to see what happens next, and you forget that you're holding a gadget instead of a book.

5. The Land Line Telephone

Unless you have a large family and make a lot of local calls, you don't need it anymore. Most people keep it simply because they've always had it. But you are paying double charges for that extra service. All the cell phone companies will let you call customers using the same cell provider for no charge against your minutes.

6. Music

This is one of the saddest parts of the change story. The music industry is dying a slow death. Not just because of illegal downloading. It's the lack of innovative new music being given a chance to get to the people who would like to hear it. Greed and corruption is the problem. The record labels and the radio conglomerates are simply self-destructing. Over 40% of the music purchased today is "catalog items," meaning traditional music that the public is familiar with. Older established artists. This is also true on the live concert circuit. To explore this fascinating and disturbing topic further, check out the book, "Appetite for Self-Destruction" by Steve Knopper, and the video documentary, "Before the Music Dies."

7. Television

Revenues to the networks are down dramatically. Not just because of the economy. People are watching TV and movies streamed from their computers. And they're playing games and doing lots of other things that take up the time that used to be spent watching TV. Prime time shows have degenerated down to lower than the lowest common denominator. Cable rates are skyrocketing and commercials run about every 4 minutes and 30 seconds. I say good riddance to most of it. It's time for the cable companies to be put out of our misery. Let the people choose what they want to watch online and through Netflix.

8. The "Things" That You Own

Many of the very possessions that we used to own are still in our lives, but we may not actually own them in the future. They may simply reside in "the cloud." Today your computer has a hard drive and you store your pictures, music, movies, and documents. Your software is on a CD or DVD, and you can always re-install it if need be. But all of that is changing. Apple, Microsoft, and Google are all finishing up their latest "cloud services." That means that when you turn on a computer, the Internet will be built into the operating system. So, Windows, Google, and the Mac OS will be tied straight into the Internet. If you click an icon, it will open something in the Internet cloud. If you save something, it will be saved to the cloud. And you may pay a monthly subscription fee to the cloud provider. In this virtual world, you can access your music or your books, or your whatever from any laptop or handheld device. That's the good news. But, will you actually own any of this "stuff" or will it all be able to disappear at any moment in a big "Poof?" Will most of the things in our lives be disposable and whimsical? It makes you want to run to the closet and pull out that photo album, grab a book from the shelf, or open up a CD case and pull out the insert.

9. Privacy

If there ever was a concept that we can look back on nostalgically, it would be privacy. That's gone. It's been gone for a long time anyway. There are cameras on the street, in most of the buildings, and even built into your computer and cell phone. But you can be sure that 24/7, "They" know who you are and where you are, right down to the GPS coordinates, and the Google Street View. If you buy something, your habit is put into a zillion profiles, and your ads will change to reflect those habits. "They" will try to get you to buy something else. Again and again.

All we will have left that can't be changed are "Memories"...

And then probably Alzheimers will take that away from you too!






Found on Facebook:


1.  Shed light on why the unemployment rate is high:


There is no shortage of skilled workers in America; there is a shortage of employers who want to pay a living wage.



2.  The game is called divide and conquer. The president starts trouble with both sides and then sits back while the fight ensues. He has every intention of disarming us after he finds an excuse to invoke marshal law. The liberals will agree with him at first because it will be sold on the basis of protecting the masses. Due to civil unrest he will declare it is impossible to hold regular elections. The politicians who are against him will be jailed as being traitors......he will, having eliminated the Ability of the people to defend themselves, declare himself the only person who can save us and the first dictator of the USA.




3.  Found this out yesterday when I did my taxes.


Did you know that due to the high cost of Obama's Universal Healthcare Bill, if your employer drops your health coverage it will cost a family of three approximately $15,000 a year to keep their healthcare coverage? That's just a hair over $1,200 a month out of pocket boys and girls.


Did you also know that if you do not have healthcare coverage, you will pay a $1,200 penalty tax starting January 1, 2014? I kid you not. I saw this number yesterday as a heads up for what will be rolling out next year. Lovely.


These are the real numbers for people that work for a living. Brilliant boys and girls. Sheer brilliance.



4.  Facebook comments on the Duel races


Duel # 1:


I'd rather see the cup guys do 500 laps on the track they had set up Monday and Tuesday night. These new cars look nice but the racing has sucked so far.


Nobody can pass and they are all spread out...


Everyone says the two car drafts sucked.. Now it's back to the way it was in the up until the mid 2000's and everyone says this sucks.. I don't understand what people want. The fastest cars are in the front, that's what racing is supposed to be about


racing at daytona has sucked for years. multi car drafts, dual car drafts, it doesnt matter. this isnt the type of racing that i prefer to see.


I liked the two car drafts. Atleast with some strategy you could pass. With this configuration they need to remove the restrictor plates and get them up around 240mph. With full power they might actually have to let off for the.corners


This racing is a joke... there was not 10 passes the entire god damn race NASCRAP still sucks...


I did too Zach.. I really don't mind this either. More exciting than the 1.5-2 mile tracks



Mike Joy keeps babbling about the last transfer spot. 45 cars for 43 spots. Where's the tension?


I was thinking the same thing. What the heck?


Another ruined rendition of our National Anthem. Why do they let these people even try to sing it?


Some wanna-be...


Best was Zac Brown Band a couple years ago




Zac Brown will do it again for the 500


Lmaooo are people really complaining about the national anthem?? Watch the damn race and shut it Hahah


Lol. Whoever picks these anthem singers at NASCAR events should be fired.


They sure went to a lot of trouble just to elimanate Brian Keselowski


You got that right, Gary. Now they try to keep us in suspense on whether Reutimann makes it or not.


They'll all make it except Brian K and one unlucky soul from the second



Truex gets penalized for the side window coming out....im sorry .. I never saw it fly out? Where was nascars "dabrie" caution for that?


It didnt come out, it was improperly installed. Guess they wanted Scott Speed in the 500.


Twin 20 #1 was pretty good! Glad Mears made his way in, but sucks for Regan Smith and Bayne they got crashed out like that. Now hopefully Reutimann can somehow get into this field on time... Needs a few things to happen.


Definitely sucks for Regan, Bayne is locked in on time. Reutimann is losing hair as we speak...



Duel # 2:


Just wondering - the top hats at NASCAR - watching this "Freight Train" race - thinking what?


The thing is; they aren't thinking. We need one of the 'Bill's' to come back.....'Big Bill' is spinnin' in the grave and trying to figure out how to dis-own his grandson.


All the talk about who made it or not, via the announcers - I'd say that JJ Yeley in 20th place did, in fact, make it.  Starts 42nd.


They just screwed newman


NasCrap ought to be real proud of creating the most boring racing ever!!



very stupid what a waste


Kyle Busch WINS duel number two and Kurt Busch gets a top five finish in duel number one.....Busch top two finish is on for Sunday.


OK, qualifying races in. One caution in 300 miles. Little drama. May be valuable information for Sunday, but it wasn't much of a spectacle for today. Looks like another 2-1/2 hours of riding leading up to a jam-up ending. The racing reminds me of 1989.


Are you there? I remember 1989..


NASCAR racing was still real racing back then..


Me there? Of course not. I don't have a job. I was there in 1989... In the stands.


Sooo Brian Keselowski and Mike Bliss were the only 2 that didn't make the 500. Ouchy!


Would have been nice to see Bliss get it in.


Put them all in


I think they should go to 36. Get rid of start and park. Sad but its the times.


David makes the Daytona 500! (Posted by his father!)


What boring races...


Yes I agree


huh , i was busy yawning


 Worst Duels Ever!!!!


The 500 will suck even more


Man, I thought they were OK... Back to a more old school chess match, not the gladiator 4 wide crap. It's like OCFS, tough to pass, but it can be done. If the driver knows what they're doing.


I bet kyle larson would make it exciting


I fell asleep


 Not enough passing,, and they were talking about making the spoilers a little bigger after the wrecks,, with Newman


Could only hope!




5.  Our government is allowing illegal aliens to stay because it fuels their divide and conquer strategy. If the people in government and law enforcement do not want to enforce our constitution, bill of rights, and our laws fire them immediately.




6.  I always check out Facebook during the day.  What follows is just what was after a lot of facts about Walmart in one particular post:  This should be read and understood by all Americans… Democrats,

Republicans, EVERYONE!!


To President Obama and all 535 voting members of the Legislature,

it is now official that the majority of you are corrupt morons:


a. The U.S. Postal Service was established in 1775. You have had 234

years to get it right and it is broke.


b. Social Security was established in 1935. You have had 74 years to

get it right and it is broke.


c. Fannie Mae was established in 1938. You have had 71 years to get

it right and it is broke.


d. War on Poverty started in 1964. You have had 45 years to get it

right; $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to

"the poor" and they only want more.


e. Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965. You have had 44

years to get it right and they are broke.


f. Freddie Mac was established in 1970. You have had 39 years to get

it right and it is broke.


g. The Department of Energy was created in 1977 to lessen our

dependence on foreign oil. It has ballooned to 16,000 employees with a budget of

$24 billion a year and we import more oil than ever before. You had 32 years to get

it right and it is an abysmal failure.


You have FAILED in every "government service" you have shoved down our

throats while overspending our tax dollars.





Folks, keep this circulating. It is very well stated. Maybe it will end

up in the e-mails of some of our "duly elected' (they never read anything)

and their staff will clue them in on how Americans feel.




I know what's wrong. We have lost our minds to "Political Correctness"



Someone please tell me what is wrong with all the people that

run this country!!!!!!


We're "broke" and can't help our own Seniors, Veterans, Orphans, Homeless

etc. and the last months we have provided aid to Haiti, Chile, and Turkey and now

Pakistan ( the previous home of bin Laden). literally, BILLIONS of DOLLARS!!!


Our retired seniors living on a 'fixed income' receive no aid nor do

they get any breaks.


AMERICA: a country where we have homeless without shelter, children

going to bed hungry, elderly going without needed medicines, and mentally ill

without treatment, etc.


Imagine if the GOVERNMENT gave U. S. the same support they give to

other countries. Sad isn't it?


*99% of the people receiving this message won't have the guts to forward this.


*I'm one of the 1% -- I Just Did







Found on the Internet:


Not good news, for sure:


The RoC/Five Mile Point Speedway banquet has been canceled. The ticket deadline was this past Friday and we did not meet the required minimal for the hotel to host the event. Refunds for anyone that did purchase a ticket are being mailed today. Awards and point fund money will be presented at opening day events. The RoC Dirt Mod teams will get their awards at Selinsgrove, the RoC Sportsman at New Egypt and RoC Street Stocks at the Five Mile opener. Any questions please phone us at 607-775-5555 or see us at the Southern Tier Speedworld Mall Show this weekend.




The Great American Fail: The 2013 Daytona 500:






The NWS race yesterday was one of the better races in recent memory on a resrictor plate track. What puzzles me most about the brass at nascar is they have continually yr after yr changed rule packages to promote better safer racing.  All have failed unless your one of the millions who enjoy the  inevitable carnage of the  "big one" and pack racing.  the one thing they will not do is get rid of the plate, or shorten the 2 tracks so they are no longer needed.  Maybe that will separate the pack. Nothing else works.  I have not attended a cup or nationwide race since 2001. I used to be an avid  fan who never missed a race on TV when I couldn't attend  Generally I tune in and out the last 11 yrs now. I get  free comp tickets to 6 venues  every yr and I give them all away.  The phantom cautions, excessive duplicate TV commercials and bloated ticket/ hotel prices have ruined things for me.  Give me a local short track race anyday.  I wish they could get back to the good old days of the pre 1980's. 



Some non-racing stuff:



Alex Rodriguez’s charity gave only 1 percent of donations to charitable causes





Rand Paul’s Plan for the Pentagon: Stop Spending Millions on Goldfish





FBI Witness Murdered Who Had Access & Was To Testify In Obama/Soetoro Passport FBI Investigation.






OUTRAGE: DHS Releases ‘Thousands’ of Illegal Aliens from Prison – Citing ‘Budget Cuts’






Obama signs Sequestration Transparency Act in August of 2012



President Barack Obama on Aug. 7 signed the Sequestration Transparency Act, a law that will require his office to provide details within 30 days on how sequestration, if enacted in January, will be implemented.

More specifically, the new law requires the Office of Management and Budget to explain exactly what could be cut should Congress fail to prevent the sweeping budget cuts. Sequestration is set to be triggered due to a congressional "supercommittee" that could not reach agreement on what could have been more targeted budget cuts. It was written into last year’s Budget Control Act as the next step should the supercommittee fail. It would slash federal spending by $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years.


“There is no amount of planning or reporting that will turn the sequester into anything other than the devastating cut in defense and domestic investments that it was meant to be. The sequester was passed by both Republicans and Democrats not as a policy we want to see enacted, but as a forcing mechanism to get Congress to act in a serious, balanced way on deficit reduction,” White House Spokesman Jay Carney said in a July 26 press briefing.


Beyond detailing areas of spending reductions, the transparency legislation asks for a list of functions exempt from the cuts as well as “any other data and explanations that enhance public understanding of the sequester and actions to be taken under it,” according to language in the bill.


Additionally, the legislation directs heads of federal agencies to consult with congressional appropriations committees and provide OMB with information “at the program, project and activity level.”


“The American people deserve to know how their commander-in-chief intends to implement half a trillion dollars in cuts to our national security which his own Secretary of Defense compared to 'shooting ourselves in the head,'" House Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), who sponsored the bill, said in a released statement. “While House Republicans remain committed to achieving the full spending reduction required by the Budget Control Act, we believe that we cannot solve our national debt crisis by deliberately permitting a national defense crisis, which is why we have a plan to replace those arbitrary cuts with other spending cuts and reforms. With the sunlight provided by this new law, I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to replace these damaging defense cuts and expect the president to work with us.”


Democrats have called on Republicans to increase taxes on the wealthy in order to help prevent the drastic cuts, which would have deep impact across government.


“Congress must act to avoid these devastating cuts & ask wealthiest to pay fair share,” White House deputy press secretary Amy Brundage tweeted in announcing the president’s signature.


Brundage’s comments echo those of OMB Director Jeffrey Zients, who testified in an Aug. 1 House Armed Services Committee hearing on sequestration that devolved into riotous partisan bickering.


“What is holding us up now is the Republican refusal to have the wealthiest 2 percent pay their fair share,” Zients said.





Remember the special notice to start this weeks column?


Four Reasons The Next Budget Crisis Will Be Even Worse Than The Sequestration Deadlock


There’s a long line of items that will be used as far as “Scare Tactics” go, with March 27th the next date for more BS.






Obama’s Dangerous Illegal Alien Exodus: Past Released Detainees Murdered 19; Raped 142









Video time:


The video, below, was posted on Facebook by Rich Golardi.  It follows Collin Cabre as he races at Bubba’s Speedway with the USAC Sprint Cars.  Looking at results in the AARN, it looks like Collin did not qualify for any of the features at the track.








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

Two photos for you this week.  Per my friend, Brian Caruso, a grandson of former race car owner Mike Caruso, it seems that when the first Kurtis Offy Midgets made it to the east coast, back around 1947, or thereabouts, Mike Caruso and Ed “Dutch” Schaefer headed to California to pick up a Midget – or two.  They ended up getting the Caruso # 2 and the Golden Arrow # 6 – “sister” cars, which were one number apart, chassis wise.  From what I’ve been told, the “Golden Arrow” Midget that you see at some of the ACOT shows is the original # 6.  Sorry, but I do not know who the photographers were in the two photos!






Closing with this:

A balding, white haired man from Chebacco Lake and Florida, walked into a jewelry store this past Friday evening with a beautiful much younger gal at his side. He told the jeweler he was looking for a special ring for his girlfriend. The jeweler looked through his stock and brought out a $5,000 ring.

The man said, ‘No, I’d like to see something a little more special.’

At that statement, the jeweler went to his special stock and brought another ring over. ‘Here’s a stunning ring at only $40,000 the jeweler said. The lady’s eyes sparkled and her whole body trembled with excitement.

The old man seeing this said, ‘We’ll take it.’

The jeweler asked how payment would be made and the man stated, ‘By check. I know you need to make sure my check is good, so I’ll write it now and you can call the bank Monday to verify the funds and I’ll pick the ring up Monday afternoon.’

On Monday morning, the jeweler angrily phoned the old man and said, ‘There’s no money in that account.’

‘I know,’ said the old man, ‘But let me tell you about MY GREAT WEEKEND!’


See…….Not All Seniors Are Senile




Until next week, folks!


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