Racin' & Different Stuff:
By Tom Avenengo
Normally I start
these columns on Sunday afternoons. Didn’t happen this week.
Got some things done somewhere around 11:30 PM and
midnight. During the afternoon, I
attempted to print up some stuffed cabbage recipes. Got one printed, then for some unknown
reason, could not print up any more. I
figured the ink cartridge was empty. Got a new one on Monday.
Why are the damned things so freakin’
expensive? Installed new ink cartridge
into my printer – after removing the protective tape. Guess what?
No go. Got zero out of the new
cartridge, no alignment, test page – you name it. Getting pizzed. Did I tell you that my ‘puter
“guru” is down in
Will be trying something different in this weeks column as far as the weird printing that comes up on DTD. It seems that if I copy and paste something – usually in the non racing news area, that’s where the fonts, size and boldness of the printing is effected.
Coming up this weekend – Saturday and Sunday, is the Middletown Motor Sports Show, in the arena on the fairgrounds property.
Show opens on Saturday at 11:00 AM and goes until 10:00 PM, Saturday night. On Sunday it’s from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Admission is $8.00 for adults. Children 12 and under are free.
What with so many things being so called “Politically Correct” nowadays, I really wonder why someone has not come out in an attempt to stop the televising of the Invocation that is telecast prior to every televised NASCAR race.
I see there still was a fly-over for the Bristol Cup race. Nice that still happened. Now if they would only open the doors to the White House (OUR House) so the tours can continue on!
Practice session on April 5th with a rain date of April 6th. Opening night is April 12th. I see that Brett Hearn has Accord on his schedule for that night. Opening night at Accord is always the Scott Harvey Memorial race.
Orange County Fair
Race car show in the arena on the fairgrounds property is this Saturday and Sunday, as noted above.
Practice session on April 6th – 1:00 Pm to 6:00 PM
Opening night is April 13th, with $3,000.00 going to the modified feature winner.
Note: Per a message on the OCFS website, new times for admittance to the pits will be 4:00 PM. New times for admittance to the stands and drive-in will be 5:00 PM.
Has “Bug Day” on April 13th, and their opening night is April 20th.
Has two practice days – April 13th and 20th. Their season starts on April 27th.
Practice on April 6th and opening night of racing on April 13th, with $3,000.00 going to the modified feature winner.
From a column of mine, back in 2006 when I was down in
“Will this ever happen?
While down in Florida, I checked back home, to our local paper, and came across this article, copied and pasted, below, with just a little “editing” done, like removing a photo, etc etc. Right now, I’m not sure if this would go over, if, indeed, it even gets off the ground. Kinda sucks when something like this would only apply to the “wealthy”. Location wise, this would be a very short distance from the Port Jervis, NY area – maybe 20 – 30 minutes, at the most. Then again, I doubt there is anyone in Port Jervis with this kind of dollars.
HIGH LIFE, FAST CARS
Thompson gets high-end racetrack
By Simon Shifrin
December 07, 2006
Thompson — A $30 million racetrack for the ultra-rich is zooming this way.
Two weeks ago, work quietly began on The
Drive & Race Club, an exclusive country club in the form of a high-end track, spread over 225 acres on the site of the former
After years of half-starts and waylaid
plans to revitalize the airport, this one's for real. And the implications for
Jefferson Development Partners will formally break ground next week. The investors are planning a spring 2008 opening.
It's the latest trend in motorsports, with
several tracks now catering to rich folks with no place to safely drive their
fast cars. Club initiation at the
A similar track opened near
But developer Michael Kaplan, formerly
general counsel for
"There's such a pent-up demand for this out there in the world that all we have to do is identify our user and make contact," Kaplan says. "He already wants to do this."
The member also might want to stay in a hotel for the weekend, go to a show at Bethel Woods, stop for a bite to eat or even buy a second home.
"There's a lot of things you can do here," says Marc Baez, president of the Partnership for Economic Development. "The more you're building upon that, the more you'll see a rise in tourism."
Amenities at The Drive & Race Club
3.37-mile road course with 3/4-mile
straightaway, a dozen turns and 75 feet of elevation changes
Luxury clubhouse with workout facility, conference rooms, dining rooms and overnight accommodations
Full-time staff of 25, including driving pro, driving instructor, mechanic, safety staff, private chef, sales rep
Heliport, with shuttle flights from Manhattan and Westchester County
Storage for personal cars and the latest demos.”
Note: If you recall, this track most definitely did come to be. Now, some folks are complaining of the noise generated by the cars while running on the track. Also, if you recall, a few columns back I had mentioned that the track is thinking of now holding regular racing events – including up to Indy cars.
Time will tell, right?
Also from that column:
“Will this happen?
The race track that’s closest to my home, (and one I’ve never been to, believe it or not), Catskill Speedway, looks like it might run again in 2007. I found this little tid-bit:
”Catskill Speedway in
It is now call
The short term plans for 2007 is status quo with minor repairs to the speedway and to have a home for the Neets enduro's.
They will race on Sundays.”
Ruth Ann Steinhagen died last
December 29th. Her claim to
fame: She shot baseball player Eddie Waitkus. I remember
that day – or so I thought. I could
swear that she shot Eddie while he was next to first base, in
As for memories of things that happened but really didn’t –
I’ll look you square in the eye and tell you that the late Bob Green grooved
some Go Kart tires for my son, Eric, the night before Bob had that bad accident
at Accord. Yet, the first race Eric ever
ran was indoors in
Insurance for racers.
Quite a lot of my friends are involved in auto racing. If you race with a vehicle that has roll over protection (cage) and seat belts (including champ/cage Karts), you can get insurance. Many times we hear of drivers and their families having hard times because they lacked good insurance or relied only on what a track might have, and in some cases, that might only cover a ride in a helicopter, if one is needed. So check out this:
Here’s an interesting read that I found over on Facebook, thanks to Ralph W. Stevens, Jr. for posting the link!
We hear and read of how the influx of
As many of you know, I’m a member of the Yahoo! Race History Group. It’s an excellent group to be in if you’re into racing from “Back in the day”. At times, questions are asked, and in most cases, in time, someone in the group will come through with an answer.
Here is what I found in my e-mail after dinner on Tuesday:
This is the second request for information that has come to me in a week from family members with vintage midgets. This time it was a gentleman named Jim Wright who tells me that he has a pre-war midget built by Frank Kurtis. It is a rail frame, V8-60 powered car supposedly built in 1938. He heard a story from his father that Frank had seen the car at some point and said it was the second one he ever built and one of seven or eight built in that year. There are no dash plate ID's or other markings apparently.
Does anyone one have any information about Kurtis's early race cars? Should there be some kind of marking or ID on the car that would confirm the family story? I will post photos when I get them but just wanted to get the question out there.
Also, it appears the gentleman will want to sell the car. Any tips on where or how to find the best way to put it up for sale? Thanks.
This is a true bit of history. Frank Kurtis built at least six of the rail Kurtis in 1938. Roy Russing recieved the first one, also Rex Mays orderded one. Mays did not race his, but hired other drivers, and the car passed through a few owners, and arrived here in
On the rear cover ov my book, Smoke, Sand, and Rubber, is a photo of the car when I was driving it. The best handling rail car I ever drove, and I was sorry to see it leave here. The last I heard it is somewhere in British Coulmbia. To my knowledge there was no chassis numbers on the rail cars.
Note: Kinda remarkable, huh?
Quoting on of the postings – regarding Jeff Gordon:
“Marysville didn't run open
wheel during that era. It was purely a stock car track for many years. NARC, Baylands, Kings and
What happened was John
Bickford somehow got into the WARPA meeting in
In wake of turning down Bickford's lobbying effort, the sprint car scene - which had just gone through a period of amazing co-operation - utterly imploded, with the Baylands promoter petulantly scheduling races in conflict with the others. Baylands would close a couple of years later.
Bickford was pissed, sulked
and then "took his ball" to
One season later, NARC lowered their minimum age to 16 to allow the son of a board member to race. Still, 16 isn't 15.
A while back, I was, more or less, kicked off of the South Jersey Dirt Racing forum for using “Dirt Track Digest” one too many times. They even were able to put up another type of website, when I went to visit them (porn site), followed by a not too nice note to me about how that was done and worse would happen if I continued to mention “other” message boards etc etc. (I still have thoughts that is was someone form SJDR that hacked into my computer and deleted every single piece of e-mail that I had, along with my entire address book).
Take a guess as to what the thread was about.
It seems that some new commercials are being made – for drivers from the NASCAR Nationwide Series, for now, in order to get them some recognition. There was a “Preview” video out, and sad to say I missed some of the Nationwide race last weekend, so I don’t know if this video was played, or not.
I found something interesting this past Tuesday – pretty sure it was n Facebook. It was about a dying soldier and a letter he had written to President Busch and Vice-President Cheney. It was rather harsh, to be sure, and the title to the link to the letter did have some vulgar words in it. I have to figure that it’s mostly adult aged people reading my columns, so I thought I’d put the link up. Then, on Wednesday, would you believe it, Yahoo! had an article about that soldier and his letter. Sorry if anyone is offended by what’s below!
Here are both links:
The letter, itself:
Found on Jayski’s website:
War of words between Logano, Hamlin:
#22-Joey Logano was tired of getting pushed around by his former Joe
Gibbs Racing teammate. So after Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor
Speedway, in which #11-Denny Hamlin spun him out with about 150 laps remaining,
Logano decided to let him know it. But as Logano leaned into the window of Hamlin's #11
The feud continued on Twitter after the race with Logano writing, "Hey @dennyhamlin great job protecting that genius brain of yours by keeping your helmet on."
Hamlin answered: "Why's that ... What would u do?"(ESPN)(3-18-2013)
Hamlin fine puts spotlight on Carl Long’s plight:
Carl Long's fine still hanging over his head:
#11-Denny Hamlin's recent refusal to pay his $25,000 fine has reawakened the plight of Carl Long, a driver who lacks the financial resources to settle his debt with NASCAR. Long's career as a Sprint Cup Series driver essentially ended when his team was penalized for having an illegal engine at the 2009 All-Star race. Long's crew chief was fined $200,000, an amount he was unable to pay. Under NASCAR rules, the fine was reverted to the car owner, which was Long's wife, DeeDee. Unable to drive until the fine is paid, Long was still able to work in the Sprint Cup Series garage because his wife was technically responsible for settling the debt. But last year, Long said NASCAR transferred the fine to his name and he's no longer allowed inside the Cup garage. "Last year at Daytona, they issued me as the driver the fine, and I couldn't pay $200,000, so I was escorted out of the Cup garage," Long said at Bristol Motor Speedway. "NASCAR basically let me know that anybody on the crew roster could be held responsible for the fine, all the way down to the tire guy. Anybody on the crew roster, they can leverage the fine against him, no matter who. Actually, no matter what, if you are signed in on a crew roster, you are hanging by a thread." Long is allowed to work in NASCAR in any other series, and he's currently a jack of all trades for Rick Ware Racing in the Nationwide Series. He's also a part-time Nationwide driver, and has made 37 starts since the All-Star race incident. But he said he's clearing just over $35,000 a year after paying all his expenses, which means he'll likely never be back in a Sprint Cup car because he lacks the means to clear his debt with NASCAR.(Associated Press)(3-17-2013)
Denny Hamlin felt disrespected by NASCAR fine:
Some charges against Mayfield dropped:
Mayfield's quest to race in NASCAR again has taken a positive turn as 10 felony burglary-related charges were dropped in
Cassill to sue BK Racing:
Cassill is suing BK Racing over what he alleges is
$205,000 in unpaid winnings and other fees owed to him for racing for the team
last year. Cassill also is asking for an unspecified
amount of money for not being told until mid-January that he would not drive
for the team in 2013. The lawsuit was filed last month in North Carolina
Superior Court in
Smith to run the #51 at
Smith will pilot the #51
Timmy Hill making 2013 debut in
Hill will make his first 2013 series start on Sunday, March 24th, in the Auto
Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway. He will pilot the FAS Lane Racing #32 OXYwater Ford Fusion. "I've had quick success with
Former OVRP Dirt Oval runners:
Last Friday at Selinsgrove, in the RoC 358 race, Danny Creeden is shown as placing 22nd.
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 March 19th edition – picked up from the Digital Service:
Jarett Andretti will be racing in some wingless 410 sprint
car races in 2013 out in
The “City of
His headline was: “Sports Marketing Competition Is Tougher And Budgets Smaller For Sponsorship Dollars”. Among things he mentions is that he does receive quite a few sponsorship proposals that are so poorly done that it is a waste of money, time and effort in using them in a sponsorship proposal. Mr. Saxton comes out with quite a few hints on things to have in the proposal, along with what you should do if you should land a sponsor.
Also in his column was a hint that the New Jersey Formula One race could possibly be held – maybe mid 2014.
Steve had quite a big article
about that sprint car crash out in
Note: I found this on the Internet: “Marcus Johnson's father, Rob Johnson, said his nephew Chase told him the wheel detached from the steering column as he was heading into a corner at about 90 mph, according to KTVU-TV. The car hit a sloped wall, launched into the air and crashed about 150 feet from the track, striking his son.”
Steve also had quite a big article on Kyle Petty’s Charity Bike Ride Across America.
tells us that Willie Osmun will be in the seat of the
Norcia # 81 at the New Egypt Speedway, this year. Norcia stock cars have been around since the
1950’s. John Norcia, 82, spends some of
his time in
reading Dave’s column, I was rather surprised to see that Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
will not be racing in the Nationwide race at
He makes note of a banquet he attended, and the fact that a lot of drivers did not show up to accept their awards. Five out of the top ten, in all divisions, except the modifieds, showed up.
Don & Jo Ann Davies:
On their way home from the racing in Pennsylvania, they opted to stop of in Middletown to check out, for themselves, how the new pit area outside of turns 3 & 4 at OCFS was progressing. From their column: “Wow! It takes actually seeing the leveling and other work being done to fully appreciate the excavation work that has been done.”
His article had this, as its headline: “Limited But Diverse Schedule Of New York Midget Races This Season”. Racing on dirt and asphalt tracks, three clubs will stage six midget shows on four different tracks, from May to September.
Note: True, the midget schedule for the state is pretty limited, but a hell of a lot better than a couple of years ago when there were no midget races held in the state. That’s “Full” midgets, folks.
John, like me, isn’t too happy with what’s going to happen to racing and TV in the near future. Already, one of the best auto racing shows on TV, Wind Tunnel, has been cut fro a full hour to one half an hour. Don’t be surprised to see that show completely gone once SPEED makes its change to covering mostly stick and ball sports.
also makes mention of some problems for Bruton Smith
– remember he complained about the “Strart &
Park” cars a while back? Seems that fan
Note: My thoughts – If Bruton Smith was 10, 20 to 30 years younger, I would not be surprised to see him attempt to start up another stock car racing organization.
didn’t have too good a time “race chasing” last week. He hit up Shippensburg Speedway on March 9th
– no races, was at Selinsgrove on March 10th for the sprint car
racing, back to Shippensburg on the 16th – no races, followed by
Port Royal on the 16th – no races and ended up at
Some things covered in this weeks edition:
Duane Howard Claims
358 Mod Season Opener
It's Kahne In Cup,
Kyle Busch In Nationwide At Bristol
Bub McCool Returns
With World Of Outlaws LMS
For Second Season
Sixth Annual IRCO
Phillipsburg Mall Show
Wraps Up Successful Week
Dollansky, Kaeding Are West Coast
World Of Outlaws Stars
$10,000 Win For Blankenship
In Bulls Gap DIrt Late Model Race
Makes Most Of Rivals'
NASCAR SWMT Woes
'Ride For Charity' Takes Shape
America's Motorsports Park
Ready For Grand Opening
Jimmy Kite Ready to Launch 2013 Must See Xtreme Sprints with Mike Blake Racing
Indy Car Veteran Returns South to Run Paved Winged Sprint Car Series
Kite pursued his
open-wheel dreams which led him to the
While he has extensive experience in racing cars from quarter-midgets to 220-mph Indy cars, Kite has never been to either of the tracks making-up the Must-See opening rounds. Both tracks are a half-mile in length with Five Flags sporting 15-degree banking and Mobile International at 12 degrees in the corners. Both venues promise quick lap-times and rapid-fire competition.
Despite making his first official start in the Must See Xtreme Sprint Car Series in 2013, Kite is not completely new to the series which utilizes 410-cubic inch V8 engines and traditional winged sprint car chassis on racing slick tires. In 2012, Kite was scheduled to run the final three races of the year with Mike Blake Racing. However, events kept the former USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year from taking the green flag at any of the planned events.
Most often thought of as a dirt track specialty, on pavement winged sprint cars are as physically and mentally demanding as any vehicle in the world. The high speeds and g-forces generated by the massive wings - both overhead and on the nose - and wide racing slicks will require Kite to draw back on his experience of racing an Indy car. It will be the third series in which Kite has driven a winged-sprint car on asphalt in his career. However, the first two series were with smaller 360 cubic inch engines. The larger displacement generates more horsepower and increased challenges to the driver on the high-banked short tracks.
The TRUFUEL Must See Xtreme Sprint Car Series runs a 14-race schedule on paved ovals. The Series enjoys an impressive television package bringing 10 events to over 125 million households on FOX Sports Net (FSN) as well as online at MotorSportWorld.TV.
On returning to the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Car Series with Mike Blake: "Mike is such a fun car owner. He puts all his heart and soul into his racecars. And I'm excited to be driving for him this year. I love sprint cars. And I love wings! And being in a 410, is just an added bonus of fun! Mike has won the championship before in this series. He's used to having his cars upfront. So, I better do my job and give him some good finishes."
On racing in the South again: "I always enjoy racing in the South. Those are the fans I grew up racing in front of. I have many great memories on those highways and racetracks in the South. I can't wait to get back down there, enjoy some sweet tea and some really good racing."
On learning two
new tracks: "It'll be fun to add two more tracks to my list, especially
such historic Southern tracks as Five Flags and
Jimmy Kite can be found on Facebook at Jimmy Kite and on Twitter at @JimmyKite
Devil’s Bowl Modifieds To Make Thunder Road Debut
Dirt-style Modifieds to run at Memorial Day Classic
The site of the famous People’s United Bank Milk Bowl,
Devil’s Bowl Speedway drivers are excited about the
creation of the
“I’ve heard a lot of stories about how small and tight
Vince Quenneville, Jr. of
“I’ve been a Vermonter all my life, so I’ve heard an awful
The Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic at Thunder Road International Speedbowl is scheduled for Sunday, May 26. Devil’s Bowl Speedway opens its season with the ACT Spring Green 113 and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series on Sunday, May 5. For more information, call (802) 244-6963 or visit www.thunderroadspeedbowl.com, or call (802) 265-3112 or visit www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com.
Contact: Justin St. Louis Phone: (802) 355-3282
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 13 ORANGE COUNTY FAIR
64 CONSECUTIVE YEARS OF WEEKLY STOCK CAR RACING
Winner of Modified feature to take home $3,000
MIDDLETOWN, NY (March 21)……..The winning
driver in the Modified feature on Opening Night at Orange County Fair Speedway
will continue a tradition that first began in 1950. While automobile racing
The first weekly racing program was held
on a small one-fifth-mile asphalt-surfaced track that was located inside the
famed five-eighths-mile Hard Clay speedway. Tex Enright,
who later gained fame as a colorful race starter was the day’s winner, his only
Other multi-time Opening Night winners include Carl Van Horn who captured four Modified features; three-time Opening Night victors Bobby Bottcher, Will Cagle, Rich Eurich, and Jeff Heotzler; with Frank Cozze, Danny Creeden, Bud Marl, Chuck McKee, Frankie Schneider, Al Tasnady, and Bill Wimble each winning two openers.
Drivers who have raced at
In 1983, C.D. Coville,
from Upstate New York, ushered in the DIRT Motorsports era by winning the first
race under Glenn Donnelly’s reign. “Barefoot” Bob McCreadie,
Winning Opening Night Modified features
the past six years were Mike Kolka (2007) Brett Hearn
(2008 and 2010), Danny Creeden (2009 and 2011), and
Chris Shultz (2012). With a $3,000-to-win feature race set for the headline
Modified division, more than three-dozen top Modified drivers are looking to
start their 2013 season with a victory. And who knows, there’s always the
possibility an outside invader will pull into the
It will all play
out on Saturday, April 13, 2013 and the start of the 64th consecutive season of weekly stock car
racing at Orange County Fair Speedway. Will a new Opening Night winner’s name
be added to the long list of great
Advance ticket sales and additional information is available at the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 during business hours. Fans and competitors are reminded to visit the speedway website for the latest track news: www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.
News from the Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc.-VP Racing Fuels Short Track SuperNationals – ‘The Working Man’s Race’
Media Contact: Brett Deyo – Deyo99H@aol.com or 845.728.2781
For Immediate Release/March 20, 2013
Lias Tire-American Racer Sets 2013 'Road to the SuperNationals' Comprising 10 Speedways In Three States; Sixth Anniversary 'Working Man's Race' Set For Oct. 11-12, 2013 At Five Mile Point
Launched in 2006 at N.Y.'s Afton Speedway, the Short Track SuperNationals
was devised as a year-end spotlight event for the weekend racer: a race
offering a lucrative purse that a Friday, Saturday or Sunday night racer could
After five editions - now
hosted at the historic Five Mile Point venue centrally located in
For the second consecutive
season, Lias Tire of Indiana, Pa., the regional
distributor for American Racer Tires, has signed on to sponsor the 'Road to the
SuperNationals' which kicked off last Friday night,
March 15, at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway. Duane Howard of Oley,
Tire-American Racer 'Road to the SuperNationals' is
comprised of qualifiers held 10 facilities situated in three states (
As has been the case in recent SuperNationals events, guaranteed starters will not take away from the field of cars to qualify on race day.
The 2013 Short Track SuperNationals is slated for Fri.-Sat. Oct. 11-12, 2013. The event is headlined by a 50-lap big-block/small-block Modified feature. All racing is held on Saturday (Oct. 12), with an open practice set for Friday evening (Oct. 11). Associate marketing partners include Alpine Building Supply and Small Engine Fuel. Support divisions will include Race of Champions Street Stocks and Four Cylinders.
"The American Racer/Lias Tire 'Road to the SuperNationals' allows us to give back to the weekly racers and the speedways who have been helpful in promoting the Short Track SuperNationals during its five-year existence," SuperNationals promoter and founder Brett Deyo said. "Last year, the 'Road to the SuperNationals' was well received and generated a buzz at each of the qualifiers.
"We're proud to have American Racer and Lias Tire back on board to support our event again."
Next up on the 'Road to the SuperNationals' is Big Diamond Speedway in
Other facilities hosting SuperNationals qualifiers include New Egypt (N.J.)
In its five-year existence, the SuperNationals developed a reputation as a racer- and fan-friendly event. A healthy purse and open rules package annually attracts a diverse cross-section of talented weekend racers to do battle at Five Mile Point, which has undergone widespread renovations under the direction of owner and promoter Andrew Harpell. New backstretch grandstands, upgraded fencing and additional lighting greeted October ’12 SuperNationals attendees.
Last year, Accord Speedway
regular Danny Tyler of
Previous event winners include Howard (2011), Justin Holland (2010), Kevin Hirthler (2009) and Mike Ricci (2006, at Afton Speedway).
Lap sponsorships and other marketing opportunities are available by contacting event promoter Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media. For further information on the Short Track SuperNationals, contact Deyo by phone at 845.728.2781 or via e-mail: Deyo99H@aol.com. SuperNationals info is on the web at www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com. BD Motorsports Media can also be found on Facebook (www.facebook.com/bdmotorsportsmedia) and Twitter (@BrettDeyo).
The sixth anniversary Short Track SuperNationals is presented by VP Racing Fuels, Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc., Lias Tire/American Racer, Alpine Building Supply, Shiley Fabrication, Small Engine Fuel, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, BFP Specialty, S&W Awards and many other fine marketing partners.
2013 Lias Tire-American Racer 'Road to the SuperNationals'
Friday, March 15, 2013 – Selinsgrove Speedway/Selinsgrove, PA - DUANE HOWARD
Sunday, March 24, 2013 – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, PA
Saturday, July 6, 2013 – New
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 – Utica-Rome Speedway/Vernon, NY
Saturday, July 13, 2013 –
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 – Five
Saturday, August 3, 2013 –
Friday, August 23, 2013 – Penn Can Speedway/Susquehanna, PA
Friday, August 30, 2013 – I-88 Speedway/Afton, NY
Friday, September 13, 2013 – Accord Speedway/Accord, NY
Short Track SuperNationals Event History
Oct. 6, 2012 (Five Mile Point, 50 laps): DANNY TYLER – Bobby Varin – Brian Weaver – Billy Pauch Sr. – Mitch Gibbs
Oct. 7, 2011 (Five Mile Point, 50 laps): DUANE HOWARD – Danny Tyler – Billy Pauch Sr. – Jeff Strunk – Jeff Heotzler
Oct. 9, 2010 (Five Mile Point, 50 laps): JUSTIN HOLLAND – Billy Pauch Jr. – Kevin Bates – Brian Weaver – Danny Tyler
Oct. 10, 2009 (Five Mile Point, 50 laps): KEVIN HIRTHLER – Mike Ricci – Mike Gular – Sean Merkel – Joey Grammes
Oct. 7, 2006 (
Borgers 2013 Schedule
Additional events to be added as sponsorship is secured.
Regular Show Consists of TQ Midgets/Asphalt 600 Sprints, Wingless Dirt 600 Sprints, Slingshots, Karts, MicroStocks, Quarter Midgets.
Schedule Subject To Change
March 23 Open Practice 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
March 30 Open Practice 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
April 6 Season Open All Divisions TQ’s Start 2:00 p.m.
April 13 All Divisions Points Start plus Champ Kart King Of The Asphalt Race 1
April 20 All Divisions “Spring Fever” Double Points All Divisions.
April 27 All Divisions plus Micro Stock Racing Series MicroStocks 2:00 p.m. start.
May 4 All Divisions plus ATQMRA Winged Event
May 11 All Divisions
May 18 All Divisions plus Champ Kart King Of The Asphalt Race 2.
May 25 All Divisions plus Mini Indy 50 for Wingless Dirt 600 Sprints plus Micro Stock Racing Series MicroStocks 2:00 p.m. start.
June 1 All Divisions TQ’s Start 2:00 p.m.
June 8 All Divisions
June 15 All Divisions plus Champ Kart King Of The Asphalt Race 3.
June 22 All Divisions plus AllStar Slingshot MA Gold Tour
June 29 All Divisions plus Scout Night. All scouts in uniform free admission.
July 6 All Divisions plus Champ Kart King Of The Asphalt Race 4.
July 13 All Divisions TQ’s Start 2:00 p.m. plus Micro Stock Racing Series follow TQ heats.
July 20 All Divisions
July 27 All Divisions Christmas In July Under The Lights Hunter Smith Motorsports Presents Race For The Cures 30 Lap AllStar Slingshots. plus Wingless Dirt 600 Sprints Hot Dog Race, Starting Time 4:00 p.m.
August 3 All Divisions
August 10 All Divisions TQ’s Start 2:00 p.m.
August 17 All Divisions plus ATQMRA Wingless Event and Vintage TQ Club All Divisions plus Micro Stock Racing Series MicroStocks 2:00 p.m. start.
August 24 All Divisions “Good Bye Summer” Double Points All Divisions
August 31 All Divisions No TQ’s plus Champ Kart King Of The Asphalt Finale Race 5.
September 7 All Divisions Points End.
September 14 All Divisions. Plus Kid Kart Back To School 25 and Queen Of The Asphalt Powder Puff
September 21 OctoberFest Race 1
Spetember 28 OctoberFest Race 2.
October 5 *** Rumble On The Ridge TQ Super Nationals 35 Laps. Wingless Dirt 600 Sprints Super Nationals 35 Laps. Rain Date October 12.*** NO OTHER DIVISIONS.
October 12 OctoberFest Race 3 Or Rumble On The Ridge Raindate If Needed.
October 19 OctoberFest Race 4
plus AllStar Slingshot No Dirt Nationals MA Silver National Tour and Junior Slingshot Nationals.
October 26 OctoberFest Race 5.
November 7 All Divisions OctoberFest Raindate If Needed
November 14 All Divisions
November 21 All Divisions
December 14 Borgers Speedway Awards Din
I get e-mails:
I enjoyed your article this week as per usual.
Yesterday I created a new blog site for myself to talk about the racing at OCFS this season. I'll be adding to it on a weekly basis and hope someday you'll stop by and check it out.
I hope that this note finds you well.
Here is the link: http://jeffersonlambert.weebly.com/”
Note: I checked it out, folks. I think you’ll like it, too.
Found on Facebook:
Who died before they could draw their Social Security
KEEP PASSING THIS AROUND
UNTIL EVERY ONE HAS HAD THE
THIS IS SURE SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT!!!!
THE ONLY THING WRONG WITH THE GOVERNMENT'S CALCULATION OF AVAILABLE SOCIAL SECURITY IS THEY FORGOT TO FIGURE IN THE PEOPLE WHO DIED BEFORE THEY EVER COLLECTED A SOCIAL SECURITY CHECK!!!
WHERE DID THATMONEY GO?
Remember, not only did you and I contribute to Social Security but your employer did, too.
It totaled 15% of your income before taxes.
If you averaged only $30K over your working life, that's close to $220,500.
Read that again.
Did you see where the Government paid in one single penny?
We are talking about the money you and your employer put in a Government bank to insure you and I that we would have a retirement check from the money we put in, not the Government.
Now they are calling the money we put in an entitlement when we reach the age to take it back.
If you calculate the future invested value of $4,500 per year (yours & your employer's contribution) at a simple 5% interest (less than what the Government pays on the money that it borrows), after 49 years of working you'd
If you took out only 3% per year, you'd receive $26,787.60 per year and it would last better than 30 years (until you're 95 if you retire at age 65) and that's with no interest paid on that final amount on deposit!
If you bought an annuity and it paid 4% per year, you'd have a lifetime income of $2,976.40 per month.
Another thing with me.... I have two deceased husbands who died in their 50's, (one was 51 and the other one was 59 before one percent of their social security could be drawn.
I worked all my life and am drawing 100% on my own social security).
Their S.S. money will never have one cent drawn from what they paid into S.S. all their lives.
THE FOLKS IN
Entitlement my foot, I paid cash for my social security insurance!
Just because they borrowed the money for other government spending, doesn't make my benefits some kind of charity or handout!!
Remember Congressional benefits? --- free healthcare, outrageous retirement packages, 67 paid holidays, three weeks paid vacation, unlimited paid sick days.
Now that's welfare, and they have the nerve to call my social security retirement payments entitlements?
We're "broke" and we can't help our own Seniors, Veterans, Orphans, or Homeless.
Yet in the last few months we
have provided aid to
Literally, BILLIONS of DOLLARS!!!
And they can't help our own
They call Social Security and Medicare an entitlement even though most of us have been paying for it all our working lives, and now, when it's time for us to collect, the government is running out of money.
Why did the government borrow from it in the first place?
It was supposed to be in a locked box, not part of the general fund.
Sad isn't it.
99% of people won't have the guts to forward this.
I'm in the 1% --
I just did.
Even as Big Sis continues to cry poverty and use the phony
"sequester" argument to releases criminal illegal aliens and
furloughs border agents, the DHS is on a spending spree - hiring big salaried
new staff and funding questionable projects having little to do with 'national
security'. Yesterday, we saw the outrageous $50 million TSA purchase of new
uniforms - enough to cancel planned furloughs on 1/3 of the Border agents being
cut. As Napolitano complains of "budget cuts" DHS just posted help
wanted ads for 100 new positions many paying well over $100,000 plus mega
benefits. TSA is also going ahead with numerous conferences, none of which will
even be scaled back.
And documents released show just how "wisely" Big Sis has spent your tax dollars. Here's an example: over the past 4 years, DHS has spent $184 million on new FURNITURE. Those purchases include the hiring of a
Found on the Internet:
Found on the Track Forum:
USAC HALL OF FAME EXPANDS BY 8; 4 MORE TO GO;
4 DRIVERS, 1 CAR OWNER, 1 MECHANIC, 1 OFFICIAL & 1 RACE ORGANIZER
Eight additional inductees into the USAC Hall of Fame have been announced, joining the 12 inaugural inductees announced in 2012. The new class includes four drivers, one car owner, one mechanic, one official and one race organizer. An additional four inductees will be selected by popular vote from a list of 16 eligibles released this week through social mediums.
The second annual USAC Hall
of Fame induction ceremonies will be held May 18 at
The eight-member class of inductees announced today include (alphabetically) Earl Baltes, Henry Banks, Pancho Carter, Al and Bobby Unser, A.J. Watson, Don White and Bob Wilke.
built the famed Eldora Speedway in 1954 and in 2003 hosted the richest Sprint
car race in the world – the “Mopar Million” – the
USAC event which offered a total purse of one million dollars. Serving as a
race organizer at seven different race tracks in
Henry Banks, who passed away
in 1994, left a significant legacy with the United States Auto Club. He served
as USAC’s Competition Director during the formative
years between 1959 and 1969. His driving career began in 1932 and he earned the
1941 ARDC Midget title before winning the 1950 AAA National Driving
Championships. He was a six-time starter in the
Pancho Carter, the son of 2012 USAC Hall of Fame inductee
Duane Carter, earned 70 USAC National feature victories in various series and
became USAC’s inaugural Triple Crown Champion,
winning the 1972 Midget, 1974 and 1976 Sprint Car and 1978 Silver Crown titles.
The 1974 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year posted 17
Al Unser, one of only three
four-time winners of the
Bobby Unser is the only
driver to win USAC feature events in five different decades! He capped his
career with the 1993 title in the USAC Fast Masters after scoring three wins in
the Indianapolis 500 (1968, 1975 and 1981). A two-time USAC National Driving
Champ, he also won the 1975 IROC title and totaled 43 USAC feature wins in a
variety of categories during his career. Part of his legend includes a
sensational 13 victories in the prestigious Pikes Peak Hill Climb in
A.J. Watson’s expertise as a
car builder and mechanic earned his cars seven victories at the
Don White is the winningest USAC Stock Car driver of all time. Known as the
“Richard Petty of the North,” White earned 53 victories in the USAC ranks and
posted a remarkable 14 wins at the famed Milwaukee Mile. The iconic leader of
Patriarch of the famed Wilke Racing family, Bob was Rodger Ward’s car owner at the
The inaugural 12 inductees announced in 2012 included (alphabetically) J.C. Agajanian, Mario Andretti, Gary Bettenhausen, Tom Binford, Jimmy Bryan, Duane Carter, A.J. Foyt, Tony Hulman, Parnelli Jones, Mel Kenyon, Roger McCluskey and Rich Vogler.
Online voting for the final four inductees is now available by accessing the following link: http://apps.facebook.com/my-polls/erwcl.
Note: The above was posted over on the Track Forum by Danny Burton. He is questioning the “Race Organizer” as opposed to “Promoter”. Me too.
Some non-racing stuff:
QB Manning considers reworking contract for Cruz
A provision buried inside Obamacare will force many employers to pay an extra $63 per employee next year. Analysts say most of the cost will likely be passed on to workers.
White House forced to consider reinstating TA (Tuition assistance for troops).
Senate votes to restore tuition assistance
question government on
Might this be true? It came to me via an email on Wednesday:
This may be removed by FB. Read it quick: Hillary for President?
The Five on Fox (Fans)
... FB Gestapo is censoring the Hillary History. COPY this and share it, FAST!
Many "friends" of the
1- James McDougal -
2 - Mary Mahoney - A former White House intern was murdered July 1997 at a Starbucks Coffee Shop inGeorgetown .. The murder happened just after she was to go public with her story of sexual harassment in the White House.
3 - Vince Foster -
Former White House councilor, and colleague of Hillary Clinton at
4 - Ron Brown - Secretary of Commerce and former DNC Chairman. Reported to have died by impact in a plane crash. A pathologist close to the investigation reported that there was a hole in the top of Brown's skull resembling a gunshot wound. At the time of his death Brown was being investigated, and spoke publicly of his willingness to cut a deal with prosecutors. The rest of the people on the plane also died. A few days later the air Traffic controller commited suicide.
5 - C. Victor Raiser,
II - Raiser, a major player in the
6 - Paul Tulley - Democratic National Committee Political Director
found dead in a hotel room in
7 - Ed Willey -
8 - Jerry Parks - Head
of Clinton's gubernatorial security team inLittle Rock .. Gunned down in his car at a deserted intersection
9 - James Bunch - Died
from a gunshot suicide. It was reported that he had a "Black Book" of
people which contained names of influential people who visited prostitutes in
10 - James Wilson - Was found dead in May 1993 from an apparent hanging suicide. He was reported to have ties to Whitewater..
11 - Kathy Ferguson - Ex-wife of Arkansas Trooper Danny Ferguson, was found dead in May 1994, in her living room with a gunshot to her head. It was ruled a suicide even though there were several packed suitcases, as if she were going somewhere. Danny Ferguson was a co-defendant along with Bill Clinton in the Paula Jones lawsuit Kathy Ferguson was a possible corroborating witness for Paula Jones.
12 - Bill Shelton - Arkansas State Trooper and fiancee of Kathy Ferguson. Critical of the suicide ruling of his fiancee, he was found dead in June, 1994 of a gunshot wound also ruled a suicide at the grave site of his fiancee.
13 - Gandy Baugh -
14 - Florence Martin -
Accountant & sub-contractor for the CIA, was related to the Barry Seal,
15 - Suzanne Coleman -
Reportedly had an affair with
part 2. 16 - Paula Grober -
17 - Danny Casolaro - Investigative reporter. Investigating
18 - Paul Wilcher - Attorney investigating corruption at MenaAi...rport with Casolaro and the 1980 "October Surprise" was
found dead on a toilet June 22, 1993, in his
19 - Jon Parnell Walker
- Whitewater investigator for Resolution Trust Corp. Jumped to his death from
20 - Barbara Wise - Commerce Department staffer. Worked closely with Ron Brown and John Huang. Cause of death unknown. Died November 29, 1996. Her bruised, nude body was found locked in her office at the Department of Commerce.
21 - Charles Meissner - Assistant Secretary of Commerce who gave John Huang special security clearance, died shortly thereafter in a small plane crash.
22 - Dr. Stanley Heard
- Chairman of the National Chiropractic Health Care Advisory Committee died
with his attorney Steve Dickson in a small plane crash. Dr. Heard, in addition
to serving on
23 - Barry Seal - Drug
running TWA pilot out of Mena
24 - Johnny Lawhorn, Jr. - Mechanic, found a check made out to Bill Clinton in the trunk of a car left at his repair shop. He was found dead after his car had hit a utility pole.
26 - Hershell Friday - Attorney and
27 - Kevin Ives & Don Henry - Known as "The boys on the track" case. Reports say the boys may have stumbled upon the Mena Arkansas airport drug operation. A controversial case, the initial report of death said, due to falling asleep on railroad tracks. Later reports claim the 2 boys had been slain before being placed on the tracks. Many linked to the case died before their testimony could come before a Grand Jury.
THE FOLLOWING PERSONS HAD INFORMATION ON THE IVES/HENRY CASE:
28 - Keith Coney - Died when his motorcycle slammed into the back of a truck, 7/88.
29 - Keith McMaskle - Died, stabbed 113 times, Nov, 1988
30 - Gregory Collins - Died from a gunshot wound January 1989.
31 - Jeff Rhodes - He was shot, mutilated and found burned in a trash dump in April 1989.
3 2 - James Milan - Found decapitated. However, the Coroner ruled his death was due to natural causes".
33 - Jordan Kettleson - Was found shot to death in the front seat of his pickup truck in June 1990.
34 - Richard Winters - A suspect in the Ives/Henry deaths. He was killed in a set-up robbery July 1989.
36 - Major William S. Barkley, Jr.
37 - Captain Scott J . Reynolds
38 - Sgt. Brian Hanley
39 - Sgt. Tim Sabel
40 - Major General William Robertson
41 - Col. William Densberger
42 - Col. Robert Kelly
43 - Spec. Gary Rhodes
44 - Steve Willis
45 - Robert Williams
47 - Todd McKeehan
Quite an impressive
list! Pass this on. Let the public become aware of what happens to friends of
Note: Just for the heck of it, I did a search on # 8, above – Jerry Parks, and was quite surprised at what turned up:
Who Murdered Jerry Parks? His wife knows!
We lost Country singer Jack Greene on March 15th at the age of 83. Here’s a video of him from five years ago, when he was 78, singing to a group of some well known country singers. Wish I had the CD’s/DVD’s of those shows!
Note: The photos are not available on Dirt Track Digest, only on New England Tractor - http://newenglandtractor.com/racereport/
Here’s a photo of the late Bill Vukovich, with his wife, Esther – photo taken after he had a hard day at the office.
Closing with this:
In the year 2013, the Lord
came unto Noah, Who was now living in
"Once again, the earth
has become wicked and over-populated, and I see the end of all flesh before
me." "Build another
He gave Noah the blueprints, saying:
"You have 6 months to
Six months later, the Lord
looked down and saw Noah weeping in his yard - but no
"Forgive me, Lord," begged Noah, "but things have changed."
"I needed a Building Permit."
"I've been arguing with the Boat Inspector about the need for a sprinkler system."
"My homeowners association claim that I've violated the
by-laws by building the
"Then the City Council
and the Electricity Company demanded a shed load of money for the future costs
of moving power lines and other overhead obstructions, to clear the passage for
"Getting the wood was another problem. There's a ban on cutting local trees in order to save the Greater Spotted Barn Owl."
"I tried to convince the environmentalists that I needed the wood to save the owls - but no go!"
"When I started gathering the animals, PETA took me to court. They insisted that I was confining wild animals against their will. They argued the accommodations were too restrictive and
it was cruel and inhumane to put so many animals in a confined space."
"Then the Environmental
Protection Agency ruled that I couldn't build the
"I'm still trying to resolve a complaint with the Human Rights Commission on how many minorities I'm supposed to hire for my building crew."
"The Immigration Dept. Is checking the visa status of most of the people who want to work."
"The labor unions say I can't use my sons. They insist I have to hire only union workers with ark-building experience."
"To make matters worse, the IRS seized all my assets, claiming I'm trying to leave the country illegally with endangered species."
"So, forgive me, Lord, but it would take at least 10 years for me to finish this ark."
"Suddenly the skies cleared, the sun began to shine and a rainbow stretched across the sky."
Noah looked up in wonder and asked, "You mean you're not going to destroy the world?"
"No," said the Lord. " The Government beat me to it."
Until next week, folks!
As usual, you can reach me at: firstname.lastname@example.org