Racin' & Different Stuff:

                                      By Tom Avenengo

                                         Volume # 137






NASCAR defends penalties against Matt Kenseth





In Part:  “The engines are made by TRD in Costa Mesa, Calif., and shipped to JGR's shop in North Carolina. JGR can't touch the engines beyond installing them in the cars, and TRD has accepted responsibility for the mistake. TRD officials said the manufacturer shipped the part with paperwork that indicated its correct weight, and TRD employees simply missed the fact it was not legal.”


What really bothers me is the fact that JGR can’t touch the engines – only can install them.  TRD has come out and said it was their fault.  NASCAR, and the idiots that run that organization now, still seem fit to penalize the race team, not the manufacturer.  From what I’ve seen on the Internet, it is TRD that forbids the race teams from doing anything on the engines, not NASCAR.  True?  To me, that is 100% wrong for NASCAR to penalize the race team, in this instance.


This past weekend, TRD took back three engines from the cars driven by Clint Bowyer.





With my son, Eric, taking a weeks vacation, and heading down to Florida this past Saturday, I skipped the racing at OCFS.  I did, however, get up to Accord, along with my daughter, Judy.  Right after we parked, I went into the back seat to get out my little cooler, the blanket we sit on and my coat.  Uh oh!  No coat!  Brain farts had taken over just prior to my leaving home and the coat was on a chair in the dining room – yeah, it was still there when I got home from the nights racing.   I have to give a big thank you to Russ Meyer who came to my rescue and had an extra coat with him that he let me use.  Good thing, too, since it got a wee bit chilly later on in the night.

As for this coming Saturday, I’m not sure what’s going on.  Eric, his son, Dillon, and his girl friend, Catherine, are due to fly in to the airport in White Plains.  I’m not sure if I’ll be picking them up or not.  And, I don’t know if they’re hitting OCFS on Saturday night.  If not, chances are I won’t, since Eris is my “down the stairs helper”.




I’ve been going to races ever since 1946.  Over time, I’ve seen some great drivers in action.  The majority of them right here in the Northeast.  One trip to the Sebring 12 hour race with my brother, back in 1957, allowed me to see some of the worlds’ great ones like Fangio, Moss and Behra.  Back then the F-1 drivers also ran the Sports/Racing cars.

And, sad to say, over the years I’ve seen my share of wicked accidents, some that proved to be fatal.  I vaguely remember Walt Walasek running his last race at Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson, NJ on July 11, 1947.  Three fatal accidents att Langhorne, one of the most dangerous tracks ever.  Larry “Crash” Crockett on 3/20/55, Mike Nazaruk, on 5/1/55 and Nick Duino on 6/29/58.  Crockett and Nazaruk were almost the same, with them being thrown out of their cars, and visible from the stands.  As for the Duino young man, I was under the stands, down in what you could call turn one, with my movie camera, and can still remember that red # 55 going past and never to make it around.  Nick Fornoro, Sr. did his best to try to talk the young man out of racing that day, citing his inexperience.  Almost had him convinced not to run, until Duino saw that the car count wasn’t all that good.  Dick Linder going over the fence between turns 3 & 4 at Trenton, on September 19, 1959, in what looked like slow motion.  After the car went out of sight, I still recall a wheel/tire coming back up over the fence and onto the track.  At least I think I do!  And, I’ve had some “favorite” drivers lose their loves when racing, too.  Johnny Ritter, Bill Schindler, Bill Vukovich, Al Keller, Johnny Thomson and the above mentioned Mike Nazaruk.  A photo of Mike, said to be his last lap at Langhorne, is at the end of the column in the photo section.




Some little stuff:

Is it true – Jerry Higbie and his HigFab has turned out 56 race cars?

Word is out on the Internet that Glen Ridge charged $10.00 for a 4 year old.

I’m quite surprised that none of the “good-doers/do-goodershave not made an attempt to put a stop to the Invocations that are on TV prior to NASCAR races.

I was a little surprised to see a “Fly-over” at Richmond the other day.  I heard it was a private group?

Watching the race on Saturday night, there were some clips of Robin Pemberton and his “explaining” the penalties etc etc.  To me, he looked like hell.


We all read about people driving cars on our roads, being involved in accidents, while “under the influence” of alcohol or drugs.  Rarely do we read about it happening on the speedways.  Does it?






I have an appointment with my surgeon on May 8th at 12:15 PM.  At that time I imagine that a time will be set up for some surgery to be performed on my left side carotid artery.  I kinda think it will not interfere with my next column, but one never knows.






I still think one of the better races I’ve ever seen at OCFS was a 200 car 200 lap Enduro that was held some years ago.  Cars circled the entire track when the green flag fell.  In fact, I think some cars were a lap down when the green flew.  It ran basically non-stop.  The winner wasn’t decided until

the very end.  Somehow, I doubt an event like that could be held again.






I see some big changes are in store for Borgers Speedway, the 1/7 mile asphalt track in PA.  Track was paved as part of the deal where they could keep the track as a track.  Info on this can be found, below, in the “Press releases” section.






From last weeks column:




Not racing related, but for some unknown reason, this writer does not believe that the two brothers that bombed the Boston Marathon did so on their own, with no outside help, as the main news media is telling us.”


Guess what?  News broke on some others possibly involved, on Wednesday, May 1st.


3 men charged in connection with Boston bomb case


Link:  http://news.yahoo.com/3-men-charged-connection-boston-bomb-case-181625476.html


Note:  I would not be surprised if even more are involved, folks!






It’s starting to really “bug” me now – the Benghazi stuff.  Our President claims he had no knowledge of requests for information and names, Press Secretary Jay Carney, likewise, then comes out and has the balls to say “That was so long ago”.  Huh?  Oh, and don’t forget what Hillary said, too, when they were grilling her.  Washington D.C. needs a real good house cleaning, in my opinion.





Going back in time:


May 2nd, in:



Spider Webb won the AAA Midwest Sprint car feature at the Winchester Speedway,Winchester, IN.

Ted Horn won the AAA Eastern Sprint car feature at the Reading Fairgrounds,Reading, PA.

Lloyd Christopher won the ARDC Midget race over Al Keller and Ernie McCoy at the Cherry Park Speedway,Avon, CT.



Joe Sostillo won the AAA Midget race at the Heidelberg Speedway, Pittsburgh,PA.



Johnny Thomson won the AAA Eastern Sprint car feature over Wally Campbell and Troy Ruttman at the Williams Grove Speedway,Mechanicsburg, PA

Mike Nazaruk won the AAA Sprint car feature at the Winchester Speedway,Winchester, IN. During the days events driver Chuck Stapleton was killed.



Jerry Unser suffered very serious injuries in a crash during a practice session for the Indianapolis 500. He would die from his injuries 15 days later. Jerry was the first of the Unser family to compete at Indianapolis. His brothers Al and Bobby and his nephew Al Jr. have won the "500". His son Johnny and nephew Robby have also competed in the race.

Dutch Schaefer won the ARDC Midget race at the Empire Raceway, Menands,NY



Buck Holliday won the Modified Stock Car race at the Fonda Speedway, Fonda, NY. Harry Moore and Lauden Potts won the Modified Stock Car races at the Hatfield Speedway, Hatfield, PA.

Al Tasnady won the Modified Stock Car race at the Flemington Fairgrounds, Flemington, NJ.

Frankie Thompson won the Sportsman - Modified feature over Bobby Abel and Gene Goodling, at the Lincoln Speedway, Hanover, PA.

Wayne Covert and Al Beckerwon the Novice Stock Car races at the Flemington Fairgrounds, Flemington, NJ.

Freddie Harbach, the "Flying Dutchman", won the Sportsman - Modified feature at the Islip Speedway, Islip, NY.

Dave Hulse won the Modified Stock Car feature at the Wall Stadium, Belmar, NJ.

Dick Tobias won the Sportsman - Modified feature at the Selinsgrove Speedway, Selinsgrove,PA.

Budd Olsen won the Sportsman - Modified feature at the Orange County Fair Speedway, Middletown, NY.

Bill Brown won the URC Sprint car feature at the Westhampton Speedway, Westhampton,NY



Red Riegel, in the # 14 Werglund Chevy, wins the USAC Sprint Car race over Carl Williams, Don Branson, Jud Larson and Bob Wente at the New Bremen Speedway, New Bremen,OH

Bobby Albert won the ARDC Midget race at the Thompson Int. Speedway, Thompson,CT

Gus Linder won the Super Modified feature over Bobbie Adamson, Dick Cotterman and Dave Lundy, at the Blanket Hill Speedway, Kittanning,PA

Lou Blaney won the Super Modified race over Ron Anderson, Steve Unger, Hank Jacoby and Bob Burris at the Sharon Speedway, Hartford,OH

Kenny Weld won the Super Modified race over Jerry Weld, Bob Williams, Dale McDaniels and Ray Lee Goodwin at the Olympic Stadium, Kansas City,MO



Kevin Gobrecht... Born ... Pennsylvania Sprintcar driver. Kevin Gobrecht was 30 years old when he was killed in a violent sprint-car crash at I-80 Speedway in Nebraska. Today, the World of Outlaws rookie of the year receives the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award, named for the driver known on the Central Pennsylvania circuit as The G Man. After a successful career racing micro sprints, Gobrecht won his first sprint-car feature in mid-1995, and in 1996, victories came more frequently. He posted victories driving for various sprint-car owners before he got the call from Dave Blaney to drive his World of Outlaws car in 1999. Gobrecht posted his biggest victory when he picked up the $100,000 top prize for winning The Big One at Eldora Speedway. It was his last victory.

Ray Tilley, in the # 88 Bud Grimm Ford, won the Super Sprint Car feature over Lynn Paxton, Gus Linder, Bobbie Adamson and Kenny Weld, at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove,PA



Greg Weld wins the USAC Sprint Car race over Tom Bigelow, Larry Dickson, Gary Bettenhausen and Jim McElreath at the Eldora Speedway, Rossburg,OH



Buzz Calkins... Born ... Indy Racing League driver 1996 to 2001. He competed in the Indianapolis 500 six times, with a best finish of 10th in 1998

Larry Cannon wins the USAC Sprint Car race over Sammy Sessions, Bill Thrasher, Jimmy Oskie and George Snider at the Tri-County Speedway (1/3d), Cincinnati,OH



Rick Ferkel and Lou Blaney won the Super Sprint Car features at the Lernerville Speedway, Sarver,PA

Mitch Smith, in the Al Hamilton # 77, won the KARS Super Sprint Car feature over Steve Smith, Johnny Grum, Jimmy Boyd and Smokey Snellbaker, at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove,PA



Buddy Baker wins the Winston 500 over Cale Yarborough at the Talladega Superspeedway , Talladega, AL.

Bobby Allen won the Super Sprint Car feature over Buck Buckley, Steve Smith, Dick Tobias and Rob Cappetta, at the Reading Fairgrounds, Reading,PA

Harry Benjamin won the URC Super Sprint Car feature over Pete Johnston, Billy Wentz Jr, Merv Treichler and Bill Schroth, at the Cayuga County Speedway, Weedsport,NY




Some racin’ stuff:


A little quiz:


Who is the American driver that has made the most Formula One starts in the history of Formula One racing?

Any idea?  E-mail me your answer to me at:  ygordad@yahoo.com.  Please use “Quiz” as the subject.  Answer in my next column.



Coming up:

Most tracks are in operation now, so this section will deal with keeping you informed of some of the bigger events that will be coming up in the future.

This coming July 30th to August 4th is the Vintage Racing Celebration in Loudon.  In the past, this show has been in the beginning of May.  Wet weather has put a damper on the last few shows, so it’s been moved to these new dates.




Found on Jayski’s website:



Ten years since Nadeau's injury: NASCAR's annual spring visit to Richmond International Raceway marks the 10-year anniversary of Jerry Nadeau's near fatal accident at the track. Nadeau crashed driver's-side first into the outside wall between Turns 1 and 2 during a May 2, 2003, practice at Richmond. He was airlifted to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in critical condition with a moderate to severe head injury, partially collapsed left lung, fractured shoulder blade and left-side rib-cage injuries. It took 20 days for Nadeau to regain full consciousness and begin to speak again, and four more before he was transferred to Charlotte Institute of Rehabilitation to begin physical, occupational and speech therapy. Nadeau was in inpatient care until June 6, and in therapy until July 25. When NASCAR returned to Richmond in September that year, Nadeau made an emotional visit to VCU Medical Center to thank the medical staff. He went on to form World Karting Endurance at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and has done some driver coaching, but never raced again in NASCAR.(Associated Press)(4-27-2013)


UPDATE: Jerry Nadeau still draws an imaginary line down the middle of his body to describe the accident that changed his life 10 years ago this week. On one side of the line his body feels normal, on the other side it's still numb. That's the result of a brain injury sustained in practice for a NASCAR Cup race at Richmond International Raceway. His Chevy spun and hit the Turn 1 wall at 135 times the force of gravity. The line is also a kind of metaphor for a life that is a mixture of frustration and joy, courageous acceptance and occasional regret. Jerry Nadeau does not live in the past. He go-karts often with daughter Natalie, 10, born months before the crash. And he's a proud father in the stands at her gymnastics meets. His marriage to Natalie's mom ended the year after the accident, but he remarried last year to Maryana, a Ukrainian he met online. But if Nadeau doesn't live in his glory days of racing, he remembers them. And though he's accepted that his physical limitations ended his career at 33, it still frustrates him. "Things were going so well and to have it taken away, yeah, I have a lot of bad feelings over that," Nadeau said. "It's amazing how time flies. The toughest part, Nadeau says, is that a brain injury makes you feel like a different person. He adds that he'd rather have broken every bone in his body at once than have his mind altered. Unless things change, he not sure when or if he'll be able work again. But he's not sad. "I still love racing, everything about it, and would still be doing it if I could," Nadeau said. "I had a great life in racing and met a lot of good people. But I'm a different person. I've moved forward and I'm trying to make the best of everything."(Newport News Daily Press) (4-28-2013)



No pole award for Edwards: #17-Matt Kenseth won the pole for last weekend's Sprint Cup event at Kansas Speedway, but he didn't get to reap any of the benefits, after NASCAR penalized his team for using an underweight connecting rod in the engine of the #20 Toyota. The sanctioning body told Kenseth that his pole wouldn't count toward eligibility for the 2014 Sprint Unlimited, the preseason exhibition race at Daytona for 2013 polesitters and previous winners of the race.

#99-Carl Edwards, who lost the pole to Kenseth by .017 seconds, figured Kenseth's penalty might make him eligible for the 2014 Sprint Unlimited, but NASCAR president Mike Helton had a different point of view. "When I saw the news, I texted Mike Helton right away, and I said, 'All right, cool, we're in the (Unlimited) next year, right? We got the pole,'" Edwards said. "And he sent back, 'LOL!' I didn't think it was that funny, but he thought it was funny. I think (Roush Fenway general manager) Robbie Reiser proceeded to ask him, and then (crew chief) Jimmy Fennig, and he got a good laugh out of it."(NASCAR Wire Service), Kenseth won the pole at Richmond to put him back into the 2014 Sprint Unlimited.(4-28-2013)



Toyota recalls three Bowyer engines: A parts review by Toyota after #20-Matt Kenseth's penalty led the manufacturer to pull three engines from Michael Waltrip Racing's inventory as a precautionary move. All three engines recalled were earmarked for #15-Clint Bowyer. One was his engine for Saturday night's race at Richmond; the other two were his primary and backup engines for Talladega. "We took every connecting rod in our inventory and removed anything that was too close for comfort," Toyota Racing Development vice president David Wilson told The Associated Press. The review found that there was at least one connecting rod in each of the three Bowyer engines that left TRD uncomfortable in the wake of Kenseth's issue. The issue began when the manufacturer shipped the connecting rod to TRD even though it was outside the tolerance the manufacturer allows on weight. It came with paperwork that clearly stated its weight, and that was missed by TRD employees. Now the manufacturer is backtracking to double-check everything in inventory while also reviewing its own quality control practices.(Associated Press)(4-28-2013)




NASCAR and Gibbs talk about #20 team penalties: NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton discussed NASCAR's penalties to the #20 team Friday afternoon:

PEMBERTON: As everyone knows there are a few things that are understood in the garage area that are big. When you talk about engines, you talk about tires, and you talk about fuel. That's a common thread that's been understood, and it's stood the test of time for the last 65 years. Don't mess with those areas, and the penalties are severe. But when you look in the case of an engine, the only time we really get a chance to look internally at an engine is post-race. Some of our most severe penalties over time have surrounded engine infractions.

Q. Why was the team penalized rather than the manufacturer?

PEMBERTON: That's tough too. Because when you look at, in their particular situation, we probably don't know all the details, but we do know they come from an outside vendor for the most part, and I don't know how you would go -- it's very difficult to go to an outside vendor and penalize them whether it's springs or shocks or parts that are bought and bolted on race cars. That's why in today's world we all know and relate to the fact that it stops at the crew chief and stops at the owner and stops at the organization that is here to compete.

PEMBERTON: It's a part that didn't meet spec. It's not a gray area. There are numbers in the books. If you look at numbers in the books and what's going on in the garage area and across our national series those numbers for a connecting rod have been in the book since around the time we went to a single-engine rule, which is probably 12 years ago. So you take that and the amount of engines and engine components in the garage area, and then every given weekend it's done right the vast majority of the time.(NASCAR)

AND #20 team owner Joe Gibbs also addressed the media Friday at Richmond:

Joe Gibbs: I want to say that we value our NASCAR partnership very much. We've been together, working together for 22 years and we value our relationship with them. Certainly, we do not want to be on the wrong side of any rules. That's our goal. I wanted to emphasize that. I want to make a point [that] we have a great partner in TRD (Toyota Racing Development). Over the six years we've been together at different times -- this is a big deal, a lot of things come up -- NASCAR's a big deal for us and a big deal for TRD. It's what we live. Through the process over these six years at different times we've stood behind them as we go through something -- in support and be there with them. At different times, they have been behind us. That's what good partners do. We think we have a great partnership with them and we're going to stand together and work our way through this and again try to handle it the right way. We believe that we are going to be together for a long time. I think everyone at this point has probably heard that in tearing down our motor after last week's win, one of the connecting rods was found to be light. That goes against the rules and we understand that. We know that there's going to be a penalty for that. What we're going to appeal is the severity of the penalties. In looking at that motor and where all the connecting rods were placed and the weight of all the connecting rods, when you have motor experts look at it basically what they would say is there is no advantage to having that one light rod in that motor. That's one thing that is very important to me is the intent here was not to get an unfair advantage in any way. That's very important to me. The other point that I would like to make is since we started out this year there has been 10 TRD motors torn down -- eight of them have been Joe Gibbs Racing motors. Nothing with those other motors has found to be wrong in those motors in anyway. Those motors were found to be legal there. I think basically that's what our appeal is going to be. We want to go forward and go through that process and what we'll be appealing will be the severe nature of the penalties."(Toyota Motorsports)(4-27-2013)





Hamlin dicusses decision to set out Richmond; consideration of surgery: Denny Hamlin met with the media Thursday at Richmond:


What did the doctors see that is keeping you out of this race?

"They were -- during our call yesterday they were speaking as much Chinese as I could understand. I saw the scan and saw the healing that they were talking about. However, some kind of in-plate is not healing the way that they wanted it and that's what they wanted in order to clear me. Really, that was their determining factor and, obviously, my injury is very, very hard because there is no exact science to the risk. They don't -- no one knows what the risk will be if I race this week or if I race two weeks from now. Bone healing is completely subjective. It takes bone healing a year most times to be 100 percent, so how do you quantify how much more risk is there this week versus two weeks down the road or three weeks down the road or two months down the road, so that's the tough part of it -- everyone is erring on the cautious side because no one ultimately wants to be responsible and have their name on the line of clearing a driver and then he goes out and gets hurt."


Do you still feel like you can compete in a portion of the Talladega race?

"They all came to the conclusion they were happy with me starting Talladega and getting out when it's a safe time to get out. Ultimately, we even talked about doing that here at Richmond, but it's unfair to the team for me to get out and then go three or four laps down on pit road and really know that the team's not going to finish any better than 35th -- why would they even show up for that? So, I think it's better for them to at least have a chance to win with one full-time driver and we decided not to do that this weekend and we'll start our process at Talladega and then rescan again and try to go to Darlington."


Is there a possibility of surgery?

"We talked briefly about the injury that I deal with every day and that was not the main focus of our conversation, but I think that it is going to be a possibility in the off-season. If I get back to it in a timely fashion in the Cup Series this year then am still able to salvage some kind of season, then obviously it's not going to be an option until the off-season. So, either way, I'd like to get it fixed and get it over with."


At what point will you consider not returning this season?

"I think if this goes past Darlington then I don't know what the chances of us making the Chase are even if we were to race this weekend, race next weekend or the one after -- I don't know the chances. There's a lot of good teams that you have to beat to guarantee you're going to win the races. Obviously, if it goes past Darlington our chances are crushed even harder. Eventually you have to have a shut down point of not going out there and racing for nothing at a point. I think a recovery on the kind of surgery that I would like to have is about a month-and-a-half or so -- I could potentially come back maybe for the tail end of the year. It wouldn't be a season-ending -- I don't think anything would be season-ending I guess you could say. Eventually you have to know the point at which you're looking at improbabilities of making the Chase and just being smart about it. If everyone keeps getting these penalties, I'm going to be the points leader soon."Toyota PR)(4-26-2013)



Kenseth calls penalties unfair: #20-Matt Kenseth talked to the media Thursday morning at Richmond:

What was your reaction to the penalties NASCAR announced yesterday? Do you think they were severe?

"I think the penalties are grossly unfair. I think it's borderline shameful. There's no argument the part was wrong. They weighed it and it was wrong. However, there is an argument that there certainly was no performance advantage. If you can find any unbiased, reputable, knowledgeable engine-builder and if they saw the facts, what all the rods weighed. The average weight of all the rods was well above the minimum -- 2.5 (grams) above the minimum at least. There was one in there that was way heavy. There was no performance advantage, there was no intent, it was a mistake. JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) had no control over it. Certainly to crush Joe Gibbs like that -- to say they can't win an owner's championship with the 20 this year is just, I can't wrap my arms around that, it just blows me away. And the same with Jason Ratcliff (crew chief). I don't feel bad for myself at all, but for Jason and Joe, I just couldn't feel any worse. There's no more reputable, honest hard-working guys with good reputations more so than those two -- I feel really bad for them."

Do you expect a positive response from the appeals process?

"I don't know. I've never been through it so I honestly don't know. That's the hope, that's why it's setup. You've seen some examples of both. I don't know. That's what the hope is, that's why it's setup. We'll just go through that and see what happens and see whatever the final verdict is -- we'll have to live with that and move on."(Toyota Racing PR)(4-25-2013)




Kenseth penalty appeal to be heard May 8: On Wednesday, May 8 at 9:00am/et at the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C., the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel will hear the Joe Gibbs Racing appeal of penalties assessed to the #20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team. On April 23 following the Kansas Speedway race weekend, this team was penalized for infractions discovered during post-race engine inspection at the R&D Center.(NASCAR)(4-29-2013)



Hamlin to start at Talladega; Vickers to finish: #11-Denny Hamlin plans to start Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway, but don't look for him to be in the car long. Assuming nothing changes during practice or qualifying, it will be the first race back for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver since suffering a compression fracture in his lower back on the final lap of the March 24 event at Auto Club Speedway in California. Hamlin tweeted on Tuesday that he was cleared "just to start,' Hamlin told ESPN.com at Kansas he would drop to the back of the pack at Talladega and ride around until the first caution, then give way to backup driver Brian Vickers.(ESPN)(4-30-2013)

UPDATE: NASCAR confirmed that medical clearance has not yet been given for Denny Hamlin to return to racing the #11 FedEx Toyota (many sources on Twitter)(5-1-2013)




#4 for Harvick in 2014? Stewart-Haas Racing has applied for the trademark for the (4) Standard Character Mark or the #4. Supposedly to be used by Kevin Harvick when he moves over to Stewart-Hass Racing in 2014. You can see the trademark application / info at uspto.gov (do a search under Stewart-Haas). Other rumored numbers for Harvick at Stewart-Hass Racing: take the #29 with him from Richard Childress Racing with RCR using the #3 for Austin Dillon. Have heard some rumors the #8 could be in play.(4-30-2013)



In wake of Boston bombings, NASCAR asks teams to be more vigilant: In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, NASCAR teams have been warned by the sanctioning body to be on the lookout for errant backpacks and other packages in the garage area. NASCAR called a special, crew chiefs-only meeting Saturday morning at Richmond International Raceway, asking race teams to increase their level of vigilance this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway and beyond. The warning is not believed to be the result of any specific threat against NASCAR or Talladega Superspeedway, but part of a broader focus on safety at major sporting events across the country. "They asked us to keep our eyes open," said one NASCAR crewman, on the condition of anonymity. "They want us to monitor our garage stalls more closely, to make sure there is nothing there that doesn't belong. I didn't get the impression that there was any specific threat," he said. "It was just a request to stay vigilant."(Godfather Motorsports)(4-30-2013)



Tire testing at Indy: been told that there will be NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goodyear tire testing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Tuesday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 1. The following drivers are scheduled to test. #2-Brad Keselowski, #14-Tony Stewart, #21-Trevor Bayne, #24-Jeff Gordon, #55-Mark Martin and #78-Kurt Busch.

AND Part of NASCAR rolls into town today for stock car testing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon are among the Sprint Cup Series drivers participating in the Goodyear tire test today and Wednesday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Brad Keselowski, former Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne, Mark Martin and Kurt Busch also will be on the track. The session will be from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm both days with an hour break for lunch sometime around noon. Spectators can watch the test from the Hall of Fame Museum parking lot, the grandstand located inside the track near the museum and a small portion of the Turn 2 spectator mound. The rest of the latter is closed due to renovation and ADA upgrades that will be completed for next week's opening of Indianapolis 500 practice. There is no admission to the museum parking lot (Indianapolis Star).(4-30-2013)


Note:  I’ve read that they hit 214 MPH at the end of the backstretch.  Some news reports made it sound like they averaged 214.  Not so.




Overnight Richmond TV Ratings: For the third straight year, overnight ratings were flat for NASCAR Sprint Cup action from Richmond. Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Toyota Owners 400 from Richmond International Raceway earned a 3.4 overnight rating on FOX, even with last year, 2011, and 2010 (3.4 each year). The 3.4 is tied as the second-lowest overnight ever for NASCAR Sprint Cup racing on FOX. The only race to earn a lower overnight was the 2009 Subway Fresh Fit 500 from Phoenix (3.3). Of note, the two lowest rated NASCAR races of the season in the metered markets  the Richmond race and the April 13 NRA 500 from Texas (3.5)  aired on Saturday nights. Despite the relatively low numbers, NASCAR still earned the third-best overnight of the weekend for a sports program on broadcast.(Sports Media Watch / Sports Business Daily)(4-30-2013)




Many reports on Twitter say the penalties against Penske Racing have been upheld by appeals panel. Penske will appeal to highest level, Chief Appellate Officer. John Middlebrook. Penske crew members will be able to work at Talladega pending approval of Middlebrook.(5-1-2013)


UPDATE: The National Car Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel upheld the penalties Wednesday to the Penske Racing teams of #2-Brad Keselowski and #22-Joey Logano. Team owner Roger Penske said he would appeal the ruling to National Stock Car Racing Chief Appellate Officer John Middlebrook. "I can't make any comments, it's clear we have a process and I'm better off to wait to see that conclude," Penske said. "All I can say about the process is it's fair and equitable. We had an opportunity to explain our case in detail. We will move onto the next step."

The appeals panel of Pocono Raceway president Brandon Igdalsky, former NASCAR senior vice president Paul Brooks and Bowman-Gray Stadium operator Dale Pinilis took about five hours to hear arguments from both sides and deliberate on the decision. The three-person panel was chosen from a list of 49 eligible members.

"We take our inspection process very seriously," NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said. "We believe we do a strong and credible job with it. The level playing field in the garage we believe is the best it's ever been. As the sanctioning body, we have to uphold the rules and regulations in the rulebook. The inspection process we believe in very strongly." Sprint Cup director John Darby presented NASCAR's side.

Team owner Roger Penske attended the hearing with chief lieutenants Walt Czarnecki (vice president of Penske Corp.) and Tim Cindric (Penske Racing president). Team manager Travis Geisler and crew chiefs Paul Wolfe (Keselowski) and Todd Gordon (Logano) also were present.(USA Today)(5-1-2013)


NASCAR Statement: On May 1, 2013, the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel heard and considered the appeal of the #2 and #22 Penske Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams. The penalties stemmed from a pre-race inspection at Texas Motor Speedway April 13. See full rundown of the peanlties, fines and suspensions on my 2013 NASCAR Penalties page. The Appellants appealed all penalties listed. The Appellants also requested and were granted a deferral of the suspensions until such time as the hearing could be convened. Upon hearing the testimony and carefully reviewing the facts, it was a unanimous decision by the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel to uphold the original penalties assessed by NASCAR. The Appellants have the right under Section 15 of the rule book to appeal this decision to the National Stock Car Racing Chief Appellate Officer. The National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel overseeing the appeal: Brandon Igdalsky, Paul Brooks, Dale Pinilis and Shawn Rogers  Appellate Administrator and non-voting member.(NASCAR)(5-1-2013)


Final Appeal Date: Team owner Roger Penske will utilize the final step in the appeal process, in which NASCAR chief appellate officer John Middlebrook will hear from both sides. The hearing will take place next Tuesday [May 7] at 10 a.m. ET, meaning all of the suspended crew members will be at Talladega this weekend. "Obviously, we're disappointed with the outcome,'' Penske said. "We met with the panel for over four or five hours. It was a good process. I feel we have a good case, and as we are allowed to under the NASCAR rules we will appeal to the next level. I can't make any [further] comment. It's clear we have a process. That's why I'm better off to wait and see that conclude, and at that point I can make any other personal comments.''(ESPN)(5-1-2013)




Entry List, updated for the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #11-Vickers/Hamlin, #55-Waltrip, #81-Sadler, #51-Smith, #21-Bayne, #95-Speed. #19-Bliss & #81-Sadler would had to get in by speed and be in the top 36 in speed as the team is too far down the owners points list to use a provisional.

The #19-Bliss is now listed as withdrawing from the race.


Note:  I expect that in the near future, some Cup race will come up and have a short field.





Former OVRP Dirt Oval runners:


At Accord – Danny Creeden was 2nd, Billy VanInwegen 10th and Brian Krummel 16th in the Modified feature.  Tyler Dippel won the Open Sportsman feature, with Anthony Perrego 4th.  Tyler Bonifce won the Spec Sportsman feature, and was followed by Kyle VanDuser 2nd, Mike Traver 4th, LJ Lombardo 8th and John Smykla 14th.  Lex Burritt was 2nd and Jason Roe 12th in the Lightning Sprint feature.


Kyle Rohner was 7th in the Modified feature and 6th in the Sportsman feature at Penn Can.  Corey Ziegler was 8th in the Sportsman feature.


Danny Creeden was 5th in the Modified feature at 5 Mile, while Brad Szulewski was 21st in the Sportsman feature.


In the CRSA 305 Sprint Car feature at Fonda, Josh Pieniazek was 6th, Joe Kata 11th, Emily VanInwegen 12th and Dan Hennessey 17th.


At OCFS, in the Modified feature, Billy VanInwegen was 3rd, Clinton Mills 5th, Tim Hindley 6th, Mike Ruggiero 9th and John Lodini (Small Block) 22nd.  Anthony Perrego won the Sportsman feature with Brian Krummel 2nd, Andrew Reeves 3rd, Tyler Boniface 4th, Zack Vavricka 7th, Matt Janiak 9th, LJ Lombardo 11th, Joe Conklin 13th, Joe Falanga 18th and John Illanovsky 21st.  Seth Pacella was 4th in the Rookie Sportsman feature.


At Borgers, Paul Queer was 6th in the Wingless Dirt 600 Micro Sprint feature.


Kyle Armstrong was 6th, Kolby Schroder 8th and Bobby Hackel, IV 21st in the Modified feature at Lebanon Vallery.  Tyler Dippel made it two straight wins in the Sportsman class, while John Virgilio was 17th.


Mike Mammana was 26th in the 358 Modified feature at Big Diamond, while Davie Franek was 2nd in the URC feature.


Rich Coons was 2nd and Bob Morris 3rd in the Dirt Modifieds at Bethel.


AJ Filbeck was 27th in the RoC Sportsman race at Utica/Rome.


Roger Coss was 6th in the Modified feature at Mahoning Valley.  Tiffany Wambold and brother BJ were both DNQ’s in the Street Stocks.


That’s 42 names this week, and know of at least one more but have not seen his results.



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 April 30th edition – picked up from the Digital Service:



Lenny Sammons:


Lenny tells us of Tim Kaeding taking a little time off from the Woo and running the “big” half mile tracks here in the east – Williams Grove and Port Royal.  Kaeding made mention that most of the tracks out west are “Bull rings”.  Lenny also talks about former driver Karl Freyer – remember him?  Today, Karl, 62, is running a 305 Sprint Car.

Note:  You can’t believe what his 305 is made out of, and just what it was that Karl has done to get it in running condition!


Ernie Saxton:


I agree with Ernie – Kenseth, Gibbs and TRD were not cheating.

Ernie finishes a part of his column with this:  “Something to think about is that somewhere there is a plan and it will be put to use in the future.  NSCR will provide competitors with cars, the parts, the tires, and everything they need to go racing.  It will be similar to the defunct IROC series.  I truthfully think it will happen.

But if NASCAR continues to hand out such outrageous penalties thee just may be a move by someone with the finances and connections to create another stock car racing organization.  Perhaps it will be Bruton Smith.”

Remember Speed Age magazine?  Ernie has a bunch of them for sale – 64 issues from 1951 to 1967.  It is not a complete set.  If you have an interest, make an offer.  You can even name the charity you want the money to go to.  He’s looking for an offer of at least $250.00 to get things started.  You can email him at:  Esaxton144@aol.com.  You are welcome to come look at them in his office before you make payment.


Brett Deyo:


Tells us that last weekend, when Duane Howard won at Big Diamond and Grandview, it made wins number 200 & 201.  At Big Diamond, in the Modified feature, there were plenty of yellow flags.  Craig Von Dohren ran out of fuel on the 21st lap.  Up to that time, there were a dozen yellows.


Stephen Kellogg:


He tells us that Dunn Hill Speedway may be closing its doors.  Nothing official has come from the track owners and operators, yet, but Stephen was given some second hand information.  Because it was “second hand” Stephen would not make public what he was told.


JR Kennerup:


JR gives this travel hint – Traveling through the Binghamton area will be a nightmare.  All traffic going through the Rt 17 and I-81 connection will be reduced to one lane in all directions.  This will cause huge traffic delays so plan accordingly or find an alternate route.  The New York State Department of Transportation has stated that delays during peak driving hours could reach as high as three hours in all directions.


Don and Jo Ann Davies:


They tell us that Harvey Fink is having some health issues and is in a hospital in the Syracuse area.  He will be in the hospital for several more days undergoing tests and recuperating.  Cards and words of cheer can reach him at 54 Canter Road in Central Square, NY 13036


Other items covered in this weeks paper:


Santos Sizzles In Stafford;

Dominates Whelen Mod Tour Race



Big Bucks Weikert Memorial

Port Royal 410 Win To Doug Esh



Hearn Sweeps New York State

Big Blocks At Malta, Leb Val



Hoar Thunders

To 'Road ACT Victory



New Old Dominion Speedway's

Big Plans Taking Shape



Steven Reed Perfect

As Wall Stadium

Kicks Off 64th Season



Lathroum (Winchester),

Feathers (Potomac)

Are Three State Flyers Best



Duane Howard's 

Small Block Big Diamond Win

His Career No. 200




Press releases:


Borgers Paving The Way To the Future


Borgers PR

Media Contact

Bob Snyder



Borgers Speedway Paving The Way To the Future.


Borgers Speedway will be “Paving the Way To The Future” with Brendan Oconnor at the helm.  Brendan Oconnor, owner of Brendan Oconnor Motorsports will lease and operate the track from speedway owners Glenn and Ruth Borger.  While there has been some speculation about Glenn’s recent illness this is not an issue at all.  Glenn has made a miraculous recovery but feels it is time to sit back and enjoy the fruits of his labor,  without the pressure of operating the track.  Glenn has been waxing up his surf board and plans on doing some sky diving but you will still see him at the track cruising around the property and telling an occasional XXX Rated joke or two.


Brendan Oconnor, “I look at “Pap” as my grandfather figure and will seek his mentoring in running the track.  I feel very honored he has given me this opportunity and I will not let him down.  I will do whatever it takes to make this track second to none and I will spare no expense in doing so.  We have the bus and we have the right people on it.  It is a matter of putting them in the right seats and this bus will do big things.”


Bob Snyder, “Glenn has to be the most courageous fighter I have ever seen.  From day one he had insurmountable obstacles to keep his “Field Of Dreams” in operation.  When the neighbors thought they had knocked him out he showed them who was boss, calling their bluff, and paved the track.  A lesser man would of packed up and walked away but not Glenn Borger.”  “Brendan worked very closely with us all last season, mostly behind the scene, and was responsible along with Gary Conkling of Green Flag Driving Experience for our very successful OctoberFest series.”


Racers and fans will see immediate changes with a total revamping and landscaping of the grounds.  Restructured grandstand pricing and an expanded food stand menu are in the works.  Many major races are in the planning stages and the entire schedule is up to change.  Our 2013 OctoberFest will be one of the biggest experiences to hit the Northeast and will be a month to remember.


We will be working closely with ATQMRA, The Vintage TQ Group, Dirt 600 Sprints, and the Slingshots to enhance the big car program.


A total revamping of the Karting and MicroStock program is underway to build these divisions and we will be making a major push on the Junior Divisions.  We will be encouraging the kids to bring their, bikes, scooters, and Big Wheels to take to the track before the races start and are looking into Big Wheel racing.


Changes will come swiftly pertaining to every aspect of Borgers Speedway and the changes will be awesome.  The goal of Brendan Oconnor is to make Borgers Speedway the finest 1/7 mile asphalt speedway in the world.  Sit back, strap yourself in, and get ready for the ride of your life.  The Best Is Yet To Come. 




 News from the Clash at the Can – ‘Making History, One Dollar at a Time’

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

For Immediate Release/April 29, 2013

One More Shot: Trackside Products Sponsors Unique ‘Dash Into The Clash’ Modified Last Chance Qualifier At Tuesday, June 11 Penn Can Speedway Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc.-VP Racing Fuels ‘Clash at the Can’

SUSQUEHANNA, PA – At most race events, competitors have two opportunities to qualify for a main event.

That won’t be the case at the Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc.-VP Racing Fuels ‘Clash at the Can’ set for Tuesday, June 11 at Penn Can Speedway. Through a unique marketing partnership with Trackside Products, big-block/small-block Modified competitors receive a rare third shot at qualifying for the 60-lap Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour event offering the most lucrative purse in Penn Can history at more than $28,000.

Following the completion of heat and consolation events, the first Trackside Products ‘Dash into the Clash’ last-chance qualifier will be run. The first six drivers missing a transfer spot during the consolations are eligible for this 6 ½-lap event (the field will take the green flag on the backstretch). A fan draw will determine an invert of 0, 2, 4 or 6 for the starting lineup based on consolation finishes.

The ‘Dash into the Clash’ winner will have a decision to make in Victory Lane. The victor can take $650 cash and load up the car or start the main event from 25th position and try to advance from a $500 green money position.

All other ‘Dash into the Clash’ participants receive $50 cash courtesy of Trackside Products.

“Our theme this year with the ‘Clash at the Can’ was to send more racers and teams home with as much money as possible,” said Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC, who co-promotes the ‘Clash at the Can’ annually with Penn Can track managers Reed Miller and Al Wilcox. “Thanks to our sponsors Pioneer Pole Buildings and VP Racing Fuels, we were able to post the largest purse in speedway history.

“Now, with help from Al and Paula Wilcox at Trackside Products, six more teams will leave Penn Can with cash in hand, even if they don’t make the main event.”

The ‘Dash into the Clash’ will prove interesting for fans, as well.

“The race itself will be intense,” co-promoter Miller said. “There will be a lot of action packed into a short distance with that much money on the line. Then, the winner will have to make a decision right there in Victory Lane to gamble and start the feature in 25th or take the sure bet of $650.”

The non-top-heavy pay structure for the ‘Clash at the Can’ is as follows: 1. $5,000; 2. $4,000; 3. $2,500; 4. $1,800; 5. $1,500; 6. $1,400; 7. $1,300; 8. $1,200; 9. $1,100; 10. $1,000; 11. $600; 12. $550; 13. $525; 14. $515; 15. $510; 16-24. $500.

A number of special awards, bonuses and incentives will make the ‘Clash at the Can’ a night to remember for all attendees.  A list of special awards can be found on the BD Motorsports Media LLC website: www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com.

Located on 419 Airport Road in Endicott, N.Y., Trackside Products is a source for all things motorsports: from individual components to complete race cars.  Trackside Products is an authorized dealer for VP Racing Fuels and American Racer tires. To learn more, call 607.748.3322.

Penn Can, a one-third-mile, tire-wear-friendly oval centrally located on the Keystone State line of the New York/Pennsylvania border, was widened and reconfigured extensively prior to the year-end 'King of the Can' last October. The result was three-wide racing and pleased drivers and fans.

The Crate 602 Sportsman will join the Modifieds in a 25-lap special paying $1,000 to the winner, producing an open-wheel doubleheader for fans. A special event program and apparel will be produced for the historic night.

Gates will open at 5 p.m., with hot laps at 6:45 p.m. and racing at 7:30 p.m.

The ‘Clash at the Can’ has a rain date of Wednesday, June 12.

In its four-year history, the 'Clash at the Can' has emerged as a marquee event on the dirt Modified calendar.  Last year, Danny Johnson of Rochester, N.Y., drove to victory over a charging Ryan Godown, who had ascended from 26th starting position in Rick Clay's No. 88c.

The '11 edition featured a classic duel between dirt Modified superstar Billy Decker and then unheralded Accord (N.Y.) Speedway regular Danny Tyler. Decker, of Unadilla, N.Y., ultimately completed a late-race pass of Cottekill, N.Y.’s Tyler to park his John and Laura Wight-owned LJL Racing No. 91 in Victory Lane. The win was special for Decker who launched his career at Penn Can in the 'Tiger' division.

Grandview (Pa.) Speedway regular Duane Howard of Oley, Pa., emerged from a side-by-side battle with local driver Brett Tonkin of Carbondale, Pa., to win the inaugural 'Clash at the Can' in '10.

BD Motorsports Media LLC returns to Penn Can in October to co-promote the 'King of the Can' 14th annual Modified event on Friday, Oct. 18, headlined by a 50-lap main paying $5,014 to win and $314 to take the green flag. Crate 602 Sportsman and Street Stocks complete the Friday card, which carries a Sunday (Oct. 20) rain date.

To learn more about the 'Clash at the Can' and other BD Motorsports Media LLC promotions, contact Brett Deyo by phone at 845.728.2781 or via e-mail at Deyo99H@aol.com. BD Motorsports Media is on the web at www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bdmotorsportsmedia and on Twitter @BrettDeyo.


The 2013 ‘Clash at the Can’ is presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc., VP Racing Fuels, Trackside Products, American Racer/Lias Tire, Shiley Fabrication, BFP Specialty, Fulton Speedway, Black Rock Speedway, S&D Bodyline, BFP Specialty, Manmiller Electric, Tim Long/Big Diamond Speedway, S&W Awards, BD Motorsports Media LLC and many more marketing partners.

BD Motorsports Media LLC Co-Promotion Penn Can Speedway History

October 12, 2012 (King of the Can 50 laps) - RYAN GODOWN - Danny Johnson - Joey Grammes - Billy Decker - Stewart Friesen

June 13, 2012 (Clash at the Can RoC 60 laps) - DANNY JOHNSON - Ryan Godown - Jeff Strunk - Billy Pauch Sr. - Ryan Watt

November 13, 2011 (King of the Can 50 laps) - STEWART FRIESEN - Jeff Strunk - Pat Ward - Jimmy Phelps - Justin Holland

June 7, 2011 (Clash at the Can RoC 60 laps) - BILLY DECKER - Danny Tyler - Jimmy Phelps - Duane Howard - Matt Sheppard

August 10, 2010 - (Hot Summer Night RoC 60 laps) - STEWART FRIESEN - Alan Rudalavage - Duane Howard - Bobby Varin - Joey Grammes

June 8, 2010 (Clash at the Can RoC 60 laps) - DUANE HOWARD - Danny Johnson - Stewart Friesen - Brett Tonkin - Ryan Godown






I get e-mails:


Can you Name the Dictator, Communist, or Tyrant who made these statements?

A little trivia to see how much history you know.


Answer all the questions before looking at the answers at the bottom.


1) "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."


A. Karl Marx

B. Adolph Hitler

C. Joseph Stalin

D. None of the above



2) "It's time for a new beginning, for an end to government of the few, by the few, and for the few...... And to replace it with shared responsibility for shared prosperity."


A. Lenin

B. Mussolini

C. Idi Amin

D. None of the Above



3) "(We) .....can't just let business as usual go on, and that means something has to be taken away from some people."


A. Nikita Khrushev

B. Josef Goebbels

C. Boris Yeltsin

D. None of the above



4) "We have to build a political consensus and that requires people to give up a little bit of their own ... in order to create this common ground."


A. Mao Tse Dung

B. Hugo Chavez

C. Kim Jong Il

D. None of the above



5) "I certainly think the free-market has failed."


A. Karl Marx

B. Lenin

C. Molotov

D. None of the above



6) "I think it's time to send a clear message to what has become the most profitable sector in (the) entire economy that they are being watched."


A. Pinochet

B. Milosevic

C. Saddam Hussein

D. None of the above






(1) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/29/2004


(2) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 5/29/2007


(3) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007


(4) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007


(5) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007


(6) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 9/2/2005





HOO AH!!! Where there’s a will, there’s a way


The City of Dallas, Texas passed an ordinance stating that if a driver is pulled over by law enforcement and is not able to provide proof of insurance, the car is towed. To retrieve the car after being impounded,

they must show proof of insurance to have the car released. This has made

it easy for the City of Dallas to remove uninsured cars. Shortly after the

"No Insurance" ordinance was passed, Dallas impound lots began to fill up

and were full after only nine days. Over 80 % of the impounded cars were

driven by illegal's.


Now, not only must they provide proof of insurance to have their car

released, they have to pay for the cost of the tow, a $350 fine, and $20

for every day their car is kept in the lot. Guess what? Accident rates have

gone down 47% and . . . Dallas' solution gets uninsured drivers off the

road WITHOUT making them show proof of nationality. I wonder how the ACLU

or the Justice Department will get around this one. Just brings tears to

your eyes doesn't it?


GO Dallas!





Found on Facebook:


We are told not to judge Muslims based on the actions of a few.

I suggest we give millions of responsible American gun owners that same courtesy.


So we need an entire SWAT team and the National Guard, armed with semi and fully automatic rifles, similar to my semi automatic AR15, to locate a 19 year old idiot, yet the gov’t. tells me I don’t need one for self defense?


Where’s the logic in that?


OVER 2.8 BILLION ON OBAMA PHONES????? REALLY??? REALLY?? I'm sorry lil Timmy but you won't get a social security check cuz the gov has no more money they had to provide anyone and everyone who couldn't afford a phone a phone.. oohh what lil Timmy?? What happened to public payphones?? Yeah we don't use them any more the gov would rather use your money to pay for everyone's phone! MAKES ME SICK SICK SICK!!


Note:  Pretty sure there was mention of this on TV last week, and how some “politicians” are beginning to see this waste!



You're an 19 year old kid. You're critically wounded , and dying in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley , 11-14-1965, LZ X-ray, Vietnam . Your infantry unit is outnumbered 8 - 1, and the enemy fire is so intense, from 100 or 200 yards away, that your own Infantry Commander has ordered the MediVac helicopters to stop coming in.


You're lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns, and you know you're not getting out. Your family is 1/2 way around the world, 12,000 miles away, and you'll never see them again. As the world starts to fade in and out , you know this is the day.


Then, over the machine gun noise, you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter, and you look up to see an un-armed Huey, but it doesn't seem real, because no Medi-Vac markings are on it.


Ed Freeman is coming for you. He's not Medi-Vac, so it's not his job, but he's flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire, after the Medi-Vacs were ordered not to come.


He's coming anyway.


And he drops it in, and sits there in the machine gun fire, as they load 2 or 3 of you on board.


Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire, to the Doctors and Nurses.


And, he kept coming back.... 13 more times.....


And took about 30 of you and your buddies out, who would never have gotten out.


Medal of Honor Recipient , Ed Freeman , died at the age of 80, in Boise , ID ......May God rest his soul..... I bet you didn't hear about this hero's passing.





These 11 States now have More People on Welfare than they do Employed!


Hawaii, California, New Mexico, Illinois, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, Ohio, South Carolina, New York and Maine.


Last month, the Senate Budget Committee reports that in fiscal year 2011, between food stamps, housing support, child care, Medicaid and other benefits, the average U.S. household below the poverty line received $168.00 a day in government support ($61,300 per year). What’s the problem with that much support? Well, the median household income in America is just over $50,000, which averages out to $137.13 a day.


So, if you work you earn $11,000 a year less than a household that doesn't work AND you have to pay taxes to PROVIDE those not working with a better life than you get FOR working?





Found on the Internet:


Racial brouhaha erupts in Chicago after South Side baseball game is allegedly cancelled over parents’ safety concerns


Link:  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/highschool-prep-rally/racial-brouhaha-erupts-chicago-south-side-baseball-game-184926289.html







Some non-racing stuff:




Link:  http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/04/29/State-Dept-Blocking-Lawyers-Fromk-Representing-Benghazi-Whistle-blowers


Note:  Some wicked comments under this article.





Millions in CIA "ghost money" paid to Afghanistan president's office: NYT


Link:  http://news.yahoo.com/millions-cia-ghost-money-paid-afghanistan-presidents-office-105518747.html




Lawmakers, aides may get Obamacare exemption


In part:  "Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, sources in both parties said.

The talks — which involve Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the Obama administration and other top lawmakers — are extraordinarily sensitive, with both sides acutely aware of the potential for political fallout from giving carve-outs from the hugely controversial law to 535 lawmakers and thousands of their aides. Discussions have stretched out for months, sources said.



Yet if Capitol Hill leaders move forward with the plan, they risk being dubbed hypocrites by their political rivals and the American public. By removing themselves from a key Obamacare component, lawmakers and aides would be held to a different standard than the people who put them in office.


Link:  http://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/obamacare-exemption-lawmakers-aides-90610.html



Note:  Some not so nice comments on this can be found below the article.  As of Saturday, 3537 of them.



Court may limit use of race in college admission decisions


Link:  http://news.yahoo.com/court-may-limit-race-college-admission-decisions-133238785.html




Army says no to more tanks, but Congress insists


Link:  http://news.yahoo.com/army-says-no-more-tanks-115434897.html





Why the Jobs Outlook Just Got a Whole Lot Worse


Link:  http://finance.yahoo.com/news/why-jobs-outlook-just-got-162533748.html




Recent U.S. College graduates disillusioned, underemployed: poll


Link:  http://news.yahoo.com/recent-u-college-graduates-disillusioned-underemployed-poll-171942713.html


Note:  Some wicked comments accompany this article!






Does Obamacare Justify These High Premiums?


Link:  http://wallstcheatsheet.com/stocks/does-obamacare-justify-these-high-premiums.html/?ref=YF




Obamacare faces new legal challenge: Its 'tax' still violates the Constitution


Link:  http://news.yahoo.com/obamacare-faces-legal-challenge-tax-still-violates-constitution-151319788.html




Fox News Says Obama Muzzled Benghazi Whistleblowers


Link:  http://news.yahoo.com/fox-news-says-obama-muzzled-benghazi-whistleblowers-015810894.html




ESPN Responds to Chris Broussard's Homophobic Comments


Link:  http://omg.yahoo.com/news/espn-responds-chris-broussards-homophobic-comments-142900192.html




Lower tuition for immigrants becomes law in Colo.


Link:  http://news.yahoo.com/lower-tuition-immigrants-becomes-law-152911238.html





Proof: Hillary Clinton Deliberately Lied About Benghazi


Link:  http://www.capitalisminstitute.org/hillary-clinton-lied/




GM Still Taking Taxpayers for a Ride


Link:  http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/05/01/gm-still-taking-taxpayers-for-a-ride.aspx


Note:  Some interesting comments follow this article!




Unemployment rates fall in 90 pct. of US cities


Link:  http://news.yahoo.com/unemployment-rates-fall-90-pct-190435192.html


Note:  However, one has to figure that more Americans have stopped looking for work, which is not included in the trumped up figures that we are supplied with.




Bolivia expels U.S. aid agency after Kerry 'backyard' comment


Link:  http://news.yahoo.com/bolivia-expels-u-aid-agency-kerry-backyard-221606344.html


Note:   Never thought Kerry was "smart".




Video time – music:


Just thinking – maybe we need more songs like this one!




Note:  I see there were no “thumbs down” on this video.  And, here’s a comment that was said under the video:

“No we are not america anymore!! Too many idiots are running it into the ground.Waylon jennings would roll over in his grave to see what has happened! Play this song at a Obama fundraiser and get arrested ..








Note:  Zach Sanner, who is accompanying James Dupre in the above video – at one time, it was said that Zach was handed the Mandolin about 20 minutes prior to them taping this song, and he had never played one before.




Video time – racin stuff:


Langhorne – the circle:




Same day – different video:




And some stock cars at Langhorne:









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

As I said above, here’s a photo of Mike Nazaruk, said to be taken on his last lap at Langhorne, on May 1, 1955.  Notice the oily dirt on his windshield and the front of his helmet.  As he went past me on that lap, he was wiping off his goggles.





Closing with these:


Kulula Airlines


Kulula is an Airline with head office situated in Johannesburg . Kulula airline attendants make an effort to make the in-flight "safety lecture" and announcements a bit more entertaining.


Here are some real examples that have been heard or reported:



On a Kulula flight, (there is no assigned seating, you just sit where you want) passengers were apparently having a hard time choosing, when a flight attendant announced,

"People, people we're not picking out furniture here, find a seat and get in it!"


On another flight with a very "senior" flight attendant crew, the pilot said,

"Ladies and gentlemen, we've reached cruising altitude and will be turning down the cabin lights. This is for your comfort and to enhance the appearance of your flight attendants."


On landing, the stewardess said,

"Please be sure to take all of your belongings. If you're going to leave anything, please make sure it's something we'd like to have."


"There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are only 4 ways out of this airplane."


"Thank you for flying Kulula. We hope you enjoyed giving us the business as much as we enjoyed taking you for a ride."


As the plane landed and was coming to a stop at Durban Airport , a lone voice came over the loudspeaker: "Whoa, big fella. WHOA!"


After a particularly rough landing during thunderstorms in the Karoo , a flight attendant on a flight announced, "Please take care when opening the overhead compartments because, after a landing like that, sure as hell everything has shifted."


From a Kulula employee:

"Welcome aboard Kulula 271 to Port Elizabeth . To operate your seat belt, insert the metal tab into the buckle, and pull tight. It works just like every other seat belt; and, if you don't know how to operate one, you probably shouldn't be out in public unsupervised."


"In the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, masks will descend from the ceiling. Stop screaming, grab the mask, and pull it over your face. If you have a small child travelling with you, secure your mask before assisting with theirs. If you are travelling with more than one small child, pick your favorite."


"Weather at our destination is 50 degrees with some broken clouds, but we'll try to have them fixed before we arrive. Thank you, and remember, nobody loves you, or your money, more than Kulula Airlines."


Note:  More of these in my next column.





Until next week, folks!


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