Racin' & Different Stuff:
By Tom Avenengo
Racin’ & short’ stuff:
I was quite disappointed to see only 8
cars in the Indy Lights race at
And as for the Indy Lights – This from the Track Forum:
“Both Lights and Star Mazda need to go away and come back when they actually have enough cars for an actual race.
When combined between the two
series, you only have 18 cars at
Note: Now these series are supposed to be the new “Road to Indy” racing events? Kind of a dismal looking future for Indycar, I’d say.
I have a Hard Clay racing program from OCFS from back in 1977 – July 30th, more than likely. In the “Sportsman” class, there are 214 names listed. In the Modified class – 126 names. Times sure have changed! Yup, back then, if you didn’t get there early, you didn’t get a seat or a good seat. The stands, first turn bleachers, covered stands, half covered and fourth turn bleachers were just plum full of bodies, as was the drive-in section. On a weekly basis you would have 60- 70 cars for that “Sportsman” class. Today, you might hit 70 cars total. It’s called progress.
I wrote up a special article on the late Jason (LEFturn) Leffler. It came out this past Tuesday on Dirt Track Digest - http://www.dirttrackdigest.com/
Go to Recent Columns and scroll down until you come to Jason “LEFturn” Leffler
and also it came out on Wednesday, on New England Tractor - http://newenglandtractor.com/racereport/ta/jason.htm
I asked Keith Flach if I could post what he had said about Jason in my column and he had no problem with it.
By KEITH FLACH • Photos by MIKE PETRUCCI and PETE MacDONALD
Note: Photos can be seen if you click on the link at the end of this article.
The last year in particular, it seems as though every other week or month we hear of some kind of tragedy involving fellow racers. Death is sort of a funny thing, in the sense that we don't understand it. When we hear of tragedies in the racing, it's a unique scene as people we don't even know pull together for comfort to try and gain at least some understanding. Often times, we start to think of those we know and love, and even sometimes those we don't. We question our priorities and passions, and wonder if what we do is really worth the risk.
I can honestly say that I did not sleep at all last night. From the moment I read about the wreck of Jason Leffler and uncertainty, until after I read that he was no longer with us, my mind couldn't stop working in overdrive. I didn't know him personally, but the whole situation just hit me too close to home. I've seen how untimely death can affect a mass of people in the past, but more recently, I've had to live it.
Jason wasn't much older than my brother, at just 37 years. You never think in a million years that people so young would be cut from the world so short, and then it happens. I've lived it. I've seen how it has affected my parents losing a son so young. My heart literally breaks for his parents and the rest of his family, especially his young son Charlie. Until it happens to you, you cannot even begin to comprehend the feelings that go through your head. It's the weirdest combination of feelings and emotions you've ever seen, and you don't even know how to begin to deal.
I know that Jason Leffler's family will never forget yesterday/last night, and carry it with them 'til the end. I can remember every detail of that day for me, down to what exactly I was wearing, whether I want to or not. My thoughts and prayers are surely with them at this time, and I wish them comfort in their time of need.
The other reason I did not sleep, was that whether we all want to admit it or not, as a driver, this affects you big time.
I know every time I've seen or dealt with loss in the racing community, it makes me re-evaluate my life and priorities. If you're not a driver, chances are someone you know is, and the same applies. You wonder if the hard work you put in for trophies, records or your name going written somewhere, and the small amount of money you make outweigh the possibility of you not returning home. After all, for most of the racers out there, racing isn't something we have to do, but rather something we want, have a passion for, and love to do. Most of us will agree that it does outweigh all of that, but it's always in the back of your mind.
Instead of wondering if it's worth it, I start to re-evaluate other things, like spending time with people important to me. We don't like to think about or agree with it, but we are all limited in some way in the amount of time we have here. We get so caught up in life that we forget about the important things, like friends and family. We need to do our best to not let that happen and keep our priorities in line while still doing the things we love.
"[Jesus said,] I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because i have overcome the world." John 16:33
"God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted." Matthew 5:4
Lastly, "The lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed." Psalm 34:18
Rest in Peace, Jason. Your impact on the people around you will never be lost nor forgotten.
In honor of NASCAR driver Jason Leffler, who lost his life in a racing accident last week, a trust fund has been established for his five-year-old son, Charlie Dean. This trust will serve as the official Leffler Family fund, with all monies going directly to Charlie's needs. Turner Scott Motorsports co-owner Harry Scott Jr., former Braun Racing owner Todd Braun and Steve Overholser, CFO of Great Clips, will serve as trustees.
Kasey Kahne Racing is selling LEFturn hats in honor of Jason with proceeds going to the The Charlie Dean Leffler Discretionary Trust c/o SunTrust Bank.
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And I found this around 9:00 PM this past Monday evening:
Leffler planned for young son in case of death
By JENNA FRYER
It wasn't a glamorous life, and it certainly wasn't going to make him rich. But it was a chance to race and, man, did Leffler love racing.
''We'd talked a lot about these cars and the dangers involved and Jason accepted it because he said all the time, 'I'd rather my son see me live a happy life then see me sitting in a job I hate being miserable,''' Julianna Patterson told The Associated Press on Monday. ''Jason was amazing. He was ornery. His life was Charlie, racing, family and friends. In that order. But Charlie was the most important. Charlie was his entire world.''
That was evident long before
Leffler's death in an accident at a dirt track in
''Everybody knows how racers are, it's all they focus on,'' Leffler's older brother, Chris, told AP. ''But fatherhood really changed him, that's for sure. It was all about Charlie. Jason took Charlie wherever he could, tried to show him everything. He really grew as an adult after Charlie was born because all his best intentions were for Charlie. He wasn't worried so much for himself anymore.''
Although Leffler spent a
decade racing in NASCAR, he wasn't a star and he certainly wasn't a household
name. But he was extremely popular among his peers and everyone knew about his
love for Charlie. It was plain to see on Sunday, as Greg Biffle held his own
''Jason Leffler was a good buddy of mine and it's neat to see how the racing world and the fans and his friends and everybody has supported him for the last four or five days,'' Kahne said. ''That showed the person and the racer that he was.''
Far more important than a racer was Leffler's job as father.
On Monday, Leffler's girlfriend, brother and representatives at Spire Sports discussed his financial situation to clear up growing misconceptions and rumors about the estate he left behind for Charlie.
His former sister-in-law told Sporting News on Friday that Leffler did not have life insurance when he died. But it's not that simple and some believe that was a deliberate attempt to solicit donations to an account that had been established for both Charlie and Leffler's ex-wife.
''It's insane that someone would bring this up, would bring up life insurance, within a day of this happening. We haven't even had the funeral yet,'' Patterson said. ''Jason would never have left Charlie with nothing. Never. To suggest otherwise is not true and it's evil.
''I remember he went into Charlie's room one night before bed and said to him, 'Everything I do is for you,' and Charlie hugged him and said, 'You almost made me cry, Dad.' Those two loved each other more than anything in the entire world.''
The reality is that disability and life insurance for race car drivers are expensive and difficult to get - usually issued only by Lloyds of London - and the premiums are substantial. Leffler's last full Nationwide season was in 2011, and he'd run just 12 NASCAR races in 2012.
He didn't have deep resources to buy insurance anymore; the night he was killed, the winner was guaranteed just $7,000. So perhaps Leffler didn't think life insurance was the best investment for Charlie Dean's future.
But Leffler still invested specifically with his son in mind, his loved ones say, and took steps to ensure his son would be cared for before his death and in the event of his death. He had disability insurance and other policies, and funds established for Charlie.
''He absolutely bent over backward to do whatever was best for Charlie,'' said Chris Leffler, executor of the drivers' will. ''He probably could have held on to a lot more in the divorce. But he sacrificed, did without, and has done whatever necessary to make sure Charlie is taken care of. I've seen a little bit of what's been insinuated and it's disappointing.''
Although Leffler made sure Charlie was provided for, The Charlie Dean Leffler Discretionary Trust was announced Saturday with three trustees. It was created in part because the racing community and fans often contribute regardless of need - more than $650,000 was raised for two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon's family following his 2011 death - and to ensure any money donated went solely to Charlie's needs.
Leffler, Charlie and Patterson had planned to move into a new apartment this weekend, and Charlie had been so excited for his new bed and the flags that were going to be hung in his new room. He'd only in the last year begun to understand his father's place in the racing world, and at Christmas when he was given Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne trading cards, Charlie only wanted cards of his dad.
He'd recently learned how to Google his father, Patterson said, and once even asked Leffler for his autograph. They lived together as a little family for two years, baking cookies and making every color of Jell-O possible, taking long walks with Charlie's compass and binoculars and playing sprint cars on the floor.
''All Jason would want now is for Charlie to know who his dad was, to be cared for and to know how much he loved his little dude,'' Patterson said. ''He wasn't irresponsible, he wasn't careless and he wasn't reckless. He took every step possible because Charlie was his world.''
Between running errands on Wednesday, I checked out Facebook and came across a video, from someone called “Loudpedal” on Jason:
Note: I chose not to put any photos of Jason in this column, since photos can’t be seen on Dirt Track Digest. One of these days I’ll figure it out – how to post them! However, in most links to anything about him, there are photos.
The race driver that gave Ferrari its first ever F-1 race win has passed away.
"The Pampas Bull" - José Froilán Gonzalez - left us on June 15th, at the age of 90. It was said, back then, in a caption of a photo of Gonzalez:
"In my day, the drivers were fat and the tires were skinny".
From the Track Forum: http://www.trackforum.com/forums/showthread.php?177681-quot-The-Pampas-Bull-quot
Talking about F-1 – this weekend is the 24 hours of LeMans. A good portion of it will be covered on SPEED. Back a while, F-1 drivers would also run events like LeMans. Nowadays they don’t in a majority of the cases. It’s called “Progress”.
This coming Saturday, at the Bethel Motor
Speedway, they’re having a special night for Jack Duffy. I’m not positive just how old Jack is, but I
know he’s in his 80’s, and I’m pretty sure he’s still racing TQ’s down in
This, in a way, hits the nail on the head – taken from the DTD Forum:
“But the difference between our sport and the other sports is that the rules and penalties that are in our sport are not clear. Hey, if you have a light weight cam and you are caught, then let's specify a penalty. I don't care if it's a weekend ban, a year, a motor confiscation or an outright "never race again". But don't tell me the penalty is a ban, and then change your mind because you have poorly written rules.”
Going along with the above, there was a protest on the winning car driven by Brian Krummel in the Sportsman feature last Saturday, at OCFS. From what I’ve been reading, the car was taken, supposedly to a “secured” place, so it could be put on a dyno. It seems something went wrong.
This, from Facebook:
“I heard Krummel already got his car back and Bonaface retracted the protest because Krummels car had been moved and motor possibly switched in middle of night. So nothing wil go any further in this case. Not sure of the accuracy of claim though but got it from a reliable source.”
Another poster also said he had heard the same “from a reliable source”. So, now I’m wondering, just where was the car stored, and if it had been taken, why was it so easy to take it from where it was being held?
I still think everyone screwed up when these Crate engines came out with not one track or, in most instances, any organization having a claimer rule.
Yes, quite a few are saying that now the tracks don’t want to lose cars, so “tech” isn’t what it should be. That’s a shame, especially for those that race on the up and up – ya know – legally.
Quite some interesting things being said on the Dirt Track Digest Forum on the protest of the Krummel car.
And, what if a car is supposedly “locked up” waiting for tech, and something happens, as it’s being said in this instance? Who comes out looking like a village idiot? The team? The track? Both parties? Or what?
While on the subject of OCFS – this Saturday there is a 51 lap Small Block feature (more on that below from Dr. Dirt). The winner will get the seventh starting spot in the Eastern States Small Block race (I figure). A few weeks ago, Brett Hearn won the (Small Block) feature at Albany/Saratoga. That win got him a starting spot at Eastern States, too. No idea as to what race Hearn has a spot in. As usual, OC sees fit not to respond to me on that.
Let’s hope they are able to draw more Small Blocks than what was at OC a couple of weeks ago – what was it 12 or 14 cars?
Sunday September 1, 2013 we
will have a race car show at Hinchcliffe Stadium in
Here is the admission information for the Accord mid-week show on Tuesday, August 6, 2013:
Pits: $35 (everyone)
Adults - $20
Seniors(65 and over) - $16
Kids 11 and under - $5
It kind of looks like we can say goodbye to a race at the Daytona Speedway. The track is getting a major face lift, and a big part of that face lift is the tearing down of the grandstands that are on the backstretch. I’d venture to say that the races mentioned, below, will be eliminated. Where else could they (NASCAR & Daytona) move them, anyway?
Found via Jayski’s webite:
“Well, it's a pretty ominous one: Daytona's seating capacity has dropped from 168,000 to the current 146,000. And part of the announcement today is that the entire backstretch grandstands, known as the Superstretch, will be dismantled and moved away.
There are 45,000 seats back there. So Daytona is eliminating a third of its already-diminished capacity. Granted, those seats sit pretty much empty for every event except the Daytona 500 -- except, of course, for the “Battle on the Beach” race in February, where late model and modified stock cars competed on a little oval track carved out of the back straight, so that event will have to be moved or eliminated.
ISC approves Daytona frontstretch redevelopment
Every couple of days I go on
Facebook and post midget racing results from back in the 40’s – mostly from the
Northeast area, in a couple of different pages.
Back then, it was common for the midget teams to have quite a selection
of race tracks to run on, on any given day.
One must keep in mind that back then, the race teams and fans did not
have the luxury of traveling on an
June 16, 1948:
Atlantic Rural Exposition,
16th June 1948
1 Charlie Miller
2 Dutch Schaefer
3 Lloyd Christopher
ARDC Southern midget races.
Empire Raceways ,
16th June 1948
1 Ray Nestor
2 Al Keller
ARDC Midget races.
16th June 1948
1 Bud Tatro
2 Jim Florian
3 Frank Simonetti
16th June 1948
1 Bob Minor
2 Bill Randall
3 Ray Janelle
June 17, 1948
17th June 1948
1 Dick Shuebruk
17th June 1948 – 1/5 mile oval
2 Stan Disbrow
3 Joe Barzda
ARDC midget races
17th June 1948
25 laps - Feature
1 Art Cross
2 Rex Records
2 Bill Schindler
ARDC Midget races.
17th June 1948
1 Charlie Miller
2 Tony Bonadies
3 George Fonder
Note: Today, the ARDC might have 4 races in a month – maybe 5. NEMA, I believe is close to that amount, too.
Has Short Track Racing Been Given Unfair Scrutiny From the Main Stream Media?
From “Doctor Dirt”:
Race scheduled 6/22/2013....not on July 27th. 358 feature. Winner goes home with $1,210. 51 laps..
SIT BACK, FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELT, WERE IN FOR A GREAT ONE.
CHARLIE LODER MEMORIAL
By Bill Boyle
Life is short, and one must
squeeze every ounce of breath out of it. My friend Charlie Loder did exactly
that, living life his way with his bride Sharon. Until he retired, Charlie was
a Fireman in the City of
On November 20, 2012, Charlie
Loder took is final checkered flag, leaving a lot of us at a loss for words.
Charlie Loder was not a race car driver, nor was he a well financed car owner.
He was a crew chief and knew just about everyone in the pits at Orange County
Fair Speedway and Accord Speedway in
In the late 70’s, Charlie and Nick Illobre, childhood buddies, teamed up to field a Small Block Modified, with the Dapper Nick handling the throttle and Charlie turning the screws that made the throttle work. The car was numbered 51 in honor of Charlie’s badge number
Follow their debut in racing, Charlie then teamed up with the infamous Higbie Brothers #97, turning wrenches to assist Bobby Bottcher and the team in their quest for checkered flags.
As we moved into the early 80’s, Charlie moved to the sidelines and visited the tracks drive-in section to keep up on the OCFS action. It was during those years that he met his soon to be wife Sharon. “Charlie asked me out on a date” Sharon recalled, “so I went and had my hair and nails done, and was dressed all in white when he picked me up early on a Saturday evening in 1981. To make a long story short, it was a hot, muggy evening, and the wind was blowing up into the drive-in section. It was and experience.”
Charlie proposed to
What a couple, the quiet, shy and reserved Charlie, and the entertaining, and overt Sharon. It was a match made in heaven, and approved by God.
Illobre and Loder teamed up again in 1994, this time taking a raw and eager driver under their wings. As a team, they won countless features and of utmost importance to them, the 1994 Track Championship at Accord Speedway. The young kid did quite well after moving up the ladder, combining for six more championships and over 20 feature wins at the super fast OCFS. The kids name is Jerry Higbie.
Charlie worked as a fire
fighter for the city of
Firemen are a special breed,
and somehow they search and find each other. As is the case with Brian Smith,
and FDNY smoke eater from ladder company 44 in
In 2010, the electrifying young wizard Brian Krummel capped off the team effort with the Sportsman Championship in the Smith #44 at the Orange County Fair Speedway. Charlie’s job as Crew Chief was now done, he had reached two objectives, a Championship for Krummel and his own replacement in Cody Hunt. Charlie had taken an active step backward, but not far enough where he couldn’t advise the Superior Remolding Racing team.
The defining moment for Charlie was when Krummel swept both Sportsman races at the 2012 Eastern States Championships. One month later, we grieved for our fallen comrade and consoled his spouse of over 30 years.
Charlie and Sharon were a
team, and would do anything for you. When I ran my car show in
Charlie and Sharon were lovers and best friends. God knew what he was doing when he put them together, and now has asked Charlie to return home until the rest of us can join them. Charlie always said that Crew Chiefs and crew members were the heart and soul of racing, toiling away in the background for the good of the team and its star. Now Charlie is setting up our next adventure behind one of our stars in the heavens.
On June 8th, Brian Smith and Brian Krummel debuted a new Small Block Modified, and Krummel sped to victory on the first night out in the 358 racer. The number on the car was #51, in honor of Charlie’s badge number. I bet Charlie was pushing that car when no one was looking.
This week, OCFS will be
running a 51 lap feature in honor of our fallen friend Charlie Loder. In
addition to the normal purse,
Charlie had a quote that we will use in ending this column. All of us, from his beloved Sharon, his boyhood friend Nick Illobre, fellow firemen including Brian Smith, all the drivers and crews and mere friends like myself and other fans, we all know you were a unique individual and may you rest in peace.
Charlie, SIT BACK, FASTEN YOU SEAT BELTS, WERE IN FOR A GREAT ONE TONIGHT. That’s right Charlie, this one’s for you. Amen
Hot/Not: Greg Biffle on right side of Carl Edwards flap
Greg Biffle rightly chose to
go for the race win instead of helping Out His Teammate at
I read elsewhere on the Internet that Edwards crew chief said to Edwards that they had no help from their team mate. Edwards responded with "He ain't our team mate".
Any more these drivers are really getting to be cry babies. And, it's not only in the upper echelon, either.
McDreamy part of all-American
The only all-American lineup
at the 24 Hours of
The No. 77 Dempsey Del Piero-Proton Porsche will be headlined by Patrick Dempsey — you know, "McDreamy" of "Grey's Anatomy" fame. He is joining co-drivers Joe Foster and Patrick Long in the GTE Am division and driving a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.
More can be seen here:
Any idea as to what all these eight drivers have in common?
Justin Marks, Alex Kennedy, Boris Said, Ron Fellows, Victor Gonzalez, Jr., Paulie Harraka, Tomy Drissi and Jacques Villeneuve.
Answer is below.
Here’s a good one that was/is on Facebook on Wednesday:
Anyone know if President Obama intends to perform background checks on the Syrian rebels before providing them with weapons?
Supposedly asked by Senator Ted Cruz.
Boston Children’s Hospital Finds Root Cause of Diabetes
They say that with just a little more study, they could possibly cure type 1 diabetes.
Ya know, it kind of disturbs
me to see some of the decisions that come from judges and even our highest
court – the Supreme Court – with the Supreme Court now saying you don’t have to
produce a driver’s license, or prove that you’re a citizen, in
Another disturbing bit of news:
NY man who says 4 kids vandalized home is charged
"CLYDE, N.Y. (AP) — A man who says he caught four boys vandalizing his father-in-law's home has been charged with child endangerment after corralling them in a closet until police arrived.
Jesse Daniels was arraigned
on four counts of endangering the welfare of a child after authorities say he
interrupted the vandalism at the empty home in the
Note: Hard to believe some of this crap, really!
Ragan to Drive #34 Hauler
New sponsor for Earnhardt Jr? UPDATE: #88 Team owner Rick Hendrick on Monday said Hendrick Motorsports was "very close" to a new multi-year sponsorship deal for Dale Earnhardt's #88 ride in the Sprint Cup Series. "I've not been worried about it because we could sell it if we wanted to piecemeal it. We've been looking for the future," Hendrick told the Charlotte Observer. "We don't want to get into (sponsor relationships) where you see somebody one time and you don't seem them anymore after that. I am very confident that in the next couple of weeks we should have not only this year (covered) but we should have a lot done for next year, too." The majority of the #88's season is currently sponsored by the National Guard, Diet Mountain Dew and AMP Energy.(Charlotte Observer)(6-10-2013)
UPDATE: The sponsor Hendrick Motorsports is close to signing to a multiyear deal for Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be new to NASCAR. HMS owner Rick Hendrick said the deal likely won't be completed in time for the sponsor to be on the hood for the July 6 race at Daytona International Speedway -- the first race in which the No. 88 was unsponsored. Hendrick said National Guard likely would be on the car at DIS. "We're going to have to switch some stuff around,'' Hendrick said before Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. NASCAR's most popular driver entered the season with 13 unsponsored races. Hendrick insisted in February there was plenty of interest and he was looking for a long-term fit for the 88 and not a quick fix for this season. "This will be a pretty neat deal when we get to announce it, but I think we're in good shape,'' said Hendrick, not naming the sponsor other than to say it is new to the sport. "There hasn't been a lot of new sponsors in the sport just because of the economy and the way people go to market, a combination of a lot of things. [But] there's always been a lot of interest in him.''(ESPN)(6-17-2013)
Villeneuve to drive #51 at
Sonoma: There will be a familiar name to road course racing next weekend as
Jacques Villeneuve takes over the #51 TAG Heuer Eyewear Chevy for Phoenix
Racing at Sonoma Raceway. The 42-year-old native of
Jack Roush reveals Ford
Racing alliance with Penske Racing: Jack Roush had been around long enough to
know that something had to change for his Roush Fenway Racing program to be
successful. Roush explained how the team had doubled its engineering efforts.
After the race, Roush elaborated more on what had transpired to make the Ford
Fusion Gen 6 car more competitive. "We had a summit meeting with the
Penske guys last week, and talked about some of the strategies,'' Roush said of
the launch of two Ford Racing teams working together. "We have had one
cooperative wind tunnel test. We just scratched the surface. It will be great
to have someone to share information with.'' Penske Racing, with drivers
#2-Brad Keselowski and #22-Joey Logano, switched over to Fords this season.
Roush identified aerodynamics and front suspensions as the areas the Ford
Fusion needs to make up ground. "We have to find that last tweak in the
front suspension or aerodynamics,'' Roush said. "When we started on Gen 6
(car development), it was a jump ball, and the car changed during its
development to have more downforce than was anticipated to start with. We are
on the path, and we have nice, light cars that I'm not the least bit unhappy
Leffler's funeral held
Wednesday afternoon: They came to honor Jason Leffler, but they left with
instructions to do more. "We have something that all we have a part in,
every single one of you,'' Jeff Dickerson said at a service Wednesday afternoon
celebrating his friend's life. "We all have a responsibility in making
sure that his son knows exactly who he was and how much he loved his son. From
his grandparents to those who maybe met him in passing, we must make sure he is
not forgotten. When we see Charlie and that same little playful grin that his
dad had, we must let him know at every chance we get to tell him that he hung
the moon with his dad. That Jason savored every minute he spent with his son.
We must let him know about Jason as a driver, a man and a father. That's what
Jason would want from us. It's up to all of us to make that happen.'' Dickerson
spoke to hundreds of mourners, including about a dozen NASCAR Sprint Cup
See the latest news, reports, honors, service info, trusts set up for Charlie, Kahne offers LEFturn caps, links to many articles on Jason Leffler page
Edwards, Biffle work to clear up confusion over Michigan issues: #99-Carl Edwards understood when #16-Greg Biffle wouldn't give up a big lead to help clean paper off his grille with about 40 laps remaining in Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. Edwards' issue with his Roush Fenway Racing teammate came around lap 70 when he wanted Biffle to drop about six car lengths to help with the same issue that was causing an overheating problem with them racing for sixth or seventh. "I want us to be the best teammates we can be," Edwards told ESPN.com on Tuesday. "I never want somebody to give up a shot at winning a race. ... My hope is he never heard the communication on lap 70." Biffle told ESPN.com he didn't recall getting a message from his spotter or crew chief on lap 70 and totally understood Edwards' frustration if there was a miscommunication that led to that. "I can see where he'd be upset under those circumstances,'' said Biffle, who went on to win the race. "All I can say is I'll help Carl absolutely anytime I can. We go out of our way to help each other. It's a team sport. None us do it all on our own." Edwards admitted he was frustrated the first time his spotter asked the #16 team for help. He said over his team radio that "he ain't my teammate'' when told Biffle wouldn't come back. After the race, when a reporter asked if Biffle should have helped and he responded with "it's his job to help," Edwards thought it was in reference to the first request. Edwards had no major issue with the second request as Biffle led by 20 to 25 car lengths. "That one I understood,'' Edwards said. "It was toward the end of the race and it was for the lead. And frankly, our car was pretty fast. That was probably wishful thinking [he would drop back]." The two discussed the situation briefly during Monday's team debriefing call, and even then Biffle was unclear they were talking about two different situations. They plan to meet on Friday at Sonoma to clear up any miscommunication there might have been so that it makes all RFR teams stronger moving forward.(ESPN.com)(6-19-2013)
Any idea as to what all these drivers have in common?
They are all entered in the Cup race at
Harmon released on bond after arrest
NASCAR driver Mike Harmon
answered arrest warrants Monday, turning himself in to authorities in
The 55-year-old driver was
released on a $10,000 bond shortly after additional warrants were issued
earlier in the day by the
Warrants for Harmon were previously executed in May for breaking and entering a motor vehicle and felony larceny in connection with the December 2012 theft of race equipment belonging to rival Jennifer Jo Cobb. He was released on bond.
Novak is a former business associate of Cobb's who now is aligned with Harmon. Novak has filed suit against Cobb in U.S. District Court in a dispute over ownership of the assets of JJC Racing, which the two former partners formed before the 2010 season.
Harmon said May 15 through his Twitter account that he was not involved in the theft. "I want it known that I have never stolen so much as a piece of bubble gum in my life," he tweeted.
Harmon is an occasional
competitor in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Nationwide series.
He last raced May 31 at
Cobb currently ranks 27th in the Truck Series points, having failed to qualify for one of the seven races this year. Her best finish this season is 17th at Kansas Speedway in April.
Former OVRP Dirt Oval racers:
Last Friday at A/S, John Virgilio was 19th in the Sportsman feature
Kyle Rohner won the Sportsman feature at Penn Can.
Brian Sobus was 12th and 7th
in the Small Block Super Modifieds at
Alex Bell finished 13th and 8th in the Modified features at Devil’s Bowl.
Bob Morris won the Sportsman feature at
At Penn Can in the RoC races, Tyler Dippel was 18th in the Modified 60 lap race. Billy VanInwegen and Danny Creeden were both DNQ’s.
Brian Krummel won the Sportsman feature with Dipple 2nd.
Roger Coss was 5th in the
Modified feature at
Danny Creeden won the Modified feature at 5 Mile. Brad Szulewski was 8th and 3rd in the Sportsman features.
At OCFS in the twin 20’s for the Modifieds, Mike Ruggiero was 3rd & 13th, Tim Hindley had a pair of 5th place finishes, Billy V was 12th and 10th, Clinton Mills ended up 14th and 8th and RJ Smykla was 14th and 18th,
Brian Krummel won the Sportsman feature, Tyler Dippel 2nd, Tyler Boniface 5th, Matt Janiak 6th, Anthony Perrego 7th, LJ Lombardo 8th, Matt Hitchcock 9th, John Illanovsky 11th, Andrew Reeves 14th, Joey Falanga 15th, Mike Traver 16th and Joe Conklin 21st.
At Hamlin, Jacob Hendershot was 9th in the winged 270 Micro feature. Tyler Pirone was 20th in the All Star Slingshots. Paul Tigue was 3rd in the Junior Slingshots. Corey Zeigler was 7th in the Rookie 600 feature. Jacob was also 14th in the wingless 270 feature. Kyle Rohner was 2nd and Molly Chambers 8th in the wingless 600 Micros.
At Kutztown, Molly was 14th and 16th in the 600 wingless features, while Jacob was 17th and 7th in the 270’s.
Mike Mammana was 14th in the Modified feature at Big Diamond.
Reading on Facebook at around 9:15 PM on Wednesday night, it’s being said that Billy VanInwegen was a DNQ at New Egypt for that SDS race.
40 names this week, that I know of, that is.
From the AARN:
From their June 18th issue:
As one could expect, this weeks AARN had quite a bit in it about Jason Leffler – articles & photos.
Lenny was quoting Tim Shaffer who was right behind Leffler when Leffler crashed. “He didn’t have a chance to catch it”, Shaffer said. “Something broke and he just went straight into the wall on a bad angle. We’re not protected for that.”
From a left side hit into the wall, extreme damage was done to that side of the car with the engine headers smashed
Leffler was not using a full containment seat, and there didn’t appear to be a full left-side head rest. He often used a protective net instead on the left side, but it was not on the car on Wednesday.
He was wearing a hy-brid head and neck device, but those safety devices are designed mainly for frontal impact.
Quite a bit from Ernie on Leffler, too. Ernie wonders why drivers like Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne and Dave Blaney go back to running Sprint Cars. All three are fairly successful – mainly from racing with NASCAR. Surely they’re not “Hungry” like the drivers were back in the day – back when they raced to put food on the table.
Besides his regular column, Earl also had a write-up about the ATQMRA TQ’s racing at Wall Stadium, last week. Ryan Tidman got his second win of the year at Wall. The race run down shows 14 cars. No, I have no idea where all the TQ’s are hiding.
Deb had a write-up on the ARDC’s visit to the Williams Grove Speedway – a track that most drivers always want to race on, mainly due to the history of the track. ARDC had 17 cars shown in the feature finishing positions, and one car not starting.
He tells of something he learned a few years ago when Lynn Hough owned Black Rock Speedway. When a track loses a show due to weather, it loses at least a few thousand dollars. Pre race costs like track prep, advertising and concession food all add up. And it’s worse if a track loses a couple of shows in a row. You can’t hold fresh food for that long a time.
Any idea as to how old Denny Zimmerman is? He’s still racing, and he was 17th in the USAC Dirt Midget Association feature at Bear Ridge.
Obituaries mentioned in the
paper were for Bill McCarthy, 87, who raced at Wall Stadium in the 50’s &
60’s. Former stock car owner in PA
At Roaring Knob Motor Sports
At the Lancaster NY Speedway, part of the show was TQ’s. Nine cars signed in.
Jason Leffler’s Deadly Crash
‘Night Of Wings’ Program
Preece Races From Last To First
And Wins Both
Ryan Watt’s Career Defining Win
Comes In ‘Clash At The Can’
Wins Another Open Mod Race
- At Star
PA Posse Picks
All Star Sprint Series
Touring Pros Pockets - Again
Should NASCAR Stars
Take The Chance Of Returning
To Local Tracks?
Midget Week Crown
To Wall Stadium Is Triumphant
Twin Modifieds Mains At B’Port
Cisney Is First Time
This date in racing history:
Just a few of the events on June 20th, in:
Rex Mays won the AAA
Walt Brown won the 100 mile AAA Championship race on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Langhorne Speedway, Langhorne, PA.
Jiggs Peters won the AAA Midget
race at the Lonsdale Sports Arena,
Duane Carter won the AAA
Sprint Car race at the Illiana Motor Speedway,
Jimmy Bryan won the 100 mile AAA Independence Day Sweepstakes race on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Langhorne Speedway, Langhorne, PA. Jimmy Reece was second followed by Sam Hanks, Bob Sweikert and Eddie Sachs.
Bob Slater won the IMCA
Sprint Car race at the Champaign County Fairgrounds,
Al Herman won the ARDC Midget
race at the Danbury Fairgrounds,
Dave Humphrey won the URC
Sprint Car race over Bobby Courtwright, Jack Soper and Tom Price at the Old
Allen Heath won the USAC
Midget race at the Ascot Park Speedway,
Len Duncan won the ARDC
Midget race at the Hatfield Speedway,
Red Riegel won the URC Sprint Car race at the Lincoln Speedway, Hanover,PA
Jim McElreath won the 100 mile USAC Championship race on the 1 Mile Paved Oval Langhorne Speedway, Langhorne, PA. Mario Andretti was second followed by Lloyd Ruby, Bud Tingelstad and Billy Foster.
Jan Opperman, in the Bogar #
99, won the All Star Super Sprint Car race at the Wayne County Speedway,
Orange County Fair
FOR RELEASE BEGINNING MONDAY, JUNE 17
CHARLIE LODER MEMORIAL FOR SMALL BLOCK MODIFIEDS, DOUBLE POINTS THIS WEEK
AT ORANGE COUNTY FAIR
MIDDLETOWN, NY (June 17)......The spotlight turns to the Small-Block Modifieds this coming Saturday evening, June 22 at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York.
Small-Block Modifieds will compete in a special 51-lap Charlie Loder Memorial
feature race, with the winner receiving not only the trophy and cash prize, but
also a guaranteed seventh starting position in the October 26 Eastern States
Weekend Small-Block Modified championship race. Qualifying heat races will
determine the starting lineup for this special race. Loder was a long-time
supporter of all the racers at
In addition to the Small-Block Modifieds, the evening’s racing program will also include the DIRTcar-sanctioned Big-Block earth-shaking Modifieds, the wild and wooly Sportsman cars, and the always unpredictable Street Stocks.
Admission prices for the June 22 race meet remain at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and free for children 12 and under. The full night of racing begins promptly at 6:30 pm.
Advance tickets are now on sale for the 52nd Annual Eastern States Weekend, October 25-27, 2013, headlined by the Eastern States 200, the oldest continuously-run championship race for dirt track Modifieds.
Information for all Orange County Fair Speedway action is available at the speedway website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, or from at the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 during business hours.
June 29 --- Sportsman Elimination Race added
July 06 --- Little League Night; Kids Club; Small-Block Modifieds; Vintage Modifieds added
July 12 ---
July 13 --- CRSA 305 Sprint cars added
Kyle Larson won a Midget race last week. I guess one could say that he did have some help from a yellow flag. Still and all, it was an interesting race. In case you did not know it, when Kyle does his “donuts”, he usually does it with the steering wheel disconnected from the steering shaft. In watching the video, below, it kind of looks like he did that this time, too. What he did do, and didn’t expect to do, was rolling the Midget over at the beginning of the “donuts”. If you recall, a while back, Kyle had an accident with a wingless Sprint Car. Right after that, Chip Ganassi told him that he could no longer race wingless Sprinters. Hmm, I wonder if that might be in the future for Kyle – no more racing wingless Midgets?
Photo of the week:
Sorry, but photos can’t be seen on DTD. To view them, you would have to go to: http://newenglandtractor.com/racereport/
Over the many years that I’ve attended auto races, I’ve seen my share of accidents. Some were accidents that resulted in fatal injuries. Some, one would think the worst, but remarkably, the driver escaped with somewhat minor injuries, or no injuries at all. Below are a series o fphotos that were taken of the Charlie Mussleman accident at the Langhorne Speedway. I’m pretty sure Walt Chernokal is the photographer of these shots. When Musselman was flying in the air, up over the flipping sprint car, he was as high in the air as I was in the stands. From what I can recall, he had some bruises, but no broken bones. Had he remained in the car, chances are he would have been fatally injured, since on one occasion, the car landed on the track, tail first, and the frame broke, and the back of the seat was almost touching the steering wheel.
Non racin’ stuff:
I’m gonna miss this big guy. Always enjoyed watching him in the Sopranos.
James Gandolfini, 'The Sopranos' Star, Dead at 51
Terrible news for TV fans: James Gandolfini, who played mobster Tony Soprano on HBO's seminal drama "The Sopranos," died suddenly today at the age of 51.
Gandolfini was traveling in
More can be seen here:
For sure, Judge Jeanine Pirro pulls no punches!
Judge Jeanine: The government can't be trusted
Rand Paul Exposes Plan to Arm Al-Qaeda
There are few patriots in DC,
and even fewer in the senate. Individuals like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul are rare,
but essential to anything close to a revival of limited government and
constitutional rights in
For example, here’s Rand Paul’s latest bit, him explaining how the establishment of both parties are pushing for a plan to arm Syrian rebels… with taxpayer money. The problem? They’re the allies of Al Qaeda. You can’t make this stuff up.
Treason: Obama to Arm the Allies of Al Qaeda
You’re gonna love watching this little video on light bulbs!
Supreme Court Ties Up
"The U.S. Supreme Court
took the easy step when it ruled yesterday that the state of
The harder question is just
what “accept and use” means.
When you go to the airport, it isn’t enough to show your boarding pass. You must also show a government-issued picture identification to prove that it is your boarding pass. Your bank requires proof of identity when you want to gain access to your account, even if you have your checkbook or account number.
Banks, merchants, airlines -- all “accept and use” different types of documents and require proof of identity.
In a world-class blunder,
however, the majority of the Supreme Court rejected our ordinary, everyday
understanding of these words. In
To reach this conclusion, the court ignored the Constitution, which gives Congress the power to regulate the “time, place, and manner of elections,” and only the states the power to regulate voter qualifications.
In deciding that Congress
probably intended its voter-registration law to prohibit
The solution, according to
the 7-2 majority, is for
There is only one obstacle:
This commission currently has no members and is therefore legally incapable of
This ruling creates a perfect
ball of bureaucratic red tape. Let’s get this straight: Sure,
I get emails:
This is a
Subject close to my heart. Do you know that we have
Adult students at the school where I teach who are NOT
Grant, which is a federal grant (no
Payback required) plus other federal grants to go
One student from the
Told me that she didn't want me to find a job for her
After she finished my program, because she was getting
Housing from our housing department and
She was getting a PELL Grant which paid for her total
Tuition and books, plus money leftover.
Was looking into WAIT which gives students a CREDIT
CARD for gas to come to school, and into CARIBE which
Is a special program (check it out - I did) for
Immigrants and it pays for child
Care and all sorts of needs while they go to
School or training. The one student I just mentioned
Told me she was not going to be a U.S. Citizen because
She plans to return to the
And that she 'loves HER country.'
I asked her
If she felt guilty taking
And then not even bothering to become a citizen and
She told me that it doesn't bother her, because that
Is what the money is there for!
I asked the
CARIBE administration about their program and if you
ARE a U.S. Citizen, you don't qualify for their
Program. And all the while, I am working a full day,
My son-in-law works more than 60 hours a week, and
Everyone in my family works and pays for our
Something is wrong here. I am
Sorry, but after hearing that they want to sing the
National Anthem in
Spanish - enough is enough. That's a real slap in the
Face. It was written by Francis Scott Key and
Should be sung word for word the way it was written.
The news broadcasts even gave the translation -- not
Care whether this offends someone or not but this is
MY COUNTRY. IF IT IS YOUR COUNTRY SPEAK UP -- please
Pass this along. I am not against immigration -- I
Just expect immigrants to come through like everyone
Else. Get a sponsor; have a place to lay your head;
Have a job; pay your taxes, live by the rules AND
LEARN THE LANGUAGE as all other immigrants have in the
Past -- and GOD BLESS
PART OF THE PROBLEM - Think about this: If you
Don't want to forward this for fear of offending
Someone - YOU'RE PART OF THE PROBLEM! It is Time for
Americato speak up. If you agree -- pass this along,
If you don't agree -- delete
I would say every
They claim it was a problem of "time/space." All my friends and I said, "Bullshit." We know they could have gotten F-16s there
"Hands" Handley is a
well-respected USAF fighter pilot. Here is
his short resume and what he just wrote about
I hope Handley's taxes are in order. His IRS audit is forthcoming. Eagle Biography Colonel Phil "Hands" Handley
Colonel Phil "Hands" Handley is
credited with the highest speed air- to-air gun kill in the history of aerial
combat. He flew operationally for all but 11 months of a 26-year career, in
aircraft such as the F-86 Sabre, F-15 Eagle, and the C-130A Hercules.
Additionally, he flew 275 combat missions during two tours in
Medals, 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses, and the Silver Star.
Phil "Hands" Handley
Colonel, USAF (Ret.)
The combat code of the US Military is that we don't abandon our dead or wounded on the battlefield. In US Air Force lingo, fighter pilots don't run off and leave their wingmen. If one of our own is shot down, still alive and not yet in enemy captivity, we will either come to get him or die trying.
The disgraceful abandonment of our Ambassador and those brave ex-SEAL’S who fought to their deaths to save others in that compound is nothing short of dereliction-of-duty.
Additionally, the patently absurd cover-up scenario that was fabricated in the aftermath was an outright lie in an attempt to shield the President and the Secretary of State from responsibility.
It has been over eight months since the
attack on our compound in
The recent testimonies of the three
"whistle blowers" have reopened the subject and hopefully will lead
to exposure and disgrace of those responsible for this embarrassing debacle. It
would appear that the most recent firewall which the Administration is counting
on is the contention "that there were simply no military assets that could
be brought to bear in time to make a difference" mainly due to the
unavailability of tanker support for fighter aircraft. This is simply BS, regardless how many
supposed "experts" the Administration trot out to make such an
assertion. The bottom line is that even if the closest asset capable of response
was half-way around the world, you don't just sit on your penguin ass and do
nothing. The fact is that the closest asset was not half-way around the world,
but as near as Aviano
Consider the following scenario (all times
(his last words), he immediately notifies all agencies and prepares for the immediate initiation of an existing "Emergency Response Plan."
At AFRICON, General Carter Ham attempts to mount a rescue effort, but is told to "stand down". By 10:30 PM an unarmed drone is overhead the compound and streaming live feed to various "Command and Control Agencies" and everyone watching that feed knew damn well what was going on. At 11:30 PM Woods, Doherty and five others leave Tripoli, arriving in Benghazi at 1:30 AM on Wednesday morning, where they hold off the attacking mob from the roof of the compound until they are killed by a mortar direct hit at 4:00 AM.
So nothing could have been done, eh? Nonsense. If one assumes that tanker support really "was not available" what about this:
When at 10:00 PM AFRICON alerts the 31st
TFW Command Post in Aviano Air Base,
The end result would be that Woods and Doherty would be alive. Dozens in the attacking rabble would be rendezvousing with "72 virgins" and a clear message would have been sent to the next worthless POS terrorist contemplating an attack on Americans that it is not really a good idea to "tug" on Superman's cape. Of course all this would depend upon a Commander In Chief that was more
concerned with saving the
lives of those he put in harm's way than getting his crew rested for a campaign
fund raising event in
Ultimately it comes down to the question of who gave that order to stand
down? Whoever that coward turns out to be should be exposed, removed from
office, and face criminal charges for dereliction of duty. The combat forces of
the Untied States of
FOR THOSE OF YOU HAVE ACTUALLY TAKEN THE TIME TO READ THIS, YOU NEED TO DO ONE THING FOR ME! FORWARD THIS OUT TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW!! WE CAN NEVER ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN AGAIN AND WHOEVER GAVE THE "STAND DOWN" ORDER NEEDS TO BE EXPOSED!!!!
Back when I was a teenager, I liked to listen to Country Music on the radio. Drove some of my kids nuts, when I always had the car radio on a country station. I still enjoy some country music today. One of those that I enjoyed listening to was Slim Whitman. Slim left us, yesterday, June 19th, at the age of 90.
Country singer Slim Whitman,
the high-pitched yodeler who sold millions of records through ever-present TV
ads in the 1980s and 1990s and whose song saved the world in the film comedy
"Mars Attacks!," died Wednesday of heart failure at a
Whitman's tenor falsetto and ebony mustache and sideburns became global trademarks -- and an inspiration for countless jokes -- thanks to the TV commercials that pitched his records.
But he was a serious musical
influence on early rock, and in the
Whitman recorded more than 65 albums and sold millions of records, including 4 million of "All My Best" that was marketed on TV.
His career spanned six decades, beginning in the late 1940s, but he achieved cult figure status in the 1980s. His visage as an ordinary guy singing romantic ballads struck a responsive chord with the public.
"That TV ad is the reason I'm still here," Whitman told The Associated Press in 1991. "It buys fuel for the boat."
In 1952, Whitman had his first hit record, "Love Song of the Waterfall," which 25 years later became part of the soundtrack of the movie "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." Another Whitman hit from that year, "Indian Love Call," was used to humorous effect in the 1996 "Mars Attacks!"-- his yodel causes the Martians' heads to explode.
He was survived by his daughter, Sharon Beagle, and his son, Byron Whitman.
Whitman told the AP in 1991 that he wanted to be remembered as "a nice guy."
"I don't think you've ever heard anything bad about me, and I'd like to keep it that way. I'd like my son (Bryon) to remember me as a good dad. I'd like the people to remember me as having a good voice and a clean suit."
The above was found here: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-207_162-57590051/slim-whitman-country-singer-dies-at-age-90/
Note: I’m pretty sure that Slim had to change his way of playing the guitar due to an accident that cut off an end of his index finger on his left hand. You’ll notice it in a couple of the videos, below.
This week I’m continuing a five part series of things about our bodies. Enjoy!
SOME FACTS ABOUT YOU THAT YOU PROBABLY DIDN'T KNOW
The human body is a treasure trove of mysteries, one that still confounds doctors and scientists about the details of its working. It's not an overstatement to say that every part of your body is a miracle.
Here are 11 through 20 of the fifty facts about your body, some of which will leave you stunned...
11. Your body has enough iron in it to make a nail 3 inches long.
12. Earwax production is necessary for good ear health. It protects the delicate inner ear from bacteria, fungus, dirt and even insects. It also cleans and lubricates the ear canal.
13. Everyone has a unique smell, except for identical twins, who smell the same.
14. Your teeth start growing 6 months before you are born. This is why one out of every 2,000 newborn infants has a tooth when they are born.
15. A baby's head is one-quarter of its total length, but by the age of 25 will only be one-eighth of its total length. This is because people's heads grow at a much slower rate than the rest of their bodies.
16. Babies are born with 300 bones, but by adulthood the number is reduced to 206. Some of the bones, like skull bones, get fused into each other, bringing down the total number.
17. It's not possible to tickle yourself. This is because when you attempt to tickle yourself you are totally aware of the exact time and manner in which the tickling will occur, unlike when someone else tickles you.
18. Less than one third of the human race has 20-20 vision. This means that two out of three people cannot see perfectly.
19. Your nose can remember 50,000 different scents. But if you are a woman, you are a better smeller than men, and will remain a better smeller throughout your life.
20. The human body is estimated to have 60,000 miles of blood vessels.
More in the next column.
Joke of the week:
Two boys were walking home from Sunday school
after hearing a strong preaching on the devil.
One said to the other, 'What do you think about
all this Satan stuff?'
The other boy replied, 'Well, you know how
Santa Claus turned out.
It's probably just your Dad.'
Until the next column!
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