Racin' & Different Stuff:
By Tom Avenengo
Racin’ & short’ stuff:
I started out as a race fan back in 1946 when my father would take me to see the Midgets race at various tracks here in the Northeast. Family circumstances might have led to my not getting into the driver part of racing – something I’ll never really know. As my two sons, Tom, Jr. & Eric, “got of age” – when I thought they’d be able to do something with Go Karts, we ended up with a couple of “fun Karts”. The first attempt by a family member to race one of the fun Karts was actually my daughter, Judy, when we took one over to the road course at OVRP.
Shortly thereafter, we were able to get a
racing Kart for Eric, and Tom had a
Eric remained with Karts, racing at Accord and OVRP. He also ran in the Kart race at OCFS on the same day the WoO Sprint Cars first came to OC. Later on he bought a Modifed Stock Car. He ran it for one partial season in 1991, but with two kids, ended up selling it.
The next racing endeavor for the family
was when we went to a car show over in the
The Hamlin Speedway was opening up, and that’s where Brett first raced. He ended up being the Kid Kart champion at Hamlin in his first year of racing. Some of those that he competed against are still into racing.
After quite a successful Kart career, Eric ended up getting a 600 Micro Sprint for Brett to drive. The closest track was Greenwood Valley Action Track down in PA – a trip that sure seemed like it was up-hill, both ways and was a gas guzzling ride with the truck Eric had. Eric ended up selling it. That’s something that he wishes he hadn’t done. Brett got married, and is not racing anymore. On occasion, he flags the races at OVRP’s Dirt Oval, now.
This past Saturday night, Eric and I went back to Hamlin to take in the racing, with there no longer being Karts at Hamlin, but Slingshots, Stage 1 Modifieds, 270 Micro Sprints and Wingless 600 Micros. I’ll have more on the racing at Hamlin later on in the column. While we were spectating, I happened to ask Eric if he ever drove the 600, knowing how much he liked having that car, and still having an interest in the 600 Micro racing. He looked at me, with a look of sadness, and said, “No, I never did”. In a way, maybe it was for the best. Still, if it wasn’t for the traveling – even just to Hamlin, he’d love to have another 600. In the photo section of this weeks column is a photo of the 600 we had, with the graphics done by Eric.
Message to me from Ken Reed of OCFS:
"We are planning to put a top ten modified driver in a street stock for the 40 lap street stock shootout July 18th. Barring any unforseen problems this is going to happen. I've worked hard on organizing this race so feel free to get the rumor out and hopefully it will draw some modified fans to the race".
Note: I found out on Sunday that the driver will be Clinton Mills.
Ever since we went to Pocono last Sunday, I’ve been in contact with the track. The other day I sent them links from the Track Forum – links about various things on that Indycar race.
Their response back to me:
Response from Pocono via Facebook on 7/12/13:
Thanks! For the feedback and for sharing these articles with us. The IndyCar race weekend will be the same July 4th weekend for the next two years, based on our current agreements with INDYCAR”
Over this past year, I’ve managed to get my weight down from over 180+ down to 160 – 162. However, even though I, at times, tend to be a “kid at heart”, I’m still a little too heavy for these:
Razor Crazy Cart:
I really loved going to
places like S & S Speedway or
Uh oh! Might the “King” – Steve Kinser be looking for a ride? Seems his WoO Sprint Car owner (Tony Stewart), calls him an A-hole, in this interview:
Looking at the schedule for OCFS and I see that on September 14th, the winner of the Modified feature will earn the seventh starting spot at ESW in the 200. Now I’m kind of puzzled here, since Brett Hearn also has a guaranteed stating spot in the 200 from a win at A/S, a while back. I’ve attempted to find out just what guaranteed starting spot Hearn won, but, as usual, OCFS sees fit not to respond – only that it’s in the Big Block 200.
OK, back to Hamlin:
There was a pretty good car count for the night. In the 270 Micros, there were 14. The All Star Slingshots had 37. There were 12 in the Junior Slingshots. The Rookie 270’s had 9. 17 cars were entered in the Rookie 600’s. Stage One Modified had 8. Super Slingers had 15. The Wingless 600’s had 34, with some outsiders coming in for the final race of the PA 600 Micro Sprint Speed Week. Total entrants – 146.
Looking at MyLaps for the track, during warm ups for the 270’s all 14 were in the 11 second bracket, with times going from 11.696 to 11.985.
The fastest of everyone during the night was Tommy Kunsman, Jr. with his 270, who had a best lap of 11.554, which comes out to 62.316 MPH around the 1/5 mile oval.
Kyle Lick won the 600 Micro feature. That race was worth the price of admission, for sure! He just nosed out Kyle Rohner for the win, making a last lap pass, after Rohner had taken the lead a lap prior. Lick had a total time of 23.17.466. Rohner had 23.17.532. Third place finisher Tony Dimattia was timed in 23.17.722. Eddie Strada, in fourth had a time of 23.18.221. Fifth place driver Robert Hocker timed in with a 23.18.319.
One thing I happened to mention to Eric – no dust. Food prices were reasonable, too. It looks like the pit area is about double in size as what it was when we last raced there. There were some drivers that impressed me. Lick and Rohner along with Strada, Molly Chambers and another young lady - Mackenzie Harper, who won the Rookie 600 feature. She was throwing her 600 into the turns! She had the best time in that feature with a lap turned in 12.137 – an average speed of 59.323 MPH.
Some good news – from July 15th – message on Facebook:
What a Special Day!!! I received a call this morning from good friend Pete Zanardi telling me that I had been elected into the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame... What can I say except how Honored I feel to be thought of that highly of. To join my Dad and Gene and so many of my friends and heroes WOW!!! Then to find out one of the people who worked at most of the races I ran is going to come up to induct me really put the icing on the cake it has been and always will be my pleasure to hang out with Chris Romano Thanks Buddy for thinking that much of me I am Honored yet again!!!
Any idea as to what all these drivers have in common?
Bill Schindler, Jerry Karl, Al Keller, Art Cross, Len Duncan, Bobby Marshman, Al Herman, Ernie McCoy, Steve Kinser,
Tony Stewart, Jimmy Caruthers, Chuck Arnold, Norman Batten, Ira Vail, Walt Brown, Ted Horn, Bill Holland, Rick Decker, Bennett Hill,
Mike Magill, Tommy Hinnershitz, George Fonder, Cale Yarborough, Bobby Allison, Wally Dallenbach, Sr. and Jimmy Kite.
Answer at end of the column.
On July 18, 1909, my mother was born. She had a pretty rough life, both in the marriage to my father and later on with health issues. She left us on June 7. 1991. Also, on July 18, 1900, my 3rd step-father, John F.X. Clynes was born. John passed away shortly after our 5th – Sarah - was born, back in 1973. He never did get to see her.
I like to watch baseball on TV – especially the Mets, who have taken the place of the Dodgers as my favorite team. So, I kinda watched the All Star game the other night. I hate the Yankees. But, when Mariano Rivera came onto the field to pitch the bottom of the eighth inning, and when he arrived at the pitchers mound, being the only American League player on the field, at that time, yeah, I had a lump in my throat. One can’t deny greatness. I was waiting to see the players come out to greet him, prior to his first pitch. At least most of the American League players were in front of the protective fencing in front of their dugout. I was kind of surprised that none of the National League players didn’t do the same.
But even though Mariano set the National League down 1, 2 & 3 in that 8th inning, did it warrant him being named as the MVP?
Who said this?
"No ordinary American cares about their constitutional rights"
Answer at the end of the column
Vintage at Loudon:
23nd Annual Vintage Racing Celebration
July 30 - August 4, 2013
Accord - Tuesday, August 6th.
BD Motorsports Media LLC and
51 laps, $5,100 to win for the Modifieds
plus Sportsman (Opens and Crates) $1,000 to win.
THURSDAY JULY 18 - 7PM SPORTSMAN & STREET STOCKS - ESW QUALIFIERS FOR BOTH
More info on the street stock shootout for this Thursday, Tracy Chirico, has issued a Bethel Motor Speedway challenge, the first Bethel Street Stock across the line will receive an extra $50. more info to come soon!
To the OCFS Street Stock regulars, the first 5 finishing OCFS cars only, will receive bonus points. 1st place will receive 10, 2nd will get 8, 3rd will get 7, 4th will get 6 and 5th will get 5.
MOTO & MONSTER TRUCK MADNESS
July 26, 27, 28, 2013
Firestone Bigfoot, Storm Damage and Tropical Thunder
and more to be announced.
Performances by the International Freestyle Motocross Association
200MPH jet car that will be doing a car burn at each show.
Meet and Greet
Friday and Saturday 5-6PM
Last week, this show at Big Diamond was rained out. Now it will be this Friday!
Copied off of Facebook:
NEWS FROM BIG DIAMOND
EVENT ORGANIZER: Jake Smulley
MEDIA CONTACT: Tim Long @ 484-256-5149
Facebook Page: facebook.com/bigdiamondspeedway
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WITH OUR THANKS.
In just about 48 hours, Big Diamond Speedway will try once again to present one of the most unprecidented promotions in dirt track racing history; FANdemonium! What is FANdemonium? FANdemonium is a promotion put together by track owners Jake and Jasmine Smulley where each and every fan that attends that evening will be admitted to the grandstand area free of charge. That's right - free! Everyone who attends FANdemonium will be admitted to the grandstands for free. There will be giveaways for the fans, autographs from the drivers, and much, much more. Grab your friends, family, neighbors, and anyone else you know and bring them to this unprecedented event. Gates open at 5:00 PM and first heat hits the track at 8:15 PM. On the card will be the ZY Pyrotechnics 358 Modifieds, USS Achey Sportsman, and Savage 61 Roadrunners.
A few items of note for FANdemonium. For this evening, and this evening only, no outside food will be allowed into the track. We would ask that if you get hungry during the course of the evening, you might try a hot dog, hamburger, pizza, steak sandwich, soft pretzel, or one of our many other yummy food items available for purchase. Drinks are allowed to be brought into the track, but we will be limiting coolers to a six pack cooler only. Anyone with a cooler larger than a six pack cooler will be asked to return it to their vehicle. We are expecting a very large crowd for this event and do not want a potential fans seat taken up by a gigantic sized cooler. Also, we will be limiting each person to one six pack of beer to be carried into the track.
In conjunction with FANdemonium, July 19th will also be the Hillside SPCA Furry Friends Friday! They will have items for purchase and games to play. Two checkered flags, one autographed by all of the sprint drivers who participated in our speedweek show, the other signed by our regular Friday night racing warriors, will be raffled off. There will also be a helmet drive at intermission. Proceeds from all of these events will be for the SPCA.
Stop by the Reading Eagle billboard and see Traci Arnold, as she still has free racing posters emblazoned with many of your favorite BDS drivers. The poster is compliments of Brad Arnold Racing and their sponsor Reading Eagle/WEEU.
Before the racing events begin, we will have cars on display for the fans to enjoy. Last week 11 different drivers had their cars on display before the rains hit. This week we expect even more cars to be on hand. Glenn "Buckshot" Rowan invites all the youngsters in attendance to stop by his always sharp looking #00 and sign their name on his trunk. Many other drivers will have pictures and other goodies on hand to give out to the kids.
Make it a point to be there this Friday and attend this incredible event.
I get emails:
Subject: Dump Flo and her boss
Had better read this one.........then pass it on............
I don’t know if any of you
have Progressive Insurance, but if you do you are helping to finance the
destruction of American values. You
might want to reconsider…..
In case you didn't know............... Checked Snopes and Truth or Fiction......both verify the donations.
The "Harley Owners Group", the biggest motorcycle club in America, maybe even the world, hasn't found any members that have Progressive Insurance since the word got out about Progressive’s communist affiliations. Their association with George Soros, alone, should bring chills up your back. Oh, you don't know who George Soros is? He finances the Obama progressive affiliations.
Progressive Insurance....Who are they? You've seen and probably smiled at the clever Progressive Insurance TV commercials. Well, as Paul Harvey would say, "You're about to learn the rest of the story".
PROGRESSIVE AUTO INSURANCE
You know their TV
commercials, the ones featuring the ditsy actress all dressed in white. What
you might not know is that the Chairman of Progressive is Peter Lewis, one of
the major funders of leftist causes in
Between 2001 and 2003, Lewis funneled $15 million to the ACLU, the group most responsible for destroying what's left of Americas Judeo-Christian heritage.
Lewis also gave $12.5 million to MoveOn.org http://moveon.org/ and America Coming Together, two key propaganda arms of the socialist left.
His funding for these groups was conditional on matching contributions from George Soros, the America-hating socialist who is the chief financier of the Obama political machine.
Lewis made a fortune as a result of capitalism, but now finances a progressive movement that threatens to destroy the American free enterprise system that is targeting television shows on Fox News. Peter Lewis is making a fortune off of conservative Americans (who buy his auto insurance) that he then applies to dismantle the very system that made him wealthy. He's banking on no one finding out who he is, so STOP buying Progressive Insurance and pass this information on to all your friends. Chairman Lewis' gift helps the ACLU promote their anti-Christmas agenda such as:
§ Removing nativity scenes from public property
§ Banning songs such as Silent Night from schools
§ Refusing to allow students to write about the Christian aspect of Christmas in school projects
§ Renaming Christmas break Winter break
§ Refusing to allow a city sponsored Christmas parade to be called a Christmas parade
§ Not allowing a Christmas tree in a public school
§ Renaming a Christmas tree
displayed on public property a
§ Sue states to force them to legalize homosexual marriage
§ Force libraries to remove porn filters from their computers
§ Sue the Boy Scouts to force them to accept homosexuals as scout leaders
§ Help legalize child pornography
§ Legalize live sex acts in
§ Protect the North American Man Boy Love Association whose motto is "sex by eight or it is too late"
§ Censor student led prayer at graduation
§ Remove "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance
§ Remove "In God We Trust" on our currency
All of a sudden I don't care for their "funny commercials".
PS: IGNORANCE CAN BE TERMINAL SO, SAVE A FRIEND & SHARE THIS MAIL WITH OTHERS.
The Quote of the Decade:
"The fact that we are
here today to debate raising
~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006
Pass it on and on and on until it comes back to you! Then send it out again!
(It was so nice of him to give us this great quote for posterity!)
SO, USE IT!!! Only 86% will send this on.
Should be a 100%.
Please send it on if only to one person.
Found on the Internet:
McDonald's Can't Figure Out How Its Workers Survive On Minimum Wage
When dirt track talent hits the pavement
"The last time NASCAR's
national division held a race on a dirt track, Richard Petty was an
in-his-prime 33-year-old, and the Gordon up near the front was Cecil, not Jeff.
That 200-lap event at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in
That nearly 43-years-long
void of racing on dirt comes to an end next week, when the Camping World Truck
Series competes Wednesday night at Eldora Speedway, a half-mile layout that in
dirt-track circles is spoken of with the same reverent tones in which golfers
Motor racing-Andretti signs up for electric racing series
"July 17 (Reuters) - The Andretti Autosport IndyCar team run by Michael Andretti will enter the inaugural Formula E electric racing series due to start up next year, organisers said on Wednesday.
"It's an honour for Andretti Autosport to have been selected as one of the 10 founding Formula E teams for the inaugural season," Andretti, a former F1 racer and son of 1978 world champion Mario, said in a statement after a presentation in Indianapolis.
"I look forward to further exploring the series and helping build the future of open-wheel racing across the world."
Andretti Autosport are
the third team to commit to the championship after
Also, on the Track Forum, a thread on this that as of Wednesday evening was up to 3 pages, so far.
19-year-old female driver injured in Tony Stewart sprint car wreck
Tony Stewart was the catalyst for a crash in a sprint car race that left a 19-year-old female driver injured.
Tony Stewart walked away from a wild sprint car crash Tuesday that left a female driver hospitalized.
The incident occurred during
a race at Canandaigua (N.Y.)
Ruggles was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation with an apparent back injury.
In a message posted on the track's Facebook page, Ruggles' mom, Wendy, said Ruggles was fitted for a back brace, but is up and walking around. Her injuries were not fully disclosed.
Stewart, who escaped injury, accepted responsibility for causing the crash on the half-mile dirt track, according to driver Mike Stelter.
"I have never seen anything this bad in a sprint car race, I don't think, or this many cars being taken out in one wreck," Stelter told the Democrat and Chronicle. "At least Tony Stewart manned up and said he caused the wreck.
"He tried to put the car where it didn't belong. He said it was his fault for trying to force the issue, I guess is a good way to say it."
Note: A video of this accident is in my racing video section, further down in the column.
Formula One Chief Bernie Ecclestone Indicted On Bribery Charges
The uproar over the Zimmerman verdict is misplaced, because as tragic as the circumstances of that case are, the real tragedy is found elsewhere.
For well over a year now, the
strains of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin have been heard almost nightly
on the evening news and performed vigorously in the dailies’ op-ed pages. They
finally reached a deafening crescendo in the hours following the jury’s verdict
in State of
While Zimmerman is without question not guilty of the charges that were brought against him, he is also not innocent. The same can be said of the victim. They each acted stupidly on the night of Feb. 26, 2012, resulting in the death of one and the lifelong branding of the other.
As the Zimmerman case was
winding down Thursday, 1,200 miles to the north the decomposing body of another
young black was discovered — that of 17-year-old Darryl Green, found lying
facedown in an abandoned house in
Unlike Martin, Green wasn’t shot out of fear or killed by mistake. He was murdered and his body left to rot.
Also unlike Martin, Green did nothing to contribute to his death. He simply did the right thing by refusing to join a gang.
Breitbart News reported:
Meanwhile, members of the
media including Reverend Al Sharpton and Reverend Jesse Jackson focused on the
“not guilty” verdict in the George Zimmerman trial over Trayvon Martin. The
only media outlets that have covered the murder of Darryl Green are The Chicago
Sun-Times and ABC 7 Chicago. The New York Times’ Joe Nocera mentioned Green in
passing in a blog post devoted to highlighting gun crimes across the country.
President Obama has not commented on Green’s death. Neither have any other
politicians, including local Congressmen Danny Davis and Bobby Rush, or Mayor
Rahm Emanuel. Neither has anyone at MSNBC, CNN, ABC News, NBC News, CBS News,
The Washington Post, Associated Press, Reuters, or throughout the
If the media and the Jesse
Jacksons and Al Sharptons and all the rest are sincere in their desire to
search out and eradicate tragedy in black
If they’re looking for the
injustice directed at African-American youth, they won’t find it in the
normally quiet suburbs of a central
So Beyonce pays a tribute last night to the hooded criminal, and Harry Reid says "it's not over" and the DOS needs to investigate further and Obama will speak about the verdict soon. Anything to detract from NSA, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, Immigration amnesty, supplying weapons and fighter jets to Muslims, daily US drone attacks that are killing hundreds of civilians, continuing and starting wars where we have no business, etc. WTF is going on in this country?
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the Zimmerman trial "isn't over." He said the Justice Department is going to "investigate".
NOT Fast and Furious. NOT the
Make no mistake, this Administration has declared war on the American people.
HOWS THIS MY FELLOW AMERICANS...see how the MEDIA CONTROLS WHAT YOU SEE AND HEAR !!! BET YOU HAD NO IDEA OF THESE STATS.......RACISM IS ALIVE AND DOING VERY WELL....AND I HATE IT....HAVE MANY BLACK FRIENDS WHO FEEL THE SAME WAY...SAD...
In 513 Days Between Trayvon Shooting and Zimmerman Verdict, 11,106 Blacks Murdered by OTHER BLACKS
To be exact, the shameful truth is that 93% of African-American murders are committed by other African-Americans. That is breathtakingly awful when you consider how incensed the African-American community is about the Trayvon tragedy, no matter what you believe about Zimmerman’s guilt.
Let’s do the gruesome math, not out of morbidity, but because it manifests the incredible self-centered insanity of people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.
8,000-9,000 African-Americans are murdered each year.
93% of them by other African-Americans.
That’s 7,905 (from average)
That’s 21.65 murdered each day by other African-Americans.
And these racebaiting culture-hustling microphone-pimps only get riled up when a “White Hispanic” kills an African-American? It’s absolutely shameful.
To update, in the 513 days between Trayvon dying, and the Zimmerman verdict, 11,106 African Americans have been murdered by other African-Americans.
I was so shocked, I had to double check my numbers.
If you are planning to camp out at ROC at Oswego Speedway please read this and share so everyone knows what’s going on.
By Chris Zacharias
The town has cracked down BIG
TIME on the
NASCAR explains decision to not issue Daytona penalties:
Typically when NASCAR blows the whistle and confiscates parts and pieces from a team, it comes back a few days later and announces a penalty. So when NASCAR on Wednesday said it would not penalize 16 Sprint Cup teams and 15 Nationwide teams found with illegal roof-flap spacers last week at Daytona International Speedway, it certainly raised eyebrows.
All cars at
Newman will not return to Stewart-Haas - Options for 2014:
Tony Stewart was asked about the status of #39-Ryan Newman Friday morning after the announcement that Kevin Harvick was joining Stewart-Haas next season:
WITH THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WITH NOW HAVING THREE DRIVERS FOR NEXT YEAR HOW DOES THIS IMPACT RYAN NEWMAN, HIS PROGRAM, ARE YOU GUYS READY TO EXPAND TO A FOURTH TEAM?
"No, we are not ready to expand to a fourth team. Unfortunately, this will be the last year that we have Ryan (Newman) with us. That's probably what has made this a bittersweet day. I'm bringing in another one of my friends to the organization, but also knowing that I'm losing a friend at the end of the year to the organization. The number one thing when Ryan and I spoke is that our friendship will not change. This was a business decision that was Gene's (Haas) as well as mine and it was a hard decision. There is a personal side and there is a business side. For Ryan and I we had to put the personal bit of it aside to work through the business part. I'll do everything I can to help Ryan in any way I can moving forward to try to help him in his effort to find another team next year. I'm behind him 100 percent. I believe in him 100 percent. I truly wish we were able to facilitate four teams at this time. We are just not able to do that. Down the road I'm sure if that becomes a possibility that he will most definitely will be on the list to fill the fourth seat again."(Chevy PR)(7-12-2013)
From Ryan Newman's media availability Friday:
IN YOUR MIND WHAT WOULD BE AN IDEAL SITUATION FOR YOU IN 2014?
"I don't know. There are organizations out there that are capable of winning championships and capable of racing I guess into the Chase to give themselves and opportunity at a championship. It's obvious that there are some seats that are moving around and becoming available and potentially coming available. To me I first and foremost want to be wanted for my ability. Ability behind the wheel as well as what I can do for the sponsors. That is the most important part. There are a lot of things to be considered, but I was sincere when I said it I want to be someplace where I'm wanted. I want to be wanted for my abilities and the desires that we have as common goals to win a championship.
DO YOU HAVE ANY COMMITMENTS FROM ANY OF YOUR CURRENT SPONSORS TO GO WITH YOU TO WHATEVER RACE TEAM YOU MAY END UP AT? DO YOU HAVE CONFIDENCE YOU WILL BE IN CUP NEXT YEAR?
"I have no idea on any part of it. There are no answers that I have. Obviously, I have my own homework to do. I have no answers with respect to any of that at this point."(Chevy PR)
AND: Nemwan has been looking
for 2014 opportunities since signing a one-year extension with SHR last fall
but said it was stressful to have "no idea" where he'd land. Though
he wouldn't confirm whether he would bring sponsorship, SHR apparently isn't
retaining Quicken Loans, the primary sponsor of Newman's #39 for 18 races this
season, and there's been speculation they might follow the driver to another
team. In January, Roger Penske said he had talked to the Detroit-based company
about adding a third car with Newman to his team. Newman, though, said he
wouldn't be interested in just any team that had an opportunity. An option for
Newman could be RCR, which will need a new driver for its #29 Chevy after 13
consecutive seasons with Harvick. Team owner Richard Childress said the team
had funding for three cars next season and possibly could add a fourth
depending on sponsorship. "We've got most everything lined up," he
said before practice Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. "Something
can always fall through, but we feel very good about that."(
AND Ford's Jack Roush, who has a three-car operation that could easily expand back to four, said he was interested in talking with Newman about the situation. Roush said he would be interested in hiring Newman if there were sufficient sponsorship. Newman has some sponsorship himself. A plus for Roush is that Newman is an engineer like Roush. And depending on what Matt Borland, Newman's current crew chief, decides to do, that could also be a plus for Roush. Borland was also Newman's crew chief during his years with Roger Penske.(MikeMulhern.net) (7-13-2013)
Kurt Busch focused on making chase; also working on 2014:
#78-Kurt Busch talked to the media Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
ARE YOU ANY CLOSER TO WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO BE DOING NEXT YEAR? DOES IT MATTER THAT YOU ARE KIND OF IN LIMBO ABOUT NEXT YEAR THROUGHOUT THIS RACE FOR THE CHASE?
"It's been one thing I've been trying to answer in my own mind. We have these eight weeks to focus on, get into the Chase but then it's not going to change anything if we're in the Chase because I want to run for the championship. But also contract negotiations and things are in discussion, but you try not to let that weigh any of what's going on right now. Right now is the most important thing. Living in the present. That's some of the things going on behind the scenes too. There are a lot of irons in the fire. It's good to run well. Being in the top 10 in points is an accomplishment. Now we've just got to close the door behind us and make sure we are part of the group that is in it." (Chevy PR)(7-13-2013)
Hall of Fame Attendance Down Again:
The NASCAR Hall of Fame's
attendance in its third year was 176,838, a 10 percent decrease compared with
the year before, according to the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, which
manages the racing museum. The CRVA hasn't finished a detailed financial
analysis of the hall, so it's unknown how it fared financially. It lost money
in its first two years of operations. The attendance numbers cover the fiscal
year that ended June 30. In the hall's first year, it attracted 272,000 fans.
Second year attendance was 197,410. The decrease isn't a surprise, as museums and
attractions often see attendance declines after opening. Attendance often
stabilizes in the fourth year of operation. Improving the hall's financial
performance is more important than ever for the CRVA, whose funds have been
depleted to help the Carolina Panthers. The City Council this year voted to
give the Panthers $87.5 million for stadium renovations in exchange for a
six-year "hard tether" to keep the team in
Childress planning on at least 3 teams in 2014:
Richard Childress Racing will have at least three Sprint Cup teams and possibly four in 2014. There has been speculation that RCR might shrink from three to two teams after losing Kevin Harvick and primary sponsor Budweiser to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014. Team owner Richard Childress told ESPN.com on Friday that he will have a lineup of Jeff Burton, Paul Menard and "question mark." "We're going to have three race teams for sure," Childress said between practices at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. "Not 100 percent on a fourth." Asked if the third team would be fielded by grandson Austin Dillon, who has run six Cup races this season in anticipation of moving up from the Nationwide Series next year, Childress reiterated, "question mark." Childress recently said Ryan Newman, in his last year with SHR with Harvick filling out that three-driver lineup, is a candidate for the #29. He also has left open the possibility that Dillon, who drives the 3 made famous by Dale Earnhardt at RCR, could drive the #3 in Cup. Kurt Busch also has been mentioned as a potential candidate at RCR. Busch is ninth in points for Furniture Row Racing that has an alliance with RCR. Sources said RCR has a gentleman's agreement not to pursue Busch. Furniture Row general manager Joe Garone said negotiations to re-sign Busch are on hold as the single-car team attempts to make the Chase for the first time.(ESPN)(7-12-2013)
#4 for Harvick in 2014?
Budweiser moves to SHR with 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 (serial #85911811)(4-30-2013)
For more than 30 years Budweiser has sponsored some of NASCAR's top race car drivers. The King of Beers will continue its rich tradition in the sport by joining Kevin Harvick as he moves to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014 to drive the #4 Chevy SS in the Sprint Cup Series.
"Over the last three years, Kevin has been an amazing ambassador for Budweiser, both on and off the track," said Blaise D'Sylva, vice president of media, sports and entertainment marketing, Anheuser-Busch. "We value that level of commitment, and we're proud to join him at Stewart-Haas Racing next season."
Under the terms of the deal, Budweiser will serve as primary sponsor of the #4 Chevy for 20 races as well as the Budweiser Duel during Budweiser Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway. Budweiser will serve as a major associate sponsor for the remaining races on the Sprint Cup Series schedule.
With the move to Stewart-Haas Racing next year, Harvick will utilize the #4. The transition to the team comes as Harvick enters his 14th year in NASCAR's top series. Thus far, he has earned 21 Sprint Cup Series wins, 96 top-five and 198 top-10 finishes.(Budwesier PR)(7-12-2013)
Roush starting to scale back:
Having achieved nearly everything he'd wanted in his racing career, [Jack
Roush] the 71-year-old captain of industry prefers to revel in others' success
in the dusk of his NASCAR career. "There aren't so many firsts left for
me, but I've not lost my passion for competition or my desire to operate at the
top of my game," the founder of Roush Fenway Racing told
Once the Sprint Cup Series' quintessential hands-on team owner, Roush quietly is moving toward the sidelines. After a quarter-century of owning stock-car teams that have 314 wins in NASCAR and two championships in its premier series, Roush still works seven days a week but doesn't set his alarm for dawn anymore. He no longer spends 90 minutes before every race tinkering with each of his cars' carburetors, which have been excised from stock-car racing by electronic fuel injection. The mechanical wizard & has been marginalized somewhat by advances in technology. The survivor of two plane crashes has eased into a role he jokingly labels as public and human relations manager.
"I've gone from wanting to be the mechanic that I hoped everyone else would be to now I'm the point-and-grunt guy," Roush said with a laugh, "hopefully, I'll become less viable before I'm gone. The challenge is to give up the management and decision-making at the right time." Within the next five years, the plan is he won't attend every team meeting or race anymore, scaling back to spend more time with five grandchildren who range in age from 8 months to 12 years old.
"He's trying to empower the folks running the team on a daily basis," team president Steve Newmark said. "I suspect that is sometimes hard for him, but he's doing it of his own accord, which is great because you see a lot of patriarchs that hold on for too long and don't leave the company in a good state. He's focused very much on making sure the company continues regardless of the level of his involvement." So is there a clear plan for the enterprise once Roush steps away? "There's no written plan," Newmark said. "We'll welcome his leadership as long as we can get it."Read much more at USA Today.(7-11-2013)
Allmendinger running Grand-AM race at Indy:
AJ Allmendinger is returning to Indianapolis Motor Speedway but in a Grand-AM car for longtime friend Michael Shank. Allmendinger will race in the Brickyard Grand Prix on July 26 in the #6 Michael Shank Racing Ford-Riley. He'll co-drive with Gustavo Yacaman. Allmendinger led laps earlier this year in the Indianapolis 500 and might have had a chance to win the race if his seat belt had not come undone, forcing him to make an unscheduled pit stop. He wound up seventh. Allmendinger has been racing for Shank since 2006, when he was part of the Rolex 24 At Daytona team.(Associated Press)(7-11-2013)
NASCAR to unveil changes on
Monday: NASCAR is set to unveil a set of initiatives on Monday which will
include several changes to its research and development and competition areas,
sources familiar with the changes told the Observer. NASCAR has scheduled
briefing with members of the media on Monday at its research and development
plans to automate its rule book and revamp its appeals process in a
wide-ranging effort to bring more clarity to race teams and fans. The governing
body outlined several initiatives Monday it expects to implement in its three
major series before the start of the 2015 racing season. The effort started
eight months ago and will be an ongoing process to keep up with technology and
fan interests, said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president of racing
That includes converting its rule book from a word document to computer automated-design drawings that can be easily accessed by race shops to see what's allowed and what isn't. Penalties will be specifically spelled out for each type of infraction. When a rule is broken and a team appeals, NASCAR wants more experts on the panel instead of some who might not have as strong a background regarding the infraction.
O'Donnell also discussed innovations geared to the racing fans. He said NASCAR wanted to keep in synch with what people drive on the streets so their experience can match somewhat with their favorite Sprint Cup driver on the track.
Another area was shifting more inspection responsibility to NASCAR's Research & Development operation away from the track, freeing up more time for race teams to practice instead of waiting to have their cars looked at. NASCAR inspectors, who are assigned to individual series, in the future would be trained to handle all events, either in Sprint Cup, Nationwide or Camping World trucks.
There might also be locked-in times for on-track inspections, meaning fans would know when their favorite cars are getting put under the microscope and be on hand to watch.
O'Donnell said NASCAR would also improve information fans can access about pit stops, although he wasn't yet sure if it would be limited to online access, a component at each track for fans at the stands, or both.(Associated Press)(7-15-2013)
#55 team looking for owners' championship: For the first time since the Chase for the Sprint Cup format was introduced in 2004, there's a distinct possibility that there might be different players in the drivers' and owners' championships. With Brian Vickers' win at Loudon, the #55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota--driven by Mark Martin, team owner Michael Waltrip and Vickers this year--moved into the second provisional wild card spot for the owners Chase. Since the three drivers all run part-time schedules, they're not a factor in the drivers' championship, but the car could win the owners' title since its active in every race. MWR executive vice president Ty Norris said MWR and #55 crew chief Rodney Childers have had their eyes on the owners' prize for a long time. "One of the very first things we talked about was racing for an owner's championship; let's shake up the system. We'll have multiple drivers but if we can win some races and be in a situation where we can run for an owner's championship, that can be just as remarkable as running for a driver's championship."(NASCAR Wire Service)(7-15-2013)
Kyle Busch calls Newman 'idiot': #78-Kurt Busch kept his cool after being involved in a wreck with Ryan Newman that ended his chances of winning Sunday's Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire, but his younger brother didn't. #18-Kyle Busch took several shots at Newman, who earlier in the week learned this would be his last season with Stewart-Haas Racing. "I really hate it that Kurt got tore up and I felt like he had the best car here today," Kyle said to ESPN of his brother, who led a race-high 102 laps. "He was definitely good. He could definitely roll the long runs for sure and I was proud of those guys, but man just stupidity. I mean Ryan Newman is the biggest stupid idiot out here. And he's a big ogre and he can do whatever he wants because he can probably kick anybody's butt, so no sense in getting into a fight with him. But glad he is out of a job." The incident occurred on lap 226 of 302. It turned a potential win into a 31st-place finish that dropped Kurt from ninth to 14th in the standings. Kurt didn't mention Newman after the incident, but said he got hit from behind. The driver behind him was #20-Matt Kenseth. Newman, who finished 39, said Kurt took himself out. "I guess [Kenseth] had a little influence on it," Newman said. "We were kind of in a bad spot having a little bit older tires. ... Just a lot of disrespect from a bunch of guys on restarts. What comes around goes around."(ESPN)(7-15-2013)
Ryan Newman wasted little time responding to Kyle Busch calling him an "ogre" and "the biggest stupid idiot out here" following Sunday's Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Newman fired back Monday on SiriusXM NASCAR radio saying, "We know he's not very bright."
"I'm sure if I rearrange his face I might fix it," [Newman] said. "He's frustrated finishing third [actually second] or wherever he was after hitting me first and then giving me a little rub down the straightaway. Just imagine how I feel. It is what it is. We know he's not very bright. He's a heck of a talent, but not very bright."
Does that mean Newman, who is 19th in the standings and 36 points outside the top 10 needed to guarantee a spot in the Chase, might take revenge against Kyle who is seventh in points? I never said that," Newman told SiriusXM. "If he's going to run his mouth, he better be able to back up running his mouth. It seems like after his comment about me not having a ride it seems like he has way more to lose than I do." (ESPN)(7-16-2013)
Kyle Busch responded Tuesday on Twitter:
"I want to clarify that I was answering what I felt was two separate questions asked to me at the same time in an interview following the race in Loudon. The first was about how fast Kurt was and the second was how I felt about Ryan Newman blaming me for him getting wrecked.
First I answered the Kurt part. He was fast... Great to see them running well... Was a shame to see him crashed... Nowhere there did I place blame on who wrecked who. I didn't see it and I still haven't seen it.
My second answer came from being upset over an incident I had with RN on the track during the race. I answered it in the same response, but it was intended as a completely separate answer.
I was upset because I felt RN raced me poorly, making contact and causing damage to my RF fender that affected the handling on my racecar. This isn't the first time that I've been raced poorly by RN either, which added to my frustration. All this built up and allowed my emotions to spill over for how I felt. I'm not sorry for how I feel in those moments, but could have expressed it better and certainly my comments about someone's livelihood went too far.(7-17-2013)
Richard Petty Motorsports may
get new landlord: Boris Said is selling his race shop in
Fox asking for increased fees for Fox Sports 1: Sports Business Daily reported yesterday that FOX Networks will ask cable and satellite providers to pay 80 cents per month per subscriber for the newly rebranded Fox Sports 1, with carriage fees climbing to $1.50 monthly over the life of multi-year contracts. Affiliates currently pay approximately 23 cents per month for SPEED. FOX has already inked a new deal with Comcast Cable, but major carriers Time Warner Cable, DirecTV and Dish Network have reportedly balked at the price increase. Fox Sports 1 - formerly known as SPEED - will televise college football and basketball, NASCAR racing, UFC mixed martial arts events and sports news programs.(Godfather Motorsports)(7-17-2013)
Keselowski and Logano making TV appearances:#2-Brad Keselowski and Penske teammate #22-Joey Logano are set to showcase their acting skills on the small screen. Keselowski will appear in the comedy series "Sullivan & Son" (Thursday, July 18, 10pm/et/pt, TBS) while Logano plays a role in an all-new episode of the hit comedy "Lab Rats" (Monday, July 22, 9pm/et/pt, Disney XD).
On Thursday, July 18, Keselowski joins the cast of "Sullivan & Son," appearing as himself, the defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion. In the episode "Rumspringa," Keselowski gets into a minor fender bender with Ok Cha (Jodi Long) when he's unable to successfully parallel park his car. The incident occurs right outside Sullivan & Son (the family bar for which the show is named), so the comical skirmish is briefly brought inside.
Then on Monday, July 22,
Logano will be a part of Disney XD's sports-themed "Monday Night
Overdrive" when he guest stars on the hit comedy series "Lab
Rats." In the episode, which is entitled "The Bionic 500,"
Logano will appear as himself and do what he does best: drive a race car. When
Donald Davenport (Hal Sparks) and his new obnoxious neighbor Pierce agree to
settle their differences with a stock car race,
Sale of Phoenix Racing still pending: The sale of #51-Phoenix Racing is not yet complete, but team general manager Steve Barkdoll said the organization is continuing to build cars for future races. Team owner James Finch had hoped to have completed the sale of his team by Monday. If he does not sell the team, he will close the shop in two weeks after the July 28 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Barkdoll said he is confident the team will be sold and continue racing. AJ Allmendinger will drive for the team for the Brickyard 400 and if the team continues operating, the current plan is to have him in the car the following week at Pocono, Barkdoll said.(Sporting News)(7-16-2013)
James Finch isn't one for counting unhatched chickens. "We're in a holding pattern until (Wednesday)," Finch said Tuesday as he tried to finalize the sale of his Sprint Cup racing team, Phoenix Racing. "They've sent in some paperwork today, and they're supposed to wire some money (Wednesday). Until then I don't have anything to say until (Wednesday). "Hopefully by (noon) or 1 o'clock I can tell you the deal." Rumors have persisted that Harry Scott, co-owner of Turner Scott Motorsports that competes on NASCAR's Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck Series, is the potential buyer. Finch, however, neither has confirmed nor denied that, and he has offered few clues as to who the prospective buyer might be.(News Herald)(7-16-2013)
sold. With those two words, James Finch announced the sale of Phoenix Racing on
Wednesday. Finch declined to name the buyer, explaining that the new owner
preferred to make an announcement of his own either Friday or Monday. "I
can't tell you yet," Finch said. Finch added that he will assist the new
owner through the Sprint Cup race at
Tryson out at BK Racing: Crew
chief Pat Tryson has parted ways with BK Racing. Tryson, a 17-year veteran of
the Sprint Cup Series, most recently worked with David Reutimann and the #83
Crew Member Reinstated by
NASCAR: NASCAR has reinstated former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew member
Jackson L. Dodson II upon his successful completion of NASCAR's
ESPN launches new commmerical
to promote NASCAR coverage: With ESPN's coverage of the final 17 races of the
2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starting July 28 at the Brickyard 400, the
network is launching a brand campaign to promote the race and build
anticipation for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The first spot,
"Burnout," debuts Monday on ESPN as well as on social media. The
30-second ad, produced in collaboration with creative agency Wieden + Kennedy
Not from Jayski, but is about one part, above:
NASCAR announces R&D, competition department evolution plan
Tony DiZinno Jul 15, 2013, 9:23 PM EDT
NASCAR took time Monday to roll out several R&D and competition enhancements for the 2015 season. The technological innovations should take NASCAR to another level, senior officials hope.
The four key areas set to evolve include: governance, rules, penalty/deterrence, and officiating/inspection. A full breakdown of what NASCAR senior officials hope to achieve is linked here, via NASCAR’s official website.
One of the first areas to overhaul is the current NASCAR rule book. It’s nearly 200 pages of text hard copy at the moment, and will be thoroughly examined line-by-line to be adaptable to an electronic, real-time format. This should allow the new rule book to be able to sync with computer-aided designs (CAD) used by teams, and tighten up gray areas, according to NASCAR.com.
Former General Motors executive Gene Stefanyshyn, who was hired as NASCAR’s new Vice President of Innovation and Racing Development, will oversee that change.
NASCAR senior vp of Racing Operations, Steve O’Donnell, has also said the sanctioning body would like to develop an at-track inspection process tech schedule, so fans know when their favorite car is on the clock. Some car enhancements to the new-for-2013 Generation 6 car, developed in partnership with the manufacturers, may also be in play, O’Donnell said.
In a nutshell, NASCAR is always looking for ways to evolve, add more science and newer technology, create more transparency for fans and competitors and this is a general road map of how the sanctioning body wants to get there.
Note: Just wondering – will the new rule book be more than 200 pages? Kinda reminds me of the time John Snyder made mention in one of his columns in the AARN, where the OCFS “Rule book” was all of one page – back in the day. Not so, today. Yup – no more room for ingenuity, for sure!
Former OVRP Dirt Oval racers:
Paul Quear was a DNF in the Wingless 600 Micro feature at Borgers.
Kenney Johnson was 4th in the
NEMA Lights feature at
Johnny Guarino was 8th in the Modified feature at New Egypt.
Kyle Rohner was 13th in the Sportsman feature at Penn Can.
At Accord, in the held over Modified feature, Danny Creeden was 3rd and Billy V 8th. Brian Krummel and Kyle VanDuser were both DNS.
Anthony Perrego won the Sportsman feature.
Tyler Boniface won the Sec Sportsman feature with Perrego 2nd and Mike Traver 7th.
Jason Roe was 5th and Lex Burritt 8th in the Lightning Sprint feature.
In the regular nights Modified feature, Creeden was 6th, Billy V 10th and Joey Bruning 15th, while Mike Doty was a DNS.
At OCFS, in the Modified feature, Clinton Mills was 2nd, Tim Hindley 6th, Mike Ruggiero 7th and Billy V 10th.
Anthony Perrego won the Sportsman feature with LJ Lombardo 4th, Joe Conklin 7th, Andrew Reeves 8th, Joe Falanga 9th, Matt Janiak 11th and Brian Krummel 19th. Joe Falanga is listed as a DQ in the Rookie Sportsman feature.
Josh Pieniazek was 5th, Brittany Tresch 6th, BK Rizzo 9th, Emily VanInwegen 11th and Dan Hennessey 14th in the CRSA 305 Sprint Car feature.
At Hamlin, Jacob Hendershot was 2nd in the 270 Micro feature.
Tyler Pirone was 8th in the All Star Slingshots.
Paul Tigue was 7th in the Junior Slingshots.
Kyle Rohner was 2nd and Molly Chambers 8th in the Wingless 600 Micro feature.
At Utica/Rome, AJ Filbeck was 3rd in the Sportsman feature.
Josh Pieniazek won the CRSA 305 Sprint Car
Roger Coss was 2nd in the
Modified feature at
BJ Wambold was 12th and sister Tiffany 19th in the Street Stock feature.
At Kutztown last Wednesday, Molly Chambers was 19th in the 600 Micro feature.
This past Tuesday, at Five Mile Point in the RoC Modified feature, Tyler Dippel was 10th and Danny Creeden 27th.
I think that’s 42 names.
From the AARN:
From their July 16th issue:
Len tells us about Al Heinke purchasing Cayuga County Fair Speedway along with five other parcels of nearby land. Heinke formally owned the Lime Rock Road Course with Skip Barber. Heinke is not sure yet what he'll do with the track come 2014. Len speaks about Kyle Larson and there really being no pressure on him to leave Open Wheel racing. Larson says he has no idea as to what he'll be doing next year; he's just concentrating on running the Nationwide Series this season.
Ernie starts off talking about the late Dr. Joe Mattioli and visualizes how he things the Doctor might feel about the last Indycar race at Pocono a couple of weeks ago. Ernie goes on to say that next years race could go to 500 miles, and if it did, that more cars would be needed. (I agree on that!) Overnight TV ratings for Pocono were 1.1. Indycar usually ends up with .5 or .6. Ernie talked about the up-coming Camping World Truck Series race on the dirt at Eldora, and with it being a mid-week show. Some, including Jeff Gordon, think it would be a good move to have an occasional race on a week night. (My thoughts: Majority of today's fans hold down jobs. Would they have to lose a days work to go to a race, or would they stay at home and watch it on TV, regardless of how close they might be to the track. And what if it should R A I N?) In his column, Ernie tells us about a message he received from a Matthew Litwin - Associate Editor of Hemming Motor News. Mr. Litwin was pretty much bored to death with the last NASCAR "All Star" race (as was many of us) He suggested this change - 1st segment 20 lap son the mile and a half track. Second segment - with only changes that the crew can make on the car during a normal pit stop, then run 20 laps on the infield road course. The third and final segment, again with what can only be done on a normal pit stop - 50 laps on the 1/4 mile track that the Legends cars race on. Yes, there could be an option of handicapping the field like they’ve done on short tracks.
Towards the end of his
column, Earl goes back in time to when he first started going to the races with
his father, back in 1955. (Sounds
familiar, doesn’t it?) Earl writes about
another Motor Sports writer/announcer who also started going to the races with
his father - Dino Oberto. Dino lost his
father, Anthony "Cookie" Oberto, recedntly at age 89, after a lengthy
illness. Cards of sympathy can reach
Dino and his wife, Justine at
Brett Hearn's Big Show V
Is Won By - Brett Hearn
From Riverhead Crash
To Win Big In Mod Tour
On Loudon Mile
Brad Trice, Austin Hubbard
With Camp Barnes Race Wins
Gives Him Series Points Lead
Eldora's New King;
Wins 'Royal' & $50,000
Vickers Is Surprise Loudon
Sprint Cup Race Winner
Popular Veteran Kenny Brightbill
Back In The
At Kutztown With SpeedSTR
Keith Rocco A Back-To-Back Winner
Heinke Outlines Plans
This date in racing history:
Just a few of the events on July 18th in:
Danny Oakes... Born ... In
the 1940s and 50s, he was one of
Tony Bettenhausen won the 25
Mile AAA Indy Car non-championship race on the 1 mile dirt oval at the
Ted Horn won the AAA Eastern
Sprint Car race at the Metrolina Speedway,
Russ Klar won the AAA Sprint
Car race at the Illiana Motor Speedway,
Mike Nazaruk won the AAA
Sprint Car race at the Salem Speedway,
Leroy Warriner won the 50 lap USAC Midget race at the Flat Rock Speedway, Flat Rock,MI.
Roger Bailey won the ARDC
Midget race at the Danbury Fairgrounds,
Red Riegel won the ARDC
Midget race at the Hatfield Speedway,
A.J. Foyt won the USAC Sprint Car race over Bud Tingelstad and Jud Larson at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove,PA.
A.J. Foyt won the Trenton 150
USAC Indy Car race on the 1 mile paved oval at the Trenton International
Mark Donohue drove his McLaren to victory in the 200 mile USAC Championship race on the 2 mile banked Michigan International Speedway. Billy Vukovich finished second followed by Roger McCluskey, Wally Dallenbach and Cale Yarborough.
Buzzie Reutimann won the
100-lap All Star Racing League Modified Stock Car race at the Islip Speedway,
Note: Buzzie drove the only dirt modified in that 100 lap race. All the rest were asphalt mods.
Gordon Johncock drove his Wildcat to victory in the Norton Twin 200's USAC Championship race on the 2 mile banked Michigan International Speedway. Johnny Rutherford finished second followed by A.J. Foyt, Johnny Parsons and Roger McCluskey.
Gordon Johncock drove his
Wildcat to victory in the Norton Michigan 500 CART Championship race on the 2
Dale Earnhardt won the NASCAR
Winston Cup Miller 500 over Rusty Wallace at the Pocono Raceway,
News from the Crazy 8s Special – 'Get Crazy At I-88'
Media Contact: Brett Deyo – Deyo99H@aol.com or 845.728.2781
For Immediate Release/July 11, 2013
Modified Qualifying Format For Wednesday, July 24 ‘Crazy 8s Special’ At I-88 Speedway Announced; Timed Dashes & Invert To Set Heat-Race Lineups; Pre-Race “Fan Fest” Planned
At the first-ever ‘Crazy 8s Special’ event co-promoted by Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC and track managers Ron Ford and Jamie Page, big-block/small-block Modifieds are set to battle for a huge $27,012 purse in a 48-lap main event on Wednesday, July 24 (rain date: July 25).
The winner takes home $6,888
(with $25 88 BC Building Supplies of
Gary Montgomery’s touring 360 BRP CanAm Late Model Series completes the two-division program. The evening will mark a first-time appearance by the Late Models at I-88.
Modifieds will qualify via the following method for the ‘Crazy 8s Special’ event:
· Upon entry to the speedway, Modified teams will register and draw for their heat-race group.
· The Modified field will be divided into heat-race groups based upon the draw. The draw sets the groups of drivers timing and racing together in their qualifying events. The number of groups is dependent upon car count.
· Heat-race groups will be posted in the pit area.
· Each heat-race group will be split in half for purposes of timing.
· Each half will be given a two-lap timed dash (green, white, checkered).
· The timed dash will not replace regular hot laps. The timed dashes will take place following the completion of hot laps.
· Timed dash results combining the two halves (taking each driver’s best lap of the two) – incorporating an invert – will determine starting lineups for qualifying heat races.
· An invert will be determined prior to the start of racing and will be posted. The invert is dependent on car count, the number of heat races and cars to qualify from each heat event. The invert will mirror the number of cars to redraw in each heat race.
· Behind the inverted fast timers, all other cars will start the heat race heads-up by time.
· Top heat-race qualifiers will redraw for the 48-lap feature event.
· All cars MUST have a working transponder. Drivers with transponder issues will be notified following hot laps.
“This is obviously a major, high-paying event for I-88 and we want to provide all racers with a fair shot of getting in the show,” said event co-promoter Deyo. “We believe this format is friendly to our fans, using the invert, and allows racers to set their own fate in a timed dash.”
I-88 co-promoter Jamie Page supports the unique format.
“We invested in the transponder system over the winter and we’re anxious to put it to use for the timed dashes,” Page said. “We like to try different things, especially when we get suggestions from racers and fans.”
Pit gates will open on Wednesday, July 24 at 4 p.m. Grandstand gates swing open at 5 p.m.
A pre-race “Fan Fest” is planned on the horse track starting at 5:30 p.m. for early arriving spectators. Race cars will be on display representing both the Modifieds (locals and invaders) and the BRP CanAm Late Model Series. Drivers will be available for autographs. DJ All-Day Entertainment will provide music during the “Fan Fest” event. There will also be giveaways for fans during the pre-race activities and throughout the night.
Fans will also be treated to collectibles vendors on hand, event apparel and a souvenir program book.
Hot laps begin at 6:30 p.m., with racing set for 7 p.m.
Adult grandstand admission for the first ‘Crazy 8s Special’ is just $16 (ages 15 and older). Students (ages 9-14 years old) are $7 and Kids 8 and under are free. Pit admission is $30. I-88 Speedway members pay $25.
Complete pricing and race information has been posted at www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com.
I-88 Speedway is located off
I-88 Exit 7 in the Village of Afton, N.Y. (outside of
For more information and marketing opportunities, contact Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC by phone at 845.728.2781 or via e-mail Deyo99H@aol.com. Visit www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com or “Like” BD Motorsports Media LLC on Facebook. Follow @BrettDeyo on Twitter.
The ‘Crazy 8s Special’ is presented by 88 BC Building Supplies, Olum’s, One Small Step, Algonkin Motel, Racers Preferred Models, American Racer/Lias Tire, M.R. Grafix, BFP Specialty, S&D Bodyline, S&W Awards, Tim Long/Big Diamond Speedway, Shiley Fabrication, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, ‘Battle of the Bullring’ at Accord Speedway, Riding the Cushion on Facebook, BD Motorsports Media, Four Star Lettering and many other fine marketing partners.
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Borgers Tidaback Memorial
Borgers Speedway Set For First Annual Bob Tidaback Sr. Memorial AllStar TQ 50 Lap Extravaganza.
The “Glory Days” of Pine Brook Speedway will be on everyone’s mind as excitement is revving up at a “Fever Pitch” as final plans are being made for the first Annual Bob Tidaback Sr. Memorial AllStar 50 Lap TQ Race at Borgers Speedway This Saturday July 20.
This AllStar Three Quarter Midget race is shaping up to be the biggest event in the history of Borgers Speedway and one of the biggest events in Three Quarter Midget Racing.
The memory of Bob Tidaback Sr. will be fondly honored in this first time event. Bob spent most of his life as an owner and with his son Mike behind the wheel. In an amazing career Bob was able to win 4 ATQMRA Championships. An “Icon” in the world of Three Quarter Midget Racing we are here tonight honoring him for his dedication and his achievements for the betterment of our sport.
Race Details For This Saturdays TQ Memorial - AllStar Event
$750.00 to Win + Lap Money provided and being paid by Metz Racing Ride4rent.com
Borgers Speedway TQ rules
Hoosier Tires ( scuffed tire rules N/A – new tires are allowed )
Open paid practice ($15) from 1 pm to approx 330pm
Fastest Car Award Bonus $100 will be determined by Race Monitor Lap Times Starting at 2pm ( this is not Time Trials its for the fastest car during open practice - participation is not mandatory )
Tech'ing done by Track Officials
Mandatory event sponsor sticker package ( 8 x 10 )
For further details see our website rules page( downloadable )
Asphalt 600’s weight need to
conform to 2012/2013
( min lap time requirement to participate in feature will be enforced - min Time : TBA )
No repairs or changes in between segments
During the interview portion of the segments the race is considered under a red flag condition – Therefore, no repairs to cars can take place. Once interviews are completed, race will resume under yellow and repairs or changes can be made in hot pit zone as detailed below .
Weight is as follows:
TQ midgets w/ engines 2003 and older 800 lbs
TQ midgets w/ engines 2004 and newer 825 lbs
The format is an Allstar Format and is as follows:
Standard pill draw to determine heat line up (12 lap heat)
Segment #1 - 15 laps - Top Five are interviewed on front stretch ( Line Up determined by Heat Finish )
Segment#2. – 15 laps - Invert lead cars - top 3 interviewed
Final segment #3. - Final line up is avg of segment finishes - 2 attempts at green- white checkered-
Speeding in Pits will be enforced via a radar gun -
Driver introductions will be held on the main straightaway and driver interviews will be done on track between race segments. The drivers will be telling the fans first hand what is going on as the race progresses.
In addition a full card of Wingless Dirt 600 Sprints, AllStar and Junior Slingshot, Karts, and MicroStocks will be presented.
Gates Open at 11:00 a.m. Paid practice will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. $10 Karts. $15 Big Cars. Pit pass required but is good for the entire day and night show. Driver’s meeting will be held at 3:45 p.m. with regular warm ups at 4:00 p.m. followed by heats, and features.
Be on hand to be a part of “History In The Making “ at the First Annual Bob Tidaback Sr. Memorial AllStar TQ 50 Lap race on the “Northeast’s Fastest 1/7 mile asphalt oval at Borgers Speedway in Saylorsburg, Pa.
For further information check the Borgers Speedway web-site www.borgers-speedway.com and Borgers Speedway Facebook page. Borgers weather hot line 570-992-8131.
Orange County Fair
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TWO NIGHTS OF STOCK CAR
RACING TAP THIS WEEK DURING THE 173RD
MIDDLETOWN, NY (July 15)……..Two evenings of stock car racing on the five-eighths-mile Hard Clay speedway will be run this week during the 173rd Annual Orange County Fair in Middletown, New York.
First up on Thursday, July 18, the Sportsman division takes center stage for an Eastern States
Qualifier with the winner a seventh–place guaranteed starter in October’s Eastern States Sportsman Championship race. Also on the evening’s card, are the thrill-a-minute Street Stocks, racing is a special 40-lap Shootout. Qualifying heat races precede the feature races in both divisions.
Then on Saturday, July 20, Small-Block (358) Modifieds return to action, joining the DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Rookie Sportsman, and Street Stocks for a double points night sponsored by Frank Stevens & Son Roofing and Rock Fantasy. Adding to the night’s racing excitement Dr. RV and Escape RV are backing a special Small-Block Modified elimination race.
The double points night has the potential to change the current standings in all four racing divisions. In the Big-Block Modifieds, Tim Hindley (1160 points) has a 28-point lead over defending champion Jerry Higbie (1132). Brian Krummel (1160 has a 48-point edge over Anthony Perrego (1118) in Sportsman racing. In Street Stock competition, Stephen Krammer (1122) leads Emerson Cargain (1088) by 34 points. And in the closest points race of all, Chris Shultz (454) has but a two-points edge over Bob McGannon (452).
Ticket prices, starting times, and o the r important information for Orange County Fair are available at www.orangecountyfair.com/entertainment/grandstand.
Advance ticket sales and
track information for all remaining Orange County Fair Speedway race dates,
including the 52nd Annual Eastern States Weekend, can be found at the
Video # 1:
For those of you that were not able to attend, or watch it on TV, here’s the Indycar 400 mile race from Pocono.
Video # 2:
I imagine many of you have heard of the huge 360 Sprint Car wreck at the Canandaigua Speedway the other night – with most thinking that Tony Stewart might have been the cause?
Photo of the week:
Note: Not available on DTD. To see the photo, you have to go to:
As I mentioned at the beginning of this column, a photo of the 600 Micro Sprint that we had:
Non racin’ stuff:
Eric Holder’s Justice Department Knew of IRS Abuse, Did Nothing
In part: "To say that Eric Holder’s Department of Justice is corrupt would be an understatement. The goal of non-partisan justice or even enforcement of the law has no relation to this government department. It’s all politics — and it’s all about retaining power.
Holder targeted a Fox News Journalist. He lied in front of congress, a felony. He had agents supporting an anti-Zimmerman protest. Last night, he said prosecuting Zimmerman on a federal level would be a racial “opportunity”.
And now, the truth is out again. This time, a report from a government watchdog shows that the Department of Justice KNEW about the IRS scandal, and they did nothing. They declined to prosecute even though there was clear criminal behavior. Why? I think we know why. The IRS scandal goes straight to the top – to Obama himself."
Note: I can’t for the life of me, figure out why this clown is not in jail. Wait, make that all of them!
Petraeus Bombshell: The
Administration Censored The
Obama Wants to Free the Leader of the Muslim Brotherhood
DEPARTMENT OF INJUSTICE: OBAMA GOVERNMENT ORGANIZED PROTESTS AGAINST GEORGE ZIMMERMAN
DOJ urged to press civil rights charges against Zimmerman
"The NAACP, the Rev.
Jesse Jackson and other civil rights activists are calling on the U.S.
Department of Justice and Attorney Gen. Eric Holder to press federal civil
rights charges against George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watchman who
was acquitted by a
“The most fundamental of civil rights — the right to life — was violated the night George Zimmerman stalked and then took the life of Trayvon Martin," NAACP President Ben Jealous wrote in a letter to Holder shortly after the verdict was announced. "We ask that the Department of Justice file civil rights charges against Mr. Zimmerman for this egregious violation. Please address the travesties of the tragic death of Trayvon Martin by acting today.”
“This verdict represents a tragic miscarriage of justice," Barbara Arnwine, president of the Washington, D.C.-based Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said in a statement. "Yet, there is still the potential for justice to be served through a civil suit brought about by Trayvon Martin’s surviving family members, and also through civil rights charges being brought against Mr. Zimmerman by the Department of Justice."
The Justice Dept. launched a probe of the Zimmerman case last year, but has yet to comment on Zimmerman's acquittal.
“If we find evidence of a potential federal criminal civil rights crime, we will take appropriate action," Holder said in 2012 during a keynote speech to Al Sharpton's National Action Network convention. "And at every step, the facts and law will guide us forward.”
But Holder, the nation's first African-American attorney general, cautioned in subsequent comments that there is a “very high barrier” when seeking to bring federal criminal charges in such cases, TheHill.com noted.
A Justice Department official told CNN late Saturday night that it "continues to evaluate the evidence generated during the federal investigation, as well as the evidence and testimony from the state trial."
1. She blatantly lied.
2. She said it didn’t “matter”.
3. Her “investigation” was a fraud.
4. She could have stopped the attack.
5. She has silenced whistle blowers.
6. She had no plan for defense.
I suppose this song might be applicable as far as this present racing season goes. Like the Rain by Clint Black. When I first heard this, I wondered, at times, does he breathe?
Joke of the week:
G: Nobody gets the girl
PG: The good guy gets the girl
R: The bad guy gets the girl
X: Everybody gets the girl.
Answer to what those drivers all had in common – they’ve all raced at OCFS and also in the Indy 500.
Answer to who said it: Our Vice President – Joe Biden.
Until the next column!
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