Racin' & Different Stuff:

                                      By Tom Avenengo

                                         Volume # 154



Just wondering – what if it was rebels over in Syria that used the gas rather than the Syrian government?  Would be a b*tch if it was rebels and we start firing missiles at the country, huh?


Racin’ & short’ stuff:


As long as I’ve been attending the racing at the Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., I can not recall ever seeing signage that said no cans or (glass) bottles allowed.  Normally, when I go to the races there, I take a small cooler with me.  Normally, it is never checked.  Rarely will it get checked, but I always have plastic bottles in it – water or lemonade.   My son, Eric, always has a similar cooler with him, when he goes, and he had it with him this past Saturday.  And, as usual, he had his Pepsi cans in it. 

He posted a message on Facebook shortly after going through the gate to attend the races last Saturday -  a message that kind of showed he wasn’t a happy camper, since he was told “No cans allowed”.


In part:

“Just paid to get into ocfs. Like I have been doing for almost 40 years now. And as I walk in the little man with the god complex at the gate says I need to check your cooler. No prob been doing it every week. Suddenly he says no can aloud. Well I have had my cooler checked every week for the past 5 years and never once did they say no cans.”


Now I’m not sure if OCFS has seen the last of Eric, or not.  He did post later on that he would go to two other tracks on Saturdays, in the future.  I did send an email to OCFS asking about the “no cans” deal and I do not expect a response.  And, as of 2:00 PM on Wednesday, nothing from OCFS regarding this.  OCFS and I are not on the best of terms, and haven’t been for some time now.  I see problems, I speak up, and they seem to not appreciate it.  I guess you can say I’m an idiot for posting things up-coming for the track, but that is my call.  I have saved messages from certain individuals that represented OCFS – messages that are not meant for little ones to see – telling me what I can do with my columns.  Personally, I’d rather use toilet tissue.


Note:  I posted about the “No cans” at OCFS on some forums/message boards, and here are some of the responses:



Most tracks only allow cans, because glass is more litigious. Sounds like a self-inflicted shot to the foot to me....


a lot of places are switching to only allowing plastic bottles because they do the least amount of damage if thrown or tried to use as a weapon.  the first step was going from glass to cans.... now the move is from cans to plastic. (unfortunately because of a few idiots that drink too much and then like to get in fights)


OCFS keeps finding ways to run off the very few fans they have left.



Maxwell's concessions noted that beverage sales were low.

Not so low as to ban all beverages, but just enough.

Remember when OCFS had good pizza there?


They are allowing plastic bottles, I have never had a problem with water and soda in plastic bottles and had my bag checked last night.


There are some tracks that don't let you bring soda in period. Cans, glass or plastic. It is what it is. Based on my experiences the most fan friendly tracks are in PA. The tracks down there let you bring in pretty much whatever food or drink you want. Just no glass


More and more tracks down this way are selling booze, so they're not letting you bring in booze, but whatever else goes usually, as long as it isn't glass.


Here is your answer i hope nobody else answered it yet because i just saw Tom's post and about 6 more after...its not about throwing or anything like that...what happened to JP sandwich underneath the grandstands, wasn't allowed back because of Maxwell's!  there is your answer Maxwell's Food Service!


I had cans there no issue. Every week I bring cans I never have a problem.  But yes earlier this year an asshole launched one on the track. So if people want to act like assholes then yes ban it. This week two people pissed in there pants they were so drunk in the stands. People want to act like assholes will ruin it for everyone no matter where it is. You sure do have a lot of time on your hands Tom you seem to go on every facebook page and on here or where ever you can and bash the track. Is your life that boring that's all you can find to do? Really get over it we get it you have a problem with the track but damn chill out. You start complaining about the racing and what happens and your not even there.

Note:  So far the author of the above has yet to tell me just what drivers Facebook pages I go on and bash OC.


About JP's not being there anymore because of Maxwell's, I heard the exact opposite. The owners of JP's wanted to leave, getting older, wanted to simplify their lives. Now here's the kicker: Maxwell's was getting slammed, people complained they couldn't get served quickly enough, so Maxwell asked JP's if they would return. I believe they did, for one last ESW. Beef and onions, hot baked ham with cheese, two of the best sandwiches I've ever had.


he must have been sneaking them in and got caught.i've been going there since the mid seventies and its always been no cans or glass bottles allowed.


Sorry to disagree, but I can remember signage stating no cans or bottles allowed going as far back a I can remember. I don't know if they are still there but look for them at the entrance to the fairgrounds.


Last time I checked they do sell soda in plastic bottles, so take them in. Jesus if your going to stop going to the races because you can not take in soda, then u are not much of a fan in the first place. I love orange county, can not wait for eastern states

Note:   My son got a kick out of the above - him not being a fan.  Been one for about 40 years.


That was always one of my pet peeves Tom ... I used to have season tickets in Section 5 row N seats 17 and 18 right on the aisle. Those seats are right below the nightly race sponser booth. The fridge in those booths are stocked with CANS of soda and beer for the sponsers guests. I always felt that it was a double standard.

Just one the reasons I gave up my seats after many years.

I used to bring my daughters when they were young before the picture on the season pass policy, wouldn't be able to do that anymore, unless of course I paid for her to sit in a seat I already had reserved for the season.


Rookie on the gate.. Normal security would let you pass.


Tom, you have gone overboard. You posted this on three sites. What are you trying to do? Is your ego bruised?

I sat with a guy on Saturday who had a cooler with sandwiches and CANS of soda, and we were no more than 15 feet from the track. I also saw at least three other people carrying coolers into the stands. I saw this with my own eyes.

What did you see?? You saw nothing, but you want to bash OCFS based on your sons comments.

Tom, if you were right, I'd back you 100%, but you are WRONG about the policy on cans and bottles. And why do you have to blast them on THREE different sites?? I bet it's in your column this week too.

God Bless you Tom, because you need it.

But keep plugging for the hand rails....a good deed for everyone.


Note:  I’ve given up on the hand rails deal. 





I’ve noticed that the CRSA 305 Sprint Cars have been having what I consider to be low car counts.  It seems like the count stays at around 21 per show.  Might part of the problem be that you must buy tires and fuel from a certain individual?  Do drivers have to pay a $20.00 “Sanction fee” for every race they enter?  Yes, and that is above the usual pit fees that tracks charge, too.  Are those in the CRSA rule book?  Is that “fee” above what it might cost them just to enter the pit areas?  I was under the impression that the 305’s were supposed to be an economical way of racing Sprint Cars, but maybe I’m in error?  Checking out other 305’s and it looks like they’ve had decent (above 21) car counts.  So, what goes with the CRSA, then?



Just wondering – I know it’s almost a year away, but might ABC give a little more TV time for the televising of the Indycar race at Pocono in 2014?  Might it be possible to extend the race for an additional 100 miles?  Yes, I know, more cars would be needed.  I can’t imagine what it looked like on the Pocono track for the Indy Lights race that was held.  I still have not seen results or car counts for that event.  I know they’ve only had like eight cars/race.  Will the Indy Lights even be around in 2014?

And what’s this talk of Indycar racing on the road course at Indy?

Note:  It didn’t take much to find out that the Indy Lights race at Pocono only had eight cars.




Quick question:


Out of the 50 states in the US, what state is the only one that does not require the use of seat belts in cars?


Answer in next weeks column.




Now I’ll admit I did not watch the Indycar race last weekend.  I did, however, see a replay or two of when Scott Dixon hit the RR tire changer for Will Posers car during the last pit stop.  I’m not a fan of yellow flag pit stops unless you’re the cause for the yellow.  I’d rather see pit stops made under racing conditions, that way, if a driver has a certain lead over the one behind him, he could possibly maintain that edge.


A couple of things about that “deal”:


OPINION(S): Scott Dixon's Sonoma penalty


In part:  "Marshall Pruett spoke with IndyCar's Race Director Beaux Barfield about Scott Dixon's controversial penalty last Sunday. To say their opinions were at odds at the start of the interview is putting it mildly, and they were hardly "as one" by the end, either. But here's the conversation in virtually unexpurgated form."





Penalty on Dixon for the pit incident; pit boxes to be marked in the future





Beaux Barfield / Race Control Calls @ Sonoma






Here’s an interesting read about Modified racing and racing in general, for most any track in the country:


There have been many posts about why the Modified car counts have dropped to such a low... typically in the 20`s at most tracks. I know people will argue about this endlessly. At Malta Friday, when racing against arguably some of the best in the business. Where you are competing against some of the best equipment and drivers in the business, teams with seemingly endless budgets. You scrap and fight for the positions you can get. Finish sandwiched between two cars that have spent 50K-60K for their equipment..... And your payout is $50   Very sad, actually its sickening

Yes their are teams with home built motors and older chassis that have success, that's not the point of this post. The point of this post is, without some change the sport will die a slow death.  The promoters know the teams will show up and race for nothing, but when they exploit that fact to the extreme.... you lose cars. I am sure the reasons for low counts  are many faceted, but when you lose the struggling young guys, the journeymen and the true weekend warriors.... You will have a 5 man feature... I don't claim to have the answer, I am not a promoter. I am just disgusted and discourage by it all...




Especially when you have a track with a full field of cars, multi divisions, full grandstands & a booming concession stand... WTF


What's sad is that it costs $50K to be competitive.  How many races do you have to win to even begin to get your initial investment back?



Guys that depend on their payout to fund their racing operation are in serious trouble. I believe purses will keep getting cut down more and more in the years to come. As expenses continue to rise for tracks and with a fan base that seems to be diminishing yearly what other chocie is there. Most promotors are in it to make money. Some are probably just happy to break even but they are far and few between.  




More comments can be seen if you go here:






Great philosophy from race drivers


A few examples:


Chris Economaki: "What's wrong with the car, AJ?" AJ: "I don't know.It's just a goddamn hunk of metal, it don't tell me nothin'".


Johnny Rutherford on sprint cars: "They don't teach you much about driving a rear-engine car but they do teach you how to be a race car driver"...Amen brother!


Leland McSpadden (paraphrased):


"I knew I had a good qualifying run going when I saw the ambulance lights go on as I entered Turn 3..."


More can be seen here: 


















A couple of commercials that might not be quite correct?


The pig, driving the car in the Geico ad, and gets pulled over by the policeman – bright daylight and the officer stops him because he has a tail light out?  Even with cars that have automatic front lights on when you drive, are the tail lights also lit up?  If not, how did the cop know it was out, if it was?


The Citi bank commercial where it makes mention that the young lady was “late” with a payment, got a parking ticket etc etc – but the commercial says no penalties if you pay late – so why was she “late” with the payment then in the first place?




Last week I did a comparison of how Kart counts are at OVRP’s Dirt Oval from a race report I did in 2005 and one that John Sainz did a couple of weeks ago.


Link:  http://newenglandtractor.com/racereport/ta/OVRP.htm




I realize this is a day late, but I thought I’d put it in the column, anyway.


Jason Leffler Memorial race on Wednesday (Aug 28th):

Wayne County Speedway is announced the Jason Leffler Memorial race sponsored by Great Clips on Wednesday August 28th at 7:00pm/et. The event is a $5000 to win Midget race sanctioned by POWRI in which 100% of the front entrance and 50% of the back entrance will go to the Charlie Dean Leffler Discretionary Fund (c/o SunTrust Bank, 232 Williamson Road, Mooresville, NC 28117). Track owner Doug Stringer, a Mcleansboro, Ill. resident and former owner of Akins Motorsports, decided to run this event after the tragic passing of his long-time friend. Leffler left behind a son, Charlie Dean. Stringer’s company, Stringer Holdings, manages the NASCAR and World of Outlaws race sponsorships for Great Clips. Leffler represented the world’s largest salon brand in the NASCAR Nationwide Series from 2006-2011. As a tribute to him, Great Clips is proudly serving as title sponsor of the Jason Leffler Memorial race. The company will also sponsor Shane Hmiel Racing for the event, which will field two drivers including Darren Hagan and Justin Grant.(Wayne County Speedway)(8-27-2013)





Man accused of taking secret video of women in Orange Speedway restroom




Note:  I had heard about some kind of “camera” deal in a woman’s rest room at OCFS about a month ago.  I thought it was the rest room for the fans, behind the stands.







From Facebook – racin’ stuff:


Facebook on 8/25:


The headlines read that Donny Schatz won last night in Canada, but he was very thankful for something else last night. A great perspective from a driver who has "been there."


"I'm feeling very fortunate today to be able to celebrate my daughters sweet 16 birthday with her. The incident that happened in hot laps last night was very similar to what took Jason lefflers life from him. The right front torsion stop came off going down the back straightaway, when the car squeezes into the right side entering the corner, it digs the right side frame rail into the dirt, (like a plow) and turns it right around to the right allowing big impact into the wall with the left side of the car. It feels completely helpless when there is nothing a driver can do to avoid this situation, there are lots of drivers who have experienced it and walked away. Lucky for me I'm one of them. There really is no explanation as to why weird things like this happen, it was NOT a mistake of any crew members, as I watched the guys torque the torsion stop yesterday as they maintained the race car. Gladly we were able to continue our racing for the evening with the back-up car. What a race it was, there were 3 grooves to race in and I had to use all 3 to win the race. Thank you to the People in Edmonton, you always make it a fun event, and to my Canadian friends that I always have a great time. Thank you to the people who make the best safety equipment possible, without your hard work, today would not be possible. No matter how sore and beat-up I feel today, it's all worth it!


Thank you

Donny Schatz"


Note  Video of his accident is in the video section further down in the column.  Same kind of accident that took Jason Leffler from us.  Is there some kind of a problem with RF torsion bars? 




Facebook – 8/27:


Oakland Valley Speedway



Due to the lack of interest we are forced to close the TT track. We WILL be running flat track races until the end of the season.


Our next flat track motorcycle and quad race will be on September 14th, so please come out and support us.


Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, but it is unfeasible for us to continue to maintain it without participation from the racers.






Fire!  I have to wonder how the fuel was able to leak out in the video, below, and just what caused the fire – fuel hitting the exhaust?  Aren’t there safety precautions built into the fuel system to eliminate leakage?  Also, a dirt modified on an asphalt track – any idea as to how old that car might be, and in what condition is the fuel system?




Note:  The above video was shown on FOXNews on Wednesday evening.  Per the newscaster, the driver said he would get $300.00 if he won the race.


Insurance for racers.

Quite a lot of my Facebook friends are involved in auto racing.  If you race with a vehicle that has roll over protection and seat belts (including champ/cage Karts), you can get insurance.  Many times we hear of drivers and their families having hard times because they lacked good insurance or relied only on what a track might have, and in some cases, that might only cover a ride in a helicopter, if one is needed.  So check out this:







A few years ago, the wife and I took a trip down to Florida to visit some family members and also for me to take in some races while down there.  An aspiring racing writer had asked me if he could tag along to see just what one might do when writing about the sport.  His name -  Richard Golardi.  He accompanied my daughter Sarah, and me to a couple of races, and has since, been quite successful in his writings.


Here is his latest:


The Future of Sprint Car Race Promotion in Florida









From the Internet – racing stuff:


Motor racing-Planned New Jersey F1 race looks doubtful again


In part:  "SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone says he has not written off a planned grand prix in New Jersey next year despite increasing doubts about the chances of it going ahead after being postponed once already.

"They have a contract. So if they comply with the contract the race will take place. We would be very, very happy if it does," the Briton told Reuters at the Belgian Grand Prix on Saturday.

"They have got conditions and they know what the conditions are," he added.

 Ecclestone was quoted earlier by CNN as saying that the inaugural Grand Prix of the Americas, which would have New York's Manhattan skyline as a backdrop, was "not on the cards for next year" because local organisers "haven't got any money".

The 82-year-old added that it was similar to a failed project to take the British Grand Prix from Silverstone to Donington Park.

"It is such a muddle and a mess that it is not worth doing," he was quoted as saying.

Asked by Reuters whether he had effectively written it off, he replied: "No, no."




Note:  Even though some work has begun on this - pit area etc etc, somehow I had my doubts of it happening.




Haas put deal together with Busch on his own


In part:  "Haas admitted Tuesday he went rogue in courting Kurt Busch for a non-existent fourth team at Stewart-Haas Racing while Stewart was incapacitated with a broken leg earlier this month. When he finally brought his business partner up to speed on his expansion plans, Stewart balked.


But Haas forged ahead anyway with a multi-year offer to Busch, who was introduced Tuesday as the newest driver at SHR, where officials are now scrambling to make room at an organization that will double from two cars in 2012 to four next season.


''I don't think Tony was exactly enthralled with what I did,'' Haas said. ''But I think he saw it my way, you know? Either that or get out of the building.''


Haas was laughing during two different recollections Tuesday of how he sidestepped Stewart during the lightning-fast courtship of Busch, which apparently began at a General Motors dinner in Indianapolis before the Brickyard in late July and ended last weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway with Busch accepting Haas' offer."










Coming up:


Sunday, September 1st:




Paterson, N.J.- The fabled facility known as Hinchliffe Stadium will be opened to the public while hosting a car show organized by Keith Majka and his racing family on Sunday, Sept. 1. The gates will open at 10:00 AM for set up. The show will run from 12 noon to 6PM. Exhibitors are welcomed to bring their own food. Although not part of the Vintage Division of the ATQMRA official schedule, club members are encouraged to support this event. Ample rig parking will be provided within the facility. For more info. Contact Keith at 973.247.7602





August 31st:  Modifieds, Rookies, Sportsman, Street Stocks and CRSA 305 Sprint Cars.

Sponsors:  Howard Johnson/Super 8 Motels

September 7th:  Champions Night - Modifieds, Small Blocks, Sportsman and Street Stocks.

Sponsors:  WLR Construction/Superior Remodeling – 911 Tribute sponsored by Superior Remodeling.





August 30th:  Modifieds, Sportsman, Spec Sportsman, Pro Stocks, Pure Stocks and Fireball 4 Cylinders.

Sponsor:  Tom’s Repair Shop.

September 6th:  Modifieds, Sportsman, Spec Sportsman, Pro Stocks, Pure Stocks and Lightning Sprints.

Sponsor:  Hudson Valley Cycle Center.





August 31st:  Dick Crumley Memorial Nostalgia Night – Sportsman, Legends, Bandeleros, Pro Stock, Street Stock, BMS Modifieds, 4 Cylinder and Northeast Vintage Dirt Modifieds.



Lebanon Valley:


August 31st:  Final points night for Modifieds and Pro Stocks.  $3,000.00 to win the Modified feature.  Budget Sportsman and weekly divisions.

Sponsors:  All Star Tractor Trailer Training and Pepsi.





August 31st:  Labor Day Juniors/All Star Slingshot Specials - $250.00/$500.00 to win (20+ cars).  Powderpuff. 

Normal classes:  Junior Slingshots, All-Star Slingshots, Super Slingers, 270 Micros, Rookie 270’s, Wingless 600 Micros, Rookie 600’s and Stage One Modifieds.



From Jayski:



Haas would sponsor Kurt Busch:

Kurt Busch will be sponsored by Haas Automation if he signs with Stewart-Haas Racing for the 2014 season. Gene Haas, who co-owns SHR with Tony Stewart, told ESPN.com on Saturday he wants the 2004 Sprint Cup champion in one of his cars because he wants to take his non-racing company's name to Victory Lane. "I'd be happy to have a driver like that on our team," Haas said before the Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway. "You'd win a lot of races. I'd really be happy for my company Haas to be in the winner's circle. I've never been there. I want to be there with that name. I know Kurt has had a lot of sponsorship issues, but to me, I just want to win. I'm not too much worried about that stuff." Haas and the Furniture Row Racing driver began talking about the possibility of him coming to SHR last month during a General Motors dinner in Indianapolis. Not long after that, SHR offered Busch a contract to expand the organization to four teams with Stewart, Kevin Harvick and Danica Patrick. Busch has offers from several other teams, including one from Furniture Row that was given to his attorneys on Friday. Busch has yet to look over the FRR deal and likely won't until Monday. Haas said nothing has been signed as far as he knows, but he is optimistic Busch will come to SHR.(ESPN)(8-25-2013)



Furniture Row Racing to offer Busch an extension:

It was reported on FoxSports1 (thanks for the Jayski mention) during practice by Bob Dilner that #78 Furniture Row Racing is working on a contract extension for driver Kurt Busch. Busch is rumored to be talking to Stewart Haas Racing to run a 4th car there in 2014. Supposedly FRR will have the contract extension ready for Busch to look at after the first practice session at Bristol.(8-23-2013)



Kurt Busch has been offered an extension from Furniture Row Racing. Although Busch was offered a deal from FRR earlier this year, he opted to wait and kick the tires before making a final decision. "The timing of making a decision is what it needs to be," Busch said. "There are timelines on things and things that have to fall into place. The timing of this is tough because it’s the middle of August and it’s the run towards the Chase. But it’s a decision I have to put a lot of time and effort into. "So, we’ll see how things play out. Right now, the focus is these three weeks and getting into the Chase. The cool part about everything is that after the next three weeks, I hope we’re five points from the championship lead  because that will mean we are in." When SHR competition director Greg Zipadelli was asked about Busch’s status for next season, he replied, "As far as Kurts deal, that is moving forward. We spent some time this week talking about buildings and expanding. As far as that part of it goes we are pretty much committed."(FoxSports)(8-24-2013)




Kurt Busch has signed a multiyear contract to drive for Stewart-Haas Racing, beginning with the 2014 season, Busch told ESPN.com Monday. "I'm going to Stewart-Haas," Busch told ESPN.com Monday morning. "I've signed my deal." The SHR organization will announce the arrangement formally Monday afternoon and hold a news conference Tuesday afternoon introducing Busch as a Stewart-Haas driver. Busch received the offer to drive for Stewart-Haas a week ago and received a subsequent offer from his current team, Furniture Row Racing, last week. Busch said Monday he appreciates greatly the opportunity afforded him at FRR. Asked if he can maintain focus and help get the #78 team into the Chase, he said, "Come Wednesday, that's all I'm going to think about."(ESPN)

AND An official announcement with team co-owner Gene Haas - the man behind the decision - is set for 2:00 pm/et Tuesday at SHR headquarters in Kannapolis, NC. Sources say SHR is attempting to obtain the #00 for Busch to use beginning next season in the Sprint Cup Series.(Charlotte Observer)(8-26-2013)




Furniture Row Racing comments on Busch's decision:

The following quote is attributed to Joe Garone, general manager of Furniture Row Racing in regards to Kurt Busch's decision not to continue as the driver of the #78 Furniture Row Chevrolet after the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. It was always our intention to extend Kurt's contract with Furniture Row Racing. We made him an offer last week to continue as the driver of the #78 Furniture Row Chevrolet in 2014 and beyond. Though he did not accept our offer we respect his decision and wish him future success. His driving skill and being a dedicated team player will always be appreciated at Furniture Row Racing. But for right now the main focus for Kurt and the team is to qualify for the Chase and contend for the 2013 Sprint Cup Series championship. Furniture Row Racing’s technical and engineering programs along with a talented road crew have made great strides this season, which have been evident with the consistently fast race cars that we have brought to the track week in and week out. We, along with our technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing, are deeply committed to continuing the work in progress. We are currently in a search process for a new driver in 2014, one who shares the same commitment and winning attitude that we all do at Furniture Row Racing.(Furniture Row Racing)(8-26-2013)




Dale Jarrett pushing Bristol for All-Star Race:

ESPN analyst Dale Jarrett is a public advocate of deeming Bristol Motor Speedway as the new venue for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Charlotte has been a great venue, and Atlanta that one year, but I think it’s time that we take it to a short track and let these drivers battle it out, Jarrett said, winner of the 1997 Goody’s Headache Powder 500. Short tracks are where every one of these drivers got their start. What better place to have the All-Star Race than action-packed Bristol. You have side-by-side racing; you have to know in your mind that if the drivers come here with that kind of money on the line, then they’re going to be willing to take out their best friend, just spin him and take the spot. (Bluefield Daily Telegraph)(8-24-2013)



Rodney Childers' departure leaves a tough spot to fill at MWR:

From Rodney Childers' point of view, Stewart-Haas Racing made him an offer he couldn't refuse. Nevertheless, the impending departure of the crew chief of the #55 Toyota will leave a major void at Michael Waltrip Racing. Childers, a well-respected talent in the garage, will serve as Kevin Harvick's crew chief at SHR next season, leaving MWR with the unenviable task of trying to replace him as Brian Vickers takes the seat of the #55 Camry full-time. "He's not going to be easy to replace--he's very, very good at what he does," Martin Truex Jr., Vickers' teammate, told the NASCAR Wire Service Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway. "He's been a big part of Michael Waltrip Racing, obviously. He was there long before I was. He's very smart and I really enjoyed my time there working with him, because we did work very closely together with all our teams. He brought a ton to the table. It's going to be hard to replace him for sure, especially this late in the season. He's definitely a special talent, (but) that's part of the sport--people change and find things and better opportunities elsewhere, and I wish Rodney the best of luck. Hopefully, we'll find somebody good to fill that position."(NASCAR Wire Service)(8-25-2013)



Who will be Harvick's crew chief at Stewart-Haas?  

Childers to leave MWR: Sources say that Budweiser signed off with [Stewart-Haas Racing] in the last month  after opting not to introduce a fourth different driver in seven seasons. Although [Stewart-Haas Racing] and Kevin Harvick declined to name a crew chief for the #4 team, [Michael Waltrip Racing's #55] Rodney Childers has been mentioned as the lead candidate.(Fox Sports)(7-14-2013)



(#55 crew chief) Rodney Childers is leaving Michael Waltrip Racing and is expected to be named the crew chief for Kevin Harvick at Stewart-Haas Racing (in the #4 Chevy) next season. MWR confirmed Friday morning that Childers is leaving after the season. Childers is expected to be named the crew chief for Harvick, who has 21 career victories in a 13-year career at Richard Childress Racing but will leave that organization at the end of the year for SHR. Stewart-Haas Racing has not signed any new crew chiefs for 2014, but the team thinks very highly of Rodney Childers and he is on a short list of candidates, SHR spokesman Mike Arning said in an email.(Sporting News)



Rodney Childers has informed Michael Waltrip Racing he will not return to the #55 NASCAR Sprint Cup team next year. Childers is moving to Stewart-Haas Racing, where he is expected be the crew chief for Kevin Harvick. It’s been a very long process, very hard and very emotional, too, Childers told Performance Racing Network. I ended up making the decision a couple of days ago. I told MWR yesterday and had to tell all my guys this morning. I was pretty much a mess trying to tell them. This team is the best group of guys I’ve ever been around and a pretty big family. After being here for five years, it’s pretty hard to walk away from that. Going to SHR and working with Harvick is an opportunity that not many people ever get. I was afraid if I didn’t take it I would regret it the rest of my life. That’s not something I wanted to do. Childers told FOXSports.com that he was "not sure on (whether he would remain with MWR) the rest of the year. I will do what everyone at MWR wants me to do, and try to leave this team in winning condition."(FoxSports)(8-23-2013)



NASCAR hall loses $1.6M, execs see hope for future:

The NASCAR Hall of Fame lost $1.6 million during the fiscal year ended June 30, results disclosed in newly released annual financial figures compiled by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. The $200 million auto racing museum, which opened in May 2010, has run deficits since its inception. Tom Murray, the visitors authority CEO, told me in an interview at his office Wednesday, The ultimate goal for us is to make money at the hall of fame. A pre-audit report provided by the visitors authority showed the deficit for fiscal 2012 was $835,281. The numbers were calculated differently, so making a direct comparison and saying the deficit doubled is difficult. The 2012 figure excludes money for improvements to the exhibits allocated after construction had started; for the fiscal 2013 statement, that expense totals $900,000. A CRVA spokesperson said the comparable deficit for 2012 was $1.8 million. Despite the deficits in fiscal 2013, Murray said the results beat projections by $600,000. If you're confused, the simple math works this way: the NASCAR Hall of Fame is still losing a lot of money and the visitors authority is revamping sales and advertising tactics to turn things around.(see full story at the Charlotte Business Journal)(8-22-2013)



Johnson baby due at the beginning of the Chase:

Here's the good news for five-time NASCAR champion #48-Jimmie Johnson: In four weeks, wife Chandra is due to give birth to the couple's second child and add another girl to the family. The potentially bad news: Girl No. 2 is due on Chicagoland race weekend (Sept. 13-15), which marks the first race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Johnson told USA TODAY Sports he wouldn't mind if the baby came during the Richmond race weekend (Sept. 5-7). He's already locked into the Chase, after all. However, he said hopefully, "I'll take a weekday."

"We're getting in the window," he said. "We'll see what happens. Weekdays would be good. I hope No. 2 isn't afraid of Mondays or Tuesdays." As you would expect from Johnson, crew chief Chad Knaus and all of Hendrick Motorsports, the team has a well-planned substitute driver lineup if Johnson suddenly is called back to Charlotte. Johnson, who is atop the standings and is tied with Matt Kenseth with a series-high four wins, said the plan is "quite complicated," but the #48 car would be driven by either James Buescher or Regan Smith. "It depends on when I need to leave, what track I'm at vs. what track they're at and on what day," Johnson said. "So it moves around quite a bit, but those are the two guys who are set up to fill in if need be." The couple's first child, Genevieve (or "Evie"), is 3.(USA Today)(8-22-2013)




ESPN, TNT could exit NASCAR early:

ESPN and Turner Sports are talking with NASCAR about getting out of their broadcast rights agreement a year early, a move that could allow Fox Sports and NBC Sports Group to become the sport’s broadcasters next year. It’s unlikely that the four TV companies will be able to reach a deal, sources say. But the fact that these types of talks are occurring is precedent-setting in an industry where live sports rights are held sacred. For at least the past decade, no rights holder has exited a major media agreement with a property early. ESPN and Turner executives told the series that they are interested in forgoing the final year of their contract. Fox and NBC executives told NASCAR that they are interested in picking up those rights. And sources say NASCAR executives are open to the switch. But any deal faces significant hurdles. Sources said it would have to be a complete switch, not a partial one in which Turner exits its six Sprint Cup races or ESPN exits part of its Nationwide Series season. That means it would require an agreement between four competitors  ESPN, Turner, Fox and NBC  and one property, which would be difficult to structure. ESPN and Turner Sports are willing to sell their rights back to NASCAR for some sort of compensation. Fox Sports and NBC Sports Group are willing to buy the rights from NASCAR, but they feel they should be compensated for letting ESPN and Turner Sports out of their deals early. As the middleman, NASCAR would have to navigate those opposing interests. Representatives from the four media companies, as well as NASCAR, declined comment. ESPN and Turner Sports have told NASCAR they are prepared to carry the races next year, but both would prefer avoiding that lame-duck status. Both opted not to submit final bids to retain NASCAR rights when the sport held TV negotiations last month, and they see upside in exiting their deals a year early.(full story at the Sports Business Daily)(8-26-2013)





Statement From NASCAR Vice President Of Broadcasting And Production Steve Herbst On 2014 Broadcast Partners: Despite recent reports to the contrary, nothing substantive has been presented to NASCAR regarding broadcast partners plans to alter our TV agreement in 2014. We’re very happy with our current broadcast partners and fully expect and are excited to be back with FOX, Turner and ESPN next year. These types of discussions happen regularly across the sports television landscape, very rarely resulting in changes to a media rights agreement.(NASCAR)(8-28-2013)




Hamlin's back hasn't fully recovered:

#11-Denny Hamlin's chronic back pain continues to plague the Joe Gibbs Racing driver. After Hamlin won the pole Friday, it was as if the high banks of Bristol Motor Speedway exacerbated the problem. My daily life is miserable, Hamlin said. This is nothing. Surgery to repair his spine is still on the table at the end of the season. Hamlin contends that once I’m strapped in I’m fine but also acknowledges that certain tracks  such as Watkins Glen two weeks ago  definitely took its toll. He describes the sensation as a nagging pain that just won’t go away but one has to wonder how long Hamlin can play hurt. I have to weigh the options, Hamlin said. What options do I have? There are 10 different things you can do to help with either pain or the structure of your back I just have to figure out which one is the right one for me.(FoxSports)(8-26-2013)



Earnhardt Ganassi to announce #42 driver Friday:

Earnhardt Ganassi Racing has scheduled a press conference to announce the new driver of the #42 Target Chevy on Friday at 2:35pm/et at Atlanta Motor Speedway.(8-27-2013)



With Sprint Cup Series practice set for 3:00pm/et Friday at Atlanta, it would be surprising if a current Sprint Cup driver would be participating in a news conference so close to the start of practice. That could be a sign that EGR will elevate Kyle Larson from the Nationwide Series to Cup. Larson, a 21-year-old Nationwide rookie and a standout in sprint cars, is on loan to Turner Scott Motorsports this year while under contract with EGR. In just his second year of stock-car racing, Larson is eighth in the Nationwide Series standings with six top-five finishes, including two at Bristol, two at Iowa, one at Michigan and one at Charlotte. He also won the truck race at Rockingham earlier this year. While the common belief in NASCAR circles is that Larson will be the new driver, team owner Chip Ganassi is known to be unconventional, as he was when he brought Montoya from Formula One to NASCAR.(Sporting News)(8-28-2013)



Kyle Larson isn't staying put very long. Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates will move the 21-year-old upstart to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series fulltime in 2014, multiple sources confirmed Tuesday. Reached by phone on Tuesday evening, a team spokesman declined comment. Larson and team members of the Ganassi organization were notified of the decision this week, sources said. Larson will replace Juan Pablo Montoya in the #42 Chevy.(Charlotte Observer)(8-28-2013)





Bobby Labonte suffers broken ribs:

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Bobby Labonte is currently being treated at a local hospital near his home in Trinity, North Carolina after being involved in an accident while riding his bicycle near his home on the morning of Wednesday, August 28. Labonte was transported to the hospital by ambulance where he was diagnosed and is being treated for three broken ribs. There are no other injuries. He is being held overnight for observation. An update on Labonte's condition will be sent when determined. Mike Bliss will replace Labonte in the #51 Phoenix Racing entry this weekend in Atlanta.(Breaking Limits)(8-28-2013)



Harry Scott, Jr. Reaches Agreement with Phoenix Racing:

Harry Scott, Jr. has come to a definitive agreement with James Finch to purchase Phoenix Racing. Scott will formally take over control of the team as its owner on September 10, 2013 with Justin Allgaier behind the wheel of the #51 Chevy in time for the GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. "This is a very proud day for me as I will have the opportunity to compete against the best teams in motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as the owner of Phoenix Racing," said Scott. "I am going to build a championship contender with hard work, the right people and the right partners. This team has a great foundation thanks to the efforts of James Finch. There is a lot to build upon and I am looking forward to getting started." Scott's role as a co-owner in Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) is unchanged and he will continue to take an active role in that team on and off the track. "I owe a lot of gratitude to Steve Turner for bringing me into the sport as an owner. My experience at TSM will continue to serve me well in this next step," said Scott. Driver Justin Allgaier is making the move with Scott from TSM to Phoenix Racing and will be the team's driver in the #51 Chevy for its debut at Chicagoland Speedway on September 15 and two additional races this year. Allgaier, who is currently 5th in points in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS), will continue his pursuit of a championship in that series for TSM. Scott has signed a deal with BRANDT to be the primary sponsor of the #51 for three NSCS races this season. BRANDT, which also sponsors Allgaier in the NNS for Turner Scott Motorsports, will be the primary sponsor of the #51 at Chicagoland, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. Allgaier will be the driver for each of those races. Scott has committed to keeping the Phoenix Racing team intact for the remainder of the season. Allgaier's crew chief will be Nick Harrison. Harrison is a third year crew chief and has worked with several drivers including Kurt Busch, Landon Cassill and A.J. Allmendinger. Phoenix Racing's general manager, Steve Barkdoll, will continue in his role after Scott takes over. The team will continue its relationships and alliances with Chevy, Hendrick Motorsports and Earnhardt Ganassi Racing. Scott is working with NASCAR for final approval.(Tuckahoe Strategies)(8-28-2013)




United Mining Equipment adds two races to Yeley sponsorship:

United Mining Equipment has added two additional races to their schedule aboard the #36 Chevy with Tommy Baldwin Racing and driver JJ Yeley. The first added race is this coming weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway's Advocare 500. The second race will be the upcoming Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "We are glad to have UME back on the car again this weekend, and joining us for two additional races this year," said team owner Tommy Baldwin. "We have a great relationship with UME and hope to continue growing with their company and furthering their involvement in the NASCAR industry."(140 Buzz/TBR)(8-28-2013)



Rest of Red Bull Racing assets up for auction:

Gavel Auction is scheduled to hold an auction on Saturday, August 31st of the remaining assets of the Red Bull Racing Sprint Cup Team. For more info and to see image of the items, go to www.gavelauction.com or call (704) 489-2201, Fax at (704) 489-2208.(8-28-2013)



Sad News - Jean Peters Joy:

Jean Peters Joy passed away Monday, August 26, 2013 at home in Athol, Mass, age 89. She was predeceased in 2006 by her husband, M. Verne Joy. Her life is celebrated by her four children, Michael K Joy [Mike Joy of Fox Sports] and his wife Gaye of Mooresville, NC; David S Joy and his wife Barbara of So. Windsor, Conn; Susan J (Joy) and her husband Bruce Winters of Athol; Caroline A (Joy) and her husband Rev. Bob McKenney of New Boston, NH; by 11 grandchildren and two great-grandsons. Jean Hull Peters was born to Horace Ambrose Peters and Erma Fahrson Peters in Columbus, OH, July 17, 1924. She was raised by her mother and aunts Teada and Edna in Los Angeles with her older brothers Richard and Horace Jr. Jean graduated Hollywood High School in 1942, and worked in personnel at Lockheed Aircraft in Burbank where she met design engineer Verne Joy. They married Apr. 29, 1945, and lived in Los Angeles, Baltimore and Chicago before settling in Windsor, Conn. in 1952. They moved to West Hartford, CT in 1964. She enjoyed retirement living Phoenix and Daytona Beach before moving back to New England in 2005. She most enjoyed the latest exploits of her children and grandkids, and took great pride in instilling a high level of fairness, creativity and curiosity in each of them. Services will be private. To celebrate Jean's love of reading, memorials to the Athol Public Library Building Fund, 568 Main St, Athol, MA 01331, are welcomed.(8-28-2013)



Truex, Jr. has broken wrist; will drive at Atlanta:

An MRI on Monday confirmed a scaphoid fracture and sprain of #56-Martin Truex Jr.’s right wrist suffered in Saturday night’s accident at Bristol Motor Speedway. Doctors fitted Truex with a special cast Tuesday he’ll wear indefinitely. The cast enables him to better grip the steering wheel and compete in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway as well as the 11 remaining races. Truex worked closely with NASCAR this week and has been cleared to race. A multi-car crash collected Truex on lap 448 Saturday sending the NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota into the outside wall. Truex was treated in the medical center Saturday. MWR has yet to determine if a stand-by driver is needed for this weekend. Truex is 14th in the points and holds the first of two wildcard entries as he seeks his second consecutive berth in NASCAR’s Chase the for Sprint Cup.(MWR)(8-27-2013)





Former OVRP Dirt Oval racers:


At Penn Can, in CRSA 305’s, Joe Kata was 7th, Emily VanInwegen 10th, Chuck Allesi 11th and Josh Pieniazek 22nd.


Hunter Bates had a 6th and 5th in Modifieds and two 5th’s in Late Models at Devils Bowl.


Mike Mammana was a DNQ at Big Diamond for the Modified feature.


At New Egypt, Davie Franek was 12th in the 410 feature while Johnny Guarino was 8th in the Small Block Modified feature.


Roger Coss was 7th in the Modified feature at Mahoning Valley, while Tiffany and BJ Wambold were DNQ’s in Street Stocks.


Davie Franek had two 10th place finishes with the URC – at Williams Grove and at Port Royal.


Ben Whitaker had a 6th place finish in the Late Model feature at Susqueanna.


Bobby Morris won the Sportsman feature at Bethel with Kyle Redner 2nd and Rich Coons 5th.


Danny Buccafusca was 4th in the Slingshot feature at the Greenwood Valley Action Track.


At Five Mile Point, in the CRSA 305’s, Joe Kata was 6th, Emily VanInwegen 8th, Josh Pieniazek 11th and Chuck Alessi 13th.


Kenney Johnson was 6th in the NEMA Lights feature at Star Speedway.


AJ Filbeck won the Sportsman feature at U/R.


Brett Wright was 3rd in the Sportsman feature at A/S


Tyler Dippel was 7th in the Sportsman feature at I-88.


Kyle Armstrong was 12th, Kolby Schroder 18th and Bobby Hackel, IV 24th in the Modified feature at Lebanon Valley.

Tyler Dippel won the Sportsman feature with John Virgilio 13th.


Danny Creeden was 2nd, Anthony Perrego 3rd, Mike Doty 19th and Joey Bruning a DNQ for the Modified feature at Accord.

Brad Szulewski was 4th in the Sportsman feature.

Tyler Boniface was 2nd and Mike Traver 8th in the Spec Sportsman feature.

Lex Burritt was 5th in the Lightning Sprints.


Tim Hindly was 4th, Billy V 5th, Mike Ruggiero 7th and Clinton Mills 19th in the Modified feature at OCFS.

Brian Krummel was 2nd, RJ Smykla 3rd, Danny Creeden 4th and Tim Hindley 5th in the Small Block Modified feature.

Anthony Perrego won the Sportsman feature, with Joe Conklin 4th, Brian Krummel 6th, Joey Falanga 8th, LJ Lombardo 9th, Andrew Reeves 10th and Seth Pacella 18th.


At the RoC Sportsman race at I-88 on Tuesday, Tyler Dippel was the winner.  In the ESS Sprint Car feature, Josh Pieniazek finished 7th.


46 names this week?


From the AARN:



From their August 27th issue:


Mark McKeon:


Mark had a full page article on page 5 of the sale of the two Canaan Fair Speedways tracks, up in New Hampshire.  Saddest thing about the sale is that racing at both tracks looks to be a thing o fthe past, now, with no racing being planned per the new owner, Tillman U. Gerngross.


Ernie Saxton:


Ernie had a letter by Jim Downing, co-founder of HANS Performance Products, about safety in racing - mostly short tracks and drag racing.  Ernie, like me, still has thoughts that the US GP in New Jersey will not happen.  Ernie makes mention of Fox Sports 1 - and how he painfully watched a new show "Sports going wild" with Regis Philbin as its host.  And he goes on also about why Dave Despain and Wind Tunnel, along with Speed Center, were dropped when FS1 took over from SPEED.    It seems that those shows drew "older" viewers - uh huh - so they bring in 82 year old Regis Philbin?  (Like Regis isn't wealthy enough??)



Todd Heintzelman:


Todd tells us that with his last win at Knoxville, Donny Schatz hit the 100 win total for that track.  Schatz is only 24 points behind Daryn Pittman in the WoO point chase.



Ken Kuhlman:


Ken covers the career of "Jumpin' Jack", Jack Johnson, one of the best ever in dirt modifieds, who still won races at the age of 64.  Health issues have caused Jack to curtail his racing activities.



Guy Smith:


With him taking in the races at the Plymouth Speedway (Dirt Oval) in Indiana on July 27th, Guy has now been to a remarkable 1,519 tracks.




This Week



Dale Hollidge Upsets

World Of Outlaws Late Models

At Winchester


Canaan Speedways Property Sold;

Racing To Cease After This Season


Leading ‘Rushers’:

Grasso, Pauch Top 410 Sprints,

Big Block Mods In New Egypt’s

Jersey Rush”


Northeastern Veteran Racer

Bob Malzahn Dead At 80


Mike Stefanik

Wins Mod Tour Race At Bristol


Rahmer Says Lincoln Win

‘Might Be My Last’


Bitter Pauch - Godown Rivalry

Seethes At New Egypt


Port Royal Readies

For Huge Juniata County Fair

Racing Weekend


ARDC Champ Tim Buckwalter

Cracks Big Diamond Mod Ice





This date in racing history:

Just some of the events on August 29th in:




Ralph DePalma won the 301 Mile AAA sanctioned Chicago Auto Club Trophy Race on the 8.384 Mile Elgin Road Race Course in Elgin, Illinois.



Myron Fohr with relief driving from Tony Bettenhausen won the 200 Mile AAA Indy Car race on the 1 mile dirt oval at the Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, WI. Johnnie Parsons was second followed by Ted Horn, Ted Duncan and Bill Sheffler.

Tommy Hinnershitz won the AAA Sprint Car race at the Salem Speedway,Salem, IN.

Otis Stine won the AAA Eastern Sprint Car race at the Sidney Speedway,Sidney, NY.



Wally Campbell won the AAA Midget race at the Oak Bridge Sports Drome , Knoxville, TN.



Charlie Miller won the URC Sprint Car race at the Cortland Fairgrounds, Cortland, NY.

Bob Sweikert won the AAA Sprint Car race at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul, MN.



Manny Ayulo won the 200 Mile AAA Indy Car race on the 1 mile paved oval at the Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, WI. Chuck Stevenson was second followed by Jimmy Bryan, Mike Nazaruk and Art Cross.

Jimmy Campbell won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Iowa State Fair Speedway, Des Moines, IA.

Al Keller won the AAA Eastern Sprint Car race over Tommy Hinnershitz at the Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA.



Bobby Grim won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Iowa State Fair Speedway, Des Moines,IA.

Jack Turner won the USAC Midget race at the Motor City Speedway, Detroit,MI.



Tony Bonadies and Len Duncan won the ARDC Midget feature races at the Freeport Speedway, Freeport,NY.



Rodger Ward won the 100 lap USAC Midget race at the Milwaukee Mile (1.0p), West Allis, WI.

Note:  In my photo for the week, I'm pretty sure the photo is of the start of this Midget race at Milwaukee.  Notice the full house and field for a hundred miler.  No such things like that, today, in Midget racing.



Joe Csiki won the ARDC Midget race at the Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk,MA.



Dutch Schaefer won the ARDC Midget race at the Danbury Fairgrounds, Danbury,CT.

Article on the above:  http://www.wheelsofspeed.com/report/8_29_64-1.html




Rick Mears won the 313.5 Mile CART Indy Car race on the 3.3 Mile Riverside International Raceway Road Course, Riverside, California. Tom Sneva was second followed by Johnny Rutherford, Roger Mears and Al Unser Jr.



Roger McCluskey... Died ... McCluskey was one of the most successful drivers in USAC history. McCluskey won the USAC sprint-car championship in 1963 and 1966 and won the USAC stock-car crown in 1969 and 1970. A fifth USAC title came in the Champ Car (Indy car) division in 1972. McCluskey owns 23 victories in both the USAC sprint-car and stock-car divisions, and his five Indy car and four midget triumphs give him 55-all time USAC victories. McCluskey made 18 Indy 500 starts with a best finish of third. He is a member of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame. Roger McCluskey lost his battle with cancer just five days before his 63rd birthday on Aug. 29, 1993.





Press releases:


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Mike Gurda






Championship point titles to be decided over the next two Saturdays


MIDDLETOWN, NY (August 25)……..Just two Saturday nights of racing remain in the 2013 quest for point championships in all competing divisions at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York. And none of the current point leaders can rest on his laurels in this final run for track championships. But you can be sure of one thing: the on-track action the se next two weeks will be fast and furious!


In the headline DIRTcar Big-block Modified division seven drivers are still ma the matically eligible for the crown. Point leader Tim Hindley (1,768 points) has a 40-point edge over defending champion Jerry Higbie (1,728), with last week’s feature winner Craig Mitchell (1,726) just two more points behind Higbie. Other drivers with an outside chance of overtaking Hindley, albeit a slim chance, include Tommy Meier, Clinton Mills, Bill y VanInwegen, and Chris Whitehead.


In Sportsman competition, the top-two point men, Brian Krummel and Anthony Perrego, have each won five feature races, but Krummel (1,700) leads Perrego (1,670) by 30 points.  Frank Venezia, L.J. Lombardo, and Chris Stevens are still ma the matically in the hunt.


Seven-time winner Stephen Kammer (1,816) tops the Street Stock division, with five-time victor Charles Donald (1,802) just 14 point in arrears. Emerson Cargain and Ron Constable are close enough to the top-two to upset the final standings in this most unpredictable racing division.


Orange County’s Small-Block Modified division has but one point race left, Champions’ Night, Saturday, September 7, and eight drivers still have a legitimate chance of winning the crown. Danny Creeden (870) is the current point leader, but Bob McGannon (862) is just eight points behind. Scott Flammer (856), Chuck McKee (850), and John Finley (842) are also in hot pursuit of the Small-Block Modified championship. Chris Shultz and Jeremy Markle haven’t been eliminated ei the r.


Seeing action this Saturday, August 31 will be the DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Rookie Sportsman, Sportsman, and Street Stocks. Added to the program are the popular CRSA 305 Sprint Cars. Howard Johnson & Super 8 Motels are the evening’s sponsors.


The September 7 WRL Construction/Superior Remodeling Champions’ Night lineup includes the Big-Block Modifieds, Small-Block Modifieds, Sportsman, and Street Stock divisions.


Admission prices for both the August 24 and September 7 race meets remain at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and free for children 12 and under. The full nights of racing begin promptly at 6:30 pm.


Advance ticket sales for all remaining 2013 races, including the September 21 Eve of Destruction, the October 25-27 52nd Annual Eastern States Weekend, and track information are available at the Orange County website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, or from the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 during business hours.


UPCOMING: September 14 --- Breast Cancer Awareness Night/Porco Energy Eastern States                          Modified Qualifier (Street Stock Powder Puff, Vintage Modifieds added)




News from the Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc.-VP Racing Fuels Short Track SuperNationals – ‘The Working Man’s Race’

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

For Immediate Release/August 28, 2013


Affordable For Fans, Lucrative For Racers: Pricing Set For 2013 Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc.-VP Racing Fuels Short Track SuperNationals At Five Mile Point Oct. 11-12; Family Five Pack Returns For $45; Bonuses Adding Up


KIRKWOOD, NY – The sixth edition of the Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc.-VP Racing Fuels Short Track SuperNationals will be among the fall season’s most affordable events for race fans and lucrative for competitors.

The 2013 edition of the ‘Working Man’s Race’ is set for Oct. 11-12, 2013 at Five Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood, N.Y.  The anticipated event is headlined on Saturday (Oct. 12) by a 50-lap big-block/small-block Modified event paying a minimum of $5,000 to win and a mammoth $455 to take the green flag! Saturday’s program also includes Race of Champions Street Stocks (25 laps) and Four Cylinders (18 laps). A rain date of Sunday evening (Oct. 13) has been established.

On Friday night (Oct. 11) – new for this year – Sportsman (Open and Crate 602) race 30 laps for a healthy $1,500 winner’s share. They will be joined by IMCA-style Modifieds (20 laps) and XCel 600 Modifieds (20 laps). Open practice for Modified competitors is also slated for Friday’s agenda.  A Friday night racing program as part of the SuperNationals has not taken place since the event’s inaugural running in 2006 at N.Y.’s Afton Speedway.

Affordability for race fans was paramount as pricing was established for Saturday’s main event. Once again, general admission remains below $20. For Adults, grandstand admission is $19. Seniors (ages 62 and over) and Students (ages 13-17) are $15. All kids under 12 years old will be admitted free.

Additionally, the popular Short Track SuperNationals ‘Family Five Pack’ returns for 2013. For just $45, a family will receive two Adult tickets, three Senior/Student tickets, five hot dogs and five sodas.

“We market the SuperNationals as the ‘Working Man’s Race’ for competitors and fans,” said event promoter and founder Brett Deyo. “We’re proud of being the most affordable option for fans in the busy fall season and thankful of the great support we’ve received over the last few years.”

On Saturday, all track or series licenses will be accepted for a $30 pit admittance fee. Non-members pay $35. The early car entry fee ($15 prior to Oct. 1) is actually $20 less than the registration cost during the inaugural race seven years ago. The first 12 entries received have been entered into a drawing for two free pit passes. All entries received prior to Sept. 13 will automatically be entered into a giveaway of two $50 gas cards.

Admission for Friday’s preliminary card is $12 (Adults), $10 (Seniors and Students), with Kids 12 and under admitted FREE.

Friday pit admission is $30. No license is required. Modified teams looking only to practice will park in the turn-four pit area for a $20 admittance fee.

A number of lucrative bonuses and special awards are lining up for the event, including:

*A $351 cash bonus to the first Modified driver across the line in the main event not having won a feature in 2013. The award is dedicated to living legend driver Mike Colsten.

*$50 cash to the Hard Chargers in each heat race courtesy of Manmiller Electric in Shoemakersville, Pa.

*$250 to the Hard Charger in the main event from Tonarlo’s Pizza in Conklin, N.Y., a first-time event sponsor.

*$111 cash to the 11th-place finisher courtesy of Crunchco Snacks.

*$102 to the first driver across the line under 30 years of age from Mirabilis Cattle.

*A minimum of $100 (and increasing) to the leader of lap 20 in memory of Bob Whitman.

*$113 to the highest-finishing resident of Berks County, Pa., from Tim Long.

*A set of bumpers and rubrails from Shiley Fabrication to the Hard Luck Award recipient.

*An American Racer tire to a driver finishing 11th-15th in the main event.

*A $500 credit toward the purchase of a body from BFP Specialty in Bethel, Pa.

*A $100 credit toward the purchase of a body from S&D Bodyline in Bath, Pa.

*A custom trophy to the winner courtesy of S&W Awards in Lindley, N.Y.

Complete race rules and information have been posted online at www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com on the Short Track SuperNationals page.

The Red Roof Inn, located on 590 Fairview Street in Johnson City, N.Y., 13790, is offering a special Short Track SuperNationals rate for Friday and Saturday nights of the event (Oct. 11-12). Standard King Rooms are available for $79.99 plus tax. Deluxe double rooms are $89.99 plus tax. To reserve a room, call the Red Roof Inn directly at 607.729.8940. When prompted, use Option 4 to speak with a Guest Services Representative directly to book the room. Mention “RACE FAN 2012” to receive the discounted rate.

Modified rules for the Short Track SuperNationals are again designed to produce a diverse field. Big-blocks (over 361 cubic inches) must weigh 2,500 lbs. Small-block (maximum 361 cubic inches) minimum weight is 2,400 lbs. Sail panels, 68 inches maximum height and even, are permitted. Any American Racer or DIRT Hoosier tire used at a weekly dirt Modified track in the Northeast is permitted. A draw for position will set heat-race line-ups.

The Short Track SuperNationals produced a “working man” winner last October when Danny Tyler of Cottekill, N.Y., an Accord (N.Y.) Speedway regular, emerged from a three-wide battle with New Jersey legend Billy Pauch Sr. and Capital District star Bobby Varin to earn the biggest win of his career and more than $6,000 in cash and prizes.

Previous SuperNationals winners include Duane Howard of Oley, Pa., (’11), Justin Holland of Kauneonga Lake, N.Y., (’10), Kevin Hirthler of Boyertown, Pa., (’09) and Mike Ricci of Tillson, N.Y. (’06 – Afton).

Marketing opportunities and lap sponsorships are now available by contacting Brett Deyo by phone at 845.728.2781 or via e-mail: Deyo99H@aol.com. BD Motorsports Media LLC is online at www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BDMotorsportsMedia and on Twitter @BrettDeyo.  Five Mile Point Speedway is on the web at www.fivemilepointspeedway.net.

The Short Track SuperNationals is presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc., VP Racing Fuels, Small Engine Fuel, American Racer/Lias Tire, Manmiller Electric, Alpine Building Supply, BFP Specialty, S&D Bodyline, Tonarlo’s Pizza, Shiley Fabrication, Tim Long, Penn Can Speedway ‘King of the Can’ Weekend, Crunchco Snacks, Mirabilis Cattle, S&W Awards, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Elmo’s Auto Body, S&W Awards and more fine marketing partners.

Short Track SuperNationals Five-Year Event History


October 6, 2012 (Five Mile Point): DANNY TYLER – Bobby Varin – Brian Weaver – Billy Pauch Sr. – Mitch Gibbs

October 7, 2011 (Five Mile Point): DUANE HOWARD – Danny Tyler – Billy Pauch Sr. – Jeff Strunk – Jeff Heotzler

October 9, 2010 (Five Mile Point): JUSTIN HOLLAND – Billy Pauch Jr. – Kevin Bates – Brian Weaver – Danny Tyler

October 10, 2009 (Five Mile Point): KEVIN HIRTHLER – Mike Ricci – Mike Gular – Sean Merkel – Joey Grammes

October 7, 2006 (Afton): MIKE RICCI – J.R. Hurlburt – Brian Weaver – Joey Grammes – Davie Franek


2013 Lias Tire-American Racer Road to the SuperNationals

Each event victor earns a guaranteed starting position in the VP Racing Fuels-Pioneer Pole Buildings Short Track SuperNationals at Five Mile Point Speedway Saturday, October 12, 2013, worth $455


Friday, March 15, 2013 – Selinsgrove Speedway/Selinsgrove, PA – DUANE HOWARD

Sunday, March 24, 2013 – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, PA – CRAIG VON DOHREN

Saturday, July 6, 2013 – New Egypt Speedway/New Egypt, NJ – DAVID VAN HORN JR.

Saturday, July 13, 2013 – Grandview Speedway/Bechtelsville, PA – FRANK COZZE

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 – Five Mile Point Speedway/Kirkwood, NY – BOBBY VARIN

Saturday, August 3, 2013 – Bridgeport Speedway/Bridgeport, NJ – JIMMY HORTON

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 – Utica-Rome Speedway/Vernon, NY – MATT SHEPPARD

Friday, August 23, 2013 – Penn Can Speedway/Susquehanna, PA – ADAM MACGEORGE

Friday, August 30, 2013 – I-88 Speedway/Afton, NY 

Saturday, September 7, 2013 – Glen Ridge Motorsports Park/Fultonville, NY

Friday, September 13, 2013 – Accord Speedway/Accord, NY


Brett Deyo

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Racing video:


The Donny Schatz accident:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=LlO0GH9xfCE






Photo of the week:

Note:  Not available on DTD.  To see the photo, you have to go to:






Start of a Milwaukee Midget race with Rodger Ward on the pole.  Some crowd, huh?




I get emails:


Email on 8/22/13:


It's Important That Americans Understand What Civilization Is Up Against!!!




Arab mentality by an M.D. at Hadassah Hospital in Israel


Arab Mentality

By Dr. Arieh Elda an M.D. at Hadassah Hosp Hospital in Israel


I was instrumental in establishing the "Israeli National Skin Bank", which is the largest in the world. The National Skin Bank stores skin for every day needs as well as for war time or mass casualty situations.


This skin bank is hosted at the Hadassah Ein Kerem University hospital in Jerusalem where I was the Chairman of plastic surgery.  This is how I was asked to supply skin for an Arab woman from Gaza , who was hospitalized in Soroka Hospital in Beersheva, after her family burned her. Usually, such atrocities happen among Arab families when the women are suspected of having an affair.


We supplied all the needed Homografts for her treatment. She was successfully treated by my friend and colleague, Prof. Lior Rosenberg and discharged to return to Gaza . She was invited for regular follow-up visits to the outpatient clinic in Beersheva.


One day she was caught at a border crossing wearing a suicide belt.


She meant to explode herself in the outpatient clinic of the hospital where they saved her life.


It seems that her family promised her that if she did that, they would forgive her.


This is only one example of the war between Jews and Muslims in the Land of Israel . It is not a territorial conflict. This is a civilizational conflict, or rather a war between civilization & barbarism.


Bibi (Netanyahu) gets it, Obama does not.

I have never written before asking to please forward onwards, so that as many as possible can understand radical Islam and what awaits the world if it is not stopped.


Dr Arieh Eldad

Check for yourself below (Snopes)




  I checked it - TRUE!




Maybe you've seen this before, via emails,  maybe not:



Wow, this girl has a great plan! Love the last thing she would do the best.


This was written by a 21 yr. old female who gets it. It's her future she's worried about and this is how she feels about the social welfare big government state that she's being forced to live in! These solutions are just common sense in her opinion.


This was in the Waco Tribune Herald, Waco , TX




Put me in charge of Food Stamps. I'd get rid of Lone Star cards; no cash for Ding Dongs or Ho Ho's, just money for 50-pound bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese and all the powdered milk you can haul away. If you want steak and frozen pizza, then get a job.


Put me in charge of Medicaid. The first thing I'd do is to get women Norplant birth control implants or tubal ligations. Then, we'll test recipients for drugs, alcohol, and nicotine. If you want to reproduce or use drugs, alcohol, or smoke, then get a job.


Put me in charge of Government Housing. Ever live in a military barracks? You will maintain our property in a clean and good state of repair. Your home" will be subject to inspections anytime and possessions will be inventoried. If you want a plasma TV or Xbox 360, then get a job and your own place.


In addition, you will either present a check stub from a job each week or you will report to a "government" job. It may be cleaning the roadways of trash, painting and repairing public housing, whatever we find for you. We will sell your 22 inch rims and low profile tires and your blasting stereo and speakers and put that money toward the "common good"


Before you write that I've violated someone's rights, realize that all of the above is voluntary. If you want our money, accept our rules. Before you say that this would be "demeaning" and ruin their "self-esteem," consider that it wasn't that long ago that taking someone else's money for doing absolutely nothing was demeaning and lowered self-esteem.


If we are expected to pay for other people's mistakes we should at least attempt to make them learn from their bad choices. The current system rewards them for continuing to make bad choices.


AND While you are on Gov't subsistence, you no longer can VOTE! Yes, that is correct. For you to vote would be a conflict of interest. You will voluntarily remove yourself from voting while you are receiving a Gov't welfare check. If you want to vote, then get a job.







One Nation UNDER GOD







Found on the Internet – non racing:


Notre Dame to begin accepting illegal immigrants


In part:  "The University of Notre Dame will begin admitting illegal immigrants to the school and will provide them with financial aid, saying the move will “strengthen” the student body.

The university had never had an official ban on illegal immigrants, but Inside Higher Ed reported the school treated them as international students and required them to have student visas — which effectively served as a bar.


“We will strengthen our incoming class and give deserving young people the chance for a Notre Dame education,” Don Bishop, associate vice president for undergraduate enrollment, said in a statement announcing the policy Thursday.

The university also said it “is committed to meeting the full demonstrated financial need for all admitted students.” Illegal immigrants are not eligible for federal student aid, but the university’s announcement signals that Notre Dame would make up the difference between the cost and what the student and his or her family can afford.






And to go along, in a way, with the above:



Study: In Most States, Welfare Pays Better Than a Job


In part:  "Welcome to a world where people are financially penalized if they get off welfare to get a job. That’s right, a new study reveals that welfare has grown so much, that in 35 states, it pays more than an entry level job.


In fact, in some states you can net over $30,000 in welfare benefits. Remember, the Boston Bombers earned $100,000 from welfare."


"Have you ever wondered how some people seem to be receiving food stamps and yet have money for new things, while others don’t? It’s all part of the same corrupt system that is inconsistent, hideously enforced, and filled with loopholes that can be “gamed”.









From Facebook – non racing stuff:


Facebook on 8/24:



As you walk up the steps to the building which houses the U.S. Supreme Court you can see near the top of the building a row of the world's law givers and each one is facing one in the middle who is facing forward with a full frontal view ...


It is Moses and he is holding the Ten Commandments!



As you enter the Supreme Court courtroom, the two huge oak doors have the Ten Commandments engraved on each lower portion of each door.



As you sit inside the courtroom, you can see the wall,right above where the Supreme Court Judges sit, a display of the Ten Commandments



There are Bible verses etched in stone all over the Federal Buildings and Monuments in

Washington , D.C.



James Madison, the fourth president, known as ' The Father of Our Constitution' made the Following statement: 'We have staked the whole of all our political Institutions pon the capacity of mankind for Self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to

govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to The Ten Commandments of God.'



Every session of Congress begins with a prayer by a paid preacher, whose salary has

been paid by the taxpayer since 1777.



Fifty-two of the 55 founders of the Constitution were members of the established

Orthodox churches in the colonies..



Thomas Jefferson worried that the Courts would overstep their authority and instead of Interpreting the law would begin making law an oligarchy: the rule of few over many.


How then, have we gotten to the point that everything we have done for 220 years in this Country is now suddenly wrong and Unconstitutional?


Lets put it around the world and let the world see and remember what this great country was Built on The Holy Bible and belief in GOD!




Facebook on 8/26:


Yes. he told them what he was going to do!


Extremely Pissed off RIGHT Wingers 2

SHARE THIS! ~D-DOG EXTREMELY PISSED OFF RIGHT WINGERS Yes, he told us in advance what he planned to do. Few were listening.

The following is a narrative taken from a 2008 Sunday morning televised "Meet The Press'.

From Sunday's 07 Sept. 2008 11 : 48 : 04 EST, Televised "Meet the Press" THE THEN Senator Obama was asked about his stance on the American Flag.

General Bill Gann' USAF (ret.) asked Obama to explain WHY he doesn't follow protocol when the National Anthem is played.


General stated to Obama that according to the United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Sec. 171...

During rendition of the national anthem, when the flag is displayed, all present (except those in uniform) are expected to stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. Or, at the very least, "Stand and Face It".



Obama replied :

"As I've said about the flag pin, I don't want to be perceived as taking sides". "There are a lot of people in the world to whom the American flag is a symbol of oppression.." "The anthem itself conveys a war-like message. You know, the bombs bursting in air and all that sort of thing."


Obama continued : "The National Anthem should be 'swapped' for something less parochial and less bellicose. I like the song 'I'd Like To Teach the World To Sing'. If that were our anthem, then, I might salute it. In my opinion, we should consider reinventing our National Anthem as well as 'redesign' our Flag to better offer our enemies hope and love. It's my intention, if elected, to disarm America to the level of acceptance to our Middle East Brethren. If we, as a Nation of warring people, conduct ourselves like the nations of Islam, where peace prevails - - - perhaps a state or period of mutual accord could exist between our governments ...."

When I

become President, I will seek a pact of agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity, and a freedom from disquieting oppressive thoughts. We as a Nation, have placed upon the nations of Islam, an unfair injustice which is WHY my wife disrespects the Flag and she and I have attended several flag burning ceremonies in the past".

"Of course now, I have found myself about to become

the President of the United States and I have put my hatred aside. I will use my power to bring CHANGE to this Nation, and offer the people a new path. My wife and I look forward to becoming our Country's First black Family. Indeed, CHANGE is about to overwhelm the United States of America "

Yes, you read it right.

I, for one, am speechless!!!


Dale Lindsborg , Washington Post









On Facebook on 8/27:


This is crazy, Obama, Democrats and Republicans are backing these nut jobs.








Non racin’ stuff:



CBS Spotlights UPS Cutting Benefits Due to ObamaCare; ABC, NBC Out To Lunch





AP source: DHS employee behind racist website


In part:   "A Homeland Security employee is the operator of a racist website predicting and advocating a race war, a department official said Thursday.

Ayo Kimathi, who is an acquisitions officer for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, operates the site, War on the Horizon, which includes descriptions of an "unavoidable, inevitable clash with the white race." Kimathi is black.


"Warfare is eminent, and in order for black people to survive the 21st century, we are going to have to kill a lot of whites — more than our Christian hearts can possibly count,"






Obamacare's Doctor Dilemma


In part:  "America has a looming problem -- and Obamacare is going to make it worse. That's the conclusion from two former U.S. Senate majority leaders -- one a Democrat and the other a Republican."







The Truth About North Carolina’s Voter ID Law the Media Won’t Tell You


In part:  "Following a Supreme Court ruling that said that federal restrictions on certain states’ voting laws were invalid, North Carolina passed a law requiring that people who wish to cast a ballot must show photo identification. Predictably, the left-leaning media have gone into high outrage mode.


In doing so they’ve ignored the facts which show that not only do black voters support voter ID more than whites, getting an ID card is not nearly so onerous as anti-reform groups pretend it to be, and that helping people get identification for themselves is a good way of ensuring they are part of the many other parts of societal interaction that require identification. This much should be evident to reporters who continuously amplify incendiary, racially charged allegations that do not square with reality.”








Holder pressed on U.S. drug agency use of hidden data evidence


In part:  "Eight Democratic senators and congressmen have asked Attorney General Eric Holder to answer questions about a Reuters report that the National Security Agency supplies the Drug Enforcement Administration with intelligence information used to make non-terrorism cases against American citizens.


The August report revealed that a secretive DEA unit passes the NSA information to agents in the field, including those from the Internal Revenue Service, the FBI and Homeland Security, with instructions to never disclose the original source, even in court. In most cases, the NSA tips involve drugs, money laundering and organized crime, not terrorism.









Music video:


Back in the day, I always thought Linda Rondstadt was a “Hottie”.


Singer Linda Ronstadt has Parkinson's, 'can't sing a note'

















Joke of the week:


Tragically, a bus on a busy street struck an old Catholic man.


He was lying near death on the sidewalk as a crowd gathered.


"A priest" the man gasped.


A policeman checked the crowd and finally yelled, "A PRIEST, PLEASE!

Isn't there a priest in this crowd to give this man his last rites?"


Finally, out of the crowd stepped a little old Jewish man in his 80s.


"Mr. Policeman," said the man, "I'm not a priest. I'm not even a Christian.


But for 50 years now, I'm living behind the Catholic Church on Second Avenue,

and every night I'm overhearing their services. I can recall a lot of it, and maybe

I can be of some comfort to this poor man."


The policeman agreed, and cleared the crowd so the man could get through to where the

injured man lay.


The old Jewish man knelt down, leaned over the man and said in a solemn voice:...........

B-5 .... I-19 ... N-38 ... G-54 .... O-72






Until the next column!


I can be reached, via e-mail, at:  ygordad@yahoo.com