Racin' & Different Stuff:

                                      By Tom Avenengo

                                         Volume # 162




Please don’t forget:  Benghazi, The IRS Scandal and all the other scandals that seem to get put on the back burners every week.  When will anyone be “held accountable”, anyway?  Oh, don’t forget my description of “Held Accountable”:  Nothing will get done to anyone.


Watching TV and news about the Affordable Health Care stuff, I got to thinking, are all Democrats as dumb, stupid and completely out to lunch, as those that are on TV supporting this ridiculous “law”?


Greetings from Cape Coral, Florida!  The trip down, with daughter Sandra, grandson John, the wife, me and our “Beast”, Max, took about 22 hours driving time, in the full Mini-van.  The trip down wasn’t really all that bad, but it kicked butt for a couple of days after we arrived down here.  On top of that, temperatures in the mid to high 80’s – some 30 degrees warmer than back home, helped kick butt, too.  Too much, too soon, ya know?



Today, Wednesday, here in Cape Coral, we have had a “cold front” move in.  High today will be around 73.  Back home, in Port Jervis, it will be about 40 degrees colder.  Come tomorrow, it will be back in the mid 80’s here.


I’ve made three trips to one of the Wal-Marts down here.  Each time when I left the store, and got on the highways, I got lost.  Something so simple and I manage to screw it up.  All it takes is one wrong turn, which I seem to take all the time.  I think I’ll be ok on future trips, though.  If not, my “Tom-Tom” will come to my aid.


While we were making the trip down here, it was remarkable as to how many RV’s and campers were heading south to Florida.  And, my daughter said they saw the same thing when they drove up north to pick us up.  Quite a bit of dollars coming into Florida, that’s for sure.



Racin’ & short’ stuff:


One thing I missed, now that I’m down in Florida, was the annual party/auction/dinner that Stan Lobitz puts on every year on the second Sunday in November, at his catering hall in Hazleton, PA.   This was the first one I’ve missed in years.


As it looks now, my columns will be every other week.  I’m not sure just how many races I’ll get to see, in person.  If it was up to grandson, it would be something every week.  He’s kinda involved with a Nissan race team down here, and they have quite a lot of racing stuff at Sebring, which is about an hour and a half from Cape Coral.  I was at Sebring once – back in 1957, when you had all the worlds’ best drivers for the 12 hour race.  Drivers like Fangio, Moss, Behra, Hawthorn and others.  That’s back before the big contracts that the top F-1 drivers have today – contracts that in most cases forbid them from driving anything but F-1.


The racing season, to an extent, is basically over for 2013, so news will be rather minimal for a while.  Just bare with me, ok?

He’s involv


Only two drivers from OCFS were at the World Finals at Charlotte, last week.  Billy VanInwegen and Bob McGannon.  Billy V had a 14th on Friday and a 13th on Saturday.  For the SDS Series, he ended up 11th in points.  Bob didn’t fare as well, with having DNQ’s both nights.  He ended up 34th in points.  The point list shows 281 names listed.



From:  http://www.coastal181.com/weekday_photos.htm



#909  -  Please listen up on this one. On Saturday night last August 10, one of those random situations went down that was completely out of the blue and unspeakably horrible. Popular, mild-mannered, 69-year-old Dave Buanno went down to Fonda Speedway to see some of his old buddies. He has a bunch of them. Back in the seventies, he was a journeyman modified runner there at “The Track of Champions” with three feature wins. While chatting it up in the pit area, a wheel and tire flew off a race car, over the fences. David never saw it coming, and it hit him squarely and ferociously. He was med-flighted to Albany Medical Center and declared permanently paralyzed neck down. It has been an awful ordeal. But David is a determined guy with a strong family behind him. Doctors have been beyond amazed that he has begun to get some movement in his shoulders and right arm. There have been all the predictable insurance battles, and David has now been transferred to a spinal rehabilitation facility near Boston. Though the future is unclear, he just keeps digging, his wife Linda at his side fulltime. It’s a long way from home, and it can only help for him to have some cheer from the outside. How about taking ten minutes and dropping a real good guy a card:


David Buanno - Floor A-2 - VA Health Center - West Roxbury, MA 02132




From DTD's forum:


We are having a benefit for Dave Buanno who was injured in August at Fonda Speedway while watching the races. We want to help his family with the many expenses they are facing during this time.


  Spaghetti Dinner @ Checkers Out Speedway , Sun. November 17th, Noon to 5:00.  Tickets are $ 11.00 for the dinner.  Racing will be $ 10.00 and paid for that day at the track.


 There will be racing raffles and more.  If anyone would like to donate anything for the raffle please contact us.


 Hope to see everyone there !!!!!


Fran Ivancic, Ted Luft & Jann Ivancic-McGaffin


Donations can be sent to me.   Jann Ivancic-McGaffin  44 McNeir Ave.  Amsterdam, NY 12010.                                                    


Cards can be sent to Dave Buanno P.O. Box 155 Tribes Hill , NY 12177


Note:  As you can see, there are two different addresses.  I sent an email to Lew Boyd at Coastal 181, and he got back to me with this:


“Hi Tom:

This is such a nice thing for you to do.  It is one very sad situation.

I think I would use the West Roxbury address, because that is where he is now and his wife gave me that when I went to see him.

All best to you.





A new website for those that are buying or selling racing stuff:






An interesting statistic found on the DTD Forum:


“The Joisey Jet has won ESW 200's in 5 different decades. Even though that's 34 years and not 50, it's still an incredibly impressive record.”






Congrats to Drew Fornoro who was just inducted into the New England Antique Racing Hall of Fame.  If I’m not mistaken, drew, along with his father, Nick, are the only father and son so honored, so far.





Some "Gobbler" news posted by Brett Deyo on the DTD Forum on 11/12/13:


“This show is shaping up to be very lucrative for Modified teams. It is now $7,117.11 to win. Every heat race is sponsored for $100. There is a Cash Dash paying $300 to win. Laps are sponsored (including $250 for halfway) and there is a long list of cash and product awards in the thousands. The winner will likely be close to or over $8,000 for 50 laps when it is all said and done.


Like most of my races, the difference between entering early and the day of the race is only $5, so most teams enter on race day and don't send in their entries in advance. So I rely on verbal commitments, etc.  Committed so far as far as invaders are Stewart Friesen, Mike Mahaney, Bob Henry Jr., Bobby Varin, Brian Weaver, Pat Ward, Elmo Reckner, Justin Holland, Nick Rochinski and more. Car owner Mike Payne has expressed interest, along with Duane Howard, Brett Hearn, Jimmy Phelps, Danny Johnson and some others. I'm sure I will have more names confirmed as the race gets closer.


As for the locals/track regulars, Andy Bachetti plans to be there along with Jackie Brown Jr., Danny Tyler, Tommy Meier, Anthony Perrego, Tyler Dippel, Danny Creeden and the Friday Accord field of drivers.


Looking like it will be a great show.”


Some additional 'Gobbler' news...


Those attending the 'Gobbler' event at Accord Speedway on Saturday, November 30 will receive free hot coffee throughout the day with any concession stand purchase. Also, a toy drive will be held on race day to benefit the local Town of Rochester, N.Y., Youth Commission. Anyone bringing a new, unwrapped toy to the speedway will receive a coupon for a free hot chocolate.


The 'Gobbler' is headlined by a 50-lap Modified main event, now paying $7,117.11 to win. Sportsman (25 laps, $1,000 to win) and the Ron Wright Memorial 20-lap Street Stock/Pure Stock event complete the program.


Welcome to the newest special award/contingency sponsor Gary Shiley of Shiley Fabrication in Williamstown, Pa., who will sponsor a Hard Luck Award to consist of bumpers and rubrails for the Modified division.  Thanks to Gary for the year-long support of our events.


JaMike Sowle and Orange County champion Tim Hindley are also expected entries.


To learn more, visit www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com.







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Travis Pastrana leaving NASCAR after season finale


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Travis Pastrana said Monday he's leaving NASCAR after this weekend's season finale Nationwide Series race at Homestead.


Pastrana announced his decision on his Facebook page. He cited a lack of sponsorship, a desire to spend time with his wife and new daughter and frustration over his struggles in NASCAR as his reasons for leaving the sport.


''It's tough to step back now and prove the critics were right, but unfortunately my results were not good enough to get the sponsors I needed to appropriately fund next season,'' Pastrana wrote. ''My wife Lyn-z has been more than supportive of my foray into NASCAR, often times being my biggest source of encouragement and support. But as my wife had to take a step back from being a professional skater to let me chase my goals in racing, I too need to take a step back and look at my situation as a father and husband.


''The NASCAR schedule is grueling and takes enormous sacrifices from those you love to make work,'' he added. ''With a lack of funding next year, now is my opportunity to sit back and offer support as she chases her goals.''


The Pastrana's welcomed daughter, Addy, in early September.


One of the most popular action sports stars in the world and a 17-time medal winner at the X Games, Pastrana first tried NASCAR in 2011. He was scheduled to make his Nationwide debut that July, but broke his leg in an X Games accident two days before the race. It delayed his debut until last season, when Pastrana ran nine races.


He joined Roush-Fenway Racing this season and has four top-10s heading into Saturday's finale. He's 14th in the Nationwide standings and has a 21.4 average finish.


''I hate to quit and I hate to fail, but sometimes things work out as they should,'' Pastrana wrote. ''I've never been able to figure out the finesse required in pavement racing and that is disappointing, but I'm looking forward to driving more rally and racing more off-road trucks and there will be some announcements on those fronts shortly! My wife is excited to get back to skating on the Nitro Circus Live Tour and I'm excited to spend some quality time with my girls.''






Car counts for the last NASCAR race this coming weekend:


Cup:  43

Nationwide:  42

Trucks:  40




NASCAR’s 2013 Sprint Cup Homestead goodbyes


Several drivers will be changing teams or facing an uncertain future in the sport after Sunday’s Ford Ecoboost 400, the season finale for the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.


Here’s a brief look at what they’ve accomplished in their runs with their current squads:


Kevin Harvick, Richard Childress Racing (2001-2013)


Harvick leaves the only Cup team he’s ever known. He’ll start his 466th and last race with RCR on Sunday third in the points, and seeking back-to-back wins to close out his 13-year run. He has 23 career wins and one on Sunday would tie the most he’s achieved with the team in a single season (5 in 2006). Harvick has twice finished third in the points (2010, 2011) with RCR.


Kurt Busch, Furniture Row Racing (2012-2013)


No Cinderella story in the Chase, but the fact Busch has taken the Denver-based operation to another level and raised its stature in the garage is no small accomplishment. A best finish of second in 41 starts and in 2013, his only full season with the team, has 11 top-fives and 16 top-10 finishes. He has recovered from his career wilderness.


Ryan Newman, Stewart-Haas Racing (2009-2013)


Newman will start his 180th race for SHR before both Harvick and Busch join the team in 2014. The Indiana native has three Chase berths and four wins in his tenure; he carried the team this year with Tony Stewart’s injuries costing him his season and with Danica Patrick learning the ropes in her first full-time season.


Martin Truex Jr., Michael Waltrip Racing (2010-2013)


It’s been four methodical seasons for Truex and MWR; never great, but progressive improvements over the last two years in particular. His 144th and last start with MWR comes after one prior win (Sonoma this year) and a myriad of bad circumstances that have seemed to conspire against him in 2013.


Jeff Burton, Richard Childress Racing (2004-2013)


One of NASCAR’s all-time class acts and great quotes, Burton signs off his 10-year run at RCR with his 338th start for the team this weekend to make way for Newman’s arrival. His four wins were achieved from 2006 through 2008, the latter year of which he was a bona fide title contender before fading to sixth at year’s end.


Juan Pablo Montoya, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing (2006-2013)


He’ll start his 253rd and final, for now, NASCAR Sprint Cup race with EGR and the word “unfulfilled” probably the best descriptor of his NASCAR career. The open-wheel ace has never truly starred in NASCAR except for a handful of races; two road course wins and one Chase appearance all he has to show in his seven full seasons.


Mark Martin, Stewart-Haas Racing (2013)


Martin’s possible final act in Sprint Cup – it’s hard to say for sure as Martin is NASCAR’s equivalent of Brett Favre – has been a good one. Martin served as a mentor and team developer at Michael Waltrip Racing before moving to SHR to fill in for the injured Tony Stewart. He’s run partial seasons since 2005, save for three Hendrick years from 2009 through 2011. Is this finally the end?


Bobby Labonte, too, has already signed off at Phoenix. There may be others from some of the smaller teams, but this is a big list of those leaving their current seats before 2014.






Kyle Larson starts new sprint car team with Justin Marks






When former President Bill Clinton spoke up the other day about the Obamacare debacle, he sure looked like hell, didn’t he?  Of course the reason he’s running his mouth now is to get the Witch – Hillary, away from Obama & Obamacare so she might get votes in 2016.  Hey, don’t forget that big list of former people associated with the Clintons and where they are, today – like 6 feet under.  These people are dangerous folks, dangerous as can be.  Hillary still has not been held accountable for the Benghazi deal.  That, in itself, should disqualify here from running for the presidency.



From Jayski:



Daytona 500 Winner Trevor Bayne Diagnosed with MS: Daytona 500 winner and Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) driver Trevor Bayne has announced that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (explanation of MS). Bayne - 22 years old - has undergone extensive testing at the Mayo Clinic and has been cleared by doctors and NASCAR to compete behind the wheel. "I've never been more driven to compete," said Bayne. "My goals are the same as they've been since I started racing. I want to compete at the highest level and I want to win races and championships. I am in the best shape I've ever been in and I feel good," added Bayne. "There are currently no symptoms and I'm committed to continuing to take the best care of my body as possible. I will continue to trust God daily and know that His plan for me is what is best. As for now, I want to close out the season strong this weekend at Homestead and then shift my focus on getting ready to compete for the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Championship in 2014. I have a great team, a great family and great people all around me. I have been truly blessed in life and I look forward to what my future holds."

"We are 100% supportive of Trevor and his ability to compete in a race car," said Roush Fenway team owner Jack Roush. "I have full confidence in Trevor and his partners have all expressed that same confidence and support. As with all of our drivers, we look forward to standing behind Trevor and providing him with all of the tools he needs as he continues to develop in his young career."(see full press release at Roush Fenway Racing's website)(11-12-2013)



Latest on Burton's 2014 plans: #31-Jeff Burton met with members of the media Friday at Phoenix International Raceway and discussed his role in the sport in 2014, the transcript in part:


Burton: No, really nothing has changed. I feel that I know what I am going to be doing it’s just you all don’t (laughs). Some things have taken a little longer than I thought they would take and some of that is because of me. Some of that is because I slowed some stuff down and wanted to really think about it. Some of it is because some situations have popped up that weren’t there a little bit ago. I feel very confident. I know exactly what I’m going to be doing part of next year and there is another part of it that I’m still working on, but really close on. I’m just not the kind of person that is going to talk about it until we need to be talking about it.


Burton: Yeah, part of it is, yes. (Team Chevy)(11-9-2013)



Martin's racing career may be over after Homestead: #14-Mark Martin's legendary racing career may be over after next week. While he wouldn't use the "retirement" word Friday while talking with reporters  he says the word has burned him in the past.  Martin strongly hinted he would not race in 2014 and beyond. Martin said he made the decision not to race in January and has kept it between his friends and family. When he finished third in February's Daytona 500, he said he was pleased knowing it would be his last one. "It's time for me to open a new chapter," Martin said during a 24-minute interview Friday at Phoenix International Raceway. Martin will do testing next season for Stewart-Haas Racing, where he currently drives. He will test Tony Stewart's No. 14 car in January at Daytona, then attend most or all of SHR's tests in 2014 to provide feedback or a second opinion.(USA Today)(11-9-2013)



Latest on some possible 2014 rules changes: NASCAR has been looking at new technical rules to tweak the cars for 2014. A mid-December test at Charlotte Motor Speedway, yet another NASCAR test there, should help set things. NASCAR is now expected to bring the 'tapered spacer' to the Cup series, to try to take 90 horsepower out of these 900 horsepower engines. NASCAR has tested a roof 'wicker,' running left-to-right, designed to disturb the air; that design was used some 10 years ago, briefly, but it appears the sanctioning body is rejecting that change. NASCAR will be using larger rear spoilers next season. And NASCAR is expected to add some holes in the rear bumpers, to vent under-car air flow.(MikeMulhern.net)(11-7-2013)



Hendrick thinks Martin may race again: Mark Martin says he doesn’t plan to race in the Sprint Cup Series next year. But one of his bigger fans and former car owners isn’t so sure. He’s still super-competitive, and I wouldn’t bet that he doesnt show up again, Rick Hendrick said before Sunday’s AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Martin won five races for Hendrick from 2009-11. Everywhere he goes, he’s made a difference, said Hendrick, whose current stable includes Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne. At his age (54), he deserves to take a break if he wants to, but he’s still an awesome driver.I’m just telling you, I wouldn’t be surprised, as good as he is, if someone (team) gets in a jam and needs a driver, they’ll be calling him. And I bet he comes back. Asked about that possibility by azcentral sports Friday, Martin admitted, I can’t imagine not getting called. I’m prepared to deal with that on a one-on-one basis. ... I won’t be in the Daytona 500 under any circumstances.(Arizona Republic)(11-11-2013)



Four 2012 race winners have ONE race left to continue streaks: four drivers that won a Sprint Cup Series race in 2012 have not won a race in 2013 with only one race left in the 2013 season. #11-Denny Hamlin has won at least one race in seven straight seasons, the list of drivers looking to extend their streaks:

seasons with at least a win, driver, track/date that continued streak, time period of streak

7, Denny Hamlin, Phoenix, March 2012 [2006-2012]

3, Clint Bowyer, Sonoma, June 2012 [2010-2012]

2, Marcos Ambrose, Watkins Glen, August 2012 [2011-2012]

1, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Michigan, June 2012 [2012]



MWR to run three cars in 2014: Despite NAPA’s decision not to return to MWR in 2014, and driver Martin Truex Jr. and crew chief Chad Johnston opting to move on, team owner Rob Kauffman told FOXSports.com that three teams will operate out of the shop next year. "We’ll have two full-time cars and a third car that will run part-time, Kauffman said. It’s really kind of as simple as that. It’s not going to run for the championship so it will have the flexibility to try stuff but the same as everybody else has to pass tech each week and make sure everything’s correct. But it is a third car. It will help us keep the core of the team a little bit more substantial by keeping the engineering staff full, the pit crews are still able to keep in practice and keep going through the motions, so if in 15 we can scale back up to a third car, the infrastructure would still be in place. It’s kind of a little bit of a diet, then maybe you can get back to a playing weight by 15. When asked who the driver would be for the third car, Kauffman said coyly, There is one. Pressed whether that driver was Jeff Burton, he replied, There is a list.(FoxSports)(11-10-2013)




Spotter Calinoff Not Returning to Roush Fenway in 2014: Mike Calinoff, a fixture atop the spotter’s stand for Roush Fenway Racing since 2000, will not return as spotter for #17-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, or Trevor Bayne in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2014. Jack Roush, Robbie Reiser and Matt Kenseth took a chance on me in 2000 and afforded me the opportunity to build a career in NASCAR that has far exceeded my expectations, said Calinoff. I’ve worked with a number of amazing drivers and crew chiefs who will continue to be great friends.

"I've enjoyed working with Mike," said Stenhouse, "and I appreciate his help over the past four years."

Calinoff's resume at Roush Fenway Racing includes 47 victories in NASCAR’s three National Touring Series with Kenseth, Stenhouse and Ricky Craven. He won the 2003 Sprint Cup title and two Daytona 500s (2009 & 2012) with Kenseth, in addition to back-to-back Nationwide crowns with Stenhouse in 2011 and 2012. Even though I will not return to RFR in 2014, I remain focused on trying to win a Sprint Cup race with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., said Calinoff. That would be an awesome way to end the season.(Godfather Motorsports)(11-5-2013)


Note:  Quite a few years ago, Mike set up a website for his father – Lenny Calinoff.  More or less it was to keep Lenny out of trouble, if I remember correctly.  What was it called?  openwheelracing.com or  openwheelracers.com?  Anyway, Lenny Calinoff, along with John LeVan, are really those that got me into this writing stuff.  On our first trip down to Florida, back in 2004, I received a call from LeVan telling me of the passing away of Lenny on December 1st.  For reasons unknown to me, LeVan took over the website, but a failure to pay for it, by Mike, caused it to be closed down.  LeVan then started up the second openwheel website.  He kept it up, increasing it to one of the best Motor Sports websites in the country, until he left us on December 18, 2008.  His son Craig, took it over, but was not able to maintain it, not being all that computer savvy, so it too, closed down.




From Track Forum:



Changes coming to Indy 500 qualifying format






IndyCar made no attempt to add Phoenix to the schedule





From the AARN:



Special items in this weeks edition:



This Week



Pittman Wins World Of Outlaws

Sprint Championship Over Schatz

In Charlotte


Todd Szegedy Out Of Smeriglio Deuce

On Whelen Modified Tour For 2014


Billy Pauch, Jr. Goes Four-For-Four

In Path Valley SPEEDStr, Micro

Two Day Sweep


Matt Hirschman Captures

North South Shootout


Utica-Rome Shocker: 

Historic Track Now NASCAR Sanctioned


Lanagan, Richards

Best WoO Late Model Fields

in Charlotte


Battle On The Beach

To Stay At Daytona

International Speedway


Hearn, Friesen Share

DIRTcar World Finals Laurels;

Hearn Takes Title


Mahaney Is Five Mile Point's

Southern Tier 100 Mod Master


Black Rock Sportsman

200-Lapper Falls By Ray Bliss




According to a small article in this weeks AARN by Steve Barrick, it looks like the “Battle of the Beach” race that they had at Daytona, last year, on that sh*t track, will return to that same track.  I, personally, am quite surprised that that is the case for the 2014 event.  If so, scratch me off the list of those that will be watching.  Didn’t they remove that huge grandstand that was on the backstretch, at Daytona?  I knew that was a planned demolition.


NASCAR, supposedly is “looking at the fine points”, including configuration of the track.




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Newburyport, Mass., November 11, 2013 – Motorsports publisher Coastal 181 announced today the release of its latest title, “WICKED FAST: Racing Through Life with Bentley Warren,” by Bones Bourcier.


Bentley Warren’s approach to life is mirrored by the tongue-in-cheek slogan of his high-octane watering hole, Bentley’s Saloon in Arundel , Maine : “Who has more fun than us? We do!”


Whether mingling with customers or catching up with racing friends, Warren ’s fun-meter is usually pegged. You can find him by following the laughter, or, if you dare, the thunder of his hot-rod Harley.


Yet beneath the good-times façade, Bentley’s life has been one of focus and accomplishment. An Indianapolis 500 veteran, he is also one of the most decorated short-track drivers of his generation, having won from Massachusetts to Phoenix , and from Canada to South Florida . He’s a seven-time champion at New York ’s Oswego Speedway – where he captured the prestigious International Classic on six occasions – as well as a four-time ISMA series champ and a six-time winner of New England ’s premier Supermodified event, the Star Speedway Classic. He was twice victorious in the storied Little 500 for Sprint Cars at Anderson , Indiana . Along the way, he somehow found time to become a self-taught entrepreneur; before the saloon, he built a successful trucking company.


Bourcier has done a masterful job in capturing the story, the spirit, and the humor of the incomparable Bentley Warren.


“WICKED FAST” is available online at www.coastal181.com or by calling Coastal 181 at 877-907-8181 toll free.  The website, updated daily, includes over 1000 other motorsports books and DVDs, as well as hundreds of photos and racing commentaries.





News from Accord Speedway’s ‘Gobbler’

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

For Immediate Release/November 12, 2013

Weekend Winners Stewart Friesen & Mike Mahaney Set Sights On Accord Speedway ‘Gobbler’ Saturday, November 30; Concessions To Serve FREE Hot Coffee; Town Of Rochester Youth Commission Toy Drive Announced; Modified Payout Now $7,117.11 To Win!

ACCORD, NY – A pair of last weekend’s big winners will look to add to their late-season success at the ‘Gobbler’ Saturday, November 30 at Accord Speedway.

Stewart Friesen and Mike Mahaney, two of Modified racing’s brightest stars, have set plans to do battle in the 2013 dirt-track finale. Friesen won the prestigious World Finals Super DIRTcar Series finale at the Dirt Track at Charlotte (N.C.) last Saturday, while Mahaney drove to victory in the Southern Tier 100 held at Five Mile Point (N.Y.) Speedway.

Friesen, 30, a native of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., who now resides in Sprakers, N.Y., will contend at the ‘Gobbler’ driving Tadd Parks’ No. 1 small-block Teo-Pro car, while the 24-year-old Mahaney, of King Ferry, N.Y., plans to strap into the Charlie Davis-owned No. 21 Troyer. Friesen was the champion at Fonda and Utica-Rome speedways in upstate New York this season, while Mahaney annexed the title at I-88 Speedway in the Southern Tier.

The ‘Gobbler’ event, a co-promotion involving BD Motorsports Media LLC and Accord owner/promoter Gary Palmer, will bring down the curtain on outdoor dirt-track racing in ’13. Neither Friesen nor Mahaney has visited Victory Lane at Accord in their burgeoning careers: they hope to before the season officially concludes.

The afternoon program at the Ulster County quarter-mile oval is headlined by a 50-lap big-block/small-block Modified main event now paying a massive $7,117.11 to win thanks to Sowle Trailer Repair and Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.  Creekside Supply and Simplicity Graphics have also contributed to the most lucrative winner’s share to be paid out by both BD Motorsports Media and Accord Speedway this year!

Sportsman (Open & Crate 602) race 25 laps for $1,000 to the winner (plus $500 in Crate 602 bonuses and other awards) and a special Pure Stock/Street Stock Ron Wright Memorial 20-lap event, with a rapidly growing purse, completes the event. More than $1,000 has been raised to boost the payout for the Ron Wright Memorial Event. Wright was a lifelong race fan, “racing Dad” to son Kyle and crew member before his untimely passing last year.

Competitors in the “Mashed Potato Modifieds,” Sportsman “Turkey 25” and “Pumpkin Pie Pure Stocks” have plenty of reason to keep their cars together for the ‘Gobbler’ finale. A complete list of special awards and bonuses can be found on the web at www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com under the ‘Gobbler’ icon.

Among the recent additions is a $250 cash Sportsman Halfway Bonus posted by Bulldog Concrete of Poughquag, N.Y. The cash goes to the leader of the 13th lap of the Sportsman 25-lap main event. Additionally, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse of Florida, N.Y., will reward the two Modified drivers turning the quickest feature event laps with $100 gift cards.

As a gesture of thanks for the outstanding support of the ‘Battle of the Bullring’ contested in August, the Accord Speedway concession stands will be serving FREE hot coffee all day with any purchase.

Additionally, to benefit local families in need, a Holiday Toy Drive will be held at the ‘Gobbler’ event. The speedway will collect new, unwrapped toys to donate to the Town of Rochester Youth Commission. Any individual bringing a toy will receive a coupon for a FREE hot chocolate.

Friesen and Mahaney join an expected Modified cast that includes Brian Weaver of Windsor, N.Y., recent Black Rock (N.Y.) Speedway winner Bob Henry Jr. of Clay, N.Y., Glen Ridge (N.Y.) Motorsports Park champion Bobby Varin of Sharon Springs, N.Y., (driving the Brian Sisson No. 710), Elmo Reckner of Ballston Lake, N.Y., teenage sensation Tyler Dippel of Wallkill, N.Y., Pat Ward of Genoa, N.Y., and more.

Accord regulars looking to defend their home turf include track champion and ‘King of the Catskills’ winner Jackie Brown Jr. of Hurley, N.Y., ‘Battle of the Bullring’ winner Danny Creeden of Middletown, N.Y., Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., rising young star Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., Tommy Meier of Waldwick, N.J., Danny Tyler of Cottekill, N.Y., and others.

Gates open at 11 a.m. with a Driver’s Meeting set for 12:30 p.m. Hot laps begin at 1 p.m. and the first green is flag planned for 1:30 p.m.

Grandstand admission is $20 for Adults, $18 for Seniors (ages 65 and over) and $5 for Kids 11 and under. Limited indoor seating is available at $30 each. Contact the speedway office at 845.626.3478 to reserve an indoor seat. Pit admission is $35 with no license required.

Camping is encouraged on the speedway grounds Friday and Saturday nights and is free of charge (no hook-ups). Campfires are permitted so long as they are contained.


Thanksgiving weekend racing returns to Accord this November for the first time in 11 years. The speedway previously hosted a ‘Turkey Chase’ event on Nov. 30, 2002 won by Robbie Green. Some 94 total race cars participated in the ’02 event, which was well attended.

Lap sponsorships for the ‘Gobbler’ are on sale now by contacting Brett Deyo at 845.728.2781, via e-mail at Deyo99H@aol.com or on the web at www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com.  Contact the BD Motorsports Media office for further ‘Gobbler’ information.  Like “BD Motorsports Media” on Facebook or follow @BrettDeyo on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates.

A spic-and-span oval nestled in the Catskill Mountains, Accord Speedway is located at 299 Whitfield Road in Accord, NY 12404. The speedway office phone is 845.728.2781. The speedway is on the web at www.accordspeedway.com and can be found on Facebook “The Official Accord Speedway” and Twitter: @AccordSpeedway.

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Going back, in time to November 14th in:



Tommy Milton ... Born .



Joe Saldana... Born  (Father of Joey)



Jimmy Bryan won the AAA sanctioned Silver State Century on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Las Vegas Park in Las Vegas, Nevada. Manny Ayulo was second followed by Jimmy Davies, Rodger Ward and Andy Linden.



Tony Stewart won the NASCAR Winston Cup Pennzoil 400 over Bobby Labonte at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, FL.



Jimmie Johnson won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Mountain Dew Southern 500 over Mark Martin at the Darlington Raceway, Darlington, SC.


Also, close to that 14th date in November:


On a November 13th, many years ago, the late Nick Fornoro married the love of his life – Bette.


On November 17th in 1938, singer Gordon Lightfoot was born.


A video of him:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgGnddEesAg&feature=related





On Facebook:


Found on 11/6:


Corey James wrote "Quit trashing Obama's accomplishments. He has done more than any other President before him. He has an impressive list of accomplishments: First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner. First President to have a social security number belonging to another man, from a state he has never lived in. First President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of the United States. First President to violate the War Powers Act. First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. First President to require all Americans to purchase a product from a third party. First President to spend a trillion dollars on "shovel-ready" jobs when there was no such thing as "shovel-ready" jobs.* * * * First President to abrogate bankruptcy law to turn over control of companies to his union supporters. First President to by-pass Congress and implement the Dream Act through executive fiat. First President to order a secret amnesty program that stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S. including those with criminal convictions. First President to demand a company hand-over $20 billion to one of his political appointees. First President to tell a CEO of a major corporation (Chrysler) to resign. First President to terminate America’s ability to put a man in space. First President to cancel the National Day of Prayer and to say that America is no longer a Christian nation. First President to have a law signed by an auto-pen without being present. First President to arbitrarily declare an existing law unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it. First President to threaten insurance companies if they publicly spoke out on the reasons for their rate increases. First President to tell a major manufacturing company in which state it is allowed to locate a factory. First President to file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath to protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN). First President to withdraw an existing coal permit that had been properly issued years ago. First President to actively try to bankrupt an American industry (coal). First President to fire an inspector general of AmeriCorps for catching one of his friends in a corruption case. First President to appoint 45 czars to replace elected officials in his office. First President to surround himself with radical left wing anarchists. First President to golf 73 separate times in his first two and a half years in office, 102 to date. First President to hide his medical, educational and travel records. First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing NOTHING to earn it. First President to go on multiple "global apology tours" and concurrent "insult our friends" tours. First President to go on 17 lavish vacations, including date nights and Wednesday evening White House parties for his friends paid for by the taxpayers. First President to have 22 personal servants (taxpayer funded) for his wife. First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000 a year at taxpayer expense.* * * * First President to fly in a personal trainer from Chicago at least once a week at taxpayer expense.* * * * First President to repeat the Holy Quran & tell us the early morning call of the Azan (Islamic call to worship) is the most beautiful sound on earth. First President to tell the military men and women that they should pay for their own private insurance because they "volunteered to go to war and knew the consequences." Then he was the First President to tell the members of the military that THEY were UNPATRIOTIC for balking at the last suggestion.* * * * First President to side with a foreign nation over one of the American 50 states (Mexico vs. Arizona). How is Obama’s "Hope and Change" working out for you?" I believe Obama should be arrested and impeached for only a few of his "Great Accomplishments." For being best President in many of his Democratic followers eyes... I feel this Great Nation in being misled in an immorally direction away from what it was originally founded on. I pray for the safety and promising future for our children. I pray our children do not become as greedy, ungrateful, anti-christian and un-patriotic as I see our current leaders leading their lives. I commend you for reading all of this. And, I hope it has empowered you with knowledge and opened your eyes more. Thank you, Daniel S. Hudson — feeling patriotic.



Found on 11/7:


Pretty Amazing! A blogger added up the deer license sales in just a handful of states and arrived at a striking conclusion: There were over 600,000 hunters this season in the state of Wisconsin .. Allow me to restate that number: 600,000! Over the last several months, Wisconsin 's hunters became the eighth largest army in the world. (That’s more men under arms than in Iran . More than France and Germany combined. ) These men, deployed to the woods of a single American state, Wisconsin, to hunt with firearms, and NO ONE WAS KILLED. That number pales in comparison to the 750,000 who hunted the woods ofPennsylvania and Michigan 's 700,000 hunters, ALL OF WHOM HAVE RETURNED HOME SAFELY. Toss in a quarter million hunters in West Virginia and it literally establishes the fact that the hunters of those four states alone would comprise the largest army in the world. And then add in the total number of hunters in the other 46 states. It's millions more. ________ The point? _______________________________________ America will forever be safe from foreign invasion with that kind of home-grown firepower! Hunting... it's not just a way to fill the freezer. It's a matter of national security. *************************************** That's why all enemies, foreign and domestic, want to see us disarmed. Food for thought, when next we consider gun control, whether you agree with it or not. Overall it's true, so if we disregard some assumptions that hunters don't possess the same skills as soldiers, the question would still remain... What army of 2 million would want to face 30 million, 40 million, or 50 million armed citizens??? For the sake of our freedom, don't ever allow gun control or confiscation of guns. (IF YOU AGREE, AS I DO, PASS IT ON, I FEEL GOOD THAT I HAVE AN ARMY OF MILLIONS WHO WOULD PROTECT OUR LAND AND I SURE DON'T WANT THE GOVERNMENT TAKING CONTROL OF THE POSSESSION OF FIREARMS) GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!





I get emails:


This one is really something!!  It’s a link to a video that shows what  a certain doctor has done with his cell phone.  Amazing, for sure!






-Why ObamaCare is a Fantastic Success

By Wayne Allyn Root


Published October 21, 2013



There are two major political parties in America. I’m a member of the naïve, stupid, and cowardly one. I’m a Republican.


How stupid is the GOP? They still don’t get it.


I told them 5 years ago, 2 books ago, a national bestseller ago ("The Ultimate Obama Survival Guide"), and in hundreds of articles and commentaries, that ObamaCare was never meant to help America, or heal the sick, or lower healthcare costs, or lower the debt, or expand the economy.


The GOP needs to stop calling ObamaCare a “trainwreck.” That means it’s a mistake, or accident. That means it’s a gigantic flop, or failure. It’s NOT.


This is a brilliant, cynical, and purposeful attempt to damage the U.S. economy, kill jobs, and bring down capitalism.


It’s not a failure, it’s Obama’s grand success.


It’s not a “trainwreck,” ObamaCare is a suicide attack. He wants to hurt us, to bring us to our knees, to capitulate- so we agree under duress to accept big government.


Obama’s hero and mentor was Saul Alinsky -- a radical Marxist intent on destroying capitalism. Alinksky’s stated advice was to call the other guy “a terrorist” to hide your own intentions.


To scream that the other guy is “ruining America,” while you are the one actually plotting the destruction of America.



To claim again and again…in every sentence of every speech…that you are “saving the middle class,” while you are busy wiping out the middle class.


The GOP is so stupid they can’t see it. There are no mistakes here. This is a planned purposeful attack.


The tell-tale sign isn’t the disastrous start to ObamaCare. Or the devastating effect the new taxes are having on the economy. Or the death of full-time jobs. Or the overwhelming debt. Or the dramatic increases in health insurance rates. Or the 70% of doctors now thinking of retiring- brining on a healthcare crisis of unimaginable proportions. Forget all that.


The real sign that this is a purposeful attack upon capitalism is how many Obama administration members and Democratic Congressmen are openly calling Tea Party Republicans and anyone who wants to stop ObamaCare “terrorists.”


There’s the clue. Even the clueless GOP should be able to see that.


They are calling the reasonable people…the patriots…the people who believe in the Constitution ... the people who believe exactly what the Founding Fathers believed…the people who want to take power away from corrupt politicians who have put America $17 trillion in debt…terrorists?


That’s because they are Saul Alinsky-ing the GOP. The people trying to purposely hurt America, capitalism and the middle class…are calling the patriots by a terrible name to fool, confuse and distract the public.


ObamaCare is a raving, rollicking, fantastic success. Stop calling it a failure. Here is what it was created to do. It is succeeding on all counts:


1. ObamaCare was intended to bring about the Marxist dream -- redistribution of wealth.

Rich people, small business owners, and the middle class are being robbed, so that the money can be redistributed to poor people (who vote for Democrats).


Think about it. If you’re rich or middle class, you now have to pay for your own health care costs (at much higher rates) AND 40 million other people’s costs too (through massive tax increases).


So you’re stuck paying for both bills. You are left broke. Brilliant.......................


2. ObamaCare was intended to wipe out the middle class and make them dependent on government.

Think about it. Even Obama’s IRS predicts that health insurance for a typical American family by 2016 will be $20,000 per year. But how would middle class Americans pay that bill and have anything left for food or housing or living? People that make $40K, or $50K, or $60K can’t possibly hope to spend $20K on health insurance without becoming homeless.


Bingo.............. That’s how you make middle class people dependent on government. That’s how you make everyone addicted to government checks. Brilliant.


3. As a bonus, ObamaCare is intended to kill every decent paying job in the economy, creating only crummy, crappy part-time jobs.

Why? Just to make sure the middle class is trapped, with no way out. Just to make sure no one has the $20,000 per year to pay for health insurance, thereby guaranteeing they become wards of the state. Brilliant .


4. ObamaCare is intended to bankrupt small business, and therefore starve donations to the GOP.

Think about it. Do you know a small business owner? I know hundreds of them. Their rates are being doubled, tripled and quadrupled by ObamaCare.


Guess who writes 75% of the checks to Republican candidates and conservative causes? The GOP.


Even if a small business owner manages to survive, he or she certainly can’t write a big check to the GOP anymore. Money is the “mother’s milk” of politics. Without donations, a political party ceases to exist.



Bingo......That’s the point of ObamaCare. Obama is bankrupting his political opposition and drying up donations to the GOP. Brilliant.


5. ObamaCare is intended to make the IRS all-powerful.

It adds thousands of new IRS agents. It puts the IRS in charge of overseeing 15% of the U.S. economy. The IRS has the right because of ObamaCare to snoop into every aspect of your life, to go into your bank accounts, to fine you, to frighten you, to intimidate you. And Obama and his socialist cabal have access to your deepest medical secrets.


By law your doctor has to ask your sexual history. That information is now in the hands of Obama and the IRS to blackmail GOP candidates into either not running, or supporting bigger government, or leaking the info and ruining your campaign.


Or have you forgotten the IRS harassed, intimidated and persecuted critics of Obama and conservative groups?


Now Obama hands the IRS even more power. Big Brother rules our lives. Brilliant.


6. ObamaCare is intended to unionize 15 million healthcare workers .

That produces $15 billion in new union dues. That money goes to fund Democratic candidates and socialist causes -- thereby guaranteeing Obama’s friends never lose another election, and Obama’s policies keep ruining capitalism and bankrupting business owners long after he’s out of office.


Message to the GOP : This isn’t a game. This isn’t tiddly-winks. This is a serious, purposeful attempt to highjack America and destroy capitalism.


This isn’t a trainwreck. It's purposeful suicide.


It's not failing, it's working exactly according to plan. Obama knows what he’s doing.



Stop apologizing and start fighting.


Oh and one more thing…Conservatives aren’t “terrorists.” We are patriots and saviors. We represent the Constitution and the Founding Fathers.



We are the heroes and good guys.



Unless you get all this through your thick skulls, America is lost…forever.





Then, there’s this:


Obamacare a single-payer ploy, says ex-GOP Senator






These are the Senators who shoved Obamacare down our throats, after the majority said "NO".


These Democrat senators that met with Obama and are up for reelection in 2014. They are worried that their political careers are on the line due to the Obamacare disaster! Vote every one of them OUT!!!


Michael Bennet – Colorado (Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman and Gang of Eight member that championed giving millions of illegals citizenship!)

Mark Begich - Alaska

Mark Pryor – Arkansas

Mark Udall – Colorado

Chris Coans – Delaware

Brian Schatz – Hawaii

Richard Durbin – Illinois (Gang of Eight member that championed giving millions of illegals citizenship and opening the flood gates to job stealing foreigners!)

Mary Landrieu – Louisiana

Ed Markey – Massachusetts (also up in 2014, did not attend)

Al Franken – Minnesota

Jeanne Shaheen - New Hampshire

Cory Booker - New Jersey

Tom Udall - New Mexico

Kay Hagan - North Carolina

Jeff Merkley - Oregon

Jack Reed - Rhode Island

Mark Warner – Virginia





This weeks photo:


Here’s a photo taken by Richard Golardi – back in 2006, on December 13th, when we attended the PRA race at USA International Speedway, in Lakeland, Florida.  Rich is a writer for the Hoseheads website, now.  This was the first Open Wheel race for Travis Pastrana, and to the best of my knowledge, his only one, to date.  He was concerned about how soon he might get lapped, but that never happened – he finished on the lead lap.







Racing video:


Not exactly racing, in a sense, but Ken Block with a 2013 Ford Fiesta ST RX43:





From Charlotte, a week ago:







Music video:




Talk about not breathing – check out from 107-126, 137 -220 and 235-326.  Does he sneak any breathing in?





Non racing stuff:


Found this on Facebook:


Politics: 3 random 20-year-old dudes build fully functional ObamaCare web site in a few days













Doctor choice in Obamacare? Not so much






New 3-D Printer Makes Ladies Panties by the Millions






Joke of the week:


> A handful of

> 7-year-old children were

> asked, 'What they thought of beer?'

> Some interesting

> responses, but the last

> one is especially touching.



> 'I think beer must

> be good. My dad says the

> more beer he drinks the

> prettier my mom

> gets.'

> --Tim, 7 years old




> 'Beer makes my dad

> sleepy and we get to watch

> what we want on television

> when he is asleep, so

> beer is nice.'

> --Melanie, 7 years

> old



> 'My Mom and Dad both

> like beer. My Mom gets

> funny when she drinks it and

> takes her top off at

> parties, but Dad doesn't

> think this is very funny.'

> --Grady, 7 years

> old



> 'My Mom and Dad talk

> funny when they drink

> beer and the more they drink the

> more they give kisses to

> each other, which is

> a good thing.'

> --Toby, 7 year old



> 'My Dad gets funny

> on beer. He is funny. He

> also wets his pants sometimes,

> so he shouldn't have

> too much.'

> --Sarah, 7 years

> old



> 'My Dad loves beer.

> The more he drinks, the

> better he dances.

> One time he danced right

> into the pool.'

> --Lilly, 7 years

> old



> 'I don't like

> beer very much. Every time Dad

> drinks it, he burns the

> sausages on the barbecue

> and they taste

> disgusting.'

> --Ethan, 7 years

> old



> 'I give Dad's

> beer to the dog and he goes to

> sleep.'

> --Shirley, 7 years

> old







> 'My Mom drinks beer

> and she says silly things

> and picks on my father.

> Whenever she drinks beer

> she yells at Dad and

> tells him to go bury his bone

> down the street again,

> but that doesn't make

> any sense.'

> --Jack, 7 years

> old




Until the next column – in two weeks!


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