Racin' & Different Stuff:

                                      By Tom Avenengo

                                         Volume # 166



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.





Oh, and another thing:  Hillary is EVIL!


From an email:

As a 27 year old staff attorney for the house judiciary committee during the Watergate Investigation, Hillary Rodham was fired by her supervisor, lifelong Democrat Jerry Zeifman.


When asked why Hillary Rodham was fired:  “Because she was a liar,” Zeifman said in an interview.  “She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer.  She conspired to violate the constitution, the rules of the house.  The rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.”






Just a quick refresher course 'lest we forget' what has happened to many

"friends" of the Clintons.


1- James McDougal - Clintons convicted Whitewater partner died of an

apparent heart attack, while in solitary confinement. He was a key

witness in Ken Starr's investigation.


2 - Mary Mahoney - A former White House intern was murdered July 1997 at a Starbucks Coffee Shop in Georgetown .. The murder happened just after

she was to go public with her story of sexual harassment in the White



3 - Vince Foster - Former White House councilor, and colleague of

Hillary Clinton at Little Rock's Rose Law firm. Died of a gunshot wound

to the head, ruled a suicide.


4 - Ron Brown - Secretary of Commerce and former DNC Chairman. Reported to have died by impact in a plane crash. A pathologist close to the

investigation reported that there was a hole in the top of Brown's skull

resembling a gunshot wound. At the time of his death Brown was being

investigated, and spoke publicly of his willingness to cut a deal with

prosecutors. The rest of the people on the plane also died. A few days

later the air Traffic controller commited suicide.


5 - C. Victor Raiser, II - Raiser, a major player in the Clinton fund

raising organization died in a private plane crash in July 1992.


6 - Paul Tulley - Democratic National Committee Political Director found

dead in a hotel room in Little Rock , September 1992. Described by

Clinton as a "dear friend and trusted advisor".


7 - Ed Willey - Clinton fundraiser, found dead November 1993 deep in the

woods in VA of a gunshot wound to the head. Ruled a suicide. Ed Willey

died on the same day his wife Kathleen Willey claimed Bill Clinton

groped her in the oval office in the White House. Ed Willey was involved

in several Clinton fund raising events.


8 - Jerry Parks - Head of Clinton's gubernatorial security team in

Little Rock .. Gunned down in his car at a deserted intersection outside

Little Rock Park's son said his father was building a dossier on Clinton

He allegedly threatened to reveal this information. After he died the

files were mysteriously removed from his house.


9 - James Bunch - Died from a gunshot suicide. It was reported that he

had a "Black Book" of people which contained names of influential people

who visited prostitutes in Texas and Arkansas


10 - James Wilson - Was found dead in May 1993 from an apparent hanging

suicide. He was reported to have ties to Whitewater..


11 - Kathy Ferguson - Ex-wife of Arkansas Trooper Danny Ferguson, was

found dead in May 1994, in her living room with a gunshot to her head.

It was ruled a suicide even though there were several packed suitcases,

as if she were going somewhere. Danny Ferguson was a co-defendant along

with Bill Clinton in the Paula Jones lawsuit Kathy Ferguson was a

possible corroborating witness for Paula Jones.


12 - Bill Shelton - Arkansas State Trooper and fiancee of Kathy

Ferguson. Critical of the suicide ruling of his fiancee, he was found

dead in June, 1994 of a gunshot wound also ruled a suicide at the grave

site of his fiancee.


13 - Gandy Baugh - Attorney for Clinton's friend Dan Lassater, died by

jumping out a window of a tall building January, 1994. His client was a

convicted drug distributor.


14 - Florence Martin - Accountant & sub-contractor for the CIA, was

related to the Barry Seal, Mena, Arkansas, airport drug smuggling case.

He died of three gunshot wounds.


15 - Suzanne Coleman - Reportedly had an affair with Clinton when he was

Arkansas Attorney General. Died of a gunshot wound to the back of the

head, ruled a suicide. Was pregnant at the time of her death.


16 - Paula Grober - Clinton's speech interpreter for the deaf from 1978

until her death December 9, 1992. She died in a one car accident


17-Danny Casolaro - Investigative reporter. Investigating Mena Airport and Arkansas Development Finance Authority. He slit his wrists, apparently, in the middle of his investigation.


18- Paul Wilcher - Attorney investigating corruption at Mena Airport with Casolaro and the 1980 "October Surprise" was found dead on a toilet June 22, 1993 in his Washington DC apartment. Had delivered a report to Janet Reno 3 weeks before his death.


19-Jon Parnell Walker - Whitewater investigator for Resolution Trust Corp. Jumped to his death from his Arlington, Virginia apartment balcony August15, 1993. He was investigating the Morgan Guaranty scandal.


20-Barbara Wise - Commerce Department staffer. Worked closely with Ron Brown and John Huang. Cause of death unknown. Died November 29, 1996. Her bruised, nude body was found locked in her office at the Department of Commerce.


21-Charles Meissner - Assistant Secretary of Commerce who gave John Huang special security clearance, died shortly thereafter in a small plane crash.


22-Dr. Stanley Heard - Chairman of the National Chiropractic Health Care Advisory Committee died with his attorney Steve Dickson in a small plane crash. Dr. Heard, in addition to serving on Clinton 's advisory council personally treated Clinton 's mother, stepfather and brother.


23-Barry Seal - Drug running pilot out of Mena Arkansas, death was no accident.


24-Johnny Lawhorn Jr. - Mechanic, found a check made out to Bill Clinton in the trunk of a car left at his repair shop. He was found dead after his car had hit a utility pole.


25-Stanley Huggins - Investigated Madison Guaranty. His death was a purported suicide and his report was never released.


26- Hershell Friday - Attorney and Clinton fund raiser died March 1, 1994 when his plane exploded.


27-Kevin Ives & Don Henry - Known as "The boys on the track" case. Reports say the boys may have stumbled upon the Mena Arkansas airport drug operation. A controversial case, the initial report of death said, due to falling asleep on railroad tracks. Later reports claim the 2 boys had been slain before being placed on the tracks. Many linked to the case died before their testimony could come before a Grand Jury.




After what’s come out over these past few days, I sure hope that former Defense Secretary Robert Gates is watching his back!


I fully expect there to be some “typo” errors in this weeks column, due to the fact that I’m using a new keyboard and I still am not used to it.  So, hang in there!


Starting this week, a majority of my “non racing” junk will just have the lead line and then a link to what is said.  Read ‘em if you want to.


Some personal stuff:


Many of you might know that I do have some “health” issues.  Since down here in Florida, we’ve had a lot of work done on them.  My pacemaker/defibrillator had some major adjustments made to it when I went to see a new cardiologist and had it checked.  The doctor was with us as it was being checked out, and there were changes made I did not know could be accomplished.

Water retention:

That was another major cause of my feeling like sh*t.  Excess water in our systems can be quite troublesome.  For – maybe over a month, I hit 180# on my scale every AM.  Due to the diabetes, and water retention, I had leg problems and had to have them wrapped – for a whole week.  Since then, my weight has gone from that 180 down to 170 and now down to a tick under 160.  My daughter has, in a lovingly way been a bit*h as to what I’ve been eating etc.  My sugar – still bounces around, but I think it’s getting under control.



Racin’ & short’ stuff:


Some real unbearable temps all across the country – well, in most places.  Lots of snow & ice, too.  I guess we picked the perfect time to come down to Florida this year!  I’ve been told that this has been the coldest winter in 20 years.  Fuel & electric companies must be happy.  While I’m down here, and with our house “winterized”, I still get a charge for “delivery services” for gas, although we have not used any.  Elec – I can see a charge since we do have a few lights on, with timers.  It’s remarkable how these utility companies can find way to get every dollar out of us, isn’t it?  Oh, and the $9.00 charge a month to keep our phone number – uh huh – until you add in taxes.


Here comes one of the hardest things I’ve had in my columns:


When I was growing up, prior to my teen years, I saw, first hand, how alcohol can affect ones life.  It caused the break up between my mother and father.  That has a lot to do as to why I do not drink alcoholic beverages.  And, to be truthful, I have never used any drugs to get feeling good, either.  So, in a way, I’m pretty much against both.


Every year, at this time, we always get news of people getting fatally injured (mostly in up-state New York) while snowmobiling.  Again, the “Grim Reaper” has struck, this time it was a 26 year old young man who had been affiliated with numerous race teams.  There has been nothing, so far, to say that the young man had been drinking when he had his fatal accident at 3:00 in the morning.  Two others with him, from what I’ve read, had been.  So one can only surmise.   One of those is one of the top modified drivers here in the northeast.


Kory Rauscher, 26, of Waterloo, died when he was thrown from his snowmobile after hitting a guardrail on Old Lyons Road just before 3 a.m.


Two other snowmobilers riding with Rauscher were charged with operating while intoxicated for having blood-alcohol contents greater than .08.


Condolences to those that were close to Kory!


Sadly, this will happen year after year – whether those riding are sober, or not.  Personally, I’d feel sad on any death that occurs, but when alcohol is thrown into it – not so much.  People should be smart enough to not drink when operating ANYTHING that can cause injuries or even death.


And, yes, I imagine I’ll have some criticism for the above.


My thoughts, of course!



And some more on the above:


Racing legend arrested at site of fatal snowmobile crash also lost son-in-law in snowmobile crash last February


Lyons, N.Y. -- DIRTcar racing legend Alan Johnson was out riding his snowmobile with a few friends early Friday morning in Lyons when he saw emergency responders on the snow-covered road ahead.


Johnson's son-in-law was killed last February in a snowmobile crash. Johnson knew that some of the members of his group had raced out ahead of him on the trail. He feared the unthinkable had happened again.


Ryan Baye was killed in a snowmobile accident in February. His father-in-law Alan Johnson was out snowmobiling with a group early Friday morning when Kory Rauscher, 26, died in a crash. (Courtesy of Danielle Baye, Ryan's wife)


"It was disbelief," Johnson said of his reaction to learning from those on scene that Kory Rauscher, 26, had been badly injured. "I just tried to figure out if he was OK."

Rauscher didn't survive. The Waterloo man -- himself the son of a racing legend -- died after hitting a guardrail and being thrown from his vehicle, according to the Wayne County Sheriff's Office.


The crash occurred on Old Lyons Road around 3 a.m., the sheriff's office said.


Johnson, 56, of Middlesex, was charged with operating while intoxicated and operating with a blood-alcohol content greater than 0.08, the sheriff's office said. Robert L. Daldry, 42, of Waterloo, was charged with the same crimes.


Johnson admitted to having "a couple of drinks" before setting off snowmobiling with the group that included Rauscher. They had eaten chicken wings and pizza and played a few rounds of darts before setting off, Johnson said.


Johnson said he didn't know if Rauscher was drunk at the time of the accident.


"I have no idea," Johnson said. "It was just a tragic accident."


About eight inches of snow fell on the region overnight, according to the National Weather Service. Johnson said that the snow -- as well as speed and "a dozen contributing factors" -- likely caused the crash.


Johnson said he didn't know Rauscher well. Johnson said his step-son Matt, who was with the snowmobiling party that night, was best friends with Rauscher.


Johnson was in Florida when he learned that his son-in-law Ryan Baye, 35, had been killed on Feb. 23, 2013, in an accident in the town of West Turin. Baye was riding on a groomed snowmobile trail when his skis turned sharply to the left, according to The Post-Standard's archives.


Baye was with his four-year-old son when the fatal crash occurred, Johnson said.


Johnson speculated that faster models of snowmobiles could be leading to more accidents. When he was young, snowmobiles maxed out at 40 mph. They now go up to twice or three times faster that, Johnson said. (He added that he was not saying Rauscher was speeding.)


Fourteen people were killed in snowmobile accidents in New York State in 2012, a report from the state's Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation says. Since 2006, 100 people have died in snowmobile accidents.


"I wish I knew what could be done about it," Johnson said.


Johnson left Sunday afternoon for Rauscher's funeral. He said Rauscher's family and friends are doing "as well as can be expected."


"They're all together, thinking about the memories," Johnson said. "There's some smiles -- and a lot of tears."





And, more sad news – Danny Ody has passed away.  Details are somewhat sketchy at this time.  Most I’ve read was he passed away from natural causes and was 53 years old.




I really have no idea what the heck is going on with the New Egypt Speedway and the 305 Sprint Cars.  Seems like utter confusion now.  What follows is from the South Jersey Dirt Racing message board.  I go there and check things out, on occasion, but for making mention of Dirt Track Digest one too many times, I have, more or less been banned.  Yes, did get a real nasty message from them and shortly thereafter was the first time my email was hacked, causing the loss of untold amounts of emails, photos, etc.  Looks like the TSRS Series is affected quite a bit.


New Egypt Speedway Announces Formation of the New Egypt RaceSaver® Sprint Series


Date: 1/3/2014 9:29:10 PM    



New Egypt Speedway Announces Formation of the New Egypt RaceSaver® Sprint Series

NERS Series Added to All Star Cup Event



New Egypt, NJ -- In 2014, the New Egypt Speedway will be running its own RaceSaver® Sprint division titled the New Egypt RaceSaver® Sprint Series. After the TSRS club management and New Egypt Speedway management mutually decided to part ways, the Speedway began negotiations with the RaceSaver® Series and its founder French Grimes to become a RaceSaver® sanctioned track to preserve RaceSaver® Sprint racing at the Speedway for many years to come.


                Under the leadership of New Egypt Speedway, the NERS series will race 14 times in 2014 with the rules, handicapping, and point payout remaining the same as it was under the TSRS banner. The Speedway tech officials will work closely with French Grimes to keep the integrity of the RaceSaver® name while the division races with the Speedway. New Egypt tech officials will seal new motors with a RaceSaver® seal and will honor motors sealed by a RaceSaver® legal organization. Tech officials will place numbered destructible tape over all previous seals that will show evidence if it is tampered with.


The 2013 purse will remain intact, while drivers vote to decide how they would like the payout to be distributed. Those finishing in the top 10 in points at the conclusion of the 2014 season will be honored at the annual Awards Banquet at the end of the season.


                The NERS series will also be given several practice seasons at the beginning of the year to try to establish a wingless rules package. This is a goal of the Speedway to produce safe and cost effective wingless racing within the RaceSaver® division during the 2014 season. The Speedway would like to debut the wingless NERS during our Military Heroes 30 event on July 5, 2014. A special payout will be devised for all NERS wingless events.


                The 2014 addition of the All Star Cup Shootout will also add the NERS series to its schedule. Much like the Modified and Crate divisions series, any RaceSaver® Sprint can enter for their home track or tracks for a $50 per track fee to be entered into the season long point standings. The 25-lap feature will pay $3,005 to win and $200 to take the green. The Sprint All Star Cup point standings will pay $3,005 to win. With the addition of sponsors, both the race payout and the point payout may increase. The Sprint All Star Cup entry forms can be found on the Speedway’s website www.newegyptspeedway.net under the 2014 Forms section.


For more information on the NERS series or All Star Cup, visit our website, “Like” us of Facebook /NewEgyptSpeedwayOfficial, or follow us on Twitter @nesspeedway.




And this was posted:


Here's the deal on the Racesaver 305's-LONG  


There have been many questions concerning the 305 Racesaver deal. I have received numerous texts, calls, etc. wondering if I know what is going on and/or what happened. Joe Grandinetti held a meeting today. I attended in the interest of my friends who race and for the fact that I do have an interest in seeing sprint car racing survive in NJ since…well…although not given credit for it by certain folks I was instrumental in creating what currently exists. To see it disappear or be damaged would be like seeing your house that you designed burn down. Nobody, especially me, wants that. So, here is my take.


In the end of the day, NES will have their own Racesaver sanction and series. TSRS, led by the unpaid Joe Grandinetti will still exist and run at Bridgeport, Grandview, and Georgetown.


How did this happen? Well, it depends on who you believe. I’ve spoken to both sides and quite honestly, I don’t know if either to blame or not to blame. Maybe it was miscommunication, maybe someone heard something that really wasn’t said, I have no idea as I wasn’t there. The split really came down to conversations that took place in the fall over what the purse was going to be this year. Apparently, there was miscommunication somehow and it blew up from there with certain individuals fanning the flames at times for no apparent reason.


What now? NES will be running under the Racesaver banner. TSRS will be running under the Racesaver banner. They both say they are not scheduling against each other. NES is supposedly going to do their own sealing and their own tech. They cannot seal motors until someone from the track goes and gets trained by French Grimes. One car that is legal with TSRS, CRSA, PASS, SHOULD be legal at NES and vice versa since they are all under the Racesaver banner and rules.


What do I think? Well…it is what it is. It isn’t any secret that the biggest car counts for TSRS came at NES because of its location, size, and accommodations. Without NES, TSRS is going to need to step up their game and promote in order to survive. Some guys were all up in arms and said they won’t race at NES, but we all know that’s only a few and the counts will be fine at NES. I certainly hope the management and tech crew at NES has the brains and balls to enforce the rules and remain vigilant with tech the way Joe has been. I also hope they don’t decide to go outlaw, because that will be the end of a good thing. The explosive growth of the 305 Racesaver class in NJ was mostly due to a rules package that promoted the idea of uniformity throughout the country. The idea that if you wanted to sell your motor, you could do it all over the country and not be stuck with a bastard piece helped it become the fastest growing class in NJ while other divisions are struggling for car counts. This motor package, coupled with the availability of used tires, cars, and parts along with decent management and great racers led to the development of a good thing. Staring some sort of bastard one off NES only class with be the death calling.


And finally, I’ll end with this. If you want to blame Joe, go ahead. Just realize that he has done a thankless job, gotten sued, and given up untold hours of his time so you, the racers and fans can have a good time. While he has made quite a few questionable decisions over the years (and heard about it from many, including me), had it not been for his efforts to deal with French (something I will never do) and everyone’s bitchin’ and complain’ you’d all be racing something else, spending a lot more to go 360/410 racing, or doing nothing at all. I would never want his job because quite honestly, it pays nothing and costs a ton of time and energy.


Hopefully, the spirit of Racesaver stays true and the racers and fans support both efforts.


Tony P.


And this comment:  Tony makes sense as always......be careful you guys don't turn 305 racing into what 360 racing turned into....unaffordable to working people. Believe me, it happens faster than you think. 



Hey, I’m not taking any sides here, folks, just pointing out what’s being said – like this question – also on SJDR’s message board on 1/7/14:

With TSRS we paid $100 in return got 4 membership licenses that covered my crew.  Now if I wanna race will they honor our licenses cuz I can't afford $700 for myself and 6 crew guys just to race NES!”


Response on 1/8/14:  “I will get an answer for you.  Please catch up with me at Motorsports on Sat or Sun.  Ill be around the NES booth!  Thanks Doug”








Author: Brett Deyo   Date: 1/7/2014 9:22:23 AM


Product and contingency award support is growing quickly for the 2014 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP since its mid-December launch. In addition to a $17,000 point fund for six events (racers can drop one of the first five leading into the year-end Short Track SuperNationals), significant other bonuses will await our drivers at Orange County March 23, Thunder Mountain May 20, I-88 July 23, Accord August 5, Penn Can August 12 and the Short Track SuperNationals October 10-11. The point fund will be distributed on-site at I-88 Oct. 11.


2014 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Contingency Award Sponsors

ATL Fuel Cells: ATL Fuel Cells will reward the fifth-place finisher at each Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP event with a $100 certificate redeemable toward the purchase of a replacement bladder or fuel cell. At year end, the fifth-place point finisher in the Super Series standings will earn a $200 certificate. ATL is on the web at www.atlfuelcells.com.


Art’s Radiator: Art’s Radiator has donated a brand-new radiator, worth more than $600, that will be distributed to the highest-finishing Art’s customer in the point standings at the conclusion of the 2014 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP. Art’s Radiators can be found online at www.artsradiators.com. 


Bob Hilbert Sportswear: At each Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP event, three finishing positions in the Modified main event will earn $100 credits redeemable toward purchases at Bob Hilbert Sportswear. The ‘prize positions’ will be announced prior to each event. To learn more about Bob Hilbert Sportswear, visit www.bobhilbert.com. 


DRACO Springs: DRACO Springs has signed on to sponsor the ‘Spring Forward’ award at each Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP event in 2014. The driver advancing the most positions in each series race earns a certificate for a free DRACO Spring (maximum $150 value). At year-end, the Most Improved Driver on the series will have the option of $500 cash or a $750 DRACO product certificate. DRACO is on the web at www.dracospring.com.


Henry’s Stainless Steel Exhaust: Henry’s Stainless Steel Exhaust has signed on to provide a complete stainless steel exhaust assembly, worth $700. The exhaust assembly will be given away at season end to a driver with perfect attendance on the season through a random draw. 


Schaeffer Racing Oil: Schaeffer Racing Oil will provide the winner of each Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP event in 2014 with two free cases of racing oil. Schaeffer Racing Oil is online at www.schaefferoil.com. 


Shiley Fabrication: At each 2014 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP, Shiley Fabrication owner Gary Shiley will reward the ‘Hard Luck Award’ recipient with a complete set of bumpers and rubrails. At the conclusion of the series, Shiley Fabrication will reward one team finishing sixth on back in the final standings (via a drawing) with a kit to include inner jigs, door mounts, quarter mounts, roof mounts, front and rear bumpers and rubrails. To learn more about Shiley Fabrication, visit www.shileyfabrication.com. 


Valken Wheels: At every Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP event in 2014, the driver placing fifth will take home a free beadlock wheel courtesy of Valken Wheels. Valken is online at http://valken.com/sports/racing-wheels/




Mayfield Guilty Of Three Misdemeanors


CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. – Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield plead guilty on Monday to two counts of misdemeanor possession of stolen goods and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Mayfield, a winner of five Sprint Cup races in 433 starts, will not spend any time in jail thanks to a plea deal. Mayfield will be required to pay More than $88,000 in restitution to the victims. $60,000 of that was paid on Monday, with the remainder expected to be paid Tuesday.

He will also serve a 45-day suspended sentence and 18 months of unsupervised probation. Mayfield was suspended by NASCAR in 2009 after testing positive for methamphetamine.







NASCAR Reinstates Todd Parrott


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR has reinstated Todd Parrott, the former crew chief of the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford, upon his successful completion of NASCAR’s Substance Abuse Policy Road to Recovery Program.

On Oct. 17 of last season, Parrott was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (violation of the NASCAR Substance Abuse Policy) of the 2013 NASCAR Rule Book and suspended indefinitely. Parrott was fired by Richard Petty Motorsports a few days later.

Parrott has worked for a number of top organizations throughout NASCAR during the last 15 years, including leading Dale Jarrett to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in 1999 while at Robert Yates Racing.










For what it’s worth:  Racing on TV:  http://tvracer.com/


I just checked it out on Tuesday – Weird how they DO NOT have the Chili Bowl listed for the last feature, supposedly to be shown live on MAVTV.





The other day on Facebook there was a post about the Indy Car race at Pocono being increased from 400 to 500 miles.  Main reason:  At 400 miles, the race went by to quickly.  Also noted in that same message was – if you read it correctly, that both Cup races back to 500 miles.  That ain’t happening.  Wonder how such info can be sent out?  Oh I did attempt to send a message to Pocono, but it seems one can only use a certain amount of letters, etc.  Tried to send, get rejected as too long.  Cut some off – still to long.  I gave up.





Way too many penalties, as far as I’m concerned.  Can’t we just let them play a game?  I’ve seen some ridiculous penalties lately.  And what’s with all the “hot heads” now in football.  Never was that way.  And I’m beginning to think that somewhere someone wrote a script about football and the plays.  First down – try to run through the line with no gain.  Second down, long pass down field, usually incomplete.  Third down – short pass – not enough for a first down.  Forth down – punt.  It sure seems to me that the college coaches & players are more intelligent than the pros – especially when close to the goal line and running end around plays to score, rather than constantly bucking that huge defensive line, usually for naught.


Unreal how so many of the last few games, both pro and college have exciting last quarters.


Is it me, or does it seem that the “play clock” is faster at times, than at others?


And why, pray tell, does the NFL schedule a game at Green Bay, in January, as the second game of the day, anyway?





With all these giants playing the game today, and this “slam dunk” crap – how about a new rule – one must dribble the ball prior to taking a shot?



Crate engine info?


This Bolt is the Key to GM’s High-Tech Assembly Line






Offenhauser engines to take the spotlight at Amelia Island




Note:  Some very interesting comments and/or questions follow the article.  Like - how does one do a valve job on an engine that has the head as an integral part of the block?



Going back, in time – how I would have loved to have seen Jim Clark and Dan Gurney in a Champ Car – on a dirt mile.  Nowhere can I find that they actually did take any laps.







Indy driver Alex Lloyd trying out a sprint car, on dirt.  He was surprised.





Humpy Wheeler – never at a loss for words:






Andy Granatelli, former CEO of STP and Hall of Fame motorsports entrepreneur, dies at 90


MONTECITO, California — Andy Granatelli, the former CEO of STP motor oil company who made a mark on motorsports as a car owner, innovator and entrepreneur, has died. He was 90.


Granatelli's son, Vince, said his father died Sunday of congestive heart failure at a Santa Barbara hospital.


Granatelli is a member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame.


His cars nearly won the Indianapolis 500 in 1967 and '68 with turbine engines. He broke through in 1969 with Mario Andretti driving his winning car with a conventional engine. Granatelli kissing Andretti on the cheek in Victory Lane is one of the most famous images in Indy history.


In 1973, Gordon Johncock gave Granatelli another Indy 500 victory.








The ARDC schedule, so far, from what I’ve seen:


New Egypt:  3 shows


Big Diamond:  2 shows


Grandview:  8 shows


Port Royal:  2 shows


Susky:  3 shows


Clary’s and County Line in NC:  one show each


Williams Grove:  one show


Lincoln:  one show


From what I understand, there are more races scheduled for New Egypt – up to 5?   And also Bridgeport on the ¼ mile track.


Note:  What is a shame is that the ARDC has been, for years now, basically a centralized racing club racing mainly in PA.  A majority of the drivers are from PA – many graduating from Micro Sprints. I doubt there are any drivers listed in their roster for 2014 that are from New York.


Hopefully, maybe something can be worked out with some shows at 5 Mile or Penn Can.



On Wednesday afternoon, I happened to check out the NEMA’s website.  Guess what, folks?  There will be another midget race in New York State in 2014!  Yup!  Does that make two?  The other in Oswego with NEMA?  C’mon ARDC – get a race in New York, please!


Evans Mills Speedway to Host Inaugural NEMA Midget Race on May 24

Published at December 15, 2013               

According to the track web site, Evans Mills Speedway will host its inaugural Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) Midget race on May 24, 2014. It will be the 72nd track to host a NEMA race. The 3/8 mile paved oval is located near Fort Drum in Evans Mills, NY. It will be the first new track since May 25, 2002, when Bobby Seymour won at Adirondack International Speedway in Lowville. Evans Mills is about 30 miles northwest of Lowville.




While checking out a thread on the DTD’s forum/message board, on 305 Sprints, I came across this:

“When Accord and Glen Ridge were the only ones running lightning sprints after Whip City closed, a lot of guy didn't build or buy new ones because there was little confidence they would have a place to run them. Now, Accord has dropped them for this season and I'm unsure if those drivers have found a place to run.”


Note:  I kinda thought this would happen, especially with the addition of Slingshots to the Friday night shows at the “Big A”.  Now – has or will Accord also drop the 4 cylinders, too?  Might there be any 305 racing at Accord in 2014?  I know the ARDC would love to return, but…….


And, this on Facebook:


“The only lightning sprint racing is going to be 6 races at glen ridge, with the stipulation that there must be at least 15 cars signed in at each race or the remainder the series will be cancelled.”


Note:  I don’t think Accord had 15 cars at any Lightning Sprint race in 2013.  Sure does not look good at all for this class.








This might be a little late, but:


NFL should be alarmed that three of four playoff games, including Green Bay's home game, still not sold out:






Found on the Internet:


we have over 30 million illegal aliens operating out of Dem-created sanctuary cities that we can get rid of so we can get some of our own citizens back to work - the illegal aliens being allowed to steal American jobs and benefits costs the American taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars each and every year - dump the illegals and let's take better care of our citizens - our citizens are going homeless while illegals are getting fat on the hog double dipping; he steals the job while she cranks out kids on the system.


It is now becoming where the illegals have more rights than the American natural citizen. My wife went to get a driver's license in Florida and had to produce a birth certificate of valid passport, a S/S number and proof of residency to get the license even though she was changing from a valid Illinois driver's license. The legislature in Florida wanted to give illegals the right to get a driver's license! How? They don't have the documents we had to produce!!! We need to send a clear message to all elected officials to ENFORCE the laws not change them to reward people who don't follow the rules. Ever notice that none of the blame is put on the department that is responsible to grant an immigration request? That's right our government is inefficient in their jobs so we need to bypass them!!!!!


"The IG report stated that more than 2.3 million persons who did not have Social Security numbers valid for working in the U.S. got an average of roughly $1,800 each in 2010 in child tax credit refunds. That included 9,000 illegal immigrants who each got a total of $10,000 or more by retroactively claiming credits for tax years prior to 2010."

And a lot of these people effectively paid nothing in income taxes and they still got a refund!


When the rights of ILLEGALS become a rallying cry, you know your government is corrupt. These arrogant bastards in Washington are selling out the American people, for immigrants and giving them every benefit they can find. It is sickening to the stomach!! Hey, here's a novel idea. Why don't we employ thousands of American's to build a good and proper fence on our border. Let's enforce the laws already on the books, and STOP giving these people money that can be used on our own people who are struggling. I for one am disgusted at how this country is being abused by these hardcore leftist, progressive Democrats and these country club RINO's!!!


Note:  Apparently some a-holes in Washington have not heard of how the majority of American feel on this, or just don’t give a damn?





Found on Facebook. 


On Facebook on 12/28/13:


Tell us again, congress


How we didn't earn every cent of our retirement, but you did.


Photo of two GI's helping a wounded, third GI.




And this, too, same date:


Just look at all these cars. Where are they now? Could they still be competitive?


From 8/2/95:






No one will ever know, unless they get them out.


I am only half way thru watching but it seems there are 40-45 cars there


There was and still is a lot of cars and yes they would still be competitive. It's the rules that keep older car from running. Any motor 355 CI for pushrod 255 for DOHC weigh the car and DRIVER after the race steel or alum. blocks carbon, steel, alum, or mag body's that would create interest. Andy are you listening? We ran cars for 20+ years and were sill up front.


How can you get a hold of Andy Hillenberg?



Facebook - 12/28/13 - Continued:


Damn shame the road to Indy no longer goes thru DuQuion!


We had a chance when Tony George told the world he was designing an "American" OVAL series for the "American" short track driver - to be called the Indy Racing League (IRL). At the time of its inception, I was fortunate enough to work for USAC as a part time tech guy on Sprint/midget trail and I can remember my boss taking me to "secret" meetings at Union Jack's on 16th st with some of the power players of the design of the IRL (out of respect I will not name here). It sure was fun listening to them spout about their dreams for returning Indy racing to the prominence of days gone by. They fully intended to do such by using sprints and midgets as the proving grounds to Indy. They even spoke of making the mile dirt tracks a part of the points system for the Indy championship, as a means of forcing anyone who wanted to win the crown to be a dirt racer. Sadly, it did not all work out that way and big money won once again. But, it did get far enough along to give guys like Stewart, Hillenburg, Hewitt, Boat, Michner, Kite a shot at the big time. And as it turned out, me as well; as I went on to work for several Indycar teams, spotted for Michner in the 500, spotted for Stewart in Busch, and was hired as team manger for Elliott-Marino Motorsports, the year (1998) Bill Elliott & Dan Marino ran Nadeau in the #13 FirstPlus car. I had a blast & relish the memories but now USAC cant even keep together a sprint pavement series. Good luck Andy! I support it, but most days I would rather go watch some kids run karts than anything else.










The Chili Bowl:


Starting on January 13th!








As of 1/6/14 – 285entrants.  And over 1000 Micro Sprints were entered for the racing the week before the Chili Bowl.


What really sucks, I could not find one single name from Indy Car as being entered.



Chili Bowl information:


First Look: 2014 Chili Bowl Qualifying Nights


First Look: 2014 Chili Bowl Qualifying Nights

TULSA, Okla. (January 6, 2014) - There is no such thing as an easy night at the Chili Bowl. With 285 entries for the twenty-eight edition of the world’s largest indoor Midget race, it’s a sure bet that even the “E” Mains on Saturday will stack up like “A” Features anywhere else.


Among the list of 285 entries are 274 confirmed drivers of which 58 are past feature starters, 64 are Chili Bowl Rookies, and six who have already earned the coveted Golden Driller with each one looking for the advantage.


Being that the Tulsa Expo Raceway is ripped up, and rebuilt every year, that “hopeful” advantage comes, for some, in the form of the Speedway Motors Tulsa Shootout. Contested this past weekend, the lineup of 513 drivers showed 23 Chili Bowl entrants, including four-time and defending Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Champion, Kevin Swindell, who circled the Tulsa Expo Raceway 154 green-flag laps after competing in four divisions of Micro Sprint Cars.


Looking to even out to around 70 drivers per night, the breakdown of drivers per night is listed at the following:


Warren CAT Tuesday Night Qualifier - http://www.chilibowl.com/entries/manual.aspx


River Spirit Casino Wednesday Night Qualifier - http://www.chilibowl.com/entries/manual.aspx?c=1158


John Christner Trucking Thursday Night Qualifier - http://www.chilibowl.com/entries/manual.aspx?c=1159


Vacuworx Global Friday Night Qualifier - http://www.chilibowl.com/entries/manual.aspx?c=1160



Nightly breakdowns are subject to change without notice.


The 28th Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire will begin moving teams in on Sunday, January 12, 2014.


Practice is scheduled for Monday, January 13 with the first night of competition getting underway with Tuesday’s Warren CAT Qualifying night as well as the sixth annual Vacuworx Invitational Race of Champions.


Competition continues with Wednesday’s River Spirit Casino Qualifier, Thursday’s John Christner Trucking Qualifier, and Friday Vacuworx Global Qualifier with everything culminating on Saturday’s Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Championship.


The top three in each Qualifying Night A-Feature will transfer directly into the Saturday championship event with the remainder of Saturday’s features lined up according to the Qualifying night finishes.


Chili Bowl Online: All official news regarding the 28th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl National presented by General Tire can be found at http://www.chilibowl.com. Updates throughout the Chili Bowl can be found via Facebook and Twitter at http://www.facebook.com/chilibowlnationals and http://www.twitter.com/cbnationals.


Event Coverage: For the first time, the Chili Bowl will be show online on http://www.racinboys.com.


The online PPV experience will run from Tuesday through Saturday’s qualifiers. At time of opening ceremonies on Saturday, Racinboys PPV coverage will cease as final features will be shown live on MAVTV American Real for the first time. For a complete listing of channels, and to request MAVTV, log onto http://www.mavtv.com.






From Jayski:



Bestwick to move to IndyCar Series broadcasts:

Sportscaster Allen Bestwick will remain with ESPN /ABC after it loses its NASCAR contract and work primarily as play-by-play announcer for the network's broadcasts of IndyCar Series events. Bestwick currently serves in the same role for network's NASCAR broadcasts but ESPN/ABC will lose broadcast rights to those races at the conclusion of the 2014 season. NBC and Fox and their respective sports networks will broadcast all NASCAR events beginning in 2015. Bestwick will do both IndyCar and NASCAR events this season for ESPN/ABC. In 2015, Bestwick will do IndyCar broadcasts and work in other sports. An ESPN spokesman declined to comment (Charlotte Observer).(1-3-2014)



Race Track tax break to expire:

Every year, there are a raft of "temporary" tax breaks, credits, and deductions that expire on Dec. 31. Lawmakers usually plan on extending them. But they don't always get to it on time. This year, Congress let about 55 different tax breaks expire on Dec. 31. In theory, Congress could still extend these (retroactively) for 2014. One such tax break was: A tax break to help NASCAR build racetracks. This tax break allowed anyone who builds a racetrack to receive a small tax benefit through accelerated depreciation. (It was called the "NASCAR loophole," but it doesn't just help NASCAR.) Supporters claimed the break is necessary so that NASCAR can compete on a level playing field with other theme parks. But it's gone now, unless Congress decides to extend. Cost to extend: About $50 million per year.(in part from the Washington Post)(1-3-2014)



Dave Despain back on TV:

Renowned motor racing broadcaster Dave Despain {formerly of SPEED's Wind Tunnel show] has signed a two-year contract with MAVTV American Real to host the network's five live events, beginning with the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire on Jan. 18, and a series of 30-minute, one-on-one programs interviewing drivers and other personalities from across the diverse American racing landscape. The 67-year old Despain was attracted to joining the burgeoning independent network owned by Forrest Lucas by the opportunity to return to working at the race track and hosting the "Dave Despain Show."

"I'm really excited to get back to the grass roots of racing," Despain said. "And I'm also excited about being able to do a series of long-form interviews, the majority of which will feature the legends of grass-roots racing. We'll try to mix it up and have an interesting variety of personalities from all over the racing world.(AutoWeek)(1-2-2014)


Note:  Sad thing is, MAVTV is not available to quite a lot of race fans, so I’ve seen – including yours truly, when I get back home.



Sad News - George Tet:

Former modified racer George Tet died Dec. 31. He was 90 years old. Tet’s real name was Tetsuo Fuchigami and he was the first Japanese to drive in a NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup, running three races in 1960-1961) car. In the 1950s he won at many tracks including Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City, N.J., and Dexter Park in Queens, N.Y. He excelled in smaller engined cars, often beating the modifieds with his sportsman. For many years he ran a florist business, located by Aqueduct Race Track in Ozone Park, NY.(National Speed Sport News)(1-2-2014)



Some Daytona Testing to be Televised: the 2014 version of NASCAR cars and trucks take to the track at Daytona for preseason test sessions, with FOX Sports 1 providing 12 hours of coverage over three days from Jan. 9-11. The NASCAR on FOX team of Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds and Mike Joy call the action while NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars are on the track Jan. 9-10 (1:00 pm/et to 5:00 pm/et, Live), with Bob Dillner and Matt Yocum reporting from the pits and Jeff Hammond reporting from the garage. Setting up camp in the garage area, host Rick Allen and analyst Hermie Sadler offer a location for drivers, crew chiefs and other personalities to talk over the day’s storylines. NASCAR Nationwide Series tests air on FOX Sports 1 from 3:00pm/et to 7:00pm/et on Saturday, Jan. 11, with Allen, Hammond and Phil Parsons in the booth, and Sadler, Dillner and Ray Dunlap reporting from the pits.(FOX)(1-1-2014).


Note:  I wonder how many get FOX Sports?



McMurray & Larson to run in Rolex 24:

Seven-time and reigning GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Champions and five-time and reigning Rolex 24 At Daytona Winners Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) announced its season-long program for the new IMSA-sanctioned TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (USCC) in 2014, including their driver line-up for the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona. Long-time partners Telcel and TELMEX return as the primary sponsors of the #01 Ford EcoBoost Riley in the Prototype category for the USCC season-long effort piloted by Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas in their eighth year together, after finishing the GRAND-AM era as most-successful driving duo in Rolex Sports Car Series history.

In addition, CGRFS will again field two Prototypes for the Rolex 24 At Daytona, featuring eight drivers that represent some of the best talent the motor racing world has to offer. Pruett and Rojas will unite with CGRFS NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) teammate Jamie McMurray and reigning Indy Lights Champion Sage Karam to form the lineup in the #01 Telcel/Target/Comfort Revolution Ford EcoBoost Riley, while the Team Target trio of drivers Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan and Kyle Larson join sports car star Marino Franchitti in the #02 Target/Telcel/Big Machine Records Ford EcoBoost Riley. CGRFS previously announced it would utilize Fords 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost racing engine for the 2014 USCC season.(EGR)(1-4-2014)



Different drivers testing for BK Racing at Daytona:

Alex Bowman, who subbed for David Reutimann in the #83 Toyota during the Charlotte Motor Speedway test in December, will continue in that role at Daytona International Speedway this coming week. Ryan Truex will shake down the #93 Toyota. Truex remains under contract with Richard Petty Motorsports but was given permission to test with BK Racing. We’re going to test those two to keep our options open, said Ron Devine, BKR team owner. On Sunday, Devine said both he and the team were impressed by Bowman’s performance at the Charlotte test. He added BKR’s driver lineup is not set yet for 2014. Given the uncertainty surrounding his current drivers, that’s understandable. Travis Kvapil, who competed in the #93 Toyota last year, has a pending court date Jan. 17 following charges of misdemeanor assault on Oct. 8. The case was continued from Nov. 19. Reutimann struggled to finish 33rd in the points standings last year. While Dale Ferguson will continue as the crew chief for the #93 team, Dave Winston [not Martin] will replace Doug Richert on the #83 squad. However, Devine says Richert will remain with the organization.(Fox Sports)(1-6-2014)


UPDATE: After completing a full season with BK Racing in 2013, the decision has been mutually made to part ways between driver David Reutimann and BK Racing effective immediately. Due to the current uncertainty of the team's 2014 driver lineup, driver David Reutimann has decided not to pursue a seat with BK Racing for 2014. No official driver lineup for the upcoming season is currently available at this time.(BK Racing), Reutimann drove the #83 Burger King Toyota in 2013 for BK Racing.(1-6-2014)


Elliott and Hendrick meet with NAPA?

Chase Elliott to NNS with NAPA: hearing earlier this week that Chase and Bill Elliott, Rick Hendrick and Kelley Earnhardt Miller met with officials at the NAPA Auto Parts headquarters in Atlanta. No definite word on what the meeting was about. Chase Elliott, a Hendrick Motorsports development driver, is looking for a sponsor for whatever series he may run in 2014. His former sponsor, Aaron's, decided not to sponsor Elliott in 2014 and ramp up their sponsorship of Brian Vickers in the #55 Michael Waltrip Racing Sprint Cup Series team for all the races in 2014 & 2015. NAPA Auto Parts had been a long time sponsor of Waltrip and his #56 team with soon to be former driver Martin Truex Jr. NAPA canceled their sponsorship of the #56 team and MWR after the "Richmond Scandal" in September. It'll be interesting to see what NAPA may do as rumors had them not returning to sponsor any NASCAR team in 2014 and sitting out the season and then rethinking their sponsorship plans. Have heard reports that NAPA did not want to sponsor a team in the Nationwide Series or Camping World Truck Series. Have heard that NAPA does not wish take over for Nationwide as the series sponsor what is now called the Nationwide Series when Nationwide leaves at the end of the 2014 season. Been told that NAPA only wants to sponsor a Sprint Cup Series team for a full season. Rumors also had NAPA moving over to the #78 Furniture Row Racing team with Martin Truex Jr. in some capacity.(11-15-2013)


UPDATE Chase Elliott to run full season for JR Motorsports, NAPA Returns: Chase Elliott will compete full time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports starting in 2014 and do so with NAPA AUTO PARTS as his full-season primary sponsor. With Elliott as its driver, the 2014 season will mark NAPA’s 19th in NASCAR sponsorship. NAPA (National Automotive Parts Association) has more than 6,000 stores nationwide with more than 400,000 quality parts and accessories for automotive and industrial applications  the most extensive inventory in the industry. NAPA headquarters is in Atlanta, Ga., just a short distance from Elliott’s hometown of Dawsonville, GA. "NAPA is pleased to continue its long standing involvement in NASCAR, the most popular form of motorsports in the United States supported by its many loyal and passionate fans," commented Dan Askey, President of NAPA. "Equally, we are proud to form this new partnership with JR Motorsports. Kelley Earnhardt Miller, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Rick Hendrick and its many employees have developed one of the premier teams in the Nationwide Series. Chase Elliott is a young and talented, future star in the sport and will represent NAPA well both on and off the track. We welcome Chase and the entire JR Motorsports organization to the NAPA Family." Elliott will carry the #9 on his NAPA Chevy  the same number his father, legendary racer Bill Elliott, carried for much of his storied career that included the 1988 Sprint Cup Series championship. The 2014 season will mark the younger Elliott’s Nationwide Series debut. He turned 18 on Nov. 28, becoming eligible for competition. "This is the opportunity of a lifetime," Chase Elliott said. "My family and I are still trying to believe it all. I couldn’t ask to be partnered with anyone better than Dale Jr., Kelley and Mr. Hendrick, along with all of the people at their organizations who have put in countless hours to pull this together."(JR Motorsports/NAPA), see an image of the car on the #9 NNS team paint schemes page.(1-6-2014)


Hornish gets part time ride for 2014:

Sam Hornish Jr. will share seat time with Kyle Busch in the #54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in the Nationwide Series this season. Hornish could not be reached for comment.(Fox Sports)(1-6-2014)


UPDATE: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced that it has signed driver Sam Hornish, Jr. to drive the #54 Monster Energy Toyota in seven NASCAR Nationwide Series races in 2014. I’m excited about driving the #54 Monster Energy car this year. It’s a great opportunity for me, said Hornish. It’s the best possible situation for me to jump into great equipment and have the opportunity to go right out and win. After working with Penske for 10 years and now to have the opportunity to partner with Joe Gibbs Racing, I couldn’t have asked for anything better. These are great people, top notch. To partner with Kyle, and all this team provides, with the support of Joe and J.D., it provides me with everything I need to succeed. It’s also a phenomenal opportunity for me to partner with a market leader such as Monster Energy. The brand identity and fan following that goes along with this sponsor is super. I can’t wait to get into that car!

The #54 Monster Energy Toyota will run a full season schedule for JGR with crew chief Adam Stevens returning to call the shots from atop the pit box. Kyle Busch will return to pilot the Camry in 26 races, while Hornish will fill the driver’s seat in the remaining seven races. We’re excited to have someone of Sam’s caliber joining Kyle behind the wheel of the Monster Energy Camry this year, said J.D. Gibbs, President of Joe Gibbs Racing. We think we have a great team there with Monster Energy and Sam will be an outstanding addition. We lost out on the owner’s championship by just one point last year so our focus will be on trying to get that title back in 2014.

Hornish has spent the past two seasons driving the #12 car for Penske Racing in the Nationwide Series. Last season he recorded one win, 16 top-five and 25 top-ten finishes and captured four pole awards. In 99 career starts, Hornish has two wins, 28 top-five and 53 top-ten finishes. He also has made 130 career starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Hornishs first race behind the wheel of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota will be May 3 at Talladega. In addition he will race both Iowa Speedway races, Road America, Chicagoland Speedway on July 19, Mid-Ohio, and Kentucky Speedway on September 20.(JGR)(1-6-2014)











From Track Forum:



Roar Before the 24 This Weekend


Getting very excited for the season now...


Here's the entry list as of this morning. Not sure if this link will be updated as new drivers are listed, or if a new link will be posted. Already several Indycar/Indy lights drivers listed. I counted Pagenaud, Rahal, Briscoe, Hunter-Reay, and Wilson so far, with Dixon and Kanaan unconfirmed but all but a certainty with Ganassi. Also drivers who might be still seen in the series at some point, like Townsend Bell, Legge, Allmendinger, Karam. http://www.imsa.com/sites/default/fi...try%20List.pdf



Marshall Pruett is running very good updates on twitter (https://twitter.com/marshallpruett) as well as on racer.com (http://www.racer.com/imsa-roar-befor...rticle/327784/).


IMSA site link for schedule, timing, etc. here (http://www.imsa.com/races/roar-rolex-24)


Seriously not sure who to root for, whether it be teams with my favorite drivers, favorite cars, favorite Grand-Am teams, favorite ALMS teams....I might just have pre-order a case of Red Bull for the end of the month, and sit back and enjoy the show...




Note:  Depending on where one lives, and what kind of TV connections one might have, it looks like quite a few will not be able to see the action.






From the AARN:




This Week



Pioneer Pole Buildings

Motorsports 2014 Show Set

For 29th Annual Run This Weekend


Western Pennsy’s

Famed Motordrome Speedway

Sold To Todd Melfi;

Future Much Brighter


New Egypt Forms

Own RaceSaver Sprint Car Organization;

TSRS Still In At Bridgeport, Grandview


Dave Rauscher’s Son Kory

Dies In New York Snowmobile Crash


Eastern Motorsport Press Association

Inducts New Hall Of Famers, Honors Its Own


Comprehensive Speedweeks Race Schedule

Released For All Florida Tracks


Ryan Blaney

York County Racing Club

Keynote Speaker


Fred Rahmer

To Become 410 Sprint Team Owner,

PA Speedweek Event Race Promoter


Pauch In Spotlight

At New Egypt Speedway’s

Awards Banquet In Atlantic City





Press releases:


News from the Orange County Fair Speedway ‘Hard Clay Open’

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

For Immediate Release/January 6, 2014

March 23 Orange County Fair Speedway ‘Hard Clay Open’ Taking Shape:  United Pump & Tank Signs On As Leading Marketing Partner; East Coast Speed Joins List Of Sponsors; Rock Fantasy Provides $400 Halfway Leader Bonus; Lap 31 Now Worth $310; Registration Now Open For Lucrative $30,000-Plus Event With Craig Mitchell First Entrant

MIDDLETOWN, NY – One of the most highly anticipated events in recent memory for the Orange County Fair Speedway faithful continues to grow.

The inaugural running of the ‘Hard Clay Open’ at the Middletown, N.Y., facility – promoted by Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC via an agreement with speedway operators Michael Gurda IV and Howard Commander – on Sunday, March 23 continues is building momentum. The event, which serves as the first on-track activity at Orange County in ’14, is slated to kick off the New York State Modified season and opens the 2014 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP.

The ‘Hard Clay Open’ will be headlined by a 50-lap big-block/small-block Modified event paying a minimum of $5,000 to win. The strength of the purse is its balance through the field: second-place pays $4,000, with $1,000 reserved for the 10th-place finisher and $500 just to take the green flag. A base payout of $30,000 has been outlined for the first ‘Hard Clay Open’ Modified event.  Crate 602 Sportsman run a 25-lap main event paying $1,000 to win in the lid-lifter of the Dig Safely New York GRIT Series.

United Pump & Tank signed on to support ‘Hard Clay Open’ as a leading marketing partner. United Pump & Tank, located in Newburgh, N.Y., serves New York’s Hudson Valley for all parts, service and installation needs in the petroleum/service station industry. United Pump & Tank can be reached by phone at 845.787.3984 or on the web at www.unitedpumpandtank.com.

East Coast Speed & Sport Shop/ECS Auto, 660 Route 17M in Middletown, N.Y., has joined as a supporting sponsor of the day’s activities. To learn more about East Coast Speed, visit www.ecsautostores.com or call 845.343.0688.

Rock Fantasy Concert, Smoke Shop & Pinball Room proprietor Stephen Keeler will reward the leader of the ‘Hard Clay Open’ halfway lap – 25 – with a healthy $400 cash bonus in the 50-lap main. Rock Fantasy is at 75 West Main Street in Middletown, N.Y., and is on the web at www.rockfantasy.com. To contact Rock Fantasy by phone, call 845.343.7300.

Lap 31 of the ‘Hard Clay Open’ Modified event will pay $310 thanks to Dave Zubikowski and Zubi’s Racing. At OCFS – as in all BD Motorsports Media events – all lap money is not distributed to the leader. During the ‘Hard Clay Open’ the extra cash will cycle through the top-seven drivers in the running order via the ‘Lucky 7’ lap money program.

Marketing opportunities for the ‘Hard Clay Open’ remain available. Lap sponsorships are on sale now at $20 minimum per lap (all lap money is distributed directly to the racers). To get involved, contact Brett Deyo at Deyo99H@aol.com or call 845.728.2781.

Pre-registration for the ‘Hard Clay Open’ is now open. The pre-entry fee is $15. Entry forms are available online at www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com and www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net. Track regular Craig ‘Hollywood’ Mitchell was the first official entrant for the program.

Big- and small-block combinations are legal for this unique event with staggered minimum weights. American Racer and Hoosier tires are both legal, as well. Accepted tire compounds have been outlined in the race rules/information. 

For the first time in Orange County history, sail panels are permitted for the ‘Hard Clay Open’ Modified event. Sail panels must be no taller than 65 inches when measured from the ground and must mirror each other in size and shape side-for-side. A four-inch roof spoiler is permitted, as well. All other Orange County/DIRTcar body rules will be in effect. Complete race rules, weights and tire compounds can be found online at www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com or www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.

For qualifying, drivers will draw for their starting positions upon entry to the speedway. Heat-race finishes utilizing staggered passing points will be calculated to set the redraw participants and qualified cars from 10-lap heat races.  Consolations, 10 laps each, will set the remainder of the 26-car starting field via their order of finish. The heat-race finish/passing point combination will set the starting lineups for the consolations.

The passing points system, new to Modified racing but widely used in other forms of racing including Sprint Cars and the famed ‘Chili Bowl’ in Tulsa, Okla., aims to satisfy the desires of both racers and fans by easing the consequences of a poor draw for competitors and providing heat-race excitement for fans.

The ‘Hard Clay Open’ will be contested on a date that is conflict-free on the dirt Modified landscape. The Sunday afternoon lid-lifter should attract a cross-section of cars from the north, south, east and west. On Saturday of the weekend (March 22), New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway hosts an event, setting up a potential two-day swing south for traveling teams from Central New York and further north.

For competitors planning to chase points on the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP, the ‘Hard Clay Open’ serves as the first of six points-paying events. Orange County is joined in the Short Track Super Series by Thunder Mountain (N.Y.), I-88 (N.Y., two events including the championship-deciding Alpine Building Supply Short Track SuperNationals in October), Accord (N.Y.) and Penn Can (Pa.). A point fund of more than $17,000 has been posted for competitors in addition to a long list of contingency awards and incentives.

Fans can be assured pit-area parking will be laid out carefully to keep larger haulers toward the center, with only smaller trucks and trailers in the corners to ensure maximum visibility. The show will be fast-paced to allow fans and racers ample travel time on a Sunday night. 

The GRIT Series 602 Sportsman will draw for starting positions with a redraw of top qualifiers for the main event. Heats and consolations will be eight laps.  GRIT Series rules will be in effect on this event. Visit www.gritracingseries.com for further information.

For the 2014 ‘Hard Clay Open’ event, pit gates open at 10 a.m. Grandstand gates open at 11 a.m. A drivers’ meeting will take place at 1 p.m., with hot laps at 1:30 p.m. and racing at 2 p.m.  Fans can expect a pre-race autograph session/meet and greet in both the grandstand and drive-in areas.

Admission for the ‘Hard Clay Open’ is $20 for Adults, $18 for Seniors and $2 for Kids 12 and under. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.

The ‘Hard Clay Open’ will mark the second earliest Orange County opener since the speedway began hosting stock cars regularly in 1948, eclipsed only by March 18, 1984 when Larry Brolsma drove to victory. 

For further ‘Hard Clay Open’ information, contact Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media at Deyo99H@aol.com or by phone at 845.728.2781. BD Motorsports Media is on the web at www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com. “Like” BD Motorsports Media on Facebook.

Located at 239 Wisner Avenue Middletown, NY 10940 on the Orange County Fairgrounds, Orange County Fair Speedway is the oldest continuously operating dirt track in the United States. The first auto race was held at the speedway in 1919. The five-eighths-mile oval offers fully-covered and half-covered grandstands in addition to open bleacher seating on the frontstretch and turn one areas, with drive-in viewing on the backstretch. To learn more, contact the Orange County Fair Speedway office at 845.342.2573 or visit www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.

In the event of inclement weather, the rain date is tentatively slated for Friday, March 28.

The regular season at Orange County is slated to get underway with an open practice on March 29 and the official Season Opener on April 5.



Brett Deyo

BD Motorsports Media LLC

Phone: 845.728.2781

E-Mail: Deyo99H@aol.com

Web: www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BDMotorsportsMedia

Twitter: @BrettDeyo



Borgers Speedway 2014 Schedule


You asked for it and here it is!




*Season Points Start 03-22-2013

“Mo Money March” 2:00pm Start Time

• Week #1 March 22, 2013

King of Asphalt Round #1

TQ’s $750 to Win 50 Laps Presented by Hyper Racing

• Week #2 March 29, 2013

Clone Wars Round #1

TQ’s $500 to Win 50 Lap

$550 to Win Sr. Slingshot

Microstocks $250 to Win


“Spring Forward” 2:00pm Start Time

• Week#3 April 5, 2013

Briggs Flathead Sr. Champ $500.00 to Win


Winged Jr Sportsman Champ oversized trophies and special promotions

• Week #4 April 12, 2013

Briggs Flathead Heavy $500 to Win

Double Season Points

• Week #5 April 19, 2013

King of Asphalt Round #2

Microstocks $250 to Win

• Week #6 April 26, 2013

Clone Wars Round #2


“Money Making May” 2:00pm Start Time

• Week#7 May 3, 2013

ATQMRA 50 Laps

Winged Jr Sportsman Champ oversized trophies and special promotions

• Week#8 May 10, 2013

Vintage ATQMRA

The Big Boys are Back! Pork Chop -- $350 to Win Presented by Green Flag Driving Experience

• Week#9 May 17, 2013

Briggs Flathead Sr Champ $650 to Win

• Week#10 May 24, 2013

Sons of Anarchy Round #1

Double Season Points

• Week#11 May 31, 2013

Clone Wars Round #3

Briggs Flathead Sr Champ $555 to Win Presented by Green Flag Driving Experience


“A June To Remember”



• Week#12 June 7, 2013


Briggs Flathead Sr Champ $750 to Win Presented by Diamond Supply Co. Clothing

• Week#13 June 14, 2013

Clone Wars Round #4

Slingshots $550.00 To Win

• Week#14 June 21, 2013

King of Asphalt Round #3

Slingshot Tour JR and SR

No TQ’s

• Week#15 June 28, 2013

Allstar TQ Memorial Race $ 2000.00 To Win

75 Lap Feature presented by COPART.com, Weis Markets and Hyper Racing

The Big Boys are Back Part II Pork Chop -- $350 to Win


“Hot Summer Nights” -- 4:00pm Start Time

• Week#16 July 5, 2013

ATQMRA 50 Laps

Microstock Firecracker 40 $500.00 To Win

Briggs Flathead Heavy $500.00 To Win

Fireworks Show presented by Blue Ridge Hook and Ladder

• Week#17 July 12, 2013


• Week#18 July 19, 2013

Briggs Flathead Heavy $750.00 to Win

• Week#19 July 26, 2013

Pappy's Pick of The Week - TBA


“Git R Done” August -- 4:00pm Start Time

• Week#20 Aug 2, 2013

King of Asphalt Round #4


• Week#21 Aug 9, 2013

Slingshots $350.00 to Win

Karts Double Points

• Week#22 Aug 16, 2013

Sons of Anarchy Round #2

• Week#23 Aug 23, 2013

Clone Wars Round #5

Microstocks $350 to Win

• Week#24 Aug 30, 2013

Briggs Flathead Sr Champ $750.00 to Win


“Month of Champions” August -- 4:00pm Start Time

• Week#25 Sept 6, 2013

Kid Kart - Back 2 School 25

JR Back 2 School Spectacular

No TQ’s

• Week#26 Sept 13, 2013

Championship Saturday

King of Asphalt Round #5


**** End of Season Points****


• Week#27 Sept 20, 2013

All Divisions

6 Week Mini Octoberfest Series Points 2:00pm Start Time


“Run What Ya Brung” November



Regular Schedule

Gates Open At 10:00am

Open Practice 1:00pm

Registration Closes at 1:30pm

Drivers Mtg 2:00pm

Warm Ups 2:30pm

Heats start by 3:00pm


Summer Schedule ( Starts June 7th, 2014 )

Gates Open At 10:00am

Open PAID Practice 1:00pm

Registration Closes at 3:30pm

Drivers Mtg 4:00pm

Warm Ups 4:30pm

Heats start by 5:00pm

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On Monday, January 6, 2014 8:34 PM, Brett Deyo <deyo99h@aol.com> wrote:

News from BD Motorsports Media LLC & Thunder Mountain Speedway


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


For Immediate Release/January 6, 2014


Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints Set For Thunder Mountain Speedway Debut Saturday, August 30; Huge ‘Sprint Car Saturday Night’ Event Planned; BD Motorsports Media/Karl Spoonhower Co-Promotion To Include CRSA 305 Sprint Cars & SRP Micro-Sprints


CENTER LISLE, NY - For the first time in speedway history, the lightning-fast 360 Sprint Cars of the Empire Super Sprints (ESS) will descend on Thunder Mountain Speedway in 2014.


In a joint announcement involving ESS management and BD Motorsports Media LLC during the Eastern Motorsport Press Association Convention Saturday, Jan. 4 at the Crowne Plaza Valley Forge in King of Prussia, Pa., the inaugural ESS appearance at Thunder Mountain was set for Saturday, Aug. 30 during the series’ Lucas Oil-backed 31st anniversary tour.


The Labor Day weekend Saturday spectacular at Thunder Mountain will be co-promoted by Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media and speedway owner Karl Spoonhower. It will mark the second co-promotion of the ‘14 season for Deyo and Spoonhower, who have teamed up for the previously announced ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ presented by Rochinski Contracting Services 50-lap big-block/small-block Modified Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP event on Tuesday, May 20 (rain date: May 21).


The 360 Sprint Cars of ESS will run 25 laps for a minimum of $2,000 to win in their debut at Thunder Mountain, a racy, tire-wear-friendly three-eighths-mile clay oval located in Center Lisle, N.Y., minutes off the Whitney Point/Lisle interchange (Exit 8) on Interstate 81 (approximately 20 miles north of Binghamton).


Marketing partners are currently being sought to increase the ESS payout. Additionally, competitors will have the opportunity to race for lap money and other bonuses and contingency awards.


Fireworks will be part of the ‘Sprint Car Saturday Night’ special, in addition to a pre-race holiday picnic/barbecue.


To complete the ‘Sprint Car Saturday Night’ theme, the CRSA 305 Sprint Cars and SRP 600cc Micro-Sprints will be part of the program.


Spoonhower, who built the speedway in the early 1990s, has returned to the helm of Thunder Mountain for the ‘14 campaign after seven years away from the sport. Since announcing his return in November, he has resurfaced the entire track with two to three feet of new clay, repaired the entrance road to the facility, renovated towers, concession stands and other buildings and has begun work on a general cleanup of the grounds.


Spoonhower, a 58-year-old businessman from Berkshire, N.Y., will operate Thunder Mountain on Saturday nights - as he had done so successfully during his previous run as a promoter - with Modifieds headlining a weekly card that will include Sportsman, Sport Trucks, Street Stocks, Thunder Dogs and Four Cylinders.

Deyo, a special events promoter in the dirt Modified realm, will present his second 360 Sprint Car event of the ‘14 season at Thunder Mountain. On June 17 (rain date: June 18), he is slated to partner with superstar driver Stewart Friesen on a 25-lap, $3,000 to win, $250 to start 360 Sprint Car special at New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway.


The ‘Turnpike 25’ accompanies the Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. ‘Dirty Jersey 60’ Super DIRTcar Series big-block 60-lap event at the Garden State showplace.

ESS president Dean Reynolds is pleased to add Thunder Mountain to the fold.


Thunder Mountain is a track we have targeted for years to hold an ESS event: it has a great location,” Reynolds said. “I’ve always wanted a show there. We’re thrilled to team up with BD Motorsports Media for this show. We know it will be special. And we are all happy to have Karl back at Thunder Mountain: we’ve heard about all the good things he’s done already. We’re proud to be aligned with Brett and Karl.”


The Thunder Mountain event fits well on the ESS schedule for Labor Day weekend. An event had already been scheduled for Utica-Rome (N.Y.) Speedway on Sunday (Aug. 31), providing a two-day New York swing.


“This race at Thunder Mountain is a nice compliment for us on Labor Day weekend,” Reynolds said. “Having the two races back-to-back will be favorable for Canadians to come down for the weekend. We could also pull some New Jersey and Pennsylvania teams up from the south for both shows.”


The Empire Super Sprints are on the web at www.empiresupersprints.com.


Thunder Mountain Speedway is located at 91 Hunts Corners Road Center Lisle, NY 13797. To learn more, contact promoter Karl Spoonhower by phone at 607.657.8202 or via e-mail: thundermtnspeedway@gmail.com. The race-day phone is 607.849.7899. The speedway is on the web at www.thundermtnspeedway.com. Like “Thunder Mountain Speedway” on Facebook for the latest updates.


For further information on BD Motorsports Media LLC, contact Brett Deyo by e-mail at Deyo99H@aol.com, call 845.728.2781 or visit www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com. For up-to-the-minute news, like “BD Motorsports Media” on Facebook.




Brett Deyo

BD Motorsports Media LLC

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E-Mail: Deyo99H@aol.com

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On Monday, January 6, 2014 11:06 PM, Bob Snyder Photo <bobsnyderphoto@enter.net> wrote:

Borgers GM

Brendan O’Connor

Borgers Speedway

****SNEAK PEAK @ BORGERS 2014 - Mini Series - $$$$ - New Classes - Kart To TQ Program****

We are excited beyond words for the 2014 Season. It is our mission to continue our growth and establish ourselves as a premier banked asphalt short track. We proud to offer preview of our 2014 plans below!



One word, COMMITMENT! As we closed 2013 out, I believe we have proven our commitment to karts and TQ's! To take that commitment to the next level we have partnered with Green Flag Driving Experience ( www.greenflagdrivingexperience.com ). This partnership will provide our kart racers the ability to earn Green Flag Bucks. This fund will eventually earn the racer a rental in one of the Green Flag TQ's at Borgers Speedway! It is our mission to remain committed to the people who keep our doors open! To further their patronage we wish to offer options for drivers and teams to move up to bigger and faster rides!


Green Flag Bucks will be earned via weekly participation. Together, Borgers Speedway and Green Flag Driving Experience will offer Bonus Green Flag Bucks for top qualifiers, heat wins and more... Stay Tuned for specific details. Do not get this confused or think this is a "for $19.99 " gimmick. Your commitment to us will be rewarded! You could earn a free few lap session or you can go all in ! Borgers Speedway style! and end up with a multiple week rental in full race dress ( race with the TQ class at Borgers Speedway! ) need more then this? How about:


The Clone Wars –

5 race mini series. Each event will consist of pill draw, 12 lap heats and a 25 lap feature. Each event will pay $ 250 to Win ( each event will be $ 50.00 entry fee - 8 Kart min ) . The Mini Series Champion will win a New Clone Motor and $300 in Cash. There will be no drops for the mini series. We will also hand out a 100 point bonus for attending all 5 events.


The mini series championship will pay as follows:

1st New motor plus $300 in Cash 2nd $200.00 3rd $ 150.00 4th $100.00 5th $50.00


The Imperial Games

The Gladiators who entered the Coliseum to battle were considered the best of the best. There is definitely no shortage of epic battles.... The wheelers of our Briggs Flat Head Heavy class are our modern day Gladiators. No single class at Borgers Speedway has impressed more than these guys. Week in and week out these guys came and pounded our asphalt in 2013. For 2014, we will offer multiple $500.00 to win events ( $ 50 entry fee, 10 kart Min ) we will also offer one $1000.00 to win event ( $ 75.00 entry fee, 15 Kart Min )


King of the Asphalt Sr Champ

Due to the overwhelming interest in wings. Borgers Speedway will now make our 2014 King of the Asphalt 5 race mini series WINGED! Strap on your top wings ( JC Specialty or similar - rule articulation will follow... but the JC Specialty wing is considered the standard ) and come battle for a $500.00 payday! The King of the Asphalt program will be a 5 race mini series. Each event will consist of a pill draw, 12 lap heats and a 35 lap feature. Each event will pay $ 250 to Win ( each event will be $ 50.00 entry fee - 8 Kart min ) . The Mini Series Champion will win $500.00. We've landed a few sponsors for these events! The sponsors will be offering BONUS money to help offset the cost for the wings! As a track community, we also plan to help offset cost for those that have run Borgers on a regular basis or intend to! There will be no drops for the mini series. We will also hand out a 100 point bonus for attending all 5 events.


NOTE: The Sr. Champ karts will run on a weekly basis as WINGLESS.... We are open to adding winged on a regular basis but we will need to monitor the turn out.... We do not want to take away from the best growing class we have! The Sr Champs should be considered our Flagship Kart class and whatever we can do to make racing better for these guys we will do!


The mini series championship will pay as follows:

1st $500.00 2nd $250.00 3rd $ 150.00 4th $100.00 5th $75.00 plus BONUS $$$$



The 2014 Borgers Speedway Micro Stock class will remain two classes. World Formula and LO206. Depending on counts, we may opt to run them together but score them separately. Each class will be awarded a separate championship and will feature 6 drop weeks. In doing so, we believe those weekend warriors who can not make it every Saturday can still battle for the track championship.


The champion will be required to attend at least 75% of our races to receive prize money. The plan is to offer multiple $ 250.00 to win events. In July expect to see a $500.00 Firecracker 40 at Borgers Speedway. The event will consist of bonus money for 5th place to last place. The event will feature 12 lap heat races and a 40 lap feature under the lights ( caution laps will count for the first half of the race ) . The winner of a feature will earn 10 bonus points towards their 2014 points championship.


We also are adding a Rookie Microstock Class for anyone new to the sport. This class will be monitored by our tech staff and drivers will be encouraged to move up once they are ready. This class will not have a regular pay out or accumulate a season points total. Entries have the option to take a trophy or a small pay out. This is strictly a class to encourage our new and / or developmental drivers. If a team enters a micro stock in either WF or LO206 and wishes to enter a second or back up car with a new or rookie driver, his or her entry fee will be free! For example, if Owner A enters his #14 in the WF Micro stock class, his backup car, with a rookie driver would receive free entry fee into the rookie class! Again, we are doing this in an effort to grow the micro stock racing in NEPA. We believe the micro stock class is a perfect fit for our track and we encourage all to come out and check us out on a weekly basis.


Special Events

Schools Out JR Spectacular

Join us in mid June to race against the regions fastest Jr’s. All Jr class will run for Oversized trophies, oversized checks with bigger pay outs and special prizes... The Jr 3 ( Restricted ) and Jr 2 ( Sportsman ) will run for a $350.00 pay day ( $40.00 Entry fee – 8 Kart Min ). Both classes class will run 12 lap heats and a 40 lap feature. The Jr 1 ( Rookie ) youngsters will run for a $150.00 pay day ( $ 30.00 entry fee – 8 kart min ). The Jr 1 ( Rookie ) class will run 12 lap heats with a 25 lap feature.


TQ Young Gun's ( Winged Jr Sportsman Champ )

Each night we are visited by the ATQMRA Tour, our young guns will be able to strap into their Mini TQ’s ( Winged Jr Sportsman Champs ) and will get the privilege of running their feature prior to the ATQMRA feature. These youngsters will get to experience racing under the lights, in front of a big crowd. Imagine your youngster smile as the top three are interviewed in victory lane! As we did many times this year we intend to incorporate all Jr’s into as much of the big car events as we can. ( This will also be a weekly class )


Back To School Kid Kart 25

This will be the third year for the special kid kart event. Come and support the biggest kid kart event in the region. Oversized trophies, gift cards, prizes, stickers and T Shirts… Each youngster will be interviewed on the front stretch. This race always packs the house. We will continue the use of a restrictor for the kid karts.


Sons of Anarchy Slugfest – Outlaws ( Open Unlimited )

Twice this summer we invite those who have those SPECIAL motors and out of the box ideas to battle on our asphalt. This will be a flat kart unlimited / open motor event. These two events will pay $350 to win ( $ 40.00 entry fee – 8 kart min ). The fastest lap time of the day will all also receive a bonus $100.00. If the winner wins both events he will receive a bonus $100.00!

The payout for the top 5 will be as follows (further back will be determined by kart count )

1st $350.00 2nd $200.00 3rd $ 125.00 4th $100.00 5th $60.00


Briggs Flat Head Sr. Champ

The success of the 2013 Big paydays has made us re-tap this the hottest asphalt class out there. Make room in your schedule to come battle the region’s best. With a $1000.00 to win ( $ 75.00 entry fee – 15 kart min ) event on the schedule we hope to showcase our track to more than just the ringers.


The payout for the $1000 to Win will be as follows (further back will be determined by kart count )

1st $1,000.00 2nd $600.00 3rd $ 300.00 4th $250.00 5th $200.00


With the higher entry our payout typically extends all the way to last place- Last year our counts where low even with the big paydays, needless to say, financially its hard to offer big $$$$ with low counts..... with that said, we will give it a whirl again early in 2014 and try to establish a solid foundation of quality drivers and karts....


Our Schedule is done-- However, we are holding it back due to a few outstanding agreements.... I suspect now that the holidays are over we will get it wrapped up in the next day or two.


Brendan O'Connor

Borgers Speedway

Saylorsburg, PA



Borgers Motorsports and Banquet News.


Borgers PR

Media Contact

Bob Snyder



Borgers Speedway, Bob Snyder Historic Racing Photos, and Snyder Video Productions Team Up For 3 Day Run at Motorsports 2014.


Borgers Speedway will officially kick off the 2014 racing season at Motorsports 2014 January 10, 11, and 12 at the Greater Philladelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa.


While Borgers Speedway will be bringing the racing public up to date on all the exciting happenings at the Saylorsburg, Pa. 1/7 asphalt oval for 2014 Borgers Promoter Bob Snyder and brother Dale Snyder will take the fans on a trip down memory lane with photos and DVD’s of the best of the best in northeast stock car  and sprint car racing from the past.


Borgers 2013 Dirt 600 Sprint Champion Jason Hentrich will have on display his immaculate black 67 Hyper which took him to the 2013 Borgers championship.  The familiar blue number 17 AllStar Slingshot of Tom Arntz will be on display sporting the Borgers Speedway wrap which will compete at the Boardwalk Bowl in Atlantic City .  Karts from BOM Motorsports and Silfiee Brothers Motorsports will also be on display.


All your questions about the 2014 racing season and rules will be answered by the Borgers Speedway staff.  Banquet tickets for the January 18 Borgers Speedway awards banquet will be on sale and anyone wishing to pick up tickets they have purchased can do at the show.  Schedules will be available and pit spots may be purchased.


Bob Snyder Historic Racing Photos will have over 800 different photos from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s for sale and Snyder Video Productions will have their full line of more then 35 DVD’s playing throughout the show and on sale.  Snyder Video will also have the re-release of the History Of Nazareth Speedway and the all new production Memories of East Windor Speedweay.


Anyone wishing to purchase banquet ticket that will not be in attendance at the show can do so by making checks payable to Brendan O’Connor and send to

Bob Snyder

335 N. Broad St. Ext.

Nazareth , Pa. 18064


I will also have tickets if anyone wants to make arrangements to pick up tickets.  Tickets purchased by mail will be picked up at the door at the banquet.


All award winners must be in attendance at the banquet to receive their award.  Tickets are $25 with children under 10 free.  

Banquet will be held on January 18 starting at 4:00 p.m. at the

Wind Gap American Legion

217 North Broadway

Wind Gap, Pa.



The American Legion is located about ¼ mile north of the Turkey Hill in Wind Gap on the same side as Turkey Hill.









Going back, in time to January 9th in:



Karl Busson ..Born .. USAC Sprint Car driver



Mark Martin ..Born .. NASCAR driver



Russ Klar won the TQ Midget race at the Teaneck Armory, Teaneck, NJ.

Race report:  http://www.wheelsofspeed.com/report/1_9_60-1.html



Russ Gamester ..Born .. USAC Midget and Silver Crown driver



Lou Cicconi won the Three Quarter Midget feature at the indoor Atlantic City Convention Hall. Tim Howell wins the Slingshot feature







Going back in time – various dates around this time of the year:





USAC.. The United States Auto Club (USAC) sanctioned it's first race, a Midget race indoors on a 1/10 mile oval on the concrete floor of the Allen County Coliseum Ft. Wayne, Indiana. The race was won by Indy 500 veteran Gene Hartley.





George Constantine... Died ... F1 driver. Constantine won the SportsCar Race at Watkins Glen in 1956 and NASSAU Trophy in 1959.



Bobby Hamilton... Died ... Hamilton had three wins in the former NASCAR Winston Cup series in a roughly-10-year Cup career, then stepped back to the Craftsman Truck Series and turned his own team into a championship effort, winning the 2004 title. Hamilton died of neck cancer, he was 49.





Dick (Jim) Rathmann ... Born ... AAA & USAC driver from the 1940's, 50's & 60's



Pat Flaherty ... Born ... He drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1950, 1953-1956, 1958,1959, and 1963 seasons with 19 starts, including the Indianapolis 500 races in 1950, 1953, 1955, 1956, and 1959. He finished in the top ten 9 times, with victories in 1955 and 1956 at Milwaukee as well as the 1956 Indianapolis 500.




Tex Enright ... Died ... Tex was one of the best known starters on the East coast.





Jim Hurtubise ... Died ... An American race car driver who raced in USAC Champ Cars (including the Indianapolis 500), as well as sprint cars and stock cars (USAC and NASCAR). He was from North Tonawanda, New York. Despite his limited success, he was a fan favorite throughout much of his career as many characterized him as an "old style" racecar driver. Hurtubise raced in the USAC Championship Car series in the 1959-1968 and 1970-1974 seasons, with 97 career starts. He finished in the top ten 38 times, with 4 victories, in 1959 at Sacramento, 1960 at Langhorne, and 1961 and 1962 at Springfield. In 1964, after suffering serious burns in an accident during the Rex Mays Classic, in Milwaukee, doctors asked Hurtubise how he wanted his hands shaped permanently. "Just make 'em so I can hold a steering wheel," he replied. Hurtubise died January 6, 1989 after suffering a heart attack near his home in Port Arthur, Texas. He was 56 years old.





Sam Schmidt paralyzed after he broke his neck in a crash while testing his IRL car at Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, Florida.





Rodger Ward... Born ... USAC Midget and Indy car driver. 2 time Indy 500 winner, 1959 & 1962



Harry Gant... Born ... NASCAR driver.



Bobby Rahal... Born ... Indy car driver.



Eddie Cheever... Born ... f-1 & Indy car driver.



Larry McReynolds ..Born .. One of NASCAR's most successful and recognized crew chiefs.





Carroll Shelby... Born ... legendary racer, car builder.





Ray Harroun... Born ... winner of the first Indianapolis, 500 was born in Spartanburg, Pennsylvania.



Lloyd Ruby... Born ... He raced in the USAC Championship Car series in the 1958-1977 seasons, with 177 career starts, including every Indianapolis 500 race during 1960-1977



Robby Unser ... Born ... Indy Racing League driver and son of Bobby Unser





Ernie Irvan... Born ... NASCAR Winston Cup driver



John Heydenreich won the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals at the Expo Square in Tulsa, OK.

rACE REPORT:  http://www.wheelsofspeed.com/report/1_13_90-1.html



Danny Oakes... Died ... In the 1940s and 50s, he was one of America's leading Midget Race Car drivers winning 100s of races around the country. He won the Turkey Night Grand Prix and 3 West Coast Midget Championships in 1945. In 1947, he won the American Automobile Assn. Midget title and the United States Auto Club Pacific Coast Midget championship in 1959. At age 40, he tried to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 from 1952 to 1955, without success. But as a mechanic, he put many others into the winners circle and earned the reputation as one of the best mechanics in the Indy pits. As chief mechanic in 1963, for 1952, 500 winner Troy Ruttman, his car finished 12th and driver Johnny White, brought Oakes his best finish of 4th in 1964. He quit driving midgets in his mid-60s, but continued his racing career into his 70s as a throttle man in offshore boat racing. He was inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1996.






From the Internet:


Uh, really, Mr. President?


I guess a lot of folks would say “You gotta be sh*tting me” on what follows:


“In his weekly address released on Saturday, January 4, President Obama had the audacity to slam Republicans for "going home for the holidays" and letting unemployment insurance benefits expire. The only problem is that Obama said this while still on his holiday vacation in Hawaii.


A day before his Sunday return to Washington, DC, from a two-week holiday visit to the state of his birth, Obama criticized Republicans for going home for the holidays:


"Just a few days after Christmas, more than one million of our fellow Americans lost a vital economic lifeline - the temporary insurance that helps folks make ends meet while they look for a job. Republicans in Congress went home for the holidays and let that lifeline expire. And for many of their constituents who are unemployed through no fault of their own, that decision will leave them with no income at all."


As the Washington Post reports, Obama spend Saturday golfing, hiking, and dining with his family in Hawaii:









I get emails:


The typical U.S. household headed by a person age 65 or older has a net worth 47 times greater than a household headed by someone under 35, according to an analysis of census data released Monday.  If all of us “old farts” have all of the money, then let us try to elect someone who might be near honest and not be after feathering their own nests.


They like to refer to us as senior citizens, old fogies, geezers, and in some cases dinosaurs.  Some of us are "Baby Boomers" getting ready to retire.  Others have been retired for some time.  We walk a little slower these days and our eyes and hearing are not what they once were.  We have worked hard, raised our children, worshiped our God and grown old together.  Yes, we are the ones some refer to as being over the hill, and that is probably true.  But before writing us off completely, there are a few things that need to be taken into consideration.


In school we studied English, history, math, and science which enabled us to lead America into the technological age.  Most of us remember what outhouses were, many of us with firsthand experience.


We remember the days of telephone party-lines, 25 cent gasoline, and milk and ice being delivered to our homes.  For those of you who don't know what an icebox is, today they are electric and referred to as refrigerators.  A few even remember when cars were started with a crank.  Yes, we lived those days.


We are probably considered old fashioned and out-dated by many.  But there are a few things you need to remember before completely writing us off.  We won World War II, fought in Korea and Viet Nam.  We can quote The Pledge of Allegiance, and know where to place our hand while doing so.  We wore the uniform of our country with pride and lost many friends on the battlefield.  We didn't fight for the Socialist States of America ; we fought for the "Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave."  We wore different uniforms but carried the same flag.  We know the words to the Star Spangled Banner,  America , and  America the Beautiful by heart, and you may even see some tears running down our cheeks as we sing.  We have lived what many of you have only read in history books and we feel no obligation to apologize to anyone for America.


Yes, we are old and slow these days but rest assured, we have at least one good fight left in us. We have loved this country, fought for it, and died for it, and now we are going to save it.  It is our country and nobody is going to take it away from us.  We took oaths to defend America against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and that is an oath we plan to keep.  There are those who want to destroy this land we love but, like our founders, there is no way we are going to remain silent.


It was mostly the young people of this nation who elected Obama and the Democrat Congress.  You fell for the "Hope and Change" which in reality was nothing but "Hype and Lies."


You have tasted socialism and seen evil face to face, and have found you don't like it after all.  You make a lot of noise, but most are all too interested in their careers or "Climbing the Social Ladder" to be involved in such mundane things as patriotism and voting.  Many of those who fell for the "Great Lie" in 2008 are now having buyer's remorse.  With all the education we gave you, you didn't have sense enough to see through the lies and instead drank the 'Kool-Aid.'  Now you're paying the price and complaining about it.  No jobs, lost mortgages, higher taxes, and less freedom.


This is what you voted for and this is what you got.  We entrusted you with the Torch of Liberty and you traded it for a paycheck and a fancy house.


Well, don't worry youngsters, the Grey-Haired Brigade is here, and in 2014 we are going to take back our nation.  We may drive a little slower than you would like but we get where we're going, and in 2014 we're going to the polls by the millions.


This land does not belong to the man in the White House nor to the likes of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.  It belongs to "We the People" and "We the People" plan to reclaim our land and our freedom.  We hope this time you will do a better job of preserving it and passing it along to our grandchildren.  So the next time you have the chance to say the Pledge of Allegiance, Stand up, put your hand over your heart, honor our country, and thank God for the old geezers of the "Grey-Haired Brigade."




This is spot on.  I am another Gray-Haired Geezer signing on.  I will circulate this to other Gray-Haired Geezers all over this once great country.


Can you feel the ground shaking??? 


It's not an earthquake, it is a STAMPEDE. 







This weeks photo:


A while ago, we hooked up with a young man – Jeff Nichols.  Jeff was into photography, and always had some excellent racing photos.  He still goes to races on occasion, but has gone towards “Nature” things, as far a photography goes – and yes, still does that excellent work.  Jeff had spent a lot of his growing up out in Arizona.  He went there about a month ago to see his family.  Sadly, Jeff lost his father the other day.  I’ve expressed my condolences to him and his family on Facebook, and I thought I’d put up a photo that Jeff took of my grandson, Brett, while we were racing at the Dirt Oval at Oakland Valley Race Park, back in 2006.  Hope ya can make the photo a little larger and see how clear it is!






Racing videos:


From the 2013 Chili Bowl – might we see a repeat?








Music videos:


With January 8th being the birthday of Elvis Presley, I guess it would be fitting to have a video of him?  His 1973 Hawaiian Concert:








More non racing stuff:


OMG!  Now they’re forecasting a shortage on Velveeta cheese?  What next?  Oh – yeah, just on the news on Wednesday afternoon – a shortage of “Pot” due to a bunch of people (Pot Heads?) still lining up to by the cr*p where it’s legal.



While watching the news on TV on Tuesday evening, this came up:  “The IRS can’t afford to implement the Health Care Law (Affordable Care Act/ObamaCare.  They would have to cut other programs to do so. 


Don’t ya just love it!



We’re seeing more and more of this – lawsuits being brought against “ObamaCare”:


Senator Ron Johnson to sue over healthcare subsidy for Congress






Hillary Clinton inches closer to 2016 decision, while some say she's already decided




Note:  All one has to do is read the comments that follow the article to see how many are against this vile, evil woman.



Report: People Abusing Welfare, Getting 7k in Food Stamps




And below the article there are these:


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Video: EBT Cards Glitch, “Limits” Removed… People Go Crazy for Free Stuff


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


3 Unbelievable Food Stamp Statistics in America


How to Reform Foodstamps and Welfare


Welfare Rant: “I Am Not Your Sugar Daddy”


White House: Food Stamps are “Boosting the Economy”


Report: Labor Unions Are Collapsing; 400,000 Members Leave


Report: Eric Holder Under Investigation for Lying Under Oath


Report: Obamacare Already Making Insurance Prices Double


Park Ranger Admits He Was Told to “Make Life As Difficult For People As We Can”


VIDEO: Obama Forces People Out of Their PRIVATELY-OWNED HOMES on Federal Land





NSA dodges questions about 'spying' on Congress






State Department Whistle-Blower’s Email Hacked, 4 Years Deleted – is you know who behind it (Hillary)?





Note:  Of course Hillary is mention.




Happy New Year! Feds list 141 new regulations in only three days






Obamacare: Here’s What Happens Now






Sen. Rand Paul Says Obamacare ‘A Mess,’ Unsure if Family is Covered









Judge Reaffirms Constitution Free Zones 100 Miles Inside U.S. Borders





Note:  What next?




NSA reportedly intercepting laptops purchased online to install spy malware






New York Times report casts doubt on al Qaeda involvement in Benghazi













Medicaid – I still have no idea as to just who it is that qualifies for it.  Any assets, from what I’ve been told, and you’re DQ’d.  Now, is it finally coming out that those millions that have opted for Medicaid other than ACA, are now finding problems?


Healthcare.gov Medicaid Expansion Black-hole






The Affordable Care Act & Medicare


Top 5 things to know about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) if you have Medicare:






Obama Signs NDAA Claiming He Can “Indefinitely Detain” Citizens







What do these states all have in common?


1. New Jersey


2. Rhode Island


3. Minnesota


4. Oregon


5. Maryland


6. New York


7. Massachusetts


8. Connecticut


9. Maine


10. Washington


They're all States With Scariest Death Taxes - Estate Taxes, Inheritance Taxes





MSNBC rips Sarah Palin for . . . wait for it . . . having a Christmas tree




Note:  Remarkable how ignorant some people in the media are, isn’t it?



Kinda looks like “Spell Check” has found most of those “typo’s”!




Joke of the week:



(Taken from papers written by a class of 8-year-olds)



Grandparents are a lady and a man who have no little children of their own.

They like other people's.


A grandfather is a man, & a grandmother is a lady!


Grandparents don't have to do anything except be there when we come to see them…

They are so old they shouldn't play hard or run. It is good if they drive us to the shops and give us money.


When they take us for walks, they slow down past things like pretty leaves and caterpillars.


They show us and talk to us about the colours of the flowers and also why we shouldn't step on 'cracks.'


They don't say, 'Hurry up.'


Usually grandmothers are fat but not too fat to tie your shoes.


They wear glasses and funny underwear.


They can take their teeth and gums out.


Grandparents don't have to be smart.


They have to answer questions like 'Why isn't God married?' and 'How come dogs chase cats?'


When they read to us, they don't skip. They don't mind if we ask for the same story over again.


Everybody should try to have a grandmother, especially if you don't have television because they are the only grownups who like to spend time with us.


They know we should have a snack time before bed time, and they say prayers with us and kiss us even when we've acted bad.




It's funny when they bend over; you hear gas leaks, and they blame their dog.






Until the next column – in two weeks on January 23rd.



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