Racin' & Different Stuff:

                                      By Tom Avenengo

                                         Volume # 167



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.


Note:  More and more there’s stuff on Benghazi hitting the fan every day.  It’s time to act!


Oh, and another thing:  Hillary is EVIL!



Some personal/family stuff:


So the wife needs cataract surgery on both eyes.  Prior to the right eye surgery, she has to be cleared by a retina specialist.  Gotta love it.  There’s a good possibility that she will not need glasses after the surgeries, though, but maybe some cheap reading glasses.  All her life she’s had a “heart murmur”.  Now they want to have her take an induced stress test (bad knees), an echo cardiogram and also checking out both carotid arteries.


Me?  Well some good news.  Kidneys are improving – fact is, I was told this past Monday that they are normal.  Sugar levels have been low (maybe a tad too low – like 62 and 54 on Saturday and Sunday mornings.  It’s also been quite wacky, too – like going from that 54 reading to 316 after I had some oatmeal with a banana and a cup of coffee, and with another immediate check and results of 287. 

My diet can add more to it now, too.  Phosphorous in foods is a big culprit to kidneys.  Per the kidney doctor, no cola drinks at all.  Items highest in phosphorous are certain cuts of beef, pork, most sea foods, dairy products like milk & cheese, certain kinds of beans, peanuts, bran cereal, flour – various kinds, and most nuts.  So far that’s what I’ve had to avoid.

Good news is that I can now eat small amounts of certain types of beef, chicken, lamb, pork & turkey as far as meats go.  Some seafood, although I’m really not a fish eater – save tuna.  Can have some cheese, but usually my cheese is in the form of a grilled cheese sammich with yellow American cheese.  I can now have a limited amount of peanut butter and most beans.  Bread is hard to find good bread that is ok for diabetics – well, along with all the other things mentioned above.  All this special diet stuff has me down to a steady 150 pounds now, which is about right for my height.


Also, with some tests, and possible procedures for the wife, on the near horizon, it looks like we might not make it back home until early April, now.  Hey, at least I’m saving some bucks while down here – on cable, electric and phone services.


Well, it sure looks like we picked the perfect winter to come down to Florida.  So far, back home, they’ve been hit pretty hard with snow and sub-freezing temps.  Checking the weather for Port Jervis, on Tuesday, and down here in Cape Coral, there’s quite a difference, as you can see:


Back home:















Down here:


Today:  74 degrees - Tonight: 46



Racin’ & other stuff:


Remember Open Wheel Racing.com or Open Wheel Racers.com?  Between the late Lenny Calinoff and the late John LeVan, they were considered to be outstanding websites devoted to Motor Sports.


Now, Craig LeVan, son of John, is bringing back an Open Wheel Racing website again!


Now, in it’s infancy:






Most everyone is getting ready for the 2014 racing season with new or refurbished equipment. Have you thought about insurance? No, I don't get anything for posting this, but you might want to check out this website: http://www.stida.com/


Note:  I posted about stida on Facebook, on different pages, like the NEMA page.  This was posted about it on the NEMA page:


“I would recommend STIDA to everyone in NEMA. Tyler, my husband, got hurt this year in a sprint car. The week after losing his job. We were lucky it was a USAC race and he has STIDA and all is covered. Even if you have a primary insurance, many only pay 70% of your medical bills. Tyler had a $30,000 helicopter bill before he even saw the doctor/hospital bills. Without the STIDA insurance even if he was still covered by his company policy we would have owed $10,000 for his flight alone. The cheapest package is only $300 for two years and covers $85,000 after the first $15,000. A very small price for peace of mind that your bills will be taken care of. It covers you whenever you are at any race track, and no I do not get any money for posting this either!

I'd be happy to answer any questions about it for you. They're also very helpful if you contact them directly.”





by admin


DATE                  SPEEDWAY


19  Sat                  New Egypt Speedway, New Egypt, NJ

25  Fri                   Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA


4    Sun                 Grandview Speedway, Bechtelsville, PA

17  Sat                  New Egypt Speedway, New Egypt, NJ

23  Fri                   Big Diamond Speedway, Minersville, PA

25  Sun                 Grandview Speedway – Thunder on the Hill, Bechtelsville, PA


3    Tue                 Grandview Speedway – Thunder on the Hill, Bechtelsville, PA

5    Thu                 New Egypt Speedway, New Egypt, NJ

7    Sat                  Port Royal Speedway, Port Royal, PA

8    Sun                 Susquehanna Speedway, York Haven, PA

22  Sun                 Grandview Speedway, Bechtelsville, PA

27  Fri                   Clary’s Speedway, Brinkleyville, NC

28  Sat                  County Line Speedway, Elm, NC


12  Sat                  Bridgeport Speedway, Swedesboro, NJ

20  Sun                 Grandview Speedway, Bechtelsville, PA

25  Fri                   Big Diamond Speedway, Minersville, PA


1    Fri                   Potomac Speedway, Mechanicsville, MD

2    Sat                  Winchester Speedway, Winchester, VA

9    Sat                  New Egypt Speedway, New Egypt, NJ

15  Fri                   Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA

16  Sat                  Lincoln Speedway, Abbottstown, PA

31  Sun                 Grandview Speedway, Bechtelsville, PA


12  Fri                   Grandview Speedway, Bechtelsville, PA

21  Sun                 Susquehanna Speedway, York Haven, PA


18  Sat                  Grandview Speedway – Thunder on the Hill, Bechtelsville, PA

25  Sat                  Susquehanna Speedway, York Haven, PA

**Schedule is tentative – updates to follow


Note:  I’m pretty sure there was talk about 5 Mile and Penn Can Speedways as possibilities.  As it says’ it’s “tentative”.





Accord Speedway Tightens The Reigns On Spec Sportsman Division For 2014 Season; Hunt’s Machine To Seal All Crate 602 Engines; Spec Tire Compounds & Fuel Also Implemented; Season Opener Set For Friday, April 11

ACCORD, NY – To ensure the legality of competitors in the Spec Sportsman division, Accord Speedway is making changes for the 2014 season.

Promoter Gary Palmer has announced the GM 602 Crate Engine powered division will be held to stringent guidelines as the 2014 season at the Ulster County quarter-mile oval approaches. The track’s Season Opener, sponsored by Williams Lumber, has been set for Friday, April 11 with Modifieds, Sportsman, Spec Sportsman, Pro Stocks, Pure Stocks, All-Star Slingshots and Junior Slingshots on the card. The event is run in memory of longtime announcer Scott Harvey.

For the ’14 season at Accord Speedway, all competitors planning to enter points-paying, weekly races in the Spec Sportsman division must have their engine sealed. Hunt’s Machine in Schenectady, N.Y., will provide the Accord Speedway seals in addition to the GM seals. Each engine will be run on a dyno by Hunt’s Machine proprietor Dave Hunt prior to the sealing process.

Accord’s Gary Palmer said the move will create an even playing field for the division.

“The Spec Sportsman division was designed for the lower budget teams,” Palmer, who has operated the speedway since ’01, said. “We don’t want the little guys getting discouraged because they feel they can’t compete. Dave Hunt is a good, honest guy. I know he will make sure the crate engines running in our division are stock as intended.”

Hunt’s Machine, a division of Dave Hunt’s Auto Services Inc., is located at 102 Weaver Street, Schenectady, NY 12305 and can be contacted by phone at 518.372.7273. Hunt’s Machine is on the web at www.huntsmachine.com.

The total cost of the dyno and sealing process is $450. Accord Speedway will pay $100 of the fee, meaning the investment for racers is $350. The deadline for the reduced rate is April 15, 2014.

Palmer said cars with Accord Speedway seals will be permitted to race at other area tracks.

“Once the engine is sealed, our cars will have no problem racing at Lebanon Valley (N.Y.), Orange County (N.Y.) or any of the other Saturday tracks,” he said.

In addition to the engine sealing, a spec tire rule will be in place for the ’14 season. Spec Sportsman teams will be required to run the following compounds only: right-front – American Racer SD 38; left-front – American Racer SD 33; left-rear – American Racer SD 44; right-rear – American Racer SD 48.

Sunoco will provide a spec Green E15 fuel for the division that will be mandatory. Insinger Performance of Dushore, Pa., has supplied fuel testing equipment. Fuel will be tested nightly throughout the season.

“The concept of the Spec Sportsman division is a good one and it has taken off in other areas,” Palmer said. “We haven’t seen the growth that we’ve wanted. That’s why we are making changes in the best interest of the division and its intent.”

To learn more about Accord Speedway’s 2014 season, visit the speedway website at www.accordspeedway.com. Pit licenses, season passes and reserved parking spots are on sale now. A tentative schedule has also been posted on the web.

The annual Awards Banquet, to honor champions and top performers from ’13, is set for Saturday, Feb. 22, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at Hillside Manor in Kingston, N.Y. To purchase tickets, visit the speedway website and complete the order form. Tickets are $47 each and must be purchased by Feb. 8.

Accord Speedway is located at 299 Whitfield Road Accord, NY 12404. To learn more, contact the speedway office at 845.626.1142 (race day: 845.626.3478), e-mail accordspeedway@yahoo.com, like “The Official Accord Speedway” on Facebook or follow @AccordSpeedway on Twitter. The official website is www.accordspeedway.com.




Chili Bowl: 


Well, it’s over for another year.  I thought I’d be able to watch it on MAVTV, but the contract my daughter had with the Dish expired a week ago.  However, I was fortunate to be able to view it, in a way, via a live stream on www.justin.tv/nascar49race.  During the stream at least 3,679 others were also tuned in.  Was nice to see a different winner.  Something I’d like to see – for a midget to run in the Chili Bowl, it should run at least 3 races over the course of the previous year. 

Alex Bright did himself and the ARDC proud with a fourth place finish.  He was “there” over the last few laps of the race, right up amongst the leaders.


And this, from the ARDC’s Facebook page:  “Alex was the highest finishing car at the Chili Bowl last night that wasn't in a car specifically built for the Chilli Bowl only rules. How impressive is that?”


I was somewhat surprised to see Yahoo! make mention of Clausson winning the Chili Bowl.  Of course it had to make mention of the NASCAR drivers that did not qualify for Saturday nights main event.


And this, too, on Facebook:


Jeff Swindell

14 minutes ago – as of 9:50 PM on 1/21/2014:

Thanks for all the prayers and well wishes for my dad over the last few days.

After we were watching the Chili Bowl he was hit with some heart problems. We got him to the hospital right away and they got it under control. He got out this morning and is doing better than he's been the last couple of weeks. Thanks again.


Note:  Strange not one word of this out on the Internet, other than this, that I know of.




Some “other” stuff:




Just for once I’d love to see a player ejected from a game and the ref say the cause was for acting like an animal.


Never before have I seen so many attempts at players trying to strip a ball from the carrier, even after he’s been talked and is down on the ground.


How many of the “injuries” are fake?


And why are there so many injuries anymore?  Is it because the players are just too big and fast?  Hmmm, maybe there should be a weight limit on players?


What’s with all the damn tattoos?


Why does it take so much time from when a team scores, then kicks off, then the other team has their first down?  You ever count the commercials between those times?


Lots of things being said about a certain player that was interviewed after the Seahawk/49ers game – his actions and what he said.


Why has the fan base changed so much in its attitude?  Fans acting more like animals anymore – as do most of the players.  And not only football fans, either.


What’s up with the officials?  Gads, have they been awful lately.  Some are saying that the NFL wants certain teams in the Super Bowl – dollars, ya know?


Actions by the players today, along with inept officials has more or less turned me away from watching anymore.  Must be a certain “culture” that’s in the game, I guess?

Note:  See below – Found on the Internet.




I was watching ESPN the other day and they were showing what I guess was part of a hockey game.  Seems there were four fights going on at the same time.  Must be why I could never get interested in watching goons on ice.



There are an awful lot of people that do not want immigration reform, including me.  I feel if they’re illegal, they must leave the country – get their butts in gear and if they still want to come here, do it legally.  But what bothers me, and I imagine it does to quite a few others, is when one is out and you hear people speaking Spanish (mostly).  Yeah, I bite my tongue and don’t ask them if they speak English.  But, have you noticed – a good majority of products for sale have info on the in both English and Spanish?  How will they learn English this way – or do you think it does help?




Found on the Internet:


Just two comments about Richard Sherman that were found on the Internet (Yahoo!)


What a dichotomy. Here is a man, who came from Compton, CA, one of the highest crime cities in the U.S. attends and graduates from High School as #2 in his class (Salutorian), is accepted and graduates from Stanford with a degree in Communication and begins working on his Masters degree in his last year of eligibility. Such positive accomplishments and then this interview.


Makes one wonder if he is perhaps on some drugs, or if he has some mental issue to behave in such a manner. Regardless, behaving on national television in the manner he evidenced, he has established "his brand" as someone who exercises poor judgment, exhibits poor interpersonal skills and a loose cannon personality. Wow, so much he can do with his training and then this national exposure which will be with him almost forever.


And this, too:


I swear the media, especially the sports entertainment media, and rules committees across the board are infiltrated by a bunch of Romper Room, touchy-feely, metrosexuals or jealous geeks who probably never got picked first (if at all) to play on any team in their lives. In another 10 years, the NFL (along with the NBA) will be a game that has lost its traditional fan base over trying to reel in new consumers who can give a damn about sports in either way.


Note:  I might be accused of being racist, but I’ve never seen a white player carry on like Sherman and other black players have done, in the past.  It’s been said he – Sherman, graduated 2nd in his class at – I think Stanford.  That’s what we get out of college?



Former NFL quarterback Vince Young has gone from $25.7 million guaranteed to Chapter 1




Yep, they make big bucks and blow it.



While on the subject of football, how many Super Bowl tickets do ya want?  Better hurry!  Uh wait – they sure have made sure the “Blue collar” workers can’t afford it, haven’t they?  Probably “Nose Bleed Section” tickets shown below.



02 FEB

2014 Super Bowl Tickets - Seattle Seahawks vs Denver Broncos   

MetLife Stadium

East Rutherford, NJ

6:25 p.m. EST


Priced from: $2,220.00 USD

5,068 tickets left




As of 8:30 PM on Wednesday, January 22nd.



Found on Facebook. 


Monday, January 20th:


Race Pro Weekly



Bobby Varin, 6-time Fonda Speedway Track Champion and 2013 Glen Ridge Motorsports Park Modified Track Champion, was seriously injured in a skiing accident while on vacation last week in New Hampshire.


Brenda Worden, Mr. Varin's girlfriend, confirmed rumors today that Bobby broke his neck at vertebrae C6 and C7 and is currently in a cast on bed rest. Though the injury could have been much more severe than it is, Bobby Varin has limited use of his right arm at this time due to swelling around his spinal cord.


It is only through the permission of family that we are releasing this information and the family would also request that you respect their privacy during this time so Bobby Varin can rest up and begin the healing process.


Get well cards may be sent to Bobby at the following address:


Supply Wagon Rentals

c/o Bobby Varin

2348 State Highway 30A

Johnstown, NY 12095


When more updates become available from the family of Bobby Varin, we'll pass them along to you.



Posted on Facebook on January 22nd, - Race Pro Weekly:


*BOBBY VARIN UPDATE* Almost a week after his skiing accident, Bobby Varin is at home and resting. Use in his right arm has improved over the past two days and he is in good spirits. He would like to pass on his thanks for all of the get well wishes he's received. He is continuing to focus on getting healthy as he has a tough road ahead of him. When more updates are available, we'll pass them along.




And this, posted on Facebook on 1/21/2014:


My feelings regarding the Pro-Stock rule amendments for Bethel Motor Speedway’s 2014 season:


Track management has announced rule changes that specifically allow “truck-arm” rear suspension systems. (Truck arms generate tremendous mechanical advantage over stock style suspensions and are commonly used on professional level Latemodel Stock Cars including Nascar Cup, ARCA, etc.)


Evidently a few teams already have used the truck arms even though the rules required stock suspension. During 2013 questions to the technical officials were answered by saying that a gray area or loop hole was present and they wanted to give benefit of the doubt and let the teams finish the 2013 season with the expectation that the truck-arms would not be tolerated in 2014. This was not fair to the teams that had cars that fully complied with the rules, but the explanation seemed to be accepted by the competitors with at least the knowledge that the rules would be strengthened to eliminate the unfair advantage for 2014.


No public discussion, that I’m aware of, had taken place regarding a plan to amend rules to allow the truck-arm suspension. Teams were left to believe that the truck-arms would not be allowed for 2014 and there was no need to consider upgrading equipment to try to keep up with the advanced suspension of those few questionable cars. Opportunity to obtain equipment at the fall swap meets has now been missed. It is very disappointing to learn of a rule change presented in January that includes the allowance of the truck-arm suspension systems.


The reason we are not in favor of truck-arm suspensions is very simple. We believe that to maximize car counts the rules need to be stable and costs need to be controlled. The majority of the Pro-Stock cars in existence (remember there are numerous cars around in addition to those seen regularly at the track) have conventional frames and stock style suspension systems. Modifications to change a car to truck-arms would be extensive, to the point that most existing chassis would likely be scrapped in favor of a new chassis. The costs of building a new car is quite high and there are used cars available, but not locally and not in sufficient quantity. But most importantly, the least expensive car to race is the one a team already has. I have no financial means, nor time, to build or buy a new car. Likewise I don’t have a desire to attempt modifying our existing cars, as the result could be making junk of two currently functional race cars.


Another reason we oppose truck-arm suspensions is that the system allows more traction to be developed, which will result in a bigger advantage to teams with expensive engines. At least when there is limited traction available, high dollar engines are often of little advantage. The Pro-Stock class attempts to control this with a limited tire, but allowing mechanically sophisticated suspension systems defeats that intention. One only has to look at the dirt IMCA Modifieds for an example of how much traction can be gotten out of a limited tire when complex suspension design is allowed.


Ultimately, the Pro-Stock class is a hobby division and must remain affordable to keep participants interested. The car counts of this class have been the most stable of recent years and the racing has always been quite good. The cars are already too fast, so I don’t see a need to encourage them to be made even faster…and even more expensive and even harder to repair, etc. The purse offered for the class is respectable, but it has not increased since 1998. I do not anticipate that the speedway is willing to elevate the purse to a level that warrants owning a truck-arm style race car. Other tracks have offered purses as high as $1,000 to win weekly and failed to attract full fields of Latemodel style racers. Attracting cars from other tracks will be tough when the purse is structured for a stock based car. Rewarding local teams, that chose to ignore the rules and built/purchased cars with truck-arms, by changing the rules to match their cars is not fair to the teams who have been diligent in complying with the speedway’s rules.


In conclusion, I do not feel the Pro-Stock class would benefit from having a few really advanced cars that dominate the competition and win the lion’s share of the purses. If that is allowed to happen, I think the overall car count and the quality of the races presented will be diminished. In my opinion, keeping rules so that simple, stock based cars are the maximum allowed is the best formula for continued success of the Pro-Stock division.


Note:  I agree with the above.  Not a smart move on the track, I’d say.  But we see more and more of this don’t we?  John Snyder once said he had an old OCFS rule book that was a page.  Compare that to what we have, today.



Wednesday, January 22nd:


WATCH: Congressman Says House Has Enough Votes to Impeach Obama (VIDEO)


There are countless reasons that Obama should be immediately impeached but, for whatever reason, Congress has done little to call for it — until now.


Obama is behind the Fast and Furious, Benghazi, IRS, and NSA scandals. He has unilaterally bypassed Congress to change laws (including his signature heathcare legislation). He violated the War Powers Act to militarily intervene in Libya and does not believe he needs congressional approval to bomb Syria. He thinks he has the power to indefinitely detain American citizens on American soil without charge or trial and he is committed to piling on as much debt as humanly possible onto the backs of unborn generations.


If Obama really believes he is a king (as his actions suggest), he is sorely mistaken. It is time for him to go.






From Jayski:



New Qualifying Format announced:

In a move aimed toward enhancing the fan experience watching at the track and at home, NASCAR has announced a new group qualifying format for its three national series that is more compelling, more closely emulates actual on-track competition and underlines the sport's on-going commitment to innovation.


At tracks measuring 1.25 miles in length or larger, qualifying for the Coors Light Pole Award will consist of three rounds:

• The first qualifying elimination round will be 25 minutes in duration and includes all cars/trucks. The 24 cars/trucks that post the fastest single lap from the first qualifying round will advance to the second round.

• The remaining cars/trucks will be sorted based on their times posted in the first round of qualifying in descending order.

• The second qualifying elimination round will be 10 minutes in duration and the 12 cars/trucks that post the fastest single lap time will advance to the third and final round. The fastest remaining cars/trucks earn positions 13th through 24th based on their times posted in qualifying in descending order.

• The third and final qualifying round will be five minutes in duration and the fastest single lap time will determine positions 1st through 12th in descending order.

• There will be a five-minute break between each qualifying round.


At tracks measuring less than 1.25 miles, qualifying for the Coors Light Pole Award will consist of two rounds:

• The first qualifying elimination round will be 30 minutes in duration and includes all cars/trucks. The 12 cars/trucks that post the fastest single lap time from the first qualifying round will advance to the second and final round.

• The remaining cars/trucks will be sorted based on their times posted in the first round of qualifying in descending order.

• There will be a 10-minute break between the two qualifying rounds.

• The second and final qualifying round will be 10 minutes in duration and the fastest single lap time posted will determine positions 1st through 12th in descending order.


The new qualifying format does not apply to the Daytona 500, which will preserve its historic and unique qualifying format. Additionally, it does not apply to non-points NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events or the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Eldora Speedway. NASCAR previewed the concept of group qualifying with its national series teams late last fall and expects the new format will be a well-received improvement by its fans, competitors, tracks, sponsors and media partners. "We believe the timing is right for a new qualifying format across our three national series," said Robin Pemberton, vice president for competition and racing development. "This style of group qualifying has all the makings of being highly competitive and more engaging to our fans in the stands and those watching on television and online. For the drivers and teams, we believe this new qualifying will fuel even greater competition leading into the events. Additionally, it provides our tracks, broadcasters and other key partners with a greater opportunity to develop more entertaining content for our race weekends."(NASCAR)

NASCAR has also furnished a Fact Sheet & FAQ document to explain the process.(1-22-2014)



NASCAR bans tandem drafting:

NASCAR has outlawed tandem drafting on restrictor-plate tracks in 2014 for the Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series, which saw some brutal accidents at the end of the races at Daytona and Talladega last year. The sanctioning body was able to eliminate tandem racing - where one car pushes another car around the track to increase the speed of both cars - in Sprint Cup with engine-cooling rules that make it difficult to orchestrate a tandem draft without overheating the engine. It will try those engine cooling rules plus smaller spoilers in the Nationwide and truck series this year but also have issued an edict to the drivers in its two top development series not to tandem draft. Drivers can still bump-draft but can't be bumper-to-bumper pushing beyond a tap. At the end of the Nationwide race at Daytona last year, Kyle Larson's car got airborne and sent pieces of car parts and debris flying into the speedway's catchfence. The fence buckled at the crossover gate - which can be removed so fans can get to and from the infield - and debris from Larson's car injured more than 30 fans. At the end of the truck race at Talladega in October, several drivers were involved in a last-lap accident that destoryed several trucks. While wrecks often happen no matter the style of racing, tandem drafting includes the danger of a driver's view being blocked when pushing another car. And any sudden move from the car being pushed often will result in a crash. With limited visibility and less reaction time than normal (as well as often having drivers with less experience), NASCAR opted to ban the practice. Pemberton said the ban will be strictly policed.(Sporting News)(1-11-2014)


Changes Coming to Nationwide qualifying:

The Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series each will change its qualifying format this season, doing away with single-car runs, NASCAR confirmed Friday. Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition, announced the change but would not reveal details. He said that format changes will be announced later this month - among several moves NASCAR is expected to announce throughout January. Pemberton said that the changes in both series qualifying formats would include the season-opening races at Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR won't say if the format will change to qualifying races, group qualifying, the knock-out qualifying system used in Formula 1 or some other format instead of running one car at a time on the track. Nationwide and Camping World qualifying will each be held Feb. 21 at Daytona. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series also is expected to have changes made to its qualifying procedure this season.(Motors Racing Network)(1-10-2014)


Changes Coming to Cup qualifying:

The Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series each will change its qualifying format this season, doing away with single-car runs, NASCAR confirmed Friday. Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition, announced the change but would not reveal details. He said that format changes will be announced later this month - among several moves NASCAR is expected to announce throughout January. Pemberton said that the changes in both series qualifying formats would include the season-opening races at Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR won't say if the format will change to qualifying races, group qualifying, the knock-out qualifying system used in Formula 1 or some other format instead of running one car at a time on the track. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series also is expected to have changes made to its qualifying procedure this season. Pemberton said the Daytona 500 qualifying format for the Cup series will remain the same with single-car runs on Feb. 16 on the Budweiser Duel at Daytona on Feb. 20.(Motor Racing Network)(1-11-2014)


HANS wins judgement against rival manufacturer:

NASCAR's preferred maker of head-and-neck-support devices deserves $302,000 from a competitor that infringed on its patent, in violation of a settlement, a federal judge ruled. Robert Hubbard, a retired professor of biomechanical engineering at Michigan State, began developing the head-and-neck-support, or HANS, device in the 1980s to protect against basilar skull fractures that race-car drivers can sustain if their heads whip forward in a crash. Hubbard's company, HANS Performance Products, sued Kevin Heath Enterprises (KHE) in 2010 for infringing on its patent, and the companies reached a settlement the next year that required KHE to discontinue making its neck support device, the DefNder G70, or any device "no more than colorably different" from the DefNder G70. Kevin Heath, as president of KHE, signed the agreement in his official capacity, but during negotiations, he registered a new company, NecksGen Inc., which began marketing a similar neck brace in 2012. The NecksGen device is sold worldwide, except in Georgia, as Heath hoped to avoid another lawsuit by HANS there. Nevertheless, U.S. District Judge William Duffey Jr. in Atlanta found Health and NecksGen in contempt of the consent order Monday because "the NecksGen device is no more than colorably different than the DefNder G70 device."(Courthouse News)(1-11-2014)



Earnhardt Jr. talks about Letarte leaving after 2014 season:

#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., met with members of the media at Daytona International Speedway Friday morning and discussed the departure of Steve Letarte as crew chief in 2015. The transcript in part:

Q. Obviously with Steve just leaving, can you talk about your thoughts, and how long have you known, and what you think about the situation?

DALE EARNHARDT JR.: Yeah, it's definitely a unique situation. He actually included me in on the discussion before the end of last year, and I had a pretty good understanding, whether he knew or not, what he was going to do. I had a pretty good understanding what his decision was going to be when I left Homestead. So I've had time to really wrap my brain around it. It was hard because we are such good friends, and I really do enjoy working with him a lot. But at the same time I'm happy for him because it gives him the opportunity to spend time with his family. It's something that's really important to him, and the way these races are broadcast and how they're presented to the fans is a big part of how the sport remains healthy, and I think that he's going to be incredible in that role. I think that he'll -- I think that he'll be really good. I'm excited for him because I know he's really looking forward to it. You can tell when he talks about it how genuinely enthused he is about the opportunity. And at the same time, you know, I'm not worried about this season and how focused we may be. I know that he's really good at separating things and keeping things compartmentalized, as Jeff Gordon likes to say about Steve. I know that we're going to be fine as far as how we'll compete this year and how dedicated and how we might move through the process of the season. I expect us to do nothing less than improve on what we've been doing and steadily keep moving toward our goals. But it's definitely going to be emotional and difficult at times, just because we really enjoy working together. But I'm excited about the year. I'm excited about our chances as a team. We've got a great group of guys. Steve is a great crew chief that's going to get us a good opportunity to try to win some races. And I think that the team, just based on the personalities and how well we all get along and mesh and how much fun we really had last year, I think that everybody can buckle down and do their jobs, and I think we can do well.

Q. What do you fear the most about losing Steve as a crew chief? In other words, kind of what are such his strengths that you're like, man, how are we going to do this without him?

EARNHARDT JR.: Yeah, I think the one thing that I fear is just trying to get a guy in there that's equally as talented. I think -- I'm not really -- Steve is a great cheerleader and definitely built up my confidence and changed me as a race car driver and as a person. Working with him has really helped me grow. I think you guys have all seen that over the last several years. I think I can carry that with me, what I've learned about myself and what I've learned about the job and what my job is and what my responsibility is to Steve and the crew chief. I think I can carry that with me - hopefully I can at this age. Hopefully I've learned something and learned enough to do a better job for the next guy. I think that my fear is just can we replace Steve. It's a guy that's going to be hard to replace. I'm not worried about the specific qualities that Steve has, but just will we be able to get a guy in there of equal talent, and how well will we be able to make that transition seamless. It's going to be a real challenge to do that, and I guess that's my only concern.

Q. At this stage in your career how much input do you want to have on who your next crew chief is? Will you make suggestions? Will you have say in the final decision? How will that work?

EARNARDT JR.: I won't make any suggestions at all. I will leave that up to Rick, Doug. I would love to have input from Chad Knaus and Steve. I think that Steve knows what makes this teamwork. Steve knows how I can be successful and how the individuals within the team can be successful. I think he'd be a good guy to sort of pick at and hope that Doug and Rick would include him in that conversation at times. I think it's important that Chad has got a lot of influence because he knows how well the shop works together and what the culture is in the shop and how a guy, a particular guy may mesh in that environment. But I don't really want to have any influence on the choice. I want -- I think that those guys are the ones that can make the choice and have the most success with that decision. I'll just kind of -- it was Rick and upper management that decided to put me with Steve. I didn't know how that was going to work out. I didn't know much about Steve. I knew him and Jeff were not really clicking at that point in time in their careers, so I didn't know exactly what was going to happen, but I just wanted to trust their judgment, and that's what I'm going to do.(Team Chevy)(1-10-2014)



Stewart plans to run at Daytona in February:

#14-Tony Stewart met with members of the media at Daytona International Speedway and discussed his health, the preparedness of Stewart-Haas Racing for 2014 and many other topics, the transcript in part:

THE MODERATOR: Talk a little bit about what it feels like to be back and be here at Daytona.

TONY STEWART: It would be nice if it was dry right now. But it's Daytona and it's February, and you get this when we come down sometimes. But it's nice to be back at the track, would definitely like to be in a car this week, but we're still on schedule to be clear the day before the Shootout, so we'll be down here for two days hanging out and watching our teams run.

Q. How is your health compared to how you feel? What are the doctors saying?

STEWART: Not bad. The weather -- I'm a pretty good barometer right now. Seems like if the rain comes or snow or cold comes, I know it right before it changes. But I feel pretty good. I still have a little ways to go, but we've got four weeks to get ready the rest of the way. Even when we get here in February, it's not going to be 100 percent. Physically I'm not going to feel 100 percent, but I'll be able to do my job 100 percent, so that's the main thing. I don't mind it taking a little longer for the physical side to heal, as long as I can drive a race car when I need to when I get back.

Q. Can you talk about how challenging it's been for you both from a mental and a physical standpoint in getting back?

STEWART: Yeah, I guess the hardest part is just not knowing where I'm supposed to be. I mean, I've never had an injury like this so I don't have anything to compare it to. I kind of base everything on a week-to-week deal, and on Sunday I kind of evaluate where I was the Sunday before and go from there. It's been kind of a challenge, I guess, from that standpoint. The physical side of it is an obvious deal. It's getting everything healed back up and going through rehab and doing everything we're supposed to do. But just not knowing exactly what I'm supposed to feel like, if something hurts why is it hurting. I've not had those experiences before. The therapist gets his phone -- I think he sets it on his nightstand at night because I call him at night and ask him a lot of questions. But having those guys around, it kind of takes the psychological side and kind of puts a lot of that at ease.

Q. When you mentioned that you'll be cleared the day before the Sprint Unlimited and that you might not feel 100 percent but will be able to give 100 percent, can you kind of -- do you have any idea how much your most recent surgery, kind of, if not for that do you think you would be closer to feeling as good as well as being able to perform at the start of the season?

STEWART: Honestly, that second -- or the third surgery wasn't really much of a setback in all reality. We were actually ahead of schedule with the therapy when we had that surgery, so it basically just pushed it back to where we were right back on schedule again, and now it just feels like we're back ahead of schedule again. Twice we've been able to kind of push ahead of schedule it seems like, so pretty confident from that standpoint that that wasn't a setback at all. It's still a question mark of what's it actually going to feel like when we get in the race car and try to drive wide open for lap after lap.

Q. Is this pretty much the schedule that you hoped for when this all happened?

STEWART: Yeah, we're actually just a tick ahead of schedule still. It's the second time since the injury happened that the therapist has said we're ahead.(Team Chevy)(1-10-2014)



NASCAR considering changes to the Chase, points system:

NASCAR is planning a vast restructuring of the points system in its premier Sprint Cup Series that would greatly emphasize winning races and feature eliminations in its Chase playoff system, according to multiple sources briefed on the plan this week. In addition to expanding the Chase field from 12 to 16 drivers, a win in the season's first 26 races would virtually ensure a driver entry into the championship Chase. If there were more than 16 winners, the 16 with the most wins and highest in points would gain entry.

Once the Chase field was set, a round of eliminations  similar to the NCAA tournament  would take place after the third, sixth and ninth race of the Chase, culminating with the championship determined by a winner-takes-all season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Under the proposed system - which could still change before an expected announcement later this month - winning would become virtually a necessity to make the Chase and win the championship.

According to sources briefed on the proposal on Friday, 16 teams would make the Chase, with positions first going to full-time series contenders who won a race through the first 26 races of the season. Should 16 drivers not win races, the remaining slots would be filled by the drivers highest in points.

Once the field is set for the Chase and re-seeded, the four lowest in points among Chase contenders would be eliminated from title contention after the third, sixth and ninth race in the Chase. The four remaining contenders would enter the season finale reset with the same amount of points. The driver who earned the most points in the season finale would be the series champion.

Participants have been told changes could still occur in the format but the proposal addressed this week was the direction NASCAR was now seemingly headed.(Charlotte Observer)

NASCAR Statement: "NASCAR has begun the process of briefing key industry stakeholders on potential concepts to evolve its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship format. This dialogue is the final phase of a multi-year process that has included the review of extensive fan research, partner and industry feedback and other data-driven insights. NASCAR has no plans to comment further until the stakeholder discussions are complete. We hope to announce any potential changes for the 2014 season to our media and fans very soon."(NASCAR)(1-18-2014)


Note:  See something special said on this, below.



Michael Schumacher stable, remains in induced coma:

Michael Schumacher remains in stable condition following a skiing accident that left the Formula One great with severe head injuries and in a coma since Dec. 29, his manager said on Friday. The statement from manager Sabine Kehm does not mention the word "critical" for the first time in describing the condition of the seven-time world champion. Schumacher has been in an induced coma in a Grenoble hospital since the crash in the French Alps. "Michael's family is very happy and confident with the work of the team of doctors treating Michael, and they trust them completely. Michael's condition is still considered as stable," Kehm said in an email.(USA Today)(1-18-2014)



Dale Jr's Whisky River Jacksonville closes:

Whisky River, the St. Johns Town Center-area restaurant/nightclub owned by NASCAR's Dale Earnhardt Jr., has closed. Doors at the restaurant were locked during a visit at 1:30 p.m. Friday. And though lights were off inside the restaurant, one of four flatscreen TVs on the restaurant's emptied patio was on, tuned to ESPN. By mid-afternoon, Whisky River's Facebook page had been removed and the restaurant's website simply read "Whisky River Jacksonville has closed." Bar Management Group, which operated the restaurant for Earnhardt, issued the following statement to Times-Union news partner First Coast News: "After four years, the management company behind Whisky River Jacksonville has decided to close this location, and is working with the landlord with respect to its closing."(Florida Times-Union)(1-18-2014)



Max Papis forms Whelen Euro team:

Max Papis Racing to announced its presence in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, fielding the #99 racecar for the 2014 season. Team Principal and Italian native Max Papis, who has the most NASCAR starts for a European driver, and his wife/car owner, Tatiana Fittipaldi Papis, have a personal connection with the NASCAR family. "Being a NASCAR team owner is a very important step in my professional career," said Papis. "I am excited to create a working platform that will act as a bridge between racing in the United States and Europe, creating opportunities for drivers and technicians to experience the best of the two worlds combined." Kevin Gilardoni will drive the No. 99 racecar in the Elite division. The 21-year old Italian driver has competed in the Eurocup Megane Trophy and Formula Renault 2.0 series, showing great talent and potential with multiple wins, pole positions, and podium finishes in the past three seasons. The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will begin its third season under the NASCAR banner with the season opener April 12-13 at Valencia in Spain. The six race-weekend schedule also includes stops at England's Brands Hatch, Germany's Nürburgring and the championship weekend at France's famed LeMans. In addition, the series competes on the first purpose-built oval for stock cars in Europe, Tours Speedway in France.(Max Papis Racing)(1-17-2014)



Ernie Elliott restructures engine business:

Power by Ernie Elliott announced the company has officially restructured and is offering full service leasing programs to NASCAR'S top-3 divisions, ARCA Racing Series, and other motorsport divisions. The company develops and builds high performance Chevrolet and Toyota engines with legendary engine builder Ernie Elliott at the helm. Ernie Elliott's accomplishments include holding the NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying record of 212.809mph, 1 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship, 51 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series poles, 39 wins, 148-top 5's and 291-top 10's. His engine building expertise has also earned him three ARCA Championships including 37 wins. Located in Dawsonville, GA, the Power by Ernie Elliott facility is a fully equipped engine shop with the latest technology utilized to achieve top results.(Power by Ernie Elliott)(1-17-2014)



Smithfield Foods extends relationship with Richard Petty Motorsports: Smithfield Foods, Inc. and Richard Petty Motorsports, along with NASCAR officials, announced a three-year extension and increased investment in Smithfield Foods' NASCAR program with Richard Petty Motorsports. The company and its family of brands, including Eckrich, Farmland, Gwaltney, Nathan's and Smithfield, will return as primary sponsors of the legendary #43 Ford Fusion driven by Aric Almirola in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for 29 races in 2014 and beyond under a contract that extends through the end of the 2016 season. The agreement increases support from 15 events in 2012 and 25 in 2013 to 29 events in 2014-2016. The partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has been a very effective marketing platform for the world's largest pork processor, with in-store promotional activities and tie-ins yielding successively incremental sales results. "I believe in the power of NASCAR and Richard Petty Motorsports. My challenge to RPM was to help Smithfield connect our brands with the sport's 80 plus million fans," commented Larry Pope, President and CEO of Smithfield Foods. "Our results completely validate our participation." Mr. Pope further offered, "I also expect that our increased investment will yield significant infrastructure steps that lead to our shared vision of Petty Rising to be realized." As identified by Mr. Pope, this long term commitment from Smithfield Foods will help support Richard Petty Motorsports' aggressive investment in competition, including the immediate development of a research and development group led by veteran NASCAR team engineer Scott McDougall.(Richard Petty Motorsports)(1-15-2014)


Note:  I'm pretty sure that Smithfield has been sold to a Chinese company.



Dave Blaney to be inducted into National Sprint Car Hall of Fame:

The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame announced the names of its eight inductees for 2014. The ceremony will be held in Knoxville, Iowa on May 31st. Sprint Cup Series driver, Dave Blaney, is one of the drivers that will be inducted.(National Sprint Car Hall of Fame)(1-15-2014)



Kurt Busch still considering Indy 500 run:

Sprint Cup driver #41-Kurt Busch said he expects to have "a pretty good indication" by the end of January if he will make what he expects is his last attempt to enter the Indianapolis 500. The 2004 Sprint Cup champion completed IndyCar's rookie orientation program for the race last season in a car prepared by Andretti Autosport and said he has a standing offer from that team -- plus another -- to enter the May 25 spectacle. Doing so would make the Stewart-Haas Racing driver the first since Robby Gordon in 2004 to contest both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR's Memorial Day weekend offering, on the same day. Busch said he has a "couple of strong leads for advertising partners" but is concerned over a lack of testing time and that the Indianapolis 500 is the first oval event on the 2014 IndyCar schedule. His age, he said, might make this his last shot. "Testing, we still would probably need to go to Fontana [Calif.], or we're just going to have to bite the bullet and show up at Indy and let 'er rip," he said. "But I turn 36 this summer and to me that's like an artificial drawing-a-line in the sand of 'I'm getting too old.' I can't teach myself new tricks. You can show up at Indy as a 20-year-old and go and do that. So I'm thinking this is probably the cutoff year."(ESPN)(1-19-2014)


Note:  Betcha we do not see him at Indy for the 500, in a car.



Kvapil's legal case postponed:

According to the Sporting News' Bob Pockrass, Travis Kvapil's domestic violence case has been continued until to Feb. 28. Kvapil was charged last October with misdemeanor assault on a female [his wife] and false imprisonment. His status with BK Racing for this season has not been announced.(1-20-2014)



Snider and Stavast join NBC Sports:

NBC Sports Group has reached agreements with motorsports reporters Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast, who will contribute to NBC Sports' upcoming NASCAR studio and live race coverage on NBC and NBCSN. Snider and Stavast, each of whom have years of motorsports experience, will operate out of Charlotte, N.C., home to many of the sport's race teams and drivers. The appointments of Snider and Stavast follow previous NBC Sports NASCAR on-air announcements pertaining to new lead race announcer Rick Allen and analysts Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte. There are no further broadcaster-related announcements expected in the near term.

In addition to his NASCAR duties, Snider will continue as lead pit reporter on NBC's IndyCar coverage. Snider's relationship with NBC Sports extends several years and covers multiple sports, including NASCAR, IndyCar, Football Night in America, the Beijing Olympic Games and Professional Bull Riding. Snider has been a pit reporter for TNT's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series coverage since 1998. In addition to his NASCAR duties, he also contributes to Turner's NCAA Men's Division 1 Championship and NBA Playoff coverage. Snider co-produced HBO's 24/7 series featuring Jimmie Johnson and co-hosted The Morning Drive on SiriusXM's NASCAR channel. Snider was raised in High Point, N.C. and currently lives in Charlotte.

Stavast started her broadcasting career as a sports anchor at an NBC affiliate in Colorado before shifting to the field as a TV reporter. Her first motorsports assignment surrounded Championship Off Road Racing for NBC and SPEED. Over the last several years, Kelli has covered NASCAR's GRAND-AM and Whelen Modified Tour, the Baja 1000, Red Bull Air Race and Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. Previously, she served as a reporter for ABC/ESPN and FOX, covering American Le Mans Series and Stadium Super Trucks. Stavast is also a reporter for NBC's auto show coverage from Los Angeles, New York and Detroit. Originally from Colorado, Stavast now resides in Charlotte, N.C.(NBC Sports)(1-22-2014)



North Carolina Motorsports Association honors Jarretts:

Stock car racing's renowned Jarrett family was recognized Monday night during the eighth annual North Carolina Motorsports Industry Award Ceremony presented by Fifth Third Bank at the Embassy Suites Hotel. With more than 300 members of the motorsports community in attendance the North Carolina Motorsports Association hosted the gala event, which concluded with the presentation of the group's traditional Achievement in Motorsports Tribute Award to the Jarretts. Family patriarch and former NASCAR champion Ned Jarrett, his wife Martha, their sons Dale, who will join his dad in the NASCAR Hall of Fame next week, and Glenn, daughter Patti and grandson Jason were honored for the family's accomplishments on and off the race track.

Also part of the ceremony were the presentation of seven Motorsports Industry Awards. NASCAR President Mike Helton took the stage to present the NCMA's Motorsports Media Recognition Award to the late Jim Hunter, a former sports writer, public relations representative and longtime NASCAR executive. Helton revealed that the award will also be rebadged the Jim Hunter Motorsports Media Recognition Award. Other Motorsports Industry Awards went to Stocks for Tots, Rev Racing, The World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Motorsports Authentics and Carolina Speedway.(National Speed Sport News)(1-22-2014)



Alliance Truck Parts to sponsor Keselowski:

Team Penske announced that Alliance Truck Parts will join the #2 Ford Fusion team for the 2014 Sprint Cup Series. After successfully partnering with Team Penske in the Nationwide Series for the last several seasons, Alliance Truck Parts will transition to become a primary sponsor for the #2 Ford Fusion, driven by 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Brad Keselowski. The distinctive bright yellow Alliance Truck Parts colors will adorn the Team Penske Ford for eight races in 2014 beginning with the race at Phoenix International Raceway on March 2. An industry-leading provider of heavy duty truck parts for the commercial transportation industry, Alliance Truck Parts will also be a prominent associate sponsor on the #2 Ford throughout the 2014 season.(Team Penske), see an image of the car on the #2 team paint schemes page.(1-21-2014)



Allgaier named driver of #51 for Phoenix Racing:

Phoenix Racing announced that Justin Allgaier will be the driver of the #51 BRANDT Chevy SS during the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Allgaier, who finished fifth in the 2013 Nationwide Series championship points, will be a candidate for the NASCAR Rookie of the Year award. "This is an opportunity of a lifetime and I intend to make the most of it," said Allgaier. "I am very grateful to Harry Scott and BRANDT for having faith in me to compete against the best drivers in the world." BRANDT will be the primary sponsor for the #51 for 21 races during the 2014 season. The agriculture retailer and manufacturer of agricultural specialty products has been active in NASCAR since 2011 and sponsored the #51 for four races in 2013. Joining BRANDT on the car are The National FFA, TradeMark Nitrogen, Nutrients for Life Foundation, Precision Tank and Grigg Brothers. Together, these partners are supporting the only true ag-focused car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Allgaier, 27, joins Bobby Labonte as teammates at Phoenix Racing. Labonte will drive the #52 for several races in 2014, including the season-opening Daytona 500.(Phoenix Racing)(1-21-2014)



Love's Travel Stops expands sponsorship of Gilliland:

Love's Travel Stops will significantly broaden its partnership with Front Row Motorsports in 2014, partnering with the Sprint Cup Series team for 14 races on David Gilliland's #38 Ford. Fans will first see the return of the bright yellow, red and black paint scheme at the season-opening Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Love's Travel Stops first teamed up with Front Row Motorsports in 2013, sponsoring three races in the company's first venture into NASCAR. Gilliland pushed the brand to the center of attention at Talladega Superspeedway in May, when his Love's Travel Stops Ford shoved teammate David Ragan to the front of the field to earn Front Row's first victory in a 1-2 Ragan-Gilliland finish. Love's Travel Stops, based in Oklahoma City, Okla., is family-owned and operated with more than 310 locations in 39 states and is currently ranked No. 9 on Forbes' list of America's Largest Private Companies.(Front Row Motorsports/Breaking Limits)(1-21-2014)



Update on Steve Byrnes:

RaceHub co-host/longtime NASCAR on Fox personality Steve Byrnes tweeted Monday afternoon, "My Radiologist called this afternoon. Great news...scans look good! Thank you all for you support, prayers and kindness. We are humbled!!!". Byrnes took a medical leave of absence in September of 2013 to battle cancer. He will return to RaceHub next week and plans to be back at Daytona.(1-21-2014)



Bowman, Truex to drive for BK Racing:

BK Racing has signed Tucson, AZ native Alex Bowman and Mayetta, NJ native Ryan Truex to pilot the team's #23 and #83 BK Racing Toyota Camry's and compete for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Bowman will drive the newly renumbered #23 entry and comes off his rookie season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series which saw him win two poles and finish 11th in the final standings. Truex made four starts between the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series this past season. Both Bowman and Truex tested for BK Racing in the NASCAR Preseason Thunder at Daytona last week and have already begun to create a relationship with their respected teams and crew chiefs. Bowman and Truex will make their team debuts in the season-opening 56th annual Daytona 500 at the Daytona International Speedway on February 23. Dave Winston will crew chief the #23 BK Racing entry with Alex Bowman while Dale Ferguson will crew chief the #83 BK Racing entry for Ryan Truex. BK Racing has also finalized an agreement with Borla Exhaust as a primary sponsor for the Daytona 500. The deal signifies a multi-race sponsorship for the 2014 season. More details to follow this week. In an effort to better align with long-time partner Dr Pepper, BK Racing will renumber the #93 to the #23 in 2014. The number is synonymous with the regular Dr Pepper's original 23 flavors. However the #93 will remain with the team on a part-time basis.(BK Racing)(1-20-2014)




Wurth to sponsor Keselowski:

Wurth will serve as a primary sponsor of the #2 Team Penske Ford Fusion for four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in 2014. Team Penske announced that the #2 Wurth Ford, with former series champion Brad Keselowski behind the wheel, will make its debut on March 23 at the Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway, in Fontana, Calif. Wurth will also be an associate sponsor on the #2 Team Penske Ford for the balance of the 2014 season. The Wurth Group first partnered with Team Penske in 2012 and the leading automotive, industrial and woodworking supply company has served as a primary sponsor for the team in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and an associate partner on the #2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion over the last two seasons.(Team Penske)(1-22-2014)



OK, from above and NASCRAP changing the point system:

This was said on the Dirt Track Digest forum by one individual:


“I'm glad that Brian France has figured out that the MAJOR problem with NASCAR is that the point system isn't exciting enough. That's all they need to fix.


It can't possibly be that the races are boring. It can't be that the tracks are too big, the cars are just not exciting, that the fans can't identify with the cars or the drivers, that it's clear that sponsorship matters way more than talent, that the driver is the least important part of the equation, that the product itself is bad, that the reason they are removing thousands and thousands of seats at the tracks is that the fans hate the product...it's just the "playoff" system.


Dear Brian:


Here's how to fix NASCAR.


Turn to MAVTV tonight. Watch the Chili Bowl. Hundreds of working class guys vying for 24 starting spots racing open wheeled Midgets 3-wide on a tight-quarter mile track.


Repeat this 43 times a year and put it on TV. Make each race open qualifying so the best drivers make the show, not the pampered no-talents that are photogenic enough to get a sponsor (I'm looking at you Danica).


Then, your biggest problem will be figuring out how to put 150,000 seats around a quarter mile.


Maybe put some side panels on the cars so you can see the numbers (kind of like Karts or the Xcel 600 Modifieds), that's all you need to fix


Of course, the great thing about this format is that rather than spending hundreds of millions of dollars building big fancy tracks that you can't sell tickets for, you can actually build temporary tracks in every football and baseball stadium in every major city in the country and you can bring the races to where the people are. You could still build dedicated tracks, but Brian, you were willing to sell your soul to get a track in the NY City market -- well, here you go, you can run a race inside the Meadowlands, Shea, Yankee Stadium, even set up a temporary deal at the horsey tracks down there...”


And he also had this to say, too:


“I really believe that the Chili Bowl concept is something that could be replicated nationally with the right program and the right class.


Basically, copy the Monster Truck/AMA Supercross model, bring it to sports stadiums and short tracks, get it on TV and hype the hell out of it.


Open midgets probably aren't the perfect division because they are so costly, but the Chili Bowl shows the potential of the right series, the right cars and the right promotional team.


I remember seeing a clip where Dave Despain talked about Midget races in Los Angeles drawing 80,000 fans. Sure, it was a different era, there weren't nearly as many entertainment options and midget racing was insanely popular nationally, but the potential is there with the right product...and bullring racing is absolutely a GREAT product, perfect for TV and in person, when presented and run properly, with the right promotions, divisions and rules and the RIGHT COVERAGE.


A decently affordable division could make this work. Start locally and regionally and you could eventually build a national series with great car counts on a modest purse payout if the right promotional team/network that really believed in the series.


You could easily top the (terrible) IndyCar ratings and probably compete with NASCAR in a few years if a promotional team and network really committed to the series and helped get some companies to promote the series as part of a co-op sponsorship program.


(It wasn't THAT long ago when NASCAR was the also-ran circuit of boring taxicabs for Southerners who didn't have "real" sports to go watch -- that was the stereotype the IndyCar and stick-and-ball leagues wanted the media to believe. But everything changed within, what, 10-15 years when ESPN started covering every NASCAR race, every week.)


Many major companies have been priced out of NASCAR...but with a modest investment, a lot of companies can get a lot of mileage and in turn use their access with store retailers and distributors to promote the series. A huge part of NASCAR sponsorship is hospitality & corporate programs, which is something a new series can deliver at a fraction of the price NASCAR charges. By bringing a touring series to sports stadiums on temporary tracks, you already have the hospitality amenities in place, too.


First, you need a series that makes for thrilling TV. Dirt track racing is thrilling in person, but generally doesn't make for great TV -- Late Models, Mods, even Winged Sprint cars are often not all the exciting on TV -- they get strung out, often not a lot of slicing and dicing and they don't look all that fast (WoO Sprints look fast but get so strung out that they're just not entertaining to watch).


However, the weekly short track formula actually works in favor of TV -- short races, B-C-D main format to advance to the main gives natural breaks in the action and builds up the tension.


Midgets and Sprints on dirt bullrings are often great on TV -- remember ESPN Thunder from Ventura, CA in the 80s and 90s? -- because of the constant side-by-side, lane changing action. The problem is no numbers on the sides so it is hard to tell the cars apart unless you are a diehard fan. The other problem is that the cars are really just too dangerous. And, of course, cost...but Ford Focus Midgets, 600cc Micro Sprints (wingless, of coruse), the Excel 600cc Mods all provide great racing at a bargain price.


Most tracks in Central PA draw more than full fields of 600 Micro sprints...Kutztown is running wingless 600s weekly and the races are amazing. (Search the YouTube videos). This is at the local track level, paying $500 to win.


Start the TV series in a regional hotbed (Central PA), a regional tour, modest purses ($1-2,000 to win is big money for 600 Micros). Then just promote and keep growing, have an affiliate program where tracks that sign with your sanctioning body and series get promotion, as tracks in different regions sign on, you start the regional tours...and in a few years, you can put together a national tour.


You have a national series with cars that cost <$20,000, keep the spec elements in place to prevent it from becoming a big money deal and to keep the cars an overpowered-barely-under-control handful so it is more about driver than new technology.


Build your regional races to pay $5,000+ to win, $500 to start, national tour races that pay $10,000 to win and $1-2,000 to start, which is a very affordable purse when if you can go to city stadiums and draw 30-40,000 fans and some corporate/TV sponsorship -- and you have a series where a working class guy can run and be competitive.


The key is to string together the whole program so that individual tracks benefit from being affiliated and running your class under your rules and sanction. (I like IMCA's national system -- xx top feature finishes, regional tours with bonus money and money for individual track standings -- there's bonuses and incentives for drivers to commit to a weekly track and run regional tours on "off" nights -- kind of like the SuperDIRT series used to be.)


Yes, there are travel costs and those are significant, but when you drop the cost of competing from a $10+ million budget for a Cup team or even $60K motors and $25K cars on the Outlaw Tour to $10-15,000 spec cars where you don't have the skyrocketing costs of always paying for new technology, you have a real chance at getting a solid series going. A team with a decent sponsor could be very profitable.


Midgets are a national class but probably too expensive to be a sustainable national tour, although ARDC and most of the regional clubs have solid car counts.


Wingless 600 micro sprints are the obvious call because they are more or less a national class. 600 Mods would be my personal choice because they are cheaper, more reigned in (a true spec class so costs are controlled) and they have bodies for numbers and sponsors -- they would be a great division for many weekly tracks that are 1/3 mile or smaller (and the 600 Mods put on good shows even at a bigger track like Big Diamond).


This is something that could be GREAT for racing at all levels if the right promotional team got it together.”



He also had this to say:  “Watching the Chili Bowl -- as I type this, the 2nd B is just lining up -- I would totally watch every single lap of this every week if this was a regular racing series.


We're only being shown 2 Cs, 2Bs and the A, about 70 cars total...but the racing and the small track is awesome. This is great racing and great television racing.


This type of program could and should be the biggest series in the country. Now we just need someone in the media to figure this out and show the casual racing fans how awesome this is.”





From Track Forum:



Teams put Chevrolet 2014 IndyCar V6 engine through its paces at first manufacturer test





And quite a few things being said on the Track Forum about the changes in the point system, too:





From Brett Deyo – on DTD:


Incentives are starting to grow for the inaugural Hard Clay Open presented by United Pump & Tank on Sunday, March 23 at Orange County Fair Speedway. Entries have been coming in every day.


A quick note: camping will be permitted on the fairgrounds Saturday night, in advance of the Sunday race.  Advance tickets are on sale now by calling the speedway office.


Some of the perks include:


*A drawing for a $50 gas card among all pre-entries received by Feb. 1


*$50 to the 17th-place finisher courtesy of Elmo's Auto Body


*$210 to the Hard Charger courtesy of McGannon Excavating


*A $500 product certificate to Teo-Pro Car to the leader of lap 25


*$400 cash to the leader of lap 25 courtesy of Rock Fantasy


*$310 cash to lap 31 courtesy of Zubi's Racing (position TBD)


*Currently seven laps pay more than $90 (lap sponsor money is cycled through the top-seven running order). Laps are on sale for a minimum of $20/each.


*Bumpers and rubrails to the Hard Luck Award winner courtesy of Shiley Fabrication


*A long list of season-long Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP contingencies from Allstar Performance, ATL Fuel Cells, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, DRACO Springs, Schaeffer Racing Oil & Valken Wheels


Should be a great day at the Hard Clay!


And, some comments:


PS - I hope there's plans in the works for t-shirts/merchandise for this event.  It's nice to have event-specific memorabilia like shirts, bumper stickers, decals and such.   I think hoodies might sell well too.


We are working on an apparel order for this show to include tees, long-sleeves, hoodies and stickers.  We will have it all on sale in the grandstands, pit area and drive-in section.





From the AARN:




Last Week


PPBMotorsports Show

Jump Starts Racing Season;

Cassi Pinder Is Crowned PPB Ms. Motorports


Duane Howard To Drive

For Hyneman, Petruska -

In Pennsylvania


American Racer Tire Sweetens

Pot For Eligible Modified,

Sportsman Teams


Keselowski, Gant, Craven,

Simpson Make

Motorsports Appearances


East Windsor Speedway Memories Display

Wows Motorsports Show Attendees;

Voted Best In Show


DeLorenzo Opens Fonda Regime

With Snowmobile Race


Preview: ARDC Stars

Head For The Chili Bowl


Canandaigua Loses

Super DIRTcar Series

Big Block April Date


BDMotorsports To Promote

First ESSSprint Race

At Thunder Mountain Speedway


This week:


Bryan Clauson Captures

First Chiil Bowl Over 280 Rivals


Donny Lia Is Latest -

And 99th - NAPA KNOW HOW

Atlantic City TQ Indoor Entry


Bobby Varin Suffers

Broken Neck In Skiiing Accident


World Of Outlaws Sprints

Are Coming To Fulton, Port Royal


Joe Skotnicki

Talks DIRTcar Racing;

Addresses Key Issues, Concerns


Flemington Speedway

Historical Society

Recognizes Beavers,

Ploski, Brenn, Lane, Singer

As 'Most Influential'


Big Diamond's

2014 Schedule

Is Most Ambitious,

Richest Ever



Ron Bouchard

Reflects On His Varied,

Successful Driving Career


NDRL's WInter Extreme

Tucson Verdict: 

Six Races,

Six Different Winners


First RUSH Awards Banquet

Shells Out $70,000

In Points Awards




Press releases:


News from the Short Track SuperNationals – ‘The Working Man’s Race’

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

For Immediate Release/January 19, 2014

Olum’s Signs On For 2014 Short Track SuperNationals At I-88 Speedway Oct. 10-11, Joining Alpine Building Supply As Lead Marketing Partner; History Will Be Made As ‘Working Man’s Race 7’ Pays An All-Time High $600 Just To Take The Green Flag; Olum’s Also On Board For ’14 ‘Crazy 8s Special’ At I-88 July 23 and Thunder Mountain ‘Lightning On The Mountain’ May 20!

AFTON, NY – History will be made this season at the Short Track SuperNationals – and the racers stand to benefit.

When the seventh edition of the ‘Working Man’s Race’ takes place on Columbus Day weekend (Oct. 10-11) at I-88 Speedway in Afton, N.Y. – the very same venue that hosted the inaugural event – a record-setting purse will be paid out to big-block/small-block Modified competitors. Olum’s, with New York locations in Vestal, Johnson City and East Syracuse, joins Alpine Building Supply of Schuylkill Haven, Pa., as a lead marketing partner of the co-promotion involving Short Track SuperNationals founder Brett Deyo and I-88 track managers Jamie Page and Ronnie Ford.

As a result of the new Olum’s agreement, the 50-lap Short Track SuperNationals Modified main event will pay an unprecedented $600 to take the green flag! This is a substantial boost from the previous high $455 that had been paid out during the last two editions. The announcement was made Saturday (Jan. 18) during the I-88 Speedway Awards Banquet at the Holiday Inn Oneonta-Cobleskill in Oneonta, N.Y.

Not only has the green money been bumped up to record levels, all drivers finishing seventh on back will see thicker pay envelopes at the 2014 edition of the SuperNationals. The event offers $5,000 to the winner plus a host of lap money, special awards and incentives. Last year’s winner Craig Hanson pocketed more than $6,000 for his efforts.

“Thousands of dollars have been added to the Short Track SuperNationals purse for this year’s edition,” Deyo said. “To offer $600 to start in a 50-lap event is truly remarkable. We wouldn’t be able to do it without the outstanding marketing support through Olum’s and Alpine Building Supply.”

As the final, championship-deciding, event of the 2014 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP, the Short Track SuperNationals will be a hugely profitable event for competitors. A point fund approaching $20,000 in cash will be divided among the Short Track Super Series top-10 finishers and drivers outside the top-10 with perfect attendance. Additionally, a long list of product and contingency awards will be handed out following the drop of the checkered flag.

Via the multi-faceted marketing agreement, Olum’s also presents the ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ special at Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y., Tuesday, May 20 (rain date: May 21), joining Rochinski Contracting Services and Husqvarna and the Wednesday, July 23 (rain date: July 24) ‘Crazy 8s Special’ at I-88 in conjunction with Sowle Trailer Repair.

Olum’s, a major retailer, is currently celebrating 100 years of serving customers in the Southern Tier region. Olum’s offers exceptional selection, value and payment options on furniture, mattresses, appliances, electronics and seasonal items. Olum’s has locations at 3701 Vestal Parkway E. Campus Plaza Vestal, NY 13850 (607.729.5775), 95 Main Street Johnson City, NY 13790 (607.726.3600) and 5775 Bridge Street East Syracuse, NY 13057 (315.414.2200). Olum’s can be found online at www.olums.com.

Alpine Building Supply offers a wide array of items including pole building and post supplies, hand tools, power tools, fasteners, paint and sundries, electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling, housewares, lawn care, automotive supplies, sporting goods and more. Alpine Building Supply is located at 696 South Route 183 Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972. To learn more about Alpine Building Supply, call 888.533.2985 or visit www.alpinebuildingsupply.com. For those outside the region, be sure to visit the Alpine Building Supply online store.

The Short Track SuperNationals celebrates a homecoming this year.

Event creator Deyo, in conjunction with Pat and Janet Jordan – then promoters of the Afton Speedway, I-88’s former moniker – originated the Short Track SuperNationals as an affordable option to Super DIRT Week on Oct. 6-7, 2006. The first SuperNationals – run at Afton as a two-day event – was an overwhelming success with 220 total race cars filing into the pit area. Mike Ricci of Tillson, N.Y., won the inaugural Short Track SuperNationals Modified event over a talented field. Shortly thereafter, the Jordans ended their run as Afton promoters and the SuperNationals needed a new host venue.

The next five editions of the Short Track SuperNationals were contested at Five Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood, N.Y., from ’09 to ’13.  Since the inaugural event, the SuperNationals event has grown significantly, filling the Five Mile Point facility to the point of overflow. As such, discussions began to move the event to I-88, which is located on the spacious Afton Fairgrounds. The conversations between I-88 management and Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC evolved into an agreement between parties to bring the Short Track SuperNationals back to Afton, N.Y.

Via support received from the Afton Fair Board, there will be reserved camping spots with water and electricity hook-ups available for the SuperNationals weekend. There is plentiful flat, grassy area for free camping, as well.

I-88’s roomy pit area will also easily accommodate the large number of expected participants during the Short Track SuperNationals weekend, and allow for the potential addition of other divisions.

A complete Short Track SuperNationals line-up will be released in advance of the Motorsports Expo in Syracuse, N.Y., March 8-9. Friday’s (Oct. 10) event will be headlined by a 35-lap Sportsman event, with Modifieds topping the Saturday (Oct. 11) program. All Modified qualifying and racing will take place on Saturday. There is a rain date of Oct. 12 if necessary.

Page and Ford – both former racers and local businessmen – have upgraded the facility since taking the helm at I-88 in ‘10. The speedway maintains its old-school charm with trademark covered grandstands. The promotional team has renovated many of the buildings on the fairgrounds including concession stands and the officials’ and sponsor/press towers, resurfaced the speedway’s clay, installed transponder scoring, erected a tech building, constructed a pit-area observation deck and much more. Additional grandstand seating is in the works for ’14, as well, while a new sponsor/VIP deck will be unveiled as well

I-88 Speedway is centrally located and easily accessible from the north, south, east and west. The facility is visible off Interstate 88 Exit 7 (Afton), less than 25 miles northeast of Binghamton. For GPS users, I-88 Speedway is located at 46 East Main Street Afton, NY 13730. For those making the trek from the Syracuse-area festivities, I-88 is within reasonable driving distance to take in the Saturday portion before returning to Syracuse for Sunday’s event.

To learn more about BD Motorsports Media LLC, contact Brett Deyo at 845.728.2781, via e-mail at Deyo99H@aol.com or on the web at www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com. “Like” BD Motorsports Media on Facebook or follow @BrettDeyo on Twitter.

I-88 Speedway can be contacted by phone at 607.639.FAST (3278). Promoters Ron Ford (607.624.3772) and Jamie Page (607.760.0671) can be reached individually by phone, as well. The speedway is online at www.i-88speedway.com. “Like” I-88 Speedway on Facebook for up-to-the-minute updates.

Short Track SuperNationals Six-Year Event History

October 12, 2013 (Five Mile Point): CRAIG HANSON – Anthony Perrego – Jackie Brown Jr. – Pat Ward – Chad Phelps

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

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

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

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

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


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



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 14, 2014

The Hot Ticket: Advance Ticket Sales Underway For ‘Hard Clay Open’ At Orange County Fair Speedway Starting Monday, Jan. 20; Pre-Sale Tickets Available At OCFS Office Or Via Phone Orders; Entries Rolling In For Sunday, March 23 $30,000 Modified Spectacular; Drivers Registering Prior To Feb. 1 Eligible For $50 Gas Card Drawing

MIDDLETOWN, NY – It has been dubbed the ‘hot ticket’ of the spring for dirt Modified racing.

And it will be on sale soon. Starting Monday, Jan. 20, advance tickets will go on sale for the ‘Hard Clay Open’ slated for Orange County Fair Speedway.

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 to grow. 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.

Due to high off-season demand, advance tickets – for the first time in BD Motorsports Media history – will be offered beginning Jan. 20. Tickets can be purchased in-person at the Orange County Fair Speedway office – located at 239 Wisner Avenue Middletown, NY 10940 – Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Phone sales, utilizing a credit card, can be completed during the same business hours by calling 845.343.2573. Checks, made payable to Orange County Fair Speedway, can be mailed to the speedway office address above.

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 speedway office has been buzzing with phone calls,” event co-promoter Deyo said. “Kenny Sands (OCFS general manager) and Mike Gurda have been fielding daily inquiries about advance tickets from fans who want to make sure they have a seat for one of the most-anticipated events at Orange County in recent memory. Thanks to Orange County management and their office staff, advance tickets will go on sale Jan. 20.”

Modified registration for the ‘Hard Clay Open’ is underway, with early entries arriving at a brisk pace. Speedway regular Craig ‘Hollywood’ Mitchell of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., was the first to file an entry. Others throwing their name in the hat early on include Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park regular Tim Currier of Auburn, N.Y.; ’13 OCFS champion Tim Hindley of Fair Oaks, N.Y.; I-88 (N.Y.) Speedway driver Brett Tonkin of Carbondale, Pa.; Fonda (N.Y.) and Albany-Saratoga (N.Y.) veteran Elmo Reckner of Ballston Lake, N.Y.; Accord (N.Y.) and Lebanon Valley (N.Y.) star Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass.; and OCFS stalwart Bill Pascual of Mahopac, N.Y.

The pre-entry fee is $15. Entry forms are available online at www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com and www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net. All entries received prior to Feb. 1 will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gas card.

United Pump & Tank of Newburgh, N.Y., serves as a leading marketing partner of the ‘Hard Clay Open’ with East Coast Speed & Sport Shop/ECS Auto providing support, in addition to a long list of bonus, lap and special award sponsors.

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.

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 28-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.

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.



Anne Fornoro

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Today at 11:41 AM

Contact: Anne Fornoro, 832.372.9912



Legendary Racing Family Is En Route to Legendary Status in Wine!


SONOMA, Calif. January 21, 2014—The Foyt family is known for their legendary status in motorsports. Now they are serving notice to the wine industry!


The Foyt Family Wines 2010 No. 77 Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon won the Double Gold Medal in the prestigious 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC). It is the second straight year that the eponymous wine won a Double Gold in the “Cabernet Sauvignon $60.00 & Over” category in the world’s largest competition of American wines.


“We were truly honored to win back-to-back Double Golds with our 2009 and 2010 vintages of the No. 77 -- and just a bit surprised -- when the 2014 results were released,” said Larry Foyt, the son of legendary race driver A.J. Foyt.  “We named the No. 77 after my dad’s landmark year when he became the first driver to win the Indianapolis 500 four times in 1977,” said Foyt.


“That career-defining moment garnered him unprecedented international exposure as he was lauded as the world’s best Indy car driver.  For our wine to take Double Gold medals two years in a row makes us feel that we’re following the same path as my dad but in the world of ultra-premium cabernet sauvignon wines,” said Foyt, who started the wine company five years ago with A.J. Foyt IV, grandson of the motorsports icon.


With over 5,800 entries in this year’s world renowned SFCWC, winning the Double Gold medal is a feat in itself. To win it for the second consecutive year is remarkable for the relatively young wine company as many of its competitors have been making wine for decades.


“We know our wine is great, however being classified as a ‘celebrity wine’ resulted in certain oenophiles considering us to be dilettantes,” said Managing Partner Chris Perry, who co-founded Foyt Family Wines along with the Foyts.


“To put it bluntly, we received little love from the industry and some experts frowned upon our efforts,” Perry revealed. “But now we’ve won a Double Gold two years in a row in the largest competition of U.S. wines in the world! Enough said.”


The SFCWC is conducted through a blind tasting by a panel of wine experts, which removes any bias – positive or negative– towards the winery. For the past two years the panel was comprised of 60 experts from the media, trade, hospitality and education sectors of the wine industry. To win a Double Gold medal in its category, a wine must receive the Gold vote from the entire five-member judging panel, making the vote unanimous.


The back-to-back Double Gold awards are further evidence that Foyt Family Wines wine grower Tom Meadowcroft is a world class wine grower, and our winemaker Petar Kirilov is a star in managing the consistency of our wine through his disciplined and creative approach to the winemaking process.


The Foyt No.77 Cabernet Sauvignon is available in select states and can be purchased online at foytwines.com or the Meadowcroft Wines Tasting Room in Sonoma, Calif.



Devil’s Bowl Rules Meetings Rescheduled for February 1

Renegade, Mini Stock, Kart Series meetings to be held prior to Banquet of Champions


For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                         DBS-012214-1


RUTLAND, VT – Informational meetings for stock car and go-kart competitors at Devil’s Bowl Speedway have been rescheduled for Saturday, February 1 at the Holiday Inn Rutland-Killington in Rutland, VT.  The meetings were postponed from their original January date and have been slated to the afternoon prior to the Devil’s Bowl Speedway Banquet of Champions.

The “town meeting” style forum will be open to all race drivers and teams interested in competing in the developmental classes at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT in 2014.  Times for the divisional meetings are as follows:


·         Renegade – 12:00pm to 1:00pm

·         Mini Stock – 1:00pm to 2:00pm

·         Kart Series – 2:00pm to 3:30pm


The full 2014 season schedule will be revealed at the Banquet of Champions on Saturday, February 1, along with several other major announcements.  Last-minute ticket orders are available by calling (802) 265-3112 or emailing devilsbowlspeedway@gmail.com.  To reserve a room at the Holiday Inn Rutland-Killington, call (802) 775-1911 and mention the Devil’s Bowl Speedway Banquet of Champions.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, VT, four miles north of Exit 2 on U.S. Route 4.  For more information, visit www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com or call (802) 265-3112.  Devil’s Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at facebook.com/DevilsBowlSpeedway and on Twitter and Instagram at @DevilsBowlSpeed.


Contact: Justin St. Louis                                                                                                                                                          Phone: (802) 355-3282

Email: devilsbowlspeedway@gmail.com


Devil's Bowl Speedway

Phone: (802) 265-3112

Email: devilsbowlspeedway@gmail.com






Contact: Julia Foy

Promotions/PR Coordinator - DIRTcar NE

315.834.2299 | jfoy@dirtcar.com


Thrilling Season of Racing Ahead in 2014 for DIRTcar Northeast Series

Classic tracks, new additions make for an action-packed racing schedule


WEEDSPORT, N.Y. - Jan. 21, 2014 - Another action-packed year of DIRTcar Racing is set to kick off soon, with the Northeast's premier traveling series taking on the region's most exciting tracks. For the 2014 season, the Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series spans from Florida to Quebec, bringing the best of the Big-Block Modfiieds to their classic venues and adding some new ones to the mix.

The DIRTcar 358-Modified Series, DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series and DIRTcar Pro Stock Series are also revving up for one of their busiest seasons in years, boasting a total of more than 60 races among the four DIRTcar Racing Northeast Region series.

The Super DIRTcar Series begins its season earlier than the rest with four races at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla., bringing the cars and stars from the chilly northeast to warm Florida in February. The races, scheduled daily from Wednesday, Feb. 19, through Saturday, Feb. 22, may not be point races, but that won't stop recent series champions Brett Hearn and Matt Sheppard from trying to oust the defending DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment champion, Danny Johnson, from his throne.

Once the Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series heads back north it kicks into high gear in spring, returning to Central New York's Fulton Speedway on Saturday, April 26, for the first 100-lap feature of the season. The Super DIRTcar Series then crosses the border to Brockville Ontario Speedway in Brockville, Ontario, for an early-season special event.

The DIRTcar Sportsman Series gets an early start in 2014 as well, with a Sunday, April 27, opener scheduled at Mohawk International Raceway in Akwesasne, N.Y.

The DIRTcar 358-Modified Series opens in May, with back-to-back races at Cornwall Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 18, and Merrittville Speedway on Monday, May 19. On Sunday, June 1, the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series and DIRTcar Pro Stock Series invade Cornwall Motor Speedway for a two-series special at the Ontario quarter-mile.

The month of June heats up for the Super DIRTcar Series, with star-studded races set for Tuesday, June 17, at New Egypt Speedway, Wednesday, June 25, at Utica-Rome Speedway, and Sunday, June 29, at Cornwall Motor Speedway. The DIRTcar Pro Stock Series will spend the month in Quebec, racing at Autodrome Granby Friday, June 20, and Le RPM Speedway Saturday, June 21.

In early July, the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series swings westward for consecutive race nights at Humberstone Speedway Tuesday, July 1, and Ransomville Speedway Wednesday, July 2. Ransomville Speedway will also host the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series for its infamous Battle at the Border. The very next night, the Super DIRTcar Series joins the Empire Super Sprints at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, N.Y., for a spectacular night of racing action Thursday, July 3. From there, the series roars to the Capital Region for Brett Hearn's The Big Show 6 on Tuesday, July 8, at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, where once again it will be joined by the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series.

The Super DIRTcar Series returns Tuesday, July 15, to Big Diamond Speedway, marking the first time since 2009 the series has toured the track in Minersville, Pa. The series will then head to Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, in Fultonville, N.Y., on Wednesday, July 16. Both the Super DIRTcar Series and the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series take a trip north of the border for doubleheaders Monday, July 21, at Autodrome Granby and Tuesday, July 22, at Autodrome Drummond.

Monday, Aug. 4, marks the classic Bob St. Amand, Sr. Memorial for the Super DIRTcar Series at Merrittville Speedway in Thorold, Ontario. Following at the heels is the return of the Super DIRTcar Series to Ransomville Speedway for the 30th Annual Alex Friesen Summer Nationals Tuesday, Aug. 5.

A couple nights later the Big-Block Modifieds will once again light up Weedsport Speedway in Weedsport, N.Y., for the annual Hall of Fame race. The DIRTcar Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will honor the sports best contributors Wednesday, Aug. 6, and the Super DIRTcar Series will take on the history-packed track Thursday, Aug. 7.

The thrilling "Mr. DIRT Track U.S.A" at Lebanon Valley Speedway caps off the month of August for the Super DIRTcar Series on Thursday, Aug. 14. The DIRTcar 358-Modified Series carries the DIRTcar Northeast Region to the fall post-season with a Sunday, Aug. 31, 125-lapper at Cornwall Motor Speedway.

While the weekly season winds down, the DIRTcar Northeast series speed up into their final rounds with several action-packed race weekends across the region. Friday, Sept. 5, and Saturday, Sept. 6, the Super DIRTcar Series, DIRTcar 358-Modified Series and DIRTcar Pro Stock Series invade Autodrome Granby, with the first highlighting Friday's racing and the latter two taking over Saturday. Meanwhile, the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series is set to take on three tracks in as many days, starting at Ransomville Speedway Friday, Sept. 5, heading to Merrittville Speedway Saturday, Sept. 6, and concluding the weekend Sunday, Sept. 7, at Humberstone Speedway.

The following weekend, all four series trek to Mohawk International Raceway, with the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series and DIRTcar Pro Stock Series charging to the Frogtown Road track Friday, Sept. 12, and the Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series arriving Saturday, Sept. 13. Next up, the Super DIRTcar Series heads to "The Track of Champions," Fonda Speedway, Sunday, Sept. 21.

The DIRTcar 358-Modified Series, DIRTcar Sportsman Series and DIRTcar Pro Stock Series polish off the last of their season before October's NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLIII at Brighton Speedway and Le RPM Speedway. Brighton celebrates Applefest Weekend Friday, Sept. 19, with the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series and Saturday, Sept. 20, with the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series. Le RPM plays host to the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Friday, Sept. 19, and, on Saturday, Sept. 20, both the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series and DIRTcar Pro Stock Series invade the Quebec track.

All four series meet in October for "Racing's Biggest Party," NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLIII. One of the biggest weeks in DIRTcar Racing, NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLIII kicks off Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, N.Y., and runs through Sunday, Oct. 12, with satellite events taking over some of Central New York's premier motorsports facilities. Wednesday, Oct. 8, the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series returns to Weedsport Speedway along with the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series to jump start the week of racing. The DIRTcar 358-Modified Series then heads to Brewerton Speedway Thursday, Oct. 9, for the week's second satellite event. Championship rounds roar onto the "Moody Mile" Saturday, Oct. 11, for the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series and DIRTcar 358-Modified Series. The week concludes Sunday, Oct. 12, with championship races for the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series and the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds.

The season doesn't end there. Brockville Ontario Speedway's 1000 Islands RV Fall Nationals features the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series finale Friday, Oct. 17, the DIRTcar Sportmsan Modifeid Series finale Saturday, Oct. 18, and the Super DIRTcar Series Sunday Oct. 19.

The season concludes for the Super DIRTcar Series at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C. The thrilling World of Outlaws World Finals brings the best of the Big-Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series, the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Late Models Series to one of the biggest stages in the sport to crown each series champion. Qualifying begins Thursday, Nov. 6. Feature races for all three series light up the track Friday, Nov. 7, and Saturday, Nov. 8


Note:  Schedules of events were also in this PR, but when copied, they just don’t come up right, so I elected not to add them.




Going back, in time to January 23rd in:



Jerry Grant... Born



Don Whittington... Born



James McElreath... Born



Len Duncan won the TQ Midget race at the Teaneck Armory, Teaneck, NJ.

Race report:  http://www.wheelsofspeed.com/report/1_23_60-3.html


Note:  Yes, there was some great racing on that tiny 1/10th mile flat track in the Armory!  Chances are 100% that my future wife and I were in attendance on this particular night.


Emil Reutimann won the Modified Stock Car race at the Sunshine Speedway, St. Petersburg, FL.

Note:  And Emil (Buzzie) is still winning down in Florida!



Dan Gurney continued his mastery of Riverside International Raceway, driving a Wood Brothers Ford to his 4th straight win in the NASCAR Grand National "Motor Trend 500".



Cliff Griffith... Died ... AAA and USAC driver from the 1950's & 60's. He drove in four Indy races, '51, '52, '56 and '61 with his best result, a 9th place finish in 1952.




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





Edward Glenn "Fireball" Roberts, Jr.... Born .



Billy Foster ... Died




Jud Larson... Born

Note:  A photo of Jud is in my weekly photo section, below.



Ernie Saxton... Born .



Mark Donohue drove Roger Penske's AMC Matador to victory in the NASCAR Grand National Western 500 at Riverside International Raceway.





Bob Sall ... Born ... AAA Sprint car ace who later became NASCAR's Eastern field manager.



Bill Cantrell... Died ... Midget, sprint and Indy car driver from the late 1930's to mid 50's and later he became the West Coast supervisor for USAC.



Jeff Heotzler wins the TQ Midget/Micro Sprint feature at the indoor Atlantic City Convention Hall.





Art Cross... Born .





Lou Johnson... Born ... Eastern stock, and sprint car driver. Two time URC Sprint Car Champion ( 1955 & 1959 )




Buddy Baker ... Born



Jaques Lazier... Born





Fred Marriott sets a Land Speed record of 127.659 mph on Ormand Beach in Florida. The car was powered by a Stanley steam engine and used an upside down Robertson canoe for the body.



Doc Shanebrook... Born



Paul Newman... Born



Nick Fornoro Jr.... Born ... Eastern midget, sprint and supermodified driver. Son of one of the sport’s premier flagman, and Chief Starter for the Championship Auto Racing Teams Indy Car Series from 1979-1992 Nick Fornoro.






I get emails:


The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery. â?¨-- Winston Churchill


How to create a social state by Saul Alinsky


Saul David Alinsky (January 30, 1909 - June 12, 1972) was an American community organizer and writer. He is generally considered to be the founder of modern community organizing. He is often noted for his book Rules for Radicals.


There are 8 levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a social state.


The first is the most important.


1) Healthcare - Control healthcare and you control the people


2) Poverty - Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.


3) Debt - Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.


4) Gun Control - Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.


5) Welfare - Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income)


6) Education - Take control of what people read and listen to - take control of what children learn in school.


7) Religion - Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools


8) Class Warfare - Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.


Note:  Wow!  Kinda what we’re seeing today, isn’t it?



By Alan Caruba


On January 28, the President of the United States will stand before a joint session of Congress and lie to them and to all Americans.


The mainstream media will treat it as a serious presentation and make no mention of the lies.


Following the State of the Union speech (SOTU) there will be a formal response by a Republican spokesman. It will be very polite and not likely to strongly expose the lies and oppose the President.


The “low information” Americans will take Barack Obama at his word. Nearly half of all Americans who might listen to the speech or read about it are on some form of government dole or entitlement program. They are interested in food stamps, unemployment compensation, their disability status, and an older generation will understandably want to ensure their Social Security checks keep coming and Medicare will continue to underwrite their medical costs.


Whatever Obama has to say about the Affordable Care Act—Obamacare—will be a lie. His administration continues to lie about the number of those who have enrolled, but we know they are mostly the elderly while the younger generation wisely avoids it.


We live in a nation where more than 90 million Americans are out of work, cannot find work, or have given up looking for work. Anything Obama has to say about the economy will be a lie.


When Obama gives his speech, the total population of America will be 317,490,000 people. It is the third-most populous nation in the world with 82% residing in cities in suburbs as of 2011. Anyone who has driven throughout the nation knows that much of it is nearly uninhabited. A mere 2% of the population are the farmers and ranchers who feed the rest of us.


The two most populous states are California and Texas. New York City has the largest population of the nation’s cities. It just elected a Communist as its new mayor. He has announced he intends to raise taxes.


There are an estimated eleven million illegal aliens living in America and The New York Times reports that number may be growing. Previous efforts at amnesty resulted in not only endowing them with citizenship but their entire families, many of whom joined them from their home nations. At a time of high unemployment among natural born and naturalized citizens, increasing the population in this fashion will only add to the economic problems the slowest recovery in decades represents. In Congress Democrats favor an amnesty. Republicans are unsure of whether to oppose or accept it.


In addition to amnesty, the President will no doubt make some mention of tax reform. The reform the nation needs is the elimination of the income tax in favor of a fair tax based on consumption of products and services. You buy it. You pay a national sales tax.


No doubt the President will make some reference to gun control. He has been unable to get any legislation about it and has relied on executive orders to impose limits on the Second Amendment. Meanwhile, Americans are buying guns like crazy. It’s about self-defense and the prospect of a President who may not want to leave office. He will cite the Newtown slayings, but mass slayings in America have not increased in decades. It is not common, though it is always tragic.


It’s hard to predict how much time Obama will devote to “climate change”, but this greatest hoax of the modern era is very dear to him and the Democrats in Congress. A group of them are signing a letter to be sent to the heads of the network channels urging them to devote more airtime to lies about how carbon dioxide is causing the Earth to warm and poses a huge threat. The Earth, meanwhile, has been in a cooling cycle for seventeen years and many Americans recently experienced record-setting cold weather. More of them—though only about 23%--are beginning to express doubts about global warming. Duh!


The climate change agenda is being pursued outrageously by Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency which is issuing regulations intended to continue shutting down existing coal-fired plants that generate electricity and keep new ones from being built. It is a direct attack on the nation’s economy which depends on electricity. Whatever Obama says about it will be a lie.


No doubt he will make reference to his latest scam, income inequality. If there is one thing communists love it is class warfare. The best way to reduce income inequality is well known. It is a thriving economy that provides more jobs and higher pay. Meanwhile, there may be a passing reference to increasing the minimum wage, a great way to deny entry-level jobs to young workers and increase the cost of everything else to the consumer.


Obama is not likely to have much to say about foreign affairs. In general he has managed to reduce America’s role as an international leader for democracy, justice and human rights. We are running out of allies, especially in the Middle East where Israel, Jordan, and a few Gulf states remain friendly.


When I was a young man coming of age in the 1950s I could never imagine living in a nation whose moral structure was such that a million unborn children are killed every year by abortion. I would never have believed that some 40% of women would choose to be single mothers. Or that the divorce rate would reach 50% and more. I could never imagine young men and women graduating from college with huge debts in an economy where jobs were not only fewer, but subject to an Obamacare law that forces businesses to cut the number of hours they work, limiting their earning capacity.


This is not an America I envisioned, but it is one that Presidents and Congresses since the Great Depression of the 1930s whose government they have expanded to the point where many Americans regard Big Government as the biggest problem facing the nation. They’re right.


© Alan Caruba, 2014









--Well....., what the hell is happening to us?????


Democrats and 


('different' ONLY in name)



We read

all the jokes and forward the good ones but

I just wonder who will pass this one on.


How about you sending it on, and

back to me,

if you have enough

'chutzpah' to do so.


I do


And I wonder just how many I will get back?


Someone please tell me what the HELL's wrong with


All the people that run this



Both Democrats and



Say, "We're broke" And can't help our own

Seniors, Veterans, Orphans, Homeless, Etc.,?????


But, over the last several years THEYhave provided

direct cash aid to....

Hamas - $351 M,

Libya - $1.45 B,

Egypt - $397 M,

Mexico - $622 M,

Russia - $380 M,

Haiti -    $1.4 B,

Jordan - $463 M,

Kenya - $816 M,

Sudan - $870 M,

Nigeria - $456 M,

Uganda - $451 M,

Congo - $359 M,

Ethiopia - $981 M,

Pakistan - $2 B,

South Africa - $566 M,

Senegal - $698 M,

Mozambique - $404 M,

Zambia - $331 M,

Kazakhstan - $304 M,

Iraq - $1.08 B,

Tanzania - $554 M,


...with literally Billions of Dollars and they still hate us!!!!


But on the other hand,  Our retired seniors, Living on a 'fixed income,'

Receive NO aid!  Nor do they get any breaks, while our government

And religious organizations will pour Hundreds of Billions Of  $$$$$$'s

and Tons of Food  to Foreign Countries!


Someone needs to explain to them that Charity begins AT HOME!!!


And another atrocity....


We have Hundreds of adoptable American Children who are shoved aside

To make room for The adoption of Foreign orphans.



A country where we have Countless Homeless without shelter, Children going to

bed hungry, Elderly going without needed medication and the Mentally ill without

treatment -- etc.




They will have a 'Benefit' Show For the people of Haiti , on 12

TV Stations; Ships and planes lining up with food, water, tents

clothes, bedding, doctors and medical supplies.


Now Just Imagine if  Our own *GOVERNMENT*

Gave 'US' the same support they give to foreign countries.


Sad, isn't it?


99% of people won't have the 'chutzpah' to forward this.


WELL, I'm one of the 1% who Just Did.

--Shame on you if this does not make you VERY angry.






This weeks photo:


Here, in the Walt Imlay photo, is Jud Larson.  It’s a shame sprint cars still don’t look like this – with a cage, of course.



Note:  Photos can be seen on: http://newenglandtractor.com/racereport/




Racing videos:


How about some Chili Bowl?






Music videos:


Remarkable how over time, ones voice does not change very much, as you can see in the videos, below, by Gene Watson.  Same song, but a lot of years between.  How I wish I could have been in attendance at that second video.









More non racing stuff:


Government Aims at Mentally-Disabled Elderly to Reduce Medicare Drug Costs





Fugitive US leaker Snowden 'fears for his life'




Note:  Uh, like we all don’t already know this?  Of course our gov’t would love to have him gone.




Target Joins Home Depot, Walmart, Others In Cutting Health Care For Part-Timers, Citing Obamacare









In part:  "AP – WASHINGTON D.C. In a move certain to fuel the debate over Obama’s qualifications for the presidency, the group “Americans for Freedom of Information” has Released copies of President Obama’s college transcripts from Occidental College … Released today, the transcript school indicates that Obama, under the name Barry Soetoro, received financial aid as a foreign student from Indonesia as an undergraduate. The transcript was released by Occidental College in compliance with a court order in a suit brought by the group in the Superior Court of California. The transcript shows that Obama (Soetoro) applied for financial aid and was awarded a fellowship for foreign students from the Fulbright Foundation Scholarship program. To qualify, for the scholarship, a student must claim foreign citizenship. This document would seem to provide the smoking gun that many of Obama’s detractors have been seeking. Along with the evidence that he was first born in Kenya and there is no record of him ever applying for US citizenship, this is looking pretty grim. The news has created a firestorm at the White House as the release casts increasing doubt about Obama’s legitimacy and qualification to serve as President article titled, “Obama Eligibility Questioned,” leading some to speculate that the story may overshadow economic issues on Obama’s first official visit to the U.K. In a related matter, under growing pressure from several groups, Justice Antonin Scalia announced that the Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to hear arguments concerning Obama’s legal eligibility to serve as President in a case brought by Leo Donofrio of New Jersey . This lawsuit claims Obama’s dual c itizenship disqualified him from serving as president.. Donofrio’s case is just one of 18 suits brought by citizens demanding proof of Obama’s citizenship or qualification to serve as president.





State Department Whistle-Blower’s Email Hacked, 4 Years Deleted


Richard Higbie is a Diplomatic Security Service criminal investigator. Last June he was one of the whistle-blowers who came forward about several cover-ups by the State Department under Hillary Clinton’s reign.


Now, he is being targeted; his personal e-mail account has been hacked in and four years of emails have been completely deleted. According to NY Post, Higbie’s lawyer, Cary Schulman, said, “Obviously, somebody is not happy with something he’s doing and wanted to get that information and also cause him an inability in the future to have ready access to that.”


An investigation is still underway to determine who performed the attack, but Schulman said the targeted attack was both “alarming” and “sophisticated.”


NY Post writes:


The e-mails included evidence about misconduct by top officials at the department, communications with other potential whistleblowers there, and correspondence with members of Congress who are investigating the allegations, Schulman said.


They also include correspondence between Higbie and Schulman about legal strategy, the lawyer said.


Schulman said he could not provide details about the evidence deleted with the e-mails. [...]


Higbie played a key role in helping fellow whistleblower Aurelia Fedenisn, a former investigator for the department’s inspector general, reveal in June a pattern of alleged coverups by top department officials.


The alleged coverups included keeping quiet separate IG investigations that found that members of then-Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton’s security detail had engaged hookers and that the Belgian ambassador had solicited underage prostitutes.


These were among a string of investigations by the service, responsible for protecting dignitaries and investigating crimes within the department, that were allegedly derailed by senior officials, including one instance of interference by Clinton Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills.


Since the revelations in June, the department again mostly swept the cases under the rug.


Higbie is not the only one of this duo to have important information stolen from them. Schulman was the victim of a burglary last July — one month after Higbie and others came forward about these cover-ups by the State Department.


The burglar sawed a hole through the wall from an adjoining office and stole three computers, but left behind other valuables.


Although cops arrested a petty thief for the crime, Schulman said, “We feel like we’re in a movie. It’s nuts. It makes us wonder . . . . maybe we’ve got something we don’t even realize or maybe they’re worried about something.”


The investigation is still being performed, but considering these attacks surround secret information about the scandalous State Department under Hillary Clinton and the great likelihood that she will make a bid for the presidency, one has to wonder if the motivation behind these attacks is to ensure Hillary has an easier, scandal-free run for the White House. It is not all that far-fetched to consider when people (like the New York Times) are already trying to protect her.


Thankfully, there are others, like Higbie, who are actually committed to the truth.


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Obama Admin Met With Murderous Mexican Drug Cartels







Joke of the week:


1 * Accept the fact that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue!


2 * Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.


3 * Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.


4 * Drive carefully... It's not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.


5 * If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.


6 * If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.


7 * It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.


8 * Never buy a car you can't push.


9 * Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.


10 * Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.


11 * Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.


12 * The second mouse gets the cheese.


13 * When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.


14 * Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.


16 * Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.


17 * We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.


18 * A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.


19 * Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today.



20 *Save the earth. It's the only planet with chocolate!*



Until the next column – in two weeks on February 6th.



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