Mostly Racin' Stuff

                                      By Tom Avenengo

                                         Volume # 169



Note:  Yes, there’s been a change, as you can see in the new title.  I’ve been thinking of dropping most of the non racing items from my columns, and two people sent me emails last week saying they thought I should cut back or even stop with the non racing stuff. 


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.


No, I will not vote for Hillary!



You ever notice when shopping, just how much stuff is from China?  Can’t we make anything in the country, anymore?  Now, they’re into different kinds of food, too.



Some personal/family stuff:


Changes have been made in the date for our heading back home.  It will now be April 2nd.  Finding the right car to rent shouldn’t be too much of a problem, I hope. 

The wife is quite happy with the way the cataract surgery went on her left eye.  We are waiting for a date for the right eyes surgery. 



Weather, whether or not:


Found on Facebook on Wednesday, 2/12/14 – what I’d be facing if I was back home:



Here is the latest on the upcoming Nor Easter including a link to the website. The next website briefing will be sometime after 5PM, updates throughout the day can be found on the FB page. 

Have a great day HV! 


•Winter Storm Warnings in effect for the entire region, details of warnings can be found in the special weather alerts on the top of the webpage

•National Weather Service has increased their snowfall forecast for the region to 10-14 inches, our forecast remains mostly unchanged

•Clouds increase this afternoon and evening ahead of the approaching Nor Easter

•Snow begins from South to North between 4AM and 7AM, there is lots of dry air in place so the start times may be slightly delayed

•Snow becomes heavy at times by afternoon and evening, snowfall rates of 1-2 inches per hour are likely

•Winds will also begin to increase by afternoon into the overnight, this will lead to reduced visibilities

•Worst of the storm is from about 2PM to 11PM

•Snow tapers off from East to West between 4AM-8AM on Friday, will be able to hone this done later

•Accumulations of 10-18 inches across the Mid HV, 7-14 inches across the Lower HV and 6"-12" inches across the Upper HV

•There will likely be a sharp Northern and Western cutoff between light to moderate snow and moderate to heavy snow

•A narrow band of the heaviest snowfall amounts of 10-18 inches is subject to shift North or South with any jog in the track of the storm

•The snow accumulation map shows where that band of heavy snow is currently expected (between the blue dashed lines)

•Storm briefing 5 will be released after 5PM, check the FB page for updates throughout the day as well

Visit the website for the snowfall forecast:




Racin’ stuff:


Leffler Chili Bowl Fundraiser Nets $50,000 Donation




So what happens in this case?  You have a Dirt Sportsman race car powered with a Crate engine.  You want to go to the Accord Speedway and get in some laps in preparation for an up-coming big Sportsman race.  However, your engine was not sealed as the Accord Speedway says it has to be.  Would you be able to race?  Keep in mind; you’re not racing for track points.  A “loophole” in the rules, maybe?  I’m trying to get info on that.



I saw some photos on Facebook from the indoor race at Trenton.  I did notice quite a few empty seats.  I’m hoping that they were later mostly filled with fans.



It seems that every few days, the northeast is getting hit with snow.  Talking with my son Tom, who lives up near Watertown, N.Y., he said the snow on the sides of the roads is higher than the cab of his truck.  Makes me kinda wonder – Will Brett Deyo allow studded snow tires for the OCFS opening race on March 23rd?



Former Dirt Oval racers:


From the indoor racing at Trenton, only one name did I find – Tiffany Wambold was 3rd in the Slingshot feature on Friday night.  Of course there might be another name, or two, that I’ve forgotten!


I went to both the OCFS and Accord Speedway websites and found this for points on the 2013 racing season:


At OCFS, in the Modifieds:

Tim Hindley was 1st, Clinton Mills 5th, Billy VanInwegen 7th, Mike Ruggiero 9th, Danny Creeden 29th, RJ Smykla 33rd, Kyle Armstrong 38th, Matt Hitchcock 40th and Joey Bruning 45th.


In the 358’s:

Danny Creeden 1st, Brian Krummel 5th, RJ Smykla 14th, Tim Hindley 16th, Billy VanInwegen 18th, Andrew Reeves 19th and John Lodini 24th.



Brian Krummel 1st, Anthony Perrego 2nd, LJ Lombardo 3rd, Joe Conklin 4th, Andrew Reeves 8th, Matt Janiak and Joey Falanga tied for 10th, John Illanovsky 19th, Tyler Boniface 20th, Tyler Dippel 21st, Zack Vavricka 26th and Matt Hitchcock 43rd.


At Accord in Modifieds:

Danny Creeden 5th, Billy VanInwegen 15th, Anthony Perrego 19th, Mike Doty 21st, Joey Bruning 24th, Kyle Van Duser 28th, Tyler Dippel 41st and Brian Krummel 42nd.



Anthony Perrego 10th, Tyler Dippel 15th, Brad Szulewski 20th and Tyler Boniface 29th.


Spec Sportsman:

Tyler Boniface 1st, Mike Traver 11th, Kyle Van Duser 15th, Andrew Reeves 17th, Anthony Perrego 19th and LJ Lombardo 22nd.



Race track schedules:


I found these, so far:







Penn Can:!2014-schedule/c14xr


NEMA - regular midgets:


NEMA Lights:


5 Mile:








Williams Grove:







Toyota lands naming rights at famed Daytona



As Junior searches, Evernham insists he's out



The Daytona 500 is rapidly approaching – not too many days between now and February 23rd.  Even though it’s NASCAR, at least it’s some fast moving cars.  They’ve managed, over the years to mess it up quite a bit.


I’ve searched for a possible entry list for the Brett Deyo/Howie Commander/Mike Gurda promoted opening race at OCFS and really haven’t found one.  Then again, most that might race don’t enter until the day of the event.  I expect to see a ton of cars for both the Sportsman and Modifieds.  If the weather co-operates, I expect there will be a very good crowd, too.

Speaking of Howie as a co-promoter, which he is for OC anyway, wouldn’t it be nice if he could work some of his magic and get more fans at OC like he has at the Valley?  Of course one of the main things stopping that is Maxwell’s.  I wonder what kind of a cut the track gets for all that Maxwell sells if any?  I attempted to sell some model modifieds some years ago, and I remember why I didn’t – the tracks cut made it not feasible.



Will NASCAR follow suit and have pit stops like this?



Richard Petty: Danica Patrick would only win if she was only one racing




Newgarden, SFHR make fan engagement connection



An interesting read on the Dirt Track Digests forum:


dirtvision price increases for winter nationals




Brian Caruso is a grandson of famed race car owner Mike Caruso.  He left the Long Island area a few years ago, and moved to Las Vegas.  There he runs Micar a fabricating business named after his grandfather.  He also has the Caruso Midget Racing Museum.  We constantly email each other, and share photos whenever we have some of what the other doesn’t have.  He offered to send me a Caruso Museum Tee shirt, and coffee mug, and I accepted his offer.  Well, he sent me three T’s, each with something different on them – one a photo of Bill Schindler in the Caruso # 2 midget, another one with Schindler in the # 2 and Mike Nazaruk in the # 3 midgets.  The third had the Caruso Museum on it.  All were top quality.  The coffee mugs (he sent me two) have the same Schindler/Nazaruk photo and a Schindler in racing action photo.  Along with them he sent me a bunch of Caruso Museum stickers, a pen knife and a couple of Key chain holders with lights.  All of thee items are given to you when and if you visit the museum. 


He did have this to say about the items I mentioned:

I just give them away. I probably should sell them but I don’t have the heart to charge someone especially when they come and visit. I would give them away but don’t want to pay the shipping.

If someone really wants one let me know.”




From Jayski:


Hey, if you want to see what some of this years cars will look like, please go here:



Ambrose hopes to rebound in 2014:

Marcos Ambrose, driver of the #9 RPM Ford, felt the Richard Petty Motorsports lacked consistency last year, particularly with the introduction of the Generation 6 car. In his three years with Petty, the veteran has witnessed RPM go "from surviving to thriving." Ambrose thinks the front office's commitment to acquiring additional engineering, along with NASCAR's new rules package will benefit RPM greatly in 2014. Ambrose already is feeling the pressure. He admitted that 2013 wasn't his best effort. Traditionally, he has "seen an upward trajectory in performance" each year, but that was missing last year. Starting his fourth season with RPM, the 37-year-old native of Laucheston, Australia, said he has "an awful lot to prove." There has been talk that Ambrose wants to return Down Under to raise his daughters, but he insisted his results will determine whether he continues to race in NASCAR. "If you make the Chase, you can't go home, can you?" Ambrose said. "You're one of the top 16 drivers in the world in this format, and you'd be mad to give away opportunities like that. So right now my focus is to be in NASCAR and to be winning races. I think with Drew and the team we've got, we've got a great opportunity to do that -- and that's all I'm thinking about. If we have another 2013, I might struggle just to even get renewed if I want to be there. I've got a lot to race for in 2014. I can't wait."(FoxSports)(2-8-2014)



Congrats to Sam Hornish:

Congrats to Sam Hornish Jr and his wife Crystal on the birth of their third child, Samuel III.(2-8-2014)



Justin Allison to carry on family legacy in ARCA's 51st race at Daytona: The legacy of the Allison name is well documented in the annals of stock car racing. It started with brothers' Bobby and Donnie Allison - part of the infamous Alabama Gang - who barnstormed across the south racing stock cars, eventually landing in NASCAR where they became household names. Eventually, the torch got handed down to the second generation of Allison's. Brothers' Davey and Clifford were well on their way up the NASCAR charts before their lives were cut short in tragic accidents. Onto the third generation of Allison's where Justin Allison, the grandson of NASCAR legend and International Motorsports Hall of Fame driver Donnie Allison, is now trying to scratch his name into the big-league stock car history books. Allison has just one ARCA Racing Series start in last year's Kansas Speedway finale where he finished 11th driving the #88 Ford for Team BCR, which also fields cars for ARCA winner Grant Enfinger, who just happens to be from Alabama. Justin's grandfather Donnie had some great runs at Daytona over the years, winning the Firecracker 400 in 1970. His best finish in the Daytona 500 was third in 1969. He also finished fourth in the 500 in 1979. Donnie won 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup races over his career, including the World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1970. Donnie also finished fourth in the Indianapolis 500 in 1970. Allison plans to run in at least 10 ARCA Racing Series events in 2014. Howard Bixman, longtime ARCA car owner and Team BCR manager, will serve as Allison's crew chief. Bixman is also a former ARCA driver. The team's #88 Havaco-Multi Services Ford at Daytona will be powered by Roush Yates Engines.(ARCA Racing)(2-8-2014)



Sprint Cup officials explain rule changes ahead of Daytona 500:

On Thursday, NASCAR competition officials held their version of "Meet the Press" at the NASCAR R&D Center in Concord, N.C. The atmosphere was cordial and conducive to discussion. Some of the more important explanations included the claim that the new Chase points system was more than three years in the making. Bonus points after Richmond count only in the first round of the Chase. Thereafter, pre-Chase bonus points will not be counted after each of the final resets. Awarding more points to winners was considered and discarded because it might create a runaway situation. In other words, NASCAR didn't want the Sprint Cup title to be clinched at any point before the series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

As for the new qualifying rules, announced before last week's media tour, we learned that, at first, many crew chiefs were against permission to make any changes to the cars in between sessions. But, after careful consideration, they lobbied for certain concessions, like changing tape (changing downforce), wedge alterations (for handling) and other minor changes. Flat tires in qualifying? NASCAR officials said one scuff (or scuffed-in) tire, not a matched set.

Also, though the qualifying schedule runs less than one hour when you add up the length of the knockout sessions, if all things go smoothly in the three-segment shootout, the television window will more likely go 90 minutes to account for breaks. One journalist asked about explaining to fans what happens in the case that the fastest lap is set in segment one -- perhaps even a track record -- but someone else gets the pole? NASCAR said it's the media's job to explain that.

As for the penalty system -- now known as the deterrent system -- the graphics published last week are a guide, but not a final, final answer. NASCAR always reserves the right to invoke its "EIRI" rule, also known as "except in rare instances."

Speaking of rules, at some point this year the rules will go electronic, meaning all teams will have instant access to technical updates.(AutoWeek)(2-7-2014)



NASCAR Installs Five Eaton EV Charging Stations At Charlotte Offices:

At the NASCAR Plaza in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, officials from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), NASCAR and Sprint Corp. announced the companies' participation in the Department's Workplace Charging Challenge - a collaborative effort to increase the number of U.S. employers offering workplace charging. The Challenge also supports the broader efforts of the Department's EV Everywhere Grand Challenge to make plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) affordable and convenient for the American family. As part of today's announcement, NASCAR unveiled five Eaton Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at its Charlotte location, bringing the total number of EV charging stations to 20 across NASCAR facilities located in Daytona Beach, Concord, Charlotte and at Michigan International Speedway. The charging stations power electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles of NASCAR employees and guests. Last year, NASCAR entered a Memorandum of Understanding with the DOE to jointly promote clean, efficient energy technologies that strengthen U.S. competitiveness. NASCAR's participation in the Workplace Charging Challenge is the latest example of these ongoing collaborative efforts to build a cleaner, more sustainable energy economy. Find additional information on the Workplace Charging Challenge at



Yeley says he has a 2014 Cup ride:

J.J. Yeley, who drove the #36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy in 2013 posted on his Facebook that he hs a 2014 Sprint Cup Series ride, but didn't say if full-time or which team. Reed Sorenson was named the driver of the #36 ride on Tuesday.(2-6-2014)



Dave Blaney Claims Sprint Car All Star Opener:

After three straight rain-outs, the 2014 season for the University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions finally kicked off Sunday at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, FL. NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Dave Blaney - the Buckeye Bullet - put on a dominating performance early and then held off a charging Tim Shaffer to pick up his 46th career series win.(NSSN)(2-11-2014)



NBCSN to launches new NASCAR Show:

The day after the next Daytona 500 Champion is crowned, NBCSN introduces NASCAR AMERICA, a new 30-minute daily show dedicated to the nation's longstanding fascination with speed and stock car racing. Making its debut on NBCSN at 5:00pm/et on Monday, February 24, and returning each weekday at the same time and place, NASCAR AMERICA will cover the sport from all angles, delivering news, highlights and access to NASCAR's dynamic stars and personalities. Originating from NBC Sports Group's International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn., as well as a new NBC Sports' studio located in Charlotte, N.C., NASCAR AMERICA's primary host is Rick Allen. Allen, who will usher in NBC Sports' live coverage of NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series racing as lead announcer in July 2015, will interact daily with NBC Sports motorsports reporters Marty Snider and Kelly Stavast. Snider and Stavast, both based in Charlotte, N.C., will operate on location throughout the country to deliver the latest news and features on NASCAR's drivers and race teams. NBC Sports Group's IndyCar and Formula One play-by-play voice Leigh Diffey will also serve as host of NASCAR AMERICA.

Alongside Allen in the studio will be a constant rotation of guest analysts offering fresh perspectives and insights. Guest analysts who will join NASCAR AMERICA throughout February and March include NBC Sports NASCAR analyst Jeff Burton, Sprint Cup Champion Bobby Labonte, Kyle Petty, Ken Schrader, and crew chief Frank Stoddard. Future guest analysts, which will include former and current drivers and crew chiefs, NASCAR executives, and even prominent fans such as NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, will be announced at a later date.(NBC)(2-11-2014)


Note:  Might be nice if that channel was available free, nationwide.



NASCAR evaluates sponsorship:

NASCAR has transformed its research and insights capabilities, giving the racing-car circuit's commercial partners - like Coca-Cola - a deeper insight into return on investment than ever before. Sean Doherty, NASCAR director/digital and social-media engagement, told an American Marketing Association (AMA) webcast audience: "The Coca-Cola Co. came to us and wanted a brand analysis for each of their drivers. They wanted share for each driver; how each one engaged with fans; and the size of their social footprint. They wanted to be able to activate their brand against a track, a race, or off site as well." Stepping up to that challenge, said Doherty, "We had to transition from a PR department to a fully-integrated marketing communications model. We took a deep dive into the industry's position relative to digital and social media. We researched the way that fans experienced our events. And we looked at the way people consumed other sports and entertainment properties. We searched for growth markets to attract new fans to the sport. And we also took a critical look at our current portfolio of drivers." NASCAR found a partner to give it the tools required to make this transition, as information technology group Hewlett-Packer designed and created the Fan and Media Engagement Center. This research facility features 13 screens of 46 inches in size, as well as three work stations and the analytical tools NASCAR needs to help race-car teams, tracks, sponsors, broadcast partners process more data faster. The facility provided Coca-Cola with the insight it needed, as well as securing engagement from a group of other Fortune 100 companies, including Sprint, Goodyear Tires, MillerCoors and ExxonMobil.(Warc)(2-11-2014)



NASCAR Now Returns for Start of NASCAR Season:

ESPN2's NASCAR news and information program NASCAR Now returns as the 2014 NASCAR season begins at Daytona International Speedway. The season's first episode will air Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 2:00am with host Mike Massaro. A three-hour edition will air Thursday, Feb. 13, at 12:00noon on ESPNEWS with news and driver interviews from NASCAR Media Day in Daytona. Massaro and analyst Ricky Craven will be in the studio with reporter Nicole Briscoe on-site.(ESPN)(2-10-2014)


Note:  2:00 AM???



Wiley X Sponsoring 14 NASCAR Drivers:

Wiley X, Inc. has announced its team of sponsored NASCAR drivers. Among the Wiley X Pro Racing Team this year are proven champions, racing legends, perennial fan favorites and up-and-coming stars. Among Wiley X's stable of sponsored NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers are #20-Matt Kenseth, #99-Carl Edwards, #4-Kevin Harvick, #22-Joey Logano and #16-Greg Biffle. These drivers have been selected not only for their racing skills, but for their ability to serve as ambassadors for the Wiley X sunglasses brand. Wiley X will also be sponsoring drivers Aric Almirola, Ron Hornaday Jr., Michael McDowell, Joe Nemechek, John Hunter Nemechek, David Ragan, Joey Coulter and Chad Hackenbracht. Fifteen-year-old racing protégé Gray Gaulding, who signed with Wiley X last year, is also an important part of the team. Wiley X is also the official sunglass of Roush Fenway Racing.(NSSN)(2-12-2014)



Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson team up with Valvoline for Reinvention Project: Valvoline and Hendrick Motorsports announced a first-of-its-kind consumer challenge called the Reinvention Project. Valvoline is working with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. to secretly reinvent two classic Chevy trucks and will be keeping them under wraps to give fans a chance to get in on the action. Car enthusiasts everywhere can put their know-how to the test in an attempt to guess the various features of Earnhardt Jr.'s and Johnson's creations. A virtual garage hosted at invites consumers to select the parts that the drivers hand-picked for their high-performance trucks, from Chevrolet Performance* engines, to American Eagle* wheels and Goodyear* tires. More info at





From Track Forum:

New oval planned in Canada


Have there been Indy car drivers that truly disliked each other?






From the AARN:


This Week




Dave Blaney Claims

All Star Sprint Car

Season Opener At Ocala


Rudolph Wins

Battle Of Trenton TQ Main;

Preece, Jankowiak Also Score


Bridgeport Adds 305 Sprints

To Poker Series Plans



NDRL Join Forces;

More Point Money Flows

To Series Drivers


Vahlco Acquires

Valken Racing Wheels


Francis, Davenport, Madden

Split Golden Isles

Lucas Oil TopPrizes


Delaware’s Wills Wins Twice;

Tops East Bay TUSA Mod Lite Series


Ryan Truex

Gets Turner-Scott

Nationwide Daytona Ride


Note # 1:  I breezed through the digital version on Tuesday.  Have to say, I agree with Ernie Saxton – if someone wins a race and is found illegal, they lose the win, points and money.  NASCAR, and other organizations seem to think otherwise.  So, to them cheating is ok, I guess.


Note # 2:  Quite a bit about John Kennedy, founder of the NDRL – he’s expanded to include the Brett Deyo sanctioned races, as you can see, below.



Press releases:


News from the NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP

Media Contact: Brett Deyo – 845.728.2781 or

For Immediate Release/February 6, 2014

Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP To Operate Under National Dirt Racing League (NDRL) Umbrella In 2014; NDRL Expands To Northeast Big-Block/Small-Block Modified Realm; NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Sees Huge $6,000 Point Fund Increase As A Result Plus Bonus Cash; No Changes In Scheduling, Officials, Rules

BOYERTOWN, PA – The National Dirt Racing League (NDRL) will continue its expansion in 2014.

The NDRL, a national Super Late Model Series founded by Arizona businessman John Kennedy in 2013, has grown steadily during the last year. Now, the NDRL has formed an agreement with Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP organizer Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC to break into the Northeast big-block/small-block Modified racing this season.

For ’14, the newly formed Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP will operate under the NDRL umbrella and Modified racers will be the benefactors. As part of the agreement, the NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP sees a mammoth $6,000 point fund increase over the originally released year-end total announced in December. A $500 perfect attendance drawing (split into a pair of $250 prizes) has also been added for the penultimate race on the series in August in addition to a “post-season” $2,000 incentive in October.  This is a total of $8,500 funneled into the first-year series!

“This is obviously huge news for dirt Modified racers planning to follow our 2014 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP,” Deyo said of the announcement. “John (Kennedy) has done so many good things for Late Model racing from Arizona to the East Coast. We’re proud to have his support of our new series and I think our race teams will be very impressed with his contributions to our point fund.”

Plans for the Short Track Super Series were finalized in December. The series kicks off at Orange County (N.Y.) Fair Speedway on Sunday, March 23 with the ‘Hard Clay Open’ presented by United Pump & Tank, East Coast Speed/ECS Auto and West Point Golf.  Drivers will apply the best four of their first five finishes at OCFS, Thunder Mountain (N.Y.) Speedway May 20, I-88 (N.Y.) Speedway July 23, Accord (N.Y.) Speedway Aug. 5 and Penn Can (Pa.) Speedway Aug. 12 leading into the championship event Alpine Building Supply Short Track SuperNationals 7 presented by Olum’s at I-88 Speedway Oct. 10-11.

The series will be contested exactly as had been announced. There will be no changes in scheduling, rules, purses, staff, officials, etc. Deyo retains control and ownership of the series under the NDRL affiliation. Complete 2014 NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP information is on the web at

“John has the resources and national connections to bring our program to another level,” Deyo said. “Operating under the umbrella of NDRL sets us up for continued growth in the future. Our Short Track Super Series will help educate Northeast fans about the NDRL and its schedule. This is a relationship that will benefit both of us.”

Kennedy, a native of western New York, now resides in the Phoenix, Ariz., area, where he operates Kennedy Partners, a company specializing in a variety of capital improvement construction projects. In early ’13, he announced the formation of the NDRL, contested as a five-race, high-paying mini-series of Super Late Model events.

Since the initial announcement, Kennedy’s involvement on the promotional side of the sport has increased exponentially. He already completed a nine-race swing in January that included six race dates at Tuscon (Ariz.) International Speedway and three events at El Paso (Texas) Speedway Park.

The ’14 ‘Kings of Dirt’ NDRL Super Late Model Series is comprised of 30 dates at tracks in 11 different states beginning Feb. 27-28 at East Alabama Motor Speedway. Additionally, Kennedy has announced the formation of the NDRL Northeast regional series for Super Late Models and B-Modifieds with events in Pennsylvania and Maryland. The first NDRL Northeast event takes place March 29 with the ‘Chiller Thriller’ at Mercer (Pa.) Raceway Park. 

In March ’13, Kennedy and the NDRL assumed weekly operations of McKean County Raceway in East Smethport, Pa.   Kennedy is also a Super Late Model team owner, fielding cars for New York’s Tim Fuller and Pennsylvania’s Max Blair under the Kennedy Motorsports banner.

Joining forces with the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP opens new doors for NDRL.

“This partnership is ideal to expand our brand to race fans and competitors in the Northeast,” Kennedy said. “For the NDRL, it is a unique avenue to reach a whole different sector of the racing community. I like what Brett has put together here. He’s got a manageable schedule of big-paying races for Modified racers. We’re looking forward to having the NDRL attached to the series.”

The NDRL relationship with the Short Track Super Series added $500 to each of the top-10 positions in the point fund. Additionally, the 11th- and 12th-place drivers will now receive payment. The revised NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP point fund is as follows: first: $5,500; second: $3,722.22 (includes memorial bonus for ‘Deek’ Decker); third: $3,000; fourth: $2,000; fifth: $1,500; sixth $1,450; seventh: $1,350; eighth: $1,300; ninth: $1,250; 10th: $1,200; 11th: $500; and 12th: $500.

All drivers who enter every event but miss the top-12 finishing positions in the final point standings will receive $250 cash.

Two drivers with perfect attendance will be rewarded with a pair of $250 cash prizes via random drawings at the ‘Hot Summer Night’ event Aug. 12 at Penn Can. The drawing will take place at the pre-race drivers’ meeting.

The point fund will be distributed on-site at the I-88 Short Track SuperNationals event Oct. 11. Drivers must be present to receive cash awards.

An additional $2,000 will be distributed at Penn Can Speedway on Oct. 17 at a “bonus” series event. The drivers who finish inside the top-10 in the final NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP will each receive $200 cash when they return to compete in the 15th annual ‘King of the Can’ at Penn Can Speedway Oct. 17. The cash will be handed out at sign-in for the ‘King of the Can’ spectacular.

NDRL joins VP Racing Fuels, Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc., East Coast Speed/ECS Auto and Rochinski Enterprises as 2014 NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP point fund contributors.

Also, a Short Track Super Series “Fan Plan” point fund raffle is underway. Tickets are on sale now at $50 each. Only 100 tickets will be sold. Once the 100 tickets have been sold, there will be two drawings, held in public at a NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP event, for a pair of $1,250 cash prizes. The other $2,500 will boost the point fund. E-mail Brett Deyo at to purchase tickets.

A long list of product, bonus awards and contingency sponsors for the NDRL Short Track Super Series has been attained and can be found on the BD Motorsports Media website.

Look for an expansive display by the NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP at Motorsports Expo 2013 at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, N.Y., March 8-9.

To learn more about the 2014 NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP, contact Brett Deyo by phone at 845.728.2781, e-mail at or visit “Like” BD Motorsports Media on Facebook or follow @BrettDeyo on Twitter for updates.

NDRL information can be found online by visiting

2014 NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Point Fund

1.       $5,500

2.       $3,722.22 (*in memory of ‘Deek’ Decker)

3.       $3,000

4.       $2,000

5.       $1,500

6.       $1,450

7.       $1,350

8.       $1,300

9.       $1,250

10.   $1,200

11.   $500

12.   $500

Total: $23,272.22

*Drivers with perfect attendance entering the Penn Can Speedway ‘Hot Summer Night’ Aug. 12 will be entered into a drawing for two $250 cash prizes

*All drivers with perfect attendance outside the top-12 in the final points receive $250 cash

*All top-10 drivers in the final point standings who return to race at the Penn Can Speedway ‘King of the Can’ on Oct. 17 receive a $200 cash bonus totaling $2,000 in additional point fund cash

*Raffle ticket sales from “Super Fan Plan” could add $2,500 to the point fund. Tickets on sale now for $50 each by contacting Brett Deyo at

2014 NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Series Schedule

100-point events, four of the best five finishes applied toward total

Sunday, March 23 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, NY (50 laps)

Tuesday, May 20 – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, NY (50 laps)

Wednesday, July 23 – I-88 Speedway/Afton, NY (48 laps)

Tuesday, August 5 – Accord Speedway/Accord, NY (52 laps)

Tuesday, August 12 – Penn Can Speedway/Susquehanna, PA (60 laps)

150-point event, must attend to be eligible for point fund

Friday-Saturday Oct. 10-11 – I-88 Speedway/Afton, NY (50 laps)

Bonus event – all drivers in the final NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP top-10 receive $200 cash for attending!

Friday, Oct. 17 – Penn Can Speedway/Susquehanna, PA (50 laps)


The NDRL Short Track Super Series is presented by VP Racing Fuels, Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc., East Coast Speed/ECS Auto, Allstar Performance, American Racer/Lias Tire, Art’s Radiator, ATL Fuel Cells, BFP Specialty, Bicknell Racing Products, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, DRACO Springs, ERK Steering, Finish Line Web Design, Henry’s Stainless Steel Exhaust, Hig Fab Chassis, Jack’s Used Race Car Parts, Kirkey Racing Products, Rochinski Contracting Services, Schaeffer Racing Oil, Simplicity Design, Shiley Fabrication, Teo-Pro Car, Troyer Race Cars & Valken Wheels.


Brett Deyo

BD Motorsports Media LLC

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From Dick Jordan – USAC:


HPD USAC WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET RACE RESULTS: February 8, 2014 - Blythe, California - Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway


      QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Bryant Dawson, 99, Clark-14.117; 2. Shawn Buckley, 7, Buckley-14.591; 3. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-14.946; 4. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-15.668; 5. J.R. Williams, 55, Bowman-NT; 6. Ashley Hazelton, 32, Hazelton-NT.


      DASH: (4 Laps) 1. Dawson, 2. A.Breidinger, 3. Hazelton, 4. T.Breidinger. NT


      FEATURE: (25 Laps) 1. Bryant Dawson, 2. Tony Breidinger, 3. Ashley Hazelton, 4. Shawn Buckley, 5. J.R. Williams, 6. Annie Breidinger. NT



FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 Buckley, Laps 14-25 Dawson.


NEW HPD WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET POINTS:1-Dawson-66, 2-T.Breidinger-61, 3-Buckley-56, 4-Hazelton-55, 5-Williams-50, 6-A.Breidinger-48.


NEXT HPD WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET RACE:February 16 - Bakersfield, CA - Kern County Speedway - "Special Event - No Points"

NEXT HPD WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET POINTS RACE:March 15 - Lake Havasu City, AZ - Havasu 95 Speedway


Note:  So, I inquired about the car count of only six cars.


His response:  Yep. Couple of cars not ready yet and you probably are aware that Blythe is in the middle of nowhere.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                        FEBRYARY 12, 2014







            Anderson (Ind.) Speedway, a USAC staple for participants for the past half-century, has joined the fold for 2014 as part of the Honda USAC Pavement Midget Series, which released its preliminary schedule today. Additional events are in the negotiation stage and will be announced when firm.


            Anderson joins Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Kalamazoo (Mich.) Motor Speedway and Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway hosting pavement Midget races this season, while negotiations are ongoing with the re-organized Indianapolis Speedrome and other Midwestern facilities regarding schedule additions.


            "We are pleased to welcome Anderson to the calendar," says series coordinator Eric Rankine. "A.J. Foyt's victory in the 1960 debut at the quarter-mile oval began a long tradition of open-wheel racing at the historic track and we look forward to returning there in September."


            The September 6 Anderson race is among five already finalized for 2014. The annual "Night Before the 500" classic currently kicks off the slate May 24, followed by a July 24 race at LOR. The Kalamazoo race is scheduled August 16 and the Columbus race, currently the finale, is September 13.


            Darren Hagen of Riverside, Calif. won last year's USAC Pavement Midget crown, his fourth in four seasons! Last year's competition for the championship featured a final-race "shootout" between Hagen and Tracy Hines which wasn't determined until the final corner of the final lap of the final race!



Preliminary 2014 Honda USAC Pavement Midget Schedule


May 24 - Indianapolis, IN/Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis


July 24 - Indianapolis, IN/Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis


August 16 - Kalamazoo, MI/Kalamazoo Motor Speedway


September 6 - Anderson, IN - Anderson Speedway


September 13 - Columbus, OH/Columbus Motor Speedway





Going back, in time to February 13th in:



Jim Crawford... Born ... USAC/CART driver 1984 to 1995. Ran the Indy 500 eight times with a best finish of 6th in 1988.



Lee Petty won the 100 mile NASCAR Grand National race on the 1/2 mile dirt Speedway Park oval in Jacksonville Florida.



Bernie Wilhelmi won the Midget race over Bill Chennault and Mel Kenyon at the Memorial Stadium, Daytona Beach, FL.

Buzz Barton won the final IMCA Sprint Car race of the Florida State Fair series, and Pete Folsewas crowned the Florida State Champion at the Florida State Fair, Tampa, FL.

Johnny Zeke won the TQ Midget race at the Teaneck Armory, Teaneck, NJ.



Greg Weld won the 50 lap IMCA Sprint Car race at the Florida State Fair , Tampa, FL.



Louis Durant... Died ... AAA driver 1939 to 1948



Bobby Allison and David Pearson won the twin 125 mile NASCAR GN qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway.



Benny Parsons won the IROC race at Daytona, Florida.

Paul Russo... Died ... AAA / USAC driver from 1934 to 1965. He started racing midget cars in 1934. He went with a contigent of midget car drivers to Hawaii in the winter of 1934-35. He was the 1938 AAA Eastern Midget Champion. Russo won the first race held at the Nutley Velodrome in New Jersey in 1938. He drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1940-1941, 1946-1954, 1956-1959 and 1962 seasons with 85 starts, including the Indianapolis 500 races in each year but 1951 and 1952. He finished in the top ten 49 times, with 3 victories, at Springfield (1950), Detroit (1951), and Williams Grove (1952). His best finish at Indy was fourth in 1957, although he co-drove with Tony Bettenhausen to a second place finish in 1955. His brother Joe and nephew Eddie have also raced at the Indianapolis 500. Russo was inducted in the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1992.



Richie Evans won the fifth night Modified feature of the World Series Of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at the New Smyrna Speedway, New Smyrna Beach, FL.



Dale Earnhardt won the Daytona Sportsman 300 race at the Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL.



Kenny Brightbill won the DIRT Modified race and Tuck Trentham won the first ever Winston Invitational NASCAR dirt Late Model race at the Volusia County Speedway, Barberville, FL.

Geoff Bodine won the IROC race at the Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL.



Bobby Allison won the 30th annual Goody's 300 Busch Grand National Series race at the Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, FL.

Danny Johnson won the 50-lap Modified Stock Car race at the Volusia County Speedway, Barberville, FL.



Some February dates:


We lost midget & sprint car driver Russ Klar on the 16th in 2005.  He was the father of Anne Fornoro.  Dale Earnhardt took his last ride on February 18th, at Daytona.  Who can’t forget that day?

George Rice was born on February 22nd, in 1914, and left us on February 26, 2003. 

Singer Joe South was born on February 28, 1940.


Note:  Photos of these four are in the Photo section, below.




I get emails - racing related:


From 2/5/2014:


Fellow ACOT member,

I am contacting you about a matter of urgent concern to owners, drivers and fans of vintage sprints and midgets.

The Vintage Celebration has been scheduled for August 3-4, 2014 at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon New Hampshire. This event, which celebrates its 24th year, is the oldest and largest vintage open wheel event in the country. It is an exceptional opportunity to take our cars out on the track and do some “exhibition” racing in a safe and sane manner. This event affords a way to meet old friends and make new ones while recapturing the glory days of these historic cars.

In the past, some tracks paid the club to come and participate at various events. This practice has come to an end at many tracks in recent years. Because of this fact, the cost of gas, and attrition of drivers, the Vintage Celebration is in serious jeopardy. If we want to enjoy our cars rather than to consign them to some museum where they will become part of a static display, we must act now to preserve what we have, vintage racing at the largest race track in the Northeast.

As Ben Franklin once said, “If we don’t all hang together, surely we will hang separately.”

It may interest you to know that the “Speedway” significantly reduced the entry fees in 2013 in order to address complaints concerning the increase of fees in 2012.

Please join me at Loudon this summer and keep vintage racing alive in the Northeast.

More info posted on the website below under Gearhead’s Favorite Events.


Jack Wegman owner /driver

The Olde Indian Number 28 - Mohawk Ford Special

1927 Hudson chassis, 3 Springer - Model B Ford powered


Jack Wegman

18 Juniper Hill Rd.

East Sandwich Massachusetts 02537

Phone: 508-888-3103







A short time ago I sent an email to the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame with this, below.  It must be at least two years since their website has been down.  Somehow, I think I can recall that USAC took it over?  If so, that’s about the time the site went down and wasn’t accessible.


“How are things progressing as to getting the website back up and running - the one that used to be, or something similar?


Thanks in advance for any forthcoming information!


Tom Avenengo


Their response:  “Nothing to report yet.”





Found on the Internet – racing related:


Found on the South Jersey Dirt racing message board about SPEED:


“I'm miss'n the hell outta that channel now.  It's like a total disconnect from motorsports on TV as we've come to know it.........I still don't get why it had to go with all the sports channels already out there.



Also found on South Jersey:


I was thinking of going down to watch some racing tonight at trenton.  The $27 +$2 more at the door ticket price just put the ky-bosh on that.   Not sure i can afford these high priced outings anymore.  I have to pay for 3 people $90 + gas $25 + food ?? $40.  I was never at AC or trenton. Can anyone tell me if this show is worth the $150 price tag plus dealing with the traffic.  I'm undecided


werd iz, some racers pitting outside in the cold. Also heard from people there that the inside was as cold as the outside temp.




Found, via Jayski:


Danica Patrick: From Go-Kart Racer to NASCAR Contender



NASCAR Media Roundtable: The Legacy of the Richmond Scandal –



Potential NASCAR Chase Changes: Sacrificing credibility for the bottom line





Some “other” stuff:


R/T Deluxe Motorcoach
Reserved Premium Race Ticket $84 Value Turn #1
Barbecue Catered Lunch by J and A Caterers 
Entertainment by Ron Phillips 
"Banjo Ron" playing classic hits with his guitar 
Special Guests TBA 
Past guests have included 
East Coast Pro Wrestlers , Northeast Modified Drivers , Musicians and more 
Door Prizes include Trackside Tour Tix to be raffled off 

Cost $165 per person 
Busses depart 4 am Middletown Wal Mart 
430 am Monroe Wal Mart
Proceeds to benefit local charity TBA 
Incentives for small groups to join the trip 
PM me here or at for more info 




Found on the Internet – not racing related:


All American Credit Cards Will Disappear In 2015 And Be Replaced With This New Tech



White House Failed to Protect Benghazi Mission, House Report Concludes



I’m really not a fan of the New York Yankees.  I’m a Met fan.  However, I do consider Derek Jeter to be an outstanding player.  One never reads anything derogatory about him.


Derek Jeter announces retirement on Facebook — effective after 2014 season







Found on Facebook – not racing related:


From 2/8/14:


Daddy's Girl (Explicit)


God bless the EMT’s, firemen and all others that help us when needed.



From 2/9/14:


When did freeloaders become more important than taxpayers?


Government assistance:  You may think it comes from rich people, but it comes from people that work 70 hours a week and still can't afford to buy what you can.  Your welcome!


I fail to understand how it's so imperative to monitor every single American, but securing the border "For Safety", can wait.


If the government offered as much support to people starting small businesses as it does to people who refuse to work, America may not be as screwed up as it is.



Found on 2/12/14:


If you’re a di-hard Chevy fan, this might make you cry:


Eight vintage Corvettes swallowed by 40-foot sinkhole inside National Corvette Museum



And this, too on 2/12/14:


Really, this can’t come soon enough, if true!


Reports: Eric Holder is Stepping Down



Along with this, also on 2/12/14:


Sneaking into a country does not make you an immigrant, just as breaking into a house makes you a home owner.




I get emails – not racing related:


This one was forwarded to me from the daughter of Johnny Ritter:


I just received an audit on my tax return for 2012 back from the IRS. It puzzles me!!!

They are questioning how many dependents I claimed.

I guess it was because of my response to the question: "List all dependents?"

I replied: 12 million illegal immigrants; 3 million crack heads;

42 million unemployed people on food stamps,

2 million people in over 243 prisons;

Half of Mexico ; and 535 persons in the U.S. House and Senate."

1 useless President.

Evidently, this was NOT an acceptable answer.







Vladimir Putin's SHORTEST SPEECH

This is one time our elected leaders should pay attention to the advice of Vladimir Putin....  How scary is that?

On August 04, 2013, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, addressed the Duma, (Russian Parliament), and gave a speech about the tensions  with minorities in Russia:

"In Russia, live like Russians.   Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia, to work and eat in Russia, should speak Russian, and should respect the Russian laws.   If they prefer Sharia Law and live the life of Muslim's, then we advise them to go to those places where that's the state law.   Russia does not need Muslim minorities.   Minorities need Russia, and we will not grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell 'discrimination'.   We will not tolerate disrespect of our Russian culture.   We had better learn from the suicides of America, England, Holland and France, if we are

to survive as a nation.   The Muslims are taking over those countries and they will not take over Russia.   The Russian customs and traditions are not compatible with the lack of culture or the primitive ways of Sharia Law and Muslims.   When this honorable legislative body thinks of creating new laws, it should have in mind the  Russian national interest first, observing that the Muslims Minorities Are Not Russians."

The politicians in the Duma gave Putin a five minute standing ovation.



It is a sad day when a Communist makes more sense than our President, Barack Hussein Obama........!!!!







This weeks photos:

Note:  Photos not available on DTD.  Can be seen here:


Russ Klar:


George Rice:


Dale Earnhardt

Dale Earnhardt's courage became one of his most well-known and admired ...


Joe South

In The News > Singer songwriter Joe South passes away > ...




Racing videos:


August 2, 1995 – USAC midgets at IRP – Thursday night thunder – remember them?  Dan Drinan and Tony Stewart:



Some intense scenes from F-1:





Music videos:


Joe South:





Funny video:





Joke of the week:


I got caught taking a pee in the local swimming pool today.

The lifeguard shouted at me so loud, I nearly fell in.

When you are over sixty who gives a sh*t?



I went to the pub last night and saw a fat chick dancing on a table. I said, "Nice legs."

The girl giggled and said with a smile, "Do you really think so."

I said, "Definitely! Most tables would have collapsed by now. "

When you are over sixty who gives a sh*t?



Until the next column – NEXT WEEK!!!


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