Mostly Racin' Stuff

                                      By Tom Avenengo

                                         Volume # 172



Note:  Is it this coming Sunday when we move the clock one hour ahead?


Yes, it is!


Spring Forward: The clocks are set ahead one hour during Spring Forward. In 2014, this occurs on Sunday, March 9th.


Fall Back: The clocks are set back one hour during Fall Back. In 2014, this occurs on Sunday, November 2nd.




Some personal/family stuff:


I’m starting this on Sunday, March 2nd.  The wife has an appointment for 7:40 AM on Monday for the cataract surgery on her right eye.  Follow ups on Tuesday & Wednesday.  I have to imagine that she’ll be as happy as a pig in sh*t when she’ll be able to see better with both eyes.  Even with the surgeries, she’ll need reading glasses, we’ve been told.

Tuesday, March 4th:  Surgery was done.  It took a little more time, this time, due to that “flap” on her retina, that was shown to be on her right eye.  We have a follow up today at 1:20, then another tomorrow, Wednesday, due to a little too much pressure on her eye.  Final follow up should be on March 11th.  As expected, she does have some discomfort and vision isn’t what she was hoping for, but both of those little drawbacks will be overcome.


Some good news – the follow up on Wednesday showed that the pressure came down from in the 30’s to 14.  Eye Dr was quite happy with that.



This past Saturday night it was off to the races with grandson, John, again.  This time it was to the most southern dirt track in the USHendry County Motorsports Park – a neat ¼ mile oval located at the southern end of Lake Okeechobee


It was their 2014 season opening race and to me, the car counts were a little low, as one might expect.  The first and second turns, at the west end of the track, were somewhat wetter than 3 & 4 due to the wall blocking off the setting sun.  A final trip by the water truck watered the whole track, including turns 1 & 2. 

Come features time, believe it or not, turns 1 & 2 were dustier than 3 & 4.  Still, there was minimal dust.  Lighting around the track is sufficient, with all lights on the outside of the speedway.  Personally, I’d rather see the backstretch lights on the inside of the track, thus putting more light on the cars – for better visibility from the stands. 

The place is very clean, and the stands were pretty well filled up, too.  One thing I have noticed these past two races – this one and the one last week at East Bay – quite a lot of “older” fans in attendance.  Seemed to be more than what one finds back home.

Just as the features were getting run off, I had the pleasure of chatting with former race driver Mike McKinney.

Note:  A test for my readers:  What is Mike McKinney’s real name?  Think you know?  Email me at: with your answer.


One thing I did notice, and was quite surprised to see – when they were running the track in, prior to the nights races, just about every driver in the race cars were not wearing their helmets!


There were six classes racing – Street Stocks (9 of them), winged Sprint Cars (9), Limited Late Models that ran with the Open Wheel Modifieds (total of 11), V8 Thunder Stocks (10) and Modified Mini Stocks (6).

As expected, with it being opening night, the racing did get started a little late.  The whole night could have been completed earlier than the 11:30 finish, if they only ran one heat per class instead of some heats having only 3-4 cars in them.  Overall, though, it was an enjoyable night at the races.




Racin’ stuff:


I imagine that most of you have seen the new Jeff Gordon video with him being a “taxi driver”?  Did you know that his “passenger” – “Travis” used to race Karts on the road course at the Oakland Valley Race Park?


Did you know?

This is posted on the OCFS website about the March 23rd race:

“Due to high off-season demand, advance tickets – for the first time in BD Motorsports Media history – are offered. 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.”


Notice:  All seats are general admission – no reserved seats.  I really don’t know how that might affect the seats in the covered stands for season ticket holders.


From Brett Deyo:

Season passes start with the regular season opener, one week after the Hard Clay Open.  Since this is our event, not Orange County's race, the season passes are not honored for this show.”


Note:  It took less than 10 minutes for Brett to get back to me on my question. 


Also, there has been a second rain date listed – April 6th – just in case.  That date would be great for me, since we’d be back home by then.



And some more on OCFS – from their Facebook page:



ATTENTION RACE TEAMS AND FANS: Opening Night for the 2014 Point Season has been pushed back to Saturday, April 12th. The Open Practice has been moved to Saturday, April 5th from 12-5pm. Keep an eye on the OCFS Schedule for any additional changes.




I’ll be posting this, below, in my columns a couple of times each month:

As for racing on TV -




Looking at the TV schedule for the Las Vegas racing events, I wonder just how the TV viewership for NASCAR is doing.  How many can't get FS1 or FS2?  I know we can’t get either.  We do get ESPN2, though.



Thursday, March 6, 3:00 - 7:00 pm/et, TV-none scheduled

Friday, March 7, 2:00 - 3:30 pm/et, TV-FS1

Saturday, March 8, 11:30 am - 12:25 pm/et, TV-FS2


Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, March 8, 2:30 - 3:30pm/et, TV-FS2


Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Friday, March 7 at 6:35 pm/et, TV-FS1, no re-air scheduled.


Saturday, March 8, 2014

4:00pm-4:15pm (L) -Pre-Race

4:15pm-7:00pm (L) -Race


Nationwide Series Las Vegas ESPN2







One would think …


In this day and age, when rain interrupts a NASCR weekend, they would not need those “competition” yellows.  I’d think the teams have enough knowledge to not need them.  Good thing it’s not like it was back in the day when they would qualify and race on the same day – especially with the Indy cars.



Some might not think…..


While watching the Cup race from Phoenix on Sunday, I can see what other race fans have been complaining about – too many commercials.  Hey, I know they’re supposedly a necessary evil, but, man, how many reasons for cautions did they miss due to commercials being aired?  And as for those “debris” cautions – why did we not see the debris, any way?  I can see why TV viewership is down.  And way too many repeats of the same commercials, too.  Especially the “Sprint” ones.  Yes, a necessary evil.


As for the showing of where the cars were, on top of the screen, way too many times was it only the top six or top nine.  Who is too lazy to let us know where all the drivers are?  Is it that difficult?




Someone will be going home at Vegas


For the Cup race there are 48 entrants, so five won’t make the show.  As for the Nationwide race – 40 entrants, as of Wednesday.




Anyone have any idea as to why it’s so expensive to get a racing license?  This, posted on Facebook, by driver Ryan Preece:


“Ryan Preece

Whelen modified drivers license - $390

Nationwide drivers license - $2100


Being able to make a dream, reality – Priceless”


Any idea as to how over priced a Cup license is – or an Indycar license?




Former OVRP Dirt Oval runners:


Nothing to report on now, and more than likely for the next couple of weeks, until the racing season gets going.



Race track schedules:


A reminder and a special note:


Vintage Racing Celebration

Friday, August 01 - Monday, Aug 04, 2014 | 9:00am - 5:00pm

Road Course Days: Aug. 1-2

Oval Days: Aug. 3-4


Note:  In the latest Newsletter from ACOT, they list Saturday and Sunday for the oval track.  That is in error.  Oval track is Sunday and Monday, as shown.  Per the track – with that schedule, each group will have one day on the weekend.







GRIT Series:








Posted on the DTD Forum by Mr. Brett Deyo:


While we are all suffering in the cold, I thought I would offer a little piece of Accord Speedway information. Last year, we held the first Battle of the Bullring race at the track in August - the first time for a midweek at the Big A in 10 years.  Thanks to the support of racers and fans - many I met that day from this forum - the show was a big success.


This year, we are back on the schedule at Accord on Tuesday, August 5.  We are proud to announce that Gary Mann of New York Truck Parts has signed on as a primary sponsor again and also, that we will pay a track-record $520 to take the green flag for the NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Modified feature for just 52 laps. This is to celebrate 52 years of the track's existence. It will also pay a base of $5,200 to win.  This could be a huge night for the track and I am hoping we can showcase some of the great history over the years as Accord, Fastland USA and of course the "post shutdown era" of 1992 through today.


Let's hope it gets warmer quickly so we can start the season.







From Jayski:


Harvick says Daytona needs more SAFER barriers:

From #4-Kevin Harvick's media availability on Friday:


Harvick: "The tracks, for the most part, don't listen to really anything unless it's profitable for their shareholders. So, when you see somebody spending $400 million dollars on their track and they don't have soft walls around the inside, maybe they could spend $403 million to go ahead and finish the inside of the superspeedway there at Daytona. Yeah, I was sore all week. And, just today feel good enough to do what I need to do. So, it was just a weird situation. The car didn't have any brakes or any steering and the throttle was partially hung coming off the wall and going through the wet grass and then into no safer barrier at the end of pit road there. So, it was a hard shot. It's a little bit frustrating because it really shouldn't even be a debate. I know they have data that shows where the most frequently hit spots are but we wear all this safety equipment and do all the things that we do to these race tracks for that one freak incident to keep things from happening like happened back in 2001. So, it's shouldn't even be a debate. It's just one of those things I guess that you just wait around for something else to happen and then they'll fix it."(Chevy PR)(3-1-2014)



Formula One expected to make decision on Haas:

The FIA is due to make a decision on Friday regarding whether it will grant a 2015 Formula One entry to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team owner Gene Haas -- or to the Romanian project fronted by Colin Kolles. The FIA on Dec. 12 announced a "call for expression of interest," and noted that it would make its decision on Feb. 28. However, when the decision will be announced to the public remains to be seen. Haas, who co-owns Stewart-Haas Racing with Tony Stewart, is tied to Ferrari, and if granted an entry would be able to take advantage of the fact that the FIA is relaxing the rules on technology sharing between teams next season. Haas would be able to buy almost everything he needs for an F1 program from Maranello. However, he has to own the intellectual property of his chassis and bodywork. The Romanian project is believed to involve state-funded backing and is in theory closer to being realized than its American rival. Lotus LMP1/LMP2 sports-car constructor Kolles, who ran the now-defunct HRT F1 team from his base near Munich, could provide existing race team and manufacturing facilities. The two candidates paid the FIA a $130,000 fee and went through a vetting process which culminated in a meeting with key FIA figures on Tuesday of this week.(Autoweek)(2-28-2014)



The FIA has delayed its decision on a future Formula One team entry, which was due [Friday]. The governing body has written to the candidates, but apparently did not give a reason for the delay, nor an alternative deadline. However, it's worth speculating that FIA president Jean Todt and F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone might have different ideas about which team should get the nod. It's believed that only one slot is up for grabs, although there is no reason why the field could not be extended to 26 cars, and that may be one of the factors behind the delay. There's also the question of whether all the existing teams will survive over the next couple of years. It seems that Gene Haas is aiming for a 2016 start. The Romanian project is ready to kick off in 2015, and should it be given the go ahead.(Autoweek)(3-1-2014)



Most Popular Driver voting to start in May:

As the fan-driven National Motorsports Press Association's Most Popular Driver program launches for its 62nd season, the NMPA announced on Friday that the program will undergo changes for the 2014 season. Voting opens for the Most Popular Driver Award in May and will officially close at midnight on Sunday, Nov. 16. An official launch date will be announced in the near future. Once the program launches, fans will have the opportunity to vote by logging onto throughout the remainder of the season. The NMPA will release the official launch date for the program in the near future.(

Note:  Question - why?  We already know that Joonyer will win it again - even beating Danica!


Mac Tools making only appearance on the #9:

Marcos Ambrose will carry the colors of Mac Tools on the #9 Ford for the one and only time this weekend at the one-mile Phoenix International Speedway just outside the city of Phoenix. Ambrose will be making his 12th Sprint Cup start at the track. His best finish is eighth and start is third, both with Richard Petty Motorsports.(Richard Petty Motorsports), see an image of the car on the #9 team paint schemes page.(2-28-2014)

Note:  Maybe sponsors are beginning to realize that just maybe the cars they are sponsoring don't get that much TV time, thus the cutting back?



Humpy Wheeler's Speedway Benefits inks deal to improve concessions:

Speedway Benefits has announced a new supply chain partnership with Premier, Inc. that is expected to reduce the costs of and improve the quality of grassroots racetrack concessions nationwide. Speedway Benefits seeks to align the 1,000+ grassroots racetracks across the United States and Canada whose 50 million fans produce over $1 trillion in consumer spending. In aggregate, it is expected to be the second largest sports property in the United States in terms of attendance - more than the NFL, NBA, NHL and NASCAR combined. This means that, in addition to higher-quality concessions for fans, food companies and sponsors, Speedway Benefits will gain inroads to a previously unreachable fan base of more than 50 million people. The resulting attention and economic upswing means that Small Town, USA wins. Premier is a healthcare improvement company that also provides supply chain services for non-healthcare organizations through the Premier REACHprogram. The partnership includes services from Value 4, Premier's largest non-healthcare member, focused on customized solutions for foodservice operators. Tracks that have signed on with Speedway Benefits for collective buying and advertising are immediately eligible for the services provided by Premier REACH, which leverages over $40 billion in combined annual group purchasing power to help organizations improve quality and reduce costs for the products and services they need.(Speedway Benefits)(2-28-2014)



New Chase format making drivers take more risks?

Just two races into the Sprint Cup season, NASCAR's emphasis on winning has made an impact. #22-Joey Logano was more aggressive on a late-race restart, and Daytona 500 winner #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. was more comfortable with a fuel gamble during Sunday's race at Phoenix International Raceway. "It's all about the win, right?" Logano said after his daring restart backfired. Yes it is. It always has been that way but now there's more incentive for drivers and teams to take risks. "Third place really doesn't mean anything,'' Logano said. "Last year, you may have taken a third place and the points, but this year it's like, "hey, go for it.' "

Harvick's dominance didn't keep others from trying different strategies. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was going to be short on fuel after his last pit stop before all the cautions but crew chief Steve Letarte told his driver not to worry about saving fuel. "We're here to try to win," Letarte told Earnhardt on the radio. "The gamble was not as nerve-racking and not as a big a gamble for us considering the circumstances," said Earnhardt, who finished second. "The new system definitely allowed us to be more carefree about that and not have to really think it over."

Now Harvick and crew chief Rodney Childers will have the opportunity to gamble over in the next 24 races since they have a victory. "It allows (Childers) to stretch fuel windows and do things and do a few things," Harvick said. "For the guys in the shop, it allows them to really broaden their horizons. You can really get aggressive on really everything."(Motors Racing Network)(3-3-2014)



Patrick, Allgaier talk after race:

#10-Danica Patrick and #51-Justin Allgaier had a discussion in the garage about an incident they had during The Profit on CNBC 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. The caution waved on Lap 172 when Patrick, Allgaier and #32-Travis Kvapil got together. Patrick was upset on her radio about Allgaier, blaming him for the incident. Afterward, she went to Allgaier's garage stall and they talked. Patrick did not talk to media afterward, but Allgaier did. "She was just upset because she got involved in the crash that we had,'' said Allgaier, who finished 30th in a backup car after crashing during qualifying Friday. "She says she's been through this and that she felt like I needed to settle down at that point. I explained my position on why everything happened. I think she understood where I was coming from. It doesn't fix either one of our racecars. It doesn't fix either one of our days. Unfortunately, we were both having pretty decent days.''

So, how did Allgaier explain the incident to Patrick? "I just explained the situation,'' he said. "We went into the corner and I went to the outside and I think it was her and (David Ragan) and got by both of them and was just trying to get back in line and get going. Unfortunately, the end result was what it was."(Motor Racing Network)(3-3-2014)



Kurt Busch to run Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport:

It has been over a decade since it was last completed, but this May NASCAR Champion Kurt Busch will endeavor to become only the fourth driver in history to contest the "Double" - competing in IndyCar's historic Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's 600-mile race in the same day. Busch will make his first career Indianapolis 500 qualifying attempt behind the wheel of an Andretti Autosport Indy car. His entry will complete a stable of five for Michael Andretti's championship winning IndyCar team. It is not the first pairing of Busch and Andretti Autosport, however, as in 2013 Busch completed a test day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the team and in the process passed the mandated Rookie Orientation program effectively setting the possibility of the "Double" into motion.

What lies in front of Busch is a grueling challenge, not only on the race day itself - scheduled for Sunday, May 25th when Busch will race 1,100 miles in two races, in two cities, in two totally different cars, but in practicing and qualifying his Andretti Autosport Indy car in addition to competing in three NASCAR race weekends around Indianapolis 500 activities. The 35-year old American will start the two week Indy 500 stretch in Indianapolis May 11th, fresh from the NASCAR race in Kansas. After spending the week testing the Honda-powered Indy car, Busch will log some serious air miles traveling between Indianapolis and Charlotte so he can qualify for the 500-mile race and practice and qualify for the NASCAR All-Star race and that Series' 600-mile race. In total Busch will likely make more than ten trips between the cities - the most important and time sensitive being race day. Race day will place Busch in Indianapolis in the morning for the 12:00pm/et start time of the Indianapolis 500 before he makes the trip to Charlotte for the 6:00pm/et green flag.

While the "Double" will be a new experience for Busch, it will actually be Andretti Autosport's second time participating in the feat. Robby Gordon (who along with John Andretti and Tony Stewart are the three previous drivers to contest the "Double") competed in both races in 2003, filling in at Indianapolis for an injured Dario Franchitti who at the time drove for Andretti Autosport. Busch, an advocate for and representative of The Armed Forces Foundation, will be dedicating his Memorial Day mission to those who continue to inspire him each day - the men and women serving around the world in the United States Military. Fans can show their support by texting AFF to 50555 to pledge $10 to the cause. Fans will have the opportunity to follow Busch through his action-packed month of May on, with details coming soon. For more information visit or Autosport)(3-4-2014)



Phoenix TV Ratings down:

After a record-low at Daytona, overnight ratings did not bounce back for the second race of the season. Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup "The Profit on CNBC 500" from Phoenix earned a 4.8 overnight rating on FOX, down 9% from a 5.3 last year, and down 4% from a 5.0 in 2011. The 4.8 is the lowest overnight for the second Sprint Cup race of the season since FOX began airing coverage in 2001. The 4.8 is also the lowest overnight for the spring Phoenix race since it moved to its current date in 2010. Though the Daytona 500 hit a record-low in television ratings, it has been suggested that Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s victory would provide NASCAR some much-needed momentum going into the rest of the season. At least this past Sunday, that was not the case. Despite the lower numbers, Sunday's race was easily the top sporting event of the weekend on broadcast.(Sports Media Watch)(3-4-2014)



Commercial breakdown and links related to the 2014 Profit on CNBC 500(k):

For those of you NASCAR fans that like stats and love to hate commercials, here is the breakdown for Sunday's race. Began recording the times at the Invocation of the race at 3:00 PM, and stopped at the waving of the checkered flag at 6:09 PM (all times are EST). Fox was the broadcast team for this event.

Total number of commercials: 114

Total number of companies or entities advertised: 60

Number of 'Side-by-Side' commercials during race broadcast (split-screen): 11

Total number of brief promos of products/services during the race broadcast: 54

Total amount of time these brief promos take during broadcast: app. 5 min. 35 sec.

Start time to record race/commercial periods: 3:00 PM

End time to record race/commercial periods: 6:09 PM

Total minutes of complete race broadcast: 189

Minutes of race broadcast: 142

Minutes of traditional commercials (not split-screen): 47

Minutes of 'Side-by-Side' commercials (split-screen): 6

Number of missed restarts: 0

Number of 'mystery cautions' (debris not shown): 3

Total race brdcst time 142 Total comm. brdcst time 47

See full report, race brdcast times, commercials during race broadcast, TV Previews/Promos, past races and more at


Note:  Yes, I do have a problem with what is in bold and larger print, above.  Too many times NASCAR has come out with “Mystery cautions”.



Kyle Petty Charity Ride announces course:

The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America announced the course for its 20th Anniversary Ride. From Saturday, May 3 through Saturday, May 10, 2014, more than 175 riders will embark on the cross-country motorcycle trek, which begins in Carlsbad, Calif. and travel more than 2,800 miles before reaching Daytona Beach, Fla. Founded by former NASCAR driver and racing analyst Kyle Petty, the Ride raises funds and awareness for Victory Junction, a Camp created to enrich the lives of children with chronic or life threatening illnesses. "What began as just a few friends having a good time riding track to track has turned into what we have today, which is an incredible event that provides thousands of life changing experiences for children," said Petty. "This is the first year we've traveled straight from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, and I'm looking forward to experiencing it with friends, while meeting our fans and generous supporters along the way." This year NASCAR Hall of Famer and seven time champion Richard Petty, NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth, former NASCAR driver and Bo-Dyn Olympic bobsled founder Geoff Bodine, NASCAR legends Harry Gant and Donnie Allison, former NFL great Herschel Walker, Fox News contributor and former member of the U.S. House of Representatives Col. Allen West, and co-host of History Channel's Top Gear America and NASCAR personality Rutledge Wood plan to participate in all or part of the 20th Anniversary Ride. In the past 10 years, more than 7,730 children with health issues that would typically prevent them from attending Camp have attended Victory Junction at no cost to their families, thanks to the Kyle Petty Charity Ride. Since its inception by the Petty family in 2004 in honor of their late son Adam, the Camp has served as the Ride's primary beneficiary.(Kyle Petty Charity Ride), See more information and the complete route on the Racing Charities - Victory Junction news page.(3-4-2014)



Xxxtreme motorsports making 2014 debut:

Heading to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, #44-Xxxtreme Motorsport is preparing for their 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut with driver JJ Yeley. Joining Xxxtreme Motorsport for a multi-race deal throughout the 2014 season, Phoenix Warehouse of New Jersey and California is a first-time sponsor to NASCAR. Phoenix Warehouse is a full-service logistics warehouse and distribution company founded in 1976. Their clear objective has been and remains, "Provide comprehensive and superior logistic services to a myriad of industries."(Xxxtreme Motorsports / 140 Buzz), see an image of the car on the #44 team paint schemes page.(3-5-2014)


Note:  I really like JJ.  Have since we, my grandson Brett, and I, met him at a midget tire test at Nazareth some years ago.  But, somehow, I am not too sure if he’ll make the field at Las Vegas this week. 



Timmy Hill to be back in car at Las Vegas:

2013 Rookie of the Year candidate Timmy Hill said at Daytona he's secured a Cup ride that will run beginning in a week and a half at Las Vegas. The 20-year-old wouldn't say which team, only that it wasn't a part of the #32 operation he drove for last year. New ownership, with Archie St. Hilaire partnering with Frank Stoddard, caused them to turn away from Hill's youth at GO FAS Racing and to veteran Travis Kvapil beginning at Phoenix this weekend. The reason? With the back of the field more competitive this year, in the form of 44-47 teams getting to the track each weekend, they felt an experienced driver would leave them in better position to stay up in owner points for those all-important provisional qualifying spots.(Frontstretch)(2-26-2014)



#33 Circle Sport team owner Joe Falk Tweeted that Timmy Hill, who drove the #32 Ford in 19 2013 races, will drive the #33 Circle Sport Chevy at Las Vegas Motor Speedway next weekend.(2-26-2014)



Bedgood: How many races are you planning on running this year with [Circle Sport]?

Hill: I don't have an exact number for you. I know Brian Scott is going to drive a few more, and they'll probably have someone else driving road courses. I know we're going to Vegas and Bristol. I know Brian Scott is driving California. So, I don't have an exact number for you but it's going to be quite a few, though.

Bedgood: Is the official schedule dependent upon sponsorship?

Hill: Yes, exactly.

Bedgood: So how was the decision made to begin the season at Vegas?

Hill: They're running the #33 car all season. Brian Scott was scheduled to run the 500 and Phoenix, but he wanted to focus on his Nationwide season and they didn't have a driver from Vegas on. Like I said, I spoke with them over the offseason, I got a lot of experience in the Sprint Cup car last year and I was the best candidate for Las Vegas.(Frontstretch)(3-5-2014)



Jeff Burton's first race with MWR:

#66 Let's Go Places Toyota Camry driver Jeff Burton will make his first start of the 2014 season Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Burton and Michael Waltrip will drive the #66 for Michael Waltrip Racing in a limited number of races in 2014. A newly formed partnership between MWR and Jay Robinson Racing will allow the #66 to compete in all NASCAR Sprint Cup races with Joe Nemechek as the primary driver.(Michael Waltrip Racing)(3-5-2014)



Truex, Jr. to make 300th start:

#78-Martin Truex Jr. will make his 300th career Sprint Cup Series start in Sunday's Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Truex, a two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion (2004 & 2005), started his first Cup race on Oct. 31, 2004 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He became a full-time Cup driver in 2006. Truex's career starts to date include 117 with Dale Earnhardt Inc., 36 with Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing, 144 with Michael Waltrip Racing and two with Furniture Row Racing. His statistical totals include: two wins, 31 top-fives, 90 top-10s, seven poles and 1,889 laps led.(Furniture Row Racing)(3-5-2014)


Note:  OMG – again, how the time flies!  I can remember when he first came into Cup.  Do you remember one thing that got him there?



Gilliland hiking the Grand Canyon before Vegas:

David Gilliland will take a detour -- on foot -- on his way to Las Vegas Motor Speedway this week. The driver of the #38 Love's Travel Stops Ford will be part of a group hiking more than 20 miles of trails through the Grand Canyon Tuesday and Wednesday. Gilliland purchased about 40 pounds of gear to carry on the hike, during which he will sleep in a sleeping bag and tent on the canyon floor. "Even though I grew up out west, I've never seen the Grand Canyon and I've always wanted to. This way I'll be able to see it all at once. It's going to be hard. I've done three smaller hikes before but nothing like this. I'm going to have a yellow (rookie) stripe on my backpack for sure." said Gilliland. "We're going down the hardest trail, too. It's about eight and a half miles in, and then we have a 13-and-a-half-mile hike out. I'm going to be wishing that Love's Travel Stops had a store on the bottom of the Grand Canyon."(Front Row Motorsports)(3-5-2014)



JTG Daugherty signs associate sponsor:

JTG Daugherty Racing has some of the greatest household brand names in their stable sponsoring AJ Allmendinger's #47 Chevy. Now they welcome associate sponsor Southeastern Mills' branded products in efforts to promote Shore Lunch Premium Soup Mixes and Southeastern Mills Gravy Mixes at select NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events this season. Southeastern Mills is a fourth generation, professionally managed food company headquartered in Rome, Georgia. Southeastern Mills serves the world's largest grocers, restaurants and food manufacturers across North America.(JTG Daugherty Racing)(3-5-2014)




From Track Forum:



IMSA: Bob Stallings shuts down for remainder of 2014



More drivers available for the 500!!



Robby Gordon Considering a Return!?!



HUGE IMS announcement on 3/3: @Indy500SnakePit


Note:  Dumb me; I actually thought it would be something about racing.  Seems it's about some bands or something that to me would detract from the 500.  Hard to believe, it's up to four pages on Monday.



New system opens up huuge possibilities for fixing


A good read.  So far there are 18 comments, as of Wednesday.


1st post:  “So drivers who already won have nothing to lose anymore until the chase starts.


So what if after some 7-8 races into a season, a driver who already won twice is leading a race, and his teammate is close second -but unable to challenge. Does driver1 slow down and let his teammate win and secure the chase. Richmond 2013 already happened under more complex circumstances. Now imagine this. I do not see how will NASCAR police this system. Because driver 1 can simply peel off into the pits and say my tires were done, or I was short on fuel. Nobody will be able to regulate. I can see a lot of mess coming up"




For the Indy 500:


The Remaining TBAs







From the AARN:


This Week



Rico Abreau Takes Two Straight 

In ASCS Sprints In Arizona



Reading, Southern Tier

MallShows Conclude;

Phillipsburg's At Full Throttle



Thompson Speedway’s Icebreaker

Is  Still A ‘Go’ Despite Nasty Winter



ESS Season Awaits;

Injured Past Champ Parent

Still On Sidelines



USACSprint Car Driver

Coleman Gulick Burned

In Indiana House Fire



Winter Weather’s Unrelenting Grip

Keeps Outdoor Race Plans

On Hold For Another Week



Madden’s Rich NDRL

East Alabama Win

Worth $17,000 Plus



Harvick’s Second

Stewart-Haas Cup Start

Is A Winning One At Phoenix



Hemric Starts P.A.S.S. South Season

With Greenville-Pickens Romp



Ernie Saxton:


He too, is concerned on car counts for the Nationwide Series.


He stopped by the Volusia Speedway to see what their plans were for the 2014 season.  The office door was open, so he walked in.  No one was there.  However, there was a sign that said their 2015 season would start on February 10th and go to Feb 21st.


He makes mention of "Bike Week" at Daytona coming up, and that it's said that Bike Week brings in more money than the 500 or other racing events.


He, like me, kind of thinks that Dale Earnhardt, Jr. really should not be in the NASCAR HoF - yet.


Like me, Ernie thinks that eventually, NASCAR will go back to how points were figured, and their champions made, will return to what it was prior to the "Chase".



Todd Heintzelman:

He tells us that Lucas Wolfe, even though signed to drive the Zemco # 1, will also drive for former car owners Jim and Laura Allebach in their # 5W sprinter.



There were three listings on race people that have left us - driver Rod Reppert at 63, car owner Dale Clickner, at 83, and designer William "Bill" Mitchell.  He is best known for his software packages known as WinGeo3.






Press releases:


Brett Deyo


Today at 8:42 AM

News From BD Motorsports Media LLC

Media Contact: Brett Deyo – or 845.728.2781

For Immediate Release/March 4, 2014

BD Motorsports Media LLC Heads To Motorsports Expo 2014 This Weekend At New York State Fairgrounds; NDRL Modifieds Of Elmo Reckner & Anthony Perrego, Stewart Friesen Sprint Car To Be Displayed; NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Apparel & Point Fund Raffle Tickets On Sale

SYRACUSE, NY – BD Motorsports Media LLC is set for an expansive presence this weekend at the Motorsports Expo.

The Empire State’s largest auto racing exhibition trade show takes place Saturday-Sunday March 8-9 in the Verizon Center of Progress Building on the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, N.Y.

Anchoring a large display at the 28th annual show, BD Motorsports Media LLC staff will be available to promote a busy 2014 calendar of events that includes the six-race National Dirt Racing League (NDRL) Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP, the Friesen-Deyo Promotions Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. ‘Dirty Jersey’ Super DIRTcar Series-360 Sprint Car doubleheader at New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway, the first-ever ‘Sprint Car Saturday’ featuring the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints at Thunder Mountain (N.Y.) Speedway, the 15th annual ‘King of the Can’ spectacular at Pa.’s Penn Can Speedway and the post-Thanksgiving ‘Gobbler’ at N.Y.’s Accord Speedway.

The BD Motorsports Media booth will include the NDRL dirt Modifieds of Capital District veteran Elmo Reckner and 19-year-old rookie sensation Anthony Perrego, fresh off a series of solid runs at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida.

Additionally, the Doug Emery-owned, Stewart Friesen-driven No. 33 Sprint Car will be on display to promote the pair of 360 Sprint Car shows, first-time occurrences, on the BD Motorsports Media ’14 lineup.

A complete schedule of BD Motorsports Media 2014 events will be available. There will be point-fund information for the NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP, registration forms, rules and other documents. The NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP point fund and bonus structure has now topped $25,000 cash.

Hot-off-the-press NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP apparel – tee shirts ($18), long-sleeve shirts ($22) and hoodies ($25) – will be on sale, showcasing each of the series’ six race dates. Sizes 3XL and up should add $3.

Tickets for the NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP ‘Super Fan Plan’ raffle will be on sale at the booth. Tickets are $50 each and only 100 will be sold. Once the tickets are sold, two drawings for $1,250 cash will take place at the next scheduled NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP event. The other $2,500 goes directly into the series point fund to benefit racers.

There will be a number of giveaway items for visitors of the booth, as well. A driver meet-and-greet is planned for Saturday afternoon. Visit the BD Motorsports Media LLC website at for details.

The Motorsports Expo is open Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $10 for Adults, $5 for Kids 6-12 and children under six are free of charge. A two-day pass is $18. To learn more about the Motorsports Expo, visit

For further information on BD Motorsports Media LLC, call 845.728.2781, e-mail or visit “Like” BD Motorsports Media on Facebook or follow @BrettDeyo on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news.



Brett Deyo

BD Motorsports Media LLC

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Twitter: @BrettDeyo





From the GRIT Racing Series website:




February 27, 2014 By Rob Hazer (Fonda, NY) – 602 Crate Engines are what drive Dig Safely New York GRIT Racing Series Powered By VP Racing Fuels competitors. There are many things that can improve a crate motor's longevity, performance, and efficiency without even having to open the factory sealed engine. Craig Serra of Crate Motor Connection not only offers one of the best crate packages in the Northeast, but he'll be giving one away to a lucky GRIT Racing Series competitor.


Crate Motor Connection is family owned and operated since 1977 when Craig's father Charlie Serra started the business working on carburetors. At the time Craig was 13 years old sweeping floors, but what that young man didn't know was his future was putting together winning Crate Engine packages by making the playing field even with everything outside the bolts.


While staying very much inside the rules of Northeast Dirt Crate Sportsman, CMC develops and blueprints crate engine packages for all budgets by essentially tricking the motor into believing it's built for racing. What some consider a 'pick up truck motor' the 602 Crate only needs a little TLC before it becomes a hot rod race ride ready to tear up the local dirt tracks.


Within' the CMC package a brand new GM 602 Crate Engine comes to life beginning with a matched set of GM valve springs that are installed with the correct height and pressures, which helps the engine longevity. From there CMC profiles the cam shaft to find out if it's advanced or retarded in the engine, which they can compensate by adjusting the valves to further performance.


The next step is verifying if top dead center on the harmonic balancer is correct, because at times off the assembly lines it can be a bit off. After that the distributor is looked at to ensure proper fire sequence, along with replacing the coil with a stock GM replacement that will increase longevity of the engine. RF noise is eliminated once the distributor is custom wired to the soft touch rev box, where it is put on a distributor dyno to check output, rev limiter, and that it reaches appropriate RPM efficiently.


A CMC custom worked Holley HP4150 series carburetor is bolted on, all dressing is applied, and a very special Hi-Flow Series Crate Oil developed by CMC and produced by Thoroughbred Oil Manufacturing is put into the engine. The Hi-Flow Series Crate Oil developed by CMC is tested and proven to give 8-10 horsepower over other leading oils. Closest one to the results was Joe Gibbs Racing Oil.


Once this package is put on the dyno it comes back with outstanding results for crate racing masters. Pushing near 400HP Crate Motor Connection stands by their product as 100% legal, while being one of the best offered on the market. Now Craig and the CMC team are offering a crate motor to one lucky GRIT Racing Series driver.


Any driver who competes in at least one Dig Safely New York GRIT Racing Series Powered By VP Racing Fuels event is eligible and here is how. First any winner on the GRIT Racing Series schedule will automatically be put into the drawing for the GM 602 Crate Engine courtesy of Crate Motor Connection. Any other driver can get into the drawing by purchasing a ticket for $20. If any driver purchases 5 tickets at one time, they get a 6th ticket free.


At the year-end banquet a lucky driver will have their name drawn. If that driver has won a GRIT Racing Series event in 2014 they will not only receive the crate engine, but also a Carburetor and Distributor from Crate Motor Connection. If the name drawn hasn't won a feature, fear not, as Craig has said he will offer all his services for a special GRIT reduced rate.


Also the CMC family (Craig, 2 sons, wife, and family employee's) wants to go one step further. With the ticket sales anything over $3,000 will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House Courtesy of Crate Motor Connection and the Dig Safely New York GRIT Racing Series Powered By VP Racing Fuels.


Adding to what Crate Motor Connection is doing for the crate racers they have contingencies available for each race. Should a driver have a Crate Motor Connection decal on their car and win with a CMC product installed they will get cash; $100 if running a carburetor package, $50 if running a distributor package. If a driver has no sticker or CMC product they can win a certificate worth $100 towards any of CMC's products.


"I was intrigued to get involved for a few reasons. One of which was the passion the series has for doing things for the drivers," said Craig Serra of Crate Motor Connection.


"I love helping the little guy be competitive without the break the bank kind of prices. As one of the oldest builders or re-builders of carburetors, we felt the GRIT Racing Series was right up our alley," Serra continued.


Crate Motor Connection has packages varying in price depending on the customer budget. One customer has about 96 races on their engine package, which is still running strong. Being involved with many series over the years, CMC has found a welcomed home with the GRIT Racing Series starting in 2014.


Craig concluded by saying, "I'm looking forward to supporting the GRIT Racing Series, because of what it's doing for the sport, the racers, and the passion in which they do it with."


In 2014 the Dig Safely GRIT Racing Series Powered By VP Racing Fuels offers a large number of contingencies and products through various manufactures. Winning a brand new crate motor with the possibility of a new carburetor and distributor along with it may just be the frosting on the cake. For more info on Crate Motor Connection visit them online at or on Facebook at


Don't forget to visit us on the web at, on Facebook at, or on Twitter @GRIT_Racing. Stop by and visit the booth at the Gater Expo March 8th, 9th, & 10th 2014 and meet Miss GRIT Darian Duell. Also see the cars of defending champion Dave Marcuccilli and Scott Duell.





Borgers PR

Media Contact

Bob Snyder


Borgers Rules and Information Meeting March 15.


The Borgers Speedway rules and information meeting will be held Saturday March 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the Borgers Garage at Borgers Speedway.  Information will be released for the 2014 racing season and any rules changes will be discussed.  Pit spots will be sold with persons who had pit spots last season having first choice at retaining their spots.


Saturday March 22 is the tentative date for the first Borgers practice session.  This date is dependant on the weather and conditions of the speedway grounds.  At this time three feet of snow cover the track and the pit and spectator areas are also snow covered.  After consulting with experts on asphalt surfaces it was recommended to not plow the snow from the track surface for fear of lifting of the surface as the snow cover actually insulates the track surface.  Letting the snow melt naturally is the best protection to avoid problems as the frost leaves the ground below the track surface.


The snow has prevented scheduled maintenance work planned for the facility.  The main hurdle is there is just nowhere to go with the snow that has piled up after the 15 storms that have hit the area this winter.  Hopefully if the weather co-operates we will announce a definite practice date and season opener at the March 15 meeting.


We would like to thank all the drivers who were interviewed at Borgers night at the Phillipsburg Mall Dirt Track Heroes Show Monday night.







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

Media Contact: Brett Deyo – 845.728.2781 or

For Immediate Release/March 5, 2014

A Challenge For The Master: Orange County Fair Speedway’s Most Prominent Driver Brett Hearn Knows Inaugural ‘Hard Clay Open’ Presented By United Pump & Tank, East Coast Speed/ECS Auto & West Point Golf Sunday, March 23 Will Be One Of A Kind; Sail Panels, Passing Points Shake Things Up For Racers, Build Excitement For Fans

MIDDLETOWN, NY – No driver has enjoyed more success at Orange County Fair Speedway than Brett Hearn.

According to statistics maintained on his website (, Hearn owns 15 big-block Modified championships, eight small-block crowns and a track-leading 299 total victories (173 big-block Mod; 124 small-block Mod; and two Sprint Car) at Orange County.

But even Hearn, the 55-year-old professional dirt modified driver from Vernon, N.J., knows he will be in for a challenge when the venerable fairgrounds facility opens its season with the inaugural ‘Hard Clay Open’ presented by United Pump & Tank, East Coast Speed/ECS Auto and West Point Golf on Sunday, March 23 (weather dates: March 28 and April 6).

The first-time promotion involving Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC and track managers Michael Gurda IV and Howard Commander brings many unknowns to Orange County, including a liberal tire rule, the first-time use of sail panels on the big-block/small-block Modifieds and a passing points system for qualifying.

The race serves as the opening round of the National Dirt Racing League (NDRL) Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP, a six-race series offering more than $25,000 in year-end cash and a long list of contingency and product awards.

The purse for the ‘Hard Clay Open’ is set at a mammoth $30,000 total for 28 starting spots: $5,000 to win, $4,000 for second, $1,500 for fifth, $1,000 for 10th and $500 to take the green. Hearn looks closely at pay structures for all races he enters. The ‘Hard Clay Open’ purse – some $12,000 more in total than similar spring Modified events – attracted his attention.

“It pays very well, especially for a one-day show that’s only 50 laps,” noted Hearn, who plans to kick off his Northeast season at Orange County following a February trip to Volusia Speedway Park in Florida.

“The ‘Hard Clay Open’ is an awesome deal for us. I’ve been sitting out a lot of races that don’t pay as well the last couple years. DIRTcar does a good job paying back through the field. This payout for this race is phenomenal. I’ve found – by skipping some of the lesser-paying shows – we’re better prepared when we race on the (DIRTcar) series or in races like this that do pay. That’s why I planned this as our only race in March. It makes the most sense financially for our team.

“If we continue to run for less (money), we’re (Modified racers) never going to get paid more.”

How does Hearn foresee the ‘Hard Clay Open’ playing out with its first-time-ever rule package?

“Oh, it’s going to be different,” Hearn surmised with a laugh.

Hearn won his record-setting 10th Eastern States 200 at Orange County in October, worth more than $20,000. But he knows the conditions will be different for the ‘Hard Clay Open’ when he bolts sail panels on the Madsen Motorsports No. 20 Teo-Pro car.

Middletown isn’t like Accord (N.Y.) or some of the other slick tracks – it’s totally different,” Hearn said. “You don’t know what the sail panels will do. I’ve taken some good-handling cars, put sail panels on them and made them worse. I’ve also seen cars that weren’t the best-handling with windows go the other way and get better with sail panels.

“There’s going to be a lot of guessing with setup that day, for sure.”

Hearn said fans should be in store for something very special as teams adjust to the high sail panels on their cars. Spectators will be able to watch drivers and their crews tweak their setups throughout the day.

“Typically, Middletown is a tough place to enter the corner,” Hearn said. “Whether it’s the angle, the length of the straightaways or the lack of banking, it’s difficult to get a car to turn in. It might be tighter with the sail panels on. We’ll all have to adjust. It might get a little worse before it gets better. It’s definitely going to change things up. It will be fun to watch who gets it right and who struggles.”

A passing points system, new to Northeast Modified racing but widely used in other forms of racing including Sprint Cars, Midwestern B-Modifieds and the famed ‘Chili Bowl’ in Tulsa, Okla., will be utilized for qualifying at the Orange County ‘Hard Clay Open’ event. This system 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 spectators.

Hearn is intrigued by the passing points qualifying system.

“It’s definitely more fair (than a standard draw),” Hearn said. “I don’t care who you are. If you go to a place and draw last in the heat and need to get to second or third to qualify, you’re night is all uphill. There are very few times you can overcome it. I think the passing points system is a happy medium for qualifying.

“I think the biggest obstacle, because it’s so far outside the box for Modified racing, will be getting drivers and fans to understand it. Once they understand how it works, I think you’ll see more tracks trying it. If you don’t want to run time trials, it’s the way to go.”

Hearn won his first championship at Orange County in 1977 and has spent much of his career racing at the track. He launched his first ‘Big Show’ promotion there in ‘09. He likes the excitement the ‘Hard Clay Open’ has brought to Orange County.

“It’s a big shot in the arm for the place,” Hearn said. “I think it’s going to be a heck of a field, and if the weather cooperates, a big crowd. I’m looking forward to it.”

Joining the NDRL big-block/small-block Modifieds at the ‘Hard Clay Open’ are the 602 Sportsman of the Dig Safely New York GRIT Series in a 25-lap event paying $1,000 to the winner and $100 to start. The GRIT staff has secured lap money and contingency awards for the special event.

Due to high off-season demand, advance tickets – for the first time in BD Motorsports Media history – are offered. 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.

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 ever at Orange County, 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 or

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.

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 for further information.

For the 2014 ‘Hard Clay Open’ event, pit gates open at 8 a.m. Grandstand gates open at 10 a.m. A drivers’ meeting will take place at 1 p.m., with hot laps at 1:20 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 or by phone at 845.728.2781. BD Motorsports Media is on the web at “Like” BD Motorsports Media on Facebook or “follow” @BrettDeyo on Twitter.

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

In the event of inclement weather, the rain date is tentatively slated for Friday, March 28. A second weather date of Sunday, April 6 has been established.

The regular season at Orange County is slated to get underway with an open practice on April 5 and the official Season Opener on April 12.


Note:  I would not be surprised if Brett got his 300th win at OCFS, in this race!



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Dover Vs. Pocono Softball Game III

Website Relaunch


Pocono Raceway and Dover International Speedway will square off for the Third Annual Celebrity Softball game on April 30th at Santander Stadium in York, Pennsylvania, home of the York Revolution.

Team Pocono will be led by Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS against Team Dover, led by Jamie McMurray, driver of the No. 1 Ganassi Racing Chevrolet SS.

The game is free to attend with purchase of a ticket to that evening's York Revolution vs.. Lancaster Barnstormers baseball game. Children, ages 12 and under, get in FREE if they wear their favorite racing gear!

Gates are set to open at 4 pm, the day of the softball game set to begin at 4:30 pm.

The Dover vs.. Pocono Softball Series is currently tied 1-1. Team Pocono earned a come-from-behind victory to win the inaugural game in 2012 and Team Dover had a walk-off victory last year.

For more information about the game:




LONG POND, Pa. – Dover International Speedway and Pocono Raceway take their yearly rivalry on to the field for the for the Third Annual Celebrity Softball Game, featuring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Kasey Kahne and Jamie McMurray. The game will be played on Wednesday, April 30 at the home of the York Revolution in York, Pa.


Kahne, driver of the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS, will captain Team Pocono, while McMuray, who pilots the No. 1 Ganassi Racing Chevrolet SS, will lead Team Dover. The softball series is currently tied at one game a piece, with Team Pocono coming from behind to win the inaugural game in 2012 and Team Dover evening the score with a walk-off victory last year.


Access to the celebrity softball game is free with a ticket to that night’s baseball game. Tickets for the York Revolution game start at just $8, and all children ages 12 and younger that wear their NASCAR gear receive free admission. For tickets, call 717-801-4478 or visit


In addition to Kahne and McMurray, the rosters from each team will be made up of members of national and local motorsports media, as well as other local media personalities, and a few other special guests.


As rosters are announced, they will be posted and updated at and, as well as on and, and on Twitter at @MonsterMile and @poconoraceway.


Gates for the softball game will open at 4 p.m. with the event beginning at 4:30 p.m. Following the softball game, time permitting, Kahne and McMurray will throw out the first pitch for that evening’s 7 p.m. baseball game between the York Revolution and Lancaster Barnstormers.


Throughout both the softball and baseball games, both tracks will be promoting and giving away tickets to their respective NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races which take place on Sunday, June 1 at Dover and Sunday, June 8 at Pocono.


NASCAR returns to Dover International Speedway May 30-June 1, 2014 for the June 1 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the May 31 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the May 30 “Lucas Oil 200” NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. For tickets or more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit


Just one week later, NASCAR’s premier series heads to Pocono Raceway for the June 6-8, 2014 “Pocono 400” race weekend, including the June 7 “Pocono 200” ARCA Racing Series race and the June 8 “Pocono 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. For tickets or more information, call 800-722-3929 or visit






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Hopes fade for Michael Schumacher




Bidding farewell to the 'Good Points Day'




The Kurtis Roadster in which Bill Vukovich died while leading the field and going for his third straight win in the 1955 Indianapolis 500-Mile-Race has been located.

Henri Greuter of the Netherlands, an Indianapolis 500-Mile-Race historian and collector, located the Roadster in a museum in his home country. The car now resides at the Nationaal Automobiel Museum at Raamsdonkveer.

Greuter actually discovered the car somewhat by accident. According to Greuter he was given a picture of an Indy Roadster in the museum and sent it to National Indy 500 Collectors Club news editor Greg Littleton of Indiana for identification.  Littleton is co-author with Bill Enoch of the book entitled "The Roadsters of Indianapolis" which was 12 years in the making and documents each roadster's history at Indianapolis from year to year.  Littleton identified it as the Racing Associates Offy driven by Roger McCluskey in the 1961 Indianapolis "500".  But Littleton also became interested in another roadster which appeared in the background of the photo and asked Greuter to take pictures and do further research on that car.

About a year later when asked by the Automobiel Museum to identify a formula car which they had acquired, he was also given permission to identify the roadster. Through photos and books he identified it as the roadster entered in the 1959 Indy 500 which was powered by a Masarati V8 engine and entered by Arciero Racing but which was a DNQ with Shorty Templeman behind the wheel.

Greuter sent Littleton the photos and information who poured over the data and consulted with other experts and also concluded it was the Templeman entry. According to all the records available that particular car is Kurtis chassis 372, the same chassis Vukovich drove in the 1955 Indianapolis "500" and in which he died.

When the photos were received by the Vukovich Crash Web Site they were thoroughly gone over again. After extensive photo analysis, comparison to pictures of the car in books and through consultation with roadster experts the conclusion was also reached that the car in the museum is indeed the Vukovich car.

When Vukovich drove the car in the 1955 "500" it was virtually identical to when Pat O'Conner drove it in the 1954 Indianapolis race. After the car was rebuilt for the 1956 race it had a large side pod and different nose and grill work than the '55 configuration.

By the time 1959 rolled around it had a larger side pod, different paint scheme and most notably a Masarati V8 engine.

The current configuration of the car in the museum has notable similarities to the 1959 version such as the roll ball, side pods, nose and vents. However, there were other changes that have been made since -- even to the extreme of attempting to make the car street legal with the addition of taillights.

But there is still enough left to absolutely determine that the car in the museum is the same chassis that Bill Vukovich rode to his death -- Kurtis chassis number 372.   (Please see Death Car Analysis)

This information comes as a bit of a surprise to some in that a member of the Vukovich family told this web site that they were told the car was taken out in the Pacific Ocean on a boat and given the "deep six". 

Additional research has been done as to what the vehicle would be worth if purchased from the museum in the Netherlands and restored to its original Hopkins Special configuration. A rough estimate at what it would cost would be $250,000 for purchase and restoration to running condition. According to various collectors this is roughly what an Indy Roadster of that era would be worth on the open market depending on its history.

The main factors that drive the cost of the Roadsters up is the significance of its general history and whether or not it has won the Indianapolis "500". Presently, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway owns a majority of the cars which have won the race -- with the great exception being the 11 or so Penske cars which, according to the Indianapolis Speedway Museum, are still owned by Roger Penske.

But the legend of Bill Vukovich -- the fact he was leading and going for his third "500" win a row -- could raise the value of the car. If the Vukovich legend were to ever take hold more than it has -- such as through the making of a major motion picture -- the value of the car would most likely go up. However, at the present time research seems to show the car would not be a particularly good investment.




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Please join us On Tuesday, March 11th, 8:30 p.m. at the City Council Chambers in City Hall (155 Market Street, Paterson, NJ), a presentation on Hinchliffe Stadium’s Partial Rehabilitation and Stabilization project will be delivered by Wank, Adams, Slavin Associates, the firm that was awarded the contract to develop planning and construction documents.


The public is invited to attend and encouraged to provide input.


Topics to be covered during the presentation will include the following:


• Details of the existing conditions of the structure and description of possible remedies


• Rehabilitation project for the portion of the structure that includes ticket booths, the north wall and a portion of the stands.


• Playing field restoration and upgrades


• Envisioning of a plan for future use of Hinchliffe Stadium


Funding for this project is provided by the New Jersey Historic Trust, the City of Paterson (Thanks to voter support) and the 1772 Foundation.





Going back, in time to March 6th, in:



Bill Schindler... Born in Middletown, N.Y. ... East Coast midget, sprint and Indy car driver.  He lost a leg in a “Big Car” crash in 1936.  He won 53 Midget features in both 1947 & 1948.



Frank Lockhart sets a one-lap record at the Culver City, California, high banked 1.25 mile board track of 144.2 mph driving a 91 cubic inch displacement Miller with supercharger and intercooler. This was the first intercooled, supercharger in an automobile. Leon Duray won the race.



Eddie Hill ... Born ... American drag racer. He was inducted in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2002.



Smokey Snellbaker... Born ... Central Pennsylvania sprint car driver.



Jules Goux... Died ... AAA driver from 1913 to 1923. He was a Grand Prix racing champion and the first Frenchman to win the Indianapolis 500 (1913) , as well as the first European to do so.



Mario Andretti in his Ferrari took top honors and set fastest lap of the race in Kyalami, South Africa . Jackie Stewart sat on pole and finished second in his Tyrrell with Clay Regazzoni coming in third with the other Ferrari. This was Andretti's first win in F1.



Allen Heath... Died ... West Coast open cockpit driver who raced for years, despite losing a hand in a racing accident.

Note:  He won a 500 mile Midget race on the road course at Riverside, CA - driving a Ford powered midget, after the loss of his hand.




Going back, in time to other March dates, in:





Pete Halsmer... Born ... USAC/CART driver from the 1980's



Mario Andretti wins 35-lap TQ feature race at Teaneck, New Jersey



Ed Carpenter... Born ... IRL & Indy car driver and team owner.



Mike Mosley... Died ... USAC/CART driver from 1967 to 1983. Mosley died in an off-road vehicle accident.






AAA The American Automobile Association was founded in Cleveland, Ohio as a response to a lack of roads and highways suitable for autos. It soon became a sanctioning organization for automobile racing in the United States until 1956.



Carl Forberg... Born ... Midget driver, midget and sprint car owner, and Duane "Pancho" Carter's father-in- law



Buck Baker... Born ... One of the greatest drivers in NASCAR's history. He was the first back-to-back winner of the Grand National Championship in 1956 and 1957. He was second twice (1955 and 1958) and finished in the top five on four other occasions.



Alex "Al" Tasnady... Born ... A modified stock driver for more than 23 years, he had more than 600 victories at tracks along the East Coast. During his career he won point championships at the Reading Fair Grounds, the Nazareth and Hatfield speedways in Pennsylvania; the Flemington, Vineland, Pitman, Atco and Pleasantville speedways in New Jersey, and the speedway in Dover, Del. The first modified driver to have an organized fan club, Tasnady received the Outstanding Achievement Award for modified stock car driving from the Greater New York Auto Racing Fraternity, honoring him as the No.1 driver in the country in 1963. Tasnady was the first driver to win four feature races in one day in 1967 at the Reading Fair Grounds. The next year he was inducted into the Eastern Old Timers Hall of Fame, and in 1974, was the first inductee into the Eastern Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame and was voted by them as one of the the 3 greatest Modified Stock Car dirt track racers ever. After retiring from driving he was race director at the Flemington Fair Speedway, 1973-83.



Jim (or Jimmy) Clark... Born ... He was the dominant driver of his era, winning two World Championships, in 1963 and 1965. At the time of his death, he had won more Grand Prix races (25) and more pole positions (33) than any driver up to that time. He also competed in the Indianapolis 500 five times, and won it once, in 1965.



Greg Weld... Born ... Weld was known as both a driver and a racing entrepreneur. As a driver, Weld won the 1963 Knoxville Nationals, the premiere event in sprint car racing. Weld raced in the USAC Championship Car series in the 1965-1972 seasons, with 36 career starts, including the 1970 Indianapolis 500. He finished in the top ten 11 times, with his best finish in 4th position in 1970 at Sacramento. He was also the 1967 USAC Sprint Car Series champion.



Wendell Scott started what would become the first African-American driver to run a full schedule on the NASCAR Grand National (now Winston Cup) circuit when he races at Piedmont International Speedway in Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA. He finished in 17th place. Cotton Owens drove his Pontiac to victory in the 100 mile NASCAR GN race.





Tommy Milton drives the Miller powered Durant Special to victory in a 250-mile race at Beverly Hills, California. Peter DePaolo made his AAA Championship debut.




Ernie Triplett ... Died ... Ernie Triplett-Al Gordon duels in AAA Pacific Coast Championship races came to an end after a tragic accident on the dusty 1 mile dirt oval at the California Mid-Winter Fairgrounds. Triplett and Gordon were dueling for the lead when they came upon Swede Smith's car. Smith had hit another car stalled on the track for many laps. Triplett, Smith and a mechanic that had run to Smith's aid all died in the resulting accident and Gordon suffered a broken nose and other facial injuries.



URC , the United Racing Club, made a public announcement that was sent to the National Speed Sport News that URC was now an independent sanctioning body and was no longer affiliated in any way with the AAA.



Tony Bonadies won the TQ Midget race at the Teaneck Armory, Teaneck, NJ.

Race report:


Note:  Yup - another show my future wife and I took in.  Notice the opening lines in the race report about the snow.  Back then, it really didn't matter that much, not like today.






Joe Garson... Born ... AAA driver from the early 1950's



Malcolm Campbell sets a Land Speed Record of 276.82 MPH in his Bluebird at Daytona, Florida.



Janet Guthrie ... Born ... USAC / CART driver from the 1970's and 80's. The first woman to qualify and compete in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500.




Richard Petty won a controversial 'Richmond 500' NASCAR GN race on the .542 mile paved Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway. Because Petty, Benny Parsons and James Hylton's cars failed tech inspection and Bobby Allison missed time trials, the 25 car grid was formed without the four drivers. After a closed door meeting between the promoters and NASCAR officials, it was announced that the starting field had been expanded to 30. The cars that failed tech would be allowed to start at the rear if made legal. Petty said his car (with too much engine setback, altered wheel base and a fuel tank that was too low), could not be made legal. So the rules were changed again, allowing Petty to start 30th with a smaller restrictor plate. Bobby Isaac's Krauskopf Dodge was also found with the fuel tank too low and was also required to use the smaller plate as was Allison's Dodge. Petty charged through the field to 5th by lap 30 and took the lead on lap 135, leading all but 18 laps from that point. Petty's Dodge finished 2 laps ahead of Isaac. After the race, Isaac's car owner Nord Krauskopf threatened to quit the circuit over the ruling.

Note:  Might that have been the first time for restrictor plate use?



Lee Roy Yarbrough ( Former stockcar racer ), is declared incompetent to stand trial for the attempted murder of his mother. He will later be found innocent by reason of insanity. He suffered a bad head injury in an Indy Car crash after he'd left NASCAR. There was a great story in "Inside Sports" magazine in early 1982 on Yarbrough. By that time, Lee Roy had been committed to a care facility. His family said his whole personality changed after the head injury and he also began drinking heavily, aggravating the situation that much more, leading up to violent behavior. In the article, I recall his mother saying she forgave him and still loved her son, but "that wasn't him anymore." There was discussion that he was essentially suffering from a premature Alzheimer's. Many didn't think he was very aware of his previous life or accomplishments, though some recall mention in the article that he might have been aware that he had been a race driver. Some recall Lee Roy's abscence in 1971-72 being explained as the result of him having contracted Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever from a camping trip. Lee Roy died in the facility in the mid-80's.



Duane Carter ... Died ... AAA / USAC driver from the 1940's, 50's & 60's. He raced midget cars, sprint cars, and IndyCars. His son Pancho raced in Indy cars, along with Johnny Parsons (who he helped raise). He was inducted in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1991 and the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1989.





Milt Marion won the first Stock Car race on the Daytona Beach & Road course in a Ford V8. Marion covered the 241 miles in 4:54:42, averaging 48.94 mph. The 250 mile AAA sanctioned race was stopped 9 miles short due to detiorating track conditions. 1934 Indy 500 winner "Wild" Bill Cummings' Auburn was on the pole at 70 mph and Bill France finished 5th in a Ford.





Floyd Davis... Born ... Was the co-winner of the 1941 Indianapolis 500. Floyd Davis drove the first 72 laps of the 1941 race before being replaced by Mauri Rose, who completed the race in the lead.



Danny Sullivan... Born ... Cart driver than ran in 12 Indy 500's and won in 1985. The "spin and win" footage of his red and white Miller American spinning through 360 degrees down the south short chute (between turns one and two) at Indy after passing Mario Andretti for the lead in the race's 120th lap has been played on countless motorsports programs. Recovering from the spin undamaged except for flat-spotted tires, Sullivan went into the pits for new rubber, then returned to the track and passed Mario a second time twenty laps later to go on for the win.



Teo Fabi... Born ... Formula One driver from the 1980's and drove in 8 Indy 500's with a best finish of 7th in 1994.

Note:  He won the Pocono 500 Indy Car race on August 14, 1983.  That was the first Indy Car race my son, Eric ever saw.


1973:  Our fifth child, our “baby”, Sarah was born.  Gads, she’ll be 41?  Can anyone tell me where the time goes?




This weeks photos:

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


As mentioned above, Bill Schindler was born on March 6, 1909.  Here is a head shot – an Indianapolis Speedway photo.



And him in the car that he took his last ride in on September 20, 1952 at the Allentown, PA Fairgrounds track.  Some years later, September 24, 1960, Johnny Thomson met the same fate, in the same car – also at Allentown.




Racing videos:


Doug Wolfgang – His story:





Some non-racing stuff:


Lois Lerner:


I was watching the news on Wednesday, after she took the “Fifth” again.  She surely looks a lot different than what she looked like when she first appeared and also took the “Fifth”.  Looks really “drawn” out”, I’d say.  Will really be something if we ever find out just who the hell she’s protecting, wouldn’t it?




I’ve had this in my computer for quite a while now:


The Energy Non-Crisis by Lindsey Williams




The Great Oil Deception - just a small sample:


"I became convinced of the fact that there is no energy crisis when Senator Hugh Chance visited me on the pipeline. As well as being a former Senator of the State of Colorado, he is also an outstanding Christian gentleman. He came to the pipeline at my invitation, to speak in the work camps for which I was responsible as Chaplain, on the northern sector of the Trans-Alaska Oil pipeline.


While I was there I arranged for him to have a tour of the Prudhoe Bay facility. Senator Chance was shown everything he wanted to see, and he was told everything he wanted to know. The Senator was given information by a number of highly-placed responsible executives with Atlantic Richfield, and these were cooperative with him at all times. He especially gained information from one particular official whom we shall call Mr. X, because of the obvious need to protect his anonymity.


After Senator Chance had talked at length with Mr. X, we came back to my dormitory room at Pump Station No. 1 and sat down. Senator Chance said to me, "Lindsey, I can hardly believe what I have seen and heard today."


I waited to see what it was that was so startling. Remember, as yet I had no inkling that there was, in fact, no true energy crisis.


Senator Chance was very serious. He was obviously disturbed. He looked up at me as he said, "Lindsey, I was in the Senate of the State of Colorado when the Federal briefers came to inform us as to why there is an energy crisis. Lindsey, what I have heard and seen today, compared with what I was told in the Senate of the State of Colorado, makes me realize that almost everything I was told by those Federal briefers was a downright lie!"


Note:  If you’re interested in this, kindly email me and I’ll send you the article.  There also is a video on this, too.





Found on the Internet – not racing related:


Court OKs High School Ban on American Flag T-Shirts


Note:  What the hell has become of our country, anyway?



WHY THE ECONOMY SUCKS: Because American Companies And Their Owners Are Greedier Now Than At Any Time In History


In part:

"Why is the recovery so slow and weak?


One of the main reasons is that average American consumers, who account for the vast majority of the spending in the economy, are still strapped.


Five years after the recovery began, unemployment remains high. And the Americans who are lucky enough to be working are getting paid less as a percent of the economy than they ever have in history.


Meanwhile, America's corporations and their owners have never had it better. Corporate profits just hit another all-time high, both in absolute dollars and as a percent of the economy. And U.S. stocks just hit yet another record.


Many people seem confused by this juxtaposition. If corporations and shareholders are making such gargantuan piles of money, why is the economy so crappy?


The answer is that one company's employees are other company's customers. Americans save almost nothing, so every dollar your employees earn in wages gets spent on other companies' products and services (including, in some cases, yours). The less American companies pay their workers, the less American consumers have to spend. And the less American consumers have to spend, the worse the economy is.


This isn't a complex concept. We're all in this together.”




Just wondering - will this be another joke?  It’s being said that she’ll take the “fifth” again.  Personally, I think she should have been locked up a long time ago – prior to her “retirement”.


Lois Lerner, Former Top IRS Official, To Testify Before Darrell Issa's Committee


Note:  as I’ve posted above – yup another joke.





Is Walmart's WAVE Concept Truck The Fuel-Efficient Future Of Semis?





Today's Trending Ticker: RadioShack (RSH) and its plan to close 1,100 stores





Found on Facebook – not racing related:


On 3/4/2014:


We owe illegals nothing

We owe our veterans everything.


Common sense is not a gift, it’s punishment.  Because you have to deal with everyone that doesn’t have it.


If you don’t have to give up your car because others drive drunk, with theirs, then why do you have to give up your guns when others commit crimes with theirs?



Quite touching!  How a WW II Veteran slowed down a running race.



Obamacare and 91.5 million Americans have one thing in common:


Neither are working



Found on 3/5:


You can’t just leave those who created the problem in charge of the solution.



Dear radio stations:  You do realize there are more than just five songs in the world, right?





I get emails – not racing related:


Difference Between http and https


Good info to know.


A little information you may not know about:


What is the  difference between http and https?


Don't  know how many of you are aware of this

difference, but it is worth sending to any that do



The main  difference between http:/// and  https://

is it's all about keeping you secure. HTTP stands

for Hyper Text Transfer  Protocol.


The S (big surprise) stands for "Secure".. If you

visit a website or web page, and look at the

address in the web browser, it will likely begin with

the following: http:///.


This means that the website is talking to your

browser using the regular "unsecured" language.

In other words, it is possible for someone to

"eavesdrop" on your computer's conversation with

the website. If you fill out a form on the website,

someone might see the information you send to

that site.


This is why you never ever enter your credit card

number in an http website! But if the web address

begins with https://, that basically means your

computer is talking to the website in a secure code

that no one can eavesdrop on.


If a website ever asks you to enter your credit card

information, you should automatically look to see if

the web address begins with https://.


If it doesn't, you should NEVER ever enter sensitive

information.......such  as a credit card number, SS #,



PASS  IT ON (You may save someone a lot of grief).




Hey, I have no idea as to whether the following is true, or not – just passing it on!


Sensible Gun Control

This explains why there has been no attempt on Mr. Obama!


In 1865 a Democrat shot and killed Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States .


In 1881 a left wing radical Democrat shot James Garfield, President of the United States who later died from the wound.


In 1963 a radical left wing socialist shot and killed John F. Kennedy, President of the United States .


In 1975 a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at Gerald Ford, President of the United States .


In 1983 a registered Democrat shot and wounded Ronald Reagan, President of the United States .


In 1984 James Hubert, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 22 people in a McDonalds restaurant.


In 1986 Patrick Sherrill, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 15 people in an Oklahoma post office.


In 1990 James Pough, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 10 people at a GMAC office.


In 1991 George Hennard, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 23 people in a Luby's cafeteria in Killeen , TX .


In 1995 James Daniel Simpson, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 5 coworkers in a Texas laboratory.


In 1999 Larry Asbrook, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 8 people at a church service.


In 2001 a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at the White House in a failed attempt to kill George W. Bush, President of the US .


In 2003 Douglas Williams, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 7 people at a Lockheed Martin plant.


In 2007 a registered Democrat named Seung - Hui Cho, shot and killed 32 people in Virginia Tech.


In 2010 a mentally ill registered Democrat named Jared Lee Loughner, shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed 6 others.


In 2011 a registered Democrat named James Holmes, went into a movie theater and shot and killed 12 people.


In 2012 Andrew Engeldinger, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 7 people in Minneapolis .


In 2013 a registered Democrat named Adam Lanza, shot and killed 26 people in a school in Newtown , CT.


As recently as Sept 2013, an angry Democrat shot 12 at a Navy ship yard.


Clearly, there is a problem with Democrats and guns.

Not one NRA member, Tea Party member, or Republican conservative was involved in any of these shootings and murders.


SOLUTION: It should be illegal for Democrats to own guns.


…Best idea I've heard to date!




Here is one that is a good read:


Destroying the U.S. Military




By Alan Caruba


It tells you everything you need to know about the idiots running this country. As the Russians were invading Ukraine, our Secretary of Defense was discussing major cuts to our military budget.


“Si vis pacem, para bellum” is wisdom passed down to us over the centuries from ancient Rome It translates “If you want peace, plan for war.”


One of the requirements the early presidents of the nation faced was the creation of an army and navy to protect it from the imperialist powers of Britain, France and Spain, all of whom had their eyes on parts of the continent they wanted to claim. After the Revolution, the nation fought a succession of wars to protect and expand the map we now have.


The world to the Founding Fathers and all presidents since was seen as a dangerous place because it is.


The only “success” of President Barack Obama has had to date has been to impose six trillion more in debt than when he arrived. A variety of programs such as the failed “stimulus” added to the debt and the deficit.


He has been consistent in seeking cuts to our military budget. From his first year in office Obama has sought to reduce the military in every way possible, though part of the reductions are attributed to the sequestration limits to reduce government spending. There are areas that most surely require reductions, but the security of the nation to protect itself and maintain and project its influence is critical.


Since the end of World War II, the U.S. has exerted this power. In the 1950s President Truman extended protection to South Korea after it was invaded by the Soviet-backed North Korea. The war ended in a stalemate that exists to this day. There have been other conflicts with less successful outcomes and they include Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.


In each case, we stayed too long. After the 9/11 attack the Afghanistan conflict was essentially won by 2002, but we stayed on. The Iraq War outcome has been a spectacular failure because the Obama administration was unable or unwilling to retain a military presence there. The Syrian civil war has cost over a 130,000 lives after Obama failed to respond to the red line he drew and turned Syria over to the Russian Federation. Iran is also an ally of the Assad regime there.


In an act of incredible naiveté or stupid or both, the U.S. is negotiating with Iran in the belief that diplomacy will have any effect on an Islamic republic that has regarded itself at war with the U.S. and Israel since it came into being in 1979.


No matter the outcome of the current budget cut proposals, Americans know they owe a debt of gratitude to those who put their lives on the line to fulfill the outcomes they were called upon to fight for. We won World War II because we destroyed the capacity of Germany and Japan to wage war. That is the only way to win a war.


Earlier, after our entry into World War I resulted in bringing that first modern conflict to an end, its veterans returned home to discover that benefits they had been promised were not fulfilled. The Bonus Army was the popular name given to an assemblage of an estimated 43,000 marchers, some 17,000 veterans and their supporters, who in 1932 wanted the cash payment redemption of their service that had been promised. The nation was in the midst of the Great Depression, not unlike our present economic decline. In July, after being ordered off of all government property, the marchers along with their wives and children were assaulted by U.S. infantry and cavalry, support by six tanks. Some deaths ensured. A second, smaller Bonus March in 1933 was defused by the Roosevelt administration. In 1936 Congress voted to pay the veterans.


America has enacted veteran appropriation bills on time only three times of the past 25 years. There is a huge backlog in the disability benefits claims. Four years ago, recognizing the harm to the Veterans Administration healthcare system, Congress passed and the President signed legislation to fund it a year in advance, removing it from the gridlock affecting so much of the nation’s programs. The problem, however, continues.


Any nation seen to be weak will have to deal with its enemies in some fashion.


The ancient Romans knew that and it is no less true today. A recent poll indicated that Americans believe that the U.S. is no longer respected by other nations. They are right and the source is Barack Obama who was in part elected by his promise to withdraw troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. The U.S. will be out of the latter by the end of this year.


The announcement by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel regarding major military funding reductions reflects the President’s efforts to destroy its ability to respond to a future conflict.  The likelihood that we might have to fight global wars such as WWII is offered as the reason for the cuts. That has not precluded lesser conflicts. All wars, however, are very expensive. Not having to fight them is a very good investment. It is an essential reason for maintaining a powerful military capability.


The budget put forth by the Obama administration would shrink the Army to pre-World War II levels. The current 520,000 active-duty soldiers would shrink to 440,000-450,000. The U.S. Marines, now numbering around 190,000 would be drawn down to 182,000 or to 175,000 if sequestration –level cuts were continued in 2016 and beyond. The Air Force will reduce the number of tactical air squadrons and retire the entire A-10 fleet; a Pentagon recommendation that reflects their primary anti-tank mission which they deem to be no longer needed.


The Army National Guard and Reserves would also be drawn down—from the current 355,000 to 335,000 for the Army and the Reserves from 205,000 soldiers to 195,000. If sequestration returns, the former would be reduced to 315,000 and the latter to 185,000.


Former Vice President Dick Cheney says that Obama would “rather spend the money on food stamps than he would on a strong military and support for our troops”, believing that “somehow, a strong America, well equipped, with a strong military, is a danger to international peace and stability.”


“And just exactly the opposite’s true,” said Cheney, “I think if history teaches any lesson, it’s that the world’s a safer, more stable place when the United States is strong and is prepared to use that strength when necessary.”


If one does not learn from history, as a sage once noted, you are likely to have to repeat it.


Having weakened the nation’s economy, causing millions to be unemployed, and having attacked its healthcare system, the nation’s military strength is now openly being attacked by the proposed reductions.


Nothing good can come of this.


© Alan Caruba, 2014







More that’s not racing related:


I don’t know – maybe it’s just me – but cell phone use.  I have one.  I have it for emergencies only.  But it’s a shame how so many are addicted to them.  Case in point:  When coming home from the races this past Saturday night, my grandson’s cell phone was constantly receiving calls.  He is not a kid.  He’s in his early 30’s.  I mean at 12:07 AM?  Really?  And later, too?  Hell, any time I had a call like that, it was an emergency.  So much for “common sense” I guess?



Just wondering – did any of my readers watch the ESPN special on Sunday evening about the “N” word?  There were four men of color in the discussion, and it was quite interesting as to who, and when it is used, and why – whether in hatred or in a way of expressing the love of another, or even in jest.  I did catch that in part of that special, the NFL is said to be trying to criminalize the word.  That will be very difficult to do, per some of those on that panel.  And, yes, there is a difference with the “N” word, if it should end in “er” or end in “a”.




Music videos:


How about a couple of duets– Cheryl Ladd and Waylon Jennings, then Waylon and Travis Tritt?  She sure was a good looking woman, wasn’t she?  I always get a kick out of how she looks at old Waylon, in this video.

As for Travis – I’m pretty sure he idolized old Waylon!


And, Waylon talks about the day the music died!!




Joke of the week:


I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people ... I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.


You can tell a lot by a woman's just by her hands.  For instance, if she's holding a gun, she's probably angry.


You know that tingly feeling you get when you like someone?  That's common sense leaving your body.


I didn't make it to the gym today.  That makes it five years in a row.


Dear paranoid people that check behind their shower curtains for murderers, if you do find one, what's your plan?


I’ve got to stop saying:  "How stupid can you be?"  Too many people are taking it as a challenge.


Those who say "There is no such thing as a stupid question", have never worked in customer service. 




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.  She is an evil woman!



Until the next column – NEXT WEEK!!!


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