Mostly Racin' Stuff
By Tom Avenengo
Some personal/family stuff:
The wife had a CAT Scan this past Monday to check out how things are going with her and how things look, cancer wise. I think it took all of ten minutes. If there’s a problem, we can expect a call from the doctor – more than likely on Tuesday. If not, then I’ll have to call to get the results. We’re hoping that I’m going to have to make that call. So, I call on Tuesday – nothing. I’m told that the Doctor will more than likely have the results when she comes in on Wednesday AM. It is now 7:14 PM on Wednesday – have not had a call yet. Guess that’s good news?
Our granddaughter Leighann Goodchild had her baby girl earlier today, Wednesday. That’s great grandchild # 9 for us!
AAA Champ Car race – Syracuse, N.Y. September 8, 1951
A short time ago, I came upon some photos
over on Facebook – photos posted by a John
Lehmann. They were about an AAA Champ
Car race that was held up in
Not sure just when that article will be published, but to see how much that track has changed – how much getting those Champ Cars to the track has changed, keep checking here:
Something I’ve noticed – poor postings of race results on race track websites. Why? Heck, some track websites don’t even have a link to results. Here it is on Monday as I’m typing this, and a track fairly close to me still has mention of their opening on the 19th of April, but – uh huh – no link to their results.
I’m gonna tell ya something – me and OCFS really do not get along. Heck, I can’t even post on their Facebook page – can just “share”. But, dammit, they have their results posted on Sunday morning from the previous nights racing. How come other tracks can’t do the same? I use those race results from the tracks to check up on how the former runners at OVRP’s Dirt Oval do, racing wise. Yes, I have had to, at times; go to the digital version of the AARN on Tuesday to get results, since they’re not on the tracks websites yet. Unreal!
Last Saturday at OCFS, Jeff Heotzler won the Modified feature – from the pole position. He started on the pole because he was, in effect, last in the previous weeks feature. In the Sportsman feature, Christian Rumsey started outside on the first row, took the lead on lap two and led the rest of the way. The previous week he was a DNQ due to mechanical problems. I don’t expect either to come home a winner this week, or whenever the next race is held at OC, in the future, using the track points. It’s the way they handicap the field. Personally, I’d rather see a draw for starting positions in the heats, then a re-draw for say the first 12 or so in the feature.
Also, it should be interesting to see just how many trucks enter at OC this coming Saturday. I’m going out on a limb here and saying less than six.
While on the subject of OCFS –
I did send an email to OCFS the other day to see if they can fix the link on their website for MyLaps. It seems to work on other track websites, but when I click on the OCFS link, this comes up: “Page not found!”
I’m taking bets – my email ended up in “file 13”.
Former OVRP Dirt Oval runners:
As I look at some results from various tracks, at times, a name will pop up that looks familiar. Going back to race reports from years ago, I have come across some names that looked familiar in those reports. Gee, I’d say at least fifty names now of drivers that have run at the Dirt Oval and have moved onto bigger forms of racing. And, looking at race results from the Dirt Oval, today, there are still some racing there from when I did those race reports, too – quite a few years ago.
At Hamlin – Jacob Hendershot was 2nd in the 270 Micros. Cole Hentschel (who I believe ran at the Dirt Oval) was 4th in the Stage One Modifieds. Danny Buccafusca was 8th in the Wingless 600 Micro feature.
Note: The ATQMRA raced there – only 10 cars. Why? Where are all those indoor TQ’s?
Davie Franek was 4th in the URC Sprint Car feature at Selinsgrove.
At Albany/Saratoga, Alex Bell was 16th in the Modified feature. Brett Wright was first in the Sportsman feature, while Matt Hitchcock was 7th and Hunter Bates 9th.
Anthony Perrego was 2nd, Danny Creeden 7th, Tom Hindley 10th and Tyler Boniface 14th in the Modified feature at Accord. Brian Krummel was 11th in the Sportsman feature, with Wyatt Clark 4th in the All Star Slingshot feature.
Justin Grosz was 17th in the ARDC Midget feature at New Egypt.
Danny Creeden was 7th in the Modified feature at 5 Mile.
At OCFS, Bily V was 2nd, Tim Hindley 4th, Mike Ruggiero 15th and Clinton Mills 20th in the Modified feature.
Johnny Illanovsky was 2nd, Matt Janiak 3rd, LJ Lombardo 5th, Joey Falanga 11th, Andrew Reeves 16th, Dom Roselli, Jr. (who I believe also ran at the Dirt Oval) 17th, Zack Vavricka 18th and Joe Conklin 21st in the Sportsman feature.
Kolby Schroder was 5th, Bobby Hackel, IV was 10th and Kyle Armstrong 12th
in the Modified feature at
Jacob Hendershot was 21st at Linda’s in their 270 Micro feature.
Rick Casario was 13th at the Greenwood Valley Action Track (GVAT) in their 270 feature.
Tyler Dippel was
5th at the Hickory Motor Speedway, down in
Ben Whitaker was 16th at the Susquehanna Speedway’s Late Model feature.
Note: I see that at OCFS, Tim Hindley is leading in Modified points and Matt Janiak is leading in the Sportsman points.
Hoping I haven’t missed anyone!
38 names this week.
A little trip back in time:
In a way, this could be considered to be
racing related. Taking
you back to April 17, 1964 and the birth of the Ford Mustang. The link below will lead you to an article
that came out in our local paper this past Monday. Did you know that when it first came out, a
Ford Mustang was taken apart into four pieces and re-assembled on the
observation deck of the
An interesting thread on the DTD forum –
Lew is associated with Coastal 181. He has quite a few articles on their website. Here is one of them:
IN THE MOMENT WITH JESSICA ZEMKEN
This coming weekend:
Well, per AccuWeather, showers are forecast for Friday and Saturday.
At OCFS and
Note # 1: On the OCFS Facebook page:
“This Saturday April 26 – The
Modifieds will draw for their starting positions, the
main event will be heads up, the following week May 3 regular handicapping will
resume, the finishes from April 26 WILL NOT count toward your handicapping for
May 3. Any driver that attends OCFS or the DIRT Series race at
Note # 2: Darn! I was gonna go with Jeremy Markle to win this coming Saturday!
Keselowski recalls how Rick Hendrick left him heartbroken:
In a just-released video interview, #2-Brad Keselowski [2012 Sprint Cup Champion] - looking perhaps as somber as we've ever seen him, at times seemingly ready to break into tears - discusses how heartbroken, if not potentially betrayed he felt in 2009 when team owner Rick Hendrick picked Mark Martin to drive the #5 Chevrolet instead of giving Keselowski the opportunity, even though Bad Brad insists Hendrick had previously promised him that ride in 2010. Appearing on the syndicated "In Depth With Graham Bensinger," Keselowski also talks prominently about how Roger Penske approached him back in 2008, inquiring if the young talent would be interested in joining Team Penske. See full article at NBC Sports, with a link to the video interview there)(4-20-2014)
Jack Roush discusses possible engine changes:
With NASCAR officials
focusing on engine changes in the Sprint Cup Series for 2015 that will result
in a reduction of horsepower, such a move should involve "a restriction on
the intake side," according to Sprint Cup Series team co-owner [#16, #17,
#99] Jack Roush. Roush, an owner in the series since 1988, isn't suggesting the
use of restrictor plates similar to those used at Daytona and
Sprint Fan Vote continues:
It's time again for fans to vote their favorite Sprint Fan Vote-eligible driver into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday, May 17 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Voting opened March 16 and closes at 7:00pm/et on Friday, May 16, one day before the green flag. Through the Sprint Fan Vote, fans can cast their ballots an unlimited number of times to help determine the starting lineup for the prestigious race. The driver receiving the highest number of votes will earn a starting spot in the annual event worth a $1 million payday, courtesy of Sprint. For the first time in its history, the Sprint Fan Vote will include a sweepstakes awarding one lucky voter a trip for two to any 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race of his or her choice, among other instant prizes.
NASCAR fans have three options to cast their Sprint Fan Votes:
Download the NASCAR MOBILE application. Votes cast through NASCAR MOBILE will count as double towards a driver's total.
Go to NASCAR.com/SprintFanVote
Visit The Sprint Experience, located in the midway at all NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
Last year, then-rookie #10-Danica Patrick, garnered nearly half-a-million votes to win the Sprint Fan Vote. Eligible for the vote again this year, Patrick will be vying for votes against the likes of #47-AJ Allmendinger, #15-Clint Bowyer, #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and rookies, #3-Austin Dillon and #42-Kyle Larson.
The winner of the 2014 Sprint
Fan Vote will be announced in
To date, 30 drivers are eligible for the 2014 Sprint Fan Vote. Eligibility for participation is restricted to those drivers who have been approved by NASCAR for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition and have met all other eligibility requirements. Amongst those eligibility requirements, drivers must have attempted to qualify for the 2014 Daytona 500 and race in the Sprint Showdown. Should any eligible Sprint Fan Vote candidate win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race during the 2014 season, and therefore automatically earn a spot into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, the driver's name will be removed from the Sprint Fan Vote ballot and their existing votes will be voided.
Frontstretch tickets for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race are available for purchase and affordably priced at two for $99 (plus taxes and fees). Fans can obtain tickets by calling 1-800-455-FANS or buying online at CharlotteMotorSpeedway.com.
Tune in to the Sprint Showdown at 7:00pm/et on Friday, May 16 on FOX Sports 1, Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Then catch NASCAR's biggest stars in Sprint All-Star Race Qualifying at 7:00pm/et on Saturday, May 17 on FOX Sports 1, and the Sprint All-Star Race immediately following at 9:00pm/et on FOX Sports 1, Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
The 30 drivers (as of March 15) eligible for the Sprint Fan Vote include:
#51-Justin Allgaier, #47-A.J. Allmendinger, #43-Aric Almirola, #9-Marcos Ambrose, #7-Michael Annett, #21-Trevor Bayne, #77-Dave Blaney, #23-Alex Bowman, #15-Clint Bowyer, #40-Landon Cassill, #3-Austin Dillon, #38-David Gilliland, #30-Parker Kligerman, #42-Kyle Larson, #52-Bobby Labonte, #32-Terry Labonte, #35-Eric McClure, #95-Michael McDowell, #13-Casey Mears, #27-Paul Menard, #66/#87-Joe Nemechek, #10-Danica Patrick, #33-Brian Scott, #93-Morgan Shepherd, #36-Reed Sorenson, #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., #83-Ryan Truex, #66-Michael Waltrip, #26-Cole Whitt, #98-Josh Wise. (CMS)(4-19-2014)
Lack of sponsorship could shut down Swan Racing:
Swan Racing [#26-Cole Whitt & #30-Parker Kligerman] issued the following statement Thursday afternoon: "Swan Racing is in the process of reviewing its current situation and the ability to continue to compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The team has been unable to secure the kind of sponsorship required to effectively operate the team. As a result, the team management is exploring every available option. We hope to be in position to provide a detailed update in the near future."(Swan Racing)(4-17-2014)
Team spokesperson Ramsey Poston told Motorsport.com that Swan is assessing its current situation. Other sources familiar with the situation said it's unlikely that Swan will field more than one car -- if any -- for the Apr. 25-26 NASCAR events at Richmond International Raceway.(Motorsport)
The Swan Racing NASCAR Sprint
Cup Series team released a number of employees today [Thursday] and may not
compete in the circuit's next race at Richmond International Raceway On April
26. Team employees were reportedly informed today that the team is suspending
operations, and many of them are already seeking employment with other teams.
Sources say there is a possibility that Whitt's #26
Swan Racing co-owner Anthony Marlowe tweeted on Thursday afternoon: "My mission is to ensure @ColeWhitt races in every #NASCAR Sprint Cup event this season."(4-18-2014)
Cole Whitt, a Sprint Cup
rookie who is fourth among the 2014 rookie class at 33rd in the overall
standings, is scrambling to find a ride for this weekend's race at
Swan Racing Restructures:
Swan Racing announced it has successfully restructured the company by finding solutions for the #26 and #30 teams in an attempt to save the jobs of the crews, the drivers, and to keep those teams competing throughout the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. As a result, Anthony Marlowe has merged his ownership of the #26 team into BK Racing, effective immediately. Cole Whitt will remain behind the wheel of the #26. The #30 team has been sold to John Cohen of XxxTreme Motorsports, which will operate the team going forward and intends to compete with veteran driver J.J. Yeley. Stephen "Bones" Lane will serve as crew chief and be joined by several other former Swan Racing crewmembers. Driver Parker Kligerman remains under contract with Swan Racing, which will seek to identify options for him to get back on track. Team owner Brandon Davis issued the following statement:
"I want to first thank our employees, fans, and others in the NASCAR industry for their patience and understanding over the past several days while we work out the future of Swan Racing. As previously stated, the team is restructuring due to a lack of additional funding. However, over the past couple weeks we worked tirelessly to find an alternative to ending operations. Fortunately, we were able to find a home for the #26 team and the #30 team thanks to Anthony Marlowe and Jonathan Cohen respectively. "Anthony and Jonathan are both young and ambitious NASCAR enthusiasts. It is important to keep them in the sport for the long term. I am very relieved to know that the #26 and #30 teams will be in good hands and will continue to compete the remainder of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Most importantly, most of the team members have the opportunity to continue their employment in the sport and to support their families. This was critically important to me. Swan Racing is exploring any and all options to keep Parker Kligerman on track throughout the season. We are encouraged by the response we have received from interested parties. Parker continues to be one of the most talented young drivers in NASCAR. He brought this racing team one of its strongest results in his first race with us, and we are certain of his success in the future.(Swan Racing PR)(4-23-2014)
Stremme back in the #33 at RIR with new sponsor:
Circle Sport Racing announced that Newtown Building Supplies, Inc. (NBS) will be the primary sponsor of the #33 Chevy driven by David Stremme April 26 in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway (RIR). This will be the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series sponsorship for Newtown Building Supplies, which markets windows, doors, siding, installation and a range of building materials to commercial builders and residential home owners in Hampton Roads, VA.
Rogers, the president and principal owner of
Known for its wide selection
of building materials and superb customer service with builders, NBS is marking
its foray into NASCAR with Circle Sport as a way to reach the Hampton Roads
NASCAR community. "NASCAR is the perfect arena for Jimmy to showcase his
entrepreneurial spirit and market Newtown Building Supplies to thousands of
race fans and potential customers," says Stremme.
Hendrick pit coach is leaving for a job outside of racing:
One of the best pit coaches
in NASCAR is leaving racing for work outside of the sport. As of
Greg Morin, who has been pit crew coach for the teams of Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon, and Chris Krieg, the assistant coach to Munksgard, will oversee the pit crews for Earnhardt and Johnson until a full-time replacement is hired.(MRN)(4-22-2014)
Greg Morin and Chris Krieg were the 2 assistants for the #48/#88 pit crews will now be sharing duties until a replacement is hired for Munksgard. The #5/#24 pit coaches will remain the same.(4-23-2014)
Kurt Busch to undergo Indy 500 rookie orientation:
It's been 14 years since Kurt
Busch was last called a rookie. And even though Busch has a Sprint Cup
championship trophy at home, he's still a rookie open-wheel driver as far as
Congrats - Clint Boyer:
#15-Clint Bowyer is now a
married man. Bowyer and his fiancee Lorra tied the knot in the
Found via a link on Jayski:
Family affair: Relationship between Elliotts reaches beyond racing
At times, a “typo” can lead to different things for different people:
Case in point, from this, posted on the OCFS website:
“Any driver that attends OCFS
or the DIRT Series race at
Note # 1: Notice the words “Any driver”? Notice it really does not say “Any OCFS driver”? This was questioned on the Victory Speedway Forum:
“According to the track's web site, any driver who attends OCFS or Fulton on Saturday will get 50 show up points.
Brett Hearn will get 50 points
Matt Sheppard will get 50 points
Jimmy Phelps will get 50 points
Note # 2: And what if that SDS race gets rained out – or OCFS gets rained out?
emails – racing related:
About April 23, 1978:
36 years ago today, a small plane
carrying eight officials of the United States Auto Club (USAC) crashed into a
farm field near
Frankie DelRoy- Chairman of USAC Technical Committee;Ray Marquette – USAC Vice-president of Public Affairs;
Shim Malone- USAC Midget division Supervisor and flagman at championship races
Don Peabody- USAC Sprint Car division supervisor who had recently joined USAC after 6 years as CRA President
Stan Worley- USAC registrar
Russ Teegarden- Assistant chairman of the USAC Technical Committee
Dr. Bruce White – a physician and USAC medical staff member
Judy Phillips- assistant to the USAC vice-president of public affairs
Don Mullen – the chartered plane’s pilot
The loss of these eight
people profoundly affected USAC for years to come and in my opinion, changed
the future of racing. USAC President
Dick King, scheduled to have been on the flight but stayed in
Found on Facebook – racing related:
On Facebook on 4/11:
Just curious - how many 1-mile dirt tracks are there still in operation?
There are 4. Two in
The AMA flat trackers run in August at Colonial Downs in VA which is supposedly a little bigger than a mile
Forgot about Colonial
Tim, the AMA has cancelled
the Grand National race at
Mark, there's actually still quite a few 1-mile dirt tracks still around. What happens is, they go dormant for many years and then a promoter will take a chance and we'll get a race. A good example is, the above mentioned Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa (CA) and the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton (CA). They ran a couple of motorcycle races there just a few years ago after a 35+ year lull.
No mile left at
Well another possibility is
setting up to run each of the routine miles available at least twice in a
season. Couple that with big 1/2 miles like Eldora,
I was wondering about
I thought insanity only
Insanity and greed, not restricted to
Found on 4/20:
This years Hinchliffe Stadium Racing Expo will take place on Sunday Sept. 14, 2014. The date change will give many the opportunity to attend that couldn't attend previously. We have been working diligently to put this years show together.As you all know a lot has been going on around Hinchliffe Stadium. The stadium has made great strides in preserving it's history and building towards it's future. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements...
Found on 4/22:
Was wondering why we can bet on horse races,all stick and ball sports,but not auto racing.I can only imagine the ticket window line if Grandview had a window for betting like they do in horse racing,a win,place,show,exactas,trifectas and Superfecta's.Just think of Jeff Strunk going off at 4 to 1 odds or Terry Meitzler being 15 to 1.Could this be legal?
Betting on auto racing and
all other sports is legal in
You know, if we allow betting, "the dark side" will enter and there will be teams letting other teams win because of betting money or even more intentional wrecking because of money. Human nature will rule as it does in many sports that have betting.
That's all we need - "fixing" races.
True...I guess honest people don't think along those lines, at least I wasn't.
It was proven over the years in boxing, happened with point shaving in basketball (NCAA & pro), hell in baseball they fixed the world series. It probably happens a lot more than we imagine. That's why I say the only truly honest sports are pro wrestling & roller derby. They are the only sports you actually know are not fixed because the outcome is somewhat determined we already know that ahead of time.
From Track Forum:
Helio on probation for Twitter comments
Note: What next?
From the AARN:
Rick Eckert Tabbed As New
‘Rocket House Car’ Driver
On WoO Circuit
Doug Esh Is Surprise Winner
Of Williams Grove 410 Sprint
Huge Week For Ryan Watt:
Nabs Wins At Big Diamond,
Holtgraver Doubles Up
Will Host Race Of Champions
At Monadock In VMRS Mods
Pauch Wins Third Straight
Vows To Fight Track’s
Newly Stated Impound Policy
ARDC Kicks Off 75th Season
With Steve Drevicki Winning
Markovic Wins At Mahoning
A Week After Leaving Track
358 Mod Repeat Winner
Goes This Weekend
Rolling Wheels – A five race schedule was announced from DIRTcar. It seems that there’s a slight problem with that advertised sale of the track. Financial obligations have not been met, so DIRTcar has com eout with their “normal” Rolling Wheels schedule.
– Not a happy camper since the management at New Egypt has come out and said
they’ll take and impound any car that wins too much. Pauch said that
those that run DIRTcar had their act together down in
Kutztown – An increase in the 600 Micro purses are coming.
Note: It’s a shame they only race there when the college is closed for the summer.
Ernie Saxton – Tells us that there are some changes coming – lower costs, for race trailers/haulers.
Lenny Sammons - Tells us that
Steve Buckwalter ran with the Sprint Cars at
Earl Krause - Earl informs us that at Wall Stadium, on Sundays, when they have practice for "Racers of the future" in Go-Karts, Bandeleros, Micro Stocks and wingless TQ's, at Wall, it is free to the public. And it's free admission to the Garden State Quarter-Midget Club oval, which is next to the Wall Stadium oval - also on Sundays.
Randy Kane - My how time flies! Randy makes mention that Meme DeSantis is now in his 41st year of racing. Also, Duane Howard is a young 50 years old now. Doug Manmiller is only 46. Doug Esh is 42.
Gary London -
Don & JoAnn
Davies - they tell us that at
JR Kennerup - He tells us that this year, 2014, will be the final year for Penn Can co-promoters Reed Miller and Al Wilcox.
Hoosier is now the tire that
the TQ's must use on all four corners, when they race
Note: I am not a fan of “Track tires” “Track fuel” etc etc. It surely does not lower any costs.
A photo of Parker Evans in
his 360 Sprint Car during the practice session at
I've always been a fan of Bob Green, then his son, Robbie, and now his son, Randy. The first time I saw Randy in competition was at the Accord Speedway and, to be honest, he had a hard time getting out of his own way. He sure has progressed! Last Saturday at Five Mile Point, Randy had a 4th in the Sportsman feature. At I-88 he was 6th. Yes, I can see a feature win for the young man in 2014!
Daryn Pittman won $20,000.00 when he won the Ted Johnson
Memorial Sprint Car race at the Devil's Bowl Speedway out in
A photo on page 49 of Jeff Gordon, his wife, Ingrid, and their daughter, Ella, in a 1/4 Midget at her Quarter Midget event - uh, no where could I find "results" from that (her) event.
Remembering Marty Little – A
By Richard Golardi
Thank you to both Rex Hollinger and Ronnie Bacelo for their contributions to this article.
Found on Facebook on 4/23:
Posted by Rich Golardi:
TBARA has confirmed that Joey
Aguilar has been suspended from TBARA competition for the remainder of the
2014, due to unsportsmanlike conduct during
Note: Rich made mention that more would be said about this in his Hoseheads column. Maybe the link above will work?
Orange County Fair
FOR RELEASE BEGINNING SUNDAY, APRIL 20
RACING ACTION APRIL 26 ON SCOUT NIGHT
AT ORANGE COUNTY FAIR
The evening’s schedule
Includes a regular four-division racing program featuring DIRTcar-sanctioned
Big-Block Modifieds, Small-Block Modifieds,
Sportsman, and Street Stock race cars in qualifying heats and feature races. In
addition, the new racing Thunder Trucks division will be making its
All Boy and Girl Scouts, Brownies and Cub Scouts and their leaders in uniforms will be admitted free on Scout Night. Scout groups are asked to inform the speedway office of their troop number, home town, and leaders’ names so that they may be recognized during the evening.
“Scouting has always been part of the true fabric of American life,” says speedway promoter Mike Gurda. “It’s an outstanding citizenship builder as well as being a great deal of fun. We’re happy to have all the scouts as our guests.”
Admission prices for the April 26 race meet remain at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and $2.00 for children 12 and under. The full night of racing begins promptly at 7:00 pm.
Looking ahead, the World of
Outlaws Sprint Cars and racing Stars are returning to
Information for all Orange County Fair Speedway action is available at the speedway website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net,
or from at the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 during business hours.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. adds to race car graveyard
This week’s photos:
Note: Photos can only be seen on: http://newenglandtractor.com/racereport/
Taking you back in time to what Sprint Cars looked like back in the 50’s, with six photos:
Tommy Hinershitz, inside, Johnny Thomson, outside at
Duane Carter – Walt Imlay photo
Al Keller at Langhorne – Walt Imlay photo
Jud Larson – Walt Imlay photo
Joe Barzda in his stretched midget
Bill Schindler – Earl Beal Offy. The car he had
his last ride in, and some 8 years later, Johnny Thomson also had his last ride
in this car – both at
The Indy 500 winning Jim Clark car – on the track again. Look ma – NO WINGS!
And how about Champ Cars at Langhorne in 1964?
Not racing related:
It’s being said that an American man won the Boston Marathon. So, what constitutes an American, any way?
Keflezighi and his family were refugees from a part of the
People's Democratic Republic of Ethiopia that is now in
So how is he an
American? To me, an American is one
that’s born in
I imagine you’ve seen the commercials
where if a company relocates to
Question: What happens after those ten years and the company leaves the state? Anyone think of that? Are there any kind of “safeguards” on this?
You’ve seen commercials for various kinds of drugs – where at the end the list of side effects etc etc is God knows how long, right? How about this – anytime they advertise some kind of foods – especially “junk” foods, maybe they should have a warning about how bad that stuff is for us, huh?
You watch baseball on TV? If so, then you know how “important” the pitch counts are, right? But, that pitch count does not take into the fact that the pitcher does have warm up- pitches and also throws to first base, etc etc.
Found on the Internet:
When ‘Liking’ a Brand Online Voids the Right to Sue
In part: "Might downloading a 50-cent coupon for Cheerios cost you legal rights?
General Mills, the maker of cereals like Cheerios and Chex as well as brands like Bisquick and Betty Crocker, has quietly added language to its website to alert consumers that they give up their right to sue the company if they download coupons, “join” it in online communities like Facebook, enter a company-sponsored sweepstakes or contest or interact with it in a variety of other ways.
Instead, anyone who has received anything that could be construed as a benefit and who then has a dispute with the company over its products will have to use informal negotiation via email or go through arbitration to seek relief, according to the new terms posted on its site.
In language added on Tuesday after The New York Times contacted it about the changes, General Mills seemed to go even further, suggesting that buying its products would bind consumers to those terms."
Emails – not racing related:
If you take 1 minute to read this prayer, imagine how many prayers are going up for our country.
Hi Lord, it's me.
We are getting older and things are getting ...bad here.
Gas prices are too high, no jobs, so much corruption, food and
heating costs too high. We've lost the way. I know you were
taken out of our schools, government and even Christmas,
but Lord I'm asking you to come back and re-bless
We really need you! Badly.
There are more of us who want you than those who don't!
Thank You Lord, I Love You.
In Jesus' Name,
Please read before deleting - If you are not a veteran please send this to those that you know who are, or to those who may know veterans.
2014. During this midterm election year, all 435 seats in the United
States House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 seats in the United
States Senate will be contested in this election. Get out and
A movement has been started by our armed forces to get out the vote in
2014. They are organizing themselves, but this can be done by all of
The President, the Commander in Chief, has made the Rules of
Engagement (ROE) so difficult, that our troops are often killed before
they can even get permission to fight. Nothing has been done to stop
our troops from being murdered by the Afghanis they are training,
Now, the President wants the
International Criminal Court (ICC), which would allow the UN's ICC to
arrest and try US troops for War Crimes, without the legal protections
guaranteed under US Law, and from which there is no appeal.
The President, with his Democratic control of the Senate, has nearly all
the power. If the Non-Establishment Republicans, and Conservatives,
can take back the Senate in 2014, our troops can once again be
protected from unnecessary danger. Please consider this, and send it
on to your mailing lists. Thank You
Interestingly enough, when GWB was president you heard about the
military deaths in
the White House, the mainstream media has been strangely quiet. ---
More than 1,000 American
soldiers have lost their lives in
in the last 27 months. This is more than the combined total of the
nine years before. Thirty have died in August. During the last month,
over 50 additional NATO and
jobs by those who are hired to be a force for good in
The commander in chief is AWOL. Not a peep, although he ordered the
White House flag flown at half-staff for the Sikhs that were killed.
There is a deep disgust, a fury, growing in the ranks of the military
against the indifferent incompetence of this president.
It has taken on a dangerous tone. No one knows what to do about him,
but the anger runs deep as the deaths continue with no strategic end
in sight to the idiocy of this war. Obama has had 4 years to end this
futile insanity, during which time he has vacationed, golfed,
campaigned, and generally ignored the plight of our men and women in
uniform. But, there is now a movement afoot in the armed services to
launch a massive get out the vote drive against this president.
Not just current active duty types, but the National Guard, Reserves,
the retired, and all other prior service members. This is no small
special interest group, but many millions of veterans who can have an
enormous impact on the outcome of the November election if they all
The one million military
overwhelming victory in that state if they all show up at the polls.
It might not keep another one
now and November, but a turn out to vote by the military against this
heart breaking lack of leadership can make a powerful statement that
hastens a change to the indifference of this shallow little man who
just lets our soldiers die.
Veterans: Please forward to your lists. High Priority!
Country Singer Kevin Sharp Dead at 43
Joke of the week:
Found on Facebook:
To the editor:
Today I swung my front door wide open and placed my Remington 870 right in the doorway. I gave it four shells and left it alone and went about my business.
While I was gone, the mail gal delivered my mail, the trash man picked up the trash, a girl walked her dog down the street, and quite a few of my neighbors drove past.
Well, after about an hour, I checked on the gun. It was still sitting there, right where I left it. It hadn’t killed anyone, even with the numerous opportunities it had been presented to do so. In fact, it hadn’t even loaded itself.
Well, you can imagine my surprise, with all the media hype about how dangerous guns are and how they kill people.
Either the media is wrong, and it is the misuse of guns by criminals, or I have one of the laziest shotguns ever made.
I must hurry now and check my spoons. I hear they are making people fat.
Please don’t forget:
Oh, one more thing – Hillary did not “Dodge” that flying shoe. It was way past her when she realized it had been thrown. Was it a “set up”? I think so.
Until my next column – next week
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