Mostly Racin' Stuff
By Tom Avenengo
Some personal/family stuff:
CAT scan results for the wife came back pretty good. Some small Gallstones were seen, and it looks like another CAT scan in three months to keep en eye on their size. Also, something about a “nodule” showing up.
So, I take two prescriptions to my
pharmacy to have them transferred from
NASCAR Penalizes Mears & Ambrose
In part: "Ambrose, driver of the No. 9 car, and Mears, driver of the No. 13 car, were found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing), and 12-4.9 (Behavioral Penalty; involved in an altercation in the garage area after the race) as outlined in the 2014 NASCAR rule book. As a result, Ambrose has been fined $25,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until May 28, while Mears has been fined $15,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until May 28."
I’m kind of surprised that Dale Earnhardt,
Jr. is not entered in the Nationwide race this coming
There were twelve cars in an Indy Lights race on TV this past Sunday. Out of the twelve, nine were “Rookies”. This is the “Road to Indy”, folks. Betcha not a single one has ever raced on a dirt track.
From last weeks column:
“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:
In case you missed it, here’s a link directly to it:
Over on the Dirt Track Digest was a thread titled: “Brett Hearn”. It was a question about how many wins has Brett had, per year, in his career. Well, that info was kind of hard to find on the Internet, believe it or not. But I figured if anyone would have that info, it would be John Snyder. An email to him resulted in this:
Hearn's Career Wins...
Year Mod SBM/SPT Sprint Total
14 02 00 00 02
13 13 01 00 14
12 16 04 00 20
11 09 06 00 15
10 09 09 00 18
09 07 08 00 15
08 10 12 00 22
07 16 13 00 29
06 12 14 00 26
05 08 12 00 20
04 13 18 00 31
03 09 09 00 18
02 23 19 00 42
01 14 09 00 23
00 17 05 00 22
99 11 13 00 24
98 18 12 00 30
97 17 10 00 27
96 11 17 00 28
95 10 14 00 24
94 14 08 00 22
93 22 16 00 38
92 19 08 00 27
91 20 14 00 34
90 21 17 00 38
89 20 08 00 28
88 11 03 00 14
87 16 14 00 30
86 28 06 00 34
85 11 02 00 13
84 15 00 01 16
83 14 00 00 14
82 15 00 00 15
81 16 00 00 16
80 08 00 01 09
79 08 00 00 08
78 02 00 00 02
77 00 20 00 20
76 00 12 00 12
75 00 00 00 00
Totals: 505 333 02 840
Thank you, Mr. Snyder!
Former OVRP Dirt Oval runners:
Maybe you know this, maybe not, but both Brett Hearn and his brother, Bobby, raced at OVRP. Not on the Dirt Oval, but on the road course.
Tyler Dippel was 5th and Alex Bell 23rd in the Modified feature at A/S.
Brad Szulewski was 12th in the Sportsman feature at Accord, while Joey Bruning was 3rd in the Spec Sportsman feature – the winning car did not pass fuel tech. Joey was originally shown to be 4th. Wyatt Clark was 6th in the Slingshot All Star feature. Other features will be rescheduled since “Mother Nature” interrupted the nights racing.
The Modified feature will be continued (from lap 2) this coming Friday (weather permitting), the Pure Stocks on 5/9 and the Pro Stocks on 5/16 – again, weather permitting.
Davie Franek was the 360 Sprint Car feature winner at Selinsgrove.
Bobby Morris was 2nd in the
Sportsman feature at
Note: Quite a bit being discussed on Facebook on the Sportsman feature that was won by Jackie Brown, Jr. It’s a “He said” & “He said” thing – one saying he passed tech while the other says the winner did not have a true Sportsman engine under the hood.
Anthony Perrego was 8th at U/R in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified feature. AJ Filbeck won the NASCAR Whelen All-American Sportsman feature.
Brett Wright won the Sportsman feature at
Roger Coss had a
5th place finish in the Modified feature at
Jacob Hendershot win the 270 Micro Sprint feature at Hamlin. Charlie Lawrence was 2nd and Tyler Pirone 3rd in the All Star Slingshot feature. Danny Buccafusca was 3rd in the Rookie Wingless 600 Micro feature.
Kyle Rohner was the 600 Wingless Micro Sprint feature at Airport Speedway.
Only 21 names this week. Quite a few tracks were rained out last Saturday.
Last Saturday was rained out. It was scheduled to be “Scouts Night”. Also the first of the Truck Series. I wonder if Scouts Night would be re-scheduled? No, it does not pay for me to inquire with OCFS, but maybe someone knows?
A little trip back in time – two excellent race drivers:
May 1, 1955:
As you can see, this column is coming out on May 1st. Back on May 1, 1955, I was in attendance at the Langhorne Speedway for some AAA Sprint Car racing. Back then, on May 1st, the Indianapolis Speedway always opened up for racing – to get ready for the 500 which was normally held on Memorial Day, back then – regardless of what day in the week it was. So, with quite a few of the drivers that ran the sprinters also running at Indy, one had no idea as to just whom might be at the big circle that day.
Mike Nazaruk was one of those drivers. His reason for going to Langhorne – needed the money. Yes, back then payoffs were nothing compared to what we see today. Well, in a way. A lot of drivers have as their biggest complaint – purses have not kept up with the expenses we have nowadays.
Later on in this weeks column there will be a photo of Mike Nazaruk. It was said that that particular photo was taken on his last lap – a lap that he was leading the race at that time.
Yes, he was fatally injured in an accident. It’s hard to say just what caused it. I do know the last time he went past where I was sitting in the stands; he was wiping the oily dirt off of his goggles. It’s been said that he wasn’t feeling well that day, either. I can still visualize him being thrown out of that Aqua/White # 29 Sprint Car. Some things we just never seem to forget.
“He raced midget cars, sprint
cars, and IndyCars. He was nicknamed "Iron
Mike." He won the track championships at
Above, from “He raced midget cars” – etc etc is from: http://www.wheelsofspeed.com/history/may_1.html
May 1, 1994:
If you’re a race fan, then I imagine this date just might mean something to you. That was the day the late Ayrton Senna took his last ride in a Grand Prix race. Wow! That was 20 years ago – already!
He’ll go down in racing history as one of the very best, that’s for sure.
A few things about Senna:
Senna – the movie:
Video – The last team mate – Damon Hill & Ayrton Senna video
From 1938 to 1939 used for Midget racing.
This track closed about two years after I was born. My brother was fortunate to have seen some races there. He says that the cars had to go through a tunnel to get from the pits to the track. He also said that to get to the stands, one had to go through the pit area. It was originally built for bicycle racing.
Note: I was kind of surprised that in the link above, one of my articles – “A Step Back in Time” is linked to.
Some interesting threads on the DTD forum –
Petition to DirtCar to reschedule Fulton SDS race
And this one is even more interesting:
Billy Pauch Disqualified
Note: You can’t believe what’s being said on the South Jersey Dirt Racing message board, and/or on Facebook, about this DQ and the track and it’s “rules”.
One comment that really makes sense!
“In a perfect world, the infractions should be made public and so should the penalties. But that's a perfect world. What pisses me off to no end is that when one track suspends a driver for rules infractions, the competing tracks welcome that driver with open arms.
The ONLY way you can stop blatant cheating is to honor each others suspensions. If Fulton dumps a Sportsman car for having counterfeit bolts, then Canandaigua, Fonda, Merrittville and whatever other Saturday night tracks there are within a reasonable travel distance should honor that suspension. Track promoters NEED to work together here, even if they are fierce rivals.
Why bother having rules at all if nobody is going to enforce them?”
And this one, too:
When competing in a midweek show, just qualifying for the main event can be a major challenge. Drivers attending the upcoming NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP event at Thunder Mountain Speedway Tuesday, May 20 (rain date: May 21) will be rewarded even if they don't make the Olum's 'Lightning on the Mountain' presented by Rochinski Contracting Services and Husqvarna starting field.
A number of prizes have been put together so many of our drivers on the DNQ list don't leave empty-handed:
*Drum of VP Racing Fuels (valued at more than $500)
*A complete set of bumpers and rubrails from Shiley Fabrication
*Two $100 cash bonuses from Manmiller Electric
*Three free pit passes to the
Aug. 5 '
*100 credit for use at Bob Hilbert Sportswear
*$50 credit for Diversified Machine Inc./Bulldog Rear Ends
*FREE car entry for all
drivers unable to qualify for
Drivers making the main event will be rewarded, as well, with the largest purse in track history. Some $29,968 in cash will be paid out including $500 just to take the green flag for 50 laps.
Sportsman (Opens and Crates) are on the card in a $1,000-to-win, $100-to-start 25-lap event.
www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com for more
Brad Keselowski proposes dramatic overhaul of NASCAR schedule
NASCAR would consider midweek
races, trucks at
It looks like Accord has done away with their “Mid Week Madness” shows that have been held on Wednesday nights. Looking at the tracks schedule, they now show racing on Saturday May 10th, June 21st, July 12th and Aug 9th for Flat Track Bikes & Quads.
This is rather interesting:
NASCAR meets with Michelin:
Just days after several Sprint
Cup champion contenders had issues with where the rubber meets the road in
The other three classes in
the TUDOR Championship have Continental as the lone supplier. The GT-Le Mans
series competitors can run whatever tire brand they choose. At the 24 Hours of
Daytona, the tire of choice was Michelin. At the 12 Hours of Sebring, the only
team that did not run Michelins was the Falken
Tire-sponsored car. Michelin North America is based
NASCAR will look at Ambrose, Mears incident:
NASCAR will investigate a post-race incident that resulted in both #9-Marcos Ambrose and #13-Casey Mears being punched, but Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's vice president of competition, said "we don't think it was anything too severe." FOX caught the incident after Saturday night's Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. The network's video shows Ambrose and Mears talking to each other when Mears shoves Ambrose. Ambrose responds with a right cross to the left side of Mears' head. Ambrose is pulled away while Mears pursues. Then Ambrose is sucker-punched by someone else. Pemberton said that series officials did not meet with either driver after the race. Series officials met with Ambrose's crew chief, Drew Blickensderfer, and Sammy Johns, director of competition at Richard Petty Motorsports. Pemberton said officials watched footage of the incident. Pemberton said they would continue to investigate the situation. He was unaware of anything on the track that would have precipitated the confrontation. "We'll get all the footage that we can and look at it and see what happens from there," Pemberton said. "We've got to take our time and do everything. Sometimes there's things for us to look at that we don't have available right now, so to make any kind of statement or call on it (at this point), we'd be wasting everybody's time."(Motor Racing Network)(4-27-2014)
Note: As you can see, at the beginning of this weeks column, NASCAR has fined both drivers.
Several teams have tire
Several Sprint Cup drivers
battled tire issues Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway, causing
some cars to catch fire from the burning rubber. Among the drivers who had
problems were #48-Jimmie Johnson, #99-Carl Edwards, #15-Clint Bowyer, #41-
Busch, #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr
and #36-Reed Sorenson. Goodyear brought a new tire combination to
"There are a number of
cars that don't have any issues at all and they have got a good balanced car
and everything is fine," Goodyear Racing executive Stu Grant told Motor
Racing Network during its race broadcast. "But what we're seeing is the
inside shoulder of the right front is wearing through the tread and through the
overlay. It's important to have a good balanced car, it's important to not have
a lot of camber, and it's important to try to stay off that right front. But
having said that, it looks like the operating window is pretty narrow for these
guys. If they miss it by a little bit, you're going to get into that right
front and we're going to have to work on that." Goodyear most likely will
conduct a tire test and bring a new tire for the
"The tire was adjusted properly on many of the cars, and I think some of them took it overboard," NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said. "Goodyear being a good partner, they'll get together and if it's something we need to re-do before we get back in here in the fall, I'm sure Goodyear is more than happy to test and build another tire."(Sporting News)(4-27-2014)
NASCAR not planning additional SAFER barriers:
NASCAR has undergone significant format modifications this season in an attempt to bolster its reach, but additional major changes are unlikely. "More tweaks, if any at all are made, they'd be minor because we believe the current format we have is built to stand a long time," NASCAR chairman Brian France said Friday at a conference with sports editors.
France suggested that the
changes to the championship structure has altered the way drivers race, forcing
them to increase "taking risks" and being more aggressive in the
pursuit of victories, as opposed to securing points. When weighing safety,
Since each race track is
different, there are challenges to installing SAFER walls in all places where
cars are exposed to concrete. According to
Richard Petty expected back
WHAT WILL IT MEAN TO HAVE RICHARD BACK AT THE TRACK THIS WEEKEND?
Almirola - "I think he's doing well. I think being back at the race track is gonna be good for our race team and good for him. I think it'll be good medicine. When something like that happens you kind of want to hide a little bit and just get your feelings straight, but he's been by the shop and been in good spirits and I think he's doing very well considering. We're looking forward to getting him back at the race track and getting him back into race mode. I've spent quite a bit of time with him over the last few weeks since Miss Lynda passed, and it's gonna be great to have our leader back at the race track. He's the name and the face of our company and all the guys on the race team, any myself included, look up to him and enjoy having him around at the race track and having him inside the hauler and talking to us after practice and getting his perspective on what he sees with other race cars and with our race cars throughout practice, so I'm excited about having him back at the race track and, like Trent said, I think it's gonna be good medicine for him. He comes to about 95 percent of the races every year, so for him to take the two or three weeks off that he's taken, I know he's itching to get back to the race track. He's been watching the practices and watching qualifying and watching the races and Dale Inman goes home on Sunday night and gives him the full report on what went down that weekend and how things went. He's still heavily involved and he's still been paying attention for sure, he just hasn't been at the race track. He knows everything that's been going on."(Ford Racing PR)(4-24-2014)
Richard Petty met with the
media Friday morning at
WHAT IS IT LIKE FOR YOU TO BE BACK? "I just felt like I needed to sort of had a little time on our own so I have been gone for two or three weeks but I am back in the saddle again now. I am just learning to live all over again."
DO YOU THINK BEING AT THE
TRACK WILL BE A GOOD DISTRACTION? "Yeah, doing the things we were supposed
to do the last few weeks have been put off so starting
Monday we were in
HOW ARE YOU DOING? "I am surviving. It is going to be different I guess. After 55 years I have to start all over again. I was fortunate that all the kids came home for Easter. We had all the kids and grand kids home and that really made things work good."
WHAT DO YOU EXPECT THE OUTPOURING YOU WILL RECEIVE AT THE TRACK TO BE LIKE? "It is great that so many people knew Lynda so well. Of course she had been around a long time too. She never met a stranger. Every once in awhile I would come in the house and see people I didn't even know. She would invite them in the house to spend the night or whatever. Again, it is just going to be different."(Ford Racing PR)(4-25-2014)
More on Kurt Busch and the Indy 500:
unveiled Monday the black-and-white #26 car that Kurt Busch seeks to race in
the Indianapolis 500, and Busch will drive that car Tuesday in the first day of
rookie orientation at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Busch is attempting to
become the fourth driver to race in the
Rookie orientation at
Indianapolis Motor Speedway consists of three phases where drivers must
maintain a consistent speed within a preset range. Typically the range is
200-210 mph, 210-215 mph and then 215 and above. Once they have met those
standards while being judged by observers, they are cleared to practice for the
A second day of testing will be May 5. Busch will be allowed to run that day regardless of if he completes the rookie requirements Tuesday, an IndyCar official confirmed. Busch is scheduled to return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway May 11 - the day after the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway - for practice. Suretone Entertainment will be Busch's sponsor.(Motor Racing Network) (4-29-2014)
Found via a link on Jayski:
Tires on fire: Issues mar race for several drivers
From Track Forum:
Genesis of the GWC?
emails – racing related:
One I sent:
To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>;
Apr 21 at 1:06 PM
Might there be any chance of correcting the link to "MyLaps" on your website, so it would lead us directly to the lap times for OCFS?
Thanks in advance!
Hmmm, as of 4/28 – still no go on the MyLaps link on the OCFS website, as you can see in the link below. No go as of 4/30, either.
Found on Facebook – racing related:
Congratulations to Floridian Dave Steele on his induction into the Little 500 Hall of Fame. Steele won the Little 500 in 1996 and 2009.
What's up with the tracks writing checks for pay out wtf ?
Think fonda does the same thing now
Yea... We should pay to get in with checks... See how they like that !
by NSSN Staff
According to arrest records,
The North Carolina Department
of Revenue charged
“For 20 NEMA seasons, Dad and I spent our weekends doing what we loved most - together. Maybe we didn't have the countless checkered flags that we had always dreamed of, but I wouldn't change a damn thing! I got to spend all that time with my best friend. I look back now I realize what a lucky guy I am....To all the young guns out there that drive for their Dads: make sure every time you climb out of that seat, no matter if you finish first or last, make sure you thank him for all he's done...you'll look back some day and realize the time spent together is what its all about!”
Rest in Peace Steve Hulsizer. Another driver taken way too soon.
Note: As of 8:00 PM on 4/29, there were a couple of postings on Facebook about his passing.
And I found this, too, on Facebook:
BREWERTON, NY – April 29, 2014 – John, Laura, Larry Wight and the entire Brewerton and Fulton Speedway staff pass on their sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers to the Hulsizer family and friends on the passing today of Steve Hulsizer.
Steve will not only be remembered as “Tough As Nails” on and off the race track but will always be remembered for his willingness to help anyone in their time of need in and outside of racing. Once you meant Steve you became instant friends from his infectious laugh and huge heart.
Once arrangements are made we will let it be known on both tracks websites and Facebook pages.
This is how Steve would want all of us to remember him, on the wings of victory last September 27, 2013. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4qEgf5EyjU&feature=youtu.be
Along with this, too – to go along with the above video link:
Those of us at DirtTrackDigest.com want to send our condolences to the family and friends of Steve Hulsizer. Steve passed away on Tuesday afternoon after battling illness. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.
Below is a story that
appeared on DirtTrackDigest after Steve’s final
career win last September at the
Hulsizer Surprises Everyone with Feel Good Victory at
By MIKE MALLETT
Those who follow our sport know the tough hand that Steve Hulsizer was dealt earlier this season when he was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer in the spring. His good friend Joe August stepped up and purchased a car, a former Jimmy Davis mount, for Hulsizer to drive when he felt up to it. They’ve competed seven to ten times this season, mostly at Fulton Speedway.
Hulsizer returned to the
Hulsizer was racing one day after receiving a chemotherapy treatment. One, which according to Hulsizer, takes a lot out of most but not out of him.
“The chemo I’m on is really
strong, but it doesn’t faze me at all,” said the
The win paid him $3,711, but it was more than just the money. It was the feeling of accomplishment considering his last win came in a car owned by Brian Murphy at the Utica-Rome Speedway back on July 24, 2011.
“I thought I would never race again,” said Hulsizer. “After the first diagnosis I didn’t even think I’d make it until now. It’s amazing to get back in the race car and have a good time. I get to see my kid race (Chris) and it’s fun. I can’t thank Joe August enough for this opportunity and what he’s done for me here.”
Hulsizer started the second feature from the fourth position. He lost a couple of positions early on before ultimately finding the middle to top groove before most others would risk taking a chance in that lane. He did what he had to do after the final caution of the race on lap 28 to drive by Mike Mahaney for the victory.
“I knew I once I got to second I had a chance at Mike (Mahaney) because he was getting loose,” stated Hulsizer. “I just had to slow down enough, get the front brake out of the car and roll the middle. I eased into turn one and two through the middle and then I blasted the top in three and four. I knew I could go around him. He was running pretty hard on the bottom. I was on the brake and gas at the same time, I got a big-block and this isn’t a big-block track. Once I got a hold of something on the top I could go really good and I was able to get by him.”
After the win Hulsizer also thanked long-time friend Pat Ward. Ward loaned him some gears and the right rear tire on the car. It was actually the same tire that had one the first feature earlier in the night on Ward’s car.
From the AARN:
Late Third Race Bump By
Assures Stafford Spring Sizzler Win
Weikert Memorial At
& $12,000 Plus Claimed By Hodnett
DIRTcar, Sowle Era Introduced
Pauch Is Disqualified
For Sail Panel Height At New
Fourth Straight Win Denied;
Godown Declared Winner
Selinsgrove 360 Sprint Score
Is First In Four Years
358 Mod Win
Rainouts Continue To Bedevil
Promoters, Drivers, Fans;
Lucas Oil Series Loses
Both Eastern Events
Sammy Swindell Back
In World Of Outlaws Sprint
Sportsman Pavement Season;
Dirt Champ Brown Wins Feature
With Mod Win;
NASCAR Makes Debut
As Sanctioning Body
NASCAR Sprint Cup
He has an article and tells us that the 305 Sprint Car group that runs at New Egypt have voted for less to win - $300.00, over a purse structure that had $500.00 to ein
He also tells us that with the tire contract that Billy Pauch has with New Egypt, Pauch has to be a weekly competitor.
One little part in his column deals with ethanaol and how when it's added to gas can damage internal combustion engines by increasing exhaust temperatures and indirectly causing component failures - per the AMA.
He informs us that Shane Stewart is now driving a Sprint Car that is owned by Kyle Larson and Justin Marks.
Bill tells us that Jerry Higbie and his Hig-Fab business will turn out their 100th chassis this week.
Hard to believe it, but Guy has now been to 1,549 tracks.
XCEL CHASSIS ANNOUNCES BIGGEST SUMMER PAYOUT WITH PARTNERSHIPS BY HOOSIER TIRE AND FXG SIGN & LABEL
The last eight years has been about building trust and business relationships with sponsors and the pay off will benefit those drivers and owners that have stayed with the Xcel Chassis 600 modified program thru the good, bad and ugly.
The reality is that the Xcel Chassis 600 modifieds have teamed up with Mid-Atlantic Hoosier Tire and FXG Sign and Label to make 2014 the biggest summer payout at 6 different tracks in the northeast.
Doug Borger, series founder and promoter, announces the biggest single paying race in series history along with 5 big $1000 to win shows and a $750 to win event. "At the end of the season, I looked at the numbers and realized that the 600 modified series grew as a whole during a time when you were just looking to break even. I'm lucky to have the support of my drivers and owners for so many years. I wanted to show my appreciation to the tracks and their owners as well because without their cooperation, none of this would have become a reality."
After spending the following winter
with Hoosier Tire and Chad Mullen of FXG, series kingpin,
History will be made in two ways
when the 600 modifieds pull into 3/8 mile high banked
Lincoln Speedway, located in
June 28th will start the high
paying summer off at
July 12th has the 600 modifieds having their first 100 lapper in series history."Since the first day Roger Gettel and his crew have welcomed the series. Shippensburg Speedway now runs the 600 modifieds on weeks there is no tour and the drivers are looking forward to the summer there. The 100 lapper will pay the winner $1000 and drivers get $100 to take the green. What makes it more exciting is there will be no fuel stop or tire stop so conservation will also play a role in the outcome" stated Doug Borger.
The only double header big payoff weekend will be at Penn Can Speedway on July 18th and 20th. Reed Miller and Al Wilcox have been long time supporters of the series and are in their second year of running the mods weekly. Friday night will host the third $1000 to win show and again it will be $100 to take the green. On Sunday the 20th, the Xcel Chassis 600 modifieds will be a part of the ever popular Small Car Classic and the winner taking home $750 payday.
On August 9th, the mighty modifieds will pull into Five Mile Point Speedway to have a chance on bringing home a $1000 payday along with the checkered flag. Andrew Harpell has made it a priority to have the track in pristine conditions when the modifieds hit the track and is in their first year of running the 600 modifieds on a regular basis.
I-88 Speedway was such a huge hit with the drivers
last year. They asked Doug Borger to
reschedule some races there in 2014 and they got their wish. September 12th
will have the modifieds back in upstate
They say a promoters
work is never done as
Look for more exciting news to come
out of the Xcel camp over the next few weeks at www.xcelchassis.com or like us
on facebook. The next race for the Xcel Chassis tour
division will be at Big Diamond Speedway which is located in
Media Contact: Brett Deyo – firstname.lastname@example.org or 845.728.2781
For Immediate Release/April 27, 2014
Final Practice Complete, Attention Now Turns To Saturday, May 3 Thunder Mountain Speedway ‘Grand Reopening’ Event; $1,992-To-Win Modified Special Sees Top-Five Payout Positions Increased; Championship Battles Get Underway; Adult Grandstand Admission Just $10!
CENTER LISLE, NY – Following a pair of completed practice sessions, the stage is now set to officially open a new era of racing at Thunder Mountain Speedway.
On Saturday, May 3 the ‘Grand Reopening’ of the Center Lisle, N.Y., facility is set as speedway founder Karl Spoonhower returns to ownership following a seven-year absence. Countless improvements have been undertaken over the off-season with work expected to continue through race day.
Modifieds, big-block/small-block with sail panels, headline the ‘Grand Reopening’ program in a 30-lap main event paying $1,992 to the winner to commemorate the speedway’s first season of operation in 1992. Each of the top-five positions will see a purse increase for the opener over the regular Saturday night payout. This comes with no additional charge at the back or front gates and no extra laps in the main event.
The Modified division returns
as a weekly attraction this season at
Joining the Modifieds on the Opening Night card are Sportsman, racing for $700 to win and $100 to start weekly thanks to Howard Jones Logging & Firewood, Rookie Sportsman, Street Stocks, Empire Sport Trucks, Four Cylinders and Pure Stocks.
For the opener, all divisions will draw for their heat-race starting positions. The season-long point chases get underway in all divisions.
Gates will open an hour earlier than usual, at 3 p.m., for the pit area and grandstands. The drivers’ meeting is set for 5:40 p.m. Hot laps begin at 6 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m.
Admission is just $10 for Adults, $8 for Seniors (65 and over) and Students (ages 10-17) and kids under 9 are FREE. Pit admission is $30 with no license required.
Prior to the start of racing, fans will be treated to a variety of musical entertainment provided by ‘Russ the Big Guy’ and his unique POWER-pod that will be set up in the midway. There will be race cars on display, as well. Tilly’s Fried Dough, a popular food concession at the speedway during the prior Spoonhower era, returns weekly in ’14.
Saturday night racing continues regularly through Sept. 6.
Attendees of Saturday’s practice saw the progression of facility upgrades. New lights have been hung and wired on recently installed light poles. A general clean-up and repainting of the facility remains underway. The new clay surface has held up nicely during the two test-and-tune sessions, with smooth conditions for competitors.
Prior to a steady rain cutting
Saturday’s practice session short, a number of competitors were on hand to test
out their equipment on the
For rules, general
information and a complete schedule, visit www.thundermtnspeedway.com. A new
website has been launched. The speedway
office number is 607.657.8202. On race day, call 607.849.7899. The speedway
e-mail is email@example.com.
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ARDC MIDGET ACTION RETURNS TO
SUNDAY NIGHTS AT THE
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It's been thirty years since Sunday night racing at the Grandview Speedway featured midget racing but that is all about to change this Sunday, May 4th with the Open Wheel Spectacular on the high banks of the Grandview Speedway! And what better timing than the 2014 season as the American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) celebrates their 75th Anniversary.
In what will be the first of four doubleheader events, ARDC will team up with the Hilborn Tri-State Race Saver 305 Sprint Cars in a Sunday night program on the 1/3 mile speedway with both divisions featured in qualifying events and twenty-five lap features.
Bob Hilbert Sportswear will be offering several ARDC drivers some additional incentives this season. The Hilbert on the Hill Challenge will award the driver who accumulates the most points in the eight scheduled events at the Grandview Speedway with 100 White Express T-shirts with front and back imprinting. Hilbert will also present the 2nd through 5th place drivers in the series with $100 gift certificates. With the Grandview Speedway located in such close proximity to Hilbert's business, the pairing was just a natural combination.
After rain caused the cancellation of the
second event on the ARDC 2014 schedule, ARDC teams are anxiously awaiting their
next event at
Many of the drivers share Kobylarz' sentiments and would like nothing better than to
regular Saturday night Grandview competitor, Tim Buckwalter
were the winners of the 2013 ARDC events at Grandview and both will be in the
field for the first Sunday night event in thirty years. Buckwalter moved
into competition in the Small Block Modified ranks at
Kobylarz and Buckwalter will have plenty of competition from the likes
of the winner of the 2014 season opener, Steven Drevicki,
Bruce Buckwalter, Jr., Ryan Greth,
PJ Gargiulo, Brett Arndt, Tony DiMattia,
Alex Bright, Kyle Lick and Nick Wean as well as many more. Billy Pauch Jr. who
has an ARDC win at
A Meet & Greet will allow fans access to two drivers from each organization prior to the Sunday night events. Drivers will be available for pictures and autographs beginning at 5pm on race night, just outside the track's main entrance.
It's been a part of midget history and now will become apart of the present.
Racing begins at 7:30pm. Adult admission is $15 with children 6-11 just $3. Children under 6 are free.
Contact - Deb Smith
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 28, 2014
DICK JORDAN 14-54
"DOUBLE POINTS" FOR SATURDAY'S DMA MIDGET OPENER
night's opening race of the USAC DMA Midget Series at Bear Ridge Speedway in
Joe Krawiec, the defending series champ, who also won the series championship debut in 2011, will again be among 2014 title hopefuls, along with 2012 king Kevin Chaffee.
Krawiec leads the all-time winners' list with seven career wins, while Adam Pierson has five and Scott Holcomb has four. Chaffee has won three times.
At times, race tracks do listen to their fans!
Home of Major league Sprint Car Racing
For further information contact Scott Daloisio (909) 226-7768 or mailto:email@example.com
For Immediate Release
DUE TO FANS INPUT PERRIS MAKES CHANGE IN RACE NIGHT FORMAT!
The USAC/CRA main event has
traditionally been the fourth and final main of the night. Starting next Saturday it will be the second
of the four main run. A majority of the
crowd comes to watch the USAC/CRA portion of the show and many of them travel
long distances from as far away as
“In an effort to provide our loyal fans a better experience at the speedway, the main event lineup for May 3rd will be as follows,” Kazarian said on Wednesday morning. “PAS Senior Sprints, will run first followed by USAC/CRA, PAS Young Guns and California Lightning Sprints. This will allow those fans who are there for USAC/CRA only to not have to wait until the end of the night.”
Normally PAS shows are over in a timely manner, but every so often, a show will run late. That was the case with the 2014 season opener. Numerous fans made contact with track management and also voiced their opinion on social media venues. First word of the change on Wednesday drew a lot of attention on social media watering holes and it did ruffle a few feathers.
“There were a few people who were unhappy when they heard of the change,” said longtime track announcer and publicist Scott Daloisio. “They have to understand that about 80% of the fans are there for the USAC/CRA portion of the show. Without those fans there, USAC/CRA would not be there and without USAC/CRA there would not be a sprint car show. I talked to several people about it yesterday and when explained why the change was being made, they seemed to understand.”
Open wheel shows are subject to delays when cars flip.
“Flips in sprint car and midget racing are a part of the sport,” Daloisio said. “That is something nobody has control over and it causes more time lost than anything else at all tracks. When a car gets upside down even under the best circumstances it averages about 12 minutes until you are racing again. The safety crew comes out and checks on the driver. Then the car is picked up and taken back to the pits. All of the remaining cars have to be pushed off to restart. If it happens five times a night, that is one hour. Once again, sprint cars getting upside down is part of the sport.”
Before the May 3rd sprint car show, The PAS will host “Night of Destruction #2” this Saturday, April 26th. The wild and crazy program will feature Figure 8 races, Figure 8 Trailer racing Democross and Spectator races. Gates will open at 5:00 PM. There will be an on track autograph & photo session at 5:30 and the first race will be at 7:00.
For more information on The PAS call: (951) 940-0134.
Camping for all events at The PAS is available for $25.00 per night. The campground will open at noon on Friday. Tailgating in the spectator parking lot will begin at 1:00 PM for all PAS events as well.
Perris Auto Speedway wants to thank its corporate sponsors for the 2014 season. 1-800LoanMart, 777 Racecars, All Coast Construction, Amsoil, Ayers Hotel and Spa, BlueLine Rental, Budweiser, CamGuard, Champion Towing, City of Perris, Daytona Boat & RV Storage, Edelbrok, Engine Pro, HD Industries, Hoosier Tires, K&N Engineering, Pep Boys, P.I.P.E., Pepsi-Cola, Pick-A-Part Auto Salvage, Prolong Super Lubricants, Running Waters Hospice, Scott Sales, Shaver Racing Engines, Sherwin Williams, Showtime Motorsports, Sprint Car Driving Experience, Square H, Swedish Speed, Trench Shoring, US Foods and Valley Auto Salvage.
To keep up with all of the latest Perris Auto Speedway news, photos, gossip and receive special offers, sign up at The PAS Facebook site at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Perris-Auto-Speedway/113876798686480?ref=hl
You can also keep up with the latest news and receive special offers from The PAS Twitter site: http://twitter.com/perrisautospdwy.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 29, 2014
62ND "HUT HUNDRED"
It kick-starts a weekend which includes Saturday's May 10 "Belleville Bash" for USAC and POWRi Midgets at the banked Belle Clair Speedway in Belleville, Ill.
Debuting in 1954 at the
Winners of the prestigious race
It will mark the debut of the race
at Tri-City Speedway, which suffered a rainout last year. The race finds a new
home this year after visiting
Tri-City Speedway, which has been transformed into an exciting 3/8-mile track in recent years, has hosted 61 USAC races since 1961 when Danny Frye won the inaugural USAC race there. The "Gold Crown Midget Nationals" has now become a fixture at the track and Rico Abreu, Bryan Clauson and Christopher Bell all found victory lane there last year.
Brady Bacon won the most recent Hut Hundred, in 2012, and the race has featured 11 different winners in the last 11 runnings!
The May 9 program includes UMP Modifieds with $700-to-win. Tickets are a bargain at $20, with kids 12 and under free. Gates open at 5 pm.
Note: I wonder why such a prestigious race has to move from one track to another?
This week’s photos:
Note: Photos can only be seen on: http://newenglandtractor.com/racereport/
As I said above, here’s a photo of the late Mike Nazaruk – supposedly on his last lap at Langhorne on May 1, 1955. Notice the oily dirt on his helmet and windshield.
I’m not sure if this will
work, but if you right click on the photo, then click on “Format picture” then
click on “size”, then go down to
height” and by clicking on either of the arrows, you can make the photo larger or smaller, by clicking on “OK” once you think you have the height size – in inches.
Not a racing video, but an interview with Kurt Busch about his up-coming run in the Indy 500:
Not racing related:
Sure hope this works!
Good friends don't judge you or ask a lot of questions. They help you move the body and never speak of it again.
The first five days after the weekend are always the hardest!
We keep hearing how Social Security is running out of money. How come we never hear about Welfare running out of money?
What's interesting is that the first group worked for their money, but the second group didn't.
With all this “Gun Control” talk, I haven’t heard one politician say how they plan to take guns away from criminals, just law abiding citizens.
I wish mosquitoes sucked fat instead of blood, then we could sit outside and eat donuts all day!
You see an item you want to buy and it cost $97.00.
You don’t have the cash, so you borrow $50.00 from your father and $50.00 from your mother.
That makes $100.00
You buy the item and now you have $3.00 change.
You give your dad $1.00 and your mother $1.00.
You keep the other $1.00
You now owe your father $49.00 and your mother $49.00.
That comes to $98.00.
You have that $1.00
This makes it $99.00
What happened to that other $1.00?
Never understood how people get stuff handed to them for nothing when they dont do anything to deserve it. But the ones that work hard and try hard to get and do something they have passion for get absolutely nothing.
Same entertainer – Gene Watson– same song – years apart:
Joke of the week:
ABSOLUTELY A TRUE STORY HEARD
A guy buys a new Lincoln
Navigator for $42,500.00 with monthly
payments of $560.00. He and a friend go duck hunting in upper
It's mid-winter and of course all of the lakes are frozen.
These two guys go out on the ice with their GUNS, a DOG, and of course the new NAVIGATOR
They decide they want to make a natural looking open water area for the ducks to focus on, something for the decoys to float on.
Now making a hole in the ice large enough to invite a passing duck, is going to take a little more power than the average drill auger can produce.
So out of the back of the new Navigator comes a stick of dynamite with a short 40 second-fuse.
Our two Rocket Scientists afraid they might slip on the ice while trying to run away after lighting the fuse decide on the following course of action:
They light the 40 second fuse; then, with a mighty thrust, They throw the stick of dynamite as far away as possible.
Remember a couple of paragraphs back when I mentioned the NAVIGATOR, the GUNS, and the DOG...?
Let's talk about the dog:
A highly trained Black Lab used for RETRIEVING; especially things thrown by the owner. You guessed it. The dog takes off across the ice at a high rate of speed and grabs the stick of dynamite, with the burning 40-second fuse just as it hits the ice.
The two men swallow, blink, start waving their arms and, with veins in their necks swelling to resemble stalks of rhubarb, scream and holler at the dog to stop. The dog, now apparently cheered on by his master, keeps coming. One hunter panics, grabs the shotgun and shoots the dog. The shotgun is loaded with #8 bird shot, hardly big enough to stop a Black Lab.
The dog stops for a moment, slightly confused, then continues on.
Another shot, and this time the dog, still standing, becomes really confused and of course terrified, thinks these two geniuses have gone insane!!!!!!
The dog takes off to find cover, UNDER the brand new Navigator.
The men continue to scream as they run. The red hot exhaust pipe on the truck touches the dog's rear end. He yelps, drops the dynamite under the truck and takes off after his master.
Then KA BOOOOOOOOOOOOM!
The truck is blown to bits and sinks to the bottom of the lake, leaving the two idiots standing there with 'I can't believe this just happened' looks on their faces.
The insurance company says that sinking a vehicle in a lake by illegal use of explosives is NOT COVERED by the policy. And the owner still had yet to make the first of those $560.00 a month payments.
The dog is okay....doing fine.
And you thought all Rednecks lived in the South.......
Please don’t forget:
In part: "As the result of a Freedom of
Information Act battle waged by the conservative group Judicial Watch, new
documents have emerged tying the messaging of the Sept. 11, 2012 attack in
[The documents] include a newly declassified e-mail showing then-White House Deputy Strategic Communications Adviser Ben Rhodes and other Obama administration public relations officials attempting to orchestrate a campaign to “reinforce” President Obama and to portray the Benghazi consulate terrorist attack as being “rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy.” Other documents show that State Department officials initially described the incident as an “attack” and possible kidnap attempt.”
Now the question is: What the hell will be done about this? Also, more came out on this on Tuesday/Wednesday.
Yes, the White House Did Tell
Susan Rice To Lie About
Until my next column – next week
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