Mostly Racin' Stuff

                                             By Tom Avenengo

                                               Volume # 194



First – I had a pretty tiring day today, 9/24/14, so if ya don’t mind, I’m sending this out a little early this week.



Some personal/family stuff:



My wife, who left us on July 3, 2014.


Remember, photos can only be seen on the New England Tractor/Race Report website, which is linked to at the end of my columns.


Greetings from Cape Coral, Florida!


Quite a bit has happened with your writer over these past couple of weeks.  I, along with my daughter, Judy, did get to the Racing Expo at the Hinchliffe Stadium.  They had the best ever turnout so far.  There was even a “track” set up for some demonstration runs.  Back in June of 1996, I had my by-pass surgery, and was put on disability.  One of those that helped me a lot with the Grand Union and benefits stuff was a young lady named Jane Scholz.  We finally met each other at Hinchliffe!

On Tuesday, September 16th, Judy and I – along with my four legged furry friend, Max, left New York and headed for Florida.  We had no problems at all on our trip south.  We did stay with my sister, Cathy, for one night in Melbourne.  She just had surgery (stent in her aorta) and her daughter Laureen, and my other sister, Tiny, were both there, too.  Coming up:  Four visits to various doctors down here in hopes of getting my health issues taken care of.


On Wednesday, I saw my kidney doctor and regular doctor.  Both want to hold off on any changes until I see my cardiologist & rep from Boston Scientific (Pacemaker) this coming Monday.  Man, I sure hope they can get things straightened out.  It’s to the point now where I have difficulty breathing just going room to room and walking very short distances.  It was corrected, via some changes and adjustments to my pacemaker last December.  Such a shame that one tech person messed it up so much.



More memories:


On February 28, 1964, I was discharged from the US Army.  We would head back home to the northeast.  But, prior to that, we would take the southern route into Florida to see my brother, “Jim” and his wife, Henrietta, in Merritt Island.  From there, we would head north.  I knew I had a job waiting for me with the Grand Union once we got back “home”.  As for the wife – well, we decided to give it a try and have her be a “stay at home” mom and help bring up the kids.  Today, even though doing that disqualified her from getting a “Lump sum death benefit from Social Security”, I feel it was a wise choice.




Racin’ stuff:


Honda, USAC Delivering K24 Engines to Midget Racers



Bank requests ‘immediate and exclusive custody’ of Rockingham Speedway



A new weekly feature for a few columns, anyway:


Race tracks that are no longer around:





Angelica Raceway - 1/3 Mile Dirt Oval located on the Alleghany County Fairgrounds.1958 - 1964.


Bridgehampton Road Course - Now a Golf Course.


Burden Lake Speedway - 1/4 Mile Dirt Oval located southwest of Averill Park, New York. Opened in 1948, and ran into the early 1950's. The exact closing date is uncertain; America's Speedways gives 1956 but other local sources suggest 1952.


Cairo Fairgrounds Speedway - aka Cairo Speedway. 1/2 Mile Clay Oval located on the Greene County Fairgrounds. Operated from 08/18/1974 - 09/ 22/1974, roughly the length of time it took the promoter to run out of money.


Carmel Racetrack - 1/2 Mile Dirt Oval located on the old Putnam County Fairgrounds. Operated from 1929 - 1941. Also operated under the name Putnam County Driving Park. The Fair site is now abandoned.


Castle Hill Speedway - (Bronx) 1/4 Mile Paved Oval. Opened as a 1/4 Mile Dirt Oval on 06/10/1938 operating through 10/10/1939. Reopened as a 1/4 Mile Paved Oval on 05/14/1940, operating through 10/17/1941. Torn down in 1942 when a Defense Plant was built on the site.


Chatham Fairgrounds - 1/2 Mile Dirt Oval. Used for cars in 1922 and on 09/01/1935. Motorcycles ran on the track in 1978.


Clearview Speedway -  1/3 mile Dirt Oval located in South Westerlo. Operated from 1949 to 1953. Also known as Clearview Thrillway. It should not be confused with Clearview Raceway, another track in the Capital District of New York.


Empire Raceways - 1/4 Mile Paved Oval located in Menands. Operated from 06/12/1947 - 09/2/1963. Subsequently, the Two Guys Department Store was built on the site. The old store building is now leased by Bank of America for document processing services. Also operated under the name Menands Raceway.


Freeport Speedway - 1/4 Mile Paved Oval. The site is now the location of a BJ's Wholesale Club. Was built as a WPA project during the Depression. Opened as a 1/5 Mile Cinder Track for Motorcycles in 1933. Midget Racing on the Cinder Track on 05/04/1935 - early 1939. Reopened as a Paved 1/5 Mile Oval on 06/16/1939, operating through 09/23/1941. An Outlaw Race was run in 1944. Racing resumed after WWII on 08/30/1945, running through 1974. Increased to 1/4 Mile for 1975, and ran through 09/24/1983. The Town was unable to find a Promoter after 1983, and an attempted revival several years later was shot down. Also refered to as Freeport Stadium and Freeport Municipal Stadium.


Greenport Speedway - Paved(?) Oval located North of Hudson.


Hollywood Bowl - 1/3 Mile Dirt Oval located Southeast of Troy. 1952 - 1960. Also operated as Route 66 Speedway.


Islip Speedway - 1/5 Mile Asphalt Oval, last raced in 1984. Now a Cookie Factory.


Ithaca-Dryden Speedway - 1/3 Mile Dirt Oval 1954 - 1966. Also operated under the name Dryden Speedway and John Wood Speedway.


Mettawee Speedway - (Granville)


Morris Fairgrounds - 1/2 Mile Dirt Oval located on the Otsego County Fairgrounds. About 05/30/1949 - 1972.  Also operated as Morris Speedway and Mid-State Speedway.


New Paltz Fairgrounds -Site of a defunct Dirt Oval located on the Ulster County Fairgrounds southwest of New Paltz. The track was used around 1950.


Niagara Falls Convention And Civic Center -1/8 Mile Paved Indoor Oval  for Karts and Quarter Midgets. Replaced by a new Conference Center. The old center was to be transferred to the Seneca Nation to be converted to a casino.


Palmyra Speedway - 1/4 Mile Dirt Oval. Was built in response to the end of Racing at the Palmyra Fairgrounds in 1949. Opened on Memorial Day in 1950. Was successful, but unable to control Spectator Access adequately (couldn't manage to charge them all Admission), and shut down after Labor Day Weekend of 1955.


Pine Bowl Speedway - 3/10 Mile Paved Oval located South of Troy. Opened in 1948 as a 3/10 Mile Dirt Oval. For 1949, Paving was planned. Due to problems with the Paving Machine, only the corners were Paved (by hand) for the 1949 season. The track was completely Paved for the 1950 season. Racing ended in 1965. A small number of Unadvertised Races were held in 1966. The track is still back in the woods, overgrown, but is not readily accessible.


Polo Grounds -Best known as a Baseball Stadium in New York City, but various Auto Racing events were held there on Wood, Dirt and Paved Tracks. The Warning Track of the Ball Field was used as a 1/4 Mile Dirt Oval around 1940 - 1942. A 1/5 Mile Wood Oval was used on 06/05 & 08/1948. A 1/4 Mile Paved Oval operated from 08/28/1958 - 09/12/1959, during the period between the departure of the Giants and the two seasons the Mets played there.


Roesch Stadium - (Buffalo) Was built in 1935 on Best Street and Jefferson Avenue. Was renamed Buffalo Civic Stadium, and the 1/4 Mile Cinder Track around the Sports Field was used in May 1940 for Midget Racing. It was Paved later that year, and Racing continued through until 1959 (it hosted Stock Cars after World War II), when the name was changed again to the War Memorial Stadium.


Tioga Motorsports Park - 3/8 Mile Paved Oval located 1 1/2 Miles West of Owego. Closed after the 2005 seeason.


Weisglass Speedway -


White's Beach Speedway - 1/4 Mile Dirt Oval located on the west side of Ballston Lake, near the town of Ballston Spa. 1952 - 1961. Also operated under the name Raceway Park.




Former OVRP Dirt Oval runners:


I was able to get some results prior to computer problems.


The Freedom 76 at Grandview had Anthony Perrego 9th and Danny Creeden a DNQ.


Roger Coss won the Modified main at Mahoning Valley, while Tiffany Wambold was 13th in the Street Stock main.


At Fonda, on Saturday, in the 50 lap Modified race, Billy V was 14th.  In the CRSA 305’s, Josh Pieniazek was 6th, Emily V 7th, Brittany Tresch 13th and Danny Hennessey 16th.  Billy V was 16th in the DIRTcar SDS race.


At Accord, in the King of the Catskills race, Danny Creeden was 5th¸Anthohy Perrego 22nd.  Jamie Yannone was a DNQ.  In the Sportsman feature, Matt Janiak was 2nd, LJ Lombardo 11th, with Joey Bruning, Winter & Zach Mead, Brad Szulewski and Mike Traver were all DNQ’s.

Wyatt Clark won the Slingshot feature.


At Bethel, Bobby Morris was 3rd in the held over Sportsman feature and 1st in the nights regular Sportsman feature, with Joe Conklin 5th in the regular feature.  JB Morris was 3rd in the 4 Cyl Advanced feature.


At Hamlin, Danny Buccafusca was 10th in the Wingless 600 Micro feature and 3rd in the 600 Rookie feature.  Jacob Hendershot was 2nd in the 270 Micro feature.


At Linda’s, Molly Chambers was12th in the Wingless 600 Micro feature




From Jayski:


NASCAR expected to release 2015 rules package this week - (9-21-2014)


Hornish could be interested in #9 car - (9-21-2014)



NASCAR Delivers 2015 Competition Package to Teams:

Following more than a year of extensive collaboration with stakeholders throughout the industry, and with a keen eye towards the future, NASCAR has finalized and delivered to teams the 2015 racing package for all three national series. "This race package represents a lot of hard work by NASCAR, the race teams, the drivers, our manufacturer partners and Goodyear," said Gene Stefanyshyn, NASCAR senior vice president of innovation and racing development. "We've remained committed to constantly looking at our racing, and the work that has been done has been aimed at getting a rules package delivered to the race teams as early as possible."

Highlighted in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series changes for 2015 are nearly 60 enhancements, including adjustments to the power train, aerodynamics and chassis that are designed to work in concert to deliver drivers more flexibility and teams more adjustability. Fans are expected to benefit from closer racing and more opportunities for drivers to pass on the track. "We have had fantastic racing so far in 2014," Stefanyshyn said. "We remain committed to constantly looking to improve it. Our fans deserve it and our industry is pushing for it. That will not stop with the 2015 package; the development will continue over many years to come."

NASCAR will institute a shorter rear spoiler in its 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series package, which also includes a reduction of engine power, lower rear differential gear ratios and an optional driver adjustable track bar.

Based on the success of group qualifying formats, which were introduced in 2014 for all national series, NASCAR also announced that group qualifying will be utilized for the first time for the Daytona 500.

Additional changes for the 2015 rules include the elimination of team-facilitated private testing, with race teams being instead invited to participate in NASCAR / Goodyear tests throughout the season. NASCAR also will work alongside Goodyear to introduce rain tires should conditions warrant during road course events in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2015.

"We're very pleased with the rules package and what it will do for our racing," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. "We're confident it will continue to generate great racing, along with continuous safety improvements. The work alongside our industry has been unprecedented. We've had great dialogue with our drivers and teams, our manufacturers and Goodyear, allowing us to build greater efficiencies into the 2015 rules package. We've met our goal of delivering rules to teams with time to prepare for next season and we're seeing the benefits of an updated process for developing our rules paying dividends. It will only continue to improve."(NASCAR)(9-23-2014)



Fact Sheet - 2015 Rules Package:

Nearly 60 different enhancements / updates have been made to the NASCAR national series rules packages for 2015 in the following areas:

" New Rules, with one or more of the following goals in mind: enriched competition, improved safety, reduced cost, enhanced product relevance and environmental (green) improvements.

Enhanced Enforcement of Existing Rules

New Officiating Processes

" Newly Approved Parts

" Updated Business Processes

The following are among the significant updates to the competition package.


There will be a NASCAR-mandated ban on all team-initiated private testing in 2015

" Teams will be invited to participate in NASCAR / Goodyear tests

" NASCAR will not conduct a test at Daytona International Speedway prior to the Daytona 500


" 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Package includes:

- Reduction of horsepower to 725 via tapered spacer

- Roller valve lifters to replace flat valve lifter

- Lower rear differential gear ratios targeting 9,000 RPM

- Rear spoiler adjustment to 6 inches high (2014 height: 8 inches)

- Optional driver adjustable track bar

- 38-inch wide radiator pan

- Minimum vehicle weight drops 50 lbs. via ballast reduction (2014 weight: 3,300 w/o driver)

- Updated qualifying formats for all tracks

" Rain tires on road courses, similar to rules in place for the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series; mandatory wipers, defogger and rear flashing rain light installed for the event weekend New Officiating Processes

" Data Log and Capture System for pre-race inspections

" Automated pit road officiating at race events

Newly Approved Parts

" Revised brake calipers

Updated Business Processes

" Electronic rule book

" New parts approval process




From Track Forum:


Here ya go – all about the Stewart/Ward deal:

NASCAR star Tony Stewart will not face criminal charges

A US Grand Jury investigation also found that Kevin Ward Jr was under the influence of marijuana...


Page 5 of:  Tony Stewart case to go to a Grand Jury


Post # 148 is where it starts and is quite interesting thereafter.



From the AARN:

Last week


Zemken Sprints To Ohsweken’s CanadianNationals 360 Win & $12,000 Check

Chuck Hossfeld Earns Third Career Victory In Fabled Race Of Champions

Career Night For Rodney Westhaver At Williams Grove

Oswego Finale To Dave Danzer; Sitterly Clinches Seventh Track Championship

Hodnett Stays Hot; Wins Selinsgrove’s Jim Nace Memorial 410 Main

Dirt Track Legend Scott Haus Retires From Driving

Thunder Mountain’s Oft Postponed Decker Memorial Mod Win To Andy Bachetti

URC Changes In The Offing?

Gregg Satteree Sweeps Two-Day LMWeekend At Mercer

All Star Cup Or Freedom 76er: After Rain Outs, Who’s Going Where?


This Week



Grandview’s $25,000-To-Win Freedom 76er Is Grabbed By Invader Stewart Friesen

It’s Woody Pitkat In Loudon WMT Race; Yuhas Hurt In Crash

One-Two Pauch Punch At New Egypt; ‘Little Billy’ Claims Big Bucks All Star Cup

Dick Barton’s Stateline Win Is Record 80th; Hints At Retirement

After Huge Saturday Crowd, Lancaster’s RoC US Open Main Postponed By Rain Sunday

Saldana Goes Back To Back In Eldora, Lernerville WoO A-Mains

Helliwell Calls Loudon ACT Late Model Victory “Huge’

Wisconsin Sprint Driver Scott Semmelman Dies In Practice Crash

Weekend Lincoln, Susky 410 Wins Propel Danny Dietrich Into Spotlight

Mike Ricci Crowned ‘King Of The Catskills’ In Accord Mods

Brett Hearn’s Super DIRTcar Fonda Score Shakes Up Point Standings



From the Victory Speedway Forum:


With doc's yearly Gurda interview just around the corner, I thought this would be a good place to post some suggested questions for him to ask on behalf of the fans. Here are a few to get started:


At the risk of sounding like last year's "ignorant reporting by a disenchanted columnist", there is once again the rumor of specials only format for next year, with attention being turned to the more profitable motocross track (I hadn't heard that rumor last year, but I have this year). Can you confirm that weekly racing will return in 2015?


Every year Howie Commander adds clay to his racetrack during the off season. You have not added any during your tenure as promoter. Is he advising you not to add clay, or is it just not in your budget?


Recently there was an article in AARN about Mr. Commander. (I don't remember the exact wording, but to paraphrase) He stated one of the keys to a successful race program is selling a $2.50 hamburger. Any comment to that?


Is it true that the new owner of Weedsport Speedway, who has basically leveled the place and made everything new, was interested in leasing OCFS 10 years ago? Do you regret not striking a deal with him, seeing how he has transformed Weedsport?


What happened to the planned dual track event with Lebanon Valley, was there a lack of interest from the drivers?


Last month, Tyler Dippel won a Bret Deyo promoted race at Georgetown Speedway. According to all race reports, and another article written about him that week in AARN, he is 14 years old. That means two years ago, when he started at OCFS, in the rookie and regular sportsman classes, he was all of twelve. Did you know at that time he was that young? What is the minimum age for racing sportsman at OCFS?



Uh oh on that last one!



How about "What is the age requirement for anyone that goes into the pits" for the stock car racing?



Interestings thoughts.



I don't have a problem presenting your questions to Mike Gurda. But I do ask where the RUMORS for special only format come from? I don't want to be a rumor from a rumor man. Need more substance.


The answer to your third question is.....Talk to the Maxwell's, it's their consession.. I bring my own beer, water and soda, and ESW I'll get my sub sandwichs before entering the track. But I still haven't learned how to crack open an egg on an open grill.


Maybe I'll start a rumor that Burger King is opening a place in the drive in section. Then everyone can order from the dollar menu.


Anything else?



I want to know who's the "disenchanted columnist"



Ask Mike about a rumor I heard. I hear they are building a Burger King near the drive-in. I'm not sure where I read it, but ask if there's any truth behind that.


I think it would be great to be able to buy a Whopper at the speedway.



I would like to see what he says to: What is your 5 year plan for the speedway?



I'd like to know if the track maintenance crew did something different to the track this year, because the racing action was great! There was very little "follow the leader" racing, and there was plenty of passing. Every week, Tim Hindley, Chuck McKee, and several other drivers could work their way to the front, regardless of starting positions. In the Sportsman ranks, Brian Krummel, LJ Lombardo, and a few others could do the same. We haven't seen passing like that in many years. OCFS will never be the track that it was in the 60's, 70's, and 80's, but it least it's still open and for 14 bucks provides a lot of racing action!



Another one: How many guaranteed starting spots were given out for eastern states, where were they given, who has them, and what is the guarantee?



For ES, 2 SBM spots (Creeden-OC and Brett Haas-LV) and 2 Modified spots (Hearn-LV and Rich Ricci-Accord). OC Mod spot was rained out two weeks ago.


I guess you're not going to respond to the special show format?



I thought I read somebody got one at Albany-Saratoga: Peter Britten maybe? Made me wonder how many there were. Guaranteed to start 2nd? 7th? in the rear? Ahead of the consi cars?



I heard from someone, who heard from someone, who heard from someone. All 3 are credible to me, or I wouldn't ask. As they might not want their names mentioned, I won't. I guess the general plans for next year question will have to suffice. He has seemed to be straight up with his answers and comments in past years. Also curious how the motocross track is doing? Success?



I will be asking him about Motocross....and has been sucessful this year.


That rumor has been going around for three years, even spoke about it last year..


Brett Deyo will be doing the Hard Clay Open again next year.. Not sure of date yet..





Press releases:


News from the Short Track SuperNationals 7 – The Working Man’s Race


Media Contact: Brett Deyo – or 845.728.2781


For Immediate Release/September 23, 2014


Anticipation Runs High For Alpine Building Supply Short Track SuperNationals 7 At I-88 Speedway Oct. 10-11; Online Information Center Established For ‘Working Man’s Race’ Spectacular; Andy Bachetti & Danny Johnson Tied For Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Point Lead


AFTON, NY – The highly anticipated Alpine Building Supply Short Track SuperNationals 7 presented by Olum’s at the Afton Fairgrounds is quickly approaching.


On Friday-Saturday Oct. 10-11, the ‘Working Man’s Race’ promoted by Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC and I-88 Speedway managers Jamie Page and Ron Ford will command the attention of the Northeast dirt Modified racing community at the Afton, N.Y., oval.


The busy weekend of racing is headlined by the finale of the six-race Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP with a record payout posted for the 50-lap big-block/small-block Modified event. Some $33,202 will be paid out to Modified racers and this number does not include lap money, contingency awards, bonuses and other incentives.


Currently, more than $1,200 in lap money has been collected and bonuses are adding up, making the SuperNationals more lucrative for competitors each day!


For year-long followers of the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP, the Short Track SuperNationals is the championship event. The $23,000-plus series point fund and other contingencies will be distributed once the checkered flies at I-88. To be eligible for the point fund or other awards, a driver must attend the I-88 finale.


Entering the finale, Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., and Danny Johnson of Rochester, N.Y., are tied for the championship lead with 350 points each.


Friday’s (Oct. 10) lineup includes the Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman 35-lap event paying $1,500 to win and $125 to start (top-six Crate 602 bonuses of $300, $200, $100, $75, $50 and a free pass for Saturday), Street Stocks, Four Cylinder Cars and Empire Sport Trucks plus open practice for Saturday’s divisions and the Manmiller Electric Modified Dash.


The recently added Manmiller Electric Modified Dash pits the five fastest cars from Modified practice in a 10-lap Dash: the winner earns a redraw position in Saturday’s 50-lap event. All other participants receive $50 cash.


On Saturday (Oct. 11), Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Modifieds race 50-laps paying $5,000-plus to win, $1,000 for 10th and $600 to start from the richest Short Track SuperNationals payout in history. Non-qualifiers in the Modified division will compete in a 17-lap B-Main paying $777 to the winner, $175 for 10th and $100 to take the green flag. Also on the Saturday docket are Crate 602 Sportsman ($1,000 to win, $100 to start), IMCA-Modifieds and Empire Lightning Sprints.


Post-race parties are planned for both nights following the completion of racing. DJ All-Day Entertainment will be on hand to play music both night and Dietz and Watson has donated food for attendees. The ‘party zone’ will be set up beneath the track’s covered grandstands.


A complete information center has been set up on the BD Motorsports Media LLC website:


Weekend Lineup:


Time Schedule:



Rules & General Information (All Divisions):



Pricing Information:



Modified A-Main Payout:



Modified B-Main Payout:



Hotel Information:



To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP, visit, e-mail Brett Deyo at

 or call 845.728.2781.  BD Motorsports Media is on Facebook and on Twitter: @BrettDeyo.


I-88 Speedway is located conveniently off I-88 Exit 7 (Afton), approximately 25 miles north and east of Binghamton, at 46 East Main Street Afton, N.Y. 13730. There is plentiful space for parking and camping. To learn more about I-88 Speedway, visit





News from Accord Speedway’s ‘Gobbler’ Special 


Media Contact: Brett

 or 845.728.2781


For Immediate Release/September 23, 2014


Second Annual ‘Gobbler’ Set For Accord Speedway Saturday, November 29; Sowle Trailer Repair Signs On To Reward Modified 50-lap Winner With $7,117.11; Sportsman ($1,500 To Win) And Ron Wright Memorial Street/Pure Stock Event Complete 2014 Northeast Dirt-Track Finale


ACCORD, NY – For the second consecutive year, Gary and Donna Palmer’s pristine Accord Speedway serves as the setting for the Northeast dirt-track finale.


Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC teams with the Palmers to promote the ‘Gobbler’ post-Thanksgiving event at the Ulster County quarter-mile oval. The ‘Gobbler’ is set to take place on Saturday, Nov. 29 featuring big-block/small-block Modifieds, Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman & Pure/Street Stocks.


Sowle Trailer Repair located in Fultonville, N.Y., has signed as the event’s presenting sponsor. The winner of the 50-lap Modified main event will earn a minimum of $7,117.11 plus lap money and bonuses courtesy of Sowle Trailer Repair’s Mike Sowle, who also serves as a member of the promotional team at Glen Ridge (N.Y.) Motorsports Park.


Sportsman, Open vs. Crate 602, will compete in a 25-lap feature paying $1,500 to the winner and $100 to take the green flag. Full-fender Pure/Street Stocks are featured in the 20-lap Ron Wright Memorial. A longtime attendee of Accord, Orange County (N.Y.) and Bethel (N.Y.) speedways, Wright had a passion for full-fender racing. His son, Kyle, was a former Pure Stock winner at Accord and he was a crew member for his longtime friend Mike Deyo.


“Last year’s ‘Gobbler’ event exceeded all expectations,” said event co-promoter Brett Deyo. “The racing was excellent, we had a huge crowd and the support of the racers was phenomenal. It was definitely the start of a new Thanksgiving weekend tradition of dirt-track racing in New York State.


“We’re looking at making the second edition of the ‘Gobbler’ even bigger and better.”


An early afternoon starting time will again be in place.  Camping will be permitted on-site, free of charge, on both Friday and Saturday nights (Nov. 28 and 29). Further information will be released as the event nears.


Last November, young Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., fended off the late challenges of Stewart Friesen to win the 'Gobbler' Modified 50-lap event. For Sportsman graduate Perrego, the win was his first in the Modified ranks. Rocky Warner of Gloversville, N.Y., drove his crate-powered Sportsman to victory over a stout field and Charlie Houghtaling of Parksville, N.Y., registered the Ron Wright Memorial Pure/Street Stock score.


Marketing opportunities are available now for the ‘Gobbler’ event. To learn more, contact Brett Deyo by phone at 845.728.2781 or via e-mail at BD Motorsports Media is on the web at

 “Like” BD Motorsports Media on Facebook or follow @BrettDeyo on Twitter.


Accord Speedway, a neat-and-tidy quarter-mile clay oval nestled in the hills of Ulster County, is located at 299 Whitfield Road Accord, NY 12404. The speedway is on the web at






FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                     SEPTEMBER 22, 2014

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            The 2014 USAC DMA Midget champion will be crowned this Saturday night at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt. as the series concludes its campaign.


            Point leader Adam Pierson of Bradford virtually locked up the 2014 USAC title with his eighth victory of the year Saturday night at Bear Ridge. He passed Vice Lucca on lap eight and led the rest of the 25-lap race to beat Josh Sunn, Scott Holcomb, Tim Hodge and Lucca.


            Saturday's race offered "double" points, leaving Pierson with a 143-point lead over Sunn in the new standings. Scott Holcomb, Scott Viets and Mike Chaffee round out the "top-five" in points entering the series finale.



2014 USAC DMA Midget Standings: 1-Adam Pierson-944, 2-Josh Sunn-801, 3-Scott Holcomb-714, 4-Scott Viets-683, 5-Mike Chaffee-649, 6-Ray Miller-630, 7-Dean Christensen-628, 8-Joe Krawiec-603, 9-Tim Hodge-549, 10-Adam Whitney-545.





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                     SEPTEMBER 22, 2014

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            Only 12 points separate USAC Silver Crown point leaders Kody Swanson and Tracy Hines entering the October 11 series finale at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.


            Neither was able to win at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio Saturday. The "4-Crown Nationals" victory went to Jerry Coons Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. in the RPM Auto Enterprise DRC/Mopar. Coons emerged with the victory after a post-race check revealed that an unapproved tire change had occurred on the car of original race winner Caleb Armstrong. The one-lap penalty relegated Armstrong to 10th place in the official finish.


            Coons won the pole for the 50-lap race and led the first 12 laps. Swanson, aiming for what would have been a fifth series victory this year, grabbed the lead on lap 13 but relinquished it back to Coons for the next six laps. Swanson then took over for 27 laps but succumbed to Armstrong's charge on lap 47.


            Defending race winner Chris Windom officially was credited with second at the checkered flag, followed by Hines, Shane Cockrum and Bobby East. Swanson slipped to ninth at the end.


            Drivers Russ Gamester, Dave Darland and Patrick Lawson all escaped injury in separate flips during the Silver Crown action.


            The Silver Crown feature was contested Sunday after rains interrupted Saturday night's event after the Midget heats.


            The October 11 Syracuse outing marks USAC's first Silver Crown race in New York since Brian Tyler's victory at Oswego in 2009. The last Syracuse Silver Crown race was J.J. Yeley's victory in 2003.



2014 USAC Silver Crown Standings:1-Kody Swanson-522, 2-Tracy Hines-510, 3-Bobby East-477, 4-Chris Windom-418, 5-Jerry Coons Jr.-366, 6-Jacob Wilson-308, 7-Shane Cockrum-264, 8-A.J. Fike-263, 9-Caleb Armstrong-261, 10-Dave Darland-234.




News from the Short Track SuperNationals 7 – The Working Man’s Race


Media Contact: Brett

 or 845.728.2781


For Immediate Release/September 12, 2014


Records To Be Shattered: Seventh Short Track SuperNationals At I-88 Speedway Oct. 10-11 Offers Largest Payout In Event History; Modifieds Race For $5,000 To Win, $1,000 For 10th & HUGE $600 To Start; Fully Paid B-Main For Non-Qualifiers; Halfway Leader Earns $700; Weekend Lineup Announced


AFTON, NY – The seventh edition of the Alpine Building Supply Short Track SuperNationals presented by Olum’s will shatter all previous ‘Working Man’s Race’ records when the event takes place at I-88 Speedway in Afton, N.Y., Friday-Saturday October 10-11.


In 2006, together with Pat Jordan – then the promoter of Afton Speedway – Brett Deyo launched the Short Track SuperNationals, a Columbus Day affordable alternative to Super DIRT Week for Friday, Saturday and Sunday competitors. The inaugural event attracted some 220 race cars to the facility over two days. Shortly thereafter, Jordan and wife Janet ended their reign as managers of the facility.


Deyo and the BD Motorsports Media LLC staff promoted the SuperNationals for five more editions at nearby Five Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood, N.Y., raising sponsorship money for racers, paying out bonuses, product awards, and building the event into an autumn destination. Fans have been involved with giveaways, raffles and more.


Following the 2013 event, Deyo formed a partnership with I-88 Speedway co-promoters Jamie Page and Ron Ford to bring the event to their spic-and-span I-88 Speedway, which offers ample parking and pit area room, camping with hookups, transponder scoring and many amenities for competitors and spectators.


In short, the ‘Working Man’s Race’ has returned to its original “job site” at the Afton Fairgrounds.


As Short Track SuperNationals 7 approaches, all standing records for the event are set to be broken.


On Saturday (Oct. 11), the highest big-block/small-block Modified purse structure in event history will be paid. The winner of the 50-lap event will collect well over $5,000, with $1,000 reserved for the 10th-place finisher and $600 just to take the green flag.


Thanks to Dale and Sue Smith and Steve Survilla, lap 25 – the halfway circuit of the SuperNationals Modified main – will pay an astounding $700 to the leader! This is the most lucrative halfway bonus in the history of the Short Track SuperNationals.


Additionally, the Modifieds will take part in a fully paid B-Main offering $777 to the winner for 17 laps and $100 to take the green. All non-qualifiers will receive payment at the 2014 edition.


The Modified event takes on added significance as the sixth and final event of the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP. Andy Bachetti and Danny Johnson are tied for the point lead heading into I-88. The huge series point fund will be paid out following the SuperNationals event.


Also competing on Saturday: the Crate 602 Sportsman in a 25-lap main paying $1,000 to the winner and $100 to start; the event will offer points toward the 2014 Dig Safely New York GRIT Series championship. IMCA-Modifieds and Empire Lightning Sprints complete the Saturday card.


There will be a pre-race fan fest and post-race party on Saturday, as well.


On Friday night (Oct. 10), the Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman division are featured in a 35-lap special paying $1,500 to the winner and $125 to start. Hefty Crate 602 Sportsman bonuses will be paid as follows to the top-six across the line: $300, $200, $100, $75, $50 and a free pit pass for Saturday. Also on the Friday card are Street Stocks (home track rules), Four Cylinders (generally accepted Southern Tier rules) and Empire Sport Trucks (home track rules).


Modifieds and other Saturday divisions will be permitted to practice throughout the night on Friday in preparation for the next day.


A post-race party is planned to cap Friday evening’s activities.


Registration forms for both Modifieds and Sportsman, in addition to reserved camping forms, can be found on the BD Motorsports Media LLC website under “events” and “SuperNationals” on the menu.


To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP, visit

, e-mail Brett Deyo at or call 845.728.2781.  BD Motorsports Media is on Facebook and on Twitter: @BrettDeyo.


I-88 Speedway is located conveniently off I-88 Exit 7 (Afton), approximately 25 miles north and east of Binghamton, at 46 East Main Street Afton, N.Y. 13730. There is plentiful space for parking and camping. To learn more about I-88 Speedway, visit




Borgers OctoberFest Round One


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Saturday September 27 will kick off round one of Borgers OcetoberFest 2014 five week racing series.  Please note we are going back to our 2:30 p.m. starting time for heats.


Headlining the show will be the Hoosier Racing Tires Borgers AllStar TQ/600 Sprints.   Fields are expected to increase and with last Saturday’s outstanding run in a Dirt 600 Sprint set up by Jordan Tittle a number of Dirt 600 teams have expressed an interest in giving Borgers a try.


AllStar and Junior Slings, and Karts will be on the card.


The exciting ATQMRA Vintage TQ club will be on hand racing the TQ’s from the past.  These beautiful cars have become a “Fan Favorite” at Borgers and draw a large turnout.


The mighty MSRS MicroStock tour will also be on board for their tour race,  To allow ample time for the Mahoning guys to make the Mahoning show we will run MicroStock heats first on the schedule and when the MSRS officials give us the word they are ready we will break into our heats and run their feature.


There will also be the Battle Of The Babes Powder Puff events for the Slingshots and Karts at the end of the show.


Be on hand for an action packed afternoon of racing on the Borgers 1/7 mile asphalt oval with

Gates Opening at 11:00 A.M.

Practice from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Mandatory Driver’s Meeting at 2:00 p.m. followed by

Heats and Features.


Registration will close at 1:30 p.m.  If you can not make on time it please call the track and we will draw a pill for you.  Late sign ins will start in the rear of the heats.



Racers Readying for Battle at the Bowl Dirt Track Series


Sponsors, entries, volunteers flying in as Friday opener approaches




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WEST HAVEN, VT – The stock car racing community is abuzz with the highly anticipated three-race “Battle at the Bowl” series and the grand opening of a new one-third-mile dirt track at Vermont’s Devil’s Bowl Speedway.  The “ Slate Valley Showdown” event on Friday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m. will kick off a new dual-track era for the Rutland County facility.


As finishing touches are being made on the track’s final construction, sponsorship, entry blanks, and volunteers continue to flood into Devil’s Bowl Speedway.  The law firm of Cullenberg & Tensen, PLLC has pledged its support of the entire Battle at the Bowl series and will serve as the primary sponsor of the 50-lap, $1,000-to-win Sportsman Modified race at the Slate Valley Showdown on Friday, September 26.  Cullenberg & Tensen, PLLC are experts in personal injury law and proudly serve clients throughout Vermont and New Hampshire.  Visit for more information.


Interstate All Battery Center of Rutland, VT has upped its support of Devil’s Bowl Speedway, building further on a multi-year partnership.  Interstate All Battery Center – sponsor of the ultra-popular “Fun Bus” tour at the speedway – is conveniently located at 71 River Street in Downtown Rutland.


Other local businesses pledging support include Fabian Earthmoving of West Rutland, VT, G. Stone Commercial of Middlebury, VT, Rouse Tire of Middlebury, VT, Carrara Masonry & Concrete of North Clarendon, VT, and Brown’s Quarried Slate of Castleton, VT.  A swarm of volunteers and workers have also flocked to the speedway to create the new track in the infield of the existing asphalt half-mile oval.


Sportsman Modifieds, eight-cylinder Renegades, and four-cylinder Mini Stocks will each compete for a three-race championship point fund.  A sampling of Sportsman Modified drivers who have filed full series entries include Johnny Scarborough, Frank Hoard, Jr., Jack Gentile, Jack Swinton, Chris Murray, Jim Morgan, Matt Atwood, Ron Casey, and Cody Hunt.


The Slate Valley Showdown is Friday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m. and will also have a special $500-to-win Pro Stock race on the card.  The “King of the Clay” event is on Saturday, October 4 at an earlier 4:00 p.m. start and features a 50-lap, $5,000-to-win Big Block/Small Block Modified race and a 50-lap Enduro.  The series wraps up on Saturday, October 18 at 2:00 p.m. with a Sportsman Modified 100, the Sprint Cars of New England, Sportsman Coupes, Renegades, and Mini Stocks.


Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, VT, four miles north of Exit 2 on U.S. Route 4.  For more information, visit or call (802) 265-3112.  Devil’s Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at and on Twitter and Instagram at @DevilsBowlSpeed; follow the action using the #DevilsBowl and #BattleAtTheBowl hashtags.




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





This week’s photo:


A few days late here – back on 9/20/52, Bill Schindler took his last ride in a race car at the Allentown, PA Fairgrounds ½ mile dirt track.  He took that ride in the Earl Beal # 2 Offy Sprint Car, which is pictured, below.





This weeks racing video:

Sorry, but due to a malfunction with my computer, there will be no racing video this week.



Some non racin’ stuff:


Here's what Coke and Pepsi didn't tell you when they announced their plan to cut calories






This weeks joke:


I knew it, I knew it, I knew it!!!


Brains of the elderly slow because they know so much......


The brains of older people only appear to be less speedy, because they have so much information to access, much like a full-up hard drive, scientists believe.


Elderly people have so much information in their brain that it takes longer for them to access it, scientific studies show.


Older people do not decline mentally with age.  It just takes them longer to recall facts, because they have more information in their brains, research suggests.


Much like a computer takes longer as the hard drive gets full up, so too do humans take longer to access information, it has been reported.


Researchers say this slowing down it is not the same as cognitive decline.


The human brain appears to work slower in old age, said Dr. Michael Ramscar, but only because so much information has been stored over time.  Older people simply know more, so selecting a correct choice from the trove of stored data may take a bit longer.




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