Mostly Racin' Stuff

                                                   By Tom Avenengo

                                                      Volume # 202




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.


My weight has been pretty steady at 148/149.  Sugar is doing ok, too.  If you recall fro last week, I made mention of family members sending up Chinese Lanterns in memory of the wife, on her birthday.  Hmmm, might be  "Monkey Wrench" thrown into that idea - seems that in some places those Chinese Lanterns are against the law.

This past Saturday I went to a picnic type of gathering with my daughter, Sandy, grand daughter, Kalina, her two sons, Gavin and Even, and another great grandson, Naji.  The highlight of my day was when I won one of the Bingo games!  Strange, but this deal was put on by the Lee Memorial Health Care System.  To be perfectly honest, there was NOT much to eat in the way of "Healthy" food items.  And, I did notice that quite a few of their employees are kinda "hefty", too.


I was out shopping this past Monday down here in Cape Coral.  I noticed that those that maintain lawns, etc, etc. were out MOWING GRASS.  Meanwhile, back up in the northwestern part of New York, the NY Thruway was closed for 132 miles, so it was said on Tuesday.   Parts of New York were due to get anywhere from 30 to 70 inches of snow.  My son, Tom Jr., and his family are located up in Dexter, NY, and, yes, they do get "Lake effect" snow storms.

The "Tug Hill" area was gonna get hit with snow (as usual).  Wonder how many fatalities they'll rack up this year with snow mobiles?  Some, it seems, just never learn.



More memories:


Over time, we've had a couple of slot car tracks at our house.  Some were bought, some were home made.  The last one I made took three 4our by eight sheets together - so it measured eight feet by twelve feet.  It was an "oval" shaped like the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Mostly we raced the Monogram 1/18th scale midgets that I had converted from a plain plastic model to a slot car.  The track surface was Masonite, painted black - smooth side up.  Aluminum tape was used to conduct the electricity to each lane.  Different controls were used - from door bell buttons to regular pistol type.  Lap speeds were in the 3 to 4 second bracket.  Plastic "screen" type plastic was painted silver and used as fencing.  That was behind the balsa wood guard rails.  Various ads in papers and magazines were used as signage.   Have you ever cut Masonite with an electric jig saw?  Talk about some dust!  I just used strips on the straights, and spaced them apart for the guides.  Also, I did  about the same for the turns.  Track was completely flat, too.  The track has met it's end, but I still have quite a few of the cars and some chassis.  Chassis were made so any model would fit on any chassis.  Chassis parts, motors, tires etc etc, were obtained from:




Racin’ stuff:

A thread on the Victory Speedway Forum:

OCFS in 2015:

A couple of comments/thoughts:

"What does DIRT do for tracks that they sanction?"

"Maybe insurance is the only thing. 

Let's get 3 tri-tracks together again. This time OCFS, Big Diamond and New Egypt. I think 2 out of the 3 has been screwed by DIRT"



Brad Keselowski says he's a 'threat' to NASCAR establishment



Former Champs Offer Ways to Change Chase


In part:  "

Dale Jarrett says he would like to see a requirement that the champion must have at least a win. Jeff Gordon says that the Chase drivers should have their own points system."




Leaked Letter Shows How Bad Formula One's Finance Problem Really Is

NASCAR's Kurt Busch meets with investigators



Back in time:


Talking about all the snow, above, makes me think of what it was like back in the late 40's and into the early 60's, when I was living in the New York and New Jersey area, and we'd go to indoor midget races, during the winter.  In the Bronx was the Kingsbridge Armory.  The track, for midgets, was a 1/5 mile oval.  I do believe they only used about 1/2 of the building for the race track.  I have a listing of all the races run there, mostly top three finishers, and only can see ONE TIME when their races were cancelled.  That was in the late 40's.

In the late 50's, my future wife and I would leave work in the Monsey, NY Grand Union and head for the Armory in Teaneck, NJ, for some indoor TQ races.  We always sat in the front row across from the start finish line.  When we left at the end of a nights racing, we'd stop at the ticket window and order the same seats for the following Saturday.  Funny, but back then, ya just knew they were gonna race, and not cancel.  Heck, the drivers came some distances to race, too - both at Kingsbridge and Teaneck - from PA, NJ, NY, CT, MA. and other places - even some came in from the mid-west!  Today, it seems that if there's a forecast for snow - just a forecast, most things get postponed and/or cancelled.




Former OVRP Dirt Oval racers:

Tyler Dippel was 27th in the PASS Late Models feature held at the Southern National Motor Sports Park

At Bridgeport, on Saturday, in the Small Block feature, Anthony Perrego was 10th. 

On Sunday, with the Big Blocks, Perrego was 13th.  In the Sportsman feature, Mike Mammana was 17th.

Joe Kata, III was 18th in the 410 Sprint Car feature at Susquehanna.





From Jayski:

Unofficial Top 25 in 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Points Standings (not the Chase):
[after Homestead, race 36 of 36]
(using current points system, but not the Chase rules, unofficial)
1) #24-Jeff Gordon(EC), 1253
2) #22-Joey Logano(C4), 1216, -37
3) #2-Brad Keselowski(EC), 1179, -74
4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(EC), 1175, -78
5) #4-Kevin Harvick(CH), 1171, -82
6) #31-Ryan Newman(C2), 1136, -117
7) #20-Matt Kenseth(EC), 1131, -122
8) #42-Kyle Larson #, 1080, -173
9) #48-Jimmie Johnson(EC), 1067, -186
10) #99-Carl Edwards(EC), 1059, -194
11) #1-Jamie McMurray, 1014, -239
12) #16-Greg Biffle(EC), 1000, -253
13) #11-Denny Hamlin(C3), 987, -266 (missed a races)
14) #15-Clint Bowyer, 979, -274
15) #18-Kyle Busch(EC), 969, -284
16) #5-Kasey Kahne(EC), 966, -287
17) #3-Austin Dillon #, 958, -295
18) #27-Paul Menard, 944, -309
19) #55-Brian Vickers, 921, -332
20) #41-Kurt Busch(EC), 911, -342
21) #9-Marcos Ambrose, 872, -381
22) #47-AJ Allmendinger(EC), 868, -385
23) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 857, -396
24) #43-Aric Almirola(EC), 820, -433
25) #14-Tony Stewart, 799, -454 (missed 3 races)
(CH is the 2014 Sprint Cup Series Champion)
(C# is chase driver and current Chase position)

(EC is chase driver that has been eliminated from the Chase)






Daytona tower will be removed before 2015 July race: 

Daytona International Speedway's in-progress renovation will create some unusual circumstances next year. In March, Daytona plans to remove its familiar white tower on the frontstretch - emblazoned with "DAYTONA" and filled with suites, race control and a press box - but will not have its replacement ready until the 2016 Daytona 500. That means the 2015 Coke Zero 400 on July 5 will feature a temporary race control and television booth located in a backstretch suite for NBC's first race in its return to being a NASCAR broadcaster. Daytona is removing its backstretch stands (the "Superstretch"), but not until after July's race. That means NBC will be able to transform a suite for its purposes, though announcers won't have a very good view of the start or finish. The changes are part of Daytona's $400-million "Daytona Rising" project, which is transforming NASCAR's most famous track into a stadium-style facility with NFL-quality amenities. Ninety percent of the steel for the project is currently installed, Chitwood said, and 40,000 new seats will be ready for the Feb. 22 Daytona 500. That race will also have 60,000 old seats available on the frontstretch. Daytona's seating capacity before the renovations began is listed in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup media guide as 146,000. After the 2015 season, the backstretch grandstands - which have been closed for July races since 2009 -- will be removed, and the track will have a 101,000-seat capacity (all on the frontstretch).(USA Today)(11-16-2014)



Driver appearances:


Kyle Larson is scheduled to appear at Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, California for the Turkey Night Grand Prix on Wednesday, November 26. For more information and ticket pricing see visit

Kyle Larson is scheduled to appear at Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, California for the Turkey Night Grand Prix on Thursday, November 27. For more information see visit


Matt Kenseth is scheduled to appear at the Matt Kenseth Fan Club museum in Cambridge, Wisconsin on Saturday, November 29 at 11:00 AM. Kenseth will sign autographs for fan club members. Advance wristbands will be printed in the MKFC newsletter.



December 2014 Scheduled Appearances


The qualified 16 Chase contenders are scheduled to appear at fanfest at Downtown Las Vegas, Fremont Street Experience, Third Street Stage on Wednesday, December 3 at 2:00 PM. Admission is free. Michael Waltrip will host the fan-interactive event. For more information see visit


The qualified 16 Chase contenders are scheduled to take a victory lap on the Las Vegas Strip on Thursday, December 4 at 3:30 PM. Featuring a green flag start line at the Miracle Mile Shops and two burnout locations along the route, fans can get a unique, up-close view of NASCAR's world-famous drivers and cars. The checkered-flag will wave to conclude this celebratory lap at the all-new NASCAR fan headquarters, Champion's Week Live at The LINQ, behind the newly-opened High Roller.


The qualified 16 Chase contenders are scheduled to appear at After The Lap in Las Vegas, NV on Thursday, December 4. The event will take place at 5:00 PM in the Pearl Palms Concert Theater inside the Palms Casino Hotel.Click here for event information and ticket pricing.


Chase Elliott, Erik Jones, Ben Kennedy, Corey LaJoie, Ross Kenseth, Johanna Long, Chris Fontaine, John Hunter Nemechek, and others are scheduled to appear at the Snowball Derby on Sunday, December 7 at the 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL. 5 Flags is located at 7451 Pine Forest Road. For tickets and more information, Click here.


Ryan Newman and other TBA drivers are scheduled to appear at Stocks for Tots on Tuesday, December 9. It will be located at the NASCAR Technical Institute from 5:00 to 9:00 PM. NASCAR Tech is located at 20 Byers Creek Rd, Mooresville, NC. Click here for more information.




From Track Forum:



Don't let the name above fool ya.  It's about winter racing.



Sprint Car racing calendar for Florida for this winter:




From the Dirt Track Digest Forum:


2015 SDS


From one post on page 2:

"It's different because in the past, yes they have run SDS races at tracks that normally run American Racers (NES, U-R...etc) They even run races at tracks with different sanctioning bodies (UR and Grandview). 

However their reasons for not running at NES, and probably Big Diamond and Orange County, are stated as being because these tracks run shows promoted by Brett Deyo who has started a "competing" series that runs American Racer Tires.

However, at the same time they make this statement, they schedule a race at Grandview (AR and NASCAR Track) and at FMP, which is owned and runs races promoted by a man who runs a "competing" series that uses American Racer Tires.


The answer to the obvious double talk is, they don't see Andy Harpell as a threat because he has never been able to convince large numbers of drivers to defect from DirtCar to run his series.  However they both see Deyo as a threat, because he has drawn sponsors, is building a purse structure that they don't want to compete with, and averages over 50 cars at races he promotes (some at tracks that struggle to get 15-20 cars weekly).   They have decided to try to put him out of business, even though he has never openly competed with DirtCar, and even promoted one of their races (with a higher than required purse).


I like the SDS series, and am glad that it has risen from the dead to an extent in the last few years, and I don't even mind if they see Deyo as competition and want to beat him (that can only make what they offer better).  The problem is the pettiness of how they are going about it: they give BS reasons why they don't want their tracks running his races, because they don't want to acknowledge how successful he has been, yet they partner with tracks and promoters that do and have done the exact same things that Deyo does that they say are the problems.   I don't mind them having a problem with Deyo, but be honest about it."





DTD Forum:



Quite a few comments/thoughts on this subject - some quite exellent


An interview with Rich Vleck - one of those involved with the "New" Rolling Wheels track - on Doug's Dirt Diary:



From the AARN:


This week in AARN:


Laubach Sweeps Bridgeport’s Wild Card Weekend

AARN’s Annual Car Builders Guide: 40 Page Pull Out Section Has Hints, Tips, Revelations

Late Season Streak Continues For Hodnett At SSP

Frankie Kerr Heading To NASCAR Officiating Post

Clauson, Hines Top USACSprint Peoria Twin Bill; Brady Bacon, Hoffman Racing Are Circuit Champs

Deyo Inks ‘15 Races At Delaware International, Bridgeport

Jason Johnson, Shane Stewart Share Top ASCS Honors In Arizona

New Long Island Based NASCAR Whelen Mod Tour Team Formed

Rolling Wheels To Run Thursdays In 2015 With Specials-Only Format

BenRowe Claims Third PASSNational Title; Trevor Noles Captures Kenly Season Finale




A somewhat familiar name I see, is also involved with the "Pay Dirt" group that bought Rolling Wheels - Mike Laguzza.  Hmm, wasn't he supposed to buy another track or two a while back, and everything just went "Poof"?


The Stan Lobitz movie parties, auctions, lunch & sit down dinners, over the last three decades, have raised $250,000.00 for the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing.


Herb Anastor had two pages all about the Miller and Offenhauser engines.  Was an interesting read.


Indoor TQ races are scheduled for Trenton, NJ on December 19th & 20th.


The Parts Peddler Trade Show is scheduled for November 21st, 22nd & 23rd in the Center of Progress Building, on the NY Fairgrounds.  Hope weather doesn't mess it up.


The annual AARN Motor Sports Show, being held in the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, in Oaks, PA. will be on January 23rd, 24th & 25th.



An email I received:


This Day in Auto History

The first automatic toll collection machine was placed in service at the Union Toll Plaza on New Jersey's Garden State Parkway. In order to pass through the toll area, motorists dropped 25¢ into a wire mesh hopper and then a green light would flash permitting passage through the toll. The automatic toll collection machine was an important innovation for America's modern toll highway system, which first appeared in 1940 with the opening of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.


The above was sent to me via an email on 11/19/14.Along with the above message was this:

"On Nov 19, 2014, at 1:57 PM, [RacingHistory] <> wrote:


I am very pleased to report that my father, Al Blixt, Sr. has been inducted into the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame.  The banquet ceremony was on November 2 and a very nice affair it was with about 350 people in attendance.  Al Sr. was a fabulous racing photographer, writer for the Illustrated Speedway News, car owner and racing official from 1932 to 1951. To read about him on the HoF site go to  This was one of my goals when I began researching and writing about his history back in 2006 so it was good to see him honored. Many thanks to Dick Lee, Allen Brown and others who advocated for his inclusion.

Al Blixt
Ann Arbor, Michigan"





Press Releases:


News from the Woodhull Raceway ‘Hustlin the High Banks 51’

Media Contact: Brett Deyo – or 845.728.2781

For Immediate Release/Nov. 19, 2014

Woodhull Raceway To Host Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek Event On Aug. 11, 2015; ‘Hustlin The High Banks 51’ To Celebrate 51-Year Woodhull History Paying $5,100 To Win For 51-Lap Big-Block/Small-Block Modified Main Event

WOODHULL, NY – Quite possibly the richest event in the storied 51-year history of Woodhull Raceway has been set for Tuesday, Aug. 11 (rain date: Aug. 12).

For the first time, the traveling Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek will head west to the high banks of Ted White’s Woodhull Raceway. The inaugural ‘Hustlin the High Banks 51’ will reward big-block/small-block Modified competitors with a hefty $5,100 to the winner, with $1,000 reserved for 10th and $400 just to take the green flag.

There will be lap money, bonus cash and a long list of contingency awards up for grabs for competitors in attendance. Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC, Short Track Super Series organizer, will co-promote the event with Woodhull owner White, a successful businessman from Harrison Valley, Pa.

The Modified main event, 51 laps in length, commemorates 51 years of auto racing at Woodhull, a storied facility located in New York’s Steuben County. Woodhull’s one-of-a-kind, paperclip-shaped, high-banked one-third-mile layout should provide a challenge to competitors and a thrilling show for fans. 

Last year, the Short Track Super Series enjoyed a prosperous first season with 153 different drivers attempting to qualify for at least one event. The average car count over the six-race series was 57, the highest for any Modified series or sanctioning body in the Northeast. Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., won the inaugural championship and earned $10,014 cash plus contingencies.

The ’15 championship has already been advertised to pay $15,000 for the Short Track Super Series, putting great emphasis on every race.

The ‘Hustlin the High Banks’ 51 will be a “true event” bolstered by fireworks, pre-race entertainment and a full plate of on-track action to include the Crate 602 Sportsman in a 25-lap main paying $1,000 to the winner and the Woodhull ‘Quad C’ Four Cylinder division.

“Ted had shown an interest in one of our events for the past couple of years, but we weren’t able to find a suitable date on the schedule,” Deyo said. “With our series building momentum, it made sense to join forces with Ted this year when we found a midweek date we both felt would work.

“I had the opportunity to visit Woodhull for the first time last September and couldn’t have been more impressed with the facility and the racing.”

White is looking forward to hosting a major midweek event at his facility.

“We haven’t run a midweek show in a few years,” White said. “We’ve been looking to put together a big event at the track and Brett’s series fits very well with what we wanted to do. This show should showcase our facility and its drivers to first-time visitors and people who haven’t been to Woodhull in a while.”

A full ’15 Short Track Super Series schedule will be released in the coming weeks.

Woodhull Raceway is located on Steuben County Route 20, just off New York State 417 in Woodhull, N.Y. The speedway is celebrating its 51st consecutive year of auto racing in 2015. To learn more about Woodhull Raceway,, call owner Ted White at 607.857.1336 or e-mail

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek, contact Brett Deyo, call 845.728.2781 or visit the official website: BD Motorsports Media is on Facebook and on Twitter @BrettDeyo.




Coming up:


A couple of "Turkey Day" races up yonder in the northeast - Accord & Wall Stadium.  Hope ya'll have decent weather and no need for snow tires & chains!


The Gobbler - at Accord is scheduled for November 29th.  Did I read that a rain/snow date was December 6th?


New unwrapped toys will be accepted at the track during "The Gobbler" race. The drive was a huge success last year and all donated toys were given to the Town of Rochester Youth Commission for distribution to local children.  Free hot chocolate will be given to everyone who donates a toy! 
Thank you!



Indoor Kart Racing!


New York State Fairgrounds    •    Syracuse, NY

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Gates open 11 AM, Racing 11 to 5 PM (race times approximate)


The previous race, last December, drew well over 100 entries in 18 classes. Between the heats, consolation races, and A and B main events, there are approximately 70 races packed into six hours of non-stop action. Unlike other forms of racing you may have seen, there are no long delays between races. One group exits the track, and the next comes on. The noise never dies down, and the action on the track never stops.

The secret to indoor racing is in the track. It's a heated rubber track, with a grip so strong you can't walk across it unless your shoes are tied extra-tight. Sticky sticky sticky. The secret to the track is a smooth concrete surface. Surprisingly, the smoother the concrete, the better. Infrared heaters shine down on the concrete, heating it to 120 degrees or so. Then a layer of adhesive goes down. The adhesive of choice is Coke syrup, straight from the fountain! Then karts with extra-soft rubber tires go out and zip around the track. After half an hour or so, there is a thick layer of rubber adhered to the top of the Coke syrup. Voila, an indoor kart track.

Throw in some grandstands, pits, and a crowd of a thousand or so people, and you've got yourself an indoor kart race!

Spectator General Admission/Pit Pass $15 (under 12 $10, under 5 free)

Public Welcome    •    Family Oriented


The karts raced in this event are owned by the competitors. There are no rental karts available on the day of the event. Karts typically must conform to World Karting Association regulations plus additional regulations specific to this event (see the Tech section on this website and the Entry Form for details).






Yes, it's getting closer and closer.  Here are some links to some websites that might interest you as far as gifts go:

Someone in your family a race driver?  If so, you might want to give this some thought - Insurance -


Models & toys:


Books, videos etc:


Racing papers: -A gift to someone for a years subscription is $51.00.  If you go for two gift subscriptions, then the second will cost $49.00


To see if you're a racer, or not:


Go-Kart stuff:




Racing stuff found on the Internet:


Markus Niemela on dirt racing:  "This is a really, really hard sport to be good at"



This week’s photo:


I felt honored to have this man as a friend - the late Bob Green, shown working on his modified "Minerva" in the pits at OCFS.



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This weeks video:


Indoor Kart racing in Syracuse:





Non racin' stuff:


VIDEO: RACE WARS AND REALITY – Behind the scene in Ferguson


Note:  A video well worth watching!



None of the three networks plan to air Obama speech

President Barack Obama plans a major speech on immigration reform Thursday night, and none of the three major networks plan to cover it.

CNN reported that neither NBC, ABC or CBS will air President Obama's speech. (CNBC, Fox News, and MSNBC will cover the event.) The president is scheduled to speak at 8 p.m. ET, likely to lay out a proposed executive action on the politically explosive and highly contentious immigration issue.



Activist Sharpton denies New York Times report on unpaid taxes


Note:  Hmmm, I wonder - did Sharpton ever pay that police officer the monies he owed him on the Tawana Brawley deal?






This weeks joke:



From an email on 11/16:


Why things went the way they did on election day......

It was pointed out to me that on election day the Democrat vote started out with a pretty healthy lead - and then the Republicans got off work...






Until my next column – next week and quite possibly a day earlier - sending it out on Tuesday night for Wednesday publication.

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