Mostly Racin' Stuff
By Tom Avenengo
This weeks column is a little early due to the Thanksgiving holiday. I'd like to wish all my readers a Happy Thanksgiving, and may you be blessed for another year!
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.
I'm not sure how much of a column it will be this week, since it's going in a day earlier than normal, due to Thanksgiving on Thursday. On top of that, Jeff Johnson, who has the New England Tractor website is heading to Florida with is son, Kenney and their dirt midget to race. Not positive on the day/date they're leaving.
Yes, I do have some fond memories of past Thanksgiving Holidays - times with the family, helping the wife with dinners, not being afraid to do so, either. I kinda enjoy cooking and trying things. Going to cook up a roast beef with baked potatoes for dinner on Sunday, the 23rd.
To be honest, I can only recall one Thanksgiving when we had some major snow on the ground. We lived just outside of Monroe, NY - off of route 208 as one heads towards Washingtonville. My mother and stepfather came up for dinner. Uh huh, back then a "little" snow really didn't matter. My, how things have changed!
Saw a message on Facebook the other day from my son, Tom, Jr. Seems he's under the weather. I'm just hoping it doesn't turn into pneumonia. He's had that before. He's up in Dexter, NY - a little west of Watertown.
I received an email the other day with a message that Coastal 181was sending me a package. Hmm, I started to wonder what might it be, and from whom? Heck, a week ago I got five DVD's sent to me that covered all of the races at this past Eastern States Weekend. Found out it was from my daughter, Judy.
A little checking up, I was informed that "Dick" had sent me a copy of the new book that's out about the history of racing in New England. By "Dick", I have to figure it was Dick Berggren, who I had sent some ARDC racing history to, when they ran up in the New England States.
I'll let ya know what I think about the book. Reports I've seen, so far, is that it's excelllent.
I was somewhat surprised when the book arrived this past Monday. Me, being a big fan of midget racing, and what with there being so much midget racing in New England, and with me happy to contribute some of the ARDC racing for the Museum, I naturally checked out the sections about the midgets. I then took a quick glance throughout the book. Hey, if ya get a chance, might I suggest you get a copy. Quite a few photographs in the book, too.
As ever, there's more talent in wings than available IndyCar seats.
"While this isn’t a silly season breakdown per se, here’s the list of seats we expect to be announced before the season opener in Brazil in March 8:
Chip Ganassi Racing, fourth car (along with a formal confirmation of the full lineup)
Andretti Autosport, fourth car (plus a possible fifth)
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, second car
KV Racing Technology, second car
CFH Racing, No. 20 road and street course driver alongside Ed Carpenter (ovals)
Dale Coyne Racing, both cars
Bryan Herta Autosport, first car
So that leaves eight seats, as many as seven of them full-time, remaining to be filled. And here’s who is currently on the outside looking in.
2014 DRIVERS WITHOUT CONFIRMED PLANS
Ryan Briscoe, Justin Wilson, Mikhail Aleshin, Carlos Huertas, Sebastian Saavedra, Mike Conway, Oriol Servia, JR Hildebrand, Sage Karam, Luca Filippi, plus additional month of May drivers.
2013 DRIVERS WHO FELL THROUGH THE CRACKS
Simona de Silvestro, E.J. Viso, James Jakes, Tristan Vautier, plus additional month of May drivers.
YOUNG GUNS IN WAITING WHO HAVEN’T HAD A FULL-TIME CRACK
Conor Daly, James Davison, Stefan Wilson, Sam Bird, Davide Valsecchi, Daniel Abt, Gabby Chaves, Peter Dempsey, Jack Harvey, Zach Veach, Matthew Brabham, Ryan Phinny, Rodolfo Gonzalez, etc.
You could also add Karam and Filippi from the 2014 group to this list.
Back in time:
Some November 26th happenings over the years:
Ronney Householder won the Turkey Night Grand Prix 150 AAA Midget race over Sam Hanks, Lou Schneider, Pat Cunningham and Johnny McDowell at the Gilmore Stadium,Hollywood, CA.
Tony Bettenhausen won the Bay Meadows 150 AAA Championship Race on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Bay Meadows Race Track in San Mateo, California. Sam Hanks finished second followed by Bill Schindler, Henry Banks and Jack McGrath.
Dale Jarrett... Born ... He is the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion and the son of two-time NASCAR Grand National Champion Ned Jarrett. He is the younger brother of Glenn Jarrett, a former NASCAR driver himself and pit commentator. He is also the father of former Busch Series racer Jason Jarrett.
Tony Bettenhausen won the Turkey Night Grand Prix 150 USAC Midget race over Rodger Ward, Danny Oakes, Johnnie Parsons and Tommy Copp at the Gardena Stadium , Gardena, CA.
Dan Gurney won the Rex Mays 300 USAC Indy Car race on the 2.6 Mile Riverside International Raceway Road Course, Riverside, California. Bobby Unser was second followed by Mario Andretti, Lloyd Ruby and Roger McCluskey.
Pete DePaolo... Died ... AAA driver from 1922 to 1934.
Ron Shuman won the Turkey Night Grand Prix USAC Midget race over Tony Elliott, Stevie Reeves, Hank Butcher and Chuck Gurney at the Bakersfield Speedway , Bakersfield, CA
Ron Shuman won the CRA Sprint Car race over Rip Williams, Jimmy Sills, Richard Griffin and Mike Sweeney at the Bakersfield Speedway , Bakersfield, CA.
Ron Shuman won the SCRA Sprint Car race at the Imperial Valley Speedway, El Centro,CA. Jerry Meyer was second followed by Rip Williams, Rickie Gaunt and Mike English.
Jay Drake won the Turkey Night Grand Prix USAC Midget race over Jason Leffler, Jerry Coons Jr, Dave Darland and Kasey Kahne at the Bakersfield Speedway , Bakersfield, CA.
· Ambrose ready to race in Australia:
· Marcos Ambrose is wasting little time in his return to racing V8 Supercars. Two days after the season-ending NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway last Sunday, the former two-time Supercar champ flew back to his native Australia. He's already had two tests and preparing for his first race in nearly a decade in the Supercars series, the Sydney 500, on Dec. 5-7, as a wildcard entry for his new team, DJR Team Penske. "I am happy with my choices. I am very comfortable with what I have done," Ambrose told New Zealand's Stuff.co.nz. At 38, Ambrose could very easily have had another 5-10 years in NASCAR, but he chose to return home for family reasons, plus the challenge of racing in the Supercars series for Penske. "I left some unticked boxes but nothing is ever perfect, is it," Ambrose said. "It was nothing but success for me," Ambrose said. "I went across there on a whim and tried to make it work. I survived for a long time, won races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup level and left on my own terms, knowing I could compete against the best." Now he'll be competing against the best in the Supercars series, including Jamie Whincup, who has dominated the series by winning the last four V8 championships and six of the last seven. Ambrose's return to Supercars has motorsport fans in his homeland buzzing in a positive way, particularly wanting to see what he can do against Whincup. In another interview with The Telegraph of Sydney, Australia, Ambrose said returning to his homeland and Supercars is actually a significant step down financially for a man the newspaper said is worth at least $20 million and is reportedly taking at least a $4 million per year pay cut. "I am really motivated to come back here and take Team Penske to the top," Ambrose said. "I am bringing Team Penske and DJR together and I want to give them the best chance of success. I am really motivated to do this and I am not doing it for money. That is not my motivation." Ambrose still has a couple more tests planned in his new ride in preparation for the first race back in two weeks. But he already feels very much into the swing of things and old times when he was winning past championships.(NBC Sports)(11-24-2014)
· Tyler Walker gets 13th postponement for plea:
· At a hearing Tuesday, 5th District Judge Eric Ludlow postponed taking a plea on behalf of Timothy Tyler Andrew Walker for the 13th time as he did not appear in person and his defense attorney said his paperwork had not yet been received. Tyler was arrested after leading law enforcement on a high speed chase in January 2013. "This will be the 13th time he's missed this," Walker's defense attorney Douglas Terry said. Ludlow gave Walker until Dec. 2 to deliver his plea-by-mail. "He has until the 2nd, then he has to appear in person and we'll go from there," Ludlow said. Charges against Walker stem from the January 2013 incident in which he is accused of fleeing from officers and drug possession. At the time, the Nevada Highway Patrol was alerted to be on the lookout for a reckless driver on northbound Interstate 15. Once located, a pursuit began and one Nevada trooper clocked the car, a BMW, traveling at 140 mph. The BMW passed into Arizona and then into Utah where the tires were spiked at Utah mile post 2 and all four tires were blown. The car then pulled over at mile post 6 and, once stopped, Walker attempted to flee on foot but was quickly subdued by an Arizona Highway Patrol trooper. His girlfriend at the time, Raelle McDonald who was traveling with him, was taken into custody without incident. According to a UHP statement, a subsequent search of the BMW produced alleged methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and alcohol.(St. George News)(11-21-2014)
· Kahne signs 3 year extension with Hendrick:
Motorsports and Kasey Kahne have agreed to a three-year contract extension that
will keep the driver with the #5 Chevy SS team through the end of the 2018
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
"It's extremely gratifying to work with a driver like Kasey," said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. "I think the world of him both as a driver with championship-level talent and an overall terrific young man. Our whole organization has a great deal of respect for how hard he works, the professionalism he displays with our partners and the way he carries himself every day. We're committed to winning races and competing for titles with him for many years to come."
Kahne, 34, originally signed with Hendrick Motorsports in April 2010 and officially joined the team's four-car stable for the 2012 season. Over the past three years (2012-14), he ranks among the top-10 drivers in Sprint Cup wins (5), pole positions (4), top-five finishes (26) and laps led (1,177). The Enumclaw, Washington, native has 17 career wins in NASCAR's top division.
"I've found a home at Hendrick Motorsports," said Kahne, who since 2012 has earned at least one victory each season while securing three consecutive Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup berths. "We have incredible people and partners supporting us, and I couldn't be more excited about the direction we're headed as a team and a company. It's the right place for me, and I'm looking forward to being here for a long time." Kahne's contract with Hendrick Motorsports was set to expire following the 2015 NASCAR season.(Hendrick Motorsports)(11-20-2014)
From Track Forum:
From the Dirt Track Digest Forum:
Note: Some interesting thoughts/comments about some new bars that will be required that will go from the top of the roll cage, downward, kinda next to the driver. Which is better - a straight bar or one that has a bend in it?
From the AARN:
Stewart Friesen. Tyler Siri, Matt Hearn Team For Super DIRTcar Series Assault
RoC, Sunoco Extend Marketing Partnership
Matt Rossi Upsets USAC Sprinters At Canyon; Bernal Takes Both Prelims
Devil’s Bowl Owner Mike Bruno Becomes Part Owner Of Airborne
Billy Decker Takes Top Honors – And $35,000 – At DIRT Motorsports Awards Banquet
Hines, Bell & Hagen Win Canyon USAC Midget Mains; Abreu Hurt
Utica Rome Sold; Oneida Couple Now At The Helm
Wall’s Turkey Derby, Accord’s Gobbler Set For Thanksgiving day Weekend
World Of Outlaws Sprints Coming To Utica Rome In 2015
Also some other things that I found in the AARN via its digital version on the Internet:
Mike Bruno has joined the Airborne Ownership Group.
More and more it looks like Big Diamond will not be DIRT sanctioned. Quite a few of the Big Diamond teams were not too happy with running the DIRT mandated Hoosier tires.
Talks are still ongoing between DIRT and OCFS as to whether DIRT will be sanctioning the racing at OC. Also, there were rumors at the Parts Peddler sow that if OC drops DIRT, then they would more than likely remain with Hoosier.
USAC wingless sprints on the 1/5 mile at Kutztown? (I'd rather see midgets).
WRG does have contract restrictions against where it's World of Outlaws Sprint Car Platinum membership drivers can compete. Tom Deery didn't expect such wording in DIRTcar Modified or WoO Late Model contracts for this season.
NASCAR Modifieds making a return to New York? How about Adirondack Speedway, in Lowville?
IMCA Mods out at Brewerton, Crate Sportsman in.
Rich Tobias has rented Linda's Speedway for two SpeedSTR shows. He has also done away with the top wing of the newer SpeedSTR cars.
Has Al Wilcox been bought out at Penn Can?
Stewart Friesen will run the DIRTcar Series as a team mate to Tyler Seri.
The Trenton Indoor TQ entry list is now up to 70, which is as many as they can fit in the pit area. (Where the hell are all the TQ"s when they race outdoors?)
New Egypt Speedway will be paying the winner of its wingless crate (self starting) sprint cars $1,000.00 and will pay $150.00 to take the green. Purse will be adjusted per car counts. (uh huh!)
(Not sure if Accord will follow those pay rates)
Quite a nice write-up on the Reutimann family, the Reutimann Memorial race that was held up at East Bay Speedway last week, and what happened on one fateful night September 4, 1973.
Rico Abreu had a U-joint break, which apparently cutting a fuel line, resulting in a fire in his midget. Abreu guided the burning car onto pit road before exiting the car and laying on the ground. Aside from some burns, it's been said that he might have injured his foot, too, when the U-joint broke.
The United Sprint Car Club now has a list of 18 drivers set for 2015.
News from Thunder Mountain Speedway
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Thunder Mountain Speedway Concludes Resurgent 2014 Season With Awards Banquet At Marathon Civic Center; 225 Look On As Coar-Clark Racing Team Steals The Headlines With Brent Wilcox-Brian Malcolm One-Two Modified Sweep
MARATHON, NY – The 2014 Thunder Mountain Speedway season officially concluded on Saturday night (Nov. 22) with the Tom Coar and Chris Clark race team in the spotlight.
Brent Wilcox and teammate Brian Malcolm led the honorees at the track’s year-end Awards Banquet held at the Marathon Civic Center as the one-two finishers in the speedway’s big-block/small-block Modified standings.
More than 225 attendees took part in the festive evening, which wrapped up the return to track operation for Karl Spoonhower at Thunder Mountain. Spoonhower constructed the speedway in the early 1990s. He operated Thunder Mountain through 2006 before exiting the sport, only to return for the ’14 campaign.
Speedway announcer Leon Andrus and Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC handled the microphone duties for the night. $20,000-plus in point-fund cash and plentiful hardware was distributed. Champions received American Racer embroidered jackets and custom photo posters thanks to track photographer Scott Seward.
Spoonhower’s return prompted the return of the Modifieds to weekly Saturday competition. No one was more appreciative than champion Brent Wilcox, the Binghamton, N.Y., driver who earned his second career title at the three-eighths-mile track. His first came in ’06.
Wilcox won the track’s $1,992-to-win Season Opener on May 10 and returned to Victory Lane the following week. In an ultra-consistent season, Wilcox won a total of three features, earned 13 top-five finishes and never finished worse than seventh in a points-paying race.
Wilcox outdistanced runner-up Brian Malcolm by 109 points for the crown. He received $5,000 from the speedway’s point fund for his efforts.
“Thunder Mountain has always been good to me,” Wilcox said. “When I heard Karl was back and the Modifieds would be there, I knew where I wanted to be. At that point, I didn’t have a ride. We got this team together thanks to Tom (Coar), won the opener and had about the perfect year.”
Both Wilcox and Malcolm drove for car owner Tom Coar with assistance from Chris Clark.
Coar was honored at the Awards Banquet as the Car Owner of the Year, while Clark received Crew Chief of the Year honors.
Malcolm, of Lake Ariel, Pa., won his first-career Thunder Mountain feature during the season among nine top-five finishes to earn the runner-up position in the standings. Malcolm raced regularly at Thunder Mountain for the first time in his career.
Mike Clapperton of Sidney, N.Y., finished third in the point standings as a two-time feature winner, including the Spring Championship event. Chad Cook of Deposit, N.Y., finished fourth driving for Mike Costello (two wins) and Mike Mahaney of King Ferry, N.Y., completed the front five. Mahaney won four feature events, topped by the $1,776-to-win ‘Red White & Blue Special’ with the Charlie Davis No. 21.
American Racer/Lias Tire rewarded the top-five finishers with tire certificates: Wilcox (four tires), Malcolm (two tires), Clapperton (one tire), Cook ($85 off the purchase of a tire) and Mahaney ($50 off the purchase of a tire).
Completing the top-10 in the point standings were Ken Titus of Kirkwood, N.Y., with the Don Stark No. 9s; two-time winner Billy Spoonhower of Berkshire, N.Y.; Steve Cummings of Rockdale, N.Y.; first-time winner and second-generation driver Byron Worthing of Owego, N.Y.; and first-year Modified driver Ryan Jordan of Speedsville, N.Y.
Jordan was declared the overall Rookie of the Year for his freshman effort in the Modified ranks that included strong performances at Thunder Mountain and a win at N.Y.’s I-88 Speedway.
The personable Titus, meanwhile, was recognized with the speedway’s Sportsmanship Award.
Billy Spoonhower bested his younger brother Chance in the battle for the Sportsman championship. Billy Spoonhower won three features during the season and recorded 13 top-five finishes to hold an advantage of 107 points at year-end.
Chance Spoonhower, like his brother, won three features including Opening Night, and finished inside the top-five on nine occasions.
Larry Hillis of Vestal, N.Y., won two features and placed third in the point standings. Chris Jordan was a feature winner for the first time and finished fourth, ahead of Butch Green. Completing the top-10 were Colton Wilson (two wins), Eric Leet (two wins), Kevin Jordan (non-points ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ victor), one-time winner Marshall Balzer and rookie Geordie Decker.
Chris Jordan’s season of disappointment, including a flat right-front tire on the final lap of a feature costing him a win, and involvement in melees not of his own making, led to officials voting Jordan as the Hard Luck Award recipient.
Shayne Spoonhower of Berkshire, N.Y., utilized 10 victories to earn the Rookie Sportsman championship. He finished 336 points in front of his closest rival Cole Price.
A dominant season for Steven Deinhardt resulted in the Street Stock championship. Deinhardt, of Deposit, N.Y., won on eight occasions plus the rich year-end Wade Decker Memorial and held a margin of 138 points on second-place Earl Zimmer at the season finale.
Daryl Krebs, unable to capture a win but bolstered by 12 top-five finishes, finished third, ahead of Rich Sharpsteen and Jason Beebe. Placing sixth through 10th, respectively, were Ricky Davis Sr., Jonathan Carpenter, Dan Force, Brenton Miller and Tom Savercool.
Jason Tuttle of Newark Valley, N.Y., earned a single win and posted nine top-five finishes en route to the IMCA-style Modified championship. Tuttle’s winning margin was just 13 markers over Craig Ward.
Michael Morse of Newark Valley, N.Y., was the Pure Stock division champion with seven wins and 14 top-five finishes. Morse won by 154 points over Bubba Peters, who was a four-time feature winner.
Brandon Clapperton of Sidney, N.Y., earned just a single Empire Sport Truck win but that was enough for the championship, the first of his career. Bob Crandall, a two-time winner, placed second, 18 points back.
Teenager Isaiah Forward of Bouckville, N.Y., was the dominant force in the Four Cylinder division. He won 11 feature events and finished inside the top-five on 15 occasions. Mark Wheeler finished 115 points back in second.
Jim Clapper was on hand to honor the top performers in his traveling SRP Micro-Sprint Series. Bill Nichols of Binghamton, N.Y., was the series’ first-ever champion over the son-and-father team of Kyle and Cliff Pierce, Dakota Anderson and Alan Lockwood.
Jordan Jaindl received the Hard Luck Award. Mike McGowan and Sandy Nichols were presented with the Season Help Awards for their contributions to the series.
Best Appearing Car Awards for the ’14 season were presented to Brent Wilcox (Modified), Eric Leet (Sportsman), Scott George (Rookie Sportsman), Harry Ely (IMCA-style Modified), Ricky Davis Sr. (Street Stock), Bubba Peters (Pure Stock), Trevor Dudley (Four Cylinder) and Pat Votra (Empire Sport Truck).
Mijo’s Bar & Grill handled the catering of the event, while DJ Moonwalk Entertainment provided the music for dancing after the conclusion of awards.
BANQUET NOTES: Speedway owner Karl Spoonhower spoke at the outset of the awards ceremony and thanked all those in attendance for their support during the season….
Deyo outlined some information for ’15 season including the April 18 practice date with April 25 scheduled for the opener. The Tobias SpeedSTRs will make two appearances at the track this season. The Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) will headline a ‘Sprint Car Saturday’ special on Labor Day weekend for the second consecutive year. The Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek Modifieds will be on the schedule for two events….
A Thunder Mountain fact from ’14: the season’s largest Modified car count at any event was recorded at the track in May during the ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ special….
The top-two drivers in the Sportsman division – Billy and Chance Spoonhower – announced they would focus on Modified racing at the track in ’15….
Four Cylinder champion Isaiah Forward said he hopes to compete in the Crate 602 Sportsman ranks next year….
American Racer, VP Racing Fuels and parts supplier Trackside Products were recognized for their contributions to the speedway’s point fund….
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DIRTcar stars honored at 2014 Champions Banquet
Billy Decker, Erick Rudolph, Mathieu Desjardins and Jocelyn Roy among drivers awarded championship trophies
LIVERPOOL, N.Y. - November 23, 2014 - The brightest DIRTcar Racing stars of the Northeast region gathered at the Holiday Inn Saturday to receive championship awards and other accolades during the annual Champions Banquet.
Big Block Modified star Billy Decker took home the championship trophy for the Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series, finishing out the season with a mere six-point lead over Matt Sheppard after November's races at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
"Part of the measure of an award is the competition, and I really have a lot of respect for my fellow competitors," said Decker, who credited crew chief Scott Jeffery and hardworking crew members for his success throughout the season. "cott works tirelessly making sure things are right, and our program showed it this year. We were prepared for every Super DIRTcar Series event. We had zero failures, zero engine failures, zero car failures."
Decker, of Sidney, N.Y., claimed a total of three Super DIRTcar Series victories in 2014, winning first at Rolling Wheel Raceway Park in July and following it up with first-place finishes at Ransomville Speedway and Weedsport Speedway in August.
"We have a great foundation, with (car owner) John Wight and LJL Racing. We expect to be competitive in the championship year in and year out," Decker said. "Championships are won at the shop. Our car rolls out of that racecar shop, and it's ready to win. If you're not ready when you roll out of the race shop, you can't win on the race track."
Sheppard finished second in the series and Brett Hearn, of Sussex, N.J., finished third.
Erick Rudolph, of Ransomville, N.Y., claimed his second consecutive title in the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series.
"It was getting real close at the end there, but we kept with it, kept going to tracks, trying to win," said Rudolph, who also raced full-time in the Super DIRTcar Series, finishing sixth in point standings and claiming the KSE Hard Charger Award. "We were able to keep in the number one spot in points."
Carey Terrance, of Hogansburg, N.Y., finished second in the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series point standings after finishing third in the NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week Salute the Troops 150.
Mathieu Desjardins took home the trophy for the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series after claiming two victories in series competition.
"It's such an accomplishment for me. It's a dream come true," Desjardins said. "We never thought that we would win this thing. It's so much for me and for my team. I would like to thank my crew. They work so hard week after week."
Shane Pecore finished second in DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series point standings with Brad Rouse coming in third.
Jocelyn Roy, of St-Helene, Quebec, claimed the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series Championship award over Dave Bissonnette.
A special award, the Glenn Donnelly Award of Excellence, was presented to Don and Jo Ann Davies. The award, named after the founder of DIRT Motorsports, now known as DIRTcar Racing, is presented to a member of the racing community who has made outstanding contributions to the sport of racing in the Northeast region. The Davies, longtime columnists for Area Auto Racing News, have been a great influence to the racing community, not only providing unbiased accounts of racing events in the region, but also have been pillars of support for race teams, supporters and fans alike.
Motorsports Safety Systems / Number One Speed Rookie-of-the-Year Awards were presented in all four divisions. Gus Hollner took the prize in the DIRTcar Pro Stock division. Ryan Stabler and Brianna Ladouceur were honored as Co-Rookies-of-the-Year in the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified division. Steve Bernier took the prize in the DIRTcar 358-Modified division and Kory Wilder in the Big Block Modified division.
Mr. DIRTcar Championship awards were presented to drivers based on their best 16 finishes in their respective division at any DIRTcar sanctioned track.
For the third year in a row, Hearn claimed the title in the Big Block Modified division.
"One of our pre-season goals was to win track championship at both of our weekly tracks," stated Hearn, who was not in attendance at the banquet but prepared a statement to be read at the award presentation. "But to obtain a perfect score of 16 wins in a best-of-16 series has surpassed our own expectations."
David Hebert claimed the Mr. DIRTcar award in the DIRTcar 358-Modified division after claiming ten victories in 2014 and 30 top-ten finishes out of 34 starts.
With 11 wins this season, Dylan Evoy was crowned the Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Champion.
"Every year it gets tougher and tougher. It's getting so the competition every year steps up," said Evoy, who also claimed the honor in 2012. "So you have to keep stepping up your game every year."
With 27 top-ten finishes out of 29 starts and a total of 12 wins this season, Nick Stone took the Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Championship.
"This is the best year I've had in a long time," Stone said. "I haven't had any championship anywhere. Everything went together. It's been fun, and hopefully we can keep doing what we're doing."
In all, DIRTcar and World Racing Group distributed nearly $300,000 in 2014 in point fund awards to deserving drivers thanks to support from Hoosier, VP Racing Fuels, and a number of other marketing partners. With the 2014 season concluded, drivers and fans will set their sights on the 2015 opener for the Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series, DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment, which is set for February 10 through February 21.
2014 DIRTcar Champions Banquet
Hoosier Tire - VP Racing Fuels DIRTcar Racing - Northeast Region Series Championships
Hoosier Tire - VP Racing Fuels Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series Championship: Billy Decker
Hoosier Tire - VP Racing Fuels DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship: Erick Rudolph
Hoosier Tire - VP Racing Fuels DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Championship: Mathieu Desjardins
Hoosier Tire - VP Racing Fuels DIRTcar Pro Stock Series Championship: Jocelyn Roy
Glen Donnelly Award of Excellence
Awarded for outstanding contribution to the sport of racing
Don & Jo Ann Davies
Mr. DIRTcar Championships
Awarded to racers based on best 16 finishes in their division at any DIRTcar sanctioned track
Mr. DIRTcar Big Block Modified Champion: Brett Hearn
Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Champion: David Hebert
Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Champion: Dylan Evoy
Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Champion: Nick Stone
Motorsports Safety Systems / Number One Speed Rookies-of-the-Year
Motorsports Safety Systems / Number One Speed DIRTcar Big Block Modified Rookie-of-the-Year: Kory Wilder
Motorsports Safety Systems / Number One Speed DIRTcar 358-Modified Rookie-of-the-Year: Steve Bernier
Motorsports Safety Systems / Number One Speed DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Co-Rookies-of-the-Year: Brianna Ladouceur & Ryan Stabler
Motorsports Safety Systems / Number One Speed DIRTcar Pro Stock Rookie-of-the-Year: Gus Hollner
The Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Racing in the Northeast Region is brought to fans by several sponsors and partners including Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, Chevy Performance Parts, NAPA Auto Parts, and Safety-Kleen. Contingency partners include the University of Northwestern Ohio, ASI, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Brodix, ButlerBuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, Integra Shocks, Intercomp, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, KSE Racing Products, Mobil 1, Motorsports Safety Systems, MSD LLC, Fox Shocks, Pole Position Raceway, Racing Electronics, Superflow and Wrisco Industries.
News from the Accord Speedway ‘Gobbler’
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For Immediate Release/Nov. 24, 2014
All Systems “Go” For Saturday’s
‘Gobbler’ Special At Accord Speedway; Big Money Up For Grabs; Racers
From Far & Wide Plan To Converge On Ulster County Bullring For 2014
Northeast Dirt-Track Finale
ACCORD, NY – All systems are “go” for the dirt Modified world’s new post-Thanksgiving tradition: the ‘Gobbler’ is set for Accord Speedway this Saturday (Nov. 29).
The Ulster County quarter-mile will provide race fans with a full plate of racing action to include the “Mashed Potato” Modifieds in a 50-lap main paying $7,117.11 to win thanks to Sowle Trailer Repair, the Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman in the $1,500-to-win “Turkey 25” plus the Ron Wright Memorial for the “Pumpkin Pie” Pure Stocks/Street Stocks, a 20-lap main offering $600 to win plus bonuses, and the “Sweet Potato” Slingshots racing a 20-lap feature with more than $350 reserved for the winner.
The event serves as the 2014 dirt-track finale in the Northeast.
Gates will open in the pit area at 10 a.m. Grandstand gates open at 11 a.m. The drivers’ meeting is planned for noon, with hot laps at 12:20 p.m. and racing promptly at 1 p.m.
Adult grandstand admission is $22. Seniors, ages 65 and over, pay $20. Kids, 11 and under, are admitted for $5. Limited indoor seating is available at $35 by contacting the speedway office at 845.626.1142. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.
A year ago, Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., annexed the first Modified win of his career at the ‘Gobbler’ driving Gary Mann’s No. 55 to Victory Lane and took home $7,732.11. Rocky Warner of Gloversville, N.Y., drove his Crate 602 mount to Victory Lane in the Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman event and Charlie Houghtaling of Parksville, N.Y., topped the Ron Wright Memorial for the Pure Stock/Street Stock competitors. More than 100 race cars were present for the 2013 edition of the ‘Gobbler’ co-promotion involving Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC and speedway owners Gary and Donna Palmer.
The ’14 edition is lucrative for competitors with a long list of bonuses and special awards for racers in all divisions. Laps have been sold for all four classes with a limited number of lap sponsorships still available at $20/lap in the Modifieds, $15/lap in the Sportsman and $10/lap in the Slingshot ranks.
A complete list of awards and bonuses is online at: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/gobbler-special-awards-bonuses/
A Holiday Toy Drive is again planned for the ‘Gobbler’ event. Unwrapped, new toys will be accepted at the track on race day: last year more than 100 toys were collected. All toys will be donated to the Accord Town of Rochester Youth Commission and will directly benefit underprivileged children in the local area. Toys should be geared toward the 10-year-old age group. All those bringing a toy to the track will receive a coupon for a free hot chocolate from the concession stand.
Diverse and talented fields are expected to contend in all divisions, with Modified racers planning to attend hailing from Western New York to Delaware.
“The Doctor” Danny Johnson of Rochester, N.Y., is planning to attend driving the Chris Gennarelli-owned No. 86 on the heels of a winning first season. Other expected invaders include Duane Howard of Oley, Pa., driving the Mike Petruska No. 66; Mike Mahaney of King Ferry, N.Y., aboard the Charlie Davis-owned No. 21; Bobby Varin of Sharon Springs, N.Y., with the Nelson Motorsports No. 85; Milford, Del., driver Matt Jester aboard the Clearview Farms No. 62; Jeff Strunk of Boyertown, Pa., as a hired gun for Dave Zubikowski; I-88 (N.Y.) Speedway Short Track SuperNationals winner Shaun Walker of Masonville, N.Y.; Capital District winner Craig Hanson of Johnstown, N.Y.; Chuck McKee of Middletown, N.Y.; Elmo Reckner of Ballston Spa, N.Y., and more.
Track champion Rich Ricci Jr. of New Paltz, N.Y., leads the Accord contingent that includes his brother, recent ‘King of the Catskills’ winner Mike Ricci of Tillson, N.Y.; Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP champion Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass.; Perrego; Jerry Higbie Jr. of New Paltz, N.Y.; Danny Tyler of Cottekill, N.Y., in a new family owned Troyer mount; Tommy Meier of Waldwick, N.J.; Jeff Heotzler of Wallkill, N.Y.; recently married Jackie Brown Jr. of Hurley, N.Y. and more.
Rules and other general information for the ‘Gobbler’ can be found at the following link:http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/gobbler-general-information/
A weather date for the ‘Gobbler’ has been set for Saturday, Dec. 6.
To learn more about the ‘Gobbler’ or other BD Motorsports Media LLC events, contact Brett Deyo by phone at 845.728.2781 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. BD Motorsports Media is on the web atwww.bdmotorsportsmedia.com. “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 www.accordspeedway.com.
The Gobbler is presented by Sowle Trailer Repair, Above All Auto Repair, ASI Trophy & Awards, American Racer/Lias Tire, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Crane Golf, DMJ Racing Photo’s, Dwy’s Automotive, Hunt’s Machine, Jay’s Pool Service, Par 5 Landscaping, Rock Fantasy Hard Rock, Metal & Classic Rock and Smoke Shop, Shiley Fabrication, Simplicity Design, United Pump & Tank and Zubi’s Racing.
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Note: Of course a lot depends on weather and the forecast that calls for snow on Wednesday/Thursday, for that area. - anywhere from 6 to 10 inches.
RACING NEWS FROM
BRETT HEARN, B.H. RACING ENTERPRISES, INC.
CONTACT JOHN SNYDER 845.216.8103
Brett Hearn…for 40 years the Standard of Excellence in Modified Racing…“We’re never satisfied. We’re always working to get better, to stay ahead of the competition. We’re all about winning races, championships, being the best team in Modified racing.”
ANOTHER RECORD-SETTING RACING SEASON FOR CHAMPION DIRT TRACK MODIFIED DRIVER BRETT HEARN
SUSSEX, NJ (Nov. 24)……..Winning races and setting records sums up Brett Hearn’s 2014 Northeast dirt track Modified racing season. The Sussex, New Jersey speedster won 22 feature races in 70 starts, two track championships, swept the 53rd Eastern States Weekend with victories in the Saturday 100-lap Small-Block Modified race and the headline Eastern States 200 for DIRTcar Modifieds, and was the leading money winner in Super DIRTcar Modified Series competition. Hearn won the Eastern States 100 for the 15th time and the 200 for the unprecedented 11th and third consecutive time.
Hearn’s other wins of note in 2014 include his 11th triumph in the Mr. Dirt Track USA 100 at Lebanon Valley Speedway (West Lebanon, New York), the Mohawk Valley 100 at Fonda (New York) Speedway, and the Super DIRT Week “Salute to the Troops 150” for 358 Modifieds at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.
The 22 race wins raised Hearn’s career victory record to 860, among the most of any drivers in American oval track racing history. Those 860 wins include 532 Big-Block Modifieds victories, 336 in Small-Block Modified competition, and two United Racing Club (URC) Sprint Car triumphs. A master of extra-distance races, Hearn has posted 352 (41 percent of all his wins) in races of 50 laps or longer. He has won races at 49 different speedways in 11 states and two Canadian provinces.
In addition to his 860 feature race victories, Hearn has garnered 86 individual track and series point championships; this year his seventh and third consecutive at Albany-Saratoga Speedway (Malta, New York) and ninth and also third consecutive at Lebanon Valley Speedway. Hearn also won the Mr. DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Division title with the best 16-race record across the entire DIRTcar weekly racing circuit.
Hearn is the all-time race winner at Albany-Saratoga Speedway with 116 victories and Orange County Fair Speedway where he has won 301 times. With 118 victories, Hearn is also the all-time winner in Super DIRTcar Modified Series racing, the top Modified traveling circuit in the Northeast and neighboring Canada.
Hearn, now 56, began his racing career in 1975 at age 16…too young to drive on the highways. He has been a full time race car driver since the early 1980s.
During the ten-month Northeast dirt track racing season, Hearn drove his familiar No. 20 Big- and Small-Block Modifieds fielded by the merged Madsen Motorsports/B.H. Racing Enterprises, Inc. team.
Media representatives may contact Brett Hearn by calling 973-702-0819, weekdays during business hours. B.H. Racing Enterprises, Inc. information is available online at www.bretthearn.com.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 24, 2014 DICK JORDAN
3-WAY TITLE FIGHT BETWEEN ABREU, BELL, HINES
ON TAP THURSDAY IN "TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX;
HAGEN, BELL & HINES SHARE "WESTERN WORLD" SPOTLIGHT
Only 36 points separate the top-three drivers in USAC's Honda National Midget Series entering Thursday night's 74th "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.
Combatants Rico Abreu, Christopher Bell and Tracy Hines all have significant objectives as they chase the championship going into the season finale. Ronnie Gardner of Norco, Calif. is set to celebrate his second consecutive Honda USAC Western Midget crown at Perris.
Abreu, of Rutherford, Calif., eyes his initial USAC National title, while teammate Bell, of Norman, Okla., is seeking his second in a row. Hines, of New Castle, Ind., could enter the prestigious USAC "Triple Crown" list by claiming his first National Midget crown. Bell trails Abreu by 26 points and Hines stands just 36 back of the leader.
Ronnie Gardner of Norco, Calif. virtually clinched the 2014 Honda USAC Western overall and dirt championships after his seventh-place finish in Saturday's Peoria finale.
Hines opened last week's 47th Sands Chevrolet "Western World Championships" at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. with a 30-lap feature victory in his Parker Machinery/Toyota Spike/Toyota. He passed Zach Daum on lap 12 and led the rest of the way to beat Bell, Tanner Thorson, Daum and Bryan Clauson.
Bell came back on Friday to lead all 30 laps at Peoria in his Toyota TRD/Curb Records Bullet/Speedway Toyota. Clauson finished second ahead of Daum, Hines and Thorson.
Saturday's "Western World" finale saw Darren Hagen of Riverside, Calif. hold off repeated challenges from several drivers to win the 30-lap championship in his Great Clips/Fatheadz Eyewear Triple X/Esslinger. He led the first six laps, trailed Tanner Thorson for five laps, then led the last 19 laps to polish off the victory over Thorson, Bell, Hines and Clauson.
Thursday's Perris classic concludes with a 98-lap feature event, saluting long-time race organizer J.C. Agajanian. Gardner and the Honda USAC National Champion will be recognized during post-race ceremonies.
HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Rico Abreu-996; 2-Christopher Bell-970; 3-Tracy Hines-960; 4-Bryan Clauson-912; 5-Zach Daum-814; 6-Tanner Thorson-741; 7-Chris Windom-594; 8-Michael Pickens-499; 9-Dave Darland-419; 10-Tyler Thomas-395.
HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Ronnie Gardner-761, 2-Trey Marcham-653, 3-Jarid Blondel-632, 4-Alex Schutte-443, 5-Chad Nichols-433, 6-Shannon McQueen-357, 7-Scott Pierovich-327, 8-Christopher Bell-324, 9-Nick Chivello-322, 10-Tanner Thorson-307.
HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-Ronnie Gardner-761, 2-Trey Marcham-653, 3-Jarid Blondel-411, 4-Alex Schutte-390, 5-Shannon McQueen-357, 6-Christopher Bell-324, 7-Tanner Thorson-306, 8-Scott Pierovich-288, 9-Sean Dodenhoff-283, 10-Rico Abreu-249.
News from the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek South Region
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For Immediate Release/Nov. 25, 2014
‘Diamond State 50’ Returns To Delaware International Speedway After 10-Year Absence Next Season; Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek South Region To Invade Charlie Cathell’s Facility
DELMAR, DE – A Delaware dirt-track highlight will return next summer.
The ‘Diamond State 50’ – a marquee event anticipated by fans and coveted by competitors from Delaware and beyond for several years – is set for a comeback after a 10-year absence during the 2015 season at Delaware International Speedway. Tuesday, Aug. 4 (rain date: Aug. 5) will kick off a new era of ‘Diamond State 50’ memories at Charlie Cathell’s half-mile oval.
Modifieds, big- and small-blocks, will headline the special event in a 50-lap main event paying a minimum of $5,000 to the winner, $1,000 for 10th-place and $400 to take the green flag from a $25,000-plus total purse. The support-division lineup will be announced as the event grows near.
The ‘Diamond State 50’ will be a co-promotion involving Cathell and Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC.
The ‘Diamond State 50’ was run at Delaware International continuously for seven years starting in 1999. The most recent edition was contested in 2005. During the event’s first three years, Modifieds and Late Models competed together, against each other, in the main event. Beginning in 2002, the two divisions ran separate 50-lap features.
Cathell, the owner and promoter of the Delaware dirt track and adjoining drag strip, felt the timing was right for the return of the historic event.
“When Rick Laubach won our Championship show in October, he said in Victory Lane that he wished we would bring back the ‘Diamond State 50’ because he loves racing here,” Cathell said. “It got me thinking about trying to run a show like that again.”
Cathell’s interest was piqued when he read about the development of a South Region in the Short Track Super Series in the pages of Area Auto Racing News. The Short Track Super Series made its debut last season with a six-race series in New York and Pennsylvania. Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., won the inaugural championship, worth $10,014.
The Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek South Region is in the works for the ’15 campaign with stops in southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. The series kicks off on Sunday, April 19 at N.J.’s Bridgeport Speedway with the ‘South Jersey Shootout’ special. The South Region will offer a minimum of $5,000 to its champion.
“We’re looking at doing some different things this year,” noted Cathell, adding that his son, Mark, and grandson, Chad, are working to integrate some fresh ideas into the track’s ’15 lineup.
Cathell knows the ‘Diamond State 50’ moniker will conjure up fond memories with the Delaware racing community.
“That race used to bring a good field of cars down,” Cathell said. “We had cars from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania - it was a big event for us.”
The rules for the ‘Diamond State 50’ will be structured with varying weight categories for different engine combinations ranging from the Pennsylvania/DIRTcar small-blocks to the powerful “Delaware-style” big-blocks.
Marketing opportunities for the ‘Diamond State 50’ are available now by contacting Deyo at 845.728.2781 or via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deyo said he is thankful for the opportunity to present an event at Delaware International, a well-kept, respected facility.
“Charlie has 50 years of experience in managing a race track and promotion,” he said. “He is a top-notch promoter and his facility is first-class. I’m looking forward to being a part of this event and am optimistic we can work together on a huge event for the Delaware racing community.”
The Delaware Motorsports Complex, located on the First State side of the Delaware/Maryland border, includes Delaware International Speedway, the U.S. 13 Dragway and the U.S. 13 Kart Track. The Cathell family has operated the facility since 1963.
The ‘Diamond State 50’ will mark Deyo’s second promotion in the state of Delaware. Last season, together with driver Eric Kormann, he co-promoted the ‘Beach Blast’ at Del.’s Georgetown Speedway. The event attracted some 48 Modifieds and a capacity crowd with New York teenager Tyler Dippel earning the victory. The ‘Beach Blast 2’ has already been scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 1 (rain date: Sept. 2).
The ‘Diamond State 50’ is the second of two midweek Modified events on the track’s ’15 calendar. The annual Camp Barnes Benefit Stock Car Race is slated for Tuesday, June 23. This event is run to benefit the Camp Barnes, not-for-profit youth summer camp run by the Delaware State Police in Ocean View, Del.
To learn more about the Short Track Super Series or BD Motorsports Media, visitwww.bdmotorsportsmedia.com, call 845.728.2781 or e-mail email@example.com. “Like” BD Motorsports Media on Facebook or follow @BrettDeyo on Twitter.
Delaware International Speedway, located at 37854 Sussex Highway Delmar, Delaware 19940, is on the web at www.delawareracing.com and can be contacted by phone, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at 302.846.3911.
Past ‘Diamond State 50’ Winners
2005: Danny Johnson (Modified) & David Hill
2004: Ricky Elliott (Modified) & Kenny Pettyjohn (Late Model)
2002: Jimmy Horton (Modified) & David Hill (Late Model)
2001: Jimmy Horton (Modified vs. Late Model)
2000: Kenny Brightbill (Modified vs. Late Model)
1999: Gary Stuhler (Modified vs. Late Model)
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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?
Indoor Kart Racing!
22ND ANNUAL N. Y. S. INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP
New York State Fairgrounds • Syracuse, NY
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Gates open 11 AM, Racing 11 to 5 PM (race times approximate
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 - http://www.stida.com/
Models & toys:
Books, videos etc:
http://aarn.com/ -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:
This week’s photo:
What midgets used to look like - the late Georgie Rice is pictured in a real nice looking # 1 Offy midget.
Non racin' stuff:
Man, but this here "Grand Jury" out in Ferguson, Mo. sure is making us wait for their decision. As I type this, at 7:00 PM on Monday, it now looks like we'll find out something at 9:00 PM. Originally it was supposed to be 8:00.
Much more making us wait (as far as I'm concerned, they've reached a verdict quite a while ago), that Grand Jury would almost qualify for this weeks "Joke".
Uh how about 9:15 PM? Now, there's BS that just has to be told to us before they tell us how the decision went.
Finally got the word, in a way. Naturally, lawless/idiots decided to have "fun" and destroy some of the businesses in Ferguson.
I have a hard time believing this, if, indeed it's true:
Being replaced by JayZ and "Zombies"!
Note: OK - Yahoo! ha some news about this, It's only for this holiday season.
Found on Facebook this past Tuesday:
"Remember how white people rioted after OJ's acquittal?"
This weeks joke:
A man wanted to get married. He was having trouble choosing among three likely candidates. He gives each woman a present of $5,000 and watches to see what they do with the money.
The first does a total makeover. She goes to a fancy beauty salon, gets her hair done, new makeup; buys several new outfits and dresses up very nicely for the man. She tells him that she has done this to be more attractive for him because she loves him so much.
The man was impressed.
The second goes shopping to buy the man gifts. She gets him a new set of golf clubs, some new gizmos for his computer, and some expensive clothes. As she presents these gifts, she tells him that she has spent all the money on him because she loves him so much..
Again, the man is impressed.
The third invests the money in the stock market She earns several times the $5,000. She gives him back his $5,000 and reinvests the remainder in a joint account. She tells him that she wants to save for their future because she loves him so much.
Obviously, the man was impressed.
The man thought for a long time about what each woman had done with the money he'd given her.
Then he married the one with the biggest ( . ) ( . )
Men are like that, you know.
Until my next column – next week
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