Mostly Racin' Stuff

                                                   By Tom Avenengo

                                                      Volume # 206





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.


This will be my last column for 2014.  Also, when they return in 2015, I'll no long have the photo of my late wife to lead things off.  Over the course of the year, I'll have some other photos of her.


And, the "More memories" section will also be dropped for a while, too.


More memories:


I was moving some things around in my room the other day.  One of them was a straw hat that we had bought for the wife last winter when we were down here.  I often asked others to take a photo of her with it on, but never had one taken.  She would take her daily walks with her walker, and I'd watch her as she moseyed along N.W. 17th Ave usually with one hand holding the hat on her head to keep it from blowing off whenever it was breezy.  She looked so damn cute.  Yup, I'll never forget watching her and her little walks.  As she was able to go further and further, she got happier and happier, too.  She needed that walker because of her bad knees.  Try as we might, she would not go to a doctor about them.  At least those knees are not causing her any pain, now.


So, on Tuesday evening, I attend a school concert that my great grandson, Naji, is in.  My daughter Sandy & I eat dinner then leave, just as it's getting dark.  I pull into the parking lot, and park the car.  We get out and head for the school.  Next thing I know, I'm flat on my face on the pavement.  Never saw the damn concrete curbing that was on the pavement in front of my car for cars parked heading towards mine - you know the kind - where your front wheels touch, to inform you that's  where you must stop.  Got some "road rash" on both palms, a cut on left pinky finger & left ring finger, along with a scrape or two on left knee.  Right knee area was sore, as well as my right elbow area.  Thank God nothing was broken.  Right knee and elbow area are still quite sore on Wednesday morning.  "Road rash" is doing better.




Chances are also that during these coming winter months my column will be bi-weekly instead of weekly.  There's isn't all that much, racing wise, as you well know.



If you recall, I had this in last weeks column:

" Something tells me that between this week's column and my column next week, there will be some news coming from a track that should make quite a lot of race fans happy."


I was hoping for a PR from Brett Deyo on this prior to this column being published.  Might still get it, and if so, it will be right under this news:


Per Lenny Sammons in this week's AARN:  Look for Brett Deyo to now become a part of the promotion of the season closing Eastern States 200 Weekend and OCFS, but not with STSS (Short Track Super Series) sanctioning, but in helping running the event.

Also:  as you know, OCFS will continue to use Hoosier tires.  The Brett Deyo STSS specifies American Racer tires.  The STSS will open its 2015 season at OCFS with a $30,000.00 purse on April 7th.  It will pay $5,000.00 to win, $1,000.00 for 10th and $500.00 to take the green.  All Small Block weight classifications will be permitted Sail Panels.  Big Blocks will be outfitted with windows.


I checked with Brett, via an email, on the sail panel thing.  His response:  " The 2500 lb weight will be windows.  All others sail panels".



Racin’ stuff:


Answer to last weeks trivia question:  Ed Elisian and Gary Bettenhausen are the  only two drivers in Indy 500 history to stop a
non-damaged car to help another driver.



NASCAR: Tony Stewart discusses planned fifth surgery on right leg




NASCAR fan who climbed fence during race convicted



NASCAR: Kyle Busch undergoes scheduled left foot surgery



Ganassi and Harry Scott to field 1 Xfinity entry





Top NASCAR stories of 2014:  No. 17 - Kyle Larson, super rookie




Lime Rock article - the day a midget beat some of the world's best road racing cars:


Note:  Photo of Rodger Ward in the Brenn Offy, at Lime Rock is towards the end of this weeks column




American Racing Drivers Club - ARDC - Facebook on 12/11

There has been a lot of discussion in the last year in the ARDC about the engine rules. With “opening” the rules in 2014 the BOG is focused on continuing the parity of chassis and engine combinations that has been the backbone of this organization

The BOG has gone into this next season with 2 things in mind. How do increase our numbers? And how do we keep parity in our group but still invite other racers to check us out

With that being said we have approved (by unanimous vote) two rules for the 2015 racing season

#1- a Hoosier SP3 or SP4 will be required on the RR at all times

This will take full effect after the 4th completed race of the 2015 season

#2 – heat race and feature handicapping will be on a season average for example if you compete in three events and then you miss 3 events when you return your average will be based on the events you competed at.

If you have no average you will tag the rear of the field. If you race into a qualifying position (invert) you would start 12th in the feature . everyone else 13th to 24th would line up by finish position (heads up)

Temporary Permits holders would enter each event with no points and would only be able to start in the 12th position of the feature

The handicapping will be based on Driver points only



NEMA News (From Facebook on 12/15:


Tim Bertrand North Eastern Midget Association (NEMA)


NEMA Board Finalizes Rules Package & Exciting Changes for 2015 Season

Bridgewater, MA

The newly elected NEMA Board wasted no time getting to work, as they met for the first time after being elected last weekend to ratify the 2015 rules proposals this past Sunday, and also agreed on a number of exciting changes for the 2015 season.

The biggest change for the NEMA series will be the addition of staggered heat race points for both divisions, as decided on by the Board. The heat winner will get 20 points, 2nd place 18 points, with 2 points between positions down to 6th place - at which all remaining cars will get 10 points. The Board felt that this change will encourage a better show for the fans during the heat races and reward those who run well in the heat races.

Also exciting for the 2015 season, the Board has adopted the inclusion of a Rookie Development program. Full details will be announced later in the winter, but the intent of the Rookie Development Program will be to provide track time, driver coaching and safety education to new teams and drivers. Drivers falling into the newly adopted age brackets (those who turn 13 during the competition season for the Lites, and 15 years old for NEMA - both with previous experience) must pass the Rookie Development Program and be approved by the NEMA Board prior to competing with NEMA.

NEMA will also be bringing back its NEMA Fan of the Week program in 2015, after a successful program the last couple of seasons. The Fan of the Week gets a free pit pass for themselves and a guest, as well as a tour of the NEMA pit, time with the drivers, and other benefits throughout the evening. In addition, the club will be providing a printed program each week at the race track versus its traditional year book, and will continue its Meet & Greet program under the leadership of Bill Van Slyke.

As previously announced, NEMA will also continue its relationship with Hoosier Tire, as the club signed an exclusive 3 year deal with Hoosier for its current plated NEMA tires. Hoosier East and NEMA have selected Seymour Enterprises as its authorized distributor for the 2015 season.

A number of technical rules were passed as well, and will be posted this coming week.



World of Outlaws legend Steve Kinser isn't retiring after all


Legendary sprint car driver Steve Kinser isn't retiring after all.

His boss, Tony Stewart, said the 60-year-old Bloomington driver will compete in about 40 World of Outlaws races for Tony Stewart Racing in 2015.

Stewart said Thursday that it was an easy conversation to have with the seven-time WoO champion.

"Did I have to talk him into it?" Stewart said at the Performance Racing Industry trade show at the Indiana Convention Center. "We had to talk him down from more races."

Kinser has won a record 577 feature races, nearly twice the number of Sammy Swindell in second place. Only three other Outlaw drivers have as many as 100 such wins.

"This is a scenario where (Kinser) is the greatest driver in the sport, and you know there are a lot of drivers who later in their career have to quit for financial reasons, or different reasons," Stewart said. "He's a guy that I think has earned the right to race till he decides that he's ready to retire.

"As long as he wants to race we're going to have a car for him."




A little OCFS info:


The covered grandstand was built in 1923 to replace the stands that had collapsed under a heavy load of snow and ice the year before. The construction of the grandstands took only 60 days to complete! The half-covered stands were built in 1926. Total capacity for both grandstands is 3,800. In the years to come, crowds at the Annual Race grew, hitting a peak in 1933. The first and fourth turn bleachers were built in the 1950's to accommodate the thousands of fans who turned out for the "Stock Car" races.





Bill Vukovich - Didja know?

Sometime nicknamed as the "Mad Russian", Bill Vukovich was born with the given name of Vaso.  This was changed by the time he entered the public school system to William John.  His parents were natives of the Serbian region, and arrived with the surname Vucurovic, which was legally changed to Vukurovich, and again changed to Vukovich at the suggestion of the judge who presided over their naturalization hearing making them legal citizens of the United States.





A little Chili Bowl info:


Since the Chili Bowl will be telecast live on MAV TV, and since I do not get MAV TV, I sent an email to the "contact" on the Chili Bowl's website, asking if it might be tape delayed, as in the past.


Their response:


"They usually do re-air it but we don't know when.  I think last year it was sometime in February." 

Thank you,

Staci Hahn

Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals

Speedway Motors Tulsa Shootout

Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series




And while on some Chili Bowl info - I came across this - On the Saturday night Main, the very first lap is sponsored by none other than the Accord Speedway.  All 55 laps have sponsors.  Remember when the Chili Bowl was just 50 laps?  Do you know why it is now 55?  The 55th lap is sponsored in the name of Donnie Ray Crawford.  Any idea as to who he was?

If not, check this out:





Back in time:


1966 was not a good year as far as racing in the US went.  There were quite a few fatalities - both drivers and fans.

Some drivers:

Bob McLean, Walt Hansgen,  Chuck Rodee, Lucky Harris, Jimmy Davies, Jud Larson, Red Riegel, Sherman Cleveland, Dave Ridenour, Ron Lux (also known as Bucky Buckholtz or Bob Hodgson), Ken Miles, Don Branson, Dick Atkins,

At Sebring, on March 26th, one accident took the life of four spectators - Patricia Heacock, Willis Edenfield, Sr., Willis Edenfield, Jr. and Mark Edenfield.






From Jayski:


Sprint will not return as Series sponsor: 

Citing a need to focus more directly on its core business priorities, Sprint announced it has informed NASCAR it will not extend the title sponsorship of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series after the current agreement expires at the end of the 2016 season. "We are proud of our association with NASCAR's top series but have made the decision not to extend our sponsorship beyond the next two years," said Steve Gaffney, vice president-Marketing, Sprint. "As we look to the future, Sprint is focused on investing in maintaining a competitive edge and providing consumers with the best value in wireless.Sprint has long benefitted from the unprecedented level of brand integration available in NASCAR, and the passionate fan base that is the most loyal in sports. Without question, the NASCAR sponsorship property has been a valuable investment for us and will be for our successor."
Since the partnership began in 2004, Sprint has worked closely with NASCAR to bring many fan-friendly innovations to life, including the introduction of the FanView next generation scanner (2005), the creation of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile wireless application (2008) and the debut of Miss Sprint Cup (2007), an ambassador program that now has more than 1.5 million social media followers. The constant evolution of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race pre-race show and the improvements to the Sprint Vision trackside programming also highlight Sprint's portfolio of fan enhancements.
"We genuinely appreciate the fans, teams, drivers, tracks and media who have been so supportive and welcoming to us during these many race seasons," said Gaffney. "We look forward to our remaining time as sponsor of the Sprint Cup Series and eventually assisting with the transition to NASCAR's next title partner."
The sponsorship extends back to 2004 when Nextel signed a 10-year partnership with NASCAR for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. The name changed to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2008 as a result of the Nextel/Sprint corporate merger. At the conclusion of the first 10 years, Sprint extended the partnership an additional three years taking the contract through the end of the 2016 season(Sprint)

NASCAR Statement: "NASCAR and Sprint have enjoyed a long and productive partnership that has returned significant value to both parties. We understand significant changes within Sprint and the highly competitive business environment it is in has led to a decision not to extend its Cup Series entitlement position following the 2016 season. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is a very unique, premium sports marketing platform with strong momentum, so we are very confident of moving forward in 2017 with an outstanding new partner. In the meantime, we look forward to Sprint's partnership on the best racing series in the world for the next two seasons."(12-16-2014)



Daytona Rising Reaches 1,000 Daily On-Site Workers for First Time: 

Daytona Rising, the historic $400 million redevelopment project at Daytona International Speedway, reached a major milestone on Wednesday when, for the first time since the project broke ground in July 2013, the on-site daily construction worker count exceeded 1,000. Construction of Daytona Rising is cited in ManpowerGroup's Employment Outlook Survey as a primary reason the Deltona, Fla., MSA (Daytona Beach included in this area) ranks third nationwide for growth in 2015. On Wednesday, 1,002 workers were on site at the "World Center of Racing" helping to create the nation's first true motorsports stadium with the Daytona Rising project. The average daily worker count has been steadily rising since the fall. "This is another significant and important milestone in the project," Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. "Construction workers are moving at full speed on Daytona Rising to ensure that all the amenities within the facility are ready for the 2015 racing season." After achieving significant construction milestones related to the Daytona Rising project during the past year, including installation of the highest piece of steel in October, Daytona International Speedway is busy preparing for Budweiser Speedweeks 2015 events. For tickets and more information on Daytona International Speedway events, or call 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS)(12-12-2014)



NASCAR will let teams regulate lug nuts during pit stops in 2015: 

One rule that stands out as a game changer will be the fact that NASCAR is letting teams regulate lug nuts during their stops. Basically, NASCAR won't penalize or monitor missed lug nuts or lug nuts that get knocked off during a stop. The new rule...or lack of rule, could be a huge gain for teams that want to gamble. Everyone knows that it doesn't take all 5 nuts tight to keep a tire on. The tricky part is how many nuts does it take? There are stories floating around pit road of teams that have come into victory lane with 1,2 and 3 nuts on a wheel, and everyone is amazed. Every situation is different and every situation could have a different outcome, but hitting only 3 or 4 nuts per side could speed up a stop and if teams are willing to gamble on that then it could pay off. In the past, teams had to make sure all 5 nuts were on the studs and if an official were to see a nut get knocked off they would hold the car until the nut was put back on. Changers were very aware of the rules and hit nuts with a speed they could control. Jack men were also aware of the rule and MOST would wait on the left side for all 5 to get hit. Now, all that changes.
The risk: there is always risk with reward and there is plenty of risks associated with taking this rule out. The first and most obvious risk is a loose wheel. Most changers are very concerned with the repercussions of a loose wheel and won't risk it for a standard stop. This rule comes into play when teams are at a place that eats tires up and a caution with 10 laps to go comes out and the whole field comes down to pit. This is when teams will gamble and may only hit 3-4 nuts and let it ride. With only a few laps left in the race, why not! That's when this rule will become interesting. It should be mentioned that NASCAR will still penalize a team if a tire comes off the car during a run due to a loose wheel. You don't see that very often but it has and does happen.(
Pit Talks)(12-11-2014)



Atlanta removing 17,000 seats, Charlotte 41,000: 

Atlanta Motor Speedway's parent company, Speedway Motorsports, Inc., announced Tuesday that they will remove 17,000 seats from the track's grandstands. The company anticipates using those areas for premium hospitality, advertising and other facility purposes. Their sister track, Charlotte Motor Speedway, is losing 41,000 seats.(, see image of the CMS construction at Slugger Labbe's Twitter.(12-10-2014)


Alterations announced this week are in line with a trend of tracks removing seats. Charlotte, after removing 41,000 seats this winter, will be down to permanent seating of 89,000 in 2015, a startlingly low capacity considering its location in NASCAR's epicenter. But it's par for the course. Atlanta is removing 17,000 seats to get down to 75,000; Dover is removing 17,500 seats to get down to 95,500; and Daytona is removing its backstretch grandstands of 46,500 next spring to go to 101,500 seats. Other tracks on the circuit have made similar changes.
At its peak in 2007, International Speedway Corp.'s 12 major tracks had 1.1 million grandstand seats (not including suites). After the Daytona renovation, ISC will be down 30 percent to approximately 761,000 seats.
In 2013 alone, the following ISC tracks cut seats: Talladega (from 108,000 to 78,000), Richmond (91,000 to 71,000), Chicagoland (69,000 to 55,500), Michigan (84,000 to 71,000), California (81,000 to 68,000), Darlington (60,000 to 58,000) and Homestead (56,000 to 46,000). Any additional cuts likely will be revealed when its annual report comes out in January.
With the current Charlotte and Atlanta reductions, Speedway Motorsports has cut 101,000 seats (12 percent) across seven of its tracks since 2009, although it added 38,000 at Kentucky when it moved a Cup race to that track. SMI, which includes suites in its capacity estimates, cut capacity in 2013 at Atlanta (from 98,000 to 92,000), Bristol (158,000 to 153,000) and New Hampshire (96,000 to 95,000).
Dover listed 135,000 seats in 2009, so its reduction in recent years is 29 percent. At one point, it reduced 20,000 seats by replacing the current seats with wider ones for more fan comfort, a move done by many racetracks. Indianapolis and Pocono, privately owned, do not have to report their capacities, but Indianapolis also has removed seats.(see full article at the 
Sporting News)(12-11-2014)



2015 Sprint Unlimited Field to feature Chase drivers, Daytona 500 pole winners: 

Coming off an exciting 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup finale, NASCAR announced all 16 Chase drivers will be eligible to compete in the 2015 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway. The 75-lap, non-points race will once again kick off the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing season Saturday, Feb. 14 (FOX, MRN Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) and will feature an expanded field of drivers based on new eligibility requirements. A minimum of 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers are eligible to participate in the Sprint Unlimited at DIS. In addition to the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup participants, the field also will include 2014 Coors Light Pole Award winners, as well as former Sprint Unlimited race winners and Daytona 500 pole winners who competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series full time in 2014. Any remaining spots will be filled by drivers highest in 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver championship points who are not already eligible. The 2015 eligible participants include:
" #18-Kyle Busch (2014 pole winner)
" #3-Austin Dillon (2014 pole winner)
" #24-Jeff Gordon (2014 pole winner)
" #38-David Gilliland (2014 pole winner)
" #11-Denny Hamlin (2014 pole winner)
" #4-Kevin Harvick (2014 pole winner)
" #48-Jimmie Johnson (2014 pole winner)
" #20-Matt Kenseth (2014 pole winner)
" #2-Brad Keselowski (2014 pole winner)
" #42-Kyle Larson (2014 pole winner)
" #22-Joey Logano (2014 pole winner)
" #1-Jamie McMurray (2014 pole winner)
" #33-Brian Scott (2014 pole winner)
" #14-Tony Stewart (2014 pole winner)
" #55-Brian Vickers* (2014 pole winner)
" #41-Kurt Busch (former Unlimited winner)
" #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. (former Unlimited winner)
" #19-Carl Edwards (former D500 pole winner)
" #10-Danica Patrick (former D500 pole winner)
" #16-Greg Biffle (former D500 pole winner)
" #78-Martin Truex Jr. (former D500 pole winner)
" #31-Ryan Newman (2014 Chase driver)
" #47-AJ Allmendinger (2014 Chase driver)
" #5-Kasey Kahne (2014 Chase driver)
" #43-Aric Almirola (2014 Chase driver)
(* - Michael Waltrip Racing today announced that Brian Vickers will not be available to race during the early part of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season due to health issues.) (NASCAR)(12-15-2014)




Vickers to miss start of season: 

Michael Waltrip Racing driver Brian Vickers will not be available to race during the early part of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season due to health issues. In 58 races driving MWR's #55 Aaron's Toyota, Vickers scored eight top-five and 19 top-10 finishes. He won the July race at New Hampshire in 2013 and captured the pole at Talladega in October 2014. The 2003 Nationwide champion owns three victories and 12 poles in 316 career Sprint Cup starts. "Brian has been a part of the MWR family since 2012 and our thoughts today are with Brian, his wife Sarah and the Vickers family," said MWR co-owner Rob Kauffman. "As a race team, MWR has plenty to consider and we will confer with our partners, including Aaron's and Toyota. As this is fresh news, we will adjust our future plans as more information becomes available."


"First, I want to thank everyone for their sincere support. I have faced obstacles before and it has made victory that much sweeter and I know that will be the case again. My previous experiences have given me a very keen understanding of my body. Late last week I knew something wasn't right, so I went to the hospital to be checked out. Following several tests, it was discovered that my body was rejecting an artificial patch that was inserted in 2010 to fix a hole in my heart. Saturday, I had to have corrective surgery to repair the hole and now I am beginning the recovery process. I will need plenty of time, rest and rehab but this temporary setback will not stop me from pursuing my dream of becoming a NASCAR Sprint Cup champion."(MWR)(12-15-2014)



Gordon comments about retirement: 

from a #24-Jeff Gordon Q&A by Ryan McGee on
McGee: "This was your best finish in seven years. Under the old Chase system, you'd have finally won a fifth title. But we writers still come at you with retirement questions. So ... retirement?"
Gordon: "I don't believe in retirement, No. 1, but I know that I won't always be a full-time Cup driver. That time is coming. Remember in May, my back got so bad I couldn't get out of bed, let alone into a race car? So will that play a role in retirement sooner rather than later? It's very possible. It seems to be the one limiting factor that I have right now. But there's no plan. There's no countdown. I'm racing."(see full Q&A at



Congress cuts National Guard sponsorship funds: 

Congress has stripped funding for the Army National Guard's sponsorship of motor sports following revelations that advertising on race cars did little to generate recruits. Lawmakers cut the Guard's advertising budget by $13.8 million, the same amount the service had requested to sponsor race cars, said Maj. Earl Brown, a Guard spokesman. In August, the Guard announced that it was ending its sponsorships of Dale Earnhardt Jr. of NASCAR and Graham Rahal in the Indy Racing League. In 2014, the Guard spent $105 million on advertising aimed at attracting recruits and enhancing its image. That included sponsorships for NASCAR that cost $32 million and $12 million on IndyCar. The Guard has said it sponsorship of NASCAR was aimed at building "brand awareness" for the service.(USA Today)(12-15-2014)



Stewart ok with Busch running the Double again: 

If Kurt Busch decides to do "The Double" again in 2015, he has the blessing of teammate and Stewart-Haas Racing team co-owner Tony Stewart. Busch, who became the first driver to attempt The Double in a decade this past May, is reportedly mulling over an encore performance for next Memorial Day weekend where he'd again race in the Indianapolis 500 in the early afternoon, hop a plane to Charlotte and then race in that evening's Coca-Cola 600 for an encore. If Busch wants to do it, he's got Stewart's vote. Of course, Stewart is a bit biased - he tried The Double twice in his career, the last time being in 2001, when he finished sixth in the Indianapolis 500 and third in the Coca-Cola 600 later that evening. "I'm 100 percent supportive if he wants to do that again," Stewart said.(NBC Sports)(12-15-2014)



Additional changes to pit rules: 

There was a meeting this week between NASCAR and the sport's various pit crew coaches regarding the new pit road rules for 2015. The main story line we've seen emphasized this week is the fact that NASCAR is no longer going to enforce a lug nut rule. But that isn't the only thing to come out of that meeting. There are other new rules and ways of enforcement that could have much more drastic impacts on races.
The big move for next season is the removal of more officials from pit road. Starting at Daytona, a new video system will monitor pit road, and penalties will be called from a central video-review location. That means far fewer "judgement" calls by officials. Cut and dry video evidence will rule. And the one area that nobody in the media has mentioned that will be affected the most is crews jumping from the wall early. The rule for when crews can leave the wall goes like this: teams are allowed to be on the ground in their pit stall as soon as their car crosses the back line of the stall directly behind their own. You didn't see this rule enforced all that often, because it had to be fairly blatant for an official to even notice it. Now, if a crew member is down even a split second early, the penalty will be called. Supposedly once NASCAR started testing this video system late in 2014, they were hundreds of "jumping early" penalties flagged by the system. What this means, is that you could potentially see a lot of these penalties called early in the season until pit crews figure out what they can and can't get away with. All coaches are emphasizing this point to their teams this offseason, but it will be an issue in 2015.
Another rule that will be more actively enforced with this video system is the drivers rolling through too many pit boxes before their own on entry. Drivers are only allowed to drive through three (I think) pit boxes before they enter their own. This was also a judgement call in the past, but this new video system will catch more of these in the future.
Other smaller points of emphasis for NASCAR included the elimination of helping your neighbor on pit road gather up his tires by being over the wall. You would often see a member of another pit crew over the wall helping a team corral it's tires. Now, if a crewman wants to help, they have to stay behind the wall. NASCAR is also going to pay closer attention to tire control by the pit crews. If tires aren't in control of a crewman at least half way back to the wall, NASCAR will call a penalty. This rule isn't new, but will be more actively enforced.(
NASCAR Insiders)(12-14-2014)







On Facebook on 12/16/14:


sad to see shippensburg speedway has shut down operations and put everything up for sale.
 has confirmed that Bryan Clauson is taking a different path for the 2015 season and has parted ways with Tony Stewart Racing.

Looks like 2015 could see Clauson piloting a variety of race cars, from the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway in an Indy Car to the bullrings in a USAC Midget and Sprint Car.

Clauson might also have interest in dabbling more into the world of winged sprint cars. Perhaps making the A-Main at last years Knoxville Nationals has given Clauson a desire to run more of the winged machines.

It should be interesting to see how Clauson’s 2015 race schedule shapes up


And this, too:






From Track Forum:


Indy Car 2018





From the Dirt Track Digest Forum:


Cutting costs in crate racing








From the AARN:


Note:  The AARN will not be published for these next two weeks.


This week in AARN:


Season End AARN Issue Features Track, Series Standings; Top Champs Profiled


Top Winner Keith Rocco Is AARN Driver Of The Year With 31 Victories


Richard Petty’s Superbird Coming To Motorsports 2015 Show


PRIShow Showcased The Industry’s Movers, Shakers Last Week In Indy


Hesston Speedway Sold To Bedford County, Pa. Pair


All Star Sprints, WoO Sprints, Late Models Release 2015 Schedules


New NASCAR Whelen Modified Wing Opened At Charlotte’s Hall OfFame


Rutherford, Hunter 600 Micro Sprint Team Splits; Hehnly Takes Hunter Seat


USAC, NASCAR, Bethel, Wall Stadium, Among Groups, Tracks In Banquet Mode


And this too, that was found in the AARN:


Hesston Speedway to reopen in 2015 under Eric Ritchey and Jon Claycomb, with a limited schedule.


No ARDC midgets at New Egypt in 2015.  When the USAC Sprints go to New Egypt on 6/4, the midgets will be replaced by crate sportsman.


Top feature winners here in the northeast:

1.  Keith Rocco - 31 wins.  2.  Stewart Friesen -29, Matt Sheppard - 25, Brett Hearn - 22 and Dale Blaney 20.


Chuck Merrill has sold the Maxim Sprint Car Chassis business to Dan & Ron Musselman.


Davis Technologies was showing off their new traction control products that were recently used in drag racing.  They were also showing their oval track traction control.


The AARN's Motor Sports show, to be held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, in Oaks, PA, is scheduled for January 23, 24 & 25.


This weeks edition had point standings for a majority of the tracks and organizations.  Checking through them, I found these former OVRP Dirt Oval racers and how they finished, point wise.  In most cases, only the top 10 in points were shown.

Accord:  Anthony Perrego 2nd in Mods, Joey Bruning 4th in Spec Sportsman and Wyatt Clark 1st in All Star Slingshots.

A/S:  Hunter Bates 3rd in Sportsman.

Bethel:  Bobby Morris 1st in Sportsman, and JB Morris 3rd in 4 Cylinder Advanced.

CSRA 305's:  Joe Kata, III 4th, Josh Peiniazek 5th and Emily VanInwegen 7th.

5 Mile:  Anthony Perrego 5th in mods.

Kutztown:  Danny Buccafusca 1st in Slingshots.

Lebanon Valley:  Kolby Schroder 5th and Kyle Armstrong 10th in mods.  Matt Pappa 3rd in Sportsman.

Mahoning:  Roger Coss 8th in mods.

OCFS:  Tim HIndley 1st, Mike Ruggiero 6th and Clinton Mills 8th in mods.  Danny Creeden 2nd in small blocks.  LJ Lombardo 1st, Matt Janiak 2nd and Brian Krummel 3rd in Sportsman.

RoC Dirt - not final until April 2015:  Anthony Perrego 4th.

Brett Deyo's STSS:  Danny Creeden 4th and Tyler Dippel 8th.

Selinsgrove:  Davie Franek 6th.

URC:  Davie Franek 1st.


Note:  It would be interesting to see how many drivers have graduated from other Kart tracks and gone into bigger forms of racing.  Yes, at times, I've had over 40 names in a week listed in my columns for former Dirt Oval racers.  In most cases, they've done extremely well.





Press Releases:


Contact: Joshua Joiner

World of Outlaws Late Model Series PR Director/DIRTcar Racing PR | 850-232-9331


Busy 2015 Speedweeks Schedule Features Action in Four DIRTcar Racing Divisions at Five Tracks


DIRTcar Racing action scheduled at four Florida tracks and one Georgia oval during January and February

CONCORD, N.C. - Nov. 6, 2014 - The 2015 DIRTcar Racing season will get off to a hot start this winter with Speedweeks action in four divisions spread among five dirt tracks and two months.

The traditional stretch of early-season racing begins in late January with Winternationals and culminates with the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment in mid-February.


DIRTcar UMP Modifieds

The DIRTcar UMP Modifieds kick off Speedweeks with the Winternationals at East Bay Raceway in Gibsonton, Fla., Jan. 29 to 31. The series then makes stops at Bubba Raceway Park and Volusia Speedway Park for 15 total nights of racing.

·                     Jan. 29-31 - Winternationals, East Bay Raceway, Gibsonton, Fla.

·                     Feb. 5 and 6 - Bubba Raceway Park, Ocala, Fla.

·                     Feb. 7 and 8 - North Florida Speedway, Lake City, Fla.

·                     Feb. 10-17 - DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit, plus the Gator Championship, Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, Fla.

World of Outlaws Late Model Series and DIRTcar Late Models

For 12 nights at tracks in Georgia and Florida, the DIRTcar Late Models and the World of Outlaws Late Model Series compete during Speedweeks.

·                     Feb. 6 and 7 Winter Freeze, Screven Motorsports Park, Sylvania, Ga.

·                     Feb. 8 North Florida Speedway, Lake City, Fla.

·                     Feb. 13-15 Winter Nationals, Bubba Raceway Park, Ocala, Fla.

·                     Feb. 16-21 DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit, Barberville, Fla.

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series and UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions

Joining the modifieds and late models during Speedweeks are the sprint cars of the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series and the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions. The two series make stops at Volusia Speedway Park and Bubba's Raceway Park.

·                     Feb. 5-7 Winter Nationals, Bubba Raceway Park, Ocala, Fla. (All Star)

·                     Feb. 11-13 DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit, Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, Fla. (All Star)

·                     Feb. 13-15 DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit, Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, Fla. (WoO Sprint Cars)

Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series

The Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds take on Volusia during DIRTcar Nationals Feb. 18-21 with a $5,000-to-win feature on the final night.

·                     Feb. 18-21 DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit, Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, Fla.

A full schedule and ticket information for each event is available online at

DIRTcar racing action is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: American Racing Custom Wheels (Official Custom Wheel), Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), Lincoln Welder (Official Welder), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel), (Hard Charger Award) and McCarthy's One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award); in addition to contingency sponsors: Butlerbuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, Mobil 1, MSD, Ohlins Shocks, QuarterMaster, Penske Shocks, Roush Yates Performance Parts, Superflow Dynos and Wrisco Aluminum; along with manufacturer sponsors Capital Race Cars, Integra Shocks, Intercomp, Jake's Carts, Racing Electronics, Rocket Chassis, and TNT Rescue.



Note:  No mention of the modified race in Georgia, as the teams head towards Florida.  Yes, it isn't DIRTcar sanctioned, but I think it would have been nice to include it in their listings.




The Action Track USA / Speedway Entertainment Awards Banquet will be held Sat. January 10,2015 at the Bear Creek Resort in Macungie,PA


The top 10 in SpeedSTR points at the Action Track and the Illustrious 11 in the All Pro SpeedSTR National Championship will be honored along with all regular classes at the Action Track and Slingshot Tour champions.


Action Track USA Top 10: Billy Pauch,Jr./Billy Pauch,Sr./Kenny Brightbill/Jeff Strunk/Earl Paules/Mike Bednar/Kyle Weiss/Brad Brightbill/Larry Solomon and Frank Cozze


Illustrious 11National Tour :Billy Pauch,Sr./Maxime Plante/Frank Cozze/Billy Pauch,Jr./Tim Buckwalter/Josianne Plante/Wayne Weaver/Frank Yankowski/Francis Methot/Kenny Brightbill/Brad Brightbill


Tickets are now available at $45 per person, youth tickets 14 and under $40.Payment can be made by check or CC.


Thanks for a competitive and exciting racing season both at the Action Track and the tour stops.










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:


Amanda Chmiola Eshenour
Eastern Museum of Motor Racing


Dick Wallen's Racing Classics DVD are now on sale for $24.95. We have the following DVD's in stock and can be shipped to you for any last minute Christmas gifts you need. Tax and shipping will be added when orders are placed. Please message me or email me at or stop into the Museum on Fridays and December 21st to place your order.

1932 Ascot 
1970 Championship Highlights
1970's Championship Revolution
Championship & Sprint Car Classics #201
Championship & Sprint Car Classics #202
Checkered's Past
Classic Thrills & Spills
Distant Thunder
Fabulous 50's
Indy Cars Built in LA
Midget Classics
Midget History 1914 - 1956
Racing Classics #206
Rear Engine Invasion
Riverside Palace of Speed
Roar from the 60s Vol 1
Roar from the 60s Vol 2
Sacramento Mile
Short Track Legends
Sprint Car Classics Vol 2
Sprint Car Classics Vol 4
Sprint Car Classics Vol 5 (Garry & Larry Vol 1)
Sprint Car Classics Vol 6 (Garry & Larry Vol 2)
Sprint Car Classics Vol 7
Sprint Car Classics Vol 8
Sprint Car Rodeo
Sprint Cars Thrills Vol 2
Stock Car Classics Vol 1
Stock Car Classics Vol 2
Stock Car Classics Vol 3
Stock Cars The Early Years
Thunder From the 50s





This week’s photo:


A photo from the Joe Corbett Archives of Rodger Ward in the Ken Brenn # 24 Offy Midget at Lime Rock.  Yes, car was at least 12 years old, having come out in 1947 under the ownership of Johnny Ritter.


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Non racin' stuff:


From an email I received on 12/14/14:




Interesting that the LA times did this. Lou Dobbs reported this on CNN and it cost him his job. The only network we would see this on would be FOX. All the others are staying away from it. Whether you are a Democrat or Republican this should be of great interest to you! Just One State - be sure and read the last part......try for 3 times. This is only one State.................If this doesn't open eyes, nothing will! 


From the L.A. Times. 


1. 40% of all workers in L.A. County ( L.A. County has 10.2 million people) are working for cash and not paying taxes. This is because they are predominantly illegal immigrants working without a green card. 


2. 95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens. 


3. 75% of people on the most wanted list in Los Angeles are illegal aliens. 


4. Over 2/3 of all births in Los Angeles County are to illegal alien Mexicans on Medi-Cal, whose births were paid for by taxpayers. 


5. Nearly 35% of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals here illegally. 


6. Over 300,000 illegal aliens in Los Angeles County are living in garages. 


7. The FBI reports half of all gang members in Los Angeles are most likely illegal aliens from south of the border. 


8 Nearly 60% of all occupants of HUD properties are illegal. 


9. 21 radio stations in L.A. are Spanish speaking. 


10. In L.A. County 5.1 million people speak English, 3.9 million speak Spanish. (There are 10.2 million people in L.A. County .) 


(All 10 of the above facts were published in the Los Angeles Times) 


Less than 2% of illegal aliens are picking our crops, but 29% are on welfare. Over 70% of the United States 'annual population growth (and over 90% of California , Florida , and New York ) results from immigration. 29% of inmates in federal prisons are illegal aliens. 


We are fools for letting this continue. 




Send copies of this letter to at least two other people. 100 would be even better. 


This is only one State...............If this doesn't open your eyes nothing will, and you wonder why Nancy Pelosi wants them to become voters! 




Windfall Tax on Retirement Income Adding a tax to your retirement is simply another way of saying to the American people, you're so darn stupid that we're going to keep doing this until we drain every cent from you. Nancy Pelosi wants a Windfall Tax on Retirement Income. In other words tax what you have made by investing toward your retirement. This woman is a nut case! You aren't going to believe this. 


Nancy Pelosi wants to put a Windfall Tax on all stock market profits (including Retirement fund, 401K and Mutual Funds! 


Alas, it is true -- all to help the 12 Million Illegal Immigrants and other unemployed Minorities! This woman is frightening. She quotes...' We need to work toward the goal of equalizing income, (didn't Marx say something like this?), in our country and at the same time limiting the amount the rich can invest. (I am not rich, are you?) 


When asked how these new tax dollars would be spent, she replied: 


'We need to raise the standard of living of our poor, unemployed and minorities. For example, we have an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in our country who need our help along with millions of unemployed minorities. Stock market windfall profits taxes could go a long way to guarantee these people the standard of living they would like to have as 'Americans''. 


(Read that quote again and again and let it sink in.) 'Lower your retirement, give it to others who have not worked as you have for it.' Send it on to your friends. I just did! This lady is out of her mind!!!!! 



Just a bit of comedy for ya:


From another email I received the other day.

Subject:  Pasadena Conference on Aging

Keynote speaker:  Fritz Coleman - NBC Weathercaster

This takes about 15 minutes, folks.  Guaranteed you'll get a kick out of what he has to say!





This weeks joke:


One sunny day in January, 2017, an old man approaches the White House from across Pennsylvania Avenue where he’d been sitting on a park bench. He speaks to the U.S. Marine standing guard and says, “I would like to go in and meet with President Obama.” The Marine looks at the man and says, “Sir, Mr. Obama is no longer president and no longer resides here.” The old man says, “Okay,” and walks away.

The following day the same man approaches the White House and says to the same Marine, “I would like to go in and meet with President Obama.” The Marine again tells the man, “Sir, as I said yesterday, Mr. Obama is no longer president and no longer resides here.” The man thanks him and again walks away.

On the third day, the same man approaches the White House and speaks to the very same U.S. Marine, saying, “I would like to go in and meet with President Obama.” The Marine, understandably agitated at this point, looks at the man and says, “Sir, this is the third day in a row you have been here asking to speak to Mr. Obama. I’ve told you already that Mr. Obama is no longer the president and no longer resides here. Don’t you understand?”

The old man looks at the Marine and says,“Oh, I understand. I just love hearing it.” The Marine snaps to attention, salutes, and says, “See you tomorrow, Sir!”



Of course this column would not be complete without this:



Until my next column – due out on January 8, 2015.


Wishing all my readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy, prosperous New Year!


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