Racin' & Internet Stuff:
By Tom Avenengo
Volume # 21
I came across a rather interesting thread on the Dirt Track Digest’s Forum the other day – a thread about stock car racing today, and where it might be headed. Check it out, here: http://www.dirttrackdigest.com/forums/topic/35459-state-of-the-union/
I’m not a New York Yankee fan. Loved the Brooklyn Dodgers and then when the Mets came to be, they took the place of the “Bums”. Some sad news for Yankee fans over these past couple of days. The Yankee public address announcer, Bob Sheppard, passed away last Sunday at the age of 99. Then, early on Tuesday, the day of the All-Star game, George Steinbrenner also passed on, at 80 years of age. So, as we all seem to acknowledge, these things always “come in threes” – who might be next, and when?
Some of my thoughts:
“Catch 22” is the situation that almost every racing promoter has when the weather forecast calls for wet weather. Cancel? Hold off? What to do? This happened in our area last Saturday. The forecast was really crummy with a good percentage of rain being forecasted. In some areas, heavy rain did fall in the early morning hours. Where I live, it was hardly noticeable. Some tracks ran, others, cancelled. Can’t blame them in either case. Still, it hurts to figure on going to a track, reading they had to cancel, then be blessed with a beautiful day. How many times have you been at a track, then some showers move in, the races get cancelled, then on your way out of the track, “Mr. Sunshine” appears? Sure you get pizzed. But, I bet not as much as the food concessionaires do – especially if they operate independent of the track.
Going back, in time:
Note: Most of the following information was found here:
Covering the days of July 8th to July 14th.
Jack Hewitt... Born ... A
former driver and two-time champion in the USAC Silver Crown Series. He raced
in the 1998
Joe Sostilio ... Died ...
Sostilio raced both sprint cars and midgets. He won the
Jerry Hoyt... Died ... AAA driver. Killed in a crash during a sprint car race at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Tommy Milton ... Died ... Milton was blind in the right eye at birth and had poor vision in his left eye. Yet he was the first driver to win the Indianapolis 500 twice, in 1921 and 1923. He was also the first to win the national driving championship two years in a row, in 1920 and 1921. He began racing on dirt tracks in the Midwest in 1914 and won his first major victory at Providence, RI, in 1917. Milton won five of nine championship races in 1919 before suffering severe burns when his car burst into flames during a race at Uniontown, NJ. In 1920, he not only won the driving championship, he set a new land speed record of 156.046 mph in a special 16-cylinder Duesenberg that he helped to design. He retired from competition after the 1925 season. Milton became chief steward of the Indianapolis 500 from 1949 to 1957, when he retired because of poor health. Milton had 17 victories in 85 races on dirt tracks and finished in the top five 35 other times.
Adam Petty ... Born ... The son of Kyle Petty, he was widely expected to become the next great Petty, following in the footsteps of his father, grandfather Richard, and great-grandfather Lee. He was the first fourth generation athlete in all of of sports to participate in the chosen profession of his generations. On May 12, 2000, Petty was practicing his Busch Series car at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire for the next day's 200-lap event when the throttle of his car stuck and sent him head-on into a wall. The impact killed Petty immediately.
Mel Hansen ... Born ... AAA driver . In 21 starts between 1939 and 1949, he won twice (1948 Atlanta in Ray Carter's '39 Wetteroth/Offenhauser, the 1941 Speedway winner, and 1949 Springfield in the '49 Bowes Lesovsky/Offenhauser), was second once (1949 Trenton) and fourth once (1947 Milwaukee). His best championship position was 9th in 1940. He was also a noted midget driver, and won the important Turkey Night Grand Prix in 1939 and the URA (blue circuit) Midget Championship in 1945. His career ended in 1949 after a bad midget crash in Detroit.
Buddy Cagle ... Born ... AAA / USAC driver from the 1950's.
Pedro Rodriguez died when his Ferrari 512M crashed while leading the Interseries race at the Norisring in West Germany. He became the two-time world champion driver in the fearsome Porsche 917. He developed into one of the sport's greatest all-rounders, racing F1, CanAm, NASCAR, rallies and even becoming North American Ice Racing champion in 1970. In his NASCAR career, Rodríguez earned two top tens, including a 5th in the 1965 World 600.
Rick Hendrick... Born ... NASCAR team owner. Rick Hendrick drove in the 1987 and 1988 Winston Cup races at Riverside International Raceway, finishing 33rd (out with transmission problems after racing to the Top 10) and 15th. He also had a single start in the Busch Series and the Craftsman Truck Series. He had been a pit crew member for Flying 11 that Ray Hendrick drove in the 1960s. Rick Hendrick is an owner of several NASCAR stock cars and teams, as well as Hendrick Automotive Group, one of the largest automotive chains in the United States. Hendrick Motorsports, founded in 1984, is one of the most successful teams in NASCAR racing, with Sprint Cup championships won in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2006, and 2007.
Sam Hanks ... Born ... He won his first championship in 1937 on the West Coast in the AMA. He barnstormed the country, racing on the board tracks at Soldier Field in Chicago and the Los Angeles Coliseum Motordome. Hanks reportedly won the first two board track races at Soldier Field in 1939. Hanks won the 1940 VFW Motor City Speedway championship. After World War II, he captured the 1946 URA Blue Circuit Championship. He won the 1947 Night before the 500 midget car race. He was the 1949 AAA National Midget champion. He won the 1956 Pacific Coast championship in the USAC Stock cars. He won the 1957 Indianapolis 500 at his thirteenth attempt at the race, the most tries of any Indy winner, and announced his retirement from racing in Victory Circle. Hanks was inducted in the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1984, the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2000. He drove the pace car at the Indianapolis 500 from 1958 to 1963.
Davey Allison ... Died ... A NASCAR race car driver, best known as the driver of the Robert Yates Racing #28 Texaco-Havoline Ford. Born in Hollywood, Florida, he was the eldest of four children born to NASCAR driver Bobby Allison and wife Judy. The family moved to Hueytown, Alabama and along with Bobby's brother Donnie Allison, family friend Red Farmer, and Neil Bonnett, became known in racing circles as the Alabama Gang. Davey Allison died as a result of a helicopter crash at Talladega Superspeedway on July 13, 1993. Racing legend Red Farmer was a passenger in the helicopter and survived the crash.
Marvin Panch drove the Herb Thomas Pontiac to victory in the 200 mile NASCAR Grand National race on the 1.5 mile dirt Memph-Ark Speedway in Lehi, Arkansas. Paul Goldsmith led the first 36 laps before Curtis Turner took over in a convertible (the race was open to both Grand National and Convertible division entries) and Goldsmith's Yunick Ford blew the engine on lap 38. Turner's Holman-Moody Ford led until Jack Smith moved by on lap 72. Smith had the race well in hand until his Chevy blew it's engine, prompting a disgusted Smith to announce his retirement after the race (he would return within a couple of weeks!). Panch held off the challenge of Oregon's Bill Amick to take the win. Blinding dust caused many in the estimated crowd of 9,500 to leave half-way through and caused two caution periods that lasted a total of 56 minutes while the track was watered. The dust cautions were the only yellow flags. The race proved to be the finale for the track, which still sits idle in the Arkansas countryside, near an Interstate highway.
Racing on TV - http://www.racefantv.com/USTV.htm
Friday, July 16th:
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM on SPEED – NASCAR Truck qualifying from St. Louis, MO.
9:00 PM to 11:30 PM on SPEED – Truck race from St. Louis.
Saturday, July 17th:
4:30 PM to 6:00 PM on ESPN2 – Nationwide qualifying from St. Louis, MO.
7:30 PM to 11:00 PM on SPEED – Legends Million from Charlotte, N.C.
8:00 PM to 11:00 PM on ESPN2 – Nationwide race from St. Louis, MO
11:00 PM to 1:00 AM on ESPN2 – NHRA qualifying from Sonoma, CA.
11:00 PM to 12:00 AM on SPEED – AMA Superbikes from Lexington, OH.
Sunday, July 18th:
12:00 AM to 1:00 AM on SPEED – AMA Sportbike and Supersport highlights from Lexington, OH.
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM on SPEED – FIM MotoGP from Germany
12:30 PM to 3:00 PM on ABC – Indycar race from Toronto
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on SPEED – Grand Am Rolex Series from Millville, N.J.
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM on ESPN2 – NHRA Eliminations from Sonoma, CA
Monday, July 19th:
12:00 AM to 1:00 AM on SPEED – AMA Daytona Sportbike from Lexington, OH.
1:00 AM to 2:00 AM on SPEED – AMA Superbike and Sportbike highlights from Lexington
Track news – (for tracks in my area):
This coming Friday:
A regular show plus the addition of the ARDC midgets and, from what I can see, a “Still” date for the Atlantic Coast Old Timers (ACOT) – meaning no on track exhibition runs for the restored older cars. I hope that one-day, before I go, that I’ll be able to hear and smell an Outboard powered midget one more time!
Former ARDC President, Ken Brenn, Jimmy Maguire, former ARDC President Ron Lauer, and well known race driver Johnny Heydenreich, who will be the “Grand Marshall” for the night, and will also compete with the ARDC, are scheduled to be in attendance.
Speaking of Johnny Heydenreich, the last time I saw him race was a few years ago in the PRA sanctioned Silver Crown race at USA International Speedway in Florida. We had a great time there, until Johnny and I believe it was Tracy Hines got together then:
Yes, it was Johnny in that blue car. Tracy can be seen bailing out of his car and falling onto the track surface. Jimmy Kite can be seen stopping his car on the inside of the track, getting out, and getting help pushing his car back, away from the burning fuel. It was remarkable that Heydenreich didn’t get some serious burns, since he was actually rolling in the fuel once he was able to exit the burning car. Prior to that race I was able to get a good photo of John and my daughter, Sarah. At the same time, Rich Golardi, who accompanied us, also got a shot of those two.
I found this, on the ARDC’s message board:
The CRSA 305 Sprint Cars will be at OC on July 17th.
The Orange County Fair will run from July 21st to August 1st.
A 100 lap Enduro is scheduled for July 22nd.
On July 25th, it’s Demo Derby time.
The Sportsman class has a 50-lap feature on July 28th, and that will also be a qualifier for the Sportsman race on Eastern States Weekend.
The 358 Small Block Modifieds headline the racing on July 31st. That is also a qualifier for the Small Block race on Eastern States Weekend. The Big Blocks will not be racing on the 31st at OC. I’m wondering how many Small Blocks they might get for that show on the 31st, since OC has, in effect, dropped that class for 2010.
Also, I’m not sure just what days/nights the drive-in section is open during the fair. Probably not for the Demo Derby.
Last week I gave the purse breakdown for the 358 Challenge that’s coming up on Thursday, August 5th. This week I was hoping to show you some of the names that are already entered, then decided not to, since there are only 9 names shown, as was the case, last week, then decided, what the hey – show who has entered. So, here are the 9 names that are listed, so far:
1) Rich Scagliotta
2) Rick Laubach
3) Ronnie Johnson
4) Billy Decker
5) Pat Ward
6) Larry Wight
7) Kirk Horton
8) Tim Hindley
9) Jeff Heotzler
With this event only three weeks from the date of publication – July 15th, of this column, I’m rather surprised that Brett Hearn doesn’t have it listed on his schedule – yet. And, I’m rather surprised to see no Pennsylvania drivers listed – yet.
OVRP’s Dirt Oval:
They have a practice session scheduled for Friday night, and regular racing for Karts and Slingshots on Saturday. Quads and Bikes are scheduled for Sunday.
Looks like a regular show at Hamlin – Junior and Senior Slingshots, Rookie 270 and 600 Micro Sprints, with regular 270 and 600 Micros on the schedule. Also Johnny Heydenreich is scheduled to appear at Hamlin, too. I wonder if he’ll land a ride in a 600 or 270?
A regular show at Bethel is scheduled. Regular show consists of:
Dirt Sportsman, Pro Stock, BMS Modified, Street Stock, 4 Cylinder
Note: As of 4:00 PM on Wednesday, the forecast for this general area is basically the same for each track, above.
Friday: Some clouds and possibly an isolated thunderstorm in the afternoon. Hot. High 91F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
Saturday: Slight chance of a thunderstorm. Highs in the low 90s and lows in the low 70s.
Sunday: A few thunderstorms possible. Highs in the upper 80s and lows in the upper 60s.
The History of the Sport:
From last week: “Note: More by Peter Kessler over then next two weeks!”
A change in plans. Since what I put on here is what Peter has in the “Hard Clay” racing program for OCFS, and since they rained out last Saturday, it will be another week before more from Peter.
So, from the book about Langhorne:
October 12, 1947 – 100 mile ARDC Midget race:
If I’m not mistaken, this race was held the day after George Rice clinched the ARDC’s driving championship at the Danbury track.
This information, below, was obtained from the book about Langhorne by L. Spencer Riggs.
For those of you that do not know about the Langhorne track, it was just about a perfect circle and was one mile in length, per lap. The whole track was built at an angle, with the lowest part being what one could call the first turn. That part of the track, mostly due to it being lower, was usually the dampest part of the track, and also the roughest. It had a name – “Puke Hollow”. Over the years, “Puke Hollow” claimed the lives of many drivers – some well known and some not so. On October 12, 1947, “Puke Hollow” didn’t claim anyone, thank God.
Keep in mind – back in 1947 there was no Interstate Highway system. Midgets of the day ran on smaller and skinnier tires than what you see them using today. Safety features that we know of, today, were practically non existent back then. Open face helmets, with goggles, uniforms that consisted of “T” shirts, regular pants, underwear and shoes were the order of the day. Gloves? Maybe some wore them. I’m willing to think that a majority didn’t.
It’s reported that there were 39,722 fans in the stands back on that day. The starting field would be similar to the Indy 500 – eleven rows with three cars per row. Over 90 cars were entered, from all over the country, and from five major sanctioning race bodies, to boot. Today, that might be hard to duplicate.
The track record for midgets was broken that day by Don Brennan. He turned the mile track in 35.048 seconds, for an average speed of 102.716 MPH. Next to him on the first row were Troy Ruttman and Mike O’Halloran. Henry Banks, Paul Russo and Neal Carter made up row two. The third row consisted of Bernie Kelly, Chet Gibbons and Eddie Johnson. Bill Schindler, Lee Wallard and Bill Randall, were in the 4th row. Ted Tappett (Phil Walters), George Fonder and defending race winner Al Bonnell made up the fifth row. Names similar to those, like George Rice, Lloyd Christopher, Johnny Mantz, Jimmy Caris, Henry Renard, Dee Toran, George Marshman, Vernon Land and Mack Hellings filled out the remaining rows. The car of Troy Ruttman failed to start, and he was replaced with Ernie McCoy in his Ford powered midget.
O’Halloran, in the Johnny Pawl Off took the lead at the start. The whole field stayed glued together over the first few laps, finally spreading out some after the third lap. The fans could see that Rice and Schindler were on the move by the 10th lap. Pawl had O’Halloran pit on his 25th lap for tires and fuel. Rice took over the lead, followed by Schindler. The night before, at Danbury, Rice clinched the 1947 ARDC driving championship over Schindler, despite Schindler having won 53 features.
Brennan, Fonder, Christopher and Harry Eckert also pitted – following O’Hollaran. Ten laps later, Schindler blew a right rear tire. That put Bonnell behind Rice, with Banks in third and Gibbons fourth. Eckert was exhausted and had to be pulled from his car.
Shortly thereafter, Eddie Johnson flipped s car, going end over end, a few times. There’s a photo in the book showing Eddie sitting on the guard rail, looking at his car, as it sat, on all four wheels, on the track. It says that when the tow truck hooked up to the car, then engine fell out.
At fifty laps it was still Rice leading, and both he and Bonnell pitted, giving the lead to Banks. As he took the lead, Banks had a right rear tire blow on his car. Gibbons then took the lead, only to have his right rear let go, too. Schindler and Randall both had another blow out on their right rears. O’Halloran took over the lead before Gibbons could get out of the pits.
Rice passed O’Halloran, unlapping himself. Wallard and Tappett pitted for tires. Dee Toran relieved Caris. Rice was turning the track faster than the rest of the field, and was gaining on the leader. Bonnell started to pick up the pace and Mantz was right with him, although while in third and fourth place, they were four laps behind O’Halloran and Rice. Bonnell lost his engine with three laps to go. With two laps to go, Rice ran out of gas. O’Halloran ended up winning the race which took him 1:04:54.22 to run the 100 miles. His average speed: over 95 MPH.
Behind him came Mantz, Gibbons, Brennan, Schindler, Toran, Rice, Randall, Marshman, Elmer Wilson, Renard, Bonnell, Land, Hellings and Dinsmore.
The book – Langhorne! No Man’s Land is available, and I know it’s available at Coastal 181 http://www.coastal181.com/
And also at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing http://www.emmr.org/
Are you a fan of midget racing, or know of someone that is? How about from the Buffalo, N.Y. area? Did you know that there is a book about the midget racing in Buffalo, from “Back in the day”? It’s called “Daredevils of the Frontier” and was written by a close friend of mine, the late Keith Herbst. That’s also available, now at a reduced price, I should add, at Coastal 181, and can be found If you go to this link, then scroll down:
Former Dirt Oval (Oakland Valley Speedway) runners:
Note: In most cases, the names that appear in this section are names of those that have run at the Dirt Oval for an extended period of time. And, in some cases, maybe some only had occasional appearances at the Dirt Oval, too. And, yes, some I’m not even sure about!
At Penn Can in the Crate Sportsman feature I see the name Corey Ziegler in 10th place. Might there be two Corey Zieglers? I doubt it.
Mike Mammana was 2nd in the Sportsman feature at Big Diamond.
Tiffany Wambold was 8th in the 270 Micro Sprint make up feature from May 29th, and was 3rd in the Rookie 270 feature. Kyle Rohner was 7th in the Stage One Modifieds.
At Lebanon Valley, Kolby Schroder was 3rd, Kyle Armstrong 8th and Alex Bell 10th in the Sportsman feature.
David Webb had a 6th place finish in the SK Light feature at Stafford.
Nick Pecko was 10th in the Modified feature at the Sundance Vacations track.
At Hamlin, in the 270 Micro Sprints, Rick Casario was 6th. In the 600 Micro feature, Geordan Farry was 5th, Brittany Tresch 11th, Luke Schostkewitz 20th, Molly Chambers 25th and Cait Chambers was a DNS. In the Rookie 600’s Joe Kata was 1st in their feature.
At 5 Mile Point in the ROC events, Danny Creeden was 15th in the Modified feature while Anthony Perrego was 10th and Brad Szulewski 12th in the Sportsman feature.
Kenney Johnson had a rather rude welcome to the racing wars with his Tobias SpeedSTR car, this past weekend. He was 15th at Shangri La II, after an on track incident, which was not of his doing, while Jeff Gallup finished 9th. At Dunn Hill, another on track incident – another case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and reading on Facebook, this time he rolled the car. I couldn’t find results for the Dunn Hill race, either on the Dunn Hill website or on SpeedSTR’s results on their website, as of midnight, Wednesday.
The ARDC was at Williams Grove for two features, one from May 8th, plus their regular show for the night. Justin Grosz had a 17th in the held over feature and a 16th in the regular.
On Saturday, with OC rained out, Matt Hitchcock venture out to 5 Mile and had a 9th place finish in the Sportsman feature.
The CRSA 305 Sprint Cars were in action at the I-88 Speedway – formerly called Afton, and Josh Pieniazek was 6th and Chuck Alessi 8th in the feature.
Accord had Clinton Mills 9th, Danny Creeden 10th, Tom Hindley 13th and Jimmy Johnson 25th in their Modified feature. Brian Krummel was 2nd, Anthony Perrego 3rd, Mike Ruggiero 6th and Brad Szulewski 14th in the Sportsman feature. The Spec Sportsman feature had Jason Roe 5th, RJ Smykla 8th, Kayla Smykla 11th and Kyle Rohner 12th.
More racin’ stuff:
Jimmy Garrison. That name might nor ring a bell to most of you readers. Jimmy races 600 Micro Sprints, mostly out in PA. A couple of weeks ago, he was involved in a serious crash during the “Speed Week” series of races.
This, from the Micro Sprint message board:
“Newmanstown, Pa. - July 3 -
With two laps complete in the 600cc C-Main, Jim Garrison was involved in a
violent crash into the turn three guardrail during Saturday night's Micromania
at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway.
Garrison's injuries were serious enough to warrant transportation to the Hershey Medical Center via the Life Lion helicopter. Reports from those who traveled to the hospital indicated that Garrison suffered broken bones in his face, along with a severe concussion. He was being taken into surgery in the early morning hours on Sunday, but doctors felt certain that he would make a full recovery.
After the crash, all of the drivers and car owners were called to a meeting, and the decision was made to cancel the remainder of the racing program. The drivers and owners unanimously voted to donate the entire purse, totaling more than $26,000, to the Garrison family. "That was the most incredible and classiest thing I've ever seen," stated Trip Kone, one of the PA 600 Speedweek organizers.”
Wow! Racing people sure are great, aren’t they – turning all those monies over to Jimmy! I had also read that Jimmy had some vertebrae problems also.
The latest, as of July 8th:
“Jimmy is up and awake today he has read all of the posts that everyone has posted he said to make sure that everyone knows he is ok and he appreicates all of your thoughts and prayers. He said that he will be back at the track as soon as they let him. But he will be back in a car racing next season.”
Note: I made a post on the Micro Sprint message board about insurance that’s available for race drivers, and here is the link, again, for you to check out, if you’re a racer and are in search of insurance. Must tell you though, it’s only for those that race with cars that have roll cages – which does include Champ Karts, etc etc. http://www.stida.com/
Even more stuff:
Racecar numbers – have you noticed how almost 100% of the numbers are of “block” design? Why?
How many “fancy” numbers do you get to see? Why so few?
I’ll not get into the way they slant the numbers today, especially on stock cars – completely opposite of how they were “back in the day”.
Other forums/message boards and websites:
You might find some interesting reading if you go to the links below.
Track Forum: - http://www.trackforum.com/forums/
Jayski: - http://www.jayski.com/
Open Wheel Racers3: http://www.openwheelracers3.com/
Race Pro Weekly: http://raceproweekly.com/
OK, how about another music video. This one with Waylon Jennings and Cheryl Ladd. Cheryl just turned 59 this past Monday.
Is this true?:
Maybe you’ve received and e-mail that, in part, contains what I’ve copied and pasted, below. Is it true? And if so, how can we, as American citizens stop it from happening? It’s about Nancy Pelosi and what she supposedly has come out and said.
BEFORE YOU KNOW IT OUR PAYCHECKS WILL BE DEPOSITED INTO A COMMUNITY ACCOUNT AND THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE GIVING US AN ALLOWANCE !
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. That's what the Speaker of the House is saying. Read below................
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.
Madam speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to put a Windfall Tax on all stock market profits (including Retirement fund, 401K and Mutual Funds! Alas, it is true ------ AND AFTER 2010 SHE WANTS 55 PERCENT OF YOUR INHERITANCE---- THAT YOU HAVE ALREADY BEEN TAXED ON!
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.'
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 'Democrats'.'
(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'.
Note: So, true or false? If true, will we find out too late?
Other (non racing) news:
Prescription drugs – I take some. Perhaps you might take some, too. I’ve been taking some since June of 1996. One was Avandia. Another one was Actos – a drug in competition with Avandia. One must wonder – just how safe are the drugs we’re taking or have taken? Both of the drugs named I no longer take, but might there be some kind of affects still – maybe down the road?
“Job openings drop in May as hiring stays weak”. Not very good news, for sure – and school wasn’t out yet, in most of the country!
During the Senate impasse, from the week ended June 5 to the week ended July 10, more than 2.1 million Americans lost their benefits. Another million will join them by July 31.
In Ohio alone, where unemployment stood at 10.7 percent in May, more than 83,000 people lost their benefits in June.”
Closing with these:
Why the US is in deep trouble
A DC airport ticket agent offers some examples of why.
(Last six of twelve)
7. A New York lawmaker, (Jerrold Nadler) called and asked, ''Do airlines put your physical description on your bag so they know whose luggage belongs to whom?'' I said, "No, why do you ask?"
He replied, ''Well, when I checked in with the airline, they put a tag on my luggage that said (FAT), and I'm overweight. I think that's very rude!''
After putting him on hold for a minute, while I looked into it. (I was dying laughing). I came back and explained the city code for Fresno, Ca. is (FAT - Fresno Air Terminal), and the airline was just putting a destination tag on his luggage.
8. A Senator John Kerry aide (Lindsay Ross) called to inquire about a trip package to Hawaii. After going over all the cost info, she asked, ''Would it be cheaper to fly to California and then take the train to Hawaii ?''
9. I just got off the phone with a freshman Congressman, Bobby Bright from Alabama who asked, "How do I know which plane to get on?''
I asked him what exactly he meant, to which he replied, ''I was told my flight number is 823, but none of these planes have numbers on them.''
10. Senator Dianne Feinstein called and said, ''I need to fly to Pepsi-Cola, Florida. Do I have to get on one of those little computer planes?''
I asked if she meant fly to Pensacola, FL , on a commuter plane.
She said, ''Yeah, whatever, smarty!''
11. Mary Landrieu, Louisiana Senator, called and had a question about the documents she needed in order to fly to China. After a lengthy discussion about passports, I reminded her that she needed a visa. "Oh, no I don't. I've been to China many times and never had to have one of those.''
I double checked and sure enough, her stay required a visa. When I told her this she said, ''Look, I've been to China four times and every time they have accepted my American Express!''
12. A New Jersey Congressman (John Adler) called to make reservations, ''I want to go from Chicago to Rhino, New York.''
I was at a loss for words. Finally, I said, ''Are you sure that's the name of the town?''
"Yes, what flights do you have?'' replied the man.
After some searching, I came back with, ''I'm sorry, sir, I've looked up every airport code in the country and can't find a rhino anywhere.."
The man retorted, ''Oh, don't be silly! Everyone knows where it is. Check your map!''
So I scoured a map of the state of New York and finally offered, ''You don't mean Buffalo, do you?''
The reply? ''Whatever! I knew it was a big animal.''
Note: Kinda sad, isn’t it – some of those above have been elected as our leaders!
May “Guardian Angels” sit on the shoulders of all of our race drivers and race fans, and guide them safely around the tracks!
As usual, you can reach me at: firstname.lastname@example.org