Mostly Racin' Stuff
By Tom Avenengo
Volume # 214
Note: Dirt Track Digest changed their front page. I've visited it, and no where can I find where "Recent Columns", where my columns appear, is. So, for this week at least, you might not be able to see my column on DTD. Sorry!
Per Mike Mallet, they have to set me up with a new account. With him being in Florida, it might take a while.
So, until I get that new account, you'll have to go to http://newenglandtractor.com/racereport/
Some personal/family stuff:
My family isn't much different than most families. We, as adults, get married (Well most used to) have some kids, and raise them to the best of our abilities - hoping they'll turn out as good citizens. Then, as they get older, they also marry and in some cases, move away. Yes, it hurts when that happens. Sure we get visits or we visit them. Then, at times, usually due to circumstances, we also might make a move - such as I did, down to Florida, after my wife passed.
Both of my sons, Tom, Jr. and Eric, came down for a brief visit this past week. Again, it was great seeing the, and yes, it hurt when they had to leave on Sunday morning to get back home.
On Friday, there were 11 family members that went out for dinner. While there, Eric looked around and, with the exception of Shane Decker, my granddaughter Samantha's husband, I was, in a way, responsible for everyone there - whether it was my two sons or two daughters and grand children.
Saturday, we had a family BBQ. As I was cooking the chicken tenders on our Foreman grill, on occasion, I'd venture into my room to see how the race from Daytona was coming along. Every time I did that, the race wasn't on, but the damn commercials were. Seems to me that when cable first came out, we were all so happy that those commercials would be a thing of the past. WRONG!!! More today than ever before.
How things have changed, over time:
When I walk in front of anyone, I was taught to say "excuse me". Today, when I say that, it isn't even acknowledged.
When exiting a store with one package, we always carried it out. Not so today. Today, I see people every day wheeling that one little package to their car, in a shopping cart!
With the knowledge we have today about what we consume, as far as what is healthy and what isn't - millions of people still have no clue.
With this weeks NASCAR racing being held in Atlanta, I thought I'd give a check on weather conditions. Hmm, best ya stay home and watch it on TV, maybe?
I imagine one could ask: "Why"? Why no "Safer Barriers" where Kyle Busch hit? It isn't like NSCAR or Daytona does not have the monies for them - right? So, for the 500, they're installing a ton of tires in front of that wall. As someone mentioned on Facebook, I think it was - "J. D. McDuffy".
Sorry, but to me, the Indy 500 was "America's Great Race". Of course with the foreign influx, it's kinda lost that title.
After reading a lot of posts on Facebook, not too many are fans of Joey Logano.
Just how might drivers retiring, or being not allowed to race for a while, or permanently, affect the fan base for NASCAR?
Who will drive the #34?
Motorsports needed a replacement, but... David Reutimann is kicking himself.
The former Sprint Cup driver had the opportunity to race for Front Row
Motorsports this weekend in the #34 Ford at Atlanta Motor Speedway. However,
Reutimann, who is traveling in California, told Motorsport.com on Tuesday he
had not renewed his NASCAR license for 2015. Reutimann says he hopes to return
to racing at some point. Renewing his NASCAR license and getting his physical
would be a good place to start.
Bobby Labonte has been mentioned as a fill in for David Ragan this weekend. Sources confirmed that the team has talked to the 2000 NASCAR champ. With 48 entries for the Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Labonte's past champion's provisional would come in handy.(Motorsport)(2-24-2015)
UPDATE: Front Row Motorsports tweeted: "Happy to have Joe Nemechek on board this weekend, driving the #34 @CSX #PlayItSafe Ford at Atlanta Motor Speedway.(2-25-2015)
Ragan to sub for Kyle Busch?
Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces that David Ragan will fill in for Kyle
Busch behind the wheel of the #18 M&Ms Crispy Toyota in the NASCAR Sprint
Cup Series beginning with this weekend's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kyle
Busch was released this morning from Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona
Beach, FL and transferred to a hospital near his home in Charlotte, North
Carolina for further treatment. Busch sustained a compound fracture of the
right lower leg in an accident during Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona
International Speedway. Additionally, Busch suffered a mid-foot fracture of his
left foot in the accident. No specific timetable has been announced for Busch's
return to the race track. It is expected that Ragan will pilot the #18 M&Ms
Crispy Toyota for at least the next several weeks. Ragan's current race team
Front Row Motorsports and sponsor CSX accommodated the move by Ragan and Ragan
is expected to return to the team later this season. Additional updates on
Busch's condition will be provided as necessary. In addition, JGR announces
that Erik Jones will pilot the #54 Monster Energy Toyota in the NASCAR XFINITY
Series this weekend in Atlanta. An announcement on who will drive the Monster
Energy Camry following Atlanta will be made at a later date.
"We appreciate being able to work with Front Row Motorsports and CSX for David's (Ragan) availability," said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. "We are fortunate to be able to have someone of David's caliber behind the wheel while Kyle recovers. Erik is a big part of our future at JGR and we will be increasing his schedule in the XFINITY Series beginning this weekend in Atlanta and seeking the earliest opportunity to provide him Cup experience. We appreciate all the support we have received from the NASCAR community including our fans and we look forward to getting Kyle back in the car as soon as possible."
"Everyone at Mars is thankful that Kyle is doing well and we continue to wish him a speedy recovery," said William Clements, vice president of sponsorship and sports marketing for Mars Incorporated. "While we can't wait until Kyle returns behind the wheel of the #18 M&Ms Crispy Toyota, we are excited to work with David and we're pleased JGR was able to work it out for him to step in during Kyle's absence."(Joe Gibbs Racing)(2-24-2015)
Fox swaps networks for Martinsville and Richmond:
FOX Sports announced the Sunday, March 29 (1:00pm/et) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 from Martinsville Speedway will air on FOX Sports 1, in turn moving the Saturday, April 25 (7:00 pm/et) Toyota Owners 400 night race from Richmond International Raceway to the FOX broadcast network. With approval from NASCAR, the swap is being made to avoid a potential conflict with another live event on FOX Sports 1 that leads into the Richmond event. Martinsville now marks the debut of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing on FOX Sports 1.(FOX Sports)(2-25-2015)
team [Danice Patrick, Stewart Haas Racing] that competes in the NASCAR Sprint
Cup Series has been issued a Written Warning for a rules infraction discovered
during opening day inspection Feb. 13 at Daytona International Speedway.
Written Warnings are outlined in Section 22.214.171.124 in the 2015 NASCAR rule book.
This warning is for violation of Sections:
12-1 - Actions detrimental to stock car racing
126.96.36.199.2.1.b - Unapproved left-side driver heat shield; the outer exterior exhaust heat shield panel must follow the horizontal surface plane of the left side floorboard forward section to the bottom edge of the left side toe board.(NASCAR)(2-25-2015)
From Track Forum:
The first name in wrecking
From the Dirt Track Digest Forum:
From the AARN:
This week in the AARN:
Huge DIRTcar Mod Volusia Upset: Neal Williams Wins 50-Lapper
Daytona 500 Is Won By Connecticut Native Joey Logano
Ryan Preece Wins All But Two Smyrna Tour Mod Mains; Evans Memorial Gives Him Title
Mark Smith Invades Florida; Takes ASCS 360 Sprint Ten Grand Back To Pennsy
Shane Clanton Runs Roughshod Over Volusia Late Models
Ballou, Bacon & Darland Share Ocala USAC Laurels
Ryan Reed, Tyler Reddick Claim XFinity, CWT Daytona Wins
Fla. Mini Sprints At East Bay Swept By Northerners Luke Thomas, Alex Bright
And some stuff I found:
Bobby Gerhart will be making a return to dirt racing, mostly at Bridgeport.
Harry Hide, Mark Martin, Ray Evernham, Alan Kulwicki, Herschel McGriff , Buddy Baker, Red Byron, Richard Childress, Jerry Cook, Ray Fox, Rick Hendrick, Bobby Isaac, Terry Labonte, Raymond Parks, Benny Parsons, Larry Phillips, O. Bruton Smith, Mike Stefanick, Curtis Turner and Robert Yatesare those that are nominated for the NASCAR HoF. Some people are upset that Smokey Yunick hasn't been nominated.
Brett Deyo has quite a bit about Chris Larsen, owner of Halmar International, who has now jumped in with both feet as far as sponsoring some Modifieds, Sportsman and a 410 Sprint car. (I wonder if he has ever entertained any thoughts of buying OCFS?)
As of now, Clinton Mills is rider less for 2015. Tim Hindley has offered him a job with his race team, if Mills doesn't land a ride.
Some former OVRP Dirt Oval runners were down Florida way racing. In the DIRTcar final at Volusia, Tyler Dippel was 27th after a hard crash at the end of the first lap. On opening night at Volusia, Anthony Perrego was 2nd andTyler Dippel 12th. On Thursday, Dippel was 18th and Perrego 22nd. On Friday, Dippel was 13th.
At East Bay, Billy V was 12th on Thursday,13th on Friday and 8th on Saturday in the Florida "Mini" Sprints. (There Mini Sprints are more like the 600 Micros up North).
Not in Florida, but in the indoor Kart racing in Harrisburg, PA, I see some names that ran at the Dirt Oval, and still racing Karts. Ryan Swartz, D J Shuman, Bob Hassenmayer, Geordan Farry, Ashley Mutrie (her married name), Kyle Kania and Cale Ross.
Mike Mammana has had to go from racing his 358 back to Sportsman due to a sponsor leaving.
Listed as passing away were Paul Deasey Sr., Brian Stevens, George Gress, Harold Sager and Dennis George.
Hyper Racing has come forward with some point fund monies for the ARDC. The ARDC hasn't had a point fund for several years, now. Hard to imagine, huh - one of the oldest racing clubs in the country (since 1939) and no point fund.
Penn Can is due to open it's season on April 24th. (Hope the snow is all gone by then!)
Six of the seven Modified races at New Smyrna Speedway were won by a new design Troyer asphalt car.
Kenny Wallace will be racing in the Brett Hearn "Big Show" event at A/S on July 7th.
Thunder Mountain has an April 18th date to get their racing under way for 2015.
Brett Hearn won at Volusia in a newly designed TEO which was designed after the Parts Peddler show, last November. Tyler Dippel and Stewart Friesen had the other two new designed TEO's. No, Dippel wasn't in his new car in his accident.
Donnie Elliott will make OCFS his race place this coming season.
Dion Naples will split his racing between three tracks - OCFS, Bethel and Mahoning Valley.
Dave Darland has now won USAC races for 23 years in a row, now.
Guy Smith has an interesting article about how many race tracks some drivers have raced on. Any idea as to who has raced on the most?
In his order:
1. Roscoe "Pappy" Hough - 563
2. Steve Kinser - 300
3. Terry Gray - 250
4. Danny Lasoski - 237
5. Jack Hewitt - 210
6. Jac Haudenschild - 209
Hard to believe but Kyla Larson has run on 118 so far.
Some I'm surprised at not being at at least 200 are Frankie Schneider and Sammy Swindell.
Found on the South Jersey Dirt Racing Forum:
Planned on watching the 500 today not commercials all day what a joke!!!!
NASCAR finally really hurt someone by not having safer barriers completely around the entire track! Especially this track with the speeds they reach there. Shame on you NASCAR spend some of your billions their Brian France!
Not defending Kurt in any way, but it is kinda funny how times have changed.
Don't seem like too many years ago when a "big name" owner was convicted of crimes and only not convicted of a whole lot more due to a plea agreement. Now he is a "respected" team owner! I guess in that case he was "guilty until proven RICH".
Maybe if Kurt fakes an illness, that seemed to work pretty well also!
Yes, I think most people have forgotten, or maybe were never of aware of, the serious felony charges leveled against the team owner you've mentioned. Whether he faked that illness is conjecture, but if he didn't, he's had a miraculous recovery.
And I'm no fan of Kurt Busch, but this woman had a history of volatile behavior and the mix of their personalities was probably toxic. I read on ESPN.com that he's retained Rusty Hardin as counsel. Now per ESPN, Hardin can't be directly involved in the NASCAR appeal process. But he's a legal heavyweight and he gets results ( his client list is very impressive). So I'm expecting at some point going forward, there will be out-of-court settlements and/or lawsuits. I certainly don't condone wife/woman beating (I'm tired of the euphimism "Domestic Violence") but NASCAR might have enacted penalties too soon so they wouldn' t be subject to the public's criticism similar to what happened with Roger Goodell and the Ray Rice/Adrian Peterson cases.
Found on Facebook - racing related:
Not going to post anything here - if you're on Facebook, chances are you've seen/read it, already.
Inaugural Green Mountain Sprint Car Nationals Coming to The Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl
ESS, SCoNE to co-sanction historic $3,000-to-win open-comp Sprint Car event
WEST HAVEN, VT – Sprint Car racing history will be made in Vermont as The Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway hosts a blockbuster open-competition event – the inaugural “Green Mountain Sprint Car Nationals” – on Saturday, September 26. The new 1/3-mile clay oval is set for a showdown featuring the region’s most fearless racecar drivers and their lightning-quick, winged, open-wheel machines.
The Green Mountain Sprint Car Nationals will be the richest Sprint Car race in Vermont history and is expected to draw the region’s top teams. The purse boasts a $3,000 winner’s prize and a minimum of $300 to start. The event is co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) and the Bond Auto Parts Sprint Cars of New England (SCoNE), but is open to any winged Sprint Car with a 360-cubic-inch engine limit.
SCoNE champion Chris Donnelly of Piermont, NH became the first Sprint Car winner at The Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl last fall. Other top SCoNE racers include Dan Douville, Clay Dow, Kevin Chaffee, Luke Greenwood, Jake Williams, Tyler Austin, and SCoNE president Will Hull. Front-running ESS drivers include Chuck Hebing, Jason Barney, Jeff Cook, Matt Tanner, and Cory Sparks, along with Canadians Lee Ladouceur and 2014 champion Steve Poirier. A family rivalry is also expected between SCoNE’s Lacey Hanson and her cousin, ESS competitor James Hanson, who are each based in Orwell, VT just 10 minutes from Devil’s Bowl.
“I think the Green Mountain Sprint Car Nationals will be something special,” ESS promoter Dean Reynolds said. “We’ll see the best of both series, and I bet a few Canadian teams will come to Devil’s Bowl for the great purse being offered. We can’t wait for this race.”
“I’m excited and anxious to bring together all of the region’s top Sprint Car teams for the first time,” SCoNE president and competitor Will Hull said. “We had a great time at Devil’s Bowl last fall and I really think this is going to be a race to remember.”
“Our fans are going to see a wild show at the Green Mountain Sprint Car Nationals,” Devil’s Bowl promoter Mike Bruno said. “Dean Reynolds of ESS and Will Hull from SCoNE deserve a lot of credit for putting this event together. It’ll be exciting to see how the best from each series stack up against each other.”
The inaugural Green Mountain Sprint Car Nationals will be held on Saturday, September 26, with additional details to follow. Drivers will also have two additional opportunities to compete at The Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl, as SCoNE holds stand-alone events on Sunday, July 5 and Sunday, August 9.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, VT, four miles north of Exit 2 on U.S. Route 4. For more information, visit www.DevilsBowlSpeedwayVT.com or call (802) 265-3112. Devil’s Bowl Speedway is on Facebook atfacebook.com/DevilsBowlSpeedway, and on Twitter and Instagram at @DevilsBowlSpeed; follow the action using the #DevilsBowl hashtag.
Contact: Justin St. Louis, Media Director Email: email@example.com
Cell Phone: (802) 355-3282 Track Information Line: (802) 265-3112
Devil's Bowl Speedway
Phone: (802) 265-3112
News from the Orange County Fair Speedway ‘Hard Clay Open’
Media Contact: Brett Deyo – firstname.lastname@example.org or 845.728.2781
For Immediate Release/February 25, 2015
Halmar International Signs On As Lead ‘Hard Clay Open’ 2015 Sponsor For April 7 At Orange County Fair Speedway, Joining United Pump & Tank And East Coast Speed/ECS Auto; Four-Car Halmar Racing Team To Include Modifieds Of Mike Ricci, Rich Ricci Jr. & Willy Auchmoody, Crate 602 Sportsman Of Matt Janiak
MIDDLETOWN, NY – The kickoff event to the 2015 Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek has a new marquee partner.
Halmar International has signed on as the title sponsor of the ‘Hard Clay Open’ at Orange County Fair Speedway on Tuesday, April 7 (rain dates: April 8 and 9). The ‘Hard Clay Open’ is headlined by a 50-lap big-block/small-block Modified event boasting a $5,000-plus winner’s share, $1,000 for 10th and $500 to take the green from a hefty $30,000 posted purse. A number of lap sponsors, special awards and bonuses will sweeten the pot for racers even further.
The ‘Hard Clay Open’ kicks off the battle for the 2015 Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region championship, worth $15,000 for an eight-race series.
Crate 602 Sportsman will also be featured in the Elmo’s Speed & Supply 25 paying $1,250 minimum to the winner and $100 to take the green flag.
Halmar International joins ‘Hard Clay Open’ presenting sponsors United Pump & Tank of Newburgh, N.Y., and East Coast Speed/ECS Auto of Middletown, N.Y., for the event’s second running at the venerable five-eighths-mile oval.
Located in Nanuet, N.Y., Halmar International has a 50-year legacy of service, integrity and performance with expertise in construction, design/build, construction management, procurement management and logistics. Key markets include mass transit, aviation, highways and bridges, and environment, energy, industrial and institutional.
Halmar International owner Chris Larsen, a 55-year-old resident of the area, has a deep love for racing at Orange County Fair Speedway, a track he visited since his childhood days. He has assembled a “mega-team” for the 2015 season and will have no less than four cars in the ‘Hard Clay Open’ pit area sporting the Halmar red, white and blue colors.
Larsen’s race-day roster will include three Modifieds: a No. 44 Teo-Pro car big-block driven by Mike Ricci of Tillson, N.Y.; a No. 11 Hig Fab big-block piloted by Mike’s younger brother, Rich Ricci Jr. of New Paltz, N.Y.; and the No. 16 Teo-Pro car 358-Modified with Willy Auchmoody of Highland, N.Y., at the wheel. In the Crate 602 Sportsman event, Matt Janiak of Warwick, N.Y., will drive a Hig Fab No. 17J.
The BD Motorsports Media LLC promoted ‘Hard Clay Open’ is unique in that big-block Modifieds and dry sump small-blocks will be outfitted with traditional windows, while standard small-blocks will utilize high sail panels, setting up a decision for competitors and true distinction between engine combinations for fans.
Complete rules and ‘Hard Clay Open’ general information can be found at the following link:http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/hard-clay-open-rules-general-information/
The Modified purse structure, from first to last, has also been posted: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/hard-clay-open-modified-pay-structure/
Registration is ongoing for both the Modifieds and Crate 602 Sportsman. Entry forms have been posted on the event website.
For the ‘Hard Clay Open’ pit gates will open at 1 p.m. Grandstand gates open at 4 p.m. with a drivers’ meeting scheduled for 5:45 p.m. at the pit tower. Hot laps will follow and racing is set to begin promptly at 7 p.m.
Grandstand admission is $22 (Adults), $20 (Seniors) and $2 (Kids 6 and under). Pit admission is $35, with no license required. Advance tickets will go on sale through the speedway office on March 2 by calling 845.342.2573.
Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., bested a 59-car Modified field to win last year’s inaugural ‘Hard Clay Open’ special over a charging Tim Hindley, who drove from 19th starting position to a runner-up finish in Joe Sarvis’ small-block. Short-track racer Danny Tyler, traveling star Danny Johnson and veteran Jeff Heotzler rounded out the top-five.
Bachetti, off the strength of an Orange County triumph, went on to earn the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek championship worth $10,014-plus.
Brian Krummel of Middletown, N.Y., is the defending ‘Hard Clay Open’ Crate 602 Sportsman victor, having pocketed the $1,000 payday a year ago.
The Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek and BD Motorsports Media LLC can be found on the web atwww.shorttracksuperseries.com or www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com. Brett Deyo can be reached by phone at 845.728.2781 or via e-mail: email@example.com. The series is also on Twitter @ShortTrackSS and Facebook under “Short Track Super Series.”
Marketing opportunities, including lap sponsorships ($20 per lap), are currently available by contacting the BD Motorsports Media LLC office.
Located at 239 Wisner Avenue Middletown, N.Y., 10940 on the Orange County Fairgrounds, Orange County Fair Speedway is the oldest continuously operating dirt track in the United States. The first auto race was held at the speedway in 1919. The five-eighths-mile oval offers fully-covered and half-covered grandstands in addition to open bleacher seating on the frontstretch and turn one areas, with drive-in viewing on the backstretch. To learn more, contact the Orange County Fair Speedway office at 845.342.2573 or visitwww.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.
The Hard Clay Open is presented by Halmar International, United Pump & Tank, ECS Auto Stores Inc./East Coast Speed, American Racer/Lias Tire, Grand Rental Station of Middletown, Rock Fantasy, McGannon Excavating, Elmo’s Speed & Supply, Zubi’s Racing and many other fine marketing partners.
The Short Track Super Series is presented by Hi-Tek Race Fuels, American Racer/Lias Tire, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc., ECS Auto Stores Inc./East Coast Speed, Scotty’s Speed & Diesel, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Dirt Track Digest, Hig Fab Chassis, Bicknell Racing Products, Teo-Pro Car, FOX Shocks, Fast Axle, Henry’s Stainless Steel Exhaust, Kirkey Race Products, Simplicity Designs, ATL Fuel Cells, Lineman Racing, S&W Awards and many other fine marketing partners.
Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek 2015 Schedule
Bob Hilbert Sportswear North
Tuesday, April 7 (Rain Dates: April 8 and 9) – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, NY: Hard Clay Open
Tuesday, May 5 (Rain Date: May 6) – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, PA (Combo): Anthracite Assault
Tuesday, May 19 (Rain Date: May 20) – Accord Speedway/Accord, NY: Battle of the Bullring 3
Sunday, June 28 (Rain Date: June 29) – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, NY: Lightning on the Mountain
Wednesday, July 22 (Rain Date: July 23) – I-88 Speedway/Afton, NY: Crazy 8s Special
Tuesday, August 11 (Rain Date: Aug. 12) – Woodhull Raceway/Woodhull, NY: Hustlin’ the High Banks 51
Sunday, September 13 (Rain Date: Sept. 20) – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, NY: Wade Decker Memorial
Friday-Saturday October 9-10 (Rain Date: Oct. 11) – I-88 Speedway/Afton, NY: Short Track SuperNationals 8 - Championship Points
Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region Point Fund (*based on 8 events): 1. $15,000; 2. $7,000; 3. $3,500; 4. $2,500; 5. $2,000; 6. $1,650; 7. $1,550; 8. $1,450; 9. $1,350; 10. $1,250; 11. $750; 12. $650.
Drivers with perfect attendance outside the Top-12 receive $250.
BD Motorsports Media LLC
Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek
Facebook: "Short Track Super Series"
Note: Maybe Mr. Larsen could be talked into buying OCFS?
Usually, in this section I
deal with emails I've received. This
week it's a little different:
By Jerry Jordan
The emails quoted in this article were not altered in any manner and any
portions of them quoted were done without editing for content, spelling or
DAYTONA BEACH – As three-time NASCAR Champion, Tony Stewart, coped last year with the most tragic accident ever to happen to him, Patricia Driscoll, the woman now accusing ex-boyfriend and NASCAR driver, Kurt Busch, of domestic abuse, boasted her training in psychological warfare was needed to help Stewart’s public relations team manipulate and control the media, according to an email obtained by Kickin’ the Tires.
“I am writing you
because what little you know about me you may not know that I have a background
in Psychological Operations,” Driscoll wrote, in an email dated Aug. 12, 2014.
“Part of my training and skill set is to break down large issues and be able to
convince large and small groups of people to do what you want. I’ve worked in
countries all over the world waging not only physical wars but mental wars, and
I’ve helped get a lot of Congressman save their jobs when they did some stupid
and not so legal things.”
Although numerous people, including Busch, have claimed Driscoll told them she was a “trained assassin,” and killed Mexican drug dealers during her trips back home to El Paso, this is the first time she has admitted something along those lines in the dozen, or so, emails obtained by Kickin’ the Tires.
Driscoll heads the Armed Force Foundation, which works with soldiers to overcome PTSD and return to normal life after their return from combat. She is also the founder of Frontline Defense Systems, a multi-million dollar defense contractor that provides ground sensor technology to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for monitoring movement along the U.S. border with Mexico.
Driscoll and Busch are currently waiting on a ruling from Kent County (Del.) Family Court Commissioner David Jones, on whether or not a protective order is needed to keep the two separated, as well as, whether the Dover Attorney General will seek criminal charges for an incident that occurred inside his motorcoach during the fall race at Dover International Speedway. She claims Busch grabbed her around the neck and slammed her head against the wall after ignoring his repeated request for her to leave because she had let herself in using a code she learned during their relationship, which he ended a week before. In court testimony, she said she ran to a motorcoach used by a Motor Racing Outreach pastor and his family but the pastor said neither he, nor his wife, saw any marks on Driscoll. Six weeks later, Driscoll drove to Dover from the Baltimore area to report the alleged assault to Dover police – using the time between the supposed incident and reporting it to try and obtain money from Busch, court testimony revealed.
Jones’ decision, which was expected just over a week ago, was delayed after attorneys requested more time to file their closing briefs following four days of court testimony. The ruling should come this week, as NASCAR officially kicks off its season at Daytona International Speedway.
As for the email, it reads like a playbook of how she tried to use the media in her efforts to obtain that protective order; and it’s the first time in her own words – at least partially – that Driscoll admits to working for the government in some covert capacity.
“Between NYC & DC the people I know and work with have saved the reputations of a lot of high profile people from DUI’s, sex scandals, DUI that lead to an accident where someone was killed, corruption, drugs, prostitution, etc.,” Driscoll’s email continues. “This isn’t the time for just in house PR, this is the time for a good 10-15 different heads with different backgrounds putting together a war strategy. This monster is out of control and you only have a short time to steer this ship back around.”
The email was sent in response to the death of Kevin Ward, who was struck and killed by Stewart’s winged sprint car, when he ran down the track after spinning out during the race Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York. Ward, who was later found to be under the influence of marijuana, was angry after he and Stewart got together during the race and climbed from his car to confront Stewart as he drove by on a live track. The case was investigated by the local district attorney and Stewart was cleared of any wrongdoing.
Driscoll; however, believed she could use her skills and wanted to be brought on-board with Stewart’s public relations team to manipulate the media and turn stories in his favor. She also suggested in the email to bring out some of NASCAR’s highest profile names, like Roger Penske, “to speak out about the dangers of people walking down the track.” She claimed the idea came to her from Penske, himself.
“Go on the offensive like your life depends on it,” she continued. “Nothing gets better until you fight back. You must campaign for your life. Leverage all of your assets, it’s time to cash in all of your chips.”
She even suggested the PR team dig up a tragic accident from years past involving Richard Petty, where a young boy was killed at a drag race.
“If Tony goes to Michigan then the King (Richard Petty) needs to be seen stopping by his trailer by the media,” Driscoll’s email continues. “The media needs to be reminded of the 8 year old boy he accidentally killed while drag racing in 1965. The King has been kept alive financially by NASCAR and a lot of the owners. He should be pressured to be the face of this to help everyone out. All he has to do is talk about how devastating this even has been to him and that it haunts him to this day – get emotional and walk off. We need the sympathy factor here for what Tony is going through. If we could get Petty out there before the funeral Thursday that would be best.”
It is worth noting that Stewart’s PR team did not do the things Driscoll suggested and instead, let the investigation play out. They answered what questions they could from the media and allowed Stewart and the Ward family to grieve. Stewart dealt with the tragedy surrounded by his closest friends and family and assisted the district attorney in anything he needed during the investigation.
In the closing remarks of her email, Driscoll continues discussing her strategy to twist the media’s coverage. She pressed forward, giving a timeline to “start drowning the media before the (Ward) funeral” because “a crying mom will be the front page of every paper and TV show if we wait and do nothing.”
Driscoll also took a shot at one of the travelling NASCAR media members stating, “We need to take control of it and not let the Jeff Gluck’s of the world go on the Dan Patrick show.” Gluck is a hard-nosed reporter, who covers NASCAR for USA Today and one of the leading motorsports journalists in the garage.
Driscoll was asked on multiple occasions for comments on this email and the statements it contained. As had been the case since Kickin’ the Tires first began looking into Driscoll’s past and following the court case, she has insinuated that she was taking legal action and would let “her attorneys handle it.”
“You are a big part of the reason women don't want to come forward,” Driscoll wrote, in the closing paragraph of her most recent correspondence with Kickin’ the Tires. “You try to ruin good people and further victimize the victims. You call yourself a journalist but a real journalist would look at the situation objectively and write the whole story. You're no better than TMZ, but actually you're worse. I'd love to put your life under the worlds microscope and dig up the dirt and cut it up out of context and print it to make you look as bad as possible- only focusing on the bad. I'm going to let my lawyers handle it from here.”
And, here's one I did receive, some surprising news:
Islam is a political movement wrapped in the disguise of a religion.
Islam is riding the train of freedom to it's ultimate goal of world domination.
Islam teaches treachery and lying to fulfill it's ultimate goal of world domination.
Islam teaches that all infidels must join the Islamic faith...or die.
Islam uses terrorism as a tool to fulfill it's ultimate goal of world domination.
Alqueda, the Taliban, ISIS (ISIL), Boko Haram, Hamas and other radical extremist terrorists, would gladly cut your head off or burn you alive.
When you read this you will understand why Obama refuses to say the words "radical Islam."..
I didn't originate this, but it checked out with Google and Snopes
Did you know that we now have a Muslim government?
Did you know that Obama was raised a Muslim, had a Muslim father and a Muslim step-father and lived in Indonesia, a Muslim country?
John Brennan, current head of the CIA converted to Islam while stationed in Saudi Arabia.
Obama's top advisor, Valerie Jarrett, is a Muslim who was born in Iran where her parents still live.
Hillary Clinton's top advisor, Huma Abedin is a Muslim, whose mother and brother are involved in the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development for Homeland Security, Arif Aikhan, is a Muslim.
Homeland Security Advisor, Mohammed Elibiary, is a Muslim.
Obama advisor and founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, Salam al-Marayati, is a Muslim.
Obama's Sharia Czar, Imam Mohamed Magid, of the Islamic Society of North America is a Muslim.
Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships, Eboo Patel, is a Muslim.
And last but not least, our closet Muslim himself, Barack Hussein Obama.
It's questionable if Obama ever officially took the oath of office when he was sworn in. He didn't repeat the oath properly to defend our nation and our Constitution. Later the Democrats claimed he was given the oath again in private. Oh?
CIA director John Brennan took his oath on a copy of the Constitution, not a Bible.
Congressman, Keith Ellison took his oath on a copy of the Qur'an.
Congresswoman Michele Bachman was vilified and almost tarred and feathered by Democrats when she voiced her concern about Muslims taking over our government.
Considering all these appointments, it would explain why Obama and his minions are systematically destroying our nation, supporting radical Muslim groups worldwide, opening our southern border, and turning a blind eye to the genocide being perpetrated on Christians all over Africa and the Middle East.
The more damage Obama does, the more arrogant he's become!
Our nation and our government has been infiltrated by people who want to destroy us. It can only get worse!
If you fail to pass this one on, there's
something wrong ... somewhere!
If you don't pass this on, you're probably it.
This week’s photo:
Note: photos can only be seen if you go to the New England Tractor website.
Remember when the modifieds looked like this? I dunno, but it sure seems the racing was better back then.
My apologies to the photographer, whoever it might be.
This weeks video:
What follows was also sent to me via email. You have any idea as to just what "Global Warming" is? No, it's not the air around us, but the waters of the earth.
"I've read the entire article but I'm afraid my brain cannot comprehend the entire thing.
However, you must watch the video at the end of the article. It is fascinating and
more than a little scary. After the video make sure you listen to the narrative.
Non racin' stuff:
Note: I wonder how often this happens with other airlines?
Really? What next? Damned if I ever had a break like this. Have you?
Illegal immigrants who are able to obtain Social Security Numbers and work permits as a result of President Obama’s executive amnesty could claim tens of thousands of dollars in back tax benefits, a new Congressional Research Service memo obtained first by Breitbart News reveals.
The report comes following the Internal Revenue Service’s confirmation that once illegal immigrants are granted Social Security Numbers — as a result of Obama’s executive actions — they will be able to file back tax returns and obtain up to four years of tax benefits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC).
The new CRS report — dated Wednesday and requested to gauge the tax benefits an amnesty beneficiary could potentially accrue — looks at the amount of EITC and CTC for a hypothetical family from from 2011-2014.
“Specifically, you were interested in the value of these credits for a married couple with three and four children,” the memo details. “In addition, you requested that for every year, the family’s income be equal to the maximum amount of earnings a taxpayer could have and still receive the maximum amount of the EITC. This income level is often referred to as the ‘phase-out threshold amount’ and is adjusted annually for inflation.”
CRS calculated the maximum level of tax credits available to hypothetical families with three and four children. It found that for a family with three children in the four years from 2011-2014 “phase-out threshold amount” would be able to obtain $35,521 in the EITC and CTC.
A family of four in that same four year time frame and circumstance could obtain $35,560.
In those years considered, the “phase-out threshold amount” for both hypothetical families was $21,770 in 2011, $22,300 in 2012, $22,870 in 2013, and $23,260 in 2014.
Both hypothetical families were also able to amass around $9,000 worth of the EITC and CTC annually in the years CRS considered.
The report comes as lawmakers have expressed distress that amnestied illegal immigrants could be potentially rewarded for illegal work and as Congress debates a Department of Homeland Security funding bill that would block Obama’s executive amnesty.
Earlier this month Sens. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) pressed the administration on the tax benefits amnestied illegal immigrants could accrue, calling the expected refunds “amnesty bonuses.”
“This is basic economics: if you want more of something, you subsidize it. By subsidizing illegal entry with four years’ worth of new tax credits, the IRS would promote lawlessness,” Sasse said in a statement at the time. “This program severely undermines the White House’s lip-service to enforcing the law and would increase the burden on law-abiding taxpayers.”
Read the whole thing:
This weeks joke:
The Pharmacist's Monday
Upon arriving home, a husband was met at the door by his sobbing wife. Tearfully she explained, "It's the druggist. He insulted me terribly this morning on the phone. I had to call multiple times before he would even answer the phone."
Immediately, the husband drove downtown to confront the druggist and demand an apology.
Before he could say more than a word or two, the druggist told him, "Now, just a minute, listen to my side of it. This morning the alarm failed to go off, so I was late getting up. I went without breakfast and hurried out to the car, just to realize that I'd locked the house with both house and car keys inside and had to break a window to get my keys.
"Then, driving a little too fast, I got a speeding ticket. Later, when I was about three blocks from the store, I had a flat tire."
"When I finally got to the store a bunch of people were waiting for me to open up. I got the store opened and started waiting on these people, all the time the darn phone was ringing off the hook."
He continued, "Then I had to break a roll of nickels against the cash register drawer to make change, and they spilled all over the floor. I had to get down on my hands and knees to pick up the nickels and the phone was still ringing.
When I came up, I cracked my head on the open cash drawer, which made me stagger back against a showcase with a bunch of perfume bottles on it. Half of them hit the floor and broke."
"Meanwhile, the phone is still ringing with no let up, and I finally got back to answer it. It was your wife. She wanted to know how to use a rectal thermometer.
And believe me mister, as God is my witness, all I did was tell her.
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