Mostly Racin' Stuff  

By Tom Avenengo  

Volume # 228



This week’s photo:


C:\Users\Dad\Pictures\Len in Caruso # 3.BMP


Here's a photo of one of the greats from here in the east - Len Duncan.  He pictured here in the Mike Caruso "Stretched" Midget.  Len had quite a long racing career - one that extended into his 70's.  He ran TQ's, midgets, Sprint cars and Indy cars.  Prior to the wife and I getting married, we would go to the indoor TQ races in the Teaneck, NJ Armory.  Len was one of the top runners there.  He also was a many time driving champion with the ARDC Midgets.  He also was rather successful in the Sprints, and was always competitive when he was able to get a ride in an Indy car.  His lengthy win record will appear further down in this week's column.

During the Second World War, he was a chauffeur for President Harry S. Truman,  when the President was over in Europe.



Some personal/family stuff:


This column is coming out on June 4th.  This coming July 3rd will make it one whole year since the love of my life left us.  It's been a very fast year.  I'm not really sure what next week's column will be like - will have something about the wife, for sure.  

Hell, it seems that time, as we get older, goes by quicker and quicker.

Going back to May 31st, my son, Eric, celebrated a birthday.  Damn - that was a fast 47 years!  He and some other family members celebrated it by going out for dinner.  How I wish I could have been there, too!




Racin’ stuff:




From Jayski:



Johnson's appeal hearing set for June 9: 


Hendrick Motorsports #48 team appeal of their P1 penalty following the Charlotte race will be heard on Tuesday, June 9. NASCAR announced last week that the team would receive the final pit stall selection at Dover because they received written warnings 2 weeks in a row. The team announced their appeal and the penalty was deferred last weekend at Dover and will be deferred this week at Pocono until the appeal process is completed.(6-1-2015)



Dover TV Ratings: 


A move from FOX to Fox Sports 1 resulted in a big drop for NASCAR from Dover. NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from Dover earned a 2.3 overnight rating on Fox Sports 1 Sunday afternoon, down 30% from last year (3.3), down 34% from 2013 (3.5), and the lowest overnight for the race since at least 2006. The race aired on the FOX broadcast network each year from 2007-14. The 2006 race was the most recent on cable prior to this year, airing on FX. Compared to the previous Sprint Cup telecasts on FS1, the 2.3 overnight is up 53% from a 1.5 for last month's rain-delayed Saturday night race from Kansas, but down 8% from a 2.5 for Sunday afternoon coverage from Martinsville in March.(Sports Media Watch via ShowBuzz Daily), see past races, 5-year chart, links and more on the 2015 TV Ratings page.(6-1-2015)

Note:  While watching the race, I noticed whole sections of the stands covered over where no one was sitting.  It wasn't that long ago that it took years to get tickets for a Dover race.



Hamlin wants to stay at Gibbs long-term: 


Hamlin's year to date has been a bit of a roller coaster. The Virginia native scored his first victory of the season at Martinsville Speedway, earning his spot in the 16-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup field. However, he has also recorded six finishes of 22nd or worse. Despite the up-and-down results, Hamlin believes his team is headed in the right direction and the poor finished are not indicative of how his cars are running. After his victory in the All-Star Race, questions were raised about Hamlin's contract status with Joe Gibbs Racing. However, the driver of the #11 set the record straight, saying this is not a contract year. "I've still got some time left on my deal," he said. "I've been with Gibbs for really a lot time. I'd hope to stay with them." Would Hamlin ever entertain offers from other teams? "As long as the Gibbs family will have me, I'll stay there," he said.(FoxSports)(5-30-2015)






From Track Forum:


What is FOX Really Up TOO,,, NASCAR Sabotage,,,





From the Dirt Track Digest Forum:


July 1st






From the AARN:


Satterlee Is Appalachin Speedweek Port Royal Star; Weather Scuttles Other Races


NASCAR Tour Mods To Test On Thompson Motorsports Park Road Course


Two Race Winning Weekend For Bachetti At I-88, Lebanon Valley


Preece Races To NASCAR WMT Win At Speedbowl


Don Kreitz, Bruce Ellis Among Inductees At National Sprint Car Hall Of Fame


Reed Wins Wall Stadium’s 65th Anniversary Modified Headliner


JimKelly, Long Time VPRacing Fuels Exec, Retires


And some more that's found in this weeks issue:


On June 10th, the NASCAR Whelen Touring Modified Series will have  test on the Thompson, Ct, road course.


Danny Johnson won the SDS race at Brockville, Ontario, last week.  It was his 78th SDS race win.


Ernie Saxton thinks it's wrong (as I do, too), when Juan Pablo Montoya got 2.5 million for winning the Indy 500, then later that day, Carl Edwards got $360,000.00 for winning the 600 mile race at Charlotte.


Brett Deyo tells us of the new (huge) point fund that will be given out for those that race at OCFS.  $55,000.00 is what will be paid out to the Big Block, Small Block and Sportsman classes when they have their banquet.  That's a helluva lot more than what OCFS has been paying out over the years.  I do believe the old pay offs were equal to a feature win?  Halmar International owner, Chris Larsen, is the one responsible for the huge increase.  His company is in the process of replacing the roof on the full covered stands at OC.  Seems that I had read that there were six layers of roofing on that old grandstand?  It's being said that after the roof is completed, other parts of the property will be addressed throughout the racing season, prior to ESW.


Don Kreitz Jr., Danny Smith and Bruce Ellis were inducted into the Sprint Car Hall of Fame.


Quite a lot of well know names have entered the "Dirty Jersey" $10,000.00 to win Modified race at New Egypt on June 11th.


The SDS invades the Grandview Speedway on Tuesday, June 16th.


The scheduled USAC Sprint Cars and ARDC Midgets were rained out at Grandview this Tuesday night.


Jeff Strunk has had to curtail his racing for a short time due to a rotator cuff injury.


Don & JoAnn Davies make mention of the decline in Dirt Modified Car Counts here in the Northeast.

Note:  I'd imagine that at some tracks, purses are about the same over, say the last 10 years or so, while the cost of running a Modified have "kinda" increased.  It's no wonder car counts are down.  Whereas some tracks were pulling in 35-40 Modifieds, they now struggle to get 20.  No longer can one go to a junk yard for parts, and now being forced to purchase (at some pretty high prices) parts need to keep their cars on the tracks.  Where will it end?


The July 1st race at Rolling Wheels will be in honor of Andy Fusco.


Lenny Sammons had a nice interview with Tony Stewart, at the Dover Speedway.







Former OVRP Dirt Oval racers:

Winter Mead was 2nd and Zach Mead 7th in the Spec Sportsman feature at Accord.

Wyatt Clark was 1st and Tyler Pirone 3rd in the all Star Slingshots.


At Lebanon Valley, Kyle Armsrong was 13th and Kolby Schroder 23rd in the Modified feature.


At OCFS, Anthony Perrego was 2nd, Craig Mitchell 3rd (pretty sure he's run at the Dirt Oval), Billy V 4th, LJ Lombardo 9th, Chris Shultz 10th (pretty sure on him, too), Mike Ruggiero 13th, Danny Creeden 20th and Tim Hindley 22nd in the modified feature.

In the held over Sportsman feature, Brian Krummel was 1st, Matt Janiak 2nd,  Dominick Roselli, Jr. 4th, Joey Bruning 5th, Matt Hitchcock 6th, Joe Conklin 10th,  Anthony Falanga  14th, and Joey Falanga 15th.

In the nights regularly scheduled Sportsman feature, it was Matt Janiak 1st, Matt Hitchcock 3rd, Brendon Finley 6th, Brian Krummel 9th, Dominick Roselli, Jr 12th, Joey Bruning 13th, Anthony Falanga 14th, Joe Conklin 21st and Joe Falanga 24th.

Brendon Finley won the Rookie Sportsman feature.

Brian Krummel won the CRSA Sprint car feature, with Joe Kata 7th, Chuck Alessi 10th, Josh Pieniazek 11th, Emily Vanigen 12th, Tim Hindley 19th and BK Rizzo 20th.

For the night at OC there were 23 Modifieds, 29 Sportsman, 15 or 16 Rookie Sportsman (Doc Young was listed in a qualify heat, but not in the feature?) and 25 with the CRSA Sprint Cars.


Danny Creeden was 7th and Anthony Perrego 9th at I-88, in the Modified feature.  Dominic Roselli, Jr was 11th in the Sportsman feature.


Mike Mammana was 21st in the Sportsman feature at Big Diamond.


Johnny Guarino was 21st in the 358 Modified feature at New Egypt.


Kyle Armstrong was 13th and Kolby Schroder 23rd in the Modified feature at Lebanon Valley. 


Kenney Johnson was 18th in the USAC Dirt Midget feature at Bear Ridge.


Danny Buccafusca was 10th in the 600 Micro feature at Kutztown.  Molly Chambers was a DNQ.


Jacob Hendershot won the 270 Micro feature at Bridgeport.  He was 9th at Hamlin.


Rich Coons was 4th and Kyle Redner 5th in the 358/Sportsman feature at Bethel.  JB Morris was 3rd and Joe Morris 6th in the Advanced 4 Cylinder feature.


Bobby Hackel, IV was 8th, Alex Bell 17th and Brett Wright 19th in the Modified feature at A/S.  Hunter Bates was 19th in the Sportsman feature.


AJ Filbeck was 4th in the GRIT Sportsman feature at U/R.


Jason Roe was 11th in the Empire Lightning Sprint feature at Penn Can.


AJ Filbeck was 18th in the GRIT Series race at Glen Ridge.


Anthony Perrego was 26th at the "Rumble At the Rock" Modified race at Black Rock.


Davie Franek was 9th in the Lucas Oil  A Main at U/R



I know that LJ Lombardo raced his new ride at a race upstate, but darned if I can find it.  I do know he was a DNQ for the feature.




Midget Racing from "Back in the Day":


As I made mention at the beginning of this week's column, here is the race record (wins) for Len Duncan.  Len, to the best of my knowledge, was one of the very few Jewish drivers that raced back in the day, and even today.  His career went from 1940 up to 1972.




          April 21      New York, NY     New York Coliseum      30 laps

                             Gallagher and Hunter V-8


          June 23       Pottstown, PA      Sanatoga Speedway       25 laps


          June 22       Cedarhurst, L.I., NY Cedarhurst Speedway        25 laps


          August 11   Pottstown, PA      Sanatoga Speedway       25 laps


          September 29       Pottstown, PA      Sanatoga Speedway


          October 13  Pottstown, PA      Sanatoga Speedway       25 laps


          November 22       Harrisburg, PA     Pennsylvania Farm Show

                                      Building                                   30 laps                                                                




          January 26  New York, NY     New York Coliseum      50 laps


          February 9  New York, NY     New York Coliseum


          March 2      New York, NY     New York Coliseum      50 laps


          June 20       Danbury, CT        Danbury Fairgrounds    30 laps


          July 25        Danbury, CT        Danbury Fairgrounds    20 laps



          August 1     Danbury, CT        Danbury Fairgrounds    20 laps



          November 16 New York, NY  New York Coliseum      30 laps




          February 22         New York, NY     New York Coliseum      50 laps

                             Charlie Stevens V8


          May 18       Philadelphia, PA  Yellow Jacket Speedway




          June 15       Danbury, CT        Danbury Speedway       25 laps


          July 14        Trenton, NJ                  Trenton Fairgrounds                 100 miles



          September 14       Danbury, CT                 Danbury Speedway


          September 29       Danbury, CT                 Danbury Speedway

                                      Fair races


          October 4    Paterson, NJ                  Hinchliffe Stadium

                             Heaton V-8


          November 15       Freeport, NY                 Freeport Stadium







          February 21         New York City, NY Kingsbridge Armory  25 laps

                             Jerry Willets Offy #31


          March 30    New York City, NY Kingsbridge Armory  25 laps

                             Jerry Willets Offy #31


          July 30        Middletown, NY  Victory Speedway                   25 laps

                             Buck Wheeler Offy


          August 1     Minands, NY                 Empire Raceway


          October 31  Freeport, NY                 Freeport Stadium


          November 15 New York City, NY Kingsbridge Armory        25 laps


          November 19 New York City, NY Kingsbridge Armory        25 laps


          December 2 New York City, NY Kingsbridge Armory 25 laps





          February 21         New York City, NY Kingsbridge Armory  25 laps

                             Jerry Willets Offy #31


          March 20    New York City, NY Kingsbridge Armory  25 laps

                             Jerry Willets Offy #31


          July 3                   West Springfield, MA                                 25 laps

                             Jerry Willets Offy #31


          September 25 Danbury, CT                                           100 laps






          April 11      Paterson, NJ                  Hinchliffe  Stadium

                             Ford #7


          ?????          Lanham, MD        Greater Lanham Speedway25 laps

                             First night race of the year


          May 7         Allentown, PA     Dorney Park Speedway 25 laps


          May 15       Hatfield, PA                   Hatfield Speedway                  25 laps


          May 20       West Lanham, MD        Lanham Speedway


          June 3         West Lanham, MD        Lanham Speedway


          July 6                   Norfolk, VA                  Princess Anne Speedway        25 laps


          July 6                   Richmond, VA     Royall Speedway   Conflict with above race.



          July 19        Norfolk, VA                  Princess Anne Speedway        25 laps

                             Ken Hickey Offy #9 3rd win in a row, 5th of season


          July 27        Richmond, VA     Royall Speedway


          August 6     Allentown, PA     Dorney Park Speedway 50 laps


          August 10   Richmond, VA     Royall Speedway           25 laps


          August 24   Richmond, VA     Royall Speedway


          ????            Washington, DC  Greater Lanham Speedway

                             Josephs, McAndrews


          September 7         Richmond, VA     Royall Speedway           25 laps

                             Won 2nd of two features run on the night


          September 11       Langhorne, PA                                  20 laps

                                      Feature from August 24

                                      Two features run on 9/11


          September 11       Langhorne, PA                                  20 laps


          September 13       Norfolk, VA         Princess Anne Speedway25 laps

                                      Ken Hickey Offy #9


          September 20       Norfolk, VA         Princess Anne Speedway                  100 laps

                                      Ken Hickey Offy #9

                                      Last race of season for this track


          October 16  Dover, NJ   Dover Speedway                     100 laps



1949 Hatfield Speedway Champion


1949 Princess Anne Speedway Champion





          June 17       Allentown, PA     Dorney Park Speedway 25 laps


          August 27   Hatfield, PA                   Hatfield Speedway                  40 laps

                             Ken Hickey Offy #9  (Black Beauty)


          September 27 Morristown, NJ          Morristown Speedway  25 laps





          April 8                 Hatfield, PA                   Hatfield Speedway         25 laps


          June 2                   Allentown, PA     Dorney Park Speedway 25 laps


          July 20                 Belmar, NJ           Wall Stadium       25 laps


          July 31                 Morristown, NJ Morristown Raceway       20 laps


          September 9         Langhorne, PA     Yellow Jacket Spd                   20 laps

                             Feature from 8/24


          September 9         Langhorne, PA     Yellow Jacket Speedway         20 laps

                             Regular feature


          September 29       Bloomsburg, PA  Bloomsburg Fair  50 laps


          November 4         Richmond, VA     Royall Speedway             50 laps

                              Drove the Ken Hickey Offy #9




          May 30       Seekonk, MA                 Seekonk Speedway


          July 19                 Hatfield, PA                   Hatfield Speedway


          August 31   Hatfield, PA                   Hatfield Speedway                                              

          September 20       Hatfield, PA                   Hatfield Speedway


                   All races were AAA Eastern






          February 22         Miami, FL            Opa-Locka Speedway

                                                                   AAA National


          June 14       Hatfield, PA                   Hatfield Speedway                  50 laps

                                                                   AAA Eastern


          June 21       Hatfield, PA                   Hatfield Speedway                  75 laps

                                                                   AAA Eastern


          July 27                 Hatfield, PA                   Hatfield Speedway

                                                                   AAA Eastern


          August 22   Freeport, NY                 Freeport Stadium

                                                                   AAA Eastern


          ??????                  Fort Wayne, IN    Fort Wayne Coliseum



          1953 AAA Eastern Midget Champion





          June 18       Altoona, PA                   Altoona Speedway

                                                                   AAA Eastern


          June 19       Woodhaven L.I., NY     Dexter Park

                                                                   AAA Eastern


          June 27       Reading, PA                   Reading Fairgrounds Speedway

                                                                   AAA Eastern


          June 28       Old Bridge, NJ     Old Bridge Stadium

                                                                   AAA Eastern


          1945 AAA Eastern Midget Champion





          July 23        Manassas, VA      Old Dominion Speedway

                             Harry Hespell Offy #1   ARDC


          September 3         Flemington, NJ Flemington Fair Speedway         20 laps

                             Harry Hespell Offy #1


          September 23       Allentown, PA     Allentown Fairgrounds


          October 9    Manassas, VA               Old Dominion Speedway

                             Twin Features    ARDC

          October 9    Manassas, VA               Old Dominion Speedway


          1955 ARDC Champion


          1955 AAA Eastern Midget Champion





          May 5         Manassas, VA               Old Dominion Speedway   ARDC


          July 27        Harrington, DE    Delaware State Fairgrounds  ARDC


          September 3         Riverhead, NY     Riverhead Raceway  ARDC




          March 17    Jacksonville, FL   Jacksonville Speedway  20 laps

                             Harry Hespell Offy    ½ D

                             USAC  Tangerine Tournament


          August 11   Hagerstown, MD  Hagerstown Speedway




          May 17       Hatfield, PA                  Hatfield Speedway


          June 22       Danbury, CT                 Danbury Fairgrounds


          June 27       Vineland, NY                 Vineland Speedway


          June 28       Hatfield, PA                             Hatfield Speedway


          August 29   Freeport, NY    won 1 of 2 features run on the night


          August 30   Flemington, NJ     Flemington Fair Speedway


          August 30   Danbury, CT                 Danbury Fairgrounds


          October 5    Trenton, NJ                   Trenton International Speedway


          1958 ARDC Champion




          May 9         Manassas, VA               Old Dominion Speedway


          May 10       Richmond, VA     Southside Speedway


          May 17       Akron, OH           Akron Rubber Bowl   ARDC


          May 23       Danbury, CT                 Danbury Fairgrounds


          October 11  Danbury, CT                 Danbury Fairgrounds


          1959 ARDC Champion




          September 14       Marlboro, MD      Marlboro Motor Raceway




          June 10       Hatfield, PA                   Hatfield Speedway                  50 laps       


          July 3                   Westboro, MA               Westboro Speedway


          July 21        Freeport, NY                 Freeport Stadium


          August 19   Westboro, MA               Westboro Speedway


          September 10       Thompson, CT     Thompson Speedway                       25 laps


          October 1    Nazareth, PA        Nazareth Speedway       30 laps


          1961 ARDC Champion




          April 22      Thompson, CT     Thompson Speedway                      

                             Kernan Offy


          May 30       Old Bridge, NJ     Old Bridge Stadium


          July 22        Olivebridge, NY   Onteora Speedway


          1962  ARDC Champion




          March 31    Old Bridge, NJ     Old Bridge Stadium       25 laps

                             Stan Frankenfield #8 Offy


          April 21      Hagerstown, MD  Hagerstown Speedway

                             Kenn Brenn Offy #24


          June 23       Thompson, CT     Thompson Speedway


          July 20        Danbury, CT        Danbury Fairgrounds

                             Feature completed on August 17


          September 28       Bloomsburg, PA  Bloomsburg Fair  25 laps

                                      Ken Brenn Offy #24



          1963 ARDC Champion





          April 19      Thompson, CT     Thompson Speedway    50 laps


          May 29       Wilson, NC          Wilson County Fairgrounds


          June 7         Thompson, CT     Thompson Speedway     5/8 P


          June 13       Middletown, NY  Victory Speedway


          June 20       Hatfield, PA                   Hatfield Speedway


          June 21       Selinsgrove, PA    Selinsgrove Speedway


          July 10        Philadelphia, PA  JFK Memorial Stadium 25 laps

                             Ken Brenn Offy


          July 25        Olivebridge, NY   Onteora Speedway


          October 3    Bloomsburg, PA  Bloomsburg Fairgrounds


          October 11  Thompson, CT     Thompson Speedway    50 laps

                                                Double Features

          October 11  Thompson, CT     Thompson Speedway    50 laps


          1964 ARDC Champion



          May 29       Manassas, VA      Old Dominion Speedway

                             Ken Brenn Offy




          July 15        Old Bridge, NJ     Old Bridge Speedway                      

                             Ken Hickey Offy

                             At this point Len was 54 years old                               


          August 27   Middletown, NY Orange County Fair Speedway 20 laps


          September 10       Rutland, VT                   Vermont State Fair        20 laps

                                      Ken Hickey Offy




          May 12       Hershey, PA                  Hershey Stadium           25 laps


          June 16       Hershey, PA                  Hershey Stadium           50 laps


          August 18   Hershey, PA                  Hershey Stadium           25 laps

                             At this point he was 56 years old


          September 1         Essex Junction, VT        Champlain Valley Fair


          September 9         Rutland, VT                   Vermont State Fair


          1967 ARDC Champion




          September 1         Bechelsville, PA   Grandview Speedway

                             Local sanction    Ken Hickey Offy






September 5         Flemington, NJ     Flemington Fair             25 laps

                             George Ferguson Offy



September 17, 1971 was the last recorded feature he ran at Thompson, CT  where he finished 4th in the NEMA feature.   His last ARDC feature was on August 22, 1971 at Grandview Speedway where he took 3rd.


1972 Notes



          On May 7, 1972 at Flemington, NJ, Duncan had one of the worst spills of his career.  Driving the Ed Darrell Sesco, he hit the fence on the first turn on the fourth lap, sending the car into a series of eight rolls before somersaulting end for end another six times.  Duncan was hospitalized at the Hunterdon County Medical Center in satisfactory condition with shoulder abrasions and a severe whiplash.



Len Duncan was born in New York City on July 25, 1911.  He would die on August 1, 1998 at Lansdale, PA


Note:  I had a copy of the Crocky Wright Hinchliffe Stadium midget racing, and I really can't verify that Len only won two features at that track.  Today, I have no idea as to just where that book is - dammit!



The ARDC Driving Champions:


Note:  It's nearly impossible to find out just who the ARDC driving champion was for 2014.  Hard to believe, isn't it?


1940 – 2013

2013 – Trevor Kobylarz

2012 – Tim Buckwalter

2011 – Drew Heistand

2010 – Steve Buckwalter

2009 – Frank Polimeda

2008 – Randy Monroe, Jr.

2007 – Andy Martin

2006 – Andy Martin

2005 – Ray Bull

2004 – Ray Bull

2003 – Ray Bull

2002 – Ray Bull

2001 – Ray Bull

2000 – Ray Bull

1999 – Bryan Kobylarz

1998 – Bryan Kobylarz

1997 – Ed Stimely Jr.

1996 – Phil DiMario

1995 – Nick Fornoro Jr.

1994 – Lou Cicconi Jr

1993 – Lou Cicconi Jr.

1992 – Joey Coy

1991 – Lou Cicconi Jr.

1990 – Billy Hughes

1989 – Billy Hughes

1988 – Billy Hughes

1987 – Brett Mowrey

1986 – Nick Fornoro Jr.

1985 – Nick Fornoro Jr.

1984 – Nick Fornoro Jr.

1983 – Nick Fornoro Jr.

1982 – Nick Fornoro Jr.

1981 – Hank Rogers Jr.

1980 – Leigh Earnshaw Jr.

1979 – Hank Rogers Jr.

1978 – George Ferguson Jr.

1977 – Lenny Boyd

1976 – Bob Cicconi

1975 – Leigh Earnshaw Jr.

1974 – Leigh Earnshaw Jr.

1973 – Leigh Earnshaw Jr.

1972 – Johnny Coy Sr.

1971 – Johnny Coy Sr.

1970 – Tom McAndrew

1969 – Johnny Coy Sr.

1968 – Johnny Coy Sr.

1967 – Len Duncan

1966 – Joe Csiki

1965 – Ed ”Dutch” Schaefer

1964 – Len Duncan

1963 – Len Duncan

1962 – Len Duncan

1961 – Len Duncan

1960 – Ed ”Dutch” Schaefer

1959 – Len Duncan

1958 – Len Duncan

1957 – Ed ”Dutch” Schaefer

1956 – Ed ”Dutch” Schaefer

1955 – Len Duncan

1954 – Vernon Land

1953 – Cliff Riggott

1952 – Steve McGrath

1951 – Fred ”Jiggs” Peters

1950 – Nick Fornoro Sr.

1949 – Mike Nazaruk

1948 – Bill Schindler

1947 – George Rice

1946 – Bill Schindler

1945 – Bill Schindler

1941 – Henry Banks

1940 – Bill Schindler



Press Releases:


NEWS FROM                                                                                                             

Orange County Fair Speedway                                                                                   

239 Wisner Avenue                                                                                                    

Middletown, NY10940 



Mike Gurda









June 6 Racing Program to Include Vintage Race Cars on the Hard Clay


MIDDLETOWN, NY (June 01)……..The stars come out on Saturday, June 6 when Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York hosts its annual Nostalgia Night. Nearly 70 former drivers and car owners have indicated they will be on hand for the fun-filled night of remembrance, autographs, and interviews, all to help Orange County celebrate its glorious stock car racing history. Among the drivers expected are former track champions Frankie Schneider, Sonny Strupp, Carl Van Horn, and Billy Tanzosh as well as two time Eastern States 200 winner Gerald Chamberlain.


In addition to this colorful look back at Orange County racing history, a full program of Big-Block Modified, Small-Block Modified, Sportsman, and Street Stock racing is scheduled. The always entertaining Street Stocks will be competing in the $500-to-win Marky Traverse Memorial Race. And to make the night complete, the restored and vintage race cars of the Northeast Vintage Modified Racing Club and the Atlantic Coast Old Timers will help fans recall the great race cars of yesterday.


An extended intermission period will allow fans to interact and get autographs with the returning stars of The Hard Clay.


Sponsors for the evening are Tire King of Sussex County and Frank Stevens & Sons Roofing.

Admission prices for the big June 6 race meet remain at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and $1.00 for children 12 and under. Please note that this full night of racing and reminiscence begins promptly at 6:00 pm.


Advance ticket sales and track information is available at the Orange County website,, or from the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 during business hours. Additional drivers wishing to take part in Nostalgia Night are asked to contact the speedway office to be included in the activities.



Upcoming: June 13 – Twin 20-lap feature races for the Big-Block Modifieds


                  June 20 – Charlie Loder Memorial Race for Small-Block Modifieds (no Big-Blocks)


      June 27 – Two 30-Lap Big-Block Modified feature races (make-up for May 16                         





News from the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek

Media Contact: Brett Deyo – or 845.728.2781

For Immediate Release/May 31, 2015

Danny Johnson Looking For “Throwback Thursday” On June 11 At New Egypt Speedway When Lentini Auto Salvage Presents ‘Dirty Jersey 3’ $10,000-to-win Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek Event

NEW EGYPT, NJ Danny Johnson may not be one for social media, but he is hoping for his own “throwback Thursday” on June 11 at New Egypt Speedway.

When Lentini Auto Salvage presents ‘Dirty Jersey 3’ at the Garden State facility, the Rochester, N.Y., driver will look to recreate history from the cockpit of Chris Gennarelli’s No. 27J Bicknell mount. The ‘Dirty Jersey 3’ is headlined by a $10,000-plus to win big-block/small-block Modified special with a total purse of more than $30,000. The NES appearance is Round No. 3 of the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek (STSS) Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. South Region Presented By Scotty’s Speed & Diesel.

Only once in the 33-race BD Motorsports Media LLC promotional history has there been a $10,000-to-win race presented. That was June 13, 2012 at Pa.’s Penn Can Speedway.

Johnson, then driving for car owner Mike Payne, took the 60-lap victory and some $11,000 in cash including lap money and bonuses.

Now, Johnson heads to NES with 10k on the winner’s check for the first time in three years with the same aspirations.

“We’re definitely going to be there,” emphasized team owner Gennarelli when discussing the ‘Dirty Jersey’ event. “With that payout, we wouldn’t miss it.”

The veteran driver down as ‘the Doctor’ has enjoyed a solid 2015 season with victories at a half-dozen speedways in the potent CG Racing equipment. He is a past NES victor and hopes to add a ‘Dirty Jersey 3’ score to his resume.

Johnson will be part of a talented cast at NES with the hefty purse structure on the line plus contingency awards, bonuses and product certificates. Tenth-place in the 40-lap main pays $1,000 with $400 reserved to take the green flag.

Rick Laubach of Hellertown, Pa., leads the STSS South Region standings into New Egypt after winning at Bridgeport (N.J.) and Big Diamond (Pa.) to open the season.

A rules package favorable to ALL race teams has been devised by the event’s promotional team to attract a wide base of cars from across the Northeast.

American Racer tires will be utilized for the ‘Dirty Jersey’ Modified special. Minimum compounds are as follows: 33 or harder across the front; 44 or harder left-rear; 48 or harder right-rear.

Spec head small-blocks, Pennsylvania or New Egypt Speedway legal, will be permitted to utilize sail panels at this event. Spec head engines on gasoline weigh a minimum of 2,275 lbs. Spec head engines on alcohol weigh a minimum of 2,350 lbs.

All other engine combinations are required to utilize standard window bodywork. Small-blocks (max. 363 cubic inch) weigh 2,400 lbs. Big-blocks (max. 477 cubic inch) weigh 2,500 lbs. And Delaware big-blocks (478 cubic inch and up) weigh 2,600 lbs.

Drivers will draw for starting positions in 10-lap heat races. Consolations, 10 laps in distance, will set the remainder of the starting field. Top qualifiers from the heat races will redraw.

The complete purse structure is as follows: 1) $10,000; 2) $3,500; 3) $2,000; 4) $1,500; 5) $1,400; 6) $1,150; 7) $1,125; 8) $1,100; 9) $1,050; 10) $1,000; 11) $750; 12) $650; 13) $550; 14) $450; 15) $425; 16) $415; 17) $405; 18-24) $400; Provisional Starters) $200.

Also on the ‘Dirty Jersey 3’ card are the reborn United Racing Club 360 Sprint Cars in a $3,000-to-win, 25-lap event and Crate 602 Sportsman racing for a $750 winner’s share.

Complete prices, times, rules and information for the ‘Dirty Jersey 3’ have been posted at:

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series or BD Motorsports Media, or, call 845.728.2781 or “Like” Short Track Super Series on Facebook or follow @ShortTrackSS on Twitter.

Located in New Egypt, N.J., New Egypt Speedway features a daylight-quality lighting system and excellent sightlines from any seat in the house. There are clean, heated restrooms, a monitored playground area for young fans and restaurant-quality concession stands serving up a full menu at family style prices. The racy, 7/16ths-mile clay oval hosts tight, wheel-to-wheel, all-out competition. New Egypt Speedway’s GPS address is 720 Route 539 New Egypt, NJ 08533 and the speedway website is




News from Thunder Mountain Speedway

Media Contact: BD Motorsports Media LLC – or 845.728.2781

For Immediate Release/May 31, 2015

Rain Claims Thunder Mountain’s Saturday Racing; Action Continues June 6 With Full Program Plus Fan Appreciation Night & Lawn Mower Racing; HUGE ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ Special Sunday, June 28

CENTER LISLE, NY For the second time this season, rain forced the cancelation of a Saturday event at Thunder Mountain Speedway.

A first wave of heavy rain arrived at the speedway at 4 p.m., soaking the grounds. With a second band of storms moving across the state, management opted to pull the plug on the program. Ultimately, significant precipitation arrived at 8 p.m. as forecasted, so the correct call was made.

Racing resumes at the Center Lisle facility next Saturday, June 6 with Fan Appreciation Night. Fans will be invited to the frontstretch during intermission to meet the drivers competing in the weekly divisions at Thunder Mountain. Teams will be able to distribute photos, candy and more. There will also be a number of giveaways from the speedway during the night.

An added attraction to the program will be the first presentation of the Southern Tier Mowersports Lawn Mower racing on a temporary frontstretch course. The organization holds organized lawn mower racing throughout the region but has never appeared at Thunder Mountain.

A full card of racing is on the docket including Modifieds, Open Sportsman, Crate 602 Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, Barrett’s Race Cars & Components Street Stocks, XCel 600 Modifieds & FWD Four Cylinders.  

Gates open at 4 p.m., with hot laps at 6:20 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. Adult grandstand admission is $12. Seniors (ages 65 and up) and Students (ages 10-17) pay $10. Kids 9 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $30, with no license required.

The season’s first major event of the season takes place on Sunday, June 28 with the Olum’s ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ presented by VP Racing Fuels.  Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Hi-Tek big-block/small-block Modifieds race 50 laps for a total purse structure of more than $25,000. The event pays $5,000 to the winner, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green flag.

The ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ is event No. 4 of the STSS Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region $15,000 championship battle, having already completed events at New York’s Orange County and Accord speedways in addition to Pennsylvania’s Big Diamond Speedway.

Also on the card are the popular Speedway Entertainment SpeedSTRs featured regularly at Pa.’s Action Track USA during the summer on Wednesday nights.  The SpeedSTRs race 30 laps for $3,000 to the winner from an Action Track USA All-Pro Tour purse structure.

Olum’s will present a ‘Double Down Challenge’ for this event. If one driver can sweep both the Modified & SpeedSTR events, that driver will receive a $2,000 bonus bringing their earnings to no less than $10,000!

Also on the June 28 program: XCel 600 Modifieds ($1,000 to win) and FWD Four Cylinders.

June 28 event notes have been posted on the Thunder Mountain website:

For Thunder Mountain Speedway general information and a complete schedule, The speedway office number is 607.657.8202. On race day, call 607.849.7899. The speedway e-mail is “Like” Thunder Mountain Speedway on Facebook or follow @thundermtnspeed on Twitter.

Thunder Mountain Speedway is located at 91 Hunts Corners Road Center Lisle, NY 13797, approximately 25 miles north of Binghamton. The three-eighths-mile clay oval features hillside concrete seating, free parking and camping, a variety of concession items and novelties, a family environment and more.


Brett Deyo

Promotions, Public Relations & Marketing
Thunder Mountain Speedway

91 Hunts Corners Road Center Lisle, NY 13797

Cell: 845.728.2781

"Thunder Mountain Speedway" on Facebook
@thundermtnspeed on Twitter





News from the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek

Media Contact: Brett Deyo – or 845.728.2781

For Immediate Release/June 1, 2015

Stewart Friesen Has 13,000 Reasons To Travel From NY State To New Egypt Speedway Thursday, June 11 For Lentini Auto Salvage ‘Dirty Jersey 3’ Event,  Looks To Contend For $10,000 Modified & $3,000 360 Sprint Car Payouts In One Busy Night!

NEW EGYPT, NJ For Stewart Friesen, there are 13,000 reasons to make the trek from his New York State home to compete at New Egypt Speedway on Thursday, June 11.

The Sprakers, N.Y., 31-year-old has the opportunity to earn $13,000 by entering both the Modified and 360 Sprint Car events as part of the Lentini Auto Salvage ‘Dirty Jersey 3’ special at the Garden State facility. Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek (STSS) big-block/small-block Modifieds race 40 laps for a $10,000 winner’s share, while the 360 Sprint Cars, in a United Racing Club (URC) points-paying race, do battle for $3,000 to win in the ‘Turnpike 25’ special.

Should Friesen pull off the Modified/Sprint Car sweep, it would mean more than 13k for just 65 feature laps!

In the Modified portion, Friesen will strap into Jeff Daley’s potent No. 44 small-block. This Teo-Pro mount has already shown prowess in STSS competition, winning the April ‘Hard Clay Open’ at N.Y.’s Orange County Fair Speedway, a score worth more than $5,600.

For 360 Sprint Car action, Doug Emery’s No. 33 Sprint Car will be at the ready. Emery has fielded a winning car for Friesen on a number of occasions during the last few years. Their successes as a team include a pair of $10,000 victories in the Cole Cup at N.Y.’s Utica-Rome Speedway among many ESS conquests.

“New Egypt is a premier facility and a racy track,” said Friesen, a past winner at NES in Modified competition. “I feel good about our chances in both classes. The 44 has been fast when we’ve run it and Doug always has a good piece for us for the Sprint specials.

“To be able to race in front of the New Jersey crowd with both cars is pretty big. I always look forward to the opportunity to race at New Egypt.”

Friesen knows both divisions will be loaded with talent.  The Modified field will boast competitors from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Delaware, Maryland and beyond, while a potent Sprint Car field from the Tri-State area is assembling.

“It’s not going to be easy, that’s for sure,” he said. “With that kind of money up, you know the best of the best will be there in both divisions.”

The Crate 602 Sportsman division joins the STSS Modifieds and 360 Sprint Cars for the program, running a 20-lap event for $750 to win and $75 to take the green flag. Timed warm-ups will set the top-18 starting positions for the main, while a B-Main will fill in the remainder of the feature grid.

Pit gates will open at 3 p.m., with grandstand gates swinging open at 4 p.m. Hot laps take the track at 6 p.m. and racing begins promptly at 7 p.m.

Adult grandstand admission is $29. Seniors (ages 65 and over with ID) and Military (with ID) pay $24. Students, ages 12-15, pay $12. Kids 11 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.

Fans can take part in the fun with a pre-race tailgating competition. Prizes will be given away by the roaming ‘Dirty Girls’ in the parking area.

Complete Modified and Crate 602 Sportsman rules and info are at the following link:

For 360 Sprint Car info, visit:

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series or BD Motorsports Media LCC, or, call 845.728.2781 or “Like” Short Track Super Series on Facebook or follow @ShortTrackSS on Twitter.

Located in New Egypt, N.J., New Egypt Speedway features a daylight-quality lighting system and excellent sightlines from any seat in the house. There are clean, heated restrooms, a monitored playground area for young fans and restaurant-quality concession stands serving up a full menu at family style prices. The racy, 7/16ths-mile clay oval hosts tight, wheel-to-wheel, all-out competition. New Egypt Speedway’s GPS address is 720 Route 539 New Egypt, NJ 08533 and the speedway website is



From the Internet:


Found this around 5:00 PM on Wednesday, from Pocono Raceway:



Dear Race Fans,

Since Monday, we have received many phone calls, tweets, posts and emails regarding our updated re-entry policy. Sitting at home last night, I wanted to clarify the policy and why we came to this decision.

The updated policy reads as: “For the safety and security of our fans, re-entry back into Pocono Raceway is restricted.”

·                     The key word to understand here is re-entry is restrictedThis is not a zero-tolerance policy. There will be situations and circumstances which will arise which will be handled on a case-by-case basis by the Gate Supervisors at the Grandstand Gate Check-Ins throughout our race weekend. If you have a situation during race weekend where you need to exit the ticketed areas, our friendly Gate Supervisors will be there to discuss it with you.

·                     This policy update is something we did not develop overnight. I sat through meetings with the Department of Homeland Security and other local/national agencies regarding our events. Their insight and suggestions lead to us instituting an update to our existing re-entry policy. Although there is no imminent threat to Pocono Raceway, given the times we live in and the fact so many individuals attend our outdoor sporting events, this policy has been updated to ensure all fans will be safe.

·                     This is the norm for most major sporting venues including the NFL, MLB, NHL, SEC Conference and the Big 10 Conference.

·                     This policy is not meant to penalize you, our fan. Rather it is meant to provide you a safe environment to enjoy the great racing action and the whole Pocono Experience.

The one thing we do ask is for your patience as the updated re-entry policy is put into action this weekend. We know many questions and circumstance will arise and, again, this is why the language of the updated re-entry policy says “restricted” and not “prohibited.” We will be handling every situation on a case-by-case basis.

I want you, your family and your friends to enjoy your time with us at “The Tricky Triangle,” as you have for so many years. We have been in family run business for 40-plus years now and the overall fan experience continues to improve every year. We firmly believe this policy update will not hurt your experience at our venue. It is in place to ensure fans can come to Pocono Raceway, enjoy all the activities and return home safely.

I look forward to seeing you this weekend.




Brandon Igdalsky
Pocono Raceway






I received this email on Monday afternoon.  What in the world is happening to our country, anyway?  Gonna tell ya - there better be some HUGE changes made in the very near future!


VA Chapels...Unbelievable what is happening in the VA Chapels!!!


Notice verified by Snopes


Subject: V.A. Chapels....- Did you all know about this?

NOT GOOD...   This was checked out on truth or fiction and it came out truth!


From the Iron Mountain, MI, Daily News: 
“Stop This Insanity” 
May 30, 2014 EDITOR

Went to the Veteran's Hospital in Iron Mountain today on business.  While there I stopped at the Chapel and found pinky-purple type curtains with mesh at the top, covering the altar. (You know the type. They use them between sick patient beds in the hospital). I stopped in my tracks, shocked at what I saw.                 

Peeked behind the curtain, and found what used to be the welcoming part of the chapel, the Cross, a picture of Christ, and other Christian icons familiar to the majority of Americans.

I found Chaplain Bob Mueller, to ask what the meaning was of this change. This is what he told me. "  A couple of months ago, an order came down from Washington DC to cover all things associated with Christianity in the VA Hospitals. Their solution is to cover everything in all the VA Chapels across the country."

Chaplain Bob went on to say, "A few weeks ago an official from the Madison, WI, VA Administration came down here to tell me to "stop talking about Jesus, and to stop reading scripture out loud."            

Chaplain Bob also said that the rest of the Obama plan is to send more curtains to cover the rest of the stained glass windows, because there are Christian symbols on the stained glass.


Was skeptical of the accuracy of this article, so I checked it out through Truth


Ozero and his Muslim staff are emasculating Christianity in our country.







Video time:


The Small Block race in the 1998 Eastern States 150 lap race at OCFS, which is about an hour and 40 minutes in length.




Music video:


Brad James - Past The Point Of Rescue





Non racin' stuff:



Baltimore's $20 Million Federally Financed Riots

Note:  Interesting.  Question is - why should our government bail them out?






This week's joke:


Four friends spend weeks planning the perfect desert camping and riding trip. 
Two days before the group is to leave Rob's wife puts her foot down and tells him he isn't going.
Rob's friends are very upset that he can't go, but what can they do. 
Two days later the three get to the camping site only to find Rob sitting there with a tent set up, firewood gathered, and supper cooking on the fire. 
"Dang man, how long you been here and how did you talk your wife into letting you go?" 
"Well, I've been here since yesterday. Yesterday evening I was sitting in my chair and my wife came up behind me and put her hands over my eyes and said 'guess who'?" 
I pulled her hands off and she was wearing a brand new see through nightie. She took my hand and took me to our bedroom. The room had two dozen candles and rose pedals all over. She had on the bed, handcuffs and ropes! She told me to tie and cuff her to the bed and I did. And then she said, "now, you can do whatever you want." 
So here I am.




Until my next column – next week


Columns are available on the Dirt Track Digest at: at Contributing Columnists




Note:  The New England Tractor website has been fixed, to a degree.  Some columns are missing and best I know, they will be added on.  All I have to do is to re-send them.