Mostly Racin' Stuff  

By Tom Avenengo  

Volume # 241



This week’s photo:


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So his family would not know of his racing, Phil Walters started out racing midgets and used the name Ted Tappett.  That was back in the late 30's.  Strange, but after his mother found out about his racing, after the first couple of weeks, he retained the Tappett name throughout his midget and stock car careers.  Once he got into racing sports/racing cars, he reverted back to his original name.  I'd have to say that back in the '40's, when I got into racing, he was one of the top 3 or 5 drivers here in the northeast.

He designed the first Cunningham sports car, and was one of Cunningham's best drivers.  In 1955, he signed to drive for Ferrari in their sports/racing cars and also in Formula 1 Grand Prix cars.  That was to happen after the LeMans 24 hour race.  The Pierre Levegh accident at LeMans, in 1955, and all those that were fatally injured from that accident, caused Walter to retire from racing during that race.

Note"  He's the only driver that I know of that raced and wore a powder puff on one of his wrists.  That was used to wipe dust & dirt off of his goggles.

Further down in this weeks column will be his racing record, along with the continuation of the midget racing results from the Cherry Park Speedway in Avon, CT.




Special from me:


Some good news - I'm still hanging in there.  Bad news - still as "grouchy" as ever!  I was really thinking of heading north in October to take in the Eastern States racing at OCFS.  Unfortunately, it looks like I won't make it.  No, I haven't checked with my cardiologist, but somehow, I really feel I should be feeling better, and I'm not.  For sure I really would not want any health issues hit me while I was up north.  Not to happy with the medical care I received up north, compared to what I've received down here in Florida.  Yes, I suppose it helps some to have my daughter Sandy working in the hospital down here and getting me some excellent doctors to take care of me.  Honestly, I think if I had remained up north, you woud not be reading this column, today.





Racin’ stuff:




" Riding a groundswell of support, DIRTcar officials and Governor Cuomo’s office have reached an agreement to keep NAPA Super DIRT Week in Central New York for at least the next 10 years."


SYRACUSE, N.Y. – DIRTcar Racing announced today this year’s NAPA Super DIRT Week, Oct. 7-11, will be the “Finale at the Fairgrounds” in Syracuse before moving to a new venue in 2016 following the State of New York’s announcement to remove the grandstands and mile-oval as part of the New York State Fairgrounds renovations.

“We thank the fans for all of their support throughout this process,” said DIRTcar Racing CEO Brian Carter. “We’re making big plans for this year’s event to make sure we close the record books with a bang. In addition to all of the racing action on the Moody Mile, we’re planning to honor past champions and have some special social events planned for our dedicated fans that have made the week ‘Racing’s Biggest Party’ each year. Reserved camping is sold out, but there is plenty of general camping still available. It certainly will be a bittersweet week, but I can’t wait to see all of the fans who come out to watch racing at the New York State Fairgrounds for the final time.”

Riding a groundswell of support, DIRTcar officials and Governor Cuomo’s office have reached an agreement to keep NAPA Super DIRT Week in Central New York for at least the next 10 years.

“Super DIRT Week is both a signature event for racing fans and a Central New York tradition – attracting thousands of spectators and pumping millions of dollars into the local economy,” Gov. Cuomo said. “From the beginning of this process, it was important to keep this major event in Central New York and I am pleased that all parties have been able to come to an agreement. Next year, race fans will be able to enjoy their favorite weekend of racing in a brand new facility.”

A new host venue will be announced as soon as the details are available. DIRTcar will also work with its most loyal fans, with a plan to give them priority as they select camping spots and tickets at a new venue. DIRTcar will reach out to each of its customers with updates as soon as they become available.

While this year is the 44th running of NAPA Super DIRT Week, auto racing has been intertwined with the New York State Fairgrounds for more than 100 years. The track is one of only three 1-mile dirt ovals left in the country. Buzzie Reutimann won the first two NAPA Super DIRT Week crowns in 1972 and ’73, but Brett Hearn’s six Syracuse 200 victories are the most by any driver at the event’s premier race.

Tickets are still available by clicking, going to and clicking the ticket link, or calling 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849).




I watched some of the Indycar race that was held on a road course this past Sunday.  Funny, but I just can't get into them racing on road courses.  I'll take Indycar on ovals any day.  Guess my thoughts have changed some.  Heck back in my younger days I went to quite a few "road races".  Saw some pretty good ones out on Long Island, at the airport in Montgomery, NY and Lime Rock in CT.  I'm not sure as to why there are so many crashes on today's road courses.  Maybe it's the quality of the drivers?  The cars?  How I wish they would lose those wings and go to a narrower tire, so it would put more of the driver into the equation.



Due to circumstances beyond our control, Borgers Speedway will BE CLOSED until further notice. The bank was unable to process the loan. They determined it to be "outside of their risk tolerance". And the owners have decided to end the temporary lease, ending all of our scheduled events as of today. This won't end our attempts to find, open, or build new track locally, but will end this particular effort. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused anyone and will try to keep you informed on any progress we make moving forward. Thanks to all of you for your support.



The Hinchliffe Stadium race car  show is on Sunday, 9/20 this year.  Hard to believe but that was the last "racing" event I've been to when they held it last year, a tad earlier in September, I believe.







Found on Jayski:

Justin Wilson Children's Fund Update: 

INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway encourage racing fans to make donations to a new fund established to support the family of Justin Wilson. Donations to the Wilson Children's Fund can be made online at or sent to the following address:
Wilson Children's Fund
c/o Forum Credit Union
P.O. Box 50738
Indianapolis, IN 46250-0738
If you previously sent a donation to INDYCAR, it will be forwarded to the new address. All donations will be kept confidential. In addition, commemorative decals and T-shirts are available at, with proceeds going directly to the Wilson Children's Fund.(IMS)(8-30-2015)


Earnhardt, Jr. waiting on 2016 schedule to set wedding date: 


Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has said he and Amy Reimann plan to wed next summer after getting engaged June 17 in Germany. With NASCAR racing nearly every weekend, there will be few options for them to choose a summer wedding. Earnhardt will be in a friend's wedding this weekend - the final off weekend of the Sprint Cup season - and is looking forward to his wedding. "I'm probably going to be doing it this time next year," Earnhardt said. "Once we get that damn schedule. I've been asking (NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike) Helton since New Hampshire what's going on." NASCAR's officials have suggested that the 2016 schedule should be released in early September.(NBC Sports)(8-30-2015)



Congrats to Chad Knaus....married: 


The big day has finally arrived for Chad Knaus and his fiancee, former Miss Sprint Cup Brooke Werner, as the two are tying the knot during the rare off-weekend for the Sprint Cup Series. Knaus, the six-time champion crew chief for Jimmie Johnson at Hendrick Motorsports, has been in a relationship with Werner since last summer. Werner, a former Miss Vermont USA, stepped down from her role as Miss Sprint Cup in March 2014 during her second year on the job.(Fox Sport)(8-29-2015)



Last Saturday's XFINITY race could be the last for Boris Said: 


Last Saturday's race at Road America marks the finale of a five-race NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule for veteran road racer Boris Said this year in Joe Gibbs Racing's #54 Toyota. On Friday, Said hinted that the event could signify another finale on a much broader scale. "Man, this is like the best Christmas present I ever got in my life," Said said after Friday's final practice at the 4.048-mile track. "I've been racing for over 30 years. I'm going to be 53 in a couple weeks. In the last three or four years, I've been racing cars that don't have a prayer to win, underfunded teams. It's still fun, but not fun not being competitive. So, to get an opportunity to drive for Monster and Joe Gibbs and Toyota in equipment like this, it was a dream come true. To finally run in the top five at Watkins Glen, it kind of shows, hey maybe it's not my age, it was just the equipment. It's just been one of the most fun years I've ever had doing these five races with these guys. Now that it's last one, it might be the last NASCAR car race I ever run, I don't know. But it sure is a cool way to go out." If Saturday proves to be Said's swan song, his record will show one XFINITY victory, one Camping World Truck Series win and two Sprint Cup pole positions in a career that dates back to 1995 in NASCAR national series competition.(



Congrats to Matt DiBenedetto: 


Who was married to girlfiend Taylor Carswell on Friday. DiBenedettotweeted, "Today is the day that I get to marry my best friend Taylor! I'm lucky to get such a beautiful, sweet woman for the rest of my life!". DiBenedetto drives the #83 for BK Racing.(8-29-2015).




Jeffrey Earnhardt to make Sprint Cup Series debut at Richmond: 


Go Green Racing (GGR) announced that Jeffrey Earnhardt will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) debut with GGR in the #32 Ford at Richmond International Speedway during the Federated Auto Parts 400. This will mark the return of two Earnhardt's competing in the NSCS for the first time in over a decade. "I'm really excited to get this opportunity and thrilled that CorvetteParts.Net is sponsoring my debut in Sprint Cup," commented Earnhardt. "The Keens have been very good to me and having their company be part of an important day in my career is pretty cool. I appreciate everyone at Go Green Racing for making this happen and look forward to doing my best to make it a good debut." The 26 year-old, Mooresville, NC native has three previous starts in NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) with longtime GGR sponsor CorvetteParts.Net, as they will once again team with Earnhardt and GGR for the event at Richmond. The Federated Auto Parts 400 will mark Earnhardt's return to GGR. In 2012 Earnhardt made one start for Archie St.Hilare in the (NXS) while making 16 starts in 2013. "Tom and I have been waiting for this announcement like expectant parents," said CorvetteParts.Net owner TJ Keen. "We are very excited to have Jeffrey back in the (Keen Parts) uniform and look forward to having him wheel the Go Green Racing #32 Ford Fusion at Richmond. We are extremely honored to be affiliated with Archie St. Hilaire and the entire organization. Every member on this team gives 100% week in and week out and their positive attitude and desire is none to compare."
"Mason and I are really looking forward to Jeffrey's first start in the sprint cup series with the 32 team," stated team owner Archie St.Hilaire. "Jeffrey drove for us in the Xfinity series a few years back and worked really well with our crew chief Clinton Cram. I think their relationship will help Jeffrey move up into the cup series a smooth transition and hopefully be the start of something great for the future!"(GGR PR)(8-27-2015)



Ragan would consider XFINITY or Truck ride for next season: 


#55-David Ragan said there are no regrets about leaving Front Row (where he won at Talladega Superspeedway in May 2013) because he wasn't guaranteed sponsorship for a full season. "If it had been a full-time deal, then I would have signed up for that at the beginning of the year," he said. "I wouldn't have left. But at the time, I didn't know, and it allowed me to do something different." Ragan would like to remain in the Sprint Cup Series but said he would consider a competitive ride in the Xfinity or Camping World Truck series. "Where I'm at in my career, it's more about being competitive than just making a paycheck or being a Sprint Cup driver," said Ragan, who has two Cup wins and has driven full time in the series since 2007. "I don't want to be in a position where I'm 35th in qualifying, and you finish 30th every week. That's no fun. It's a way to make a living and stay involved, and it's better than the alternative of nothing, but I don't want to be in that position. "So I'll try really hard to try to find something competitive in one of the top three series where I feel like I can go out and win some races and race for a championship."(NBC Sports)(8-26-2015)



Congrats Reed Sorenson: 


Congratulations to Reed Sorenson and wife Laura on the birth of their daughter, Ella, on Tuesday. Reed tweeted the news and some photos Wednesday morning.(9-2-2015)

A little news about future "Super Dirt Week":


While it's the end of racing at the fairgrounds, they're not putting the brakes on racing in Central New York. Governor Cuomo announced this Tuesday morning "I Love New York" has given a grant which will help keep Super Dirt Week in close proximity to the fairgrounds.

"We've signed a multi-year contract with Super Dirt Week so they will not be anywhere for many, many years and they're committed to staying right here in Central New York," says Governor Cuomo.

While they're still in the process of figuring out exactly where the new racing venue will be, racing organizers are working closely with the Governor's office to find a location that fits. Super Dirt Week officials will be announcing their new location in October. For now, they're working on making their last time here a week race fans will never forget.












From Track Forum:


Upcoming Modified race/TV dates

Bristol replay this Friday at 7PM
Langley (Southern Tour) race Sept.5, TV Sept.11, 2:30-3:30PM
South Boston (Southern Tour) race Sept.19, TV Sept.24, 7-8 PM
NHIS race Sept.19, TV Oct.1, 7-8PM
Stafford race Oct.4, TV Oct.10, 4-5PM
Charlotte (Southern Tour) race Oct.8, TV Oct.15, 7-8PM
Thompson race Oct.18, TV Oct.22, 8-9PM

All on NBCSN





From the Dirt Track Digest Forum:


A birds eye view of CNYRP courtesy of Gary Rowe...


Note:  Kinda hard to tell from the photo, but I really thought more had been done than what's shown.



From the AARN:


Friesen’s There When Hearn Runs Dry; Wins Mr. Dirt USALeb Val $17,500 Prize


Long Islander Bonsignore Races To Hometown Riverhead NWMT Victory


Greg Hodnett, Duane Howard Claim Jersey Rush Wins At New Egypt


Glen Luce Is $30,000 Richer With 42nd Oxford 250 Victory


Todd Shaffer Is Sprint Legends Victor In Fred Rahmer Lincoln Spectacular; Huge Crowd Cheers Past Heroes’ Return


VMRS Oxford Plains Win For Chris Pasteryak Tightens Points Chase


DIRTcar Sanctions Two Rolling Wheels Upcoming Events


Billy Pauch, Jr. Wins Big Diamond Mod Title Friday; Wins New Egypt Mod Feature Saturday


Tremont Doubles With Albany-Saratoga, Lebanon Valley Scores; Points Battles At Both Tracks Tighten


Halmar International To Field SDW Team For Alan Johnson; Gary Balough Hired To Direct New Team


And a little more from this weeks issue:


Halmar International and Syracuse, along with Eastern States:


At Syracuse, they'll have Alan Johnson in a new TEO chassis with power by Enders.  They'll also have the J&S Smith Brothers # 74, with Dave Blaney in the seat.  That will be a new car also, and will be powered with a Precision engine.  Bobby Hearn will be the crew chief.  Matt Janiak will have a Small Block, and Allison Ricci will have a Sportsman car.  Gary Balough will be the technical director for the entire multi-car team.  There might be more coming from Halmar International, concerning Syracuse.

For Eastern States, they'll have 4 Big Block Modifieds, with Alan Johnson, Mike Ricci, Matt Janiak and Willy Auchmoody.  Also, Johnson and Janiak will be in Small Blocks and Allison will have a Sportsman.


From what I've heard, the new seats are being put in place in the covered grandstand at OCFS.  More improvements are to be made prior to ESW.


The ARDC had a show on the 1/4 mile track at Bridgeport.  Only 13 cars are shown in the feature's run down.  Sad, real sad.


The Evergreen Raceway Park, in St. Johns, PA is for lease, for 2016.  Might be possible to get it for the remainder of the 2015 season, too - for free!  It's a 1/3 mile high banked paved track.  It's located a few miles from I-80 and I-81.  65+/- Acres.

Call 832-512-9555 for more info.



Rich Ricci, Jr. is done racing for the 2015 season due to an ailing shoulder.  He's due for surgery on September 14th. 


Tommy Meier and Dieter Schmidt have mutually agreed to park the Schmidt # 5 Modified.


NEMA had 13 midgets and 16 NEMA Lights in action at Star Speedway.  Hmm, another sad total for full midgets.


Due to some personal commitments that have arisen, with the Fisher family, the September 12th events scheduled for the Susquehanna have been cancelled.  The track has also cancelled two URC shows - September 20th and October 18th.  They'll be replaced with the IMCA PA 305 Sprint Series.









Former OVRP Dirt Oval racers:


A.J. Filbeck was 6th in the 602 Sportsman feature at U/R.

At Devil's Bowl, Bobby Hackel, II won the modified feature.  Kenney Johnson was a DNS in the POWRi Outlaw Midget feature


Tyler Dippel was 4th in the 100 lap Mr DIRTcar USA race at Lebanon Valley.  L.J. Lombardo was 21st, Kylr Armstrong 26th and Kolby Schroder 28th.  John Virgilio was 4th in the GRIT Sportsman feature with Matt Pappa 6th.


At OCFS, in the Modified feature, Anthony Perrego was 3rd, Billy V 6th, Tim Hindley 7th, Clinton Mills 13th, Matt Janiak 14th, Mike Ruggiero 16th and Mike Kolka 22nd.  In the Sportsman feature, Brendan Finley was 3rd, Brian Krummel 4th, Joey Bruning 6th, Matt Hitchcock 7th, Dominic Roselli Jr. 8th, Anthony Falanga 12th, Joe Conklin 13th, Winter Mead 14th and Joey Falanga 21st.  In the Rookie Crate Sportsman feature, a James Brundage is shown as finishing in 15th.  Might that be the same Jim Brundage that ran at OVRP?  In the 4 Cylinder feature, J.B. Morris was the winner, while Joe Morris was 4th.  Sad to say, they still only have one truck racing at OC in the Truck class.


Davie Franek was 11th in the "Jersey Rush" Sprint Car race at the New Egypt Speedway.


Mike Mammana was 7th in the Sportsman feature at Big Diamond.  Brad Szulewski was a DNQ.


Alex Bell was 6th in the4 Modified feature at A/S.  In the Bear Ridge USAC Midget feature, Kenney Johnson was 17th.  I must note here that finishing in 4th place was a driver named Brett Hearn.  Hunter Bates was 4th in the Sportsman feature.


Kyle Armstrong was 14th and Kolby Schroder 23rd in the Modified feature at LV, on Saturday.


Dom Roselli, Jr. was 14th in the Modified feature at Accord.  Kyle Rohner was 6th and Winter Mead 7th in the Spec Sportsman feature.  Wyatt Clark was 3rd in the Slingshot feature.


At Glen Ridge, Bobby Hackel, IV was a tad busy with a 9th in the Modified feature and a 3rd in the Sportsman feature.  A.J. Filbeck was 13th in the Sportsman main.  In the POWRi Midget feature, Kenney Johnson was 3rd.


At Hamlin, Tyler Pirone was 6th in the All Star Slingshots, while Jacob Hendershot was 5th in the 270 Micros.


Kyle Redner was 2nd and Rich Coons 5th in the 358/Sportsman feature at Bethel.


Anthony Perrego was 6th in the modified feature in the Super Short Track Series race at Georgetown.  It was his first time at that track.  He did that with the teams Small Block car.






Racing from "Back in the Day":


First, a continuation of the Cherry Park midget results from last week:




June 14 rain

June 21 1. Tony Bonadies 2. Dutch Schaefer 3. Bill Troutwine

June 28 1. Dutch Schaefer 2. Ted Tappett 3. Tony Bonadies

July 5 rain

July 12 1. Bill Schindler 2. Ted Tappett 3. Len Wofsey

July 19 1. Rex Records 2. Lloyd Christopher 3. Len Duncan

July 26 1. Andy Van Heusen 2. Len Duncan 3. Bob Disbrow

August 2 1. Bill Schindler 2. George Fonder 3. George Rice

August 9 rain

August 16 rain

August 23 1. Tony Bonadies 2. George Rice 3. Ted Tappett

August 30 1. George Rice 2. Dutch Schaefer 3. Al Keller

Sept. 6 1. Ted Tappett 2. Al Keller 3. Tony Bonadies

Sept. 13 1. Al Keller 2. Henry Renard 3. Don Morris

Sept. 20 1. George Rice 2. Tony Bonadies 3. Mike Nazaruk

Sept. 27 1. Ted Tappett 2. Al Keller 3. George Rice

Sept. 28 1. Johnny Ritter 2. Art Cross 3. George Rice

Oct. 5 1. George Rice 2. Mike Nazaruk 3. Johnny Ringger

Oct. 11 1. George Rice 2. Johnny Ritter 3. Tony Bonadies 100 laps

Champion: George Rice



May 1 1. Ted Tappett 2. Tony Bonadies 3. Len Duncan

May 8 1. Bill Schindler 2. Larry Bloomer 3. Tony Bonadies

May 15 1. Bill Schindler 2. George Rice 3. Dutch Schaefer

May 22 1. Rex Records 2. Henry Renard 3. Mike Nazaruk

May 29 rain

June 5 1. Stan Disbrow 2. Bob Disbrow 3. Henry Renard

June 12 1. Stan Disbrow 2. Buddy Chase 3. Bill Baker

June 19 1. Tony Bonadies 2. Rex Records 3. George Rice 40 laps

June 26 1. Don Morris 2. Joe Barzda 3. Henry Renard

July 3 1. Mike Nazaruk 2. Rex Records 3. Andy Van Heusen

July 10 1. Bob Disbrow 2. Vernon Land 3. Dutch Schaefer

July 17 1. Bob Disbrow 2. Henry Renard 3. Stan Disbrow

July 24 1. Steve McGrath 2. Henry Renard 3. Johnny Ritter

July 31 1. Tony Bonadies 2. Stan Disbrow 3. Art Cross

August 7 1. Bill Baker 2. B. Klar 3. Andy Furci

August 14 1. Len Fanelli 2. Tony Bonadies 3. Russ Klar

August 21 1. Stan Disbrow 2. Johnny Carpenter 3. Bob Disbrow

August 28 1. Steve McGrath 2. Larry Bloomer 3. Buddy Chase

Sept. 4 1. Steve McGrath 2. Larry Bloomer 3. Bob Disbrow 50 laps

Sept. 11 1. Henry Renard 2. Tony Bonadies 3. Buddy Chase

Sept. 18 rain

Sept. 25 1. Len Duncan 2. Henry Renard 3. Dutch Schaefer 100 laps

Oct. 2 1. Bob Disbrow 2. Len Duncan 3. Steve McGrath



May 7 1. Vernon Land 2. Howie Moratti 3. Steve McGrath

May 14 ?

May 21 1. Stan Disbrow 2. Tony Bonadies 3. Vernon Land

May 30 1. Dutch Schaefer 2. Henry Renard 3. Johnny Zeke

June 4 1. Bob Disbrow 2. Henry Renard 3. Johnny Zeke

June 11 1. Henry Renard 2. Johnny Zeke 3. Vernon Land

June 18 1. Red Marlowe 2. Johnny Ringger 3. Henry Renard

June 25 rain

July 2 1. Larry Shurter 2. Red Marlowe 3. Russ Klar

July 9 1. Cy Sanders 2. Bob Disbrow 3. Henry Renard

July 16 1. Red Marlowe 2. Tony Bonadies 3. Dutch Schaefer

July 23 1. Nick Fornoro 2. Red Marlowe 3. Bill Schindler

July 30 rain

August 6 1. Dutch Schaefer 2. Tony Bonadies 3. Nick Fornoro

August 13 rain

August 20 1. Cy Sanders 2. Russ Klar 3. Tony Bonadies

August 27 1. Cy Sanders 2. Jimmy DiMarco 3. Russ Klar

Sept. 3 1. Tony Bonadies 2. Dutch Schaefer 3. Buddy Chase 50 laps



ARA Midgets

Sept. 29

There was a two day midget race scheduled during the 1951 fair, I have the result for the ARA race somewhere, but it is not in my notebook.


ARDC Midgets

Sept. 30 1. Russ Klar 2. Fred Meeker 3. Bert Brooks



And here are the winning results of  Ted Tappett (Phil Walters) while racing midgets and stock cars here in the northeast.  Sorry, but I have nothing earlier than what's shown for the year 1940.




1940  ARDC Midgets-3rd in points

Philadelphia, PA; Yellow Jacket Speedway- 7/15 8/12 8/20 9/23  track champion

Cedarhurst, NY; Cedarhurst Speedway- 7/24  8/14  9/28

West Haven, CT; West Haven Speedway- 7/25   

Danbury, CT; Danbury Speedway- 7/26

Bronx, NY; Bronx Coliseum- 12/15


1941  ARDC Midgets-

Philadelphia, PA; Yellow Jacket Speedway- 7/21 8/4 8/18 8/18

West Haven, CT; West Haven Speedway- 7/24  7/31

West Lanham, MD; West Lanham Speedway- 7/22

Cedarhurst, NY; Cedarhurst Speedway- 9/3

Danbury, CT; Danbury Speedway- 7/25  8/8  8/22-50 laps  9/12

Bronx, NY; Bronx Coliseum- 1 win

Bronx, NY; Castle Hill Speedway- 7/29  9/2



Bronx, NY; Bronx Coliseum- 1/18  4/5



Paterson, NJ; Hinchliffe Stadium- 7/30  8/6  10/8

Avon, CT; Cherry Park Speedway- 8/18

Danbury, CT; Danbury Speedway- 7/13  7/27  8/3

West Haven, CT; West Haven Speedway- 7/4  7/11  8/8

Philadelphia, PA; Yellow Jacket Speedway- 7/25  10/17



Bridgeport, CT; Candlelite Stadium- 7/21  8/11  8/25  9/8

West Haven, CT; West Haven Speedway- 7/31  8/21

Danbury, CT; Danbury Speedway- 9/6  9/27

Avon, CT; Cherry Park Speedway- 7/20  7/27  8/3

West Springfield, MA; Springfield Speedway- 7/26

Buffalo, NY; Buffalo Civic Stadium- 7/30

Paterson, NJ; Hinchliffe Stadium- 5/9

Bronx, NY; Kingsbridge Armory- 1/8  2/12  11/5  11/8  11/22  11/29 

Middletown, NY; Victory Speedway- 7/23

Menands, NY; Empire Raceway- 7/18  8/22

Rhinebeck, NY; Rhinebeck Speedway- 9/30

Deer Park, NY; Deer Park Speedrome- 8/24

Seekonk, MA; Seekonk Speedway- 8/8  9/5

Groveland, MA; Pines Speedway-9/11

Lonsdale, RI; Lonsdale Arena- 9/17



ARDC midgets-4th in points

Frank Curtis Offy

West Springfield, MA; Springfield Speedway- 5/15  5/29  6/12  6/19  7/10  10/9-100 laps

Avon, CT; Cherry Park Speedway- 4/18  6/6

Danbury, CT; Danbury Speedway- 5/1

West Haven, CT; West Haven Speedway- 6/10  7/8  7/15 9/9

Bridgeport, CT; Bridgeport Speedway- 5/3  5/10  5/31-100 laps  6/14 6/21 8/2

Buffalo, NY; Buffalo Civic Stadium- 7/14

Freeport, NY; Freeport Stadium- 5/21 5/28  6/15  6/18 7/6 7/9 7/20 7/30 9/6 9/14 9/21 9/28 10/1

Rhinebeck, NY; Rhinebeck Speedway- 5/11

Bronx, NY; Kingsbridge Armory- 4/3

Islip, NY; Islip Speedway- 4 wins

Lonsdale, RI; Lonsdale Arena- 8/8

Richmond, VA; Royall Speedway- 7/28



United Stock Car Racing Club-4th in points

Frick Ford #23

Bridgeport, CT; Candlelite Stadium- 3/27  4/3

Agawam, MA; Riverside Park Speedway- 4/9 4/16 5/21 6/4 7/2-100 laps

                             7/23 8/6 9/3-100 laps

Menands, NY; Empire Raceway- 5/15

Plainville, CT; Plainville Stadium- 5/30

Freeport, NY; Freeport Stadium- 5/31-2 wins 6/21 7/5 8/30

Seekonk, MA; Seekonk Speedway- 7/22




Another photo of Ted Tappett.  This one was after a feature win at the Kingsbridge Armory indoor track.

Note, I've heard, from different sources, that Tappett had a glider pilot license, and it was #1.



Good Question:






Press Releases:


NEWS FROM                                                                                                             

Orange County Fair Speedway                                                                                   

239 Wisner Avenue                                                                                                    

Middletown, NY10940 



Mike Gurda







MIDDLETOWN, NY (August 30)……..When New York Yankee catcher Yogi Berra said, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over,” truer words were never spoken. That’s exactly the case in Orange County Fair Speedway’s weekly racing divisions. With the season-long point championships to be decided Saturday, September 5, drivers competing in the Big-Block Modified, Small-Block Modified, Sportsman, and Street Stock ranks are locked in tight point battles with the outcomes in doubt until each division’s final checkered flag. And to add to the evening’s excitement, it’s also Fan Appreciation Night with surprises for Orange County’s loyal fans.


Drivers in each division will compete in qualifying races that lead to feature races of varying length. The Modified feature is 30 laps; the Small-Block Modified main is 25 laps; Sportsman race for 20 laps; and the Street Stocks take to the Hard Clay track for 15 laps.


Currently in the headline Big-Block Modified division, former track champion Jerry Higbie (2009, 2010, and 2012) leads defending titlist Tim Hindley, who has won the championship the past two seasons, by 28 points. The Small-Block Modified title will be decided between Gary Edwards Jr. (747 points), seeking his first, and 2003 champion Tommy Meier (727). In Sportsman competition, Randy Sweetman (1618 points) leads Matt Hitchcock (1594) by 24 points. The championship will be the first for either driver.  And in the Street Stock division, Jim Maher (1687 points) is being chased by Emerson Cargain Sr. (1666).  Cargain has won two previous Street Stock championships (2007 and 2009). George Zeininger has already captured the Four-Cylinder/Thunder Trucks point championship.


The winning drivers will each earn a Champion’s trophy, cash awards, and other prizes that will be presented at the annual banquet held during the winter months.


Championship Night on Labor Day Weekend is sponsored by Bill Rumsey’s WLR Construction Company.


Admission prices for the September 5 race meet remain at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and $1 for children 12 and under. The exceptionally full night of racing begins promptly at 6:30 pm.


While the point season will end on September 5, racing will continue on Saturday, September 12, with a full program of races highlighted by the winner of the Big-Block Modified feature earning a guaranteed starting slot in the October 25 Eastern States 200.


Advance ticket sales for the September 19 Eve of Destruction, the October 23-25 54th Annual Eastern States Weekend, and track information are available at the Orange County website.


And this, too:








MIDDLETOWN, NY (September 6)……..While the point season has concluded with Champions’ Night at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York, racing will continue Saturday evening, September 12, with a “no-points” bonus night. All four weekly racing divisions---Modified, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, Street Stock, and Four Cylinder/Thunder Trucks---will see action, with the winner of the 30-lap Modified feature earning a guaranteed starting spot in the 54th Annual Eastern States 200, set for Sunday, October 25.


Sponsored by Superior Remodeling, this is also 9/11 Tribute Night.


Admission prices for the September 12 race meet remain at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and $1 for children 12 and under. The full night of racing begins promptly at 6:30 pm.


The final weekly program at Orange County will take place on Saturday, September 19 when Middletown Auto Wreckers presents the EVE OF DESTRUCTION!!! Folks that enjoy motorized mayhem won’t want to miss this thrill-packed evening that includes crashes of all sorts, an organized Enduro Race (if there is such a thing), and general destruction.


Advance sale tickets for the EVE OF DESTRUCTION!!! are available at the Speedway Office.


Tickets for the 54th Annual Eastern States Weekend, Friday through Sunday, October 23-25, are currently on sale. Be sure to check the official Orange County website,, or call the Track Office at 845-342-2573 during business hours. 


MEDIA MEMBERS: Credentials requests for Eastern States Weekend should be made to Bobby Armbruster at 201-323-2913, or  Deadline is October 10, 2015.        










Found on the Internet:


Clinton Aide Inadvertently Admits Hillary's Not Fit For Presidency







I have not seen anything yet about the Indy cars returning to Pocono, next year or if they'll get another 3 year deal, but here's an Indy car race from there from back in 1989.

1989 Pocono Indy 500



And another video for ya:


POWRi Lucas Oil Midgets A-Main at Lincoln Speedway 8 - 21 -15









Other News:


How to beat the system.

Note:  I found this little item on Facebook:




Report: More than half of immigrants on welfare



And some rather "disturbing news:


High Fructose Corn Syrup has been renamed and is now being marketed as a Natural Sweetener

Maybe some worse news?


Note:  It is a rather long video.  Quite a bit about Obama and the Clintons.  Thing is, would it be possible?




This week's joke:


The Proper way to call someone a Bastard

A guy was getting ready to tee off on the first hole when a second golfer approached and asked if he could join him.
The first said that he usually played alone, but agreed to the  twosome.

They were even after the first few holes. The second guy said, "We're about evenly matched, how about playing for five bucks a hole?"
The first guy said that he wasn't much for betting, but agreed to the terms.
The second guy won the remaining sixteen holes with ease.
As they were walking off number eighteen, the second guy was busy counting his $80.00.
He confessed that he was the pro at a neighboring course and liked to pick on suckers.

The first fellow revealed that he was the Parish Priest.
The pro was flustered and apologetic, offering to return the money.
The Priest said, "You won fair and square and I was foolish to bet with you. You keep your winnings."
The pro said, "Is there anything I can do to make it up to you?"

The Priest said, "Well, you could come to Mass on Sunday and make a donation.

And, if you want to bring your Mother and Father along, I'll marry them.





A little heads up on next week's column, which will  be due out on the 10th of September.  That's one day before my wedding anniversary date (9/11/1960).  If things work out as I hope, I'll have a photo from the day I married Joan Marie Rose, and another of her and I, a few years later.  I'll not have my usual race photo to start my column off.  Yes, Joan left us back on 7/3/2014.  We had a great life together, as you'll see next week.



Until my next column – next week



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