Mostly Racin' Stuff  

By Tom Avenengo  

Volume # 254



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Lloyd Christopher in a Bowes Seal Fast midget.  Look close where the bottom sheet metal ends, and it sure looks like his shoe.


All-Star Race TV Ratings 

UPDATE: The 2016 NASCAR All-Star Race had a 2.0 final rating and 3.291 million viewers on Fox Sports 1 Saturday night, down 5% in ratings and 14% in viewership from last year (2.1, 3.8M) and down 9% and 5%, respectively, from 2014 (2.2, 3.5M). The 2.0 rating is the lowest for the All-Star Race since at least 1999, falling below the previous mark set last year. Viewership was also the lowest in at least ten years. Head-to-head, it trailed the NBA's Eastern Conference Finals on ESPN (3.3, 5.5M) but not the NHL conference finals on NBC (1.4, 2.3M) and - notably - Major League Baseball on the FOX broadcast network (1.4, 2.2M).(Sports Media Watch / Programming Insider)(5-26-2016)


I was glancing over the qualifying order for the Charlotte Cup race, and still there are only 40 entrants.  Then I had a thought - how about them not taking a time trial, but pick a number from 1 to 40 out of a hat, to see where they would be starting.  It might make for a very interesting race, maybe?


After a period of some 35 years, Williams Grove Speedway will host a Ted Horn/Bill Schindler race on June 10th with  USAC Silver Crown racing.


Race results for those that formerly raced (on occasion, some do return to run) at OVRP's Dirt Oval:

Malta, NY – Presented by A-VERDI Storage Containers Modified Results (35 Laps):

Matt Janiak was 18th, Kyle Armstrong was 21st, Bobby Hackel IV was 27th and L J Lombardo was a DNQ in the modified feature.  In the Sportsman feature, Cody Bleau was 24th and Hunter Bates 29th.


Danny Creeden was 8th and Anthony Perrego was 17th in the Modified feature.  Zack Mead was 9th in the Sportsman feature.  Cole Hentschel won the Rookie Crate Sportsman feature and Tighe Sherlock was 7th.

Five Mile:

Danny Creeden was 4th, Anthony Perrego was 10th.  Kyle Rohner was 5th in the Crate Sportsman feature.

Lebanon Valley:

Kolby Schroder was 11th and Kyle Armstrong 16th in the Modified feature.

Thunder Mountain:

Anthony Perrego was 3rd, Danny Creeden 8th and Billy V was 27th at Thunder Mountain on May 29th.

At Chemung, Roger Coss was 8th in the RoC 75 lap feature.

Davie Franek was 6th at Port Royal

In the CRSA feature at Thunder Mountain, Brian Krummel was 6th, Billy V7th and Emily VanInwegen 11th.

Justin Grosz was 5th in the ARDC feature at Susquehanna.  ARDC had 17 cars sign in.

Tiffany Wambold was 8th in the Hobby Stock feature at Mahoning Valley.

At Thunder Mountain, Anthony Perrego was 3rd, Danny Creeden 8th and Billy V 27th.

Davie Franek was 16th in the WoO feature at New Egypt.  Joe Kata was a DNQ.

At Kutztown in the wingless 600 Micro feature, Molly Chambers was 26th.

Danny Buccafusca was 8th in the wingless 600 feature at Hamlin.

Jacob Hendershot was 22nd in the 600 feature at Lindas.

Davey Franek was 6th in the URC feature at Selinsgrove.

Anthony Perrego was 8th at Delaware International Speedway.

At 5 Mile, Kyle Rohner was 5th in the Sportsman feature, while Danny Creeden was 4th and Anthony Perrego 5th in the modified feature.


A little Indy 500 news:

Some monies won - top 5:

Winner Alexander Rossi - $2,548,743  Carlos Munoz - $788,743  Joseph Newgarden - $574,243  Tony Kanaan - $445,743  Charlie Kimball - $423,243


Per an article in this week's AARN, the Rolling Wheels Speedway has been sold.  First event supposedly will be held the weekend prior to July4th.  The names of the new owners are supposedly going to be announced later this week.  Rumors going around about Glenn Donnelly possibly being involved.  Hmmm?


Darn!  Almost forgot - there's racing this weekend at Pocono.  On Saturday, for the first time ever, the Xfinity class has a race scheduled.  On Sunday, the Cup race is scheduled.


NEWS FROM                                                                                                             

Orange County Fair Speedway                                                                                   

239 Wisner Avenue                                                                                                     

Middletown, NY10940                                                                                                   



Mike Gurda




More than 80 former drivers, car owners, and friends of the speedway expected!


MIDDLETOWN, NY (May 29)……..More than 80 former drivers, car owners, and friends of the speedway have indicated they’ll be on hand this Saturday, June 4 for the annual Nostalgia Night at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York.  This promises to be a fun-filled night of remembrance, autographs, and interviews as Orange County celebrates its long and glorious stock car racing history.


Among the racing stars of yesteryear returning to the Hard Clay speedway are Bob Rossell, Tighe Scott, Bill Tanzosh, and Sammy Beavers. Former NASCAR Sprint Cup driver David Reutimann (who raced Northeast dirt track Modifieds early in his career) and his father, Orange County and Eastern States 200 champion Buzzie Reutimann will also be in attendance.


In addition to this colorful look back at Orange County racing history, a full program of Big-Block Modified, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, and Street Stock racing is scheduled. The young stars in the making Rookie Sportsman 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 theNortheast 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.  Fans will be able to purchase a special “Nostalgia Night” tee shirt from Dave’s Racing Collectibles stand. A poster will also be available at no charge for fans’ autograph collecting.


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

Admission prices for the big June 4 race meet remain at $15 adults, $13 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.




June 11 – Johnstons Subaru/Sparta Trucking Night, Modifieds, Small-Block Modifieds, Sportsman, CRSA Sprints; Charlie Loder Memorial for Small-Block Modifieds (Eastern States Qualifier), Street Stocks off




Ex-IndyCar driver Sarah Fisher has memory problems

Back in time with the midgets at Hinchcliffe Stadium in Paterson, NJ:

Paterson, NJ

Hinchliffe Stadium

post war results


Sept. 5 1. Bill Schindler 2. Dee Toran 3. Chet Gibbons

Sept. 12 1. Bill Schindler 2. Tony Bonadies 3. Chet Gibbons

Sept. 19 1. Bill Schindler 2. Chet Gibbons 3. Larry Bloomer

Sept. 26 1. Red Redmond 2. Russ Klar 3. Joe Garson

Sept. 30 1. Shorty McAndrews 2. Lew Volk 3. Dee Toran

Oct. 10 1. Bill Schindler 2. Jeep Colkitt 3. Red Redmond 75 laps

Oct. 17 1. Charlie Breslin 2. Johnny Jars 3. Art Cross

Oct. 28 1. Red Redmond 2. Bill Schindler 3. Ray Jackson


April 21 1. Chet Gibbons 2. Bill Schindler 3. Len Wofsey

April 28 1. Walt Fair 2. Larry Bloomer 3. Red Redmond

May 5 1. Johnny Jars 2. Johnny Ritter 3. Harry Gasell

May 12 rain

May 15 1. Shorty McAndrews 2. Bill Holmes 3. Rex Records

May 19 1. Johnny Swier 2. Dutch Schaefer 3. Dee Toran

May 22 1. Art Cross 2. George Fonder 3. Charlie Breslin

May 26 1. Johnny Ritter 2. Red Redmond 3. Jeep Colkitt

May 29 1. Walt Fair 2. Al Duffy 3. Bill Baker

June 2 rain

June 7 1. Rex Records 2. Shorty McAndrews 3. Johnny Ritter

June 9 1. Johnny Ritter 2. Don Morris 3. Dee Toran

June 14 rain

June 16 1. Lew Volk 2. Tony Bonadies 3. Rex Records

June 21 rain

June 23 1. Lloyd Christopher 2. Bill Schindler 3. Mike Josephs

June 28 1. Shorty McAndrews 2. Rex Records 3. Mike Joesphs

July 5 1. Rex Records 2. Ted Tappett 3. Charlie Miller

July 12 1. Jeep Colkitt 2. George Fonder 3. Rex Records

July 19 1. Jeep Colkitt 2. Art Cross 3. Dutch Schaefer

July 26 1. Lloyd Christopher 2. Bill Schindler 3. Charlie Miller

July 30 1. Ted Tappett 2. Bill Schindler 3. Dutch Schaefer

August 2 1. Bill Schindler 2. Ted Tappett 3. Len Duncan

August 6 1. Ted Tappett 2. Bill Schindler 3. Dutch Schaefer

August 9 1. Bill Schindler 2. Johnny Ritter 3. Tony Bonadies

August 13 rain

August 16 rain

August 20 1. Johnny Ritter 2. Bill Schindler 3. Jeep Colkitt 50 laps

August 23 1. Lloyd Christopher 2. Bill Schindler 3. Charlie Breslin

August 27 1. Bill Schindler 2. Lloyd Christopher 3. Charlie Breslin

August 30 1. Bill Schindler 2. Rex Records 3. Johnny Ritter

Sept. 3 1. Johnny Ritter 2. Jeep Colkitt 3. Lloyd Christopher

Sept. 6 1. Charlie Miller 2. Art Cross 3. Jeep Colkitt

Sept. 10 1. Lloyd Christopher 2. Don Morris 3. Jeep Colkitt

Sept. 13 1. Bill Schindler 2. Tony Bonadies 3. Al Keller

Sept. 17 1. Lloyd Christopher 2. Dee Toran 3. Art Cross

Sept. 20 1. Al Keller 2. Dutch Schaefer 3. Ted Tappett

Sept. 24 rain

Oct. 1 1. Don Morris 2. Charlie Breslin 3. Bill Schindler

Oct. 4 1. Len Duncan 2. Al Keller 3. Johnny Carpenter

Oct. 8 1. Ted Tappett 2. Len Duncan 3. Tony Bonadies

Oct. 15 1. Johnny Ritter 2. Mike Josephs 3. Rex Records

Oct. 15 1. Johnny Ritter 2. Art Cross 3. Rex Records 50 laps

Champion: Johnny Ritter

Next column will have Hinchcliffe results from 1948, 1949 & 1950

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Buddy Chase is pictured in the Brugnolotti # 55 Offy midget.  He was a top runner with the ARDC, back in the mid-late 40's.



The start of a 100 mile midget race from more than a few years ago.  Full field of midgets, and full stands, too.  This were a tad different back in the day!


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One of the best ever!  Tommy Hinnershitz in his # 1 Miracle Power Offy Sprint car.


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Bill Vukovich in his Fuel Injection Special at Indy in 1953 - one of his wins there.  Quite a big difference from today's Indy cars, huh?


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Ted Tappett (Phil Walters) in the red & cream Curtis Offy midget.  Ted drove midgets, Stock Cars and Sports/Racing cars.  The horrendous accident at LeMans by Pierre Levegh, which killed over 80 fans, along with Levegh, told Tappett (Walters) it was time to retire.  He was scheduled to drive for Ferrari in their Sports/racing cars and also the Ferrari Formula One Grand Prix cars after the LeMans race.

Mike Traverse's photo.

Pictured above is Jan T. Krol in his # 777.  Sad news is he left us this past weekend.


This weeks joke

An elderly couple return to a Mercedes dealership where the salesman had just sold the car they were interested in to a beautiful, leggy, busty blonde.

"I thought you said you would hold that car till we raised the $75,000 asking price," said the man. "Yet I just heard you closed the deal for $65,000 to that lovely young lady there. You insisted there could be no discount on this model.

"Well, what can I tell you? She had the ready cash and, just look at her, how could I resist?" replied the grinning salesman.

Just then the young woman approached the aged couple and gave them the keys.

"There you go," she said. "I told you I would get the dope to reduce it. See you later, Grandpa.”

Never mess with senior citizens…


How about a song from Gene Watson?


And this one by the late Dan Seals:

Dan Seals left us back on March 25, 2009, at the age of 61


I see that back north in the area that I lived in before coming/moving down to Florida, they are gradually catching up to the temps we have down here.

Here in Cape Coral, our temps for the rest of this week are Wednesday through Friday, the highs are forecast to be 89.  On Saturday, a tick warmer - up to 90.

Back north in Montgomery, NY, the high temps are Wednesday - 84, Thursday - 78, Friday 74, and Saturday 84 , which should have great weather for "Nostalgia Night" at OCFS.



Just wondering:  Has anyone figured this will happen?  If it actually happens, then what?


Obama Makes HUGE News To Keep Hillary OUT OF PRISON! 

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That's about it for this week, folks.  Next column will be out next week - more than likely on Wednesday.

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