Racin' & Internet Stuff:

                                                                                  By Tom Avenengo

                                                                                      Volume # 37





As I made mention last week, effective with this weeks column, it will now be out every other week, with the next one due out on the 18th of November.  In between, on occasion, will be some other articles that will pertain to motor sports.



Well, a couple of days ago it was Election Day.  Did you go out and vote?  I did.  Usually the ones I vote for don’t do too good.  I started this on Monday, so later on  Tuesday and Wednesday, I’ll probably add more to this part.



This coming Sunday, November 7th – Day Light Savings Time ENDS!  Yes, we get back that hour of sleep we lost a few months ago!  Now make sure you get up at 2:00 AM and move them clocks back an hour.


Some of my thoughts:

OK, so I go out and vote.  Big question is – whom should one believe?  Here in New York, we have quite a few that are running for Governor.  The one that’s expected to win is our present Attorney General.  I get a kick out of a commercial he has out saying:  “If you break the law, you will go to jail”.  The commercial then goes on to show five gentlemen that have, in one way or another, broken some laws.  None of those five are in jail!  So, in essence, this Attorney General has, in a way, failed in doing his job, I’d say.  So we’re supposed to vote for this guy as our next Governor?  Note:  The people of NY voted him in!  And they also voted in one of those five, too!

The next in line, as far as having a chance at winning for Governor, well, it’s being said that he’s quite a “nasty” person.  It’s being claimed that he has sent “porn” via e-mails – that he’s short tempered.  Another one running for Governor of New York is a former Madam.  Yes – a Madam – one who employed “ladies of the evening” so to say.  And how about the millions of dollars these clowns are spending to get elected?  Couldn’t those monies be used for better things?  Really?


Going back, in time:

Note:  Most of the following information was found here: 



Covering the days of October 29th to November 4th.




Bill Randall won the ARDC Midget race at the Trenton International Speedway (1.0p), Trenton, NJ.




Tony Bettenhausen Jr. ... Born ... Tony Lee Bettenhausen Jr. was one of three racing brothers and a son of two-time U.S. Auto Club national champion Melvin "Tony" Bettenhausen, who ran at the Indianapolis 500 from 1946-60 and was killed in practice in 1961. Tony Jr. drove Indy cars from 1979-93 and also competed in 33 Nextel Cup Series series events in his career, most coming in 1974 when he scored a career best 7th place effort at Richmond International Raceway. He raced in 11 Indy 500 with his best finish of 7th in 1981.


Wilbur Shaw... Died ... AAA driver from the 1920's, 30's and 40's. He was a three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 (1937, 1939, and 1940), and three times a runner up. He later served as president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Best known as the man who, with Tony Hulman, saved the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from becoming an industrial park; Inducted in 1991 into the Indianapolis Motor speedway Hall of Fame. Sadly, at the height of his power in the racing world, Shaw was killed in an airplane crash near Decatur, Indiana on October 30, 1954, one day before his fifty-second birthday. The pilot, Ray Grimes, and artist Ernest Roose were also killed.


Armond Holley won the ARDC Midget race as part of the Thompson Int. Speedway - World Series, Thompson,CT. Lennie Boyd was second followed by Gary Allbritain, Doug Craig and Drew Fornoro.




Wilbur Shaw... Born ... AAA driver from the 1920's, 30's and 40's. He was a three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 (1937, 1939, and 1940), and three times a runner up. He later served as president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Best known as the man who, with Tony Hulman, saved the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from becoming an industrial park; Inducted in 1991 into the Indianapolis Motor speedway Hall of Fame. Sadly, at the height of his power in the racing world, Shaw was killed in an airplane crash near Decatur, Indiana on October 30, 1954, one day before his fifty-second birthday. The pilot, Ray Grimes, and artist Ernest Roose were also killed.


Hugh Randall... Born ... USAC driver from the early 1960's. He died as a relief driver for Bob Mathouser in the Vargo Special at the Langhorne Speedways 100 Mile USAC Championship race July 1, 1962.


Tom Bigelow... Born ... A former driver in the USAC and CART Championship Car series. He began his racing career at the Badger Midget Racing Association at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. His first attempt at the National Championship was in 1967, and he finished eighteenth. He had 1968 midget wins at Hales Corners Speedway in Hales Corners, Wisconsin and at the Sycamore, Illinois track. He won the first Astro Grand Prix in the Houston Astrodome in 1969. He raced in USAC and CART in 17 seasons (1968-1983 and 1985), with 104 combined career starts, and started in the Indianapolis 500 every year during 1974-1982. He finished in the top ten 39 times, with his best finish in 2nd position in consecutive races in 1978 at Texas World Speedway and Milwaukee. Bigelow was also the 1978 USAC Sprint Car Series Champion. He returned to his roots won the 1984 USAC National Midget Series Champion. He finished fourth, third, and ninth in the following three season. He also won the 1982 USAC Midwest Regional midget car title. Tom made a single NASCAR start at the 1986 Atlanta Journal 500 at the Atlanta International Raceway, and he finished 40th with engine problems.


Buddy Lazier ... Born ... An American open-wheel racecar driver. Lazier first appeared in CART beginning in 1989 driving for Gary Trout Motorsports and also participated in The Indy 500 as a rookie. He won the 1996 Indianapolis 500 and has finished in the Top Ten in that race six times. Both his father Bob Lazier and brother Jaques Lazier are veterans of the Indy 500 as well.


Bill Elliott , NASCAR Winston Cup driver, tried his hand behind the wheel of a USAC Silver Crown Dirt car on the 1-mile paved Phoenix International Speedway oval, Phoenix, AZ. The Daytona 500 winner toured the track during warm-ups in Louie Seymour's # 29 driven by Ken Schrader. "It was really neat, but the steering is too quick," Elliott said. Elliott was on the track only during the caution flag and never took any hot laps.


Dick Mealy ... Died ... Dick from Trenton, NJ was around racing all of his life and was well known throughout the states. He started racing in 1949, driving stock cars. He moved to the sprint car ranks in the early 50's and ran with AAA. In 1956 he went sprint car racing with USAC. In 1956 he joined up to race with URC and he ran with them until the late 60's. After he quit driving, he remained active with URC and served as Vice President for a couple of terms and was then on the board of directors.


Greg Moore... Died ... A Canadian racecar driver who competed in the Indy Lights and CART World Series, where he had great success with several wins in both series and a championship in the 1995 Indy Lights series. However, his promising career and his life came to an end on October 31, 1999, when he was fatally injured in a violent crash on the 10th lap of the CART season finale, the Marlboro 500, at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.




David Bruce-Brown , the first American to win a Grand Prix, died in a practice accident for the American Grand Prize race in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Bob Veith... Born ... AAA and USAC driver. Ran the Championship Car series, racing from 1955 to 1968 with 63 starts. He finished in the top ten 37 times, with a best finish of 2nd twice, both in 1958. Veith qualified for his first Indianapolis 500 in 1956, finishing 7th that year to win the Rookie of the Year award. After another top 10 finish the next year, he qualified 4th in 1958 but was knocked out of the race in a first lap accident that killed Pat O'Connor. He competed in the 500 eight more times, with his last start coming in 1968.


CART announced that PPG will be the organization's new title sponsor and the PPG Indy Car World Series was created.


George Marshman... Died ... Race car driver, builder and promoter. Father of Bobby Marshman, 1961 Indianapolis 500 Co-Rookie of the Year.




Tommy Copp... Died ... USAC driver from the 1960's


Don Freeland... Died ... AAA / USAC driver from the 1950's & 60's. Freeland competed in the Indy 500 each year from 1953 to 1960. He appeared headed for a second place finish in 1955 before a transmission failure ended his day 22 laps prior to the end of the race. He came back with a best Indy finish of third the next year. He also finished in the top ten in 1954 and 1958.



Greg Sacks... Born ... NASCAR stockcar driver.


Derrike Cope... Born ... NASCAR stockcar driver.




Lee Ann Roberts Breedlove , wife of land speed record-holder Craig Breedlove, became the first female driver to exceed 300 mph when she sped to 308.50 mph in the Spirit of America - Sonic 1 vehicle over the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. The Sonic 1 was a four-wheel vehicle powered by a J79 jet engine. A few hours after Lee Ann jet-powered across the one-mile course, Craig Breedlove shattered his own record from the previous year when he reached 555.49 mph in the Spirit of America.




The History of the Sport:

Again, something a little different this week.  Going to make you do some work if you want to see some racing history.  Last week, one of the members of the Yahoo! Race History Group sent out some links (35 of them, to be precise) to some auto racing articles that appeared in Time magazine, many years ago, via e-mail.  So, if you don’t mind, I’ll be putting on five links per column, over the next seven columns.  Hope you get some enjoyment out of reading them.


A.J. Foyt at Daytona in a Sports/racing car



A little about the 1934 Indy 500



Going back to 1955 and Alberto Ascari



Monaco, 1967 – bad day



Trenton, 1963 – Clark & Foyt



Former Dirt Oval Go-Kart (Oakland Valley Speedway) runners:


At Five Mile Point last weekend, in the ROC Sportsman feature, Anthony Perrego was 13th, while Brad Szulewski was a DNQ.

In the Crate Sportsman feature, Kyle Rohner was 4th, Anthony 18th and Matt Hitchcock 22nd.

In the Modified feature, Danny Creeden finished 6th.

In the 600 Modifieds, Brad was 11th.



More racin’ stuff:

NASCAR’s point standings – two ways – as they used to be (still should in my way of thinking), and how they are with the “Chase”.

How they still should be – per Jayski’s website:

2010 Sprint Cup Driver 'Classic' Points Standings:
[after Talladega, race 33 of 36....the OLD way]:
rank, car#, driver, points, behind
1) #29-Kevin Harvick(x), 4804
2) #48-Jimmie Johnson(x), 4516, -288
3) #24-Jeff Gordon(x), 4435, -369
4) #11-Denny Hamlin(x), 4417, -387
5) #18-Kyle Busch(x), 4384, -420
6) #99-Carl Edwards(x), 4329, -475
7) #14-Tony Stewart(x), 4239, -565
8) #31-Jeff Burton(x), 4187, -617
9) #17-Matt Kenseth(x), 4171, -633
10) #2-Kurt Busch(x), 4116, -688
11) #33-Clint Bowyer(x), 4003, -801
12) #1-Jamie McMurray, 3976, -828
13) #16-Greg Biffle(x), 3955, -849


And, the “Chase”:

1.     Jimmy Johnson - 6149

2.     Denny Hamlin – 6135

3.     Kevin Harvick – 6111

4.     Jeff Gordon – 5942

5.     Kyle Busch – 5919

6.     Carl Edwards – 5902

7.     Tony Stewart – 5832

8.     Matt Kenseth – 5825

9.     Kurt Busch – 5799

10. Jeff Burton – 5797

11. Greg Biffle – 5788

    12.Clint Bowyer – 5782



Track news – (for tracks in my area):


OVRP – the dirt track:  http://www.oaklandvalleyspeedway.com/




Novemberfest info:





Friday November 5th - Open Practice
Gates Open - 2:00 pm
Registration - 2:00 - 7:00 pm
Open Practice - 4:00 - 9:00 pm - 4 1/2 HOURS OF PRACTICE
Break from Practice - 7:30-8:00 pm
Barbecue - 7:30 pm

Saturday November 6th
Gates Open - 8:00 am
Registration - 8:00 - 10:30 am
Practice - 10:00 am (2 Rounds of Practice)
We will do our best to get in 2 rounds of features on Saturday. We will take a break at 7:00 for dinner.
Beef & Pork Roast - 7:00 pm

Sunday Novebmer 7th
Gates Open - 8:00 am
Practice - 10:00 am (1 Round of Practice)
Racing will resume after practice

3 Round of Features, every feature counts toward official finishes. Round 1 will be lined up by draw. Round 2 will be lined up by the invert of the draw. Round 3 will be lined up by the total points from Rounds 1 and 2.

Classes Offered: (must have 5 or more entries)
Junior 1, Junior 2, Junior Clone, Junior 3, Junior Stock, Junior Sportsman Champ, Junior Champ, Lights, Mediums, Heavys, Super Heavys, Senior Stock, Animal Lights, Animal Heavys, Senior Champ, Star Champ, KT 100, Junior Slingshot, & Senior Slingshot.
Kid Karts & Rookie Champ – Saturday ONLY
$25.00 entry fee (doesn’t include pit pass)
Please check the website for additional class information.

Friday Night Practice* - $25.00 - INCLUDES BARBECUE
Entry Fee* - $75.00 per class - INCLUDES BEEF & PORK ROAST
1 Day Pit Pass - $12.00
2 Day Pit Pass - $20.00 (save $4.00)
3 Day Pit Pass - $30.00 (save $6.00)
Friday Barbecue - $5.00
Saturday Beef & Pork Roast - $10.00

If you are interested in bringing a camper, please be sure to email me to let me know the size of your camper. Reservations are a must and it is first come first serve. There is a limited amount of room available.





Note:  At times, I’m referred to as “Mr. Doom & gloom” when I make mention of the weather forecasts.  Well, as of 9:30 on Wednesday night, this is the forecast for the Cuddebackville area:

Tonight: Partly cloudy skies this evening. Increasing clouds with periods of showers late. Low 34F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%.

Tomorrow: Rain likely. High around 45F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph. Rainfall possibly over one inch.

Tomorrow night: Cloudy with occasional rain showers. Low 39F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Friday: Showers early becoming less numerous later in the day. High 48F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Saturday: Chance of showers. Highs in the upper 40s and lows in the low 30s.

Sunday: Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the upper 40s and lows in the upper 20s

While I was on the road on Wednesday evening, the local radio station was making mention of a possible combination of rain/snow for Friday and Saturday.  I’ve been to Novemberfest when it’s been cold.  Might I suggest you bundle up real good?

Note:  Looking at the Dirt Oval’s website, I see that there is NO rain date listed for Novemberfest.  Makes for a rather “touchy” situation.  kind alike “Catch 22”.



Additional racin’ stuff:


Really now, couldn’t we all see this coming?

A few items from Jayski’s website:

Could there be short fields next season? With Richard Petty Motorsports shrinking from four to two cars next season (or potentially none if the ship isn't righted) and now Robby Gordon announcing he won't run a full season in 2011, the potential for short fields now becomes a real possibility next year. That prediction was made two years ago by many but never came to fruition. The economic pressures of the sport may catch up with that prediction after all.(Motor Racing Network)(11-1-2010)”

This, below,  sucks”, for sure!

Robby Gordon has personal vehicle towed: Robby Gordon said track officials had his pickup towed out of a private driver/owner lot at Talladega apparently over a sponsorship issue. "It's gone," Gordon said. "I guess it's at some impound yard somewhere. But it's my personal truck." This weekend, Gordon unveiled his own brand of energy drink, Speed Energy, and the company's logo was on the side of his truck and on his race car. Sunday's race at Talladega is sponsored by a rival energy drink, Amp Energy. "I can appreciate Amp Energy sponsoring the race, but they don't sponsor me," Gordon said. Gordon said other drivers have personal vehicles that feature logos of sponsors that are competitors with official NASCAR or track sponsors. "I just talked to a couple other drivers," Gordon said. "They're Coke (sponsored) drivers, and they're like, 'Well, can we not have Coke on our golf carts or not have Coke on our cars?' This one's a confusing situation for me."(Associated Press/USA Today)(10-31-2010)

Latest on Shane Hmiel: From posts on the Shane Hmiel - Road to Recovery Page: Shane is mouthing words. He can't talk yet due to the trach, but not for much longer. He had another angio Saturday to check on the vein they put coils in and there is a small leak -- so there will be another surgery to finish it off, hopefully Monday. That will cause a little set back on heading to the Carolinas. Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte has awesome spinal injury rehab program.(10-30-2010)

Even more Racin’ stuff:

From a couple of weeks ago:


Last week, I had this, in the beginning of my column:


Are you into racing from “back in the day”?  Do you live in the New York/New Jersey/Pennsylvania area?  Might you know where Hazleton, Pa is?  Have you ever heard of Stan Lobitz?  How about the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing – EMMR?  Their website can be found, here:  http://www.emmr.org/

This coming November 14th, the annual Lobitz Movie Party/Auction will be held at the Lobitz Catering Hall, which is located at 700 Carson St. in Hazleton, a block or so off of PA Route 309.  I did a quick search for the Hall, and found this link:


The map, on the upper right shows you where it is located.

Things get started fairly early in the day, like around 9:00 AM, and continue all day long, culminating in a sit down dinner that starts  around 5:00.  The auction benefits the EMMR.  One never knows just who might show up, as far as racing folks go.  Lots of vendors in the house, too.  Also I believe the ARDC has a meeting and election of officers at the Hall, during the day.  You can also expect a lot of “chop busting” to go on during the auction.  There is an “open” bar and lunch is also served.  Usually there are some old Indy 500 and other racing movies shown prior to the auction.”


Well, in a posting on the Yahoo! Race History Group, Stan Lobitz had this to say:

“I would like to mention my movie party on Nov. 14.
Arlen Kurtis informed me that he and his lovely wife would be in
attendance as well as many members of our fine RH group.”

For those of you that don’t know who Arlen Kurtis is, he’s the son of noted racecar builder Frank Kurtis.  I had heard that Arlen Kurtis started making midgets from his fathers plans, and came across this, in a search on Arlen Kurtis:


However, if I’m not mistaken, he has since stopped making those “replicas”.


Note:  The other day I received a request for some info from a gentleman named Gene Crucean about the show.  Seems he’ll be coming in from out in Indiana.  He has some excellent photos that are on the Internet, and they can be seen if you go here:  http://crucean.com/


Some Racin’ stuff from the AARN:

I know that some of you out there subscribe to the AARN, while others don’t.  So, my glancing over last weeks issue, I found some interesting items that maybe did not make the Internet.

While at OCFS last weekend for Eastern States, Frank Cozze had a different sounding engine in his Small Block Modified.  It sounded a lot like the Roush engine that Jerry Higbie has.  Well, it sounded like it because it, too, was a Roush Ford racing engine.  What I found to be rather interesting is the fact that it says it was purchased used for only $8,000.00


Next year will be the 50th running of Eastern States.  Yes, I can remember when it was a one day event – on a Sunday, and we’d be lined up out on the road at 7:00 AM, waiting to get into the Drive-In section.

He’s not one of my favorite drivers, but Danny Johnson is giving some thoughts about promoting races at the Canandaigua Speedway, next year.

The Madsen race team – They’ve had some problems this year, and from what it says in the AARN, “It’s getting costly” and “I know my dad is getting tired of it”.  What happens next year could very well depend on how things go over these last few weeks of the season.  Thoughts are maybe they’d be running just the big paying events instead of running for points.

After getting involved in the big wreck on the front stretch during the ESW 200, Johnny Guarino ended up 21st.  What most probably don’t know is that the engine in his car, for the weekend was the Bob Dini DIRT 500 cubic inch spec engine.  Johnny was one lap down at the finish – having been overlooked during that 45-minute delay that came along around lap 183, as far as getting the “lucky dog” award.

Note:  Nothing against Johnny, but I, for one, am not if favor of these “lucky dog” awards.  I feel that if you’re a lap down, then you should EARN that lap back by passing the lead cars.

The car counts were very good for ESW, in all classes.  It’s said that there were 68 cars that took time trials for the Big Block portion (MyLaps shows 61), and 65 for the Small Blocks (MyLaps shows 63).  For some unknown reason, there are no time trial listings for the Sportsman class.  There are 61 cars/drivers listed for the eight Sportsman heats.  There were quite a few Sportsman cars that also took time with the Big and Small Blocks

In attendance for the weekend was Howie Commander.  He’s still listed as a “co-promoter” at OCFS.  Aside for some serious track problems early in the season, I can’t recall Mr. Commander being at OCFS during the season, on a Saturday night, unless he was at the “Eve of Destruction” show.  It’s said, in the AARN, that Mr. Commander will “be at” OCFS as long as it’s owned by the Gurda’s.  He also said that the Sportsman will return to Lebanon Valley in 2011, although they might not be scheduled for the first few weeks of the season.

Two of the top runners in Modifieds here in the North East chose to not enter ESW – Jimmy Phelps, who runs good at OC, and Matt Shepard.  Wonder why?

During the 45 minute delay in the ESW 200, the left rear tire on Clinton Mills # 21 went pretty soft.  Strange, but my son, Eric, made mention of this while we were waiting, saying “wouldn’t it be a b*tch if someone had a tire go down while we’re sitting here waiting?”  Who knows if that had any effect on those last few laps that were run?

Even more stuff:

Some info on the big racing weekend down in Charlotte with the WoO Sprint Cars, WoO Late Models and DIRTcar Modifieds (Found on Dirt Track Digest and e-mails):

The Lowes Foods World of Outlaws World Finals Presented by Bimbo Bakeries and Tom's Snacks is the year's most anticipated dirt track racing event featuring the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, World of Outlaws Late Models and Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds Nov. 4-6 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Now, for those watching the four-hour spectacle at 8 p.m. ET Saturday on SPEED, the event will become the first World of Outlaws race broadcast in high definition.


Led by popular SPEED personality Dave Despain serving as host for the fourth consecutive year, the broadcast team also includes Bobby Gerould and hall-of-famer Brad Doty calling the Sprint Car action with Shane Andrews and Dr. Dick Berggren covering the Late Models and Big-Blocks. With more than 150 cars expected to compete for a spot in one of the three A-mains, Sarah Jane Hunt and Tony Bokhoven will be busy uncovering all of the stories in the pits.

The three-day Lowes Foods World Finals Presented by Bimbo and Tom's kicks off on Thursday. Fans from 48 states plus Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom are already making their way toward The Dirt Track at Charlotte to see the exciting event where champions for the three top dirt track series in the world will be crowned after the final races of the season on Saturday, Nov. 6.


The event will also mark the third consecutive Saturday night DIRTcar Racing has taken over SPEED's national airwaves at 8 p.m., following the Williams Grove National Open and Super DIRT Week broadcasts. But for the first time, the Greatest Show on Dirt will be shown in HD.


Tickets for the Lowes Foods World Finals Presented by Bimbo and Tom's can be purchased online at http://www.CharlotteMotorSpeedway.com or by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267).

For more information on the World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Racing go to WorldofOutlaws.com and DIRTcar.com. For broadcast dates, rebroadcast dates and air times, visit SPEED.com.


And some good news, maybe – again from Jayski:

Bud to remain on the #9: Budweiser will remain on the #9 Ford at Richard Petty Motorsports for the final three Sprint Cup events of the season, a team spokesman said on Tuesday. There was speculation the sponsor would not be on the car past last weekend's race at Talladega Superspeedway after a report surfaced that Anheuser-Busch would not make its final payment to RPM with Kasey Kahne no longer in the car. RPM officials said Tuesday that Anheuser-Busch has paid through the end of the season, assuring the Bud logo will remain on the #9 car. "The Budweiser car is a fixture in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and we look forward to finishing out the season," an Anheuser-Busch spokesperson said. Aric Almirola will drive the #9 for the third straight race this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. He replaced Kahne, who was released to move to Red Bull Racing, where he will compete full-time next season. All four RPM cars are entered in Sunday's race at Texas. According to a member of the team's public relations department, it has been business as usual at RPM's shop in Concord, N.C. Meanwhile, minority owner Richard Petty continues to seek investors that would help him purchase controlling interest of RPM from financially-strapped owner George Gillett Jr. Gillett has not returned repeated phone calls from ESPN.com seeking comment (ESPN)(11-3-2010)

Evernham to help Petty with RPM: Richard Petty Motorsports minority owner Ray Evernham confirmed today that Petty is assembling the financing necessary to bid for control of the troubled team, and said he will do whatever he can to ensure the success of that venture. Evernham told Sirius NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody, "I'm going to do everything I can to help (Richard). The situation surrounding that team lately has been a... legal and financial nightmare. I don't have an interest in owning a piece of the team anymore, but if it comes down to helping Richard bridge a financial gap for the time being, I would absolutely do what it took to help him achieve his goal."
Evernham expressed confidence that Petty will be able to field a full roster of four cars in the remaining races of the 2010 season. "(Richard) has a lot of people behind him," said Evernham. "He is doing the right thing for racing and doing his best to keep a lot of people employed." Despite still owning a minority stake in the team, Evernham said, "I don't get communication from George Gillett. I haven't spoken to him in months. All I know is that there are good things happening from the Richard Petty side of things. The #43 and Richard Petty need to be in NASCAR, both now and in the future. There are lots of people -- including me and in addition to me  who want to see him succeed."
One of the team's drivers, Stanley Tools Ford driver Elliott Sadler, said news of Petty's involvement has helped calm fears among team employees about the future of the company. "I think people were more scared at Martinsville than they are now," said Sadler. "Richard Petty has gotten a lot more involved in the last couple of weeks and that has put people at ease. I'm confident that we're going to be here for the remainder of the season. Richard Petty deserves to be part of this sport. He's a good guy, and he's lots of fun to race for. It wouldn't seem right to be at the racetrack without seeing that cowboy hat and sunglasses."(Sirius Speedway)(11-3-2010)




Schedule Change Advisory for the Lowes Foods World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Bimbo Bakeries and Tom's Snacks

Concord, NC – November 2, 2010 – The Dirt Track at Charlotte officials announced today a change in the schedule for this weekend's Lowes Foods World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Bimbo Bakeries and Tom's Snacks.

Due to unseasonably cool temperatures, gate openings and hot laps have moved up one hour ahead of their originally scheduled times on Friday and Saturday. Hot laps will be followed by the regularly scheduled docket of exciting dirt track racing. Thursday, gates will open at the originally scheduled time, but hot laps will be moved up one hour.

The revised opening times for gates and on-track activity are below:


4:00 p.m. - Spectator gates

5:00 p.m .- Hot laps


3:00 p.m. - Spectator gates

4:00 p.m. - Hot laps


3:00 p.m. - Spectator gates

4:00 p.m. - Hot laps


Not so good news:

Found this on Jayski’s website:

Gateway Raceway shut down: The owner of Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis says it will cease all operations at the track. Dover Motorsports Inc. said in a release Wednesday that the track could no longer be operated with "an acceptable return." The company previously announced that it would not seek to run any NASCAR Series events at the facility in 2011. The track ran its final NASCAR Nationwide Series event on Oct. 23, 2010. The majority of the track is leased from third parties. The company owns approximately 150 acres of the facility and has been in discussions with several interested purchasers.(Yahoo Finance/AP)(11-3-2010)




Other forums/message boards and websites:


You might find some interesting reading if you go to the links below.


Track Forum: - http://www.trackforum.com/forums/

Frontstretch.com:  http://www.frontstretch.com/

Jayski: - http://www.jayski.com/

Open Wheel Racers3:  http://www.openwheelracers3.com/

Race Pro Weekly:  http://raceproweekly.com/

Racing on TV - http://www.racefantv.com/USTV.htm

Syracuse forum:  http://www.syracuse.com/forums/motorsports/ (must register to post)

South Jersey Dirt Racing:  http://theboard.southjerseydirtracing.com/Msgboard.asp?ForumID=27&Return=Msgboard.asp&D83jsd=True

(must register to post)

Victory Speedway:  http://s2.excoboard.com/VictorySpeedwayForum (must register to post & no nonsense allowed)




Video time:

What with this past Tuesday being Election Day, and with us having to listen to all of these politicians making all kinds of promises over these past few months, I thought the video that I’m including this week is rather appropriate.  It’s been in my columns, previously, and it’s by the late Waylon Jennings.   The title:  America”.  What made me include it this week, are some words in the song – “Promise, and then follow through – America”.  It should be interesting to hear the excuses that will be forthcoming form those politicians that have been elected to office and can’t or won’t follow through.  On “promises” made.




Other (non racing) news:


From Monday:


AIG set to repay $37 billion in bailout money

In part:

NEW YORK – AIG said Monday it raised nearly $37 billion from the divestment of two foreign insurance units and will use that money to repay a government bailout.

The sale of the two units fits into AIG's previously announced plan to repay the government's bailout in full. The repayment will include the government taking a bigger stake in the company and eventually needing to sell common stock in AIG to recoup its money, similar to what it is doing right now with Citigroup Inc. shares.”

“New York-based American International Group Inc. was one of the hardest hit financial companies by the credit crisis and received the largest bailout the government doled out. Its bailout package enabled it to tap as much as $180 billion in aid. The government received an 80 percent stake in the company as part of the deal.”



Note:  Don’t forget folks, it’s the AIG that insures Gov’t pensions.  And I wonder – since it was “taxpayers” monies that bailed out all the banks and financial institutions etc etc, just how do the “taxpayers” get monies back?

Appeals court hints at tossing part of Arizona law

In part:

SAN FRANCISCO – Arizona's immigration law faced tough scrutiny from a federal appeals panel Monday as the state's governor appeared in person to support the controversial provision on the day before the election in which she's seeking her first full term.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals signaled it was ready to toss out the provision of Arizona's law that criminalizes the failure to carry immigration papers showing lawful residency in the United States.”

“"All Arizona is saying is play by the rules," Bouma said. "Arizona is bearing the brunt of the federal government's failure to enforce it."



Check this out:

CBS News: Copy Machines, a Security Risk?


What got me to check this out was an article in my AARP Bulletin pape rthat I received in the mail on Wednesday, this week.  An article about copying machines that have hard drives in them.  Hard drives that keep a copy of everything copied on the machine.  I did a Google search on “Hard Drives in Copying Machines”.  Check out ths video, below:





Is this true?:

Note:  Yes, it is.  Just thought I’d pass this along.  Back in March of 1957, my brother and I went from the New York/New Jersey area down to Sebring Florida for the 12-hour race.  We had rain most of the trip down and back.  Sunglasses, worn at night sure di help!

Driving in the rain . .This may save you


How to achieve good vision while driving during a heavy downpour.
We are not sure why it is so effective; just try this method when it rains heavily.
This method was told by a Police friend who had experienced and confirmed it.

It is useful...even driving at night.
Most of the motorists would turn on HIGH or FASTEST SPEED of the wipers during heavy downpour, yet the visibility in front of the windshield is still bad......
In the event you face such a situation, just try your SUN GLASSES (any model will do), and miracle!  All of a sudden,  your visibility in front of your
windshield is perfectly  clear, as if there is no rain.
 Make sure you always have a pair of SUN GLASSES in your car, as you are not only helping yourself to drive safely with good vision, but also might save your friend's life by giving him this idea..

Try it yourself and share it with your friends!  Amazing you still see the drops on the windshield, but not the sheet of rain falling.
 You can see where the rain bounces off the road.  It works to eliminate the "blindness" from passing semi's spraying you too.
 Or the "kickup" if you are following a semi or car in the rain.
 They ought to teach that little tip in driver's training..  It really does work.
 This warning is a good one!
 I wonder how many people know about this


This warning should be listed, on the driver's seat sun-visor - NEVER USE THE CRUISE CONTROL WHEN THE PAVEMENT IS WET OR ICY, along with the airbag warning. We tell our teenagers to set the cruise control and drive a safe speed - but  we don't tell them to use the cruise control only when the pavement is dry.
 NOTE: Some vehicles (like the Toyota Sienna
 Limited XLE) will not allow you to set the cruise control when the windshield wipers are on.


Closing with this:

Got this in an e-mail from Sally Strickland, the daughter of the 1947 ARDC driving champion and National Midget Hall of Fame member, the late George Rice.


This came from a retired priest. It’s pretty good.

There were 3 good arguments that Jesus was Black: 

1.     He called everyone brother

2.     He liked Gospel

3.      He didn't get a fair trial

But then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus was Jewish:

    1. He went into His Father's business
He lived at home until he was 33
He was sure his Mother was a virgin and his Mother was sure He was God

But then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus was Italian:

    1. He talked with His hands
He had wine with His meals
He used olive oil

But then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus was a Californian:

    1. He never cut His hair
He walked around barefoot all the time
He started a new religion

But then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus was an American Indian:

    1. He was at peace with nature
He ate a lot of fish
He talked about the Great Spirit

But then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus was Irish:

    1. He never got married..
He was always telling stories.
He loved green pastures.

But the most compelling evidence of all - 3 proofs that Jesus was a woman:

    1. He fed a crowd at a moment's notice when there was virtually no food
He kept trying to get a message across to a bunch of men who just didn't get it
And even when He was dead, He had to get up because there was still work to do



May “Guardian Angels” sit on the shoulders of all of our race drivers and race fans, and guide them safely around the tracks!

Drive safe! 

As usual, you can reach me at:  ygordad@yahoo.com