Racin' & Internet Stuff:

                                      By Tom Avenengo

                                         Volume # 60





I first met the young lady that would eventually be my wife, Joan, back in 1956, after I had graduated High School and went to work full time with the Grand Union Supermarket chain in their Suffern, NY store, and she was a meat wrapper.  At that time, nothing “clicked”.

Later on, after I’d been transferred to their Monsey, NY store, we met again.  It seems that the Produce Manager, Ralph Palumbo, was her ride back and forth, and one night Ralph had something else to do so he asked me if I’d run her home.  I did.  On my way back home, I passed the Monsey GU at 3:00 in the morning.  We started dating, then eventually got engaged and then married.

There were quite a few in her family.  She had three brothers – Billy, Richie and Harry, Jr (Murph), and three sisters, Barbara, Jocelyn (Red) and Sandra (Sandy).  “Red” passed on a few years ago, while living up in Alaska.  They ranged in ages from around two years old - up to my age, and at that time I was, in 1957 - 1958 twenty and/or twenty one.


This is about her sister Sandra, or as she was so fondly called, “Sandy”.  She was about five years younger than Joan.  I’ve known her since she was 16 years old – or thereabouts. 


I’m dedicating this week’s column to her – my sister-in-law, Sandra (Sandy) Tompkins. 


She was scheduled to go back home on Tuesday, June 14th, and if she did, Hospice would be there for her.  Sad to say, she never made that trip back home, having left us around 1:00 PM on Tuesday.  All those that came in contact with her, loved her, and she had no enemies to speak of.  She was a great mother and great grandmother to her children and grandchildren.  She will most definitely be missed by all of the family members.






From last week:



Hopefully, “Mother Nature” will be on her best behavior on the remaining weekends of the racing season!  Quite a few of those scheduled races for last weekend got to be run.”


Well, sad to say, Mother Nature wasn’t too kind to us race people on Saturday.  I don’t think any tracks got their racing in, except for New Egypt and Borgers.





Again, from last week:



If things work out right, you can look for another of my “Photo” articles on the New England Tractor website - http://newenglandtractor.com/racereport/

An article about the Vintage Race Car Meet that was held up in Loudon, NH.  Possibly early next week, I hope.


Another sad to say, for now, anyway.  I’ve sent in 25 photos to Jeff Johnson at New England Tractor, and he could only open up five of them. I’m in the process of attempting to find out what is causing the problem, and have resorted to sending in one photo at a time.





What’s up with Robby Gordon missing so many Cup races?  Maybe he’s getting disgusted with NASCAR?  Seems they’re always on his case.





“Back in the Day” those that raced in Grand Prix cars, in F-1, would also race in Sports/Racing cars, too.  If you look at what happened over this past weekend – the Canadian Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of LeMans, it’s plain to see that that is no longer done.  That, too me, is sad.  When I went to the Sebring 12 Hour race in 1957, all the worlds top drivers were there – Fangio, Moss, Hawthorn, Behra.  You name them – they were there.





When driving – use the A/C or open the windows, for better mileage?  I found this, below, on Yahoo!


Close Windows and Use A/C at High Speeds

It's a fierce efficiency debate: Open the windows in summer to avoid running your energy-intensive air conditioner, or keep the windows closed and the a/c on to preserve your car's aerodynamic profile. (We'll leave aside the option of sweating it out.) PM's testing settled the issue. Driving at 55 mph with the a/c running, we got 24 mpg; turning it off bumped us up to 28 mpg. Then we opened all four windows, one at a time, and lost 1 mpg per window until we were back at 24 mpg. So at that speed, it's a wash. But aerodynamic drag rises exponentially with speed­—the faster you go, the more the open windows hurt efficiency. The answer? Below 55 mph, open the windows and leave the a/c off. But at 60 mph or higher, keeping them closed and the air conditioning running will burn less fuel.





Wow!  There are 47 entrants for the Cup race at Michigan this coming weekend!





Wow!  Darn near forgot!  This coming Sunday is Father’s Day!



Coming up:




From the Steve Pados write-up on the Accord Speedway website:


“In a conversation with Kenny Hinsch by phone, he stated he was a bit sore from his wild ride off of the boiler plate but in relatively good spirits from the harrowing ordeal.  He stated his season is more than likely over for 2011 as the race car is a total write-off with damage everywhere he looked.  Kenny thanked the top-notch safety crew for getting to the accident scene quickly to attend to him.”




Wild Bill and his firecracker experts return to the speedway on July 1st as the speedway welcomes in the Fourth of July weekend with Wild Bill's amazing light show that always rocks the Catskill Mountains skies. The now famous Chicken BBQ will compliment a great fun filled family weekend at the Accord facility.”


Coming up:

Friday,  June 17th Healey Brothers Night

Modifieds $2000 to win Plus Sportsman, Spec Sportsman, Pro Stocks-Pure Stocks & Lightning Sprints

Wednesday, June 22nd – Mid Week Madness.

Friday, June 24th KB Photos Night

Modifieds, Sportsman, Spec Sportsman, Pro Stocks, Pure Stocks and Legends.  Southern Tier 100 Qualifier for 5-Mile Point

Note:  I imagine it is still $2000 to win with the Modifieds.



Coming up:

June 18th:  Mid Valley Drywall – King of the track – part 1.  Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks and Street Stocks. Kids Club.  Got your wrist band from last weeks rainout?

From a PR:

MIDDLETOWN, NY (June 10)……..It’s a full house program of racing Saturday, June 19 at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York with the headline division Modifieds going to the post in Part 1 of the Modified King of the Track bonus. In addition to the $2,500 first place feature race purse, drivers will be out to position themselves to win the trophy and cash bonus for scoring the best overall record in the two King of the Track races. The second King of the Track race will be held on Saturday, June 25.

June 21st:  “Big Show III” – 100 lap Super Dirt Series race for Big Blocks.  Also on the card, the OCFS Sportsman.

Note:  I believe you can still order advanced reserved and general admission seats, but at this late date, you might have to pick them up at the track.  It took nine days from the day I ordered mine until I received them, via the US Mail.


June 25th:  Arkel Motors – King of the track – part 2.  Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks and Street Stocks.



Lebanon Valley:


Coming up:


June 18th:  Sysco Foods & DMC Racing Products – ESS Super Sprints, the 6th annual “Bubba Tanner” 23 lap Pro Stock Classic, Weekly divisions – Sportsman will not run a feature.


June 25th:  Gendron’s Truck Center & Hometown USA Stores – Report Card night & kiddie rides.  Weekly divisions and Budget Sportsman (LV/Accord 602 Chase).





Found on Jayski’s website:


3rd Hall of Fame class announced:
NASCAR announced today the 2012 class of inductees into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The five-person class, which will be officially inducted in a ceremony during the weekend of Jan. 20, 2012 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C., consists of: Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Inman, Richie Evans and Glen Wood.
Members of the 55-member NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel met today in a closed session in Charlotte, N.C., to vote on the induction class of 2012. The announcement was made by NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France in the NASCAR Hall of Fame's "Great Hall."
The class was determined by votes cast by the Voting Panel, which included a nationwide fan vote conducted through NASCAR.COM. The accounting firm of Ernst & Young presided over the tabulation of the votes.
As was the case for the first two classes of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the results of this year's voting were competitive. Yarborough led with 85 percent of the vote, followed by Waltrip (82%), Inman (78%), Evans (50%) and Wood (44%).
Also receiving votes were Jerry Cook, Cotton Owens, Raymond Parks and Herb Thomas.
The fans' five picks, in alphabetical order, were Richard Childress, Benny Parsons, Fireball Roberts, Waltrip and Yarborough.
The five inductees came from a group of 25 nominees for induction into the 2012 NASCAR Hall of Fame class that included:
Buck Baker, Red Byron, Richard Childress, Jerry Cook, H. Clay Earles, Richie Evans, Tim Flock, Rick Hendrick, Jack Ingram, Bobby Isaac, Dale Inman, Fred Lorenzen, Cotton Owens, Raymond Parks, Benny Parsons, Les Richter, Fireball Roberts, T. Wayne Robertson, Herb Thomas, Curtis Turner, Darrell Waltrip, Joe Weatherly, Glen Wood, Leonard Wood and Cale Yarborough.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame opened on May 11, 2010 in Uptown Charlotte, N.C. The 150,000 square foot entertainment complex honors the history and heritage of NASCAR and the many who have contributed to the success of the sport. In its first year of operation, the NASCAR Hall of Fame entertained more than 270,000 customers, making it the second most-visited sports hall of fame in North America.
More info about the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the list of 25 who were finalists for induction on my NASCAR Hall of Fame page or nascarhall.com.(6-14-2011)

Class of 2012 Inductees:

Cale Yarborough
William Caleb Yarborough was the first driver to win three consecutive NASCAR premier series championships, from 1976-78. During his three-year dominance, Yarborough won 28 races  nine in 1976, nine in '77 and 10 in '78. His final championship points margin in those three years was never fewer than 195 points and was as much as 474 in 1978. Yarborough totaled 83 victories in his 31-year career, which ranks sixth all-time. His 69 poles rank fourth all-time. He also won the Daytona 500 four times (1968, '77, '83-84), a mark that ranks second only to Richard Petty's seven. He was named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998.

Darrell Waltrip
A three-time NASCAR premier series champion (1981-82, '85), Waltrip won all three with legendary driver/owner Junior Johnson. Waltrip is tied with Bobby Allison and Jeff Gordon for third all-time in series victories with 84. His 59 poles rank fifth all-time in NASCAR premier series history. He competed from 1972-2000, which included a 1989 Daytona 500 victory in a Rick Hendrick-owned Chevrolet. He currently is a commentator on FOX's NASCAR broadcasts. He was named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998.

Dale Inman
Dale Inman, NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty's crew chief at Petty Enterprises for nearly three decades, set records for most wins (193) and championships (eight) by a crew chief. Inman won seven of those championships with Petty (1964, '67, '71, '72, '74, '75 and '79), and a final one in 1984 with Terry Labonte.

Richie Evans
The recognized "king" of Modified racing, Evans captured nine NASCAR Modified titles in a 13-year span, including eight in a row from 1978-85. In the first year of the current NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour format in 1985, Evans won 12 races, including a sweep of all four events at Thompson, Conn. Evans ranked No. 1 in the 2003 voting of the NASCAR All-Time Modified Top 10 Drivers, and he was named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998.

Glen Wood
Glen Wood laid the foundation for the famed Wood Brothers racing team as a driver in NASCAR's premier series. Competing on a semi-regular basis, mostly at tracks close to his southern Virginia home, Wood won four times  all at Bowman-Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. Wood, of course, is best known for his collaboration with brothers Leonard and Delano in Wood Brothers Racing. The Stuart, Va.-based team, which dates to 1950 and remains active, has amassed 98 victories.

Note:  There was a fairly nice article about this in our local paper on Wednesday.  However, I don’t know who goofed – Mr. France, himself, or if it’s a “typo” error, but in the article, it says Richie Evans in one place and Reggie Evans in another.

Check it out, here:  http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110615/SPORTS90/106150340/-1/SPORTS10


Jimmy Spencer says Childress was wrong:

From a Jimmy Spencer article on SPEED - But take it from someone who has been there - Childress crossed the line in punching Busch. No one should ever hit or physically confront another individual. Arguing, hurling insults or yelling at someone is okay, but you shouldn't touch them. I picked the wrong way to handle my problem with another Busch brother, Kurt, years ago, and I still regret it. I think Kurt learned something from me punching him but I learned more, and if I had the chance to do it over again, I wouldn't have hit him. I've been in several brawls in my time and nobody ever wins. Childress got off too easy. NASCAR should have come down on him harder than a $150,000 fine. They should have suspended him for three races  that would get his attention. He took responsibility for what he did but never apologized because he's really not sorry. I speak from experience when I say that situations like last weekend's affect the younger generation a lot, especially the kids watching our sport. My biggest problem with what Childress did stems from the fact that he is representing major corporations with thousands of employees. Yet he let his temper get the best of him and he assaulted someone. That gave the sport the biggest black eye it has had in years. Fans and folks inside the sport may think it's funny, but these companies probably aren't happy about having a car owner representing them who assaulted someone.
And believe it or not, I think that Busch's sponsors can be proud of the way he handled himself. We're usually criticizing Busch's behavior, but I admire him for not fighting back and also for staying in the car at Darlington when Kevin Harvick came up to his car on pit road. Busch is the most exciting driver in our sport right now. Yes, he ruffles feathers, but so did the late, great Dale Earnhardt. But Earnhardt didn't outright attack other drivers. I admire Kyle for respecting Childress enough, although he got punched, to not punch back. It takes a strong person not to retaliate.
I still don't really see what Childress was so upset about. Busch wasn't out of line in bumping Coulter's truck on the cool-down lap. Rewind a few laps to when they were putting on a hell of a race for fifth place and Coulter slid up in front of Busch. If Busch hadn't lifted and let him go, both of them would have wrecked. Coulter was the one at fault there, so Busch bumped him after the race to teach him a lesson. That's just part of racing and how you teach younger drivers who are coming along. Sure, Busch did a little damage to Coulter's quarter panel, but he also did the same to his own truck.(in part from SPEED)(6-9-2011)

NASCAR Hall of Fame number for May:

Attendance at the NASCAR Hall of Fame fell 30% in May 2011 compared with the same month a year earlier  the first year-over-year comparison for the city-owned attraction. Such a decline isn't a surprise, and similar attractions report attendance declines once the initial excitement wears off. But the hall's budget for the upcoming fiscal year projects the opposite. Instead of revenue declining from ticket sales, the hall projects a nearly 20% increase. A year ago, the hall attracted 35,090 people for the 21 days it was open in May. In May 2010, the hall attracted 25,014 people, according to estimates released Wednesday. The hall projects admissions revenue will be $4.9 million for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1. It projects admissions revenue to be $4.2 million for the current fiscal year.(in part from the Charlotte Observer)(6-9-2011)

Note:  Personally, I think that where they built the place is a big part of their attendance problem – I mean, in the middle of a city?

#18 fails inspection UPDATE 2:

The #18 M&M's Toyota of Kyle Busch failed post race inspection at Pocono with a height issue on the left-front end. The car will be taken to NASCAR's R&D center, any penalties normally announced Tuesday.

UPDATE: Kyle Busch's third place finishing car in Sunday's 5-Hour Energy 500 at Pocono raceway failed post race inspection. Busch's Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was found to be too low after NASCAR officials inspected it three times following Sunday's race. Busch's left front was too low and NASCAR will take the car back to its R&D Center in Concord, N.C. While he will be allowed to keep his third place finish a fine and points penalty will more than likely be assessed. "it's the last thing I expected - I have as many questions as you," said crew chief Dave Rogers.(CBS Sports)


NASCAR officials said the front left was too low on the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Crew chief Dave Rogers said the car was 1/16th of an inch outside the tolerances already allowed by the governing body. Because the car passed pre-race inspection Rogers speculated the violation was the result of a broken part. Because NASCAR doesn't typically differentiate whether the violation was intentional or unintentional, Busch faces a potential fine, points deduction or both. He currently is fifth in points, 25 behind leader Carl Edwards who lost his big lead after an engine failure left him 37th at the 2.5-mile track. Rogers said it was a "huge surprise'' when NASCAR informed him the car failed and would be taken to the Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C., for further evaluation. "It's disappointing," Rogers said. "I can't tell you a whole lot right now. We sit on bump stops in these race cars. Your springs often don't damage. We were struggling all weekend and we went back to what we raced last spring when we finished second. We put the same package in -- same front shocks, same front springs. We went through tech just fine last year, but obviously everything has a year on it and everything is mileaged out. I don't have any excuses for you. It's the last thing I expected after the race." Rogers said there was a lot of damage on the left front fender, apparently from bottoming out on the rough Pocono surface. He said Busch also got into the fence on the right side. "There is plenty of body damage, but nothing that I could look at and say,'Hey, NASCAR, here's a problem,'" Rogers said. "I would just be trying to make excuses if I tried to justify it."(ESPN.com)(6-12-2011)


#18 Team penalties announced:

NASCAR has penalized the #18 team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as a result of rule infractions discovered during post-race inspection Sunday at Pocono Raceway.
The #18 Toyota was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-J (any determination by NASCAR officials that race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20-12.8.1B (body height requirements  car failed to meet the minimum front car heights) of the 2011 NASCAR rule book.
As a result, crew chief Dave Rogers has been fined $25,000, while owner Joe Gibbs and driver Kyle Busch have been penalized with the loss of six championship owner and six championship driver points, respectively.(NASCAR)

STATEMENT FROM JGR: "We brought the #18 car back to our race shop and have identified the problem which caused us to measure low during the post-race inspection process in Pocono yesterday afternoon. We have made NASCAR aware of our findings and we accept the penalty they have issued today."(JGR)(6-13-2011)

Harvick vs. Busch resurfaces:

#29-Kevin Harvick made it clear Sunday at Pocono Raceway that his feud with #18-Kyle Busch isn't over. The Richard Childress Racing driver forced Busch down the track early in the Sprint Cup race when the two were fighting for position in the last event of their four-race probation, handed down by NASCAR after their pit road incident at Darlington. It was a continuation of the feud between the drivers, as well as the one with Harvick's team owner, Richard Childress, who put Busch in a headlock and punched him in the Truck Series garage after last weekend's truck race at Kansas. The incident came after Busch made contact with RCR driver Joey Coulter on the cool-down lap. "He knows he's got one coming," Harvick said after finishing fifth at Pocono on Sunday, two spots behind Busch. "I just wanted him to think about it." NASCAR warned the two drivers to just race, and the battle seemed to settle down after that. "It seemed like he was trying to make it awfully difficult on me," Busch said. "There were a couple of times I had to back off and wait (before passing)." Busch said what Harvick did simply showed his character. "It's not my fight," Busch said. "He's trying to turn it into one."(ESPN.com)(6-13-2011)

RPM owner still looking to bring NASCAR to NYC:

Andrew Murstein made the roughly two-hour drive from New York City to Pocono Raceway for this Sunday's 5-Hour Energy 500 without complaint. But he is trying to revive interest in having NASCAR build a track so some day he can watch a race live without having to venture far from the heart of America's largest city. Murstein, who along with investor Douglas Bergeron purchased more than a 50% interest in Richard Petty Motorsports last November, said Saturday that he believes he could help such a venture succeed where previously similar efforts have failed. Asked how important Sunday's race that Pocono hosts is to the New York market, Murstein replied: "It's pretty important. Obviously it's the track that's closest to New York City. One of the things I'm talking to people back in New York City about -- in the really early stages -- is putting a track one day in New York City. Therefore, the people follow this to find out how well it does and how the fans turn out. I hope one day there is a track in New York City, because between that and Pocono, it would be great for the sport." Murstein, who is founder, president, board member and largest shareholder of Medallion Financial Corp., said he has opened preliminary discussions about the possibility with NASCAR as well as current and former New York state government officials. "I called NASCAR and said, 'Do you have any interest in looking at something for New York City?' And they said, 'Eventually.' But it's not at the top of their list," Murstein said.(NASCAR.com)(6-12-2011)

Note:  My thoughts – It ain’t gonna happen, folks, ain’t gonna happen.

MWR Owners Enjoy Le Mans Experience:

The #71 AF Corse Ferrari 458 driven by Michael Waltrip, Rob Kauffman and Rui Aguas retired due to transmission failure after racing about 16 hours in the 79th annual running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The team placed 13th in the GTE Pro class and 38th overall. Only 28 of the 56-car field finished the endurance race on the historic eight-mile track. Despite the early exit, Waltrip and Kauffman are enthusiastic about a potential return to Le Mans. "We had a blast and we hope to return in the future," said Kauffman. "It was a privilege to participate in the Le Mans 24 Hours."
Waltrip said the week-long events culminating with the race will be one of the highlights of his career: "I'm a NASCAR guy and will always be a NASCAR guy. But, this was pretty cool. It's been a wild week. It started with rushing out of the television booth at the Kansas truck race and taking planes, trains and automobiles to get here in time for scrutineering the next day. The events in Le Mans during the week were awesome and you could really start to feel the intensity build as the race drew closer. It was amazing to watch the battle between Peugeot and Audi. This is what those guys live for and they take it seriously. Once the race started the track was awesome. I love the manufacturer involvement, the layout, the fans, the flags. It was just a spectacle. I see why this is one of the world's great events. We weren't very fortunate in the race, but our AF Corse team car finished second so that was really cool. We learned a lot with this new car and I really look forward to what the future holds for us in sports car racing. I'm ready to go home and get back to the NASCAR garage at Michigan."(MWR)(6-12-2011)



Former Oakland Valley Speedway (Dirt Oval) runners:

Note:  I’ve been away from the track for more than a few years now, so it’s very possible that there have been other drivers – other than those I make mention of, that have also gone onto bigger forms or racing vehicles, so chances are real good that I do not know their names.  If you know of anyone that’s gone onto bigger things, and had run at the Dirt Oval, how about dropping me a line and let me know their names and where and with what they are now racing.  Thanks!


Out in Indiana, in the USAC Midget Series they had out there, Justin Grosz was a DNQ at the Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, and also a DNQ at the Bloomington Speedway.


At I-88 Speedway, in the CRSA 305 Sprint Car feature,  John Virgilio was the race winner, with Billy VanInwegen 2nd in the Chuck Alessi # 19, followed by Josh Pieniazek 5th, Brittany Tresch 11th and Emily VanInwegen 20th.  That’s per the CRSA’s website.  I-88’s website had Josh 4th and Emily 19th.


At Big Diamond, Mike Mammana was 3rd in the Sportsman feature.


On Wednesday, June 8th, at Accord, in the first of the “Mid Week Madness” shows, Rick Casario won the 270 Micro Sprint feature.  Jacob Hendershot   1st in the 600 Micro Sprint feature.  In the Slingshots, Tyler Pirone was 2nd and Tyler Boniface 4th.  An article about that night, on the Accord Speedways website, said they had 90 total entrants in the various classes.


On Friday, June 8th, at Accord, Danny Creeden was 5th, Clinton Mills 8th, Michael Storms 16th and Anthony Perrego 19th in the Modified feature.  Kyle Rohner won the Spec Sportsman feature, with Tyler Dippel 4th, Matt Hitchcock 5th, Kyle VanDuser 10th and Tyler Boniface 15th.


Johnny Guarino had a 3rd place finish in the Modified feature at New Egypt.


At Borgers, on Friday, Tiffany Wambold was 3rd in the Wingless 600 Micro Sprint feature, while on Saturday, she was 6th in the 270 Micro Sprint feature.


Alex Bell had a 3rd  and Bobby Hackel, IV, had a 4th at Albany/Saratoga last Friday.


This past Tuesday, June 14th, Billy VanInwegen was a DNQ for the SDS race at Canandaigua.


On June 3rd, in the URC Sprint Car feature at Williams Grove, Davie Franek finished 8th.


On June 4th, at Oswego, Brian Sobus was 18th in the Super Modified feature.


Note:  Chances are that I might have missed someone, if so, I’m sorry!




Going back, in time – in racing history:

Note:  Most of the following information was found here: 



Covering the days from June 17th to June 23rd.




Bob Sweikert... Died ... AAA / USAC driver. Best known as the winner of the 1955 Indianapolis 500 and the 1955 National Championship, as well as the 1955 Midwest Sprint car championship - the only driver in history to sweep all three in a single season. His "Indy 500" win was over-shadowed by the fatal crash of two-time winner Bill Vukovich during the race earlier that day. Sweikert finished sixth at Indianapolis the following May, but then died weeks later, at age 30, in 1956 after crashing a Sprint car at Salem Speedway.




Denny Hulme... Born ... A New Zealand car racer, the 1967 Formula One World Champion for the Brabham team. Hulme later went on to race for McLaren in Formula One, the Canadian-American Challenge Cup series, and at Indianapolis. Hulme competed in the Indianapolis 500 on four occasions: 1967, 1968, 1969, and 1971. His best results in the event were in 1967 and 1968, both times finishing fourth. He did not compete in the 1970 race, due to methanol burns to the hands after a fire during practice. A favourite event of Hulme's was the Bathurst 1000, held at the famous Mount Panorama track in Australia. In the 1992 event he was sharing a Benson & Hedges-sponsored BMW M3 with Paul Morris. After complaining of blurred vision Hulme suffered a massive heart attack at the wheel while travelling part the way down the 200-mph Conrod Straight. After veering into the wall on the left side of the track, he managed to bring the car to a relatively controlled stop sliding against the safety railing and concrete wall. When marshals reached the scene they found Hulme still strapped in, dead.


Al Herman... Died ...ARDC,  AAA /USAC driver from the 1950's and 60's


Tommy Elliott ... Died ... Northeast midget and modified stock car racer from the 1950's, 60's and 70's.




William Denver... Born ... He drove in the Indy 500 in 1930 finishing 23rd. In 1931 he was back driving relief for Al Aspen in his Duesenberg from lap 112 to lap 161. Aspen finished 14th. He returned to the 'Brickyard' in 1933 but on the 28th of May he crashed in practice driving the Brady & Nardi Studebaker entered by Ray T. Brady. Denver and his mechanic Hugh "Bob" Hurst were both thrown from the car when it crashed over the northeast turn wall, hit a tree and burst into flames. Bill Denver broke his neck and died four days later on June 1st. His riding mechanic Bob Hurst died at the scene.


Charlie Glotzbach... Born ...NASCAR Grand National / Winston Cup driver 1960's, 70's, 80's & 90's. Glotzbach was named the 1964 ARCA series Rookie of the Year. He also attempted to qualify for the 1969 and 1970 Indianapolis 500 races, but failed to qualify for both.


Shirley Muldowney... Born ...3-time NHRA Top Fuel champion and the first woman to win a major racing championship.


NASCAR staged its first Grand National event at the Charlotte, North Carolina Fairgounds, marking the birth of NASCAR racing as we know it today. A crowd of 13,000 watched as Jim Roper won the inaugural event on the three-quarter mile dirt track at the Charlotte Fairgrounds. Future legend, Lee Petty finished 17th in his first NASCAR race after rolling his car, a '48 Buick Roadmaster he borrowed from a neighbor.


Jimmy Bryan... Died ... He drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1952-1960 seasons with 72 starts, including each year's Indianapolis 500 race. Bryan won the 1958 Indianapolis 500 and the 1954(AAA), 1956 and 1957(USAC) National Championship. His 1960 Indy ride lasted 152 laps before motor problems forced him out. Then Bryan agreed to return to dirt track racing as a favor to two old friends, the owners of the Langhorne, PA, track. His car flipped on the first lap and he died immediately.




Jim McElreath won the USAC Champ Car race on the 1 -1/8 Mile Dirt Nazareth National Speedway , Nazareth,PA. Arnie Knepper was second followed by Don Hawley, Billy Vukovich and Gary Bettenhausen.

Race report:  http://www.wheelsofspeed.com/report/6_20_71-3.html




Al Loquasto ... Born ... Al drove in the USAC and CART Championship Car series, racing in the 1969-1980 and 1982-1983 seasons, with 61 combined career starts, including the 1976 and 1977 Indianapolis 500. He finished in the top ten 11 times, with his best finish in 7th position in 1975 at Ontario. He also drove in the USAC Sprint Car division and competed in six NASCAR Cup Series events in his career. Loquasto died in a plane crash in Fogelsville, Pennsylvania July 31, 1991.




George Fonder... Born ... He was one of the best midget drivers around at the time. The 1941 racing season began as the war was going on in Europe and at National it was the George Fonder and Charlie Miller show. They dominated the racing for most of the season. George Fonder started the season with three straight wins. Charlie Miller won one then Fonder took victory number four then it was Miller time again with his second win. A two week break saw Dave Randolph take one win and Joe Garson another the following week. Then it was back to businesss as usual as the next nine races all went to either Miller or Fonder. Fonder won one week, Miller the next. Fonder came back and captured a 100-lap affair with Miller winning the following week. George Fonder was back with two in-a-row before Miller duplicated that feat with two straight of his own then is was Fonder again. The end of season saw Fonder winning three of the last four races. He also raced big cars and raced in the Indy 500 three times. He debuted in 1949 at the wheel of an Adams powered by a supercompressed Spark engine, finishing in twentieth place, he was relieved by Mel Hansen from lap 68 to 116. He returned to Indy on two other occasions, in 1952 he received the checkered flag three laps down on the winner Troy Ruttman, in fifteenth driving a Silnes/Sherman - Offenhauser. In 1952 he retired on lap 107 when his the Offenhauser engine in his Kurtis 400 overheated. He died in 1958 when he came out of retirement to race in an ARDC Midget race at the Hatfield Speedway as a favor to George Marshman, the promoter of the race. After winning his heat, he crashed in the final. He was taken to North Penn Hospital in Lansdale but was dead on arrival. Fonder was the only fatality at the Hatfield Speedway during its five years as a half-mile paved track. Converted to a high-banked dirt oval in 1959 it closed in 1967 to make way for a housing development.


Phil Krueger ... Born ... USAC / CART driver from the 1980's.


Jeff Ward ... Born ... USAC / CART & IRL driver from the 1990's into the 2000's.


Dan Wheldon ... Born ... IRL driver and two time Indy 500 winner - his second win just weeks ago.




Ed "Dutch" Schaefer... Born ... Eastern midget racer from the 1940's to the 1970's. Remembered as the man who saved the ARDC from extinction. Schaefer was elected President of the oldest midget racing club in the East in 1952. Near the point of extinction, Dutch managed to hold together a small group of devoted ARDC car owners and drivers, and brought the club and midget racing on the East Coast, back into the limelight.


Ralph DePalma set a flying mile world record of 35.2 seconds in a Mercedes at Des Moines Speedway in Iowa.


Bob Harkey ... Born ... USAC / CART driver from 1963 to 1983. Bob ran in the Midget, Sprint and Championship Cars. In the USAC Championship Car series, he raced in the 1963-1979 seasons, with 85 career starts, including the Indianapolis 500 in 1964, 1971 and 1973-1976. He finished in the top ten 23 times, with his best finish in 4th position in 1964 at Trenton. Also ran ARDC Midgets in the early 60's. For many years, Harkey, worked with Champion Spark Plug's safety program.


Bruce Jacobi... Born ... USAC and NASCAR driver from the 1960's and 70's.


Note:  Some information on Bruce Jacobi:

"Harold Bruce Jacobi was a racing driver from Salem, Indiana. He was killed in a NASCAR qualifying race after coming out of retirement to drive. At the time of his crash, he had a wife.


Jacobi came to the 1983 Daytona Speedweeks without a ride but picked one up with a smaller independent team driving the #05 Pontiac owned by Dennis Taylor by the time of the Twin 125 Qualifiers. Bruce started 33rd out of 35 cars in the first Twin 125 qualifier. He lost control of his car on the fifth lap at the exit of Turn 2 and flipped upon entering the grass infield, eventually coming to a stop near the inside dirt embankment. The car flipped end over end and it is speculated that his roll cage failed during the crash.

He competed in twenty Winston Cup Series events in his career, spanning from 1975 to 1983. Most of those races came in 1975, when Jacobi finished 25th in points after his only three career top-tens. Those top-ten efforts were bested by an 8th at Talladega.

He had 37 USAC Champ Car starts between 1960 and 1970, with a best finish of fourth at Springfield in 1970.

Subsequent death

Jacobi suffered extensive head injuries from the crash and was in a coma for almost four years before passing away at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

The above was found here:  http://www.legendsofnascar.com/Bruce_Jacobi.htm



Dick Tobias ... Died ... He was modified stock car driver that went on to run URC sprints, USAC sprints and Championship Dirt Cars. He was an innovator and race car builder. His career spanned 25 years, ending tragically with his death in a USAC sprint car race at Flemington Speedway in New Jersey.

Note:  From what I've been told, there was a contract between USAC and the Flemington track for a certain amount of races to be held.  Even though there was a short field of cars,  the promoter held USAC to the agreed to amount of events and so they ran a "consi" race which really wasn't needed.  It was in that consolation race that Tobias was fatally injured.




News from the AARN:


From their June 7th issue:


In Lenny Sammon’s column, he was quoting Bryan Clauson re the Indy Lights race at the Indianapolis Speedway.  “You run these cars wide open all the way around.  You only lift a little in traffic.  It’s a completely different type of racing.  You pass a guy and you can’t drive away”.


In Ernie Saxton’s column, he had this:

This past Sunday, the 12th, Friends and family of Zachary Strunk, cousin of Jeff Strunk, held a fundraiser for Zach.  As of May 17th, Zach has gone through five surgeries in an effort to save his left leg.  Zach is only two and a half years old.  In early May, he was run over by a lawn mower.  More details can be found at:  Friendsofzachary@comcast.net. 

Or, you can telephone Misty at:  610-451-9287.


In Jerry Reigle’s column, he’s quoting Brian Montieth:

“My hats off to those wingless guys.  When you crash in one of those (wingless Sprint Cars) it’s a lot harder.  Those guys got bigger ones than me.”  Brian had a hard crash while racing with the USAC Sprint Cars at the Lincoln Speedway.

When Terry McCarl won at Knoxville on June 4th, it was his 50th win at that track.

Also, on Saturday, June 4th, Steve Kinser won at Lakeside Speedway.  Just days prior to that, he had surgery on one of his wrists.


Kevin Rice, in his column, made mention of the open show at Star Speedway which drew only 16 Modifieds – that despite the fact that the race paid those 16 drivers more than two times that of a 24 car field.  He goes on to say that this seems to send a clear, but troubling statement to the track operators that there is a need to pay higher purses.  Even those that had tires for the show, and stayed home, would have covered their tire bill just by showing up.


Craig Von Dohren now has won 78 Modified features at the Grandview Speedway.


In Dave Moody’s column, he says that Sprint is in talks with NASCAR about extending it’s multi-million dollar title sponsorship for the Cup Series.  Two years remain on the 750 million dollar sponsorship contract.


Joe Gibbs Racing withdrew its # 20 Nationwide car – driven by Joey Logano, from the Chicagoland race due to lack of sponsorship.


Elliott Sadler is suing Richard Petty Motor Sports for what he says are monies he’s owed.


2nd Chance Motor Sports fired crew chief Tim Andrews and his team after the Chicagoland Nationwide race.  After they loaded up the hauler, team owner Rick Russell fired them all and told them to find their own way home.

Russell had a similar split, earlier this season, with Jennifer Jo Cobb.


Dan Wheldon got $2,567.755 for winning the Indy 500.  JR Hildegrand got $1,064,895 for finishing second.  That included $25,000.00 for Rookie of the Year.  If you noticed, Wheldon had no ride for the Texas races this past Saturday night.


Cost of USAC racing- USAC Sprint Cars, I imagine - per the AARN obtaining the figures, below:


22 car “A” Main purse – total is $24,600.00 with $100.00 added for every car over 22.  Another $3,300.00 is paid towards the national point fund, while the defending champions gets $1,500.00.  Officials fees are $250.00, while sanctioning fees, tow money and total program fees are $1,500.00 each.  All total up to $34,150.00.  Oh, don’t forget that $100.00 for every car over 22, too.

Note: I find it hard to believe that the “Sanctioning fee” is only $1,500.00.




More racin’ stuff:


Have you heard about the “change of seats” between Tony Stewart and Lewis Hamilton the other day, at Watkins Glen?  Stewart drove Hamilton’s Grand Prix car and Hamilton was in Stewarts Cup car.  There are links to six videos of this, down in the Video Time- Part 2, below.  What I found to be of interest is that Hamilton MIGHT get to run a Sprint Car at Eldora.


Well, it seems that all of a sudden, some drivers have been contacting each other – from different forms of racing, like Cup and Indy car and trying to talk each other into some “seat changing”.  Not on ovals, however, but on road courses.


Quite a bit being said about this on the Track Forum, and you should be able to read what’s being said if you go here:




Some names being mentioned – Jimmie Johnson, Dario Franchitti and Tony Kanaan,





Racing and television:

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




Some non-racing stuff:


The New Powers the FBI Just Granted Itself


In part:

“The Federal Bureau of Investigations has rewritten its own operations manual, giving its agents more autonomy than ever to conduct low-level searches without a paper trail. As The New York Times reported today, there's no court decision or change in privacy laws governing the bureau's search techniques. Rather, the 2011 update to the 2008 Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide changes the bureau's own guidelines. But some of the new powers trouble privacy activists even though they're perfectly legal. Here's what FBI agents will be allowed to do under the new guidelines:

Undocumented database searches, Lie-detector tests, Trash searches, Surveillance squads, Undisclosed participation" in organizations, Authorizing informants at religious ceremonies, Investigating public officials and Investigating scholars and members of the news media.




Note:  I always get a kick out of reading some of the comments that  one can find if one scrolls down a little from the article.




Is this true?:


Got, what follows, in an e-mail the other day.


Part 1 of 3:


What if they left?

Somebody really did their homework on this one.
Best on the subject to present date.
What if 20 Million Illegal Aliens Vacated America?

I, Tina Griego, journalist for the Denver Rocky Mountain News wrote a column titled, "Mexican Visitor's Lament".
I interviewed Mexican journalist Evangelina Hernandez while visiting Denver last week. Hernandez said, "illegal aliens pay rent, buy groceries, buy clothes. What Happens to your country's economy if 20 million people go away?" Hmmm, I thought, what would happen?
So I did my due diligence, buried my nose as a reporter into the FACTS I found below.


It's a good question it deserves an honest answer. Over 80% of Americans demand secured borders and illegal migration stopped. But what would happen if all 20 million or more vacated America ? The answers I found may surprise you!

In California , if 3.5 million illegal aliens moved back to Mexico,it would leave an extra $10.2 billion to spend on overloaded school systems, bankrupt hospitals and overrun prisons. It would leave highways cleaner, safer and less congested. Everyone could understand one another as English became the dominant language again.
In Colorado , 500,000 illegal migrants, plus their 300,000 kids and grandchilds would move back 'home', mostly to Mexico . That would save Colorado an estimated $2 billion (other experts say $7 billion) annually in taxes that pay for schooling, medical, social-services and incarceration costs. It means 12,000
gang members would vanish out of Denver alone.
Colorado would save more than $20 million in prison costs, and the terror that those 7,300 alien criminals set upon local citizens. Denver Officer Don Young and hundreds of Colorado victims would not have suffered death, accidents, rapes and other crimes by illegals.


Denver Public Schools would not suffer a 67% dropout/flunk rate because of thousands of illegal alien students speaking 41 different languages. At least 200,000 vehicles would vanish from our grid locked cities in Colorado . Denver 's 4% unemployment rate would vanish as our working poor would gain jobs at a living wage.
In Florida , 1.5 million illegals would return the Sunshine State back to America , the rule of law, and English.

In Chicago, Illinois , 2.1 million illegals would free up hospitals, schools, prisons and highways for a safer, cleaner and more crime-free experience.
If 20 million illegal aliens returned 'home', the U.S. Economy would return to the rule of law. Employers would hire legal American citizens at a living wage. Everyone would pay their fair share of taxes because they wouldn't be working off the books. That would result in an additional $401 Billion in IRS income taxes collected annually, and an equal amount for local, state and city coffers.

No more push '1' for Spanish or '2' for English. No more confusion in American schools that now must contend with over 100 languages that degrade the educational system for American kids. Our overcrowded schools would lose more than two million illegal alien kids at a cost of billions in ESL and free breakfasts and lunches


We would lose 500,000 illegal criminal alien inmates at a cost of more than $1.6 billion annually. That includes 15,000 MS-13 gang members who distribute $130 billion in drugs annually would vacate our country.
In cities like L.A. , 20,000 members of the ' 18th Street Gang' would vanish from our nation. No more Mexican forgery gangs for ID theft from Americans!   No more foreign rapists and child molesters!

Losing more than 20 million people would clear up our crowded highways and gridlock. Cleaner air and less drinking and driving American deaths by illegal aliens!


Part 2 will be in next weeks column.


And, let me add this – something I’ve had in my computer for quite some time now:



Here is something that should be of great interest for you to pass around.

I didn't know of this until it was pointed out to me. But, back during The Great Depression,
Herbert Hoover ordered the deportation of ALL illegal aliens in order
To make jobs available to American citizens that desperately needed

Harry Truman deported over two million Illegal's after WWII to create jobs for returning veterans.

And then again in 1954, President

Dwight Eisenhower deported 13 million Mexican nationals! The program was called 'Operation Wetback' so that American WWII and Korean veterans had a better chance at jobs. It took 2 Years, but they deported them!

Now, if they could deport the illegal's back then, they can sure do it today!! If you have doubts about the veracity of this information, enter
Operation Wetback into your favorite search engine and confirm it for yourself.”

Oh – I did check out “Operation Wetback”.  It confirms what is said, above.






Video time – Part 1:


It was on June 15, 1937 when the late Waylon Jennings was born.


Here are some of his tunes, below.  He sure had a distinctive voice, didn’t he?















Video time – Part 2:


The car switch between Tony Stewart (Stock car) and Lewis Hamilton (F-1 car) at Watkins Glen;



















Closing with these:


Continued from last week:


We all get heavier as we get older,
because there's a lot more information in our heads.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Every time I start thinking too much
about how I look,
I just find a pub with a
Happy Hour
and by the time I leave,
I look just fine.

You could run this over to your friends
But just e-mail it to them!
It will save you the walk!


My wife asked, “Watcha doin’ today”?

I said, “Nothing”.

She said, “You did that yesterday”.

I said, “I wasn’t finished”.


When you think about it, God has to be the best inventor of all time.

He took a rib from Adam and made a loudspeaker.


A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing and the lawn mower’s broken.


Now I ask you, what kind of best friend would remove your testicles?


Did you know that Dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish?


You know why a woman’s work is never done?

They don’t get up early enough.


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


And:  Don’t forget Dad this Sunday!!!!!