Racin' & Internet Stuff:

                                      By Tom Avenengo

                                         Volume # 63





Here’s hoping everyone had a safe and happy 4th of July!




The kind of people we have to put up with today –

Last Friday, I went to my bank to widthdraw some money at the ATM. My bank has an "Entrance" to their parking lot and also an "exit", at the other end.  Two signs are posted at the exit saying "No left turn". I guess the citizens of Port Jervis can't read, because most of them DO make a left turn when exiting.  From what I’ve been told, the police, who’s office is across the road, will not issue a ticket because the signs are on “Private property”.  But Friday, as I was going into the entrance, some nitwit was exiting the parking lot via the entrance. I told him it was an entrance, not an exit. His response: "I don't care". This was not some kid, but a "man" of around 40 years of age, maybe.

And people like him reproduce, folks.  One can see why we’re having so many problems today.




Maybe this fellow, below, didn’t care, either:

NY motorcyclist dies on ride protesting helmet law

ONONDAGA, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a motorcyclist participating in a protest ride against helmet laws in upstate New York died after he flipped over the bike's handlebars and hit his head on the pavement.

The accident happened Saturday afternoon in the town of Onondaga, in central New York near Syracuse.

State troopers tell The Post-Standard of Syracuse that 55-year-old Philip A. Contos of Parish, N.Y., was driving a 1983 Harley Davidson with a group of bikers who were protesting helmet laws by not wearing helmets.

Troopers say Contos hit his brakes and the motorcycle fishtailed. The bike spun out of control, and Contos toppled over the handlebars. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Troopers say Contos would have likely survived if he had been wearing a helmet.

Note:  I live on the border of Pennsylvania.  Helmets are not required in Pa.  Stupid, dumb law, yes, to go along with another PA law – you are not allowed to sing when taking a bath -  but you’d be surprised as to how many don’t wear helmets.  Yup, and THEY reproduce, too.  Scary, isn’t it?


Our National Anthem – from the Daytona Cup race – Played by a Military band.  Was great!  No one to mess it up while attempting to sing it.  Why can’t more racing events and/or other events follow this?


At the Stafford Speedway, for Tuesday, June 28th, I checked out the results for the NEMA race and there were only 13 drivers listed.  It was said that the driver of the 6th place car had dropped out, on the 25th lap of the 30-lap race, which would lead one to believe only 5 finished, right?  Well, a video shows more than 5 cars on the track at the end of the race.  Huh?


Some interesting facts from the ¼ mile Accord track and the 5/8 mile OCFS track from this past weekends racing.

At Accord, Kevin Ward won the Sportsman feature, and had a fast lap of 13.303 – 67.654 MPH.  That was faster than 19 of the 22 cars that were in the Modified feature.  Matt Hitchcock, winner of the Spec Sportsman feature, had a fast lap of 13.531 and that was faster than 10 of the Modifieds.

At OCFS, during the Sportsman feature, Tim Paul had a fast lap of 22.406 for an average speed of 100.420 MPH.  That was faster than 16 of the 25 Modifieds in their feature.

The above times were found on My Laps.  Makes one wonder – why go to the expense of getting a Big Block Modified?

Note:  I must add here, though – at OCFS, during warm-ups, all of the Modifieds are faster than the Sportsman.  Track conditions later on favor the Sportsman.  Wonder why?



Not racing related, for sure, but I got this in an e-mail on Tuesday evening.  Maybe you might have also received the same thing, from someone else?

This was in the Waco Tribune Herald, Waco , TX Nov 18, 2010

Put me in charge . . .

Put me in charge of food stamps. I'd get rid of Lone Star cards; no cash for
Ding Dongs or Ho Ho's, just money for 50-pound bags of rice and beans,
blocks of cheese and all the powdered milk you can haul away. If you want
steak and frozen pizza, then get a job.

Put me in charge of Medicaid. The first thing I'd do is to get women
Norplant birth control implants or tubal ligations. Then, we'll test
recipients for drugs, alcohol, and nicotine and document all tattoos and
piercings. If you want to reproduce or use drugs, alcohol, smoke or get
tats and piercings, then get a job.

Put me in charge of government housing. Ever live in a military barracks?
You will maintain our property in a clean and good state of repair. Your
"home" will be subject to inspections anytime and possessions will be
inventoried. If you want a plasma TV or Xbox 360, then get a job and your
own place.

In addition, you will either present a check stub from a job each week or
you will report to a "government" job. It may be cleaning the roadways of
trash, painting and repairing public housing, whatever we find for you. We
will sell your 22 inch rims and low profile tires and your blasting stereo
and speakers and put that money toward the “common good..”

Before you write that I've violated someone's rights, realize that all of
the above is voluntary. If you want our money, accept our rules.. Before
you say that this would be "demeaning" and ruin their "self esteem,"
consider that it wasn't that long ago that taking someone else's money for
doing absolutely nothing was demeaning and lowered self esteem.

If we are expected to pay for other people's mistakes we should at least
attempt to make them learn from their bad choices. The current system
rewards them for continuing to make bad choices.

AND While you are on Gov’t subsistence, you no longer can VOTE! Yes that is correct. For you to vote would be a conflict of interest. You will
voluntarily remove yourself from voting while you are receiving a Gov’t
welfare check. If you want to vote, then get a job.
Now, if you have the guts - PASS IT ON...




From the Track Forum:  This Ain't Racing

Quite a few postings about the 2x2 racing, like this one:  Place your complaints here. Saw practice, and they were again racing in pairs.

And this one:  “Be it the pack racing of years past or the pairs competition we have now, plate racing has sucked for a while. Pack racing is at least entertaining, although one can certainly debate whether it is legitimate racing. I'm no engineer, but there has to be a solution that would slow the cars down without creating this mess. After the Allison crash in '87, there were several options discussed, including plates and running smaller carbs. I wonder if a smaller, unrestricted carb would be the answer now.

I hope they come up with something. The Daytona 500 has been a total farce for the last decade or so and Talledega is one of my favorite tracks to go to, but I won't pay to watch the pairs competition.”



Some Indycar news:  Miller: IndyCar to Fontana in 2012 (now confirmed)


Note:  At least it’s another oval.  But the question is – will Indycar lose an oval or two in 2012, if attendance is too low at some 2011 races?



In a lot of cases, “I calls ‘em as I sees ‘em”.  I’ve made a few “enemies” along the way by doing that.  I’ll b*tch and moan about the “freight train” racing that I feel is what you get at OCFS.  I’ve griped about how a track that I attended way back in the mid to late 40’s, watching midgets race on a small track in the OCFS infield, and how OCFS – the track, stands, eating establishments and the grounds themselves have gone down hill over the years.  I’ve complained about the dust at Accord.  I was one of many that spoke up for OCFS when they had the big dust problem some years back, when a hoard of race fans turned out at the Town of Wallkill Town Hall in defense of the track.  I’ve read comments on the Internet about dust, freight train racing and how the sport has gone to h*ll, from what it was just a few years ago.  I’ve been in the stands at Langhorne, a one mile circular oiled dirt track, and at the end of the days racing, we were black from that oiled dirt surface.  If one sits down low enough at OCFS now, you can get black just from the tire rubber that gets worn off of the tires.  My car is tan.  Last Saturday, my next door neighbor knew I was at Accord the preceeding night – saying, “I see you have brown on brown”, before I was able to get to the car wash.

So, where am I going with this?  Well, last weekend therre was a USAC Silver Crown race sheduled for the Terre Haute track out in Indiana.  Not a night race, but a day event – kinda like what used to be “back in the day”.  From what I’ve read, there was quite a lot of rain the night before.  One would think that the rain would make for a real good surface on a dirt track.  Wrong!  Just the opposite.

Folks, you ain’t gonna believe what you’ll see when you click on this link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvirVMHFBCQ

That video was linked to in a thread about the race – or what should have been a race, on the Track Forum.  Read some of what peope are saying.  Some of it might fit in for a track you might visit.

http://www.trackforum.com/forums/showthread.php?152635 Sumar-Cancelled

Note:  The driver interviewed was making mention of having 75 gallons of fuel on board.  Could very well be, since that’s what they carried “back in the day” when the Silver Crown cars were powered with 4 cylinder Offy engines, and they ran 100 miles on a mile dirt or asphalt track.  Terre Haute is only ½ mile in size, but today’s Silver Crown cars are powered with fuel guzzling  V-8 engines.  I, too, was not too happy seeing the roll cage on the car that was involved in a flip. 



On a lighter side, there is a photo article about the trip to Loudon that my daughter and I did a while back, to attend the Vintage Race Car Meet, over on the New England Tractor website.  For those of you reading this on Dirt Track Digest, you can go here to see it:  http://newenglandtractor.com/racereport/

Note:  For some unknown reason, that webiste had a problem on Wendesday and would not come up.  It should be corrected rather quickly, I woul dimagine.



Coming up:



JULY 8th

Fred Reichle Diesel Night

Modifieds $2000 to win

Plus:  Sportsman, Spec Sportsman, Pro Stocks, Pure Stocks and Lightning Sprints

Pit gates open at 4:30 Spectator gates 5:00

Warm ups 6:30 Racing at 7:00

Jul 15:

All Season Fuel Night – Racing all divisions plus RaceSaver CRSA Sprints – Lebanon Valley Spec Accord Challenge Series.

Note:  No Lightning Sprints or Legends.

Mid Week Madness - 07/20/11 - 5:00pm

Van Kleeck Tire Night- Racing all divisions plus Legends  - 07/22/11 - 5:00pm



July 9th: Johnston's Toyota - Tire King of Sussex - Northeast Vintage Modifieds - M/SP/PRO/SS/V


July 16th:  Steve Dodd Plumbing and Heating - Little League Night - Kids Club - M/SP/PRO/SS/4 Cylinder – Note:  Don’t count on 4 Cylinders, folks.

July 17th:  Middletown Auto Wreckers Demo Derby

July 21st:  100 Lap Enduro

July 23rd:  McGannon Excavating - Pine Bush Equipment - M/SP/PRO/SS - 2011 Little Miss OCFS

July 28th:  Rock Fantasy - All Steel Aluminum - 50 lap Sportsman Eastern States Qualifier - $1,000 to Win - SP/PRO/SS

July 30th:  Howard Johnson of Middletown - Super 8 of Middletown - CRSA Sprints - 358/SP/PRO/SS (NO MODIFIEDS) - 358's $2,500 TO WIN - Winner will get Outside Pole

July 31st:  Middletown Auto Wreckers Demo Derby – last day for the fair.

Note:  Here’s the link for you to order your race tickets, online, for racing that’s held during the fair, at a lower price:  http://www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net/tickets.html




Lebanon Valley:

July 9:  Freihofers & Abele Tractor Present $Dollar Dog Night, Weekly Divisions, Budget Sportsman, The ECHO Prostock Series & “Shear Studios 15-Lap Purestock Maiden Race”

July 16:  Rifenburg Construction Presents $5,000 To Win Modified King Of The Track, Eastern States Qualifier, Weekly Divisions

July 18, July 19 & 20:

SUMMER NATIONALS Gates Open @ 5pm | Show Starts @ 8pm

July 23:  NBT Bank & Heavy Hauler Present “Kids Night” With A Bike Giveaway, Weekly Divisions, Budget Sportsman (LV/Accord 602 Chase)

July 24:  CARQUEST Auto Parts & Castrol Oil Presents
The World Of Outlaw Sprint Car Series Plus The 358 Modifieds E.S.W. Qualifier
Gates Open @ 4pm | Show Starts @ 6pm

Aug. 25:  CARQUEST Auto Parts & General Tire Present
$17,500 TO WIN “MR. DIRT Track U.S.A.” 100-Lap Modified DIRTcar Series Race Plus Budget Sportsman, Gates Open @ 5pm | Racing @ 6pm


Found on Jayski’s website:

Speed gets lien against Red Bull:

Former Red Bull Racing driver Scott Speed has obtained an order of attachment against the team, placing a lien on its real property in North Carolina until Speed's lawsuit against the team is resolved. The order, covering the Red Bull shop in Mooresville, N.C., and the property on which it sits, was served Tuesday. The property was purchased for approximately $3.3 million. Such orders can be issued only in very limited circumstances in North Carolina. After Red Bull fired Speed, he sued the organization in December, claiming breach of contract and seeking damages of at least $6.5 million. In March, an N.C. judge denied Red Bull's request to dismiss the suit. A discovery motion in Speed's case is scheduled to be heard on July 11 in Iredell County Superior Court in Statesville, N.C. William Bray, Speed's attorney in the case, said his client sought the order because of Red Bull's recent announcement that it was looking to end its ownership role in NASCAR at the end of the 2011 season. Red Bull can contest the order, but as of Friday had not done so. Through a spokesperson, the team declined to comment.(Charlotte Observer)(7-2-2011)



Danica not ready to announce 2012 plans:

Although the expectation is that Danica Patrick will move to NASCAR full time next year, she's not ready to announce anything. "Obviously I'm racing in NASCAR and not made anyone wonder whether or not I like it,'' she said. "As I've said at the beginning of the year, it's complicated and takes time. Whether I'm coming here or not has yet to be signed, sealed and delivered.''(Ronoke Times)(7-1-2011)


On Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported the GoDaddy Group's Bob Parsons agreed to sell the company to KKR & Co., Silver Lake Partners and Technology Crossover Ventures for $2.25 billion. Parsons, a huge advocate of Patrick's, will remain CEO. Patrick is in her second partial season with JR Motorsports. She ran 13 races in 2010 and has six events under her belt in the #7 Chevy this season. Her career-best finish of fourth came in March at Las Vegas and set a record for the highest finishing female in NASCAR's top three series. JR Motorsports president Kelley Earnhardt says she "was not privy" to the GoDaddy deal but hopes the sponsor will continue to support the team. "I would assume that the buyers are very aware of GoDaddy's sponsorship of Danica and what it's done for their business," Earnhardt said. "So I would hope they continue the relationship with JRM and Danica should Danica drive for JRM next year."(FoxSports)(7-2-2011)


A spokesperson for GoDaddy.com said Saturday that the company's sale to the KKR investment firm will not change Go Daddy's status as a primary sponsor for Danica Patrick's racing career. Bob Parsons, CEO and founder of GoDaddy.com, was traveling Saturday and unavailable for comment. But Elizabeth Driscoll, the vice president of public relations for GoDaddy.com, said the company will continue to back Patrick. "I can tell you Bob's been very vocal about how well Danica has fit into Go Daddy's marketing efforts," Driscoll said. "And the new investors have specifically said they don't want to mess with Go Daddy's secret sauce -- at least two of the magic ingredients, our customer service and marketing. "We are very much looking forward to the future -- on the Internet and on the race track."(ESPN)(7-2-2011)


The Kyle Busch / Kevin Harvick 'handshake':

At separate press conferences, #29-Kevin Harvick and #18-Kyle Busch were asked their thoughts about Kyle Busch walking up to Kevin Harvick after the race at Infineon Raceway and shaking Harvick's hand.
Harvick: "I wouldn't call it good to go on that. I mean we raced together for a lap and a half. I was as confused about all that as everybody else."(Team Chevy).
Q) Why did you shake Kevin Harvick's hand after last weekend's race?
Busch: "I felt like we had a really good race with each other. So, just wanted to let him know that."
Q) Did you feel like you gave each other room in last weekend's race?
Busch: "Yes. We gave each other great room and raced each other hard and clean. And, that's all there is to it. You all are reading way too much into things."(Toyota Racing)(7-1-2011)


Kurt Busch discusses his divorce:

#22- Kurt Busch walked in the media center Thursday and wanted to clear the air about his personal life, saying he is going through a divorce and hoping everyone will respect his privacy in a personal matter. "Although we [Busch and his wife, Eva] are no longer together and are legally separated, we appreciate privacy in this situation," Busch said. "All I want to say on this is we are going though the process of terminating our marriage, but we are doing it with respect for each other and we'll always be friends."
"When you win, people want to bring you down," Busch said. "While drivers sometimes have a beef with certain media members, the vast majority are hard working and responsible individuals trying to do their job the best way they can. I realize I'm an entity, but I'm also a person." Busch was asked if his personal situation has impacted his performance on the track this season. He ranks fourth in the Sprint Cup standings with nine top-10s in 16 races, but he also has shown angry moments on the team radio when he was unhappy with his car. "A lot of things are happening on a personal level," Busch said. "But our performance on the race track is the best way for putting all that aside."(ESPN)(6-30-2011)


Fox Sports boss David Hill discusses NASCAR TV coverage:

Fox Sports Chairman David Hill was at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, chatting with car owners and meeting with NASCAR officials before the drivers meeting. Dustin Long of the Virginian Pilot / Roanoke Times was able to get with Hill briefly before he went into the NASCAR hauler to meet with NASCAR President Mike Helton and others. Here's what Hill had to say about a few things:

On what they learned from experimenting with the split-screen format this year and its future for Cup races on the network:
HILL said: "We're still evaluating. It's something that we've looked at and talked with for years and years and years and we got the OK to do it. There are two key categories that we have to determine that it works. The number 1 by like 99% is the viewers. If they think that it doesn't impact their enjoyment of the race and you've got to weight that up against is that advertiser getting his message through, so there's a whole bunch of things. We're just slowly working our way through the research. I don't know what we're going to come down to. It was great to do the experiment and get some evidence and see how it's going to play out."

With ESPN doing more of it, how will it help in making your decision on if to do it?
HILL said: "The more it's done, the more feedback and I'm quite sure that the boys at ESPN are doing exactly the same as we are. We all hate having to break into the race with commercials. That's a given. If we could do it without commercials, we would but it's a business and the rights aren't free. It's walking that fine line between keeping our viewers totally happy and the clients totally happy."

On if TNT's Wide Open Coverage is the best way to show racing and ads at the same time:
HILL said: "I just want to take the three, what we're doing, what ESPN is doing and what Turner has done and probably in the dog days of August, just have a look and say, "What do we think works and then research it again.' It's too important to rush into it, but it's too important not to spend a heck of a lot of time just working on it as much as you can about what's right, wrong or indifferent. Maybe there's another way of doing it that none of us have thought of yet and that's one of the reasons that research is so important because you never know what you're going to hear in a marketing session."

About his idea of moving Cup races from Fox to SPEED Channel (most likely with the next contact, which would begin after 2014),
HILL said: "Obviously I'd love to put some races on Speed. When we started, we had races on FX. We put races on FX and that was always our plan and that was to help FX, but it didn't destroy the impetus to the sport. I think if there's a right balance between what's on Speed and what's on the network, it's going to help grow. You're still doing exactly the same kind of coverage. You're not changing your coverage. It's just the way the whole day goes when the race is on that network."(see full article at the Virginian Pilot)(7-5-2011)

Note:  "Obviously I'd love to put some races on Speed.”  Uh huh!  As I’ve said a few times now in my columns, I expect the NASCAR races to be televised on SPEED – at least a majority of them.  Viewership just isn’t worth the big bucks that TV is paying NASCAR, today.


From my column, last week, on items that appeared in the AARN:

Jack Roush has come out and said that it will be “soon” for us to see the 2013 Ford Mustang Cup car – a racecar that will be more “Stock” appearing.” – That was in Dave Moody’s column.


And now this, from Jayski:

Ford to stick with the Fusion:

Ford Racing will continue to run the Fusion when the new Sprint Cup cars hit the track in 2013. Jamie Allison, director of Ford Racing, said the company looked at different models, including the Mustang, for Cup competition. But, after much consideration, Ford believed it was in its best interest to continue promoting its top-selling car in stock car's top racing series. "Initially we submitted a Mustang, even back when we were looking at the Nationwide car," Allison said. "We were really excited about what happened in the Nationwide Series when we put Mustang in. We saw the interest from the fans, the media  and even a whole swatch of consumers that never really followed NASCAR but loved Mustang started to follow Nationwide and NASCAR because Mustang was in. It kind of gave of a view of what could potentially on a grander scale happen if we moved Mustang into Cup." But Ford officials kept coming back to the Fusion. "The Fusion is so important to our company, it's our best-selling car, and when we launched the Fusion, we launched it here in NASCAR," Allison said. "We believe that NASCAR is a platform that can help us compel the fans to the fact that we have an exciting sedan in Fusion, as well as Mustang." Ford will continue to run the Mustang in the Nationwide Series, Allison said.(FoxSports)(7-5-2011)

Note:  I’m trying to get clarification from Mr. Moody, on this.  Nothing as of midnight on Wednesday, I’m sorry to say.


Wow!  48 cars are entered for the Cup race at the Kentucky Speedway.



IMS adds Nationwide race for 2012:

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be the epicenter of American stock car racing and North American sports car racing July 26-29, 2012, as the NASCAR Nationwide Series and GRAND-AM Road Racing will join the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for four exciting races during the inaugural Super Weekend at the Brickyard. It will be the first time in IMS history that races will take place on the 2.5-mile oval and 2.534-mile Grand Prix road course during the same weekend, and the NASCAR Nationwide Series and GRAND-AM Road Racing will make their IMS debuts. The 19th annual Brickyard 400 for the Sprint Cup Series will race on the oval Sunday, July 29, with the Nationwide Series also racing on the oval Saturday, July 28. GRAND-AM will conduct separate races for its Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge on the 13-turn IMS road course Friday, July 27.
All four days of Super Weekend at the Brickyard will be packed with on-track action, providing great value for fans:


Iowa Speedway sold:

An ownership group headed by Featherlite Trailers owner Conrad Clement and former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Rusty Wallace has purchased Iowa Speedway from its founders, US Motorsport Entertainment Group. Wallace, who helped design the speedway, told Sirius XM NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody, "We've been working on the sale for about a year. The former owners' core business is road construction. It's what they do, and they're ready to get back to that. We've been talking to them about buying the track for the last six months, and I'm real happy that the deal is finally done. Conrad and Stan Clement have worked their butts off to make this happen, and I'm excited to get to work."
Wallace said the new ownership group "will be in constant pursuit of a (NASCAR Sprint) Cup race. We want one, but also know we can't be too greedy. We started with a K&N Pro Series race a few years ago, and eventually got dates on the Nationwide, Truck and IndyCar Seriesschedules. This track has been so successful, and the fans are wearing us out saying, `When can we get a Cup race?' We want one, for sure, but there are no opportunities out there at the moment to get one. We'll have to have some conversations and shake a few trees to see what's possible? We're not having any conversations at present, and I don't want to mislead people into thinking we are. But things change every day, and we're going to be aggressive about seeing what's possible."


Five years ago, Conrad Clement waved the green flag to start a NASCAR East-West Series race at the newly opened Iowa Speedway. He waved some more green at the track last week. Clement, the former president and CEO of Cresco's Featherlite trailer company, was introduced as the key figure in the new primary ownership group of the speedway at a Tuesday news conference. His brother, Stan, and sons, Tracy and Eric, joined him to buy U.S. Motorsports Corp.  the holding company that owns the speedway  effective June 30. Rusty Wallace, the track's designer, remains as a minority partner.The track had been owned by the Manatt family of Brooklyn, Ia., for its first 58 months, but the plan had always been to find new owners within five years, speedway president Jerry Jauron said. That will allow the Manatts to return their attention to their heavy construction company, Manatts Inc.
Clement said the speedway's staff will remain intact, and that the fans should see no difference in their raceday experiences. The next event at the speedway is a NASCAR Camping World Trucks race on July 16. Terms of the sale were not released. Built on 226 acres of farmland, the track had an assessed value of $44 million as of June 2009. The original estimate of the track's worth when it was built was $70 million. The speedway was lauded as a needed financial shot in the arm for Newton, a city of about 15,000 then dealing with the loss of manufacturer Maytag.(more at the Des Moines Register)(7-6-2011)




Former Oakland Valley Speedway (Dirt Oval) runners:

Billy VanInwegen got back into a Tobias SpeedSTR at Williams Grove, last Friday, and finished 2nd in the feature.

Kolby Schroder won the Sportsman feature at Lebanon Valley, while Kyle Armstrong had more motor problems and was credited with a 22nd place in the Modified feature.

Roger Coss won the Modified feature at Wall Stadium.

Nick Pecko was 4th in the Modified feature at Mountain Speedway.

Mike Mammana won the Sportsman feature at Big Diamond.

Corey Ziegler was 18th in the Sportsman feature at 5 Mile, while Danny Creeden was a DNQ for the Modified feature.

On Friday, at Borgers, Tiffany Wambold was 9th in the 270 Micro Sprint feature, and was 10th on Saturday in the wingless 600 Micro Sprint feature.

Bobby Hackel, IV, was 2nd at Devil’s Bowl in the Modified feature.

Bobby Hackel, IV was 3rd, Alex Bell 6th and Robert Hackel 7th in the Modified feature at Albany/Saratoga.

At Five Mile, in the CRSA 305 Sprint Car feature, Brittany Tresch was 4th, John Virgilio 6th,Emily VanInwegen 17th and Josh Pieniazek 20th.

At Accord, Danny Creeden was 6th, Michael Storms 12th, Clinton Mills 19th and Mike Ruggiero 22nd in the Modified feature, with Anthony Perrego a DNS.  Matt Hitchcock won the Spec Sportsman feature, with Kyle Rohner 2nd, Tyler Boniface 4th and Tyler Dippel 12th.  Brad Szulewski was a DNQ for the Sportsman feature.

Rich Coons won the Sportsman feature at Bethel.

At Hamlin, in the 100 lap All Star Slingshot feature, Charlie Lawrence was 2nd, Kyle Rohner 6th and Tyler Dippel 17th.  In the wingless 600 Micro Sprint feature, Rohner was 9th, Molly Chambers 19th, Joe Kata 21st and Cait Chambers 23rd.  In the 270 Micro Sprint feature, Rick Casario was 11th.  Jacob Hendershot was 9th in the 600 Rookie Micro Sprint feature.

At OCFS, in the Modified feature, Tim Hindley was 4th, Billy VanInwegen 14th, Michael Storms 16th, Mike Ruggiero 17th and Clinton Mills was a DNQ.  Matt Hitchcock made it two feature wins in two nights when he also won the Sportsman feature at OC, to go along with his Accord win in the Spec Sportsman class.  Brian Krummel was 5th, Matt Janiak 7th, Zack Vavricka 16th, Jason Roe 17th, John Lodini 20th, Anthony Perrego 22nd, Keith Still 24th and RJ Smykla 25th in the OCFS Sportsman feature.

On Monday, at Rolling Wheels, in the Sportsman feature, Tyler Boniface was 22nd.

On Tuesday, July 5th, in the RoC Sportsman race at Five Mile Point, Brad Szulewski was 13th and Anthony Perrego 16th in the 40-lap feature.

Missed this one from June 26th, at the New Egypt Speedway:  Anthony Perrego finished 3rd in the Tobias SpeedSTR feature.


Note:  There’s a possibility that I might have missed some, so if I did, I’m sorry!


Going back, in time – in racing history:

Note:  Most of the following information was found here: 



Covering the days from July 8th to the 14th:




Jack Hewitt... Born ... A former driver and two-time champion in the USAC Silver Crown Series. He raced in the 1998 Indianapolis 500, placing 12th. After his venture into Indycars he returned to sprint cars until he had a very serious crash in 2002 from which he was lucky to escape with his life. Hewitt was inducted in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2002.


Danny Sullivan captured his first career CART win by coming home first in the 'Cleveland Grand Prix' on the Burke-Lakefront Airport circuit in Cleveland, Ohio. Sullivan was driving the Team Shierson Lola-Cosworth.




Joe Sostilio ... Died ... Sostilio raced both sprint cars and midgets. He won the New England Dirt Championship in 1935, 1936 and 1938. He also won the Bay State Midget Racing Association Championship in 1947 and Eastern Sprint Car Championship in 1953. In 1949, he turned to Stock Car racing but still continued in open wheel racing. Between 1948 and 1950 Joe won seven races in AAA competition as teammate to Johnnie Parsons. Joe was 5th in the AAA Eastern Sprint Car Championship in 1952, he beat Tommy Hinnershitz to the title in 1953 and finished 6th in 1954. His best finishes on the Champ Car circuit were a 7th at Langhorne Speedway and another 7th at Darlington Speedway in 1954.




Jerry Hoyt... Died ... AAA driver. Killed in a crash during a sprint car race at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


Tommy Milton ... Died ... Milton was blind in the right eye at birth and had poor vision in his left eye. Yet he was the first driver to win the Indianapolis 500 twice, in 1921 and 1923. He was also the first to win the national driving championship two years in a row, in 1920 and 1921. He began racing on dirt tracks in the Midwest in 1914 and won his first major victory at Providence, RI, in 1917. Milton won five of nine championship races in 1919 before suffering severe burns when his car burst into flames during a race at Uniontown, NJ. In 1920, he not only won the driving championship, he set a new land speed record of 156.046 mph in a special 16-cylinder Duesenberg that he helped to design. He retired from competition after the 1925 season. Milton became chief steward of the Indianapolis 500 from 1949 to 1957, when he retired because of poor health. Milton had 17 victories in 85 races on dirt tracks and finished in the top five 35 other times.


Adam Petty ... Born ... The son of Kyle Petty, he was widely expected to become the next great Petty, following in the footsteps of his father, grandfather Richard, and great-grandfather Lee. He was the first fourth generation athlete in all of of sports to participate in the chosen profession of his generations. On May 12, 2000, Petty was practicing his Busch Series car at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire for the next day's 200-lap event when the throttle of his car stuck and sent him head-on into a wall. The impact killed Petty immediately.




Mel Hansen ... Born ... AAA driver . In 11 starts between 1939 and 1949, he won twice (1948 Atlanta in Ray Carter's '39 Wetteroth/Offenhauser, the 1941 Speedway winner, and 1949 Springfield in the '49 Bowes Lesovsky/Offenhauser), was second once (1949 Trenton) and fourth once (1947 Milwaukee). His best championship position was 9th in 1940. He was also a noted midget driver, and won the important Turkey Night Grand Prix in 1939 and the URA (blue circuit) Midget Championship in 1945. His career ended in 1949 after a bad midget crash in Detroit.


Pedro Rodriguez died when his Ferrari 512M crashed while leading the Interseries race at the Norisring in West Germany. He became the two-time world champion driver in the fearsome Porsche 917. He developed into one of the sport's greatest all-rounders, racing F1, CanAm, NASCAR, rallies and even becoming North American Ice Racing champion in 1970. In his NASCAR career, Rodríguez earned two top tens, including a 5th in the 1965 World 600.




Rick Hendrick... Born ... NASCAR team owner. Rick Hendrick drove in the 1987 and 1988 Winston Cup races at Riverside International Raceway, finishing 33rd (out with transmission problems after racing to the Top 10) and 15th. He also had a single start in the Busch Series and the Craftsman Truck Series. He had been a pit crew member for Flying 11 that Ray Hendrick drove in the 1960s. Rick Hendrick is an owner of several NASCAR stock cars and teams, as well as Hendrick Automotive Group, one of the largest automotive chains in the United States. Hendrick Motorsports, founded in 1984, is one of the most successful teams in NASCAR racing, with Sprint Cup championships won in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2006, and 2007.




Sam Hanks ... Born ... He won his first championship in 1937 on the West Coast in the AMA. He barnstormed the country, racing on the board tracks at Soldier Field in Chicago and the Los Angeles Coliseum Motordome. Hanks reportedly won the first two board track races at Soldier Field in 1939. Hanks won the 1940 VFW Motor City Speedway championship. After World War II, he captured the 1946 URA Blue Circuit Championship. He won the 1947 Night before the 500 midget car race. He was the 1949 AAA National Midget champion. He won the 1956 Pacific Coast championship in the USAC Stock cars. He won the 1957 Indianapolis 500 at his thirteenth attempt at the race, the most tries of any Indy winner, and announced his retirement from racing in Victory Circle. Hanks was inducted in the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1984, the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2000. He drove the pace car at the Indianapolis 500 from 1958 to 1963.


Al Unser Sr won his first USAC National Championship race, a 100 mile night race on the 1.12 mile dirt track in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Hometown favorite Mario Andretti was second followed by Billy Vukovich, Gary Bettenhausen and Carl Williams.


Davey Allison ... Died ... A NASCAR race car driver, best known as the driver of the Robert Yates Racing #28 Texaco-Havoline Ford. Born in Hollywood, Florida, he was the eldest of four children born to NASCAR driver Bobby Allison and wife Judy. The family moved to Hueytown, Alabama and along with Bobby's brother Donnie Allison, family friend Red Farmer, and Neil Bonnett, became known in racing circles as the Alabama Gang. Davey Allison died as a result of a helicopter crash at Talladega Superspeedway on July 13, 1993. Racing legend Red Farmer was a passenger in the helicopter and survived the crash.




Joie Chitwood won the Inaugural Nunis Sweepstakes on the half mile Dirt Oval Reading Fairgrounds Speedway in Reading, PA. Ted Horn was second followed by Tommy Hinnershitz, Bill Holland and Eddie Zimmerman.




News from the AARN:


From their June 28th issue:

In Ernie Saxton’s column, he was making mention of how many oval racetracks there were in the US.  In 2010, it was 959.  In 2004 there were 1044.  In 1953, when they had the most, it was 1215.  There are an average of 14 tracks lost per year.  Pennsylvania has the most operating dirt tracks out of all the states.  There are about 1,000 racetracks, nationwide. 

Note:  I’m not sure if a track has more than one track, like Charlotte has the small track for Legends, etc etc, it that’s considered one or more.  And would Daytona have two – the tri-oval and the road course – be considered as two?

Jerry Reigle notes that Dale Blaney has 80 wins with the All Star Circuit of Champions.  Todd Shaffer has 39. 

There are over 40 entrants, so far, for the July 13th 358/360 Sprint Car Challenge at the Lincoln Speedway.

Clint County has cancelled some of its Sprit Car races for 2011.

Ray Evernham got his first Virginia Sprint Car Series win of 2011 at Eastside Speedway.

Don and Jo Ann Davies, in their column, made mention of the crew for Brett Hearn changing the entire front axle assembly in six green flag laps, at Lebanon Valley, after Brett had his right front taken off his car in an accident.

JR Kennerup had quite a lot in his column – mostly about the problems with the asphalt modifieds.

First, RoC Asphalt Modified Tour Administrative Director, Andrew Harpell had a meeting with all 18 drivers at their last RoC race, at Spencer Speedway.  If big changes are not made, there could very well be no RoC races on asphalt next year.

Motor expenses are the number one problem.  Next, are tires.  He feels that Hoosier, Good Year and American Racer tires should all be in the RoC Series, making it more competitive.  He feels that it would bring about lower prices and, with the increased technology, the tires would wear better.

The third problem is all the rules.

Note:  It seems to me that all of the above could very well apply to dirt tack racing, too.

In Bill Utters column, he says that Tommy Meier is thankful that Hoosier added more rubber to their tires.  Now, in some cases, the modified drivers can sell their used tires to the Sportsman drivers.

When Jeremy Markle went for 14th to 3rd at OCFS, a week ago, he was somewhat at a disadvantage.  It seems he burned himself at work, and one of his contacts was fused to his eye.  Ouch!

Note:  Keep in mind; Hoosier only added the rubber because they’ve gone to a lot less rubber on their tires this season.  Greed on their part?  Id’ say so.  But the tire wear at OCFS, prior to the “Big Show III’, event forced Hoosier to add more rubber.  And even with that, there were a bunch of flats towards the end of the 100 laps.  Even Meier, had one, as his car sat on the track after the race.  And it seems it’s only the right rear tire?  Yeah, maybe Hoosier should have competition from others, like Good Year, Firestone and American Racer on the dirt tracks, too.  Same goes for those tracks that run American Racer tires, too – some competition.

When we raced Karts, we used both a 4 Cycle engine and a 2 Cycle engine on our Karts.  The 2 Cycle was so much easier with a lot less up-keep.  So why are there hardly any 2 Cycles in oval Kart racing today?  Looking at the Kart results in the AARN, at Shellhammers there were two classes with two Karts in each class, and only two drivers.  At Hunterstown, there were 3 Yamahas in one class and at least five in a second.  (Five is all the AARN will allow, results wise, so there could have been more).  They also had 3 Yamaha Champ Karts.  The Oreville Kart Club had a Yamaha Light and a Yamaha Heavy class, with 4 Karts, and only 3 drivers, one doing double duty.  Where are all the 2 Cycles?

Tom Aieger, in his column was making mention of the new ¾ scale Late Models that made a debut at Linda’s Speedway back on June 19th.  They’ll sell for $25,000.00 per – as a “Turn Key” machine.  You’ll even get 5 gallons of fuel, too.

Note:  Come on, do we really need another class here in the northeast?  Again, it would be a “Spec” class, since you can’t race ‘em against anything else.  Remember from last week when I made comment about the Tobias SpeedSTR’s not really showing an increase of cars, per show?  I see they did get 18 SpeedSTR’s at Williams Grove this past Friday night, though.  That has to be about the most that they’ve drawn for a show?

Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne and Dave Blaney are all scheduled to run a Sprint Car at the Sharon Speedway on July 12th.

The rained out from June 22nd  RoC race at Big Diamond has new been re-scheduled for July 26th.

In 2012, at Dover, their Cup weekends will be June 1-3 and September 28-30.

At Bethel, on August 6th, they’ll have their Stock 2011 INEX Asphalt Nationals.  Last year they had 46 entrants.  This year, it will pay $1,500 to win. 



More racin’ stuff:


From the Frontstretch:


MPM2Nite:  The list of problems more short track races could solve.


Kurt Smith · Thursday June 30, 2011


In Part:

Greetings race fans, and let me say that I once again have the honor of filling in for the inimitable and cantankerous wiseacre Matt McLaughlin this week. But since this still falls under the header of MPM2Nite, you can send all the complaints to him.


Anyway, I was scanning through several NASCAR articles on Jayski this week, and the impression that I’m getting is that NASCAR is still attempting to make fixes to a sport that I think even they would admit by now has veered off course in the past decade.”


Some of the topics Mr. Smith hits on are:  Lack of Rivalries and Colorful Drivers, Ratings, Attendance, Recognition of Driver Over Engineer Skill, Buschwhackers and The Chase


More can be seen if you go here:







Racing and television:

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






Some non-racing stuff:


(New York) City trims number of sites serving free school food this summer


In part:

The city has cut the number of sites serving free school food this summer by nearly a quarter, the Daily News has learned.

School officials slashed the number of spots serving free meals for any child by more than 100, from 478 last summer to 372 this year. That's a 22% drop.

The cutback comes as the city Education Department trims $10.8 million from the overall school food budget.

Hundreds of city kids who depended on the free meals served at public schools, parks and housing projects in all five boroughs will have to find food elsewhere.”


Note:  As usual, I found that some of the comments posted are right on – in my way of thinking, that is.  You have to scroll down some when on the article, to get to them.


This one is so hard to believe!

NYC rationing toilet paper at Coney Island

In part:

Hey buddy, can you spare a square?

The city is so hard up for cash that it's rationing toilet paper in women's public restrooms -- to the point where bathroom attendants are doling out a few measly squares per patron -- along the world-famous Coney Island boardwalk.

The Post witnessed stone-faced Parks Department employees leave toilet-paper dispensers empty last week and instead force astonished female beachgoers to form "ration lines" in the bathrooms.”

“Toilet-paper rationing isn't an issue in the men's rooms -- but only because they apparently don't have any to ration. The toilet paper was gone whenever a The Post reporter went to inspect the men's rooms.”

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/ed_off_over_coney_tp_ration_ZLxvCQtk7PMMJa8wPtA39J#ixzz1RLKNZoeq




Texas warns Americans to avoid Mexico border town


The southwestern state of Texas is warning Americans to avoid the Mexican border town of Nuevo Laredo over the July 4 independence day weekend, fearing that US citizens will be targeted.

State and local police have "received credible intelligence from multiple sources that indicates the Zetas Cartel is planning to target US citizens who travel to Nuevo Laredo this weekend," the Texas Department of Public Safety said in a statement.

Nuevo Laredo is located in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas on the Rio Grande river, which serves as the international border, across from the Texas border city of Laredo.

"According to the information we have received, the Zetas are planning a possible surge in criminal activity, such as robberies, extortions, carjackings and vehicle theft, specifically against US citizens," DPS Director Steven McCraw said in the statement.

"We urge US citizens to avoid travel to Nuevo Laredo this weekend."

Mexico's Zetas drug cartel is also accused of two mass killings in Mexico's northeastern state of Tamaulipas.

The Zetas was founded by Mexican army Special Forces deserters in the 1990s who were hired as hitmen for the powerful Gulf cartel.

The group later split from their employers, sparking bloody Mexican turf wars. They are strongest in eastern Mexico and the northern border states of Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon.

The Zetas were among the first Mexican crime syndicates to use heavy weaponry and full-scale military tactics, reportedly amassing an arsenal that has included grenade launchers and even ground-to-air missiles.

"There is no indication that these cartel-related criminal activities will occur in Texas," the Texas statement read, "but the DPS and Webb County Sheriff?s Office cannot discount the information received that supports possible crimes against US citizens in Nuevo Laredo and perhaps the surrounding Mexican suburbs."

The statement adds that state and local police "are fully prepared to respond to any criminal activity that occurs within Texas."



Is this true?:


Going along with that, above – here’s one of the postings that appeared under the above linked article:

“Hey everyone! Looks like Sony Electronics picked a #$%$poor time to move their VAIO Notebook Computer repair facility out of America! Yep, moved it to Nuevo Laredo just last month. Guess thats what happens when you sell out hard working Americans and give their jobs to Mexicans. Good luck making deals with their drug cartels.”


Video time # 1:


You might get a kick out of this one!






Video time # 2:


This one is hard to believe.







Closing with this:


There are 4 questions. Don’t miss one. 


How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?


Stop and think about it and decide on your answer before you scroll down.

The correct answer is: Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe, and close the door.

This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way.


How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?

Did you say, Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant, and close the refrigerator?
Wrong Answer.

Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant and close the door.

This tests your ability to think through the repercussions of your previous actions..


The Lion King is hosting an animal conference. All the animals attend .... Except one. Which animal does not attend?

Correct Answer : The Elephant. The elephant is in the refrigerator. You just put him in there.

This tests your memory.. Okay, even if you did not answer the first three questions correctly,

you still have one more chance to show your true abilities.


There is a river you must cross but it is used by crocodiles, and you do not have a boat. How do you manage it?

Correct Answer:? You jump into the river and swim across. Have you not been listening?

All the crocodiles are attending the Animal Meeting. This tests whether you learn quickly from your mistakes.

According to Anderson Consulting Worldwide, around 90% of the
Professionals they tested got all questions wrong, but many preschoolers got several correct answers. Anderson Consulting says this conclusively proves the theory that most professionals do not have the brains of a four-year-old.




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