Racin' & Internet Stuff:
I usually start these columns on Sundays. This week, due to my being at the Orange County Fair Speedway to take in the racing action for their 50th Eastern States Weekend, I didn’t get going on it until a little after noon on Monday. No problem, though, will just spend a little extra time on it for the next few days.
When we (actually my son, Eric, this year) ordered our ESW tickets, we couldn’t get our normal seats, but ended up across the aisle in the half covered stands – row K seats 40, 41, 42 and 43, with 43 being at the end of the row, on the aisle. Seat 41 was the bad one on Saturday. An early restart to the 358 feature saw a pretty good sized rock hit my son about ½ inch below his right eye, and about an inch away from his nose. Did he see it? Yes, when it was a few inches away from striking him. Thank God nothing was broken, but had that rock hit a tick closer to his nose, it surely would have shattered it. And, I shudder to think what would have happened if it hit his eye – surely he would have been blinded. He had a “shiner” on Sunday, for sure. Tough kid! Oh, if at all possible, stay out of the “First Aid” building that’s by the first turn – that’s what my son said.
Local coverage on Eastern States:
In most cases over this past racing season, there was little said about
the racing at OCFS. Exactly who might be
at fault - I'm not sure. I do know that
OCFS, for whatever reasons they had, did not advertise in the paper. Race results from Saturday night races would
appear either on Monday or Tuesday in the Th-R. Hell, the Th-R did not
even have one single word in it about what transpired a couple of weeks ago up
Coverage for this years Eastern States Weekend was basically on a par with the coverage’s in years past.
Here are links to various stories and articles that appeared in the Th-R for this years ESW – if you’re interested:
Continuing with some ESW stuff – here’s a video of the Clinton Mills and Stewart Friesen crashes:
Some of my thoughts on ESW, OCFS and what not:
I like the schedule they came out with, with one exception – that being that the “Crate” Sportsman feature was for only 30 laps. I think that cut down on the amount of entrants.
I’m having a hard time trying to figure out why some announcers can’t pronounce the drivers names correctly. Ruggiero is constantly miss-pronounced. For some odd reason, the name Scagliotta was wrong all weekend long. It’s like the announcers don’t see the letter “i” – they constantly pronounced it as Scaglotta or Scallota.
It’s been quite a few years since there has been a crowd like we had this past weekend – Sunday especially. True, the weather sure didn’t hurt the attendance, that’s for sure.
Why do fans buy a general admission ticket then try to sit in reserved seats? How about some kind of sign that says: “From here up, all seats are reserved”. Or, have the ticket seller make mention of the “X” amount of rows from the top are reserved – or a sign by the ticket booth?
How I’d love to see some kind of a handrail on the steps of the ½ covered grand stand. No, it doesn’t have to be from the top row to the bottom, but several handrails with spaces between them would surely make it easier going down the stairways. Sunday I had an older gentleman fall on top of me. Good thing Brian Krummels father was chatting with me, at the time – he kinda helped ease the way the guy fell on me.
While going between the covered and half covered stands, I noticed a sign advertising the next race car show that will be held in the arena on the fair property – March 30, 31 and April 1 in 2012.
Hopefully, along with the new proposed ¼ mile track that’s supposed to be in 2012, they’ll do something with the speaker system over in the ½ covered stands for next year.
As for that ¼ mile track – I have to figure that if the pit area is still in the inside of the track that it would be a flat track with little or no banking. Dammit, that would not help in seeing some good racing on it, I believe.
As race fans, in the stands, we get rather rambunctious when there are what we think are too many yellow flag laps. Are so many really necessary?
50/50 ticket sales: As many of us did notice, there were some 50/50 girls at ESW again, from the Lebanon Valley Speedway. Now I’m not privy as to how the girls get paid, but on regular Saturday nights at OC in 2011, there were some nights that I don’t think they had 50/50 girls selling tickets. The Valley has the right idea – as soon as you get through the gates you’ll see 50/50 sellers. On top of that, they’re constantly going through the stands, too. Yes, some are pretty good looking too, I should add. Another reason why they sell so many?
And as far as the 50/50 goes, how about a buck a ticket and no six for five or other amounts for other dollar amounts. Once you start that you lose control of the monies. I heard one 50/50 seller say a dollar a ticket, six for five and even 20 for 10. Kinda hard controlling the money that way, I think.
I bought three 50/50 tickets, one red, an orange and a yellow. The winning number was a yellow ticket 945802. I had 945897. Close, but no cigar. Just wondering – was that ticket ever shown and the money collected? I know they made mention of the number at least two times. And, if I’m not mistaken, the Saturday dollar prize was bigger than the prize on Sunday???
Somewhat surprised that the Petruska owned, Atlas Paving sponsored # 66 was not in attendance at ESW. Same goes for Bill Wilson and Cliff Ehrman.
It was really nice to see a “Green” family member racing at OCFS again. Randy Green, son of Robbie and grandson of the late Bob Green gave it a try and was able to qualify his open Sportsman into the 358 Small Block 100-lap feature race where he ended up 20th. Let me see here – son of Robbie Green and grandson of Bob Green – seems to me that would make Randy a third generation driver, right? Kinda strange that he was constantly announced as being a second-generation driver. Hey announcers: Do some homework, okay? Jeez, Both Bob - 1973 and Robbie – 1984, are former driving champions at OCFS.
A somewhat sore subject:
A bunch of us from the Victory Speedway Forum got together after I suggested that we carry forth the Hard Charger award in the name of the late Eric Koster, from last years ESW. Last year it was worth $500.00. This year, some members of the Forum raised $550.00 in two days. There was a cartoon drawing of the Eric Koster # 62 Small Block Modified drawn by Todd Lewis. That cartoon drawing, along with some information on the late Eric Koster was supposed to be in the ESW program. However, they weren’t. I’m not sure exactly why, but I believe that Steve Barrick of Program Dynamics did inform Pete Kessler that it was his (Barrick’s) “bad” as to why the things never made the program. At least “Victory Speedway Forum” is shown on the big check that Whitey Memmelaar had made up. The only photo I’ve seen of that award, which went to Matt Sheppard, is on the OCFS’s website and is a “copywrited” photo which can’t be copied.
In a way, I was hoping some kind of reference to Koster would have been made on that check.
Here is a photo, below, of the cartoon drawing of the Eric Koster # 62 by Todd Lewis.
Note: For those of you reading this on DTD, to see the photo of the drawing, you’ll have to go to the New England Tractor website which is here: http://newenglandtractor.com/racereport/
Popular raceway forced to close.
The owner of
"My grandson raced nationally in go-carts and he wanted to have a local go-cart track and my son and grandson figured $125,000, when it was done it was almost a million dollars," said owner, Glenn Borger.”
"I don't think they understand the impact on how many people it's going to have and I don't think the judge fully understands what an asset this was to the community," said track photographer Bob Snyder.
There is an alternative to closing the track.
The judge ruled the
More can be found here: http://www.wfmz.com/news/Popular-raceway-forced-to-close/-/121458/4006652/-/rbld2a/-/index.html
Note: Some interesting things being posted on the 4 Cycle Forum on this, as to possible paving and quite a difference in price for paving, too. When one sees how they were able to close Borgers, could it also happen to other tracks, too?
From the Track Forum:
Las Vegas Motor Speedway catch fence - flawed design
Quite a bit being said about the design of the catch fence at the
Again, from the Track Forum & Indy cars:
Closed cockpits ?
So far 173 postings about it - some pro - some con.
Note: Some videos along with an article in the link above.
I first heard of this F-1 race in
Again, more info found on the Track Forum:
The effort to bring the race to a temporary street-circuit
Formula 1 set to add second
Glad to see this, especially for the race fans!
Five Mile Point Speedway
National Quarter Mile Dirt Track Championship Weekend Oct. 28th and 29th
Important time change for Saturday. We will begin racing at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday. Everything has been moved up an hour with the racing program. Pits will now open at 12 noon - Grandstand at 1:30 p.m. - Practice at 2:45 p.m. We wanted to move up the schedule due to the expected cold temps. on Saturday. Sunday is the rain date if needed for either day. The Friday schedule and times will be unchanged. The Flea Market on Saturday will still be at 9:00 a.m.
Some additional info from their website: http://www.fivemilepointspeedway.net/RaceTopic5021.htm
Hey, before ya know it, this will be here! Might make a nice Christmas present – tickets to either or both racing shows?
Info on the Atlantic City Indoor races:
And the Motor Sports show:
Their Novemberfest races are scheduled for November 4th, 5th and 6th.
For more info, please go here: http://www.oaklandvalleyspeedway.com/schedules-fees/
Note: I wonder how many former Dirt Oval runners will return to run this event?
Some info for ya:
50% of the Entry Fee goes toward the Prize Purse
3 Rounds of FEATURE Races...ALL 3 Count Towards Overall Finishes
Friday November 4th - Open Practice
Gates Open - 2:00 pm
Registration - 2:00 - 7:00 pm
Open Practice - 4:00 - 9:00 pm
Break from Practice - 7:30 - 8:00 pm
Barbecue - 7:30 pm
Saturday November 5th - Race Day #1
Gates Open - 8:00 am
Registration - 8:00 - 10:30 am
Practice - 10:00 am
We will do our best to get in 2 rounds of feature races complete. We will take a break at 7:00 pm for the Beef and Ham Roast.
Beef and Ham Roast - 7:00 pm
Sunday November 6th - Race Day #2
Gates Open - 8:00 am
Practice - 10:00 am
Racing will resume after practice
Feature 1 will be lined up by draw.
Feature 2 will be lined up by the invert of draw.
My note here: A bit confusing, but the first two races are run on Saturday – not three races per class, on Sunday.
Feature 3 will be lined up by total points awarded for Feature 1 and 2
Point Break Down as Follows:
1st - 30 point 2nd - 25 points 3rd - 22 points 4th - 20 points 5th - 19 points 6th - 18 points 7th - 17 points 8th - 16 points 9th - 15 points 10th - 14 points 11th - 13 points 12th - 12 points 13th - 11 points 14th - 10 points 15th - 9 points 16th - 8 points 17th - 7 points 18th - 6 points 19th - 5 points 20th - 4 points DNS - 1 point DQ - 0 points DNMW - 0 points DNWI - 0 points
If there are 20 or more entries...there will be time trials and the fastest 20 racers will make it to the A main and receive 75% of the total prize purse. The B main will receive 25% of the total prize purse.
Entry Fee* - $75.00 per class (includes the Beef and Ham Roast)
Friday Night Practice * - $25.00 (includes Barbecue)
1 Day Pit Pass - $12.00
2 Day Pit Pass - $20.00 (save $4.00)
3 Day Pit Pass - $30.00 (save $6.00)
Friday Night Barbecue - $7.00
Saturday Night Beef and Ham Roast - $11.00
*Price do not include pit passes
Classes: (must have 5 entries for class to be recognized)
Kid Kart – 150 lbs. (ages 5-7) – SATURDAY only - $25.00 price does not include pit pass
Kid Champ Karts – 260 lbs. (ages 5-7) – SATURDAY only - $25.00 price does not include pit pass
Junior 1 – 250 lbs. (ages 8-10) – flat head motor only – purple plate
Junior 2 – 275 lbs. (ages 10-12) – flat head motor only – turquoise plate
Junior 3 – 300 lbs. (ages 12-15) – flat head motor only – gold plate
Junior Stock* – 310 lbs. (ages 12-15) – flat head motor only
Sportsman 1 Champ – 300 lbs. (ages 8-10) – flathead motor – purple plate
Sportsman 2 Champ - 315 lbs. (ages 10-12) – turquoise plate for flathead & purple plate for animals
Junior Champ – 345 lbs. (ages 12-15) – no plate for flathead & black plate for animals
Lights – 325 lbs.
Mediums – 350 lbs.
Heavys – 375 lbs.
Super Heavys – 400 lbs.
Senior Stock – 375 lbs. (age 35+)
Animal Lights – 325 lbs.
Animal Heavys – 375 lbs.
Senior Champ – Flathead 410 lbs. and Animals run 425 lbs. w/a black restrictor plate.
KT 100 - 350 lbs.
Junior Slingshot - (up to 15 years old) - 685 lbs.
Senior Slingshot (14+) - 760 lbs.
World Formula Modified Tour - SATURDAY only
WKA Engine Rules Apply
Must have a drilled head, carburetor, and side cover bolts
Burris Tire Rule - 33s or 55s only
For Further Information please call Denise at 203.241.5741 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lobitz Movie Party/Auction:
Sunday, November 13, 2011. Lots of fun, plenty to eat/drink, racing movies are shown, and an auction to raise money for the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing. You’d be surprised as to what gets put up for auction!
One never knows who might show up.
Things get started around 9:00 in the morning, with a swap meet, followed by most anything else. Quite a few vendors selling race related items, too.
Sit down dinner at around 5:30 in the afternoon.
Lobitz Catering Hall
(Located directly behind the Fairway Chevrolet dealership on Rt 309 North)
Note: One can usually visit the barn, out back, to see a ton of old racecars, too.
Found on Jayski’s website:
Fuel fire causes damage to #78 hauler:
A fuel fire next to
#78-Regan Smith's hauler created chaos -- and a huge billowing cloud of black
smoke -- in the garage area following Sunday's Good Sam Club 500 at Talladega
Superspeedway. Thankfully, no one was injured and the blaze was extinguished
without extensive damage. Crewmen were busy disconnecting the fuel probes from
gas cans and dumping excess fuel into a storage can
near the front of the #78 hauler after the race, when a spark apparently
ignited fuel inside one of the cans. "They had the gas can on the ground
there between the tractor and the hauler," Furniture Row Racing spokesman
Dave Ferroni said. "They took off the fuel
probe, something sparked it and it ignited. That's all we know at this
time." Everyone involved was able to scramble to safety, and several alert
crewmen grabbed fire extinguishers and beat down the flames before the fire
truck could get through the hundreds of crews, media and onlookers that are
usually scurrying around in the garage once a race ends. Ferroni
said several crew members' personal bags were damaged or destroyed by the fire,
but most of the major damage was contained to the hauler itself. "There's
a lot of damage to the back of the tractor, a lot of melted hoses," Ferroni said. "Somebody from Penske came over and
they're going to offer us an extra tractor to take back to
2010 race winners without a win in 2011:
drivers who won at least one Sprint Cup Series in 2010 have not won a race in
2011 with four races remaining. None are Chase drivers:
#1-Jamie McMurray, #00-David Reutimann, #16-Greg Biffle and #42-Juan Pablo Montoya.(10-24-2011)
Race and Commercial
For those of you
NASCAR fans that like stats and love to hate
commercials, or wonder how often your driver was focused on, here is the
breakdown for Sunday's race. Began recording the times at the Invocation of the
race at 2:02 and stopped at the waving of the checkered flag at 5:53 PM (all
times are EST). ESPN was the broadcast team for this event. Included in this
broadcast was 'NASCAR Non-Stop', commercials shown split-screen with the race
broadcast. Below the regular commercials' breakdown, you can see a breakdown of
the participating sponsors and the times their ads were shown.
Total number of traditional commercials (not split-screen): 75
Total number of 'NASCAR Non-Stop commercials' (split-screen): 49
Total number of commercials: 124
Total number of companies or entities advertised: 72
Total number of brief promos of products/services during the race broadcast: 35
Total amount of time these brief promos take during broadcast: app. 4 min. 20 sec.
Start time to record race/commercial periods: 2:02 PM
End time to record race/commercial periods: 5:53 PM
Total minutes of complete race broadcast: 231
Total minutes of race broadcast: 195
Minutes of traditional commercials: 36
Minutes of 'NASCAR Non-Stop Commercials': 23
Number of times ESPN utilized 'NASCAR Non-Stop' to show split-screen commercials: 11
Number of commercials ESPN cut short to return to important race action: 2
Number of missed restarts: 0
Number of 'mystery cautions' (debris not shown): 2
See past races, links to more reports on the 2011 TV Commercials page.(10-24-2011)
Ford wants Ford drivers to draft with Fords only:
[Chevy] likely will have a new drafting partner Sunday with this two-car
tandem. Stewart has worked with #34-David Gilliland [Ford] in the past but
didn't get to practice with him Friday. Stewart said: "I've kind of heard
the Ford guys are kind of being told they have to stay with Ford guys.'' &
Stewart drafted with #47-Bobby Labonte [
The dictum of Ford drivers helping only other Ford drivers in Sunday's race came from Ford Racing brass and team owner Jack Roush during a meeting early in the week. In fact, Roush's loyalty to the brand is legendary. So Gilliland, who drives for Front Row, won't be on Stewart's bumper on Sunday at all. "Yeah, we aren't," Gilliland said. "It's such a tight points battle right now, and we're going to try to help the Ford guys out all we can." Apparently, Roush talked about the Ford solidarity in no uncertain terms.(Sporting News)(10-23-2011)
Bayne and Gordon, Ford Orders? UPDATE:
#21-Trevor Bayne had a wild race, one that was especially weird considering his fourth-place qualifying spot. Bayne was sort of a free agent in the tandem drafting pool. With Ford drivers working under directions that discouraged them from drafting with Chase contenders in other manufacturer camps, Bayne ran much of the day with #7-Robby Gordon. But Bayne wound up in the middle of the upfront drafting pack at the end of the race and was hooked up briefly with #24-Jeff Gordon. They had drafted successfully together at Daytona International Speedway in February as Bayne won the Daytona 500. Bayne broke away from Gordon in the closing miles and after the race tweeted on his Twitter account that he wasn't pleased with the way the race concluded. "I'm not happy about what this has become," Bayne wrote. "It's too premeditated. We should be able to go with whoever is around. I would have rather pulled over and finished last than tell [Gordon] I would work with him and then be strong armed into bailing." Gordon finished 27th.(Ford Racing)
Allison, who oversees Ford's motorsports program in North America, was on Sirius Satellite Radio's "Tradin Paint'' show on Monday afternoon and discussed
the issue of if Ford ordered its teams not to work with any other manufacturers
at Talladega this past weekend in light of Trevor Bayne leaving Jeff Gordon
late in that race and Tony Stewart saying he could not work with David
Gilliland because of orders.
Here's what Allison said to the question of if he or Ford ordered its teams not to work with anyone else: "We don't have orders per se. That's how we work with these teams. These are independent teams that choose an affiliate with us as a manufacturer. We have a lot of respect and mutual agreements. We discuss many strategies. We don't mandate. We don't issue orders. I can tell you at the start of the Chase, we reached out to all the Ford teams, I personally did, along with my team and basically said, "Hey, thank you for affiliating with Ford Motor Company. We're very proud of everybody. Hey, these are special times for us. If an opportunity presents itself where you can help a Ford teammate, just please be aware and try to help out. It was just an outreach, a consideration, just be aware that we're in the Chase and we're all part of the big Ford family. No orders. None of what you have been reading around this big plan or big orders. It's none of that. I can tell you guys, it's been a very, very tough and long and hard-fought season. It's been on merit. We've earned all the wins. I wish we could count the almost-wins. It's not just in Cup. You look at Nationwide. We have a strong, strong lead with Ricky (Stenhouse Jr.). We've got the manufacturer's championship that we're contending with there. It's a strong, strong year. It's all because of good preparation, good teamwork and a lot of great teams. We just are reaching out and helping the fellow teammates.''(Virginian Pilot)(10-25-2011)
Roush issued a statement Tuesday morning: "At Roush Fenway Racing we
expect our individual drivers to make decisions that put themselves in the best
position to win each and every race. That is a philosophy that we have lived by
for over two decades, and one that we will continue to abide by going forward.
Of course, as in any team, we would prefer for our drivers to work together
when possible. However, to be clear, we did not micromanage or dictate to any
of our drivers, nor any other Ford drivers, how to race with other drivers at
NASCAR Confiscates Windshields:
NASCAR confiscated the windshields from Michael Waltrip
Racing's #00 and #56 Toyotas and from the #47
NASCAR has issued penalties to the #00, #47 and #56 teams that compete in the Sprint Cup Series as a result of rule infractions discovered during opening day inspection Oct. 21 at Talladega Superspeedway. All three cars were found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-J (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules detailed in Section 20 of the rule book, or has not been approved by NASCAR prior to the event); and 20-3.2.1A (unapproved modification to an approved windshield) of the 2011 NASCAR rule book. Crew chiefs Rodney Childers (#00), Frank Kerr (#47) and Chad Johnston (#56) have each been fined $50,000 and have been suspended from the next four Sprint Cup Series championship events and suspended from NASCAR until Nov. 23. Car chiefs Steve Channing (#00), Raymond Fox (#47) and Anthony Lunders (#56) have likewise been suspended from the next four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship events and suspended from NASCAR until Nov. 23. Additionally, Bobby Kennedy, director of competition for Michael Waltrip Racing, has been placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31. Car owners Rob Kauffman (#00), Tad Geschickter (#47), and Michael Waltrip (#56) have each been penalized with the loss of 25 championship owner points. Drivers David Reutimann (#00), Bobby Labonte (#47), and Martin Truex Jr. (#56) have each been penalized with the loss of 25 championship driver points.(NASCAR)(10-25-2011)
"We are very disappointed in this entire situation and we will not appeal NASCAR's ruling," JTG Daugherty Racing co-owner Brad Daugherty said. "We look forward to racing at Martinsville Speedway this weekend and getting ready for next season." Team chief race engineer Brian Burns will assume the role as crew chief for the #47 Toyota Camry replacing Frank Kerr and Bob Bechstein has been named car chief replacing Raymond Fox following penalties assessed by NASCAR.(JTG Daugherty Racing)(10-25-2011)
"Michael Waltrip Racing is
ultra-sensitive and very serious about working within the guidelines of NASCAR
policy. We do not condone this type of activity and as such we will take
appropriate internal corrective action immediately. We thank NASCAR for
providing a fair and equitable platform for all of its competitors and respect
its decisions; therefore, we will not appeal." The following team
personnel moves will take effect until NASCAR reinstates the suspended crew
#56 Team: Veteran crew chief Pat Tryson will serve as interim crew chief in place of suspended crew chief Chad Johnston at Martinsville. Allen Mincey, #56 race mechanic, will serve as interim car chief in place of suspended car chief Tony Lunders
#00 Team: Bobby Kennedy, executive vice president of race operations, will serve as interim crew chief in place of Rodney Childers. Chris Hall, #00 race mechanic, will serve as interim car chief in place of suspended car chief Steve Channing.
Both crew and car chiefs will return to their positions following their suspensions.(Michael Waltrip Racing)(10-25-2011)
Note: That’s what’s wrong with racing today – no room for any ingenuity. I happened to mention this to Brett Hearn during the Pit Party on Sunday morning. Way too many rules. And rules cost the race teams money, and in a lot of cases, make the sanctioning bodies rich, too.
SKF sponsoring Penske teams in 2012:
SKF USA Inc. announced it will be a major associate sponsor of the Penske Racing teams beginning with the 2012 racing season. The SKF brand will be featured in the Sprint Cup Series as well as the Nationwide Series and the IZOD IndyCar Series next season. Entering its 15th year as a major associate sponsor of auto racing in North America, the SKF brand will be featured in 2012 on the #2 Miller Lite Dodge driven by Brad Keselowski and the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge driven by Kurt Busch in the Sprint Cup Series; the #12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge driven by Sam Hornish Jr. in the Nationwide Series and the #3 Team Penske IndyCar driven by three-time Indianapolis 500 Champion Helio Castroneves.(Penske Racing)(10-26-2011)
Kraft Foods extends partnerships with NASCAR and Stewart-Haas Racing:
NASCAR, Stewart-Haas Racing and Kraft Foods jointly announced an extended agreement for Kraft Foods to continue as the Official Cookie (Oreo, Nilla and Nutter Butter) and Cracker (Ritz and Wheat Thins) of NASCAR, and that the iconic Oreo and Ritz brands would continue to serve as Associate Sponsors of Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman, respectively, in the Sprint Cup Series. Kraft Foods, an Official NASCAR Partner since 2000, will continue its long tradition of creating NASCAR-themed, specially-marked packages of Oreo cookies and Ritz crackers for a national consumer sweepstakes. For the first time in 2012, Ritz will host a national digital and social media sweepstakes on its Facebook page where a fan will have the chance to win a prize package to go to the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony.(NASCAR)(10-26-2011)
Motorcross star Stewart signs with Gibbs; NASCAR races planned:
"Bubba" Stewart has signed a multi-year contract to race with the
motocross division of Joe Gibbs Racing, JGRMX. Additionally, JGRMX has extended
its relationship with Yamaha Motor Corporation,
In signing a multiyear deal with JGRMX, Stewart, 25, is expected to race full time on a bike for at least the next three seasons, but he will begin dabbling immediately in stock cars. A test in a Late Model car is scheduled in a few weeks, and he hopes to squeeze in races in the K&N and Nationwide Series (feeder circuits to Sprint Cup, NASCAR's premier series) as early as next season. Stewart's eventual transition from motorcycle racing to NASCAR might give a jolt of attention to a sport that actively craves a more diverse driver lineup. A charismatic black man in a mostly white sport, Stewart has starred in a reality TV show and has been among the few transcendent riders in Supercross.(USA Today)(10-26-2011)
Note: The “Drive for Diversity” program of NASCAR’s really hasn’t helped many black drivers at all. Seems that there are more females in that program than any other kinds of people. For some reason, blacks just aren’t into auto racing. Not too many Hispanics, either.
NASCAR clarifies rules about giving assistance:
NASCAR made a clear distinction about giving assistance to another car with a decision made public Saturday morning at Talladega Superspeedway. A driver can push a disabled car to pit road but may not push another car to assist the driver in saving fuel, or in maintaining caution pace while saving fuel on the race track. As always, no assistance of any kind is allowed on the final lap. The clarification comes as a reaction to #98-Austin Dillon (in his Sprint Cup debut) pushing Richard Childress Racing teammate #29-Kevin Harvick under caution at Kansas Speedway, while Harvick was conserving fuel. In NASCAR's view, helping a driver save fuel by pushing his car provides a competitive advantage that may not be available to drivers without teammates. There also is the possibility that such assistance could skew the results of the Chase. "You can still push a car that's disabled or out of power to pit road," NASCAR spokesperson Kerry Tharp said. What happens when one car pushes another past the entrance to pit road? "That's when we would react," Tharp said. The clarification has been passed along to teams through word of mouth, not with a formal competition bulletin. The subject also is likely to come up during the drivers' meeting before Sunday's Good Sam Club 500, the sixth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. It is also likely that new language regarding assistance will appear in the 2012 rule book, Tharp said.(Sporting News)(10-23-2011)
Knaus told Johnson to wreck car
if he won at
Chad Knaus told driver Jimmie Johnson to intentionally damage
the back end of his race car if the #48 team won Sunday's race at Talladega
Superspeedway, the crew chief acknowledged Wednesday. Knaus
admitted giving the five-time NASCAR champion the pre-race instructions in
order to "cover our bases" in case 500 miles of bump-drafting knocked
the car beyond NASCAR's strict tolerances. Officials likely would have accepted
the damage as an excuse if the # 48 car had not fit NASCAR's templates in
post-race inspection. The conversation between Knaus
and Johnson occurred when the crew chief leaned inside the #48 car before the
race to give Johnson some final words of encouragement. Because Johnson's
in-car camera was live on NASCAR.com's RaceBuddy application, the chat was broadcast to anyone
watching the feed at the time.
"If we win this race, you have to crack the back of the car," Knaus could be heard telling Johnson on the recording. "Got it?"
"Really?" Johnson replied, sounding surprised.
"Yes," Knaus said. "Got it? You don't have to have to hit it hard, you don't have to destroy it. But you've gotta do a donut and you've gotta hit the back end, or somebody's gotta hit you in the ass-end or something. OK?"
After Johnson responds with apparent silence (he can't be heard saying anything else), Knaus added, "You'll be alright. Can't take any chances."
When asked Wednesday whether the conversation indicated Knaus was trying something fishy on the back of the car, the crew chief replied, "I don't think that's a fair assessment. To be honest with you, here's the deal - racing at
Kerry Tharp has issued a statement in response to the story: "We became
aware of this piece of audio this morning and certainly want to get all the
facts before making an opinion and reaching any conclusions. We'll visit with
the parties and pull all the facts together best we can. While
week I overlooked Brian Sobus finishing 17th
in the IMSA Super Modified race at
This week, it’s basically all about Eastern States weekend and how some former Dirt Oval runners faired in the races they entered.
Note: What I find kind of strange is that those that have left the Dirt Oval have stayed with mostly open wheel type of racing cars. Hardly any, that I know of, have gone into full fender classes.
Starting off with the Big Block Modifieds, and not in any particular order except for how they qualified in time trials.
Seventy-three cars took time.
Michael Storms had the fastest time trial out of all the entrants with a time of 21.063 for an average speed of 106.822 MPH. Winning the pole allowed Michael to not have to run any qualifying heat. He finished 2nd in the Dash for Cash race and 30th in the 200 lap main event.
Tim Hindley was 16th fastest, with a time of 21.545 and 104.433 MPH. He won his heat and ended up 2nd in the 200.
Danny Creeden was 20th fastest with a time of 21.573 and a speed of 104.297. He was 4th in his heat and 24th in the 200
Johnny Guarino, in a car powered by the DIRTcar Spec 500 cu in engine, was 31st in time with a 21.681 clocking and a speed of 103.778. He was first in his heat and 5th in the 200. He also had the fastest lap in the 200 with a time of 21.137 and an average speed for that lap of 106.448 MPH – that happening on his 82nd lap. He lost some time on his pit stop when not only was a RR tire changed, but also a flat left front, too. Not sure, but he might have lost a lap.
Billy Van Inwegen timed 32nd fastest with a time of 21.727 and an average speed of 103.558. He was 6th in his heat, and 3rd in his consy, just missing the 200 by one spot, which he had until a yellow came out and he got passed on the restart. He also lost his power steering at the start of his heat, and pushed up between turns one and two, which allowed cars to get under and pass him. With today’s cars almost all being equal, it’s difficult to pass – especially on bigger tracks.
Mike Ruggiero (will an announcer ever pronounce his name right?) timed 37th fastest with a lap at 21.815 and a speed of 103.140. He was 6th in his heat and won his consy. He ended up 25th in the 200. He had his front end wiped out in the accident with Stewart Friesen, but had it replaced prior to the green coming out, only to be involved in a second accident later on.
Brian Krummel attempted to make the 200 with a Small Block engine in his car and he timed 45th fastest with a time of 21.922 and a speed of 102.537. He was 7th in his heat and chose not to run the consy.
Clinton Mills, who came so close to winning the 200 last year, timed in 47th with a lap turned in 21.933 seconds. His average speed was 102.585 MPH. He was 6th in his heat and 10th in his consy. He was making his usual charge through the consy field, when there was a yellow, and the car in front of him, in the first turn slowed, and Mills spun so as to not have contact. Now keep in mind, the yellow came out prior to his spin, and as far as I’m concerned, Mills should have been put back in the position he was in when that yellow flew, rather than having to go to the rear. It was after he was sent to the rear and he was making another charge to the front when he had a violent hit with first the tires then the wall in the first turn, putting him out of the race.
Tom Hindley also used has Small Block powered Modified in an attempt to qualify for the 200. His time trial lap was 22.453 for an average of 100.209 MPH – which was 64th fastest. He was 8th in his heat and chose not to run a consy.
Corey Ziegler timed 65th fastest with a lap of 22.463 and an average speed of 100.165. He was 9th in his heat and 8th in his consy, thus failing to qualify for the 200.
Now, the 358 Small Blocks:
Fifty-two cars took time.
Brian Krummel had the 21st fastest time trial with a lap timed at 21.778, which comes out to an average speed of 103.315 MPH. He was 5th in his heat, 2nd in his consy and was 36th in the 100 lap feature, having gone out after the first lap.
Mike Ruggiero timed 26th fastest at 21.937 and a speed of 102.566. He was 4th in his heat and 26th in the feature.
Tim Hindley qualified 30th with a time of 22.120 and a speed of 101.718. He was 2nd in his heat and 32nd in the feature.
The Open Sportsman:
There were 54 cars entered in the five heat races.
Yes, there were some “Crate” cars that entered this class, too.
Anthony Perrego was 3rd in his heat and 20th in the 50-lap feature.
Keith Still was 5th in his heat, won his consy and was 17th in the feature.
Matt Janiak was 7th in his heat, 3rd in his consy and 30th in the feature.
R J Smykla was 3rd in his heat and 10th in the feature.
Rich Coons was 4th in his heat and 28th in the feature.
John Lodini was 7th in his heat and 6th in his consy and was a DNQ for the feature.
Tyler Dippel was 9th in his heat and 8th in his consy and a DNQ for the feature.
Matt Hitchcock was 11th in his heat and 4th in the feature. He was guaranteed a start in the feature and drove John Lodinis car.
Kyle Redner was 2nd in his heat and 32nd in the feature.
Tyler Boniface was 7th in his heat, 3rd in his consy and 19th in the feature.
Brian Krummel was 12th in his heat, had a guaranteed starting spot in the feature and was 2nd in the feature.
Zach Vavricka was 5th in his heat, 4th in his consy and 18th in the feature.
Note: I really can’t confirm what I had heard during the Pit Party on Sunday morning, but for the Open Sportsman races, I had heard that the “Crate” cars could just remove the “chip” and run. Uh, yes, with the aluminum wheels too, I was told. Was there still a weight break, too? Were those items in the rules?
The “Crate” Sportsman:
I really thought this class would have been much bigger than the 46 entrants in the heat races, since the “Crate” Sportsman class is THE class for DIRTcar. Maybe it was the fact that their feature was for only 30 laps, and the payoff smaller than the Open Sportsman? What has to be done to get more cars in this class for 2012? More laps? A bigger purse?
Anthony Perrego won his heat and also won the 30-lap feature.
Tyler Dippel was 3rd in his heat and 18th in the feature.
Tyler Boniface was 3rd in his heat and 10th in the feature.
Matt Hitchcock won his heat and was 17th in the feature.
Jason Roe was 5th in his heat and 10th in his consy and was a DNQ for the feature.
Matt Janiak was 1st in his heat and 3rd in the feature.
R J Smykla was 2nd in his heat and 6th in the feature.
Note: Is it true that Tyler Dippel is only 13 years old? That’s what I heard one of the announcers say.
In the CRSA 305 Sprint Car portion of the weekend there was this:
Thirty-six cars entered the heat races. The fastest time of the night was turned in by Jeff Van Steenburg at 19.262 seconds for an average speed of 116.210 MPH.
Emily VanInwegen was 8th in her heat, 10th in the “B” Main and 23rd in the feature, having, I believe, received a provisional starting place in the feature due to her participating over the course of the season.
Brian Pomponio was 7th in his heat and 7th in the “B” Main, and was a DNQ for the feature.
Benny Rizzo was 9th in his heat and 8th in the “B” Main and was a DNQ for the feature.
Dan Hennessy was 7th in his heat after hard contact with the wall between turns one and two. He was a DNQ for the feature.
Brittany Tresch was 8th in her heat after hard contact with the wall in turn two. She was a DNQ for the feature, but I did notice a car on the track in the feature with her number 2T on its wing. She was not listed on My Laps for the feature results, however. Was she in that car with the 2T on the wing? No reply from her when I questioned her on it.
Billy VanInwegen was 7th in his heat and 12th in the “B” Main, and was a DNQ for the feature.
John Virgilio was 2nd in his heat and 2nd in the feature. With that second place, he ends up being the 2011 CRSA’s driving champion.
To check out My Laps for all the ESW action, please go here: http://www.mylaps.com/results/showevent.jsp?id=729013
Checking out the time trials, in the Big Blocks, Michael Storms was the fastest with a lap of 21.063 and an average speed of 106.822. The 50th fastest qualifier, Bob McGannon, timed in at 21.982 and an average speed of 102.356.
In the 358 Small Block time trials, Jimmy Phelps was fastest with a lap timed in 21.096 seconds. That comes out to an average speed of 106.655. Kim Hervick was the 27th fastest and was timed at 21.996, for an average of 102.291 MPH.
Not very much difference is there. Less than a second between those results, above. And that’s part of the reason that it’s extremely hard to pass in modified racing today.
Going back, in time – in racing history:
Note# 1: Most of the following information was found here:
Note: 2: Yes, most of this info is mostly from Open Wheel racing from “Back in the day”.
Covering the days from October 28th to November 3rd:
Born ... A driver from the
Johnny Coy... Died ... Coy
raced everything from jalopies to modifieds, but it
was in the midgets where he excelled. He started running midgets in the late
Rodger Ward won the USAC
sanctioned Golden State 100 on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval California State
Bill Randall won the ARDC
Midget race at the Trenton International Speedway (1.0p),
Jr. ... Born ... Tony Lee Bettenhausen
Jr. was one of three racing brothers and a son of two-time U.S. Auto Club
national champion Melvin "Tony" Bettenhausen,
who ran at the
Wilbur Shaw... Died ... AAA driver from the 1920's, 30's and 40's. He was a
three-time winner of the
Ned Jarrett and Junior Johnson retire from racing, both NASCAR Grand National champions each had 50 NASCAR Grand National wins.
Kenny Bernstein became the
first man to run faster than 310 mph in the 1/4-mile when he ran 311.85 mph in
his Top Fuel dragster,
Wilbur Shaw... Born ... AAA driver from the 1920's, 30's and 40's. He was a
three-time winner of the
Hugh Randall... Born ... USAC driver from the early 1960's. He died as a relief driver for Bob Mathouser in the Vargo Special at the Langhorne Speedways 100 Mile USAC Championship race July 1, 1962.
Tom Bigelow... Born ... A former driver in the USAC and CART Championship Car
series. He began his racing career at the Badger Midget Racing
Association at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie,
Buddy Lazier ... Born ...
An American open-wheel racecar driver. Lazier first appeared in CART beginning
in 1989 driving for Gary Trout Motorsports and also participated in The Indy
500 as a rookie. He won the 1996
Dick Mealy ... Died ...
Greg Moore... Died ... A
Canadian racecar driver who competed in the Indy Lights and CART World Series,
where he had great success with several wins in both series and a championship
in the 1995 Indy Lights series. However, his promising career and his life came
to an end on October 31, 1999, when he was fatally injured in a violent crash
on the 10th lap of the CART season finale, the Marlboro 500, at Auto Club
McBride made the first sub-6-second 1/4-mile Top Fuel Motorcycle pass, at
David Bruce-Brown , the first American to win a Grand Prix, died in a
practice accident for the American Grand Prize race in
Eddie Rickenbacker took control of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Born ... AAA and USAC driver. Ran
the Championship Car series, racing from 1955 to 1968 with 63 starts. He
finished in the top ten 37 times, with a best finish of 2nd twice, both in
1958. Veith qualified for his first
Lee Oldfield ... Died ... AAA driver from the early 1900's.
Died ... Race car driver, builder and promoter. Father
of Bobby Marshman, 1961
Tommy Copp... Died ... USAC driver from the 1960's
Don Freeland... Died ... AAA / USAC driver from the 1950's & 60's. Freeland competed in the Indy 500 each year from 1953 to 1960. He appeared headed for a second place finish in 1955 before a transmission failure ended his day 22 laps prior to the end of the race. He came back with a best Indy finish of third the next year. He also finished in the top ten in 1954 and 1958.
Greg Sacks... Born ... NASCAR stockcar driver.
Derrike Cope... Born ... NASCAR stockcar driver.
News from the AARN:
From last week:
really can’t comment on the deal with Rick Lauback at
Note: Would be interesting to see if Lauback comes to OCFS for ESW this coming weekend. He usually runs pretty good at OC.”
guess who was in action this past weekend at OCFS for ESW? Uh huh!
Maybe they had to use up some of those supposed 35 tires they bought at
From their October 18th issue:
A fairly good-sized article, with photos, about Albany/Saratoga going back to being a dirt track. I guess time will tell as to what will actually happen there.
In the column by Lenny Sammons, he makes mention of Mike Scrivani, NEMA President, working on having a rental midget for 2012 for NEMA Lights (Mostly Ford Focus powered) drivers. There’s about 150 HP difference between a Light and regular midgets. Cost will be in the neighborhood of $1,500.00 to $2,000.00. No, I don’t know if that cost covers any damage, if any, that might come about while racing.
ROC Asphalt Series is still in the process of making some changes for 2012 –
maybe. They might go to a 10” tire. There has been some testing done with both
13” and 10” American Racer tires at
Ernie Saxton, in his column, makes mention of the remaining two years that Sprint has with NASCAR on their $750,000.000.00 sponsorship deal. Can Sprint afford to re-up? Even they are having “problems”. Sponsorship is hurting NASCAR with some teams downsizing. Start and park teams do make money, and do keep the Cup fields full with 43 cars per race, but what would happen if NASCAR has to go to smaller fields? Would they lose some of the start & park teams?
The URC, as of when Ernie wrote his column, have no banquet scheduled, and it looks like they will not have one, either.
The Southern National Raceway was sold for $650,000.00 at auction. $2,000,000.00 was what was asked as an opening bid, but they had to go down to $400,000.00 to get the bidding started. Yep, times are tough, today.
Heintzelman, in his column, was making mention of how
many races were lost to “Mother Nature” this past racing season. Williams Grove 12,
Stevie Smith and car owners John & Pee Wee Zematis (Zemco Sprint Car) have parted. Curt Michael is the URC’s 2011 driving champion. The URC paid out $57,000.00 to the top 20 drivers and owners – so it looks like their not having a banquet is true?
Kane makes mention of Duane Howard having a guaranteed starting spot in the 358
Small Block race at Eastern States, but Howard was heading to
32nd edition of the National Parts Peddler show will be held in
and JoAnn Davies, in their column say that DIRTcar should spend some dollars on their equipment that
their staff uses. They say it is like a
“Soap Opera” just getting to the tracks with the DIRTcar
pit trailer. Last week it lost a wheel
on the way to
A reminder: Now is the time to start on getting sponsors for the 2012-racing season. Good luck, with the economy the way it is!
Bill Utter had most of his column about the last races at the Accord Speedway. He did make mention that Russ Meyer, who is part of the Accord staff (Security) and who drives the Kids Club bus at OCFS turned all of 84 years old on Saturday, October 15th. Happy Birthday, Russ!
Nick Mady is the 2011-driving champion for the Xcel Modifieds.
There is mention of two more that were associated with racing having passed on. Jason Trinca, 7, a Go-Kart racer, was fatally injured, along with his mother, Geri, 30, in a car accident on Saturday, October 8th, while on their way to the Riverhead Raceway.
Of Road Racing champion driver Rick Huseman, 38, was fatally injured in an airplane crash, along with his brother, Jeff, and the planes pilot.
In the AARN
This Week - 10/25/2011 edition:
Brunnhoelzl Wins Race &
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Title
Formula 1 Headed To
Second Year A Charm For Dietrich and Kauffman
Friesen Talks About Eastern States Crash
Elliott Traffic Master At
More racin’ stuff:
From the Track Forum:
Five points to ponder: A paper clip edition:
Danny Peters · Tuesday October 25, 2011
ONE: Five-time Stalled at Five.
TWO: Four to Go in 2011
THREE: All the Threes: A great day for Bowyer
FOUR: Is the No. 2 Car for Real?
FIVE: One Critical Race
Racing and television:
Racing on TV - http://www.racefantv.com/USTV.htm
Note: Again - the
Some non-racing stuff:
"More than a few pundits have condemned miscreants in pro football, but the truth hurts their argument: NFL players are actually incarcerated less than the average citizen.
The numbers don't lie. One in every 45 National Football League players (2.2 percent) is arrested. The national arrest rate is 1 in 23 (4.2 percent), according to the FBI in 2010.
What does that mean? Technically, NFL players get in 47.6 percent less trouble than your average Joe.
When Mike the butcher gets a DUI, it's not news. But when Steve the cornerback gets busted for public intoxication, it becomes a story."
Minnesota's Jason DeRusha reports that in 2010, the
NBA had by far the highest arrest rate (5.1 percent) of the major professional
sports leagues in
"Within the NFL, Minnesota Vikings players are actually 66 percent more likely to be arrested than players on an average NFL team."
More on this can be seen here: http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/dish/201110/nfls-surprising-new-arrest-leader
Is this true?:
From an e-mail I recieved from a former school mate:
White House will not do Christmas!
Thought you might be interested in this information from the White House..
This isn't a rumor; this is a fact.
A very talented artist for several years has painted ornaments to be hung
on the various White House Christmas trees. The WH sends out an
invitation to send an ornament and informs the artists of the theme for the year.
She got her letter from the WH recently. It said that they would not be
called Christmas trees this year. They will be called
please not send any ornaments painted with a religious theme. She was
very upset at this development and sent back a reply telling them that she
painted the ornaments for Christmas trees and would not be sending any
for display that left Christ out of Christmas.
Just thought you should know what the new residents in the WH plan for
the future of
ourselves a Christian Nation" this should confirm that he plans to take
us away from our religious foundation as quickly as possible.
another step toward turning
We should shout to the highest hills that the White House is ours - not
the Obama's, and 85% of Americans believe in Christ (Christmas)..
You have two choices, delete or pass it on
The Dan Wheldon Memorial Service – One hour and 27 minutes:
Closing with these:
Australian Idiot Sightings Ha ha! If this doesn't make you smile you do have a problem...
1. My daughter and I went through the McDonald's driveway window and I gave the cashier a $5 note.
Our total was $4.25, so I also handed her 25c.
She said, 'you gave me too much money.'
I said, ‘Yes I know, but this way you can just give me a dollar coin back.'
She sighed and went to get the manager who asked me to repeat my request.
I did so, and he handed me back the 25c, and said 'We're sorry but we don’t do that kind of thing.'
The cashier then proceeded to give me back 75 cents in change.
Do not confuse the people at MacD's.
2. We had to have the garage door repaired.
The repairman told us that one of our problems was that we did not have a 'large' enough motor on the opener.
I thought for a minute, and said that we had the largest one made at that time, a 1/2 horsepower.
He shook his head and said, 'You need a 1/4 horsepower.'
I responded that 1/2 was larger than 1/4 and he said, 'NOOO, it's not. Four is larger than two.'
haven't used that repairman since.
3. I live in a semi rural area.
We recently had a new neighbour call the local council P & W office to request the removal of the WOMBAT CROSSING sign on our road.
The reason: 'Too many wombats are being hit by cars out here! I don't think this is a good place for them to be crossing anymore.'
4. My daughter went to a Mexican takeaway and ordered a taco.
She asked the person behind the counter for 'minimal lettuce.'
He said he was sorry, but they only had iceberg lettuce.
More of these next week.
May “Guardian Angels” sit on the shoulders of all of our race drivers and race fans, and guide them safely around the tracks!
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