Racin' & Internet Stuff:

                                      By Tom Avenengo

                                         Volume # 85





In last weeks column I linked to a video of an accident that Johnny Heydenreich had during the PRA Silver Crown race down in Florida back in 2006.  I also had a photo at the end of my column of Johnny and my daughter, Sarah.

Well, Johnny has been in another accident.  From what I’ve read, it happened in North Carolina.  This one, a highway accident, is quite a bit more serious than the one he had while racing.

From what I’ve been able to get, so far, via the Internet:

Sad news, folks.

Some disturbing news on Johnny Heydenreich.

I was led to this info from a friend of mine down in Florida, Rich Golardi:


Heard news today that john was in a very serious accident on his way home from florida. Dont have much more news but was told he will survive but is pretty banged up.......sorry i cant say more but thats all i was told..........Hope ole hot rod is ok..........j/m

Thank you to everyone for the well wishes for Johnny. I haven't talked to him yet, but I hope to have a chance to talk to him later tonight. Tom, John's friend and car owner with the #57B Sprint Car, spoke to John last night on the phone. He is banged up pretty badly with some broken bones -- arm, ankle and cracked ribs. If I get any additional updates, I will let you know.

Get better soon, John!

USAC Silver Crown #90


Here's some more news that I found on HAMB:

I just learned that John suffered numerous broken bones and lacerations and is in a hospital In Greenville NC. He will be facing a long road to recovery with much rehab.
Will post more info when available.

just talked to his ex father in law, all his ribs are broken, numerous broken bones in arms and legs, somehow he was "scalped" in the accident, he's had two surgeries and has more scheduled. He fell asleep and ran into a parked semi, went over a guard rail and ended up in a river, some people who saw the accident pulled him out of the vehicle before he drowned. He's gonna make it but is hurt pretty bad

Do you suppose we could send e-mails to his hospital as messages for him? Some hospitals do that. Any info you could provide would be appreciated. I've never seen him race, but I'm sure kind words from anyone would help.

Mark, from what I have heard the accident happend in Greenville, N. C., the friends I talked with today had no further information than what we had heard Wed. and Sharon posted on here. I believe he must be hospitalized in N.C., but I never asked that question. Praying for John's full recovery.


I do have one more photo of Johnny – one that was taken at the Lobitz party/auction/dinner in 2007, with my daughter, Judy.  It’s at the end of the column in the photo section.



Over on the Track Forum, there’s a discussion on Indycar racing – kind of what it used to be like compared to what we have today.  I made mention of this thread to a racing friend of mine, and he came back with this, which kind of hits the nail on the head:

“The Indy Car Series should be sued for false advertising. We all know that INDY is an OVAL and that the roots of the series are there. Of course we all know that the Speedway was built to be a proving ground for car builders and engine builders as well as tire manufacturers to develop their products. Today it is just a place to bring the car they tell you to run, the engines they tell you to run, and the tires you have to run with drivers no one has ever heard of and try to put on a race people will want to pay to watch. It's not working and the leaders of the series just can't figure out why. I am afraid it has gone to far and may be beyond saving. Oh well that's what happens when the inmates are allowed to run the asylum. Very sad.”




There was a race in Indianapolis last weekend.  Go-Karts, indoors.  NASCAR and Indycar drivers on a small almost oval track.


All he does is win: Tony Stewart wins Indy Karting Classic


In part:


Before Sunday's Indy Karting Classic, Tony Stewart declared that he wouldn't have an advantage because he'd be the heaviest driver in the field.


He didn't need any advantage.


Smoke won the Indy Karting Classic at Conseco Fieldhouse, beating fellow IndyCar and NASCAR drivers to the checkered flag. IndyCar driver Alex Tagliani was second and John Andretti was third. Stewart made his eventual race-winning pass on Camping World Truck Series champion Austin Dillon.


Link:  http://sports.yahoo.com/nascar/blog/from_the_marbles/post/All-he-does-is-win-Tony-Stewart-wins-Indy-Karti?urn=nascar-wp5695


And, a couple of videos from the event:











Last year, Bryan Clauson was given monies, as the USAC champion, to run in some Indy Lights events.  Well, Bryan got that award again for this past racing season, however, the monies will, as of now, go towards him obtaining a ride for the Indianapolis 500.

Some info:

INDYCAR: USAC Champ Clauson Poised For Indy 500 Debut


"I talked to Bryan about the possibility of using the scholarship money for Indy and they made it clear that was their first choice,’’ said INDYCAR CEO Randy Bernard.

Robin Miller  |  Posted December 09, 2011  


In part:


"When INDYCAR CEO Randy Bernard saw his first USAC sprint show at Kokomo Speedway in 2010, he was impressed with the horsepower (850), the skill of the drivers on the quarter mile dirt track and the passionate fans that packed the grandstands.


On the drive back home, he wondered why none of those American open-wheel racers competed in the Indianapolis 500.


It was explained that USAC used to be the path to Indy but not for over 30 years because the dirt cars were removed from the championship schedule and road racing replaced DuQuoin, Springfield, Sacramento and the Hoosier Hundred.


Bernard vowed to try and re-open the door from USAC to Indy some day and it appears he’s done it.


During USAC’s annual awards dinner Friday night, Benard announced that this season’s Road to Indy Scholarship money would go towards getting an Indy 500 ride for Bryan Clauson.


Clauson, the overall USAC champion for the second straight year, will have $300,000 to help secure a car for the 2012 Indianapolis 500.”


More can be seen on this if you go here:





And there's quite a thread about it over on the Track Forum, too - 3 pages worth as of last Saturday night:










If you can go to a car dealer and test drive the new car why not do the same with a race car. After a one year absence, series owner Doug Borger is announcing the return of the popular rental car program. “After so many phone calls this summer and even now bringing back the rental just seemed to be the perfect answer, you can watch videos and look at pics but until you’ve strapped in how are you really going to know. People want to know what they are buying and now they can.” added Borger, “If you buy a new car within a year of your rental date you get a $100.00 off the new car.

                Xcel Chassis provides a race ready competitive car for the night’s events. All the driver needs is the required safety gear along with the need to win. The rental car has posted a few wins over the years so you know you’re getting into a car that has just as much chance to win as the next guy. The cost for a night of racing is only $350.00 so call 610-681-2689 to reserve your day. The rental car is available for all tour shows along with Thunder Mountain, Lindas and Kutztown dates. If you had trouble thinking of the perfect holiday gift now is the time to finish the holiday shopping list.

                The 2012 season is shaping up to be the season of returns.  The release of the 2012 tour schedule has the mighty modifieds returning to Big Diamond on Saturday night and the ever popular Grandview Speedway on Sundays. The interest in the return to Big Diamond and Grandview has been nothing but positive. The dates on the schedule are all confirmed and Doug is still in talks with other tracks to increase our races. Lindas Speedway has the modifieds returning on Fridays with the third Friday off for tour shows. Kutztown will see the sportsman return with a new title sponsor Factor X Graphics. Those dates will be released shortly.

Thunder Mountain Speedway located in Lisle,NY will host the modifieds on Friday nights also. Dick and Shelly Stark have been long time supporters of the 600 modfied program. “ We are excited to bring the modifieds to the New York area. After talking with Doug and looking how the Lindas program works for both, we have decided to run the cars every Friday with the third Friday open for the tour shows. We had the series here before and they put on a great show for the fans. They have always been a popular traveling division and to bring a home track for the upstate drivers seems to be a win win for everybody involved.” stated Dick over the weekend.







Borgers PR



Media Contact

Bob Snyder




 Borgers Speedway Updates 2012


 Co-Promoters Steve Heckman and Rich Raidline announced at the Borgers Speedway Banquet they would not return as promoters at Borgers Speedway in 2012.  Steve will be pursuing his racing career while Rich will be helping his son Ryan in his racing program.  Under the direction of Steve Heckman and Rich Raidline, Borgers Speedway has achieved great success and introduced many innovations that have been copied by other speedways during the past five years under their leadership and they will be sorely missed.  We thank them for making Borgers Speedway a better place for all.  In addition I am sure we have not heard the last of them.


 Speedway owner Glenn Borger has asked me to assist him in operations of the speedway and I will assume the title of Assistant Promoter along with Track Photographer, and PR Person.  Any questions or comments can be sent to me.




As we speak the clay is being removed and drains are to be laid early next week.  On completion of the drain work the stone base and binder coat of asphalt will be put down with a Christmas deadline.  The final layer of asphalt will be laid in the spring and if the weather co-operates we are shooting for a mid April opening with two weeks of practice prior to the first race.


 Races will be held Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  The final race will be started by 9:00 p.m. and all motors must be shut off before 10:00 p.m.  Pit passes and entry fees will remain the same at $20 each and a pit pass purchased for the early show will be good the entire day as well as the grandstand pass.  Our hopes are for the Kart and Micro-Stock show to be finished by 3:30.  All trucks and trailers that are not participating in the evening show will have to leave the pits.  We are trying to make arrangements  for off site parking for anyone wishing to stay for the evening show.


 The evening show will consist of Wingless 600 Sprints, AllStar Slingshots, and Three Quarter Midgets.  At this point we have not decided if the Junior Slingshots will run a separate show or will run with the AllStars as they did Friday nights.  We would like to have comments on this issue.  Two tour races are being scheduled.


 Other divisions are also being considered to add to the program as time permits.


 There will be a restructuring of the Wingless 600 purse with $300 being guaranteed to the winner regardless of car count.  The payout from second on back will also be restructured and that will be based on car count.  The winners share will also be raised if the car count reaches the next tier.  Last spot will be guaranteed at least $20 and you will not have to take the green to receive the $20.  The Slingshot purse has not yet been determined.


An information and rules meeting will be held Saturday February 11 at 1:00 p.m. at the Wind Gap Fire Hall as in years past.


 Speedway owner Glenn Borger has made a commitment to the racers and fans to keep racing alive and defeat the people that were so intent on closing his speedway.  Glenn Borger, myself, and the entire Borgers Speedway crew are determined to put Borgers Speedway on the map as the Greatest 1/7 Mile Asphalt Oval in the United States. 








A Nissan Leaf commercial


You remember the one - where all appliances etc, etc are run by gas engines?





Towards the end, at around 48 seconds, you'll see the car owner about to un-plug the charging cable from his Nissan Leaf.  From the commercial, it sure looks like the cable remains with the charging station/post, since the driver is shown taking the plug from the car – but where does it go?  Is that charging post free?  What I've yet to see is any of those charging stations/posts at or on any roadside.  And from that commercial, it seems that only one car at a time can be charged – and for how long? 








News from the Clash at the Can - 'Making history, one dollar at a time'


Media Contact: Brett Deyo - Deyo99H@aol.com or 845.728.2781


For Immediate Release/December 12, 2011


Tuesday, June 12 Date Set For $10,000 'Clash at the Can' at Penn Can Speedway; All-Time Highest Paying Penn Can Speedway Event Offers Race of Champions Combination Points


SUSQUEHANNA, PA - Take a page out of the Penn Can Speedway record book, rip it out and discard it.


Again in 2012, the team of special events promoter Brett Deyo and track managers Reed Miller and Al Wilcox will make history at the Susquehanna, Pa., one-third-mile oval. On Tuesday, June 12, the 'Clash at the Can' offers a record winner's share of $10,000 for a 60-lap big-block/small-block Modified event.


The total purse - in addition to the winner's share - is expected to hit record numbers with a minimum of $300 reserved to take the green flag.


The payout eclipses the wildly successful '11 running of the 'Clash at the Can' which paid winner Billy Decker of Unadilla, N.Y., more than $8,000. A 66-car field of Modifieds turned out for that event, dubbed by many the most talented roster of dirt Modified racers assembled at any speedway, anywhere last season.


"This is definitely an unheard of, unprecedented event for Penn Can and the Southern Tier region," said Deyo, who first teamed with Miller and Wilcox in June 2010 for midweek race promotions at the facility on the Keystone State side of the New York/Pennsylvania border in Susquehanna County.


"My goal as a promoter has always been to reward the competitors, the owners and drivers who make our events possible. Last year, when Reed, Al and I announced we would pay $8,000 to win the 'Clash' we said that amount could climb with good support. A full grandstand and 66 Modifieds was great support in my mind and we're making good on our word.


"Again this year, we are making history, one dollar at a time!"


The 'Clash at the Can' will offer combination points on the Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour title race of 2012. Two regions will comprise the '12 RoC schedule. At the 'Clash at the Can' fans will enjoy stars of the North and South colliding in an epic short-track battle.


Due to the length of last year's 'Clash at the Can' program, event management has decided to drop one class from the program and opt for a fan-friendly two-division work-week show.


"The 'Clash' is quickly becoming a must-see event on the Penn Can schedule," said Penn Can co-promoter Reed Miller. "We took great pride in the field we had last year. It was certainly an highlight for us in our time at Penn Can."


Wilcox, the owner of Endicott, N.Y., speed shop Trackside Products who has managed Penn Can's operations with Miller since 1997, said the 'Clash' exposes Penn Can to a new and diverse group of racers and fans.


"That show brings out a group of race fans and drivers who have never seen the place or hadn't been to Penn Can in a long time," Wilcox said. "It's always positive to show those people the side-by-side racing we have to offer. We've been proud that our local drivers have been able to hold their own against some of the best in the business."


In its two previous runnings, the 'Clash at the Can' main event has evolved into a standoff between Modified superstars and weekend warriors.


Last June, it was eventual RoC champion Decker, driving John Wight's Gypsum Racing No. 91, besting Accord (N.Y.) Speedway weekend racer Danny Tyler of Cottekill, N.Y.  The upstart Tyler led much of the event, proved a formidable match for Decker and guided his family owned No. 22 home to second.


The star of the '10 'Clash at the Can' was Carbondale, Pa.-based Penn Can regular Brett Tonkin, whose No. 15 repelled the advances of eventual victor Duane Howard of Oley, Pa., using the outside lane.


"The small track is a great equalizer," Deyo said. "We've shown repeatedly that the little guy can compete with the big teams at Penn Can. The track is racy, tire wear is non-existent and powerful, expensive engines aren't the key to success. It is no exaggeration that 'anyone' can win this race."


A lap sponsorship program - at $20 per lap - will be in place for the 'Clash at the Can' event. Interested parties should contact Brett Deyo by e-mail at Deyo99h@aol.com or via phone: 845.728.2781. All lap money raised will go directly to the racers. Please note all lap money does not have to be awarded to the driver leading the event.  Special awards and bonuses are also being sought. Contact Deyo to get involved.


A liberal rules package will be announced as the event nears.


BD Motorsports Media has plans for an expansive display at Motorsports 2012 presented by Small Engine Fuels Jan. 20-22 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa.  Last year, BD took home the Best Speedway/Series display at the Len Sammons Motorsports Productions event.


Keep posted to www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com for updates on the '12 'Clash at the Can' event. Penn Can Speedway is on the web at www.penncan.com.


BD Motorsports Media Co-Promotion Penn Can Speedway History


November 13, 2011 (King of the Can 50 laps) - STEWART FRIESEN - Jeff Strunk - Pat Ward - Jimmy Phelps - Justin Holland


June 7, 2011 (Clash at the Can RoC 60 laps) - BILLY DECKER - Danny Tyler - Jimmy Phelps - Duane Howard - Matt Sheppard


August 10, 2010 - (Hot Summer Night RoC 60 laps) - STEWART FRIESEN - Alan Rudalavage - Duane Howard - Bobby Varin - Joey Grammes


June 8, 2010 (Clash at the Can RoC 60 laps) - DUANE HOWARD - Danny Johnson - Stewart Friesen - Brett Tonkin - Ryan Godown



BD Motorsports Media Promotions All-Time Modified Win List


Stewart Friesen - 3 (Penn Can Nov. 13, 2011; Big Diamond July 26, 2011; Penn Can Aug. 10, 2010)

Duane Howard - 2 (Five Mile Point Oct. 8, 2011; Penn Can June 8, 2010)

Billy Decker - 1 (Penn Can June 7, 2011)

Justin Holland - 1 (Five Mile Point Oct. 9, 2010)

Kevin Hirthler - 1 (Five Mile Point Oct. 10, 2009)

Mike Ricci - 1 (Afton Oct. 7, 2006)

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Hey, I can see this happening more and more as time goes bye.  I can see how many are really addicted to their phones and are just not able to stay away from them.


Driver was texting in Missouri traffic pileup


In part:


"WASHINGTON (AP) — A 19-year-old driver was texting just before his pickup truck, two school buses and a tractor truck collided in a deadly pileup on an interstate highway in Missouri last year, the National Transportation Safety Board said Monday.


Two people — the pickup driver and a 15-year-old student on one of the buses — were killed and 38 others were injured in the Aug. 5, 2010 accident on the interstate highway near Gray Summit, Mo. Nearly 50 students, mostly members of a high school band from St. James, Mo., were on the buses heading to the Six Flags St. Louis amusement park.


The chain of rear end collisions began when the pickup truck rammed the back of the tractor truck, the board said. The pickup was then rear-ended by a school bus, which was in turn struck by the second bus.


The board is scheduled to meet Tuesday to hear the results of an investigation into the accident and to make safety recommendations. The meeting will focus on the "distractive effects of portable electronic devices when used by drivers," the board said in a statement.


The board has previously recommended bans on texting and cell phone use by commercial drivers, but has stopped short of calling for a ban on the use of the devices by adults behind the wheel of passenger cars.


"This is trending very hot and it's a growing concern for the NTSB," she told The Associated Press.


The problem of texting while driving is getting worse despite a rush by states to ban the practice, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said last week. In November, Pennsylvania became the 35th state to forbid texting while driving.


About two out of 10 drivers overall — and half of American drivers between 21 and 24 — say they've thumbed messages or emailed from the driver's seat, according to a survey of over 6,000 drivers by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


And what's more, many drivers don't think it's dangerous when they do it — only when others do, the survey found."


A little more can be found if you go here:









Well, I guess I can say this, and not many can say it ain’t so:


“With all the spending that’s being done for Christmas, we sure are making China RICH.  It’s almost impossible to “Buy American” anymore.







So it seems that the newly designed Indy car is S L O W.  On top of that, it’s been a real pain to drive, especially in corners, so I’ve read.  In a way, it kind of puts more of the driving into the drivers “butts” rather than just planting the car down to the track via downforce.

There’s an interesting thread on the Track Forum on some changes being made.


INDYCAR: Dallara Commits To DW12 Updates


Dallara will supply new pieces to address the DW12’s weight distribution issues and will seek drag solutions through full-scale windtunnel testing.


In part:


"The 2012 Dallara DW12 Indy car has faced ongoing challenges to hit its performance marks on the ovals, but as INDYCAR and the Italian constructor informed its teams on Tuesday, a new and more aggressive round of measures will be implemented to correct the car’s handling and aerodynamic deficiencies.


"I'd like to thank Mr. Dallara and his entire team for stepping up and tacking things directly," INDYCAR CEO Randy Bernard told SPEED.com. "It would have been easy to back away from the problems, but I'm definitely encouraged with how they're working with INDYCAR and what they've come up with."


In an effort led by Will Phillips, INDYCAR’s VP of Technology, Dallara, DW12 transmission manufacturer Xtrac, and Chevrolet and Honda--the two engine manufacturers currently conducting private testing, the group has been working to resolve the rear weight distribution and excessive aero drag issues that have limited the car’s overall performance during oval testing at Iowa, Indianapolis, Fontana and Homestead.


Modest improvements were made at Homestead through the use of lightened gearbox parts, but the biggest shift forward in weight distribution came with the addition of ballast to the front of the cars.


Although the parties involved with the Homestead test reported those changes went at least halfway to cure the DW12’s sizeable oversteer on corner entry and understeer on corner exit, Dallara has agreed to produce all-new suspension for the car to further mitigate its balance problems.


A number of drivers and engineers suggested the use of rearward-swept suspension to shift the DW12’s weight forward, and after the latest round of oval testing delivered positive gains when the series moved the car’s 41 percent front/59 percent weight distribution closer to 43/57, Dallara decided to take the next step by manufacturing new suspension."


Interested?  If so, more can be seen here:








Not good news, for sure!


Millions set to lose jobless benefits — “I’m very scared,” one tells Yahoo News


In part:


"For Dawn Deane, the difference between just keeping her head above water and falling under is the unemployment insurance check she receives each week.


In June, Deane, who is 49, was laid off from her human-resources job at a Philadelphia nonprofit, where she made over $50,000 a year. Since then, jobless benefits have allowed her, barely, to keep up with her mortgage and car payments and her other bills--as well as to maintain some normalcy in her 9-year-old daughter's life. Without the benefits, Deane told Yahoo News in an interview, her home would likely fall into foreclosure, and she'd be forced to apply for welfare--which would mean a significant drop in her income, and would dramatically upend her and her daughter's lives.


"Push comes to shove, if we've got to move or something like that, I don't know what I'd have to tell her, how I would explain it to her," Deane said. "I can't imagine it."


She may soon have to. Last December, amid persistent joblessness, Congress agreed to extend federal unemployment benefits for 34-53 additional weeks, beyond the standard 26. But the extension will expire at the end of the year, if it's not re-approved--a lapse that would cause nearly 1.8 million Americans to lose their benefits in January (pdf), according to the National Employment Law Project, which supports an extension. During 2012 as a whole, around 6 million Americans--including Dawn Deane--would likely be thrown off the rolls, the Labor Department estimates."


More on this can be seen here:









My local paper, the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record, on it’s website, always has a poll for its viewers to participate in.  Here is the poll question and results, as of 10:00 PM for Wednesday, December 14, 2011:


Record Poll

Should the use of cell phones while driving be banned nationwide?

Yes:  81.1%

No:  19.9%

Total Votes:  559








Coming up:


The AARN's annual Motor Sports show - January 20th, 21st & 22nd, 2012.

Greater Philadelphia  Expo Center At Oaks 100 Station Ave. Oaks, PA 19456

For GPS use this address:

1601 Egypt Road  Phoenixville, PA 19460 (Upper Providence Township)




Atlantic City Indoor Race 2012

February 3rd & 4th, 2012

Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall  2301 Boardwalk  Atlantic City, NJ 08401



West Springfield, MA Motorsports Expo


Are you aware that the West Springfield, MA Motorsports Expo is returning?  It will be held at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA on March 2, 3 & 4 in 2012.

It’s website:  www.needforspeedexpo.com





Orange County Fair Speedway Banquet from their website:


2011 OCFS Awards Banquet - January 7th, 2012

Posted: November 21st, 2011


Saturday, January 7th @ 5:30pm

@ Kuhls Highland House


For ticket info contact Bob Perran at 352-503-3847




Accord Speedway Banquet info from their website:



In an effort to be sensitive to the economic environment a decision has been made to change the venue for the 2011 banquet.
The 2011 Award Banquet is being held at the Brookside Manor in Middletown NY on March 3, 2012. A buffet dinner with cash bar for $40 per person. It will be open seating-with reservations for tables of 10. The top 10 drivers in each Friday division will be honored as well as Mid Week Madness drivers. As per our rules, drivers must be an Accord Speedway member and must attend the banquet to receive their award.





Found on Facebook (and also seen on fence between full and half covered stands at OCFS during ESW):


‎2nd annual OCFS Motorsports Show March 30th - April 1st. Entry forms and vendor applications available soon. Any questions feel free to ask here or call the speedway office at 845-342-2573 or ocfsmotorsportsshow@yahoo.com


Note:  The above was posted on Facebook by Ken Reed.





Found on Jayski’s website:


Ragan talks to Penske; Kurt Busch will talk to Phoenix Racing:

David Ragan has met with Penske Racing officials about replacing Kurt Busch. Busch's future could hinge on whether Ragan is hired. James Finch, the owner of Phoenix Racing, said he had a deal with Ragan to drive the #51 Chevy next season subject "to him getting a better deal.'' That possibility happened on Monday when Busch was released by Penske Racing, leaving the #22 with sponsor Shell Pennzoil open. Finch told ESPN.com on Friday that Ragan contacted him on Thursday to say he met with Roger Penske in Detroit and planned to meet next week with Shell Pennzoil officials. Ragan confirmed he met with Penske and other officials and planned to "follow up next week." Meanwhile, Finch said Busch contacted him about driving for his Spartanburg, S.C. -based organization. "I told him I'd meet with him and see what's going on,'' Finch said. "I haven't decided who I am going to put in my car next year. He wasn't necessarily at the top of the list." Finch said Busch's behavior that led to what was described as a "mutual'' split with Penske Racing wouldn't discourage him from hiring the 2004 Cup champion. He also said he wouldn't tolerate Busch's sometimes volatile behavior. "Kurt, his talent is pretty good,'' Finch said. "He's one of the best there is, but I'm not going to listen to that s--- and pay him money."(ESPN)(12-9-2011)


Darian Grubb has been named crew chief for #11 FedEx Toyota:

Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Darian Grubb has been named crew chief for its #11 FedEx Toyota NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team. "Darian is a great addition to our organization and person to lead our #11 FedEx team," said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. "Obviously he has proven the ability to guide a team to a championship and we are excited to have him working with Denny (Hamlin) toward achieving that goal here at Joe Gibbs Racing." Grubb is coming off an impressive championship run with driver Tony Stewart at Stewart-Haas Racing which included winning five of the 10 Chase races en route to capturing the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title. He spent the past three seasons as crew chief for Stewart on the No. 14 car after the driver left JGR to start his own race operation. Prior to joining Stewart-Haas Racing, Grubb spent six years with Hendrick Motorsports; rising through the organization's engineering ranks and gaining invaluable crew chief experience. "I'm thrilled to join Joe Gibbs Racing," said Grubb. "The chance to work with Denny is something I'm excited about. When you sit down with Joe and J.D. Gibbs you can't help but be excited about this opportunity and the team aspects of JGR. There is no question about the level of support you get here and I'm looking forward to working with everyone across the entire organization."(Joe Gibbs Racing)(12-9-2011)


Red Bull Racing closes:

Red Bull Racing's five-year run as a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team will come to an end [Thursday], when the last of approximately 150 employees will be laid off and the competition shop shut down, presumably for good. After 284 Sprint Cup starts, over 106,000 competitive laps and two victories, the team informed its remaining employees this week that Thursday will be the final day of operation. A memo was distributed by the team's Human Resources Manager outlining severance procedures and establishing a schedule for exit interviews. After a brief team meeting &. the team will raffle off sheet metal, mementos and photos that have hung at the Red Bull shop and distribute cases of Red Bull to departing employees. "We know it will be a difficult day for everyone," said the memo, "as a large number of employees will be exiting the facility."(Sirius Speedway)(12-8-2011)


Logano & Brad Keselowski to Visit Troops & Families at Guantanamo Bay:

#20-Joey Logano and #2-Brad Keselowski, are scheduled to be part of a NASCAR-USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Dec. 12-14. As part of the NASCAR-USO trip, Logano and Keselowski will share stories of life on the track, sign autographs, pose for photos and spread holiday cheer to hundreds of troops and military families. Logano and Keselowski have participated in charitable races benefiting America's Armed Forces and are avid supporters of the military community. Both drivers have also visited Walter Reed Army Medical Center, now known as Walter Reed National Medical Center, and spent quality time with wounded warriors. This tour of Guantanamo Bay is part of an ongoing partnership between NASCAR and the USO to strengthen a connection to the military and help boost the morale of U.S. troops and their families stationed around the world.
Joey Logano: "I jump at every chance I get to show my appreciation to our nation's Armed Forces and I look forward to my upcoming USO trip to Guantanamo Bay. Our service men and women and their families are doing an amazing job."
Brad Keselowski: "Traveling with the USO and getting the chance to spend time with our troops is something I wish everyone could do. To see what they do day-in and day-out and hear their stories is an opportunity of a lifetime and something I will never forget."(NASCAR)(12-10-2011)


RPM considering Kurt Busch in #43 car?

Sirius XM NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody has learned that in an effort to retain sponsor Best Buy, Richard Petty Motorsports has proposed replacing AJ Allmendinger as driver of the legendary #43 Ford with Busch. RPM struggled to re-sign Best Buy a year ago, negotiating until early January before inking a one-year contract. The electronics retailer served as major sponsor of the #43 team in 26 events this season.
Richard Petty Motorsports Chief Operating Officer Robbie Loomis confirmed today that discussions have been held regarding Busch, saying, "Best Buy has been a great partner for a long time, and AJ Allmendinger has done a fantastic job for us. He's coming off his best season yet, but I can tell you there is a lot of interest on our part in having Kurt Busch in the fold. It makes sense to have Kurt with our team, if we can make it work.
"Our main focus is to continue building on what we finished the season with last year," said Loomis. "But right now, I feel like I'm running down two different sets of train tracks. From a personal standpoint, nothing has excited me more than when I heard Kurt had become available. I'm excited about the opportunity to add a driver like Kurt Busch to Richard Petty Motorsports. I would mortgage my house to make Kurt a part of this team. We value what he has done on the race track. He has won a (Sprint Cup) championship and worked for a first-class operation like Penske Racing. Guys like that don't come along every day."
Allmendinger finished 15th in 2011 Sprint Cup Series championship points, with one Top-5 and 10 Top-10 finishes. His best finish was a fifth in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in late May. Busch won a pair of races this season at Infineon and Dover en route to 11th in points, tallying eight Top-5 and 16 Top-10 finishes. He parted company with Penske Racing earlier this month, in the aftermath of a much-publicized verbal confrontation with ESPN pit reporter Dr. Jerry Punch during the 2011 season finale at Homestead Miami Speedway (Sirius Speedway).

AND no word what Allmendinger would do IF this happens; and not too sure Jack Roush [who Busch drove for before Penske and had issues with], who team supplies cars and engines to RPM would allow this to happen.(12-13-2011)


RPM struggled to re-sign Best Buy a year ago, negotiating until early January before inking a one-year contract. The electronics retailer served as major sponsor of the #43 team in 26 events this season. RPM did not release an official statement on the speculation that either Allmendinger had been released or if Best Buy was ready to remain with the team for 2012. The possibility of adding Busch as a third entry has also been discussed but contingent on finding additional sponsorship.(CBS Sports)(12-14-2011)


President of SPEED resigns from network:

Hunter Nickell, President of SPEED, is leaving the network at years end. During Nickell's tenure, SPEED reached several significant milestones, adding nearly 16 million homes to its current Nielsen Household reach of 84 million homes in North America. Nickell will finish several projects with SPEED over the next few months and continue to explore opportunities within the FOX Sports Media Group. An interim replacement will be named shortly. Increasing its relationship with NASCAR under Nickell's leadership, SPEED added several high-profile events to its programming lineup, including the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies and all three of the NASCAR post-season awards banquets. Nickell also generated increased SPEED programming and marketing presence at every NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on the circuit, giving SPEED unmistakable leadership in on-site network visibility. Nickell came to SPEED in 2005 after 12 years as general manager of FSN South, where he oversaw the nation's largest regional sports television network.(SPEED)(12-13-2011)


Bowyer will test at Walt Disney World Speedway:

Michael Waltrip Racing's new #15 5-hour ENERGY team is ready to hit the track this week in preparation for the NASCAR Sprint Cup season. New driver Clint Bowyer and crew chief Brian Pattie will visit Walt Disney World Speedway in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. to test the #15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota Camry on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. It marks the first test for the new driver-crew chief combination. The test also begins a busy off season for the team that will test at New Smyrna Speedway and Daytona International Speedway in January.(MWR)(12-13-2011)


Sad News - Joy Fair:

Joy Fair, a Michigan native and legendary stock car driver who won numerous championships at Midwest tracks, has died, Dave DeHem, president of the Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club, said Saturday. Fair was 81. Fair, who began his racing career in 1949, competed at many tracks, including Mount Clemens and Flat Rock. He drove in several different series, including ones sanctioned by NASCAR, USAC, ASA and ARCA. "Joy was a legend not only in Michigan but also in the entire Midwest as the driver of the school bus-yellow #1 car," DeHem said. Arrangements were unknown early Saturday afternoon (). Fair ran two races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, both in 1956 at Daytona Beach and Chicago [at Soldier Field] where he had his best finish of 9th.(12-10-2011)
SERVICES info on my 2011 Sad News page.(12-13-2011)




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 December 16th to December 22nd.




Charlie Masters ... Born ... USAC Sprint & Indy Car Driver from the 1960's.


A.J. Allmendinger ... Born ... NASCAR driver.




Leon Fox... Born... NASCAR driver from the 1970's


Paul Tracy... Born... Paul competed in CART and the Champ Car World Series from 1991 to 2007.


Sammy Sessions... Died... Sessions was one of the most likable race drivers to come out of the state of Michigan and obtain national prominence. Born during the depression days of the middle thirties, Sam started racing outboard boats at the tender age of 14 and moved into stock cars in 1958 at the now defunct Hastings racetrack. Next on Sam's driving list were the supermodifieds in which he earned the point championship at the now defunct Grand Rapids Speedrome, along with winning a 200-lap national championship supermodified race at South Bend. In 1963 San won 100 lappers at Sandusky, Shangri-La and Delaware. 1964 brought victories in a 50 lapper at Toledo, 100 lapper at Sandusky, and a 150 lapper at the Grand Rapids Speedrome. Nicknamed, the "Little Tiger" Sammy was one of the many Michigan drivers that dominated the early supermodified days at Oswego. The fan popular Sessions drove Pete Webster's Bingo 151 super to three feature wins in a row early in 1964 before taking the car out of the ball-park in turn one in a spectacular crash. The following season Sessions began a USAC racing career that saw him successfully compete in Champ, Sprint and Midget divisions, the highlight being a top five finish in the '72 Indy 500. Continued in sprint cars for a number of years and also became a top snowmobile racer. He died when he suffered a heart-attack during a snowmobile racing accident in Alexandria, Minnesota in 1977 and subsequently crashed into a tree, dying instantly when a branch decapitated him. Real name was Allen Dale Sessions.


Ryan-Hunter Reay... Born... He started driving in 2003 with CART , Champ Car World Series and later with IRL .




Bill Holland... Born ... AAA driver from the 1930's 40's and 50's. He won the Indianapolis 500 in 1949.


Don Davis ... Born ... USAC driver from the late 1950's to the early 1960's. He drove in the USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1960-1962 seasons with 15 starts, including the 1961 and 1962 Indianapolis 500 races. He finished in the top ten 8 times, with his two best finishes in 3rd at Trenton and in 4th at Indianapolis, both in 1962. He died in a sprint car crash in New Breman, OH.(8/7/62)


Henry Banks ... Died ... He was the son of an early European race-driver. Henry began competing in 1932, when he was 19-years-old, and became successful in the midget cars. He was the first driver to pass the qualifying "rookie test" at the Indianapolis 500 in 1936. He also drove as a relief driver in 1937, 1939, and 1940, with a 21st place finish in 1938. He won the 1941 American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) championship in New England. After a break during the war, when he worked at Ford's aero-engine division, Banks' career took off. In 1947 he won 30 midget car races. In 1950, he was the AAA National Champion and, in the same year, came second in the National Midget points. He later retired from racing and became USAC Director of Competitions.


Stan Fox ... Died ... The Wisconsin native was one of America's top midget pilots for more than 20 years. He won the 1979 Badger Midget Series title and went on to a successful USAC career that included 19 wins. Among his victories are the Belleville Nationals (twice), Turkey Night Grand Prix, 4-Crown Nationals and Copper World Classic (twice). Fox, who raced in eight Indianapolis 500s, was seriously injured during the 1995 Indy 500 and never raced competitively again. Fox is a member of the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame. Fox was killed in an automobile accident in New Zealand in 2000.




Ralph DePalma... Born ... AAA driver from 1909 to 1933. Ran the Indy 500 ten times and won in 1915.


Louis Schneider... Born ... AAA Midget and Indy Car driver from the 1920's and 30's. He won the 1931 Indy 500.


Patty Moise... Born ... A former NASCAR driver. She drove in five Winston Cup races from 1987 to 1989, and 133 Busch Series races from 1986 to 1998. She is the wife of former fellow NASCAR driver Elton Sawyer.




Scott Goodyear ... Born ... Race car driver from Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. Goodyear ran the IndyCar, IRL and Champ Car series during his career from 1987 to 2001.




Lorenzo Bandini... Born ... Formula One driver 1961 to 1967. He died of burns as a result of a crash in the Monaco Grand Prix , May 1967.


Rex Easton ... Died ... Rex competed in some sprint cars, but was mainly a midget chauffeur who was always up front in competition. His career was evenly divided between the AAA and USAC years. In USAC competition, he won 21 features which places him 21st in the all- time USAC feature wins ranking. Rex Easton won the 1954 Midwest Midget title and just missed taking the National Championship that year, losing out to Jack Turner in the last race of the season. Rex placed second in the 1957 and 1958 USAC National Midget Division points races and won the USAC Midwest Championship in 1958.




Bob Lazier... Born ... Lazier competed in many forms of motorsport in the 1970's including Formula 5000 and the SCCA Super V series. He raced in the CART series in 1981 completing all 11 events that year and was CART's Rookie of the Year for 1981. He finished 9th in points for Fletcher Racing Team and finished 4th two different times that year, the first at Watkins Glen then again two weeks later in Mexico. Lazier also competed in the 1981 Indianapolis 500 starting 13th and finishing 19th after a blown engine caused him to retire the Penske PC-7 after 154 laps. He is the father of both 1996 Indianapolis 500 champion Buddy Lazier and Indy Racing League driver Jaques Lazier.






News from the AARN:



From their December 6th issue:


As of press time, there are six 360 Sprint Car Series races being planned for the Pennsylvania area for 2012.


There’s a full page devoted to the racing that’s scheduled for Florida from January 21st to February 26th, showing when and where.


DIRTcar to sanction four asphalt races for 358’s in 2012, with two at the Dunn Tire Raceway Park and two at the Airborne Park Speedway.  One of the races at Dunn will be a mid-week show.


Guess who got married?  The bride:  Heather McIntyre – the groom:  Brett Deyo.  They tied the knot on December 3rd.


Moe Gherzi, Jerry Humiston, Roland Lapierre, Reggie Ruggiero, Joey Kourafas, Mario Fiore, Jim Jorgensen, Irene Venditti and Donald Hoenig will all be inducted into the New England Auto Racers (NEAR) Hall of Fame on January 29th.


The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be returning to the Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday, June 23rd.  The feature will be 160 laps.


Sunday racing at the Grandview Speedway for “Small” cars.  Slingshots ($200.00 to win), 600 Micros ($350.00 to win), 270 Micros ($300.00 to win) and 600 Modifieds.  More info can be found here:  www.pjkproductions.com


The WoO Late Models are scheduled to run 46 races at 32 tracks.


The WoO Sprint Car Series has grown some, and they start the new season on February 17th at Volusia.


The American Canadian US Tour (ACT) has been trimmed down to 10 point events and 4 special non point shows in 2012.


Lenny Sammons:

Lenny has a little bit about the Northeasts winningest driver – Keith Rocco, about a possible ride in the NASCAR Truck Series for Kyle Busch.  Rocco won 32 races in 2011.  Other top winners in the Northeast:

Stewart Friesen with 22 at 9 different tracks.

Matt Sheppard with 21 wins.

Late Model driver Gene Knaub with 19 wins.

Jimmy Zacharias and Billy Pauch with 15 wins.


There’s a box at the end of the Sammons column that gives the top winners here in the Northeast since 1978

52 wins:  Geoff Bodine in 1978 and Richie Evans in 1979 

45 wins:  Richie Evans in 1980

38 wins:  Richie Evans in 1981

32 wins:  Alan Johnson in 1982

40 wins:  Doug Hoffman in 1983 & 1984

52 wins:  Doug Wolfgang in 1985

40 wins:  Doug Wolfgang in 1986

33 wins:  Billy Pauch in 1987

42 wins:  Billy Pauch in 1988

45 wins:  Billy Pauch in 1989

48 wins:  Billy Pauch in 1990

33 wins:  Billy Pauch & Brett Hearn in 1991

37 wins:  Bily Pauch in 1992

38 wins:  Brett Hearn in 1993

47 wins:  Bob McCreadie in 1994

28 wins:  Bob McCreadie & Steve Paine in 1995

28 wins:  Brett Hearn in 1996

31 wins:  Brad McClelland in 1997

33 wins:  Fred Rahmer in 1998

32 wins:  Terry Shaffer in 1999

35 wins:  Danny Johnson in 2000

30 wins:  Ted Christopher in 2001

42 wins:  Brett Hearn in 2002

28 wins:  Alan Johnson in 2003

34 wins:  Fred Rahmer in 2004

29 wins:  Fred Rahmer in 2005

26 wins:  Brett Hearn in 2006

29 wins:  Brett Hearn in 2007

25 wins:  Billy Decker in 2008

24 wins:  Ted Christopher in 2009

25 wins:  Keith Rocco & Stewart Friesen in 2010

32 wins:  Keith Rocco in 2011


Ernie Saxton:

It seems like Mr. Saxton and I agree on quite a lot of things related to auto racing.  Here’s another one:  Danica will be just an average racer in first class equipment.

There were 150,000 people f in attendance for the Indycar race in Baltimore this pas year, still there’s big financial trouble.  A special piece on those problems towards the end of this AARN section.

Can you name the top 5 in 2011 Indycar points?  I can’t.

Remember Kenny Bernstein?  Since he’s retired from drag racing, he kind of disappeared, hasn’t he?  Not much being written about him. 

Del Worsham is no longer drag racing with the NHRA, but will be a crew chief with a top team.

The 24th annual Matheny Christmas Party is this Saturday, December 17th.  www.matheny.org/  or e-mail Kevin Eyres at:  kjeyres2@aol.com ir call him at:  732-580-3624.


Walter Elliott:

On the problems with the Indycar race at Baltimore:

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is giving Baltimore Racing Development until December 31st to pay at least part of what the Indycar/ALMS race promoter owes the city, or reform itself.  1.28 million owed to the city and its civic partners and subcontractors.  If not paying at least part, the city council could make them seek another promoter or write off the Baltimore GP after just that one race.

The parking authority has received $50,862.00 of the BRDS $250,000.00 check to the office, which the promoter asked to hold from cashing, pending internal re-structuring that has expired.

$487,971.00 in city admission and amusement taxes – BRD has asked for a payment plan in October.

$750,000.00 in city services – Baltimore citing that BRD had not come through with certain services, is asking for 50% above the 1st years $500,000.00 fee.

Local vendors not paid.  The contractor who supplied the temporary stands will probably go out of business because she wasn’t paid.  Several contractors who worked the race weekend, may not follow through with snow plowing unless they are paid what they’re due.


In AARN this Week’s issue of December 13th:


This Week:

Bedford Fair Board
Names New Speedway
Management Team

Mahoning Valley 
Under Floyd Santee's Control
for 2012

NASCAR Releases 14-Race
Whelen Modified Tour Schedule

Ryan  Godown
Returns To New Egypt
In a Big Way In 2012

We Got The Points! 
Our Annual Review
Of Dozens Of Track Champions
And The Stats
From A Hundred Tracks

A Look  Into NASCAR History -
The "Modified  Special" Division

The IMIS Show: 
Third Year Brings
Rave Reviews, Growth





Former Oakland Valley Speedway (Dirt Oval) runners:

In the indoor races up in Syracuse last weekend, here are some names that I recall from OVRP’s Dirt Oval, back when I did their race reports:

Eddie Sickles was 10th in Stock Light.

Brian Sobus was 7th and DJ Shuman 11th in Stock Heavy.

Ryan Swartz was 1st, Ryan Kendall 6th and Eddie Sicklse a DNQ for Stock Medium.

DJ Shuman was 11th in Stock Super Heavy.

Kevin Linton was 1st in the Masters 4 Cycle.

Ryan Swartz was 1st and Ryan Kendall 10th in the Pro A main.

Eddie Sickles and Brian Sobus were DNS in the Pro B Main.

Added entrants for the Atlantic City Indoor races are Kyle Kania and Chris Daley in the Champ Karts and Mike Casario in the TQ’s.





More racin’ stuff:


Looking on the AARN’s website and entrants for the Indoor races in Atlantic City, as of December 12th there are 56 TQ’s, 38 Champ Karts, 21 600 Micro Sprints and 20 Slingshots.  I’m kind of surprised at the count for Slingshots – figured it to be higher than 20.  There are also four TQ’s with no drivers listed, too.

Just think – if Borgers Speedway, in Pennsylvania were to run TQ’s weekly in 2012 - as reported, and if only ½ of those entered in Atlantic City showed up, that would be a nice field of about 30 TQ’s.




Racing and television:











As for any telecasting of the Chili Bowl:


"Chili Bowl on TV:

As of now, it looks like it will NOT be telecast on a tape delay on SPEED TV. Kinda figures, I guess? I've seen postings on the Internet and also on Facebook that the telecast will be tape delayed on CBS and then on CBS Sports.  CBS Sports is he correct one.

Asking about CBS Sports on the Track Forum, I was led to this link:


What you have to do is type in your zip code and who is your cable provider. I'm supposed to get CBS Sports on channels 457 & 467."



I get e-mails:


Keep your eye on Waukesha, Wisconsin......

So much for the very rich “job creators” who pay little or no tax.  Is this how they help our country?....


Keep  your eye on Waukesha,  Wisconsin.......Their biggest employer, GE Medical Products just moved  out!


General  Electric is planning to move its 115-year-old  X-ray division from Waukesha, Wis., to Beijing.  These are the MRI machines we have all seen. In addition to moving the headquarters, the company will invest $2 billion in China and  train more than 65 engineers and create six  research centers. This is  the same GE that made $5.1 billion in the United  States last year but  paid no taxes-the same  company that employs  more people overseas than it does in  the United  States.



So let me  get this straight. President Obama appointed GE  CEO Chairman Jeff Immelt to head his commission  on job creation (job czar).  Immelt is supposed to help create jobs. I guess the  President forgot to tell him in which country he  was supposed to be creating those  jobs.

Thanks  Jeff, you're a "real" American....give Barrack  our Best  !!


If  this doesn't show you the total lack of  leadership of this President, I don't know what  does.  Soon, you all will understand that  Obama has an agenda, this socialist agenda is to  remove the last super power from the  world.  He is getting very  close. 


Please pass this information to  others and  DO  NOT  buy a GE product.



And, another one:


In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinborough, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior:


"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship."


"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through

the following sequence:


From bondage to spiritual faith;

From spiritual faith to great courage;

From courage to liberty;

From liberty to abundance;

From abundance to complacency;

From complacency to apathy;

From apathy to dependence;

From dependence back into bondage."

The Obituary follows:


Born 1776, Died 2012  

It doesn't hurt to read this several times.


Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in  St. Paul , Minnesota , points out some interesting facts concerning the last Presidential election:


Number of States won

by:          Obama: 19          McCain: 29

Square miles of land won by:      Obama: 580,000    McCain: 2,427,000

Population of counties won by:    Obama: 127 million  McCain: 143 million

Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by:  Obama: 13.2

McCain: 2.1 


Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of the territory McCain won was

Mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country.


Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income

Tenements and living off various forms of government welfare..."


Olson believes the  United States   is now somewhere between the

"complacency and apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy,

With some forty percent of the nation's population

already having reached

The "governmental dependency" phase.


If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal

Invaders called illegal's - and they vote - then we can say goodbye to the

USA  in fewer than five years.


If you are in favor of this, then by all means, delete this message.


If you are not, then pass this along to help everyone realize just how much is at stake, knowing that apathy is the greatest danger to our freedom..


This is truly scary! Of course we are not a democracy, we are a Constitutional  Republic . Someone should point this out to Obama. Of course we know he and too many others pay little attention to The Constitution. There couldn't be more at stake than on Nov 2012.


If you are as concerned as I am please pass this along. 





Some non-racing stuff:


Supreme Court to Decide on Arizona's Immigration Law


Updated: Monday, 12 Dec 2011, 9:39 AM CST

Published : Monday, 12 Dec 2011, 9:09 AM CST


MARK SHERMAN,Associated Press


WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has agreed to rule on Arizona's controversial law targeting illegal immigrants.


The justices said Monday they will review a federal appeals court ruling that blocked several tough provisions in the Arizona law. One of those requires that police, while enforcing other laws, question a person's immigration status if officers suspect he is in the country illegally.


The Obama administration challenged the Arizona law by arguing that regulating immigration is the job of the federal government, not states. Similar laws in Alabama, South Carolina and Utah also are facing administration lawsuits.


The court now has three politically charged cases on its election-year calendar. The other two are President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and new electoral maps for Texas' legislature and congressional delegation.



Read more: http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpps/news/supreme-court-to-decide-on-arizona-immigration-law-dpgonc-20111212-fc_16349161#ixzz1gLKQOnYS




Is this true # 1:


Postmaster general: Retirement benefits bankrupting agency


In part:


"Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe said Monday that a requirement to pre-pay for retiree health benefits has "effectively bankrupted" the U.S. Postal Service and called on Congress to pass a law that would allow the agency to make drastic changes.


Donahoe said the agency must be able to change how it pays for retiree benefits and take steps to cut costs, which would include ending Saturday delivery, closing more than 200 mail-processing centers and reviewing more post offices for closure.


The Postal Service said last week that it lost $5.1 billion for the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, and would have lost more than $10 billion if it wasn't allowed to delay a required annual $5.5 billion payment into a fund for future retiree health benefits.

Donahoe said that the retiree healthcare prepayment requirement isn't sustainable. He's also seeking to move retirees to Medicare."


More on this can be seen if you go here:






Is this true # 2:


Christmas is coming.

As you open your pockets to give, please keep these facts in mind:


The American Red Cross President and CEO Marsha J. Evans salary for the year was $651,957 plus expenses


The United Way President Brian Gallagher receives a $375,000 base salary along with numerous expense benefits.


UNICEF CEO Caryl M. Stern receives $1,200,000 per year (100k per month) plus all expenses including a ROLLS ROYCE. (Less than 5 cents of your donated dollar goes to the cause.)




The S alvation Army's Commissioner Todd Bassett receives a small salary of only $13,000 per year (plus housing) for managing this $2 billion dollar organization. 96 percent of donated dollars go to the cause.


The American Legion National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!


The Veterans of Foreign Wars National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Ve terans and their

families and youth!


The Disabled American Veterans National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!


The Military Order of Purple Hearts National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!


The Vietnam Veterans Association National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families an d youth!


Please...pass this on!





Video time:


Something quite different this week:


If you have kids in your house, they’ll get a kick out of this one!












I’m posting a photo a week for a while.  Majority of them will be from “Back in the day”. 


Note:  The photos are not available on Dirt Track Digest, only on New England Tractor - http://newenglandtractor.com/racereport/


This photo of Johnny Heydenreich and my daughter, Judy, was taken at the Stan Lobitz party/auction/dinner in November of 2007.  As of 8:30 on Wednesday evening, I haven’t seen an update on John and how he’s doing after that accident in North Carolina.









Closing with these – continued from last week:


A man goes to see the Rabbi. 'Rabbi, something terrible is happening and I have to talk to you about it.'

The Rabbi asked, 'What's wrong?'

The man replied, 'My wife is poisoning me.'

The Rabbi, very surprised by this, asks, 'How can that be?'

The man then pleads, 'I'm telling you, I'm certain she's poisoning me, what should I do?'

The Rabbi then offers, 'Tell you what. Let me talk to her, I'll see what I can find out and I'll let you know.'

A week later the Rabbi calls the man and says, "I spoke to her on the phone for three hours. You want my advice?'

The man said yes and the Rabbi replied, 'Take the poison'




The Sunday School teacher was describing how Lot 's wife looked back

and turned into a pillar of salt, when little Jason interrupted,

'My Mommy looked back once while she was driving,' he announced triumphantly, 'and she turned into a telephone pole!'



A Sunday school teacher was telling her class the story of the Good Samaritan. 

She asked the class, 'If you saw a person lying on the roadside,

all wounded and bleeding, what would you do?'

A thoughtful little girl broke the hushed silence, 'I think I'd throw up.'



A Sunday school teacher asked,

'Johnny, do you think Noah did a lot of fishing when he was on the Ark ?'

'No,' replied Johnny.  'How could he, with just two worms.'



A Sunday school teacher said to her children,

'We have been learning how powerful kings and queens were in Bible times. 

But, there is a Higher Power.  Can anybody tell me what it is?'

One child blurted out, 'Aces!'


More to follow, next week.




A few more problems on the home front.  It seems that for the second time in a couple of weeks, the little lady isn’t quite feeling up to snuff.  I’m, in a way, cutting this weeks column a little short because we’re hoping to get her to see a doctor on Wednesday morning to see what is what.


Note:  The doctor thinks it is just some kind of intestinal virus.  He’ll know more when he gets more results back from the blood work.  We have an appointment for noon this coming Friday so she can get a CAT scan on her neck, above the thyroid gland.



Then, there is me.  I have an appointment next Wednesday, December 21st to see the doctor that is going to do the fixing up of the aneurysm on my aorta,  and I’m not sure what will happen with that appointment – like how soon that little deal will be done.  I’ve been told that it won’t require major surgery, but that a stent should take care of the problem.  When, who knows, as of now.  Hopefully it won’t affect next weeks column.


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