Racin' & Internet Stuff:

                                      By Tom Avenengo

                                         Volume # 93




I don’t know how you feel about this past winter (yes, it is now spring!), but hey, I’m all for the amount of snow we had, for sure.  However, don’t be surprised that come next July or August, due to the lack of snow, wells start running dry and reservoirs get low.  Well, that is unless this spring ends up being much wetter than usual. And, of course we can expect wet weather on the weekends, right?




I caught some of the Cup race from Bristol this past Sunday.  I was going to make mention of the empty seats, then, lo and behold, there’s a thread about empty seats at Bristol on the Track Forum.  Some interesting comments, I’d say.



And, I found this via a link furnished on Facebook:





Being honest here – when I first saw this “Delta Wing” car, as an Indy car, I said to myself, “If they ever come out with those pieces of cr*p to run as an Indy car, I’m gone as a fan.  So, those behind this machine are now contemplating running in the 24 hour race at LeMans.  Interesting!

DeltaWing, a Nissan-powered race Batmobile, zooming into Le Mans


In part:


"Built by a consortium of racing firms and suppliers headed by designer Ben Bowlby and endurance-racing backer Don Panos, the DeltaWing was created as a possible alternative to IndyCars. When Indy racing decided to stick with a more traditional design, the DeltaWing's backers looked for other opportunities to prove their concept.


The rocket-shaped DeltaWing looks that way because it's built less like a traditional race car and more like a land-speed racer that can also turn. Weighing roughly half what a regular Le Mans race car might, with less aerodynamic drag due to its narrow profile, the DeltaWing's creators expect to run between the top two prototype classes at Le Mans -- even though the Nissan-supplied turbo four-cylinder engine will only produce 300 hp, about 200 hp less than the front-runners.


More, along with a photo and video, can be seen if you go here:







Want to save this country millions, if not billions, of dollars? Tell your congressman and senator that you will vote for him, or her, IF, they enact legislation that eliminates their golden parachute. As it is today, elected officials voted out of office continue to draw salaries, and health benefits. This is true whether they served one two-year term, or 20. A congressman vote out of office in 1980 will have received $5.9 million in salary. That does not include health benefits. Congressmen, senators, and presidents should get the same unemployment benefits as the rest of us, and only for the same six months as the rest of us.


Yes, the above was in an e-mail.  Taking bets – things ain’t gonna change, folks – ain’t gonna change!






A while back, when I had no computer (except for the wife’s lap top), I received the following from Brian Caruso, grandson of legendary race car owner Mike Caruso.


Louis M. ( Bif ) Caruso passes away at 82.     


December 24, 1929 - December 29, 2011


Louis ( Bif ) Caruso past away December 29, 2011 at the age of 82.


He is survived by his 3 children and 7 Grand children.


Bif served in the USAF as a cook, and had the distinct honor of having a military funeral.  He enjoyed a beautiful ceremony and wonderful send off being surrounded by family and friends. Bif is buried at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, Nevada just outside of Las Vegas.


Bif’s two greatest passions in life were auto racing and cooking.


He worked on his Father Mike Caruso’s race team starting at the age of 14 and worked as a mechanic and crew chief at Indianapolis from the 1940’s through the 1960’s. His interest and love of the sport and race cars never ended.


His second passion was cooking. After his military service, Bif became an Executive Chef and worked at a number of different restaurants in California before opening his own, aptly named, “Caruso & Me” in San Pedro, California.


Bif moved to Las Vegas in 1990.  He worked as an Executive Chef at some of the city’s finest restaurants in the Desert Inn, Golden Nugget and Suncoast Hotel & Casinos before permanently retiring in 2005. Bif always kept busy.  He was an integral part of helping us at Micar put together the Caruso Racing Museum.


Rest in peace… We will miss you Bif! 


Brian & Mike Caruso






IndyCar racing on ovals:


Andretti's Milwaukee Lease


There's a thread about this on the Track Forum.  Will it be a success or not?  Some seem to think it won't.  So far, as of now, there are reports of nothing being advertised.  I've heard it said many times, to make money, you have to spend money.


More on this can be seen here:  http://www.trackforum.com/forums/showthread.php?161590-Andretti-s-Milwaukee-Lease







How Do You Improve The Races On 1.5 Mile High Banks?


Another interesting thread about IndyCar races on 1.5 mile tracks on the Track Forum.


I've said, quite often in the past, that I'd love to see the wings taken off of the cars in order to put more of the driving into the drivers’ butts, so to say.  Now, it seems that there are others with the same thoughts.


More can be seen here, if you're interested:  http://www.trackforum.com/forums/showthread.php?161551-How-Do-You-Improve-The-Races-On-1.5-Mile-High-Banks






With Denver signing Manning (as long as his neck is ok, I guess?) the question is what will happen with Tim Tebow, now?  Where might he end up?

How about with the New York (Jersey) Jets? 

The New York Jets acquired Tim Tebow from the Denver Broncos on Wednesday, bringing the polarizing quarterback to a team that just recently gave starter Mark Sanchez a three-year contract extension.

Denver general manager Brian Xanders said the Broncos will receive fourth- and sixth-round draft picks, while New York gets a seventh-rounder—all in 2012.

The trade first was reported by Fox Sports.



Tim Tebow trade to Jets could be nullified, report says




"The Jets made a huge offseason splash by trading for Tim Tebow earlier today. But according to a report by ESPN, the trade could potentially be nullified.


Per ESPN, the sides have encountered a "hangup" in the language of Tebow's contract that could nullify the trade. According to the report, Tebow has $5 million worth of recapture language in his contract, meaning the Jets would have to pay money back to Denver.


More on this, here:  http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2012/03/tim_tebow_trade_could_be_nulli.html


And, now it looks like it’s a done deal – Tebow to the Jets

After a big false start, the New York Jets pulled off a Tebow-like comeback Wednesday night, getting the quarterback who turned the Denver Broncos from an also-ran into a playoff team last season and became the NFL’s most talked-about player—for a fourth- and sixth-round draft pick.

Now, Tebowmania is opening on Broadway.

Eight hours after initially agreeing to a deal, the teams completed the trade that was hung up when the Jets apparently balked at repaying Denver more than $5 million for a salary advance due Tebow. ESPN reported that the two sides had agreed to split that cost.






OK, be honest here now, folks – who would have thought, say 5 years ago, that a majority of those that we know would now be “talking” with their thumbs?






I always check out the National Midget Auto Racing’s Hall of Fame’s website to see if it has been updated to include those that were inducted three years ago.  This past week, their website has not come up.  I’ve been told that when that happens to websites, that could mean they’re being worked on.  In this case, I sure hope so!






On Monday, when I checked the entrants for this weeks Cup and Nationwide race, out in California, there were 46 for Cup and 41 for Nationwide – as of Monday.  As of Wednesday, the Nationwide entrants have now grown to 43 – which would be a full field.






While checking out Facebook, I came across this:


OUTRAGE: Virginia Community Center Holds Job Fair for ILLEGAL ALIENS

By John Hill on March 21, 2012 in ACTION CENTER, Blog, News


The U.S. economy is suffering its worst bout of sustained unemployment since the Great Depression. Millions of Americans are out of work and hurting. They struggle to pay their bills, pay their rent or mortgage, and find work to feed their families.


Meanwhile, millions of illegal aliens take jobs that Americans need , undercut wages, steal identities of Americans to sustain their employment fraud, and illegally collect welfare and social services to which they have no right. As American incomes decline, the amount of cash illegals send back to their home countries is at a 5-year high.


Dedicated law enforcement professionals like Sheriff Joe Arpaio work hard to remove illegals from the workplace, and free those jobs up for citizens and legal residents.


But one “community center” in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia is doing exactly the opposite: holding a “job fair” to help illegal aliens get jobs!


Our Community Place, based in Harrisonburg, VA,  brought in groups offering employment to ex-cons and the “undocumented”.


Counselor Sigi Chabrier says he helps illegal immigrants find jobs:


“These people are here living in fear that they’re going to get deported. They’re gonna lose their home, their jobs or somehow not get the piece of the American dream that they come here for,” said Chabrier.


Helping ex-cons find work is one thing. But it is an absolute disgrace for a so-called “community” center to help those breaking our laws and committing any number of identity, tax and financial crimes to find work ahead of legal Virginians so desperately in need to help.


See the news report below, and note the gem at 0:58 of the video, where reporter Litsa Pappas actually calls illegals “undocumented citizens“. Then see how you can TAKE ACTION below.


Outraged? Take Action!

Contact the following individuals and let them know that employment assistance for illegal invaders MUST STOP

[Note: be respectful, and avoid obscenities, threats or slurs of any kind]:


(1) Tell Our Community Place to serve needy legal citizens and NOT lawbreakers who steal jobs and identities from Virginians:


Our Community Place

17 East Johnson Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22802

Phone: (540) 442-7727



(2) Tell WHSV reporter Litsa Pappas that illegal aliens are NOT “undocumented citizens” but lawbreakers:


(Tell WHSV Station Manager Tim Merritt too: EMAIL)


(3) Contact Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell [ (804) 786-2211, EMAIL, FACEBOOK] about this outrage and ask him to investigate why divisions of the Commonwealth of Virginia participated in this job fair for illegals.


(4) Contact other local Virginia elected officials to express your outrage about this event:


•Delegate Tony Wilt (R). Office: (540) 437-1450 | EMAIL (direct)

•Sen. Mark Obenshain (R). Office: (804) 698-7526 | EMAIL (direct)

U.S. Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R-VA 6th District). District Office: (540) 857-2672 |  EMAIL (form)



Interested?  Then go here for more:  http://standwitharizona.com/blog/2012/03/21/outrage-virginia-community-center-holds-job-fair-for-illegal-aliens/






Again, while on Facebook, there is a photo of OCFS, as it looks now, and from the photo, which appears to have been taken from the first turn bleachers, there is no visible sign of the supposed/proposed small track that was supposed to be part of the front stretch and then into the infield – a track that was to be about ¼ mile in size.  Comment from the one who took the photo – he couldn’t see any small track.  Hmmm???  What happened?






Going back to football:


Sean Payton suspended for one year in bounty controversy


In part:


"Roger Goodell laid down the law once again. The NFL commissioner issued a harsh one-year suspension to New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton for his role in the team's bounty system that rewarded defensive players for laying injurious hits on opposing players.


The system's creator, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams who is now with the St. Louis Rams, was suspended indefinitely by the league. Saints general manager Mickey Loomis was suspended for eight games. Assistant head coach Joe Vitt will serve a six-game suspension.


More (lots) can be seen here:








Do you remember a while back when I made mention of the Irwindale Speedway out in California closing up?  Well, maybe, just maybe, it might re-open.  I found this over on the Track Forum:


“LOS ANGELES - The first hurdle for racing to return to Irwindale Speedway has been cleared.

Track owner Nu-Way Industries, Inc. has regained control of the track, considered by many the best short track in America, after a decision in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.


Jason Rund, the Chapter 7 trustee for Irwindale Speedway, LLC, ended the 33-year lease late last week. That frees Nu-Way to determine what it will do with the property, which includes state-of-the-art half- and third-mile gradually banked ovals and an eighth-mile drag strip. The lease was to expire on July 9, 2029.


L.A. Racing, which operates a racing school on the property and is not affiliated with Irwindale Speedway, LLC, has continued running its classes and programs since track general manager Bob DeFazio filed bankruptcy papers on Feb. 13.


"We're just trying to feel our way through," Nu-Way's Jay Garrett said. "We weren't able to do too much because the property was tied up with the bankruptcy. We can go ahead now."


On Tuesday in bankruptcy court, Rund, Nu-Way attorney Yi Sun Kim and Nu-Way's Jim Mnoian queried DeFazio in regards to bankruptcy issues.


Garrett said Tuesday that he and Mnoian, who have managed the families-owned property at 500 Speedway Drive for more than 4+0 years, have yet to determine what they will do, still citing the ongoing bankruptcy petition, which will be resumed May 3 after Rund evaluates the contents of an Irwindale Speedway, LLC-rented storage locker and two safes.


"We would considered (selling) it, but we're not actively pursing it right now," Garrett said. "We have a lot of different avenues that we're pursing. We're trying to get a few other activities in there that will provide entertainment as well as racing. The phone has been ringing off the hook."


Garrett said that the pair have received hundreds of phone calls from parties interested in buying the property or entering into a new lease.


"(Racing) will take a little longer to get re-geared back up," Garrett said. "But there are a couple of leading candidates. We'll have to see what it has to take to put it together."


L.A. Racing owner Jim Cohen has been overseeing the property since the LLC vacated the premises. He has retained Bob Klein, who was the track's operations manager and supervised drag strip activities.


Garrett and Mnoian said one of the first things they want to accomplish is re-opening the drag strip. After Irwindale closed, drag racing at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana also ended because of a residential lawsuit, leaving Southern California drag racers without a place to race.


"It's locked, loaded and ready," Cohen said of the drag strip. "We know it's very popular."


Cohen said that drag racing may be held on both Thursdays and Saturdays.


In the meantime, Garrett said there are tentative plans for resuming filming - the facility is frequently used for television commercials - and for events such as drifting.


When racing resumes, he said it might not be on a weekly schedule.


"We might reduce racing a little bit so that it will be a little better attended," Garrett said. "Now that the property is released, we are in a spot where we can make some announcements."


But it will all still take some time, he said.


"I'll be glad when this is all over," Mnoian said of the court hearings. "It was unneccesary. They didn't have to do this."


Irwindale Speedway, LLC had filed papers indicating it was more than $331,000 in debt.


Most of Tuesday's 25-minute hearing centered on contents of a rented storage unit and two safes at the offices of LLC president Jim Williams.


DeFazio testified that computer equipment, time and scoring equipment, transponders, which determine a car's speed, pictures, video and newspaper clippings are in the storage lockers. He said that employee information was stored in the safes.


More than 1,200 gallons of racing diesel fuel is still in tanks on the facility, along with a few items, such as pressure washers.”


Source: http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/news...#ixzz1plulpu8b


Thread:  http://www.trackforum.com/forums/showthread.php?160333-Another-one-bites-the-dust



Note:  If the track should come back, I wonder if that will have any effect on Daytona putting a track on their backstretch – a track that would probably be made by them just paining lines on the flat track and all the asphalt that’s off of the backstretch.  That’s where they said it would be.






It looks like it might be sometime next week for the Johnny Ritter photo article.  Sorry!




Coming up:


There’s a RoC race at the New Egypt Speedway this Saturday, March 24th, with Sportsman having a 40 lap feature and Modifieds having a 60 lap feature.

Note:  Weather wasn’t all that promising in the long range forecast.  Uh huh – spring and weekend.  It’s even worse, as of 9:00 AM on Wed.  Rain is forecasted.



March 24th:  “Work day” – weather permitting, and forecast isn’t all that great.

March 30, 31 & April 1:  Motorsports Car Show in the arena.

April 7:  Practice (Free admission in stands) 1 to 6 PM

April 8:  Rain date for the 7th

April 14:  Opening night!




April 6:  Practice (Free admission for the stands)

April 7:  Rain date for the 6th

April 13:  Practice (Free admission for the stands)

April 14:  Rain date for the 13th

April 20:  Opening night!

June 6:    Mid Week Madness begins




Five Mile Point Speedway:


Sat. 3/31          Open Practice   2:00 PM                                                                                                          


Sun. 4/1*         RoC Sportsman 30 - $1,500 to win plus RoC Street Stocks, 600 c.c. Mods - 4:00 p.m.


Lightning Cat (4 cylinder open) and Tommy Boy 20 for Factory Stocks.


Sat. 4/7            Open Practice    2:00 PM                                                                                                            

Sat. 4/14*        Southern Tier Open for Modifieds – 40 laps - $2,500 to win!                                 - 6:00 p.m.


Season point openers for SM, SS, IMCA and Lightning Cats.




Hamlin Speedway:


April 2012  

1. Sat 4/14/12 BUG DAY - Gate opens 1pm, practice from 2-6pm, $15 per pit pass - No Entry Fee!





OVRP’s Dirt Oval:


Saturday, March 24:

Open House and Swap meet.


Saturday, March 31:

Opening Day – practice for Karts & Slingshots – rain date for swap meet.


Sunday, April 1:

Practice for Bikes & Quads.


Saturday, April 7:

1st point races for Karts & Slingshots.


Sunday, April 22:

1st point race for Bikes & Quads






Penn Can Speedway:

















  602 Spts





  Can Opener



Bethel Motor Speedway:


April 21

(Rain date:

April 22)

Open Practice for all divisions

INEX Points Races for Legends and Bandoleros

FREE grandstand admission!

April 28

(Rain date:

April 29)

Opening Night Points


Sportsman, Legends, Bandoleros, Pro Stock,

Street Stock, BMS Modified, 4 Cylinder




Borgers Speedway:


Three practice dates are scheduled for Borgers Speedway Saturday March 31, April 7, and April 14, with April 21 slated as the season opener. These dates are tentative pending on the final coat of asphalt being laid and will change. The asphalt plant opens April 1 and Borgers is first on the list but Northeast Site would like 60 degrees to pave. After the final coat is laid the track has to set for at least one week. We will run practice on the base coat but we will not race until the final coat is laid. The schedule will be adjusted accordingly.


Lebanon Valley Speedway:


Sat. April 7

 Warm Ups / / Gates Open @ 3pm / Track Open @ 4pm -7pm / Open To Any Race Car / Pit Fee $12.00 / Grandstands Are FREE!!!



Sat. April 14

 L&M Motors & Sayer’s Auto Wrecking Present The 60th Season Opener, $3,000 To Win Modified Main! Budget Sportsman & Weekly Divisions - (Sportsman Warm-Ups)

G.A Child




Reserved Seating


Tower Seating




Albany/Saratoga Speedway:


Sunday April 15

 Open Practice OPEN TO ANY RACE CAR!

Gates Open 12pm | Practice From 3-7pm $15 


Thursday April 19

Friday April 20 GRAND OPENING: 2 BIG OPENING NIGHTS!!! Back on Dirt!

Modifieds Both Nights!

Thursday - Budgets & 4-Cyl | Friday - Prostocks & Street Stocks, Friday Mods $2,500 TO WIN!




Found on Jayski’s website:



Hendrick Motorsports to make final appeal on Tuesday UPDATE penalties reduced:

Hendrick Motorsports will make its final appeal Tuesday over penalties issued for what NASCAR says were illegal C-posts on the car of five-time Cup champion #48-Jimmie Johnson at Daytona. A three-member appeals board already has rejected one appeal by team owner Rick Hendrick, who now takes his case to NASCAR's chief appellate officer, John Middlebrook, for a hearing Tuesday. Hendrick officials and NASCAR officials will meet with Middlebrook at the same team  a different format than the first appeal hearing, when both sides presented their cases separately.(SceneDaily)


On March 20, 2012, the Chief Appellate Officer heard and considered the appeal of the penalties resulting from the #48 Hendrick Motorsports NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team. This stemmed from an opening day inspection for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2012.
The penalties concern Section 12-1 of the NASCAR Rule Book "Actions detrimental to stock car racing;" Section 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 NASCAR Rule Book, or has not been approved by NASCAR prior to the Event;" and Section 20-2.1(E): "If in the judgment of NASCAR Officials, any part or component of the car not previously approved by NASCAR that has been installed or modified to enhance aerodynamic performance, will not be permitted: Unapproved car body modifications."

The results of the appeal hearing were as follows:
- Rescinding the loss of 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Car Owner points (for Jeff Gordon).
- Rescinding the loss of 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Driver points (for Jimmie Johnson).
- Rescinding the six (6) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Events suspension for the Crew Chief (Chad Knaus) and Car Chief (Ron Malec), however both will remain on NASCAR probation until May 9, 2012.
- $100,000 fine remains in place for the Crew Chief (Chad Knaus).
John Middlebrook  Chief Appellate Officer.(NASCAR)(3-20-2012)



Daytona to repave area related to jet dryer crash & fire:

The following statement can be attributed to Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III: "We're looking forward to a successful Daytona 200 on Saturday. Since the jet dryer incident occurred on Feb. 27 [in the Daytona 500], we have washed and cleaned the affected area of the racetrack in Turn 3 multiple times, and applied street bond. We have worked closely with AMA Pro Racing officials and we're both very confident it will not present any issues during the Daytona 200. Once we complete our motorcycle events, we are going to conduct long-term repairs to that area of the asphalt, which will include removing and repaving the affected areas. Lane Construction, the team who worked on the track repave in 2010, will handle the repave project. Once this work is complete, we expect to have no further issues related to the jet dryer crash and we'll be ready to go for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola in July."(DIS)(3-16-2012)


Bruton Smith considering changes to Bristol Motor Speedway:

Bristol Motor Speedway owner Bruton Smith is considering about $1 million worth of changes to return his Tennessee track to the way it was before a 2007 reconfiguration. "We are going to take a very hard look at it this week," Smith told The Associated Press on Monday. "We have everything in our computers that shows us what the track used to be and what it is now, and we started working on that last night. I'll have an answer for you next week on if we'll alter the track." But Smith insisted it was the rain, not fan apathy over the current style of racing at Bristol, that contributed to Sunday's poor crowd. "We certainly thought it was going to be better, but the rain got us," Smith said. Bristol once was one of the toughest tickets in all of professional sports, but attendance has waned the past several years and its spring race has particularly suffered. The speedway says it seats 160,000, and although the grandstands appeared half empty Sunday, NASCAR's listed attendance was 102,000. Smith said 8,120 sold tickets went unused. But he remained adamant the attendance decline has nothing to do with the new racing at Bristol. At the same time, though, Smith said he began talking to his Speedway Motorsports Inc. officials on Sunday evening about changes to the track. Smith said SMI will study fan comments this week. "I want to be sure that the fans like what they see," he said. "If the fans like three abreast through the turns, we do nothing. If they don't, then we'll alter the track. The fans vote is the most important thing." If changes are made, they'll be done in time for NASCAR's Aug. 25 return to Bristol.(more at the Associated Press)(3-20-2012)


Speedway Motorsports, Inc., CEO Bruton Smith said yesterday that he is moving ahead with plans to return Bristol Motor Speedway to its previous configuration. Speaking on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio's The Late Shift with Buddy Baker and Jim Noble, Smith said feedback from fans has been overwhelmingly in favor of changing the legendary speedway's layout. "I'd say it's about 75% from the race fans that they'd like to see us put it back the way it was five years ago," he said. Smith said he has already consulted with engineers about making the necessary changes. "It will absolutely still be concrete," he said, "but we will (redo) the profiling. We have on paper exactly the way the track was before we came in and redid it. We're going to have all the elevations, the ingress and egress as it was before we completely redid it. We will here again offer race fans (the track) the way it was. It's not a major change that we did," insisted Smith. "We took up all the old concrete that was breaking up and causing a lot of problems. We completely redid the speedway, and fans got the idea that it's not the same. I guess it's not the same, since they told us that, and the race fan is always right. When the race fans speak, you listen. And that's what we're doing now." The SMI owner said the changes will be made before the Aug. 25 Sprint Cup Series night race. "You have a good contractor, your plans, your blueprints and a million dollars, and you just go ahead and do it. I've got engineers working on this as we speak. I have not taken this up with NASCAR yet, but that's what we will do," Smith said. "Once we're ready, we'll do it. There will be a press announcement of exactly what we're doing. I want it to be exactly correct -- the way these fans perceive it -- and I want to see 165,000 fans scrambling for tickets the way they have in the past."(Godfather Motorsports)(3-21-2012)


Judge dismisses CMS's lawsuit:

After more than four years of wrangling and deal-making, a Superior Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Cabarrus County by Bruton Smith, owner of Charlotte Motor Speedway. Superior Court Judge Robert Ervin dismissed the lawsuit over development incentives Smith says he is owed. Speedway representatives have 30 days to file an appeal and say they are considering whether to do so. The dismissal March 9 comes more than five years after speedway owner Bruton Smith threatened to move Charlotte Motor Speedway out of the area. That threat came after Concord's City Council declined to approve Smith's plans for a drag strip across U.S. 29 from the main track, citing neighbors' concerns about noise. Smith's threat prompted city, county, tourism and other leaders to try many ways of courting Smith to keep him from moving the speedway. City and county leaders went on to forge an $80 million incentives package and offer it to Smith in late 2007. As part of that deal, Smith would build the $60 million drag strip and make $200 million worth of improvements around the track. Part of the disagreement centers on how much of the $80 million the city agreed to provide out of its own budget. Smith filed the suit in Cabarrus County Superior Court in September 2009, seeking $4 million in compensation from the city and county for roadwork and other improvements around the speedway and zMax Dragway. The suit was dropped in hopes that the parties might come to an out-of-court agreement, but it was re-filed May 27, 2011. Jared Gardner, an attorney with James, McElroy & Diehl in Charlotte, which is representing Smith, said appealing the dismissal is among the options attorneys, Smith and the speedway are considering.(more at Charlotte Observer)(3-20-2012)


Veterans get free tickets for Vietnam homecoming at Charlotte Motor Speedway:

 Only about 4,000 free tickets remain for the Vietnam Veterans Homecoming Celebration at Charlotte Motor Speedway on March 31. "We'll always have tickets for the veterans," said Ginny McCabe, a spokeswoman for the USO-NC. Entertainment will include the Charlie Daniels Band and George Clinton. The celebration will honor the more than 216,000 North Carolina residents who served in Vietnam. About 1,600 died in the war. The USO of North Carolina and Charlotte Motor Speedway are sponsoring it. Veterans service organizations will be available at the speedway to assist veterans, who should bring their discharge paperwork. The ticket limit is two per person. Even after the allotment has been filled, veterans can reserve tickets by calling 800-455-FANS (3267) and showing their DD214 card or other military ID when picking up the tickets at the will-call window on the day of the celebration.(Fayetteville Observer)(3-20-2012)




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”.


For this week, I’m covering from February 21st  to March 10th.  Gradually, I’ll catch up!





Jean Marcenac ... Died ... Veteran race mechanic died of a heart attack.




Emil Andres ... Born ... AAA driver from 1935 to 1950


Marshall Teague... Born ... NASCAR, AAA and USAC driver. Finished 7th in the 1957 Indy 500.


Malcolm Campbell drives his Napier-Campbell to a One-Mile Speed record of 272.109 mph on the beach at Daytona, Florida


Larry Foyt... Born ... Raced in NASCAR and IRL . He is the grandson and adopted son of A. J. Foyt, and the older brother of A. J. Foyt IV. He also drove in the 2004, 2005, and the 2006 Indianapolis 500 for A. J. Foyt Enterprises.




Paul Goldsmith wins the final NASCAR race held on the beach at Daytona, Florida




George Robson... Born ... AAA driver 1938 to 1946. Had 3 Indy 500 starts with a win in 1946. Robson died with George Barringer in an accident at the Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta, Georgia.


Sir Malcolm Campbell in his Bluebird set a new land speed record of 253.968 mph at Daytona Beach, FL


Connie Kalitta... Born ... In a career that spans all eras of drag racing, Connie Kalitta has done almost everything and done absolutely all of it his way.


Alain Prost... Born ... F1 World Champion




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


Alfred "Pee Wee" Southcott ... Died ... He was one of Western New York's racing pioneers. From his early days racing a jalopy in some of the dirt rings of the area in the 30's, to his career in Midgets and Sprint Cars, he was always considered as a threat to win, no matter where he competed




Alexander Winton driving his Winton Bullet, set the first speed record ever achieved at Daytona Beach, Florida. Built in 1902 the "Bullet Number 1" drove a measured mile at over 65 MPH.


Elbert "Babe" Stapp... Born ... AAA driver from 1920 to 1940


SCCA The Sports Car Club of America is incorporated in Boston by seven sports car enthusiasts.


Danny Frye Jr. ... Born ... USAC midget and sprint racer


Russ Congdon ... Died ... USAC midget and sprint racer from the 1950's and 60's


Duke Nalon ... Died ... AAA midget, sprint and Indy car racer .




Ted Horn... Born ... AAA driver from the 1930's and 40's. Ted Horn has the best 9-year streak of finishes in Indianapolis 500 history. Over his Indianapolis 500 career, Ted Horn completed 1944 out of a possible 2000 laps (97%).


Peter Revson... Born ... Formula One and the Indy car driver. The nephew of Revlon Cosmetics industry magnate Charles Revson, he was an heir to his father Martin's fortune (reportedly worth over $1 billion). During a practice run for the 1974 South African Grand Prix in Johannesburg, he was killed as a result of suspension failure on his Shadow Ford DN3.


Steve Chassey... Born ... USAC/Cart sprint and Indy car driver.


Ft. Lauderdale, Florida .... A NASCAR sanctioned racing program at the 2 mile paved Broward Speedway featured Roadsters, Sports Cars and the first NASCAR race for a class of passenger cars known as Strictly Stocks, a class that would evolve into the Grand National division. Ft. Lauderdale's Benny Georgeson won the 5 lap Strictly Stock race in a Buick. The featured 100 mile Roadster race was won by Atlanta's Bob Flock with future Indy Car star Jim Rathmann 2nd. Tom Demetry won the 25 mile Sports Car race.


Bobby Ball... Died ... AAA driver from the early 1950's. On January 4, 1953, he was involved in midget car accident at Carrell Speedway, Gardena Calif., which left him with terrible head injuries. He remained in a coma and died 14 months later.




Mario Andretti... Born ... One of the most successful Americans in the history of auto racing. He has competed and won in many different types of auto racing, including stock cars, midget cars, sprint cars, IndyCars, drag racing cars, sports cars, and single-seater Formula One cars. During his career, Andretti won four IndyCar titles, the 1978 Formula One World Championship, and IROC VI (the 1978 - 1979 IROC). To date, he remains the only driver ever to win the Indianapolis 500 (1969), NASCAR's Daytona 500 (1967), and the Formula One World Championship. Andretti had a long career in racing. He was the only person to be named United States Driver of the Year in three decades (1967, 1978, and 1984). He was also one of only three drivers to win races on road courses, paved ovals, and dirt tracks in one season, a feat that he accomplished four times. At his final IndyCar win in April 1993, Andretti became the first driver to win IndyCar races in four decades and the first to win races in five decades.


Richard Petty, driving in a drag race at the Southeastern International Dragway in Dallas Georgia, lost control of his car and it went into the spectators killing an 8 year old boy.


Joe Gaerte... Born ... World of Outlaws sprint car driver.


Tony Schumacher drove his Top Fuel dragster through the 1/4 mile at 330.23 mph at Firebird International Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona. His speed is nearly 4 mph faster than his previous record in 1999.




Masten Gregory... Born ... Masten Gregory was born in Kansas City, Missouri and raced in Formula One between 1957 and 1965, participating in 43 World Championship races, and numerous non-Championship races.




Harlan Fengler ... Born ... AAA driver from 1923 to 1927. Fengler acted as Chief Steward of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from 1958 until 1974.


Leroy Warriner ... Born ... an American racing driver from Indianapolis who attempted to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 every year from 1951 to 1958 without succeeding. Warriner only managed to qualify for a single Championship Car race, the September 1953 race at the Indiana State Fairgrounds where he started and finished 18th. He retired from racing in 1962 then owned the Indianapolis Speeddrome with Gene Hartley until 1977. An accomplished midget car racer, he was inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame.


Dave Marcis... Born ... NASCAR Cup driver from 1968 to 2002


Jackie Holmes ... Died ... AAA racer from 1947 to 1953




Duke Nalon ... Born ... AAA midget, sprint and Indy car racer .


Ken Nichols... Born ... USAC driver


Lonnie Caruthers... Born ... USAC midget racer 1970's. Cousin to Jimmy & Danny Caruthers.


Tony Gulotta... Died ... AAA driver, raced in 13 Indy 500's with a best finish of 3rd in 1927


Randy Anderson sets NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car national record of 253.73 mph at Texas Motorplex.


Louie Unser... Died ... He was the twin brother of Jerry Unser, who in 1958 became the first of the famed racing family to qualify for the Indy 500. Louie served as chief mechanic for Jerry in that race and handled the same duties for younger brother Al Unser's 500 debut in 1965.




Pete Halsmer... Born ... USAC/CART driver from the 1980's


Ed Carpenter... Born ... IRL Indy car driver


Mike Mosley... Died ... USAC/CART driver from 1967 to 1983. Mosley died in an off-road vehicle accident.




AAA The American Automobile Association was founded in Cleveland, Ohio as a response to a lack of roads and highways suitable for autos. It soon became a sanctioning organization for automobile racing in the United States until 1956.


Carl Forberg... Born ... Midget driver, midget and sprint car owner, and Duane "Pancho" Carter's father-in- law


Buck Baker... Born ... One of the greatest drivers in NASCAR's history. He was the first back-to-back winner of the Grand National Championship in 1956 and 1957. He was second twice (1955 and 1958) and finished in the top five on four other occasions. After his retirement in 1976, Baker opened up the Buck Baker Racing School, where Jeff Gordon drove his first stock car. His son, Buddy Baker is a 34-year Winston Cup veteran and now teaches at the school along with Buck's daughter, Susie Baker.


Alex "Al" Tasnady... Born ... A modified stock driver for more than 23 years, he had more than 600 victories at tracks along the East Coast. During his career he won point championships at the Reading Fair Grounds, the Nazareth and Hatfield speedways in Pennsylvania; the Flemington, Vineland, Pitman, Atco and Pleasantville speedways in New Jersey, and the speedway in Dover, Del. The first modified driver to have an organized fan club, Tasnady received the Outstanding Achievement Award for modified stock car driving from the Greater New York Auto Racing Fraternity, honoring him as the No.1 driver in the country in 1963. Tasnady was the first driver to win four feature races in one day in 1967 at the Reading Fair Grounds. The next year he was inducted into the Eastern Old Timers Hall of Fame, and in 1974, was the first inductee into the Eastern Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame and was voted by them as one of the the 3 greatest Modified Stock Car dirt track racers ever. After retiring from driving he was race director at the Flemington Fair Speedway, 1973-83.


Jim (or Jimmy) Clark... Born ... He was the dominant driver of his era, winning two World Championships, in 1963 and 1965. At the time of his death, he had won more Grand Prix races (25) and more pole positions (33) than any driver up to that time. He also competed in the Indianapolis 500 five times, and won it once, in 1965.


Greg Weld... Born ... Weld was known as both a driver and a racing entrepreneur. As a driver, Weld won the 1963 Knoxville Nationals, the premiere event in sprint car racing. Weld raced in the USAC Championship Car series in the 1965-1972 seasons, with 36 career starts, including the 1970 Indianapolis 500. He finished in the top ten 11 times, with his best finish in 4th position in 1970 at Sacramento. He was also the 1967 USAC Sprint Car Series champion. As a racing entrepreneur, he founded Weld Wheels in Kansas City. Weld's wheels were considered by many as the best that automobile racers could buy and ran the firm until its acquisition by American Racing Equipment in 2006. He also promoted local auto races, including the Jerry Weld Memorial, which attracted national-level drivers.


Herm Johnson... Born ... A former driver in the CART Championship Car series. He raced in 7 seasons (1979-1985), with 35 career starts, including the 1984 Indianapolis 500. He also raced at Indy in 1982, but the race was not part of CART that year. He finished in the top ten 8 times, with his best finish in 6th position in 1982 at Atlanta.


Gary Hieber... Born ... Modified stock car and USAC driver from Langhorne, Pa.


Wendell Scott started what would become the first African-American driver to run a full schedule on the NASCAR Grand National (now Winston Cup) circuit when he races at Piedmont International Speedway in Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA. He finished in 17th place. Cotton Owens drove his Pontiac to victory in the 100 mile NASCAR GN race.




Ernie Triplett ... Died ... Ernie Triplett-Al Gordon duels in AAA Pacific Coast Championship races came to an end after a tragic accident on the dusty 1 mile dirt oval at the California Mid-Winter Fairgrounds. Triplett and Gordon were dueling for the lead when they came upon Swede Smith's car. Smith had hit another car stalled on the track for many laps. Triplett, Smith and a mechanic that had run to Smith's aid all died in the resulting accident and Gordon suffered a broken nose and other facial injuries.


URC , the United Racing Club, made a public announcement that was sent to the National Speed Sport News that URC was now an independent sanctioning body and was no longer affiliated in any way with the AAA.




Bill Schindler... Born ... East Coast midget, sprint and Indy car driver.


Eddie Hill ... Born ... American drag racer. He was inducted in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2002. He was ranked 14th on NHRA's Top 50 drivers in 2001. He was inducted in the NHRA Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 1978, and the Texas Motor Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. In 2000, he was inducted in the Don Garlit's International Drag Racing Hall of Fame.


Smokey Snellbaker... Born ... Central Pennsylvania sprint car driver.


Jules Goux... Died ... AAA driver from 1913 to 1923. He was a Grand Prix racing champion and the first Frenchman to win the Indianapolis 500 (1913) , as well as the first European to do so.


Allen Heath... Died ... West Coast open cockpit driver who raced for years, despite losing a hand in a racing accident.




Joe Garson... Born ... AAA driver from the early 1950's


Malcolm Campbell sets a Land Speed Record of 276.82 MPH in his Bluebird at Daytona, Florida.


Janet Guthrie ... Born ... USAC / CART driver from the 1970's and 80's. The first woman to qualify and compete in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500.


Lee Roy Yarbrough ( Former stockcar racer ), is declared incompetent to stand trial for the attempted murder of his mother. He will later be found innocent by reason of insanity. He suffered a bad head injury in an Indy Car crash after he'd left NASCAR. There was a great story in "Inside Sports" magazine in early 1982 on Yarbrough. By that time, Lee Roy had been committed to a care facility. His family said his whole personality changed after the head injury and he also began drinking heavily, aggravating the situation that much more, leading up to violent behavior. In the article, I recall his mother saying she forgave him and still loved her son, but "that wasn't him anymore." There was discussion that he was essentially suffering from a premature Alzheimer's. Many didn't think he was very aware of his previous life or accomplishments, though some recall mention in the article that he might have been aware that he had been a race driver. Some recall Lee Roy's abscence in 1971-72 being explained as the result of him having contracted Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever from a camping trip. Lee Roy died in the facility in the mid-80's.


Duane Carter ... Died ... AAA / USAC driver from the 1940's, 50's & 60's. He raced midget cars, sprint cars, and IndyCars. His son Pancho raced in Indy cars, along with Johnny Parsons (who he helped raise). He was inducted in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1991 and the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1989.




Kirk Shelmerdine... Born ... NASCAR racer


Percy Ford... Died ... AAA driver from 1917 to 1921. Ran the Indy 500 in 1921 and finished 3rd.


Don Garlits set an AHRA world record 1/4 mile elapse time of 6.57 seconds at Lions Drag Strip in Long Beach, California, USA, in his Swamprat 13 dragster. Later, in the final round won by Richard Tharp, Garlits' clutch explodes, cutting the car in half and in the process, cut off part of his right foot. This accident caused Garlits to design the first successful rear-engined Top Fuel dragster and changed the look of top fuel cars forever.


Lenny Martin ... Died ... Lenny was a popular stock car driver in New Jersey during the era of the 1960's and 70's and later a car owner for his sons.




Floyd Davis... Born ... Was the co-winner of the 1941 Indianapolis 500. Floyd Davis drove the first 72 laps of the 1941 race before being replaced by Mauri Rose, who completed the race in the lead.


Danny Sullivan... Born ... Cart driver than ran in 12 Indy 500's and won in 1985. The "spin and win" footage of his red and white Miller American spinning through 360 degrees down the south short chute (between turns one and two) at Indy after passing Mario Andretti for the lead in the race's 120th lap has been played on countless motorsports programs. Recovering from the spin undamaged except for flat-spotted tires, Sullivan went into the pits for new rubber, then returned to the track and passed Mario a second time twenty laps later to go on for the win.


Teo Fabi... Born ... Formula One driver from the 1980's and drove in 8 Indy 500's with a best finish of 7th in 1994.


Our fifth, and last child, a daughter, Sarah Rose Avenengo was born.   She’s now married to Jeff Michelson and they live down in Florida, with grandson Nicco and granddaughter Kristina.




Rex Mays... Born ... AAA driver from the 1930's and 40's. He was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1995 and was inducted in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in the first class in 1990. He ran in 12 Indy 500's with a best finish of 2nd in both 1940 & 1941. He was killed in a crash during the only Champ Car race held at Del Mar Speedway in Del Mar, California in 1949.


Mike Wallace... Born ... NASCAR race car driver. He is a younger brother to Rusty Wallace, older brother to Kenny Wallace, and uncle to Steve Wallace.






News from the AARN:



From their March 13th issue:


Herb Anastor:


Herb had most of his column devoted to the “Stock” stock cars from back in the day.  Did you know that the rule book for the 1950 NASCAR cars was only one page!  And, the car that won NASCAR’s first “Strictly Stock” fearure race was DQ’d because of the rear springs?


Ernie Saxton:


Ernie had quite a bit about a thief that got caught red-handed at the NHRA Nationals in Gainesville, FL.  He ended up in the hospital.  Yup, he was dealt some “justice” prior to the cops getting there.  Seems the guy was making a living stealing over the last 5 – 7 years, from motor homes that were parked at various speedways,

Ernie made mention that his wife, Marilyn, had some serious health issues, but after some surgery she’s now recovering.


Brett Deyo:


Brett made mention that Rick Laubach will be running at Bridgeport in 2012, and David VanHorn will stay at New Egypt.  The Utica/Rome point fund for 2012 - $10,000.00 for the tracks modified champion, with $7,000.00 for the second place driver and $4,500.00 for third place.  The total is up $5,500.00 to $34,100.00.  Stewart Friesen received $5,000.00 for winning the Five Mile Point championship in 2011.


Dave Roberts:


Dave reports that the RoC Dirt Modifieds will have 17 races at 12 different tracks.  There will be 11 races scheduled for the Dirt Sportsman.  Meanwhile, for the asphalt RoC schedule, they’ll have 11 races at 7 different tracks.  He goes on to say that the fields for asphalt modifieds are getting smaller – New Smyrna had a car count in the lower double digits, and down to single digits, afterward.  The modifieds and SK Modifieds ran together.  Riverhead Raceway (LI) is the only track in New York to run full modifieds weekly, now.


Toby LaGrange:


Toby is reporting that the Capital District Pro Stock car count outlook is bleak.  Their predecessors, the Late Models, died out for mostly the same reasons that are hurting the Pro Stocks, now.  Same goes for the Street Stocks – well, except for Lebanon Valley, where there are some nights when single digit to low teen entrants are the norm – at Fonda and Glen Ridge.  He seems to think that maybe both classes should be combined – using DOT street tires and any bodies – stock or aftermarket – “Stock appearing” engines with no high performance or racing parts allowed and also have an engine claiming rule.


John Snyder:


John was asking:  “What is cheating”?  Heck, most winners are accused of it, right?  He also made mention that his mother, Alice Snyder  passed away a couple of Wednesdays ago, just a few months shy of her 97th birthday.  As long as John has been involved in auto racing, he said that she had never attended one race in her lifetime.


Tom Iaeger:


Tom comes right out and says he really cant follow the NASCAR Series – a series that gives “Lucky Dog” passes, has 80% of the field as guaranteed starters, or bought, sold or traded along with what he considers a “Bogus” championship.  He is alos fed up with all the “Danica” talk.


Note:  Guess what – he ain’t alone.


Obituaries listed were for Mike Krempasky, 54, from Lehighton, PA a former driver and car owner.  Also Sally Ann Enright, 69, of Port Jervis, NY, the widow of “Tex” Enright, and mother of four sons and tow daughters.  One son, Jerry, is the starter/flagger for OCFS – a track that his father once also held that position.


And, checking out the AARN’s website for what might be covered in this weeks edition, there are these subjects:


This Week:

Hodnett - Rahmer Tangle
Sends Fred To Fence;
Hodnett To Victory
In Port Royal 410 Opener

Selinsgrove's Icebreaker
Rewards Pauch, Howard
With Winners Cash;
Fans Love Balmy Temps

Can-Am Loses DIRTCar Sanction;
Ramifications Loom Large

Siegel's Lincoln Bid
Ruined By Lapped Traffic;
Leppo Wins

Stevie Smith, CL Motorsports Team
To Debut At Williams Grove Friday

IndyCar Season Begins
On St. Petersburg's Streets Sunday

Kyle Petty Sounds Off
About NASCAR Appeals Process;
Dave Moody Sounds Off About Petty

Audi Wins 24 Hours Of Sebring – (Must be typo, huh?

Brazilian Piquet Tops
NASCAR K&N Series Opener
At Bristol






Former Oakland Valley Speedway (Dirt Oval) runners:


Last week I had this:


“From what I’ve read, Chris Daley won the Champ Kart race out in Rhode Island.  Then I read he was DQ’d due to a problem with the engine.”


Well, that was true for the Saturday race.  However, after an engine change for Sunday, Chris won the feature, again.


This past weekend at Selinsgrove, Danny Creeden had a 21st on Friday and a 25th on Saturday.  Michael Storms had a 20th on Saturday, while Billy VanInwegen was a DNQ on Saturday, crashing out of the consi while in 2nd place.


A week ago, Davey Franek was 22nd at Selinsgrove in the 410 Sprint Car feature.




Racing and television:














More racin’ stuff:


“The lies and distortions about Texas Motor Speedway”


There's quite an interesting thread over on the Track Forum about Indy Cars and racing at the Texas Speedway and other "Cookie Cutter" mile and a half tracks.  So far, as of Sunday evening, it's up to four pages and 109 comments.  Really, what can be done to eliminate “pack racing” when speeds get up to 220+? 

You can check it out, here:  : http://www.trackforum.com/forums/showthread.php?161518-The-lies-and-distortions-about-Texas-Motor-Speedway





Press Releases:

March 17, 2012:

Borgers PR

Media Contact

Bob Snyder



Tired of racing at other tracks for no payout?  Check out the all new 1/7 mile asphalt oval at Borgers Speedway in Saylorsburg, Pa.  We are running Micro-Stocks with our regular show on a weekly basis every Saturday in 2012.  Check out the payout listed below.  You will also be competing for a year end point fund.

Practice sessions will be held March 31, April 7, 14, with the first race Saturday April 21.   Warm-ups start at 1:00 p.m. followed by heats and features.  Micro-Stocks and Karts will be run in their entirety before the big car show.  All racers and fans can stay for the big car show at no additional cost or head home for an early evening.

 With gas prices skyrocketing stay close to home at Borgers Speedway where the action is hot and furious.  Be part of a new and exciting era of asphalt racing in the Northeast.  Borgers Speedway “Paving the Way For Years To Come.”

2012 Borgers Senior Kart and Micro-Stock Payout

 Entries      1st.         2nd.         3rd.         4th.         5th.

1             $15

2             $25

3             $30       $20

4             $35       $25          $10

5             $40       $30          $15

6             $50       $35          $20

7             $60       $40          $20

8             $60       $40         $20        $20

9             $70       $50         $20        $20

10           $80       $60         $20        $20

11           $100     $60         $20        $20

12           $100     $60         $30        $20

13           $100     $60         $30        $20         $15

14           $100     $70         $40        $20         $15

15&up    $100     $70         $45        $25         $20 

Entry Fee and Driver Pit Pass $40.  Each additional class $20.  Non Driver Pit Pass $20.     

For further information check the Borgers Speedway web-site at www.borgers-speedway.com  or contact Bob Snyder at bobsnyderphoto@enter.net  



Orange County Fair Speedway

239 Wisner Avenue

Middletown, NY10940                                                                                                   


CONTACT  Mike Gurda  845-342-8573








Winner of 40-lap Modified feature to take home $3,000


MIDDLETOWN, NY (March 22)……..The winning driver in the Modified feature on Opening Night at Orange County Fair Speedway will continue a tradition that first began in 1950. While automobile racing traces its Orange County roots back to 1919, weekly stock car racing--- the precursors of today’s Modifieds---began on April 16, 1950 and has continued uninterrupted since that memorable date.


The first weekly racing program was held on a small one-fifth-mile asphalt-surfaced track that was located inside the famed five-eighths-mile Hard Clay speedway. Tex Enright, who later gained fame as a colorful race starter was the day’s winner, his only Orange County victory of record. Since then, 35 other drivers have won season openers, led by all-time track record holder Brett Hearn, who has tasted first night victory champagne nine times.


Other multi-time Opening Night winners include Carl Van Horn who captured four Modified features; three-time Opening Night victors Bobby Bottcher, Will Cagle, Rich Eurich, and Jeff Heotzler; with Frank Cozze, Danny Creeden, Bud Marl, Chuck McKee, Frankie Schneider, Al Tasnady, and Bill Wimble each winning two openers.


Drivers who have raced at Orange County on a weekly basis some or all of their careers have won the vast majority of Opening Night feature races. But that hasn’t always been the case. The first outside invader to take home the season opener top prize was Hartford , Connecticut driver Dick Fletcher back in 1954. Then in the 1960s, Flemington ( New Jersey ) Speedway great Al Tasnady won two Orange County openers, as did Fonda ( New York ) Speedway champ Bill Wimble.


In 1983, C.D. Coville, from Upstate New York, ushered in the DIRT Motorsports era by winning the first race under Glenn Donnelly’s reign. “Barefoot” Bob McCreadie, from Watertown , New York , took the local boys to task in 1985, while Jack Johnson, whose home track was also Fonda Speedway, won in 1995, the last outside invader to win on Opening Night.


Winning Opening Night Modified features the past five years were Mike Kolka (2007) Brett Hearn (2008 and 2010), and Danny Creeden (2009 and 2011). With a 40-lap, $3,000-to-win feature race set for the headline Modified division, more than three-dozen Modified drivers are looking to start their 2012 season with a victory. And who knows, there’s always the possibility an outside invader will pull into the Orange County pits and win the Opening Night top prize money.


It will all play out on Saturday, April 14, 2012 and the start of the 63rd consecutive season of weekly stock car racing at Orange County Fair Speedway. Will a new Opening Night winner’s name be added to the long list of great Orange County drivers? Or will one of the pervious victors take the checkered flag once again? Racing begins at 6:30 P.M at the historic Middletown , New York five-eights-mile “Hard Clay” surfaced speedway. Opening Night will include four divisions of race cars---Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and Street Stocks---in qualifying races and main events with the evening’s program sponsored by Country Chevrolet and WRWD 107.3FM.


Advance ticket sales and additional information is available at the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 during business hours. Fans and competitors are reminded to visit the speedway website for the latest track news: www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.





I get e-mails:

Subject: Fwd: Columbine High School Murdered Student's Father 12 Years Later... Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2012 09:49:29 -0400 (EDT)

Columbine student's father 12 years later

Guess our national leaders didn't expect this. On Thursday, Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton , Colorado , was invited to address the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee. What he said to our national leaders during this special session of Congress was painfully truthful.

They were ill-prepared for what he was about to say, nor was it received well. It needs to be heard by every parent, teacher, politician, sociologist, psychologist, and so-called expert! These courageous words spoken by Darrell Scott are powerful, penetrating, and deeply personal. There is no doubt that God sent this man as a voice crying in the wilderness. The following is a portion of the transcript: "Since the dawn of creation, there has been both good and evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.

The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain's heart.

In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA - because I don't believe that they are responsible for my daughter's death. Therefore, I do not believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel's murder, I would be their strongest opponent.

I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy -- it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies! Much of the blame lies here, in this room. Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers, themselves. I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best.

Your laws ignore our deepest needs,  

Your words are empty air;

You've stripped away our heritage,

You've outlawed simple prayer.  

Now gunshots fill our classrooms,

And precious children die.

You seek for answers everywhere,

And ask the question "Why?"  

You regulate restrictive laws,

Through legislative creed.

And yet you fail to understand,

That   God   is what we need!

"Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, mind, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual presences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation's history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact. What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine's tragedy occurs -- politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties. We do not need more restrictive laws. Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within our own hearts.  

As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, he did not hesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right! I challenge every young person in America and around the world, to realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School , prayer was brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain. Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that violates your God-given right to communicate with Him. To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA -- I give to you a sincere challenge. Dare to examine your own heart before casting the first stone! My daughter's death will not be in vain! The young people of this country will not allow that to happen!"   -   Darrell Scott.

Do what the media did not - - let the nation hear this man's speech. Please Pass it on.   God Bless!

"Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point"

In God We Trust!




I get e-mails and are these one true?:


Personally, I hope it is true!


Subject: At a Tennessee Football Game---not a joke

Christianity is now the target of persecution...





Tennessee Football

This is a statement that was read over the PA sytem at the football game at Roane County High School , Kingston , Tennessee by school Principal, Jody McLeod


"It has always been the custom at Roane County High School football games, to say a prayer and play the National Anthem, to honor God and Country."


Due to a recent ruling by the Supreme Court, I am told that saying a Prayer is a violation of Federal Case Law. As I understand the law at this time, I can use this public facility to approve of sexual perversion and call it "an alternate life style," and if someone is offended, that's OK.


I can use it to condone sexual promiscuity, by dispensing condoms and calling it, "safe sex." If someone is offended, that's OK.


I can even use this public facility to present the merits of killing an unborn baby as a "viable! Means of birth control." If someone is offended, no problem...


I can designate a school day as "Earth Day" and involve students in activities to worship religiously and praise the goddess "Mother Earth" and call it "ecology.."


I can use literature, videos and presentations in the classroom that depicts people with strong, traditional Christian convictions as "simple minded" and "ignorant" and call it "enlightenment.."


However, if anyone uses this facility to honor GOD and to ask HIM to Bless this event with safety and good sportsmanship, then Federal Case Law is violated.


This appears to be inconsistent at best, and at worst, diabolical.

Apparently, we are to be tolerant of everything and anyone, except GOD and HIS Commandments.


Nevertheless , as a school principal, I frequently ask staff and students to abide by rules with which they do not necessarily agree. For me to do otherwise would be inconsistent at best, and at worst, hypocritical. I suffer from that affliction enough unintentionally. I certainly do not need to add an intentional transgression.


For this reason, I shall "Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's," and refrain from praying at this time.


" However, if you feel inspired to honor, praise and thank GOD and ask HIM,in the name of JESUS, to Bless this event, please feel free to do so.. As far as I know, that's not against the law----yet."


One by one, the people in the stands bowed their heads, held hands with one another and began to pray.


They prayed in the stands. They prayed in the team huddles. They prayed at the concession stand and they prayed in the Announcer's Box!


The only place they didn't pray was in the Supreme Court of the United States of America- the Seat of "Justice" in the "one nation, under GOD."


Somehow, Kingston , Tennessee Remembered what so many have forgotten. We are given the Freedom OF Religion, not the FreedomFROM ReligionPraise GOD that HIS remnant remains!


JESUS said, "If you are ashamed of ME before men, then I will be ashamed of you before MY FATHER.."


If you are not ashamed, pass this on ..


I'm not one bit ashamed to pass this on, Are you? 






 And this one, too:


Subject: Fwd: The "President" Doesn't Want To Be Mentioned at Military Funerals Now~



 Dear Sean,


Today I was incensed at the conclusion of a traditional

Serbian-Orthodox funeral for my beloved 85 year old uncle, Daniel Martich,

who proudly served in the US Army during The Korean Conflict.  During the committal service at a Pittsburgh cemetery the local military detachment

performed their ritual, then folded and presented the American Flag to my

aunt.  As I'm sure you have witnessed during military funerals, a soldier

bends to one knee and recites a scripted message to a surviving relative

that begins  'On behalf of the President of the United States and a grateful

nation, I wish to present you with this flag in appreciation for your

husband's service ...'.  However, today the dialogue was 'On behalf of the

Secretary of Defense and a grateful nation ...'  After the service I

approached the soldier who presented the flag to my aunt to inquire about

the change in language  His response was "The White House notified all

military funeral service detachments to immediately remove 'the President'

and insert 'the Secretary of Defense'.  I couldn't believe what I heard and

the soldier smiled and said "You can draw your own conclusion sir but that

was the order".  He, too, was ashamed of what he was required to say.


This president has taken off the gloves.  My only response to this

endless cesspool of Anti-American rhetoric dripping from his mouth is to

borrow a phrase (with one minor change) uttered by another temporary

Washington resident living in government housing:  "Today for the first time

in my adult life I was ASHAMED of my country".  I did not serve in the

military but my love of country parallels that of people like my late uncle

who bled Red, White and Blue.  As a second generation Serbian-American whose

heritage produced many patriotic military men and women who fought for

freedom both in The United States as well as in the former Yugoslavia (most

recently in Kosovo against the slaughter of Serbs by Muslim extremists) I

implore you to make the American people aware of this little-known or, at

least, publicly acknowledged fact.


May God Bless you and your family during these difficult times.

Your voice of reason is a welcome change from the insanity plastered across

the country by the liberal media. Keep up the great work and thank you for

your service to our country.




John G. Martich

Weirton, WV




Some non-racing stuff:


More good stuff for the “rich”, maybe?


$100 to Fly Through the Airport




Video time:


Video # 1:


Yes, there are still a lot of good people in our world today - as you’ll see in this life saving video:





Video # 2:


Indy cars from 1963 – Springfield and DuQuoin.  How I wish that both Jim Clark and Dan Gurney, in the Springfield video, had gotten a chance to hot lap the cars.  Yes, back then the Indy drivers ran dirt.  They had to.









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


I told Brian Caruso that I’d put a photo of his uncle “Bif” in this weeks column if I found a good one, which I did – on the Caruso Museum’s website – Bif as you can see, is third from the left, with Bobby Unser sitting in the Novi.





And this one, below, Brian with Bif on his 81st birthday December 24, 2010








Closing with these:


“I am” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language, so it’s been said, but what about “I do”?  Might that be a short sentence with the end result being a long sentence???



This is a story about four people named, Everybody, Somebody, Anybody & Nobody.


There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.  Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.  Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job.  Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.  It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.






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