Racin' & Internet Stuff:
By Tom Avenengo
Back last November, we had some family & friends over to celebrate my wifes 73rd. She got sick that night. She’s been “sick” ever since. When we finally got her to go to a doctor, after a couple of visits it was determined that she had “Bacteria” in her stomach. A rather expensive “Generic” medication (three different kinds) helped some, maybe. Seems the “cure” was damned near as bad as the problem. Those meds had to be, and were, taken for a two week period. Things really didn’t improve much. On March 16th an appointment was made for her to have an Upper GI Endoscopy on April 16th. My wife went through hell for those four weeks, with feeling great for a week to ten days, then the sh*t would hit the fan – “dry” heaves, no BM’s, then throwing up, then having to rush to the bathroom and sit on the pot for a while, with you-know-what.
So now it’s April 16th, and we get there in time for her 10:15 appointment. Of course, on the paperwork, it make mention that there could be a delay, due to unforeseen circumstances. There was. She got in at 11:44. The procedure didn’t take long. She said it was the best sleep she’s had in a long time. Now, I’ve always considered myself to be a pretty good husband over these almost 52 years now, along with helping her raise our five kids. Fights? Oh we had some –the can be counted on one hand, though. So, although I (we) were kind of relieved as to what they found in that Endoscopy – two pretty good sized ulcers – I’m wondering, id I cause them?
The wife was prescribed Omerprazole – 20 MG – and to take one prior to breakfast and one prior to dinner. As with most meds today, there could be “side effects” Uh huh! They include: Diarrhea, gas, nausea, stomach pain or vomiting. Jesus! The exact same sh*t she’s been going through over these past four weeks – or more! How are we to know if these meds are working?
Note: If you, or someone you know, is on the above named drug, and you’ve bought it through a regular pharmacy, at a rather high cost, as I did, might I suggest that you try www.omerprazoledirect.com.
You can’t imagine how much cheaper it is!
After I picked up the prescription, I got on line to see what kinds of foods either have, or can cause, “acid”. How about almost every damn thing?
A few examples:
ACIDIFYING FRUITS Blueberries Canned or Glazed Fruits Cranberries
Currants Plums** Prunes**
ACIDIFYING GRAINS, GRAIN PRODUCTS
Amaranth Barley Bran, oat Bran, wheat Bread Corn Cornstarch Crackers, soda
Flour, wheat Flour, white Hemp Seed Flour Kamut Macaroni Noodles Oatmeal
Oats (rolled) Quinoa Rice (all) Rice Cakes Rye
Spaghetti Spelt Wheat Germ Wheat
ACIDIFYING ANIMAL PROTEIN
Bacon Beef Carp Clams Cod Corned Beef Fish Haddock Lamb Lobster Mussels Organ Meats
Oyster Pike Pork Rabbit Salmon Sardines Sausage Scallops Shellfish Shrimp Tuna
ACIDIFYING OTHER FOODS
ACIDIFYING DRUGS & CHEMICALS
Aspirin Chemicals Drugs, Medicinal Drugs, Psychedelic Herbicides Pesticides
ACIDIFYING JUNK FOOD
Beer: pH 2.5 Coca-Cola: pH 2Coffee: pH 4
I guess it’s a good thing she loves Tea, huh? Over these past moths, about the only good thing to happen is that she’s lost weight – same goes for me, too.
Sad news: One of those responsible for the creation of the Dirt Track Digest, Thomas Ames, II, passed away the other day, at the young age of 36.
Mike Mallett had this to say about Tom:
This past Sunday night, we were watching something on TV on ABC – a show that ended at 11:00. I left ABC on, and was watching their newscast, waiting to hear what was going to be said about Social Security. So, the news on ABC went like this: News Item, them commercials. Another news item, then more commercials. This got repeated over and over until I got completely disgusted at 11:35, when I turned the TV off. No, they still had not talked about the Social Security item, which now appears later on in this column in “Some non-racing stuff – part 2:”
To my way of thinking, maybe the networks should have their news programs commercial free.
I caught glimpses of the Truck race at Rockingham this past Sunday. Somehow, I think the track might be a little narrow for Indy cars. Hey, maybe Indycar should give it a try, anyway, since there seems to be a shortage of ovals for that series? There was a decent crowd for that race, I should add.
Checking out My Laps for the racing last Saturday at OCFS, I found this to be rather interesting:
Michael Storms had the fastest lap in the Modified feature – a time of 21.833 and an average speed of 103.055. In the Sportsman feature, Gary Edwards, Jr. had the fastest lap with a time of 22.180 and an average speed of 101.443. Edwards was faster than 20 of the Big Block Modifieds – yes, faster than 20 of the 25 starters. Not positive, but does Edwards have power from a crate engine?
While checking out the race results from Lebanon Valley, on the Dirt Track Digest’s forum, I came across this, at the end of the Budget Sportsman feature: “DNS: Chris George, Nick Houghtaling DQ: Frank Hoard (suspension)”
That got to me thinking – due to the current rule books, today; there really is nothing left as far as ingenuity goes anymore. Going back a few years ago, when I had an article about the late Bob Green, a Modified driver here in this area, I had the opportunity to interview Rich Ricci, Sr. Here is part of what he had to say about Bob, from that article:
“I thought that it might be a good idea to get some thoughts, and some memories, of Bob Green, from some of those that knew him from back in his racing days. While up at the Accord Speedway, on August 16, to start on another article for the OWR web site, I had to opportunity to have a short interview with Rich Ricci Sr. Rich, had in the past, competed against Bob, and his two sons, Mike and Rich Jr. compete against Robbie. What made me want to talk to Rich was the fact that when I went up to Kingston, to the hospital, to see Bob, right after he had gotten injured, Rich was there, with members of his family, to check on Bob also. So, I figured that there must have been a pretty close "tie" between Rich and Bob.
Rich had this to say about Bob: " I raced against him .. he was a tough competitor. He wasn't, if I can remember.. he wasn't a very steady competitor ... like he would race three or four weeks in a row, then he would take a couple of weeks off, and then he would come back. But when he came back, you would have to go look at his car because.. he was an innovator. He always had something different than anybody else. Uh, whether it was suspension points or a little piece of tin here or a little piece of tin there, you know he was always looking for the aerodynamics. He was a good driver . . . an awful good driver. I raced a lot of races with him. I beat him in a lot of races, and he's probably beat me in races. Like I said, I raced steady every week, and from what I can remember, he would take a couple of weeks off, then come back racing, and, but when he come back, he always came back STRONG. Other than that, he had the same car . . . he was always cuttin' it up, ya know?"
Now Rich said something that very few knew about. "You know, it's a funny thing, that I always remarked - Bob Green was the first guy to have an enclosed trailer.”
Note: See! Back then, INGENUITY was allowed. And, yes, the racing was MUCH BETTER than what we have to suffer through, today. I must also not – about that enclosed trailer thing – that particular night, at Accord, about the only one racing the Modifieds that night with an open trailer was – guess who? Yup, Robbie Green, Bobs son.
In the Parade section of our Sunday paper, there was an article showing what people made, years ago, and what they make, today, money wise. It wasn’t only for people that we know of.
Here are some, what to me are ridiculous figures as to what some “earn” today – people that we know of:
Albert Pujols- 14.5 million
Carrie Underwood – 20 million
Snookie – 1.6 million
Johnny Depp – 50 million
Dan Castellaneta (voice actor) 9.7 million
Oprah Winfrey – 290 million
Jan Hamm – 23 million
Sarah Palin – 1 million
Jeff Kinney (Wimpy kid) – 25 million
Ryan Seacrest – 15 million.
Note: As I was working on this column on Tuesday
evening, I had the Mets/Atlanta ball game on.
Johan Santana, the Mets starter, was knocked out in the second inning
with the score 6-0 in favor of
OK, time for me to be “Mr. Negativity” again, as I was called while posting on Facebook.
When I walked into OCFS last Saturday, I walked down towards the first turn to get a glimpse of the “inner” track. As you probably know by now, that previously mentioned ¼ mile inner track has shrunk down to a reported 1/8 mile. I’ve said the before, and am saying it again – I think they wasted their time moving the Jersey Barriers to give us an idea as to what this track will be like. It will be paper clip in shape, and I feel that it will be too small for Micro Sprints – both 270’s and 600’s. I’ve been told that the first shows on this inner track will be on a Friday night, during the fair. It might be good for Karts, Slingshots and maybe bikes.
A couple of weeks ago, I was on the phone with Tom Deery. One of the things he asked me to do was “push” the up-coming WoO Sprint Car race that is scheduled for Saturday, May 19th. I see a couple of things that could possibly hurt this show – the cost of admission and the fact that it’s on a Saturday night. Being on a Saturday just about completely eliminates any of the “Pennsylvania Posse” from attending. So, I can see a short field. Heck, the cost might even keep me away, since it’s a week after I’ll be up in Loudon for the Vintage Race Car meet. I would not be surprised if, as usual, he who starts up front ends up in front.
I wondered, and made mention to my son at OC last Saturday, would it be beneficial for OCFS to have a big season opener – like maybe an SDS Big Block race right off the bat – first show of the year. Hey, they just had one at Canandaigua, right? Why not OCFS?
As for the above three items – my thoughts, of course.
Note: As for there being a “Syracuse Qualifier” SDS race at OCFS during the 2012 season – don’t really bet against there NOT being one. Time will tell.
A little news on Johnny “Hot Rod” Heydenreich –
was finally “back home again in
By all accounts he’s lucky he made it back at all.
The Bloomsburg, Pa., native was seriously injured in a traffic accident in North Carolina Dec. 5 while he was driving back to Indianapolis to prepare for the International Motorsports Industry Show at the Indiana Convention Center.
Heydenreich, a past winner of two of the most prestigious midget
races in the country, the Chili Bowl and the Hut Hundred, was unconscious when
rescue workers reached him. He regained consciousness while he was being
airlifted by helicopter to
Yep, as I made mention previously, about “Mother Nature” and weekends – looks like we’re in for another wet one coming up. Hey, we need the rain, but why does “She” have to do her dirty work on the weekends?
Methinks I’ll probably just go to Accord this coming Friday. I wanted to go to either of their practice sessions, but with the wife not up to par, decided against it. Funny, but I haven’t heard and talk about the changes made at Accord by any drivers. Guess I’ll find out for myself. OC, as of now is up in the air for Saturday. The long range forecast, if it follows as it usually does, that forecasted rain for Sunday would probably come on Saturday.
22nd Vintage Racing Celebration
Thursday, May 10 - Sunday, May 13, 2012 8:00am-6:00pm
Oval - 5/10, 5/11; Road Course - 5/12, 5/13
The Vintage Racing
Celebration recognizes the roots of auto racing in
The event kicks off with two days of oval racing on Thursday, May 10, and Friday, May 11. The oval days will feature midget, sprint, champ, Indy, modified and stock cars that will put on an exhibition of vintage racing.
On the weekend, the track will be reconfigured to the 1.6-mile road course for May 12-13. Several associations will invade the track for racing that will include formula and sports cars, as well as motorcycles.
Found on Jayski’s website:
New C-Post template to debut at 'Dega:
NASCAR will add a new template to its
inspection process when teams go through tech May 4 at Talladega Superspeedway.
It's a template inspired by Hendrick Motorsports and
five-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson's team. Starting May 4-6 at
Note: Hmm, kinda interesting, huh? So I take it that NASCAR really did not have anything really to check the # 48 car with? If so, maybe the fine should now be taken back, too? I still feel that NASCAR was busting Chad’s b*lls for his telling Jimmie to back it into a wall, last year, while they were racing at Talladega, and it looked like Jimmie might win.
Ford Focus Electric Becomes First All-Electric Pace Car in NASCAR:
Ford's innovative marketing campaign for the
2012 Focus Electric continues as NASCAR selected the car to be the first-ever
all-electric pace car, leading the field for the Sprint Cup Richmond 400 on
April 28. Ford was also first to use a hybrid to start a NASCAR event when the
Fusion Hybrid served as pace car for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway
in 2008 Ford research shows that approximately 35% of new car intenders are
motorsports fans and 78% of them support NASCAR. Ford also was the first to
show off a 2013 model race car when it unveiled its new 2013 Fusion stock car
in January. Ford Motor Company is again making NASCAR history this month as the
all-new Focus Electric becomes the first all-electric pace car to ever lead the
field for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the
Roush could bring #6 car back soon:
As soon as Roush Fenway Racing owner Jack Roush secures sponsorship for his #6 Ford, he's ready to bring the car back to the Sprint Cup Series with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. as the driver. The #6 has been in mothballs since Stenhouse drove it in the season-opening Daytona 500. "We've got the decal for the top of the roof on that 6 car all organized for Ricky," Roush said Friday night, after Stenhouse won the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Nationwide Series race at Texas. "As soon as I can find sponsorship for it, he's good to go. The highest priority we have for this year in the meantime is to defend (Stenhouse's) championship in the Nationwide series but hopefully we can find sponsorship and run the 6 car with him next year -- and we will run some races with him in the 6 Cup car before this year is over."(NASCAR News Service)(4-15-2012)
Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield was
indicted by a grand jury in
NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing on Fox averaged a
3.6/7 Saturday night for the race from
Kulwicki Named to SE Wisconsin Short
Former two time
Slinger Speedway Champion and 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup champion, the late Alan Kulwicki, is among the 10 newest selections for induction
into the Southeastern Wisconsin Short Track Hall of Fame. The sixth annual
ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 3 at the Schauer Arts
STP to donate to Victory Junction, run scheme:
To celebrate 40 years with "The
King," STP is presenting Richard Petty and Victory Junction campers with a
$43,000 donation on Friday, April 20, 2012. Petty and STP forever changed the
sponsorship landscape within the sport of auto racing back in 1972, and this
weekend STP will like to thank Richard for 40 wonderful years. As part of the
celebration, Richard Petty Motorsports driver Aric Almirola will pilot the #43 STP Ford Fusion featuring a
modern replica of the 1972 paint scheme with the original Petty Blue and STP
Day-Glo Red. After the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway, STP, in conjunction with
Victory Junction and Richard Petty Motorsports, will auction off Aric Almirola's race-worn firesuit signed by both Almirola
and Petty. In addition, as part of the celebration STP will be providing
race-day tickets for service members from
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 April 13th to April 19th:
Born ... American racing driver, race car constructor, and team owner. He raced
in Formula One, USAC Indy Car, NASCAR, Can-Am, and Trans-Am Series. In 1978,
Gurney wrote an open memo to other race car owners with what is now known as
the "White Letter" in which Gurney called for a series controlled
more by the owners or "actual participants" than under the USAC banner.
After much debate, CART was formed with Gurney and other owners like Roger
Penske, Pat Patrick, and Bob Fletcher. CART began its first full season of
competition in March, 1979 and thus the first split in open wheel racing began.
In 1990, Gurney was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.
He is also a member of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of
Larry "Boom Boom" Cannon... Born ... USAC Sprint and USAC / CART Championship car driver from the mid 1960's to 1984.
Joie Ray ... Died ... He was one of the nation's pioneer open wheel and Stock car race drivers. His racing career spanned 17 seasons (1947-1963) as a Sprint, Midget, and Stock car driver. Ray was the first African American AAA license holder and ran in the Central States Racing Association (CRSA), The International Motor Contest Association (IMCA), United States Auto Club (USAC) and the Midwest Dirt Track Racing Association.
George Rice "Joie" Chitwood ...
Born ... American racecar driver and businessman. He is best known as a daredevil in the Joie Chitwood Thrill Show. He was dubbed "Joie" by a
track promoter and the name stuck. Chitwood started
his racecar driving career in 1934 at a dirt track in
Note: No, this “George Rice” is not the champion Midget driver George Rice (Viola).
Red Byron won the first post-war race on the 3.2 mile Daytona Beach & Road course, a 160 mile Modified race. Byron later became NASCAR's first GN champ.
Dan Drinan...Born ... American sprint car
Jeff Andretti ... Born ... American race car driver, with Italian
heritage. He competed in CART, and
was the series Rookie of the Year in 1991. From 1990 until 1994 he drove in the
CART IndyCar series. He has driven in the
Died ... 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
Mel Kenyon... Born ... A hall of fame midget car driver. He is known as
the "King of the Midgets" The Motorsports Hall of Fame of
Paul Dana... Born ... An American race car driver in the Indy Racing League.
After competing in 3 Indycar series events, Dana
suffered a spinal fracture while practicing for the 2005
Art Cross... Died ... ARDC and AAA driver. He was the first recipient of the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Award in 1952. He raced in 4 Indy 500’s with a best finish of 2nd in 1953.
Smith... Died ... She was tied for the second woman to race in NASCAR at the
top level. She was known as "the first lady of racing." She went as a
spectator to the her first NASCAR race at the Daytona
Beach Road Course in 1949. She couldn't stand watching the races, so she
entered her family's shiny new Ford coupe in the race and rolled it. Her
Leon Duray"Jigger" Sirois
... Born ... He started racing UMARA midgets in 1957, IMCA sprint cars and
USAC. Though he never qualified for the
Chevrolet... Died ... AAA driver 1909 to 1920. One of
3 brothers that emigrated to
Willie Haupt... Died ... AAA driver 1909 to 1920
Steve Knapp... Born ... IRL driver 1998 to 2001
Andy Granatelli lost a lawsuit against United States Auto Club. He claimed USAC had broken their own "3-year" engine rule when they severely restricted his turbine-powered Indy car. He did have his USAC membership reinstated.
Buzz Barton... Died ... Raced in AAA, IMCA & USAC Sprints and Indy Cars
Dick Fraizer... Born ... AAA / USAC driver 1949 to 1956
Born ... Rindt was a German-Austrian racing driver.
He is the only driver to posthumously win the Formula One World Drivers'
Championship (in 1970), after being killed in practice for the Italian Grand
Prix. Away from Formula One Rindt was highly
successful in other single-seat formulae, as well as sports car racing. In 1965
he won the 24 Hours of
Geoffrey Bodine... Born ... The oldest of the three Bodine brothers (Brett Bodine and Todd Bodine) who are all NASCAR drivers.
Joe Dawson... Born ... AAA driver 1910 to 1914
Jack Roush... Born ... NASCAR and Trans-Am team owner. Never seen without his trademark Panama hat, Roush is affectionately known on the NASCAR circuit as "The Cat in the Hat".
Died ... In the late 1940's and early 1950's, the Linder name was one of the
biggest in racing in the entire country. Dick Linder's career was cut short in
a USAC "big car" event at
Al Unser, Jr.... Born ... Nicknamed "Little Al" or "Al
Junior" is an American race car driver and two-time
rejected the entries by CART teams for the
News from the AARN:
From their April 10th issue:
The American Racers Cup will have $150,000.00 awarded over the 2012 season. Participating tracks are: Bridgeport, Accord, Big Diamond, Brewerton, Delaware, Five Mile, Fonda, Fulton, Glen Ridge (The Ridge), Grandview, New Egypt, Penn Can, Utica/Rome and Woodhull.
was a photo showing the Pit and Paddock area for the 2013 GP of America, in
When Greg Hodnett won the 410 Sprint Car feature at Williams Grove, he received a nice $4,160.00
If you’re interested, subscription costs for the AARN are: 6 issues - $10.00, 15 issues - $20.00 AND 50 ISSUES - $49.00
Applications are now available for the 2012 Kevin Gobrecht Memorial Scholarship - $2,000.00 available to anyone enrolled in a 2 or 4 year facility. For info and application, go here: www.kevingobrecht.com
On April 7th, Guy went to the Volunteer Speedway Dirt Oval in Bulls Gap, TN. For Guy, that is track # 1,426.
Len was making mention of where some of the DIRT Modified drivers might race in 2013. Billy Dunn will stay at the non sanctioned Can Am Spedway. Mr. Sammons also makes mention that Harvey Fink is interested in Rolling Wheels Speedway.
has quite a bit about Jeremy Mayfield.
He makes mention that Cory and Kyle Michalek,
Kevin makes mention that Gerry Gappens, GM of Loudon is saying that the Asphalt Modifieds will be the headline class at Loudon on the September race weekend. There will be no truck race at Loudon that weekend.
Mentions quite a lot about OCFS and also that there will be a couple of test sessions, during the summer, for the NASCAR Whelen Asphalt Modifieds at OC. If things work out, there’s a possibility of a tour race at OC in 2013.
Toby says that this will be his last weekly column for a while. He’ll be going back to doing race reports for Albany/Saratoga, Fonda and Utica/Rome. His column will return after the racing season ends.
makes mention of some former Dirt Oval drivers – Kyle Armstrong has a new 2012
TEO for the Valley. Alex Bell will run
as many A/S shows as possible, as well as Devils Bowl. He also has a full time ride at the Twin
State Speedway, in
And, what will be covered in this weeks (April 17th) issue:
It's Silk, Not Pennick
Ward Wins Southern Tier Open
At Five Mile Point
"Super Matt" Doubles
At Glen Ridge, Canandaigua
Hodnett's 410 Hot Streak
Continues At Susquehanna
Sixty Third Season Opener
At OCFS Goes To Chris Shultz
BIg Money For Bloomquist
After VMS Lucas Oil Win
Santee Era At Mahoning
Ushered In By Zane Zeiner
Pauch, Hyneman Reunite
For Special Race Schedule
Back At "The Rock":
Kasey Kahne Wins
NASCAR Truck Race
At Lee's ACT Opener
Howard Doubles At Grandview;
Keeps Red Hot Season Start Going
"The Jet" Kicks In Afterburner
To Score At Lebanon Valley
Davie Franek was 11th at Williams Grove in the 358 Sprint Car feature.
Michael Storms was 2nd, Clinton Mills 3rd, Danny Creeden 6th, Tim Hindley 9th, Mike Ruggiero 11th and Billy VanInwegen 18th in the Modified feature at OCFS.
Tyler Boniface was 2nd, Brian Krummel 4th, RJ Smykla 6th, Matt Hitchcock 7th, John Lodini 8th, Anthony Perrego 14th, Matt Janiak 23rd and Tyer Dippel 24th in the Sportsman feature at OCFS.
Kyle Armstron was 10th
and Kolby Schroder 17th in the Modified
Bobby Hackel, IV was 11th and John Virgilio 28th in the Budget Sportsman feature at the Valley.
Jacob Hendershot was 24th at the Greenwood Valley Action Track in the 600 Micro Sprint “The Dream at the Green” feature.
Johnny Guarino was 18th in the Modified feature at New Egypt.
Brittany Tresch was 18th in the 305 Sprint Car feature at New Egypt on April 7th.
Jacob Hendershot was 4th at the Greenwood Valley Action Track in the 600 Micro Sprint feature on April 7th.
Hope I didn’t miss anyone!
Some of the postings:
“I don't think we will ever see 50 entries. Last year was artificially high because of the now obsolete car/engine combination and the 100th anniversary of the Indy 500. I think it will obviously take some time. Once the engine situation works itself out, it should get better.”
“I don't think it ever will. Indy was a proving ground, a place where anyone could come compete. You came to test your ideas, your personal technology. A sanctioned sport developed around it....
To come now means you have to join the league, play for a team, pay for a lease. Any rule change that would allow "the public" to compete again would still leave a huge expense to the developer. A Richard Branson type could do it...but there just are not that many sporting bajillionaires that would build something on their own
It's going to get harder and harder to keep getting to 33, too, as the Alesi's, Hamiltons, etc age....too many corporate contracts keep drivers out...it's a shame that they put in the "badge" rule. Stewart can't drive a Lotus, but I bet he could drive a Judd, Ilmor, Hendricks, Brayton, Jasper, etc....”
Lots more said – 82 postings, so far on this subject.
XCEL CHASSIS RACE RESULTS APRIL 14Sunday, 15 April, 2012 2:16 "JoAnne Mady" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
BRIAN "BIG DADDY" MADY MAKES EMOTIONAL RETURN
There wasn't a dry eye in the pit stands after Brian "Big Daddy" Mady pulled out of victory lane and to the tech area where a crowd had gathered to congratulate one of the most popular drivers in the Xcel Chassis series. What set the turn of events started back in August of 2011 when Brian was diagnosed with Lymphoma making him step away from the Pies On Italian Family Restaurant sponsored #2 of Mady Motorsports. When Brian was told he was in full remission in March, his sights were set on the comeback tour of Big Daddy.
Excitement was building as Ryan Higgs battled Brian Mady for the first heat win followed by the #82 of Cody Coons fighting of Nick Mady to win the final heat race. Shawna Schibilia would qualify the #62 thru her heat race, redrew putting her in the 11th starting position. Shawna will be running for rookie of the year honors and is heading in the right direction.
When the field hit the track for the 20 lap feature, Brian Mady and Sean Weiss led the pack to the green flag and in didn't take long as the #82 of Coons, Higgs and the 2011 point champion Nick Mady made it three wide coming into turn one with Coons coming out on top and setting his sights on Brian Mady. The first caution flew on lap nine with front runners Joe "Geezer" Fanelli and Sean Weiss getting tangled in turns one and two but pulled back on the track to continue the race.
On restarts the leader has lane choice and it was no surprise Mady picked the bottom since he found the fastest line early in the race. Lining up behind him was four powerful and talented drivers fighting for the top spot. Unfortunately a four car pileup would put the brand new machine of Butch Getz along with father and son team of Steve and Dan Jones along with Craig Berringer sitting in the middle of turns one and two. Steve Jones would be the only one able to continue.
On the last and final restart, Brian knew he would need to run the perfect race." These guys are so tough, when you have Cody and Ryan behind you, you know you have to be on top of your game. They are two of the best racers we have and I will run with them door to door", explained Big Daddy, " You couldn't ask for a better group of guys to race with".
Nick Mady and Richie Hitzler, previous week's winner, gave a show for the fans as they danced around each other in the last five laps with Nick taking fourth and Hitzler rounding out the top five. Cody and Ryan tried every line they could find to try to close in on Brian but would come just short of taking over the top spot. Brian crossed the line with a 1.03 second lead over Coons and Higgs scoring his first win of the year.
During the cool down lap, Nick was the first one to pull up to Brian and give him the winners nudge along with all the drivers. Everybody in the pit stands stayed to listen to Brian's victory speech knowing how much this would mean to him. As Joe Fanelli stated "It was the most emotional and finest interviews I have ever heard. You could hear the raw emotion has he thanked his family, his sponsors and his "racing "family for the support and helping him win his battle over cancer. I know the big guy had a lot of us tough guys tearing up but as our favorite saying is "It's all good cause we're family."
Pulling into tech area, Brian was greeted first by his daughter Hayley and wife Cortney followed by about 15 others. As he stood up to get out of the car, he looked around and stated " Now this was all worth fighting for", as he climbed out of the #2 Mady Motorsports machine on his way to the Comeback tour of Big Daddy.
The Xcel Chassis tour division have
their first three day events this weekend with Linda's
1. 2-Brian Mady; 2. 82-Cody Coons; 3. 16-Ryan Higgs; 4. 77X-Nick Mady; 5. 9-Richie Hitzler; 6. 22-Joe Fanelli; 7. 24-Sean Weiss; 8. 99J-Steve Jones; 9. 36-Madison Brensinger; 10. 62-Shawna Schibilia; 11. X-Craig Berringer; 12. 6-Jason Dunkleberger 13. 15-Butch Getz 14. 99-Dan Jones
To: "Barry Angstadt" <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, April 16, 2012 2:00:43 PM
Subject: NAPA and Kutztown Fair Speedway Renew Partnership for 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*****THANK YOU.
News from the Kutztown Fair
Race organizers: Kerry Meitzler, Janelle Stump (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Pete Knappenberger (484-294-0489).
Media Contact: Barry Angstadt, Media Information Director/Announcer...484-256-4429 or email: email@example.com.
Kutztown, Pa. - Last year's first attempt at a marketing partnership between NAPA Auto Parts and the Kutztown Fair Speedway prodced some positive results - enough to prompt a renewal of that partnership for the 2012 racing season.
Niles, regional manager for the area's
New for the 2012 season, which begins on Wednesday, May 16, is the NAPA Know-How Quick Qualifier Award. One of the track's weekly divisions will be chosen, on a rotating basis, to compete for this cash prize each Wednesday. The driver who records the fastest lap in his/her heat race - according to the electronic AMB timing and scoring system - will earn the NAPA Know-How Quick Qualifier Award for that night.
In addition, the local NAPA Auto Parts stores will play a significant role in some of the speedway's late season, big money events.
The NAPA Auto Parts Dutch Classic on August 1 will spotlight the All Star Slingshots, as the Slingers compete for National, Speedweek, and Mid-Atlantic Silver Tour Chamionship points. The 600cc and 270cc Sprints, along with the Xcel Sportsman Modifieds will also be on the August 1st menu.
season ending Kutztown Fair Week events are held on August 14, 15, and 16, the
big races for the 600cc and 270cc Sprints will also reap some benefits from the
marketing partnership with
Race teams planning to compete at Kutztown this season take note: the track will use electronic scoring once again, along with one-way radios to communicate with the drivers.
Scoring transponders and Raceivers (one-way radios) will be available at the track each week for those who want to rent the devices. Assistant promoter and Race Director Pete Knappenberger will rent the transponders and Raceivers; he will have the devices in the pit shack prior to the start of racing each Wednesday evening.
As mentioned, the new season begins on Wednesday, May 16, with the running of the annual Goldie Meitzler Memorial for all four weekly divisions.
Just one week later, on May 23rd, the All Star Slingshots will be featured in the second Mike O'Pake Memorial, a Mid-Atlantic Silver Tour event that honors the memory of the popular State Senator who passed away near the end of 2010.
The Wingless 600 and Winged 270 Sprints, as well as the Xcel Sportsman, will be included on the May 23rd agenda.
Jeff Hartman returns in an attempt to win his third consecutive Wingless 600cc point title, with plenty of contenders ready to challenge the Flagtown, NJ charger, who will be armed with a brand new Hyper Chassis.
Xcel Modified creator Doug Borger and one of his drivers, Chad Mullen of Factor X Graffics, have announced a huge $4,000 point fund for the 2012 Xcel Sportsman competitors at Kutztown. The lure of the big money provided by the Xcel Chassis FXG Sportsman Modified Point Fund virtually guarantees a large field of Xcel wheel-twisters taking part in the midweek action at the fairgrounds.
In addition to the four weekly classes, the Junior Slingshots will run "features only" on May 30, June 13, and July 18. The stars of the future will also compete in a Junior Slingshot National Tour race on August 14.
Once again, the racing year will culminate with three big nights of action during the Kutztown Fair on August 14, 15, and 16.
This season, as in years past, gates will open at 4 p.m. Warm-ups commence at 6:30, with the first heat race going green at 7:00.
Race organizers Kerry Meitzler and Janelle Stump have tabbed Pete Knappenberger as Assistant Promoter/Race Director for the upcoming season. Citing extremely busy schedules away from the track, Meitzler and Stump are counting on Knappenberger, who has turned many laps at Kutztown in a Slingshot, to handle most of the day to day issues associated with speedway operations.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for the 2012 events at the speedway
located in the shadows of
The Kutztown Fair Speedway happily supplies your midweek motorsports adrenaline rush. Join the rush in 2012!
FOR RELEASE BEGINNING APRIL 15, 2012
MIDDLETOWN, NY (April 15)……..With Opening Night jitters out of the way, the more than 100 Orange County Fair Speedway race car drivers are primed for the second night of exciting stock car racing Saturday night, April 21 at the historic Middletown, New York track. This week marks the introduction of the Rookie Sportsman division, a chance for novice drivers to test the ir racing mettle before competing against more experienced wheelmen. Racing for the four divisions---Big-Block Modified, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, and Street Stock---will take the green flag with qualifying heats and consolation races beginning at 6:30 PM.
The highly competitive Modified division is the track’s headline racing class, with the winner of the 30-lap feature race earning $2,500, among the region’s highest payouts for a regularly-scheduled weekly event.
The sponsor for the night of action is Johnston Toyota of Middletown and
Admission prices for the April 16 race meet remain at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and free for children 12 and under.
With just a month until the thrilling World of Outlaws Sprint Cars return to Orange County on Saturday, May 19, advance ticket sales and track information is available at the website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, or from at the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 during business hours.
I get e-mails:
Amazing WWII Aircraft Facts – Continued:
According to the AAF Statistical Digest, in less than four years
(December 1941- August 1945), the US Army Air Forces lost 14,903 pilots,
aircrew and assorted personnel plus 13,873 airplanes --- inside the continental
Think about those numbers. They average 1,170 aircraft accidents per month---- nearly 40 a day. (Less than one accident in four resulted in totaled aircraft, however.)
It gets worse.....
Almost 1,000 Army planes disappeared en route from the
In a single 376 plane raid in August 1943, 60 B-17s were shot down. That was a 16 percent loss rate and meant 600 empty bunks in
Pacific theatre losses were far less (4,530 in combat) owing to smaller
forces committed. The worst B-29 mission against
6,600 American servicemen died per month during WWII, about 220 a day. By the end of the war,
over 40,000 airmen were killed in combat theatres and another 18,000 wounded. Some 12,000 missing men were declared dead, including a number "liberated" by the Soviets but never returned. More than 41,000 were captured, half of the 5,400 held by the Japanese died in captivity, compared with one-tenth in German hands. Total combat casualties were pegged at 121,867.
The losses were huge---but so were production totals. From 1941
through 1945, American industry delivered more than 276,000 military aircraft.
That number was enough not only for US Army, Navy and Marine Corps, but for
allies as diverse as
However, our enemies took massive losses. Through much of 1944, the
Luftwaffe sustained uncontrolled hemorrhaging, reaching 25 percent of aircrews
and 40 planes a month. And in late 1944 into 1945, nearly half the pilots
in Japanese squadrons had flown fewer than 200 hours. The disparity of
two years before had been completely reversed.
The end of these facts to follow in next column.
I get e-mails and is this one true # 1?:
In a way, I guess one could say that it is pretty close to being true.
VERY SCARY STUFF
The folks who are getting the free stuff, don't like the folks who are paying for the free stuff, because the folks who are paying for the free stuff can no longer afford to pay for both the free stuff and their own stuff.
The folks who are paying for the free stuff want the free stuff to stop, and the folks who are getting the free stuff want even more free stuff on top of the free stuff they are already getting!
Now... The people who are forcing the people who pay for the free stuff have told the people who are RECEIVING the free stuff, that the people who are PAYING for the free stuff, are being mean, prejudiced, and racist.
So... The people who are GETTING the free stuff have been convinced they need to hate the people who are paying for the free stuff by the people who are forcing some people to pay for their free stuff, and giving them the free stuff in the first place.
We have let the free stuff giving go on for so long that there are now more people getting free stuff than paying for the free stuff.
Now understand this. All great democracies have committed financial suicide somewhere between 200 and 250 years after being founded. The reason? The voters figured out they could vote themselves money from the treasury by electing people who promised to give them money from the treasury in exchange for electing them.
ELECTION 2012 IS COMING
A Nation of Sheep Breeds a Government of Wolves!
I'M 100% for PASSING THIS ON!!!
Let's take a stand!!!
Language: English only
Culture: Constitution, and the Bill of Rights!
Mandatory Drug Screening before Welfare!***
NO freebies to: Non-Citizens!
End of Political Correctness.
We the people are coming
Only 86% will send this on. Should be 100%. What will you do?
"The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money". -- Margaret Thatcher
Note: *** - I’m pretty sure this was deemed
I get e-mails and is this one true # 2?:
CONSTITUTIONAL LAWYER HAS READ THE ENTIRE BILLWonder if our Congressman can refute these statements?
note:forwarded message attachedWait until you read this...A retired Constitutional lawyer has read the entire proposed healthcare bill. Read his conclusions and pass this on as you wish.The Truth About the Health Care Bills - Michael Connelly, Ret. Constitutional AttorneyWell, I have done it! I have read the entire text of proposed House Bill 3200: The Affordable Health Care Choices Act of 2009. I studied it with particular emphasis from my area of expertise, constitutional law. I was frankly concerned that parts of the proposed law that were being discussed might be unconstitutional. What I found was far worse than what I had heard or expected.To begin with, much of what has been said about the law and its implications is in fact true, despite what the Democrats and the media are saying. The law does provide for rationing of health care, particularly where senior citizens and other classes of citizens are involved, free health care for illegal immigrants, free abortion services, and probably forced participation in abortions by members of the medical profession.The Bill will also eventually force private insurance companies out of business, and put everyone into a government run system. All decisions about personal health care will ultimately be made by federal bureaucrats, and most of them will not be health care professionals. Hospital admissions, payments to physicians, and allocations of necessary medical devices will be strictly controlled by the government.However, as scary as all of that is, it just scratches the surface. In fact, I have concluded that this legislation really has no intention of providing affordable health care choices. Instead it is a convenient cover for the most massive transfer of power to the Executive Branch of government that has ever occurred, or even been contemplated If this law or a similar one is adopted, major portions of the Constitution of the United States will effectively have been destroyed.The first thing to go will be the masterfully crafted balance of power between the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of the U.S. Government. The Congress will be transferring to the Obama Administration authority in a number of different areas over the lives of the American people, and the businesses they own.The irony is that the Congress doesn't have any authority to legislate in most of those areas to begin with! I defy anyone to read the text of the U.S. Constitution and find any authority granted to the members of Congress to regulate health care.This legislation also provides for access, by the appointees of the Obama administration, to all of your personal healthcare information, your personal financial information, and the information of your employer, physician, and hospital in direct violation of the specific provisions of the 4th Amendment to the Constitution. All of this is a protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. You can also forget about the right to privacy. That will have been legislated into oblivion regardless of what the 3rd and 4th Amendments may provide...If you decide not to have healthcare insurance, or if you have private insurance that is not deemed acceptable to the Health Choices Administrator appointed by Obama, there will be a tax imposed on you. It is called a tax instead of a fine because of the intent to avoid application of the due process clause of the 5th Amendment. However, that doesn't work because since there is nothing in the law that allows you to contest or appeal the imposition of the tax, it is definitely depriving someone of property without the due process of law.So, there are three of those pesky amendments that the far left hate so much, out the original ten in the Bill of Rights, that are effectively nullified by this law It doesn't stop there though.The 9th Amendment that provides: The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people;The 10th Amendment states: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are preserved to the States respectively, or to the people. Under the provisions of this piece of Congressional handiwork neither the people nor the states are going to have any rights or powers at all in many areas that once were theirs to control.I could write many more pages about this legislation, but I think you get the idea. This is not about health care; it is about seizing power and limiting rights... Article 6 of the Constitution requires the members of both houses of Congress to "be bound by oath or affirmation to support the Constitution." If I was a member of Congress I would not be able to vote for this legislation or anything like it, without feeling I was violating that sacred oath or affirmation. If I voted for it anyway, I would hope the American people would hold me accountable.For those who might doubt the nature of this threat, I suggest they consult the source, the US Constitution, and Bill of Rights. There you can see exactly what we are about to have taken from us.Michael ConnellyRetired attorney,Constitutional Law InstructorCarrollton , TexasAFTER HAVING READ THIS, PLEASE FORWARD....If you don't care about our constitution, or your rights under it, just do nothing.WE MUST HOLD CONGRESS ACCOUNTABLE BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE.
Note: Pretty damn scary, if true, huh?
Some non-racing stuff – part 1:
Hope no one gets offended with what follows. It was found on Facebook:
BUCHANAN TO OBAMA
Finally............ It is Said Publicly. I have never seen the white side explained better!
Pat Buchanan had the guts to say it. It is about time.
This is the reason CNN has dropped Buchanan. It's like Newt G. said the other night in the debate. You’re not supposed to bring up uncomfortable Facts. (verified on Buchanan’s website)
BUCHANAN TO OBAMA
By Patrick J. Buchanan
Barack says we need to have a
conversation about race in
Second, no people anywhere
has done more to lift up blacks than white Americans. Untold trillions have
been spent since the ' 60s on welfare, food stamps, rent supplements, Section 8
housing, Pell grants, student loans, legal services, Medicaid, Earned Income
Tax Credits and poverty programs designed to bring the African-American
community into the mainstream. Governments, businesses and colleges have
engaged in discrimination against white folks -- with affirmative action,
contract set-asides and quotas -- to advance black applicants over white
applicants. Churches, foundations, civic groups, schools and individuals all
We hear the grievances. Where is the gratitude??
Barack talks about new
'ladders of opportunity' for blacks. Let him go to
Is that the fault of white
As for racism, its ugliest manifestation is in interracial crime, and especially interracial crimes of violence. Is Barack Obama aware that while white criminals choose black victims 3 percent of the time, black criminals choose white victims 45 percent of the time?
Is Barack aware that black-on-white rapes are 100 times more common than the reverse, that black-on-white robberies were 139 times as common in the first three years of this decade as the reverse?
We have all heard ad nauseam
from the Rev. Al about Tawana Brawley, the Duke rape
Sorry, Barack, some of us have heard it all before, about 40 years and 40 trillion tax dollars ago. This needs to be passed around because, this is a message everyone needs to hear!!!
OK........... will you pass it on ?
YES. I did but will you?
Because I'm for a better
Just not silent anymore.
Note: More links at the end of the above blog.
Some non-racing stuff – part 2:
Don't wait for Social Security check in the mail
"Starting next year, the check will no longer be in the mail for millions of people who receive Social Security and other government benefits.
The federal government, which issues 73 million payments a month, is phasing out paper checks for all benefit programs, requiring people to get payments electronically, either through direct deposit or a debit card for those without a bank account.
The changes will affect people who get Social Security, veterans' benefits, railroad pensions and federal disability payments. Tax refunds are exempt, but the Internal Revenue Service encourages taxpayers to get refunds electronically by processing those refunds faster than paper checks.
More on this can be seen, here:
Note: Who knows for sure what this might lead to? I imagine you’ve heard of bill HR4646? I might have had something about it in a previous column. Supposedly it’s not supposed to happen. Ah, but will it?
Good Question: Bank Transaction Tax
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Tonight on Good Question, a chain email is making the rounds, claiming that the Obama Administration will soon impose a 1% tax on all bank transactions.
Is it true – the federal government taking 1% of your paycheck or Social Security check when it’s deposited into you bank account? Good Question.
email is compelling. It begins by stating, “On January 1, 2013, the
a bill HR 4646, and it does propose a 1% tax on all bank transactions, while
eliminating the federal income tax. But according to Snopes,
the Obama Administration does not support it, nor do any members of congress,
aside from the congressman who proposed the bill, Democratic Representative Ative Chaka Fattah of
If Snopes isn’t enough, factcheck.org, a nonpartisan watchdog site, also debunks the email, claiming Fattah first floated this idea in 2004. So far, it has gone nowhere.
If you have a good question, send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll do my best to answer your good question every Thursday on KAKE News at 6.
Note: I’ve read that “Snopes” isn’t all that uppity-up, too.
case you’ve never seen the video of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and his crash and fire
while driving a Corvette at Infineon Raceway, out in
And this, for a little comedy:
Note: The photos are not available on Dirt Track Digest, only on New England Tractor - http://newenglandtractor.com/racereport/
Here are two of racing
greats. Russ Klar
in the car and starter Nick Fornoro is offering his
congratulations on a win by Russ. In a
slight way, they were related, with the daughter of Russ (Anne) marrying a son
of Nicks (Drew). Photo
taken from a Ron Lauer posting on Facebook. Once Russ let my wife to be sit in his TQ one night in the
Answer to question:
And who, pray tell was the first professional athlete to sign a BIG contract?
It was “Broadway” Joe Namath when he signed for an astounding $400,000.00 for a season. That ain’t millions, folks it was 400 thousand!
Closing with these:
Yes, they walk among us, vote and reproduce, too. Scary! – Continued:
My colleague and
I were eating our lunch in our cafeteria,
when we overheard an admin girl talking about the
sunburn she got on her weekend drive to the beach.
She drove down in a convertible, but said
she 'didn't think she'd get sunburned
because the car was moving'.
My sister has a
lifesaving tool in her car
which is designed to cut through a seat belt
if she gets trapped. She keeps it in the car trunk.
I was going out
with a friend when we saw a woman with a nose ring attached to an earring by a
My friend said, 'Ouch! The chain must rip
out every time she turns her head!"
I had to explain that a person's nose and ear
remain the same distance apart no
matter which way the head is turned...
Some guy bought a new fridge
for his house.
To get rid of his old fridge, he put it in his front yard and hung a
sign on it saying: 'Free to good home. You want it, you take it.'
For three days the fridge sat there without anyone looking twice.
He eventually decided that people were too mistrustful of this deal.
So he changed the sign to read: 'Fridge for sale $50.'
The next day someone stole it!
I couldn't find
my luggage at the airport baggage area and went to the lost luggage office and
reported the loss.
The woman there smiled and told me not to worry
because she was a trained professional and
said I was in good hands. 'Now,' she asked me,
'Has your plane arrived yet?'.....
(I work with professionals like this.)
as a box of Rocks
A VERY GOOD EXAMPLE OF THE KIND OF REPRESENTATION WE HAVE IN CONGRESS, TRUE STORY:
A noted psychiatrist was a guest speaker at an academic function where Nancy Pelosi happened to appear. Ms Pelosi took the opportunity to schmooze the good doctor a bit and asked him a question with which he was most at ease.
'Would you mind telling me, Doctor,' she asked, 'how you detect a mental deficiency in somebody who appears completely normal?'
'Nothing is easier,' he replied. 'You ask a simple question which anyone should answer with no trouble. If the person hesitates, that puts you on the track..'
'What sort of question?' asked Pelosi.
Well, you might ask, 'Captain Cook made three trips around the world and died during one of them. Which one?''
Pelosi thought a moment, and then said with a nervous laugh, 'You wouldn't happen to have another example would you? I must confess I don't know much about history.'
Sadly, not only do they walk among us, they vote and their vote equals ours and they also reproduce!
May “Guardian Angels” sit on the shoulders of all of our race drivers and race fans, and guide them safely around the tracks!
As usual, you can reach me at: email@example.com