Racin' & Internet Stuff:
By Tom Avenengo
So, this past Monday I take the wife to have her first IV Chemo. Appointment is for 10:00 AM, and we get there in time. She gets called in around 10:30. After a few minutes, we come to find that there is a slight problem with the newly installed “Medi-port”. The needle was in place, but the “Medi-port” would not accept anything. Try as she might, the woman wasn’t able to do the IV with it. So, it was IV in a vein time. One problem – wife left her veins at home, or they were doing a great job of hiding. Anyway, to make a long story short, the Chemo was finally put in. Some other “Meds” were also put in, meds to help with the wife cope with any effects from the Chemo. So, what should have been two and a half hours to maybe three, ended up being over five hours. The Chemo treatment is two hours.
I have no idea as to what might be going on
with Eastern States this year. Will
there be Sprint Cars? How about the
Sportsman – two races for them – one for the “Open” engines and one for
Crates? No schedule out yet, either, per
the OCFS website – just shows the three days.
Yes, I’ve given up as far as OCFS having a
We hear and read about how the unemployment
rate is 8% - or thereabouts, yet in reality, it’s maybe closer to 14 or 15%, if
one figures in those that have given up or those that are not looking for
work. In the area where I live, in
Nearly five years after the onset of the Great Recession, the light at the end of the tunnel is but a distant glimmer for the long-term unemployed.
Those fortunate enough to find jobs often end up working longer hours for less pay, making do until something better comes along. Many recent college graduates know that a degree doesn't guarantee a job, because there's so much competition these days.
Things sure do not look to promising, do they?
For the last 13 years, the “Turkey Night” Midget race has been held at the Irwindale, CA paved track. This year, it’s returning to the half mile dirt track at the Perris Speedway.
From the Track Forum:
"Announced last night at The PAS"
"72nd running of the annual Turkey Night Grand Prix will be at Perris Auto Speedway on November 22nd!!!!!"
"Be great if it was on live TV, wouldn't it?"
"You should be able to see it live on your computer (for a small fee) here:
MIDGET CLASSIC NOV. 22 AT PERRIS
The “Turkey Night Grand Prix”
USAC Mopar National/Western Midget race is returning
to a dirt track for the first time in 14 years! Perris (
Perris hosted the race in
1996 as Billy Boat scored the second of what would be three consecutive “Turkey
Night” triumphs for him at three different tracks! The race’s last appearance
on dirt came in 1998 at
“Turkey Night” has been held
at nine different venues in its 78-year history. This year’s race marks the
72nd running of the race which began at Gilmore Stadium in
Boat’s three victories have been eclipsed only by the remarkable Ron Shuman, who compiled eight wins in the yearly race!
Defending two-time USAC
National Drivers Champion Bryan Clauson of
“We are absolutely delighted
that Turkey Night is returning to the dirt,” offered USAC’s
President/CEO Kevin Miller. “The race had a sensational history on the dirt at
Perris race organizer Don Kazarian is equally enthusiastic about the race returning to his facility: “We are very excited and honored to be hosting the annual running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix,” Kazarian said with a smile. “The Thanksgiving night tradition returns to the dirt with all of its prestige for the first time since 1998. The best Midget drivers in the world will be here. It is going to be a great night of racing and the fans are going to love it. I cannot wait.”
Perris Auto Speedway has hosted a total of 203 USAC events (as of August 20, 2012), including 145 Sprint races, as it has become the home of the popular AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Series. A total of 22 USAC Midget races have been held at Perris since the first 16 years ago.
family also is excited about the move back to the dirt. “My dad absolutely
loved the event when it was part of our operations at
Advance tickets for the 72nd running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix will go on sale on Monday, August 27. Fans can purchase tickets online or via phone at www.tix.com or 1-800-595-4849.
Note: In a way, I’d
love to see SPEED or another easily accessible channel show this race,
live. Granted, it might be a tad late,
hour wise, here on the
On Tuesday afternoon I received a phone call from my son, Eric. He told me the seats we wanted for ESW had already been sold. Later on he called me back and said we have the same numbered seats in the row behind the poles. Now if I can find our “Sawzall”, we should be in good shape.
At times I’d go to Jayski’s website and click on the links he has to various other websites. One of my favorites to read was always Matt McLaughlin. Sad to say, but Matt has given up the writing about Motor Sports.
“Regretfully, gentle readers, this will likely be my last commentary column, at least for the foreseeable future. I’ve been at this NASCAR writing gig for sixteen years now and trust me, it’s tough to walk away. For all my cynicism, bitching, and occasional panic if I’d be able to find anything interesting to write after a boring race, I’ve loved every minute of it, being able to provide many of you with a few minutes of enjoyment or making you think on various issues while reading my columns. Your comments, both positive and negative have made a better writer out of me after a near hopelessly amateurish start to my so-called career.”
“Truth be told, I slit my own professional wrists back in February of 2001. In the wake of Dale Earnhardt’s passing I wrote a column titled “Blood On Their Hands” stating basically that NASCAR® officials were responsible for Dale’s death with their refusal to install SAFER barriers and require the HANS device for all drivers at every track — even after the deaths of Adam Petty, Kenny Irwin and Tony Roper the previous season, all of which were caused by basalar skull fractures.”
“While we now accept SAFERbarriers and the HANS devices as a fact of life (and death), back in 2001 my opinions weren’t so popular — especially since I spent most of the week working various radio outlets repeating my opinion NASCAR had killed Earnhardt by sins of omission, not commission. No less a personage than Bill France, Jr. got in contact with my bosses and demanded that not only should my column be taken down, but I should be fired.”
“There was a logistical problem there in that no column, mine or anyone else’s had ever gotten as many hits as that one. I didn’t lose my job, but a few months later I was told at Pocono that despite having a letter stating my credentials were confirmed, I was no longer going to get into any NASCAR® race on a press pass — which makes it hard to work a paying gig in this biz. Then I kept writing anyway for free; as it turns out the ISC, sister company of NASCAR®, bought the site and had me fired days before the start of the season.”
See more on this here:
In his 2001 article, which came out right after the death of Dale Earnhardt, he more or less put the blame on NASCAR, citing that NASCAR has said they’ve done everything possible concerning safety. From there, it was kind of a battle between McLaughlin and NASCAR – for quite a while.
Note: If you’d like to see that article, e-mail me and I’ll send it to you. My address is always at the end of my column. It’s quite an interesting read, that’s for sure!
I still think that there should be performance clauses in all contracts with professional athletes. If we, or you (I’m retired now) were to perform as some of these so called athletes do, you’d be let go immediately – right?
I’ve been in conversation with another race fan and he kinda says the same thing as me – there’s a certain race track, quite local, that has a “Contacts” link, but when one sends them an e-mail we get no reply back. Why have a “Contacts” link, if you’re not going to respond?
Still no word on Eastern States Weekend with the Sportsman class – will they have two separate races again this ear as they did last year – one for Crates and one for Open engines? How about Sprint Cars at ESW? And so far, I have yet to see a schedule for ESW. Have you? Didn’t think so.
Mainly NASCAR stuff.
WoO Sprint Cars on SPEED
Sat Aug 25 @ 12:00pm ET
Mike Voss Trucking Night
A Night of Dirt Track Racing
to Benefit the Kids at St Jude Children’s Hospital
Free Ice Cream to the first 100 Spectators
Chances to Win Exciting Prizes
Sponsored by Tyler Dippel Racing
Modifieds $1500 to Win
Pro Stock-Pure Stock
Lightning Sprints & Fireball 4 Cylinders
Pit Gates 4:30 Spectator Gate 5:00 Warm ups 6:30 Racing 7pm
Adults $12 Kids $3
Family 4 Pack $40 ( 2 adults & 2 kids & $20 in food vouchers)
Indoor seating $20 Reserved outdoor seating $14
Orange County Fair
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MODIFIED KING OF THE CATSKILLS QUALIFIER, POINT RACES HIGHLIGHT AUGUST 25 RACING PROGRAM AT ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY
MIDDLETOWN, NY (Aug. 20)……..The winner of the 30-lap DIRTcar Modified feature race this Saturday, August 25 at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York will go home with a trophy, $2,500 in prize money, and an automatic starting slot in the upcoming King of the Catskills race at nearby Accord Speedway.
In addition, drivers in all
In the headline Modified ranks, Jerry Higbie (1,222 points) has a relatively comfortable lead over Tommy Meier (1,170 points), while Tim Hindley, Jackie Brown, and Chris Shultz will battle for the “show” position.
Gary Edwards Jr. leads Jimmy Spellman by 30 points in Sportsman competition. That’s not a large enough difference to assure Edwards the title in this volatile division.
The Pro Stock drivers have but two more outings on their schedule to determine their champion. And this is the tightest point race of all. Ron Nuzzaro Jr. and Mike Dutka are tied with 654 points each; Troy Arnold trails them by just two markers. This one will go down to the final checkered flag.
With an 88-point lead, Charles Donald needs only to keep his car pointed in the right direction to garner the Street Stock championship. That’s not always easy in Street Stock competition.
Admission prices for the August 25 Accord Speedway Night remain at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and free for children 12 and under. Racing begins promptly at 6:30 pm.
Advance sale tickets for the October 19-21 Eastern States Weekend and additional information can be found at the Orange County Fair Speedway website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net , or from the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 Monday through Friday during business hours.
Found on Jayski’s website:
Keselowski says Hendrick teams may be bending rules:
Keselowski believes Penske Racing's refusal to bend
the rules contributed to him not being able to challenge #48-Jimmie Johnson for
the lead Sunday Michigan. Johnson was leading Keselowski
with six laps remaining when his Hendrick Motorsports
engine blew. #16-Greg Biffle won the race and Keselowski finished second. During the race, Keselowski made reference to Hendrick's
"tricks" with their cars. Hendrick's Kasey Kahne and Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished third and fourth,
respectively. The Hendrick cars appear to have
different rear suspension setups than other cars, especially at intermediate
tracks such as
Bristol TV coverage affected in some markets:
NASCAR fans in six affected markets will be able to watch ABC's telecast of Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on alternate channels through arrangements made by the local ABC affiliates. The ABC affiliates in the six markets will be airing NFL preseason games Saturday night rather than the NASCAR race but with the alternate channels in each market, the race telecast will still be available nationwide. ABC's coverage begins with NASCAR Countdown at 7:00pm/et.
In four of the affected markets, the race telecast will air on ESPN, including
ABC affiliates in Little Rock, Ark., Corpus Christi, Tex., and Omaha, Neb., will pre-empt NASCAR Countdown at 7:00pm/et for local news but will join the ABC telecast at 7:30pm/et. The race's green flag is scheduled for 7:43 pm/et.(ESPN)(8-22-2012)
Gordon unhappy with Earnhardt, Jr.
The Pure Michigan 400 had some shocking moments Sunday, including a verbal feud between Hendrick Motorsports teammates #24-Jeff Gordon and #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. "Tell the f------ 88 he can thank me later for not wrecking him," Gordon said on his radio during the race. "That was f------ stupid." Earnhardt had moved in front of Gordon midway through the race with a pass Gordon felt was a little risky. Team owner Rick Hendrick sided with Earnhardt: "Man, you didn't do anything. Just drive that thing to the front." Earnhardt finished fourth. Gordon finished a disappointing 28th after an engine failure, but later talked about the incident in the garage. "He took me four-wide, then slid up in front of me in Turn 2," Gordon said of Earnhardt's pass. "I had to check up and it could have wrecked all of us. It wasn't the smartest thing to do, especially to a teammate. But he chose to do it and it all worked out. I don't care who does it, I'm going to show my displeasure if they do something like that."(ESPN)(8-20-2012)
Earnhardt Jr. has no regrets about how he drove against #24-Jeff Gordon on a
restart Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, but NASCAR's most popular
driver laments how radio chatter turned a difference of opinion between the Hendrick Motorsports teammates into a firestorm. "I
personally carried on a little bit on the radio about it; just curious about
it," Earnhardt told
Earnhardt Jr. wins vote to be on video game cover:
The face of
NASCAR's new video game also happens to be the face of NASCAR. But that might
not be the primary reason that Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a natural choice as the
cover star of NASCAR The Game: Inside Line. "Even
though I drive cars for a living, it's fun to do it
with a reset button," Earnhardt told
#27 team and Menard penalized:
NASCAR could come down hard on the #27 Richard Childress Racing team after discovering irregularities with the frame rails on the car driven by Paul Menard last weekend at Michigan International Speedway. Menard's car was taken to the Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C. after finishing ninth in the Pure Michigan 400 Sunday (FOXSports).(8-22-2012)
issued penalties, suspensions and fines to the #27 team in the NASCAR Sprint
Cup Series as a result of rules infractions discovered this week during
post-race inspection at the NASCAR Research and
The #27 team was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4K (race equipment that has been previously certified or previously approved by NASCAR for use in an event, pursuant to sub-section 8-12, has been altered, modified, repaired or changed in any manner. Intentionally modifying frame rails for the purpose of deceiving NASCAR's inspection gauges) of the 2012 NASCAR Rule Book.
As a result, crew chief Slugger Labbe has been fined $100,000, suspended from NASCAR until Oct. 3 and placed on probation until Dec. 31. Car chief Craig Smokstad has been suspended from NASCAR until Oct. 3 and placed on probation until Dec. 31, while crew member Grant Hutchens has also been suspended from NASCAR until Oct. 3 and placed on probation until Dec. 31. Driver Paul Menard and owner Richard Childress have been penalized with the loss of 25 championship driver and owner points, respectively.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications )(8-2-2012)
NASCAR Reinstates Driver Aaron Fike:
NASCAR has reinstated [former
Truck Series] driver Aaron Fike upon his successful
completion of NASCAR's
#18 JGR Team Penalized For Rule Infractions:
NASCAR announced penalties
and fines to the #18 team that competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as a
result of rule infractions at Michigan International Speedway. The #18
Junior Johnson's house auctioned off:
Going back, in time at OVRP’s Dirt Oval:
From September 1, 2002:
Nov. 30 1. Art Cross
2. Johnny Ringger
3. MIke Nazaruk
Called a "dress rehearsal", full program without spectators
1. Bill Baker
2. Art Cross
3. Johnny Ringger
Dec. 14 1. Chet Gibbons Hough #82 V-8
2. Bill Schindler
3. Johnny Ringger
4. Rex Records
5. Art Cross
6. Johnny Rice
7. Ray Nestor
9. Len Duncan
10. Walt Fair
25 laps no time
Dec. 18 1. Andy Furci
2. Art Cross
3. Bill Baker
25 laps no time
Dec. 21? 1. Art Cross
2. Chet Conklin
3. Dutch Schaefer
4. Joe Barzda
5. Bill Schindler
6. Tony Bonadies
7. Don Morris
8. Chet Gibbons
25 laps no time
Dec. 28 1. Bill Schindler
Jan. 4 1. Ray Nestor John Schloeder #10 cycle
2. Bill Schindler
3. Johnny Carpenter Hough #80
4. Chet Conklin
5. Bill Baker #35 black
6. Walt Fair
7. Johnny Rice #5
8. Herb Heldt
9. Joe Barzda
10. Bud Tatro
25 laps no time
Jan. 8 1. Ted Tappett Bourgnon cycle
2. Andy Furci
3. Johnny Carpenter
25 laps 5:44.28 NTR
Jan. 18 1. Johnny Ringger
2. Bill Schindler
3. Len Duncan
4. Bert Brooks
5. Johnny Carpenter
6. Eddie Shaw
7. Joe Barzda
8. Charles Kiphut
25 laps 6:18.48
Jan. 22 1. Al Keller V-8 60
2. Johnny Ringger
3. Bud Tatro
4. Rex Records
5. Art Cross
25 laps 6:18.00
Jan. 25 1. Art Cross
2. Johnny Ringger
3. Johnny Rice
4. Chet Gibbons
5. Jeep Colkitt
6. Andy Furci
7. Bill Baker
8. Harry Sheeler
9. Johnny Carpenter
25 laps 5:56.46
Jan. 29 1. Rex Records
2. Johnny Ringger
3. Art Cross
4. Tony Bonadies
5. Dutch Schaefer
25 laps 5:48.92
Feb. 1 1. Johnny Ringger
2. Johnny Rice
3. George Fonder
4. Dutch Schaefer
5. Johnny Carpenter
6. Ted Tappett
7. Rex Records
8. Ernie McCoy
9. Don Morris
10. Chet Conklin
25 laps 6:13.52
Feb. 5 1. Joe Barzda #33
2. Rex Records
3. Don Morris
4. Andy Furci
5. Johnny Rice
25 laps 6:20.40
News from the AARN:
From the August 14th issue:
Makes mention that Kevin “Bobo” Manion will not use the NASCAR Spec engine in his Modified. Mainly because of the cost – engine she’s already spent monies on would just sit if he changed.
Ernie says he was tempted to throw a brick through his TV during the telecast of the Cup race at Pocono. Too much with top drivers being mentioned during the rain delay, while the down time might have been better used by maybe talking to drivers like JJ Yeley, Casey Mears, Joe Nemecheck and David Reutimann. I agree.
He makes note of the lack of respect when our National Anthem is played – not only for fans, but at Pocono, the track driers were in use, and men could be seen walking around in the pit area, with their hats on.
He also, like I did last week in my column, is questioning the car counts with the TQ’s today.
He also is making another mention of the “Pennsylvania 400 Memorial Fund” that’s been created to help those that were involved with the lightning strikes at Pocono. If you’d like to help out, you can send your donation to:
Long Pond, PA. 18334
Made mention that Logan Schuchart, grandson of Bobby Allen, has now run on 28 tracks and run 64 races so far in 2012, in Sprint Cars.
Said that some teams would not be going to the
Modified race at
Look for smaller restrictor plates on the Spec engine for Loudon.
WoO Late Models at Selinsgrove on 8/26 – 50 laps, $10,000.00 to win.
WoO Late Models at Little Valley
DIRT 602 Crate Sportsman added to the PASS Super Late Model program at the Stafford Motor Speedway – a 40 lap feature, on Sunday, 8/26.
Note: I kinda think they’ll have a low car count with that one.
is celebrating its 60th year.
Its first race was on Memorial Day (Remember that holiday?) in 1953 at
Seekonk. Fred Meeker was the race
winner. Three tracks that NEMA raced on
back then, still hold NEMA races today – Seekonk,
Waterford Speedbowl and
Steve Kinser failed to qualify for the A Main at the Knoxville Nationals. Same goes for Sammy Swindell. For Kinser, that ended a string of 34 consecutive A Mains for that event.
Some of the 50/50 pay outs:
# 1: $5,944.00, night # 2: $8,725.00, night # 3:
Crowe, a USAC driver, died in 1963 from injuries received while racing a Sprint
Car. The “Allen Crow 100” celebrates its
50th anniversary when the ARCA cars head to the dirt mile at
Hirschman Stays On Track
As Rivals Pit;
Earns Chemung RoC Victory
From Hospital Bed
To Victory Lane:
Brett Hearn Wins
'Mr. Dirt ' Lebanon Valley Classic
Glen Ridge RoC
First Time 'Ridge Starter
Heart Attack Claims Life
Of New Egypt Sportsman Driver
Goodyear, WoO Split;
Owner Ott Organizing Owners
To Make Voices Heard
Friesen Claims Ransomville Race
Dedicated To Memory Of Uncle Alex
Rained Out In Progress;
Finished At Winchester Next Night
Busy ISMA Supermod Sched
Sees McKennedy, Summers
Win At Lee, 'Bowl
Reopens In Delaware
Five Mile Point Mod Championship
Within Justin Holland's Reach
In double features at Fonda, Alex Bell had a 24th and a 20th, in the Modifieds.
Brian Sobus was 20th
in the Super Modified feature at
At Penn Can, in the Sportsman feature, Kyle Rohner was 2nd and Corey Ziegler 9th.
At the Ridge – Tyler Dippel was 8th and Anthony Perrego 18th in the Sportsman feature at the RoC event for Modifieds.
Justin Grosz ventured out to
Last Wednesday, at Accord, Wyatt Clark won the All Star Slingshot feature while Tyler Dippel was 2nd.
Rich Coons won the Sportsman feature at
Nick Pecko was 3rd in the Modified feature at Mountain Speedway.
At Hamlin, Charlie Lawrence was 23rd in the All Star Slingshot feature. Jacob Hendershot was 3rd, Tiffany Wambold 5th and Rick Casario 9th in the 270 Micro Sprint feature. Kyle Rohner won the 600 Micro Sprint feature, while Jacob was 23rd.
Danny Creeden was 9th and 1st in the double features at Five Mile Point.
At OCFS, in the Modified feature, Tim Hindley was 3rd, Mike Ruggiero 8th, Clinton Mills 9th, Matt Hitchcock 15th and Billy VanInwegen 25th. Brian Krummel was 4th, Tyler Dippel 5th, Anthony Perrego 8th, Matt Janiak 9th, RJ Smykla 12th, Andrew Reeves 14th, LJ Lombardo 16th, Keith Still 18th and Zack Vavricka 20th in the Sportsman feature, while Johnny Illanovsky was a DNQ, as well as Mike Traver. In the Rookie Sportsman feature, Joey Falanga was 8th.
At the Kutztown Fair Week Nationals, Molly Chambers was 20th in the 600 Micro feature.
Last week, at Hamlin, Charlie Lawrence was 14th in the All Star Slingshot feature. Rick Casario was 12th and Jacob Hendershot 16th in the 270 Micro feature. Kyle Rohner was 3rd, Jacob 20th, and Molly Chambers 24th in the 600 Micro feature. Paul Tigue was 4th in the Junior Slingshot feature.
On the Sunday, August 19 edition of Speed TV’s Wind Tunnel, a sport coat wearing Robin Miller was co-hosting and gave voice to the rumor that a few series owners were planning/conspiring to purchase the IndyCar series from IMS. If anyone actually read this blog, I might take credit for starting the rumor that IndyCar was for sale. Just scroll down to last week’s post, “IndyCar’s Endless Summer,” and read the “God Only Knows” section. Sure, I suggested that NASCAR would be the deep pockets that would step up and take this slightly used series off IMS’s hands, but this sounds like a variation on a theme. The big question is whether IMS would really sell the series.
More of the above can be seen here, along with other interesting topics:
XCEL CHASSIS FORCED TO CANCEL THIS SATURDAYS SUMMER HEAT SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 25TH
Summer Heat scheduled for August 25th
has been cancelled due to scheduling conflicts. Doug Borger, co-promoter,
explained the short notice. "Dick Stark, owner of
Championship Night Moved to September 7 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway
Weather-related postponement shuffles schedule, adds extra week
For Immediate Release
WEST HAVEN, VT – Mother Nature threw a kink in the stock car racing plans at Devil’s Bowl Speedway last week, but the resulting shuffling of schedules will allow race fans to enjoy an added week of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action.
The twin 20-lap features for the J&S Steel Late Model division that were scheduled to be run at last week’s Green Mountain Water Environment Association/Sunoco Race Fuels Night have been moved to Sugar & Spice Night, this Friday, August 24, along with the postponed 75-lap Enduro for 4- and 6-cylinder cars. Also on the card for Friday are regular events for the Bond Auto Parts Modified, Renegade, and Bomber divisions, a pancake eating contest, and the summer’s second round of Spectator Racing. All street-legal vehicles are welcome to compete in the spectator races; vehicles must be registered, inspected, and insured, and drivers must wear a helmet.
Regular general admission for Sugar & Spice Night is just $10 for adults, $9 for seniors (62+), and free for children 12 and under. Gates open at 5:00pm, racing begins at 7:30pm.
The make-up date for Green Mountain Water and Sunoco Race Fuels will be Friday, August 31 at 7:30pm, which includes a full card for the weekly NASCAR divisions along with a special ladies-only Powder Puff event using 4-cylinder Bomber division cars.
Championship Night, presented by Brown’s Quarried Slate and Brown’s Orchard & Farm Stand of Castleton, VT, has been moved from its original date on August 31 to Friday, September 7 at a special early start time of 7:00pm. The event will be the final point-counting race for all weekly divisions and features extra-distance races of 50 laps for the Modifieds and 40 laps for the Late Models. Special general admission is $12 for adults and free for children 12 and under.
Ron Proctor of
Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in
Borgers Speedway Owner Glenn Borger and the staff at Borgers Speedway welcome Ed Pensyl to the Borgers Speedway team. Glenn Borger “ we are pleased to have Ed on the Borgers Speedway team as we expand our plans for the rest of the 2012 season and the 2013 racing season. We have also scheduled a major Quarter Midget event for November 17 and if that race works as we expect we may also schedule another event early in the 2013 season. For that event we will not be able to run our regular program but other then that date our schedule will not change.”
Ed Pensyl has been a prominent figure in Quarter Midget racing for twenty years owning and operating Pensyl Enterprises which deals in quarter midget fabrication and parts supplying. Ed also is a key figure in the West End Fairgrounds Quarter Midget Club.
Co-promoter Bob Snyder, “ I have known Ed for about twenty years and I am certain he will be a great asset to Borgers Speedway not just with the Quarter Midgets but the marketing and future of our speedway. Along with Ed, Brendan OcConnor has also become a very important part of Borgers Speedwy with his expertise in marketing.”
Contrary to rumors circulating we will not change our Three Quarter Midget program. It will continue in the path we have been following this season. Blu Metz, owner of Metz Racing Rides For Rent has guided Borgers Speedway in a direction we feel will bring back Three Quarter Midget racing to it’s glorious past. There are plenty of cars sitting in garages that have been waiting for a local track close to home. Along with Blu’s ideas of keeping the cost of racing in line we feel with our rules package we can achieve our goal of building car counts. People need to know that we are for real and we are here to stay.
S&S Speedways and Hamlin Speedway promoter Randy Smith will be supplying Slingshot Parts and Tires at Borgers Speedway. With the additional racers planning on running our fall series Randy will have the needed parts and tires in stock.
Any Kart or MicroStock racers feel free to talk to Dan Shupp with any set up questions. Dan is owner of Shupp’s Kart Shop and runs Borgers Karting program. Dan will get you in the ball park and supply you with any engine building and karting supplies. You can reach Dan at 484-281-3259.
Plans are well underway for Borgers Asphalt OctoberFest and we have been meeting this week to finalize plans. Sponsorship has been rolling in and a major event sponsor will be announced shortly. The six races series will start September 22 and run through the month of October. There will be one drop week as not to interfere with Lindas Nationals. Bob Snyder, “after last night’s meeting with Glenn everyone is very excited how OctoberFest and plans for the 2013 season are coming together. Glenn has a staff of good people with a lot of good ideas with one common goal to make Borgers Speedway work.”
I'm 63. Except for one semester in college when jobs were scarce and a six-month period when I was between jobs, but job-hunting every day, I've worked, hard, since I was 18. Despite some health challenges, I still put in 50-hour weeks, and haven't called in sick in seven or eight years. I make a good salary, but I didn't inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, there's no retirement in sight, and I'm tired. Very tired.
I'm tired of being told that I have to "spread the wealth" to people who don't have my work ethic. I'm tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.
I'm tired of being told that Islam is a "Religion of Peace," when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family "honour"; of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; of Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren't "believers"; of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for "adultery"; of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur'an and Shari’a law tells them to.
I'm tired of
being told that out of "tolerance for other cultures" we must let
I'm tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses while they tried to fight it off?
I'm tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of both parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught. I'm tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.
So, Republican Rep. Todd Akin comes out and says something stupid and dumb concerning rape, and it’s all over the news. Just wondering – what if it was a Democrat that said the same thing? I doubt you would have seen the same results. Seems to me that our media is really trying to keep those that are in office now, in the same office later on, after Election Day. To be honest, I had read where a certain newswoman on NBC was found to have altered some videos of Romney in order to make him look bad. Yes, she’s still on the NBC news team.
The issue of granting driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants has raged in the Legislature for much of the past decade, without resolution, but fighting is largely moot now due to a new federal policy.
President Barack Obama's Deferred
Action for Childhood Arrivals gives a select group of undocumented immigrants
the right to live and work in the
Tippets said the area is currently being surveyed for dredging and a Coast Guard boat is replacing eight navigation markers. He says 40 northbound vessels and 57 southbound vessels were stranded and waiting for passage Monday afternoon.
Tippets said it is
not immediately clear when the river will re-open. A stretch of river near
Two days after Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer declared her state won’t confer driver’s licenses and other state benefits to newly-documented immigrants under Obama’s “deferred action” immigration policy, Nebraska, too, put its foot down.
Echoing Gov. Brewer, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman (R) said on Saturday that Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program does not make successful applicants “legal citizens,” meaning they remain ineligible for state benefits like driver’s licenses and other services.
“Wednesday, thousands of young people began the process. They must be under 31 years of age, have been brought to the U.S. before age 16 and lived here five consecutive years, have a high school diploma or be in school, or have been honorably discharged from the armed services, with no criminal record. There is also a $465 fee.”
That part about being honorably discharged from the armed services – I’m wondering, did/do they have a Social Security number? If so, how did they get one, since they were technically “illegal”? Last I knew, you had to have a Social Security number to be in our armed forces. Anyone know?
And, last I knew, your Social Security number is now your Service Number? This also bothers me. When I was in the Army, my job was to cut orders on military personnel – enlisted ones. Part of the info in each and every order was their Service Number. Now, if your Social Security number is also your Service number, wouldn’t it appear on every order? Or do they just use the last four numbers? Again, anyone know?
At times, one never knows where one might find a photo. Here’s one that popped up on Facebook on Tuesday evening. I would imagine that quite a few that read this column might have started out as a fan as this little guy did, back in 1950.