Racin' & Internet Stuff:

                                      By Tom Avenengo

                                         Volume # 108

                                                   09/06/2012

 

 

Special notice:

School is open!  Be careful!  Kids today have more to keep them interested in; therefore, don’t be surprised if they walk/run in front of you while talking on their cell or texting.  And just because it seems that every kid that’s getting off of the bus is coming from the extreme back seat, try to keep the “road rage” at a minimum, while you’re stuck behind the bus!  Kids today are “Daim Bramaged” just as we were when we were their age.

 

 

First:

While watching the Cup race from Atlanta, I thought – this is part of NASCAR’s problem – track too big, cars the same, engines basically the same, all on same tires, and after a lap or two, running single file.  And the races are too damn long.  Then thinking a little more – that’s exactly what we have in dirt track racing, tracks too big, cars the same, engines basically the same, all on same tires, and after a lap or two, running single file.  Granted, there is some passing, but no longer do we see good side-by-side racing throughout the field, during most of the race.  Smaller tracks seem to offer us that kind of racing.  Maybe NASCAR should go back to the way local tracks run their shows – you know qualifying heats, consolations, then maybe a 100 lap race.  No pitting under yellow and no mirrors and/or spotters.  No “Lucky dogs” either!  You get lapped, earn your way back onto the lead lap.  Let Race Control keep order via a line between them and the drivers.  If you don’t qualify – you go home. (That will NEVER happen if you’re a NAME, right?)

My thoughts, of course.

 

 

Second:

Quite a while ago I broke down and bought a cell phone.  My intentions were to use it only in case of an emergency while on the road.  The phone sucked.  It got to the point that I could hardly hear anything on it, and those I was talking to, could hear less.  So, my son, Eric, told me when he got his new cell, I could use his.  Well, he got his, and this past Monday I went to his house so we could get rid of my service with my cell provider and use his, changing his old phone and number over to me and my cell number.  Talk about a “Cluster”!  One hour and 11 minutes to get it accomplished.  Eric did leave quite a few numbers in his old cell – numbers that I might use, but even after he was told that during the change over, they would not be deleted, well, guess what?  Yup, everything was deleted.  At least now I have a cell phone that I can hear on and other will be able to hear me.  Hooray!

 

Third:

I visit a lot of websites while doing these columns – including track websites, in search of information.  It’s remarkable how they are not kept up to date.  One gripe of mine – when they put in an article/results, no date shown!  Is it that difficult to put the date in?

 

Fourth:

MyLaps this year has been a total piece of useless information.  I see many postings on Facebook where fans, drivers, teams, etc etc can’t access MyLaps for information.  You go to a track’s website, like OCFS, click on the link to MyLaps, and you end up in 2011.

 

Fifth:

On the Dirt Track Digest’s message board, they have a section where one can ask questions to WRG/DIRTcar about the up-coming Super Dirt Week in Syracuse.

Just for the heck of it, I asked:

Any particular reason why OCFS did not have a SDW Big Block qualifier?

 

Their response:

 

They have the Eastern States 200 which is part of the Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series schedule. With 'The Big Show' moving to Albany Saratoga, scheduling became a challenge. We will revisit for next season.

 

 

Sixth:

 

Maurice Jones-Drew ends holdout; returns to Jacksonville Jaguars

On Sunday morning, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Jacksonville Jaguarsrunning back Maurice Jones-Drew will return to his team after a 38-day holdout. The report was confirmed by NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, and seriously confirmed by Jags running back Rashad Jennings.

 

Jones-Drew, who signed a five-year, $31 million contract in 2009, has collected $21.8 million in the first three seasons, but wants to be paid in line with other elite backs. That would include the contacts recently given to Adrian Peterson (seven years, $100 million, $30 million guaranteed), Chris Johnson (four years, $53.5 million, $30 million guaranteed), LeSean McCoy (five years, $45.6 million, $20.8 million guaranteed), Arian Foster (five years, $43.5 million, $20.8 million guaranteed), and Matt Forte (four years, $32 million, $18 million guaranteed).

Jones-Drew could be fined up to $1.2 million by the team for off-season time should the Jaguars choose that option, but it's more likely that both sides will forgive and forget. Jones-Drew is returning now because if he doesn't, he starts losing game checks. And with a $4.45 million base salary in 2012, every week of in-season absence would have cost Jones-Drew $261,765.

 

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/report-maurice-jones-drew-returns-jacksonville-jaguars-today-141724317--nfl.html

 

Note:  My take:  Once you sign a contract, you should abide by it.  Personally, methinks that an awful lot of people in professional sports and the entertainment field are grossly over paid.  I’d like to question Mr. Jones-Drew and see if he’d be willing to take a big pay cut if he under performs during the next season.  Bet I know the answer!

 

 

Seventh:

 

End of the Ford Econoline marks a new era for great American vans

 

If you ever wanted to really get to know a Ford E-Series van, better hurry. Because after a long — check that, absurdly long — run, it's finally retirement time for America's most famous and most geriatric hauler; take a bow, you body-on-frame, mostly V-8 people mover. It's so old it always looks like it's starring in some '70s Quinn Martin production or an episode of Dragnet.

When the former Econoline receives a gold watch for service at the end of the 2013 model year, Ford will finally begin building for the American market the unibody Transit van they sell in Europe and around the world. It's a big deal, and although many of us can't help holding a sentimental, snuggly soft spot for the Econoline, the cue for this old stager to shuffle off comes not a nanosecond too soon.

Like the upcoming Chrysler Ram vans, based on a couple of Fiat's home-market schleppers, the Doblo and the Ducato, Ford's Transit launch in the U.S. is what counts for meaningful progress along the slow road to a more rational U.S. fleet. Here's why:

http://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/end-ford-econoline-marks-era-great-american-vans-204544690.html

 

 

 

Eighth:

 

From Track Forum:

 

For what it's worth, Pocono

 

On the Bring Indycars back to Pocono Facebook page, they posted that the 'word on the street' is that INDYCAR will be there for a July 4 weekend race. that's all it said.

 

http://www.trackforum.com/forums/showthread.php?168507-for-what-it-s-worth-Pocono

 

Note:  Pocono has released it’s 2013 NASCAR race dates.  No mention yet of an Indy Car event.  I have made mention of it to my friend “Benzee” who runs bus trips to races and other events, and he has asked me to keep him posted.  Those bus trips usually leave from the Monroe and Middletown, N.Y. areas and are a one day trip.

 

 

Ninth:

 

For real?

 

Joe Biden: Americans 'better off today' than four years ago

In part:

 

On Monday, Vice President Joe Biden told a crowd of about 3,500 union workers in Detroit that things in America are better now than they were four years ago.

“Folks, let me make something clear and say it to the press: America is better off today than they left us when they left,” Biden said.

Unfortunately, it was too hot outside for Biden to explain exactly why.

“If it weren’t so hot – if it weren’t so hot, I’d go into detail but let me sum it up this way: You want to know whether we’re better off? I’ve got a little bumper sticker for you,” he said.

More can be seen here, along with numerous comments under the article.

http://www.examiner.com/article/joe-biden-americans-better-off-today-than-four-years-ago

 

 

 

Tenth:

 

Per the AARN’s headlines for the issue due out this week:

 

Orange County Fair Speedway 
To Move Pits Out Of Infield 
For 2013

 

Note:  I’ve also heard rumors of the “Little” track being made bigger and also some possible mounds of dirt in the infield for Bikes & Quads, maybe?

I imagine it will take a lot of work to make a pit area outside of turns 3 & 4 – leveling it out, etc etc.  Also, lights, eating facilities, rest rooms, and what about some stands for the pit people to sit in to watch the races?  I’ve heard exit the track in 3 and enter it in 4.

 

 

Eleventh:

 

Looking at the results of the TQ race that was held during the Classic weekend of racing at Oswego, I see they only drew 15 cars.  Again, where are all the TQ’s?

 

 

Coastal 181:

 

Maybe you’ve heard of them?  They publish books and sell many items related to auto racing.  They also have a few things on their website, like Lew Boyd’s “Tearoff” section.  A short time ago, Lew called me to see if I could give him some information on a couple of drivers that ran with the ARDC, back in the day – “Jeep” Colkitt, and “Dee” Toran.  Toran was one of a few drivers that had been sent to jail, due to an accident in racing – one that resulted in a death.  Another one was Joe Sostilio, another pretty well known name in racing.

But, here’s the latest “Tearoff” by Lew Boyd:

 

http://www.coastal181.com/nlm-working-April-2005/tearoffs-0.htm

 

Note:  Yes, Lew makes mention of me, so I thought I’d return the favor!

 

 

 

Coming up:

 

Accord:

 

September 7th:

 

Upstate Auto Night

 

Modifieds $1500 to Win

 

Sportsman-Spec Sportsman

 

Pro Stock-Pure Stock

 

Lightning Sprints-Fireball 4 Cylinders

 

Pit Gates 4:30  Spectator Gate 5:00  Warm ups 6:30  Racing 7pm

 

 

September 14th:

 

Taylor Rental + OCFS Night

 

Racing all divisions + Lightning Sprints Qualifier Night Last Night of Points

 

 

Sept 21 & 22:

 

KING OF THE CATSKILLS

 

2 Jam Packed Days of Racing!

 

FRIDAY

 

ROC Modifieds 100 Laps  $7000 to win!

 

Sportsman  $1000 to win

 

Lightning Sprints $500 to win

 

All payouts based on 25 entries per division

 

Adults $24  Kids $5   Reserved Outdoor $27 Indoor Seating $30

 

Family 4 Pack $68   Admission for 2 adults, 2 kids & $20 in food vouchers

 

Pit Gate opens at 3:30  Spectator Gate 5:00 Warms ups 6:00

 

 

SATURDAY

 

CRSA Sprints

 

Spec Sportsman  $1000 to win

 

Pure Stock $500 to win  Pro Stock $500 to win

 

Jr Slingshots $400 to win   All Star Slingshots  $400 to win

 

Xcel 600 Modifieds

 

All payouts based on 25 entries per division

 

Adult admission $22  Kids $4  Reserved Outdoor $25 Indoor Seating $28

 

Family 4 Pack $62

 

Pit Gate opens at 3:30  Spectator Gate 5:00 Warms ups 6:00

 

2 Day Adult Combination Spectator Ticket $40

For advance ticket sales call 845-626-3478 or email accordspeedway@yahoo.com

 

Drivers:  Registration Form in “file” section

 

Note:  All of the above is from their website.

 

 

 

OCFS:

 

Saturday, September 8th:

Champions Night (Points End)  WLR Construction  Superior Remodeling  MOD, SPTS, PRO, STREET, 305 SPRINTS

 

September 15th:   

Modified ESW Qualifier plus North East Vintage Modifieds MOD, SPTS, ROOKIE, STREET, VINTAGE

 

September 22nd:   

Middletown Auto Wreckers "EVE OF DESTRUCTION"

 

October 19th:       

Arkel Motors Presents...51st Annual EASTERN STATES WEEKEND

         

October 20th:       

Arkel Motors Presents...51st Annual EASTERN STATES WEEKEND

         

October 21st        :

Arkel Motors Presents...51st Annual EASTERN STATES WEEKEND

 

Note:  So far, no schedule has been released for ESW.  I do know there will be two Sportsman races – one for Crates and one for Open engines.  Also, this year, no Sprint Cars.

 

 

 

Lebanon Valley:

 

Sat. Sept. 8

 

Steve Hough Motors & Boomer’s Performance Present The 9th Annual Boomer’s Performance 20-Lap Purestock Classic, LV-AS Budget Sportsman Challenge Race, 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, Prostocks, Purestocks & 4-Cylinders (Final Night of Points For The 358 Modifieds & Appearance Points All Other Divisions)

 

Sat. Sept. 15

 

2012 Season Finale | Final Night of Points for all divisions with The DiCarlo Auto Body Service Center $1,000 To Win Fall Brawl 50-Lap Budget Sportsman Feature (Appearance Points Will Apply) Sportsman, $1,000 To Win Prostock Showdown, Purestocks & 4-Cylinders (358 Modified Rain Date)

 

Sun. Nov. 4

 

The L.V. 29th Annual SUPER SWAPMEET With Over 500 Vendors | Vendor Gates @ 6am | Front Gate @ 8am - 4pm RAIN OR SHINE!!

 

 

 

November 11, 2012:

 

The annual Stan Lobitz Movie party, lunch, auction and sit down dinner, with all of the proceeds going to the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing (EMMR).

Lobitz Caterin Hall – Route 940  Hazelton, Pa. – located directly behind the Fairway Chevrolet dealership on Route 309 North.

One never knows who might show up – like Eddie Sachs, Jr. or Arlen Kurtis, son of noted race car builder Frank Kurtis – who have been guests in recent years.  A good time is had by all with lots of bench racing and b*ll busting being done throughout the day.  Vendors are also present.

Things get off to a somewhat slow start at around 9:00 AM, then it’s an all day thing that ends with the sit down dinner usually a little after 5:00.

When we go, it’s I-84 West to I-81 South.  I get off on Route 80 East, then hit Pa Route 309 South – the first exit after leaving I-81.  From Port Jervis, N.Y. it’s an hour and a half drive.

Best part:  it’s FREE.

 

 

 

Found on Jayski’s website:

http://www.jayski.com/

 

 

It's Official - Joe Logano signs with Penske Racing: 

 

Penske Racing announced that Joey Logano will join the team in 2013. He will drive the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Logano, 22, a two-time Sprint Cup Series winner who is currently competing in his fourth full season, will begin a multi-year agreement with Penske Racing. "I am very excited to join Penske Racing and begin the next phase of my career," said Logano. "I am looking forward to the opportunity as it will be an honor to drive for Roger Penske and race for wins and championships. I am also proud to represent Shell-Pennzoil as they are a respected global brand that does a great job of activating in the sport on and off the track."
"Joey Logano is a very talented driver who has already achieved a lot of success at a young age," said Tim Cindric, President of Penske Racing. "Joey is a great fit for our organization and we look forward to building on his success as he takes his place behind the wheel of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford."
"We welcome Joey Logano to the Shell-Pennzoil team, and we know he will do a great job representing our brands and Penske Racing in 2013 and beyond," said Lisa Davis, president, Shell Lubricants Americas. "Joey is clearly a special talent on the race track, and we look forward to working with him off the track as well."
Logano will join Brad Keselowski, a three-time race winner and championship contender in 2012, and the #2 Miller Lite Ford team to form a potent combination for Penske Racing in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.(
Penske Racing)

 

 

It's Official - Matt Kenseth signs with Joe Gibbs Racing: 

 

Joe Gibbs Racing announced that 2003 NASCAR Cup Series Champion and two-time Daytona 500 winner, Matt Kenseth, has signed with the team to drive the #20 Toyota Camry with sponsorship from Dollar General and The Home Depot starting in 2013. "We are thrilled to be able to officially announce Matt will join Joe Gibbs Racing starting at the conclusion of this season," said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. "Everyone knows what he has accomplished in our sport as a champion and a consistent winner. He is well respected in the garage and his experience and knowledge will be extremely beneficial to our entire organization, especially Denny and Kyle." Kenseth is currently third in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings with a win, nine top-five and 14 top-ten finishes thus far this season. Over the course of his career he has won a total of 22 Cup races while earning 122 top-five and 223 top-ten finishes.
"I'm excited to announce what the next chapter in my career will be," said Kenseth. "I remain totally committed to this season and working with my current team toward a championship and having this settled will only help my focus. JGR is an impressive organization with tremendous leadership and strong support from sponsors like Dollar General and The Home Depot. I'm very fortunate to have the opportunity to move from one great situation into another starting in 2013."(JGR), Gibbs also said during the press conference that Jason Ratcliff would remain as the crew chief for the #20 team.(9-4-2012)

 

 

Truex Jr. agrees to extension: 

Martin Truex Jr. has agreed to an extension to stay in the #56 Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing with NAPA as his primary sponsor. MWR has scheduled a press conference for Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway where Truex and NASCAR president Mike Helton will be present to announce 2013 plans and unveil a car.(ESPN.com)(8-28-2012)

UPDATE: 

Michael Waltrip Racing has agreed to multiyear contract extensions with Martin Truex Jr. and NAPA Auto Parts keeping Truex behind the wheel of the #56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. NAPA will continue as one of the few full-time primary sponsors in the series, sponsoring all 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup points races and the sport's two non-points events each season. MWR, Truex and NAPA have enjoyed unprecedented success in 2012. Currently fifth in Sprint Cup driver points and battling for a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship, Truex owns five top-five finishes and 13 top-10 finishes - all career bests.(NAPA), see full PR on the #56 Team News and Links page and see images of the 2013 #56 NAPA Toyota Camry.(8-31-2012)

UPDATE: 

Martin Truex Jr. and primary sponsor NAPA have agreed to a three-year contract extension with Michael Waltrip Racing (AP), and see images of the 2013 #56 NAPA Toyota Camry..(8-31-2012)

 

Stewart talks about run in with Kenseth and helmet: 

#14-Tony Stewart, met with members of the media at Atlanta Motor Speedway and discussed some topics including the incident with #17-Matt Kenseth at Bristol, the transcript in part:


Q) YOU AND MATT (KENSETH) TALKED THIS MORNING IS EVERYTHING GOOD BETWEEN YOU TWO THEN?


Stewart: "Yeah, we are fine. It's like we mentioned earlier in the week, we have too much to do the last 10 weeks to be worrying about each other. It's just like we always said there are 43 people out there and they are not always going to agree on the track at the same time. The big thing is getting it done and over with now."


Q) THIS SPORT WAS BASICALLY THRUST INTO THE MAINSTREAM IN 1979 WHEN CALE (YARBOROUGH) AND DONNIE (ALLISON) WENT AFTER IT IN A FIGHT. THE FANS APPRECIATION FOR THAT RAW EMOTION HASN'T CHANGED ANY OVER THE YEARS. WHY DO YOU THINK THAT RESONATES SO MUCH WITH THE FANS?


Stewart: "I don't know it still makes me wonder why NASCAR won't let that moment be relived fully. People like emotion every other sport gets a cool off period, every other sport you get time to calm down where our deal it's a little bit different we don't have that. It's not like one play is a bad play and you go to another play the bad deal for us is we are done for the day. That is where it's different."


Q) IF YOU GET THAT HELMET BACK WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH IT?


Stewart: "Charity auction if I get it back. For some reason it's MIA (Missing in action)."


Q) IT MIGHT END UP IN THE HALL OF FAME&


Stewart: "That's fine too if it ends up in the hall of fame so be it. There have been a lot of charities that have asked to have that for an auction right now."


Q) HAVE YOU ASKED FOR IT (THE HELMET) BACK?


Stewart: "No, not yet."(Team Chevy)(9-1-2012)

 

Comments from Kenseth about Bristol incident: 

#17-Matt Kenseth met the media shortly after 1 p.m. on Friday. Afterwards, he met with Tony Stewart to discuss the much-discussed incident at Bristol Motor Speedway last weekend that resulted in Stewart hurling his helmet at Kenseth's #17 Ford. "Honestly, last week I was really surprised," Kenseth said. "I wasn't trying to put our cars in a bad situation. I thought we were going to make it through there and I thought it was going to be alright, so I'm not sure what all went down there. But Tony and I, 99% of the time at least, show each other probably more respect and more room on the track than probably most people have. There have been a couple instances here and there, but I think, overall, we try to show each other a lot of respect and we usually get that back."(RacinToday)(9-1-2012)

 

Patrick says Smith apologized: 

#10-Danica Patrick says #78-Regan Smith called to apologize for their run-in last Saturday night at Bristol, and she described that move as 'upstanding,' though it's not clear if she's really buying the apology 100%. Any regrets about not throwing her helmet at the man who took her out of a top-20 finish? That's what teammate Tony Stewart did at his Bristol antagonist, Matt Kenseth, much to the delight of the crowd of some 153,000. "I'm just glad I didn't give him the finger, because I understand that is a penalty," Patrick said with an impish grin.(MikeMulhern.net)(9-1-2012)

 

Lowe's / Johnson to support Red Cross for Hurricane Isaac: 

In response to Hurricane Isaac, Lowe's announced today it will expand its relief efforts by teaming with five-time Sprint Cup champion #48-Jimmie Johnson at Sunday's NASCAR race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. As part of Lowe's Racing for Relief program, Lowe's will match the race earnings of Team 48, with a minimum donation of $100,000 to the American Red Cross. Together, Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports also will donate $48,000 toward the cause. The donations will support American Red Cross disaster relief and help provide food, shelter, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by Hurricane Isaac. Lowe's introduced Racing for Relief in 2000. To date, the program has helped disaster relief efforts for hurricanes, tornadoes and floods by raising more than $620,000. Since partnering with the Red Cross in 1999, Lowe's and its customers have contributed more than $23 million for disaster relief. Individuals can join forces with Johnson and Lowe's to help provide assistance. Lowe's stores throughout the United States are accepting donations to the Red Cross at every register. Donations also can be made at Lowe's American Red Cross Online Donation Site, or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). In addition to Racing for Relief, Lowe's is providing the support of Lowe's Heroes employee volunteers to distribute relief supplies and work alongside The First Response Team of America as it responds to Hurricane Isaac. In June, Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation awarded a $250,000 grant to the First Response Team, a nonprofit organization dedicated to working with local agencies to help save lives following natural disasters.(Lowe's Racing/HMS)(9-1-2012)

 

NASCAR still reviewing pit designs after Martin crash: 

No changes are planned for the first race on a high-speed oval since Mark Martin's violent collision with a pit wall at Michigan International Speedway, but NASCAR is reviewing tracks' pit designs. Martin was uninjured after his No. 55 Toyota skidded off Turn 4, down the pit road and into a wall opening at a sharp angle just behind the driver's-side door. The odds are slimmer that a car could squeeze through an opening in the same way during Sunday's AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "Michigan had an incredibly large (pit) opening compared to some racetracks, probably twice the opening that the Atlanta openings are," vice president of competition Robin Pemberton told USA TODAY Sports. "Each (track) is unique, and sometimes it'll take a unique change to prevent something. We are in the process of looking at everything as we go forward."(more at USA Today)(8-31-2012)

 

Stewart losing sponsor: 

Office Depot, co-primary sponsor for Tony Stewart's #14 Chevy in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series since Stewart took over the team in 2009, will not return in that capacity in 2013, a team spokesman confirmed. "Office Depot has notified SHR that they will not be renewing as the primary sponsor of the #14 team," SHR spokesman Mike Arning said. "However, SHR is in continued discussions with Office Depot regarding possible future roles the company could have with the team." Asked what those future roles might be, Arning was unable to specify. "They want to be involved with Tony and the team, but are unsure how right now," he said. Office Depot's departure leaves quite a void for SHR. The office-products company held the primary sponsorship in 22 of 38 races in 2012. Mobil 1, which holds primary sponsorship of the #14 in the series' remaining 16 events, will carry the same investment in 2013, Arning said.
Mindy Kramer, Senior Director of Communications for Office Depot, said the decision to leave the three-time champion was difficult and not taken lightly. "The changing business landscape warrants a realignment of priorities and resources," Kramer said via written statement. "That being said, Tony Stewart has been an exceptional ambassador for our brand, and he has gone above and beyond in everything that he has done for our company. Being a part of his legendary 2011 championship run was a moment of tremendous pride for everyone at Office Depot." Office Depot is also currently the "Official Office Products Partner" of NASCAR, a status they've held since 2005. Kramer and NASCAR spokesman Jon Schwartz both said the two sides are still negotiating any future relationship.(ESPN)(9-2-2012)

 

Sadler out at RCR? going to JGR in 2013?: 

Richard Childress, owner of RCR, tells Claire B Lang on the SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Pre-Race Show that Elliott Sadler has not re-signed with the company[for 2013], Sadler currently leads the Nationwide Series points.(SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Rumors floating around have Sadler going to Joe Gibbs Racing to run full-time in the Nationwide Series and run a 4th JGR Sprint Cup Series car part-time in 2013.(9-2-2012)

UPDATE: 

Appearing Monday night on SPEED's Race Hub, Elliott Sadler confirmed he would not be back with Richard Childress Racing in 2013. He said he had not been offered an opportunity to stay at Childress next season and that he does not yet have a deal with a team for next year.(9-4-2012)

 

DuPont to sell paint division - Ramifications on NASCAR not known yet: 

The DuPont Co. has agreed to sell its auto paint business in an almost $5 billion cash deal, advancing its strategy to move out of oil-based products and delve more deeply into advancing agriculture, nutrition and renewable fuels. The company announced the $4.9 billion sale of its DuPont Performance Coatings business, a cornerstone in the firm's traditional lines, to The Carlyle Group, a global asset management firm. The transaction is expected to close early in 2013, and DuPont will retain ownership of its signature oval label. Carlyle will replace the oval and rebrand the unit's products, according to DuPont. When the deal closes, all DuPont Performance Coatings workers will become employees of a new company under Carlyle. Company officials said it is too soon to tell what staffing plans the new owners will have once they take over.
The company's paint business is perhaps best recognized through DuPont Motorsports, a sponsor and paint manufacturer for four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon's #24 race car and the longest current running sponsorship, 20 years. Details of the logo on Gordon's car will be agreed upon between DuPont, DuPont Performance Coatings and Hendrick Motorsports in the future, said Gregg Schmidt, DuPont spokesperson.(in part from a very large article at the Delaware News Journal)(9-1-2012)


BUT: 

DuPont and AARP-Drive to End of Hunger are both signed to sponsor Jeff Gordon and the #24 Chevy thru 2013.(9-2-2012)

 

2012 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Wild-Card Race:
[after Atlanta, race 25 of 36]
A look at the race for the two wild-card positions for the Chase based on wins and being inside the top 20 in points.
Driver [wins] standings, behind 10th
first two would make the chase as wild cards:
#5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins] 11th -18 points out of 10th
#18-Kyle Busch [1 win] 12th -23
eight other drivers currently in the running for wild cards (1 win):
#24-Jeff Gordon [1 win] 13th -35
#9-Marcos Ambrose [1 win] 16th -63
#39-Ryan Newman [1 win] 17th -72
#20-Joey Logano [1 win] 18th -105
these drivers have no wins but are in the top-20
#99-Carl Edwards 14th -44
#27-Paul Menard 15th -59
#1-Jamie McMurray 19th -151
#31-Jeff Burton 20th -160
(ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)


The Chase: 

The top-10 drivers will make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Positions 11 and 12 in the 12-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are Wild Cards, and will go to drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, as long as they are ranked in the top 20 in points. If multiple drivers outside the top 10 tie for wins, the tie-breaker will go to the race winner with the highest points position.
See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf).(9-2-2012)

 

 

 

Going back, in time at OVRP’s Dirt Oval:

From September 5, 2004

http://www.whowon.com/Results.asp?TrackID=1904&StoryID=133424

Some names from that day who have moved on up to bigger (and more expensive) forms of racing, and still racing, today:  Joe Kata, III, Kenney Johnson, Jacob Hendershot, Brad Szulewski, Matt Janiak, Joey Falanga, Roger Coss, Kyle Armstrong, Kyle Redner, Chuck Alessi and Danny Hennessey.

 

 

Going back, in time:

 

More of the results from the Midget races that were held indoors at the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx, N.Y.

 

This week covering from November 1, 1947 to April 3, 1948.

 

1947-48

Nov. 1

1. Tony Bonadies

2. Ted Tappett

3. Al Keller

4. Bill Baker

5. Johnny Ringger

 

Nov. 5

1. Ted Tappett

2. Bob Disbrow

 

Nov. 8

1. Ted Tappett Curtis Offy

2. Johnny Ritter Ritter Offy

3. Stan Disbrow Bopp V-8

4. Larry Bloomer Paxson V-8

5. Bob Disbrow Frick V-8

 

Nov. 12

1. Johnny Ritter Ritter Offy

2. Ted Tappett Curtis Offy

3. Tony Bonadies Willets Offy

4. Al Keller Willets Offy

5. Bill Baker Croft V-8

6. Andy Van Heusen

25 laps 5:33.12

 

Nov. 15

1. Len Duncan Pollock Offy

2. Larry Bloomer

3. Johnny Ringger

4. Art Cross

5. Ted Tappett

6. Henry Renard

25 laps 5:23.32 NTR

 

Nov. 19

1. Len Duncan

 

Nov. 22

1. Ted Tappett

2. Al Keller

3. Johnny Ringger

25 laps 5:16.61 NTR 8000 spectators

 

Nov. 26

1. Al Keller Willets Offy

2. Ted Tappett Curtis Offy

3. Larry Bloomer

4. Mike Josephs

5. Len Duncan Pollock Offy

6. Bob Disbrow

25 laps 5:18.55

 

Nov. 29

1. Ted Tappett Curtis Offy

2. Al Keller Willetts Offy

3. Art Cross Hough Offy

4. Johnny Ritter

5. Bill Baker Croft V-8

6. Bob Disbrow

25 laps 5:15.83 NTR

 

Dec. 3

1. Johnny Ringger

2. Len Duncan

3. Tony Bonadies

 

Dec. 6

1. Al Keller Willetts #41 Offy

2. Bob Disbrow Frick V-8

3. Tony Bonadies Willetts #31 Offy

4. Len Duncan Pollock Offy

5. Andy Van Heusen Hough V-8

 

Dec. 10

1. Tony Bonadies

2. Al Keller

3. Henry Renard

4. Len Duncan

5. Art Cross

 

Dec. 13

1. Tony Bonadies

2. Ted Tappett

3. Art Cross

 

Dec. 17

1. Ted Tappett Curtis Offy

2. Johnny Ringger Wheeler #62

3. Tony Bonadies Willets #31

4. Jack Duffy V-8

5. Vernon Land

6. Bob Disbrow

 

Dec. 20

1. Al Keller Willets #41

2. Johnny Ringger

3. Ted Tappett

4. Chet Conklin

5. Bob Disbrow

6. Walt Fair

 

1948

Jan. 3 canceled-snow

Note:  This is the only race that I see as far as being cancelled for snow.

 

Jan. 10

1. Tony Bonadies Willets Offy #31

2. Bob Disbrow Frick V-8

3. Bill Baker Croft V-8

4. Larry Bloomer Paxton V-8

5. Stan Disbrow Bopp V-8

6. Ernie McCoy

7. Jack Duffy

8. Johnny Ritter

9. Al Keller Willets Offy #41

10. Andy Van Heusen

 

Jan. 17, 1948

1. Tony Bonadies Willets Offy #31

2. Johnny Ritter Ritter Offy

3. Johnny Ringger Wheeler Offy

4. Bob Disbrow Frick V-8

5. Art Cross Wilson Offy

6. Vernon Land

7. Bill Baker Croft V-8

8. Andy Van Heusen Eckert V-8

9. Bert Brooks

 

Jan. 24 ?

 

Jan. 31

1. Tony Bonadies

2. Al Keller

3. Bob Disbrow

4. Larry Shurter

5. Johnny Ringger

6. Ernie McCoy

 

Feb. 7

1. Al Keller Willetts Offy

2. Tony Bonadies Willetts Offy

3. Johnny Ringger

4. Bob Disbrow

5. Jack Duffy

6. Walt Fair

7. Vernon Land

8. Andy Van Heusen

9. Larry Bloomer

10. Don Morris

 

 

Feb. 11 ?

 

Feb. 14

1. Tony Bonadies

2. Johnny Ringger

3. Larry Bloomer

4. Johnny Zeke

5. Bob Disbrow

6. Andy Van Heusen

7. Stan Disbrow

8. Steve McGrath

9. Vernon Land

10. Ralph Lund

 

 

Feb. 18

1. Tony Bonadies

2. Russ Klar

3. Larry Bloomer Paxson V-8

4. Johnny Ringger Wheeler Offy

5. Bob Disbrow Frick V-8

6. Larry Shurter

7. Stan Disbrow Bopp V-8

8. Steve McGrath Jokko V-8

9. Andy Van Heusen Stroppoli V-8

10. Nick Fornoro

11. Rex Records

 

Feb. 21 ?

 

Feb. 25 ?

 

Feb. 28

 1. Tony Bonadies Willets Offy #31

2. Johnny Ringger Wheeler Offy

3. Bill Schindler Hough Offy

4. Walt Fair Frankenfield V-8

5. Larry Bloomer Paxson V-8

6. Al Keller Frick Offy

7. Rex Records Caruso Miller

8. Larry Shurter Muir V-8

9. Russ Klar

10. Mike Nazaruk "Sweet Sue" V-8

 

March 3 1. Johnny Ritter

2. Tony Bonadies

3. Al Keller

4. Bill Schindler

5. Bob Disbrow

6. Ernie McCoy

7. Len Duncan

8. Rex Records

9. Johnny Zeke

10. Johnny Ringger

11. Larry Bloomer

12. Ray Nestor

13. Vernon Land

14. Jack Duffy

 

March 6

1. Tony Bonadies

2. Al Keller

3. Len Duncan

 

March 10 ?

 

March 13 ?

 

March 17 ?

 

March 20

1. Len Duncan Willets Offy

2. Tony Bonadies Willets Offy

3. Bill Schindler Hough V-8

4. Larry Bloomer Paxson V-8

5. Don Morris Stroppoli V-8

6. Stan Disbrow Bopp V-8

7. Bob Disbrow Frick V-8

 

March 24 ?

 

March 27

1. Johnny Ritter Ritter Offy

2. Tony Bonadies Willets Offy

3. Larry Bloomer Willets Offy

4. Ernie McCoy Wheeler Offy

5. Stan Disbrow Bopp V-8

6. Len Duncan Willets Offy #41

7. Nick Fornoro Frankenfield V-8

8. Larry Shurter Muir V-8

9. Bob Disbrow

10. Joe Barzda

 

April 3

1. Ted Tappett Curtis Offy

2. Ray Nestor Wheeler Offy

3. Johnny Ritter

4. Len Duncan

5. Bob Disbrow

6. Al Keller

7. Stan Disbrow

8. Tony Bonadies

9. Bill Schindler

10. Walt Fair

11. Larry Shurter

12. Ernie McCoy

 

Ten of those 27 races above were won by Tony Bonadies.

More results from Kingsbridge next week.

 

 

 

 

Back in the day:

 

While posting some history on the ARDC's message board, I came across these Midget races held on August 31st, in 1948, just in the Northeast area!

 

Bone Stadium, PA

1 Nick Fornoro

2 Buddy Chase

3 Chet Conklin

 

Freeport Stadium, NY

1 Tony Bonadies

2 Red Marlowe

3 Ted Tappett

 

Hinchliffe Stadium, NJ

1 Len Fanelli

2 Art Cross

3 Mike Nazaruk

 

Rhinebeck Speedway, NY

1 Johnny Rice

2 Dutch Schaefer

3 Stan Disbrow

 

Westboro Stadium, MA

1 Johnny Thomson

2 Joe Sostilio

3 Bill Schindler

 

Today, in the Northeast area, NEMA has had about 8 races so far in 2012 and the ARDC about 14 total for the season. Yes, back in the day was so much better! Oh, and a week ago, NEMA had a race in Oswego, NY - the only full Midget race in N.Y. for 2012. In 2011, there were zero full Midget races in N.Y.

 

And how about this, for September 3, 1948!

 

1948:

 

Dracut Speedway, MA

1 Joe Ross

2 Bob Foss

3 Johnny Black

 

Freeport Stadium, NY

1 Tony Bonadies

 

Hinchliffe Stadium, NJ

1 Don Morris

2 Art Cross

3 Mike Nazaruk

 

Lanham Speedway, MD

1 Mike Josephs 50 laps

2 Fred Moore

3 Len Duncan

 

Seekonk Speedway, MA

1 Stan Woods

2 Chet Gibbons

3 Johnny Thomson

 

Stafford Springs, CT

1 Johnny Rice 2 Walt Fusco

3 Chet Conklin

4 Bert Brooks

 

Note: Six Midget races in the Northeast on September 3, 1948!

 

 

 


News from the AARN:

http://www.aarn.com/

 

From the August 28th issue:

 

Lenny Sammons:

In his column, one of the things he makes mention of is that the URC has come out with an engine rule change regarding the use of vacuum oil pans.

Note:  My thoughts – isn’t it a little late in the 2012 season for a rule change?

 

Ernie Saxton:

As you well know, Mr. Saxton is into helping teams as far as sponsorship goes.  He says it’s best not to start a sponsorship inquiry via an e-mail, first.  A letter, on fine stationary is what one should start with.

Note:  He and I agree – get rid of the Chase in NASCAR Cup racing and use all 36 races, as it used to be.

 

Todd Heintzelman:

Makes mention that during the month of September, the WoO Sprint Cars have 14 races, going from the West Coast to the East Coast.

 

John Snyder:

Quite a bit in his column was about OCFS.  The Pro Stock class – might be time to drop it, entirely.  Low car counts have caused management to make this a every other week class, alternating with the new Rookie Sportsman class.  He feels the monies should go towards building up the Street Stock class.  He feels the Rookie Sportsman class should be weekly, but watched closely.  Also, he feels the entire Sportsman class should use the Crate engines.  He’d like to see the 358 Modifieds return, not weekly, but maybe 6 or 8 shows over the season.

Note:  On some things, I tend to not agree with Mr. Snyder.  If you were to eliminate the Pro Stock class, you would lose the bodies that paid to get into the pits with each car – even with the low car counts.  So, where would one get monies to put towards the Street Stock class, then?  I’ve heard that OC has been paying their purses from what’s in the pit area.

If you’re going to keep a watchful eye on the Rookie class, then you best start teching.  And, I’ve always said, with the Crates – you need a claimer.  All over this area the Crates have gotten out of hand.  Hell, you can hear it at OCFS.  The teams know it – some cars are not quite “Kosher”.  Why don’t the officials?

The 358’s returning would be nice, but the reason they left was because the track really wasn’t getting extra bucks into the pits with most Big Block teams bring in a Small Block and using the same crew for both.  Maybe there can be a mandatory “move up” from Sportsman to the 358’s after wins, etc etc like they have for the Rookie Sportsman class?  Then again, that would not work maybe if the Sportsman class was all Crates?

 

Bill Utter:

In his column he makes mention that on the Internet it’s being said that the Accord Speedway is for sale.  “Not so”, says Mr. Palmer!

 

Other news:

 

Jeff Bloom has been hospitalized after getting burned in a Sprint Car crash at the Berlin Raceway, last week.  Sorry – no contact info listed.

 

Jimmy Zacharias won five asphalt Modified features in three days, last week, in New York.

 

Bobby Gunther Walsh had a nice ad thanking those that came to aid his team and especially his 80 year old father during a pit skirmish on 8/24 at Penn Can.

 

A full one half page ad advertising the New Yorker 200 Weekend at Utica Rome on 9/7 & 9/8.  On Friday, 9/7, Modifieds go for $5,000.00 to win, Sportsman $1,000.00 to win, Pro Stocks $700.00 and Pure Stocks $500.00.  On Saturday, 9/8 the Modifieds go for $10,000.00 to win for 100 laps.  The Crate Sportsman run for $1,000.00 to win.

 

More and more I see the 600 Micro Sprints getting into running wingless.  Last week they had a wingless feature after the winged feature, at Lindas.

 

No real big ad yet, but mention was made about the upcoming Freedom 76 race at Grandview on 9/15, with $50,000.00 going to the winner.  You’d be surprised as to what big names (mostly in DIRTcar) are not scheduled to be there.

 

There was mention of the USAC Mopar National Midget race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring – scheduled for 11/17, being removed from the schedule.  The reason:  This years Turkey Night Grand Prix, for Midgets will be held on the dirt half mile track at Perris Auto Speedway in California.  It would be hard for the teams to bring both the asphalt car and dirt car to those races.

Note:  Ah!  Progress!  See how it’s screwed up racing – especially with the Midgets?  Today you need a SPECIAL car for dirt and a SPECIAL car for pavement.  Every day I put “Historical” stuff on the ARDC’s Message Board.  Many times I’ve put in that a certain driver would win a feature in the afternoon and then another at night – one on a dirt track and one on pavement – and guess what – same car!  Of course, here in the East, there is no need for two cars, with the ARDC strictly dirt and wingless and NEMA strictly pavement and with wings.  I guess never again will we see both clubs race together.  To me, that’s a shame.  Yup!  PROGRESS!

 

 

And, in the issue of September 4th:

 

In AARN 
This Week:

Third Oswego 
International Classic Win - 
And $15,000 - 
Won By Otto Sitterly

"The Doctor" 
Makes $10,000 Labor Day 
House Call 
To New Egypt Speedway

New Mod Touring Series Star:  
Teenager Barrett 
Wins VMRS Race At Stafford

Orange County Fair Speedway 
To Move Pits Out Of Infield 
For 2013

Tony Ferrante, Jr., 
Long Island Mod Ace, 
Retires From Driving

Manmiller's Coal Cracking 
Yields Diamonds

Helliwell, Hoar Close 
In ACT Season Title Chase

Horton - Pauch Rivalry Reignited 
After Bridgeport Mod Battle

"Bottle Gate" 
Is Latest NASCAR Cup Dust Up

World Of Outlaws Late Model 
Little Valley Stop Packs House; 
Lanigan Wins

Cannon's Selinsgrove Blast 
Yields Eight Grand Payday


 

Former Oakland Valley Speedway (Dirt Oval) runners:

 

I was not aware that BJ Wambold was still racing.  At Mahoning, last week, he was 12th in the Street Stock feature.

 

Alex Bell was 13th at Devil’s Bowl in the Modified feature.

 

Kyle Rohner was 2nd and Corey Ziegler 11th at Penn Can in the Sportsman feature.

 

Danny Creeden was 5th, Mike Doty 8th and Tyler Boniface 11th in the Modified feature at Accord. 

Anthony Perrego won the Sportsman feature with Tyler Dippel 4th and Brad Szulewski 19th.  Tyler was 2nd in the Spec Sportsman feature, with Matt Janiak 3rd, Andrew Reeves 6th and Kyle VanDuser 7th.  Jason Roe was 9th in the Lightning Sprint feature.

 

Tim Hindley was 2nd, Clinton Mills 5th, Mike Ruggiero 8th, Billy VanInwegen 10th and Matt Hitchcock 17th in the Modified feature at OCFS. 

Anthony Perrego was 3rd, Brian Krummel 4th, Andrew Reeves 5th, Matt Janiak 7th, RJ Smykla 9th, Joe Conklin 12th, LJ Lombardo 13th, Zack Vavricka 15th and Tyler Dippel 21st in the Sportsman feature.  John Illanovsky was a DNQ.  Seth Pacella was 6th, Joe Falanga 7th in the Rookie Sportsman feature.

 

Kolby Schroder was 6th and Kyle Armstrong 21st at Lebanon Valley in the Modified feature.  John Virgilio was 21st in the Sportsman feature.

 

Danny Creeden was 8th at Five Mile in the Modified feature.

 

Nick Pecko was 4th in the Modified feature at Mountain Speedway

Note:  Only 21 cars – total in all classes??

 

Mike Mammana was 23rd in the Coal Cracker race at Big Diamond.

 

Bobby Morris was 3rd and Rich Coons 8th in the Sportsman feature at Bethel.

 

In the CRSA 305 Sprint Car feature at the Ridge, Josh Pieniazek was 5th, Emily VanInwegen 17th and Brittany Tresch 20th.

 

At Thunder Mountain, with the CRSA, Brittany was 6th, Josh 8th and Emily 14th.

 

Roger Coss was 18th in the Modified feature at Mahoning.  BJ Wambold was 13th in the Street Stock feature while his sister, Tiffany was a DNQ.

 

Brian Sobus was 7th at Oswego in the International Classic Super Modified race.

 

Note:  I know I’ve missed some, but I believe there are 40 names listed above – those that had run at the Dirt Oval, on occasion, or steadily, and now into bigger racing vehicles.

 

 

 

 

More racin’ stuff:

 

From the Track Forum:

 

 

USA Today article about Bernard/Penske

 

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/motor...ard/57587502/1

 

 

Some stuff from the above link:

 

Penske weighs in on state of IndyCar, embattled Bernard

 

Dogged by controversy, scheduling debacles and a heated dispute with team owners, embattled IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard can't help but laugh. Compared with his 15 years as head of the Professional Bull Riders, he quips, "There are a hell of a lot more rumors over here in IndyCar."

 

“Now 2½ years into a five-year contract, Bernard seems to be done worrying about trying to appease everybody at once. Before the Indianapolis 500, he acknowledged on Twitter one owner was trying to get him fired. He recently was at the head of a brouhaha over an exclusive agreement that forced owners to pay marked-up prices to chassis manufacturer Dallara for replacement parts. A recent Speed.com report (that was debunked by The Indianapolis Star) even suggested an unidentified group of team owners was trying to buy the series in order to oust Bernard.”

 

“Racing's most powerful team owner understands the tap dance Bernard has to perform. In an interview with USA TODAY Sports before Sunday's Grand Prix of Baltimore, Roger Penske showed support for Bernard but expressed concern over IndyCar's future.”

 

"We're wasting a lot of time worrying about parts discounts versus what's best for the series — the venues, the strategy of the series, the marketing in the future," Penske says. "I think Randy has done a good job from the standpoint of being able to execute in these newer cities.”

 

"(But) there's been a lot of changes in (IndyCar) management over the last couple years, which continuity is really important when running a business."

 

There’s more, folks.  Just check out the link, above, and the one below, to see what has been said, so far, on the subject.

 

http://www.trackforum.com/forums/showthread.php?168660-USA-Today-article-about-Bernard-Penske

 

 

 

 

Press Releases:

NEWS FROM     

Orange County Fair Speedway        

239 Wisner Avenue

Middletown, NY 10940

 

CONTACT

Mike Gurda

 

845-342-2573

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

POINTS SEASON ENDS SATURDAY AT ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY

 

Track Champions to be Crowned

 

MIDDLETOWN, NY (Sept. 3)……..Orange County Fair Speedway wraps up the weekly point season this Saturday night, September 8 when the top drivers in each of the four racing divisions will be crowned.

  

In  the headline Modified ranks, Jerry Higbie’s lead over Tommy Meier is currently 58 points, with Meier still having a mathematical chance of wresting the title from Higbie. Higbie and Meier are both two-time Orange County Modified champions, and both are eagerly seeking their third division crown.

 

In the Sportsman ranks, 2011 champion Gary Edwards Jr. leads challenger Jimmy Spellman by 42 points. A slip by Edwards and a win by Spellman and the tables will be turned.

 

The point chase in the Pro Stock division is a nail-biter, with two-time champion Mike Dutka leading Troy Arnold by just six points. This one won’t be decided until the Pro Stock feature race checkered flag flies.

 

With a 104-point lead, Charles Donald needs only to keep his car pointed in the right direction to garner the Street Stock championship. But in Street Stock racing the unpredictable can happen…and often does.

 

Admission prices for the September 8 WLR Construction/Superior Remodeling Champions’ Night remain at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and free for children 12 and under.  Racing begins promptly at 6:30 pm.

 

A final Saturday night of stock car racing will be held on Saturday, September 15. No points will be awarded, but the winner of the 30-lap Modified feature will earn a guaranteed starting position in the October 21 Eastern States 200. The North East Vintage Modifieds will also be in action.

 

Advance sale tickets for the October 19-21 Eastern States Weekend and additional information is available on the Orange County Fair Speedway website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net , or from the Track Office.  Call 845-342-2573 Monday through Friday during business hours.

 

 

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

For Immediate Release/September 6, 2012

Racers Preferred Models Steps Up With Attractive Giveaway Packages Aimed at Fans & Competitors for VP Racing Fuels-Pioneer Pole Buildings 2012 Short Track SuperNationals at Five Mile Point Oct. 6

KIRKWOOD, NY - Racers Preferred Models is stepping up for both racers and fans during the fifth anniversary Short Track SuperNationals presented by VP Racing Fuels and Pioneer Pole Buildings.

At the Oct. 6 'Working Man's Race' event, Racers Preferred Models proprietor Rob Mortier has signed on to provide attractive bonuses to both fans and competitors attending the event at Five Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood, N.Y.  The event is headlined by a 50-lap feature for big-block/small-block Modifieds.

The event winner and another randomly selected driver will receive a 'Starter Package' from Racers Preferred Models to include a complete Racers Preferred Model design of the winning car, three copies of the 1/16th-scale model shipped to the race team's door - a $299 value.

The fans have not been forgotten, either! At the SuperNationals, three model cars ($60 value each) will be given away as prizes through a drawing of general admission tickets.

Racers Preferred Models is on the web at www.racerspreferredmodels.com. The company has produced more than 600 different dirt Modified model cars that have raced the ovals of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Canada.

"Rob at RPM has provided something unique for the SuperNationals that will benefit our fans and racers," said event promoter Brett Deyo. "RPM was part of our recent 'Clash at the Can' held at Penn Can (Pa.) Speedway and their generosity was well received by the lucky fans that left with model cars.

"Mike Payne, car owner for Danny Johnson who won that race in June, was thrilled to have a constant memory of their victory with the 'Starter Package' prize."

The fifth 'Working Man's Race' at Five Mile Point is shaping up to be the most lucrative to date for Modified racers. The green money has been increased to $455 for 50 laps of racing on a quarter-mile oval.

Alpine Building Supply of Schuylkill Haven, Pa., returns as the 'Roll the Dice Challenge' sponsor for the SuperNationals event, boosting the winner's share by $1,500 so long as they have posted the $20 'gambler's fee' prior to the start of qualifying.

A long list of bonus and award sponsors has signed on to support the SuperNationals in 2012. A complete list, updated frequently, can be found online at www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com. A large cross-section of competitors will benefit from this bonus program, including drivers who do not qualify for the main event.

Registration is currently underway for the Short Track SuperNationals. Entry forms have been posted to the BD Motorsports Media website. Brian Malcolm of Lake Ariel, Pa., earned two free pit passes to the SuperNationals via a drawing of the first 10 early entries received. The drawing took place in Victory Lane at Penn Can Speedway Aug. 24.

All remaining pre-entered drivers who file an entry prior to Sept. 30 will be part of a second drawing to be held at the drivers' meeting on race day for a pair of $50 gas cards. Registration in advance is just $15: $20 less than it had been in 2006 when the SuperNationals was first contested!

Modified rules allow for big- or small-block engines, gasoline or methanol, sail panels or windows, an open tire rule (run weekly at a Northeast dirt Modified facility), with a draw for position setting the heat-race starting orders. Complete rules and race procedures have been posted on the BD Motorsports Media website.

ALL racing activity takes place on Saturday (Oct. 6) with an open practice on Friday (Oct. 5) evening.

The Comfort Inn of Binghamton, N.Y., 1000 Front Street just miles from the speedway off Interstate 81 Exit 5, serves as the host hotel with a group rate of $99/night. Contact the Comfort Inn by phone at 607.724.3297 and mention "SuperNationals" to receive the discounted rate.

Joining the Modifieds on the program are Street Stocks (under 2011 Race of Champions rules, 25 laps) and a Four Cylinder Open event (18 laps).

Previous Short Track SuperNationals Modified winners include Duane Howard of Oley, Pa., (2011), Justin Holland of White Lake, N.Y. (2010), Kevin Hirthler of Boyertown, Pa. (2009) and Mike Ricci of Rosendale, N.Y. (2006).

Marketing opportunities, lap sponsorships and contingency award opportunities are available now. To learn more, contact Brett Deyo by e-mail at Deyo99H@aol.com, by phone at 845.728.2781 or log onto the official BD Motorsports Media website at www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com. BD Motorsports Media can also be found on Facebook.

The Short Track SuperNationals is presented by VP Racing Fuels, Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc., Alpine Building Supply, Racers Preferred Models, Dale Smith Photography, Manmiller Electric, Touch of Green Landscaping, Fariello Landscaping, Selinsgrove Speedway/JGK Motorsports, Lias Tire/American Racer, Shiley Fabrication, BFP Specialty, Long Family/MTL Motorsports, Four Star Lettering, S&D Bodyline, S&W Awards, Harford Subway, Penn Can Speedway and BD Motorsports Media.

2012 American Racer/Lias Tire "Road to the SuperNationals"

Friday, March 16 - Selinsgrove Speedway/Selinsgrove, PA - DUANE HOWARD

Sunday, April 8 - Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, PA - RICK LAUBACH

Monday, July 2 - Five Mile Point Speedway/Kirkwood, NY - KEVIN BATES

Thursday, July 12 - Utica-Rome Speedway/Vernon, NY - STEWART FRIESEN

Saturday, July 14 - New Egypt Speedway/New Egypt, NJ - SAMMY PIAZZA

Saturday, July 21 - Grandview Speedway/Bechtelsville, PA - DON NORRIS JR.

Saturday, August 4 - Bridgeport Speedway/Bridgeport, NJ - RICK LAUBACH

Friday, August 24 - Penn Can Speedway/Susquehanna, PA - KEVIN HARTNETT

Friday August 31 - I-88 Speedway/Afton, NY – J.R. HURLBURT

Friday, September 14 - Accord Speedway/Accord, NY

Past Short Track SuperNationals Modified Top-Five Finishers

Oct. 8, 2011 Five Mile Point: DUANE HOWARD - Danny Tyler - Billy Pauch Sr. - Jeff Strunk - Jeff Heotzler

Oct. 9, 2010 Five Mile Point: JUSTIN HOLLAND - Billy Pauch Jr. - Kevin Bates - Brian Weaver - Danny Tyler

Oct. 10, 2009 Five Mile Point: KEVIN HIRTHLER - Mike Ricci - Mike Gular - Sean Merkel - Joey Grammes

Oct. 7, 2006 Afton: MIKE RICCI - J.R. Hurlburt - Brian Weaver - Joey Grammes - Davie Franek

 

 

 

WEST HAVEN, VT – Two veteran Modified stock car racers will settle an exciting season-long championship fight on Friday at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, as Ron Proctor and Vince Quenneville, Jr., vie for NASCAR Whelen All-American Series title honors on Championship Night presented by Brown’s Quarried Slate and Brown’s Orchard & Farm Stand.

With the Sunoco Race Fuels “Dash For Cash” semi-feature added in the final weeks of the season, a total of 65 points are up for grabs on Friday.  Quenneville, of Brandon, VT, can cut as much as 14 points off his 23-point deficit before the main event begins if he finishes near the front in his qualifying heat and the semi-feature, but only if Charlton, NY racer Proctor finishes fourth or worse in his heat race.  In that scenario, Quenneville would only need to beat Proctor by five positions in the main event. 

·         Qualifying heats pay five points to win, four for second place, three for third, two for fourth, and one for all other finishers.

·         The semi-feature – open only for the top-three finishers from the two heats – pays 10 points to win, nine for second, eight for third, seven for fourth, six for fifth, and five for sixth.

·         The 50-lap Brown’s Quarried Slate/Brown’s Orchard & Farm Stand feature pays 50 points to win, 48 for second, 46 for third, and two less points for each subsequent position.

While he’s not immune to disaster, the chances of Proctor faltering are not good; the veteran is trying for his second-straight title and has had a remarkable record of 17 consecutive finishes of seventh place or better including three victories.  Brandon, VT racer Quenneville has won five races including last Friday’s event, but a blown engine two weeks ago leaves him playing catch-up.

The rest of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions will officially crown their champions on Friday as well; Craig Bushey of Fairfax, VT mathematically clinched the J&S Steel Late Model championship last week and will try to cap it off with a win in the division’s 40-lap finale, but Robert Gordon of Milton, VT and Pittsford, VT’s Ryan Keith – only 13 points apart – will slug it out in the Renegades.  Like Bushey, rookie Josh Masterson of Bristol, VT clinched the Bomber title a week early.

Special general admission for Championship Night is $12 for adults, $9 for seniors (62+), and free for children 12 and under.  Gates open at 5:00pm with racing beginning at an early 7:00pm post time.  Fans may save $2.00 on admission by redeeming a ticket stub from the 2012 Vermont State Fair.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, VT, four miles north of Exit 2 on US Route 4.  For more information, call (802) 265-3112 or click www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com.  Devil’s Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at facebook.com/devilsbowlspeedway and Twitter at @DevilsBowlSpeed.

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Contact: Justin St. Louis                                                                                                                                                   Phone: (802) 355-3282

Email: devilsbowlspeedway@gmail.com

 

 

Hi everyone!

 

This is it!  It's Championship Night this Friday - THANK YOU for your support and dedication to Devil's Bowl Speedway this year!  We have gone far above and beyond our hopes and expectations for the 2012 season, and it's all thanks to your belief in our program!

 

NOTES:

 

--Remember that it's an EARLY post time of 7:00 this week - the full schedule is attached to this email.

 

--Open practice will begin at 1:00pm this week, not 12:00 noon.

 

--MODIFIEDS: Please note that spec tires will be MANDATORY this week!  The D500 tires will be allowed on Sept. 15/16 ONLY!

 

--VERMONT 200 WEEKEND on Sept. 15/16: We are still fine-tuning the schedule, but we're expecting to have it ready and official by Friday.  Modifieds, Renegades, and Bombers will be racing BOTH Saturday and Sunday.  Late Models will be practice-only on Saturday and racing on Sunday.

 

Again, THANK YOU to everyone who has been a part of what we're trying to accomplish at Devil's Bowl Speedway.  We are proud to have been your home track for 2012 and we hope you will continue to race with us for many years.  Our communication lines are always open, and we want to hear your feedback - negative or positive!  Congratulations to all of you on a great season - We'll see you on Friday, and then we'll wrap it up with the Vermont 200 weekend!

 

--Devil's Bowl Speedway Staff

Email: devilsbowlspeedway@gmail.com

 

 

 

News from the Short Track SuperNationals - 'The Working Man's Race'

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

For Immediate Release/September 6, 2012

Short Track SuperNationals presented by VP Racing Fuels & Pioneer Pole Buildings 2012 Priced for the “Working Man’s” Budget; Schedule of Events and Camping Information Announced

KIRKWOOD, NY - Initiated as an affordable event for dirt Modified fans and competitors on Columbus Day weekend, the Short Track SuperNationals presented by VP Racing Fuels and Pioneer Pole Buildings remains true to course despite growing popularity.

The event is priced for the working man’s budget.

The Short Track SuperNationals 'Working Man's Race' celebrates its fifth anniversary on Oct. 6 at Five Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood, N.Y. The event is headlined by a 50-lap big-block/small-block Modified feature with Race of Champions Street Stocks and Four Cylinders serving as the support cast.

Admission Prices

For Saturday's (Oct. 6) program, Adult grandstand admission is $19. For Seniors (ages 62 and over) and Youth (Ages 13-17), admission is $15. Kids 12 and under are admitted FREE.

An affordable 'Family Five Pack promotion returns this year. For $45, a family receives two Adult tickets, three Senior and/or Youth tickets, five hot dogs and five sodas.

Pit admission on Saturday is $30 with any speedway or series license and $35 without. The $2 ambulance fee will not be in effect.

For Friday night's (Oct. 5) open practice, pit admission is $20. There is no charge for the grandstands.

Schedule

For Saturday's event, pit gates open at 2 p.m.  Grandstand will be unlocked at 3 p.m. Support-division (RoC Street Stock and Four Cylinder) hot laps hit the track at 4 p.m. Heat races for RoC Street Stocks and Four Cylinders begin at 4:45 p.m.

The Modified portion of the program kicks off with hot laps at 5:45 p.m. Modified heat races begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.  Support-division feature events will be run as part of the night program to allow Modified teams time to prepare their equipment for subsequent events.

On Friday, pit gates open at 5 p.m. for practice. The speedway will host practice from 6-9 p.m.

Camping

Camping is permitted and encouraged at the Short Track SuperNationals on Friday and Saturday nights. Camping is FREE of charge. There are no hookups. Those wishing to stay with their campers on the backstretch must purchase a pit pass as the area is an active pit during Saturday's event.

All individuals planning to camp must use the grassy area off the backstretch. Camping will not be permitted in the turn-four pit area or spectator parking lot with respect to the neighboring community.

The fifth 'Working Man's Race' at Five Mile Point is shaping up to be the most lucrative to date for Modified racers. The green money has been increased to $455 for 50 laps of racing on a quarter-mile oval.

Alpine Building Supply of Schuylkill Haven, Pa., returns as the 'Roll the Dice Challenge' sponsor for the SuperNationals event, boosting the winner's share by $1,500 so long as they have posted the $20 'gambler's fee' prior to the start of qualifying.

A long list of bonus and award sponsors has signed on to support the SuperNationals in 2012. A complete list, updated frequently, can be found online at www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com. A large cross-section of competitors will benefit from this bonus program, including drivers who do not qualify for the main event.

Registration is currently underway for the Short Track SuperNationals. Entry forms have been posted to the BD Motorsports Media website. Brian Malcolm of Lake Ariel, Pa., earned two free pit passes to the SuperNationals via a drawing of the first 10 early entries received. The drawing took place in Victory Lane at Penn Can Speedway Aug. 24.

All remaining pre-entered drivers who file an entry prior to Sept. 30 will be part of a second drawing to be held at the drivers' meeting on race day for a pair of $50 gas cards. Registration in advance is just $15: $20 less than it had been in 2006 when the SuperNationals was first contested!

Modified rules allow for big- or small-block engines, gasoline or methanol, sail panels or windows, an open tire rule (run weekly at a Northeast dirt Modified facility), with a draw for position setting the heat-race starting orders. Complete rules and race procedures have been posted on the BD Motorsports Media website.

ALL racing activity takes place on Saturday (Oct. 6) with an open practice on Friday (Oct. 5) evening.

The Comfort Inn of Binghamton, N.Y., 1000 Front Street just miles from the speedway off Interstate 81 Exit 5, serves as the host hotel with a group rate of $99/night. Contact the Comfort Inn by phone at 607.724.3297 and mention "SuperNationals" to receive the discounted rate.

Joining the Modifieds on the program are Street Stocks (under 2011 Race of Champions rules, 25 laps) and a Four Cylinder Open event (18 laps).

Previous Short Track SuperNationals Modified winners include Duane Howard of Oley, Pa., (2011), Justin Holland of White Lake, N.Y. (2010), Kevin Hirthler of Boyertown, Pa. (2009) and Mike Ricci of Rosendale, N.Y. (2006).

Marketing opportunities, lap sponsorships and contingency award opportunities are available now. To learn more, contact Brett Deyo by e-mail at Deyo99H@aol.com, by phone at 845.728.2781 or log onto the official BD Motorsports Media website at www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com. BD Motorsports Media can also be found on Facebook.

 

 

 

I get e-mails:

 

Something you'll want to be aware of:

 

                   Sent by Retired Vice Admiral Bob Scarborough, of Arlington, VA.

 

                   "I wanted to give you all some disturbing information on our wonderful president. I work with the Catch-A-Dream Foundation, which provides hunting and fishing trips to children with life-threatening illnesses. This past weekend we had our annual banquet/fundraiser event in Starkville.

 

                   As a part of our program, we had scheduled Sgt. 1st Class Greg Stube to come; he's a highly decorated U.S. Army Green Beret and inspirational speaker who was severely injured while deployed overseas and didn't have much of a chance for survival.

 

                   Greg is stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC and received permission from his commanding officer to come speak at our function. Everything was on go until Obama made a policy that NO U.S. SERVICEMAN CAN SPEAK AT ANY FAITH-BASED PUBLIC EVENTS ANYMORE.

 

                   Needless to say, Greg had to cancel his speaking event with us. Didn't know if anyone else was aware of this new policy. You're just starting to see the Obamanation. This is just how the Nazis did it in the 1930's -- slowly, one step at a time.

 

This should be forwarded to everyone regardless of party affiliation! We have lost 50% of our freedom of speech in the last 2 years.

 

The news media is not allowed to print anything negative about Obama.

 

ARE YOU STILL GOING TO REELECT HIM???????????

 

Robert D. Sinacola

COL (Ret), AVN, USAR

 

 

And, this one, too – is it true?

 

WAKE UP AMERICA

PLEASE read this and send it on....ESPECIALLY to your people in Congress! This MUST be stopped.

 

Remember: When guns are outlawed-only outlaws will have guns

..........................................................................................

Subject: Fw: Ban All Weapons-Civil War Coming? SEND TO EVERY ONE

 

Subject:Civil War Coming?

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States reversed policy on Wednesday and said it would back launching talks on a treaty to regulate arms sales as long as the talks operated by consensus, a stance critics said gave every nation a veto.

    The decision, announced in a statement released by the U.S. State Department, overturns the position of former President George W.

Bush's administration, which had opposed such a treaty on the grounds that national controls were better.

    On Wednesday Obama Took the First Major Step in a Plan to Ban All Firearms in the United States. The Obama administration intends to force gun control and a complete ban on all weapons for US citizens through the signing of international treaties with foreign nations. By signing international treaties on gun control, the Obama administration can use the US State Department to bypass the normal legislative process in Congress.

    Once the US Government signs these international treaties, all US citizens will be subject to those gun laws created by foreign governments.

    These are laws that have been developed and promoted by organizations such as the United Nations and individuals such as

George Soros and Michael Bloomberg. The laws are designed and intended to lead to the complete ban and confiscation of all firearms.

    The Obama administration is attempting to use tactics and methods of gun control that will inflict major damage to our 2nd Amendment before US citizens even understand what has happened.

    Obama can appear before the public and tell them that he does not intend to pursue any legislation (in the United States) that will lead to new gun control laws, while cloaked in secrecy, his Secretary of

State, Hillary Clinton is committing the US to international treaties and

foreign gun control laws. Does that mean Obama is telling the truth? 

    Obama and the truth have never met.

    He is the most consummate liar there is.

    What it means is that there will be no publicized gun control debates in the media or votes in Congress.

    We will wake up one morning and find that the United States has signed a treaty that prohibits firearm and ammunition manufacturers from selling to the public.

    We will wake up another morning and find that the US has signed a treaty that prohibits any transfer of firearm ownership.

    And then, we will wake up yet another morning and find that the US has signed a treaty that requires US citizens to deliver any firearm they own to the local government collection and destruction center or face imprisonment.

    This is not a joke nor a false warning. As sure as government health care will be forced on us by the Obama administration through whatever means necessary, so will gun control.

    Please forward this message to others who may be concerned about the direction in which our country is headed.

    We are being led like a lamb to the slaughter (Socialism/Dictatorship). 

    DON'T KEEP THIS - SEND IT OUT TO YOUR LIST

 

 

 

 

Found on Facebook:

 

Feds end probe of 'America's toughest sheriff' Joe Arpaio; no charges

 

The federal government has closed a criminal probe of alleged financial misconduct by Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio, who styles himself as "America's toughest sheriff," and no charges will be filed, the U.S. Attorney's Office said on Friday.

 

Spencer Platt / Getty Images file

Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio is shown attending Republican National Convention on Wednesday in Tampa, Fla.

 

A separate federal investigation relating to allegations of civil rights abuses by Arpaio's office is continuing.

The announcement on Friday marked the end of an investigation that began in November 2010 at the behest of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to examine alleged financial improprieties by the county sheriff and his deputies.

 

A federal criminal inquiry into several of those matters was concluded last summer with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona declining to initiate criminal charges.

 

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Maricopa County authorities were informed on Friday that federal prosecutors had likewise declined to bring charges in connection with allegations that the sheriff's office had misused county credit cards or misspent money from jail facilities excise taxes.

 

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/31/13597578-feds-end-probe-of-americas-toughest-sheriff-joe-arpaio-no-charges#.UEH-1ifrV4Y.facebook

 

My thoughts:  It’s about damn time!

 

 

 

And this:

 

Stand With Arizona (and Against Illegal Immigration)

 

Money can't buy you sense. And proponents of open borders and amnesty for illegals routinely show their ignorance, every time they open their mouths. Here, one of the biggest such proponents, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg - worth a staggering $22 billion - staggers the senses with a series of ill-informed blanket statements about the U.S. border. Bloomberg first claims "Nobody has come across the border in a long time" because most illegals overstay visas, he claims. And he said that terrorists coming across the border is "just not a legitimate thing to worry about". Meanwhile in REALITY, the Border Patrol caught 327,577 illegals entering the U.S. from Mexico in 2011 alone - and DHS estimates 3 TIMES that number of illegals EVADED capture in crossing. And DHS documents exposed by a House committee proved that hundreds of known terrorists have also crossed the border - a fact admitted by DHS Sec. Napolitano in a July hearing.

 

Bloomberg: ‘Nobody Has Come Across the [U.S.-Mexico] Border in a Long Time'

In part:

(CNSNews.com) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said last week that "nobody" had illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in a "long time."

He also advised that it would be easier for those wishing to illegally immigrate to the United States to simply buy a ticket to fly here and then overstay their visa.

Bloomberg was speaking in Boston at an Aug. 14 forum on immigration sponsored by the New England Council. He shared the stage for the forum with News Corporation Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch.”

Jerry Seib of The Wall Street Journal, who moderated the event, asked Bloomberg, “... My sister lives in Amarillo, Texas, and they’re very worried about waves coming up north over the border there. What are you going to tell them?”

“Number one nobody has come across the border in a long time,” responded the mayor. “I mean we spend a fortune on technology, and if you want to come to America illegally, don’t waste your time going across the border and through the desert. It’s dangerous. Just get on an airplane, fly here, and overstay your visa. We have absolutely no ability to track who you are and get you back.

“The total number of undocumented in this country has been going down for a long time. How do we solve the problem? We solved the problem by having our economy crater,” he continued. “People don’t come here to put their feet up and collect welfare. They come here to work, and if there’s no jobs, they don’t come here, and if they’re here and they can’t find a job, they go back home, because America is not a very good place to sit around and think the state is going to support you.”

During a July 25 House Homeland Security Committee, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said that terrorists cross the southwest border “from time to time” with the intent to harm Americans.”

More can be found here, along with some comments after the article.

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/bloomberg-nobody-has-come-across-us-mexico-border-long-time

 

And then there are these, too:

 

Democrats remove 'God' from DNC platform, insert Obama's name over 100 times

 

http://www.examiner.com/article/democrats-remove-god-from-dnc-platform-insert-obama-s-name-over-100-times

 

 

Schumer Doesn't Know Obama's Position on Jerusalem

 

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/schumer-doesnt-know-obamas-position-jerusalem_651705.html

 

 

Letting illegal immigrants get driver's licenses makes sense

 

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-hiltzik-20120905,0,2015316.column

 

 

S.C. Dem. Chair Compares GOP Gov. to Hitler's Mistress

 

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/sc-dem-chair-compares-gop-gov-hitlers-mistress_651728.html

 

 

FACT CHECK: DEMS TWIST JOBS NUMBERS AND GOP MEDICARE IDEAS AT DNC

 

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/fact-check-dems-twist-jobs-numbers-and-gop-medicare-ideas-at-dnc/

 

 

 

 

Some non-racing stuff:

 

If memory serves me right, I had something about ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) a column or two ago.  Here’s some more:

 

ICE chief of staff resigns amid misconduct claims

A senior Obama administration political appointee and longtime aide to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano resigned Saturday amid allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior lodged by at least three Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees.

Suzanne Barr, chief of staff to ICE Director John Morton, said in her resignation letter that the allegations against her are "unfounded." But she said she was stepping down anyway to end distractions within the agency. ICE, a division of the Homeland Security Department, confirmed Barr had resigned. The Associated Press obtained a copy of Barr's letter.

Barr is accused of sexually inappropriate behavior toward employees. The complaints are related to a sexual discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by a senior ICE agent in May.

"Of greater concern however, is the threat these allegations represent to the reputation of this agency and the men and women who proudly serve their country by advancing ICE's mission," Barr wrote. "As such, I feel it is incumbent upon me to take every step necessary to prevent further harm to the agency and to prevent this from further distracting from our critical work."

Barr went on leave last month after the New York Post reported on the lawsuit filed by James T. Hayes Jr., ICE's special agent in charge in New York. Additional employees came forward with their allegations around the same time.

http://news.yahoo.com/ice-chief-staff-resigns-amid-misconduct-claims-202628559.html

 

And:

 

Al Gore calls for an end to the Electoral College

 

Former vice president Al Gore is calling for an end to the Electoral College — the system that cost him the presidency in 2000.

Gore said that many voters who live outside the dozen or so battleground states are cheated by the system that allocates delegates from the state level on a winner-take-all basis. He called for presidential elections to be determined by the popular vote.

“I’ve seen how these states are written off and ignored, and people are effectively disenfranchised in the presidential race. And I really do now think it is time to change that,” Gore said on Current TV, an independent cable network that he co-founded.

A dozen states are generally considered electoral battlegrounds where the 2012 election will be decided. They include Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The Republican platform approved this week specifically opposes any change to the Electoral College process, constitutional or otherwise.

http://apps.facebook.com/thehillsocial/content/246951?code=AQAUEg6-ruIqS322Q_kU-itGui9OgcP3emHF__AciRMWIt2N-8NR0VDgT6VkZI17rrPOIa93l5zJ-GxdCvHviuIRb3IGbTmXC6lABGJucvQqJi-whINMdnix4V0eEs2Wny5i4ZAuYKebfm_eiyeUCt_KlItb30Z-c3qw4qKABHKr6gIqhCa52U51oj8WDXuSYBM#_=_

 

My thoughts:  I never was one for the “Electoral College”.  To me, it was whomever got the most votes should win.

 

 

Plus:

 

Court rules against Texas voter-ID law

 

In part:

A federal court in Washington ruled on Thursday that a Texas Voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act, effectively blocking the law from taking effect.

The unanimous three judge district court ruled, "The State of Texas enacted a voter ID law that - at least to our knowledge - is the most stringent in the country. That law will almost certainly have retrogressive effect: it imposes strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor, and racial minorities in Texasare disproportionately likely to live in poverty."

In the weeks leading up to the election, the law - passed by a Republican-led Texas legislature - has gained particular attention as supporters said it was meant to protect voter integrity, while critics claimed it would lead to voter suppression. The Voter ID law requires people voting in person to provide certain government-issued photo IDs when the come to the polls.

 

More can be seen here:  http://news.yahoo.com/court-blocks-texas-voter-id-law-181745611--abc-news-politics.html

 

 

TEXAS VOTER ID RULING BASED ON 'FAKED' DATA

 

TAMPA, Fla. – A radical group that has a history of biased research provided data utilized in a federal case in which the court yesterday blocked a new voter ID law in Texas, ruling the state failed to show that the law would not harm the voting rights of minorities, WND has learned.

The voter ID data collected by the group, the Brennan Center for Justice, has been called into question by experts and has been contradicted by other credible studies.

Yet the center was heavily instrumental in opposing the voter ID law in Texas, including providing key data to the Justice Department and to the organizations behind the lawsuit against the law.

http://www.wnd.com/2012/08/texas-voter-id-ruling-based-on-faked-data/?cat_orig=politics

 

 

 

Could this be true:

 

Obama to Ban Recreational Fishing?

In part:

 

The Obama administration is considering new environmental rules that would, in effect ban recreational fishing in the United States, according to ESPN. This move is apparently being contemplated under pressure from environmental groups.

"The Obama administration will accept no more public input for a federal strategy that could prohibit U.S. citizens from fishing the nation's oceans, coastal areas, Great Lakes, and even inland waters.

"This announcement comes at the time when the situation supposedly still is "fluid" and the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force still hasn't issued its final report on zoning uses of these waters.

"That's a disappointment, but not really a surprise for fishing industry insiders who have negotiated for months with officials at the Council on Environmental Quality and bureaucrats on the task force. These angling advocates have come to suspect that public input into the process was a charade from the beginning."

Link:  http://voices.yahoo.com/obama-ban-recreational-fishing-5616500.html?cat=9

 

 

 

 

Video time:

 

Unbelievable magic

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=sKns1uatyNg&vq=medium

 

 

And, imagine if this happened to YOU?

 

http://www.wimp.com/roadblockprank/

 

 

 

Photos:

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

 

I thought I’d put in a photo of the Kingsbridge Armory, where they raced Midgets, and later on Stock Cars, indoors.  Doing a little reading about the Armory, I found that they used maybe 1/3 of it for the race track.

 

 

And a couple of photos of Tony Bonadies – why not?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Closing with these:

 

This ought to make you feel better about your computer skills – continued from last week:

 

Tech  support:    What anti-virus program do you use?

Customer:   Netscape.

Tech support:   That's not an anti-virus program.

Customer:   Oh, sorry... Internet Explorer...

 

Customer:     I have a huge problem. A friend has placed a screen saver on my computer, but every time I move the mouse, it disappears.

 

Tech support:    How may I help you?

Customer:   I'm writing my first email.

Tech support:    OK, and what seems to be the problem?

Customer:   Well, I have the letter 'a' in the address, but how do I get the little circle around it?

 

This one and the next are our personal favorites!

A woman customer called the Canon help desk with a problem with her printer.

Tech support:   Are you running it under windows?

Customer:   'No, my desk is next to the door, but that is a good point. The man sitting in the cubicle next to me is under a window, and his printer is working fine.'

 

And last but not least!

Tech  support: 'Okay Bob, let's press the control and escape keys at the same time. That brings up a task list in the middle of the screen.. Now type the letter 'P' to bring up the Program  Manager.'

Customer:   I don't have a P.

Tech  support:   On your keyboard, Bob.

Customer:   What do you mean?

Tech support:   'P'......on  your keyboard, Bob.

Customer:   I'M NOT GOING TO DO THAT

 

 

 

 

 

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