Racin' & Different Stuff:
By Tom Avenengo
Started setting up this weeks column on Sunday, as usual. However, not much done on it. This week, will be a busy one for the first couple of days with the wife having to have some blood work done and then a visit to her Oncologist, both on Monday. Tuesday, it’s what is supposed to be the last IV Chemo treatment. I’m doing this part on Monday – and it’s been snowing, with sleet and freezing rain being forecast. Nice! At least the bitter cold has left us. Had a few close calls with the car not wanting to start.
From Jayski’s website:
Ganassi team wins Rolex 24 At Daytona:
Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates was clearly the team to beat throughout the 51st running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona. A couple teams, however, came close to doing just that over the final few hours of the twice-around-the-clock race around the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway road course. In the end, however, the #01 TELMEX/Target BMW/Riley team of Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Juan Pablo Montoya and Charlie Kimball gave CGRFS its fifth victory in 10 attempts at the Rolex 24. In the process, Pruett joined Hurley Haywood who served as the event's grand marshal as the only drivers to claim five overall Rolex 24 victories. Finishng 2nd was Max Angelelli/Jordan Taylor/Ryan Hunter-Reay and 3rd was John Pew/Ozz Negri/AJ Allmendinger/Justin Wilson/Marcos Ambrose. Other NASCAR drivers finishes: Nelson Piquet Jr. was 8th overall, 8th in class(DP); Clint Bowyer and Michael Waltrip were 18th, 8th(GT); Boris Said was 28th, 18th; Max Papis was 31st, 21st; Jamie McMurray 37th, 11th; Former NASCAR driver David Donohue was part of a team that won the GX Class.(more at Grand-Am.com)(1-28-2013)
Note: What I find kind of disturbing about this event is that in our local paper, as far as sports on TV went, the extended hours of coverage on SPEED was never listed. Isn’t this one of the worlds bigger auto races? Nothing in my local paper until Monday, then a small article about the Ganassi team win. Yes, I know – it ain’t NASCAR, still there were some NASCAR drivers in the show.
Rolex 24 results:
Found on Facebook:
JOE MATTIOLI, III LEAVES POCONO RACEWAY TO PURSUE NEW ENDEAVORS
Long Pond, PA (January 28, 2013) ― Joseph R. Mattioli, III, the son of Dr. Rose Mattioli and the late Dr. Joseph Mattioli, announced today that he is stepping down as a member of Pocono Raceway’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
Mattioli’s tenure at Pocono started in 1974
following his graduation from
“After college, Joe was heading to law
school, but his father asked him to take a year off and help us at the track,” remembered
Joe’s mother and Pocono’s current Chairman of the Board, Dr. Rose Mattioli. “We
were still practicing medicine in
Joe Mattioli is especially proud of Pocono’s success through the 70’s and 80’s, when debt service, a hurricane, a recession, an oil crisis and two sanctioning body boycotts during the USAC – CART wars threatened to shut the track down. “This was a family business, so failure was not an option. With a lot of help, including major assistance from the France and Hulman families, somehow we fought our way to success,” Mattioli concluded.
According to Mattioli, it makes a lot of sense to leave Pocono Raceway’s management structure at this point in his life. “My dad told me that the secret to happiness is to completely change directions about every 15 years, and with the track now in the very capable hands of our next generation, I feel free to do just that,” Mattioli commented. “My nephews, nieces and sons are the future of Pocono Raceway, and I have no doubt they will continue to provide leadership, meet the challenges and guide Pocono Raceway into the future as my Dad’s legacy had always intended.”
Mattioli’s future plans include focusing more
time on non-profit and veterans’ organizations that he supports, such as the
Military Warriors Support Foundation, which provides housing assistance to
returning veterans, and the Motor Sports Institute, which promotes academic
success through engagement with motor racing. He also plans to develop Group
341, a consulting business he began 2011. With offices in
The entire Mattioli family, the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee wish to thank Joe for all he has done for the Raceway over the past 40 years and wish him well as he begins the next chapter in his life.
Contact: Bob Pleban, 570-646-2300, firstname.lastname@example.org
More found on Facebook – this from Monday:
Plans are underway to make 2013 a banner year at the speedway. The new racing season is quickly approaching and Promoter Gary Palmer is busy finalizing the schedule, contacting sponsors and making changes in some key positions.
After five seasons as head announcer Steve Pados will be unable to continue his role due to personal reasons, Joel Murns who was Steve’s assistant has agreed to take over the responsibilities of head announcer. “We will miss Steve but wish him well in his future endeavors, I am very confident that Joel will be excellent and I know he will continue the same high level of announcing that our fans have come to expect” said Palmer
Palmer will also welcome Steve Otten as head flagger. Steve worked in previous years as an assistant flagger at the speedway and has a tremendous amount of racing experience. Friday nights will find Steve on the flag stand at Accord and on Saturdays he will continue his Pit Steward duties at Orange County Fair Speedway. “I’ve known Steve for many years and I am confident that with his background in racing he will be excellent as the head flagger” added Palmer.
Frank Catizone will be writing all the race result articles for the speedway this year. Frank presently works at the speedway in the scoring tower and will add his skill as a writer to his list of duties. He currently writes for Area Auto Racing News and has submitted racing articles to the Times Herald Record.
There will also be a new man behind the video camera. Beginning in April Jim Liegoat of Northeast Racing Videos will be taking over the speedway video job. Jim can be contacted through his website, www.northeastvideos.com, or his facebook page. Check out his videos on Youtube.
The speedway will kick off the 2013 season with a practice and safety inspection on April 5th, rain date of April 6th if needed. Opening night is April 12th with the Scott Harvey Memorial race sponsored by William’s Lumber. All divisions will be returning to the speedway. Competing weekly will be modifieds, sportsman, spec sportsman, pro stock and pure stock. The Lightning Sprints and the Fireball 4 Cylinders will be alternating weekly with the Lightning Sprints starting their season on opening night.
Mid Week Madness sponsored by Hudson Valley Cycles will begin June 5th with racing every Wednesday until August 28th. Scheduled to compete on the quarter mile are Karts, Quads, Slingshots, 4 Cylinders and this season a Rookie Spec Sportsman class has been added. Palmer is excited about the Rookie Spec Sportsman racing on Wednesdays, he feels it is an opportunity for new drivers to get seat time and to sharpen their driving skills. Rookie drivers are still eligible to compete on Fridays but the Mid Week Madness division will be exclusively for the division rookies.
As the countdown to opening day continues it’s time to send in membership and driver info forms as well as reserving your parking spot. All forms can be found on the speedway website.
The 2012 Award Banquet is being held on March
23rd at the Hillside Manor in
Might you be going
Here ya go:
Coming up at Local tracks:
OCFS Awards Banquet Saturday, March 9, 2013 - OC Fair Arena
OCFS Motorsports Show | March 23 & 24, 2013 - OC Fair Arena
OCFS Opening Night | Saturday, April 13, 2013
March 23, 2013, 6:30pm
Buffet dinner with dessert and cash bar
$45 for adults $40 for children under 10
Practice and safety inspection on April 5th, rain date of April 6th if needed.
Scott Harvey Memorial
Racing all divisions plus the Lightning Sprints
April 13 Open Practice for all divisions
INEX Points Races for Legends and Bandoleros
FREE grandstand admission!
(Rain date: April 21)
Open Practice for all divisions
INEX Points Races for Legends and Bandoleros
FREE grandstand admission!
(Rain date: April28)
Opening Night Points Begin
Sportsman, Legends, Bandoleros, Pro Stock,
Street Stock, BMS Modified, 4 Cylinder
Sun 2/17/13 Hamlin
Pit Spot Reservations begin at Noon with Ron Brown
Sat 4/13/13 BUG DAY - Gate opens 1pm, practice from 2-6pm, $15 per pit pass - No Entry Fee!
Sat 4/20/13 OPENING DAY! POINTS BEGIN - ALL DIVISIONS - REGULAR SHOW - RRTT:ALL
Injured Winter X snowmobiler Caleb Moore critical, 'prognosis not good'
I’m trying to think back as to when was the last time I attended a race with my two sons, Tom,
Jr. and Eric. I’m pretty sure it was a
few years ago at OCFS. We’d been hashing
it out about maybe going to the indoor races this coming Saturday night in
While finishing up this weeks column, I had a slight problem looking for a photo to put in the photo section. I came across a story that was posted on the Internet – a story about one of the most famous Indy (Champ) Cars ever run – “Basement Bessie”.
Posted 15 January 2008 - 08:24 PM by a Chuck Painter.
Paul Russo and
Ray Nichels constructed this car in the basement of Russo's
As good as 1950 was 1951 started out with Bessie being too slow to make the 500 field as it appears the year old car was a bit outdated. As the season went on though Bessie performed and won at the Detroit Mile at the State Fairgrounds and finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th and collected 700 points for the season. Far behind the Belanger #99 that carried Lee Wallard to victory at Indy and Tony Bettenhausen to the National Title.
In 1952, Russo
did not enter Bessie at the 500 and missed the show in Lutes Truck Parts Kurtis
4000 Dirt Offy. The car was sold to H. A. Chapman and was known as the Chapman
Special at Milwaukee with his driver, one legged Midget star Bill Schindler
driving Bessie to 3rd ,finishing behind winner Mike Nazaruk and Russo in the
Lutes car in second after Bill started 18th out of 18 cars that started. There
were 18 cars also missing the show including the previous race's winner, Troy
Ruttman in the 500 winning car and the outstanding Johnny McDowell crashing his
Kurtis Offy in the north end when his spindle broke and being thrown from the
car. Schindler qualified 2nd at the
In 1953 East
Coast veteran Midget racer, Ernie McCoy put Bessie in her second 500 and the
finished the "hottest 500" ever in 8th finishing all 500 miles at
123.404MPH. He drove to 5th behind Jack McGrath, Jimmy Bryan, Jerry Hoyt and
Bessie's father, Paul Russo at
Now for 1954 bring
in another East Coast star, Johnny Thomson and Johnny put Bessie in the inside
of row two at the Greatest Spectacle but had the steering freeze up on lap 165
and was credited with 24th place in the low attrition race. Interesting that
Johnny Thomson would die at
In 1955 the
combo of Tony Bettenhausen and Paul Russo drove the Chapman #10 to second,
unfortunately the car was a Kurtis 500. Tony drove Bessie at
USAC YEARS----10 more Seasons.
A bit misleading
as Bessie raced some and sat in the garage other times so 1956 after Indy she
was now in the hands of the very capable Andy Linden. The big problem was that Bessie did not
perform as usual. She was first Alternate at the Rex Mays Milwaukee deal after
finishing third in the consolation race. This cause
In 1957 the new
driver was one time attempter Jimmy Reece. Jimmy got flagged 10 laps down at Langhorne
in 14th, 12th at the Milwaukee Mays after getting in by winning the consolation
race beating 1952 500 winner Troy Ruttman and eventual first alternate Ed
Elisian. Jimmy got Bessie up to 9th at the Detroit Mile but Jimmy was gone from
the car and after not towing to
another driver made his second attempt at Championship Racing and put Bessie in
The car was sold
and delivered to
The 1959 Season
started at Daytona on April 4th and after Marshall Teague was killed in World
Record Attempt in February, many owners thought the place too fast for
Indy/Champ cars. Joe must have been one of those as he kept Bessie home. This
100 mile race was over in 35 minutes and 14 seconds but killed George Amick on
lap 40. The last time Indy Type equipment would run there. 15 days later Joe
showed up at
Joe and the
Harden team passed on Indy as Rookie Bob Cortner and Veteran Jerry Unser did
not survive practice although the race was safe. Joe failed to qualify at the
Joe failed to
qualify at Langhorne and rooted Van Johnson home to victory in the Jake Vargo
Kurtis 4000 Dirt car. The next race
would be a month away and a non point race at Williams Grove. Joe was there but
not in Bessie but Peter Wale’s Kurtis 4000. Unfortunately on lap 3 in turn 3
Joe and Van Johnson in the Vargo car tangled and the end results were Vargo
lost another driver, Joe lost a close friend, Van became the 5th driver to have
driven Bessie and crashed to his death and Joe called it quits. The next time
Bessie would be seen was
The #33 Harden
Special started the season with East Coast Veteran Len Duncan and qualified
14th but suffered some problems and came home 15th. The car was now an official
East Coast car as the next race for her was Langhorne with East Coast great,
Jiggs Peters in the car. Jiggs scores the only points that Bessie would get
with a 12th place drive 15 laps in arrears in the race that Jimmy Bryan was
lost in. Jiggs did go to the
So a new season
and Bruce Jacobi would finish 14th at
Bruce ran 10th
at Langhorne and scored her only points for the season finishing 82 laps when
flagged with broken hood straps on the rough oiled dirt surface. Next Bruce and
Bessie went to the three fair shows and missed all the races,
DuQuoin and Jacobi spun her out while qualifying. Too slow at the Hoosier 100
1964 would be
her 15th season in competition but she never left the garage but she would come
back for a swan song in 1965. Veteran racer and former drag racing star Art
Malone put her in the field at
Total Points: 5312
Total Wins: 4 wins.
500 Starts: 3
Epilogue: 28 drivers would drive this car over 15 seasons. 7 of those drivers died while that car was still competing but unfortunately there would still be more to die in racing crashes.
In 1966: Don
Branson who drove her in his second Champ start was killed in a Sprint Car
crash with Dick Atkins at
In 1967: Gary
Congdon was killed at the Hut 100 at
In 1983: Bruce
Jacobi crashed at Daytona in a 125 and suffered a brain stem injury and he died
In 1988: Cal
Niday while driving a Midget at a vintage event at
So 39.29% of her drivers did not survive the sport. The only one still around that can tell you about that car are Ralph Ligouri as all others have passed away or are very sick.
Where is she? I do not know but very few cars have scored as many points as she did in 15 seasons or over 354 points average per season. The car as Congdon showed was a finishing car if you let her find her own level.
Gone are cars that have history and raced against the best of its time and later gave some their first chances to compete. It is interesting only one of her drivers won the 500, Sam Hanks but many won races away from her. Like Tony Bettenhausen, Johnny Thomson, Walt Faulkner, Van Johnson, Roger McCluskey and Don Branson.
Too bad she can't talk to tell us the technique of each driver as many of the greats sat in her and trusted her. She was a last of a kind but I am currently researching three cars built by Joe Silnes and another built by Joe Silnes and rebuilt by Roy Sherman. A couple were still competing when the USAC Championship Trail split dirt off the circuit at the end of 1970 and scored points after being built in 1951! The era of disposable cars left a giant void in the history of the sport.
Found on Jayski’s website:
Joe Gibbs Racing and Kyle Busch Agree to Contract Extension:
Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced today that it
has signed driver Kyle Busch to a long-term contract extension. In addition,
JGR will field the #54 Monster Energy
The #54 Monster Energy
Martin doesn't expect to drive #55 in 2014, but not retiring:
Mark Martin said Tuesday he doesn't plan to drive
Some Rules Changes in 2013:
NASCAR is going back in time with a series of
changes related to qualifying and testing. Series officials met with Sprint Cup
drivers and crew chiefs Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway to detail next
" The top 35 rule, in existence since 2005, will be eliminated. This rule was in place to ensure teams in the top 35 in car owner points (and their sponsors) would be in the race in an era when 50 or more cars were attempting to qualify for races.
" The top 36 positions will be set by qualifying speed with the remaining spots set by provisionals, including a champion's provisional. Provisionals are based on car owner points rankings.
" A random draw will set the qualifying order. The past two seasons, the order was determined by speeds in the first practice session.
" Provisionals for the first three races next year will be based on the final car owner points standings this year instead of the first five races as in previous years.
" Each organization can test at four tracks of its choosing next season where NASCAR competes, the first time teams can do so since 2008. The series' sanctioning body banned testing in 2009, and since then teams could not test at tracks where NASCAR held races, but they could test on other tracks.(USA Today)(repost 1-27-2013)
New name for the Shootout - The Sprint Unlimited:
has partnered with Daytona International Speedway to sponsor The Sprint
Unlimited At Daytona, the fan-favorite non-points
event formerly known as the Daytona Shootout that traditionally kicks off the
stock car portion of Budweiser Speedweeks 2013 and the NASCAR season. The race
will once again be held under the lights on Saturday night, Feb. 16 (FOX
8:00pm/et) but will feature several new elements that
will make this event even more of a fan favorite. Fans in attendance will be
eligible to receive special upgraded race experiences from Sprint including
roles as Grand Marshal, Honorary Starter, and trophy presenter. Fans can also
help deliver the trophy to
“Sprint is entering its 10th season as title sponsor of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series,” said Steve Gaffney, vice president of marketing for Sprint. “From the outset, we promised unprecedented access for race fans, and each year we challenge ourselves to honor that commitment in innovative ways. Thanks to the strength of our partnership with NASCAR and Daytona International Speedway, we have designed The Sprint Unlimited so that fans play a major role in all aspects of the event. It is the ideal way to start this milestone season, and we look forward to sharing all of the details later this month.”
In addition to the new fan elements, The Sprint Unlimited marks the first time the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race cars will compete on-track in an event. Dubbed “Gen 6,” the new-look sixth generation cars highlight greater brand identity for the manufacturers and are expected to heighten the rivalries among drivers and manufacturers. “Now more than ever, through our growing partnership with Sprint, The Sprint Unlimited will be the fans’ race,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. “Sprint has been a great partner with Daytona and NASCAR, and they continue to raise the bar by engaging race fans in new and innovative ways. We look forward to hearing about additional unique elements for this race in the coming weeks. We are also excited for the debut of the new Sprint Cup Series car, which we believe will provide thrilling on-track action and make The Sprint Unlimited an unforgettable launch to the 2013 season.”
As announced earlier in the year, the format for selecting the field of drivers in the invitation-only event will return to its roots for 2013. The eligible field of drivers will consist of pole winners from the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and past winners of The Sprint Unlimited who have attempted to qualify for at least one race during the 2012 season.
Tickets for The Sprint Unlimited start at $39 and are available for purchase at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Children 12 and under are free in general admission grandstands and the Sprint FANZONE.(DIS)(1-7-2013)
The field for The Sprint Unlimited is currently at
22 drivers and features a who’s who of NASCAR stars.:
2012 Pole Winners:
Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon, Martin Truex Jr., Tony Stewart, AJ Allmendinger, Aric Almirola, Joey Logano, Marcos Ambrose, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, Juan Pablo Montoya.
Past champions of The Sprint Unlimited:
Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Bill Elliott, Terry Labonte, Ken Schrader.(DIS)(1-7-2013)
Danica and Stenhouse Jr. are dating:
#10-Danica Patrick revealed to The Associated Press she and #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are a couple, ending widespread speculation about the nature of their relationship. "I have a boyfriend, his name is Richard," she said during an exclusive telephone interview with AP. The couple waited until the end of Charlotte Motor Speedway's weeklong annual media tour to go public with their relationship, which started as a friendship as they raced each other the last two seasons in the Nationwide Series. Stenhouse became a mentor of sorts to the 30-year-old Patrick, who left IndyCar after the 2011 season to make the full-time switch to NASCAR. Stenhouse, 25, confirmed the relationship. "Yes we are dating," he said. "I don't normally say too much about my private life, always been focused on the track. I didn't want to confirm at media day so that we could keep the focus on the season, the Gen-6 (car), my sponsors and team. That's what it's all about for me." Patrick announced in November she and husband Paul Hospenthal were divorcing after seven years, and said in the Jan. 3 filing that her marriage to the 47-year-old Hospenthal was "irretrievably broken."(full story at the Associated Press)(1-25-2013)
Note: In a way, I’m surprised the Patrick/Hospenthal marriage lasted as long as it did, considering some things that have happened in the past.
Golden Corral Renews partnership with Tommy Baldwin; Yeley to drive #36:
Tommy Baldwin Racing announced that Golden Corral will return
to the organization in 2013 as a primary sponsor on the #36 Chevy to be driven
by J.J. Yeley at the four superspeedway races. This will mark the third year
Note: I’ve always been a fan of JJ. Now I’m hoping that while he’s in the # 36 car, it isn’t a “Start & Park” ride.
United Mining Equipment sponsoring Yeley for three races:
Tommy Baldwin Racing announced that United
Mining Equipment (
Accell Construction will sponsor Yeley for 6 races:
Accell Construction will be back with Tommy Baldwin Racing and the #36 Chevy of JJ Yeley for six races in 2013. This marks the third year that the Oklahoma-based company will partner with TBR, serving as a primary sponsor at both events at Phoenix International Raceway, Texas Motor Speedway, and Kansas Speedway. Accell Construction, Inc. operates as a full service site civil contractor for the petroleum terminal and bulk storage industries and specializes in tank farm construction, tank foundations and other related site civil construction.(TBR/140 BUZZ), see an image of the car on the #36 team paint schemes page.(1-30-2013)
Interstate Batteries returns to sponsor the #18:
Interstate Batteries will return for the 21st season to
sponsor the #18 Joe Gibbs Racing
No more Cup races for Bill Elliott?
Although it's been a quarter of a century, Bill Elliott remembers his first short track win at Bristol Motor Speedway like it was yesterday. In a recent interview, Elliott talked about that win, racing at BMS and his son Chase's career, among other topics. Following is a transcript in part about his plans to race in 2013:
Q) You competed some last year. Will that continue?
Bill Elliott: I ran twice last year and that was enough for me. Now about all I do is try to keep up with Chase and our Late Model program. We've helped Ben Kennedy some, T.J. Reed and Mason Massey and between those three and what Chase has going on, I haven't had time to do anything else. It was fun to run that car at Daytona last year for Turner. That was the best car I've been in in I don't know when. But, the way I look at it, if I keep doing that then I'm taking away from somebody else getting in a car so it's kind of a doubled-edge sword.(BMS)(1-29-2013)
Zac Brown Band to Perform at the Daytona 500:
Grammy-award winning musicians Zac Brown Band will perform the Daytona 500 Budweiser Pre-Race Show leading up to the start of "The Great American Race" at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 24. Zac Brown Band will perform several songs prior to the start of the 55th annual Daytona 500 the prestigious season-opening event to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the biggest stock car race in the world. Zac Brown Band member and Southern Ground recording artist Clay Cook will sing the National Anthem. All race fans that purchase a Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE access pass for the Daytona 500 will be able to enjoy Zac Brown Band's Daytona 500 Budweiser Pre-Race Show, as well as driver introductions, from the grass tri-oval area. In addition to his concert, a special ticket package designed around the Zac Brown Band has been created that includes a Daytona 500 grandstand ticket, Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE access and VIP area access to Zac Brown Band's performance. Packages start at $164. Fans that already have race tickets can add Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE access along with VIP area access for $99.(DIS)(1-29-2013)
Note: If memory serves me right, the Zak Brown Band did have a fairly good rendition of our National Anthem just a short time ago.
Race start times released:
NASCAR has released the start times and television networks
for its 2013 races in its three national series. The Sprint Cup Series times have
primarily remained the same, with only a slight change to Darlington Raceway's
start time to 6:45 p.m. Although most night races are set for 7:30 p.m. ET,
2013 silly season notes for #44 Xxxtreme Motorsports::
The team made its debut at
On the Road to Glory: Fred Lorenzen:
Fred Lorenzen The story of NASCAR legend and Elmhurst (IL)
native Fred Lorenzen comes to life through photos,
artifacts, and exciting race footage depicting a little-known local hero who
etched his name in the annals of racing history. Find out how this Midwestern
outsider, known as "Fearless Freddie," got the inside track in the
early days of professional NASCAR racing to become a fan favorite and winner of
the 1965 Daytona 500. See the Fred Lorenzen tribute car, an exact replica of
Lorenzen's #28 1964 Ford Galaxie, on opening weekend, Feb. 1-3 from 1-5 p.m.
and on Museum Day (May 19). This exhibit is supported by Chicagoland Speedway. On the Road to Glory is in exhibit from February 1 thru May 19,
2013 at the
Swindell to drive for Biagi-DenBeste:
After competing for NASCAR Nationwide Series team #98-Biagi-DenBeste Racing last year at Texas Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway, Kevin Swindell will return to the team for select NNS races in 2013. The team plans to compete in 15 NNS events this season and will first race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 9. Swindell, a sprint car standout, has been building his stock car experience, competing in the NNS, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the ARCA Racing Series, earning his first NASCAR pole in 2010 and taking home his first stock car win last year at Chicagoland Speedway. After competing in the NNS in 2002-2006, Biagi-DenBeste Racing returned to the series for select races in 2012. In total, the team has amassed 168 starts, one win, three top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. In addition to bringing back Swindell as the driver, Steve Plattenberger will continue to serve as the Team Manager and Competition Director with Jon Hanson as the crew chief.(Biagi-DenBeste Racing)(1-30-2013)
Rusty Wallace Racing returning for limited schedule:
Officials of Rusty Wallace Racing announced that the organization will make a return to the NASCAR Nationwide Series, campaigning the #66 Ford Mustang in a limited 2013 campaign. At the helm of the #66 car will be 25 year-old Steve Wallace. Wallace, a perennial top-ten competitor in NNS competition, scored his third-straight top-ten finish in NNS points in 2011. Backing a portion of the effort will be Charlotte, NC-based mortgage and real estate firm, Richard Tocado Companies. Tocado will serve as primary sponsor of the #66 Ford Mustang beginning with the May 2013 NNS event at Charlotte Motor Speedway, with additional events to be named later.(RWR)(1-29-2013)
Kenny Wallace to run limited schedule with RAB:
Kenny Wallace will return to the NASCAR Nationwide Series
this season to drive a limited schedule of races in a second Toyota Camry
fielded by RAB Racing with Brack Maggard. The new, #29 entry will carry
Kyle Busch to drive Nationwide for Gibbs:
Joe Gibbs Racing announced that it has signed driver Kyle
Busch to a long-term contract extension. In addition, JGR will field the #54
Piquet to Nationwide:
Nelson Piquet, Jr., will graduate to the Nationwide Series
this season, running for the series championship in a Chevy Camaro fielded by
Turner Scott Motorsports. Piquet finished seventh in the NASCAR Camping World
Truck Series championship standings last season with Turner Scott, claiming a
pair of wins at
News from the AARN:
From last weeks column:
“Note: I’m hoping to get the digital version of the AARN by this time next week. If so, I should be able to give up to date info in my columns.”
Well, I’m on the digital version. However, it looks like one can’t copy & paste. Oh well! It will take a little time for this old man to get used to the digital form, and working off of it. Due to a hectic week this week, I’ll give it a try next week.
January 22nd edition:
There was extensive coverage on the AARN’s Motor Sports Show from last weekend, with a ton of articles and even more photos.
The top 10 drivers – per the AARN, for the first 50 years that the AARN has been with us:
1. Brett Hearn
2. Richie Evans
3. Billy Pauch
4. Frankie Schneider
5. Kenny Brightbill
6. Fred Rahmer
7. Dick Tobias
8. Jimmy Horton
9. Will Cagle
10. Danny Johnson
Aaron Ott had his 2012 Sprint Car season end early due to an accident that had him ending up with a second broken neck.
The Race of Champions
Dirt Modified Tour will begin its season at the Selinsgrove
There were some banquets held, and in most cases, monies awarded were not mentioned, although Delaware International Speedway gave out almost $50,000.00 in cash and awards.
Mercer Raceway, Eldora and the Midwest Supermodified Association had their banquets, but no monies were listed.
At the Motor Sports show, Joe Grandinetti of TSRS 305 Racesaver Sprint Cars informed a packed room of racers about how the new affiliation with the IMCA will benefit the drivers who race in the TSRS Racesaver Series. One of the changes is that those who race with the TSRS will now be eligible for IMCA national championship points.
This Week – January 29th edition:
Montoya Leads Ganassi Team
To Rolex 24 Win At Daytona
Jimmy Wilson Named
New NASCAR Whelen
Mod Tour Director
To Chase ISMA Tour
In Legendary Cars
Larry Miller Revives
Dirt Trackin' Show
Honors Top Achievers
In New York State
Billy Pauch, Paul Kuhl
Honored By Flemington Speedway
Bruton Smith Sounds Off
Indoor Racing Heads
To Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall
Stevie Smith Left Adrift
As Clemens Sprint Team Folds
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From Race Suit to Race Team, Saldana Partners with Motter Motorsports
UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by
It was a chance discussion between a
former World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series car owner, Dan Motter, and one of
the series' stars. What started with Motter - the president of Motter Equipment
Inc. who owned, drove and crewed on various racing teams in the 1970s, 1980s
and 1990s - agreeing to get Saldana a racing suit for his offseason trip to
Flash forward several weeks as Saldana began to wrap up 2012 by garnering his sixth top-four finish in the last seven seasons on the circuit. Saldana was informed of his release from Kasey Kahne Racing effective at the end of the season.
"You have to be at the right place at
the right time," Saldana said. "Luckily I had that conversation with
Dan about helping me out in
It's quite the jump from race suit to race
team, but Motter went in head first. With a new truck, a trailer, five engines
and six cars, Motter Motorsports was built in
Saldana recently returned stateside after three top fives in seven Australian races and as the team prepares to relocate to Indiana, Saldana is eying the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series week-long, season-opening event - the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment at Volusia Speedway Park beginning on Feb. 12 with a practice session.
"I definitely have a lot that I want to accomplish in sprint car racing," Saldana said. "I didn't want my last job to be my last job. I was very fortunate to have Dan Motter step up and provide me a team that can compete at a high level. I just want to prove to him and everybody else that I deserve to be out there racing with the World of Outlaws and hopefully we can succeed."
And what better place to start the new
partnership than the fast half mile where Saldana has seven top-five finishes
and 11 top 10s in 14 races during World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series
competition since 2008. He also claimed the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by
"You want to start the season out well and that can definitely lay the ground work for the season to come," he said. "If you start off strong it can flow over into the rest of the season. It seems like if you start off good at Volusia you seem like you can kinda carry it on throughout the season."
Tickets can be ordered online by clicking WorldofOutlaws.com/tickets or by calling 877-395-8606. Every night is a doubleheader and there are FREE Fan Pit Passes with every ticket.
I get e-mails:
A local television station interviewed a black woman from
Without hesitation the woman replied, "I don't know 'bout dem other people but we ain't gone to Churches in years. We get our chicken from Popeye's."
The look on the interviewer's face was priceless.
Now do you understand how we got our president?
This next one is kinda hard to believe:
DEFINITION OF ACCELERATION...
One top fuel dragster 500 cubic inch Hemi engine makes more horsepower
than the first 4 rows of stock cars at the Daytona 500.
It takes just 15/100ths (0.15) of a second for all 6,000+ horsepower
(some believe 8,000 HP is more realistic - there are no dynamometers
capable of measuring) of an NHRA Top Fuel dragster engine to reach the rear wheels.
Under full throttle, a dragster engine consumes 1-1/2 gallons of nitro methane per second;
a fully loaded 747 consumes jet fuel at the same rate with 25% less energy being produced.
A stock Dodge Hemi V8 engine cannot produce enough power to drive the dragster's supercharger.
With 3,000 CFM of air being rammed in by the supercharger on overdrive,
the fuel mixture is compressed into a near-solid form before ignition.
Cylinders run on the verge of hydraulic lock at full throttle.
At the stoichiometric (stoichiometry: methodology and technology
by which quantities of reactants and products in chemical reactions are determined)
1.7:1 air/fuel mixture of nitro methane, the flame front temperature measures
7,050 deg F. (Oxy-acetylene on "cut" is 6,300)
Nitro methane burns yellow. The spectacular white flame seen above
the stacks at night is raw burning hydrogen, dissociated from atmospheric
water vapor by the searing exhaust gases.
Dual magnetos supply 44 amps to each spark plug. This is the output of an arc welder in each cylinder.
Spark plug electrodes are totally consumed during one pass.
After halfway, the engine is dieseling from compression,
plus the glow of exhaust valves at 1,400 deg F.
The engine can only be shut down by cutting the fuel flow.
If spark momentarily fails early in the run, unburned nitro builds up
in the affected cylinders and then explodes with sufficient force to
blow cylinder heads off the block in pieces or split the block in half.
In order to exceed 300 mph in 4.5 seconds, dragsters must accelerate
an average of over 4G's. In order to reach 200 mph well before half-track,
the launch acceleration approaches 8G's.
Dragsters reach over 300 miles per hour before you have completed reading this sentence.
Top fuel engines turn approximately 540 revolutions from light to light!
Including the burnout, the engine must only survive 900 revolutions under load.
The redline is actually quite high at 9,500 rpm.
Assuming all the equipment is paid off, the crew worked for free, and for once
NOTHING BLOWS UP, each run costs an estimate $1,000.00 per second.
The current top fuel dragster elapsed time record is 4.428 seconds
for the quarter mile (11/12/06, Tony
The top speed record is 336.15 mph as measured over the last 66'
of the run (05/25/05 Tony Schumacher, at
This record has been broken since then.........
3.701 seconds @ 338.3 mph on 10.8.12 by
Antron Brown in
Putting all of this into perspective:
You are driving the average $140,000 Lingenfelter 'twin-turbo' powered Corvette Z06!
Over a mile up the road, a top fuel dragster is staged and
ready to launch down a quarter mile strip as you pass.
You have the advantage of a flying start.
You run the 'Vette hard up through the gears and blast across the starting line
and pass the dragster at an honest 200 mph. The 'tree' goes green for both
of you at that instant.
The dragster launches and starts after you. You keep your foot down hard,
but you hear an incredibly brutal whine that sears your eardrums;
and within 3 seconds, the dragster catches and passes you.
He beats you to the finish line, a quarter mile away from where you just passed him.
Think about it, from a standing start, the dragster had spotted you 200 mph
and not only caught, but nearly blasted you off the road
when he passed you within a mere 1,320 foot long race course.
... and that, my friend, is ACCELERATION!
Found on Facebook:
There were so many things
in Hillary’s testimony in front Congress today in which I was repulsed, I hardly know where to start. Maybe we can start
with her name plaque on the table in front of her,
with the title of “Honorable”… which almost made me lose my lunch!
Ironically, Rand Paul was the only one who laid a glove on her… telling her that if he had been President and she botched her job that bad, “…I would have relieved you of your post.”
Finally one Congressman got under her skin enough that Hillary blurted out… “What difference at this point, does it make…”. The first thing that came to my mind was, “So that is why she drug this out for so long… so she could say, “that is all old news; let’s move forward.”
Mostly I kept having Flash-backs to when the
Hillary summed up her bottom line feelings with her quote, “What difference, at this point, does it make?...”. Her shallow, uncaring statement shows how little she cared for what happened in
I’ll repeat what I said on day one. The Administration did nothing because what was happening in
By Wyatt Goodwin 1-23-13
So they finally had to
come out and admit it, now that the Coroner has released some info along with
An AR-15, or the so-called "Assault Weapon", was not used in the school shooting. The shooter even tried weeks earlier to buy a rifle but was turned down in the background check. So he had to kill his Mother to steal her rifle. There were initial reports, right after the shooting, that police found the AR-15 in his car, NOT IN THE SCHOOL. The rifle was not used. The shooter went into the school with 4 handguns, NOT an Assault Rifle as the media has charged. I remember in the initial hours of this shooting, the Police said they found the rifle in the car. But the Administration-controlled MSM had a pre-planned attack already waiting, to ban so-called assault weapons and jumped on that line of reporting, knowing it was a lie, which included people like Piers Morgan who said the shooter used an AR-15 that shoots hundreds of rounds per minute, as if it were a machine gun. Could it be that the Democrat Liberals and THEIR MEDIA were pushing for the new law, hoping they could do it, before the Coroner released the info? Absolutely.
There is only ONE reason for gun registration: So the government will know who has them. Gun Registration is the first step toward gun confiscation.
I imagine this could apply to the wife and me, and also for others:
Question: How did we manage to stay together for a little over 62 years?
Answer: We were born in a time when if something was broken we would fix it, not throw it away.
Hey call me I know 2 people one is in the Air Force the other just quit the Navy (after 8 years cause he couldnt put up with the bullshit) and BOTH ended up guarding the same prison in Afganistan. They were "lent" to the Army cause they had to keep rotating men.
Found on the Internet:
Some non-racing stuff:
Reagan’s Childhood Home to Become Parking Lot for Obama’s Library
Over these next few weeks I’ll be putting in some links to videos of some of the world’s best drivers. This week it is Juan Manuel Fangio. I consider myself lucky to have been able to see him race, in person, back in 1957 in the Sebring 12 hour race. This video is a shade over 48 minutes in length.
Note: The photos are not available on Dirt Track Digest, only on New England Tractor - http://newenglandtractor.com/racereport/
Knowing that I had the photo, below, of Bill Schindler in “Basement Bessie”, just happened to make me put in that story about the car, above. Here is a great shot of the car by noted photographer Walt Imlay – photo taken at the Williams Grove Speedway.
Closing with this:
A true story from the pages of the Manchester Evening Times ?
a passenger in a taxi heading for
The driver screamed, lost control of the cab, nearly hit a bus, drove up over the cerb and stopped just inches from a large plate window.
For a few moments everything was silent in the cab. Then the shaking driver said "Are you OK? I'm so sorry, but you scared the daylights out of me."
The badly shaken passenger apologized to the driver and said, "I didn't realize that a mere tap on the shoulder would startle someone so badly."
The driver replied, "No, no, I'm the one who is sorry, it's entirely my fault. Today is my very first day driving a cab. I've been driving a hearse for 25 years."
Until next week, folks!
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