Racin' & Different Stuff:
By Tom Avenengo
Weather forecast as of Wednesday evening via AccuWeather:
Accord: Thurs: Colder and a few showers 49 degrees
Fri: Breezy with rain 51 degrees
OCFS & OVRP: Fri: Breezy with rain 52 degrees
Sat: Partly Sunny, breezy high 51, low 39
The Valley: Fri: Breezy with rain 47 degrees.
Sat: Partly Sunny, breezy high 50, low 31
Fonda: Fri: Breezy with rain 49 degrees
Sat: Partly Sunny, breezy high 50, low 31
Well, it’s starting to warm up a little. Of course, for my area, for this coming week, showers are forecast for Thursday through Saturday. Figures.
I took in some of the practice at OCFS last Saturday. Since I have a hard time going down the steps in the half covered stands, I opted to stand at the first turn end of the covered stands. I was a little surprised to see hand rails in the first turn bleachers. Now if they could only get them put on the half covered.
With no announcer, it was near impossible to know who was in some of the cars. Hey, it was a free show – I should complain? The track was quite dusty, and watering it did not seem to help much. Video I’ve seen kinda makes it look like not too much was done to the racing surface.
my visit to OCFS – most entrances were closed due to something going on in the
arena – some kind of home builders’ auction, I think it was. Usually I go in right next to the speedway
office. This time I went in via the
entrance up near
It’s being said that the Moto cross track will now be where the new pit area was going to be. Also, it’s being said that the “Small track” will now also be outside of 3 & 4. Hmm, I wonder just how big it might be? Personally, I feel the small track they had last year was too small. Just wondering that IF either opens up in 2013, where will spectators sit, eat and relieve themselves? A possible problem with the area that has been cleared off – rain & wet weather. If you recall, last week, in my column there was this: “BTW...One of the track maintenance truck sunk to the axle in the new pit area that will be the new Motorcross area.”
Still with OCFS: Quite a few rumors floating around about the why’s and why nots of the pit area remaining inside the track, and not moved outside of it. Those always needed “Permits”, the high cost, no money for a fence to enclose the new pit area, if electrical work was planned for the new pit area, might all the electrics on the fairgrounds have to be up-dated, the EMPA and the cutting down of trees. The list goes on. And I’ve also heard that now the track has to pay all the taxes on the property, with no outside help (as in the past?). Keep in mind, the 4-H’ers have pulled out of the fair and went to another place in the county. The track is being kept running in order to pay the taxes. Again, I must stress – rumors, folks! Some just MIGHT be true.
A rather interesting thread on the Dirt Track Digest Forum about “Track charging for ambulance service” – mainly about how the Accord Speedway has gone to another ambulance service rather than the one they’ve used since I don’t know when. Because of that, the speedway is charging an additional $2.00 to those that are entering the pit area, to cover the cost. Back when I was doing the race reporting for OVRP’s Dirt Oval, I was approached by quite a few parents and racers, to check out abut having an ambulance on the grounds when we raced. It ain’t cheap, folks, believe me! Sure, most said they’d chip in some bucks to have the ambulance in attendance. But what if one that did not chip in had to make use of the ambulance? The real killer was that a CONTRACT would have to be signed. That I found would be quite difficult, especially when maybe not all would want to chip in. And what if enough wasn’t chipped in on a given night to cover the cost? And, with a contract, I imagine a certain figure would have had to been paid every week – and what if enough people didn’t chip in. No, I did not get ambulance service for the track.
Some little stuff:
NEMA had 17
Canandaigua had 35 Big Block Mods.
Big Diamond had 36 Mods.
Last week, Fonda had 36 Modifieds and 37 Sportsman in their pit area.
I don’t normally watch basketball, but over this past weekend I did watch a couple of games. The college mens game on Saturday night – the second half – 20 minutes of playing time, started at 10:30 PM. It took a whole hour to play those 20 minutes. Time outs, commercials, and what not, took 40 minutes. Kinda ridiculous, in my way of thinking.
Promoters Predict the Future
Note: I like this post: ""Size: We were always surprised at how many of those who sought our advice had already decided to build a half mile...we discouraged the idea...(due to) higher costs for land, construction and maintenance. The shorter tracks were less expensive and had one big advantage that few builders had thought about: The racing action was concentrated in a smaller area- in other words, easier to watch and more entertaining."
Some possible happenings in
Remote-control model car track in works for Port
Note: Do not believe the very last part of the article. They do not have a 170 foot slot car track.
Note: I’ve been on that road up to and down from
Dirt Motorsports Hall of Fame Class of 2013 Announced
Frank Cozze, Mike McLaughlin and Blackie Watt To Be Inducted
Not racing related, but:
Note: OK, I'm waiting for a huge outcry for the banning of X-acto knives now!
NTSB: Pilot's texting contributed to copter crash
Note: Who would have thought??? Oh – this happened a couple of years ago. News just came out.
TRUCKS: Format Announced For Inaugural Truck Event At Eldora
Note: I read what was said, including the comments, below the article. Funny how some "race fans" are so damned ignorant, isn't it? Nowhere did I see whether it will be televised on SPEED or if it will be a PPV deal. If PPV, I think I'll pass.
Also, some neat postings on DTD, too, with how most don’t like certain things about this event.
Note: More interesting postings about the pit area not being moved now.
Ultra Ever Dry – a new product that protects most everything. Go to link, below, then click on video in upper right and be amazed! Would be greatly put to use on cars that race on dirt tracks when the track is muddy!
While watching TV & the
news on NBC on Tuesday evening, towards the end of the newscast there was a
Message on the Accord Speedway website:
“Dear Drivers, Car Owners and Fans,
Unfortunately the Kerhonkson-Accord First Aid Squad will be unable to provide ambulance coverage for us this season. KAFS have been loyal speedway supporters and we thank them for 12 years of excellent service.
We have been diligently trying to get another municipality to provide coverage but for various reasons beyond our control have been unsuccessful. Arrangements have been made with a private ambulance company but this has caused the expense to more than triple.
Because of this we are forced to charge an ambulance surcharge of $2 for each person entering the pits on top of the pit entry fee. The safety of our drivers and fans is one of our top priorities and we appreciate your understanding of the situation.”
Note: I’m wondering if this “Private Ambulance Company” will have two ambulances on duty at the track, especially if they are headquartered quite a distance from Accord, and an ambulance has to take a trip to a hospital? Or, are they close enough and have the man power to get another ambulance to the track in a timely fashion?
Jeff Lambert posted a link to some OCFS program covers on Pete Kessler’s Victory Speedway Forum – covers from 1968 up to the present (last years ESW). If interested, check them out, here:
Indy Car tire test at Pocono:
Wish I had known of this last week so I could have posted info on it. It was yesterday, Wednesday.
Laps at Pocono like '
Note: More videos in my video section further down in the column.
An interesting read on an
article penned by Adam Buchanan, who is one of the announcers at the Brewerton
and Fulton Speedways, and his trip to Williams Grove and Selinsgrove last
weekend to see some Sprint Car racing.
He, in the past, had considered Sprint Car racing to be an
“afterthought”. After his trip to
Note: Now if Adam had only been around “Back in the day” when the Sprint Cars had no wings and the drivers did not have to flat foot it all the way around the track, but actually drive the cars by letting off and then getting back on it again. Yeah, yeah, I know, Sprint Cars are so much faster with those “crutches”. Sometimes speed does not give the best racing, in my way of thinking – compare the racing action at OCFS & Accord, as an example.
In the past, it was on the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend. From what I’ve heard, they are working on having another one this coming Labor Day Weekend. Will keep you posted.
Found on the OCFS website:
OCFS Race Cars on Display
Posted: April 8th, 2013
OCFS Race Cars on Display
Monday, April 15th from 6pm - 9pm
Stop by, grab a sandwich and check out the cars
Going back in time:
On April 11th in:
Ralph Hepburn... Born ... A
pioneer of American motorcycle racing champion from 1914 to 1924 and a AAA and
Al Keller... Born ... Keller
participated in the NASCAR "Strictly Stock"/"Grand
National" (predecessors to the current Sprint Cup) series from 1949 to
1956 with 29 career starts. He won two races during the 1954 season and was the
first driver in the history of NASCAR's top division to have won a race in a
foreign-built car, winning the 1954 Grand National road-race at the
National Hot Rod Association
holds its first sanctioned drag racing event, at
drove his Wood Brothers Ford to a wire-to-wire win in a caution free 100 mile
NASCAR Grand National race on the 1/2 mile dirt Asheville-Weaverville Speedway
Note: Yes, they ran dirt back in the day!
Marvin Panch put a lap on the field in his Wood Brothers Ford, then turned the car over to relief driver A.J. Foyt who led to the checkered in the NASCAR GN 'Atlanta 500' at Atlanta International Raceway. Bobby Johns made up a lap late in the race to finish 2nd in a Holman-Moody Ford, 2 seconds behind Foyt.
David Pearson won a record tying 4th straight NASCAR GN race by taking the 200 lap race on the 1/4 mile paved Bowman-Gray Stadium oval in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Pearson's win tied Billy Wade's record for consecutive GN wins. Tom Pistone drove his independent Ford to second, on the lead lap. Pearson's Cotton Owens Dodge was a former "show" car which Owens had re-acquired, feeling point leader Pearson needed another car at his disposal.
Note: No "Cookie Cutter mile and a half tracks back then!
Opening night is April 12th. I see that Brett Hearn has Accord on his schedule for that night. Opening night at Accord is always the Scott Harvey Memorial race.
Note: Not looking too good, weather wise, for opening night at the “Big A”.
Opening night is April 13th, with $3,000.00 going to the modified feature winner.
Note # 1: Per a message on the OCFS website, new times for admittance to the pits will be 4:00 PM. New times for admittance to the stands and drive-in will be 5:00 PM.
Has “Bug Day” on April 13th, and their opening night is April 20th.
Has two practice days – April 13th and 20th. Their season starts on April 27th.
Opening night of racing is April 13th, with $3,000.00 going to the modified feature winner.
First point race is this coming Saturday!
Found on Jayski’s website:
Dillon in the #51 at
Nationwide Series driver Austin Dillon will drive the #51 Chevy for Phoenix Racing Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway. The car will be sponsored by Bruce Lowrie Chevy and Realtree. See an image of the car on the #51 team paint schemes page.(4-9-2013)
Congrats: to Jimmie and Chandra Johnson. Jimmie tweeted Tuesday morning, "We are so happy to share news that we're having another baby in September. Genevieve is so excited to be a big sister!".(4-9-2013)
Truce for Bo-Dyn, bobsled federation:
Pending litigation between
the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation and the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project, Inc. has been dropped. An out-of-court
agreement has been signed by both sides, according to Phil Kurze,
vice president of Connecticut-based Whelen
Engineering, who also serves as president of the Bo-Dyn
Bobsled Project, Inc. Kurze said all previous
agreements between the two organizations are void and that the USBSF is
authorized to make any modifications on the bobsleds in their possession.
However, Bo-Dyn still owns the intellectual property
in those bobsleds, he said. The Bo-Dyn Bobsled
Project, created by former NASCAR driver Geoff Bodine,
has provided bobsleds to the
Carl Edwards in ESPN booth for 3 Nationwide races:
After a two-race initiation last year, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards will return to the ESPN broadcast booth as an analyst for the next three races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Edwards will join lap-by-lap announcer Allen Bestwick and analyst Andy Petree in the booth to call the 300-mile race at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night, April 12, at 8:00pm/et on ESPN2. The race will be the first after a two week break in the schedule for the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Edwards also will call races at Richmond International Raceway on Friday night, April 26 (7:00pm/et on ESPNEWS) and at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, May 4 (2:30pm/et on ESPN). In each case, Edwards will compete in the next day's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the same track. "We're delighted to have Carl back with us," said Rich Feinberg, ESPN vice president, motorsports, production. "He brings great insight as a current driver to his analysis as well as a warm personality. He fits in well with our team and we welcome the opportunity to work with him."(ESPN)(4-9-2013)
Ryan Truex's Cup debut delayed UPDATE:
Tweeted Sunday afternoon, "I won't be in the #51 car at
Team owner James Finch said
AJ Allmendinger is now scheduled to drive at
Hamlin first JGR driver to miss a race because of injury:
#11-Denny Hamlin is expected to miss at least five races while recovering from a compression fracture in his back. Hamlin amazingly will be the first Sprint Cup driver in the 21-year history of Joe Gibbs Racing to miss a race because of an injury.(Sporting News)
Swan Racing makes personnel changes:
Swan Racing announced that
Tony Eury Jr. has been named competition director for
the team, replacing Steve Hmeil. Steven
"Bones" Lane has been named crew chief for the #30
2014 NASCAR Hall of Fame Nominees Announced:
Larger than life figures who
built NASCAR lap by lap and bolt by bolt from the post-World War II era into
the 21st century comprise the 25 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of
2014. NASCAR announced those 25 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame's fifth
induction class, and included among the diverse group are five newcomers whose
achievements are cornerstones of the sport's origins and continue to fuel its
growth in contemporary times. Of the 25 nominees, 20 return from last year's
group. Five are first-timers with varying backgrounds in the sport: second
generation NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series champion Dale Jarrett;
Maurice Petty, for more than three decades the chief engine builder for Petty
Enterprises; five-time NASCAR weekly series national champion Larry Phillips;
race track builder and owner Bruton Smith; and 1960
NASCAR premier series champion Rex White. From that list, five inductees will
be elected by the NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel, which includes a nationwide
fan vote on NASCAR.COM. Voting Day for the 2014 class will be May 22. Fans can
attend the announcement at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in
Red Byron, first NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series champion, in 1949
Richard Childress, 11-time car owner champion in NASCAR's three national series
Jerry Cook, six-time NASCAR Modified champion
H. Clay Earles, founder of Martinsville Speedway
Tim Flock, two-time NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series champion
Ray Fox, legendary engine builder and owner of cars driven by Buck Baker, Junior Johnson and others
Anne Bledsoe France, helped build the sport with husband Bill France Sr. Affectionately known as "Annie B.," she is the first woman to be nominated for induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Rick Hendrick, 13-time car owner champion in NASCAR's three national series
Jack Ingram, two-time NASCAR Busch (now Nationwide) Series champion and three-time Late Model Sportsman champion
Bobby Isaac, 1970 NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series champion
Dale Jarrett, 1999 NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series champion and three-time Daytona 500 winner
Fred Lorenzen, 26 wins and winner of the Daytona 500 and World 600
Raymond Parks, NASCAR's first champion car owner
Benny Parsons, 1973 NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series champion
Maurice Petty, chief engine builder for Petty Enterprises
Larry Phillips, only five-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion
Les Richter, former NASCAR executive; former president of Riverside International Raceway
Fireball Roberts, 33 NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series wins, including the 1962 Daytona 500
T. Wayne Robertson, helped raise NASCAR popularity as R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company senior VP
Wendell Scott, NASCAR trailblazer was the first African-American NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series race winner, and first to be nominated for induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Ralph Seagraves, formed groundbreaking Winston-NASCAR partnership as executive with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
O. Bruton Smith, builder of Charlotte Motor Speedway and architect of Speedway Motorsports Inc.
Curtis Turner, early personality, called the "Babe Ruth of stock car racing"
Joe Weatherly, two-time NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series champion
Rex White, 1960 NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series champion
Pit Crew Challenge cancelled:
NASCAR will not conduct its All-Star Pit Crew Challenge this year as it was unable to land sponsorship for the event. The event, a staple of NASCAR's all-star week since 2005, featured pit crews competing in an arena setting where they would jack cars, change tires and push cars across the arena floor. The results of the pit crew challenge had been used to determine the order that teams selected pit stalls for the all-star race. NASCAR will use qualifying results just as it does for all regular-season events to determine pit-stall selection order for the all-star race, which is scheduled for May 18 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Craftsman and then Sprint had sponsored the pit crew challenge throughout the years, but Sprint reallocated its money to sponsor the season-opening exhibition Sprint Unlimited race at Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR officials have said since January that they were looking for a sponsor to continue the event.(Sporting News)(4-10-2013)
Note: So, no sponsor? WTH? Why is a sponsor really necessary, anyway? Isn’t the pit stall the main prize, anyway? Jeez! It’s all about money today, and that is one of the things ruining the sport.
Former OVRP Dirt Oval runners:
At Big Diamond, last Friday, Mike Mammana was 26th in the modified feature.
Davie Franek was 7th in the ESS Sprint Car race at Selinsgrove last Saturday night.
Nick Pecko won the Modified feature at Mountain Speedway.
Kyle VanDuser was 9th and Anthony Perrego 21st in the Sportsman feature at 5 Mile.
Tyler Dipple was 8th in the Sportsman feature at the Fonda Speedway.
A Jeffrey Gallup is listed as finishing 14th in the SK Modified feature at the Waterford Speed Bowl. Not positive if it’s the same Jeff Gallup that ran, on occasion, at the Dirt Oval.
News from the AARN:
Note: Don’t forget – if you’re a subscriber to the AARN, you can have the free digital version. That is available on Tuesday mornings.
From their April 9th edition – picked up from the Digital Service:
Makes mention of Kyle Larson coming East to run some 410 Sprint Car races this summer – maybe the PA Speedweek events.
Tells us that Steve Dodd, who’s been racing at OCFS for 21 years now, will be cutting back on his racing in 2013. It’s hard to believe that Gary Gollub did not race at all in 2012. He’ll be running some URC events in 2013.
Kevin makes mention of just who is expected to be top runners with the NASCAR Modified Tour Series. Names like Ryan Preece, Doug Coby, Ron Silk, Todd Szegedy, Ted Christopher, Justin Bonsignore, Bobby Santos, Rowan Pennick, Mike Stefanik, and Donny Lia, to name ten of the drivers.
JR lists some of the top drivers for the RoC Pavement Modified Series, with names like: George Kent, Matt Hirschman, Chuck Hossfeld, JR Kent, Jan & Mike Leaty, Eric Beers, Kyle Ebersole and Jimmy & TJ Zacharias are some names he mentions.
His article basically was about Frank Cozze and his “return” to dirt Modified racing. Cozze will be concentrating on Big Diamond and Grandview Speedways.
Don and Jo Ann Davies:
They lead off with the news
that Accord, Albany/Saratoga,
In his write-up about the NEMA show at the Waterford Speedbowl, he makes note of the Bertrand team taking out the blown engine in one of their Midgets, and replacing it with a new Autocraft VW Engine. Modifed ace Doug Coby was the driver of that car and I see where he finished 6th in the NEMA feature. It was also mentioned that changes in the engine specs for the NEMA Lights should make for better competition, with most cars now in the 165 HP area. On Saturday, Todd Bertrand turned a lap in 12.619 seconds for an average speed of 106.982 MPH. That was a regular NEMA Midget, not a Light.
This week his entire column was devoted to Milt Johnson and how he’s helped his son, Alan, in racing. Did you know that Alan started out as a flat track bike racer?
Any idea as to what track he visited made it number 1,487? How about a track that’s just about in my back yard – the Monticello Motor Club track. He attended the “24 Hours of Lemons” race last Saturday. At first, Guy thought it would be a lot easier to get into the place, since the “Lemons” were running the show. Not so, however. Some “trickery” was needed to gain admission.
As per usual, Gary goes “Back
in time”, with this week talking about hitting “Multiple tracks in one day” –
Like Trenton on a afternoon followed by Old Bridge at night. Others:
Other things covered in this weeks edition:
Small Block Opener
Won By DeSantis
Touring Asphalt Mod Series
NASCAR WMT, VMRS, RoC
Scott Haus Out Of Hospital
Tony Stewart Is Surprise
Selinsgrove ESS/Mach 1 Challenge
Rocco Wins Two,
Has Third Stripped
Budweiser Blastoff Weekend
CMP Big Block Biggie
Falls To Alan Johnson
With A Heavy Heart:
Masse's VMRS Speedbowl Win
Tempered By Car Owner
Matty D Gets
Fonda Season Started
With Big Mod Win
Home of the Slingshot by Tobias
Home of the SpeedSTR
Sent: 4/3/2013 8:32:03 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: USAC Championship SpeedSTR 2013 schedule
The race season is soon approaching us for the SpeedSTR’s. We have made a couple adjustments to the Action Track Schedule to accommodate some functions at the Fairgrounds. Please see the official Schedule below. I have also inserted the other SpeedSTR races that are scheduled for 2013. Some of these races are paying the same purse as the Action Track. If it is noted 2000.00 to win, then it is the Action Track full purse structure. Hope to see you all at each and every event. This is going to be a huge breakout year for all of us. Please be a part of it by attending all races.
Sun. May 5th – Action Track - Media Day, Starts at 1:00pm.
Mon. May 20th - Action Track - PRACTICE, Starts at 6:30
Wed. May 22nd Action Track - Opening Night “Goldie Meitzler Memorial”
Wed. May 29th Action Track - Reg Show
Tues. June 4th Action Track - “Flying Farmer 40” - $3000.00 to WIN
Thurs June 6th
Wed. June 12th Action Track - Ronnie Tobias Memorial - Twin 17’s
Wed. June 19th Action Track - Reg Show
Fri. June 28th Williams Grove- STR National $800.00 to WIN
Fri July 5th
Sat. July 6th RPM Canadian National $800.00 to WIN
Wed. July 10 Action Track - Reg Show – “CFFC Night”
Wed. July 17th Action Track - Reg Show – “Kutztown Komet Night”
Wed. July 24th Action Track - Reg Show
Sun. July 28th
Sat. Aug 3rd
Wed. Aug 7th Action Track - Reg Show
Tues. Aug 13th Action Track - SpeedSTR Fair Prelim.
Wed. Aug 14th Action Track - Fair Nationals (National event for SpeedSTR’s)
Sun. Aug 18th Action Track - Dick Tobias Classic & Championship Night for the Action Track
$3500.00 to WIN
Fri. Aug 30th Linda’s $800.00 to WIN
Fri. Sept 20th RPM Canadian National $800.00 to WIN
Sat. Sept 21st RPM Canadian National $800.00 to WIN
Sat. Oct 5th
Sat. Nov 9th
Sun. Nov 10th
News from the Clash at the Can – ‘Making History, One Dollar at a Time’
Media Contact: Brett Deyo – Deyo99H@aol.com or 845.728.2781
For Immediate Release/April 9, 2013
A Racer’s Dream: History Making $28,000 Total Purse Earmarked For Pioneer-Pole Buildings Inc.-VP Racing Fuels ‘Clash at the Can’ Tuesday, June 11 At Penn Can Speedway; Fans To Benefit from All-Star Field At Fourth Annual Event
SUSQUEHANNA, PA – Call it a racer’s dream event.
Penn Can Speedway is set for
its richest night ever on Tuesday, June 11 and the competitors in the fourth
annual Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc.-VP Racing Fuels ‘Clash at the Can’ are the
benefactors. Eclipsing the stout payout offered in 2012, this year’s edition of
the ‘Clash at the Can’ rewrites the record books for the
A hefty purse of $28,000 has been established for the 60-lap big-block/small-block Modified event. The total sets a new standard for dirt Modified racing at the facility, which opened its doors on a Sunday afternoon in August 1952.
The previous record for a total purse at Penn Can was $26,410 paid out last June in an event won by Danny Johnson of Rochester, N.Y., driving Mike Payne’s No. 7z.
The ’13 total payout tops last year’s event by $1,590. It also surpasses the minimum purse requirement ($16,875) set forth by management of the Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour by a mammoth $11,125!
The structure of the payout is also unique. There is no winner-serving, top-heavy pay scale prevalent in Modified racing. Drivers finishing throughout the field are rewarded. It’s an event that is lucrative to all teams.
The pay structure for the 2013 Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc.-VP Racing Fuels ‘Clash at the Can’ is as follows: 1. $5,000; 2. $4,000; 3. $2,500; 4. $1,800; 5. $1,500; 6. $1,400; 7. $1,300; 8. $1,200; 9. $1,100; 10. $1,000; 11. $600; 12. $550; 13. $525; 14. $515; 15. $510; 16-24. $500.
Keep in mind the posted payout is a minimum: it does not include guaranteed starting positions, lap money, contingency awards and other bonuses. A number of special award sponsors have already signed on to be part of an historic evening at Penn Can. The bonuses will likely push the total to well over $30,000.
Additionally, a B-Main program for the Modified division is in the works and will be announced in the coming weeks. The B-Main will reward even more racers who attempt to qualify with extra cash.
“The purse increase and changes were made with the weekly racer in mind,” said Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC, who is co-promoting the ‘Clash at the Can’ with Penn Can track managers Reed Miller and Al Wilcox. “We are well aware of the increasing costs of competing and getting to the track. The idea was to make this an event Friday, Saturday and Sunday night racers across the Northeast would mark on their calendars and we could produce a diverse field that our crowd wants to see.
“The response – not only from weekend racers – but from the touring series stars has been overwhelmingly positive. This purse should attract an outstanding field.”
Penn Can, a one-third-mile,
tire-wear-friendly oval centrally located on the
“The ‘King of the Can’ turned a lot of heads,” co-promoter Miller said. “We’ve been hearing all winter how much drivers in all divisions appreciated the extra racing room. It should make for a memorable ‘Clash at the Can’ this year.”
The Crate 602 Sportsman will join the Modifieds in a 25-lap special paying $1,000 to the winner, producing an open-wheel doubleheader for fans.
The ‘Clash at the Can’ has a rain date of Wednesday, June 12.
In its four-year history, the 'Clash at the Can' has emerged as a marquee event on the dirt Modified calendar. Last year, Johnson drove to victory over a charging Ryan Godown, who had ascended from 26th starting position in Rick Clay's No. 88c.
The '11 edition featured a
classic duel between dirt Modified superstar Billy Decker and then unheralded
BD Motorsports Media LLC returns to Penn Can in October to co-promote the 'King of the Can' 14th annual Modified event on Friday, Oct. 18, headlined by a 50-lap main paying $5,014 to win and $314 to take the green flag. Crate 602 Sportsman and Street Stocks complete the Friday card, which carries a Sunday (Oct. 20) rain date.
To learn more about the 'Clash at the Can' and other BD Motorsports Media promotions LLC, contact Brett Deyo by phone at 845.728.2781 or via e-mail at Deyo99H@aol.com. BD Motorsports Media LLC is on the web at www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bdmotorsportsmedia and on Twitter @BrettDeyo.
BD Motorsports Media
Co-Promotion Penn Can
October 12, 2012 (King of the Can 50 laps) - RYAN GODOWN - Danny Johnson - Joey Grammes - Billy Decker - Stewart Friesen
June 13, 2012 (Clash at the Can RoC 60 laps) - DANNY JOHNSON - Ryan Godown - Jeff Strunk - Billy Pauch Sr. - Ryan Watt
November 13, 2011 (King of the Can 50 laps) - STEWART FRIESEN - Jeff Strunk - Pat Ward - Jimmy Phelps - Justin Holland
June 7, 2011 (Clash at the Can RoC 60 laps) - BILLY DECKER - Danny Tyler - Jimmy Phelps - Duane Howard - Matt Sheppard
August 10, 2010 - (Hot Summer Night RoC 60 laps) - STEWART FRIESEN - Alan Rudalavage - Duane Howard - Bobby Varin - Joey Grammes
June 8, 2010 (Clash at the Can RoC 60 laps) - DUANE HOWARD - Danny Johnson - Stewart Friesen - Brett Tonkin - Ryan Godown
Borgers King Of The Asphalt Race 1
Borgers Garage To Kick Off Champ Kart King Of The Asphalt Saturday April 13.
Borgers Speedway and Borgers Garage owner Glenn Borger will be title sponsor for Champ Kart King Of The Asphalt race number one at Borgers Spedway this Saturday April 13.
Borgers Garage on the grounds of Borgers Speedway offers Pennsylvania State Inspection and Emission services and minor repairs. With over 30 years in the business only to be set back by a devastating fire four years ago the garage is back in full operation serving the Saylorsburg and Slate Belt area.
Borgers Garage is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and you can even have your car inspected when you come to the races from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Each race will guarantee $200 to win regardless of car count. Trophies and a cash point fund at the finish of the series plus the possibility of a higher payout for the last race.
Contingency awards have been secured and more are on the way. Thanks to the help from Darryl Deemer and the good folks at Rage and Jammer Clutches the following end of series awards are guaranteed. Rage $100, $50, and $25 gift certificates to the top three in points running a Rage chassis. Jammer Clutches $75, $60, $50, $40, and $25 gift certificates to the top five finishers to be used on any Jammer product.
Borgers Speedway has an Open Tire rule for Karts.
Early warm-ups will start at 12:15 p.m. followed normal practice at 1:00 p.m. Drivers meeting at 1:50 p.m. and heats at 2:00 p.m.
A full card of racing will also be on hand with a complete Kart program plus TQ/Asphalt 600 Sprints, Wingless Dirt 600 Sprints, and AllStar and Junior Slingshots.
For up to minute information check our Facebook page or our web-site www.borgers-speedway.com Borgers Weather Hot Line 570-992-8131.
I get e-mails:
The thread that included some
posts about the
suggest anyone interested in modeling oval track cars consider one of
the recent Revell midget (Kurtis Kraft) kits. There are two versions,
one for the Ford V8-60 and the other for the Offy. The two kits differ
in the nose and grill, just like the full-sized cars. These kits are a
bit delicate because they are very accurate to scale, so they do take
some care. They did not sell well- few younger modelers interested in
kits of cars that old. So they will not be re-issued. What are on the
shelves now will be it. So take a look at your local hobby shops- there
are still a number available, but I predict they will become collector's
items and much sought after, like the old Etzel speed classic kits.
Several of us talked to Ed Sexton of Revell at the IPMS Nationals two
years ago. He said sales were quite disappointing. This was a test to
see if older open wheel cars would sell, so the fact that this kit did
not sell well unfortunately dooms all similar products. No more vintage
Indy either :-( I suppose a sudden upsurge in sales of that kit might
reverse the decision, but that seems unlikely- the decision has been made.
Note: I'm surprised that there will be no re-issue. Heck, the Revell/Monogram 1/18 scale midgets have been re-issued a few times now. They made excellent slot cars.
I read Chris Kyle's book. Never realized that he gave away all of the income from it. While I was reading this it brought tears to my eyes --- until the last sentance that really pissed me off. JR
No Press Coverage, wonder why?
Some of you will get this more than once, That's how important you are.
I just wanted to share with
you all that out of a horrible tragedy we were blessed by so many people. Chris
was Derek's teammate through 10 years of training and battle. They both
suffer/suffered from PTSD to some extent and took great care of each other
because of it. 2006 in Ramadi was horrible for young
men that never had any more aggressive physical contact with another human than
Now I need to tell you about
all of the blessings. Southwest Airlines flew in any SEAL and their family from
any airport they flew into free of charge. The employees donated buddy passes
and one lady worked for 4 days without much of a break to see that it happened.
Volunteers were at both airports in
At the house the Texas DPS parked a large motor home in front to block the view from reporters. It remained there the entire 5 days for the SEALs to congregate in and all to use the restroom so as not to have to go in the house. Taya, their two small children and both sets of parents were staying in the home. Only a hand full of SEALs went into the home as they had different duties and meetings were held sometimes on a hourly basis. It was a huge coordination of many different events and security. Derek was assigned to be a pall bearer, to escort Chris' body when it was transferred from Midlothian Funeral Home to Arlington Funeral Home and to be with Taya. Tough job. Taya seldom came out of her bedroom. The home was full with people from the church and other family members that would come each day to help. I spent one morning in a bedroom with Chris' mom and the next morning with Chad Littlefield's parents (the other man murdered with Chris). Tough job.
Nolan Ryan sent his cooking team, a huge grill and lots of steaks, chicken and hamburgers. They set up in the front yard and fed people all day long. The 200 SEALs and their family. The next day a local BBQ restaurant set up a buffet in front of the house and fed all once again. Food was plentiful and all were taken care of. The family’s church kept those inside the house well fed.
Jerry Jones, the man everyone loves to hate, was a rock star. He donated use of Cowboy Stadium for the services as it was determined that so many wanted to attend. The charter buses transported us to the stadium on Monday at 10:30. Every car, bus, motorcycle was searched with bomb dogs and police. I am not sure if kooks were making threats trying to make a name for themselves or if so many SEALs in one place was a security risk...I don't know. We willing obliged. No purses ino the stadium! We were taken to The Legends room high up and a large buffet was available. That was about 300 people. We were growing.
A Medal of Honor recipient was there, lots of secret service and police and Sarah Palin and her husband. She looked nice, this was a very formal military service. The service started at 1:00 and when we were escorted onto the field I was shocked. We heard that about 10,000 people had come to attend also. They were seated in the stadium seats behind us. It was a beautiful and emotional service. Bagpipe and drum corps were wonderful and the A&M men’s choir stood through the entire service and sang right at the end. We were all in tears.
The next day was the 200 mile
procession from Midlothian, Tx. to
The services were at
After the service the
governor's wife, Anita Perry, invited us to the governor's mansion. She stood
at the door and greeted each of us individually and gave each of the SEALs a coin of
We just wanted to share with the events of a quite an emotional, but blessed week.
And to this day, the WORTHLESS PRESIDENT in the White House has never acknowledged Chris Kyle
This is about the funeral for Chris Kyle, the SEAL sniper with the most kills in the history of war.
Found on Facebook:
A photo of COSTCO’s CEO, and his explanation of how they make record profits:
“We pay workers $45K/year, provide health insurance, and let them unionize – the opposite of what Walmart does.
Disarming people only creates more un-armed victims. The motivation of government to disarm us is to allow it freedom to do anything to us without resistance. That is one freedom no one should have.
To my racing friends: please do not patronize or support the DIRT DOG TV page in any way, shape, or form. The photos they put up on that site are cool, yeah, but they completely disrespect the photographers who work to get them. They rip off our images, put their own logo on them, and then make it sound like the photographer gave them permission to use the image. They have ripped off three of my good friends, and I'm waiting to be the next one. They undermine all of the hard work that members of the media put in week after week, just to sell a few t-shirts.
Even Obama-defenders admit it: this morning’s employment number was a “punch to the gut“. So said the former Obama chief economic adviser. No way to spin it. Job gains were below even the lowest estimates, and worse was the collapse in the 'labor force participation rate', which declined to levels not seen since the depths of the Jimmy Carter abyss in 1979.
Depressing stats, to be sure. But they also undermine the rationale for amnesty - or as they call it, “comprehensive immigration reform”
Why should we add 12+ million illegal aliens and an additional 400,000 in low-skilled foreign workers every year, at a time when we have 22 million Americans unemployed or underemployed, and a record number on welfare and food stamps?
Devastating Job Numbers Undermine Rationale for ‘Immigration Reform’
Found on the Internet:
Since this was the topic of
discussion in some other threads, I thought I'd post some numbers. In the April
2013 team marketing report, the league average ticket price was listed at
$27.48. The average Met ticket was $25.30, which was 7.1 percent less than last
season. The Mets average premium ticket price was $83.78. The league average
was $90.48. So where does that leave the Mets in relation to other teams? They
ranked number 15 in the average ticket price category. They
ranked 11th in the premium ticket price category. Probably not
surprising, the most expensive seats all around were in Yankee Stadium, Wrigley
Other interesting pricing listed in the report:
Beer: Mets: 5.75. League average: 6.12. Rank: 13th.
Soft Drink: Mets: 5.00. League average: 3.67. Rank: Tied for 4th.
Hot Dog: Mets: 6.25. League average: 4.14. Rank: 1st (most expensive).
Parking: Mets: 20.00. League average: 13.87. Rank: Tied for 4th.
Program: Mets: 5.00. League average: 2.99. Rank: Tied for 2nd.
Cap: Mets: 18.00. League average: 17.38. Rank: Tied for 10th.
FCI (Fan Cost Index): Mets: 223.70. League Average: 208.1. Rank: 11th.
Some non-racing stuff:
Note: I have a pretty good idea as to why they were allowed.
Schumer Sees Deal This Week on Immigration
"A raucous public debate over the nation's flawed immigration system is set to begin in earnest this week as senators finalize a bipartisan bill to secure the border, allow tens of thousands of foreign workers into the country and grant eventual citizenship to the estimated 11 million people living here illegally."
Note: Just how many are not employed in the
Stunning New Revelations On Obama Fraud Case
"On Friday April 5, 2013 – Carl Gallups of Freedom Friday with Carl Gallups interviewed Mike Zullo, Lead Investigator, with the Sheriff Arpaio Cold Case Posse. The interview was conducted over an hour and half portion of Carl’s show. Zullo and Gallups promised stunning new revelations in the case … and in spite of the Obamabot naysayers and, apparently, those incapable of intelligently discerning spoken information – Gallups and Zullo delivered on the promise!
. Within the last 2 days before the interview, Zullo confirmed that brand new information had been received in the investigation which bolstered the legal evidence of the long form birth certificate being a 100% fabricated and fraudulent document. The information came, unexpected, from a professional source of the investigation, and is irrefutable.
Within the last couple of days before the interview, Zullo had several lengthy meetings with VIPS who have promised to soon bring this case forward in an “official” manner. The VIPS are of “standing” and have the authority to bring the case forward. They have promised full public exposure to the case, the evidence, and to the hopeful ends of a full and official “hearing” of the matter.”
Note: It would be extremely interesting to see if something comes of this, wouldn’t it be?
12 Shocking Truths About Obamacare
5 Ways Obamacare Will Fail
Will Obamacare Cost You Your Job?
Obama's fix would trim Social Security checks
Budget to Include Social Security Cuts
AARP Blasts Obama's Historic Plan To Cut Social Security
Note: Yes, it was the AARP that was a key supporter of Obamas health care reform - remember?
Signs of Solyndra? Fisker Lays Off 75 Percent of Employees
Note: As of last Saturday, some real nice comments are with this article.
Mother Of Slain Benghazi Officer To Sean Hannity: ‘They Want Me To Shut Up’
NY Gun Confiscation Underway – Citizens Told to Turn in Pistol Owner ID & Firearms
Read more at Ammoland.com: http://www.ammoland.com/2013/04/new-york-gun-confiscation-underway/#ixzz2Pw1WMZbm
Conn. Father’s Stunning Claim: Son’s School Is Teaching That Americans Don’t Have the Right to Bear Arms
Get ready to start paying sales tax for online purchases
Army Email Allegedly Labels Christian Organizations That Oppose Gay Marriage as ‘Domestic Hate Groups’
Video time – music:
From the ladies:
Video time – racing stuff:
Pocono Indy Car tire test from this past Wednesday:
Note: The photos are not available on Dirt Track Digest, only on New England Tractor - http://newenglandtractor.com/racereport/
One of the best ever in one of the better looking Sprint Cars from back in the day – 1955 – Johnny Thomson in the Sam Traylor Offy. Sure looked relaxed, huh? No cage, no wings back then, and they used knobby tires, too.
Walt Imlay photo.
Closing with this:
A 65 year old woman had a heart attack and was taken to the hospital.
While on the operating table she had a near death experience. Seeing God, she asked, “Is my time up?”
God said, “No you have another 33 years, 2 months and 8 days to live.”
Upon recovery, the woman decided to stay in the hospital and have a face-lift, liposuction, breast implants and a tummy tuck.
She even had someone come in and change her hair color and brighten her teeth! Since she had so much more time to live, she figured she might as well make the most of it.
After her last operation, she was released from the hospital. While crossing the street on her way home, she was killed by an ambulance.
Arriving in front of God, she demanded, “I thought you said I had 33 years? Why didn’t you pull me from out of the path of the ambulance?
God replies: “Sorry, but I didn’t recognize you!”
Until next week, folks!
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