Racin' & Different Stuff:
By Tom Avenengo
Please keep those people down in
Also, on Facebook, there have been photos posted of some of our racing family and what has happened to their race cars during the tornado.
Chances are that you might very well be reading this before or while I’m either in surgery, or that the surgery has been completed. I was due to arrive at the hospital at 11:00 AM today, for a supposed 1:00 PM surgery. I was told that as long as there are no problems, I should be able to go home tomorrow – Friday.
Update: Surgery time has been advanced. Now I have to be there at 8:00 AM for surgery at 10:00 AM.
As for a column next week – not sure yet.
I was treated to the races at OCFS this past weekend by my son, Eric. He got tickets for both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday, of course was washed out. They announced that we could use the wristband for monies off on the Sunday ticket or can use it for next Saturday. Since we already have our Sunday tickets, that leaves next Saturday. With my surgery on Thursday, I won’t be able to make the show next Saturday. In the past, you had a couple of weeks to use your rain check. I’m hoping they go back to that policy, or I’ll end up eating the ticket – or son will, since he paid for it.
Note: Per a telephone conversation with OCFS on Wednesday, the wrist bands are good for the next two Saturdays, and could be extended if one of those Saturdays get rained out.
The WoO show at OCFS:
It was about what I expected. Not much passing with the WoO
contingent. I was somewhat disappointed
that there were only 23 cars. If you
consider Ryan Smith as a “PA Posse” member, then he was one, of maybe a few, to
represent the “Posse”. Tony Stewart was
there to race. Seems there were two NY
State Police officers assigned to his pit area.
When I was at the USA International Speedway, down in
I heard that Kasey Kahne was in the pit area. I wonder why he didn’t run? And, I wonder – did anyone tell Tony Stewart that OCFS is for sale?
The 50/50 was a little over a thousand dollars. Methinks they should have called the number a little earlier, not after most of the fans were heading to their cars. I do believe that the holder of the winning ticket was still there to collect her winnings, though! Congrats, Carol!
Something that does other me – there never
was an ad in the Middletown Times Herald-Record advertising that the WoO was coming to town.
It’s a shame they could not advertise that Tony was gong to be there,
An interesting thread over on the DTD forum – where are all the modifieds?
From last week:
He is the only driver to win
the Triple Crown of Motorsport — the 24 Hours of
Any idea? If so, email me your answer!
Correct answer is: Sir Graham Hill. He won the F1 championship in a BRM in 62 and a Lotus 49 in 68 (driving Colin Chapman crazy), He won Indy in a Lola ford in 66 and Lemans in a Matra with Henri Pescalaro in 72.
This weeks quiz:
In his career he ran just about everything, and retired very young. He won 31 percent of the NASCAR Cup races he entered, 25 percent of the Indy Car races, and 5 percent of the Formula One races. What is his name?
Answer will be in my next column.
Found this on the OCFS Facebook page – from their website:
“This Coming Saturday May 25 - Veterans Night brought to you by McGannon Excavating. Modifieds, Small Block Modifieds, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman and Street Stocks will all be in action. Pit Gates open at 3:30, Drive In at 4:30 and Main Grandstands open at 5.”
Note: Now as far as I know, Veterans, with proper ID, get admitted free. However, what if said Veteran was in attendance last Saturday, when the show rained out, and was told he has to use his wrist band this coming Saturday?
Note: Per a telephone conversation with OCFS on Wednesday, the wrist bands are good for the next two Saturdays, and could be extended if one of those Saturdays get rained out. And, if this Saturday should rain out, then the Veterans Day date would be carried over to next week. So, you Vets with a wrist band – use your Vet status this coming Saturday and the wrist band later – my suggestion.
I’m pretty sure I saw a post or two on Facebook about how a certain thing will be sneaked through, what with all the extra things going on – The IRS deal, the deal with the papers – phone records, Benghazi, and now, the unfortunate tornados that have hit the mid west. Funny how that just happened now, just when the sh*t was hitting the fan on the other three things. No, not funny, really! Of course no one wished it. Just a damn bad coincidence.
Senate panel passes
Yeah, they passed the immigration bill.
Oh, and yes, on quite a few meetings with the media, FOXNews has not been invited. Kinda stinks, doesn’t it?
Congress' Option on IRS: Testify or Lose Your Job
Lois Lerner, the IRS official who headed the division that targeted Tea Party and other conservative groups for special tax scrutiny, invoked her Fifth Amendment right to refuse questions before Congress on Wednesday. The decision could cost her her job.
And it doesn't mean that she won't be forced to answer questions. In fact, it's relatively easy for Congress to force her to testify.
In general, Congress hates when government officials refuse to answer questions. This time, of course, it is especially those in the House's Republican majority who are unhappy.
Republican Darrell Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, required Lerner to come before the committee and invoke her Fifth Amendment in person at the hearing, rather than just letting her lawyer inform the committee that she's not going to answer their questions. That's not something you do to a witness you regard as friendly.
Her lawyer has said that requiring her to appear at the hearing served "no other purpose than to embarrass or burden her." That's half true. It certainly is a burden and an embarrassment to have to stand up in front of the nation and refuse to answer questions from elected representatives. Regardless of what the law says about this, a lot of ordinary folks think that only criminals fear self-incrimination.
But there's a broader purpose served by making her appear before the committee. Very often seeing public officials appear before Capitol Hill panels helps to focus public attention on government abuse—even when the public officials refuse to answer the questions put to them by lawmakers. Perhaps especially when the officials refuse to testify. Think of Oliver North refusing to testify before the Senate in 1986.
A lot of regular folks watching this unfold will wonder why the sons of guns who refuse to answer questions about possible government abuses cannot just be fired. The sophisticated folks among us tend to shake their heads, wondering why so many people don't understand that the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination includes a right not to be fired from a government job for refusing to testify. Threatening a government official's livelihood is just another form of compelling self-incrimination, the sophisticates say.
As is usually the case, however, the ordinary folks are closer to the truth than the sophisticates. Congress can require Lerner to choose between testifying and losing her job. But the cost of putting this choice to her is granting her immunity from any future prosecution based on what she says before Issa's committee.
"[The government] has every right to investigate allegations of misconduct, including criminal misconduct by its employees, and even to force them to answer questions pertinent to the investigation, but if it does that it must give them immunity from criminal prosecution on the basis of their answers," Judge Richard Posner explained in a 2002 case, Atwell v. Lisle Park District.
This is what happened when Oliver North invoked the Fifth Amendment in the Iran-Contra hearings. The Congressional investigating committees found the need for his testimony compelling enough that they granted him immunity from being prosecuted for the contents of his testimony and required him to appear before the committees.
The case for doing the same thing in the IRS case is pretty persuasive. Even if Lerner authorized the targeting of the Tea Party groups, there's a good deal of doubt that she could be criminally prosecuted for doing so. No federal statute that I'm aware of directly criminalizes that kind of behavior, and federal courts refuse to impose criminal penalties for just doing bad things that Congress hasn't specifically outlawed. So granting her immunity from prosecution might not actually involve giving anything up at all.
What's more, Lerner's testimony could be instrumental in understanding two things that are still murky about the IRS targeting scandal.
First, we need to know how deep this goes in the IRS. Is this conduct deeply ingrained in the organization? How many employees were involved? How many different offices? Was this a huge deviation from normal IRS activity or something that involved just inching over very blurry lines?
Second, more importantly, we need to know how high up this goes. Was Lerner the top official involved? Or were her superiors aware of what was happening? Did the IRS see itself as acting alone here or as part of a broader government effort to crack down on the tea-party groups?
Surely a better public understanding of how the IRS targeting program developed would be worth the price of granting Lerner immunity from prosecution for her answers to Congress.
Another advantage to granting Lerner immunity is that it might lead to evidence of actual criminal wrong-doing on the part of others in the IRS or elsewhere in the government. Lerner's immunity wouldn't extend to them and she cannot refuse to testify to avoid incriminating fellow IRS employees.
Lerner is not a big fish and whatever she might have done probably is not a federal crime anyway. If Issa and the GOP are serious about getting to the bottom of the IRS scandal, they should grant immunity and require testimony.
Note: You should see what Judge Napolitano says on this. She more or less has cooked her eggs, and could be recalled and made to testify. She, in her comments, today, opened that door.
Should get to be interesting, AS LONG AS SOMEONE DOES THEIR JOB!
Hey! There’s quite a lot, racing wise, coming up
on TV over these next few days. Qualifying and some races at
Covers most everything, folks.
A late breaking news bit about the Hinchliffe Stadium and their “Racing Expo”:
This year's Hinchliffe Stadium Racing Expo is set for Labor Day weekend. We will release more details in the coming weeks...
Taken, in part, off of Facebook:
Orange County Fair speedway's 2013 Nostalgia night is June 8th. Hope the weather is great and all can make it. Please spread the word. Drivers that said they will be here; Carl Van Horn, Frankie Schneider, Bobby & Steve Bottcher,Gerald Chamberlain, Carl Reynolds, Jerry Wilson, Hank Goranson, Del buss, Rich Eurich, Bob Schmitt, Bob Schoenberger, Steve Makocy, Ed Davis, Stan Sherman, Joe Romer, Sam Rogers Sr and Jr, Ron and Scott Goodrich, Ed Stevens, Lou Inezo, Rich Marenelli, Red Muir, Loren Holland Sr, Bruce Quinn,Ed D'Angelo,George Van der Wall and we are still waiting to hear back from other drivers.
Note: I didn’t see “Buzzie” on that list. I know he usually comes to every one of the Nostalgia Nights. No Robbie Green, either.
This year it will be held on June 9th. It’s the largest local Soap Box Derby in the world, is what is said. A major portion of the cars that compete were bought and furnished by local businesses.
Info can be found here: http://pjsoapboxderby.com/
Going back in time:
On May 23rd in:
Joe James ... Born ... AAA
driver from the 1950's. Joe started racing in the AAA National Championship in
1950 when he made five starts with a best finish of seventh at
Jim Malloy... Born ... USAC
driver 1950's , 60's and 70's. He drove in the USAC
Championship Car series, racing in the 1967-1972 seasons, with 61 career
starts, including the 1968-1971 Indianapolis 500 races. He finished in the top
ten 23 times, with his best finish in 2nd position in 1969 at
Born ... Jerry is a former off-road driver who also drove in the USAC and CART
Championship Car series. He raced in the 1977-1982 seasons, with 26 combined
career starts, including the 1977-1980 and 1982 Indianapolis 500 and was named
1977 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year. He finished in the top ten 5 times,
with his best finish in 4th position in 1979 at Pocono. Jerry is the younger
brother of 1983
Wally Dallenbach, Jr.... Born ... A former NASCAR Winston Cup driver. He competed in 226 Winston Cup races from 1991 to 2001, but had only 23 top 10 finishes and no wins. The son of legendary open wheel racer and former CART chief steward, Wally Dallenbach, Sr., Wally Jr. is also an accomplished road racer. Aside from NASCAR, Wally has raced in SCCA Trans-Am, IMSA Camel GT, CART, and the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Without a ride, Wally took up TV commentating in 2001, covering the NASCAR races.
Bryan Herta... Born ... CART / Champcar/ IRL Indy Car & ALMS driver
set an NHRA Funny Car top speed record of 250.00 mph in
Some racin’ stuff:
Action Track Update (Kutztown):
The Monday night test and tune went over very well,track conditions held up through all the laps put on the speedway.We started at 6 laps,advanced to 8 laps and had 5 lap sessions to close out the evening,so if you were looking at tire wear or fuel use,this is how we went last night.
A few suggested to brighten up the homestretch and entrance into turn 1,a couple of the drivers said they could not see the flags or the upper groove heading into turn 1.Rich and I talked about it this morning.
There will be a driver in car radio system used this year,the frequency has not changed and should be 454.000 unless otherwise noted.
Transponders will be used for all scoring and rentals will be available for the evening.
Qualifying events will be 9 laps this year,they were always 8,but a new twist this year will be if the white flag is waving and a yellow is needed before the checkered is thrown the race will considered over with no 1 lap restart being used.Single file with 5 laps to go will be used for all events this year.
There will be a starting zone and the green will wave when the leader takes off anywhere from point A to point B of that zone.You get to Point B and the leader doesn't accelerate,Race is On.
Drivers meeting will be at 5:45.Pit gates will open at 4 PM,grandstand gates will open at 5 PM.Slingshots will be part of the 6 PM hot laps with the timed dashes for the SpeedSTR's slated for 7:30.
TOP 3 from each feature will go to victory lane for photos.Friends and family may take photos,but must be ready when photo session begins.
USAC membership will save you $5.00 each week when purchasing a pit pass.
Found on Jayski’s website:
Bruton Smith could move fall race out of Charlotte UPDATE:
NASCAR mogul Bruton Smith says there is a strong
possibility that he will move the Bank of America 500 out of
UPDATE - Statement From O. Bruton Smith: The following is a statement from Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, O. Bruton Smith:
"The 'done deal' report
by WBTV regarding moving a race is false. No final decision has been made
regarding any race date move, and I have not discussed this with NASCAR.
"Instead of what 'could' happen, let's set the facts straight about what
has happened. We've invested $100 million in the Charlotte Motor Speedway
complex in the past six years to make it even better for the fans. We've
expanded our fan zone, added pit road suites and built the world's largest HDTV
for every fan to enjoy. We've put more people to work with these projects and
we've added more events to the calendar to bring in more tourists and fans. And
we've done this during the worst economy since the Great Depression. We've done
this without asking for a handout from the government, like we've seen from so
many other sports facilities, teams or franchises, and yet at the same time
property values are falling during the recession, our
TV graphic mistake leads to fan confusion: A television graphic incorrectly showed #48-Jimmie Johnson should have entered pit road 11th instead of fourth on the mandatory four-tire stop before the final segment of Saturday night's Sprint All-Star Race. It started a social media outcry for those who didn't know the facts. It grew louder when Johnson left pit road second. It grew even louder when the five-time Sprint Cup champion won for the second straight year and a record fourth time overall, breaking a tie with Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt and future Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon. "People just want to hate," Johnson said with a laugh inside the media center at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "That's fine. I'm just lucky. NASCAR rigs the races and whatever they want to believe. I'm going home with a cool trophy and a big check and we all really know what happened. So whatever."(ESPN)
NOTE: Johnson coming in 4th for the pitstop was correct, see the averages of the four segments and the order of pit road entry on my Jayski's Sprint All-Star Race page.(5-19-2013)
Note: They had me going, I'll tell ya! What pizzes me off is that when Jimmy pitted in 4th place, instead of 11th, they never said one word.
Kulwicki Team Assembles 20 Years After
Title: Twenty years after losing their mentor, their leader, in a plane crash
Schrader wins ARCA race,
oldest driver to win an ARCA race: Ken Schrader won the Menards 200 presented
by Federated Car Care Sunday afternoon at Toledo Speedway, making him the
oldest winner in ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards history. Schrader
started second in his Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet and led 163 laps. The
NASCAR veteran took command of the lead early in the race and held off a long
side-by-side battle with Grant Enfinger and took the
checkered flag while waving to a capacity crowd. "I love it,"
Schrader said in
Kahne says he and Kyle Busch are good: Despite three
on-track incidents between them in just 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup races this season,
#5-Kasey Kahne told SPEED.com that he doesn't have a
problem with #18-Kyle Busch. Prior to Saturday night's Sprint All-Star Race at
Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kahne told SPEED.com that
he and Busch talked things out and are OK going forward. "Yes, it's over.
I thought it was over before
2014 NASCAR Hall Of Fame
Class Announced: NASCAR announced the inductees who will comprise the 2014
class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The five-person group the fifth in
NASCAR Hall of Fame history consists of Tim Flock, Jack Ingram, Dale
Jarrett, Maurice Petty and Fireball Roberts. Next year's Induction Day is
scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, broadcast on Fox Sports 1 from
Class of 2014 Inductees:
Tim Flock - A two-time NASCAR premier series champion, Flock was one of the sport's first dominant drivers. In 187 starts, Flock had 39 victories, a total that still ranks 18th on the all-time wins list. Flock won his first series title in 1952 while driving Ted Chester's Hudson Hornet, and his second in 1955 driving Carl Kiekhaefer's Chrysler. He dominated that season, posting 18 wins, 32 top fives and 18 poles in 39 races. Flock's 18 wins stood as a single-season victory record until Richard Petty surpassed it with 27 wins in 1967.
Jack Ingram - The NASCAR Nationwide Series has had a variety of incarnations through the years but when considered collectively, an argument can be made that Jack Ingram is the series' all-time greatest driver. Before the formation of the series, Ingram won three consecutive championships, from 1972-74, in its precursor the Late Model Sportsman Division. When the NASCAR Busch Series was formed, he won the inaugural title in 1982 and again in '85. In his 10 years of competition in what was called the NASCAR Busch Series, Ingram had 31 wins, a record that stood until Mark Martin broke it in 1997. All but two of Ingram's 31 wins came on short tracks.
Dale Jarrett - Dale Jarrett personified big-stage performances. A three-time Daytona 500 winner and two-time winner of the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Jarrett excelled under NASCAR's brightest spotlights. His 32 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories 21st all-time also include the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Jarrett won the 1999 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, and recorded six additional top-five championship finishes. With father Ned, the Jarretts are only the second father-son combination with NASCAR premier series championships after NASCAR Hall of Famers Lee and Richard Petty. Ned Jarrett was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in May 2011. Ned and Dale Jarrett become the third father-son duo selected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, following Bill France Sr. and Bill France Jr., and Lee and Richard Petty.
Maurice Petty - The chief engine builder at Petty Enterprises, Maurice Petty becomes the fourth member of the dynasty to be chosen for membership in the NASCAR Hall of Fame following his older brother Richard, father Lee and his cousin Dale Inman. The man simply called "Chief" supplied the horsepower that propelled Richard Petty to a majority of his record 200 NASCAR victories, plus his seven NASCAR premier series championships and seven Daytona 500 victories. Lee Petty, Buddy Baker, Jim Paschal and Pete Hamilton were also among those who won with his engines. Petty had a brief driving career 26 premier series races with seven top-five and 16 top-10 finishes between 1960 and 1964 but was satisfied to work behind the scenes as one of the top engine builders ever seen in the sport.
Fireball Roberts - Glenn Roberts, who got his legendary nickname from his days as a hard-throwing pitcher in high school, is perhaps the greatest driver never to win a NASCAR title. He was arguably stock car racing's first superstar, an immensely popular prototype for some of today's competitors who are stars on and off the track. During his career he often came up big in the biggest events, winning the Daytona 500 in 1962 and the Southern 500 in 1958 and '63. Overall, he won seven races at Daytona International Speedway, starting with the Firecracker 250 in the summer of 1959 the year the speedway opened.(NASCAR)(5-22-2013)
Woods Poised To Make
Milestone Start At
Former OVRP Dirt Oval runners:
Davie Franek was 14th in the ESS Sprint Car race at Selinsgrove.
Brad Szulewski won the Sportsman feature at Five Mile.
Kyle Rohner was 4th in the Sportsman feature at Penn Cann.
Tiffany Wambold was 7th in the 270 Micro Sprint feature at Big Diamond, on the “Little track”.
Danny Creeden was 4th and Billy VanInwegen 9th in the Modified feature at Accord. Anthony Perrego won the Sportsman feature with Tyler Dippel 4th and Brad Szulewski 10th. Mike Traver was 4th in the Spec Sportsman feature, while Tyler Boniface was 9th and Andrew Reeves 12th.
Jacob Hendershot was 6th in the 270 Micro Sprint feature at Hamlin. Tyler Pirone was 3rd in the All Star Slingshot feature. Paul Tigue was 4th in the Junior Slingshot feature. Kyle Rohner was 2nd and Molly Chambers 13th in the Wingless 600 Micro Sprint feature.
Rich Coons was 1st
and Bobby Morris 3rd in the Sportsman feature at
IV, was 8th, Kolby Schroder 10th
and Kyle Armstrong 12th in the Modified feature at
Note: There was a protest on the Dippel car.
AJ Filbeck was 2nd in the Sportsman feature at Utica/Rome.
was 1th in the Street Stock feature at
sister Tiffany was a DNQ. Roger Coss was 2nd in the Modified feature.
Nick Pecko was 9th in the RoC Modified feature at Shangri-La.
Davie Franek was 22nd in the WoO Sprint Car feature at OCFS. Anthony Perrego won the Sportsman feature, with Tyler Dippel 3rd,Tyler Boniface 4th, Joe Conklin 9th, LJ Lombardo 10th, Matt Janiak 11th, Joey Falanga 12th, Zack Vavricka 17th, Andrew Reeves 23rd, Brian Krummel 24th (rolled over after contact with wall coming out of turn 2) and John Illanovasky is listed as a DQ – not because of the Krummel accident, I believe.
Note # 1: On that protest on the Tyler Dippel win at
TO ALL MY FACEBOOK FRIENDS, FAMILY, FANS, COMPETITORS AND HATERS:
It is with great pride and
pleasure to inform you of the findings regarding the protest of my Crate Sportsman
Note # 2 – from the DTD Forum:
“That Facebook post has been deleted. idk what that means.”
Hmm, I wonder why it was taken down? Maybe because of something that was said on the Forum??
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.
Note: Due to time, and being a little extra busy these past few days, I’m forced to skip news from the AARN, this week. Hope ya don’t mind!
Another ACT Photo Finish;
This Time Hoar Wins
Hometown Driver Danny Dietrich
Dusts The Outlaws
RoC Asphalt Tour Mastery;
Wins At Shangri-La
Second Mike Heffner
410 Sprint Team Ready To Roll
Jimmie Johnson Win Again
NASCAR Cup Race
Matt Sheppard Hot
Claims DIRTcar Monday
358 Mod Race
'Cowboy' Steinman Honored
By Friends, Fans
Selinsgrove 358 Double Header:
Stutts, Cannon Both Claim Victories
Bachetti Ends Hearn's
Leb Val Mod Win Streak
Orange County Fair
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Small-Block Modifieds Return to the Hard Clay
MIDDLETOWN, NY (May 19)……..As part of our country’s celebration of Memorial Day, all military personnel in uniform and veterans with appropriate identification will be admitted FREE for the Saturday, May 25 night of stock car racing at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York.
“We owe so much to our military people. Their sacrifices have kept us free, allowing us to enjoy a way of life that is the envy of all the other nations,” says Mike Gurda, speedway promoter. “It’s just a small token, but we’re happy to have active and veteran military folks as our guests at the speedway on Memorial Weekend.”
Defending point champion
Jerry Higbie leads a strong corps of Big-Block
Modified drivers in the ir quest for
Admission prices for the May 25 race meet remain at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and free for children 12 and under. The full night of racing begins promptly at 6:30 pm.
Advance ticket sales,
including the 52nd Annual Eastern States Weekend, and track information is
available at the
I get e-mails:
Make this YOUR business!
Did you notice who ObamaThreatened?
It's incredible that 42% of Americans think that this unqualified, incompetent, dishonorable, ego-driven fraud is doing a good job. Take a moment. Admit it to yourself. You know who his supporters are. They are the people that YOU support -- financially.
Did you notice who Obama threatened when he wasn't getting his way on raising the debt ceiling? He threatened to not pay:
- Social Security Retirees
- Military Retirees
- Social Security
- Now let this sink in really good...
- He did not threaten to stop payments to illegal aliens.
- He did not threaten to take frivolous benefits such as Internet access away from violent inmates.
- He did not offer to fire some of the thousands of unnecessary federal employees that he hired.
- He did not offer to cut down on his or his wife's frivolous gallivanting around. $20 Million already spent on family vacations. (One Million on a FL golf outing). All our money...why not?
- He did not threaten to not pay the senator s and representatives or any of their staff.
- He did not threaten to take benefits away from welfare recipients or to stop the free cell phones they get.
- He did not threaten the food stamp programs.
- He did not threaten to reduce payments in foreign aid.
- He did not threaten to cut back on anything that involves his base voters.
- The list could go on and on. He is in full political mode!
Why are we allowing this person to destroy this wonderful country with his selfishness and his lies? Have WE lost our blooming minds!!!!!!!!
His type of change is killing our country. He needs to be stopped.
Do not forget about his tactics when it's election time 2014.
Get out and Vote in the mid-term election - 2014. Support the people in the House and Senate that are willing to cut taxes and spending.
LET'S MAKE 2014 - THE Beginning of a turn around. Forget change, we want our $$$$$$$$$ back and we want to take our country back!
We the people are coming.
Only 86% will send this on. Should be 100%. What will you do ?
Here, in part, is from an email I received the other day:
I enjoy your column each and every week and if no one has told you in a while, I think you do a great job and please keep up the good work! I read your column on Thursday mornings at newenglandtractor.com while having my morning coffee and cigarette.
Did you ever see the commercials long ago for Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups? You know the ones, when the guy exclaims “You’ve got your chocolate in my peanut butter!” And then the other guys says “You got your peanut butter in my chocolate!” I kind of feel the same way about reading your column sometimes. “You’ve got your politics in my racing. ” LOL! It reads like this:
Politics a shame
Note: To be honest, I’ve given serious thought about the political crap in my columns. There’s a little in this weeks column, but in the future, I’m going to try to keep it at a bare minimum.
Good News from the White House Concerning Pensions and Benefits
نور اگر رفت سايه پيدا نيست نقش ديوار و چشم خيره
ما نقش سايه دگر نمي دان نور اگر رفت سايه. ر رفت
نور اگر رفت سايه پيدا نيست نقش ديوار و چشم خيره ما نقش سايه دگر نمي دان نور اگر رفت سايه. ررفت ديوار و چشم خيره ما نقش سايه دگر نمي دان نور اگر رفت سايه پيدانيست نقش ديوار و چشمخيره ماسايه
ديوار و چشم خيره ما نقش سايه دگر نمي دان نور اگر رفت سايه پيدانيست نقش ديوار و چشم خيرهماپيدا
If I hear anything else, I'll let you know.
Found on Facebook:
Found on 5/20:
If putting your taxpayer dollars to work means massively wasting them, then give the Department of Energy (DOE) an A+. The President told us in 2008 that DOE loan programs would create 5 million jobs over 10 years. 5 years later, just over 2,000 jobs have been "created" for the $26 Billion of your hard-earned money that's been spent. I'll save you pulling out the calculator: that's $11.5 Million PER JOB. That's not just stupid, it's obscene. And it has to stop.
Note: Don’t ya just love how they spend OUR money?
On Facebook on 5/17:
The acting chief of the IRS claims he was told who was responsible for the Tea Party attacks... then smiles and says he can't remember who it was.
Watching the IRS scandal unfold is like watching a cheesy mafia movie. These people are crooks and they're proud of it.
The acting IRS commissioner claims he “can’t remember” who was responsible for the attack on the Tea Party. He admits that he asked who it was, that he was told who it was — but claims he can’t remember. This is an old legal move where people can simply say they don’t remember in order to protect the guilty. Everyone knows what’s happening, which is why it’s frustrating to those in the room. Watch him lie here:
Geoff Styner update – May 17th:
It's time again for a Geoff Styner update .... Geoff is still doing as well as possible. His Dr has taken him off of the pain medication because it was causing him to hallucinate. He will hopefully see his neurosurgeon on Tuesday to have the halo readjusted and get a new pain prescription to help him deal with the uncomfortable feeling as they will have to re-torque the screws in his skull. We will be on location at Full Throttle Speedway again tomorrow night to collect some donations with the members of the FMARA. If you haven't already, please check out YouCaring.com to HELP Geoff Styner. Every $1 matters.
Need a Fund Raiser? http://www.youcaring.com/
Found on the Internet:
About the passing of the immigration bill:
In other words, the American Citizen who is out of a job and has been for the past year(+) will still be out of a job. To the crooks in congress "illegal" is no longer a word it has been replaced by "perspective voter".
There ya go. Sell the country out to the illegals.. As far as I can tell there was only one thing wrong with the current immigration laws, they weren't being enforced! Amnesty didn't work in '89 and it wont work now. What a mess.
I'm surprised the WH twerp even knew there was a vote. He seems to be unaware of anything else that is going on. In fact his whole administration is stricken with a case of the "I didn't know" syndrome. Conveniently contagious.
Note: Somewhere I had seen it that “Don’t be surprised if they sneak that immigration bill through while we’re trying to figure out the other damaging things – the IRS and it’s dirty dealings, Benghazi, the deal with the papers and now the God awful weather and storms that have hit Oklahoma.” And, damn if they didn’t!
From the Track Forum: In the past, the “Road to Indy” was through the Midget, Sprint Car and Silver Crown divisions. With the advent of rear engine cars and racing on more road courses than ovals, and no more racing on dirt tracks, the “Road to Indy” has changed. Now it’s things like Indy Lights. But for how long? What follows might give you an idea:
THE INDY LIGHTS SERIES IS IN TROUBLE: Here’s Why
May 13, 2013
Imagine you’re in a McDonald’s restaurant. You order a Big Mac. The cashier plops your sandwich on the counter and says, “That’ll be six hundred and twelve dollars, sir.”
“Uh… excuse me. Did you actually say six hundred and twelve dollars?”
“Yes, sir. Our Big Macs come with special sauce, lettuce and cheese. They’re really good.”
You would probably respond, “They’re not that good!” and walk out of the restaurant.
I was recently offered a sponsorship package for the Indy Lights series. My sponsors were willing to spend $50,000 as an associate sponsor in four or five races. But it soon became apparent that no other sponsors were willing to chip in on the deal.
No problem. My sponsors are reasonable people. They reduced the expected number of races to only two… the Freedom 100 and any other race of choice. And I had specific offers from three teams. But the sponsorship necessary to support a two-race deal ranged from $92,500 to $160,000.
Still, I was not dissuaded. I sent my resume to Indycar and they approved me for the Lights series. A two-hour visit to the friendly folks at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s infield medical facility got me through my physical with no problems. The Indycar staff helped me plan my initial testing.
But money was still the issue. So I called the Indy Lights series directly to check out prices for myself. Turns out that engine leases are $10,000. And that only gets you a used motor that cannot be raced without a $17,000 rebuild. You are not allowed to buy an engine or build your own. You must lease and rebuild through the series, which owns all 50-some-odd engines.
Tires are $2,700 per set. They’re mandated, too. And constructed from a soft compound that burns up quickly. The series also prescribed two preliminary test sessions. Track rental, tires and travel expenses racked up a $25,000 bill for testing alone.
The $50,000 budget I was given would not even pay for an engine lease and the mandatory tests.
So I did the obvious. I asked my sponsors for more money. They are fair people. They looked at the series, the exposure, attendance and the television package and their response was simple and honest – “This series doesn’t return enough value to justify more than a $50,000 investment.”
will indignantly claim that big time racing costs big time money. That’s all
well and good. But two weeks later the Firestone Indy Lights Series opened the
2013 season in
At the end of the day, the market says that the Indy Lights series is not worth fifty to eighty thousand dollars per event.
You can argue till you’re blue in the face, but corporate America will not pay six hundred and twelve dollars for a Big Mac and they are walking out of the restaurant.
It’s simply not worth it.
The Indy Lights series is set to introduce a new chassis in 2015 in the hopes of getting European bankers and South American oil tycoons to spoil their children by writing seven-figure checks to buy their way into Indycar.
Okay, that’s a fair plan. But
how’s it working out so far? Fan Force United has cars for sale. So do Younessi Racing and Andretti Autosport.
Two other cars are rusting in a
It appears there are more available cars than rich kids to drive them.
Dallara told me they have stacks of spare parts in their
As business plans go, this one is only slightly better than the White Star Line’s idea for a new ocean liner.
I may try for the Freedom 100 again next year. And I certainly have no bitterness against the series. On the contrary, the entire Indycar staff could not have been more helpful. They openly wanted me in the series and did everything in their power to promote my program. They are fantastic people and I support them and the series wholeheartedly.
But like it or not, one of three things is going to happen to Indy Lights:
The series will return vastly more value to its teams and sponsors.
The series will slash operating costs to a small fraction of their current levels.
The series will cease to exist.
There are no other alternatives. The writing is on the wall, and I hope someone reads it in time.
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Some non-racing stuff:
IRS official will refuse to answer questions at U.S. House hearing
The Autocrat Accountants
"Try this thought experiment: You decide to donate money to Mitt Romney. You want change in the Oval Office, so you engage in your democratic right to send a check.
Several days later, President Barack Obama, the most powerful man on the planet, singles you out by name. . . . The message from the man who controls the Justice Department (which can indict you), the SEC (which can fine you), and the IRS (which can audit you), is clear: You made a mistake donating that money."
"Kimberley Strassel wrote that on April 26, 2012. Five weeks later,
one of the named individuals, Frank VanderSloot, was
informed by the IRS that he and his wife were being audited. In July, he was
told by the Department of Labor of an additional audit over the guest workers
on his cattle ranch in
This is really sad, folks!
Nidal Hasan, accused of killing
In 2009, Nidal
Malik Hasan was arrested
for allegedly killing 13 people and wounding 31 others during a shooting spree
How is that possible? The answer is that the Army can't stop paying his salary under the Military Code of Justice, according to NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth.
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If Hasan was a civilian instead of a U.S. Army Medical Corps officer, his pay could have been suspended after seven days. Instead, the Army has to pay him until he is proven guilty.
Meanwhile, the victims of the shooting are fighting to maintain benefits because the shooting wasn't "combat related."
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Retired Army Spc. Logan Burnett, who was shot three times during the attack, was livid after NBC 5 told him about Hasan's salary:
There have been times when my wife and I cannot afford groceries. We cannot afford gas in our car. Literally, times where we ate Ramen noodles for weeks on end. This makes me sick to my stomach. [NBC 5]
Unlike military personnel who were injured during the September 11 attacks on the Pentagon, those injured at Fort Hood aren't eligiblefor combat pay, Purple Hearts, or health benefits. Currently, the military classifies the shooting as a case of workplace violence.
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In the House, Reps. Tom Rooney (R-Fl.), Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) and Frank Wolf (R-Va.) are petitioning Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to change that:
Calling this terrorist attack 'workplace violence' is an insult to the victims and their families, and it denies them the benefits they deserve. The Department of Defense and the Army should be ashamed of the terrible care and service they've provided to these heroic American soldiers, and they should rectify this situation immediately by re-classifying their injuries and deaths as combat-related. [Thomas Rooney]
Hasan's trial will begin on July 1, despite his defense team's efforts to delay the trial over bias concerns stemming from the Boston Marathon bombings.
Video time – Music
The late Roy Orbison, with some songs. Hope you all don’t mind, but I’d really like to dedicate the first and third songs to my wife or some 52 years, Joan Marie (Rose) Avenengo – the love of my life.
Video time – racin stuff:
Dick Wallen’s Open Wheel Tribute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=q_r5hY49jLM
Names of those in the video, as best I can tell:
At 10 seconds: Jimmy Bryan
25 Sec: Don Branson
28: From right to left, Bryan, Tony Bettenhausen and AJ Foyt
36: Shorty Templeman
47: Bob Sweikert in black shirt
52: Sweikert fatal
1:00: Johnny Thomson
1:30: Don Branson
1:47: Roger McCluskey
1:51: Tony Bettenhausen
2:20: Elmer George
2:28: Eddie Sachs
3:10: Gary Bettenhausen
3:24: Jud Larson
3:30: Rodger Ward on left, Bobby Marshman on right
3:47: Shorty Templeman
3:50: Rodger Ward
3:53: Parnelli Jones
3:55 Jim Hurtubise.
Note: The photos are not available on Dirt Track Digest, only on New England Tractor - http://newenglandtractor.com/racereport/
Note: I have to apologize for the mess up last week. No idea as to what happened. I had a short paragraph along with a photo, but somehow it went “poof” out into wherever Internet things disappear to.
The 1953 Indy 500, which, as usual, back then, played out in front of a full house, had some major problems with extreme heat that caused many drivers to ask for a relief driver. One driver, Carl Scarborough, died due to the extreme heat – temps in the 90’s and track temps at 130 degrees.
Here’s a photo
of the winning driver from that race, the late Bill Vukovich,
as he was pulling off of the track and heading to “
Closing with this:
Subject: FW: Humor - How did the human race appear?
A little girl asked her Mother, "How did the human race appear?"
The Mom answered, "God made Adam and Eve and they had children, and so was all mankind made.."
Two days later the girl asked her father the same question.
The father answered, "Many years ago there were monkeys from which the human race evolved."
The confused girl returned to her mother and said,
"Mom, how is it possible that you told me the human race was created by God, and dad said they developed from monkeys?"
The mother answered, "Well, Dear, it's very simple. I told you about my side of the family and your father told you about his.."
Remember, there’s a possibility of no column next week. Time will tell!
Until next column, folks!
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