Mostly Racin' Stuff
By Tom Avenengo
Note: Yes, there’s been a change, as you can see in the new title. I’ve been thinking of dropping most of the non racing items from my columns, and two people sent me emails last week saying they thought I should cut back or even stop with the non racing stuff.
Please don’t forget:
No, I will not vote for Hillary!
You ever notice when shopping, just how
much stuff is from
Some personal/family stuff:
Changes have been made in the date for our heading back home. It will now be April 2nd. Finding the right car to rent shouldn’t be too much of a problem, I hope.
The wife is quite happy with the way the cataract surgery went on her left eye. We are waiting for a date for the right eyes surgery.
Weather, whether or not:
Found on Facebook on Wednesday, 2/12/14 – what I’d be facing if I was back home:
is the latest on the upcoming Nor Easter including a link to the website. The
next website briefing will be sometime after 5PM, updates throughout the day can be
found on the FB page.
Have a great day HV!
•Winter Storm Warnings in effect for the entire region, details of warnings can be found in the special weather alerts on the top of the webpage
•National Weather Service has increased their snowfall forecast for the region to 10-14 inches, our forecast remains mostly unchanged
•Clouds increase this afternoon and evening ahead of the approaching Nor Easter
•Snow begins from South to North between 4AM and 7AM, there is lots of dry air in place so the start times may be slightly delayed
•Snow becomes heavy at times by afternoon and evening, snowfall rates of 1-2 inches per hour are likely
•Winds will also begin to increase by afternoon into the overnight, this will lead to reduced visibilities
•Worst of the storm is from about 2PM to 11PM
•Snow tapers off from East to West between 4AM-8AM on Friday, will be able to hone this done later
•Accumulations of 10-18 inches across the Mid HV, 7-14 inches across the Lower HV and 6"-12" inches across the Upper HV
•There will likely be a sharp Northern and Western cutoff between light to moderate snow and moderate to heavy snow
•A narrow band of the heaviest snowfall amounts of 10-18 inches is subject to shift North or South with any jog in the track of the storm
•The snow accumulation map shows where that band of heavy snow is currently expected (between the blue dashed lines)
•Storm briefing 5 will be released after 5PM, check the FB page for updates throughout the day as well
Visit the website for the snowfall forecast:
Leffler Chili Bowl Fundraiser Nets $50,000 Donation
So what happens in this case? You have a Dirt Sportsman race car powered with a Crate engine. You want to go to the Accord Speedway and get in some laps in preparation for an up-coming big Sportsman race. However, your engine was not sealed as the Accord Speedway says it has to be. Would you be able to race? Keep in mind; you’re not racing for track points. A “loophole” in the rules, maybe? I’m trying to get info on that.
I saw some photos on Facebook
from the indoor race at
It seems that every few days, the
northeast is getting hit with snow.
Talking with my son Tom, who lives up near
Former Dirt Oval racers:
From the indoor racing at
I went to both the OCFS and Accord Speedway websites and found this for points on the 2013 racing season:
At OCFS, in the Modifieds:
Tim Hindley was 1st, Clinton Mills 5th, Billy VanInwegen 7th, Mike Ruggiero 9th, Danny Creeden 29th, RJ Smykla 33rd, Kyle Armstrong 38th, Matt Hitchcock 40th and Joey Bruning 45th.
In the 358’s:
Danny Creeden 1st, Brian Krummel 5th, RJ Smykla 14th, Tim Hindley 16th, Billy VanInwegen 18th, Andrew Reeves 19th and John Lodini 24th.
Brian Krummel 1st, Anthony Perrego 2nd, LJ Lombardo 3rd, Joe Conklin 4th, Andrew Reeves 8th, Matt Janiak and Joey Falanga tied for 10th, John Illanovsky 19th, Tyler Boniface 20th, Tyler Dippel 21st, Zack Vavricka 26th and Matt Hitchcock 43rd.
At Accord in Modifieds:
Danny Creeden 5th, Billy VanInwegen 15th, Anthony Perrego 19th, Mike Doty 21st, Joey Bruning 24th, Kyle Van Duser 28th, Tyler Dippel 41st and Brian Krummel 42nd.
Anthony Perrego 10th, Tyler Dippel 15th, Brad Szulewski 20th and Tyler Boniface 29th.
Tyler Boniface 1st, Mike Traver 11th, Kyle Van Duser 15th, Andrew Reeves 17th, Anthony Perrego 19th and LJ Lombardo 22nd.
Race track schedules:
I found these, so far:
NEMA - regular midgets:
As Junior searches, Evernham insists he's out
The Daytona 500 is rapidly approaching – not too many days between now and February 23rd. Even though it’s NASCAR, at least it’s some fast moving cars. They’ve managed, over the years to mess it up quite a bit.
I’ve searched for a possible entry list for the Brett Deyo/Howie Commander/Mike Gurda promoted opening race at OCFS and really haven’t found one. Then again, most that might race don’t enter until the day of the event. I expect to see a ton of cars for both the Sportsman and Modifieds. If the weather co-operates, I expect there will be a very good crowd, too.
Speaking of Howie as a co-promoter, which he is for OC anyway, wouldn’t it be nice if he could work some of his magic and get more fans at OC like he has at the Valley? Of course one of the main things stopping that is Maxwell’s. I wonder what kind of a cut the track gets for all that Maxwell sells if any? I attempted to sell some model modifieds some years ago, and I remember why I didn’t – the tracks cut made it not feasible.
Will NASCAR follow suit and have pit stops like this?
Richard Petty: Danica Patrick would only win if she was only one racing
Newgarden, SFHR make fan engagement connection
An interesting read on the Dirt Track Digests forum:
dirtvision price increases for winter nationals
Brian Caruso is a grandson of famed race
car owner Mike Caruso. He left the Long
Island area a few years ago, and moved to
He did have this to say about the items I mentioned:
“I just give them away. I probably should sell them but I don’t have the heart to charge someone especially when they come and visit. I would give them away but don’t want to pay the shipping.
If someone really wants one let me know.”
Hey, if you want to see what some of this years cars will look like, please go here:
Ambrose hopes to rebound in 2014:
Marcos Ambrose, driver of the
#9 RPM Ford, felt the Richard Petty Motorsports lacked consistency last year,
particularly with the introduction of the Generation 6 car. In his three years
with Petty, the veteran has witnessed RPM go "from surviving to
thriving." Ambrose thinks the front office's commitment to acquiring additional
engineering, along with NASCAR's new rules package will benefit RPM greatly in
2014. Ambrose already is feeling the pressure. He admitted that 2013 wasn't his
best effort. Traditionally, he has "seen an upward trajectory in
performance" each year, but that was missing last year. Starting his
fourth season with RPM, the 37-year-old native of
Congrats to Sam Hornish:
Congrats to Sam Hornish Jr and his wife Crystal on the birth of their third child, Samuel III.(2-8-2014)
Justin Allison to carry on
family legacy in ARCA's 51st race at Daytona: The
legacy of the Allison name is well documented in the annals of stock car
racing. It started with brothers' Bobby and Donnie Allison - part of the
infamous Alabama Gang - who barnstormed across the south racing stock cars,
eventually landing in NASCAR where they became household names. Eventually, the
torch got handed down to the second generation of Allison's. Brothers' Davey
and Clifford were well on their way up the NASCAR charts before their lives
were cut short in tragic accidents. Onto the third generation of Allison's
where Justin Allison, the grandson of NASCAR legend and International
Motorsports Hall of Fame driver Donnie Allison, is now trying to scratch his
name into the big-league stock car history books. Allison has just one ARCA
Racing Series start in last year's Kansas Speedway finale where he finished
11th driving the #88 Ford for Team BCR, which also fields cars for ARCA winner
Grant Enfinger, who just happens to be from Alabama.
Justin's grandfather Donnie had some great runs at Daytona over the years,
winning the Firecracker 400 in 1970. His best finish in the Daytona 500 was
third in 1969. He also finished fourth in the 500 in 1979. Donnie won 10 NASCAR
Sprint Cup races over his career, including the World 600 at Charlotte Motor
Speedway in 1970. Donnie also finished fourth in the
Sprint Cup officials explain rule changes ahead of Daytona 500:
On Thursday, NASCAR
competition officials held their version of "Meet the Press" at the
As for the new qualifying rules, announced before last week's media tour, we learned that, at first, many crew chiefs were against permission to make any changes to the cars in between sessions. But, after careful consideration, they lobbied for certain concessions, like changing tape (changing downforce), wedge alterations (for handling) and other minor changes. Flat tires in qualifying? NASCAR officials said one scuff (or scuffed-in) tire, not a matched set.
Also, though the qualifying schedule runs less than one hour when you add up the length of the knockout sessions, if all things go smoothly in the three-segment shootout, the television window will more likely go 90 minutes to account for breaks. One journalist asked about explaining to fans what happens in the case that the fastest lap is set in segment one -- perhaps even a track record -- but someone else gets the pole? NASCAR said it's the media's job to explain that.
As for the penalty system -- now known as the deterrent system -- the graphics published last week are a guide, but not a final, final answer. NASCAR always reserves the right to invoke its "EIRI" rule, also known as "except in rare instances."
Speaking of rules, at some point this year the rules will go electronic, meaning all teams will have instant access to technical updates.(AutoWeek)(2-7-2014)
NASCAR Installs Five Eaton EV
Charging Stations At
Yeley says he has a 2014 Cup ride:
J.J. Yeley, who drove the #36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy in 2013 posted on his Facebook that he hs a 2014 Sprint Cup Series ride, but didn't say if full-time or which team. Reed Sorenson was named the driver of the #36 ride on Tuesday.(2-6-2014)
Dave Blaney Claims Sprint Car All Star Opener:
After three straight rain-outs, the 2014 season for the University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions finally kicked off Sunday at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, FL. NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Dave Blaney - the Buckeye Bullet - put on a dominating performance early and then held off a charging Tim Shaffer to pick up his 46th career series win.(NSSN)(2-11-2014)
NBCSN to launches new NASCAR Show:
The day after the next
Daytona 500 Champion is crowned, NBCSN introduces NASCAR
Alongside Allen in the studio will be a constant rotation of guest analysts offering fresh perspectives and insights. Guest analysts who will join NASCAR AMERICA throughout February and March include NBC Sports NASCAR analyst Jeff Burton, Sprint Cup Champion Bobby Labonte, Kyle Petty, Ken Schrader, and crew chief Frank Stoddard. Future guest analysts, which will include former and current drivers and crew chiefs, NASCAR executives, and even prominent fans such as NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, will be announced at a later date.(NBC)(2-11-2014)
Note: Might be nice if that channel was available free, nationwide.
NASCAR evaluates sponsorship:
NASCAR has transformed its
research and insights capabilities, giving the racing-car circuit's commercial
partners - like Coca-Cola - a deeper insight into return on investment than
ever before. Sean Doherty, NASCAR director/digital and social-media engagement,
told an American Marketing Association (AMA) webcast audience: "The
Coca-Cola Co. came to us and wanted a brand analysis for each of their drivers.
They wanted share for each driver; how each one engaged with fans; and the size
of their social footprint. They wanted to be able to activate their brand
against a track, a race, or off site as well." Stepping up to that
challenge, said Doherty, "We had to transition from a PR department to a
fully-integrated marketing communications model. We took a deep dive into the
industry's position relative to digital and social media. We researched the way
that fans experienced our events. And we looked at the way people consumed
other sports and entertainment properties. We searched for growth markets to
attract new fans to the sport. And we also took a critical look at our current
portfolio of drivers." NASCAR found a partner to give it the tools
required to make this transition, as information technology group
Hewlett-Packer designed and created the Fan and
NASCAR Now Returns for Start of NASCAR Season:
ESPN2's NASCAR news and information program NASCAR Now returns as the 2014 NASCAR season begins at Daytona International Speedway. The season's first episode will air Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 2:00am with host Mike Massaro. A three-hour edition will air Thursday, Feb. 13, at 12:00noon on ESPNEWS with news and driver interviews from NASCAR Media Day in Daytona. Massaro and analyst Ricky Craven will be in the studio with reporter Nicole Briscoe on-site.(ESPN)(2-10-2014)
Note: 2:00 AM???
Wiley X Sponsoring 14 NASCAR Drivers:
Wiley X, Inc. has announced its team of sponsored NASCAR drivers. Among the Wiley X Pro Racing Team this year are proven champions, racing legends, perennial fan favorites and up-and-coming stars. Among Wiley X's stable of sponsored NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers are #20-Matt Kenseth, #99-Carl Edwards, #4-Kevin Harvick, #22-Joey Logano and #16-Greg Biffle. These drivers have been selected not only for their racing skills, but for their ability to serve as ambassadors for the Wiley X sunglasses brand. Wiley X will also be sponsoring drivers Aric Almirola, Ron Hornaday Jr., Michael McDowell, Joe Nemechek, John Hunter Nemechek, David Ragan, Joey Coulter and Chad Hackenbracht. Fifteen-year-old racing protégé Gray Gaulding, who signed with Wiley X last year, is also an important part of the team. Wiley X is also the official sunglass of Roush Fenway Racing.(NSSN)(2-12-2014)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson team up with Valvoline for Reinvention Project: Valvoline and Hendrick Motorsports announced a first-of-its-kind consumer challenge called the Reinvention Project. Valvoline is working with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. to secretly reinvent two classic Chevy trucks and will be keeping them under wraps to give fans a chance to get in on the action. Car enthusiasts everywhere can put their know-how to the test in an attempt to guess the various features of Earnhardt Jr.'s and Johnson's creations. A virtual garage hosted at www.ReinventionProject.com invites consumers to select the parts that the drivers hand-picked for their high-performance trucks, from Chevrolet Performance* engines, to American Eagle* wheels and Goodyear* tires. More info at Hendrickmotorsports.com.(HMS)(2-12-2014)
From Track Forum:
New oval planned in
Have there been Indy car drivers that truly disliked each other?
From the AARN:
Dave Blaney Claims
All Star Sprint Car
Season Opener At
Preece, Jankowiak Also Score
To Poker Series Plans
NDRL Join Forces;
More Point Money Flows
To Series Drivers
Valken Racing Wheels
Split Golden Isles
Lucas Oil Top Prizes
Nationwide Daytona Ride
Note # 1: I breezed through the digital version on Tuesday. Have to say, I agree with Ernie Saxton – if someone wins a race and is found illegal, they lose the win, points and money. NASCAR, and other organizations seem to think otherwise. So, to them cheating is ok, I guess.
Note # 2: Quite a bit about John Kennedy, founder of the NDRL – he’s expanded to include the Brett Deyo sanctioned races, as you can see, below.
News from the NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP
Media Contact: Brett Deyo – 845.728.2781 or Deyo99H@aol.com
For Immediate Release/February 6, 2014
Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP To Operate Under National Dirt Racing League (NDRL) Umbrella In 2014; NDRL Expands To Northeast Big-Block/Small-Block Modified Realm; NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Sees Huge $6,000 Point Fund Increase As A Result Plus Bonus Cash; No Changes In Scheduling, Officials, Rules
The NDRL, a national Super
Late Model Series founded by
For ’14, the newly formed Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP will operate under the NDRL umbrella and Modified racers will be the benefactors. As part of the agreement, the NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP sees a mammoth $6,000 point fund increase over the originally released year-end total announced in December. A $500 perfect attendance drawing (split into a pair of $250 prizes) has also been added for the penultimate race on the series in August in addition to a “post-season” $2,000 incentive in October. This is a total of $8,500 funneled into the first-year series!
“This is obviously huge news
for dirt Modified racers planning to follow our 2014 Short Track Super Series
Fueled By VP,” Deyo said of
the announcement. “John (Kennedy) has done so many good things for Late Model
Plans for the Short Track Super Series were finalized in December. The series kicks off at Orange County (N.Y.) Fair Speedway on Sunday, March 23 with the ‘Hard Clay Open’ presented by United Pump & Tank, East Coast Speed/ECS Auto and West Point Golf. Drivers will apply the best four of their first five finishes at OCFS, Thunder Mountain (N.Y.) Speedway May 20, I-88 (N.Y.) Speedway July 23, Accord (N.Y.) Speedway Aug. 5 and Penn Can (Pa.) Speedway Aug. 12 leading into the championship event Alpine Building Supply Short Track SuperNationals 7 presented by Olum’s at I-88 Speedway Oct. 10-11.
The series will be contested exactly as had been announced. There will be no changes in scheduling, rules, purses, staff, officials, etc. Deyo retains control and ownership of the series under the NDRL affiliation. Complete 2014 NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP information is on the web at www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com.
“John has the resources and national connections to bring our program to another level,” Deyo said. “Operating under the umbrella of NDRL sets us up for continued growth in the future. Our Short Track Super Series will help educate Northeast fans about the NDRL and its schedule. This is a relationship that will benefit both of us.”
Kennedy, a native of western
Since the initial
announcement, Kennedy’s involvement on the promotional side of the sport has
increased exponentially. He already completed a nine-race swing in January that
included six race dates at Tuscon (
The ’14 ‘Kings of Dirt’ NDRL
Super Late Model Series is comprised of 30 dates at tracks in 11 different
states beginning Feb. 27-28 at East Alabama Motor Speedway. Additionally,
Kennedy has announced the formation of the NDRL Northeast regional series for Super
Late Models and B-Modifieds with events in
In March ’13, Kennedy and the
NDRL assumed weekly operations of McKean County Raceway in East Smethport,
Joining forces with the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP opens new doors for NDRL.
“This partnership is ideal to expand our brand to race fans and competitors in the Northeast,” Kennedy said. “For the NDRL, it is a unique avenue to reach a whole different sector of the racing community. I like what Brett has put together here. He’s got a manageable schedule of big-paying races for Modified racers. We’re looking forward to having the NDRL attached to the series.”
The NDRL relationship with the Short Track Super Series added $500 to each of the top-10 positions in the point fund. Additionally, the 11th- and 12th-place drivers will now receive payment. The revised NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP point fund is as follows: first: $5,500; second: $3,722.22 (includes memorial bonus for ‘Deek’ Decker); third: $3,000; fourth: $2,000; fifth: $1,500; sixth $1,450; seventh: $1,350; eighth: $1,300; ninth: $1,250; 10th: $1,200; 11th: $500; and 12th: $500.
All drivers who enter every event but miss the top-12 finishing positions in the final point standings will receive $250 cash.
Two drivers with perfect attendance will be rewarded with a pair of $250 cash prizes via random drawings at the ‘Hot Summer Night’ event Aug. 12 at Penn Can. The drawing will take place at the pre-race drivers’ meeting.
The point fund will be distributed on-site at the I-88 Short Track SuperNationals event Oct. 11. Drivers must be present to receive cash awards.
An additional $2,000 will be distributed at Penn Can Speedway on Oct. 17 at a “bonus” series event. The drivers who finish inside the top-10 in the final NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP will each receive $200 cash when they return to compete in the 15th annual ‘King of the Can’ at Penn Can Speedway Oct. 17. The cash will be handed out at sign-in for the ‘King of the Can’ spectacular.
NDRL joins VP Racing Fuels, Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc., East Coast Speed/ECS Auto and Rochinski Enterprises as 2014 NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP point fund contributors.
Also, a Short Track Super Series “Fan Plan” point fund raffle is underway. Tickets are on sale now at $50 each. Only 100 tickets will be sold. Once the 100 tickets have been sold, there will be two drawings, held in public at a NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP event, for a pair of $1,250 cash prizes. The other $2,500 will boost the point fund. E-mail Brett Deyo at Deyo99H@aol.com to purchase tickets.
A long list of product, bonus awards and contingency sponsors for the NDRL Short Track Super Series has been attained and can be found on the BD Motorsports Media website.
Look for an expansive display
by the NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP at
Motorsports Expo 2013 at the New York State Fairgrounds in
To learn more about the 2014 NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP, contact Brett Deyo by phone at 845.728.2781, e-mail at Deyo99H@aol.com or visit www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com. “Like” BD Motorsports Media on Facebook or follow @BrettDeyo on Twitter for updates.
NDRL information can be found online by visiting www.theNDRL.com
2014 NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Point Fund
2. $3,722.22 (*in memory of ‘Deek’ Decker)
*Drivers with perfect attendance entering the Penn Can Speedway ‘Hot Summer Night’ Aug. 12 will be entered into a drawing for two $250 cash prizes
*All drivers with perfect attendance outside the top-12 in the final points receive $250 cash
*All top-10 drivers in the final point standings who return to race at the Penn Can Speedway ‘King of the Can’ on Oct. 17 receive a $200 cash bonus totaling $2,000 in additional point fund cash
*Raffle ticket sales from “Super Fan Plan” could add $2,500 to the point fund. Tickets on sale now for $50 each by contacting Brett Deyo at Deyo99H@aol.com
2014 NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Series Schedule
100-point events, four of the best five finishes applied toward total
Sunday, March 23 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, NY (50 laps)
Tuesday, May 20 – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, NY (50 laps)
Wednesday, July 23 – I-88
Tuesday, August 5 – Accord Speedway/Accord, NY (52 laps)
Tuesday, August 12 – Penn Can
150-point event, must attend to be eligible for point fund
Friday-Saturday Oct. 10-11 – I-88 Speedway/Afton, NY (50 laps)
Bonus event – all drivers in the final NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP top-10 receive $200 cash for attending!
Friday, Oct. 17 – Penn Can
The NDRL Short Track Super Series is presented by VP Racing Fuels, Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc., East Coast Speed/ECS Auto, Allstar Performance, American Racer/Lias Tire, Art’s Radiator, ATL Fuel Cells, BFP Specialty, Bicknell Racing Products, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, DRACO Springs, ERK Steering, Finish Line Web Design, Henry’s Stainless Steel Exhaust, Hig Fab Chassis, Jack’s Used Race Car Parts, Kirkey Racing Products, Rochinski Contracting Services, Schaeffer Racing Oil, Simplicity Design, Shiley Fabrication, Teo-Pro Car, Troyer Race Cars & Valken Wheels.
BD Motorsports Media LLC
From Dick Jordan – USAC:
HPD USAC WESTERN PAVEMENT
MIDGET RACE RESULTS: February 8, 2014 -
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Bryant Dawson, 99, Clark-14.117; 2. Shawn Buckley, 7, Buckley-14.591; 3. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-14.946; 4. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-15.668; 5. J.R. Williams, 55, Bowman-NT; 6. Ashley Hazelton, 32, Hazelton-NT.
DASH: (4 Laps) 1.
FEATURE: (25 Laps) 1. Bryant Dawson, 2. Tony Breidinger, 3. Ashley Hazelton, 4. Shawn Buckley, 5. J.R. Williams, 6. Annie Breidinger. NT
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps
1-13 Buckley, Laps 14-25
NEW HPD WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET POINTS:1-Dawson-66, 2-T.Breidinger-61, 3-Buckley-56, 4-Hazelton-55, 5-Williams-50, 6-A.Breidinger-48.
NEXT HPD WESTERN PAVEMENT
MIDGET RACE:February 16 -
NEXT HPD WESTERN PAVEMENT
MIDGET POINTS RACE:March 15
Note: So, I inquired about the car count of only six cars.
His response: Yep. Couple of cars not ready yet and you probably are aware that Blythe is in the middle of nowhere.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEBRYARY 12, 2014
"We are pleased to welcome
The September 6
Darren Hagen of Riverside, Calif. won last year's USAC Pavement Midget crown, his fourth in four seasons! Last year's competition for the championship featured a final-race "shootout" between Hagen and Tracy Hines which wasn't determined until the final corner of the final lap of the final race!
Preliminary 2014 Honda USAC Pavement Midget Schedule
May 24 -
July 24 -
August 16 -
September 6 -
September 13 -
Going back, in time to February 13th in:
Jim Crawford... Born ... USAC/CART driver 1984 to 1995. Ran the Indy 500 eight times with a best finish of 6th in 1988.
Lee Petty won the 100 mile
NASCAR Grand National race on the 1/2 mile dirt
won the Midget race over Bill Chennault and Mel Kenyon at the Memorial Stadium,
Buzz Barton won the final
IMCA Sprint Car race of the Florida State Fair series, and Pete Folsewas crowned the Florida State Champion at the Florida
Johnny Zeke won the TQ Midget
race at the Teaneck Armory,
Greg Weld won the 50 lap IMCA
Sprint Car race at the Florida State Fair ,
Louis Durant... Died ... AAA driver 1939 to 1948
Bobby Allison and David Pearson won the twin 125 mile NASCAR GN qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway.
Benny Parsons won the IROC
Paul Russo... Died ... AAA / USAC driver from 1934 to 1965. He started
racing midget cars in 1934. He went with a contigent
of midget car drivers to
Richie Evans won the fifth
night Modified feature of the World Series Of Asphalt
Stock Car Racing at the New Smyrna Speedway,
Dale Earnhardt won the
Daytona Sportsman 300 race at the Daytona International Speedway,
Kenny Brightbill won the DIRT Modified race and Tuck Trentham won the first ever Winston Invitational NASCAR dirt Late Model race at the Volusia County Speedway, Barberville, FL.
won the IROC race at the Daytona International Speedway,
Bobby Allison won the 30th
annual Goody's 300 Busch Grand National Series race at the Daytona
Danny Johnson won the 50-lap
Modified Stock Car race at the Volusia County Speedway,
Some February dates:
We lost midget & sprint car driver Russ Klar on the 16th in 2005. He was the father of Anne Fornoro. Dale Earnhardt took his last ride on February 18th, at Daytona. Who can’t forget that day?
George Rice was born on February 22nd, in 1914, and left us on February 26, 2003.
Singer Joe South was born on February 28, 1940.
Note: Photos of these four are in the Photo section, below.
I get emails - racing related:
Fellow ACOT member,
I am contacting you about a matter of urgent concern to owners, drivers and fans of vintage sprints and midgets.
The Vintage Celebration has been scheduled for August 3-4, 2014 at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon New Hampshire. This event, which celebrates its 24th year, is the oldest and largest vintage open wheel event in the country. It is an exceptional opportunity to take our cars out on the track and do some “exhibition” racing in a safe and sane manner. This event affords a way to meet old friends and make new ones while recapturing the glory days of these historic cars.
In the past, some tracks paid the club to come and participate at various events. This practice has come to an end at many tracks in recent years. Because of this fact, the cost of gas, and attrition of drivers, the Vintage Celebration is in serious jeopardy. If we want to enjoy our cars rather than to consign them to some museum where they will become part of a static display, we must act now to preserve what we have, vintage racing at the largest race track in the Northeast.
As Ben Franklin once said, “If we don’t all hang together, surely we will hang separately.”
It may interest you to know
that the “
Please join me at Loudon this summer and keep vintage racing alive in the Northeast.
More info posted on the website below under Gearhead’s Favorite Events.
Jack Wegman owner /driver
The Olde Indian Number 28 - Mohawk Ford Special
A short time ago I sent an email to the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame with this, below. It must be at least two years since their website has been down. Somehow, I think I can recall that USAC took it over? If so, that’s about the time the site went down and wasn’t accessible.
“How are things progressing as to getting the website back up and running - the one that used to be, or something similar?
Thanks in advance for any forthcoming information!
Their response: “Nothing to report yet.”
Found on the Internet – racing related:
Found on the South Jersey Dirt racing message board about SPEED:
“I'm miss'n the hell outta that channel now. It's like a total disconnect from motorsports on TV as we've come to know it.........I still don't get why it had to go with all the sports channels already out there.
Also found on
I was thinking of going down
to watch some racing tonight at
werd iz, some racers pitting outside in the cold. Also heard from people there that the inside was as cold as the outside temp.
Found, via Jayski:
Danica Patrick: From Go-Kart Racer to NASCAR Contender
NASCAR Media Roundtable: The
Legacy of the
Potential NASCAR Chase Changes: Sacrificing credibility for the bottom line
Some “other” stuff:
Reserved Premium Race Ticket $84 Value Turn #1
Barbecue Catered Lunch by J and A Caterers
Entertainment by Ron Phillips
"Banjo Ron" playing classic hits with his guitar
Special Guests TBA
Past guests have included
East Coast Pro Wrestlers , Northeast Modified Drivers , Musicians and more
Door Prizes include Trackside Tour Tix to be raffled off
Cost $165 per person
Busses depart 4 am Middletown Wal Mart
430 am Monroe Wal Mart
Proceeds to benefit local charity TBA
Incentives for small groups to join the trip
PM me here or at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info
Found on the Internet – not racing related:
All American Credit Cards Will Disappear In 2015 And Be Replaced With This New Tech
White House Failed to Protect
I’m really not a fan of the New York Yankees. I’m a Met fan. However, I do consider Derek Jeter to be an outstanding player. One never reads anything derogatory about him.
Derek Jeter announces retirement on Facebook — effective after 2014 season
Found on Facebook – not racing related:
Daddy's Girl (Explicit)
God bless the EMT’s, firemen and all others that help us when needed.
When did freeloaders become more important than taxpayers?
Government assistance: You may think it comes from rich people, but it comes from people that work 70 hours a week and still can't afford to buy what you can. Your welcome!
I fail to understand how it's so imperative to monitor every single American, but securing the border "For Safety", can wait.
If the government offered as
much support to people starting small businesses as it does to people who
refuse to work,
Found on 2/12/14:
If you’re a di-hard Chevy fan, this might make you cry:
Eight vintage Corvettes
swallowed by 40-foot sinkhole inside
And this, too on 2/12/14:
Really, this can’t come soon enough, if true!
Reports: Eric Holder is Stepping Down
Along with this, also on 2/12/14:
Sneaking into a country does not make you an immigrant, just as breaking into a house makes you a home owner.
I get emails – not racing related:
This one was forwarded to me from the daughter of Johnny Ritter:
I just received an audit on my tax return for 2012 back from the IRS. It puzzles me!!!
They are questioning how many dependents I claimed.
I guess it was because of my response to the question: "List all dependents?"
I replied: 12 million illegal immigrants; 3 million crack heads;
42 million unemployed people on food stamps,
2 million people in over 243 prisons;
1 useless President.
Evidently, this was NOT an acceptable answer.
I KEEP ASKING MYSELF, WHO THE HELL DID I MISS?
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT!!!
Vladimir Putin's SHORTEST SPEECH
This is one time our elected leaders should pay attention to the advice of Vladimir Putin.... How scary is that?
On August 04, 2013, Vladimir
Putin, the Russian president, addressed the Duma,
(Russian Parliament), and gave a speech about the tensions with minorities in
to survive as a nation.
The Muslims are taking over those countries and they will not take over
The politicians in the Duma gave Putin a five minute standing ovation.
It is a sad day when a Communist makes more sense than our President, Barack Hussein Obama........!!!!
This weeks photos:
Note: Photos not available on DTD. Can be seen here: http://newenglandtractor.com/racereport/
August 2, 1995 – USAC midgets at IRP – Thursday night thunder – remember them? Dan Drinan and Tony Stewart:
Some intense scenes from F-1:
Joke of the week:
I got caught taking a pee in the local swimming pool today.
The lifeguard shouted at me so loud, I nearly fell in.
When you are over sixty who gives a sh*t?
I went to the pub last night and saw a fat chick dancing on a table. I said, "Nice legs."
The girl giggled and said with a smile, "Do you really think so."
I said, "Definitely! Most tables would have collapsed by now. "
When you are over sixty who gives a sh*t?
Until the next column – NEXT WEEK!!!
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