Mostly Racin' Stuff

                                      By Tom Avenengo

                                         Volume # 181

                                                   05/15/2014

 

Some personal/family stuff:

 

I believe I owe an apology to my readers – especially the females.  I neglected to wish all the mothers out there a Happy Mothers Day in my column last week!  So, I hope that they all had a great, stupendous and happy day – this past Sunday!

 

I’ve been doing these weekly column and/or articles for quite some time now.  In a way, I’m somewhat disappointed.  I’ve put out “quiz” type questions and I’ll be dam*ned if I can actually recall anyone getting back to me with any kind of answers.  This leads me to a couple of options. 

1:  No more quizzes or

2:  Not continuing these weekly columns.

 

I’ve been giving a lot of thought about ending the weekly stuff and maybe doing something bi-weekly or maybe once a month.

 

Time will tell.

 

 

 

Racin’ stuff:

 

Damn!  “Mother Nature” sure is being a pain in the (you-know-what) so far this racing season!  I’ve checked the AccuWeather forecasts and it sure looks like Friday will be a complete wash-out.  Saturday – looks ok.  Some places on Sunday have showers in the forecast.  I won’t mention any particular tracks on the Sunday thing, just that one of them is close to me and has a big race scheduled.  I do not think there is a rain date, either.

 

 

Last Saturday we had a guest at our house.  Still, I was able to put on ABC to see the start of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis.  My main intent was to see how many would crash as they got into the first turn, even with a standing start.  Well, when one of the cars on the front row doesn’t go, you just know that mayhem will result, and it sure did.  Not too long after that, I changed channels, although we really weren’t watching it.

Sorry, but I just can’t get into the Indycar racing – especially when there are so few American drivers anymore.  One Indy driver that has run on dirt and ovals, and is still sort of still competing – Ed Carpenter, who is also the owner of his Indy car, was on the sidelines – mainly because it wasn’t an oval race.  I doubt that any of the drivers in that race last Saturday has ever been on a ¼ mile dirt track in a Midget or Sprint Car.  To me, that is sad.

Another thing I noticed – the entire lower section of the grand stands along the front stretch at Indy was E M P T Y!  Oh, and other stands were the same way too.  Sad, real sad. 

And, try to find an entry list for this years 500.  I couldn’t.  For a long time the Indy 500 was billed as “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing”.  Not anymore.

 

Further down in this weeks column, in my emails racing related section, are some emails that have been sent out from members of the Yahoo! Race History Group.  Some interesting things said – IF you’re an old fart like me and was brought up on the racing back in the day – when dirt tracks also meant something to do with the national championship.  They were great days – now, lost forever, so it seems.

 

Note:  IF you’re a fan of Indycar racing, here’s a link on the current and possible future of the cars that was in one of the latest emails in the Yahoo! Group:

 

http://machinedesign.com/automotive/2014-indy-500-year-transition?NL=MD-05&Issue=MD-05_20140506_MD-05_410&YM_RID=foybjr@bellsouth.net&YM_MID=1464725&sfvc4enews=42&cl=article_1_b

 

 

Special:

 

Sad news:  I got this via an email from a Yahoo! Race History member, on Monday morning:

 

"Fellow Rhers, it is with deep regret that I have to pass along this sad news. We have lost one of the greats at Indy. This morning at 2:30 am Indy time, AJ Watson has worked on his last race car. On May 8th he had his 90th birthday and was in failing health at that time.
I'd like to ask that until noon tomorrow Indy time that we only post our feelings and comments about AJ Watson on this site.
We can go back to the thoughts of the current Indy car state after that., please.

Thank you and RIP AJ.

 

 

 

A.J. Foyt on passing of A.J. Watson

 

Master mechanic and race car designer and builder extraordinaire A.J. Watson passed away today at age 90. Foyt drove and won with Watson-designed and built  roadsters in the 60s. Eleven of his 67 victories came in either Watson or Watson-Trevis roadsters, including his first two Indy 500s (1961 and 1964). Foyt drove Watson’s sprint car in 1960 winning the USAC Eastern Division title that year. Foyt continued to drive Watson’s sprint car off and on through 1968, winning his final race for Watson at Ascot in Gardena, Calif. in 1967.

A.J. Foyt: “I was very good friends with A.J. Watson and his wife Joyce. He picked me up to drive his sprint car years back. We worked right there at his house, took the 220 Offy and built the Chevrolet. He was a pioneer. He came out against Kurtis and built the Watson roadster and I was lucky enough to win with it.   In his day right here at the Indy 500, there was nobody that was going to beat the three W’s: Watson, Wilke and Ward.

“It’s hard to believe he’s gone. I’m just glad I was able to go see him on his 90th birthday [May 8]. We did talk about old times. He had a picture of me and him with his sprint car on the wall and I teased him, ‘A.J. were we ever that young?’ He said, ‘It’s hard to believe, isn’t it?’”

 

 

From Gordon White:

A.J. Watson was a friend. I only came to know him after his race mechanic days were over, but he was certainly approachable and had his ego well under control. In fact later, when I wrote my Leader Card book, he was a hard interview because he was so honest. He told me he just took Frank Kurtis' roadster design and improved it. He had to be coaxed to talk about  the things he did. You had to know a lot about A.J. in order to draw out just what he did do.

 

   I recall talking to him about the aerodynamics for his rear-engine cars, when the big money teams were using wind tunnels he was in the back of a pickup truck on Rt. 36 with a wing mounted on a scale, trying to see how much downforce it created.

 

    We also lost this past week, restorer  Dave Hentschel, one of the good ones.

 

    R.I.P. both of you, A.J. and Dave.

 

 

2014 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Month of May Schedule

 

For those that might be interested:

 

Saturday, May 17 QUALIFYING DAY 1 - $20 admission, 12 and under free

 

7 a.m.-6 p.m.,        Public Gates Open

8:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m.,  Verizon IndyCar Series Group 1 Practice

8:30 a.m.-9 a.m.,     Verizon IndyCar Series Group 2 Practice, 500

                      Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard Begins

9 a.m.-10 a.m.,       Verizon IndyCar Series (All) Practice

10 a.m.,              Chevy Pin Distribution Begins - Pagoda Plaza

10:15 a.m.,           Qualifying Pre-Race Show, Pagoda Plaza

11:00 a.m.-5:50 p.m., Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying

2 p.m.,               LIVE Concert, Pagoda Plaza Stage

 

Sunday, May 18 OLD NATIONAL ARMED FORCES POLE DAY - $20 admission, 12 and under free

 

7 a.m.-4 p.m.,        Public Gates Open

8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.,  Verizon IndyCar Series Practice

9:45 a.m.,            Enlistment Ceremony Begins - Plaza Stage

10:15 a.m.,           Verizon IndyCar Series Group 1 Qualifying Begins (Positions 10 - 30)

11 a.m.               Rapid Fire Concert, Plaza Stage

12:15 p.m.,           American Dairy Pin Distribution Begins, Pagoda Plaza

12:45 p.m.-1:30 p.m., Verizon IndyCar Series Group 2 Qualifying Begins

                      (Positions 31 - 33)

2:00 p.m.-2:45 p.m.,  Verizon IndyCar Series Fast 9 Qualifying

3:00 p.m.,            Verizon Pole Award Celebration

 

Monday, May 19 INDIANAPOLIS 500 PRACTICE - $15 admission, 12 and under free

 

10 a.m.-6 p.m.,       Public Gates Open

Noon-5 p.m.,          Practice

 

Tuesday, May 20 NO TRACK ACTIVITY

 

Wednesday, May 21 AMERICAN FAMILY INSURANCE 500 FESTIVAL COMMUNITY Day (No Track Activity) $10 gate admission, 6 and under free

9 a.m.-6 p.m.,        Public Gates Open

10 a.m.-10:50 a.m.,   500 Festival Pin Distribution, Pagoda Plaza

11 a.m.-Noon,         Indy Lights Drivers Autograph Session, Pagoda Pavilion

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.,  Indianapolis 500 Driver Autograph Group #1, Pagoda Pavilion

                      (Wristbands Required)

3 p.m.-4 p.m.         Indianapolis 500 Driver Autograph Group #2,

                      Pagoda Pavilion. (Wristbands Required)

4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.   Indianapolis 500 Driver Autograph Group #3,

                      Pagoda Pavilion (Wristbands Required)

 

Thursday, May 22 INDY LIGHTS PRACTICE AND QUALIFYING - Free

 

8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.,     Public Gates Open

9:00 a.m.-Noon,       Indy Lights Practice

1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m.,  Indy Lights Qualifying

 

Friday, May 23 COORS LIGHT CARB DAY - $30 admission, 12 and under free

 

8 a.m.-6 p.m.,         Public Gates Open

8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.,   Vintage Car Exhibition

10 a.m.-11 a.m.,       Firestone Pin Distribution, Pagoda Plaza

11:00 a.m.-Noon,       Verizon IndyCar Series Practice Begins

12:30 p.m.-1:20 p.m.,  Indy Lights Race Begins

1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.,   Pit Stop Competition Begins

3:30 p.m.,             Carb Day Concert Begins Featuring Sammy Hagar and the Wabos  and Sublime With Rome

7:00 p.m.–9:30 pm.,    Meet Angela Savage, daughter of the late Swede Savage, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

 

Saturday, May 24 LEGENDS DAY HONORING MARIO ANDRETTI PRESENTED BY FIRESTONE - $10 admission, 12 and under free

 

8 a.m.-8 p.m.,         Public Gates Open, Vintage Car Display, Memorabilia Show

8:45 a.m.,             Rookie Chat - Pagoda Plaza Stage

9:00 a.m.-10 a.m,      Full Field Autograph Session Pagoda Plaza

9:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m.,  Vintage Race Car Laps

10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.,    Public Drivers Meeting, Tower Terrace

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.,  Legends of IMS Radio Q&A, Pagoda Plaza Stage

1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.,   Former Driver Autograph Session A, North Chalet

2:30 p.m.-3 p.m.       Q&A with Mario Andretti - Pagoda Plaza Stage

3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.,   Former Driver Autograph Session B, Mario Andretti Meet and Greet (Wristband Holders Only)

5:30 p.m.,             Tyler Farr Concert Begins followed by Jason Aldean Concert at 6:30 p.m. on Turn 4 Stage (Separate Admission)

 

Sunday, May 25 98th INDIANAPOLIS 500 RACE DAY - Tickets start at $40

 

5:30 a.m.-6 p.m.,      Public Gates Open

8 a.m.,                Parade of Bands

10:50 a.m.,            Vintage Car Laps

11:33 a.m.,            Driver Introductions

Noon,                  Start of 98th Indianapolis 500 (200 laps)

***

2014 ticket information : Ticket information is available for the four events in 2014 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, 98th Indianapolis 500, Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard and Red Bull Indianapolis GP.

 

Fans can order tickets at www.ims.com/tickets , by calling 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday or by visiting the IMS Ticket Office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.

 

Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.

 

Source: Indiandapolis Motor Speedway

 

See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/2014/press/05/03/2014-indianapolis-motor-speedway-month-of-may-schedule/#sthash.dGfm6Rr9.dpuf

 

 

 

Kligerman to stand by for Busch in Charlotte

 

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/kligerman-stand-busch-charlotte-160100001--nascar.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is there one special race that I’d love to see in person?  You bet!  No, it isn’t the Indy 500, or LeMans 24 hour, or another Sebring 12 hour but the CHILI BOWL. 

However, I’m afraid it’s one race that I’ll never see in person.  How I wish it was televised nationally and not on a PPV deal.

 

The Great Question: How do I get Chili Bowl Tickets?

 

http://www.chilibowl.com/news/?i=21862

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Guard Spends Millions Sponsoring NASCAR, But Fails To Get New Recruits

 

In part:  "In 2012 alone, for example, the Guard spent $26.5 million on NASCAR sponsorships, which generated 24,800 potential recruits. However, of those people only 20 actually met the Guard’s qualifications — and none of them chose to enlist.

Results worsened in 2013, with only 7,500 prospective recruits coming out of the NASCAR sponsorship.”

 

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jimdalrympleii/national-guard-spends-millions-sponsoring-nascar-but-fails-t

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coming up:

 

Since I’ve been a royal pain in the azz for OCFS, they seem to not want to respond to my emails and I can’t post on their Facebook page – can only “share”.  Nevertheless, I still put things out about the track and drivers.  This coming Sunday the World of Outlaws – Sprint Cars, will be at OCFS, along with the Sportsman cars.  I hope the weather is good for that show.  It’s highly doubtful that I’ll be there, however.  Methinks I’d get more enjoyment if they took the wings off.  On top of that, barring any cautions – the price is a tad high for a feature race that might be about nine minutes in duration.

Note:  No, the link to the OCFS MyLaps on the OCFS website still has not been corrected, as I expected.  It’s a shame, too.  I doubt that I’m the only one that would like to see those lap times.

 

Also, on June 7th is “Nostalgia Night”.  I’ve seen up to 59 former driver names listed as possible attendees.  ACOT (Atlantic Coast Old Timers) also come to OCFS on that day, too, with some members bringing their restored race cars with them.  Yes, they are supposed to get some track time.  Did you know that the very first time ACOT had exhibition runs on a race track – it was at OCFS?  And, the very first time that Nofri (Nick) Fornoro, Sr. flagged a race was also at OCFS/

 

 

Vintage Racing Celebration

Friday, August 01 - Monday, Aug 04, 2014 | 9:00am - 5:00pm

Road Course Days: Aug. 1-2

Oval Days: Aug. 3-4

 

Note #1:  My daughter, Judy, and I are planning on attending this years show.  I’ve heard rumors that if there is not a good turnout (car wise), it could be the last Vintage Meet at Loudon.  Sadly, since the track has changed hands, it has – shall I say, been “NASCARized” and now it cost those that go there for their track time a lot more, money wise than it was back in the day.

The same thing happened at Darlington, if I’m not mistaken, and that show is now history.

 

Note # 2:  Last year, when they had the Indycar 400 mile race at Pocono, there were some Vintage cars there – mostly Indy cars.  I understand there will be more this coming July for the Indycar 500 Mile race at Pocono.

 

 

 

 

 

Former OVRP Dirt Oval runners:

 

With “Mother Nature” pulling her usual weekend stunt last weekend, and a good many Friday and Saturday races falling to the weather, there are not a big amount of results to show ya.  Mostly I’ve picked them up via the AARN and it’s being available on the Internet, on Tuesdays.  Some tracks are kinda slow in getting info out tat they were cancelled or even with their race results.

 

At Glen Ridge, in the GRIT Series Sportsman race, Brian Krummel was 5th, Johnny Illanovsky 15th and Matt Hitchcock 19th.

 

Tyler Dippel was 6th and Anthony Perrego 9th at Thunder Mountain.

 

Billy VanInwegen was 5th in the Modified feature at I-88, but was a DQ due to being light on the scales.  Brittany Tresch was 3rd, Chuck Alessi 15th, Emily VanInwegen 16th, Joe Kata 17th and Josh Pieniazek 20th in the nights CRSA 305 Sprint Car feature.

 

AJ Filbeck was 2nd in the Sportsman feature at U/R.

 

At Lebanon Valley, Kolby Schroder was 11th, Bobby Hackel, IV 13th and Kyle Armstrong 16th in the Modified feature.

 

Brett Wright was 18th and Alex Bell a DNS in the Modified feature at A/S.  In the Sportsman feature, Brian Krummel was 5th and Hunter Bates 25th.

 

Kyle Rohner was 5th in the Wingless 600 Micro Sprint feature at the Airport Speedway.

 

Molly Chambers was 9th in the Wingless 600 Micro Sprint feature at Linda’s.

 

Only 20 names this week.

 

 

 

 

A little trip back in time # 1:

 

May 15th has not been a very good day at the Indianapolis Speedway, as you can see, below:

 

1953

Chet Miller ... Died ... AAA driver 1928 to 1953. He ran the Indy 500 sixteen times with a best finish of 3rd in 1938. He was killed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during practice for the 1953 Indianapolis 500.

 

 

1957

Keith Andrews ... Died ... He started racing on oval tracks in 1946 driving Roadsters, progressing to midgets in 1947 and winning three feature races at Lakeside Speedway. He won the Colorado Midget Championship three years running from 1952 to 1954. In 1955 he moved up to big cars and entered in the Indianapolis 500 in 1955 and 1956. Finishing 20th in 1955, in 1956 he was involved in an accident early on, but got restarted to finished 26th. He was killed after crashing his car during testing for the 1957 Indianapolis 500.

 

 

1982

Gordon Smiley... Died ... American race car driver from Omaha, Nebraska that ran SCCA Formula Atlantic, Can-Am, Formula 5000, Formula Super Vee and Indy cars. Smiley raced in the Indianapolis 500 twice, in 1980 and 1981, and was killed while trying to qualify for a third in 1982.

 

 

 

A little trip back in time # 2:

 

Yes, back in the day, if you were not fast enough to qualify for an Indy (Champ) car race, you went home.  Even the great AJ Foyt had it happen on some occasions, like the Champ car race at Syracuse back on September 7, 1957.  Another great driver that failed to qualify that day – Tony Bettenhausen.

 

http://www.ultimateracinghistory.com/race.php?raceid=4158

 

 

 

 

Some interesting threads on the DTD forum –

 

Upcoming Races

 

http://www.dirttrackdigest.com/DTD/index.php?/topic/50527-upcoming-races/

 

Note:  An interesting post by Jeff Lambert on the subject.

 

 

 

 

 

From Jayski:

http://www.jayski.com/

 

OOPS!  Forgot to put this first item in last week!

 

Nine race fans settle over Speedway accident:

Nine fans injured when a race car flew into a safety fence and sprayed debris in the grandstands at Daytona International Speedway last year have reached a settlement with the track. International Speedway Corp. will not release the amount of the settlement with the nine claimants represented by the Morgan & Morgan law firm, said Lenny Santiago, ISC senior director of public relations. Santiago declined to reveal details in the interest of the privacy of the fans involved. "I can say that we have reached settlements with several claimants related to the incident, but, as has been our practice throughout, we are not going to discuss any of the details," Santiago said. At least 28 spectators were injured including 14 who were taken to local hospitals when Kyle Larson's car crashed into the fence and sprayed a tire and other debris into the grandstands during the Nationwide Series Drive4COPD 300 on Feb. 23, 2013. Andrew Felix, an attorney with Morgan & Morgan, said the settlement covered all of the people represented by the personal injury firm, but he also declined to reveal the amount or any other details.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(5-2-2014)

 

 

2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star Race

 

http://www.jayski.com/news/stats/2014/story/_/page/2014-NASCAR-Sprint-Cup-All-Star-Race#entry

 

 

 

Indy 500 practices underway for Kurt Busch:

The runs Kurt Busch had made up to Sunday in the #26 Suretone Honda for Andretti Autosport were solely single-car runs, where he had a chance to acclimate simply to the nature and handling of the lighter, less powerful IndyCar compared to the heavier, more brutal and higher horsepower NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car. Sunday marked Busch's first chance to run in traffic, in dirty air, in a moment he appreciated. He banked 31 laps on the day, with his fastest on lap 29 of 220.352 mph good for P12 on the time sheets. "It was a nice rookie day to go play in traffic," said the 2004 Sprint Cup champion. "The Andretti Autosport guys ramped up where we are with the levels, to get in dirty air. Today was a nice shakedown, and the second run was a baseline run. It was nice to have a champion, Ryan Hunter-Reay, take me around, and then with Munoz and E.J. Viso. It's just neat to move to the next step, which is to go out there in dirty air and draft with teammates." Busch described the difference of running in traffic in NASCAR versus traffic in IndyCar as "times 10," in IndyCar, so he could easily catch the car in front of them. With less horsepower, it's a lot to digest. Busch and the rest of the five-car Andretti Autosport effort resume practice on Monday.(NBC Sports)(5-12-2014)

 

 

Edwards not commenting on contract negotiations:

#99-Carl Edwards talked to the media Friday at Kansas Speedway:

You mentioned contracts. Has there been progress? "You guys know that I don't like to talk about that stuff in the media. To me, that is business and I have made the mistake of letting that turn into a big media thing before so I would rather not talk about that and keep that between me and Jack and Steve Newmark."

Are some teams more enticing that others? "Part of me not talking about it would be not answering that question."(Ford Racing)(5-10-2014)

 

UPDATE:

#99-Carl Edwards has played his cards extremely close to the vest on whether or not he'll remain with Roush Fenway Racing once his contract expires at the end of this season. But before Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway, Edwards was left flustered and stammered a bit when Fox Sports announcer Darrell Waltrip came right out and asked Edwards bluntly, "Can you win a championship at Roush?" It was rather obvious Edwards was taken back by Waltrip's question and was not prepared for it. "That's a good question," Edwards said. "I think we can, I mean we've been very close. We sure looked real close at it, but we just haven't got it done. It's been 10 years and really, overall that's my goal. I believe if I work hard enough and Roush works hard enough, I believe we can do it." But then Edwards may have inadvertently slipped and gave what appeared to be a potential hint that he very well may be in his last year at RFR. "There's not a better year than this year with Jimmy Fennig, the Chase format, and finishing Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead, so yes, I know we can and we have to do it this year. We've just got to keep digging," Edwards said. The key phrase in that quote: "We have to do it this year." Such a phrase, at least on the surface, gives the implication that winning a championship - or at least coming close - will be the ultimate decision-maker for Edwards to remain at RFR for another three seasons. That, plus his comment about being at RFR for 10 years and having no Cup championships to show for it, are also good hints for clue hunters.(NBC Sports)(5-11-2014)

 

 

2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:

[after Kansas, race 11 of 36]

1) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 394

2) #20-Matt Kenseth, 379, -15

3) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 373, -21

4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 368, -26

5) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 367, -27

6) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins], 346, -48

7) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 340, -54

8) #31-Ryan Newman, 332, -62

9) #16-Greg Biffle, 328, -66

10) #55-Brian Vickers, 327, -67

Other drivers with at least one win, likely will make the Chase:

11) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 326, -68

12) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 318, -76

15) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 302, -92

28) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 211, -183 (52 pts ahead of 31st)

See UNOFFICIAL drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).

See the UNOFFICIAL owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).

(5-10-2014)

 

 

5-Hour Energy "good" with NASCAR:

After questioning NASCAR's integrity last season, the president of 5-Hour Energy said the company's sponsorship extension with Clint Bowyer is an endorsement of the Sprint Cup Series' direction. "We're good," 5-Hour president Scott Henderson said Friday at Kansas Speedway, where the company launched a new flavor that will help benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. "Obviously, we wouldn't have signed up for three more years if we weren't OK with it." Last September at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Henderson cast doubt on the sponsor's future in NASCAR in the wake of a race manipulation scandal at Richmond International Raceway. NASCAR levied an unprecedented penalty on Michael Waltrip Racing drivers Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr. and Brian Vickers, but the sanctioning body issued lighter punishments to Team Penske and Front Row Motorsports. NASCAR chairman Brian France also expanded the Chase for the Sprint Cup field to 13 drivers, which didn't seem to please Henderson. Henderson said Friday he hadn't talked to France since the incident but indicated approval of NASCAR's long-term handling in the aftermath. "I'm not in charge," he said. " I wouldn't change the rules in the middle of the season, but I think we're OK." Henderson said 5-Hour began putting together the extension for Bowyer's #15 Toyota at the end of last season.(USA Today)(5-10-2014)

 

 

 

Final Talladega TV Ratings:

Television ratings for NASCAR's spring race at Talladega were the lowest since at least 1997. Last Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Aaron's 499 earned a 4.4 final rating and 6.9 million viewers on FOX, down 4% in ratings and 5% in viewership from last year (4.6, 7.3M), and down 14% and 17%, respectively, from 2012 (5.1, 8.3M). The 4.4 rating is the lowest for the spring Talladega race since it returned to broadcast television in 1998, tying rainout coverage in 2006. The previous low was set last year. Prior to last year, the spring race had never dipped below 5.0. Excluding the two rainouts, all eight NASCAR Sprint Cup telecasts this season have had declines in ratings compared to last year, and seven of the eight have had declines in viewership. Despite the lower numbers, the race was the #2 sporting event of the weekend on any network, trailing only the Kentucky Derby (9.4, 15.3M).(Sports Media Watch / Sports Business Daily)

See past races for 2013 and 5-year comparison chart on the 2014 NASCAR TV Ratings page.(5-11-2014)

 

 

Sad News –

Patricia Petty: Patricia Petty, wife of Maurice Petty and sister-in-law to Richard Petty, passed away Sunday, May 11. Richard Petty offered the following statement: "We all love Patricia. She was another cornerstone in the Petty family and was always there for Maurice and allowed us to do what we loved to do. She was just another special part of the family. We'll miss her and give our love and support to Maurice and his family at this time."(Richard Petty Motorsport)(5-12-2014)

 

 

Kurt Busch 2nd in Tuesday's Indy 500 practice:

Andretti Autosport teammates EJ Viso and Kurt Busch were the speed demons at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Tuesday when heavy rain arrived at 1:30pm. Viso field-leading lap was 224.488 mph. Busch was second at 224.159 mph. This is his first IndyCar event. Two other of Michael Andretti's cars were fourth and fifth: Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti, respectively. Hunter-Reay ran 223.612 mph with Andretti at 223.605 mph. Third was Team Penske driver Juan Pablo Montoya at 224.115 mph. There still have been no accidents on the oval portion of this month.(Indianapolis Star)(5-14-2014)

 

 

 

From Track Forum:

http://www.trackforum.com/forums/forum.php

 

Grand Prix of Indianapolis Post Race Discussion Thread

 

http://www.trackforum.com/forums/showthread.php?185726-Grand-Prix-of-Indianapolis-Post-Race-Discussion-Thread

 

 

 

Found on the Internet – racing related:

 

Everything you need to know for Saturday’s NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte

 

http://motorsportstalk.nbcsports.com/2014/05/13/everything-you-need-to-know-for-saturdays-nascar-all-star-race-at-charlotte/?ocid=Yahoo&partner=ya5nbcs

 

 

 

 

emails – racing related:

 

 

Below are some emails that came out in the Yahoo! Race History Group:

 

I am for anything that helps racing. Indy needs something more, I am not sure what. I can't believe all of those empty seats.

  I am from Anderson and traveled to the 500 for over 40 years then father time started taking his toll. I am retired and living in Auburndale Florida now but make it back when ever I can. Thank you for what you are doing.

 

 

I have to agree that more is needed.  But most definitely, not another "road race" in front of what was mostly empty stands.  I'll still stand by what I've said - not enough American drivers - drivers that we've heard of, in the series.

I saw the downfall of this series start when I was attending races at Nazareth - had a chance to interview the drivers - back when the schedule called for two (really 3) road races, and the Road racing drivers were so happy about it.

 

 

I think one reason there aren’t more American drivers is the same reason all forms of professional racing are in trouble because Napcar has bled all the sponsorship and talent to their series and nothing is left for anyone else. Owners want to win, and the last generation of best US drivers has gone to NASCAR. Remember, you can make as much money running 20th in Napcar every week as you can winning races in Indycar.  Because of this, if an owner wants to win, he has to hire a foreign driver. We just don’t provide the same type of ladder system for our kids as other countries do. I established Mark McCormack’s motorsports division in 1969-70. For those who don’t know, McCormack invented modern sports management. When the London Times had their list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th Century in their Millennium issue, Mark was among them.

We like to make fun of Napcar here, but IMHO, they DO have the best drivers in the world. Times have changed since Jim Clark, Graham Hill and Nigel Mansel put our boys on the trailer. We have seen Montoya, who won in both Formula 1 and Indy Car, come crawling back to Indycar with 2 victories (both on road courses) in Napcar over several years. Almost all the Napcar drivers are US born. If they had been evenly split between Napcar and Indycar, things might be different. Personally, I don’t care where a driver comes from as long as he puts on a good show. I think US vs Foreign has always been a good draw, whether in SCCA or top level racing.

 

 

 

I did watch last night, BTW and the thing that struck me most was how ugly the cars are. I realize the rear bodywork is a reaction to interlocking wheel accidents, but I think there must be a more aesthetic way to solve the problem. The fact is, with one of the most heavily policed spec series in history, the racing is too close, since someone has to do something stupid to pass, since the cars are too closely matched to do it on a rational basis.

 

 

Hi Group

     I live about 2 1/2 hours east of the Speedway. The only knowledge I have about this race is what I have read on this group. How that for promotion?

     On the other hand Tony Stewart has spent some money to let me know what is happening at Eldora.

 

 

If you think that the promotion of the 500 to the fans (or TV fans) is poor……

 

 

 

How about getting 33 cars (plus backups) and 33 drivers ENTERED.  Those 33 machines/drivers are going to be knocking themselves out to compete to be the fastest 33 in the starting field…… yawn.

 

 

 

I also wonder how many of those are either fully or partially subsidized by IMS and the family?

 

 

Maybe the promoter figures like the baseball story: "Build it and they will come."

 

 

Just out of curiosity I pulled my file on the 1969 race.  I received the entry list on April 23 (according to my date stamp).  Listed are 84 cars with 42 assigned drivers as of this date.  The most challenging name to pronounce is Lothar Motschenbacher!

 

 

 

 

and IIRC Lothar spoke pretty good English too

 

 

The other side of the “too many foreigners” argument is this:

 

Back in the 60’s and 70’s when they started coming over many of them (not all) also raced in other North American series such as the Trans-Am and Can-Am – even Formula 5000 and sports cars.  While not oval track upright cars, their names were more familiar to the fans through their other venues.

 

Today, we are getting more of the totally unknown and unheard of driver (who might be very talented) but also comes with a big sponsorship and support package.  This seems to have blossomed in the 90’s and it continues today.

 

When you can garner ONLY 33 real entries for the “greatest spectacle in racing”, you’re dependent upon the money alone -- almost.  Somebody should  bring back that rodeo cowboy or Speed Racer….. Otherwise, somebody is just blowing some smoke up someone’s butt…..

 

 

I will not argue that yesterdays race had a dismal start, and I think the use of NASCAR starting cones is a joke, but discussing all the foreigners in champ car sounds like a discussion from 1950. I'm not really sure what an American name is suppose to look like keeping in mind that in the past years we saw names like Bettenhausen, Vuckovich, and Andretti. Oh, and what an accent that guy had. Champ car has always drawn a wide group from many countries for drivers and auto manufacturers. IMHO the last great driver we have seen from anywhere that is as well rounded as a Foyt, Andretti, or a Parnelli Jones in as many different racing types is our own Tony Stewart. He just happens to be North American born (my wife makes me differentiate that since she being from Mexico is still from the America's) and he only has two vowels in his name.

Now I bet I opened a can of worms.

 

 

Here is a link to an interesting article discussing the design of Indy cars in terms of ‘transition’.... I was really interested in the gamma titanium-aluminum alloy on the turbine wheel..... now that really makes me want to go to Indy next year!   My interest in the Indy 500 is centered in the 60’s, both in terms of the personalities and the cars. It started to fade in the 80’s,  flat-lined in the late 90’s. The last Indy 500 I went to was in 1993. I get my Indy 500 fix these days by building Offy models, enlarging my book collection, racing vintage cars, reading Kevin’s blogs, and mining nuggets from this Group

http://machinedesign.com/automotive/2014-indy-500-year-transition?NL=MD-05&Issue=MD-05_20140506_MD-05_410&YM_RID=foybjr@bellsouth.net&YM_MID=1464725&sfvc4enews=42&cl=article_1_b

 

 

 

I’m not blaming Napcar for anything, I’m just stating the obvious re the economic situation. Since Napcar has cornered almost all the big sponsorship, Indycar is left with a situation were last year they were paying for the TV time as if they were running an ad. If there’s no sponsorship money, the budget has to come from somewhere. Foreign countries and corporations are willing to back their drivers in a way that ours aren’t. That’s how we got where we are.

 

 

There is no way to sugar coat this.  Indy car and the Indy 500 aren't dead, but they are on life support.  I know most of the guys on this site are old enough to have seen Indy and the "Championship Trail" when it was the premier racing circuit in the nation, and we long to see that again.  It ain't gonna happen because the powers that be won't let it happen.  There is one way to breathe some life into this series, but there isn't a snowball's chance of it happening.  Add 4-6 1 mile dirt track races into the championship, and make it a requirement that you compete in these races to be eligible for the Indy 500.  That will thin out the foreign accents in victory circle and provide our open wheel drivers with an opportunity to move up the ladder without going to NASCAR.

 

Blaming NASCAR for Indy Car's woes is ridiculous.  NASCAR markets a product that features friendly, accessible drivers that fans can relate to.  If you watched last night's race from Kansas , the pre-race piece on Clint Boyer was classic NASCAR.  They showed Clint back in his home shop where he built his first Saturday night racer and talking about his humble beginnings.  How many fans do you think could relate to that?  Try that with the majority of the Indy car drivers.

 

 

You are absolutely correct.  There is NO name recognition with most of the drivers.  Most have established themselves in Europe.  We know nothing about them.  This is a major failure of IndyCar of not making us aware of where they came from and what are their credentials?

 

They all go about their careers like going to work.  No promotion, no excitement and most of all.......very little personality.  One of the most popular drivers is Castroneves.  What a personality.  We see all sides of him.  Of course, IndyCar works overtime in suppressing these types of drivers.  Well, that terrible person said our official was an idiot.  Fine that boy.  Teach him not to be the center of attention.  This is about IndyCar, not the drivers.  NASCAR makes sure I know everything about every driver.  IndyCar?  Top secret stuff!  NASCAR needs to be careful with that type of suppression.  At least they recognize that.

 

They all need to look at NASCAR as a model to learn from.  Not an enemy.  NASCAR, much to my chagrin, has a formula that is working.  IndyCar has no format at all.  They just make changes to be making changes.  I just read the new format for qualifying at Indy.  Ridiculous.

 

The fact that they cannot get 33 cars for the biggest race in the world tells you something.

 

Every year, new engine rules.  Just set a formula for the engines and let them run whatever they want as long as it conforms to the formula.  Leave the formula in place until it is absolutely necessary for some reason to change it.  Same thing with chassis design.  Would spark more interest, more participants etc.  How excited can I get when they are all the same chassis manufacturer, same engine manufacturer.  Just let them race.  Let innovation come back.  Control the technology growth to help control costs.  Hell, NASCAR just allowed fuel injection.  Hasn't t seemed to hurt them.  And they get those sleds going 200 mph also.  Innovation.  Don t stunt technology, just control it's growth.  Hell, NASCAR hasn t changed the engine rules since Christ was a child.

 

That s my rant.  IndyCar used to be really important.  It could be again

 

 

I did not like the DW12 cars ... at first. But they have grown on me. But then again I always liked MT’s “pancake” cars too.

Those “buggy bumpers” on the rear end kinda clean up the look of the rear of the car.

I do agree about the drivers not being able to see but feel it is as much a factor of rear engine design as anything.

We have the driver sitting so low in an effort to reduce drag it is becoming ridiculous. Shoot, they can barely see over the dash panel!

Of course they COULD always move over and quit drafting couldn’t they?

I find myself becoming more and more of a NAPCAR fan these days. More side by side racing and way fewer “parades” like we had Saturday.

Just my nickel

 

 

I was unable to watch the Indy GP live but have now caught up and watched the replay. IMHO there were several problems some of which have been addressed:

 

1. The Spec DW12 machines are ugly and with the giant rear wings and built up cockpit structures make it difficult for the drivers to see around the car in front of them making restarts onroad courses dangerous.

2. The spec engines don't emit sounds like powerful race cars

3. The last problem is more systemic what I call the "the internationalization" of IndyCar. The Indy series that we all remember and grew up with has been replaced by international drivers and car builders. Each year IndyCar becomes more and more like Formula one. An example is standing starts.

 

All that said it's still better than watching NASCAR tintops drone around for hours on end.

 

 

With the recent threads about the Indy 500, is this what we want? Full disclosure, this is not what I want, but a commentary about "What if...."

 

1-     The Indy speedway resigns from the FIA and removes the FIA international sanction.

2-     The Speedway ends affiliation with all sanctioning organizations.

3-     The Speedway creates its own rules for chassis and engines, good for the month of May only.

 

A response:

 

In response to The questions:

 

1. Why not?

2. Why not?

3. Yep.

 

I'd suggest some basic chassis dimensions with some leeway (wheelbase, width, etc.)

 

Simple engine rules (I'd suggest 5 litre or less pushrod V8s because there plenty of people who can build them), normally aspirated — no turbos. Wouldn't have to be V8s, just something that a little money and and some ingenuity could make go.

 

All metal chassis (again because lots of people could build them). Very strict rules and inspections concerning safety. Use as much of the current safety rules as possible (wheel tethers, fire suppression, crush zones, etc.). I'd personally say no rear motors but that's me. I wouldn't want to see Oswego-style offsets either but some offset would be OK.

 

No wings or other aero stuff beyond smooth, racy-looking bodies. Also only vertical flat panels no higher than maybe 18" from the ground to keep from having wedge-shaped cars).

 

Narrow tires. Add that to no wings and you'd have to be skillful and brave to go fast.

 

I have no real idea about how much such a car would cost but I'd be willing to bet it would be a fraction of what the cars cost now.

 

My idea's not aimed at eliminating foreign drivers. If they'd want to run for the money — c'mon over.

 

 

My thoughts on the current condition of the Indy 500: Indy was what it was (a pretty big deal) and now is what it is (just another race and that's not going to change for a long time).

 

 

Note # 1:  Yes, there are more, but I figured I’d stop now.

 

Note # 2:  Another email that was sent out on Tuesday had an attachment that showed the entry list for the 1950 Indy 500.  Yes, it was quite lengthy. 

If anyone is interested, email me and I’ll send you that email.

 

It read:

“Here is the entry list for 1950.  Ninety plus percent of these drivers raced at our local track (at one time or another).”

 

Note # 3:  When is the last time you saw an Indy 500 driver compete at a track in your area in a Midget or Sprint Car?

 

 

 

 

Found on Facebook – racing related:

 

From last week:

 

Facebook on 5/6/14:

 

One Driver held an AAA, USAC and CART license in his career.....Who is it??

 

Think ya know?  You might be surprised!

 

Answer:  No, it isn’t AJ.  It’s Bobby Unser

 

 

 

 

From the AARN:

http://www.aarn.com/

 

This Week

In AARN

 

Darren Pifer,

Sportsman's Speedway

305 Sprint Driver,

Is Seriously Burned

 

Cromary Family Has Kept

Long Island Stock Car Racing Vibrant

 

Outlaws Vs. Posse:

Annual Battle Rages This Week

 

Open Comp Asphalt Mod Race

At Lee Goes To Matt Hirshman

In A Battle O Wits

 

Brett Hearn Wins Third Straight

At Albany Saratoga

 

Dave Danzer Opens Oswego

Supermod Season As Winner;

Bond Sets New Track Record

 

America's Motorsports Park

Finally Gets Open;

Mike Blose Wins Big

 

Wet Weather Continues To

Plague Many Tracks

 

At Potomac, LM Standout

Kyle Lear Gets First Win

 

New BD Motorsports

Race Annouced

For Georgetown Speedway

 

Ernie Saxton:

He questions whether the National Guard sponsorship of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is worth it? 

Note:  If you've seen it, you know that it's being questioned by some government people - especially one who is a big NASCAR fan.  Latest I've seen is that the National Guard is going to look into it.

Ernie makes mention of a phone call he got the other day from a race driver.  Said driver was making mention of why we're seeing less and less as far as car counts go.  Some reasons:  Getting tougher and tougher to get crew members.  Race drivers are not in a position to be able to pay the crew members pit entry fees.  Wives are getting upset when some racers are using "house" monies for their race cars.  Some tracks are not enforcing their rough riding rules, and there are track favorites that seem to get away with everything.  The cost of aluminum parts have gone high - something that one needs to be competitive - so some teams can't afford the lighter parts.  Ernie make s mention of a website - CompetitionPlus.com - a drag racing website.  It has this posted:  "The act of cutting and pasting articles from this publication to a message board is a clear copyright violation as is pulling photos to post on social media sites.  All published articles and photos are protected by United States of America and International copyright laws, unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

Alison Byram:

Makes mention of driver Eric Korman teaming up with Brett Deyo to put on a race at the Georgetown Speedway on August 26th.  So far (Knowing Brett Deyo) the purse is $24,000.00.  That's for a 35 lap Big Block Modified race that would pay $4,000.00 to win.

 

 

Steve Barrick:

He has quite a good sized article about how the WoO Sprint Cars have done against the "PA Posse".  Among the four speedways - Williams Grove (186 races), Lincoln (43), OCFS (28) and New Egypt (5), there have been 257 races, since 1978.  The Posse has won a total of 63 WoO A-Mains.

Steve also had a pretty good sized article about race driver Darren Pifer getting seriously burned when his 305 Sprint Car caught fire and Pifer could not get out of his car because he could not remove his steering wheel and his legs were stuck in his car.

Note:  Are Sprint Car steering wheels bigger now than they were back in the day, and that's a reason some drivers get stuck?  Back in the day, I'm pretty sure they did not have the quick release steering wheels as they do today.  I can't recall a driver being stuck in his car, back then.  Heck, many got thrown out!

 

 

John Snyder:

John informs us that Steve Kinser has won 577 WoO "A" Mains over his career, and is a 20-time WoO champion.  Steve did win the very first WoO Sprint Car race that was held at OCFS back in 1983.  John also thinks (as do I) that maybe the NASCAR Truck Series should maybe try some other venues other than what they've been running on these last few years.  There was a time when they ran at tracks like Flemington.

Note:  I'm not sure if that would be a good thing, or not.  Drivers like Kyle Busch and Joey Logano might not be able to run IF there's a truck race far enough away from where the Nationwide or Cup races are held.

 

 

Randy Kane:

He starts of his column with the news that third generation driver Randy Green won his first ever Sportsman feature last Saturday at the 5 Mile Speedway.  Randy is the son of Robbie Green and grandson of the late Bobby Green - a racing family that has been racing favorites of mine since back in the '70's.

 

 

USAC Sprints coming east:

Grandview with ARDC Midgets on June 3rd, Lincoln on June 4th, with the URC, New Egypt June 5th, with the ARDC, again,  Port Royal June 7th, with still another combo show with the ARDC and Susquehanna on June 8th.

 

 

 

Press releases:

 

NEWS FROM                                                                                                             

Orange County Fair Speedway                                                                                   

239 Wisner Avenue                                                                                                    

Middletown, NY10940 

 

CONTACT

Mike Gurda

845-342-2573

 

 

FOR RELEASE BEGINNING MONDAY, MAY12

 

 

TWO RACE MEETS THIS WEEKEND

AT ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY

 

The World of Outlaws Sprint Cars and Steve Kinser Invade Middletown on Sunday

 

MIDDLETOWN, NY (May 13)...... Are you ready for the WEEKEND OF SPEED at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York?  This coming Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, the historic five-eighths-mile Hard Clay speedway presents two thrilling nights of racing---two headline attractions---the mighty Big-Block DIRTcar Modifieds and the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series (WoO).

 

First up on Saturday, May 17, the final 18 laps of the Johnstons Toyota Modified feature from May 3 will take to the track. Then race meet sponsor Superior Building Supply presents a full program of heat and feature races for the DIRTcar Modifieds, the Rookie Sportsman, and Street Stocks. Racing gets underway at 7:00 pm.

 

On Sunday, May 18, all time WoO winner and champion Steve Kinser and the rest of the traveling Outlaws, bring the Greatest Show on Dirt to Orange County.  Kinser, who is in his final year on the full Outlaw circuit, holds six previous WoO feature victories on the big Middletown oval.

 

Presented by Dana Distributors and Superior Building Supply, the night’s racing action also includes the Orange County Sportsman division. On Sunday, the pit gate opens at 2:00 pm, stands and drive-in at 3:00 pm, and racing begins at 6:00 pm.

 

Fans should call the Speedway Office, 845-342-2573, for tickets.

 

Information for all Orange County Fair Speedway action is available at the speedway website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net,

or from at the Speedway Office. Call 845-342-2573 during business hours.         

 

Note:  Steve Kinser won the very first WoO Sprint Car race held at OCFS, back in 1983.  Also on that day, Chuck LoPresti won the Go-Kart race that was also held on the big 5/8 mile track.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                  MAY 13, 2014

DICK JORDAN

 

 

ONE OF AMERICA'S RACING GEMS - THE HOOSIER HUNDRED!

RETURNS TO THE INDIANA STATE FAIRGROUNDS MAY 22

 

 

            Rain interrupted last year's change of date for the traditional "Hoosier Hundred" in Indianapolis, Ind. Originally scheduled for a departure from the normal Friday night tradition, the race was rained out on Thursday night and held on Friday. This year, the Thursday night date has been re-instituted to minimize conflicts with other "race-week" events in central Indiana.

 

            Opening the four-day barrage of motorsports events in the racing capital, the 100-mile USAC Silver Crown Championship race on the historic one-mile oval has a checkered history not unlike the Indianapolis 500. As a matter of fact, Indianapolis 500 winners Bob Sweikert, Jimmy Bryan, Rodger Ward, A.J. Foyt, Parnelli Jones, Mario Andretti and Al Unser all have their names engraved on the Wolcott Cup, emblematic of victory in the Hoosier Hundred.

 

            The Indiana State Fairgrounds actually hosted a 100-mile National Championship race in 1946 won by Rex Mays, but the Hoosier Hundred tradition began seven years later when Sweikert emerged the winner in a four-car blanket finish.

 

            The ensuing years have produced some of America's most revered motorsports memories, including last year's emotional victory by Levi Jones after years of trying to win. Jones actually led 99 laps of the 2006 race before eventually finishing second to teammate Josh Wise.

 

            This year's race is round three of an 11-race series schedule incorporating both dirt and paved ovals. The series will be coming off the May 17 USAC "Hall of Fame Classic" at Lucas Oil Raceway where 12 inductees will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame.

 

            The two races five nights apart will certainly have a profound impact on the 2014 points race.

 

            Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. captured the April 6 "Sumar Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, positioning him atop the early series standings. He was fourth in the 2010 Hoosier Hundred after starting 35th and finished fifth in 2012.

 

            Former race winners Dave Darland and Jerry Coons Jr. will return to try to grab yet another victory on the mile oval.

 

            The Hoosier Lottery Grandstand opens at 3 p.m. on May 22 for the Hoosier Hundred with practice at 5 p.m., qualifying at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. UMP modifieds will also race. To purchase tickets, please call 217.764.3200. For more information go to www.trackenterprises.com or www.hoosier100.

 

 

--USAC-

 

 

Devil’s Bowl Speedway Under the Lights at Historic Friday Night Opener

“Fans First” free admission program begins at Whelen/Mobil 1 event

 

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                         DBS-051314-1

 

WEST HAVEN, VT – History will be made on Friday, May 16, as Devil’s Bowl Speedway opens for the first time in its 48-year run with a Friday night “under the lights” event.  Whelen Engineering and Mobil 1 present the groundbreaking NASCAR Whelen All-American Series stock car show at 7:00 p.m.

The event will honor fans as much as competitors as Devil’s Bowl Speedway begins its new “Fans First” program for 2014, granting free general admission to residents of selected locales throughout the year.  Residents of the track’s hometown in West Haven, VT and nearby Fair Haven, VT will receive free general admission upon presenting valid identification at the event.  The program will continue at many events during the summer to include residents of Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, and Canada.

“The Fans First program is a way for us to thank all of the loyal race fans who have supported Devil’s Bowl Speedway not just in the new era, but for many years,” track co-owner Alayne Bruno said.  “There’s no better way to kick it off than with the folks who live right here in West Haven and Fair Haven.”

Regular general admission is $12 at the gate for adults, $10 for seniors (age 62+), and – as always – free for children 12 years old and under.

Three champions will open the defense of their NASCAR Whelen All-American Series titles at the Whelen/Mobil 1 Night race.  Todd Stone of Middlebury, VT had a record-setting run in the headline Bond Auto Parts Modified division, taking 10 victories.  Chris Bergeron of Claremont, NH became the fourth different Late Model division champion in as many years, and Jake Noble of nearby Benson, VT ran to his first championship in the Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock class.

In addition to those three divisions, the open-wheel SK Light class will take to the fast half-mile for its first appearance.  Expected drivers include veterans Bruce Jaycox and Kenny Cantlin, along with rookie sensation T.J. Bleau.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, VT four miles north of Exit 2 on U.S. Route 4.  For more information, call (802) 265-3112 or visit www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com.  Devil’s Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at facebook.com/DevilsBowlSpeedway and on Twitter and Instagram at @DevilsBowlSpeed; follow the action using the #DevilsBowl hashtag.

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

Email: devilsbowlspeedway@gmail.com

 

Devil's Bowl Speedway

Phone: (802) 265-3112

Email: devilsbowlspeedway@gmail.com

 

 

 

This week’s photo:

 

One has to wonder – what if they had used a heat treated piece in the steering system of the car that Bill Vukovich drove in 1952 at the Indy 500, rather than the “cold” one, which broke?  He might have won three in a row – 52, 53 & 54.

 

Vuky hitting the wall with 8 laps to go in 1952, giving the win to Troy Ruttman.

 

 

 

 

Racing videos:

 

Kyle Larson Sweeps Kokomo - June 17, 2012 - Sprint Car and Midgets

 

Kyle Larson's dominating night at Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, Indiana on June 17, 2012, the final night of USAC Indiana Midget week. Racing in the Abreu Vineyards non-wing sprint car #1k and the Keith Kunz Motorsports midget #71, Kyle finished 2nd in his midget heat race and won his sprint car heat race and the features

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2X0Z3ZZQ2A

 

Note:  At times, I watch some country music videos on my computer.  Believe it or not, when I was watching one the other night, the above video was listed over on the right, along with other music videos.  Hey, ya never know!

 

 

 

 

Not racing related:

 

While watching the Mets/Yankees on Tuesday evening, the announcers were talking about the rash of Tommy John surgeries this season, already.  I thought I’d do a quick search:

 

http://sports.yahoo.com/photos/2014-epidemic-of-tommy-john-surgeries-1399995931-slideshow/

 

What's with all the Tommy John surgeries?

 

A staggering 25 different pitchers have had Tommy John surgery in 2014, including several big names.

 

http://www.sbnation.com/mlb/2014/4/25/5626248/tommy-john-surgery-epidemic-2014

 

 

New restaurant strikes put spotlight on the minimum-wage debate

 

http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/new-restaurant-strikes-planned-by-wage-protestors-190401953.html

 

 

 

Music videos:

 

Joe South – born on February 28, 1940.  Left us on September 5, 2012.

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvzGAW4BB34

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_South

 

 

 

 

Joke of the week:

 

I never really liked the term "Old Person"

but this makes me feel better about it.

And if you aren't one, I bet you know one!

I got this from an "Old Person" friend of

mine!

 

OLD PERSON PRIDE

I'm passing this on as I did not want to

be the only old person receiving it.

Actually, it's not a bad thing to be called,

as you will see.

Old People are easy to spot at sporting

events; during the playing of the

National Anthem. Old People remove

their caps and stand at attention and

sing without embarrassment. They

know the words and believe in them.

Old People remember World War II, Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal , Normandy and

Hitler. They remember the Atomic Age,

the Korean War, The Cold War, the Jet

Age and the Moon Landing. They remember

the 50 plus Peace-keeping Missions from

1945 to 2005, not to mention Vietnam .

If you bump into an Old Person on the

sidewalk he will apologize. If you pass an

Old Person on the street, he will nod or

tip his cap to a lady. Old People trust

strangers and are courtly to women.

Old People hold the door for the next

person and always, when walking, make

certain the lady is on the inside for

protection.

Old People get embarrassed if someone

curses in front of women and children

and they don't like any filth or dirty

language on TV or in movies.

Old People have moral courage and

personal integrity. They seldom brag

unless it's about their children or

grandchildren.

It's the Old People who know our great

country is protected, not by politicians,

but by the young men and women in the

military serving their country.

 

This country needs Old People with their

work ethic, sense of responsibility, pride

in their country and decent values.

 

We need them now more than ever.

 

Thank God for Old People.

Pass this on to all of the "Old People"

you know.

 

 

I was taught to respect my elders.

It's just getting harder to find them.

 

 

 

 

 

Please don’t forget:  Benghazi, The IRS Scandal and all the other scandals that seem to get put on the back burners every week.  When will anyone be “held accountable”, anyway?  Oh, don’t forget my description of “Held Accountable”:  Nothing will get done to anyone.

Note:  Kinda looks like Benghazi is not going to be forgotten, huh?  Next will be the IRS and getting something done on their wrong doings.

 

 

Until my next column – not sure just when it will be!  Please keep checking either Dirt Track Digest or New England Tractor/Race Report on Thursdays!

 

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