Mostly Racin' Stuff
By Tom Avenengo
Some personal/family stuff:
Sad to say, but this will be my last column for a while.
Not a very good week since my last column! If you recall, the wife was due for a
colonoscopy last Thursday at 8:45 AM, in
So, we get there at 8:47, and we’re greeted by a full room. Yes, not all are there for the same procedure; still, it took almost two hours for us to be told that due to the wife throwing up, the anesthesia really could not be administered. So, it’s back there again this coming Thursday – same time. One thing they never did tell us was that the new prep the wife was using would cause her to, on occasion, throw up. We’re going back to the old prep for this coming Thursday.
Note: Due to the way the wife was feeling on Wednesday AM, we had to cancel the flushing of her medi-port at 11:00 AM, and also the schedule3d colonoscopy on Thursday.
While down in
And, I’m pretty sure that in a previous
column – one of the first since we returned from
Found this on Facebook on Wednesday night at 10:00:
“To all drivers, crews, and fans that head North up 209 to Accord Speedway, this Friday May 30th there will be a Memorial Day Parade in Kerhonkson at 5pm. They have the parade every year on the actual Memorial Day. This year it happens to be on Friday. The parade starts at 5 and will cross over 209 at the light by Stewarts. This will back up traffic so please plan your trip to Accord Speedway accordingly so you don't get caught sitting in traffic. Just a heads up to everyone. Wish everyone the best of luck and stay safe as always.”
As of 1:00 PM on Wednesday, and checking out the forecast via AccuWeather, I see we have our typical Friday and Saturday forecasts. No need to elaborate, I guess?
Looking a the entry list for the Cup race this coming Sunday at Dover I see there will be no one going home – 43 entrees for 43 spots.
And, there are 40 entrants for the Nationwide race on Saturday. Only JJ Yeley, Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch, Joe Nemecheck and Trevor Bayne, who is basically part time in Cup, are the only Cup drivers on the list.
Question: If a race driver puts up a post on Facebook that makes mention of him getting “food poisoning” at a track he competes on, do you think there could be repercussions coming his way from the track – especially when there is basically only one vendor that has a majority of the concessions?
With the wife and I
attending an “Engagement Party” BBQ on Sunday afternoon, I only got to see
about the first 20 laps of the Indy 500.
I was, in a way, presently surprised at the attendance for the 500. And, as for the 600 at
I was glad to see that it was an American driver to win the 500. But, best I know, that American driver has never driven a Midget, Sprint Car or Champ (Silver Crown) car on either dirt or pavement.
I’m pretty sure that in the past, those that run the Chili Bowl Midget race have extended an open invitation to the Indy 500 winner. If so, I hope they do it again for the next Chili Bowl, and that Ryan Hunter-Reay, will accept their offer.
You really have to hand it to Brett Deyo. How many race promoters will get on the Internet with something like this:
From DTD Forum:
Posted Thursday, 5/22/14,
Just wrapped up working on some things from last night and thought I'd take a moment to say THANK YOU to all who turned out for last night's event at Thunder Mountain Speedway. The turnout was huge and certainly the largest ever to roll up the Hill in Center Lisle. Very cool...
Also a big thanks to Olum's, Rochinski Contracting Services, Husqvarna and all the other great marketing partners who kicked in to make the race special.
As I did after
The Ugly: You know this one already because you all took it home with you. The dust. There are people who will say "it's a dirt track, live with it." I'm not one of them. Last night's dust was excessive and I apologize for it. Honestly, the airborne particulates were a major downer on what should have been an unbelievable night. It was unlike anything I had ever seen before. Honestly, it looked like a volcanic eruption. What makes the situation more bizarre is the fact that when I walked across the track at the end of the night, my feet actually sunk in the track. It was still tacky, so it wasn't the case of being dry. I had several drivers say they don't know what the track could have done differently as far as prep. More water certainly wasn't the trick because the dust didn't subside during the rain. I'm sure Karl will be working on it for his Saturday night racing coming up.
The Slightly Ugly: The yellow fever early in the feature...it was one of those rock-in-a-hard-place situations. We had originally planned to start 26 cars. However, with the large car count, we opted to start 32 to help more drivers make money. The downside was the number of tangles early in the race.
The Good: We as a series are still very new at running races. We have a staff this year with representatives from a variety of different tracks. But I think Tuesday's show was one of our most efficient to date. Eight Mod heats, four Mod consi races, three Sportsman heats, Mod Last Chance Dash and Mod 50-lap feature done by 10:15 p.m. with only the Sportsman to follow. Getting done early on a work night is very important to me and I think we accomplished that last night.
The Great: The turnout! 73 cars was unbelievable. How cool to see Howard, Hearn, Watt, Johnsons, Friesen, Jester, Planck, Bachetti, Weaver, Manmiller, Sheppard, Reckner, Varin, Decker, Ward, Rudolph, Ricci, Heotzler, etc., etc. and the local stars all in one spot. The support of OCFS cars such as Hindley, McGannon, Jashembowski, etc. was awesome as well. The fan attendance was also exceptional. Hopefully the fans did enjoy some of the extras such as the bounce house for the young kids, the giveaways, fireworks, race cars on display, etc.
A side note: we advertised
very aggressively on the HAWK 98.1 radio station in
Each race remains a learning experience for us. Our next adventure is set for Tuesday, June 17 at New Egypt Speedway. Looking forward to joining forces with Stewart Friesen again, this time adding 360 Sprint Cars to our Super DIRTcar Series program. The Short Track Super Series resumes on July 23 at I-88 Speedway.
Thanks again for being part of our series.
Just a quick note: after a great conversation this morning with I-88 Speedway co-promoter Jamie Page, we have decided to add a fully-paid B-Main to the next NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP event at the Afton Fairgrounds on Wednesday, July 23 if the car count tops 50. In addition to the A-main event, all DNQ drivers will be invited to run a B-Mail paying every car. Details will be worked out in the coming days, but we wanted to get the word out now to teams.
Additionally, our recycle
your entry fee program will be in effect. All drivers unable to qualify Tuesday
CENTER LISLE, NY – Changes are in store as Thunder Mountain Speedway works through its rebuilding year in 2014.
On Monday, returning speedway owner Karl Spoonhower announced some rules amendments and incentives for the three-eighths-mile clay oval in Center Lisle, N.Y., for the big-block/small-block Modified, Sportsman and Rookie Sportsman divisions.
The most significant change comes with the tire rule for the three open-wheel divisions. Starting Saturday, June 7, softer compound American Racer tires - SD 33 (left-rear) and SD 38 (right-rear) - and harder will be permitted. The rule had been minimum SD 44 (left-rear) and SD 48 (right-rear) from the start of the ’14 season. Front tires will remain SD 33 and harder.
Spoonhower felt it was time for a change. The tire rule alteration applies to Modified, Sportsman and Rookie Sportsman racers.
“The tires we’ve been running are just too hard for the track,” Spoonhower said after speaking with competitors on Saturday night. “The guys are out there spinning their wheels. It doesn’t make for good racing and it’s hard on the track, too.
“I think the softer tires will make it a lot easier for the drivers to get ahold of the surface and the fans will see better racing as a result. Our track is so soft, even the 33-38 compound tires aren’t going to wear out.”
The change also puts
Also for Modified racers: any competitor trying the speedway for the first time on a Saturday night will receive one free pit pass at the gate. This is an incentive to bring in some new faces to the Modified ranks, with $1,200 to win, $400 for fifth, $200 for 10th and $125 to take the green paid out on a weekly basis.
For track regular Modified competitors, one free Saturday night pit pass will be given away via random draw every other week in conjunction with the Lias Tire/American Racer incentive program.
For the Rookie Sportsman division, a four-barrel carburetor will now be permitted to bring the division in line with other crate-powered classes in the area. A Holley 650-cfm carburetor (No. 4777 and 80777) will be permitted on GM Crate 602 engines.
“This is a learning year for me,” Spoonhower said. “I’ve been away for seven years and things have changed. I have said all along, I would make changes when I needed to. I think we should benefit racers and fans with what we’ve done.”
From last weeks column:
If you recall, last week I had the starting line up for the Indy 500. Underneath it, I had this:
Note #1: Out of all the names above, I know of only one that has raced open wheel cars (Midgets Sprints and Silver Crown) on dirt and pavement, and that’s Ed Carpenter.
Note # 2: Two drivers in that list above have raced on
the road course at the
Note # 3: Any idea as to which driver in the above list is only 19 years old?
Well, I did get ONE response – Jeff Lambert had the correct answer for the 19 year old driver – Sage Karam.
As far as Note # 2 goes – Marco Andretti and Sage Karam are the two.
This years Hinchliffe Stadium Racing Expo will take place on Sunday Sept. 14, 2014. The date change will give many the opportunity to attend that couldn't attend previously. We have been working diligently to put this years show together.As you all know a lot has been going on around Hinchliffe Stadium. The stadium has made great strides in preserving it's history and building towards it's future. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements...
Former OVRP Dirt Oval runners:
Note: In some cases, I’m able to get results from Facebook. And in some cases, I’m able to get results from some race track websites. Most come from the AARN where I’m able to view it on the Internet, and check out each write-up or results on the previous weeks racing action. Sad to say, but as of 1:30 PM on Wednesday, there are some tracks that ran last weekend that still don’t show results – but they’re in the AARN. Go figure!
In ESS action at A/S, Josh Pieniazek was 18th in the feature. In Modified action, Brett Wright was 18th and Kyle Armstrong 21st. Hunter Bates won the Sportsman feature with Brian Krummel 29th.
At the Valley, Bobby Hackel, IV was 2nd, Kolby Schroder 6th and Kyle Armstrong 7th in the Modified feature.
On Tuesday, at
At 5 Mile, in the CRSA 305 Sprint Car feature, Josh Pieniazek was the race winner. Joe Kata was 13th and Emily VanInwegen 16th. Antony Perrego won the Modified feature. Brad Szulewski was 9th in the Sportsman feature.
In the North East 2nd Modified Challenge at Devil’s Bowl, Hunter Bates was 8th.
Roger Coss was 7th in the
Modified feature at
At U/R, in the “Vic”, Billy V was 12th, Tyler Dippel 14th and Anthony Perrego 20th. In the GRIT Sportsman feature, Johnny Illanovsky was 17th and Brian Krummel 20th.
Another Tuesday show at
Brett Wright was 6th in the
Modified feature at
Matt Hitchcock was 15th and AJ Filbeck 24th in the Sportsman feature at U/R on Sunday. Anthony Perrego was 9th, Tyler Dippel 13th and Billy V 18th in the Modified feature. There was a John Pieniazek shown to be in the ESS feature, but I’m wondering if that’s a typo and should really be Josh.
Nick Pecko was 14th in the RoC
Modified race at
Charlie Lawrence was 11th and
Tyler Pirone 19th in the make up feature for the All Star Slingshots
at Hamlin. In the regular nights
Molly Chambers was 17th in the wingless 600 Micro feature at Linda’s.
Dannt Buccafusca was 13th in the All Star Slingshot feature at Shellhammers.
Billy V was 10th in the SDS
Down somewhat this week with only about 27 names being mentioned.
As long as I’m making mention of some that
ran Karts at OVRP’s Dirt Oval (Yes, some names never ran Karts there, but did
run Slingshots) I thought I’d put this little bit in here, below. When my son, Eric, raced Karts it was mostly
KT 100’s. When his son, Brett, my
grandson, he ran both 4 Cycle and KT 100’s.
Heck, we even took our stock KT 100 and ran it against some Opens at
OVRP in a couple of races and won over $500.00 with it. Today, if one looks at the results from most
of the Kart tracks around, it’s quite hard to find any KT 100’s. Somewhere I had read that the fading out of
the KT 100’s and other 2 Cycle engines started out in
Why the Yamaha KT 100 Classes Remain not only Relevant but are Growing
A little trip back in time – racing wise – Part 1:
Posted on Facebook by a Mike Z. Zimmerman on May 28, 2014:
Edward Julius Sachs, Jr, (May 28, 1927 – May 30, 1964) was a United States Auto Club driver who was known as the "Clown Prince of Auto Racing." He coined the phrase "If you can't win, be spectacular."
Eddie really should have won
Indy in 1961. He did win two other races that year, and pulled off a really odd
feat by finishing 2nd in points despite not making five of the 12 races that
year. He swept the
Sachs was born in
Eddie Quote: "I think of
Sachs and sports car driver
Dave MacDonald, a 500 rookie, were killed in a fiery crash involving seven cars
on the second lap of the 1964
On the second lap, MacDonald
lost control coming off the fourth turn. As the car began to slide, he came
across the track and hit the inside wall, igniting the 45 gallon fuel load which
erupted into a massive fire. His car then slid back across the track. Sachs,
following Bob Veith, aimed for an opening along the outside wall that was soon
closed by MacDonald's burning car. Veith made it through by inches, but Sachs
hit MacDonald's car broadside causing a second explosion. Johnny Rutherford,
following Sachs, having no place to go except into the inferno, decided his
only chance was to power his way through. Going at full throttle his Watson
Roadster went up and over both Sachs and MacDonald taking the injectors off of
MacDonald's engine. After clearing the wreckage he was then broadsided by the
NOVI of Bobby Unser. He then motored (on fire) down the main straight, through
turns one and two, up the back straight and through turn three, stopping at a
fire truck station in turn four. Ronnie Duman, following
He was inducted in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1999.
Sachs married Nance McGarrity
of Coopersburg, Pa on June 3, 1959 at the home of Harry Hamilton, a relative of
his car owner, Peter Schmidt in
Note: I’ve made mention on numerous times in my
columns of the annual Stan Lobitz movie party, auction for the EMMR, lunch and
sit down dinner that happens every year on the second Sunday in November, in
A little trip back in time – racing wise – Part 2:
Back in 1981, there was an Indy Car race at Pocono. There were some Silver Crown (Champ) cars in that race too, along with the RE cars
If you go here, on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/288097101334680/
Check out the post by:
I ran across this interesting piece of information about a USAC race held at Pocono in 1981. It was called the Van Scoy Diamond Mine 500 and featured rear-engine Indianapolis Champ Cars and Silver Crown Champ Cars competing head-to-head on the same track. The reason this occurred was because CART banned their competitors from racing, but upon further research there was a group of drivers including Tom Sneva that did race (later called the Pocono Seven).
Was anyone in this group at the race? And if so would you share any memories you may have of the unique event?
Some nice comments in that thread.
And the race results can be found here:
Some interesting threads on the DTD forum:
Biffle leaving Roush?
While all eyes have been on #16-Greg Biffle's teammate, #99-Carl Edwards, to be the biggest domino to fall, could Biffle actually be the one to set everything in motion? As recently as April, the 44-year-old stated his intention was to stay at Roush Fenway Racing and that a new deal was imminent. "We've been working pretty diligently on that," he told Frontstretch back then. "It has been a pretty good negotiation so far. There are a lot of new people on both sides of the table, so everyone is kind of getting a feel for the program and learning it. We feel pretty good that we'll have something to announce before we get to summer." But as May rolled around, warm weather looming Biffle suddenly sounded colder, less confident in his status for the future. "I think there's plenty of opportunities in the industry to be in competitive cars," he said in an interview on SiriusXM Radio earlier this month. "I enjoy being at Roush Fenway. I love 3M. We have a great relationship and the program works really, really well for 3M ... Plain and simple, I've got options. I know I'm going to be racing. I know I'm going to be driving a car. So I'm not worried."
Supposedly things have deteriorated from there. Despite saying two weeks ago in Kansas Biffle was "absolutely, 100%" not looking outside his current organization, I've learned that's not the case. Sources claim the driver's plans lie elsewhere for 2015, that he is actively seeking other employment and that the feeling is mutual. One link in particular, direct to the Roush organization who wished to remain anonymous said he's been told the future for Biffle involves "anything but" RFR, the only NASCAR team he's really driven for. If the driver, a Roush Cup full-timer since 2003, does not return next year, speculation has been rampant that he will take sponsor 3M with him. A red flag went up about that possibility on Saturday, when RFR announced that they planned to return their #6 to the track next year. Owner Jack Roush said that he plans for the new team, driven by Trevor Bayne, to be a fourth car, but it's also possible he's prepping to lose financial backing for 2015.(Frontstretch)(5-27-2014)
Stewart drives a sprint car for first time since August:
#14-Tony Stewart drove a
sprint car Monday for the first time since badly breaking his leg in an August
crash, according to Stewart's Twitter account. Stewart, who co-owns
Stewart-Haas Racing and also drives the team's #14 car in the Sprint Cup
Series, tweeted six pictures of his sprint car and added, "Guess who got
back in a sprint car for the first time today :) #smokewillrise. This was a
huge day for me," Stewart tweeted to his 240,000 followers. "9 1/2
months since I've been in one." Stewart likes to race sprint cars as a
hobby, as do many NASCAR drivers who came up through the dirt ranks. But
Stewart snapped his right leg in two places after crashing during an Aug. 5
sprint car race in
Wood Brothers looking for a driver:
The Announcement that Trevor Bayne will join the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series full time in 2015 with Roush Fenway Racing raises at least one interesting question: Who will the Wood Brothers tap to fill Bayne's part-time #21 Sprint Cup seat? Team co-owner Eddie Wood, speaking in the Charlotte Motor Speedway garage on Saturday afternoon, indicated the team hasn't begun a formal search for Bayne's replacement, but added that -- whoever the driver is --?? he will likely run a limited schedule as the Wood Brothers have done since 2007. "(The search) has just kind of started," Wood, who co-owns the organization with father Glen, brother Len and sister Kim, told FOXSports.com. "We'll probably start talking about it sooner than later. I've got to get with Motorcraft, Quick Lane and Ford Motor Company because there's a lot of people involved in our world, so we'll sit down with them and figure out what they want to do next. So we're like, you know, Day One." While the Wood Brothers don't know yet who Bayne's successor will be, this much is certain: The team, which has been in racing since 1950 and collected 98 top series NASCAR victories with a host of drivers, isn't going away. "No, no, no," Wood said. "We've had, I think, over 75 drivers in our car over the years. You move through racing as you move through life, and, no, no, we won't do that."(FoxSports)(5-25-2014)
Inaugural Halftime Party Announced for Pocono 400:
Pocono Raceway will host
their first-ever 'Halftime Party' from lap 60 to lap 120 of the Pocono 400
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, June 8. This exclusive party will
allow fans, ages 21 and older, to access a VIP-only area which will include
beer, food, beer games, live music and a big-screen television to watch the
race broadcast. "We are really excited about today's announcement,"
said Pocono Raceway President/CEO, Brandon Igdalsky. "To the best of our
knowledge, this is the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series mid-race party of its
kind. Fans can enhance their Pocono race-day experience by getting out of the
sun for a few laps, grabbing a few beers with friends and enjoying the live
entertainment we're offering with the Halftime Party. All
this without missing the action on the track." Fans have two
options to gain access to the Pocono Raceway's Inaugural Halftime Party. The
first is a $69 ticket package which includes a 100-level Grandstand ticket to
the Pocono 400 and the Halftime Party Access Pass. The second option is a $19
Roush and AdvoCare to Bring Iconic #6 Back to Sprint Cup in 2015:
Roush Fenway Racing has announced it will again field its iconic #6 Sprint Cup entry in the 2015 NASCAR season, with 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne piloting the car. The Ford Fusion will have full multi-year primary partnership from AdvoCare, which currently sponsors Bayne in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. "I'm both excited and humbled to be a part of bringing the #6 back to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series," said Trevor Bayne. "And to be able to make that move with AdvoCare makes it that much more special. They are a true partner that aligns with my foundation and core values in every way. I know the history of the #6 and what it means to Jack (Roush) and the entire Roush Fenway organization and our goal is to continue to add to its rich legacy in the sport."
The #6 was Roush Fenway's
first NASCAR entry and served as the flagship team for the organization during
its first 20 years. In 1988 when Jack Roush started what would become the
winningest team in NASCAR history, he enlisted Martin - a young and hungry
"That number brings back a lot of memories," said team owner Jack Roush. "It reminds me of all the battles we fought to get to where we are today; the victories and the defeats. Success in NASCAR does not come easy. It comes at a price and requires a great deal of passion, sacrifice, dedication and hard work. To me the No. 6 exemplifies all of that. It's been a goal of the organization to put the #6 back out there on track in the Sprint Cup Series and I'm pleased to have AdvoCare behind us as we make the move with Trevor to full-time Cup racing," added Roush. "AdvoCare is a first-class organization from top to bottom. They have been a great partner in the Nationwide Series and I'm confident they will be there with us step-by-step as we make the move up and put the #6 back on track on Sundays."
Bayne is no stranger to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series or famous numbers, having competed part time in the series with the legendary Wood Brothers since 2010. Bayne drove the historic #21 into victory lane in the 2011 Daytona 500, in one of the most memorable moments in NASCAR history.(Roush Fenway Racing)(5-24-2014)
Wood Brothers Racing Statement On Trevor Bayne Departure In 2015:
"Trevor Bayne will always be part of our family. And we will always share that great Daytona 500 moment together. It's something that will always be so special for all of us," said Eddie Wood, co-owner, Wood Brothers Racing. "We will always be Trevor Bayne fans, so we are happy he is getting his shot to race for the Sprint Cup Championship. We are going to do everything in our power to get him to victory lane one more time in the #21 Fusion."(Wood Brothers Racing)(5-24-2014)
Kurt Busch named Indy 500
Rookie of the Year: Andretti Autosport driver Kurt Busch has been named the
winner of the prestigious 2014 Sunoco
Haas to delay F1 entry:
Haas Formula will defer its Formula One debut until 2016, Motorsports.com has learned. The decision to wait an extra year will offer the organization more time to put its program together and align itself with the proper partners moving forward. Although team owner Gene Haas said on Sunday morning that he was "leaning towards Ferrari" because "they're more open to what we need to do" the additional time could open other doors for the rookie team with other technical partners. It was clear that Haas was feeling the time crunch when he acknowledged, "It just seems that it's taking longer to accomplish what we wanted to do than we thought." While Haas Formula has its team principal in place, there's still the question of technical partner, designers and drivers.(Motorsport.com)(5-28-2014)
Note: Why do I think this ain’t never gonna happen?
From Track Forum:
Not sure if you're a Kurt Busch fan or not, but in the thread linked below, it's now up to over 40 pages in length.
Kurt Busch Indy 500
Indy 500 crowd. Discuss
Biggest 500 complaint
Indy 500 Full Race Posted
Note: I doubt it's the FULL race since it's only 2 hours and 24 minutes in length.
Only Ten Midgets for "Night Before the 500" Race at IRP???
A storm is coming! (USAC Eastern Storm!)
From the AARN:
Is Worth $20,000 Plus
For Veteran Davey Johnson
New RoC Asphalt Series Strategy
By Matt Hirschman
Yields Same Winning Result
WoO Streak Continued
For Pittman At New
Renovated Stateline Speedway
To Reopen In July
With Three Wins Over Two Days
Hunter-Reay Restores American Pride
From Tenth Row To
In Caution Free
Is Surprise Modified Winner
Kenny Pettyjohn Is
Three State High Flyer
USAC Sprint National
Touring Series Readies
For Annual ‘Eastern Storm’
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 26, 2014
EASTERN STORM DEBUTS JUNE 3 AT
44TH "TONY HULMAN CLASSIC" GIVES DARLAND #50
USAC's AMSOIL National Sprint Cars
are idle this week, awaiting their anticipated return to the East Coast for the
June 3-8 "Eastern Storm," a five-race swing which debuts June 3 at
Grandview Speedway in
Dave Darland, currently 29 points behind
series point lead Brady Bacon, earned a historic 50th series victory last
Wednesday night in the prestigious "Tony Hulman Classic" at the
Darland caught early leader Kevin Thomas Jr. on lap 22 and led the final nine laps for the win, beating Thomas, Bacon, Jon Stanbrough and Chase Stockon to the checkered flag.
Darland's victory was especially significant since it made him the first driver in USAC history to win a "traditional" event 21 years apart! His first USAC win came in the 1993 running of the "Tony Hulman Classic."
Bacon was the ProSource Fast Qualifier and continues to lead the standings going into the upcoming Eastern Storm.
Races in the Eastern Storm include the June 3 race at Bechtelsville, June 4 at New Oxford, Pa., June 5 at New Egypt, N.J., June 7 at Port Royal, Pa. and June 8 at Newberrytown, Pa'
2014 AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Standings: 1-Brady Bacon-526, 2-Dave Darland-497, 3-Bryan Clauson-492, 4-Tracy Hines-476, 5-Chase Stockon-468, 6-Jon Stanbrough-455, 7-Justin Grant-430, 8-Hunter Schuerenberg-402, 9-Chris Windom-366, 10-C.J. Leary-309.
Borgers AllStar Slingshot Summer Smack Down.
AllStar Slingshot Summer Smack Down 2014
Slated To Be Biggest Slingshot Event In The History Of Borgers Speedway.
On a Sunday afternoon in the
fall of 1999 a dream of Richard Tobias became reality as the first Slingshot
race ever was held at Glenn Borger’s brand, spanking, new 1/7 mile dirt oval in
History will be made once again at Borgers Speedway June 14 when the “Best Of The Best” in AllStar Slingshot racing will be competing this time on the asphalt for a share of the $4000 plus ”Pot Of Gold.” A new era of Slingshot racing is emerging as teams realize asphalt racing at Borgers is just as competitive as dirt racing with virtually no tire wear, no dirt being sucked into the motors, plus going home from the track with a clean racecar.
The $4000 plus purse, with a 30 car count, will give the winner the choice of $1500 cash or a brand new Speedway Entertainment short block motor valued at $1700. The remaining purse breakdown will be released shortly.
There will be a $100 entry fee plus $20 driver’s pit pass. 20 cars will qualify with $80 to take the green. The feature will run 40 laps with no caution laps counting. Rain date for this event will be June 21.
Speedway Entertainment will be on hand to do a post race tech.
Gates open at 12:00 P.M. with a paid practice session from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 P.M. Regular practice from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Mandatory driver’s meeting 3:45 P.M. Heats at 4:00 P.M.
There will also be a full card of TQ/Asphalt 600 Sprints, Junior Slingshots, Karts and MicroStocks.
Questions can be directed to Bob Snyder. firstname.lastname@example.org
Instant updates on the Borgers Facebook page and the Slingshots by Tobias Facebook page.
Borgers Speedway Weather Hot Line 570-992-8131,
Orange County Fair
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CRSA SPRINT CARS ADDED TO THE
MAY 31 RACING PROGRAM AT
It’s also Banner Night with a special contest open to all youngsters
MIDDLETOWN, NY (May 26)……..The open-wheel Capital Region Sprint Agency (CRSA) Sprint Cars will return to Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York on Saturday, May 31. CRSA is a regional sprint car sanctioning body that features its cars powered by 305 cid engines and other restrictions to equalize and enhance competition. This will be a full card of qualifying races and a feature event for the CRSA sprint cars. (The previously postponed CRSA feature race from May 3 will be run on July 12.)
The CRSA Sprint Cars will be an added attraction to the weekly racing program of DIRTcar-sanctioned big-block Modifieds, the ever exciting Sportsman division, the Rookie Sportsman, and the unpredictable Street Stocks for a thrilling night of racing on the five-eighths-mile Hard Clay speedway.
In addition, Saturday night’s program includes Orange County Kids Club activities, with the annual Banner Night contest open to all youngsters.
Rock Fantasy Concert & Smoke Shop is the evening’s sponsor.
Admission prices for the May 31 race meet remain at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and $2.00 for children 12 and under. The full night of racing begins promptly at 7:00 pm.
Advance ticket sales and
track information is available at the
Upcoming June 7: Tire King of Sussex and Frank Stevens & Son Roofing present Nostalgia Night with special appearances by many of Orange County’s greatest drivers. The Northeast Vintage Modifieds and the Atlantic Coast Old Timers will have their cars from the past on the Middletown Hard Clay.
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Media Contact: Brett Deyo – Deyo99H@aol.com or 845.728.2781
For Immediate Release/May 27, 2014
358 Sprint Car Specifications Clarified For New Egypt Speedway Tuesday, June 17 ‘Turnpike 25’ $3,000-To-Win 360 Sprint Car Special; HUGE Pioneer Pole Buildings ‘Dirty Jersey’ Doubleheader Includes Super DIRTcar Series Big-Blocks & 360 Sprint Cars On One Night!
NEW EGYPT, NJ – As the inaugural ‘Turnpike 25’ for 360 Sprint Cars approaches on Tuesday, June 17 (rain date: June 18) at New Egypt Speedway, buzz is building for the huge Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. ‘Dirty Jersey’ doubleheader of Super DIRTcar Series big-block Modifieds and 360 Sprint Cars.
The Friesen-Deyo Promotions first-time-ever 360 Sprint Car event promoted by Stewart Friesen and Brett Deyo has drawn widespread interest from drivers representing New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New York State.
A number of inquiries have been fielded from competitors with 358 cubic inch engines.
358 Sprint Cars WILL be
permitted to enter the ‘Turnpike 25’ at New Egypt STRICTLY following the
Williams Grove (
358 Sprint Cars, like their 360 counterparts, will be subject to post-race technical inspection.
The ‘Turnpike 25’ for 360 Sprint Cars will see heat races determined by a draw for starting position. The feature line-up will be set by a redraw of top qualifiers. The event pays $3,000 to the winner plus lap money. The pay for 10th spot is $400 with $250 reserved to take the green flag.
Representatives from the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) will be present to facilitate the Sprint Car portion of the program.
Event rules are as follows:
All general Northeast 360/ASCS Rules apply
*358 Sprint Cars must follow Williams Grove Speedway engine rules
*Weight: 1475 lbs. with driver
*Right-rear tire will either be Hoosier RD15/HTC, H15 or approved URC American Racer right-rear (URC2, MC2 or harder)
*Wings can be flat with 1” wickerbill or dish with no wickerbill.
*Standard style sideboards with no larger than 1 ¼ inch brace/reinforcement on all 4 sides.
*Front wing 1” wicker is allowed
*Injections Stacks no larger than 2 7/16” diameter
*Bolt-on weight is allowed but must be secured safely and at subject of inspection
*No cockpit adjustables other than top wing slider
*Mufflers are mandatory
*360 cubic inch maximum with 1% tolerance
*No fuel additives of any kind
Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc.
of Schuylkill Haven,
To learn more about the ‘Dirty Jersey 2’ spectacular, contact Brett Deyo at 845.728.2781, e-mail Deyo99H@aol.com or visit the online home of Friesen-Deyo Promotions at www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com.
360 Sprint Car Purse Structure (25 Laps): 1. $3,000; 2. $1,700; 3. $1,000; 4. $800; 5. $600; 6. $500; 7. $475; 8. $450; 9. $425; 10. $400; 11. $375; 12. $350; 13. $325; 14. $300; 15. $275; 16. $270; 17. $265; 18. $260; 19. $255; 20.-22. $250. Total: $12,775
Located in New Egypt, N.J.,
New Egypt Speedway features a daylight-quality lighting system and excellent
sightlines from any seat in the house. There are clean, heated restrooms, a
monitored playground area for young fans and restaurant-quality concession
stands serving up a full menu at family style prices. The racy, 7/16ths-mile
clay oval hosts tight, wheel-to-wheel, all-out competition. New Egypt
Speedway’s GPS address is 720 Route 539 New
About Friesen-Deyo Promotions
A collaboration between dirt Modified standout driver Stewart Friesen and special events promoter and motorsports writer Brett Deyo, Friesen-Deyo Promotions hosted its first event at New Egypt Speedway in 2013 with additional ventures planned for the future.
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RACING NEWS FROM THE BIG SHOW 6
A BRETT HEARN/DRIVEN MARKETING
CONTACT: JOHN SNYDER 845.216.8103
SPONSORS LINE UP FOR HEARN’S BIG SHOW 6
Recovery Sports Grill
SUSSEX, NJ (May 18)……..Recovery Sports Grill Malta, a sports-themed restaurant (2537 State Route 9, Ballston Spa, New York), Ferris Industries, and VP Racing Fuels have again signed on as major sponsors of The Big Show 6, a midweek special racing program set for Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, New York. The announcement was made today by event promoter and champion dirt track Modified race car driver Brett Hearn.
“Our Driven Marketing team is
especially happy to welcome back Recovery Sports Grill
With the sponsorship, the first place prize money for The Big Show 6 feature race, a 100-lap Super DIRTcar Modified Series event, has been raised to $10,000.
With 30 flat screen and seven
projection televisions broadcasting all major sports packages, Recovery Sports
BBL Hospitality is a
multi-brand hotel and restaurant company that owns,
operates, and develops facilities along the East Coast of the
Ferris Commercial Lawn Mowers and lawn care equipment are distinguished through innovative features and high quality standards in performance, durability, and ergonomic design. Ferris mowers with patented suspension technology increase mowing productivity. Ferris has earned its stellar reputation by delivering customers high quality outdoor power equipment products and solutions for over 100 years.
VP Racing Fuels is the world leader in race fuel technology by offering the world’s best race fuel blends, customized for motorsports. VP Racing Fuels are the choice fuels of racing champions.
Brett Hearn is a champion professional race car driver with more than 840 feature race wins to his credit. He is the 2013 champion of the Super DIRTcar Modified Series and in 2013 was named Area Auto Racing News 50 Years Greatest Driver. Driven Marketing is Hearn’s team that promotes special motorsports events.
Hearn may be contacted during business hours at 973-702-0819, or go to www.bretthearn.com for additional information.
Due to technical problems not everyone received our previous “The Big Show 6” media release…so we’ll try again. Thanks for your continued interest in our racing endeavors.
BH Racing Ent., Inc.
This week’s photo:
I wish I had this photo in time for last weeks column.
“Gig” Stephens in the Duino # 55 Midget. Photo taken
Here are a couple form last weeks Indy 500:
Not racing related:
UNREAL: Obama Wants
Race-Based Legal System in
Note: Just for the hey of
it, I thought I’d do a search on: “Obama
wants race based legal system in
A while back, in one of my columns, I made mention of how our glorious government was going to bail out the insurance companies on this Obama Care stuff. I also said that Obama Care was designed to FAIL. Betcha that comes next, folks.
Obama Administration Just Got Caught in a Massive Lie ...
WVOC.com: The LA Times has been as friendly as possible to the Obama administration, but they can't ignore this. Today they broke the story that another massive lie around Obamacare has been told to the Congress and the American people. As you know "If you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan" was ranked as the biggest lie of the year by the Washington Post. Well here comes an early contender for this year's award.
The Republicans have been accusing the Obama administration of building into Obamacare an insurance plan for the insurance companies. A bailout if the insurance companies lost money under Obamacare. Their claim was that in the law was something called the temporary risk corridor program. Under that Republicans said the administration had allowed themselves a way to take tax dollars and bailout an insurance company that lost money. But the administration and the Democrats have denied that. Apparently the administration and the Democrats had been telling the truth...and didn't like it.
The LA Times reports that late last week hundreds of pages of new regulations were added to Obamacare. Their reporters went through it and found a few key paragraphs. The change in regulations essentially provides insurers with another backup: If they keep rate increases modest over the next couple of years but lose money, the administration will tap federal funds as needed to cover shortfalls. This could be hundreds of billions of dollars!
This is a classic bait and switch. The middle class will feel like they're getting a break on insurance premiums. As long as they don't look at the governments check book, they'll believe the Affordable Health Care Law is working. It only unravels if they realize they are paying double for their insurance, because the increase is being charged to their account in the form of more debt.
The Republicans are expected to go nuts over this, and the Democrats will point at the scene they are making and say 'look how fanatical those people are'. I would warn Republicans against making a big deal out of this.
I would warn Republicans
against making a big deal out of this. In the medical field it's called bedside
manner. You're about to inform the patient (
This won't be classified as a scandal by the media, so we shouldn't either. Talk calmly about the disappointment you feel in the administration burying new regulations into the law, that Congress didn't get to vote on, that will cost us potentially hundreds of billions of dollars. Talk about how crony capitialism between this administration and a select few insurance companies has perpetrated a fraud on the American tax payer to make it seem like the Affordable Healthcare Act is helping to keep costs low when in actuality it is forcing prices to skyrocket while making it more difficult for all Americans to receive treatment. Encourage them to read today's LA Times story. Don't get into arguments with liberals who support wholeheartedly what is happening out of a blind belief that this is helping. You will not win an argument with someone who refuses to look at the facts honestly. And in your rage will potentially dissuade fair minded folks from investigating for themselves. I don't believe Obamacare will the law of the land for long. Sometime around 2017 it will either move to socialized medicine or as the Democrats have branded it "single payer", or it will turn into some free market based system which probably includes some government subsidies and Health Savings Accounts. There is a lot depending on the way this argument is settled and it's important that the patients understand what their decision means for their health.
An email I received on 5/27/2014:
I wonder where he will be this year?
Every year the French have a
4 day celebration in
Four times in 69 years!!
June 6, 2013, the 69th
anniversary of "D-Day", the largest invasion ever attempted, where
200,000 Americans stormed the beaches at
In the 69 years since D-Day,
there are four occasions when the President of the
The occasions were:
1. Barack Obama, 2010
2. Barack Obama, 2011
3. Barack Obama, 2012
4. Barack Obama, 2013
For the past 69 years, every American President except Obama have taken the time to honor the memory and sacrifices of the 6,000 American soldiers killed on D-Day. ...
June 6 2010,
Obama had no events scheduled.
June 6, 2011,
Obama met with the National
Security team and was interviewed by WEWS Cleveland and WDIV in
June 6, 2012,
Instead of honoring our
fallen soldiers, Obama made a campaign trip to
June 6, 2013,
Obama was doing ANOTHER fund
raiser with the multimillionaires in the Democratic Senatorial Campaign
I did forward it.
I stumbled upon this on Saturday night. I didn’t realize that Hal is 61 years old!
In June 1998, Hal Ketchum was diagnosed with a neurological disorder called acute transverse myelitis, an ailment of the spinal column, which left Ketchum without the use of the left side of his body. He had to relearn basic tasks, including how to walk and play the guitar. His mother died at an early age from multiple sclerosis, the sister disease to acute transverse myelitis.
Hal Ketchum performing "Past the Point of Rescue" Live on the Billy Block Show, September 16, 2008
Joke of the week:
At breakfast, the husband says to his wife, “What would you do if I won the Lotto?”
“ I’d take half and leave you,” she says.
“Great,” he says. “Here's $6. I won $12 yesterday! Stay in touch."
Please don’t forget:
Oh, and now it looks like the VA, with its problems, will be in the news, too – well, if you watch the news on any network other than ABC, CBS, CNN or NBC – you know, the main stream media.
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