Mostly Racin' Stuff
By Tom Avenengo
Some personal/family stuff:
My wife, who left us on July 3, 2014.
Remember, photos can only be seen on the New England Tractor/Race Report website, which is linked to at the end of my columns.
I had some blood work done a week ago –
for two doctors, one of which is a kidney specialist. I have an appointment to see him on September
3rd. So far, he has not
contacted me. Is that good news? Well, not so according to my daughter Sandy,
who’s down in
We really didn’t have too long of a courtship. We married on September 9, 1960. Shortly after that, Joanie was transferred from the Monsey, NY Grand Union to the Nyack, NY store, since per what we were told, married couples couldn’t work in the same store. Of course it was being done with some others – working together in the same store, but since I was the shop steward and, at times I did “ruffle some feathers”, she was transferred. It didn’t matter whether she drove or not (she never did learn how to drive).
On December 2, 1960, “Uncle Sam” took me
away from my bride, and sent me to
This past Tuesday, I ventured over to
Swindell Announces Immediate Retirement from Full-Time Racing
Another Promoter Calls It Quits - Article by Doug Auld
Jeff Gordon set for 750th
NASCAR Sprint Cup start in
A new weekly feature for a few columns, anyway:
Race tracks that are no longer around:
Harrington Fairgrounds - Was 1/2 Mile Dirt Oval located on the Delaware State Fairgrounds. Auto racing ended in 1999. Motorcycle races are still held during the fair.
JAX Raceways - Facility
included a 1/8 Mile NHRA Dragstrip, 1/2 Mile NASCAR
Dirt Oval, and WKA
Kart Track located near
North Florida Motor
Plant Field - 1/2 Mile Dirt Oval
located on the Florida State Fairgrounds in
Former OVRP Dirt Oval runners:
Not to much to report on this week due to rain and some tracks not running.
Kyle Armstrong won the Modified feature at
Tim Hindley was 2nd, Mike Ruggiero 7th, Danny Creeden 11th, Billy V 12th, and Clinton Mills a DNS in the Modified feature at OCFS.
Brian Krummel won the Sportsman feature, with LJ Lombardo 2nd, Dom Roselli, Jr 4th, Matt Janiak 5th, Joey Falanga 6th, Joe Conklin 12th and Anthony Falanga 17th.
Joey Bruning was 2nd and Winter Mead 16th in the Rookie Sportsman feature.
Bobby Morris was 3rd in the
Sportsman feature at
Anthony Perrego was 2nd in the Modified feature at 5 Mile.
In the CRSA 305 Sprint Car feature, Josh Pieniazek was 2nd, Joe Kata 5th, Danny Hennessey 14th and Emily VanInwegen 16th.
Bobby Hackel, IV, was 22nd in the Modified feature at A/S. Hunter Bates was 10th in the Sportsman feature.
Kenney Johnson was 10th in the NEMA Midget feature at the Star Speedway. RJ Tufano was 12th in the NEMA Lights feature.
Davie Franek was 9th in the Jersey Rush 410 Sprint Car feature at New Egypt.
Tyler Dippel won the Georgetown Speedway Beach Blast Big Block/Small Block race on Tuesday – with a Small Block.
Remember, I’ll just make mention of some of the things that appear on the Jayski website, with maybe some exceptions.
2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Schedule
Television coverage in 2015 will be different.
FOX / FoxSports1 will cover the first 16 points races of the season, FOX has 10 races and FoxSports1 has 6 races.
Plus three non-points races: the Sprint Unlimited, Budweiser Duel 150's, Sprint Showdown / Sprint All-Star race, all on FoxSports1(FS1).
NBC and NBCSports will cover the final 20 points races of the season, including the Chase races.
NBC will have 7 races, NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will have 13.
Earnhardt Jr. comments on
Rogers, Kyle Busch Have Meeting After Race:
#18-Kyle Busch came into the
weekend with hopes of adding to his 16 career
Spun by Harvick, Hamlin fires safety device at him - (8-24-2014)
2015 NASCAR Schedule Announcement set for Tuesday, August 26th - (8-23-2014)
Some possible 2015 Sprint Cup schedule changes - NASCAR will move the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway back to its traditional Labor Day weekend date starting in 2015.- (8-23-2014)
Fennig may step down as crew chief at end of season - (8-23-2014)
Drivers want lower downforce, softer tires in 2015 - (8-23-2014)
Watkins Glen plans on safety improvements - (8-22-2014)
Sad News - Ed Whitaker: One
of the greats of NASCAR history died this morning in
AND former NASCAR car owner
Ed Whitaker, who earned 28 victories in the former Busch Series, died this
morning [8-22-2014] at his
Ty Dillon Set to Make Sprint
Cup Series Debut at
Stewart-Ward investigation 'finishing up' but: The Ontario County (N.Y.) Police Department is in the final stages of its investigation into the death of Kevin Ward Jr., but there is no timetable yet for its completion, a department spokesperson told FOXSports.com Monday morning. Officer Nathaniel Ross, the OCPD's Senior Communications Officer, said Monday morning that the police are "finishing up" the Ward investigation. Asked if there was a timetable for when it would be completed and when the findings would be made public, Ross said, "Not that I'm aware of." The investigation will determine whether or not Stewart will face any criminal charges. Regardless of the outcome of the police findings, Stewart potentially could face civil liability.(FoxSports), see all the past news about the accident and Stewart on the #14 Team News and Links page.(8-25-2014)
Keselowski 25th driver to win in all three series:
With Brad Keselowski's Camping World Truck win at Bristol Motor Speedway on Thursday morning (see details on the race on Jayski's Camping World Truck Series site), he becomes the 25th driver to have at least one win in all three National Series (Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck). Keselowski has 13 wins in Sprint Cup, 30 wins in Nationwide and one in the Truck Series.
Keselowski becomes just the sixth driver to have a win in each of the series at one track [2 Cup wins at Bristol, 1 in Nationwide and now 1 in Trucks], joining Kyle Busch (10 tracks), Kevin Harvick (5), Mark Martin (4), Carl Edwards (Dover) and Bobby Labonte (Martinsville).
Keselowski also is the fifth driver to score a win in the same season across NASCAR's three national series having won 3 Cup races in 2014, 3 Nationwide races and one Truck Series race.(8-21-2014)
From Track Forum:
Tobias - USAC @
Note: Looking at the SDW schedule, the Silver Crown race looks to be 76 laps, not 100. And, I’m not the only one that seems to think the car count won’t be all that good for the Silver Crown cars, too.
Check out what’s being said here: http://www.dirttrackdigest.com/DTD/index.php?/topic/49587-usac-at-sdw-in-2014/
From the AARN:
Sprint Car Legend Sammy Swindell Abruptly Retires
Tommy Barrett’s First NASCAR Mod Tour Win Comes At Bristol
Transplanted Yankee Danny Bohn Wins Bowman Gray Stadium Finale, Championship
Embattled All Star Circuit
Leader Webb Marshals Support For
Keith Rocco Reaches 100-Win
Jared Zimbardi Sweeps Patriot 360 Sprint Canadian Weekend
Supermod, TQ Star Lou Cicconi Earns First Dirt Mod Win, On
Sixty-Five Year Old Cancer
Survivor Mike Colsten Poised For
Lancaster Speedway’s ‘Open’ To Go On As Scheduled After Track Closure Averted
Found on Facebook:
Found on 8/27/14:
Words cannot express, not sure I can even put into words how we are feeling, but we are asking for all of your help. We were targeted again by thief’s/vandals. They broke into our Page Trucking Hauler this time. The truck was ransacked, stolen from truck was a tool box with tools in it to change a flat tire on the truck, also the Sirrus Radio, several car chargers for cell phones/etc. From the trailer Sears Craftsman impacts were stolen, along with air riveters, drills, allen wrench sets, wrench sets. They got the side door of the hauler open, but could not get the back door open, as they cut the straps to the pit cart to try to get that out. I am sure there is more taken but we are just going through things now. We are asking if you hear anything, or see anyone selling odd ball stuff please let us know. We are just devastated by this. This is the 2nd time this happened in Honeoye, so if you are located around Honeoye, please keep your eyes and ears open to any suspicious activity. Also please share this as to get the word out.
Michael and Jacquie Payne
Sat., August 30th WLR Construction - Champion's Night - END OF POINTS
Modifieds, Small Block Modifieds, Sportsman, and Street Stocks
SATURDAY, AUGUST 30th
THE FINAL NIGHT OF POINTS FOR
THE MODIFIEDS & PROSTOCKS!!!
All weekly Divisions Will Be Running Along With The Sportsman
Small Block Modifieds Will Not Be Running A Feature
There Will Also Be The 11th Annual Boomer's Performance 20-Lap Purestock Classic
Saturday, August 30
DICK CRUMLEY MEMORIAL NOSTALGIA NIGHT
BMS Modified, Legends, Bandolero,
Pro Stock, Street Stock,
4 Cylinder Advanced and Novice
2014 Season Championship Night (championship points for all classes), Figure 8’s… - 6:00 p.m.
Mod 50, SM, SS, LC, IMCA, 600 c.c. Mod Final Point races plus Factory Stocks. Post race bonfire.
Raindate – Sunday – 8/31
Friday Aug 29th
Fire Company Night presented by VP Fuels “Back to School Night”
Complete Program: Mods, 602 Spts, SS, 4CYL, FStocks, Xcel Mods Tour
Modifieds - Sportsman - Spec Sportsman
Pro Stock - Pure Stock - All Star Slingshot-Jr Slingshot
REGULAR SHOW & LADIES POWDER PUFF RACE!
ALL DIVISIONS RACING!
Friday August 29
Back to School Kids Raffle
final night of points for Modifieds
$600 to win Pro Stocks
Orange County Fair
FOR RELEASE ON MONDAY, AUGUST 25
ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY POINT CHAMPIONS TO BE CROWNED SATURDAY, AUGUST 30
Drivers in each division will compete in qualifying races that lead to feature races of varying length. The Modified feature is 30 laps; the Small-Block Modified main is 25 laps; Sportsman race for 20 laps; and the Street Stocks take to the Hard Clay track for 15 laps.
Defending champion Tim Hindley tops the headline DIRTcar Modified division; Chuck McKee is the point leader in Small-Block Modified competition; LJ Lombardo leads the Sportsman division; and Mike Vigiletti rules the roost in Street Stock racing.
The winning drivers will each earn a Champion’s trophy, cash awards, and other prizes that will be presented at the annual banquet held during the winter months.
Championship Night on Labor Day Weekend is sponsored by Bill Rumsey’s WLR Construction Company.
Admission prices for the August 30 race meet remain at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and $2 for children 12 and under. The exceptionally full night of racing begins promptly at 7:00 pm.
Advance ticket sales for the September 6 non-point races, the September 13 Eve of Destruction, the October 24-26 53rd Annual Eastern States Weekend, and track information are available at the Orange County website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, or from the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 Wednesday through Saturday during business hours.
Note: The above, sent out by John Snyder, had to be sent out prior to the new point standings being posted on the OCFS website, so here, below are how the four classes – Big Block Modifieds, Small Block Modifieds, Sportsman and Street Stock points are as of this past Saturday – top 10 in each:
1 1H TIM HINDLEY 1897
2 33 1/3 TOMMY MEIER 1846
3 93X CRAIG MITCHELL 1829
4 97 JERRY HIGBIE 1811
5 19 CHUCK McKEE 1794
6 4R MIKE RUGGIERO 1742
7 244 CHRIS WHITEHEAD 1716
9 24 CHRIS SHULTZ 1692
10 21M BOB MCGANNON 1674
1 35 L J LOMBARDO 1916
2 17J MATT JANIAK 1857
3 44 BRIAN KRUMMEL 1797
4 27V FRANK VENEZIA 1621
5 83 CHRIS STEVENS 1575
6 45 RANDY SWEETMAN 1541
7 9 JESSE LEIBY 1509
8 4RJ R J SMITH 1439
9 73J TROY
10 88 JOE FALANGA 1404
1 33R CHUCK McKEE 948
2 16X DANNY CREEDEN 940
3 220 JOHN FERRIER 842
4 21M BOB McGANNON 837
5 81 RAY JASHEMBOWSKI 837
6 24 CHRIS SHULTZ 836
7 20X ROB ROWE 790
9 J7 JOHN FINLEY 763
1 1 MIKE VIGILETTI 1921
2 32 CHARLIE DONALD 1896
3 19 EMERSON CARGAIN 1856
4 36 JOHN HECHINGER 1730
5 49 RON CONSTABLE 1698
6 27 DANNY CARLOUGH 1634
7 25 D J ROSS 1459
8 28 JOEL MURNS 1177
9 43 JOEY METRANDO 1123
10 89 TIM SOUTHARD 854
BIG NEWS OUT OF XCEL CHASSIS
WITH THE RETURN OF THE 600 SPORTSMAN DIVISION
You have to start somewhere and Doug Borger of Xcel Chassis has brought back the 600 sportsman modified division for the 2015 season. Everybody and anybody who wants to strap into a racecar will have an opportunity on most Saturday nights with Shellhammers Speedway hosting the division. Shellhammers Speedway is an 1/8th mile dirt track in Shoemakersville PA. They race every Saturday night with warm-ups beginning at 3:30pm.
"We have run the 600 modifieds there a couple of times this year and the
response was overwhelming so bringing back the 600 sportsman division seemed to
be a perfect fit. The track is the perfect size for the cars. Kids must be 10
years or older to participate and there is no maximum age limit. If you haven't
raced before and always wanted to get into a car, this is the chance to make it
The biggest difference between the modified and the sportsman will be a restrictor plate mounted in the airbox. This will allow a team to go modified racing one night and sportsman the other night. Doug will have a weight rule which is not expected to be that much off the modifieds to make it easy on the wallet also. This will also be a stock class with tech being after each race. On the few Saturdays that the sportsman will not be appearing , teams will have the option of running a big money show with the modifieds. It seems to be the options and opportunity are endless.
"We have gotten allot of calls from fathers who are looking to get the kid a car so they can race together and parents like the idea of having all the kids at one track on one night instead of being divided by classes or tracks", stated Borger," Racing was built on families and now we started another generation of racers whether they are young or young at heart."
Final rules will be in place by the yearly fall meeting held in the beginning of November. As soon as the date is confirmed, it will be posted on the Xcel Chassis website. You will also find any 600 sportsman news on the website main page along with the mighty modifieds happenings. Doug can be reached at 610-681-2689 for any questions or for more info.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUST 26, 2014
DARLAND'S #53 BREAKS ONE OF USAC's CHERISHED ALL-TIME MARKS
The "People's Champ" is now USAC's winningest Sprint Car driver of all time!
Dave Darland's remarkable career has carried him to a record few thought would ever be broken. And, it took him 22 years to break it, scoring his 52nd and 53rd victories this past week to surpass the mark of 52 established by Tom Bigelow during his USAC career. The Bigelow record stood for 33 years!
It was fitting that Bigelow was one of the first to congratulate Darland in victory lane Sunday after the historic win.
Beginning with the 1993 "Tony Hulman Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, Dave's career has included wins at 27 tracks in nine states, including Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Arizona, California, Wisconsin and Arkansas.
In terms of track wins, he has
eight Sprint wins at
His latest wins have him on the threshold of another significant USAC mark - 100 total USAC National feature wins! He now has 96 and four more will put him in company with only three previous drivers - A.J. Foyt, Rich Vogler and Mel Kenyon.
Bigelow's achievement occurred with wins between 1969 and 1981 and included 14 wins in 1977, ironically a year in which he did NOT win the series title. Actually, Bigelow posted his 14th win that year by mid-July but was unable to add any more the remainder of that year. The following year, with less wins, Bigelow secured the USAC National Sprint Car championship.
Darland has now won USAC feature events in 22 consecutive years (1993-2014), a feat unmatched in USAC's 59-year history.
A racing video:
This past weekend from East Bay Speedway
Note: I was hoping that in part of the video they might show that HUGE landfill that’s behind the track. It’s big/high enough where there are lights on it so planes could see enough not to be to low.
This week’s photo:
Note: I keep forgetting – to see the photos, you have to go to the New England Tractor Race Report website which has a link at the end of my column!
I find it pretty hard to believe that Keith Herbst has been gone now for five years.
We first met at the
I was quite fortunate to get a copy and in it was a short note from Keith, telling how my “Ah Yes, I Remember It Well” series of articles inspired him to write the book.
Some information on it:
DAREDEVILS OF THE FRONTIER
By Keith Herbst
Coastal 181 is extremely proud to have worked so closely with Keith Herbst to publish this title before he died in June 2009. It is a beautiful hardcover book, painstakingly researched – a treasure trove of stories, stats and photos for any midget enthusiast.
Keith Herbst chronicles The Daredevils—a unique breed of Eastern and Midwestern race car drivers who met regularly on the common ground of the Niagara Frontier to test their mettle.
Daredevils is a visual remembrance of the excitement and the thrills these drivers provided to record-breaking crowds of race fans in the turbulent 1940s and 1950s.
Hardcover, est. 250 pages with
over 400 photographs.
Regular Price: $39.95
Below, on the right, is Keith. That’s Gordon White in the light blue shirt and the # 9 Midget is owned by Gordon. This was when Keith and I ventured to Loudon. Although I found this photo on a search of Keith, it was taken by me.
Some non racin’ stuff:
It’s still up in the air as to just what
we might do with this
WoW! Will they finally nail Lois Lerner & the IRS? I, for one, sure hope so!
This weeks joke:
Love the Irish – continued:
Father Murphy walks into a pub in Donegal, and asks the first man he meets, 'Do you want to go to heaven?' The man said, 'I do, Father.' The priest said, 'Then stand over there against the wall.'
Then the priest asked the second man, 'Do you want to go to heaven?' 'Certainly, Father,' the man replied. 'Then stand over there against the wall,' said the priest.
Then Father Murphy walked up to O'Toole and asked, 'Do you want to go to heaven?' O'Toole said, 'No, I don't Father.' The priest said, 'I don't believe this. You mean to tell me that when you die you don't want to go to heaven?' O'Toole said, 'Oh, when I die, yes. I thought you were getting a group together to go right now.'
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