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.
For some reason, I just could not go to bed this past Monday night. I really felt like cr*p all day long, and since I couldn’t really go to bed, I thought I’d play some music videos.
I found this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbfmTzc4IFA
How I wish that the words that start at 3:10 in the video, and go to 3:45 are words that were done for her.
“When she reaches that river, Lord
You know what she's worth
Give her that mansion up yonder
'Cause she's been through hell here on earth
Lord, give her my share of heaven
If I've earned any here in this life
'Cause, God, I believe she deserves it”
OK, some bad news:
Over these past weeks, I’ve
had a problem with retaining water. Both
a kidney specialist and my regular Dr have told me to restrict my intake of
water – something I’ve come to find out might not be correct. When I urinate, I really don’t get too much
out. So, something is messed up. On top of that, this retaining water has
caused me to have some serious breathing problems, too. I see the kidney specialist on 9/3. To be honest, if I do need any medical stuff
done, it will not be up here, but back down in
Update: Things went pretty good with the kidney specialist. Hardly any change. Still, I have to keep on top of it.
Plans now are for me to head
I don’t believe I messed up so badly, in last week’s column! From last week: “We really didn’t have too long of a courtship. We married on September 9, 1960.” DUH! It was September 11th! Geez!
So, back to good old
I got to
Some neat Indy 500 photos:
I haven’t checked the ARDC schedule for this season, lately, but I’m wondering – have they had more races cancelled due to weather than they actually ran?
Speaking of the ARDC – a rather disturbing email was sent out this past week. Sure looks like the ARDC has more problems than what we know of?
360/358 Sprint Car Challenge Race Replaces ARDC Midgets at SSP on Sunday, September 21
ARDC Sanction Dropped from Candy Bowl on Saturday, October 25 with Wingless Midgets Still on the Card
The Super 410 Sprint Car feature will pay $3,500-to-win for the 25-lap feature event. Non-qualifiers for the A-Main feature will receive a complimentary non-transferrable entry fee ($50.00 value) for the Final Showdown to be held at SSP in November. For the Super Sprint Cars, mufflers WILL NOT be required and Hoosier Brand Spec Tires will be required on all four corners (same as the 2014 rules at Williams Grove, Lincoln and Port Royal Speedways). All other rules will follow the generally accepted rules for Sprint Cars at local weekly Central PA Sprint Car tracks (1400 pounds weight rule). Raceivers will be mandatory for all Sprint Cars.
The 358/360 Sprint Car feature will pay $2,000-to-win for the 20-lap feature event. The race will pay $200 to start. Non-qualifiers for the A-Main feature will receive a complimentary non-transferrable entry fee ($50.00 value) for the Final Showdown to be held at SSP in November. Mufflers WILL NOT be required. For all cars, the following tires are permitted - Hoosier Brand Spec Tires will be required on all four corners (same as the 2014 rules at Williams Grove, Lincoln and Trailways Speedways), URC2, MC@, or Selinsgrove track tire. All other rules of the Central PA 358 Sprint Cars will prevail for 358 cars this event. All cars competing may use ASCS top wing rule and the minimum weight for all cars with driver is 1,475 pounds. An event flyer with full purse may be found at www.sspracing.net.
The mutual decision to replace the ARDC Midgets on Sunday was a difficult choice for Todd Fisher, SSP owner and the ARDC representative Jerry Steward. “There are many good people within the organization that I respect and like. The ARDC group as a whole is very challenging to deal with and have some fundamental organization problems.” Fisher explained. “There are many reasons that have led to this decision. It was not a knee-jerk reaction.” The reasons include the numerous leadership changes over the past few seasons, instability in car count and other speedways being given special deals to run the ARDC Midgets. “I signed a sanction agreement in the Spring and have yet to have a returned copy signed by an ARDC representative returned to me. It is now the end of the summer. This is one of the many fundamental issues with the internal workings of the organization.”
The on-track action of wingless midget racing was never an issue other than the concern of the newly appointed scheduling director, Jerry Steward expressing his concern that “Drivers don’t want race on a horse@#&$ racetrack following the Sprint Cars and burn off four tires in one race.” That comment was the final straw that led to Fisher dropping the ARDC Midgets from the September 21 event. “Jerry and I both mutually agreed that it would not be in the best interest of anyone if he and the drivers felt that way in competing with the 410 Sprint Cars on the same card.” Even though Steward offered Fisher a “Special Deal for SSP,” Fisher declined to continue with the ARDC sanctioning.
The wingless Midgets will remain on the same card for the popular Candy Bowl X presented by J&K Salvage, just without the ARDC sanctioning. Purse details for the open competition midget event will be released in the near future.
Fisher concluded, “I hope that the ARDC group with its 75-year tradition of great racing can get its off-track act together. As a supporter of the group over the last 10 years and seeing many internal changes within the group, I wish them the best and we will see what the future between us and the group.”
On Sunday, September 21, the pit gates will open at 3:30 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 4:00 p.m. Track Prep laps begin at 5:30 p.m. with qualifying races at 6:00 p.m. followed by consolation races and feature events.
General Admission Grandstand ticket prices for Sunday night are Adults (ages 18-59) $18.00; Young Adults (ages 11-17) & Senior Adults (60 & Older) $15.00; Children (10 & under) are free. Pit pass prices are $25.00. The minimum age requirement to purchase a pit pass is 12 years of age with a copy of a birth certificate is required for all ages 12 to 14.
In most cases, here in the northeast, the point races were settled last weekend. Congrats go out to all the track/class champions.
Didja hear who is getting married on September 4th? How about Stewart Friesen and Jessica Zemken? Friesen said it took a year and a half for him to get his “Green card”.
A new weekly feature for a few columns, anyway:
Race tracks that are no longer around:
Beltsville Speedway - 1/2 Mile Asphalt Oval 1965 - 1978.
Marlboro Motor Raceway - (Upper Marlboro) 1/3 Mile Dirt Oval 1952 - 1954. 1/3 Mile Paved Oval 1954 - 1969. Road Course was added after 1954. Marlboro Motor Raceway was a counterclockwise Road Course. An effort is being made to revive the facility as a driving school.
Eastern States Expo
Westboro Speedway - Off Route 9. Now
Former OVRP Dirt Oval runners:
As long as “Mother Nature” behaves, this section will continue until the end of October. A majority of the local tracks will be shutting down in a few weeks.
Ben Whitaker was 3rd in the LM feature at Susquehanna.
Kolby Schroder was 8th, Kyle Armstrong 10th
in the Modified feature at
John Virgilio was 4th, Brian Krummel 6th and Matt Pappa 7th in the held over Budget Sportsman feature from 8/16. On 8/30, Brian was 4th, Matt 5th and John 6th.
Anthony Perrego won the 50 lap Modified feature at 5 Mile. Brad Szulewski was 4th in the Sportsman feature.
Brett Wright was 15th in the Modified feature at I-88.
Tyler Dipple was 23rd in the Modified feature at Penn Can.
Davie Franek was 2nd in the URC
Anthony Perrego was 28th in the Modified feature at U/R.
Roger Coss was
Brian Sobus was
33rd in the Bud International Classic 200 at
JB Morris was 2nd in the 4
Cylinder Advanced feature at
Anthony Perrego was 11th, Tyler Boniface 12th and Billy V 15th in the Modified feature at Accord. Johnny Illanovsky was 6th, Joey Bruning 8th, Winter Mead 10th and Zach Mead 14th in the Spec Sportsman feature. Wyatt Clark won the All Star Slingshot feature.
Bobby Hackel, IV was 19th in the Modified feature at A/S. Hunter Bates was 2nd and Alex Bell 7th in their Sportsman feature.
Danny Buccafusca was 14th in the Wingless 600 Micro feature at Hamlin He also won the Rookie 600 feature. Jacob Hendershot was 2nd in the 270 Micro feature.
Jacob was 8th in the 270’s and Molly Chambers 13th in the 600’s at Linda’s.
Clinton Mills was 2nd, Mike Ruggiero 11th, Tim Hindley 12th, Billy V 14th and Danny Creeden 17th in the Modified feature at OCFS. Tim won the Small Block feature, with Billy V 2nd, Joe Conklin 16th and Danny 22nd. LJ Lombardo won the Sportsman feature with Matt Janiak 3rd, Joey Falanga 7th, Joe Conklin 11th, Anthony Falanga 12th, Dominic Roselli, Jr. 20th and Zack Vavricka 23rd. Winter Mead was a DNQ.
I think that’s 39 names this week.
Remember, I’ll just make mention of some of the things that appear on the Jayski website, with maybe some exceptions.
How it Came About; What it Means:
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. More at dol.gov or usa.gov
Current 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Grid:
1) #24-Jeff Gordon, 3 wins, 1st in points
2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 3 wins, 2nd
3) #22-Joey Logano, 3 wins, 4th
4) #2-Brad Keselowski, 3 wins, 5th
5) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3 wins, 6th
6) #99-Carl Edwards, 2 wins, 7th
7) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2 wins, 8th
8) #5-Kasey Kahne, 1 win, 11th
9) #18-Kyle Busch, 1 win, 17th
10) #11-Denny Hamlin, 1 win, 19th
12) #41-Kurt Busch, 1 win, 21st
13) #43-Aric Almirola, 1 win, 22nd
14) #47-A.J. Allmendinger, 1 win, 23rd
14) #20-Matt Kenseth, no wins, 5th in drivers points
(all above have clinched a spot in the 2014 Chase)
Others without a win in contention for a Chase spot via points:
15) #31-Ryan Newman, 9th, +42 points
16) #16-Greg Biffle, 10th, +23 points
On the outside looking in:
17) #15-Clint Bowyer, 12th, -23 points
18) #42-Kyle Larson, 13th, -24 points
drivers 19th thru 30th cannot
get in the Chase via points only, have to win at
See the Chase Grid Outlook page (pdf).(8-31-2014)
Another sponsor shows support for Stewart - (9-1-2014)
Fennig to step down as crew chief at end of season - UPDATE - (9-1-2014)
Truex Jr. not happy with Kyle Busch - (9-1-2014)
Bass Pro Shops chief supports Tony Stewart - (8-31-2014)
Joe Gibbs Racing, new air guns? - (9-2-2014)
As the JGR team of Denny
Hamlin consistently beat the Stewart-Haas Racing team of Kevin Harvick off pit road Sunday night at Atlanta Motor
Speedway, Harvick crew chief Rodney Childers told Harvick that JGR had some new air guns they were using.
Mike Lepp, the JGR athletic director who oversees the
pit crews, swears that these are the guns that they have been using all year to
loosen and tighten lugnuts during a pit stop. He said
the team typically has some pit stops under 12 seconds and others over 12
seconds but Sunday whipped off all pit stops under 12 seconds. With JGR not
having been in contention to win as many races this year, it just became
noticeable Sunday with Hamlin and Harvick battling
for the lead. Lepp said he believes it was just
Childers trying to calm down his driver. "There wasn't anything new or
anything," Lepp said in a phone interview
Tuesday with the Sporting News. "It was an attempt to calm his driver
down. ... (Like the cars), it's the same thing with these guys, you still have
to have good athletes. But there's nothing that we brought to
Some clinch scenarios at
Trouble with #66/#87 Ownership? - (9-2-2014)
What does this have to do with NASCAR and the #66 / #87 Jay Robinson Racing / / Michael Waltrip Racing team?
UPDATE: There is no trouble
with the ownership of the #66 team which is owned by Michael Waltrip and Jay Robinson. The Nat Hardwick situation will
have no effect on the plans of the #87 Team either as Nat Hardwick's shares
totaled less than 25% of Identity Ventures Racing. "The only remaining
race scheduled for the #87 is
NASCAR and Comcast reach 10-Year series entitlement agreement - (9-3-2014)
From Track Forum:
Miles speaks to Michael Knight on the future of ovals and foreign schedule concerns
Note: Some pretty interesting comments/thoughts in the first link, above – especially if you’re a fan of Indy Car.
So, have you heard of “Formula E” – electric powered cars similar to F-1?
Forum: Formula E
From the AARN:
Stewart Friesen. Jessica Zemken To Tie The Knot
WoO Late Model Selinsgrove National Open Is Darrell Lanigan’s
Unruly Teams Forced AMP
Cobra (Chuck Hebing) Strikes In I-88 ESS Race
Takes Two (Of Three)
Found on Facebook – racing related:
Exit of financial backers foiled New Jersey F1 race, Ecclestone reveals
Plans for a
A second American race that
would be held in
"I honestly don't think
so," Ecclestone said in
"They still have the same problems they had in the beginning. Nothing has changed."
Now, speaking to the F1 business journalist Christian Sylt, the nature of those 'problems' has become clear -- and it's all about money.
"Two or three backers that (promoter) Leo (Hindery) had had confirmed to me that they had an agreement with him and they were going to put the money up," Ecclestone told Forbes.
"If Leo had got the money or I had put the money up that race would have been on."
Ecclestone admitted that he went beyond his usual efforts for
Sylt said Ecclestone gave Hindery lots of chances by continually reinstating the race on draft calendars, and he even offered funding.
"I had nothing to lose with Leo," Ecclestone insisted. "If somebody had come along and put the money up and he had done the job, I would have been delighted.
was trying to keep things alive hoping that somebody was going to put money in.
It suited us to give him chances. Everybody wanted a race in
RETURNS TO HINCHLIFFE STADIUM
Exhibition races will be a part of this years Hinchliffe Stadium Racing Expo on Sunday September 14. Anyone that wants to run their car must have all of their up to date
Rt 80 East to exit 56 B for Squirrelwood
Road and go over Rt 80 overpass towards Paterson, then make first left onto
Glover Ave, then make first right at the light onto McBride Ave. Continue on
Below is a poster for the show. However, I highly doubt that it can be seen on Dirt Track Digest. You’ll have to go to New England Tractor (link at end of column) to see it.
Orange County Fair
FOR RELEASE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
SEPTEMBER BONUS NIGHTS AT ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY INCLUDE A FINAL NIGHT OF WEEKLY STOCK CAR RACING AND THE ALWAYS EXCITING EVE OF DESTRUCTION
MIDDLETOWN, NY (September 3)……..While the point season concluded with Champions’ Night at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York, racing will continue Saturday evening, September 6, with a “no-points” bonus night. All four weekly racing divisions---Modified, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, and Street Stock---will see action, with the winner of the 30-lap Modified feature earning a guaranteed starting spot in the 53rd Annual Eastern States 200 presented by Arkel Motors and Dupree & Monroe Attorneys, set for Sunday, October 26.
Added to the September 6 program will be the popular new Thunder Trucks division.
Sponsored by Superior Remodeling, this is also 9/11 Tribute Night.
Admission prices for the September 6 race meet remain at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and $2 for children 12 and under. The full night of racing begins promptly at 7:00 pm.
The final weekly program at
Advance sale tickets for the EVE OF DESTRUCTION!!! are available at the Speedway Office and online at the Orange County Fair Speedway website.
Tickets for the 53rd Annual
Eastern States Weekend presented by Arkel Motors and
Dupree & Monroe Attorneys, Friday through Sunday, October 24-26, are on
sale. Be sure to check the official
MEDIA MEMBERS: Credentials requests for Eastern States Weekend should be made to Bobby Armbruster at 201-323-2913, or BArmbr6493@aol.com. Deadline is October 12, 2013.
News from the Penn Can
Media Contact: Brett Deyo – email@example.com or 845.728.2781
For Immediate Release/September 2, 2014
Rich Eurich, 66 Years Old, Among 16 Drivers Eligible For Two $250 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Perfect Attendance Bonuses Next Tuesday, Sept. 9 At Penn Can Speedway ‘Hot Summer Night’ Special; Matt Jester, Ryan Watt & Mike Mahaney BD Motorsports Media LLC ‘Iron Men’
SUSQUEHANNA, PA – Sixteen drivers are eligible to collect a pair of $250 cash perfect attendance bonuses when Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. presents the ‘Hot Summer Night’ special next Tuesday (Sept. 9) at Penn Can Speedway.
The Susquehanna County track plays host to round No. 5 of the six-race Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP for big-block/small-block Modifieds, headlined by a 60-lap main event paying $5,000-plus to win, $1,000 for eighth and $400 to start in addition to a long list of bonuses and lap money. Sharkey's Fuels of South Canaan, Pa., is an associate sponsor of the rain-postponed midweek special.
Thus far in 2014, 122 different drivers have attempted to qualify for at least one Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP main event. Of that number, 16 have attended all four events: Orange County (N.Y.) April 6, Thunder Mountain (N.Y.) May 20, I-88 (N.Y.) July 23 and Accord (N.Y.) Aug. 5. Those drivers will be entered into a pair of drawings to be held at the Penn Can drivers’ meeting for perfect attendance bonuses worth $250 each courtesy of BD Motorsports Media LLC.
Among the drivers having attended all five events thus far is legendary 66-year-old driver Rich Eurich of Warwick, N.Y. Eurich, recognized across the Northeast for his successes on the road and at his longtime Saturday home of Orange County Fair Speedway, hasn’t traveled extensively in many years.
This season, the newly formed Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP brought him back out on the road. Entering the ‘Hot Summer Night’ at Penn Can, Eurich sits a respectable ninth in the standings on the heels of a stout sixth-place finish at Accord Speedway in August.
“We’re enjoying ourselves,” said Eurich, whose blue No. 10 is iconic to Modified fans. “We didn’t really set out to chase points, but here we are in the top-10 with only two races left. We’re committed to finishing out the series now.”
Eurich has embraced the challenge of competing against large and talented fields of cars on the bullrings that make up the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP schedule.
“It can be tough to qualify,” he said. “But you know that going in. If you’ve got a good car and a little luck, you will be in the feature.”
Eurich has only missed qualifying once on the series this
“I know I was there once,” Eurich said of Penn Can. “I can’t remember when or what race it was for, it was years ago, but it was the only time I was there.”
Other drivers eligible for the $250 bonuses, having signed in at all four series events this season are (in order of point position): Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass.; Jeff Heotzler of Wallkill, N.Y.; Tommy Meier of Waldwick, N.J.; Danny Tyler of Cottekill, N.Y.; Tim Hindley of Fair Oaks, N.Y.; Danny Creeden of Wurtsboro, N.Y.; Matt Jester of Milford, Del.; Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y.; Tyler Dippel of Wallkill, N.Y.; Ryan Watt of Boyertown, Pa.; Bob McGannon of Garnerville, N.Y.; Mike Mahaney of King Ferry, N.Y.; Elmo Reckner of Ballston Lake, N.Y.; Craig Hanson of Johnstown, N.Y.; and Ray Jashembowski of Howells, N.Y.
Of those drivers, Jester, Watt and Mahaney have distinguished themselves as the BD Motorsports Media LLC “iron men” of 2014. Not only have they been in attendance at all points-paying series races, the trio also competed in the June Super DIRTcar Series ‘Dirty Jersey’ special at N.J.’s New Egypt Speedway and the August ‘Beach Blast’ at Del.’s Georgetown Speedway.
Jester, Watt and Mahaney have all set plans to continue their run of attendance at Penn Can Tuesday.
Penn Can’s event is the final 100-point event on the ’14 schedule. The best four of a driver’s five attempts will set the standings heading into the Championship Event Alpine Building Supply Short Track SuperNationals presented by Olum’s Oct. 10-11 at I-88 Speedway on the spacious Afton Fairgrounds. The Short Track SuperNationals operates on a 150-point breakdown. Drivers must attend the SuperNationals to be eligible for point fund money and awards.
All perfect attendance series drivers unable to crack the top-12 paying positions in the final standings will receive $250 cash at season’s end.
There have been four
different winners in the four Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP events run
this season: Bachetti (
Trackside Products, the official parts supplier for Penn Can and Thunder Mountain speedways, has signed on to sponsor a last-chance qualifier to include the drivers missing a transfer position by one spot in the consolations. The winner of the 3-lap dash moves into the ‘Hot Summer Night’ main event.
Zubi’s Racing has signed on board to present a Hard Charger Award worth $200 to the driver advancing the most positions from start to finish in the 60-lap main event.
Lap money continues to be posted at $20/lap. To reserve a lap today, contact Brett Deyo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The last time Modifieds were featured on the ‘Hot Summer Night’ bill was Aug. 10, 2010: the event was won in thrilling fashion by Stewart Friesen, who started 25th and executed a last-lap, three-wide pass of both Alan Rudalavage and Duane Howard using the extreme outside lane.
Joining the Modifieds on the program for the ‘Hot Summer Night’ special are: the Dig Safely New York GRIT Series Crate 602 Sportsman in a 30-lap event paying $1,000 to win and $100 to start and Doug Borger’s traveling XCel 600 Modified Series in a 20-lap main.
Gates, grandstand and pit, open at 5 p.m. The drivers’ meeting is set for 6:20 p.m., with hot laps to follow. Racing gets underway at 7:15 p.m.
Adult admission is $20. Seniors (ages 62 and up) pay $18. Students (ages 13-17) pay $10 and kids 12 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.
Complete race information and rules can be found at the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/penn-can-hot-summer-night-general-information-sheet/
To learn more about the ‘Hot Summer Night’ or the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP, visit www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com, e-mail Brett Deyo at email@example.com or call 845.728.2781. BD Motorsports Media is on Facebook and on Twitter: @BrettDeyo.
Penn Can Speedway is located
seven miles off Interstate 81 Exit 230 in on Route 171 Susquehanna, PA. The GPS
address, within a block of the speedway, is
Media Contact: Brett Deyo – firstname.lastname@example.org or 845.728.2781
For Immediate Release/Sept. 2, 2014
Rain Date Announced For Thunder Mountain Speedway Season Championship Night This Weekend; Wet Weather Saturday (Sept. 6) Will Bring Sunday Evening Show To Conclude 2014 Championship Battles
CENTER LISLE, NY – In the event of wet weather on Saturday (Sept. 6), Thunder Mountain Speedway management has announced a rain date for the Season Championship Night of Sunday, Sept. 7.
With point titles on the line and a number of heldover feature events from Aug. 16 on the docket, the rare Sunday rain date has been put into place. All times will be moved up by one hour - with gates opening at 3 p.m., hot laps at 5:20 p.m. and racing at 6 p.m. - in the event of racing on Sunday.
Season Championship Night is headlined by a 30-lap Modified feature paying $1,500 to the winner. Also on the docket are Sportsman ($700 to win), Street Stocks ($500 to win), Rookie Sportsman, IMCA-style Modifieds, Pure Stocks, Empire Sport Trucks and Four Cylinders.
Make-up features from Aug. 16 for the Rookie Sportsman, IMCA-style Modifieds, Pure Stocks, Empire Sport Trucks and Four Cylinders will open the program. Additional competitors will be permitted to tag onto these events, but they must pay a $30 entry fee.
Point leaders entering Saturday’s program are Brent Wilcox (Modified), Billy Spoonhower (Sportsman), Steven Deinhardt (Street Stock), Shayne Spoonhower (Rookie Sportsman), Jason Tuttle (IMCA-style Modified), Michael Morse (Pure Stock), Brandon Clapperton (Empire Sport Truck) and Isaiah Forward (Four Cylinder).
The Saturday time schedule for Season Championship Night is as follows: gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6:20 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m.
Adult grandstand admission is $10. Seniors (65 and over) and students (ages 10-17) pay $8. Kids nine and under are FREE. Pit admission is $30, with no license required.
The Thunder Mountain Season will conclude on Sunday, Sept. 14 with the MjH Oilfield Wade Decker Memorial, twice postponed by weather this season.
The big-block/small-block Modifieds headline the Wade Decker Memorial with a 50-lap event paying $5,000 to the winner (with $25 “Gambler’s Fee” posted, $3,500 without) and $250 to take the green flag. The Sportsman will run a 40-lap main with a hefty $1,250 winner’s share (with $20 “Gambler’s Fee” posted, $750 without) and $100 to take the green and the Street Stocks will take part in a 30-lap feature paying $1,000 to the winner (with $15 “Gambler’s Fee” posted, $750 without) and $120 to take the green, honoring Denny Decker. The Street Stock portion of the program has support from Cartrette Logging.
Doug Borger’s XCel 600 Modifieds are also on the card for the special event with a touring series 20-lap main.
All divisions will draw for their starting positions with a redraw of top qualifiers for the main events.
Gates will open at 3 p.m. with a drivers’ meeting at 6 p.m. Hot laps will kick off at 5 p.m. and racing begins at 6 p.m.
Grandstand admission is $20 for Adults, $18 for Seniors (65 and over), $15 for Students (ages 10-17) and FREE for kids nine and under. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.
Those returning with ticket stubs from the Aug. 31 ‘Sprint Car Saturday’ will receive $2 off grandstand admission for the Wade Decker Memorial.
For Thunder Mountain Speedway
general information and a complete schedule, visit www.thundermtnspeedway.com.
The speedway office number is 607.657.8202. On race day, call 607.849.7899. The
speedway e-mail is email@example.com. “Like” Thunder Mountain
Promotions, Public Relations & Marketing
@thundermtnspeed on Twitter
This week’s photo:
Note: 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!
Pictured below is Andy Van Heusen in one
of the Pappy Hough “Five Little Pigs” – a Frank Smith photo that was taken at Hinchliffe Stadium in
Some non racin’ stuff:
Islamic Jihadists Steal Eleven Planes, Sparking Concerns of a 9/11 Attack
Note: Hmmm – interesting. 9/11 is only one week away, folks!
Found on Facebook – not racing related:
On Facebook on 8/29/14:
Today a funeral was held for a young black man that was tragically killed. Minutes before he was shot by a police officer with a perfect record he robbed a convenience store and roughed up the manager. The young man also tested positive to pot in his bloodstream. The rest of this is yet to be determined due the ongoing investigation.
The problem I have with this is that this tragic death is that it’s been the top news story for weeks. The young man that for sure robbed a store and attacked its manager is been made into a heroic victim and martyr before the full story is revealed. His funeral today was attended by political leaders, famous entertainers and thousands of people that paid homage and respects to him. The event was televised on national TV on almost every channel.
The most troubling thing to
me is that a United States Marine from
What we do know...minutes before he died, Michael Brown was robbing a store and beating up a clerk. Minutes before Arron Torian died he was defending his country. One got a national heroes funeral and the other did not. This experience tells a lot about the integrity of those public figures, stars and news media. I makes me wonder where our values and have gone.
Thank You Sgt. Arron Torian and all those Marines that I have died for this many times ungrateful nation.
Hamburger chef Jamie Oliver has just won a battle against one of the largest fast food chains in the world. After Oliver showed how McDonald’s hamburgers are made, the franchise announced it will change its recipe.
According to Oliver, the fatty parts of beef are “washed” in ammonium hydroxide and used in the filling of the burger. Before this process, according to the presenter, the food is deemed unfit for human consumption.
According to the chef and presenter, Jamie Oliver, who has undertaken a war against the fast food industry: “Basically, we’re taking a product that would be sold in the cheapest way for dogs, and after this process, is being given to human beings.”
Besides the low quality of the meat, the ammonium hydroxide is harmful to health. Oliver calls it “the pink slime process.”
“Why would any sensible human being put meat filled with ammonia in the mouths of their children?” asked the chef, who wages a war against the fast food industry.
In one of his initiatives, Oliver demonstrates to children how nuggets are made. After selecting the best parts of the chicken, the remains (fat, skin and internal organs) are processed for these fried foods.
The company, Arcos Dorados, the franchise manager in
Even more disturbing is that because ammonium hydroxide is considered part of the “component in a production procedure” by the USDA, consumers may not know when the chemical is in their food.
On the official website of McDonald’s, the company claims that their meat is cheap because, while serving many people every day, they are able to buy from their suppliers at a lower price, and offer the best quality products.
In addition, the franchise denied that the decision to change the recipe is related to Jamie Oliver’s campaign. On the site, McDonald’s has admitted that they have abandoned the beef filler from its burger patties.
This weeks joke:
Love the Irish – continued:
Paddy was in
He was patiently waiting and watching the traffic cop on a busy street crossing. The cop stopped the flow of traffic and shouted, 'Okay, pedestrians.' Then he'd allow the traffic to pass. He'd done this several times, and Paddy still stood on the sidewalk. After the cop had shouted, 'Pedestrians!' for the tenth time, Paddy went over to him and said, 'Is it not about time ye let the Catholics across?'
Gallagher opened the morning newspaper and was dumbfounded to read in the obituary column that he had died. He quickly phoned his best friend, Finney. 'Did you see the paper?' asked Gallagher. 'They say I died!!' 'Yes, I saw it!' replied Finney. 'Where are ye callin' from?'
Walking into the bar, Mike said to Charlie the bartender, 'Pour me a stiff one – just had another fight with the little woman.' 'Oh yeah?' said Charlie, 'And how did this one end?' 'When it was over,' Mike replied, 'She came to me on her hands and knees.' 'Really,' said Charles, 'Now that's a switch! What did she say?' She said, 'Come out from under the bed, you little chicken.'
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