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’m still having that water retention problem, and it’s not getting any better. I’m due to see my cardiologist and pacemaker people on Monday, 9/29. Hoping things can get taken care of without a hospital stay. Seems like it’s all because of my pacemaker being adjusted the wrong was back in June. I’m kinda pissed that the tech guy did not seem too apologetic about doing that – kinda like “oh well!”
I posted this on Facebook on Monday night:
Saw my cardiologist today. I'll be trying two different water pills over the next week or so to see if that helps with this water I've been retaining. He also made some adjustments to my pacemaker. Funny, my cardiologist back north said they couldn't be adjusted. If both work, then great. If not, then it will be a trip to the crash house to rid this old body of the excess fluids.
As of Wednesday, no weight loss, but an increase – dammit. Still having shortness of breath issues. Yup, gonna take time. I took the new water pill today. Hoping that it works!
After we left my brother & his wife in
Found on the Dirt Track Digest Forum:
Eastern States Weekend
What teams/drivers are racing OCFS Eastern States weekend this year. Will be a great weekend with Big blocks, Small blocks, Sportsman, 305 sprints, pure stocks and trucks. Hoping that some teams from upstate ny will show for truck race.
MAKE THIS A STOP@ 100 LAPS FOR THE MODS GET MORE CARS THIS WAY ALOT OF TEAMS DON'T HAVE QUICK FILL STUFF
The motocross track really put a damper to the camping now. I used to look forward to going but don't camp there anymore, might as well find a Walmart. You have to camp so far from the 31st lap that it isn't worth going there to get nailed with a DUI. Used to be able to walk but the back doesn't allow that anymore
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. In other words, don't mess with success. ESW 200, the most historic event in dirt modified racing, is fine the way it is. The original format adds to the excitement and drama. I've been attending since 1968 and have never been disappointed, driving home with a big smile on my face, no matter who won.
If you have some extra shillings, don’t forget to pick up a copy of the Hard Clay Magazine, Eastern States Edition. I should have five articles in this one including three interviews; Doug Dulgarian, LJ Lombardo and Mike Vigiletti.
You can also read the recaps from Champion’s Night as well when newcomer Milton Mann collected the first OCFS win of his career by holding off 2014 Sportsman Champion LJ Lombardo and point runner-up Matt Janiak.
Also will be the Street Stock report when that same night Joel Murns Jr. held up the Small Block’s final feature with the return of the ‘Rooftop Shuffle’, nearly getting DQ’d in the process. That night Murns drove to the 15th feature win of his career; his first in four years and treated the fans to one of most dangerous spectacles in motorsports – The Rooftop Shuffle. :laughing:
Also, I should have a booth set up near the grandstand so stop by and say hello. Look for the guy with the spiked hair, moustache, big gut and goofy grin.
EDIT: Also that weekend Brett Hearn will try for his 300th win at the historic OCFS.
25 days until ESW!
Note: Good luck with that "Program" stuff, Jeff. A few years ago a bunch of us raised $500.00 for the Hard Charger award. Seems they either "forgot" or "not enough room" in the program for what was supposed to be in it. Pretty sure that was the last time OC's own "Historian", Pete, was at the track.
The folks who love live pit
stops at ESW might have a different opinion if they actually were on a crew
that had to go over the wall on
Can someone tell them to remove the blankets , or tarps that people put down on Friday , or whenever they put them down before the start of a new day ? I hate getting there early and walking to the half covered stands and finding most of seats covered as soon as the gates open . They should also not let teams with NASACR style haulers move and park in the corners either . I like the way Brett Deyo had it setup for his race which was the same way Brett Hearn set it up for the Big Shows when he had them there . You could see a lot better that way.
For ESW, the top 8 rows of the half-covered grandstand are reserved. Those folks pay $85 a seat for the entire weekend, therefore they are entitled to leave their blankets and tarps. Reserved tickets went on sale in June. That's the time to get them, not the day of the race. BTW, be thankful for all of those tarps that get hung on the top railing, they cut the wind down tremendously.
I am not talking about the tarps that they put on the back of the bleachers to block the wind. I mean the tarps or blankets that they put to save their seats in the non reserved seating area of the half covered grandstands . Reserved starts if I am correct one row below where the posts that hold the roof up are .
Note: The above were found here: http://www.dirttrackdigest.com/DTD/index.php?/topic/52227-eastern-states-weekend/
Might you have forgotten?
WRISTBAND CREDIT TOWARDS
FUTURE RACE MEETS AT
Posted: September 8th, 2014 on OCFS website
MIDDLETOWN, NY (September 8)……..When a sudden downpour ended racing almost as soon as it started Saturday night, September 6 at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York, the track announced a means for attending fans to redeem their identifying wristbands for full credit towards the purchase of tickets for the Saturday, September 13 EVE OF DESTRUCTION special event, the upcoming October 24-26 53rd Annual Eastern States Weekend, or any race meet in 2015.
Fans with September 6 wristbands may redeem them at the Speedway Office for a voucher that then can be used towards purchasing future events tickets. The Speedway Office will be open the day of the event fans wish to attend, or Wednesday through Saturday during business hours. Call 845-342-2573 for additional information.
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 also
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.
Race tracks that are no longer around:
Brynfan Tyddyn - (near
Convair Field -
Hatfield Speedway - Complex consisting of a Paved and a Dirt Oval and a 1/8 Mile Paved Dragstrip, located on the fairgrounds.
Langhorne Speedway -
Sanatoga Speedway - (
The White Hill
Barnyard Raceway -1/5 Mile Clay
Oval located next door to
Sports Arena - (
Ponta Delgada Stadium Tiverton, RI - not sure if this ever actually ran.
Note: I’m pretty sure that
Former OVRP Dirt Oval runners:
Bobby Morris was 4th in the
Sportsman feature at
Ben Whitaker was 23rd in the Late Model feature at Susquehanna.
At Devil’s Bowl, Alex Bell was 19th in the Modified feature on the dirt.
Molly Chambers was a DNQ in the 600 Micro’s at Linda’s, while Jacob Hendershot was 6th in the 270’s.
Kenney Johnson was 10thin the USAC DMA feature at Bear Ridge.
was 5th in the feature at
Joe Kata was 8th, Emily V 18th and Josh Pieniazek 19th in the CRSA 305 feature.
Brad Szulewski was 19th in the Sportsman feature.
Experts would expect Stewart to settle:
#14-Tony Stewart won't face
criminal charges in the death of Kevin Ward Jr., and now it's likely up to
Stewart whether the case ever returns to court. Stewart not
being charged criminally, plus the fact that Ward had marijuana in his system
at the time of his death, could mean that a civil suit is less likely.
But the standards in civil cases don't match the criminal side, and
Greg Bloom, an attorney at
John M. Hochfelder,
Michael McCann, a
Tony Stewart interview:
Drive for Diversity Combine set:
Twenty multicultural and
female race car drivers from the
Under the leadership of Max Siegel, owner of Rev Racing and CEO of U.S. Track & Field, NASCAR D4D has evolved to an academy-style development program which will compete under one umbrella in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKPSE) and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS). Rev Racing provides drivers with equipment, mentoring and competition experience throughout the season.
Suarez, a rising star in the
Also returning to defend their spot in the program are current NWAAS drivers Devon Amos and Paige Decker. Current Rev Racing drivers in the NASCAR K&N East Sergio Peña and Jay Beasley also are under consideration to return to the team in 2015, but will not compete at the Combine.
The drivers will be individually evaluated on at-track performance, including their instinctive positioning at different places on the track, proficiency and comfort level in providing in-car feedback to the crew chief, overall speed and the ability to shift during assessments.
Visit FansChoice.TVfor the live streaming schedule of the Combine.(NASCAR)(9-30-2014)
From Track Forum:
Cockpit canopies coming to IndyCar?
From the AARN:
Preece Sweeps Stafford
No Indictment For Stewart; Impacts On Racing Assessed
Invader Friesen Swoops In
Again From North, This Time Grabs
Zacharias, At Last, Tops RoC Tour; Grabs Shangri-La Checkered
Aaron Ott’s Biggest Career Win Comes In Selinsgrove’s 360 Sprint Nationals
Tim Fuller, Jared Miley Are LM Stars In Eriez Season Closer
Jeff Gordon Assertive In
Heffelfinger, Turns Back The Hands Of Time In Mahoning Mod Thriller
Note: Ernie Saxton makes mention that Indycar will be at Pocono in 2015, but with a different date. He also made mention that the F-1 race in New Jersey, that has had so much talk on it, more than likely won’t happen in 2015 or even 2016.
CONTACT Ken Sands
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
EASTERN STATES WEEKEND---IT DOESN’T GET ANY BETTER!
MIDDLETOWN, NY (September 29)……..On October 28, 1962, legendary stock car driver Frankie Schneider won the first Eastern States race at the historic Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York. Now on October 24-26, 2014, Arkel Motors and Dupee & Monroe, PC present Eastern States Weekend---this year the 53rd Annual festival of speed---the oldest consecutively-run championship event for dirt track Modified stock cars in the country. It’s three action-packed days of high speed racing excitement that culminates with the Eastern States 200, the “granddaddy” of all fall championship races.
On track action begins on Friday, October 24 with DIRTcar Modified time trials, heat races, and a Dash for Cash among the top-six qualifiers. Headlining the Friday program are the Sportsman cars and drivers. They’ll also set the field for their 50-lap feature race with time trials, heat and consolation races. And the top qualifiers will compete in a Dash for Cash prior to the Sportsman feature.
On Saturday, October 25, the Small-Block Modifieds and 305 CRSA Sprint Cars take to the five-eighths-mile Orange County “Hard Clay” with their respective qualifying events leading up to a 25-lap feature race for the Sprint Cars and the headline 100-lap Small-Block Modified feature race.
All the Friday and Saturday preliminaries lead up to the Sunday, October 26 finale, the 53rd Annual Eastern States 200 Modified Championship race. But before the 800-horsepower DIRTcar Modifieds take center stage, there are “last chance” consolation races and a pair of preliminary feature races for the Street Stocks (25 laps) and the Thunder Trucks (15 laps).
Brett Hearn is the defending Eastern States 200 titlist and also the all-time Eastern States 200 winner with ten victories in this fall classic race.
Tickets, camping permits, and
parking permits for the 53rd Annual Eastern States Weekend, 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 10, 2014.
For more info. please phone us at 607-775-5555 or log on to www.fivemilepointspeedway.net
American Racer Cup Weekend Schedule of Events & Pricing
Friday, October 10
4 p.m. – Pit gates open
4:45 p.m. – Grandstand gates open
4:45 - 6:45 p.m. – Open practice for Saturday teams
7:00 p.m. – RoC Sportsman, XCel 600 Modified & IMCA Modified Tour hot laps
7:30 p.m. – RoC Sportsman Guaranteed Starters Race (all Grandview Sportsman non/qualifiers top 2 transfer) followed by - Qualifying begins for RoC Sportsman, XCel 600 Modifieds, Factory Stocks & IMCA Modified Tour - $1,000 to win American Racer Cup Sportsman Champions Dash (practice sessions for Modifieds will be worked into the program as time permits). Features for RoC Sportsman, Factory Stocks, XCel 600 Modifieds & IMCA Modified Tour to follow
Friday Grandstand Admission: Adults - $12; Seniors (ages 65 and over): $10 - Students (ages 13-17): ONLY $5; Kids 12 and under are FREE
The Amazing Family Five Pack Deal – two Adult tickets, three Senior/Student tickets, five hot dogs and five sodas - $30
Friday Pit Admission: $30 (backstretch pit for Sportsman, Factory Stocks, XCel 600 Modifieds & IMCA- Modified Tour Race OR $20 (turn-four pit only for Saturday teams practicing)
Saturday, October 11
11. a.m. – Phil’s Famous Chicken BBQ
11 a.m. – Pit gates open
1 p.m. – Grandstand gates open
1:15 p.m. – RoC Street Stock, Four Cylinder, SlingShots & 600 c.c. Modified hot laps
2:15 p.m. – Qualifying begins for RoC Street Stocks, Four Cylinder, SlingShots & 600 c.c. Modifieds – Four Cylinder, SlingShot & 600 c.c. Modified Feature to follow…
5:00 p.m. – Track re-grooming for evening program
5:45 p.m. – Tobias SpeedSTR’s and Modified hot laps
6:15 p.m. – Qualifying for Tobias SpeedSTR’s begins, RoC Street Stock Feature and Modified Heats to follow in that order. – SpeedSTR’s consolation – American Racer Cup Champions Dash $2,000 to win! – Modified Consolation(s) – SpeedSTR’s Feature – Modified 55 Lap Feature ($5,500 to win/$500 to take the green).
Saturday Grandstand Admission: Adults - $21; Seniors (ages 65 and over): $17 - Students (ages 13-17) - $10; Kids 12 and under are FREE! - Admission includes both the day time and evening events (no extra charge to watch both) – look for $2 off Adult Saturday grandstand coupons at area businesses (we will list convenient coupon locations)
The Amazing Family Five Pack Deal – two Adult tickets, three Senior/Student tickets, five hot dogs and five sodas - $50 - Admission includes both the day time and evening events (no extra charge to watch both)
Saturday Pit Admission: $35 - Admission includes both the day time and evening events (no extra charge to watch both)
Sunday evening, October 12 has been reserved as a rain date.
Sep 26 at 3:10 PM
Both the Oct. 11 Five mile point event and the Oct,26 Mahoning Valley are the $3000 to win payout's Also please get your pavement tires early so we do not run short for this race you will be allowed to run a dirt or slick LF for the MV event .
Home of the Slingshot by Tobias
Home of the SpeedSTR
News from the Short Track SuperNationals 7 – The Working Man’s Race
Media Contact: Brett Deyo – email@example.com or 845.728.2781
For Immediate Release/September 30, 2014
I-88 Speedway Short Track SuperNationals 7 Shaping Up As Clash Of Weekly Racing’s Best; Invaders From NY, NJ, DE, PA, MA & Quebec Make Plans To Vie For Record $33,202 Payout; I-88 Speedway Regulars Hope To Protect Home Turf Oct. 10-11!
AFTON, NY – The stars are beginning to line up for the Alpine Building Supply Short Track SuperNationals 7 presented by Olum’s to be held at I-88 Speedway in Afton, N.Y., Friday-Saturday October 10-11.
Entries are pouring in for the ‘Working Man’s Race’ special, which will cap off the six-race Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP for big-block/small-block Modifieds. A record payout – the most lucrative in event history – has been posted with $33,202 set for the base purse plus lap money, bonuses and contingency awards for just 50 laps of racing at the Afton Fairgrounds oval.
Modifieds race for $5,000-plus to win, $1,000 for 10th and $600 to take the green flag in their main event. A fully paid B-Main for non-qualifiers is also on the docket with $777 reserved for the winner of the 17-lap event and $100 to take the green flag. No Modified driver will leave empty handed!
Past event winners Craig
Hanson (2013), Danny Tyler (2012) and Mike Ricci (2006) have already filed
their entries. Hanson, of
and Danny Johnson are locked into a tie for the Short Track Super Series Fueled
By VP championship, each with 350 points, entering the
On the heels of his 16th
track championship at N.Y.’s Woodhull Raceway, Billy
Van Pelt of
Like Van Pelt, Rich Ricci Jr.
has dominated his home track, the Accord Speedway, and recently registered his
11th Modified title at the
Out of the
Mike Mahaney of King Ferry, N.Y., pocketed $4,000 for his efforts at the Sept. 27 ‘Fall 250’ at I-88 and is a winner at I-88, Thunder Mountain (N.Y.) and Utica-Rome (N.Y.) this season. Mahaney will be looking for a SuperNationals triumph, as well.
In July at I-88 Speedway,
Danny Creeden of
From the Pennsylvania-New
Ryan Watt of Boyertown,
With the SuperNationals
serving as the final points-paying event of the season, Jeff Heotzler of Wallkill, N.Y., looks to maintain his
third-place standing with Mel Schrufer’s No. 2A.
Tommy Meier of
Veteran Rich Eurich of Warwick, N.Y., 66 years old, will maintain his streak of perfect attendance on the Short Track Super Series with an I-88 appearance.
Teenager Tyler Dippel won a BD Motorsports Media LLC event at
Representing I-88, first-time
track champion Brett Tonkin of
A guaranteed starter via
Thunder Mountain Speedway, Brian Malcolm of
Two full days of racing are planned for the Short Track SuperNationals.
On Saturday (Oct. 11), the Modified division serves as the headliner with the A- & B-Mains. Also competing on Saturday: the Crate 602 Sportsman in a 25-lap main paying $1,000 to the winner and $100 to start; the event will offer points toward the 2014 Dig Safely New York GRIT Series championship. IMCA-Modifieds and Empire Lightning Sprints complete the Saturday card.
On Friday night (Oct. 10), the Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman division are featured in a 35-lap special paying $1,500 to the winner and $125 to start. Hefty Crate 602 Sportsman bonuses will be paid as follows to the top-six across the line: $300, $200, $100, $75, $50 and a free pit pass for Saturday. Also on the Friday card are Street Stocks (home track rules), Four Cylinders (generally accepted Southern Tier rules) and Empire Sport Trucks (home track rules).
Modifieds and other Saturday divisions will be permitted to practice throughout the night on Friday in preparation for the next day.
For Modified racers, a 10-lap Dash will be held on Friday night involving the top-five fastest cars in practice, as timed by the speedway’s transponder system. The winner of the Dash earns a redraw position for Saturday, while all other participants take home $50 courtesy of Manmiller Electric.
Post-race parties are planned to cap Friday and Saturday evening’s activities.
All Short Track SuperNationals information – pay structures, entry forms, prices, rules and times – have been posted on the BD Motorsports Media website: www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com under Events and SuperNationals.
To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP, visit www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com, e-mail Brett Deyo at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845.728.2781. BD Motorsports Media is on Facebook and on Twitter: @BrettDeyo.
I-88 Speedway is located
conveniently off I-88 Exit 7 (Afton), approximately 25 miles north and east of
Reserved camping for the Short Track SuperNationals next weekend, Oct. 10-11, at I-88 Speedway is officially sold out. This is only the pre-paid, reserved spots with hook-ups.
There is plenty of flat, grassy area for FREE camping on site for those planning to spend the weekend. We have also been granted the use of an auxiliary lot across the street for parking.
A final camping map is in the works today and those with reserved spots will be notified of their location.
USAC at SDW
I know where was a thread like this before, but I can't find it.
Here's what we've got for confirmed USAC drivers so far, hoping to add some names to this list!
07 Jacob Wilson
3 A.J. Fike
9 Caleb Armstrong
16 Tracy Hines
17 Chris Windom
22 Bobby East
63 Kody Swanson
66 Shane Cockrum
71 Stewart Friesen
177 Richie Tobias
What car is stew driving
He will be in the Rob Hart City of Syracuse car.
Hope they are able to add about 8-10 more to that list to make it a worthwhile race to go to.
I thought I heard if they couldn't guarantee a 15 car field the plug was getting pulled on the USAC show?
Above was found here - as of 5:15 PM on 10/1/14: http://www.dirttrackdigest.com/DTD/index.php?/topic/52232-usac-at-sdw/
This week’s photos:
On October 2, 1921, Mike Nazaruk was Born. He was an ARDC and AAA driver He raced midget
cars, sprint cars, and IndyCars. He was nicknamed
"Iron Mike." He won the track championships at
Note: The above was found on the Wheels of Speed’s calendar.
This weeks racing video:
Sorry, no video this week.
Some non racin’ stuff:
Doctors net billions from drug firms
Companies paid at least $3.5 billion in last five months of 2013
Note: Uh, like we never knew this?
This weeks joke:
Hope no one get offended!
I couldn't help but over-hear two guys in their mid-twenties while sitting at the bar last night. One of the guys says to his buddy: "Man you look tired."
His buddy says: "Dude I'm exhausted. My girlfriend and I have sex all the time. I just don't know what to do."
A fellow about my age (80+), sitting a couple of stools down, also overheard the conversation. He looked over at the two young men and with the wisdom of years says:
"Marry her. That'll put a stop to that sh*t."
Until my next column – more than likely, every week from now on – for a while.
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